What scenes did you submit for review? “What I submitted was the night Jack may have had too many glasses of juice. He was walking into a darker place when Phyllis stopped to check on him and he told her he never fell in love with her. It’s a calm conversation. I don’t raise my voice one time on this whole tape.
So your 15 minutes was one scene instead of sequenced excerpts? “To me, daytime TV is at its best when you watch people who have known each other for decades. I love it when the viewer says, ‘You saw that, she just changed her mind! Oh my God, I just saw him fall in love with her but he doesn’t know it yet and she doesn’t either, but I know it.’ Those are the magic moments of daytime television.
Do you like sharing the category with your TV brother, Jason Thompson (Billy)? “Jason is one of my favorite actors, who I really like as a person. I’m thrilled to be in any category with him. Jason and I decided that if one of us won, the other would come on stage and slap him.
How awesome is it that Melissa Ordway (Abby) got her first nomination? “I think it’s fantastic. What people don’t understand is all she does. She is expected to be funny, emotionally deep, romantic, sexy, glamorous and on top of all that, motherly. They really ask a lot of her, so I’m glad she got recognition.
We’ll see you then at the awards ceremony? “I’ll be there with my beautiful wife, Mariellen. She’s the best companion possible on a night like this. I’ll have a nervous stomach and she’ll just be calm, calm, calm. And then I can go home. home with her at the end of the night.
What do you think of your nomination? “It’s exciting. It’s always nice to be invited to the party. You know you work hard, and getting an Emmy nomination isn’t what it’s about, but still, it’s is good. It means something so it’s good and I feel very, very grateful. It’s kind of a record that I don’t suck.
What scenes did you submit for review? “Billy usually has fun things to do, but this past year has been a little tough. I kind of just put a few things together, like Billy trying to get his company back from the Newmans and he and Lily were in cahoots trying to make Adam think Billy was falling apart It was fun for me to hang out with Lily and have a good time at dinner and then light up a dime to pretend I was falling I felt that these scene combinations showed a range.
OWhat was it like winning a 2020 Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy under difficult circumstances? “Yeah, due to Covid, there was no awards ceremony as we know it, and all the acceptance speeches were pre-recorded, so it didn’t sound like what you dream of, going up up there and be able to say your thanks live in front of your colleagues and friends. It’s always something you imagine and repeat in your mind, but the truth is you never really know. So I think for me, it’s worth having something ready in my head.
So, will you be attending the awards ceremony? “I’ll be there, but I’m also at my friend’s wedding this weekend in Wyoming, so we’ll be catching a plane that night to make some connections into Wyoming the next day.”
How did you find out that you were nominated? “I got a call from our lovely new publicist, Lia [Maiuri]. I thought I was in trouble. Instead, she called with this unexpectedly good news.
What was your reaction ? “When It Happened, Greg Vaughan [Eric] stood in front of my dressing room. Greg saw me and gave me a token air hug from the hallway, trying to maintain protocol. Then I discovered Ari [Zucker] was also named. She let out a scream or a howl, and I put two and two together. I realized that there was happiness in our hallways. It was definitely a good day.
This is your first time editing for the lead actor, isn’t it? “Yes. I’ve always sat on the soapbox suggesting that we support all players. That’s always been my mantra. I’ve always believed soaps are a team sport. Coaxed by a few colleagues, can -being production staff and my sons among everyone else, I decided to throw my hat in the seeding category. One night my boys said something like “Dad, how old do you have to be to be a leader?” I was like, ‘You little stinkers. I’m going to check that box, just because you said that.’
What scenes did you submit? “It was easy. I submitted the same scenes as Stacy Haiduk [Kristen/Susan] submitted, which was Brady and Kristen’s breakup. It was a set of very passionate, very emotional and extremely raw scenes.
Will you bring or wear anything to the awards that has special meaning to you? “It’s a very pertinent question at the moment. I would have said “No” a year and a half ago. I now wear my father’s collegiate ring from Michigan State University. He’s one of the main reasons I got into acting. I was scared to do it, and he said, ‘Don’t be scared. Dark. You like this.’ So I’ll have that ring on me, especially that night.
How did you hear the news? “That was cool. Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer] called and it was boiling hot. He was excited and happy and congratulating and very proud that I got this nomination, and I said, “Thank you, Brad.” ”
What was your reaction to your fourth Daytime Emmy nomination? “It’s cool. I’m very happy, actually a lot happier than I thought. I’m tickled. My kids are really happy and I have to say I’m very happy to be nominated this year.
What did you submit? “The scenes with Eric and Ridge, where Eric said he didn’t want to be alone in this house.”
When B&B launched the controversial Eric/Quinn/Carter love triangle, did you ever imagine it would result in an Emmy nomination? “No I absolutely didn’t and the fact is that Brad called me into his office and he told me the story [about Eric’s ED] and he wanted to make sure I was comfortable with it. I said I would be happy to play it but I don’t want it to be pitiful. I want him to take control, and he made bad decisions by letting Quinn have a physical relationship outside of the house as long as she stayed with him. I thought it was really powerful. It wasn’t histrionic. It was quite the opposite. It was very emotional but no one was throwing things. That’s why I’m so surprised and thrilled that these scenes were nominated.
Do you think a fourth time can be a charm? “I guess so, maybe, but that’s not what I’m thinking. This is really not the case. It’s win, lose or draw!
How did you find out that you were nominated? “I knew the nominations were coming, but I couldn’t remember when. I got a phone call from Lia [Maiuri] and she said, ‘I have good news.’ I was spinning in my mind and I said, ‘What is this?’ She told me I was nominated.
What was your reaction ? “I said, ‘Wow! Great.’ It was genuinely a surprise. I was very happy with it. I’m more than thrilled and more than happy, but I didn’t really expect that. It’s been a few years since I submitted anything. »
What scenes did you submit? “I submitted scenes from the standalone show, my birthday show. They were scenes where Abe met Lexie in heaven. They were very sweet and the young actress who played Lexie [Jennifer Lee] was wonderful. I felt a bit like Renee [Jones, ex-Lexie] could have been there. You never saw her face, but she looked like Renee and her voice was very similar. And she was such a generous actress. I was very happy with it. I put the scenes together in a slightly different way than I had before. So that contributed to my uncertainty. So to find out that everything was working? I was very, very happy.
Have you spoken to Eric Martsolf? “Yeah. I was talking to Eric the other day and we were like, ‘Maybe we’ll equalise.’ To be honest we would both be happy with that Everything was very nice and positive Eric is such a nice guy and we really enjoyed sharing the nomination.
Do you have a lucky charm or personal memento that you could bring with you to the event? “My wife [Lissa] is my lucky charm. Although a few years ago a friend gave me hourglass shaped cufflinks so I can wear them.