The trials and tribulations of Liam Spencer have been front and center on The Bold and the Beautiful for the last several years, putting Scott Clifton squarely on-screen a majority of the time. Clifton, who is more than up to any acting challenge thrown his way by the B&B writing team, was just nominated for the first time in his career in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 44th Annual Daytime Emmys to be held on April 30th. When the envelope is ripped open, could it be an epic win for Clifton, who has already taken home two gold statuettes in the past?
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Scott at last week’s 30th anniversary on set celebration for B&B, and where the cast, crew and the CBS Daytime team celebrated the series 23 Daytime Emmy nominations.
Scott revealed to us his joy, his continued enthusiasm of being part of this successful soap, took a moment to size up his competition and even mentioned those missing in action in the Lead Actor category and more. Check what he has to say below.
You have received 9 Daytime Emmy nominations throughout your career, and for the first time you are in with the big boys in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series! How does it feel to crack that glass ceiling?
SCOTT: Holy s**t, right! This is because of Eva Basler our publicist, who made me do this. Just because you have a leading storyline doesn’t mean you are a ‘lead actor’, and that was my thought process. She was the one who said to me, “Dude, you have been in a leading storyline for the last several years. You can’t keep hiding behind Supporting Actor.” That was a couple of years ago, and I said, “I promise I won’t submit in ‘Supporting’ anymore, but I am not going to submit in ‘Lead’ till I feel like I had something that I was proud of, and then the log cabin storyline happened and then the aftermath of that. B&B’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell wrote an amazing story for me that is my favorite storyline that I have ever had in any soap opera I have been on. I love that storyline so much that I wish I could go back and do it again!
What scenes did you submit that got you the nomination?
SCOTT: The rules are different this year, so you can submit up to a 20 minute clip in scenes from up to four episodes. I chose from 4 – two of them were in the cabin- and two of them were from the aftermath in the cabin. One of them is when Liam has amnesia and Quinn (Rena Sofer) is telling him that she is his wife, so you see the ‘deer in the headlights’ kind of phase. Then it’s him in the cabin when Wyatt (Darin Brooks) finds out that Liam has been lied to all of this time, and then the third scene was the confrontation with Quinn, when Liam finds out Steffy got the tattoo ring on her finger and he is like smashing a plate, and he shoves her up against the wall. I wanted to tell a story, but I wanted to keep it short, so I kept at like 11 minutes even though I had 20 minutes in the rules. I don’t want to bore people to death. I feel that’s a mistake to do, and it’s also inconsiderate to my fellow actors! T he final scene was a confrontation with Bill (Don Diamont) where he says to Liam, “Tough s**t, you have to suck it up. You have to respect your brothers marriage” Then Liam finds out about Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Bill. So there is all of that, and then the last moment of the reel is Liam saying, “I am going to go get the girl!” I’m hoping it tells a story.
You have some heavy competition in the category vying for gold against DAYS Billy Flynn (Chad) and Vincent Irizarry (Ex-Deimos), and Y&R’s Peter Bergman (Jack) and Kristoff St. John (Neil), but there were all some favorites that were MIA!
SCOTT: No Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and not Jason Thompson (Billy, GH) which was shocking … and these are actors who intimated the hell out of me. Also, Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) did not get in, and he is fabulous every single year. This whole thing is turning out to be very interesting. I have two Daytime Emmys; one for ‘Younger’ and one for ‘Supporting’. I am told, and this is not going to happen, but if I were to win, Heather Tom (Katie, B&) and me would be the only two people ever to have all three, or also, if Kristoff St. John wins for ‘Lead Actor’. This is all so cool, and I already feel I am in some elite club I feel like I have put in my dues.
The Bold and Beautiful celebrated their 30th anniversary this past week. What can you about the show on this milestone?
SCOTT: I want to congratulate The Bold and the Beautiful for 30 years and not just because they are one of the most popular and beloved shows in the world, but also for being one of the most beloved shows behind the scenes, and we don’t talk about that enough. There is a reason that everybody on every other show is jealous of us, and it’s because this is “Emerald City” baby. This is a really, really special place to be, and I don’t want to ever leave.
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