Even though “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Heather Tom (Katie Logan) has previously been nominated for 15 Daytime Emmy awards and is the only person in history to have won in all three actor categories (three times in the Outstanding Younger Actress category, once in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category and twice in the Outstanding Lead Actress category), her recent Lead Actress nomination still feels special.
“It’s a huge honor, of course,” she says. “And it’s kind of amazing that I’ve had a job for that long, doing what I love to do, so I’m super grateful for that. And I mean, honestly, going to work every day, and especially going to work at ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ is really the biggest reward. I know that sounds very trite, but it’s true! We always have fun, and I love to celebrate daytime, so it’s a good time.”
Though, to be fair, she admits that she’s been putting more emphasis on celebrating co-star Katherine Kelly Lang’s (Brooke Logan) nomination in the same category (her second nomination ever and first in the Lead Actress category). “I’m super proud of her,” Tom enthuses. “I just think that she’s been overlooked for so long, and it’s so nice that she’s getting her due. She did such beautiful work last year. I think I’m more excited for her than I am for me, actually! So yeah, it’s going to be a fun night.”
Speaking of Lang, the scenes that snagged Tom her 16th nomination included the actress, as well as Don Diamont (Bill Spencer). “I submitted the shows after Taylor [Hunter Tylo] lets the cat out of the bag at the birthday party,” she reveals of the Brooke/Bill/Katie love triangle storyline that has since turned into a Brooke/Bill/Katie/Ridge quadrangle. “What’s nice about this story is that [we’re] showing characters that are kind of evolving and changing, and that happens in real life, where you grow apart. And maybe you find something new, or maybe you just find a different part of yourself. So I think that’s exciting and it’s fun.
“But we have to play the history,” she continues, adding that it’s been both exciting and strange to be in a love story with Ridge (who was previously portrayed by Ronn Moss and is now portrayed by Thorsten Kaye). “We’re not ignoring the fact that [Brooke and Ridge] have 27 years of history on the show… and I love Ronn; he’s such a great guy, and I wish him so much luck, but this is a story we really wouldn’t be able to play if he was here, because his Ridge was so connected to [Lang’s] Brooke. I think having a new person in that role opened up new possibilities, and I’m having a great time playing with Thorsten. I think he’s a wonderful actor and a great addition to the show.”
As for Emmy night, Tom is looking forward to celebrating — even though the ceremony won’t be airing on television as usual and will instead by solely streamed online. “Of course it would be nice if we had someone to air it, but I really don’t think it’s going to matter that much; I really feel like it’s still a nice way to celebrate daytime,” she explains. “It’s aired before on networks, and sometimes they’ve had to make certain [decisions] that have made the show not as great, and this year, it will just be for us!”
To see if Tom takes home her seventh Daytime Emmy award, be sure to watch the live stream of the ceremony on Sunday, June 22!