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Bryton James Celebrates Y&R’s Emmy Nominations (EXCLUSIVE)


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This year marks Bryton James’ 11th Daytime Emmy Award nomination for playing Devon on The Young & The Restless, and two of those times, he took home the trophy on the big night. But the actor’s reaction to receiving a nomination still has not changed. “Never, never, never,” he declared to Soaps In Depth. “I know it’s cliche, I’m sure, to hear that but it’s a hundred percent true.

“Nominations for me really just means that the people that I admire and look up to and respect so much in the daytime community think I’m doing a decent job,” James continued. “And any time that you have your peers recognize you and let you know that you are doing well, it means an incredible amount. Aside from doing it for the fans, I really do it to try and make the daytime community proud. So it’s the same feeling from the first nomination to this one.”

James assembled his reel with a variety of different scenes showing his range across all of 2023, starting with Devon confronting Tucker. “Devon just lets him have it, exposes what Tucker’s doing, and ends their relationship,” he explained. “And then the rest is scenes from the storyline of Devon wanting to split up Chancellor-Winters and take his part of the company back. Scenes with Devon and Lily butting heads about that until they ultimately resolve it and make up. And then there’s the final scene with myself and Michelle Morgan (Amanda) that kinds of resolves that storyline. And also this scene with Devon and Nate where they make up after a year and a half of drama and kind of backstabbing each other.”

Y&R Tucker Ashley Devon
Devon’s relationship with Tucker went on quite a roller coaster ride last year!Howard Wise/

Y&R earned quite a few acting nods this year, and James is excited to be in such talented company. “I know that Mr. [Eric] Braeden (Victor) hasn’t been there for a while, so I’m going to be really excited to have him there with us,” he enthused. “I think the supporting actress category is going to be very competitive. I know that Allison [Lanier, Summer] and Courtney [Hope, Sally] both did phenomenal work last year and they are both equally deserving of it. 

“And I know we got Mr. Linden Ashby (ex-Cameron) in the guest star category who couldn’t be more deserving,” James added. “I mean, I want us to take ‘em all home. I know we can’t, we got two in one category, but… actually, we can. We can tie! We haven’t had a tie at the Emmys in a long time!”

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