Soaps.com Interview With Ex-Y&R’s Daniel Polo
(Adam Hendershott Photography)
“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.
Soaps.com: How does it feel being up against your costar Max Ehrich, [also interviewed about the bullying storyline]?
Polo: Nerve-wracking. The competition is pretty good, so I am nervous.
Soaps.com: How did you channel Jamie and pull together who he was?
Polo: A lot of who Jamie was is based on an old friend of mine back in second grade. He was picked on quite a lot. I never really understood why, but that is a lot of who Jamie was.
Soaps.com: How did your friends and family react to watching you play this character?
Polo: They were all pretty excited. A lot of them really couldn’t believe I was on "The Young and the Restless," or even on TV. Most of the time I don’t tell a lot of my friends outside of Hollywood what I am doing because, with my friends outside of Hollywood, we just hang out and talk about movies or TV shows, but we never really get into that area. But a lot of them do watch "The Young and the Restless," so I was quite surprised.
Soaps.com: Had you ever watched "Y&R" before being on the show?
Polo: Yes, a bit. Maybe not as much as I should have.
Soaps.com: What new projects are you working on?
Polo: Next month I am going to be doing a guest spot on season two of "The Bridge" on FX. There are other things, but I can’t talk about it.
Soaps.com: What are your Emmy plans?
Polo: I will probably be taking my grandfather, my mom, and my manager. Still deciding.
Soaps.com: Is your mom excited?
Polo: Oh yes! I mean, we all are.
Soaps.com: Any chance we'll see Jamie back in Genoa City?
Polo: I know probably as much as you do – no one has told me anything just yet.
Soaps.com: Would you return? If not "Y&R," maybe another daytime show?
Polo: Oh yes. I am definitely open to doing that.
Read Soaps.com’s interview with Y&R’s Mishael Morgan.
Header photo credit: Adam Hendershott Photography
- Hollie Deese