9 Things We Never Knew Before the Emmys Red Carpet

Taraji P. Henson's celebrity crush, Mindy Kaling's blush-worthy confession and more of the pre-show moments we can't stop talking about

01 of 09

THE TRUE MEANING BEHIND THAT CATCHY UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT SONG

THE TRUE MEANING BEHIND THAT CATCHY UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT SONG

"'Peeno Noir' is a song my character writes as an ode to black penis."
– Tituss Burgess, on his character's catchy signature song

02 of 09

TARAJI P. HENSON HAS THE HOTS FOR RYAN SEACREST

TARAJI P. HENSON HAS THE HOTS FOR RYAN SEACREST
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"You always were hot, but now you're hotter."
– The Empire star, to the E! red carpet host as L.A. temperatures soared

03 of 09

EDIE FALCO'S DREAM JOB ISN'T WHAT YOU THINK

EDIE FALCO'S DREAM JOB ISN'T WHAT YOU THINK
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"I used to think I'd be able to [be on American Ninja Warrior], but I tried hanging on to a monkey bar, and my kids were laughing at me."
– Falco, on her other career aspirations

04 of 09

MINDY KALING'S SECRET SAUCE TO A SUCCESSFUL TV SHOW

MINDY KALING'S SECRET SAUCE TO A SUCCESSFUL TV SHOW
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"People love racy. My staff and I are a little perverted, so that's good."
– Kaling, making us blush on the pre-show red carpet

05 of 09

JAIMIE ALEXANDER IS KEEPING UP WITH WHAT THE KIDS ARE SAYING THESE DAYS

JAIMIE ALEXANDER IS KEEPING UP WITH WHAT THE KIDS ARE SAYING THESE DAYS
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"#ThankYou."
– Alexander, in response to Giuliana Rancic's compliment that she is "#gorgeous"

06 of 09

RYAN SEACREST WINS AT TV

RYAN SEACREST WINS AT TV
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"If I knew the answer to that, I'd have 15 hit shows like you."
– LL Cool J on the secret to success, while chatting with Seacrest on the red carpet

07 of 09

THE REASON ANTHONY ANDERSON DIDN'T BRING HIS MOM TO THE EMMYS

THE REASON ANTHONY ANDERSON DIDN'T BRING HIS MOM TO THE EMMYS
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"My mother was hysterical [when she called about my nomination]. That's why I didn't bring her tonight because it would have been about her – so I brought my son instead."
– The Black-ish star on his red carpet date

08 of 09

A 100-DEGREE HEAT WAVE CAN RUIN AN IMPROMPTU SING-ALONG

A 100-DEGREE HEAT WAVE CAN RUIN AN IMPROMPTU SING-ALONG
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"'Unbreakable! We're alive, damn it!' Not really though, because it's so hot."
Jane Krakowski, interrupting her adorable rendition of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song to comment on the weather

09 of 09

JIMMY KIMMEL OFFERS UP A FASHION #TRUTHBOMB

JIMMY KIMMEL OFFERS UP A FASHION #TRUTHBOMB
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"You're wearing yourself? That's like masturbating."
– Kimmel, on Ryan Seacrest's suit, designed by the TV host himself

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