The Young and the Restless' Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin) has been on a roll since joining the CBS soap in 2012. Not only did he land Daytime Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Younger Actor category the last three years in a row, he managed to do it yet again this year, bringing his total nominations in the category to four. But he reveals that this year, he snagged the honor in a unique way -- sleep deprived and practically sleepwalking -- so he's honestly quite surprised it all worked out.
Hi, Max! Congratulations on your Emmy nomination.
Max Ehrich: Thank you.
Does it get old hearing your name so many times, every year?
Max Ehrich: Not at all. I was just really surprised this year, because I only filmed four episodes last year. So I honestly really, really did not expect it this year.
Does it feel different when you only have a few episodes to submit rather than an entire year of material to pull from?
Max Ehrich: Yeah. Usually I have to go through a bunch of episodes to see what submission I want, but this year it was pretty easy. I guess it was a lot easier submission process this year!
What did you submit?
Max Ehrich: I submitted the stuff with my parents [Michael and Lauren], when they told me they were getting a divorce. I also submitted the episode where everyone is screaming at me because they think it's all my fault that Courtney [Kelli Goss] is dead and Austin [Matthew Atkinson] is dead, and that whole thing. And the interesting thing about that episode is that I didn't even have a lot of lines in the scenes that I chose. It was more reaction shots. But I remember filming them, I actually had to fly in on a red eye, because I was filming Under the Dome at the same time, and I had to learn all my lines on the plane, and then I landed and went straight from the airport to the studio. And the thing is, the intensity of the scene actually calls for that distraught energy, so it actually worked.
It worked that you were sleep deprived.
Max Ehrich: Yeah, kind of! [Laughs] He had a guilty conscience and was in disarray. I would have trouble sleeping if I were him!
How did you find out about your nomination?
Max Ehrich: I found out through Twitter, actually. I couldn't get my TV to go to The Talk for some reason. My TV was being very strange, so the moment my name was put up on The Talk, someone sent me a screenshot of it. And then I got the call from CBS congratulating me. They're all so sweet: Jill [Farren Phelps, our executive producer], Angelica [McDaniel, head of CBS Daytime], and [our publicity department], everyone called and made sure to congratulate me. It was super kind. They're all so great.
Were you able to celebrate that night?
Max Ehrich: Oh, yeah. [My girlfriend] Veronica [Dunne] and I definitely celebrated. We went to Nobu, the place in Malibu. We had a nice dinner and embraced it on the beach.
Did you hear from your TV parents?
Max Ehrich: Yeah, both Christian [LeBlanc, Michael Baldwin] and Tracey [Bregman, Lauren Fenmore], and I'm so happy for them, as well.
Will you be bringing your girlfriend on May 1st?
Max Ehrich: I will be, yeah.
Have you checked out your competition, the list of the guys you're nominated against?
Max Ehrich: Oh, yeah. Actually, Pierson [Fodé, Thomas Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful] is a good friend of mine. I know Bryan Craig [Morgan Corinthos, General Hospital], and he's a great guy. Honestly, I know everyone. I wouldn't say competition is the word at all... We're all doing what we love to do. Obviously, it would be cool to win, but I honestly know they're all talented, so I'd be super happy for any of them, and just to be nominated again is great. I really hope one of them wins. I don't really need to win, I suppose. I feel like a winner just being able to do what I do.
What are you going to wear that night? Are you planning on heading over to Top Shop?
Max Ehrich: Yeah, I was actually there yesterday, because I had to get some stuff for an upcoming premiere. So yeah, they're really great to me, and they always pull some great stuff. So, yeah, probably. Why not?
Hopefully they give it to you for free!
Max Ehrich: They give me a nice rate, but it's not totally free.
Do you plan on using a lucky charm or any kind of special ritual for the win?
Max Ehrich: Honestly, I have no expectations, and I would be so beyond surprised if I won this year. Especially given that I didn't have a lot to choose from and everything, and how talented the other nominees are. Honestly, I'm not going to win. I'm really not. But I'm totally cool with that, and I'm rooting for everyone else in my category.
So does that mean no speech will be prepared?
Max Ehrich: No. There will be no speech prepared. I'm like 99.9% sure I'm not going to win. It's all good.
So if you do win, we can expect a surprised look on your face.
Max Ehrich: You can expect me to be like, "Bwah?!?"
Do you have any thoughts on the ceremony not being televised this year? Does that make it any less special to you?
Max Ehrich: It's actually the first I'm hearing about this, but I will definitely answer the question. Is it going to be on the Internet?
We don't know yet. Supposedly, they're working on it.
Max Ehrich: You know, either way, it's all good. We're now living in an age when so much is being streamed online. I did a show [that came out this week called The Path] on Hulu with Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan. It's on Hulu, and I mean, that's not going to be on TV. That's going to be streamed online, and if this is going to be streamed online, too, then whatever. If it's on TV, online, YouTube, I think there are so many outlets, so it doesn't really matter. I'm just happy they're having an award ceremony and honoring the work that these actors do. The soap community is one that really needs to be given more attention because of the amount of work everyone puts in. I'm not sure people know the amount of work that's put in.
How many episodes of The Path will you be on?
Max Ehrich: I have a major recurring role on that.... for the ten-episode first season. I'm really proud to be a part of it. The reviews I've read in the New York Times and Deadline and stuff, people have been forwarding them to me, and it's very exciting. I actually play a teenage drug addict on the show, which was a great experience. It was a dark experience to dive into. I filmed that in upstate New York the whole fall and winter, and I had to go to a pretty dark place. I was watching a lot of dark films and listening to a lot of dark music to get into that role. But it was a great thing to be a part of. And Aaron Paul, not only is he such an amazing actor, but he's also one of the kindest human beings I ever met. I'm not just saying that. He literally, the first day I was there, he went out of his way to talk to me, to have a genuine, great conversation with me. He's such a humble, kind, gentle, talented soul.
How do you shake off all these dark feelings once you're done for the day?
Max Ehrich: Interestingly enough, I'm working on a music project right now... with this Grammy-nominated producer whose name is Calypso. And so after work, what I would do is, I would go through tracks that I would be recording. And my stuff is pretty, well I mean, there's an edge to it, but it's a lot more uplifting than the work I was doing, so I would just dive right into that. And since I've been home, back in Los Angeles, I've just been in the studio every day, recording it.
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