It was big day for Otalia fans around the globe when Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL, now Carly, DAYS) got her long awaited Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series! Considered one of the early favorites to walk home with Daytime’s highest honor, On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Crystal this afternoon for a quick chat about nomination day, and the classic graveyard scene where Olivia professes her love for Natalia, which garnered her a slot in the final five!
Crystal on how she found out she was nominated: “I was awakened at 5:30AM by my publicist, Leslie Penny. And I said to her, “Oh, that is so wonderful!”, and then I went back into bed! My son turned ten yesterday and we had celebrated with him last night so I was a bit tired, but it’s exciting! I texted other people and congratulated them as well. I was actually out scouting locations today for season two of Venice, so I will be twittering later. Those twitter folks are right there with me, and amazing.”
Crystal on the meaning of the nomination for her time on Guiding Light: “I am thrilled. It is always excited to get nominated. I am sure Beth Chamberlin (Ex-Beth, GL) feels the same way. Guiding Light meant so much to me. It’s not here anymore, and so it’s a different feeling this time. It all just reminds me of all the things I miss about it and the people. And, I have great wonderful memories and friendships. I just ran into a woman at a restaurant. She goes, “Oh my God, Guiding Light! I loved the story and the character of Olivia,” and it just happened 15 minutes ago… and that doesn’t happen everyday. So, I think it’s amazing that it happened today of all days. She also said, “I wept when Guiding Light went off the air. I had been watching it from when I was in the second grade. And I am 37 now.” So, here I am talking about missing Guiding Light, and I said, “I know exactly how you feel” But this is nice to go to the Emmys and represent a show that is no longer here, but a part of so many people lives. It’s really an amazing thing.”
Crystal on if she wins if she will recognize the LGBT community in her acceptance speech: “Well, of course! That is what the whole nomination and the whole thing is about. It’s these two women who fall in love and the obstacles they had to overcome. So absolutely, I would definitely speak to that.”
Crystal on her fellow nominees for Lead Actress: “I love all of them. Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) texted me this morning and said, “We are having lunch in Vegas!” Maura West (Carly, ATWT), I love. Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, AMC) and I have known each for a very long time, and she is wonderful. I mean, I socialize with these people, and Sarah Brown (Ex-Claudia, GH) is adorable. It is a good group. We will have a good time at lunch and take pictures and tweet them out!”
Crystal on if she knew when she filmed the graveyard scene if she knew immediately she had hit a home run: “You know whether something is cooking or not, and if you are fully in a moment. But what was important to me was in the writing of the scenes. By the way, Jill Lorie Hurst called me this morning crying. She was GL’s head writer, and she has a wonderful character sense. As soon as I read it, I went, “Wow, I can’t wait to do these.” I thought it was just so honest. When we shot the scenes it was freezing out there in Peapack. But what we learned to do on Guiding Light, is notice that things like that added to the realism of the scenes. At the end of it, I knew those scenes went really well.
Crystal on the nominations for her new cast at DAYS: “I am happy for them. They are cool and talented people. I am happy that they got represented like that.”
Crystal on if she feels pressure being the favorite to take home the gold: “I have been doing this a long time, and people that I thought were going to win, didn’t win. So I don’t look at that way. If it happens that would be great. If it doesn’t, I got the nomination and that is really special to me.”