Only three of this year’s nine Daytime Emmy pre-nominees for Best Younger Actress have been nominated before, and they all happen to be past winners. In an unusual twist, two of them could win again for playing new roles on the same shows.
Kristen Alderson played Starr Manning for 15 years, starting on “One Life to Live” in 1998. But the Daytime Emmys didn’t recognize her until she moved the character to “General Hospital” in 2012. She won Best Younger Actress on her first nomination in 2013 and earned another bid in 2014.
But after a legal struggle between the ABC network and “OLTL’s” online production company Prospect Park, Starr was written out and Alderson was reintroduced to the “GH” cast as a new character, Kiki Jerome, whom the actress played until she left the series altogether in early 2015. Will the Emmys embrace her in this role as much as they embraced her as Starr?
Alderson is one of two “GH” contenders in the race, along with Haley Pullos, who has played Molly Lansing-Davis since 2009 but has yet to be nominated.
Over on “The Young and the Restless” is Camryn Grimes, who was 10-years-old when she won this category as Cassie Newman in 2000, making her the youngest winner ever. Cassie was killed off in 2005, but Grimes returned to “Y&R” in 2014 as Mariah Copeland, who was eventually revealed to be Cassie’s twin sister.
The second “Y&R” pre-nominee is another past winner, Hunter King, who won this award last year on her second straight nomination as Summer Newman.
“Days of Our Lives” is the most represented soap in this category with three candidates in the running. Camila Banus hopes for her first nomination on what may be her last try in the role of Gabi Hernandez; she left the show at the end of 2014.
Lauren Boles is only 11-years-old, but she has been a member of the “Days” cast since 2008, when she assumed the role of Ciara Brady.
True OBrien is new to “Days,” joining the series in 2014 as Paige Larson.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” was nominated twice in this category last year, but both of those women (Linsey Godfrey and Kim Matula) have moved up to the Supporting Actress contest. Hoping to replace them in the Younger Actress race are “B&B’s” two pre-nominees: Ashlyn Pearce, who has played Aly Forrester since 2013, and Ashleigh Brewer, who joined the cast in 2014 as Ivy Forrester.
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