Of the 23 total Daytime Emmy nominations earned by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS this year, 11 of them were for the actors in its cast, and Soaps In Depth caught up with them to get their reactions to the big news!
Peter Bergman (Jack) received his Lead Actor nod for the episode where Jack had a confrontation with Billy and then checked himself into the hospital for surgery. “Like everyone else, I had two or three great scenes followed by some run of the mill scenes. Nature of the beast. That’s the way it is.”
Castmate Doug Davidson (Paul) joins Bergman in the same category for the episode where Paul turns himself into Heather for shooting Ricky. “It’s a difficult process to match what we do in daytime with the criteria of the contest,” he admits.
In fact, Y&R dominated the Lead Actor category with three of the four nominees hailing from Genoa City. “It’s a smaller field,” Bergman allows of the current daytime landscape. “I don’t want myself, Doug Davidson or Michael Muhney (Adam) to lose our nominations, I’m sorry it wasn’t spread out more because it just looks better. But I’m not willing to give up my nomination and I don’t think my two co-stars are, either!”
Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan) was nominated for Supporting Actor for Ronan got drunk and broke up with Phyllis, and has every intention of attending the ceremony. “I love this genre,” he declares. “I love that show, I love these people. I would never not be there for something like that.”
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) now has a Y&R nod for Supporting Actress to add to the three she earned while playing Annie on ALL MY CHILDREN for the episode where Chelsea argues with Adam over his hiding Sharon in the cottage. “I really loved those scenes,” she confides. “Michael [Muhney, Adam] was really great in them as well. It seemed real and raw.”
But she knows she’s up against some stiff competition in her category. “Jessica [Collins, Avery], I’m so happy for her. I’ve known Julie [Marie Berman, ex-Lulu, GENERAL HOSPITAL] for years because of the ABC connection. I don’t know Katherine [Kelly Lang, Brooke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL] too well, but I loved her stuff on the pre-nom. I’m excited to meet Arianne [Zucker, Nicole, DAYS OF OUR LIVES]. I know it sounds cliché, but I swear it’s the truth: Just to be nominated with people who are so great, it’s really a win/win. I’m blown away each time.”