Emmy Nominees Dish on Dream Guest-Starring Roles

by | September 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM | Emmys

'Mad Men's Christina Hendricks arrives at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By SANDY COHEN

LOS ANGELES — Christina Hendricks, Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson have earned repeat Emmy nods for their work on their regular shows, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their eye on some sweet guest-starring gigs on other top programs.

Producers, take note: Here’s a look at the shows these and other Emmy nominees would love to try.

_ “I’d love to do a guest spot on `Downton Abbey.’ I’m absolutely in love with `Homeland.’ I think it’s amazing. I would do anything they asked me.” — Hendricks, nominated for the third time for playing Joan Harris on “Mad Men.”

_ “Oh God, I don’t know. `Dynasty?’ I just want to wear really big shoulder pads and have crazy big hair.” — Bowen, who won the supporting actress award for her role as Claire Dunphy on “Modern Family” and is nominated again this year.

_ “I’m a huge fan of `Parks and Recreation,’ but I think I’d like to do something totally different, like `American Horror Story.’ Oh sure, I’ll get killed. That sounds fun. Or I’ll play a nun, a spooky nun.” — Ferguson, enjoying his third consecutive nomination for playing Mitchell Pritchett on “Modern Family.”

_ “I would love to do a part on `Boardwalk Empire.’ I’d have to play some guy that comes out from the West, a new hitter in town.” — Bill Paxton, nominated for playing Randall McCoy in the miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys.”

_ “`Homeland‘ would be at the top of my list. It depends how it goes in series two. Maybe an agent? I’d like to play an FBI or CIA agent.” — Joanne Froggatt, nominated for supporting actress for “Downton Abbey.”

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_ “I would love to do a guest role on `Girls.’ That show is about as good as it gets.” — Max Greenfield, up for supporting actor in the comedy “New Girl.”

_ “I have a classical background. I would love to be on `Game of Thrones’ as some kind of queen coming in to challenge the Starks — wearing all those amazing costumes and wielding a sword. The actors are so good. That would be a dream.” — Brenda Strong, nominated for her voiceover work on “Desperate Housewives.”

_ “`Game of Thrones,’ but I’m an American, so I don’t think that would happen. For that show, I’d go to the moon.” — Sarah Paulson, up for her supporting role in the HBO movie “Game Change.”

The Emmy Awards will be presented Sunday at the Nokia Theatre and broadcast live on ABC.

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