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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Daniel Polo on Bullying, 'The Young and the Restless' and Enjoying His First Daytime Emmy Nomination

Emmy nominated actor Daniel Polo.
Photo Credit: Adam Hendershott Photography
Actor Daniel Polo, a southern California native, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award this year in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series category for his fantastic performance as Jamie Vernon on CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. What started as just three episodes reoccurring, quickly turned into 22 episodes, as Jamie struggled with bullying, depression, and suicide attempts… a character pegged with secrets he was terrified to reveal.

Polo doesn’t remember when he first fell in love with film and television, it might of been when he was 4 years old, going to kindergarten as a different character everyday (never just Daniel!), but after guest starring on some of the most popular television series such as Private Practice, Without a Trace, Nip/Tuck, Gilmore Girls, Bones, and NCIS, Polo landed his Emmy-nominated role on Y&R.

Serial Scoop asked Polo about his Daytime Emmys experience, playing Jamie on The Young and the Restless, being bullied, and what's next for him. Read our exclusive interview below:

SERIAL SCOOP: Jamie was bullied by Summer (Hunter King) and then Fen (Max Ehrich). Have you ever experienced anything like this or encountered it in your life?
DANIEL POLO: I think everyone was bullied at one point or another in there lives. Though I based Jamie off of a friend of mine from second grade, the only time I think I've ever really experienced anything close to bullying was on the Internet when I was 11. I had put an animation video that I made on YouTube. I spent hours on it, trying to get it just right and perfect, and when I put it up, I got some really harsh comments. I kept deleting hateful comments, until finally I just figured there was no point and the best thing I could do was walk away and let it be. Now my experience is nothing close to what I saw my friend go through or what Jamie went through. Compared to some of the stories viewers have shared with me, I got off easy.

SERIAL SCOOP: Many viewers wanted Paul (Doug Davidson) to adopt Jamie, and for the character to stay on the show. Would you be willing to do more Y&R if they wrote a story for Jamie?
DANIEL POLO: Of course! I had a lot of fun working on Young and the Restless. Not only did I get the chance to work with all these fantastic actors but I also got a chance to see my character develop and affect the lives of the characters around him. I would definitely love to go back.

SERIAL SCOOP: From finding out your were nominated for a Daytime Emmy all the way through Sunday's red carpet and ceremony, what was your favorite thing about the Daytime Emmy experience this year?
DANIEL POLO: My favorite part has to be the red carpet. The interviews and photos were fantastic! I think I might be addicted now. I had never really done PR before with a publicist and a stylist and the whole package, but it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. It’s been a fun and incredible experience

Daniel Polo at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images
SERIAL SCOOP: The Daytime Emmys have made a lot of changes in recent years, and experimented with various formats. What did you think of this year's ceremony, hosted by Kathy Griffin?
DANIEL POLO: It was my first experience at the Emmys so I really can't compare it to previous years. I did think there would be a lot more cursing though, since Kathy was hosting.

SERIAL SCOOP: What's next for you? Are there any projects you can preview for us or in the works?
DANIEL POLO: I can tell you that next month I will be doing a small run on Season 2 of The Bridge on FX.

SERIAL SCOOP: You have already racked up an impressive list of acting credits in your career, and worked with some great actors. What would you say is the biggest lesson you've learned on a set?
DANIEL POLO: I learned in my first few years of acting that the most important lesson to live by is to always stay true to who you are. In this business it's very easy to get a big head and that is the worst thing one can be. I really just want to be "me" out there.

SERIAL SCOOP: You gave a fantastic performance as Jamie on The Young and the Restless. How did it feel to be honored for you work with a Daytime Emmy nomination?
DANIEL POLO: Thank you, it's been really really great. This has been the most fun I've had in my entire life. I was honored to be nominated in a category with so many talented actors. Getting Congrats messages from fans on social media who still remember my character a year later has been so awesome. I have enjoyed every single moment of this experience from my mom waking me up to tell me I was nominated to coming home after the final party last night. This has been an amazing experience for me.


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