Emmys: Ellie Kemper, Jill Soloway, More Nominees Offer Advice for Host Jimmy Kimmel

Ellie Kemper and Jill Soloway_Split - Getty - H 2016
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Ellie Kemper and Jill Soloway_Split - Getty - H 2016

"If you say anything stupid, just double down; 40 percent of America will love it."

Ahead of the Emmys, a handful of nominees offer up advice for host Jimmy Kimmel.

Jill Soloway (Transparent): “In the spirit of Transparent, I’d tell him to be the Jimmy-est Jimmy he could possibly be.”

Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt): "Give all of the awards to Beyonce!”

Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson): “Be yo’self ! This man has been killin’ it since Win Ben Stein’s Money! Like he needs my advice! #ChilePlease”

Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey): “Call everyone ‘darling,’ like British actors do. It covers the fact that you can’t remember anyone’s name.”

Steve Levitan (Modern Family): "If you say anything stupid just double down; 40 percent of America will love it."

Joel Fields (The Americans): “He should definitely do a section in Russian with English subtitles.”

Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson): "Tequila baby, TEQUILA."

Louie Anderson (Horace & Pete): "Steal an extra Emmy for me in case I don't win. Actually, steal me an extra even if I do win, it's always nice to have a set…"

Robert Carlock (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt): "Don't be a slave to the whole 'three-hour time limit.' It's just a guideline."

William H. Macy (Shameless): "Dont put the envelope in your mouth."

David Mandel (Veep): "Cut a few categories while nobody is looking. I would love to tell people that I was at the only Emmys that ever ended an hour early because it went so fast."

James Corden (The Late Late Show): "Just relax and be yourself."

Alec Berg (Silicon Valley): "Whatever you do, don’t follow Hitler."

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.