Daytime Emmy reels: Kelley Missal (‘OLTL’) could win Younger Actress for overdose scenes

Just like last year, the 2014 Daytime Emmy acting reels are being made available for public viewing online. The roundup of episode submissions continues with Best Younger Actress. I’ve watched all five; first-time nominee Kelley Missal (“One Life to Live“), who is also the first ever nominee for a digital series, could be a threat:

Watch her rivals’ reels:
Kristen Alderson, Linsey Godfrey, Hunter King, and Kim Matula

Length of Reel: 6:57

Synopsis: Danielle Manning (Missal) wakes up in the hospital after a drug overdose, but is surprised when her mother, Tea (Florencia Lozano), reveals that her supposed father, Victor (Trevor St. John), is back from the dead. She is then confronted by her real father, Todd (Emmy-winner Roger Howarth), to whom she confesses that she feels invisible.

Analysis: Missal submitted the shortest reel in the category, but she arguably has the most range. She starts with a moment of strong impact, when Victor appears in Danielle’s room and she is overwhelmed with fear and disbelief, and then finally relief. But she also has moments of unrepentant defiance about her drug use, and a quiet scene of reflection with Howarth in which she admits she uses drugs because she has been ignored by her mother, who has been mourning the death of another child.

Missal is the only acting nominee for “OLTL,” or any online soap for that matter. She would be the first actor to win for a digital series and the first “OLTL” winner in this category. Does this reel give her enough to win? Watch it below, then predict Best Younger Actress and discuss all the episode submissions in our forums:

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