The 2017 Emmy nominations were recently announced, and former Orange Is The New Black star Samara Wiley picked one up for her role in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale. Now, she's opening up about her reaction to the news.
As reported by E! Online, Wiley recounted about finding out she'd been nominated by saying, "I totally didn't realize what was going on. My agent called me. I sort of missed the beginning part. I saw that the show got nominated and that [Elisabeth Moss] got nominated and I was just so overjoyed for that. Then my agent called me, and I was like, 'What are you calling me for?' and he was like, 'For you getting nominated!'"
She added, "Ever since that moment I have just been overjoyed and my phone has been inundated with text messages and phone calls of love and congratulations. I'm just over the moon."
Wiley then revealed who the first people she told about the nomination were, saying, "I called my wife. She was out to breakfast with a friend. She was like, 'What?!' She was definitely the first call I made and then I called my dad. So just the usual people who build me up every day and who raised me."
The 30-year-old actress said, "I honestly thought it'd be for Orange Is the New Black season four. I am just so happy that I was considered for both. Ever since there has been buzz about and talk about it, I've been so grateful for that."
Lastly, she added, "Didn't even think it would come to this, but it's such a show that people have embraced in a way we never thought would happen. Again, I'm just overjoyed and can't even speak in complete sentences right now."