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Daytime Emmy Preview!

Days of our Lives Season 52
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season: 52 -- Pictured: Casey Moss as JJ Deveraux -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) Credit: NBC

The Daytime Emmys will be held on April 29. Here, this year’s nominees open up to Digest about soaps’ biggest night.  


Outstanding Younger Actor Nominee

Lucas Adams (Tripp, DAYS)


How did you feel when you found out you were nominated? “I was extremely excited. I had to be kind of quiet though because I was at a coffee shop and I got a Twitter notification. I was with my buddy and I was like, ‘Oh man, I think I got nominated,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, hang on, we’ll talk about it in a second.’ I waited for my ham and cheese croissant and then went outside and got in the car and I was like, ‘Okay, this is pretty cool isn’t it?’ ”

Who’s the first person you told after him? “It’d be my mom or my girlfriend. My mom already knew, but she was definitely the first person I talked to on the phone. She was freaking out. My sister said she wished she had a video of her because it was kind of a mixture of her jumping for joy and fainting.”

What did you submit? “I submitted a few scenes. My favorite one is probably where I was confronting Lauren Koslow’s character, Kate, after Theo had been shot and was in a coma and she was trying to take the phone back because it had incriminating evidence of her on there; that whole sequence of me confronting her were some of my favorite ones.”

Are you going to write a speech? “I’ve thought about it, but I honestly, if I win, I might wing it because my hands will just be shaking [too much] to read the card.”

What will you wear? “I would love some sort of pinstripe suit. I told myself last year, ‘If I get to go next year, I want to wear pinstripes.’ ”



Outstanding Younger Actor Nominee

Rome Flynn (ex-Zende, B&B)


It must feel gratifying to finally be nominated. “Yeah. I’m honored to be acknowledged this year, the year I’m not on the show anymore. It’s an icing on the cake sort of thing, to represent B&B in the category and being the only one in the category this year. I’m happy. This is my B&B family, so I’m hoping to bring them back some hardware.”

What scenes did you submit? “The scenes of Zende and Nicole when he’s trying to get her to sign the [adoption] papers, when he’s trying to reveal to her that this was the right thing to do. I liked that a lot. I felt like it showed a certain compassion, and it was something I was proud of and I wanted my peers in the Academy to see.”

How did you get the news? “I got a text message from Chris Lai [-Johnson], who’s the makeup head. She sent a text to both Reign [Edwards, Nicole] and me saying congratulations. I had no idea. I didn’t get a chance to catch THE TALK and I didn’t know about the nominations, so I was like, ‘Huh?’ Then Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer] called me and congratulated, so I knew for sure then.”

Are you looking forward to seeing Reign on Emmy night? “Oh, yeah! Reign’s my girl. We’ve got a bond that’s going to carry us through forever. We learned a lot together, and I always want the best for her. She’s doing well. She’s resilient and persistent. We’re similar in that way.”



Outstanding Younger Actor Nominee

Tristan Lake Leabu (Reed, Y&R)


What does it feel like to be the Emmy-nominated Tristan Lake Leabu? “It’s pretty baffling. It still hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

How did you find out about your nomination? “I got to work and two people came up to me and said, ‘Congratulations,’ so I just said, ‘Okay … thanks.’ I had no idea what they were talking about and when I went up to hair and makeup, someone said congratulations again. So, I asked what this was all about and that’s when I learned I got nominated. It’s pretty amazing and I’m incredibly excited. It’s a serious thrill.”

Who did you tell first? “The first person I called was my best friend, Stya, who is also my roommate. I told her, ‘Get down here, we’ve got to celebrate!’ When she did, she jumped and screamed with me and then we had a special lunch. My grandparents were freaking out and they told my extended family. My aunt Lori lives in Texas and she told the guy who does her taxes about who I am and she said he just about fell out of his chair.”

What scenes did you submit? “When I was first on the show, I did a scene with Melody [Thomas Scott, Nikki] at the coffeehouse and it was a sweet conversation. Then I submitted a scene a year later, where my hair was down to my shoulders, right after Reed’s DUI, when his parents got him out of the holding cell. I had some seriously amazing actors in those scenes. I feel so privileged to work with them.”



Outstanding Younger Actor Nominee

Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS)


How did you find out about your nomination and how did you react? “I found out, I believe, on Twitter right when it came out. I know that THE TALK tweeted out some things. I was very, very excited and I’m looking forward to that night. It’s going to be great.”

Who was the first person you talked to after you found out? “True O’Brien [ex-Paige, DAYS, his real-life girlfriend], of course. I told her and then my mom of course, she was watching it as well. We’re all looking forward to it.”

What did you submit? “I submitted JJ’s suicide episode; I think it was a combination of two episodes, bits and pieces of that to just sort of tell the story from clip to clip.”

Have you thought about a speech? “I’ve thought about it, but I’m not going to prepare a speech. I know everyone that I would like to thank and I know the people that got me here.”

How do you think going to the Emmys now will feel different as a nominee? “It feels good of course, but it’s just icing on a cake. I was really happy for the show being nominated. I’m really happy for James Reynolds; I was really looking forward to that. So just sharing that night is what I’m looking forward to.”

Who will you be bringing as your date? “I’ll be bringing True, of course. I’m also bringing my mom and her friend.”

Have you thought about what you’re going to wear? “Yeah! I’m going to be wearing an all-white suit. My stylist is Kim Appelt, so I’m super-stoked for that.”



Outstanding Younger Actor Nominee

Hudson West (Jake, GH)


How did you find out about the good news? “My dad was in Ohio watching THE TALK, three hours ahead of us here in California. My dad FaceTimed me and we got to see them announce that I was nominated at the same time. I think my dad already knew; I think he recorded it and then played it back to me while on FaceTime.”

What was your reaction? “I was shocked. I really never thought I would make it this far, just being 10 years old. I was only 9 in the reel we submitted! Now I am just very excited, happy and extremely grateful.”

What scenes did you choose for your reel? “I chose the scene when I found out my dad [Drew] was not my dad, another bench scene with Billy Miller when we were talking about the way he used to look, the [fantasy] scene when my dad was choking me and a scene with Dr. Maddox talking about my past.”

Who would you want to make sure you thanked if they called your name? “I would make sure to thank my mom and dad and brother for working so hard and for supporting me and all of the sacrifices that they make, my acting coaches for being extremely helpful, my agents and managers for giving me these amazing opportunities, all of my friends and of course, all of the fans and people who support and encourage me.”

If you win, where will you put your Emmy? “I would probably display the Emmy in our living room or in my bedroom.”

Who is coming with you to the ceremony? “Definitely my mom and dad, but I hope my brother can come also.”



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