July 19th, 2012
05:36 PM ET
Sarah Paulson was not one of those actresses who was caught restfully unaware of her Emmy nomination.
"I wasn't expecting it to happen, but I wasn't sleeping peacefully either," said Paulson, who was nominated for outstanding supporting actress for her performance as Nicole Wallace in HBO's "Game Change." "I don't want to make it sound like I was cool as a cucumber. I was hopeful, but I definitely wasn't sure it was going to happen."
The actress said she had made a deal with her manager to only call her with good news, so when her phone rang early Thursday morning she was thrilled.
"I started screaming like a banshee," she said.
Paulson took very seriously her role of Wallace, senior advisor for the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign that "Game Change" chronicled.
The actress has an even further connection to this year's Emmy Awards. Paulson is returning as a regular on the second season of "American Horror Story," which was nominated in the outstanding miniseries or movie category.
"It's going to be a very exciting time in the hair and makeup trailer," she said. "I can tell you that."
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