July 14th, 2011
11:28 AM ET
When the phone rang on the West Coast super early Thursday morning, "Desperate Housewives" actress Brenda Strong immediately feared that there may have been a death in the family.
Instead, she should have worried for her own health.
"I'm the one that could have had a heart attack," Strong joked to CNN. "I was so surprised."
After seven seasons voicing the often off camera, deceased Mary Alice Young on the ABC show, Strong has finally been nominated for outstanding voice-over performance.
Young, who is up against actors from "Futurama," "The Simpsons," "Robot Chicken," "Moguls & Movie Stars" and "The Looney Tunes Show," said she had even forgotten that the Emmy nominations were being announced.
"[ABC] has submitted me for the past seven years, and the first few years there was that anticipation of 'maybe,'" Strong said. "But at this point, I was sleeping and didn't have a clue."
The actress said she is beyond excited, with "lucky number seven" being the charm so far. She enjoys the job of voicing Mary Alice, even if it doesn't mean much screen time.
All that is about to change for Strong, however, as she has been cast as Bobby Ewing's new wife, Ann, on the TNT reboot of "Dallas."
Strong said she loves working with Patrick Duffy, and is fully aware that fans of the original show loved the coupling of Duffy's character with Pam Ewing (played by Victoria Principal).
"I'm just hoping that fans can accept that Bobby has a new love because the chemistry between us is really good," Strong said. "I think it's going to be a little bit of an adjustment, but once they see our relationship they will enjoy it. I'm also excited because there is a whole new generation that has never seen the show before that is going to have an identity with this entire epic."
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