By Michael Fairman
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What was your initial thought when you heard you were nominated?
YOUNGER ACTRESS NOMINEE
EMILY O’BRIEN (Jana, “Y&R”):
I had so many thoughts, but I remember saying audibly, “No way, no way no way.” I was stunned and so excited!
SUPPORTING ACTRESS NOMINEE
TRACEY E. BREGMAN (Lauren, “Y&R”):
I was watching the east coast feed of “The View” and they announced four people in my category and stopped. When they stopped at four, I went, “Oh my God! Are there only four nominees this year?” And then Ali Sweeney (Sami,”DAYS”) announced there was another one, and then Bryan Dattilo (Lucas, “DAYS”) misread my name. So, what I did when I called Peter Bergman to congratulate him, I said, “I am now so excited to be part of the Bergman family!” He was so hysterical, and when he called me back he went, “Tracey Bergman, this is Peter Bregman calling!” So, we had this whole thing going all day long on Emmy day.
YOUNGER ACTRESS NOMINEE
RACHEL MELVIN (Chelsea, “DAYS”):
My reaction to it was when my mom called me. We had relatives on the east coast who had seen the east coast feed of “The View”. It was my grandmother’s birthday and they had called to wish her happy birthday. And they said, “Tell Rachel congratulations.” Then they called to tell me while I was on my way to work, and I was shocked. I reacted in a very unpredictable manner, which was that I was very shocked and in awe of it all. Now it’s sitting with me and it’s weird, in a great way.
YOUNGER ACTRESS NOMINEE
VAIL BLOOM (Heather, “Y&R”):
I went, “Holy Moly!” I was surprised and thankful, and it’s really lovely to be recognized by your peers.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS NOMINEE:
JUDI EVANS (EX-Bonnie and Adrienne, “DAYS”):
I thought someone was mistaken. I thought it must be somebody else’s name that was called. I was in denial and shocked! I never thought I would hear my name again!
YOUNGER ACTOR NOMINEE:
DARIN BROOKS (Max, “DAYS”):
It was actually interesting when I first found out I was nominated. I was totally out of it because it was so early in the morning in LA when they were announced. I was like, “What time is it?” My initial reaction was confused and still being half asleep. It was really cool because I was hanging out all day with Tracey Bregman from “Y&R”. She and I are in the same acting class. That day we were going to rehearse in the midst of my having to be at “DAYS”, so we were hanging out and text each other all morning. We spent the day together hearing, “Congratulations!” from people. I called Rachel Melvin when I found out. I called her and all we wanted was a nomination. For us to be recognized for our work is just fantastic for us.
LEAD ACTRESS NOMINEE:
MICHELLE STAFFORD (Phyllis, “Y&R):
I was on my computer and Stephanie Sloane, from Soap Opera Digest, sent me an email, “Congrats.” Then I went downstairs to my phone and got a message from Carolyn Hinsey of Soap Opera Weekly that said, “Michelle Stafford, congratulations, you got nominated!” I am just honored. It’s really great. That’s really the win, because you have been chosen out of this huge group of people.
LEAD ACTOR NOMINEE:
THAAO PENGHLIS (Tony, “DAYS”):
I was thrilled, pleasantly surprised, honored, and excited to be among the other actors in the category. I am the Emmy rookie nominee in my group! They have all won Emmys before. I guess I am the dark horse. The fact that I got in means, people are being objective about the work, which gives me some hope. I certainly don’t feel I am out of my league.
What episodes/scenes did you choose to submit in your acting category, and why?
I submitted two very different episodes. The first was the episode with Colleen and Kevin held at gunpoint by my character in the freezer. And, the second episode was a very vulnerable, yet endearing, side of Jana in the hospital with Kevin.
TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
Where Lauren sees Sheila for the first time, played by Michelle Stafford, in the exact replica of Fen’s nursery. She basically says to Sheila, “You deserve to die.” And, there is a very heartfelt scene where she thanks Paul for being the most unbelievable friend, ever. Then, she goes home and sees the baby, and starts to melt down. As she starts to melt down, she tears down the entire nursery and then flips out. The second show I submitted was, when I find out Gloria contaminated the crème. I confront her and find out that Michael has known all along and lied to me. Then, I confront him about what kind of marriage and relationship we have. There were a lot of scenes where I go from strong to vulnerable and crazy, and I thought it would show range. I am the worst judge of my own work. So, either Christian, Michelle, Greg or Kristoff, have picked almost everything I have ever submitted. Michelle Stafford’s vote was the one I went with, because there was a little discrepancy of which tape was going first and which was going second. That was a whole psychology, as well. But, Michelle yelled the loudest.
I chose the one where I found out that Nick and Billie slept together. There was one scene in there where I felt it was the best scene I had done all year. It was good to me because I felt I was really in it, in the moment. I poured my heart and soul into it. I knew if I submitted that and I didn’t get nominated, I had submitted my best work. On the second tape I was not crying at all. It was when the sorority girls set up Ford. I chose that one, which showed a different side of Chelsea.
The two shows I submitted complemented each other, because they both involved the storyline with my father, Paul. The first one was the episode where Paul confesses he is my father and I think he is going to confess a crime. I picked that because it had a range of emotions and had a dramatic circumstance. I thought that it was unusual for a younger actress to have that meaty material. When I first started working, I don’t think anyone realized I was only 24. I did not tell them when I auditioned, because I knew I was playing a young lawyer and I sort of tried to deepen my voice a little. It did make me a bit nervous playing a bit older, but it worked out well.
I submitted a show with Bonnie and a show of Adrienne. The show with Bonnie was when she and Conner snuck into the morgue to steal Bonnie’s husband’s bones. They were well-written scenes and really funny. As Adrienne, I picked the episode where Adrienne goes under cover in the mental institution to help Steve get his memory back and rescue him. I am hoping that shows a range.
I submitted the episode in “The Cheatin’ Heart” for the Save the World Campaign. That’s when Ford Decker comes in, and I pick a fight with him, and it’s intense. The other episode I submitted is when Stephanie and Max are cleaning up, “The Cheatin’ Heart” and we have the slow dance. It showed some fun comedy stuff.
I chose the scenes when Sheila escapes, and it’s kind of a creepy, yet humorous show. The second one is when Nick had amnesia, and Phyllis had to go sell herself. I loved that one. It was so heartbreaking. I loved it because it was painful to watch. I liked evoking that emotion in others. The reason I chose the Sheila tape was because Christian LeBlanc and Kristoff St. John were like, “Michelle, why aren’t you picking that Sheila scene?” I go, “I think it’s a little too… watch me, because I am playing a dual role.” But they said, “Yeah, but it’s really good.” The other tape options were more of a bum out. The Nick in the hospital episode I knew there was no question. I listen to actor’s opinions, no one else. Actors know, and those who have done this game were hands-down and overwhelming positive about the tape combination. So basically, if I lose, it’s their fault!
I submitted the show when Andre was dressed up as the clown with Sami in the hospital. It just was so interesting because clowns can be really sad people inside, which is why I had them put a tear on the clown make-up. But, Andre was a bit of a menacing clown, as well. And the other episode had scenes with Andre and Kate, and also scenes with Tony at his father’s grave.
Who was the first person YOU called to tell them you were nominated?
I honestly don’t remember. I know I called my mom, my sister, and a few of my theater professors from school.
TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
I will tell you that Christian called me as they were reading my name, because I had text he and Michelle. I go, “Hey guys, People magazine said you guys would be nominated.” Christian was on the phone talking to me and I go, “Stop talking, I think they just said my name and if you stay on the phone with me, I will tell you if you were nominated.” So, he stayed on the phone with me. He was calling me from his car somewhere and, of course, I text everything to Michelle. Then Michelle, Christian, my husband and I, all went out for dinner that night to celebrate.
I did not call one person, because they all called me. That was really ‘rad’. I was at work all day, and it felt like my birthday because so many people were calling me. Darin Brooks did call me, and we said congratulations to each other. We both are still in shock and disbelief. I like to think we are humble about it, because we can’t believe it ourselves.
I think I called a few friends, more like five of my friends. All my family called me first, because a lot of them are on the east coast and heard about it on “The View”.
I called my husband Michael. He was over the moon with joy. He is my biggest cheerleader, along with my friend Debby O’Conner. My son happened to be home from school that day, so he was screaming and running through the house when he heard about it.
First person I called was my Dad in Hawaii. I don’t think my mom even knows. She went to China last Monday with my Aunt, to see the sites there.
I called my parents…. always. My mom is always so excited and wonderful.
My brother was actually visiting me from Australia, so I got to share it with him, and then we called my sister and my other relatives back in Sydney
What is the best and worst part of being an Emmy nominee for the next two months?
There is no worst part! I just wish I could get a ticket for all of my friends and family. From now on, I will just enjoy the ride until the big night!
TRACEY E. BREGMAN
It’s interesting that normally at this juncture we are scrambling; going through and looking at more episodes for the second round of voting. But, since they have changed the voting process, there is calmness in me, because it’s decided already and they know the winner. The fun part is congratulating everybody, and picking the dress.
The worst part is the anticipation of it all. I don’t think there is a bad part, because the right people already know who the winners are. There is only one judging panel, and what’s done is done. To be nominated is what I wanted anyway. I have been fortunate enough to attend and watch the Daytime Emmy show for the last two years and to have fun.
The best part is that everyone here at “Y&R” is supportive, and there is such camaraderie. Tammin Sursok is one of my closest friends, and I was really excited to see her on the ballot. She is away from “Y&R” right now doing a film in Vancouver. We texted each other when we both found out. It was exciting! And I just love Emily O’Brien’s work. I have been enamored with her work. She is really unassuming and a hard worker. It’s great being one of the three girls from “Y&R” getting nominated in the younger category.
I can’t think of a worst part, just the anticipation. I know it’s going to sound really corny but to be honored by your peers and that other people in this industry took notice, is really humbling and wonderful, actually.
The best thing is that I hope it will open up another door for other things, as well as the recognition. The worst part about it is just waiting and waiting till June 20th to find out who won. But I am really excited, and I can’t wait!
The best is being a nominee, and most people in daytime did not get a nomination and a minority did. It’s a complete honor! It’s a game. It’s not like in sports, where truly the best teams win. I mean we don’t’ have an act-off! (She laughs) Its not really the best actor wins, it’s the people who are fortunate enough to have two good shows, and what did they do in them and with them.
Michelle, what do you think about your competition for the Outstanding Lead Actress prize?
I talked to Nicole Forrester and was familiar with her work, and I think she is great. I am familiar with her from before too. Crystal Chappell is always great, and I think she had a great year this year. Didn’t her character get raped? She may take the Chachki. Those are big Chachki moments exactly.
And Maura West got it last year, so that may be that?
Didn’t Maura have cancer this year? Well there you go, she may get the Chachki. She may take it.
Jeanne was in the “Y&R” Out-of-the-Ashes storyline…
Oh, I thought she was really good in those, Oh she may take it!
Then it could be you?
Who knows? There it is.
I don’t think there is anything bad. The trouble is, the only time you get what it is all about, is at the end of it. You forget, you haven’t taken the time to enjoy the process. For me its like, I have taken this long journey and then finally seeing what I went through. Certainly being nominated by my peers, and acknowledgement from my producers and the fans, helps the ride along. I am quite sure the night of the Emmys will be nerve-wracking, even if you go up on stage and win.
Now you have to find something to wear for the big night. Have you thought about that yet?
Everyone was telling me I have to get a dress. I hadn’t gotten so far as to know when the Emmys were, and everyone kept asking me what day. The dress thing boggles my mind. I don’t have designer, designer dresses. I don’t know what vibe to go for. It will be fun, but a bit overwhelming!
TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
I have already picked mine. This is the same designer that dressed me, Mark Zunino. He has worked for Nolan Miller. He designed my dress a couple of years ago. Personally, I had never seen a better dress in my life, and this year it’s really cool and classic.
I have actually thought more about my son’s tuxedo than my dress. (She laughs) I met up with somebody yesterday at a photo shoot who is going to help me with my dress. If it were up to me I would pick up something from Target. I have about that much fashion sense!
Of course not! I don’t know what to do about that yet. I might go out and buy a suit. I kind of like pin-stripped suits, and last year I went black shirt and black tie.
It’s early to think about a dress. Sometimes, I don’t decide till a week before. I am kind of ‘last minute girl’ in my life. I kind of like the game of putting it all together. I try not to get too serious. Then, the whole thing becomes too heavy and then it’s not very fun. I think I work best under pressure
Thaao, what do you think the best and worst part is of being a Daytime Emmy nominee for the next two months?
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