The Entire Morning Was Filled with Calls of Congrats!
When Jack Wagner, (Dominick) of The Bold and the Beautiful found out he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Leading Actor, his reaction was “Huh?” It was the ringing of his cell phone in the wee hours of the morning with the good news that every actor wants to hear.
“With the time zone difference, I was still asleep when the nominations were read. And yes that was my first reaction,“ Wagner said. “Then it hit. I realized what an honor it was. I mean I hoped it would happen, but in this business you never know.”
On the phone was Brad Bell, executive producer/head writer of The Bold and the Beautiful congratulating him. And Wagner said that the entire morning was filled with calls from folks like Rhonda Friedman, supervising producer, and Kin Shriner (Keith, of As The World Turns) to name a few.
“It’s really wonderful to be recognized. It’s the highest honor to be voted by your peers. It’s really what we as actors work for,” Wagner said. “You know...it is a grinding job, and it is nice when you receive an acknowledgement. And I really love what I do. If I didn’t...God I’d be bored.”
Wagner ,along with The Bold and the Beautiful office, submitted to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences a twelve minute clip of the scenes where Jackie (Lesley Anne Down) reveals to Dominick that she’s been keeping a secret that Dominick was not the father of Brooke’s child. Wagner said that it was a very emotional scene.
“Lets face it! Male actors get one or two shots at showing emotion,” Wagner said. “In daytime dramas women are always filled with emotion and get many chances of showing it.”
Wagner said win or loose, he feels that being nominated for an Emmy Award is what it’s all about. Twenty years-ago he was nominated as Best Young Actor for his role as Frisco Jones on General Hospital, saying, “Where has the time gone.”
Wagner also commented saying that his nomination 20 years ago for Outstanding Younger Actor, pit him up against Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC). “I see that Michael's been nominated in Outstanding Lead Actor this year as well. So every 20 years, we go head-to-head.”
“I will say what Morgan Freeman said, ‘Just to be nominated, that’s the award itself.’ On Emmy night, I will be excited, but I will live for the moment,” Wagner said. “However, if I win, I will wear the Emmy as a head piece in New York walking the streets.”
Wagner said that working on The Bold and the Beautiful and playing Dominick has been his greatest working experience. Having done many things in the entertainment industry, working for Brad Bell has been nothing but a rewarding experience.
“Brad is a collaborator. He talks, I talk, and that’s great,” Wagner said. “There are always open lines of communication, and that’s what makes the success of the show. If I have a dimension to add on story or character, I can count on Brad to be there. I’m able to give Dominick a sense of humor, and I have card blanche. That‘s one reason I‘ve signed to do the show.”
Soapdom wants to know if you have any goals? “Yes! To see The Bold and the Beautiful nominated next year for Best Show.”
Away from the spotlight, Wagner’s number one goal is to be dad, and be able to show his kids what he can do, and be the best greatest parent he can be.
Wagner has released on new CD entitled “Dancing in the Moonlight.” (See info below) This is his first studio release since working with Quincy Jones and Glen Ballard more than a decade ago.
“Dancing in the Moonlight” contains 12 songs, including the already-released single “Going Back Again.” Most of the songs have been written by Wagner and will be featured on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Wagner is also planning on touring in a “Dancing in the Moonlight” concert tour throughout the country, which will include a stylized show of “a little Sinatra, a little Elvis, some dancers, and a lot of fun.”
“I really enjoy keeping busy. Like I said, I love what I do. I’ll keep my fingers crossed on Emmy night, and I really want to thank all the fans for their support of sticking with me. It’s not always easy to jump into another show.”
CD & TOUR INFO:
Dancing in the Moonlight is available at www.boldandbeautiful.com
PRICE: $14.99. Going Back Again is available as an MP3 download at the B&B web Site. Check the website for upcoming concert venues.
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