Dot-Marie Jones — who plays gruff-on-the-outside/soft-on-the-inside Coach Beiste on “Glee” — still can’t believe her hard work on the hit show has earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
“I looked at all who was entered in to be nominated and stuff, and it’s like, I can’t believe I’m one of them,” a grateful Dot-Marie told Access Hollywood at the Los Angeles premiere of “Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie” in Westwood, Calif., on Saturday night. “And the six [actresses] that are in our category [are] crazy! Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristen Chenoweth, Cloris Leachman… and Elizabeth Banks and Tina Fey, who I love to death from ‘Saturday Night Live.’
“So, you know how people say it’s just an honor to be nominated? To be in that group --are you kidding me? I just want to have lunch with them and I’m good,” she continued. “I just want to sit and have lunch.”
Despite a nearly 20-year career in television, the recently-earned nomination marks Dot-Marie’s first Emmy nod, and the 47–year-old actress revealed she suffered an unfortunate foot accident that may force her to alter her planned wardrobe for the prestigious ceremony.
“I just fractured a bone in my foot last night, so I’m gonna have to rethink what I’m gonna wear,” she told Access when asked if she’d picked a dress for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air on September 18. “ I’m gonna totally do a pantsuit or something. I’m not the dress-wearing [type]. I haven’t worn a dress since I had to, and that was, I think, graduation.”
As for her foot fracture, Dot-Marie explained that she had recently been experiencing “swelling in the lateral part” of her foot – a symptom of bigger problem to come.
“I was going out of the house last night [and] I took like, five steps and I heard this loud pop,” she told Access. “I fractured a bone on the outside of my foot right down from my little pinky toe.”