The 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards are 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 Actress, Reign Edwards (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is nominated for the second time in a row for her role as Nicole Avant, a character she originated in 2015. She’s hoping for her first victory and submitted scenes in which Nicole decides whether to forgive the man who betrayed her. Watch her reel above.
Edwards’s submission is all one scene: a confrontation in which her ex, Zende (Rome Flynn) begs for her forgiveness after he slept with her sister — for a second time. He promises it will never happen again and even proposes marriage to her, but although Nicole still loves him, she refuses to commit her life to a man who would hurt her that badly.
Will Edwards win Best Younger Actress with this performance against Lexi Ainsworth (“General Hospital”), Hunter King (“The Young and the Restless”), Chloe Lanier (“GH”) and Alyvia Alyn Lind (“Y&R”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
This is the only submission in the category that deals with a single storyline from beginning to end. That gives it a consistent emotional arc that’s easier to follow and connect with.
Long dialogue passages give Edwards opportunities to sink her teeth into meaty speeches, especially towards the end when she tells Zende he hurt her so badly that she can’t eat or sleep.
She has plenty of impact and empathy, and she keeps the audience on her side throughout. After all, he did sleep with her sister — twice.
Not only is Edwards the only nominee in this category from “B&B,” she was the only pre-nominee as well. That means there were no co-stars for her to potentially siphon off her votes, unlike the two actresses on the ballot from “Y&R” and the three from “GH.”
Emmy voters often prefer big emotional fireworks, and this scene is relatively understated. It’s not the glass-throwing, plate-smashing blowout we often expect from soap opera breakups.
Because the entire reel is one scene, Edwards has limited opportunity to show a broad range of emotions. This one is all about heartbreak.
No actress from “B&B” has won this category since Jennifer Finnigan claimed three in a row from 2002 to 2004. That’s a 13-year drought for CBS’s international hit.
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