Molly Burnett is one of many actors who populate the online romantic comedy series “Relationship Status,” which aired its first three seasons from 2016-2017. It’s now up for three Daytime Emmy Awards: Best Digital Drama Writing, Best Digital Drama Directing and Best Digital Supporting Actress for Burnett. But she was surprised when she learned about her bid. In fact, when she heard the good news from producer Todd Cohen she said, “I didn’t even know you guys submitted me — this is awesome!” Watch our exclusive video interview with Burnett above.
Burnett plays Laura, a young professional living in Los Angeles who “wants to find love, and she’s doing it in all of the wrong ways.” The series explores the possibilities and also the pitfalls of socializing in the age of social media. “My heart goes out to Laura,” Burnett explains. “She’s on every dating app. She’s DM-ing people on Instagram and Twitter and getting in everybody’s life. She’s such a fun, sweet little character. I love her so much.”
But while “Relationship Status” explores some of the downsides of the digital world, its very existence represents one of the upsides: the expansion of opportunities for writers, directors, actors and other creators to tell stories and find their audiences online. Created by Celine Geiger (“The Vampire Diaries“) and executive produced by Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us“) — who also acted in a few episodes in season one — the series streams on Verizon’s Go90 platform, which along with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and many other streaming services “gives you so many outlets to tell all different kinds of stories, rather than just what TV provided a little while ago.”
Burnett’s Emmy nomination for “Relationship Status” is actually her third. She previously earned two bids for Best Younger Actress (2010, 2012) during her tenure on “Days of Our Lives” as Melanie Jonas. Soap operas have a lightning-fast production schedule in order to produce and air five episodes a week, so Burnett felt the experience was like “boot camp.” She adds, “If you can do a soap opera, you can literally do any other show because you are put on the spot and you’ve got to be ready to go … It prepares you for everything. I’m so grateful for it.”
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