Young & Restless Exclusive: Melissa Claire Egan Reveals Whether Her Husband Will Once Again Become Her Soap Co-Star — Plus, How She Marked the 10th Anniversary of the Day They Met
“Love you so much,” the Daytime Emmy nominee told her husband.
Time flies when you’re madly in love. So it seems for Melissa Claire Egan, who on June 13 marked a decade since her path first crossed that of Matt Katrosar, her spouse since 2014.
“Ten years ago today,” she Instagrammed, “I met this guy!”
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Now the happy couple are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child at the end of August. And they can look back and marvel at the fact that fate made them not only husband and wife and Mom and Dad but, during the height of the quarantimes, Young & Restless co-stars to boot.
Regular viewers will recall that in the fall and winter of 2020, Katrosar appeared twice on the soap in scenes opposite his missus, who plays Chelsea. First, he was the kidnapper who dragged her away from the Chancellor Estate, then he was — see below — an EMT.
“When the show was discussing Emmy nominations, I joked to Matt, ‘Do you want to submit for guest actor?’” the Outstanding Lead Actress contender recently told Soaps.com with a laugh. “He’s so not an actor, he’s a businessman. So he had never done anything like that. He got such a kick out of it!”
It sounded at first like the acting bug might have bitten Katrosar. “It was really cute. He got the adrenaline rush and was like, ‘You’re under the lights, and it’s so exciting!’” Egan recounted. “I said, ‘I know — now imagine if you had monologues!’ and he said, ‘Yeah, I couldn’t do that.’”
Still, they cherish that strange, strangely wonderful time that they were castmates — a bright spot in a dark stretch for us all. “It was so special to have him on the set,” Egan said, “but I think he’s retiring before he has to get his [Screen Actors Guild] card and this winds up costing us money.”
Ah, well. While Katrosar may never compete for a Daytime Emmy, Egan is in the running this year (and we’d be shocked if Chelsea’s “confession” didn’t make her a frontrunner in 2022, too). So as Emmy night approaches, celebrate daytime’s award season with a look back at the 10 best acceptance speeches ever given… at least so far.
<p>Winning his first Daytime Emmy in 1998 — for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Jason on<em> General Hospital</em> — Steve Burton was so pumped, he didn’t so much give an acceptance speech as yell it. The magic of the moment in his voice, he <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN6cgbciCYU" target="_blank">thanked God, Mom, Dad</a> and the fiancée who has been his wife since 1999.</p>
<p>Upon scoring an Outstanding Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1995 for her star turn as Lois on <em>General Hospital</em>, Rena Sofer (now a <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> scene stealer as Quinn) <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uEkWeZl1Sk" target="_blank">delivered her acceptance speech</a> with the efficiency of an auctioneer. “You should be up here,” she told Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) before thanking on- and then-off-screen leading man Wally Kurth (Ned). “You’re an actor who just lets me go. You have brought love into my life, your child’s love into my life… ” With that, she deadpanned, “I’m not pregnant.” (The former marrieds did have a daughter together a couple of years later, but she was referring to Kurth’s firstborn.)</p>
<p>“I <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCvZ1W1Vc1s" target="_blank">did not prepare a speech at all</a>,” admitted Amelia Heinle in 2014, when she was named Outstanding Supporting Actress for the first time for her portrayal of Victoria on <em>The Young and the Restless</em>. Winging it, she thanked “my bosses first,” then the duo that had kept her at her audition to replace Heather Tom. “I wanted to run out,” she confessed. “I was terrified of taking on this role [that she originated]. But it’s been the most fulfilling thing in my life.”</p>
<p>When Maurice Benard’s work as Sonny on <em>General Hospital</em> earned him his first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2003, he put down his statuette on the stage, then thanked <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Tes-CnP2M" target="_blank">the trailblazer who’d played Luke</a>. “Tony Geary, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you,” he said. #truth And when Benard’s speech went on for so long that the band was cued up to usher him off, he just went right on talking until he was good and done. Nobody puts Sonny in a corner!</p>
<p>Back in 2000 — years before <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Mariah was even a gleam in a headwriter’s eye — 10-year-old Camryn Grimes became <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Nc2i88AXg" target="_blank">the youngest-ever winner</a> of a Daytime Emmy. And technically, what Cassie’s portrayer said wasn’t so memorable as the way that she said it, emotionally and so close to hyperventilating that presenter Martha Byrne (Lily, <em>As the World Turns</em>) leaned down to remind her to take a breath.</p>
<p>“My day started with my baby spitting up on me right before I left to come here,” admitted <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> leading lady Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in accepting her first Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 2019, “then my heel broke right when I got on the red carpet.” But once she had that golden girl in her hand, fughadaboudit! <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY8vsYlzTeU" target="_blank">“It was worth it!”</a> she exclaimed.</p>
<p>Rocking some fantastically New Wave hair — eat your heart out, Flock of Seagulls! — Kim Zimmer exuberantly took off her shoes en route to the stage to tearfully accept her 1985 Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy. And after thanking all of the fellow nominees from whom she’d learned the tricks of the trade, she expressed her gratitude to <em>Guiding Light</em> headwriter Pam Long “for creating <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNHmfHV9cRc" target="_blank">Reva Shayne Lewis</a>, and long may she live!”</p>
<p>Upon claiming her first Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 2014, Eileen Davidson (then <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Kristen) gave a shout-out to her onetime <em>Young & Restless</em> stepdaughter, Heather Tom (who’d played Victoria to her Ashley). “First of all, I have to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCeXKE4VYF0" target="_blank">thank Heather for sharing</a>,” joked Davidson, “<em>this</em> year.” Tom had taken home the prize in 2012 and 2013 for her work as Katie on <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em>.</p>
<p>After taking home a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, <em>Young & Restless</em> legend Jeanne Cooper won <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j06DKfBJveQ" target="_blank">her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress</a> four years later. “I bet you thought I had died,” she cracked. From there, Katherine’s late, great portrayer kept us in stitches. “Oh dear, high-definition or no high-definition… What can I tell ya? It’s a bitch, isn’t it?” Reason No. 21,459 why we never need a reminder that Cooper was one of a kind.</p>
<p>So declared presenter Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm, <em>The Young and the Restless</em>). Because after what seemed like a cajillion nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress, <em>All My Children</em> icon Susan Lucci (Erica) finally won in 1999. “I truly <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgWEDVIFGN0" target="_blank">never believed that this would happen</a>,” she sobbed as Oprah Winfrey applauded from the sidelines. “I want to thank each and every one of you in this room. This is a room full of such talented, hardworking people, and the fact that you have thought that my work was worthy of notice 19 times is something that I will treasure always.”</p>
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