Most actors will tell you preparation is everything. The Young and the Restless star Amelia Heinle (Victoria) may have agreed with that theory… but since landing her first Daytime Emmy, she’s not so sure, anymore.
Back in 2013, the hit-and-run death of Victoria’s stepdaughter Delia death sent Genoa City into an emotional tailspin. The Young and the Restless cast and crew hunkered down to tell the heartbreaking tale, putting their all into it, and Heinle was no different.
Unfortunately — or fortunately? — a mix up threw Heinle off her game: She spent two days studying the wrong script!
“I realized in hair and makeup and had an actress meltdown,” she admits. “I started crying. ‘I can’t do this! It’s too emotional!’ so Billy Miller (Billy) came to my rescue.”
Miller offered to shoot his other scene first, giving her 40 minutes to prep the new script.
“When people are like, ‘I need to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!’ I think of that day,” she says. “I didn’t really know my lines at all. I was just in the moment. There was a lot of emotion and that day was hard. That was the first time I ever said, ‘Can we just clear the set. I don’t need other people here.’ I did the scenes and it felt good to finally release as an actress.”
It felt so good Heinle, who broke into daytime in 1993, decided on another first: She entered her name into the Emmy race.
“I stayed out of that whole Emmy thing from the beginning, because I wasn’t comfortable,” Heinle explains. “I’m a bit of an introvert. But then that year felt so good. We all had such good stuff. The writing and everything came together, so I put myself in the running. I also wanted to wait until I had a shot!”
While Heinle wasn’t actually favored to take her category, her reception during all the pre-Emmy festivities had her feeling like a winner all weekend.
“Laura Wright [Carly, General Hospital], who I was roommates with when I first started daytime in New York, came up to me, gave me a hug and said, ‘No matter what happens tonight, you were acting from here,’ indicating her gut, ‘That’s why no matter what happens tonight, you won.’ That meant a lot to me, because I’ve known her since I was a teenager. A few other people said similar things. For a minute, I felt like, ‘I don’t need to win, because that was so cool.'”
Of course, she did win.
“I beat all my girls from Y&R, which was so shocking!” Heinle marvels. “I was floored. Missy [Claire Egan (Chelsea)] and Liz [Hendrickson (ex-Chloe)] did amazing work. I kept thinking about what they went through to prepare. I watched Lizzie pour her heart into it and while she was doing it, I was just crying. I tried not to, but everyone was affected. It should have been some kind of a tie.”
That said, Heinle isn’t handing off her trophy anytime soon. She’s also thrilled to report that Sharpie pens aren’t permanent when used on Emmys. It seems her two little ones with former costar Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.), Thaddeus Jr. and Georgia (6 and 4), were impressed with her win, but felt the statue needed a little something extra.
“They were like, ‘Mommy, you went to an awards show and won!’ And then they drew on it with Sharpies!” she laughs. “The second day it had a smiley face. I didn’t think it would come off, so I left it there for a few days, but then I rubbed it and it came right off.”
With Y&R and Heinle still basking in the noms and nods earned during the Delia storyline, the ripple effects of Delia’s death continue to reverberate through Genoa City. As Victoria and then Billy have fought to save their marriage, Heinle has been thrust into a whirlwind of hot new men. First, Sean Carrigan (Stitch) came on board to create some triangle drama for Billy and Victoria. Then David Tom returned to the role of Billy, replacing Emmy-winner Billy Miller, only to be replaced by newcomer Burgess Jenkins after a few months.
“It’s so weird and surreal,” Heinle admits. “I feel like my head is in the spin cycle. Look at who I was working with and now who I am with: They’re all so different! I have to be sympathetic, because I came into the role Heather Tom had. It took time for people to accept me, and the character had been gone for a whole year when I started. You have to accept change and roll with it, because that’s what happens here.
“Honestly, how do you replace Billy Miller? It’s never going to be the same, but Burgess is doing a good job. He’s going to bring a fresh take. I think fans will love him. He’s got a great personality in real life. He’s a sweetheart. Everybody just has to give it a chance.”
Heinle is committed to helping Burgess settle in and also enjoys all the hot men Y&R keeps throwing at her, but her heart still belongs to onscreen love turned real life hubby Luckinbill.
“He’s still really hot, and I get him for the rest of my life!”
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