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EXCLUSIVE: Ellie Kemper Wants to Lose Her Emmy to Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 'I'm Not Trying to Be Self-Deprecating'

by John Boone 5:20 PM PDT, September 18, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Ellie Kemper Wants to Lose Her Emmy to Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 'I'm Not Trying to Be Self-Deprecating'

For Ellie Kemper, it isn't just an honor to be nominated -- it would be an honor to lose, too!

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star is up for her first Emmy -- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series -- and while she said that the nomination is "so special" and "a huge honor," she told ET's Kevin Frazier on the red carpet that she wants to lose to Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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"I'm not trying to be self-deprecating. I really sort of hope I do not win, because giving a speech sounds terrifying," Kemper admitted. "And by the way, we all just want Julia Louis-Dreyfus to give a speech, so I hope she wins. She gives the best acceptance speeches."

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The Emmys marks Kemper's return to the red carpet one month after giving birth to her first son, and she chose a stunning yellow Jenny Packham dress for the occasion.

"You have the great fortune of trying on a lot of different dresses like a kid in the candy shop," she said of her process picking out the gown. "And I put this on and it was so beautiful and I love the color and also it was very comfortable. You can wear underthings."

Under things?!

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"Umm, just the structural components that go underneath a lady's dress," she explained, before joking, "Why did I say it? It was so avoidable. I could have just talked about television. Under things..."

Meanwhile, JLD's Emmy win last year tied her with Mary Tyler Moore for the most lead actress wins in history -- which means if she does beat Kemper tonight, she'll make history. Look back on her 2015 win in the video below.

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