This year's Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were presented Wednesday by actors Clark Gregg and Sasha Alexander and after the ceremony, Gregg was all smiles that his former co-star on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, received a fresh nod for her work in the HBO comedy Veep.
"I've got to say it's a scorching field of amazing nominees -- I
wouldn't want to be in any of those categories because it's such an
amazing year for performances," Gregg told ET after the nomination announcements were made. "And the thing I love about the SAG Awards in particular is that as an
actor you realize there's a certain kind of magic that people create in
When asked about Louis-Dreyfus' SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for Veep, he said he couldn't be happier for his friend and former TV ex-wife. "When we started The New Adventures of Old Christine, people were saying,
'What do you think about the Seinfeld curse?' And all I could think of was,
I wasn't on that, I shouldn't be subject to that curse -- and we
weren't ,luckily. It's really nice to see her just squash that silly
idea into the ground."
Alexander presented the nominations alongside Gregg and also revealed to ET that she'll take on a special role of "social media ambassador" leading up to and during the SAG Awards live broadcast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT).
"I will be a behind-the-scenes eye for the audience," the Rizzoli & Isles star explained. "Leading up to the show, things that are going on to prepare for the show, rolling out the red carpet. And then during the show I'll be on the red carpet and also behind the scenes backstage and presenting."
Watch the video to also here about a new $1 million donation by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and People magazine in celebration of this year's SAG Awards. The multi-year monetary gift will be used to support SAG Foundation programs involving children's literacy, catastrophic healthcare funds and a scholarship program.