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“With everything that is going on, I feel like it is more important than ever to talk about the consequences of bullying.”

In just a few weeks, 18-year-old Daniel Polo will be attending the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, nominated as Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role as bullied teen Jamie Vernon on the “The Young and the Restless.”

Originally a character that was to last only a couple of episodes, Polo’s turn as Jamie turned into a 22-episode arc that showcased the internal struggles of a boy bullied, from depression to suicidal thoughts.

The southern California native spoke with Soaps.com about how he channeled the role, how he reacted when he found out he was nominated, and who will be walking the red carpet with him the night of the awards.

Soaps.com: How did you find out you were nominated?

Polo: At the time I was studying for finals, so I had probably an hour of sleep every night. Sometimes less, actually. So the day I was shaken awake and told the news, I didn’t react actually until 15 minutes later. But when I did, I just jumped out of bed, I was so excited I didn’t care how sleepy I was! And then I had to go to school afterwards.

Soaps.com: Who told you that you were nominated?

Polo: Matt Olsen (producer) from “The Young and the Restless” had called us and left a message. And my mom had run in, shook me awake and told me, so it was my mom.

Soaps.com: How did you celebrate?

Polo: We went out to eat later that night, then came back home and watched a few family videos. Probably more than we should have. But it was a good night.

Soaps.com: What did you think of the storyline when you were presented with it?

Polo: I always thought it was a powerful one. With everything that is going on, I feel like it is more important than ever to talk about the consequences of bullying.

Soaps.com: How did you decide what scenes to submit for Emmy consideration?

Polo: The scenes that we chose were from one of my favorite episodes. That was the first time Jamie started fighting back after everything, so it was definitely fun to play.