Rhea Seehorn Didn’t Just Finally Get an Emmy Nomination—She Got Two

“My fiancé knows nothing,” she says. “I don’t tell him anything. He’s sitting here in my hotel room, hoping I don’t spoil anything while I’m talking to you.”

Odenkirk, Seehorn, and castmate Patrick Fabian, who plays uptight white-shoe lawyer Howard Hamlin, lived together while shooting the series in a house Odenkirk bought in Albuquerque. Wexler has fond memories of “watching Wild Wild Country together and screaming at the television screen, birthing puppies from a stray dog that Bob brought home from the desert, and protecting a hummingbird nest from road runners,” but also plenty of “staying up late around the kitchen island doing what no one else wants to hear, which is line-by-line dissection of a scene.”

According to Odenkirk, “all that actor yammering” served a real purpose in a show whose writers are known for investing even the most seemingly marginal detail with purpose and meaning. “We probably took it too far a few times,” he says. “But I think it helped the show. And it was such a great experience. Maybe the best I’ll ever have in show business, and I know that.”

In a classic awards-season irony, Seehorn scored both her first and her second career nominations this morning. In addition to being honored as best supporting actress for Better Call Saul, she also landed a nod for actress in a short form comedy, drama, or variety series for the AMC shortform series Cooper’s Bar, starring character actor Louis Mustillo. Seehorn, who also served as a director and executive producer on the project, says “I hope [the nomination] gets more eyeballs on it, because we’re really, really proud of it.”

Both Odenkirk and Seehorn face stiff competition in their main acting categories from cast members of such awards juggernauts as Succession, Severance, Squid Game, and Ozark. But to Odenkirk, just being in contention is the main thing. “The nomination means so much,” says the actor, who has been nominated 17 times and won two writing Emmys early in his career. “It means you’re getting picked out of a massive selection of performance and talent that we can all watch now.”

If Odenkirk weren’t nominated both as an actor and producer for Better Call Saul, he might be rooting for Severance, directed by his old friend and collaborator Ben Stiller. “The more I watch it, the funnier it gets. I think it should be nominated in comedy, but that’s me, my brain. My wife and daughter know now that I’m gonna be forever saying [clears throat, puts on a voice like John Turturro’s character, Irving Bailiff]: ‘A man is more than a man. He’s his thoughts and actions as well. That’s what Kier tells us.’ I love that fucking Turturro character. It just makes me laugh my ass off.”

Seehorn, for her part, says Abbot Elementary, The Offer, and Julia are among her personal favorites from the past year of TV. And one more: “I love Yellowjackets. I’d follow Melanie Lynskey off a cliff.”

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