Megan Daley
July 15, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Back in 1994, Person of Interest star Michael Emerson was the oldest graduate student studying acting at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and he had his eye on the coveted role of Iago in Othello. With only a few hours’ notice, Emerson had to muster up the courage – and recall all of those infamous lines – before shedding his understudy title and stepping onto the stage for the first time.

For EW’s Greatest Story Ever Told video series, Emerson offers up a few words of wisdom about the importance of grace under pressure. The opportunity gave him a special sense of pride at curtain call, and it’s something he’ll never forget.  

Person of Interest airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. WGN America will also air every episode of the drama beginning this fall. 

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