Well, this is embarrassing! I started writing this post the week after the Emmys and here it is almost 3 months later and I am finally finishing it up! I have no idea what took so long!
The 67th Emmy Awards aired on Sunday, September 20th. I recently shared here that I am a red carpet bleacher fan at the Emmys every year. Long story short, I stand in line for a long time and then sit in the bleachers for a long time waiting for celebrities to walk past me. They pass by quite quickly but I wave and yell like a fool and am usually able to chat or at least photograph some of them. It is as hilarious, ridiculous, and as crazy as it sounds. This year was crazy insane hot – like people passing out hot – which made it pretty rough! This year first row seats went to Chase Sapphire Credit Card holders so we had to sit in the 2nd row (not complaining, they actually paid $165 for their seats). The bleachers were split into 2 very long sections with 3 rows each, so everyone had a pretty good seat. Our section was across from E!’s countdown show with Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski (filming below with Ross Matthews and Olivia Culpo – it was so hot that she fainted during a commercial break!).
The other section was across from Fox NFL Sunday with Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, and Michael Strahan.
We were at the very end of a windy red carpet, past the media coverage (like Ryan Seacrest, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, etc), past the photographers, and past the 360 Glam Cam. By the time the celebrities got to us, they were DONE – exhausted, insanely sweaty, tired, and rushing to get into the air conditioned theater. There must have been a short cut to the theater because some stars that did red carpet interviews never made it past us. Bleacher fans received a People Magazine swag bag filled with a magazine, make-up, some snacks, Emmys t-shirt, and an Emmys bottle.
Fox provided us with paper fans (which actually helped a ton) and McDonalds handed out Egg McMuffins and iced coffees.
Enough with the talky talk! Let’s see some pictures, right?
Most of the day looks like this…
Most of the celebrities ran by like this (that’s Adrien Brody)…
And most of my photos turned out like this…
But some photos actually came out AND we even got to chat a bit with some of the celebrities! Here are some faves:
Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) Love her!
Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) Her people ended up posting a picture of us taking a picture of her on Instagram!
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) I seriously almost missed her!
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) Whoa! Terrible photo! That’s his son behind him that did most of the interviews with him.
Ariel Winter (Modern Family) She is always super friendly.
Carson Daly Ha! Hilarious face his wife is making at us!
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) Looks and sounds so much like his Dad.
Don Cheadle (House of Lies) So friendly!
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) & Jane Lynch (Glee)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) I told you I take terrible pictures…
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Okay, so I really loved this dress. So pretty in person. Was definitely one of my favorites.
Fred Savage (The Grinder) Whoa, there’s another pissed wife! Is it because Fred is just so happy to see me?
Gary Cole (Veep)
Heidi Klum (Project Runway) GET OFF THE RED CARPET BIG BIRD!!!
Carol Kane (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) She almost snuck by too under her umbrella but someone spotted her.
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) He totally remembered us from a couple nights before when we were stalking, I mean, hanging out, by the Entertainment Weekly pre-party.
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) Here he is pointing out what idiots we all are for being out in this heat.
Rico Rodriguez & Nolan Gould (Modern Family) Aren’t they fun???
Damian Lewis (Homeland) Winky smiley face!
Taraji P. Henson (Empire) She is pretty awesome!
Morena Baccarin & Padma Lakshmi (Homeland & Top Chef) Padma totally stopped and asked Morena to pose for us!
Andre Braugher & Pablo Schreiber (Brooklyn Nine-Nine & Orange is the New Black) Andre seems genuinely so excited to be at the events and incredibly grateful when we recognize him.
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Holland Taylor Could. Not. Remember. Her. Damn. Name!!! She has been in a ton of things!
John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) I think that is Leslie Jones from SNL over his shoulder.
Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback) Total blurry picture but WAY better than all the other ones I got of her!
Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) AAAHHH!!! HIDE THE CHILDREN!!!
Jesse Tyler Fergusen (Modern Family)
Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation) and Megan Mullally (forever Will & Grace in my head)
Terrence Howard (Empire)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) This dress was awful!
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and Mark Burnett (Producer of everything, like Survivor & The Voice)
Allison Janney (Mom/Masters of Sex) This was a super pretty dress in person.
Kerry Washington (Scandal) Aw man, horrible photo. Everyone loved this dress but it really wasn’t my favorite.
Jaimie Alexander (Blindspot) Perfect example of how different a dress can look in person versus on camera. The colors were subtle and sparkled in the sunlight.
Melora Hardin (Transparent / Jane from The Office)
Jeff Daniels (Newsroom) Newsflash: He is not very friendly.
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) Also not friendly.
Joan Cusack (Shameless / Sixteen Candles) SO FRIENDLY. She was so concerned if we had enough water and if we were melting in the heat!
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) LOVE HER! Amazing how much younger all of the Downton Abbey actors look in person!
John Stamos (Grandfathered / Full House) AAAAHHHHH!!!! HELLO!!!
John Stamos taking a picture of us. I stalked him for a few weeks but he never posted the picture.
Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele)
Kristen Schaal (Last Man on Earth & a million other things) She is so fun! All I hear is Trixie from Toy Story 3 when I hear her.
Kyle Chandler (Bloodline but who could forget Early Edition?)
Laura Prepon (I don’t watch Orange is the New Black so I’m going with That 70s show!) She is quite striking!
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie, Laugh-In, and everything in between!)
Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman) She is so cute! And so happy!
Marcia Gay Harden (Code Black)
Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project)
Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber (there for him in Ray Donovan)
Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) & Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) They must be so fun to hang out with!
Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race) My buddy! Always says Hi, usually stops and chats.
One of the Property Brothers? No idea which one.
Rob Lowe (The Grinder and 80 million other things) SO STRIKING!!!
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) She is super friendly too. I don’t watch her scary show but she is always nice.
Sarah Hyland (Modern Family)
Stephen Merchant (Hilarious writer/actor, no idea where I actually know him from!)
Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black) We saw her all 3 nights we were in LA. She was at all of the parties!
Timothy Hutton (Turk 182!) No, he did not appreciate me yelling that.
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
So, those were my best photos (HA!). I took a ton more but they were even worse. We had a great time even though it was a thousand degrees (as in people were fainting). It was nice to be so close up to the celebrities walking by, but it was out of the way and not everyone passed us. It was just too hot for anyone to stop and chit chat. Hopefully we can go again next year!