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 Actress, Alyvia Alyn Lind (“The Young and the Restless”) is nominated for the first time for playing Faith Newman, a role she assumed in 2011. At age nine she would be the youngest winner in this category’s history, and to accomplish that feat she has submitted scenes in which Faith struggles to cope with family upheaval. Watch her reel above.
Lind’s reel begins with Faith’s mother Sharon (Sharon Case) and stepfather Dylan (Supporting Actor nominee Steve Burton) breaking the bad news that Faith’s stepmother Sage has died in a car accident. After struggling with the news she visits her widowed father Nicholas (Joshua Morrow), who reassures Faith that he and Sharon are alive and well and would never leave her.
In the next scene Faith gets more bad news: that after a nefarious baby switch was revealed Sharon and Dylan’s baby son has been taken away to live with his true father, Nicholas — it’s a long story. Faith is understandably upset and perplexed and demands to see her baby brother immediately. When she visits Nicholas again she struggles to accept the new family dynamic.
The reel concludes with the entire family gathered for Christmas. After enduring the turmoil of her parents’ arguing, Faith decides she would rather live with her grandparents, Victor and Nikki (Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott).
Will Lind win Best Younger Actress with this performance against Lexi Ainsworth (“General Hospital”), Reign Edwards (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Hunter King (“Y&R”) and Chloe Lanier (“GH”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
At nearly 20 minutes, Lind has by far the longest reel in the category, which gives her plenty of time to impress Emmy judges.
For an actress so young Lind has an impressive connection to her character, her dialogue and her co-stars, and she expresses a wide range of emotions, from grief to disbelief to anger.
She may be the youngest nominee in the category, but she’s arguably the most established, with acting credits including “Revenge,” “Transparent,” “Masters of Sex” and leading roles in the TV movies “Coat of Many Colors” and “Christmas of Many Colors.” She’s a star in the making, so voters may wish to give her their seal of approval now.
“Y&R” has won this category more times than any other soap (eight), and the last child actress to prevail — Camryn Grimes in the year 2000 at age 10 — was also from “Y&R,” so the show has a strong track record.
Lind certainly holds her own opposite the adult actors in her reel, but voters still generally prefer to reward older teens and young adults in this category.
Older actors also have an advantage of participating in more adult storylines with high stakes and tenser themes. Lind’s scenes mostly involve reacting to the repercussions of other characters’ drama.
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