Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew as Red on "Orange is the New Black." Netflix

Kate Mulgrew, just one of the many stars on the hit Netflix show “Orange Is the New Black,” is thrilled to be nominated for an Emmy. She’s been in the industry for 40 years and on Thursday, she discovered she was in the running to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Red.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, the actress explained what it felt like to be acknowledged and even gave a little glimpse into what fans can expect from her character in Season 3.

Even though Mulgrew was thrilled with her nomination, she gave credit to the show’s creator. “I think it comes down to the writing,” she said. “Jenji Kohan is a genius, and what she's managed to do, which is singular and splendid, unique, bold and has captured the imagination of the American viewing public.”

Mulgrew called the nomination “thrilling” and said she had a ‘particular tenderness’ for Taylor Schilling and Natasha Lyonne. “I see how brave they are and how much it means to them,” the “OITNB” star said. “This is a recognition of not only talent, but I think of a kind of endurance and a kind of courage that they have. I'm so delighted and honored to be in their company.”

[Spoilers below for those who did not complete Season 2]

Season 2 concludes with Red in the hospital after a beating with some of Vee’s girls, but Mulgrew doesn’t think her character will be there for long.

“I think that Red is not a person who likes to stay in the hospital for long,” the former “Star Trek” star said. “She's a doer, she's a strategist, she's a survivor and she has a very rich and complex emotional life. I think we're going to see a lot more of that in Season 3.”

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