Elizabeth Hendrickson (“The Young and the Restless”) is nominated a Best Supporting Actress nominee at the Daytime Emmys for the fourth time in seven years for her role as Chloe Fisher, but she has yet to win. Is this finally her turn? The winners will be announced on April 29, but they’ve already been decided in the drama acting categories by blue ribbon panels that viewed sample performance reels. Watch Hendrickson’s submission above.
Hendrickson’s reel begins with a drunk night out. Chloe is tipsy and gushes about how Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) is her best friend. Then on the ride home she tells Kevin (Best Supporting Actor nominee Greg Rikaart) how lucky she is to have him even though she’s given him plenty of reasons to hate her. When they’re in bed we see one of those reasons: Chloe wakes from a nightmare of the cabin explosion that killed Chelsea’s husband Adam Newman — it was an explosion that Chloe caused.
The next scene is Chloe’s wedding to Kevin. Her maid of honor Chelsea gives her the ring to put on Kevin’s finger, but Chloe panics and runs off when she sees that it’s the ring she took from Adam before killing him. That means Chelsea knows Chloe’s secret, and when Chelsea confronts her about it she confesses, “I blew up the cabin because I needed Adam to die!” She did it as revenge for Adam killing her young daughter in a hit-and-run accident years ago, which he never paid for.
With her secret about to come out, she drives to the airport instead of completing her wedding vows. She meets with Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and asks him to help her get out of town in exchange for her silence. Victor doesn’t know she killed Adam, but together they had conspired to frame him for a murder, so she tells Victor that that’s the secret Chelsea has learned. He reluctantly arranges for a plane, and she leaves, abandoning her fiance, her mother, and her daughter in Genoa City.
Will Hendrickson win Best Supporting Actress with this performance against Marla Adams (“Y&R”), Camryn Grimes (“Y&R”), Susan Seaforth Hayes (“Days of Our Lives”), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Mishael Morgan (“Y&R”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
Chloe is still reeling from the death of her daughter Delia, a tragic event that already won Emmys for Billy Miller, Amelia Heinle and the show itself as Best Drama Series in 2014. Voters may think Hendrickson is finally due for playing a central role in such a pivotal storyline.
Hendrickson is especially effective in her confrontation scene with Egan in which she balances her love for her best friend with her undying hatred for the man who killed her daughter. She is unrepentant about committing murder, but we sympathize with her anyway because her anger comes from such profound grief.
Hendrickson also gets to show emotional range on this reel, which begins with a comic scene in which she drunkenly fawns over her best friend and fiance. That also effectively sets up the drama that follows, giving voters a strong emotional arc to invest in before she makes the difficult decision to abandon her family for the sake of her own freedom.
Delia’s death occurred almost five years ago. Voters who have been familiar with this storyline may feel like they’ve been there, done that.
Though the opening scenes of her drunken escapades show off her range, voters may consider the tone too light to compete against the high drama of her competitors’ submissions. Comic scenes rarely win in soap opera acting categories.
Hendrickson’s biggest scene gives her co-star Egan just as much powerful material. Will she pull focus away from Hendrickson’s nominated performance?
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