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Outstanding Supporting Actor

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Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS)

How did you feel when you found out you were nominated? “I was surprised. I didn’t know it was being released that day. I woke up to a couple of texts saying, ‘Congrats,’ and I thought, ‘Whoa! That’s pretty sweet.’ ”

This is your first time in the Supporting Actor category. Does it feel different? “Yeah! I look at the other people who are nominated, and not to take anything away from the Younger Actor category, but I feel like there are some pros in this category, for sure.”

What did you submit? “I submitted a couple of scenes when Marlena convinced Will to come back to Salem and then a couple of scenes of Will getting choked because I thought people would want to see that. The meat of it was actually when Will comes to Paul’s house and he sees Paul open the door and he’s shirtless, of course, these big bulging muscles, and I thought, ‘You know what? I like these scenes because they’re not super-dramatic but they do a good job of showing how Will behaves when he feels attracted to someone and finally feels comfortable enough to be able to show that attraction.’ ”

As a three-time Emmy-winner already, do you come in with more pressure or maybe less because you’ve already won? “I don’t know, maybe more? Because I’m neurotic and insecure, so if I don’t get nominated one year I’m like, ‘Do I still have it? I should retire!’ Don’t get me wrong, it’s an honor to be nominated obviously, but it’s not like my main motivation for doing what I’m doing.”

Will you prepare a speech? “No. Bad luck.”

Anthony Montgomery (Andre, GH)

What does this nomination mean to you? “That all the hard work I’ve been putting in over the last two years has been paying off. I’m truly grateful to be recognized.”

Who were the first people from GH to offer their congrats? “Other than Frank, Nneka and Vinessa [Antoine, Jordan, his girlfriend], Maura West, then Michelle Stafford [Nina]. Finola [Hughes] sent her love and congratulations, Chloe [Lanier] sent me an Instagram message and Steve Burton [Jason] sent me a congratulatory email. My GH family have been really great and supportive.”

What are you most looking forward to about attending the Emmys for the first time as a nominee? “If I can work out the logistics [of bringing my children as guests], I’m looking forward to seeing the looks on my children’s faces as they experience what the Emmys are like. Personally, I’m looking forward to going through this process with Vinessa and just enjoying the time, moment to moment.”

Will you prepare a speech in case your name is called or wing it? “I’d prefer to wing it, but I don’t want to forget to thank anyone so I’m going to prepare something, in case God blesses me with the win.”

What scenes did you submit? “The breakup scenes with Jordan and Andre, the jail scenes with Franco and Andre, and the interrogation room scenes with Anna and Andre, Andre explaining why he created the memory mapping.”

Greg Rikaart (ex-Kevin, Y&R; Leo, DAYS)

How did you learn of your nomination? “I found out from [Producer] Jimmy Freeman.”

Who did you tell first? “The first person I told was [husband] Rob. I had to text him since he was at work.”

Did you celebrate? “Yes, with some champagne.”

What scenes did you submit? “I submitted Kevin’s eulogy of Chloe and Kevin’s exit scenes with Gloria, but I’m not sure why. I was proud of my work on the eulogy.”

Was your nomination made sweeter because your soap wife, Liz Hendrickson [ex-Chloe], also received a nod? “Yes! She was a great partner-in-crime and she’s very deserving of her nomination.”

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Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS)

How did you feel when you found out you were nominated? “I was out of town, so I DVR’d [THE TALK] where I was. I didn’t want to see it when it aired. We had people to meet and things to do, so I just said, ‘Let’s get out and about and have fun.’ When we came back, we watched everybody’s name being called out. And then they said, ‘Greg’ and there was a pause and they went, ‘Rikaart.’ When they said, ‘Greg’ and then ‘Vaughan,’ I was just like, ‘Wow, I really got through this time.’ It’s been such a hurdle for me.”

Who did you call? “I called my mom. I heard some noise in the background, like happiness, and I’m like, ‘Where are you?’ and she said, ‘I’m at the city of Dallas getting permits, but there’s a bunch of DAYS OF OUR LIVES fans here. I think I might get some perks today because of this.’ It was a real treat. I feel very fortunate and it’s a very big category as a supporting actor because I think more people feel a little bit more secure about going into that category versus Lead Actor. The pool of submission is much larger. I feel like I’m in good company and proud to be acknowledged for the first time.”

What did you submit? “I submitted scenes from the farmhouse with Eric and Nicole where she tells him that they weren’t going to consummate the relationship as what he believed. And then it cuts to Missy Reeves [Jennifer] and she’s really being my confidante, my sounding board. It ends with Eric and Brady confronting each other for the first time. It was weird because the deadline was due and I said, ‘Okay, give me the 10 episodes before [the scenes with Nicole] and the 10 episodes after and I’ll just pull together a storyboard.’ I spent four-and-a-half hours and I cut it and put it together and submitted it and they laid it down, and that was it. I got to get my hands dirty in the whole thing for the first time really and not have somebody else in control. I was just like, ‘If I’m really going to do this, then I want to do it my way.’ I felt good about it.”

Will you prepare a speech? “Yes, because I’m not good unless I have written words. I think I’ve had one prepared for like 25 years! I will be honest, I’ve had a couple of restless nights thinking, ‘I cannot go and look stupid!’ ”

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Wally Kurth (Ned, GH)

What does it feel like to score your first acting nomination? “It feels really great, obviously. I’ve gotten so used to sort of being disappointed every year, so I’m a little surprised. But thrilled! I go to the awards every year as an audience member. It’ll be nice, but also a little nerve-wracking, to go as a nominee.”

How did you get the good news? “Frank called me when I was going into a yoga class and I thought it was about the Nurses’ Ball. When I got out of class, I saw a bunch of texts, including one from my wife saying, ‘Did you talk to Frank?’ So, I kind of knew, but I called my wife back first and she told me.”

Who were the first castmates to congratulate you? “I got texts from Judi [Evans, who plays Adrienne to his Justin on DAYS], Kassie [DePaiva, Eve, DAYS], Lisa [LoCicero, Olivia, GH] — you know, all my leading ladies. Eric [Martsolf, Brady, DAYS] sent a nice note, Maura [West] reached out to me, and I heard from a bunch of people online. I’m a lucky guy.”

What was on your reel? “I started with Ned asking Olivia to marry him. Then I did a scene with Michael in the [Quartermaine] den where he’s challenging me about ELQ. Then I went to scenes with Tracy where they talk about how she should have known from the time that she was a little girl that her father loved her, a very touching scene. And the last scene was happy, outside of Olivia’s hotel room door the day she and Ned got married. I really wanted to show different colors — and I guess it worked!”

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