Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum, The Middle‘s Eden Sher, and Modern Family guest star Elizabeth Banks are the reigning queens of comedy—at least according to EWwy voters, who’ve crowned them best actress, best supporting actress, and best guest actress, respectively, in our 7th Annual EWwy Awards for the Emmy-snubbed. All three phoned in to EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) on Aug. 18, when the winners were announced live. Listen to their full interviews below.
In her clip, Rossum hatches plans to taunt Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson—fellow best actress nominees who are now too hot to write a movie for her—and to place her golden ewe statue on the back of the toilet in her guest bathroom so people can see it. In addition to looking ahead to season 5, she details the lengths to which Showtime went to keep the return of Justin Chatwin in Shameless‘ season 4 finale a secret from even her. “I had been campaigning for the last few seasons for him to come back. I didn’t feel like the story was properly tied up. I didn’t see the episode before it aired, and I was on a road trip, and my phone started blowing up, and my mom calls me, and she’s like, ‘He’s alive!'” Rossum says. “I was like, ‘What are you talking about? I’m somewhere in Arizona.’ She’s like, ‘He’s in the show!’ I had no idea what she was talking about. They had flown Justin Chatwin to Chicago, put him in a different hotel, put him with a different crew, different hair and makeup team, and done this whole thing covert. And then the president of the network sent me an email Sunday night like, ‘Gotcha!'”
Banks, who made another memorable appearance as Mitch and Cam’s friend Sal in Modern Family‘s two-part season finale, is proud to add the EWwy hardware to her trophy collection, which mostly consists of a “Most Improved” in basketball award from the eighth grade. The role of Sal, who first popped up on the ABC comedy in 2009, was created for her after she went drinking in Palm Springs with old friend Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jason Winer, who directed the Modern Family pilot, and mentioned that it’d be fun to work together again. She and Ferguson originally met 14 years ago filming the “absolutely terrible” indie film Ordinary Sinner: “Jesse played a homophobic priest, actually—he’s a very good actor,” she says. She also speaks about recently wrapping her feature directorial debut, Pitch Perfect 2, in Baton Rouge—and how big the bugs are in Louisiana.
Sher, meanwhile, is so thrilled with the recognition for her and Sue Heck—her character on The Middle that EW recently named one of the 25 best characters on TV right now—that she jokes she may vomit.