Good things happen to nice soap characters — and their portrayers. Last year, Wyatt Spencer let Sally Spectra go after she lied about dying and kidnapped his girlfriend Flo. Darin Brooks, who plays Wyatt, scored a Daytime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor for his work in the twist-filled storyline.
Darin Brooks Talks Daytime Emmys
Brooks is already a Daytime Emmy winner. In 2009, the actor took home the gold in the category of Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Max Brady on Days of our Lives. However, this is his first nomination for playing Wyatt. Soap Hub chatted with the amiable actor about this latest honor.
How does it feel to be nominated for playing Wyatt?
I’m over the moon. I’ve been on the show for over eight years. I wanted to check this box for myself, for Brad [Bell, BB’s executive producer/head writer]. I wanted to be in this category at least once during my time on BB. I’m so happy, so proud.
You had to shoot so much of the year using safety protocols.
Yes. It was an interesting year. We were in the middle of a story [when we took a hiatus]. I submitted the storyline with Sally [Courtney Hope] and Wyatt and Flo [Katrina Bowden]. It started off with Wyatt learning that Sally was dying. He went to her and tried to get her to acknowledge the truth.
That’s when the audience didn’t know yet that Sally wasn’t truly dying.
Yes. Once that was revealed, everything changed. We stopped right before Wyatt rescued Flo. When we started back up, we picked up there. I thought it was going to be hard but we made it work. The other actors, directors, and editors all made it work. The fact that we can still put out this fantastic product and do 100 pages a day and do these wonderful shows is a testament to what we’re capable of doing.
You’re great at the light-heartened banter. Did that make it onto your reel?
In a way, yes. In my scenes with Sally, Wyatt tries to get her to laugh even though he’s (figuratively) dying on the inside because he thinks she truly is.
You and Courtney are nominated for this storyline.
Yes. I was thrilled for her. She was one of the first people who texted me congratulations. I congratulated her, too. I told her [if I win] it’s a third hers, a third Katrina’s, and a third mine.
Susan Flannery (ex-Stephanie) started a tradition of a luncheon with the Outstanding Leading Actress nominees. I don’t think the actors — Lead or Supporting — have picked up that tradition.
I’d love to do something like that. That’s a great idea. Maybe [actors and actresses] in all the acting categories can get together? It’d be nice to get everyone in one room ahead of time [Laughs] before we all start staring daggers at each other!
The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards air on Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m. on CBS. The Bold and the Beautiful (BB) airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for airtimes.