August 18, 2014 12:00 PM

66th Primetime Emmy®Awards

Monday, Aug. 25 Live! NBC 8ET/5PT

If Kerry Washington had to pick one reason to attend this year’s Emmy Awards, it would be to see her friends. “We’re all so busy that a lot of times, these award shows are the only time you get to see people you really adore,” admits the 37-year-old Scandal star, known for turning heads with her impeccable red carpet ensembles. “Like my friend Mindy Kaling—I love her so much, but I feel like the only time we get to hang out is at award shows!” That’s assuming Washington won’t be too busy breaking a record at this month’s ceremony: Should she win an Emmy for playing political fixer Olivia Pope, Washington would be the first African-American ever to take home the gold for Lead Actress in a Drama. “It’s a bit more surreal,” Washington says of her second nomination, “because I can’t believe it’s happened two years in a row. It’s awesome for the show.” It’s also icing on the cake for Washington, who topped off a particularly action-packed season of Scandal by giving birth in April to daughter Isabelle with husband Nnamdi Asomugha. “I know how extraordinary my life is right now and how amazing the opportunities I have are,” says the actress, beaming. “I’m very grateful and feel very, very blessed.”

HOST

Seth Meyers

THE PRESSURE IS ON!

‘ENTERTAINING ENTERTAINERS IS NO SMALL FEAT,’ THE LATE NIGHT HOST, 40, SAYS OF HIS BIG GIG

First things first: Have you picked out your tux?

Definitely. It’s funny, since hosting Late Night I’ve gained a better sense of style. I might even do a costume change at the Emmys, so don’t fall asleep on that. There’s a lot of ways this can go down.

What about the jokes? Are they written?

I’m procrastinating for a reason. With jokes, they don’t stay fresh for too long. And I’m a little superstitious about practicing too much.

Is your wife, Alexi Ashe, nervous for you?

She is so supportive. But she doesn’t want me to bomb because I’d know it, and that would just ruin the afterparty!

What are your own guilty pleasures on TV?

The worst I’ll do is get caught in an endless SportsCenter loop. That’s when my wife will turn on Sex and the City in retaliation, and all of a sudden I hear those four girls trying to find love in New York City ca. 1999.

If you could be on any show, what would it be?

I’d love to be on Fargo! I’d be bundled up in a parka with just my eyes showing and unwittingly walk into a situation where I take two shots to the head and that’s it.

Anything you won’t do for a laugh?

I will absolutely not sing or dance. That’s a favor to the audience.

Betty White

EMMY VETERAN

63 YEARS LATER

THE ACTRESS REFLECTS ON MORE THAN SIX DECADES OF nerves, NOMINATIONS AND WINS

While most women her age are enjoying retirement, Betty White shows no signs of slowing down. “You can’t get rid of me, can you?” laughs the 92-year-old star, who just scored her 21st Primetime Emmy nomination. Her nod, for hosting Betty White’s Off Their Rockers on Lifetime, comes 63 years after her first shot at an Emmy as the lead actress in the classic sitcom Life with Elizabeth. “It wasn’t nearly the big schmear that it is now, with all the lights and fashion,” White says of the much smaller ceremony, held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. “By the next year they had gotten it together as a show.”

White now has her seven Emmys–for a variety of projects from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to The Golden Girls–sitting on a bureau in her L.A. home but says there’s “not a chance” that she’ll be walking away with a trophy this year. Then again, she’s been surprised before. “You don’t expect to win at all, but you still get nervous and jittery,” says the Hot in Cleveland star. “And when they do call your name, you want to faint!”

Taylor Schilling

1st TIME NOMINEE!

MY EMMY PLANS

THE ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK STAR, UP FOR LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY, DISHES ON RED CARPET PREP, STYLE AND SNEAKING FOOD INTO THE THEATER

1 Not part of her red carpet prep? A cleanse!

Though her character Piper was a master cleanse fan, “that’s not how I roll. I don’t roll with juice cleanses,” Schilling, 30, says emphatically. “I like to eat chicken. And beans.”

2 Don’t expect her in an orange gown.

“Someone would have the right to throw eggs at me if I wore orange,” she says, breaking into a laugh. But aside from that one condition, she is open to ideas. “Here’s the thing: I never feel like I’m in the cool kids club with clothes, so I just put on what I like.”

3 She won’t be hiding her speech in her cleavage.

“Prepping a speech at all sounds like bad juju to me,” says the star. “I’ll just channel my second-grade self.” (She used to practice in the shower!)

4 But she will be bringing food.

“I always have almonds or something like that,” she says. “Last year I sat in the back of the theater and ate them throughout the whole show.”

5 Sorry, guys, she’s got a date lined up.

It’s her manager. “These events are overwhelming, and it’s nice to have someone to shepherd you through them.”

MY GO-TO SNACK

“I always have food with me!”

MY DATE FOR THE NIGHT

Manager Molly Madden

MY RED CARPET STYLE

“I’ll probably wear something quite classic.”

MY AFTERPARTY PLANS

“Dancing with the cast! We’re really fun. I love them.”

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