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Meet Maya's Pal, Nick!

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Scott Turner Schofield debuts on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Friday, May 8, as Maya's transgender friend, Nick, and he'll continue to recur on the show in the weeks to come.

An activist, playwright and public speaker who has toured the country sharing his own story as a transgender individual, Schofield says the soap role answered a request he'd recently made of the universe. "I knew I wanted to make a career change [and focus on acting], so I asked for abundance," he explains. "I said, 'Let this change be big. I want to be an artist, but I want so many more people to be affected by that.' And, um, I got it! I got one of the biggest audiences on earth!"

Though Schofield has performed to crowds of more than 1,200 people - and reached many more viewers online as a prestigious TED speaker - the actor tells Soaps In Depth he was shaking like a leaf during his B&B audition. "I had the jitters, to say the least," he says. "I left the meeting and thought, 'I blew that, man.' When they later called to offer me the role, my legs lost all functionality. I literally fell to my knees!"

Fortunately, Schofield says his nerves were instantly allayed on his first day of taping when he met Karla Mosley (Maya). "It turns out, we have a very close friend in common, and that put me right at ease," he says. "I knew we were going to be friends from that moment. Right before our first take, I took her hand and said, 'You're participating in my dream coming true.'"

While transgender characters are becoming more prevalent in the entertainment industry, they've predominantly been portrayed by cisgender (that is, not transgender) actors. "It's been one of the transgender community's biggest beefs," says Schofield, noting examples like Jared Leto's character in Dallas Buyer's Club and Felicity Huffman's portrayal in Transamerica. "While I will say those actors have done an astounding job, it's also like, 'Why can't we get a job?'" It's one of the reasons the actor can't say enough about B&B's decision to give him this opportunity. "It's a step forward, one I hope all production companies will take," he says. "There are a lot of us out here that can do great things and are available!"

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Watch The Emmys On-line!

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Did you miss watching the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards when they aired live on Pop because your cable carrier doesn't offer the channel? Then this is good news for you! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has uploaded the telecast to the Official Emmy YouTube channel! You can view it at your leisure here. (And if you did get to watch the ceremony on April 26, and just want to see it again, your secret is safe with us!)

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Soap Vet Is Y&R's Angel

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Daytime vet Frank Runyeon is returning to soaps! TV Insider is reporting that the actor will be appearing as Angel (who is also a literal angel!) on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

Runyeon hit it big in the 80s as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Steve, who alongside Meg Ryan's Betsy, was half of one of the soap's biggest supercouples at the time. He also played Michael on SANTA BARBARA, and even had small roles on GENERAL HOSPITAL, ANOTHER WORLD and ALL MY CHILDREN.

Y&R is remaining mum as to exactly why an angel will be visiting Genoa City, but you can expect to see Runyeon's Angel make his debut on Thursday, May 28, with another appearance on Tuesday, June 2. Who do you think will be visited by an angel? Sound off in the comments!

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Jack Wagner Visits HOME & FAMILY

Jack Wagner (ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) appeared on the Hallmark talk show HOME & FAMILY on Friday, May 1, to talk about his primetime series WHEN CALLS THE HEART which just premiered its second season last weekend. You can catch WHEN CALLS THE HEART Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel, and you can watch HOME & FAMILY weekdays at 10:00 a.m. ET on the same network!

And if you missed Wagner's appearance, you can watch his segment above!

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Spice Girl

MishaelMorgan.jpg Y&R's Mishael Morgan says that her alter ego, Hilary, has always led a dual life, so to speak (presenting a public face that was different than her personal side.) However, it was a lot more confusing to her to play the vixen when she first came on, because Y&R refused to tell her anything about her character's background!

"I was completely blind!" laughs the actress. "I tried to get some stuff out of them, but they never told me anything. But my mother and sisters watched Y&R diligently, and they were like, 'I think you're Rose's daughter!' I jumped into the deep-end of that storyline, and made a choice that I was probably Rose's daughter and I was probably in town for revenge!"

Soaps In Depth caught up with the beauty to talk about the highs and lows of portraying such a complex character. Pick up the magazine for the interview!

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Cast Your Vote #20

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Will Rick be able to forgive Maya when the truth comes out?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Dylan's feelings for Sharon are strictly platonic?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 7. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Tweet With The QUEENS!

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During tonight's episode of QUEENS OF DRAMA, you can do more than just watch the drama... you can be a part of it! The cast of the reality series will be live-tweeting during the airing starting at 8:00 p.m. ET, and you can interact with them by tweeting to the page at @QueensOfDrama and using the hashtag #QueensOfDrama!

Need another incentive to tune into tonight's episode? How about an appearance by the legendary Joan Collins (Alexandra, GUIDING LIGHT)! Watch the preview below!

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B&B Casts Transgender Actor

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL had put out a casting notice looking for a transgender actor to appear on the soap as part of Maya's storyline, and have now cast diversity speaker, author and performer Scott Turner Schofield in the role of Nick. The actor will make his daytime debut on Friday, May 8, but is also scheduled to make further appearances this summer. Keep an eye out for an interview with Schofield in an upcoming issue of CBS Soaps In Depth!

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Daytime Emmy Prank Rakes In The Dough!

Ellen DeGeneres and Matt Lauer launched this year's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony with another installment of their ongoing prank war against each other, this time with DeGeneres using special effects to make it appear that Lauer was stripping down for the camera.

However, her challenge that any time an Emmy winner thanked Lauer in their speech, he would donate $1,000, raised some very serious money because by the end of the evening,16 people had thanked him. DeGeneres matched his donation with $16,001, so he one-upped her a bit more, donating $16,002 to charity. The money raised will be split evenly between UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders.

You can watch Lauer's reaction to the whole experience in the video above!

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DAYS Talent Search Winner Named

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES has announced that Alexander Bruszt is the winner of the soap's Search For A Star competition. The 32-year-old Sydney native was one of more than 300 Australian actors who entered the talent search, and flew to Los Angeles earlier this month with two other finalists to screen-test for the chance to win a role on the iconic soap.

Bruszt (an alum of the popular Australian drama HOME AND AWAY) will play Fynn, a handsome, rugged Aussie doctor who arrives in Salem to do his surgical residency under the tutelage of Daniel. "This has been the most amazing time for me," he shares. "I could have only dreamed of a role like this."

The actor will return to the DAYS set in Los Angeles next month to begin shooting his episodes, which will air in time for the soap's 50th anniversary in November.

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