Emmys: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reese Witherspoon, More Nominees Pick Their Ideal Seatmates

8:15 AM 9/14/2017

by THR staff

Laverne Cox says she would be glad to settle in next to Alexander Skarsgard ("if he were single and interested") as Sterling K. Brown and Jane Fonda, among others, reveal which stars would make them "geek out."

Nominees Pick Their Ideal Seatmates -Illustration By Kyle Hilton -H 2017
Illustration By Kyle Hilton

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    If we could bring people back from the dead, I would like to sit next to Julia Child. She seems like a really interesting woman that I never got a chance to meet, and I would love to talk food with her during the commercial break — because I am starving!

  • Reese Witherspoon

    Oprah. Every minute I'm with her, I'm like, "Ah!" I just love learning from her. She's a good time. She likes to have fun.

  • William H. Macy

    Jason Bateman. He's the bee's knees. He's so funny, and that fucker can act! He can be on one side, with Felicity [Huffman] on the other.

  • Billy Eichner

    I'm not sure but last year Sarah Paulson brought Marcia Clark so I'm praying that this year Michelle Pfeiffer brings Ruth Madoff.

  • Felicity Huffman

    I would want to sit next to Bill Macy, because he is my rock and my North Star. And I would want to sit next to Sarah Paulson, because you can't have a bad time when you're sitting next to Sarah Paulson.

  • Allison Janney

    I'd like to sit between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Pam Adlon.

  • Anna Chlumsky

    Aziz Ansari, because his show has tricked me — and I imagine the entire 30-something population of NYC — into thinking we are friends.

  • Pamela Adlon

    Jane Fonda, and I just want to sit there and say, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to compete with you. You're my hero."

  • Jane Fonda

    Lily [Tomlin]!

  • Lily Tomlin

    I wish I could watch with my mother, she would be so delighted. And Jane Fonda.

  • Laverne Cox

    Alexander Skarsgard if he were single and interested. If not, Jessica Lange. Her performance as Joan Crawford [in Feud] was exquisite. I might get better by osmosis.

  • Sterling K. Brown

    Bryan Cranston. What he did with Walter White [on Breaking Bad] is extraordinary. I met him once and geeked out.

  • Elisabeth Moss

    Fargo creator Noah Hawley. I could pester him with questions about his brilliant show for hours. I'm sure he'd enjoy that.

  • Jeffrey Tambor

    Give me an aisle. I have these big long legs, and I have to have the aisle.

  • Claire Foy

    I'd sit next to Matt Smith, which he would not say the same. If he were answering this question, he would be sat next to, like, Nicole Kidman. I'd be there going, "Matt, come on, come on. Sit next to me."

  • Carrie Coon

    Kate McKinnon, because I think she's extraordinary. And I read one time in a magazine that she watched The Leftovers and that she liked me. I think she's really brilliant. I want to see her Nora Durst impersonation, if I may be so presumptuous!

  • Jessica Lange

    I'd like to sit next to Ryan [Murphy], of course, just because he's a great pal and we've done a lot of good work together and I adore him.

  • Susan Sarandon

    I'd like to be near Ryan [Murphy] and next to Jes [Jessica Lange] for sure.

  • Kathryn Hahn

    Between Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange. Can you imagine the running commentary? Goddesses.

  • Evan Rachel Wood

    I want to sit next to Robin Wright. I love her. I know we're nominated against each other, but she's one of my very good friends. She's always a good time.

  • Keri Russell

    The person who has the most food stuffed in their pockets because we're always starving.

  • Matthew Rhys

    Other than my girlfriend, I hasten to preface — I would like to sit next to Anthony Hopkins. He's been my hero since childhood.