Sarah Paulson didn't sleep through her Emmy nom
July 19th, 2012
05:36 PM ET

Sarah Paulson didn't sleep through her Emmy nom

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 theĀ  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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