The 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out on April 30, but the winners in the soap opera acting categories have already been decided by blue ribbon panels that viewed sample performance reels. In the race for Best Younger Actor, Pierson Fode (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is nominated for the second time for playing Thomas Forrester, a role he assumed in 2015. He’s hoping for his first win and submitted scenes in which Thomas must decide whether to give up his son. Watch his reel above.
Fode’s reel consists of one extended scene in which Thomas learns a shocking truth: that he has fathered a child with his stepmother Caroline (Linsey Godfrey), so the baby he thought was his brother is actually his son. But that’s not all. After admitting the truth, Caroline begs Thomas to keep the baby’s true paternity a secret in order to spare the child a lifetime of scandal. She promises that Thomas will always have a place in his son’s life, and Thomas reluctantly agrees.
Will Fode win Best Younger Actor with this performance against Bryan Craig (“General Hospital”), James Lastovic (“Days of Our Lives”), Tequan Richmond (“GH”) and Anthony Turpel (“B&B”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
Because the reel consists of one scene, it gives Fode a single consistent emotional arc to play that is easy for viewers to connect to, even out of context.
Fode effectively plays Thomas’s ambivalence about learning he has a son while simultaneously being asked to deny his parental rights, and he has strong chemistry with his scene partner Godfrey.
This character already has a strong Emmy track record. The role was previously played by Drew Tyler Bell, who won this award in 2010.
Fode’s performance is quite restrained as Thomas is in a state of shock and disbelief. Does it have enough emotional range and impact to impress Emmy judges?
His co-star Godfrey is a three-time Emmy nominee herself and gives the showier performance in the scene as Caroline pleads to protect the reputation of her family. For some viewers she might steal his thunder.
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