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, Anthony Turpel (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is nominated for the first time for playing R.J. Forrester, a role he assumed in 2016. He’s nominated on his first try and now he’s hoping for his first win and submitted scenes in which R.J. tries to stop a wedding. Watch his reel above.
Turpel’s submission consists of two scenes. In the first, R.J. returns home from school, much to the surprise of his parents Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang). But the celebration is short-lived. R.J. becomes angry when he learns that Brooke has plans to marry Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) instead of getting back together with Ridge.
R.J. storms out and visits Bill, who at first mistakes R.J. for a disgruntled intern. Once R.J. explains who he really is he wastes no time in demanding that Bill break off his engagement to Brooke. Bill refuses, and when Brooke arrives she’s torn between her fiance and her son when R.J. begs her not to fly off and get married.
Will Turpel win Best Younger Actor with this performance against Bryan Craig (“General Hospital”), Pierson Fode (“B&B”), James Lastovic (“Days of Our Lives”) and Tequan Richmond (“GH”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
Turpel is an expressive actor who wastes no time in establishing R.J.’s happiness at being home, and then his quick anger and resentment at Brooke and Bill for their engagement.
Bill thinks R.J. is a typical child who just wants his mommy and daddy to get back together, but Turpel demonstrates more maturity than that. Though he does seem to have a naive fantasy of his family reunited, he also seems justified in objecting to Bill in particular. Bill at first doesn’t even recognize his own soon-to-be stepson, and is quick to swat away a boy he thinks is a lowly intern, so it’s not hard for Turpel to get us on his side in their conflict.
The reel is substantial at almost 13 minutes long and tells a clear consistent story from beginning to end, which gives Turpel a clear and sustained emotional arc to play out, unlike other reels that feel choppier.
The other submissions in this category deal with mental illness, murder, and paternity revelations, so by comparison the stakes in this storyline are relatively low.
R.J. is shown reacting to other characters’ drama instead of participating in his own, so viewers may not feel as connected to him in these scenes as they might to other characters involved in deeper personal conflicts.
R.J.’s emotional state is consistent throughout: he’s irritated by his mother’s romantic choices and Bill’s smugness, so Turpel doesn’t get to show off as much emotional range as his competitors.
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