Countdown to the Emmys: Day 4
It's time to look at the Supporting Actresses, a category filled with four actresses we know and love (no disrespect to Bree Williamson; we just don't know her, but we're sure the OLTL viewers will have lots to say).
Tamara Braun (ex-Ava, Days Of Our Lives)
Our Take: Back before she headed to Pine Valley and assaulted AMC viewers with the character of Reese, Tamara Braun was pretty much note perfect as the crazy Ava on Days of Our Lives. Her psychotic breakdown, and moments of genuine pain and heartbreak, make this a pretty fabulous, entertaining reel. Plus, the gallery of "What fresh hell?" facial expressions on Bo, Hope, Steve and Kayla is enlessly enjoyable.
You know the drill: after the jump, watch the other actresses, vote, and then immediately change your mind because you can't choose which deserving actress deserves it most.
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie, All My Children)
Our Take: What else does Ryan Lavery fail at? Being on someone's Emmy reel. The first part of MCE's submission, where she confesses all of her sins to Ryan, is dull. She tries her best to sell it, but Cameron Mathison doesn't give her much to work with, and we're left with a loooooong monologue without any real emotion in it. Damn it, Ryan! Must you ruin everything?! When the ghost of Richie comes in to taunt his sister, things get considerably more awesome, as things always do when Billy Miller is involved, and she's given a chance to show voters what she's really capable of.
Alicia Minshew (Kendall, All My Children)
Our Take: Mallory wishes that she knew Alicia Minshew and had finagled a position as her official Emmy reel submission consultant, because this was not a great choice. It's not at all a bad performance, but the episode was just not a good way, in terms of quality (those were dark AMC days!) and ability to highlight what a good actress she is. Once her scenes finally get moving, she is predictably good (she excels at quiet and vulnerable), but you have to sit through quite a few flashbacks to get there. AM is completely deserving of Emmy recognition, but maybe this clip (or this category, for that matter) wasn't the best way to showcase that.
Julie Pinson (Janet, As The World Turns)
Our Take: We love Julie Pinson, and consider her quite underrated. Her scenes are very good, if kind of boring at the start, and she gives a nuanced, natural performance. But her competition submitted scenes with much more fireworks, so she might get lost in the shuffle.
Bree Williamson (Jessica, One Life to Live)
Our Take: PURE SOAP. The hysteria, the rage, the grief, the...shrieking. It's not at all subtle, but it's very, very entertaining and Bree Williamson completely went for it.