Kate Mansi, who played Abigail Deveraux on Days of Our Lives for five fabulous years, dished on finding out last week she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Lead or Supporting?
Given the amount of work Mansi did on Days this year, formidable as it was, the actor felt the supporting, as opposed to lead, actress category was the more fitting one for her to submit her work on Days in, she told Soap Central.
“It was a decision we made to go into supporting because, for me, it just felt like that was really more true to my work there and the amount of work I did,” Mansi said.
Reentering the Daytime World
Since receiving her nomination, Mansi has been in touch many of the close friends she made at Days, including Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Johnson). Evans is convinced Mansi will win this year after several consecutive nominations, Mansi noted bashfully.
“That character [Abigail] is always going to be a part of me, and that story is one that I really feel blessed to have had, and feel really lucky to have executed, but it’s a different angle now,” Mansi said.
Scenes With Personal Significance
To be considered for the Emmy, Mansi submitted scenes that included her setting fire to Ben (ex-Robert Scott Wilson) and checking herself into a mental institution. Not only did she think these scenes showcased some of her most powerful work, but they had deep personal significance for her.
Mansi has been open about being “someone who lives with depression and anxiety,” she told Soap Central in a separate interview. She also works with Bring Change 2 Mind, an organization that seeks to destigmatize mental illness.
“I submitted that whole section because I felt like it was a really complete part of the arc for the character, and mental health is so, so important to me, and I spent so much time diving into mental illness for this character,” Mansi said.
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