updated 12/14/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/14/2011 AT 9:00 PM ET
What an initiation into the red carpet club.
Patrick J. Adams, star of USA’s drama Suits, woke up Wednesday morning to the surprise news that he was a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series. It was his first-ever nomination – for anything!
“This is my first year for a lot of this stuff,” Adams tells the Los Angeles Times’s Show Tracker blog. “This is all brand new to me. … I never, ever imagined it would get to this point.”
Nor did Adams, 30, even know awards season was heating up.
“To be honest, I didn’t even know this was happening today,” he tells the Times, adding that he slept through the announcement and awoke to find many missed calls on his cell phone. “I thought something terrible had happened and picked up and found out quite the opposite.”