On My Radar: Stephanie Beatriz Interviews Co-Star Andre Braugher About the Emmys

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Get inside the mind of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz as she gives you an exclusive look into the show, her (hilarious) thoughts on pop culture, her (serious) appreciation for Dolly Parton and basically anything else that enters her radar.

"Andre the Giant(ly Talented and Extremely Generous)"

This past Monday your Twitter feed and Instagram were crammed with photos of actors making their way down the red carpet in anticipation of the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, a ceremony that doles out awards for excellence in television and also decides what dresses everyone will be copying at this year’s prom (HINT: GO RED, AVOID UPDOS).

I’m lucky enough to know a nominee and past winner personally. Andre Braugher, who plays Captain Raymond Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series this year. So I “sat down” with Andre (we actually stood the entire time; we were taking off our makeup in the makeup trailer and we legit just stood there chatting and wiping our faces with hot towels). I asked him some stuff about the Emmys, since I’ve not been yet and was so so curious about how one of my favorite actors views the whole rigamarole of awards shows in general.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity and length, aka: I tend to ramble.

Stephanie: So this is the 8th time you’ve been nominated for an Emmy. (I initially thought it was the 3rd time and Andre politely corrected me while I DIED inside. I did not get that on tape THANK THE LORD, so let’s just pretend it didn’t happen.)

Andre: I believe so. I think I was nominated twice for Homicide. (Andre is genius in this series, if you haven’t seen it yet GET ON IT SON.). I was nominated for Gideon’s Crossing, I was nominated for The Tuskegee Airmen...

S: (interrupting) This is an embarrassment of riches, Andre.

A: Thank you.… Thief (Andre won that one, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie), twice for Men of a Certain Age, and now Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

S: How have your expectations and desires regarding the award shifted or changed from the beginning of your career to now?

A: Well, it’s a pretty fun event, but it’s also a little terrifying. Two minutes of terror when one realizes that you and the others are up for one award,  but I think it’s still really gratifying to be acknowledged and singled out,  from my peers really. My peers vote for me and they suggest that the work was notable,  and so I’m very happy about that. It’s what I’ve always hoped for.

S: Do you think these awards…

A: Should I follow you onto the trailer?

S: Yes, you wannna come in here?

A: Yes, I need to wash my face. (Imagine us wiping our faces from here on out.)

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Stephanie Beatriz, Blogger & Actress

Stephanie Beatriz plays Det. Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She loves her senior chihuahua and kombucha, and is serious graphic tee shirt addict. She's also really, really into Disneyland.

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