Bob Odenkirk – His Lead Actor Emmy Nom ‘Better Call Saul’

Bob Odenkirk received his fifth nomination in recognition of his role as Saul Goodman. Better Call SaulTuesday. The series received seven nominations for its final season, including Outstanding Drama Series (Official Drama Series) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Official Writing For A Drama Series).

“I’m genuinely thrilled,” says Odenkirk. “I would say more than any other year, I didn’t expect it. I know it’s stupid, but we came out of Breaking Bad so, in a weird way it feels like we’ve been on the air for 15 years, you know what I mean? I’m just thrilled that people notice that we’re still holding up our standards and delivering a very complex, sensitively written and very unique show.”

Better Call SaulThis is the origin story about Saul Goodman Breaking BadOdenkirk was unable to complete his timeline due to this. “It’s a weird puzzle in your brain,”He said, “and you have to do the math every time because Better Call Saul jumps around in time. So, I could be doing a scene where I’m Saul from Breaking Bad, and then two pages later I’m Jimmy McGill from years before he was even Saul Goodman.”

Odenkirk’s co-star Rhea Seehorn also received a nomination today for her role as Kim Wexler, which has been overlooked in past Emmy seasons. “We don’t expect these things,”He said, “you’d be stupid to expect a nomination, but she deserved one so much for the work she’s done developing Kim Wexler. I’ve just loved being with her for six years and I’m just so glad she’s noticed and nominated. She deserves it.”

The series finale Better Call Saul airs on August 15th, but Odenkirk says it doesn’t feel like goodbye yet. “I’m gonna feel that when I see the last episode in six weeks,”He says. “In a weird way, the story and the character are still alive in me. We’ve had so many years of shooting this guy and I’ve been playing him for 12 years. Some part of my brain is thinking, ‘When do I go back?’ [laughs] I think when I see the finale and I know what happens, I’ll feel like he’s set and I won’t be him again. Until then I’m waiting to play him again. [laughs] It’s weird, but I can’t put him to rest until I see the ending and maybe not even then.”

Odenkirk started work on a new series for AMC, called Straight ManBased on the Richard Russo novel, He said he plays “a humorously disgruntled professor dealing with the world of academia and the security and instability of that world.”

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