Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
What do you give credit for winning your Emmy Award this year?
Really, really good luck. I don't know. Writing. I think that is the key in most mediums, but really, in TV, very much writing is the lynchpin of if it works or it doesn't. That's what I've always said what keeps this so enjoyable, going into our seventh year is the quality of the writing, the commitment of our writers to keep it very funny but also very true to what our characters were from day one. And that makes everything easier to play.
I've often said that Sheldon has been traveling down this funny road with this romance idea, which seemed impossible six years ago. And it's been nothing but a pleasure. It's never been a harrowing bad challenge because the decisions and moves that the writers make is so grounded in what it was when it first started and who the characters really are, I think.
How will you be celebrating your Emmy Award win tonight?
The whole cast is here, which is phenomenal. That's true joy of having the show be nominated: the size of the celebration changes dramatically. So we'll go to the Governor's Ball. And then, there are all those after-parties.
I'm not much of an after-party [guy]. It's more of an after-thought to me. I prefer to read in bed, but that's because I'm 100. So I don't know, I might go home and say hello to the dogs. That might feel like a celebration. I'm not sure.
What kinds of TV show do you like to watch?
The shows I will watch are almost any sporting event. I will watch any news show or even those that are newsy, like "The McLaughlin Group." Again, I'm 100. And as far as a reality program, I really love "Project Runway."
What is the experience like to hear your name among the other nominees and then to have your name called as the winner?
The closest thing I can compare it to is that feeling you have when you narrowly miss getting into a car accident. The adrenaline that drives up is so severe. I don't know if I have a psychological disorder or if that's just the name of the game.
But the moment leading up to it, because I guess you may have to get up and talk in front of people is so heart-pounding, it's the other reason why I like to go to sleep as soon as possible. It's so exhausting, in a way. That's so unromantic, isn't it? Oh well.