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, Tequan Richmond (“General Hospital”) is nominated for the third time for playing T.J. Ashford, a role he assumed in 2012. But he’s still looking for his first win. Can he pull it off with scenes of him discovering who his true father is? Watch his reel above.
At the start of Richmond’s submission, T.J. angrily confronts his mother Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) about her lies: he has learned that she hid the truth about who his biological father really is. He’s outraged that she would keep such a secret from him. Then he seeks out the man he believed was his uncle, Curtis (Donnell Turner), to take him to task as well for keeping the secret, but Curtis comes to Jordan’s defense.
The last scene on the reel takes place later, by which point T.J. has forgiven his mother, but he himself is feeling guilty over the death of his friend Morgan (fellow Younger Actor nominee Bryan Craig), who died in a car bombing T.J. wishes he could have prevented, but Jordan insists the he did all he could to protect his friend.
Will Richmond win Best Younger Actor with this performance against his co-star Craig, Pierson Fode (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), James Lastovic (“Days of Our Lives”) and Anthony Turpel (“B&B”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
Richmond hits the ground running with this performance, starting with a high level of intensity as T.J. angrily faces his mother. He draws the viewer in right away and has plenty of impact.
The regret he expresses over his friend’s death at the end of the reel is more subdued and gives him added emotional range.
This is his third nomination, and he has yet to win, so voters may consider him due.
Though he mourns his friend at the end of the reel the acting is quite subtle and lacks the fireworks of his earlier scenes. Voters usually prefer showy performances, so might it have been better to end with a bang?
Though we learn that T.J. has forgiven his mother by the end, we don’t actually see that reconciliation in these scenes, so we don’t get that particular emotional payoff.
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