Ansari, Goodwin keep it casual at Emmy rehearsals
By DERRIK J. LANG AP Entertainment Writer September 22, 2012 10:26PM
Aziz Ansari attends the Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Friday in Los Angeles. | Richard Shotwell~Invision via AP
LOS ANGELES — The Emmy Awards were still a day away, but the Nokia Theatre was already abuzz Saturday as celebrities popped in to run through their lines for Sunday’s ceremony.
TV stars such as Aziz Ansari, Matthew Perry, Ginnifer Goodwin and Hayden Panettiere practiced presenting awards on the Emmy stage in the mostly empty theater ahead of Sunday’s ABC broadcast.
Ansari, of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” wore a red polo and tan slacks and a delivered his introduction in phony British accent with a bottle of coconut water in hand.
“I feel like people take your acting more seriously when you’re British,” he quipped.
When Goodwin, of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” stepped on stage, her first question was: “Where am I sitting?”
The pixie-haired actress squinted as she attempted to spot her place card in the crowd.
Goodwin, dressed casually in a matching floral print top and jeans with black ballerina flats, kept her purse around her shoulder as she pretended to present an Emmy.
Panettiere, who is starring in the new ABC drama “Nashville,” presented an award “for this rehearsal only” to a stand-in for “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, but she mispronounced his name. Producers quickly corrected the actress, who probably won’t make the same mistake if Weiner wins Sunday.
Also spotted backstage Saturday were Andre Braugher of ABC’s “Last Resort” and Lena Dunham, who’s up for the best actress in a comedy trophy for her HBO series “Girls.”