Emmy Nominee Niecy Nash Confesses Moment of Thinking Under Her ‘Weave': What the Heck is the E-List? (Video)

The “Getting On” actress tells TheWrap story of the first day of shooting when a show writer told her the dark comedy could land her an acting award nomination

Last Updated: September 28, 2015 @ 4:25 PM

Niecy Nash couldn’t be more grateful and humbled by her first Emmy acting nomination for her role on HBO’s “Getting On,” admitting that she cried her eyes out when she learned the news.

During an interview at TheWrap Studios with executive editor Joseph Kapsch, Nash revealed that on first day of filming one of the show’s writers told her the dark comedy could land her “on the E-List,” but she confessed that she had no idea what that meant, thinking it was “lower than the D-List!”

The writer actually told Nash the “E-List” meant she had Emmy nomination potential– and he was right.

“At the time I didn’t have a publicist and I wasn’t campaigning,” Nash told TheWrap.

The actress was actually grabbing a coffee during break from filming when it was announced that she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy the role of nurse Denise “DiDi” Ortley.

When the show producers told everyone on the set, “I cried like a baby … I wept from my soul,” she said.

With the Primetime Emmys less than a month away on Sept. 20, Nash’s trick to surviving the highly-competitive campaign season is just to “try to stay present,” she said. “There is so much going on and you don’t want to have blinked and missed the moment.”

When Kapsch asked who would be her ultimate Emmy Revenge “F–k you to” if she wins, Nash shrieked with laughter.

“If you had asked me that question three years ago, that list would have been this long,” she said stretching her arms out, “But I have let go of so much and have had to narrow it down. It would be the people who kicked me out of auditions … I was asked to leave very forcibly,” she laughed.

“Getting On” also stars Laurie MetcalfAlex Borstein and Mel Rodriguez. The dark comedy, from creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, follows the daily lives of doctors and nurses trying to care for elderly patients amid an outrageous and overwhelming health care bureaucracy that is the American healthcare system.

Nash will also co-star on Ryan Murphy‘s highly anticipated Fox series “Scream Queens.” Stay tuned to TheWrap for more of her interview on that role.

“Getting On” returns to HBO on Nov. 9 at 10:30 p.m.