There's a first time for everything and the Emmys are no exception! Some of Hollywood's biggest names were once newbies on the guest list for television's biggest night. Take Sarah Jessica Parker, for example. The two-time Emmy winner (for her work on "Sex and the City") attended her first Emmys ceremony in 1999. With the 71st Annual Emmy Awards set to air on Sept. 22, 2019, let's celebrate with a look at more stars at their very first Emmys…
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Tina Fey not only took her first steps on the Emmys red carpet in 2002 but also won her first Emmy that year. That night, she took home the honor for outstanding writing on the sketch-comedy show "Saturday Night Live."
Mariska Hargitay's success on the long-running series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has made her an Emmys pro. But before accruing multiple nominations and a win for her work as Detective Olivia Benson on the drama series, she ditched her cop gear for a bright green gown at her first Emmys in 2004.
In 2019, Jason Bateman was nominated for the second time for outstanding lead actor for his work on the drama series "Ozark," but he was just a plus-one the first time he went to the Emmys. He accompanied sister Justine Bateman to the award show in 1987 when she was nominated for her supporting role on "Family Ties."
"Friends" co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry took their first stroll down Emmys lane when their sitcom was nominated for outstanding comedy series in 1995. Jennifer went on to win a golden statue of her own for outstanding lead actress in 2002. The same year, Matthew was also nominated for outstanding lead actor, though he didn't win.
While Jennifer Aniston had already been to the Emmys, her boyfriend hadn't. In 1999, she brought then-love Brad Pitt to his first Emmys ceremony. It wasn't until 2014 that he won an Emmy of his own for executive producing the TV movie "The Normal Heart."
Coming off the heels of a Golden Globe win for her hit show "Felicity," Keri Russell attended the Emmys for the first time in 1999 without even being nominated. She still hasn't won an Emmy, but she did earn three nominations during her time on the FX drama "The Americans."
Sofia Vergara looked like a real winner in a sparkling Carolina Herrera number when she made her Emmys debut in 2010. The Colombian firecracker has yet to actually win for her work on "Modern Family."
Sarah Hyland's show "Modern Family" took home top honors, winning best comedy series, the same year the actress attended her first Emmys ceremony: 2010.
Another "Modern Family" star also attended her very first Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony in 2010: Ariel Winter.
Speaking of moms… Rashida Jones was lucky enough to go to the Emmys with her actress mother, Peggy Lipton, for the first time in 1990. Rashida is now an Emmy-nominated producer: She scored a nod for exceptional merit documentary filmmaking for her work on the 2015 Netflix doc "Hot Girls Wanted."
In 1998, "Dawson's Creek" premiered on the WB. Later that year, one of the show's breakout stars, Katie Holmes, attended her first Emmys telecast.
Back in 1999, Michelle Williams was in attendance at the Primetime Emmy Awards thanks to her breakout role on "Dawson's Creek." Twenty years later in 2019, she scored her very first Emmy nomination, for best lead actress in a limited series or movie, for her work on "Fosse/Verdon."
Halle Berry dazzled in lavender and lace when she attended the Emmys for the first time as a presenter in 1998. She didn't take home a television trophy of her own until 2000, when she won for outstanding lead actress in the TV film "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge."
Alex Borstein — whose first appearance on the Emmys red carpet happened in 2009 — took home not one but two trophies in 2018: one for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her work on "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and one for best character voice-over performance for her work on "Family Guy." In 2019, she again earned a nod for her performance on "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."
"Game of Thrones" hunk Kit Harington attended his first Primetime Emmys red carpet in 2011. He wouldn't pick up a nomination until 2016 (for best supporting actor in a drama series) for his work as Jon Snow on the hit HBO show. In 2019, he scored a best lead actor nod for playing the same character.
Emilia Clarke made her first Emmys appearance in 2012 and picked up her first nomination the following year (for best supporting actress in a drama series for her work on "Game of Thrones"). In 2019, she's up for best lead actress for her performance as Daenerys Targaryen on the same show.
Viola Davis scored an Emmy nod for best lead actress in a drama series for her work on "How To Get Away With Murder" in 2019, but her first time at the award show was in 2014 — the year her series premiered on ABC.
Connie Britton — whose resume includes big TV series like "Friday Night Lights," "American Horror Story" and "Nashville" — has been nominated for multiple Emmys. But before she became a household name, Connie went to the Emmys for the first time in 1997 — as then-soap star Nathan Fillion's date.
Allison Janney looked a lot like the golden trophy she won at her first Emmys in 2000. She took home the award for outstanding supporting actress for her work on the drama series "The West Wing" that year and the next, followed by another two wins for outstanding lead actress on the same series.
Back in 2009, Blake Lively was ruling screens as Serena van der Woodsen on "Gossip Girl." That year, she also made her very first Primetime Emmys appearance as a presenter (alongside co-star Leighton Meester).
Sandra Oh's first Emmys experience dates back to 2005 when she was nominated the first of four times for outstanding supporting actress for her work on the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy." In 2018, she moved up the ranks with a nomination for outstanding lead actress for her performance on the thrilling BBC series "Killing Eve."
Ahead of the premiere of "Scandal," Kerry Washington made her red-hot Emmys debut in 2011. She must have left quite the impression because she was nominated for outstanding lead actress for her work on the drama two years in a row after that.
Who could blame Jimmy Fallon for looking like a giddy kid in a candy store at his first Emmys back in 2002?! There to support "Saturday Night Live," he could hardly wipe the smile off of his face while posing for pictures on the red carpet with date Tara Subkoff.
Mindy Kaling's first time at the Primetime Emmy Awards? That was back in 2006, when she was starring on "The Office" — which won best comedy series that year.
When Milo Ventimiglia walked his first Primetime Emmys red carpet, he was best known for his work on "Gilmore Girls." In more recent years, he's become known for scoring best lead actor noms for his work on the drama series "This Is Us."
A nomination for outstanding supporting actress for her work in the television film "RKO 281" was the catalyst for Melanie Griffith's first trip to the Emmys in 2000. And she just so happened to bring along her then-husband, Antonio Banderas, who was also a first-timer. He was nominated himself in 2018 for outstanding lead actor for his work in the television movie "Genius: Picasso."
Amy Poehler was on the "Saturday Night Live" circuit when she first attended the Emmys in 2006. But she didn't win an award for the sketch comedy show until 2016, when she took home the prize for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series. She's also scored more than a handful of nominations for her work on the satiric sitcom "Parks and Recreation."
As a nominee for outstanding lead actress on the drama series "The X-Files," Gillian Anderson went to her first Emmys in 1996. She didn't actually win the award until she was nominated again the following year, but at least her hair was on-point.
Christina Applegate went to her first Emmys in 1989 to support her ensemble cast on the sitcom "Married… with Children." She ended up winning a trophy of her own in 2003 for a funny guest-role performance on the sitcom "Friends."
Liev Schreiber also included his mom, Heather Schreiber, in his first Emmys experience back in 2000. So cute! The "Ray Donovan" star has yet to win an Emmy despite being nominated on multiple occasions.
At the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award, Bill Hader is up for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his performance on "Barry." His first time at the show? That was back in 2012 when he was up for best supporting actor in a comedy series for his work on "Saturday Night Live."
The first of six nominations for outstanding supporting actress on the comedy series "Friends" is what brought Lisa Kudrow to the Emmys for the first time in 1995. After winning in 1998, she racked up six more nominations between her comedic sitcom work on "The Comeback" and as a producer on the reality show "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Julie Bowen showed up to the Emmys for the first time years before making it big on "Modern Family." In 2007, she came to support her "Boston Legal" co-star James Spader, who was up for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.
Patricia Heaton was a nominee — for best lead actress in a comedy series for her work on "Everybody Loves Raymond" — the first time she ever attended the Emmys, which happened in 1999.
William H. Macy and wife Felicity Huffman made their first appearance at the Emmys in 2003. That year, Bill took home two awards — for writing and acting in the television movie "Door to Door." The couple have been back many times since.
Debra Messing didn't win an Emmy for outstanding lead actress for her work on comedy series "Will & Grace" until 2006, but her first time at the big show dates back to 1999. The sitcom star looked just as fierce as she does today with those fiery red curls we know and love.
Strike a pose! Tyra Banks attended her very first Primetime Emmys back in 2006.