Finn Wittrock on His "Surprise" Emmy Nomination, Working With Ryan Murphy

Wittrock is nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series for 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.'

Finn Wittrock is no stranger to the Primetime Emmys, but he calls his recent and second nomination a "real honor and a wonderful surprise."

"I really wasn't expecting it," he told The Hollywood Reporter of his outstanding supporting actor in a limited series nomination for his portrayal of Jeff Trail in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. "It came my way, and it was dropped from the heavens."

He added: "I feel like half of my competition is from the show. I'll be happy whoever wins."

Wittrock also spoke about co-star and fellow Emmy nominee Darren Criss, who stepped into the mind of serial killer Andrew Cunanan. "I think seeing him up close and personal, digging into that character was really a cool experience. He's so great to work with and play with, and he kept things very light off-camera so that he could go to the darkness on camera."

"He comes from music and theater, and I come from the theater, and I think that kind of loving the process of finding it together is mutually beneficial for us," he said of his scenes with Criss.

The actor has starred in several seasons of American Horror Story, including Freak Show, which earned him his first Emmy nomination for his role as Dandy Mott. He called working with Ryan Murphy and his team "the best family."

"Ryan, I think, is incredibly good at continuing to challenge you," he said. "As soon as you kind of think you've nailed one thing, he throws you something that stretches you in a whole different, crazy way. And that's what, I think, also keeps great actors coming to him, because he knows how to work your acting muscles."