How is Giancarlo Esposito feeling on Emmy nomination day? “How do you think I am? I’m fantastic!” exclaims the Breaking Bad standout, who received a nod in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama category this morning for his turn as meth lord Gustavo Fring. “It’s a great honor. I was tongue-tied all morning talking to all kinds of press, but I’m in gratitude.” EW tried to untie Esposito’s tongue and get him to talk about his big morning, his chance to make history, and much more.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you stay up all night thinking about the call or did you sleep like a baby?
GIANCARLO ESPOSITO: I slept like a baby… until 3 a.m. (laughs) At 3 a.m., I started to get squirmy, I don’t know why I couldn’t sleep, I guess somewhere in my consciousness, I knew it was coming down the pike. I got up, I sat on my yoga asana, crossed my legs and meditated for awhile, just in case I got the call. I wanted to be calm and really present.