Michael Kelly won an Emmy nomination for the category of Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Doug Stamper, the White House Chief of staff, in the popular Netflix drama ‘House of Cards.’ With the nomination in the 68th Emmy Awards, Kelly scored his second career nomination for the role.
By winning the nomination, the actor said that he and his wife has broken a longstanding curse.
“My wife was like, ‘You’re definitely not going to get nominated this year because we’re together,’” TheWrap quoted Kelly as saying. “The joke there being that we are never together when I get good news. And then, right when she said that, my phone blew up.”
He added, “And my kids are 4 and 7 — they’re jumping up and down. They’re excited, but they have no idea what it means.”
Kelly is not the only cast member of the ‘House of Cards,’ who took home a nomination. Apart from Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category has other contenders from the series including Reg E. Cathey, Paul Sparks and Mahershala Ali.
According to Kelly, his character has been written so interestingly, that it could keep the audiences engrossed for four seasons.
“It’s the writing of the show,” he said. “These characters are so interesting. Doug Stamper is a really complex dude. People always say he’s a bad guy, and I say, ‘He’s not a bad guy. He’s just complicated.’ I love playing him, so I find him compelling.”
Over the past few seasons, Kelly’s character Stamper has been revealed to be a formidable political fixer who can wipe out a political opposition or even inconvenient lives without much hesitation. His unfaltering loyalty to President Frank Underwood, played by Spacey, at times leads him to take extreme measures, the Goldderby reported.
Kelly praised the casting of the show saying, he appreciates the fact that he is a part of the show.
“They do such an amazing job casting that show,” Kelly said. “I’m so appreciative that the show is so widely regarded and to be a part of that group. It’s really, really special.”