When the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy nominations were announced last week, fans of The Bold and the Beautiful worldwide waited with bated breath to find out if long time series star, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) would finally crack the proverbial Lead Actress ceiling and land her first nomination ever in the category. Lang, last year scored her first ever Daytime Emmy nod, but that was in the Supporting Actress category. And as they say, all those come to those who wait … and wait… and Katherine received fantastic news that she was indeed one of the four finalists in the running for Emmy gold in the top acting category.
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Katherine yesterday at B&B’s on set celebration for their Emmy nominees to get her reaction to her nomination! Katherine filled us in on what scenes she chose, how it feels to finally get in the category that has long eluded her, and revealed the endless outpouring of support she is still receiving from her fans around the globe. The Daytime Emmys will be presented in ceremonies on Sunday June 22nd, but for now it’s time for Katherine and all her fellow nominees to enjoy the ride. Here’s what she shared!
How did you learn you were nominated for Lead Actress for the first time?
KATHERINE: Amy Farina my fan club president texted me at 5:59AM, but the nominations weren’t suppose to be up till 6AM. I thought she must have it wrong! Maybe she is looking at last year’s list! (Laughs) So my boyfriend got online and said, “Let me check!” And he found out it online and went, “Yep, yep, you’re nominated!” I was then running around in circles, because I was so excited! (Laughs)
Now after decades on the show, do you feel vindicated in finally receiving this much deserved nomination in the Lead category? After all, you are the most famous soap actress in the world, and you have done consistent work. Did you have a moment of “Thank God” upon learning the news?
KATHERINE: Sometimes I think, “What if my career would end as a soap opera actress and I never, ever really get acknowledged for Lead Actress in a nomination or winning it?” But it was thrilling getting this Lead Actress nomination, because it has been a long time and there are so many people that are deserving of being acknowledged, and aren’t. It just does feel good, I have to admit. (Laughs) If I win or not, doesn’t really matter. I am just really honored to be nominated.
What scenes did you submit that garnered you the nomination this year?
KATHERINE: All of them were with Don Diamont (Bill). The first was when Brooke was mad at Bill about the papers that he drew up and got Katie to sign, and the other one was the back to back shows on the plane when Bill breaks up with Brooke coming back from Aspen. But he felt really bad about doing it because he loves Brooke, but he wants to get his company back, and then his plan was to come back to her. His plan was to go, “Look what I did! I got the company back! I want you back!” So the scenes were the initial break-up. You need two people scenes I feel to get a nomination. All my scenes have been with Don and he is fabulous! We’ve got to get him nominated somehow next year, because he has had some great scenes! Don is so easy and fun to work with.
Why did you like about those scenes when you looked back at your work?
KATHERINE: It just felt real. There are some different emotions in it – she is hurt, then she is trying to be rationale, and then she was trying to be grown-up, and then she was mad. So even though it is subtle it is kind of emotional. It was nothing so in your face, but I like that it told a story. I think that is good when you make a submission of your work for the Emmys.
What did your fans all around the world say to you on Twitter following your nomination? It has got to be a pinch yourself moment, yet overwhelming, right?
KATHERINE: It was endless! By the end of the day my thumbs were so tired from being on my phone (Laughs). There were emails, text messages, and I am tweeting. I am still responding to people on Twitter, but it is great. I love it! I never thought in my lifetime that so many people worldwide would love Brooke, or my work, or that I would be able to talk to people through Twitter. It really gives you a feeling that you’re all connected.
Now you have to pick out a dress to dazzle on the red carpet. Initial thoughts on that?
KATHERINE: I have not thought about a dress yet. I will probably wait till the last minute! (Laughs) I had my company Katherine Kelly Lang Kaftans make this really nice kaftan for the Monte Carlo Nymph Awards which I wore on opening night. It was this sea of turquoise colors and had these gems all over it. It was very hand painted and just gorgeous. So I am thinking we may do a hand-painted gown, or I might go with a designer. I am not sure yet.
Finally, did you hear from Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie), who for so long has wanted this for you, and was for 25 years you’re on-screen scene partner?
KATHERINE: Yes. Susan called me and said, “Congratulations. You know how I have been wanting this for you. I love you, baby girl.” It was so sweet. We are going to have the ladies Lead Actress Emmys lunch and we are going to invite her to come too!
What do you think of Katherine finally getting her first Daytime Emmy nomination as Lead Actress? Let us know!