Samira Wiley is nominated for her role on the hit Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale 

By Nicholas Rice
September 19, 2020 04:15 PM
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Samira Wiley is making sure that a wardrobe malfunction is out of the question when she appears onscreen at the 2020 Emmy Awards.

The 33-year-old actress — who is up for an award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series — tells PEOPLE that she will not be going pantless when she appears virtually on the Sunday night ceremony.

"Honestly, because it's the Emmys, I don't want any mistakes so I'm probably gonna put on some pants," Wiley says.

Earlier in July, Variety reported that the award show's executive producers and host Jimmy Kimmel sent out a letter informing nominees that this year's dress code is not its standard black-tie affair.

"Our informal theme for the night is 'come as you are, but make an effort,'" the statement read. "If you want to be in formal wear, we’d love that, but equally if you’re in the UK and it’s 3am, perhaps you want to be in designer pajamas and record from your bed! We want to work with you to style your moments, but want you to guide us on your levels of comfort – where you want to be, who you want to be with, what you want to wear etc."

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Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, various stars have opted not to wear pants when they worked from home, including Andy Cohen, who moderated the Real Housewives of Atlanta season 12 reunion show in his underwear. Similarly, in April, Will Reeve joined Good Morning America via video call and was dressed business casual from the waist up and very casual from the waist down.

Instead of worrying about appearing onscreen without any pants on, Wiley will instead be focused on her nomination and the feeling that comes with it. "Being nominated for an Emmy, there's nothing like it," she shares. "It's the highest thing you can aspire to in my field."

The Orange Is the New Black star added that she has been asked if the feeling of being nominated ever gets old to her, to which she replies, "Absolutely not."

"If you're someone who is like 'Oh, I'm nominated for an Emmy, that's old,' I don't know who you are because it feels amazing to me every time," she says.

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Wiley was first nominated for an Emmy back in 2017 for her role as Moira on the hit Hulu television series, The Handmaid's Tale.

Though she didn't win that year, she later picked up an Emmy statuette for her second nomination the following year for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her role in the dystopian drama.

This year, Wiley notes that she doesn't have an acceptance speech prepared ahead of time, and reveals that she doesn't know what to expect at this year's ceremony as it is held virtually for the first time ever.

"I'm just trying to take it in how everyone else takes it in on the night of and just see what happens," she shares. "I don't know what to expect."

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The 2020 Emmy Awards were initially scheduled to take place at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, but were moved to a virtual format back in July.

In a statement, the Television Academy shared, "As ABC and the Television Academy continue to formulate plans for the Emmys telecast, producers have taken the proactive step of reaching out to some nominees now to inform them of our intent to deliver a live show that is both celebratory and safe. We look forward to sharing information with you in the weeks ahead, as we solidify our plans for TV’s biggest night."

Kimmel, who previously hosted the event in both 2012 and 2016, will host remotely from a stage inside the Staples Center, which will not have a red carpet or an audience.

Alongside Wiley, this year's nominees (which included a record number of Black actors) include Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere), Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Cate Blanchett (Mrs. America), Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish), Issa Rae (Insecure), Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) and Zendaya (Euphoria), to name just a few.

The 72nd Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.