2021 Daytime Emmy Nominees and Winners in Their Own Words

Bryton James, Courtney Hope, and Thorsten Kaye are among this year's Daytime Emmy nominees.

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By Nate Millado

Like a long-lost lover risen from the dead, the Daytime Emmys were back on CBS! Which soap won the coveted winged trophy for Best Drama? Spoiler alert: Most nominated General Hospital (21) topped long-running Days of Our Lives, highest-rated The Young and the Restless, and the world's most watched The Bold and the Beautiful. Watch rounds up some of this year's deserving nominees, including perennial favorites like Bryton James and first-timers like Courtney Hope!

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Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Lead Actress)

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood won her second Emmy at the the 48th Annual Daytime Emmys! How did B&B's Jacqueline MacInnes Wood tackle Steffy's powerful Emmy-nominated addiction storyline—while being pregnant in real life? "It's amazing what women can do with our bodies," she told Hallmark in an interview. "I was very present ... but I was very protective and mindful of [my pregnancy]." While Wood acknowledges it was "very intense," she realizes it's "important to tell" and is constantly flooded with messages from families dealing with addiction and recovery. "It still gets me emotional."

Thorsten Kaye (Lead Actor)

Daytime vet Thorsten Kaye scored yet another nomination playing Ridge on The Bold and the Beautiful, but has yet to take home the hardware. "It's great," Kaye tells Soap Hub. "It's [your fellow actors] watching and thinking you should be in the top five. It's a good place to be." Ever the gent, Kaye is thrilled for his co-stars, too. "Jacqui [MacInnes Wood, Lead Actress] should be nominated every year; she's just an amazing human being," he says. "People forget how funny, witty, and smart Darin [Brooks, Supporting Actor nominee] is. He definitely deserves it. He shows up, is prepared, and comes up with something that maybe you didn't expect."

Marla Adams (Supporting Actress)

"Dina [Mergeron] was such a bitch, but she had a heart of gold." — Emmy winner Marla Adams on her Y&R alter ego, a role she's played since 1983

"It has been a privilege," Adams told Soap Opera Digest. "I've been on Broadway, in movies, and major television shows, but nothing has been more humbling for me than this Alzheimer's story. I don't know how to say thank you enough about all the graciousness that I've been awarded and afforded by everyone at Y&R and the fans."

Melissa Claire Egan (Lead Actress)

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Melissa Claire Egan of the CBS series The Young and the Restless

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"Honored to be on this list. I love my job, this show, this cast, this crew. Very grateful!" — Melissa Claire Egan, post on social media

Chelsea went on quite a rollercoaster on The Young and the Restless—and her reel reflects that. Egan revealed that she submitted the following scenes: When Nick broke up with Chelsea, when she overheard Adam confess that he was still in love with Sharon, when she was drugged, kidnapped, and locked in a room, and a moving monologue about the sounds of a happy household.

Bryton James (Supporting Actor)

Y&R's Bryton James, who plays Devon, has racked up a whopping nine Emmy nominations—his most recent win was just last year—but he acknowledges to Soap Opera Central that "it gets better and better, each one. The more that they're adding up, it's kind of unbelievable, to be honest—as is the fact that I've been able to be a part of a show that is this great for this long. But to be recognized by my peers and by the people that I admire and respect so much, it never gets old. It's an honor every time." Watch his Emmy-nominated scene here!

Darin Brooks (Supporting Actor)

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Darin Brooks of The Bold and the Beautiful

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"I'm over the moon. I've been on [The Bold and the Beautiful] for over eight years. I wanted to check this box for myself, for Brad [Bell, BB's executive producer/head writer]. I wanted to be in this category at least once during my time on BB. I'm so happy, so proud." —Darin Brooks, B&B's Wyatt, who previously won an Outstanding Younger Actor Daytime Emmy for Days of Our Lives.

Courtney Hope (Supporting Actress)

"SO EXCITED and HONORED to be on this list with these amazing women! Thanks @daytimeemmys for the love! 🥰🥂🍾! Congrats to all the other nominees and my @youngandrestlesscbs and @boldandbeautifulcbs families!! 🥰🥰❤️🙏🏼" —Courtney Hope, posted on Instagram

While Sally Spectra has since traded Los Angeles for Genoa City, Hope scored her very first Daytime Emmy nom for her work on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Alyvia Alyn Lind (Younger Performer)

"It's icing on a really delicious chocolate cake!" —Alyvia Alyn Lind, who played Faith on Y&R for nearly a decade!

For her Emmy reel, Lind picked scenes that depicted the issues Faith had to overcome: bullying, underage drinking and driving, and her mom fighting cancer. "All of her struggles are so true to life, and I feel fortunate to be able to portray a teenager who is put in a position to have to battle her own demons," she told Soap Central.

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards air this Friday, June 25, at 8/7c on CBS and Paramount+.

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