The inspirational Linsey Godrey is a nominee at this year’s upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys for her performance as Caroline Spencer Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful. While Linsey was tearing it up on-screen as an emotional Caroline’s marriage to Rick (Jacob Young) fell apart, thanks to her attraction to Rick’s arch-enemy Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), in real life she made mainstream headlines news when in a shocking sequence of events, she was hit by a car. Since then, Godrey has been a pillar of strength fighting her way back from injuries sustained to her ankles.
Now with her new baby girl Aleta and the man of her dreams The Young and the Restless Robert Adamson (Noah) by her side, plus a possible golden statuette on the way, things are looking up for this survivor whose outlook on life should be a lesson for us all.
On-Air On-Soaps recently caught with Godfrey to get her thoughts on: going for Emmy gold, the shocking bombshell story twist where Caroline’s rival Maya (Karla Mosley) was revealed to be transgender, and how she got through some of her darkest times after being struck out of the blue by a car.
This has been quite a year for you, so many ups and some very difficult downs. What did you think about receiving a Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy nomination from your peers?
LINSEY: It was quite a year and it was such a shock, because going up into Supporting Actress is one of the largest categories, and is filled with so many women who I deeply respect as actresses, not just on my own show or across the hall at Y&R. To be considered among them is such a huge honor! I submitted the scenes in the CEO office where Rick (Jacob Young) finds out about Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and Caroline. There are two episodes where Rick is yelling at her and she is devastated. Performing those scenes were intense, and so I was hoping that they felt intense to watch, and that they affected people the same way it affected me to perform them.
And you got to showcase your dramatic side this past year on B&B, when previously you were nominated in the Younger Actress category for a comedic performance.
LINSEY: I was so grateful for the opportunity when I saw the scripts. I was so excited to be able to show them that while I appreciate their belief in me that I can do comedy and they let me do that, I also wanted to be able to show them that I can do drama, too. I was so grateful to work on such heavy material with someone I love and respect as much as I love and respect Jacob Young.
What did you think of the story twist that revealed Maya is transgender? How do you think Caroline will treat Maya, if and when, she learns the truth about her? Since Caroline has spewed venom at Maya in the past, it will be interesting to see what her reaction will ultimately be.
LINSEY: I can only imagine what her response would be. Caroline was so horrible to Maya, but Caroline has lesbian mothers and Caroline has strong ties to the LGBT community, so personally I would like Caroline to be on Maya’s side on this. I would love that! I was also excited for Karla Mosley to get the opportunity to showcase her ability, too. She is an amazing actress and a profoundly wonderful human being. I love that The Bold and the Beautiful was in the media, and has not only such a strong domestic, but international following as well. For us to show and to shed light on such a sensitive topic, and to display it with love and compassion ,and to show it’s just another way for us be human, and that we are all people is so important.
Back in February, you were hit by a car in a freak accident. Following you on social media and how you have held it together and persevered through this adversity is truly remarkable. Were there moments where you thought you wouldn’t get through this to the other side? You had beaten cancer, so you are no stranger to being a survivor. Recently, you shared your experiences with Entertainment Tonight’s Brooke Anderson.
LINSEY: There were days I was in the hospital that I was away from my daughter Aleta that I got very, very dark and I was very sad. I felt like, “Man, this is awful. I can’t believe this is happening.” But then when I went home and I got to be around my daughter every day, I realized it could have been so much worse. I could not be here anymore, and I could not have gotten to see her again. So, I think when you remind yourself of that, and that life is so beautiful, and so short, and it is a privilege to get older every single day, it can’t help but make you smile. I think my mom always taught me to never take things too seriously as long as you are still alive and still kicking. The alternative is not as wonderful.
What exactly happened to your ankles after being struck by the car and pinned underneath it?
LINSEY: Both my ankles were broken and dislocated and then my shin bones; my tibula and fibula, were compound fractured which means they splintered outward and went through the skin. It was such a random thing to happen. It was a total fluke thing. I was on the sidewalk and coming out of a pharmacy when I got hit.
How was your man, Y&R’s Robert Adamson (Noah) throughout your ordeal?
LINSEY: Robert is one of the greatest people I know. He is so strong and emphatic, and he has been such a huge help. Our Nanny Amanda, she is helping me so much as well. If it wasn’t for Robert and Amanda I don’t know what I would have done.
What do you think of Linsey’s chances to win Outstanding Supporting Actress at next week’s Daytime Emmys? Do you hope Caroline befriends Maya once she learns she is transgender? Has Linsey’s courageous story of recovery after her accident inspired you? Share your thoughts below!