They say things that come in threes are more satisfying than any other number, and nobody knows that better than Days of our Lives' Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady), who was triple lucky during this year's Daytime Emmy Awards and now has a trio of golden statues to call her own.
The longtime performer had never won an Emmy, but during this year's event, she took home the award for Outstanding Leading Actress for her DAYS role, Outstanding Leading Actress for her role on The Bay, and Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama for her producing work on The Bay.
"As I laid down in my bed Sunday night, tired from a whirlwind week, a busy month and a tremendous year, my mind raced with excitement and memories. The days leading up to this weekend were long, but really, for me it's been a 30-year road. A happy, fulfilling road that I never planned or expected, but one for which I am eternally grateful," she shares on her website, PlankBlog. "When the Daytime Emmy pre-nominations came out in January, I was so honored ... I had never gotten one of those before. It's never been about the awards for me -- I always thought those were for the heavy-hitters like Erika Slezak [ex-Victoria Lord, One Life to Live] and Robin Strasser [ex-Dorian Lord, OLTL] -- but it really is so nice to be recognized for your work. I was appreciative of that and didn't think much more about it."
She continues: "Then on the day the actual nominations came out, I remember thinking, 'Oh, that's today... I wonder what time that is.' Getting that call from my manager, Michael Bruno, was the greatest -- he was screaming and I was screaming and it was wonderful. Then I got a second call about The Bay nominations ... it was just crazy. And really, it could have all ended there and I would have been happy, because I thought those moments and days that followed had to be the best, with everyone calling and all the greats posts on social media."
And then came April 1, when Evans was showered with three Emmy awards in one night. "Standing backstage afterward, I think I was still a bit in shock, but as I stepped into the room to have my face powdered before the press room, my knees totally started to shake and I think it hit me," she recalls. "In one of the press rooms, someone asked me why I thought this was my year. I gave a quick answer then, but since then I've thought about it, and I believe this year has been the perfect storm for me. First, as I've gotten older and gained life experiences, I think I've gotten more free and open in my work. I used to always think of myself, when compared to those heavy-hitter daytime actresses, as a girl among women, but I think I've finally grown up, so to speak. And in my personal life, I'm in such a great place ... I have a happy life, with a wonderful husband and great kids. Couple that with the great things that happened at DAYS over the past year -- celebrating 50 years, getting great writing and them bringing Stephen [Nichols, Patch] back into my life -- I really do think all those things just came together for me."
For more from the actress about her whirlwind night and what she feels about her upcoming 30-year anniversary with DAYS, check out her entire blog post here.
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