Jessica Biel as Cora Tannetti
Jessica Biel was shocked when she found out that she got a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Cora Tannetti on USA Network’s “The Sinner.” USA Network/Peter Kramer

Jessica Biel said that her first-ever Golden Globe nomination came as a surprise.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Biel revealed that she wasn’t expecting to receive a Golden Globe nod for her portrayal of Cora Tannetti on USA Network’s “The Sinner.”

“[I’m] a little in shock, to be honest with you!” Biel told the news outlet when asked what she’s feeling after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized her work on the miniseries. “You never think, ‘Oh yeah, my show’s going to get nominated. That’s going to be fun.’ There were so many amazing things and so many great, incredible actors — like, there’s no way! So you kind of go into it with this ‘Who knows?’ attitude, trying not to get so excited in case it doesn’t come through.”

Biel said that she’s honored to be nominated alongside Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon in the category of best performance by an actress in a miniseries or television film.

“These are the women that I’ve admired and grew up watching and grew up learning from,” Biel said of her fellow nominees. “It feels like the biggest honor to be in the same category — just in the same category, I’m winning. I already won! It’s the way it feels to me. Whatever happens from here, fine. Just my name underneath all these women’s names, next to their names, it’s a thing of dreams.”

In addition to Biel’s Golden Globe acting nomination, “The Sinner” is also nominated for best miniseries or television film. Other shows nominated in the category are HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Sundance Channel’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl” and FX’s “Fargo” and “Feud Bette and Joan.”

While “The Sinner” was originally conceived as a limited series, Biel told last September that the show might still return for Season 2. “We haven’t been officially picked up for a second season, and we never really thought about doing a second season,” said Biel at the time. “This was meant to be a limited series … [but] because people have responded the way that they have … we’d really have to rethink what it is now.”

“We’ve been told to maybe start thinking about — if the network was interested in taking us on again — what would [Season 2] be? It’s an intriguing idea,” continued the actress, who also serves an executive producer on the show. “If we were to come back again, would we bring back all the characters? We’re talking about the possibilities, but unfortunately don’t have any answers yet.”

Biel’s co-star Bill Pullman also addressed the potential Season 2 during his appearance on “Larry King Now” last September. “That’s a big mystery. I don’t know,” Pullman said of what’s going to come in the potential new season. “It’s a question of whether the next season would be [about] Ambrose, my character, in another situation. … I guess that’s one idea they’re working on.”

The 75th annual Golden Globes ceremony, hosted by Seth Meyers, airs on Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC.