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THE AMELIA HEINLE/THAD LUCKINBILL INTERVIEW – THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

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TV SOAP
You have here a new addition to the Luckinbill clan.   Introduce Australia to your new son!

THAD:
The baby’s name is Rowe.

AMELIA:
Thaddeus Rowe.  He is a big boy!

THAD:
He first weighed in around 8 lbs 21 inches, I believe.

TV SOAP:
So, Amelia, you bring Rowe to the studio with you and he stays in the dressing room. How has that been working out for you and Thad?

AMELIA:
Well, it’s been great having him so close by.  The only thing was, one time Thad and I were on set doing a scene and we heard this baby cry off set.  We looked at each other terrified that it was Rowe.  We come to find out it was the baby who was playing Victoria’s newborn son, Reed.  He was crying off-camera.

THAD:
Yeah, it can get a little intense sometimes.

TV SOAP:
Amelia, how is your other son, August, who’s now 11. (From previous marriage to actor, Michael Weatherly)  How is he handling the new big brother role?

AMELIA:
He loves it.  August is going to be his much older big brother.  But it is so wonderful.

TV SOAP:
As many fans know, they put Victoria in a coma for a long time, allowing time for your maternity leave.  Finally, she wakes up and is ready for a ‘quickie’ wedding with JT.  What is the rationale behind the race to the altar?

AMELIA:
The characters, as it was written, did not want to waste their lives anymore, so they wanted to get married right away and be husband and wife. We don’t’ want to waste a minute, because Victoria was sick.

TV SOAP:
Thad, how was the wedding tape day?  Sometimes, as on-screen weddings go on soaps, they can be long and arduous workdays.

THAD:
No, it was actually not too long.  It was an easy day,

TV SOAP:
We heard you wore a very famous, “Y&R” wedding gown from the past?

AMELIA:
It was Nikki’s old gown.  It is designer Badgley Mischka’s creation.  It was pretty and nice.

TV SOAP:
Recently, they had Victoria talking slow and fumbling around after waking up from her coma.  Was that part of the recovery difficult to play?

AMELIA:
I can remember the producers put up a website for me to read about people recovering from Comacide.  I looked at it and it said, ”After waking up from one, sometime people have a hard time walking.  Also, they talk really slow and also slur their words.”  I don’t know how to slur my words without talking really silly.  So, that is what they made me do it.

TV SOAP:
But now, Victoria seems to have regained back all her functions at a rapid rate, don’t you think?

AMELIA:
Oh yes, I moved on quickly. (She laughs)

THAD:
She is very articulate. (He laughs)

AMELIA:
It was taking too much time, and it was really boring to watch me talk slow.  (She laughs)

THAD:
People were falling asleep on couches all over America.  (He laughs)

AMELIA:
I would go, “Am I better now?” And the production booth would go, “Yes, just hurry up!”

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TV SOAP:
For a very long time, the two of you remained tight-lipped about your real life romance. Tell us about how the relationship came about.

AMELIA:
It’s self-explanatory.

TV SOAP:
The connection happened and then…..?

AMELIA:
We were friends first and I knew him from around here. We hung out a little bit and had a lot in common.  Sometimes, you know someone for a while, and you really don’t know how much you have in common with them. Then one day, somebody says something and you go, “Wait.  That’s how I feel, too. And then one thing led to another.”

TV SOAP:
But, to everyone on the outside looking in, it looked as though your relationship happened very fast.  Was that true? It was fairly fast though?

THAD:
We kept a lot of the relationship quiet.  To be quite honest, not a lot of people at “Y&R” knew we were even dating.  So, it was kind of a shock to some of the cast when they found out. We had actually been seeing each other for quite awhile before then.  We are just really sly! (He laughs)

AMELIA:
We were just trying to be professional.

THAD:
Professional, yeah, we are both private people and I always like to keep things quiet.

TV SOAP:
Thad, what qualities or attributes attracted you to Amelia?

THAD:
Oh, there are so many to talk about.  As far as “Y&R” goes, Amelia is easily everyone’s favorite person here.  Everyone here loves her personality.  She is bubbly, and she has a way with people.  Obviously, I was drawn to that and with the whole package.  It goes on to everything in our lives that have been very similar… to the way we were raised and what we like.

TV SOAP:
Some Hollywood couples never make it because of the demands and pressures of the business.  Now that both of you are married, do you think it might cause an obstacle in the relationship if one was to leave “Y&R”, and the other one stayed or took another gig?

AMELIA:
It’s probably just in line with any other types of problems couples face.

TV SOAP:
I don’t think it would be a problem.

AMELIA:
Yes, I don’t think it would be a problem.  I am secure in our relationship.

TV SOAP:
Thad, what can fans look forward to from JT?

THAD:
I don’t know.  Hopefully, this year, they write a great story for Amelia and me.

AMELIA:
I think they are writing material for JT, where he is dealing with being a new father and all of a sudden being a Newman.  That is the stuff I see!  There are undertones of him being a Newman and getting involved with my father’s company, which can be a whole story in itself.  JT gets drawn into all things Newman from there.

TV SOAP:
What’s next for Victoria?

AMELIA:
She is going to work at the offices right away, after her coma.

THAD:
I think, for JT, Amelia is right.  It will be a whole new switch in professions and he gets into a whole new environment.  He has always been a little bit of a loose canon, and a rebel with a cause. We will see how he fits into the corporate structure.

AMELIA:
It should be interesting!

TV SOAP:
Over the last year, viewers have noticed a shift in the scenes on “Y&R” and the pace. They are much shorter and quicker than in the past.  Do you like the shorter scenes, or do you prefer the ones with more substance?

AMELIA:
When I first started, I came in at the tail end when they were writing those huge scenes.  I was overwhelmed by the dialog, and then I got the flow of it.  I found the shorter ones were a lot easier, but I thought the longer scenes were much more interesting.

THAD:
I agree.  I think you are going to see with the current writing staff, a change back to that. It may not go all the way back to what it used to be, but maybe some sort of compromise.  I start to see that in the scripts right now.  I see the scenes are a little longer and they have a little more substance to them.

TV SOAP:
Will Victoria and JT stay together?  Or, do you think the writers will wreck them as a couple?

AMELIA:
I think they will stay together for a while before they wreck it.  Look at how long I was with Brad!  It went on for years almost, and that was not even a good, true love story.  At least, I don’t think it was.

TV SOAP:
Fans in Australia want to know how it is working with Aussie, Tammin Sursok, the newest Colleen!

THAD:
She is great!  It has been strange for me to be here for 7 years now, and see so many actors and characters come and go. I have seen different people play the same role, and with Tammin, it’s nice to play with her.  She does a great job in that part.

TV SOAP:
Amelia, Josh Morrow (Nick) has some emotional moments while Victoria lay comatose. What did you think of those?  Oh, wait; you could not even open your eyes to see them!

AMELIA:
I heard the work.  Everyone did a great job.  They all came in and would do those huge monologues.  It’s easier when you are talking to someone who is asleep, though.  As an actor, I always find it that way.

TV SOAP:
Thad, of your time on “Y&R” do you have a favorite JT moment?

THAD:
I actually have to say, just because I am a guy and I love action, and we never get action on the show, was when JT had to carry Colleen out of this burning fire and things were falling on me.  It was actually a taxing scene.  I remember going, “I want to be an action-hero.”

TV SOAP:
Would you like to be doing an action-adventure feature film?

THAD:
No.  It’s just fun as a guy.  It’s like you want to do war movies or something stimulating like that.

TV SOAP:
Do you mean like the macho face- off, JT basketball scenes?

THAD:
I don’t know when they caught wind I play basketball.  I tell you what happened.  The fans really liked this initial scene where Korbell and JT played basketball. They loved the competition.  So then, they kept writing it over and over again.  They catch wind upstairs and that’s what happens!

TV SOAP:
Amelia, what are some of your favorite Victoria moments?

AMELIA:
It’s none of the stuff you see on TV, it’s the stuff you don’t see.  Like when we have scenes in the Newman house with Eric Braeden (Victor), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) and Josh.  They all goof around a lot, so it’s fun.  I remember when I first came on the show I was terrified of all of them pretty much.  I was just sure that they hated me as Amelia because I was replacing Heather Tom (Ex-Victoria).   I was pretty sure I was hated all around.  It’s fun to be with them all now, knowing that they love me and care about me.  We have a good time.  We can make fun of the dialog, goof around, and then ultimately pull it together.

TV SOAP:
Do you guys pull pranks?

AMELIA:
Just jokes, no pranks.  As far as the character, I can’t think of anything that was my all-time favorite.

THAD:
She has not had her action scene yet!

AMELIA:
Well, my action scene was in the Clear Springs storyline when the ice cube hit me on the head.  I did not even get to do that because I was pregnant, and they had a stunt double! (She laughs)

TV SOAP:
Do you mean that funny-looking pebble that hit Victoria when she came out of the tunnel that caused her coma?

AMELIA:
Yes, the piece of Styrofoam!

THAD:
Tell me you did not think that was funny? (He laughs)

AMELIA:
We laughed. (She laughs)

THAD:
We had worked so many long hours; it was like we were all delirious.

AMELIA:
They were like, “It’s lame.  Let’s just go to the next scene, and go to the next.”  We were all so tired by then.

TV SOAP:
Since you began here at “Y&R” who has been most helpful to you, or whom did you bond with?

AMELIA:
My friend, the “Y&R” make-up artist, Patty Denney.  She is great!

THAD:
Initially when we first started, I was close with David Lago. (Ex-Raul)  He and I had a neat friendship. We helped each other outside the show, as well.  So, I definitely would have to say, it was him.

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Y&R’s Executive Producer Anthony Morina Talks On Daytime Emmy Drama Series Win For Neil’s Memorial & Honoring Kristoff St. John

Last Friday night, The Young and the Restless was named the Outstanding Drama Series at the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on CBS. The show won on the strength of their submissions, which centered on the death of Neil Winters; including when the residents of Genoa City find out of his passing, and the subsequent heartbreaking memorial service in his honor.

However, what made those hours of television unlike anything seldom seen; were not only was Genoa City saying goodbye to Neil, but the cast was saying their goodbyes to their beloved friend and colleague, Kristoff St. John (Neil) who had passed away suddenly back in February of 2019.

Y&R’s executive producer, Anthony (Tony) Morina accepted the award for the top-rated CBS Daytime drama during the Emmy telecast, which now makes Morina a five-time Daytime Emmy winner himself!

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Tony on the series emotional Emmy win, and what it meant for him to win the gold for these incredibly moving and special episodes that were at its epicenter paying tribute to Kristoff in the best way the soap opera could. Here’s what Tony shared on the Y&R Drama Series victory and more.

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Congratulations on your Outstanding Drama Series win. The episodes that you submitted were at every level, so gut-wrenching, sincere, and beautiful.  What did you think about the process that you went through to make these right for Kristoff and the character of Neil?

TONY:  Occasionally, when you are in this business, as you know, you work so hard to achieve certain things, sometimes you think you’re achieving something, and you’re not, and sometimes something shows up that surprises the heck out of you, and this was kind of it for me.  But what didn’t surprise me, of course, were the actors’ ability, the director’s ability, and the crews’ ability, and for these episodes it was at such a high level.  Sometimes there is an emotional element, or an otherworldliness thing that takes over.

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Yes, because it was all so real and raw; in that we were watching the characters who loved Neil Winters mourn him, but we were also watching all the actors who loved their co-star.

TONY: When everybody was in that church set and were giving their eulogies, it felt like everybody was so behind each other, and everybody just cared for each other so much because they cared so much for Kristoff.  All the eulogies that people were doing were a page and a half to two pages.  They were really long, but you could feel the emotional tension, and you could feel how people just felt.  Kristoff was a very unique special person, who ended up going through some rough times, but he really was beloved.  Sometimes you love people, and sometimes you say somebody is beloved.  Whenever you saw him, he put a smile on your face.  He made you feel like he really cared about you.  Those shows came together really out of this feeling of love.  We did two whole shows that day.  We did that whole show and the show that came after it.  I don’t know how many hours of a day it was, but people had so much emotion attached to it that those shows really kind of took over themselves with everybody just trusting and letting go and supporting each other.  I got a text from Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) saying how it was one of the greatest experiences he’d ever had in terms of how it all came together.  Those shows just meant a lot to us, and I really felt that if we didn’t win, I’d be perfectly fine with that, because I was just so glad that we were able to do these episodes, and people got to see it.

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At what point did you decide, “We are going with this to submit for the Emmy!”

TONY:  I actually knew that day.  I think, I actually said to Josh Griffith (head writer and Co-EP Y&R), “This is going to be our Emmy show … or one of our Emmy shows.”  The other show when everybody finds out Neil died was an incredibly powerful show to me too, but I knew that day when we shot the funeral that you rarely see that kind of rawness.  When you get into this business, and you want to become an actor, it’s tough, but you know that in the end what you want is to get into a position where you can share who you are as a person in an artistic way.  I think the Neil memorial gave people a way to say, “This is why I do this because I get to really share myself, and I get to express how passionate I am and how much I care about other people.”

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Shemar Moore (Ex-Malcolm) came back to honor his dear friend and on-screen Y&R brother.  How was it having him on set with you to share this experience?

TONY:  Shemar was amazing.  He was there until the bitter end of our tape day.  He could not have been kinder and more supportive of everybody, and really laid out his emotions, and it was like that with everybody.  I would say this was the the most amazing experience I have ever had.

What do you think Kristoff would say?  I think he would be very proud that you gave Neil a real proper sendoff.

TONY:  Absolutely.  I also think Kristoff, would have thought that Neil deserved it, and would have loved it, a, it’s an interesting question because you have got to say to yourself, “Does Kristoff feel he deserves it?” As a character, he’d definitely feel he deserved it.  He was a part of that community.  He was a part of Genoa City.  Those were his friends and his family.  Would Kristoff feel he deserves that?  I don’t know if he would have felt he deserved it, but I know he would have loved knowing how much people cared for him.  I think that would have meant the world to him.  I really do.

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I loved your acceptance speech.  I thought it was one of the better ones of Emmy night. 

TONY:  Thanks so much.  Matt Kane (publicist, Y&R) has been amazing.   He gave me a lot of guidance on where to go, and my wife, Sally (Sussman Morina) really helped write the speech because the rules were you’ve got 30 seconds.  I really believe in the notion that when you have an opportunity to speak in front of people about something, it has some meaning to you and to other people.  I think you have to put thought into it because how many opportunities do you get in life to share about yourself and how you feel about people?  So, I really appreciate you saying that.

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What did you think of your Y&R actors: Bryton James’ (Devon) and Jason Thompson’s (Billy) major Emmy victories?

TONY:  Well, personally, I am enormous fans of both people.  I like when nice, good people have nice things happen to them, and you know them.  First off, I was so happy for Bryton because I know he and Kristoff were close, and I know he was deeply affected, as Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R) was, as everybody was, but they were like family.  I love Bryton personally, and he laid his heart out there.  As for Jason Thompson, people think the world of him, and I think he is an unbelievable actor.  I taught for years, and I have worked with a lot of actors, and I think Jason has such control of his work.  I’m impressed by him.  I’m just as impressed by who Jason is.  I think he’s deserved it other times too, and this was his first win; which must be very special for him.

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During the In-Memoriam tribute on the Emmy broadcast, former producer, Lisa de Cazotte was also featured.  What can you say about your time working with her at Y&R and over your career?

TONY: I’ve known Lisa De Cazotte since Santa Barbara when Paul Rauch (former executive producer) brought her there, and that’s where we first met. Lisa was probably my favorite producer to ever be in the booth with because she let you be yourself, and she let you do your job, and yet, she still had control over the room and the studio.  She was a great touchstone for me, because when you are in this position, you need someone to bounce stuff off of or just say, “Am I really being an idiot here?” because we were old friends, she could say, “Tony, you’re being an idiot.”  (Laughs)  We miss her terribly.  She was really a loved person, and she was just fantastic at what she did.  I just miss her as a friend.

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And of course, the In-Memoriam featured the late Y&R co-creator, Lee Philip Bell who also passed recently. 

TONY:  Yes, and that’s what was interesting about that speech I gave, because you had to mention those three people: Lee, of course, Kristoff, and Lisa – three truly linchpin important people in daytime drama for many years. Losing all three made it a particularly rough year for The Young and the Restless family.

I also wanted to talk about Eve LaRue (Ex-Celeste Rosales), who had never won a Daytime Emmy but she did for her work on Y&R! She was very emotional and moved by her win as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series.  What can you say about Eva?

TONY:  She is such a lovely person and she did a great job for us.  I’m just glad for her because I know she had ever won before.

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One of the clips shown on the Emmy broadcast that Y&R chose for air from Neil’s memorial was Victor’s emotional eulogy; which Eric Braeden delivered so beautifully.   I know how found he was of Kristoff; so it made that on-screen moment all the more heartbreaking. What can you say about Eric?

TONY:  Eric feels as deeply as anybody who I have ever known.  Really, he can come across sometimes as a certain kind of image for people on-screen, but he cares deeply, and is the most supportive actor of every other actor.  Eric has a depth and is a fantastic actor, and he knows how to use his talent.  He actually called me last night and left a message.  He just said, “Hey, I saw you on TV,” and then he just laughed for 5 minutes.  It was really very funny.  He’s not used to seeing me on TV, and so he just laughed.  It was hilarious.

What did you think of Y&R’s win for Outstanding Drama Series knowing they submitted the episodes of Genoa City finding out Neil had passed, and his funeral? Share your thoughts on Tony’s remarks via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmy Winners: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Scott Clifton & Heather Tom Talk Winning the Gold & Returning to Work at B&B

This week, The Bold and the Beautiful has been airing encore presentation of Daytime Emmy-winning performances from some of the cast over the years as a prelude to tomorrow night’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS.

The weeklong Emmy celebration concludes tomorrow with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood’s (Steffy) Emmy-winning performance from last year which won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize for the first-time in her daytime career.

Michael Fairman chatted with Jacqui, along with five-time Daytime Emmy-winner and a nominee for Lead Actress again this year, Heather Tom (Katie) and three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Scott Clifton (Liam).  As daytime soap fans know, Heather and Scott hold the distinction of being the only actors to win in all three acting categories: Younger, Supporting and Lead.

In this candid and fun conversation on the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Jacqui, Scott and Heather remember the nights the won Emmy gold, their acceptance speeches, things they wish they would have said, and what it was like waiting for their names to be called, plus taking a stroll down memory lane and remembering when they taped their Emmy-winning performances.

Scott reveals why he chose not to submit himself in Lead Actor this year, even though he has some of the finest performances throughout the Baby Beth baby switch storyline,.

Later the trio talk about The Bold and the Beautiful being the first U.S. soap opera and first U.S. broadcast show back in production following the shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic and how B&B is looking to shoot episodes during the times we live.

Watch the full video interview below.

Then let us know, what was your favorite part of the moments shared by Jacqui, Scott, and Heather in the Emmy conversation?  Do you think Heather might tie Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) tomorrow night with her sixth win in the Lead Actress category?  What do you think of B&B’s return to production following the sentiments shared.

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DAYS Thaao Penghlis Chats on His Daytime Emmy Nomination & How He Makes Tony DiMera One of a Kind

He has been one of the longstanding cast members of Days of our Lives and certainly of Salem’s notorious DiMera Clan; and while Thaao Penghlis may be off our screens for a time and then comes back again; though the years one thing has been true, he delivers top-notch performances in a way that is uniquely ‘Thaao’.

This year at the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be broadcast on Friday night, June 26th at 8 p. m. EST, Thaao is vying for the Outstanding Lead Actor prize amongst a formidable group of other daytime favorites.  And this makes it two years in a row that Penghlis has received an Emmy nomination although this time in a different category.

As fans know, Penghlis takes the art of acting seriously, and expects other he works with to bring their A-game, just as he does time and time again; whether it be playing DAYS dashing Tony or the evil Andre or when he portrayed Victor Cassadine on General Hospital.

Michael Fairman TV spoke to Thaao to get his thoughts on: receiving the Emmy recognition and what it means to him what he thought about his nominated scenes, plus what he might be doing at home during the ceremony, and where he hopes Tony DiMera’s future is headed.   Here’s what Thaao shared.

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Tell me about what scenes you submitted that landed you a Lead Actor Emmy nod!

THAAO:  Well, the week I came back to DAYS, I had 11 shows, and this material was from one show of three I did one day!  When you think of other actors doing 150 shows, and I did less than 50 this past year, my choice is kind of limited.  So, when I came across these particular scenes, which were with Eric Martsolf (Brady) and with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), what I liked about it is that usually when you see other peoples’ work, its histrionic, it’s great tears, it’s drama – and what I was able to put together had a through line and an arc from beginning to end.  It makes it very logical when somebody is following your story, and you can show a whole ebb that makes sense.  I had some lines that were really difficult to say, like, “Coming back from the dead is not easy.”  When I get lines like that, I throw it away, and because of that, it becomes humorous.  I have to say I work well with Arianne.  She was great.  I found in the past, when I have worked with some actors, they step on your lines.  I found the best way to stop that is I put my hand up, and I say, “Hey!” and everything goes silent.  They go into shock mode, and I say, “I haven’t finished,” and then I go on.  (Laughs)  So, when Kristen as Nicole starts to talk to Tony the way she does, and she says, “You’d better behave…” I thought, “This is a DiMera you are talking to,” so, I just snapped back at her.  I gave her a, “Hey!”  So, she shut up, froze, and I went on.

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Would you say your reel was more comedic … or both funny and serious?

THAAO:  It is both.  There are subtleties to it.  There is a teacher I know in Australia, and she is very critical.  She said, “I want to see your work.”  I showed it to her, and she wrote back, “Oh my, God.  How did you make those transitions so readily?”  I went, “Oh.  How did I do it?”  I didn’t think of that.  I think it’s an old technique.  It’s called having to do 3 shows in one day, and you had better get your stuff right, and it’s about how do you make a scene work?  There is one director who I did a miniseries with who said to me, “Where did you get your training from?”  I said, “Daytime.”  He said, “My God.  You certainly know how to have a camera follow you,”   Well, the camera has to follow your movement.  So, when I finished a transition, I’d move to another spot, and the camera had to follow me.  So, what happened in the arc of this Emmy-nominated piece is that I took charge and controlled the scene so that it became a scene of lots of transitions. And of course, charm, I did all of what I thought Tony would be.  He is a DiMera.  I have one of those looks. I don’t know where it comes from, maybe it’s as I get older, but I’ve learned how to work the camera where I may slam something first to get your attention, and then the camera comes onto your face, and you’re going, “Oh, what the hell is he thinking?”  So, I can play the dark side quite readily, and yet in my real life, I’m not so bad. (Laughs)

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You have Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Steve Burton (Jason, GH) also in your category, and these guys who are obviously been soap veterans like yourself.  What do you think about the group you have been nominated with? 

THAAO:  I never worked with Steve Burton, but hear good things.  I know Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan, GH).  He’s a lovely actor.  I have worked with Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R).  He’s a lovely actor.  He is well-trained.  So, it is nice to see that the nominees are all vets.

Right, they are all vets.  It seems like a good group to be with. 

THAAO:  I agree, and I love that the Daytime Emmys are coming back to television.  I think it is an upswing when they think of daytime dying.  I think whoever made this happen is taking on the responsibility of taking daytime back.  It is why people love novellas.  People love the story, they love to follow the characters, and we’ve got fantastic fans.  I mean, what would we do without them?  You can’t sustain the show without them, and you pay a price, you have to know how to entertain them because once they know who you are and what you’re about, they get bored.  So, you have to be ahead of your audience all of the time.  That’s what I have always tried to do with both characters that I’ve played on DAYS

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They’re doing a virtual ceremony this year.  How do you think you would dress while watching the ceremony?

THAAO:  You don’t wear a tux in your house, do you? So, I’ve invited some people for a celebratory time.  Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS) and her husband Nick Schillace (head of make-up, DAYS) and Leann Hunley (Anna, DAYS) are some of my great friends who have been very supportive of me through some tough times this year, and I’ve got a friend who has got  a wonderful restaurant, and he is going to cater it.  Probably it will be a group of 10.  You know, could you imagine being here on your own, in a tuxedo, with a glass of champagne? (Laughs)

I know, kind of awkward! (Laughs)  You’ll put something nice on for the big night, right?

THAAO:  Yes, you know me.  I’m always dressed.  What would you suggest?  Sweatpants on the bottom and a tuxedo jacket!  How about that? (Laughs)

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Now, you have been previously nominated for Daytime Emmys, too!

THAAO:  Yes, and last year I was nominated as well for Outstanding Guest Performer.  So, it’s kind of nice to be back-to-back, and in 2008, I was nominated for Lead Actor when I played the clown in the Tony and Andre storyline.  Thank God, DAYS recently DAYS had James Reynolds (Abe) wining in the Lead Actor category.  I thought, “Wow.”  That was for years and years of good work that he’s done, and also, Greg Vaughan (Eric) wining for Supporting Actor was very nice, but we haven’t had that many wins in the acting categories over the years.

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DAYS tapes so far ahead of air; that what was once a seemingly major concern has paid off swimmingly during the coronavirus pandemic.  The soap is the only show to have enough episodes in the bank for months ahead when production shut down and enough even when other shows go back into production.  Who would have thought?

THAAO:  We used to think it was ridiculous that DAYS taped eight months ahead, but look at us now! Who would have thought is right?

What would you love to see happen with Tony when DAYS does resume filming new episodes again? 

THAAO:  I’d like to go back and play the head of the DiMera family.  I’ve never been granted that, and I think, at this stage, with the way I worked with Joe Mascolo (Ex-Stefano) it would be nice to see the transition just like Michael Corleone did in Godfather.

So will you be rooting for Thaao to take home the gold as Lead Actor in a Drama Series come Emmy night?  Do you hope DAYS writes Tony into upcoming story, and if so, how would you like to see him on the canvas? Comment below.

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