Congratulations are in order for Stephanie Gatschet (Tammy, GUIDING LIGHT; Madison, AMC), who revealed on Instagram that on Saturday, March 28, she'd given birth to her daughter, Vela! The actress posted a photo of her baby with pro sailing racer Willem Van Waay along with the caption "My world..." Bless!
While everyone else in daytime was celebrating the Daytime Emmy nominations when they were announced on Tuesday, March 31, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Scott Clifton (Liam) was a little late learning he was once again up for Outstanding Supporting Actor!
"I actually didn't find out until a couple days later," he confides, "because I'd been on a camping trip in the woods. I'd even forgotten when the nominations were going to be announced! On my way back down the mountain, my phone picked up a signal and suddenly a barrage of congratulatory texts and voicemails hit me all at once. I couldn't ask for a better, more fun way to find out. What a perfect welcome home surprise!"
Although Clifton has been nominated before for both his work on B&B as well as GENERAL HOSPITAL and ONE LIFE TO LIVE and taking home two trophies over the years this year's nod means a lot to the actor. "The episode I submitted this year wasn't a strategic choice," he says, "as it didn't seem to fit any of the usual criteria it wasn't necessarily the most realistic or emotional or nuanced it's classic soap, like a choreographed dance.
"It's a performance I'm very proud of," Clifton continues, "and it tells a story about these two men and their relationship that really resonated with me both on the page, thanks to the poetic wisdom of [writer] Patrick Mulcahey and on the screen, thanks to the masterful precision of Darin Brooks (Wyatt). So to be nominated for this is such a reward, and I'm incredibly grateful."
THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Rena Sofer (Quinn) relishes playing the soap's borderline sociopath, but is there more to this multi-faceted character than simply holding swords to people's throats? The actress certainly thinks so.
"The last thing I want to see is for her to actually murder somebody," says Sofer. "You can only go so far with that. Not that I want to see Quinn become 'good,' or 'nice' in any way, shape or form, but I think she really does strive to be better."
Striving is one thing, but can she really stay on the straight and narrow path, worried as she is about her fiancé Deacon's affiliation with his old flame, Brooke?
"In spite of trying, she is who she is, and she makes mistakes," Sofer coyly notes, "but I'd love to see some people give her the benefit of the doubt, and then maybe she can get into trouble in different ways. It doesn't always have to be about murder even though she's definitely comfortable with that!"
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Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy 10 times before this one and taken home three of those trophies but he insists that it never gets old!
"I'm amazed!" he enthuses. "It's a celebration for all of us. It's our business card. It's an interesting process. You hate it or you love it. If you're nominated, you're not by any means the best actor in the world or even of daytime. You are there celebrating the community of daytime along with the rest of your peers."
To earn the nod, LeBlanc submitted the episode where Michael tells Lauren he has cancer, but he forgot when the nominations were being announced and was actually at the gym when he got a text! "Steve Burton (Dylan) of all people, which was very sweet," he recalls. "And then it all came in a bunch [of texts]. I was on this running thing and I went flying into some gym class behind me to show everyone my text, 'Hey look!'"
He's also excited that the ceremony is being broadcast on television again, and from Warner Bros. Studio. "I think it's a brilliant idea!" LeBlanc smiles. "I like the old Hollywood aspect of it, I like having a long red carpet again. It will be interesting. It's a first. I was ready for something different. The red carpet [last year] was a [disaster] and we're trying to make it better. It's a historic soundstage. It's up to them to make a really great show."
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Max Ehrich (Fen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) was in North Carolina shooting the primetime series UNDER THE DOME when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, so he was checking Twitter to see how Y&R fared in this year's contest! And when he was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor, his DOME co-stars Mackenzie Lintz and Grace Victoria Cox were eager to share the good news!
"They went to set and must have told everyone," he recalls, "because when I came to set, they told the director Peter Weller, who is an Oscar nominee, it was a cool, surreal experience because he pulled me out and was like, 'Congratulations' and made a big announcement of it. It was very cool."
This is the third year in a row that Ehrich has been nominated in this category, but he insists you never get used to it. "Because there is such a high caliber that you are up against," he says. "I honestly had no idea what to expect. I already feel blessed to be doing what I love for a living, but to be recognized by my peers, that's what puts me on cloud nine."
Ehrich earned the nomination for the episode where Fen learned that his father, Michael, has cancer. "I did that scene because I know a lot of people, including myself, who have lost loved ones to cancer, and I thought it had a strong impact," he explains. "I felt really emotionally connected to those scenes, and finding out. Christian [Jules LeBlanc, Michael], Tracey [E. Bregman, Lauren] and Greg [Rikaart, Kevin] were all in those scenes, and everybody was outstanding. I feel like I owe it to them, because I was just reacting off of them."
And while LeBlanc is in the running for Lead Actor this year, Ehrich is disappointed Bregman didn't receive a nomination of her own. "I'm truly saddened by that," he declares, "because she's phenomenal as an actress and the scenes that she's had, they were amazing. She has my vote!"
Amelia Heinle (Victoria, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is currently in the mountains of Georgia visiting her sister, so she found out she had been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Supporting Actress category via a text message! "I'm so honored," she declares. "This is cool!"
Last year, the actress admitted to us she was surprised to earn the nomination that led to her eventual win because she didn't feel she had a lot of material to choose from, and this year seems no different for her. "I didn't know how the whole things works," Heinle confesses, "and now being involved in the process and voting and everything... this is my second year voting and I'm starting to understand how it works. This year I don't have a lot. the pickings were slim. So I'm even more surprised this year!"
To earn the nomination, Heinle submitted the show featuring the anniversary of Delia's death. "It was a complete show so I just picked that, because I couldn't find anything else," she admits. "When you look back at a body of work over a year, sometimes you have a lot of great work and sometimes you just have to listen to your instinct and what that tells you.
"I talked to [my husband] Thad [Luckinbill, ex-J.T.] about it," she adds, "and he picked something totally different. I was like, I am not submitting that!"
Heinle is thrilled to see former castmate Billy Miller (ex-Billy, now GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jake/Jason) earn a nod for his part in the Delia storyline as well as Elizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe), even if they're competing in the same category again. "If she wins, I will be extremely happy," Heinle insists. "She did such a great job and she's such a sweet, sweet girl. And that was a tough competition last year. I'm shocked that I won. I thought she really deserved it!"
Elizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe) hasn't appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS since last May, but has earned herself a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the Supporting Actress category. "I was so close to not submitting," she confesses. "Because I was gone, I didn't know how that would be received. I never know how to deal with that. But I felt like my last year was my best year, so why not give it one more shot?"
The previous year, Hendrickson had submitted Chloe's reaction to the sudden death of her daughter, Delia, but this time the actress opted to submit her farewell episode. "I usually tend to submit on the lighter side, but this was my most honest work that I had of a full show," she says. "The Delia stuff was pretty much done with and I'd already been there, done that. It was really all about one scene with Greg [Rikaart, Kevin] and saying good-bye to him. I still get chills thinking about it. It was really fitting. Last year, last day, last submission."
Hendrickson is looking forward to seeing her old Y&R castmates again at the ceremony, and laments those who won't be joining her as an Emmy nominee. "I was bummed that [Greg] didn't submit," she confides. "I think everything he does is gold! I was really bummed not to see Missy [Melissa Claire Egan, Chelsea] get nominated. I was really proud to see her submit in lead actress. I think that was an awesome, bold, well-deserved move. So I was bummed not to see her up there, because I think she deserved it. You never know how these things work!"
Jacob Young (Rick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) had set THE TALK to record so he could see the Daytime Emmy nominations, but he had the news of his own Supporting Actor nod spoiled by Twitter! "My curiosity killed the cat," he admits. "I was happy that I could follow along on Twitter. It's great, because on Twitter, you can see what people say."
And the actor insists that the nod is not just for him. "This nomination is everyone's," he declares. "All the people who worked with me. Everybody's been so fantastic, from John [McCook, Eric] to Thorsten [Kaye, Ridge] to Katherine [Kelly Lang, Brooke], too."
Naturally, Young submitted the episode where Maya dropped the bombshell about Ridge and Caroline to earn the nomination, and plans to submit the same episode for the final judging. "There's no reason to change it," he muses. "Let's go ahead and keep it. I'm happy it was the right episode. It's great to be nominated."
Of course, while actors from B&B can submit two half-hour episodes to equal the submissions from the actors on other soaps, he opted to just go with one. "It's nice to have that option," Young says, "but at the same time, if you don't have to... It's like presenting a sizzle reel you don't want to bore the audience. Less is more, my friend!"
Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) totally missed the announcement of the Daytime Emmy nominations because she was in physical therapy! "I got a call from [B&B executive producer and headwriter] Brad Bell," she recalls. "And then I got text messages from another producer. I checked my messages really quickly. They said 'Congratulations.'" She laughs and adds, "I said, 'For what?'"
Due to B&B being a half-hour soap, the actors were allowed to submit two episodes to make the same hour as the other shows, so she submitted the scenes where Rick found out that Caroline kissed Ridge. "I wanted to do a different episode, but it aired four days after the cut off!" she laments.
In fact, Godfrey wasn't really involved in what was submitted to the committee, since it occurred just after her accident where she was struck by a car. "I was in the hospital," she reveals. "I felt so bad they had to call and ask. I was not really paying attention. I was just like, 'Oh, I don't care. Just submit what you want!'"
With the ceremony coming up in less than a month, she's already looking at potential gowns, but isn't quite sure how well she'll be able to get around the venue. "I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to be out of these 'moon boots,'" Godfrey says. "I think I'll be out of at least one of them, but I'm hoping I'll be out of both. I don't think I'll be able to wear heels. I'm hoping my gowns are long enough that they cover my feet. But I'll feel so short!"