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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Katherine Kelly Lang has been front and center as “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Brooke Logan since 1987, and in a moment that feels like it should have happened years ago, she has finally been nominated for her very first Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award! And when reporters met the beloved actress on set hours after executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell woke her with the exciting news, Lang’s glow was very much still evident.

“I don’t want to figure out why and how and all of that stuff and just enjoy the fact that I got a nomination, and I’m excited,” she says. “Just the fact that I got nominated, it feels really good. It feels like if I don’t win, I’m okay because I feel that is part of winning, is at least to be getting acknowledged for a nomination.”

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Some fans might wonder why, after years of being a front burner actress, she submitted herself as a Supporting Actress, which is the category for which she’s vying to win. “I really felt that if I had any story that was front and center, I wouldn’t have done that, because to me, that wouldn’t have been fair. But the whole year, I never had a [front burner] story,” she explains. “I was ‘mom’ for most of the year, and then it was… [Susan Flannery's] Stephanie dying, and I was supporting her through that. It was really her story, so because of that, I thought, ‘Well, I’m just going to put myself in supporting this year.’”

Speaking of Stephanie dying, those are the scenes in which earned both Lang and Flannery their Emmy nominations this year (Lang for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and Flannery for Outstanding Leading Actress). “That was an amazing moment,” she says of why she chose to submit that episode. “There was no question. That was the one. I couldn’t even think of anything else.”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Of course, as she thought back on last year’s stories, there is one the Los Angeles native tried to forget: Brooke sleeping with Don Diamont’s Bill Spencer! “I just don’t think my character would do that to my sister,” she explains. “I was not for that story. Not against Don, because I love him and it’s great to be able to work with him, but… hopefully something will come out of it. And I just want to do something different for Brooke.”

And that something different, as she explains, is redefining her character as a strong woman who showcases much less of a weak side. But considering Brooke is consistently written as a victim, it’s not going to be easy! “I’m trying to work it in more where I can be a little more the leader and more feisty, not just so, ‘Sigh, woe is me,’’ she reveals. “I think I have to try to show different things and different sides, and even if [the script] says, ‘Brooke is crying and is so distraught,’ I’ll try and play against that, because it says that in almost every script everywhere! So I’ll maybe show moments of that, but I’m going to play her a little stronger, maybe even angry. Maybe she takes it out in a different way. She doesn’t always have to cry and be desperate and distraught.”

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  • Bob

    I think she needs to turn the reigns over to a younger crowd. Brooke’s been crying for 20 years. Brooke’s been distraught for 20 years… And all with the same results… Pain and suffering for other people. No variety or depth to this character whatsoever.

    • Larkin

      Amen……

  • pau

    IT WAS FREAKING TIME ! IMHO these emmys stuff is above all about who you know on this daytime industry and not so much on your talent..but still i am happy for KLL because she deserve to be recognize by Daytime folks after being the LEADING lady on the most successful daytime soap after Y&R. Now i want her TO WIN ! And by the way i don’t mind the Brooke/Bill story, it is drama, it is exiting , it is what soap operas are made for !! I think KLL is not very happy about it because the poor woman got some backlash from some nutty ‘fans’ (shudder..and fuck off to these crazy..they give a BAD name to these soap fanbases, it is pathetic and silly)

    • pau

      I should LEADING leady for DECADES who drived almost ALL the B&B stories since its debut ! Therefore it was time this emmy voters woke up..IT WAS TIME !

      • pau

        should add (i meant)

      • Larkin

        Gag me with a freaking fork WITH YOUR BS! lol

  • Larkin

    Now this is just INSULTING!! This woman has been on this show for 25 years and never got one cuz SHE CANNOT ACT and now just cuz she keep stealing storyline to other colleagues she get even nominated? What a joke!! Brooke Logan is the most pointless, annoying, boring, nagging, obnoxious character on B&B,making this show awful and pathetic, not to mention all the other characters Bradley Bell “abused” >downsized to a less than nothing, to elevate her sorry axx!! OMG Emmys suppose to award actors who work their ass off and are talented!! The show is just repetitive, with horrible/ugly/boring couples that never divorce, a fraud, and a farce of what was under William Bell,! I am totally shocked! R.I.P The Bold and Beautiful!

    • pau

      ok go take your meds crazy..eyerollllllllll

      • Larkin

        My goodness, it is about time that you ppl get freaking real, I bet those at the Emmy must have taken some very heavy meds for just mentioning KKL’s name!!I am surprised they did not choke at the sound of her name! Nobody who understands acting would give this woman an award made of polyester! And pleaaase don’t insult B&B fans like me by arguing about her, She is not worth it at all, and most important, KKL CANNOT ACT but for sure is a pain in the axx for everyone on this show ( B&B fans who loved this show under William Bell,before his rat son made it all about Brooke Logan)..GAG!!! Noms or not (thanks to Susan Flannery BTW) she still has no talent, no matter how many times Bell Jr ‘money and name, “INFLUENCE” or push it! The reason she can only work on B&B..

        • pau

          Who are you to talk about ‘acting skills’ exactly ?! (which is by the way above all subjective notion..)
          Not everybody agree with you, i happen to think that KKL is a talented soap actress who deserved emmys and nom for years and MY OPINION is as worthy as YOURS, therefore it is time for you to deal with it and take your meds (so much venom against an actress you don’t know what’s so ever is sick and pathetic, find you a good actor and a life !) I will end the ‘debate’ at that not worthy of more..

          • Larkin

            Are you serious right now?I can say the same thing about you..Who gives a crap about KKL alone! We are talking about a SOAP which KKL is part of it, this is not KKL’s reality show! Do YOU UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE! On any other real daydrama, such character would have been killed off long time ago. It is absolutely pointless and annoying giving her an awards is just preposterous!!! The mistake you Logans fans always do, is to think she is the show, taking it oo fa, to the point of becoming ridiculously delusional! B&B has other characters which Bell keep butchering, and this for sure has not go down very well with B&B fans like myself. KKL or NOT > stealing airtime and sl from others for herself it is plain NASTY and unethical! In this industry, KKL has no place, but she is only lucky Junior has his dad’s name, what he left behind that has given Junior some liberties, but sooner or later his luck is gonna run out, for sure my dear Bell Jr is not his dad, he is not running on “fuel of creativity” the writing is a bloody joke, like this nomination, (i count only 2/3 people really deserving) , and your KKL ain’t in the list, Everyone with some objectivity can see how biased and absurd this all situation is w/ Bell and KKL; and those Emmy which once meant ACHIEVEMENT FOR A REAL ACTOR, NOW are nothing but the symbol of “dirty politics, money and power!! That’s ONLY what makes people like Bell Jr count!AND THAT IS THE OPINION OF EVERYONE outsised “the Logan’s B&B”!

  • JJ Arbas

    You’ve got to be kidding me!! From the very beginning this show has never been that good, and new shows usually need time to get on their feet. But ever since Brooke was introduced it has been downright ridiculous, and remains so to this day! I can’t even believe that the Bell dynasty can be responsible for both the best and the worst shows in daytime at the same time!!!! When Brooke first came along I thought it would be one of those storylines where they get you all worked up over a villainous character, and then finally the payoff comes where you get to see them get what’s coming to them, and then be gone. I finally decided that the show was SUPPOSED to be ridiculous because that’s all it has ever been and remains so to this day, especially as it continues to revolve around Brooke & the rest of the Logans’. It only got worse when the whiny, melodramatic, holier than thou Hope character was introduced.
    It should be kept in mind though, that the actors are NOT their characters, and should only be judged upon their performances. That being said, KKL couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag! All she ever does besides cry is bat her baby blues, toss her hair and show her boobs. Which is exactly why she has never been nominated in all these years, there was no oversight involved. Then for KKL to say that she doesn’t think her character would do that to her sister, PUHLEEZE!!! She slept with her husband’s father & had kids with him, then went on to ultimately sleep with his brother, had another baby with her daughter’s husband, etc etc. The current storyline is just vintage Brooke, same story, different names. And that Stephanie would eventually come to regard Brooke with love was just the height of ridiculousness. I honestly don’t know how this show stays on the air.
    R.I.P. Jeanne Cooper, you will be sorely missed, and long live Y & R !!!!!!!

  • Adime

    How could KKL seriously talk about not being strong when all the character Brooke EVER did was argue her way into other peoples relationships. (because she felt she had the right) Brooke has always been overly Strong-Willed Selfish, obnoxious, and Controlling! She must of had SOME power over Bradley B
    ell because any Real woman can read through the Narcissistic lines of the script and understand that there is an insecure jealous natured woman behind Brookes staryline. There is someone who camt stand to see another woman precious while pregnant, happily married, nor admired for beauty, sex appeal, and desired by a man. Ms. KKL, you most definately had something to do with Brooke taking over every pregnancy, and husband, and you know it. It takes a REAL woman to recognize your insecurities and jealous nature of other women’s womanhood. Oh, yes, you wanted the role of Bill’s mistress, but more than that, YOU WANTED THE ROLE KATIE HAD! Two things,…. Don/Bill is too much man for you to lure him into your weak pathetic seductions, and
    Katie is the strong woman you suddenly talk about wanting to be. You would never come close. Your reign is over, thank God, so sit back, and let Mrs. Tom show you how its done!