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Emmys: Michael C. Hall says nominations will put a spring in the step of 'Dexter' cast, crew

July 14, 2011 | 12:49 pm

Michael C Hall

Michael C. Hall woke up to his fifth Emmy nomination this morning ... but he had to track down his phone to do it. 

Tell me you weren’t murdering someone when you heard the news.

Even better: I was in my bathroom, where I leave my phone, which wakes me up [with an alarm]. I had a bunch of messages from publicists, friends, colleagues, so I was checking them.

You leave your phone in the bathroom?

If I put it by my bed, I’m too inclined to ignore the alarm. This way, I actually have to get up. That’s my technique.

I’ll have to try that.

Do it. It usually works.

Back to the Emmys. How do you plan to celebrate?

I don’t know. I mean, the ceremony itself will be a chance to celebrate the show. It received, what, seven nominations? Lots of us will be there. That’ll be a great chance to formally celebrate. We work today, we’re a third of the way done with the next season. It will definitely give us all a spring in our step.

Cablers seemed to get a lot of award recognition. Is that even surprising anymore?

I don’t know. I guess I haven’t put any attention to whatever the trends are this year. I’m certainly happy that that’s the case. I love my character, and he probably wouldn’t be as cool on broadcast TV.

Let’s talk about last season. What did you find most challenging in playing the character?

In the fifth season we sort of had to take responsibility for the mess in Dexter’s world. He had a big share in Rita’s death. It was difficult to try to play this guy who maintains some sort of disconnect from his emotions and still process all of that.

How about your fellow nominees? If you couldn't win, who would you like to take the trophy?

Well, I can’t say Bryan Cranston. Oh, gosh, I don’t know. It’s strange. We’re not running a 100-yard dash. We’re all doing very different things. It’s a strange thing deciding whose is best. Good luck to the voters doing that.


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 — Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Michael C. Hall. Credit: Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times.