It may have been an abnormal choice, but the material The Bold and the Beautiful's Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer) submitted for Emmy consideration this year certainly paid off -- much to even his own surprise. Why did he choose the atypical scenes that eventually earned him a nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category? And when will he finally view himself as a Lead? soapcentral.com caught up with the actor to find out.
soapcentral.com: Where were you when you found out you'd been nominated?
Scott Clifton: Well, I didn't find out until a couple of days later.
soapcentral.com: What? How could you have missed that?
Scott Clifton: Well, I forgot the day they were announcing it, and the show was dark, so I had gone on a camping trip way up in the mountains with no cell phone reception. So a couple of days later, I'm coming down the mountain, and my phone just explodes in my hand with a barrage of congratulatory texts. Which was really cool. It was a nice welcome home surprise. So that was great. That's never happened before. It was cool.
soapcentral.com: Who did you tell first, once you realized you'd been nominated?
Scott Clifton: I didn't get to tell anybody, because everybody knew before me! I was literally the last to know. Wait, literally? I'm sure there's someone in Uganda who doesn't know. Little self-absorbed [laughs].
soapcentral.com: But of your genre, yes, probably the last to know. Were you camping alone?
Scott Clifton: My wife was going to go with me. We've been married for how long and been together for eight years, and we still have never gotten a chance to go camping together, because of her job and my job. We were about to make it happen, but she got called away to do something at work, so my retired father was a happy last-minute substitute. It was some father/son bonding, and he's the one who taught me all the tricks of camping.
soapcentral.com: The reels were released, and yours was a scene in which Liam and Wyatt [Darin Brooks] argued over Hope [Kim Matula]. Was that a tough choice for you?
Scott Clifton: It really was tough, and this year was particularly special for me. Picking this particular episode, it wasn't a strategic move, it wasn't a political move, it didn't seem to fit any of the normal criteria for a nomination. It wasn't the most organic or naturalistic, it wasn't the most emotional, it wasn't the most nuanced. It was just an episode that I found myself enjoying watching, and I think that has a lot to do with Darin and Patrick Mulcahey, the writer. It felt to me what classic soap opera was about. It was like a choreographed dance, almost, and I really appreciated that. I really didn't think it was going to get me nominated, but I knew that I would have regretted it if I didn't choose that one because that one meant the most to me. So I wasn't expecting to get nominated, and then I did. Which, I'm so happy about that. It really means a lot to me. Winning or not, I did that. I got nominated for that scene, and that makes me really happy.
soapcentral.com: You can feel proud of that, especially considering it wasn't the most obvious choice.
Scott Clifton: Yeah, I went against a bunch of people's advice. It might have been a stupid move.
soapcentral.com: It's great that you were able to get the nomination in Supporting Actor, because it's a tough category. Are you at a point where you're thinking about going into the Lead Actor category? Is that something you've mulled over?
Scott Clifton: Yeah, we have this conversation every year, and I don't know what it is. I know intellectually that I have the credentials to go Lead. I know I have been a Lead on this show at times, and it's not too much of a stretch. But there's a part of me that doesn't feel like Lead. You know, we've got Don [Diamont, Bill Spencer], and we've got Thorsten [Kaye, Ridge Forrester], and we've got John [McCook, Eric Forrester], and these are the people that I think of as Lead Actors. And to put myself in that category with them, I don't know if it feels icky and arrogant to me or, well, I don't know. But I know it's a conversation, like if this happens again next year, that's a conversation I'll probably need to have with someone and finally bite the bullet and do it. The first time it came up was a couple of years ago. They said, "You know, you're qualified for Lead," and it was around the time when the Italy stuff was happening, and my biggest fear was Academy voters being like, "F**k this guy! Like, really, kid? You think you're a Lead? No. No vote." I could see somebody thinking that, and I would not blame them for it.
soapcentral.com: Are you surprised that the show didn't get any nominations in the Lead Actor and Lead Actress categories this year?
Scott Clifton: Yes, I am. First of all, Heather Tom [Katie Logan] not getting nominated? Like, really? Is it just that they've given her too many awards? [laughs] It may be a political thing, and it's terrible for me to speculate on this, but it may also be that we are all so desensitized to how brilliant she is, that it's almost not shocking anymore. We're like, "Well, yeah, Heather Tom can do that. We just know she can do that. Give it to somebody else for once!" So yeah, that was hard to process. And I really, really want Don to be nominated at some point. And now we have Thorsten on the show, who's fantastic, and he deserves to be nominated.
soapcentral.com: What do you think about the Emmys being at Warner Bros.?
Scott Clifton: I'm super excited about it. It's going to be great. And Tyra Banks as host is really, really cool. I'm sure she'll kill it. Although, it's hard to top Kathy Griffin!
Would you like to see Clifton take home the Emmy gold? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.