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43 March 31st, 2016 Y&R’s Steve Burton Shares Reaction To His Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Admiration For Jessica Collins and Doug Davidson!

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When the nominees were revealed for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be he handed out on May 1st, a very familiar name to daytime audiences made the final round once again in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category … none other than The Young and the Restless’ Steve Burton.   The popular star received his second nomination in a row for his work as Dylan McAvoy, a role he began playing in early 2013, after an over 20-year-run on General Hospital as Jason Morgan, where he won an Emmy for his performance in 1998.

Speaking to On-Air On-Soaps from his home in Nashville on Wednesday, Steve shared: his excitement at being honored once again by his peers, his nominated work with Jessica Collins (Ex-Avery), being anchored in story with on-screen parents: Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) and Doug Davidson (Paul).  While Burton expressed his admiration and Davidson, he also gave kudos to Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R), Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), and others who have made an impact on him throughout his daytime soap journey.

Here’s what Steve shared on Daytime Emmys 2016, being made to feel at home at Y&R, and who he thinks should host the Emmy ceremonies, and more! 

You scored your sixth Daytime Emmy nomination last week!  What did you submit for contention that landed you in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series race?

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STEVE:  I submitted the break-up scenes with Avery, and I think a goodbye scene with her, as well.   So the majority of my stuff was with Jessica Collins (Avery).

What did you like about the scenes that made you go with those?

STEVE:  Sometimes, it’s so arbitrary.   I usually get a lot of people’s input, because every year the voting system changes and you have to adapt to that in a way.   For me, I want to pick the most honest work, and that’s what it’s about.  It doesn’t matter if it’s over the top or not, because sometimes that wins, but that’s not always how I am.  I just picked what I felt was the honest, and I went with that.  I try not to labor over it to much.  I just picked it, and submit it, and then let the cards fall where they may.

Those were sad scenes: Dylan and Avery just couldn’t make their relationship work anymore, and for them it was the realization of that and the finality of it that made those moments so heart-tugging.

STEVE:  Yes, and I just felt the scenes were really well-written.  Obviously, Jessica Collins and I really enjoyed working together.  And it wasn’t that we even had to work for it in the scenes, because Jessica was leaving the show, and it was a natural progression for our storyline and our characters.  The whole thing was sad too!   We didn’t want Jessica to leave.  Hopefully, we captured all of that essence in our scenes, and we will see what happens.  Jessica did reach out to me when she found I was nominated, and I am so glad she was nominated, too.   I am one of her biggest fans.

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And you created the Dylan and Avery relationship from nothing – you had to bring their back-story to life on-screen – when neither of you had been on Y&R previously.  I think that is a very hard thing to have to do and make work, especially in front of a loyal show fan base that could be dismissive of a never-before-seen duo.

STEVE:   It was a very interesting how it played out.  Like you said, usually the fans don’t care, quite honestly.  They didn’t really know me, and Jessica was new to the show, and Avery was with Nic (Joshua Morrow).  That was her root for a love interest.  But it worked with us and the history was there.  I think people felt that, and obviously it was a lot of fun.

Since you won a Daytime Emmy for your work on General Hospital and have been nominated several other times, does it still feel as exciting that your peers voted you in the final round, and acknowledged you?

STEVE:  I think it’s great, because being on a new show with a new group of people, and just the whole transition for me to The Young and the Restless, and working into the storyline.  Obviously, it was a big transition for me in my life and acting-wise.  So, it’s very nice to be recognized for that.   I really do appreciate it as it never gets old, and it is really cool.

Dylan is now anchored to core Genoa City residents.  His mother is Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott), and his father is Paul Williams (Doug Davidson).  Did it exceed your expectations on how it all evolved with Dylan … and how Y&R tied you into the canvas?

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STEVE:  One hundred percent!  And remember, originally Ray Wise (Ian Ward) was going to turn out to be Dylan’s dad, and that’s cool, because I love Ray.  But, Doug Davidson and I are very close.  I think they saw something there and changed direction midstream and made Doug my dad, which I love.  We love working together, and we spent a lot of time together.  Having Victoria (Amelia Heinle), and Nick as my half-sister and brother, and tying Paul and Nikki together with Dylan, was just great.

Last week with Y&R celebrating their 43rd anniversary and the show landing 27 Daytime Emmy nominations, the series is still in high gear, and you are evolving in story now with Sharon Case (Sharon), and then you get a nomination yourself.   I think they have set you up pretty well here on the top ranked daytime drama.

STEVE:  I agree, man.  I just go in and try to do the best I can do every day.  I am in a different place in my life, where I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.  You go in and make the story work and you go home.

How did you find out you were nominated?

STEVE:   We were doing a scene on stage and Christian LeBlanc (Michael) got a text from our Associate Producer Jimmy Freeman saying that he was nominated. We weren’t sure what time the nominations were coming out.   So he looked them up and that is how I found out.  I texted my wife immediately and she was very excited.

You started out in this business as a young actor and have come full circle to being one of the well-known veterans.  On Y&R, do you have younger actors come to you for advice?

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STEVE:  I talk to the younger kids on the show.  All I try to say is: “Work as hard as you did your first day on the job.  Don’t get complacent and lazy.  Show up on time.”  Most likely, if you have somebody who has the talent and has those work ethics, usually they are around for awhile. One person I have encouraged is Robert Adamson (Noah).  I think he can go very far as he is very talented.  GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) pushed me to the max, and that is why I have that perspective.  Maurice was the greatest mentor in the world.  He pushed me to the hilt in terms of acting, work ethic etc.  I could not have had a better person in my life at the time.

You have honed your craft over the years, where you come at your work with subtlety and much of it is told in your eyes.  Is that something you try to do in your scenes?

STEVE:  I don’t think it’s something you try.  I will give you an example: like Christian LeBlanc (Michael).  I am a huge fan of his.  Obviously, he is an amazing actor.   He’s more animated than me, and I would say we have different styles of acting, but he is very honest and truthful.  I think it really comes down to the individual of who they are, and what their style is.  It’s not something that I necessarily work on that is just part of me, I guess.  Obviously, if I try to be more animated in my style like Maurice Benard or Christian, I would feel awkward and I would probably look pretty awkward, too! (Laughs)  I will leave that to the professionals! (Laughs)

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When you look at the nominees, and having voted yourself, what was your overall opinion on this year’s pool of performances?

STEVE:  I thought a lot of great people had great tape submissions this year that had not been recognized before.  We have a lot of new nominees this year who have done a lot of good work for a long time, and they are finally being recognized.  On a side note: Are we getting Doug Davidson to host the Daytime Emmys?  I would love for him to host them.  This guy is awesome at stuff like that.  He is so good, and he would keep the ceremonies to where my kid’s could actually watch! (Laughs)

For more with this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees make sure to listen to Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman Daytime Emmy Nomination Special.  

So, were you happy to hear Steve Burton is in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Do you recall the break-up scenes between Dylan and Avery, and Avery’s heartbreaking goodbye? What do you think about the on-screen chemistry between Steve and his on-screen dad, Doug Davidson? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Dinah says:

    god knows Steve need Jessica back big time

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  2. Mo says:

    I think he’s scenes with Doug are nice.

    I do like Dylan better with Sharon than with Avery. Dylan and Avery were two dull people.

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    Timmm replied

    They just completely ruined Avery. I would like her back and reboot her!

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  3. CeeCee says:

    No, not happy. He did nothing outstanding except to become a cop overnight.
    I do believe there are others who deserve it more.
    If one loves expressionless, stiff, robotic acting, then, yes….Burton deserves the award.
    No bashing, please. It is my opinion.

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    k/kay replied

    You will not get an argument out of me the only reason he has gotten anywhere is because he is a big obsession of JFP’s!!!! He went to Y&R to be with her he wasn’t getting his way at GH after Frank took over. If he gets the award it will because of the strings she pulls. UGH!

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    Timmm replied

    Hey k/kay if it works for Hunter King why not Steve!

    Susan replied

    I like Steve hes an awesome actor but Billy Miller deserves to b nominated for lead actor as Jason Morgan.

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    Timmm replied

    Susan, I couldnt disagree with you more. I love Billy Miller but his portrayal of Jason has been lazy, boring and forgetful.

    Norma replied

    CeeCee are you speaking of my love scenes? Well perhaps I was stiff and robotic- he certainly wasn’t- but my hip is bruised.

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    CeeCee replied

    Keep ‘em coming, Norma. I love you!!

    jaybird369 replied

    CeeCee…as always, you are SO RIGHT ON!!!!! There are others that are W-A-Y MORE DESERVING!!!!! Yep.

    Later.

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    CeeCee replied

    Thank, you, jay-jay….

    Timmm replied

    No bashes only KISSES! I agree with you on his character BUT Steve is a sweet man. He can act. He and Roger Howarth have amazing acting strength with kids. Dylan needs to hug Paul, have a beer and call Avery!

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    CeeCee replied

    Lol. Yes, my Timmmy. I would love for Dylan to show some affection/emotion. All I know of this character are gloomy, warring images of his time in Afghanistan, was it? Even his love scenes with Avery, Chelsea ( who tried taking him for a ride…bad girl! Lol), Sharon were/are mechanical. Kisses to you too, babes.

  4. Dave M says:

    The only time I started watching a soap following an actor was when Kassie Depaiva went to days and I found the whole mess hard to follow and then heard she was fired and only reason to being with due to so few shows left. Steve is a familiar face from GH but find his character and scenes to be entirely underwhelming and don’t see him picking up the statue this year.

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  5. Timmm says:

    Steve is a great guy. He seems to be in a good place. I still wish he were on GH but we often forget, these are real people with a real job and they have to do what is best for them and their family.

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    Harry replied

    Nicely put, Timm. I like Burton and think he is sometimes underrated as an actor.

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    Timmm replied

    Thanks Harry. Steve in person is magical! He was great on GH and he played Jason the way he should have, stiff and robotic. Dylan, he just was a mess. I said it and it happened, he needed to be connected to someone already established in GC. He hit the jackpot being Nikki’s son BUT they dont hardly ever have scenes and Dylan has been on long enough for him and Paul to bond and they havent. I love Sharon Case but Dylan surprisingly doesnt click with her. I would bring back Avery and have Sharon lean on Adam since that nit picking, ungrateful hypocrite Chelsea WILL NOT get off his ass!

  6. Nikki says:

    I think Steve is a good actor but I dont think he did anything that merits an award. The only scene I remember him in that was good was when he found out he was Nikki’s son, even that was good but not great. Michael Baldwin or Jack Abbott would come ahead of him and (Adam Newman- Justin Hartley) would come ahead of all of them. I liked him better in General Hospital as Jason but Timmm your right ,you have to do what is best for yourself and your family.

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    CeeCee replied

    You get an A++ for that comment, Nikki….as does my Timmmy. Yeah!!

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    Timmm replied

    Nikki, I was surprised Steve was even nominated because MY only thought was his only “Real” accomplishment was getting his detective’s badge out of the cereal box in record time! But I do love Steve and wish him well. All of your other recommendations are solid, especially Justin.

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  7. damien says:

    i miss dylan and avery!!!
    the two were so sweet together , two good hearted solid people, one a cop , one a lawyer
    the triangle between dylan, avery and joe had so much more potential… too bad it got cut short.
    love jessica and steve.. him and avery really belonged together… those goodbye scenes really were sad

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  8. Mary SF says:

    If he didn’t win with his PTS story line, nor for the scenes when Dylan found out he wasn’t Connor’s father, nor for his work when Dylan found out he was Nikki and Paul’s son, I doubt he will win for his scenes when Dylan breaks up with Avery. I’m surprised he was even nominated for them, but then again, these are the Daytime Emmy Awards, so nothing should surprise me about them. But if the show was being televised then I would watch if Doug Davidson was hosting them, but atlas that is not to be either.

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  9. Rose says:

    Not so sure how I feel about Steve being up for an award…he really hadn’t been on Y&R long enough to make an impact based on the tape he said he submitted.

    But I do want to comment on his “delivery.” He does have a style that seemed to fit the “stone cold” persona of Jason better…as he said less animated. And after a few years this can get old for the viewers. Even Kelly/Sam gets called on her more monotone delivery. And others, like Maurice, you can almost predict his method/Soprano’s voice. So maybe it’s more a thing of style and what you like than acting ability. Because I think they both have it.

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    Timmm replied

    Oh gosh Rose, you get Kelly and Mr. Mumbles [Billy Miller] in the same scene and you have to turn up the TV to hear them AND it turns out they said nothing of relevance!

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    CeeCee replied

    Ohhhh, Timmm. That was RICH. Best comment on this board!!!! Hilarious. I can just hear Sam’s and Jason’s muffled conversation as I read your post….
    Let’s talk about NOTHING…LOL.

  10. Sammie Jo says:

    I like Steve Burton, but honestly I don’t think ANY of his performances are deserving of an Emmy. So many others had award winning performances.

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  11. Timmm says:

    I hope Jessica comes back. She could represent Michael? Avery and Dylan were good together. They had a history. That stupid cooking stuff and Joe Clark ruined her! Haven’t seen Joe in awhile? Yeah!

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  12. Helen says:

    Happy Birthday Jessica Collins. I do not watch Grey’s Anatomy but during GH I think they show commercials and I would swear her ex Joe is in them- is he on Grey’s now. Wasn’t the new writer CP the one that decided to make Steve a cop? Also I read that CP planned some horrid fate for Avery and Joe said he felt his character not given a chance to succeed cause they painted him into a corner as well. You know this show seems to enjoy putting characters like they were goldfish and drop them in the shark tank or a mouse with a snake and one week you are the mouse then the snake then bye-bye. I liked Avery though and Joe until he became the snake. So she is same day as Eric Braeden- love my Aries!!!

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  13. Norma says:

    Alcoholism is no laughing matter, I understand. But there are many many functional alcoholics. My vision for Dylan is he resigns from the police force and from Sharon. He opens a small bar with a limited menu, jukebox and pool table. Nikki is is one of his best customers and owns part of the place and she and Dylan talk and laugh and drunk Nikki waits tables, does karaoke and perhaps even strips occasionally. Dylan dispatches beer, liquor- and has no problem bedding the parade of single/married women that come in to play pool. Also, it is one of those safe haven places for people to drop off their unwanted babies or tweens and is also the greyhound bus stop for meals and those coming or going to GC. Victor is done with Nikki- yes we know they will re-unite after some drama, and when they do, he comes into the bar and sees her with the same eyes he did when he first saw her stripping. Optional outside tables and salad bar and Patty is a full-time employee and gives tarot readings on Tuesdays.

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    CeeCee replied

    Oh, my gosh, oh my gosh!!!!!
    Norma, you are killing me. My tummy hurts from laughing. This stuff is worth a million bucks. You make me soooo happy!!!!!

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    Mark replied

    I am can’t stop laughing and it is Tarot Tuesday!! I want Dylan’s Hope to have weekly stripper contests and Nikki fixes the results and wins each time and the crowd turns ugly but Dylan’s got a club and Patty a knife- so baby grab a cocktail and join in the fight! sorry bad on the lyrics

    Mark replied

    Whoa! Kind of Ryan’s Hope with twists and olives-on the salad bar. I like it. Not a new-type place but old school dive bar – guess the cigarette smoke won’t fly but dark and intimate and where some good convos and maybe Dylan still a cop but undercover and shipments of something are going on those busses. Add a good Reuben sandwich with fries that Patty cuts by hand since she obviously has the knife skills- I am loving it.

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    Mark replied

    Bring back Jessica Collins as her evil twin and she can make Tom Collins in the bar with Dylan. Rob the bank next to Dylan’s Hope and hostages and Nicki strips to distract the robbers. And Phyllis could not tell it was Marco- hasn’t anyone heard of prosthetics? Hello, Faison Cosmetics makes more than rubber faces and men’s wigs!! Yep!

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  14. Mo says:

    He is a serviceable actor, but not worthy of an award.

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    Norma replied

    Your comment delights. Service, please!

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    Peggy replied

    Oh yes, he is.

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  15. k/kay says:

    I respect JC but give me a break s for years they have destroyed Sharon Case’s character yet she reads her script and gets out there and trys to sell it. RESPECT for Case just a little 21 years on this soap and still no respect!!!!

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    CeeCee replied

    Agreed, Kay….love Sharon. Steadfast and true. I eish TPTB eould just end this yo-yo efeect they have imposed on her. Give her a life eithout secrets and subterfuge.

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    Ollie replied

    I agree! Once again she is headed for a breakdown when they discover Sully is the son of Sage and Nick! Oh yea…Sage and ADAM! Also, Abby is about to be injured in an attempted Murder at the hands of that sick step son MAX! So crazy! The BAD SEED all over again. So Sharon, Sage and Abby will need head doctors soon!

    CeeCee replied

    You bet, Ollie. Maxie Boy needs a good old fashioned dousing. I wish TPTB would not put children in these situations. He had that ‘Damian’ look about him (THE OMEN). I really felt uncomfortable watching him scrutinize the staircase with that devilish smirk of his….some foreboding!!!!!! Are children really THAT evil??
    Max really has psychological issues…..GC will soon be running out of psychiatrists, at this rate.

  16. Mark says:

    Stop making Sage suffer and hurt and be kicked around. I love her. I wish she would get kicked once too many times and then Connie baby comes out and starts kicking butt. Sage and Dylan maybe. I am starting to hate Sharon. Phyllis and Billy there is something there I like it. Some “Sage” advise?

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    Peggy replied

    That nurse today was creepy. The doc ain’t dead. She is here making my life hell.

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