Dr. Amanda Raynor kidnapped Eli and Lani’s twins on Days of our Lives and felt horrible about it later. For her portrayal of a remorseful physician, Amanda’s portrayer, Victoria Platt has earned a Daytime Emmy nomination this year in the category of Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series.
Victoria Platt — Exclusive Interview
Soap Hub chatted with Platt about her nomination and her roles on other soaps. Veteran Guiding Light fans recall her as Vicky Spaulding, which she played from 1998-2001. Previously, she played Corinne Elroy on All My Children in 1996.
Soap Hub: Congratulations on your nomination! What’s on your reel?
Victoria Platt: Thank you! My character, Dr. Amanda Raynor is an OBGYN and Salem’s resident baby-stealer! I showed on my reel lots of scenes with Paul Telfer (Xander). He was the one blackmailing me and threatening me. In real life, Paul is a beautiful human. Onscreen, when he turns it on [it’s intense!] He would apologize after our scenes [due to the intensity], but I thanked him. We really need to get in there to play.
My reel ends with Ari [Zucker, Nicole] where Amanda is explaining how [the kidnapping] all happened. She’s remorseful and ashamed and embarrassed. Amanda regrets the whole thing. In my reel, you see the threats, the distress, the tears, and the emotional release.
Might we see Amanda on the show again?
She went to jail, so there’s the possibility she can come back. She did some bad things. Hopefully, that’ll help bring me back to the show!
What are your memories of your time on GL?
I really loved that show, which was the show that really was the beginning of daytime, the beginning of soaps as it started out on radio. The show had such a rich legacy. It was awesome to work with people who’d been doing the show for decades. I learned a lot.
Prior to GL, you were on AMC as Corrine?
Yes. For a moment, it looked to me as if my character Corinne was going to get in the middle of [supercouple] Noah [Keith Hamilton Cobb] and Julia [Sydney Penny]. People would stop me on the street and compliment me but they’d say, “Don’t you dare break up Noah and Julia!” It was really intense. People didn’t like that Corinne might have done that.
How great is it that this year’s ceremony is interactive whereas last year’s show was virtual?
It’s incredible! I actually put on shoes today. I’d been walking around in flip-flops for a year and a half. It’s wonderful to get dressed up and be out and be a part of that “pandemic thaw.”
What are the challenges in coming onto an existing show and being a Guest Performer?
It’s challenging. It’s like the show is this moving train and you’re running alongside and you jump up onto. I know I’m in a category with some amazing actors. I’m so honored to be in this group of people.
How’s your husband Terrell Tilford (ex-David, GL; ex-Greg, One Life to Live; ex-Barton, The Young and the Restless)?
He’s great. He’s doing amazingly well. He recently did an episode of Hawaii Five-O. He played a district attorney on DAYS last year. He was shooting at the same time I was. Wouldn’t it be great if our characters met each other and we reunited onscreen?
The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards air on Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m. on CBS and will stream on Paramount+ and CBS.com. Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.