June 22 can’t come fast enough for “The Young and the Restless” star Daniel Polo. The reason is that is the date for the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony. He has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series” for his role as Jamie Vernon. Polo was just supposed to be on just three episodes, but he kept making it into the script.
Polo has been on television series such as “Private Practice,” “Without a Trace,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Bones,” and “NCIS.”
I spoke with Daniel about his Emmy nomination, his role on “The Young and the Restless,” and what future projects he looks to work on.
Art Eddy: Congrats on the Emmy nomination. What was your initial reaction when you heard the news?
Daniel Polo: At the time I was in finals for school and was operating on only a couple hours of sleep a night. The day I found out about my Emmy nomination I was shaken awake and told the news, but did not react until about five to ten minutes later. I was so excited. I didn’t care about my lack of sleep. It sucked that I had to go to class afterwards.
AE: Are you nervous at all or will you be when the big day comes on June 22nd when the Daytime Emmy’s are going to be held?
DP: It’s hard not to be. This if my first nomination and my first time going to something like this. I’m thrilled to not just be nominated, but also to be nominated in a category with other really talented actors. I’d say right now I’m a strange combination of nervous, excited, anxious, and serious.
AE: Did you get any advice from your colleagues at “The Young and the Restless” about Emmy nominations?
DP: Actually, I don’t think I would be doing any of this if it wasn’t for Christian LeBlanc, Doug Davidson, Matt Olsen, Greg Salmon, Jimmy Freeman, and Judy Blye Wilson. They have been a lot of help in this process.
AE: Have you enjoyed your character, Jamie Vernon’s evolution on the series?
DP: “The Young and the Restless” was the first time I played a recurring character. For me to see him grow and develop into something more than just a bullied kid was incredibly special for me. Getting messages from fans on social media, some of whom had opened up to me about their experiences, has been a great honor. Jamie has been a lot of fun.
AE: Do you have any input to the character’s journey on the show?
DP: I knew what I wanted for Jamie. I wanted him to feel protected and loved; not so vulnerable to the people and circumstances that surrounded him.
AE: You have been on some really cool shows like “Private Practice,” “Without a Trace,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Bones,” and “NCIS.” Do you have a favorite memory from being on one of those shows?
DP: One of my favorite moments was during “Nip/Tuck.” During one of the hottest days in the year we were shooting the Christmas episode. I had a pistol in hand, preparing to shoot Santa, while wearing a nice warm fuzzy sweater on a blistering hot 105 degree day.
AE: Wow, definitely something I would never forget. Are you currently working on any other projects other than “Young and the Restless?”
DP: Coming up next month, you can catch me in a guest spot on Season 2 of “The Bridge” on FX.