September 21, 2009 09:45 PM

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Everyone dreams of attending a major award show like the Emmys, but what happens when you not only get to go, but you actually present on-stage? We asked Fringe star Anna Torv about her debut Emmy experience and how she picked her dazzling Marc Bouwer dress. She tells PEOPLE, “On Fringe, I spend so much time in black and grey suits and don’t have the opportunity to dress up or wear anything with bright color. So when I first saw the Marc Bouwer dress, I was definitely intrigued. It was surprisingly more comfortable than I thought it would be.” And comfortable is a good thing when you have a few nerves going in to the night. “As I’ve never presented on the Emmys before, let alone attended an event of such magnitude, I was in awe about being part of the night. It really felt like I crawled inside my television.” And just like all of us watching the red carpet, Anna got to see the stars up-close, which had a surprising side effect. “I relaxed my nerves about walking the red carpet when I saw a whole sea of talented actors and understood it wasn’t about me. For me, watching the parade was all the fun of the evening.” We definitely had a great time watching her glide down the red carpet like a pro. Check out all the stars on the Emmy Awards red carpet by clicking here.

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