updated 07/08/2010 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/08/2010 AT 4:30 PM ET
Who says hearing your phone go off repeatedly at 5 a.m. is a bad thing? For the cast of Glee, it was music to their ears.
“I was aroused from a deep sleep!” Jane Lynch, who was nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy and also for her guest spot on Two and a Half Men tells PEOPLE about hearing the good news. “It’s always a surprise and it’s always exciting.”
Costar Matthew Morrison, who was nominated for best lead actor in a comedy, prepped himself for Thursday’s big announcement by going for a 7-mile run “to clear my thoughts,” he says. “You try to not put too much importance on something like this and I want to say it doesn’t matter to me, but I can’t seem to wipe this smile off my face right now!”
But Morrison and Lynch weren’t basking in Emmy bliss by themselves – the hit FOX show received 19 nominations, prompting the cast to share their excitement with a “text message chain [that] is going crazy!” says Morrison.