Emmys 2012: Brenda Strong on her final 'Desperate Housewives' nomination
"More sweet than bitter, for sure," Strong, who now stars on TNT's "Dallas," tells Zap2it of her nomination for outstanding voice-over performance for narrating the long-running ABC series. "Had I been honored in the beginning, the first two years, it wouldn't be the same. Having it come at the end makes it feel so much more important and special, because I know it's over."
She's also thrilled that her co-star Kathryn Joosten, who died in June, was nominated a final time. Joosten won two guest-acting Emmys on "Desperate Housewives" but got her first nomination in the supporting actress category on Thursday.
"She was so special," Strong says of Joosten. "... She loved her work so much -- that was her driving force. She loved being an actress. [During filming of the series finale] we were hugging, and she looked at me and said, 'Will you vote for me?' I said, 'Kathy, of course I'll vote for you.'"
Strong appeared on-camera as Mary Alice Young in the "Desperate Housewives" finale in addition to narrating, and she was on set when the final scene filmed. "I wouldn't have missed it for the world," she says. "We all sat around the kitchen table with [creator] Marc [Cherry] and reminisced. It was very special."
The voice-over Emmy is part of the Creative Arts ceremony on Sept. 15; the Primetime Emmys will air on ABC on Sept. 23.