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Emmys 2011: Peter Dinklage on his dog -- and learning to love TV

September 18, 2011 |  7:37 pm

Peter Dinklage

Dog sitters everywhere, this is your day. It's not often your work gets recognized during an Emmy Award acceptance speech. But when you sit Peter Dinklage's dog, Kevin, there's an exception.

The "Game of Thrones" actor, who was awarded in the supporting actor in a drama category for his turn on the lavish HBO fantasy series, gave a shout-out to sitter Kitty during his speech. "I mentioned her, but not my manager!" the actor said with some regret backstage.

It's an award that might not have happened. Dinklage, who was somewhat serious backstage, noted that he was less than enthusiastic about doing television.

"'Game of Thrones' is a very good job to have. I've learned to really love being on a TV show. I fought it for a very long time. Television has become something that it never was before ... the writing ... I get so excited when I get the scripts. I don't skip to read my part. And HBO's TV shows are a really, really good thing."

Speaking to his show, in particular, which threw viewers for a loop when it killed off its main character Ned Stark (played by Sean Bean), Dinklage said the unpredictability is what makes it great. 

"The villains live and the heroes die," he said. "It's unexpected. George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books, doesn't follow a traditional formula. It makes it fun."


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Photo: Peter Dinklage backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images