Red Carpet Interviews: 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards – Melissa Claire Egan & Michael Muhney

Jamie Muhney and actor Michael Muhney attend The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo Credit: Mark Davis/Getty Images North America
Jamie Muhney and actor Michael Muhney attend The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo Credit: Mark Davis/Getty Images North America

The Young and the Restless’ Michael Muhney (Adam) said he felt his nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor was out of place. “I shouldn’t be in this category. With the reel like Doug Davidson’s and Jason Thompson’s and with Peter Bergman’s illustrious career, I still don’t feel like I belong.”

The actor’s nomination surprised him, given his numerous critical comments on the Emmy nomination process. “I thought I was taking one for the team in being as outspoken as I could about Emmy reform and [I was sure] it was a guarantee that I was never going to be nominated. So to be nominated…” said the actor with a pause. “I never thought I would get to enjoy the nomination process so as far as I’m concerned I’ve already won. I won’t win tonight so I am cheering for Jason, Doug and Peter.”

The always candid star shared the thought process for his reel selection. “If I were to ever be nominated, I wanted it to be [with] range and not crying. I have always held a disbelief that I believe a lot of other people outside of the soap opera world do – that once you cry, now you’re Emmy worthy and I wanted to show that you don’t have to cry.” However, he also admitted that crying isn’t always Emmy bait, but sometimes just fantastic acting. “Then you look at a reel like Jason Thompson’s and its sublime and he is crying throughout and he deserves a nomination. I wanted to submit something that was different.”

We tried to coax some scoop out of the actor regarding his front burner storyline with Melissa Claire Egan and Steve Burton, but surprisingly he didn’t have much to say. He explained how he always used to want to know what’s happening with his character, but he’s taking a different a approach now.  “I’ll tell you for the very first time since I started on the show, I’ve taken a leap of faith. They always tend to tell me what is going on in three or six months. This time we were discussing how they wanted to sit down with me and tell me about this fall. There’s going to be a 90 degree turn in the show this fall; where the new regime will have been for a year and that year marker is where they really wanted to get momentum and go. They said the Adam stuff would be sublime and I said, ‘Ok, great.'”

Muhney continued: “So we all got together and they said, ‘What happens if we say to you now you should just enjoy it script by script and we don’t tell you anything’ and I said I’m fine with that. So as of now, I know nothing except for the promise of great things to come – not only for my character but for the [entire] show.  I have no idea what that means, am I going to turn into the six million dollar man? I have no idea!”

We also asked him about his feelings regarding the upcoming Veronica Mars film. “I am really excited for those folks who worked on the show, but my excitement for them pales in comparison to my excitement for the fans. Doing Veronica Mars is when I really realized what fans were like and what fandom was like. I am really happy for those fans.”

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