Florencia Lozano first played the role of Tea Delgado on “One Life to Live” from 1997 until 2000, and was such a fan favorite that months after leaving the soap she was still receiving bags of fan mail from viewers. She returned to the show in 2008 and has once again become a beloved figure.
This past year marked one of the most transformative years of her career, as she was finally treated as a leading lady and not as a second banana. Tea struggled with the status of her ever-evolving relationship with Todd Manning and the complex issues related to being a mother to teenage daughter Danielle. All of this was complicated further when Tea believed she was dying from brain cancer, after her doctor was blackmailed by Elijah Clarke.
Lozano delivered stunning performances day in and day out as Tea struggled to make the proper decisions about the end of her life including who should take care of her daughter. Tea eventually made peace with longtime rival Blair Cramer, agreeing to let Blair be Danielle’s legal guardian.
However deserving she is of a nomination, Lozano must first convince her cast to vote for her in the preliminary round. She competes against heavyweights including six-time Emmy champ Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord), 1994 winner Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan), 2005 nominee Kassie De Pavia (Blair Cramer Manning), 1982 Supporting Actress winner Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) and two-time victor Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke).
Category placement continues to be an issue for “OLTL.” Younger performers like Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan) and Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan) also vie for the few slots. Of course, any of them can drop down to Supporting or bow out all together. Several years back Smith did just that, saying she though De Pavia was more worthy of a nomination based on material she had been given to play.