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DAYS' Alison Sweeney Reveals How She Decided on Her Daytime Emmy Reel

Alison Sweeney

Alison Sweeney

The biggest story coming out of the Daytime Emmy nominations has to be former Days of Our Lives actress Alison Sweeney snagging her first-ever nomination.

So what finally snagged a nod for the actress after almost 22 years of playing Salem sinner Sami Brady? Soap Central got the scoop from Sweeney on what she selected for her Outstanding Lead Actress reel and why. Peep an excerpt: What scenes did you submit that finally snagged you a nomination? 

Sweeney: I submitted the episode that was the fake out, where E.J. [James Scott] has this nightmare of Sami finding the picture [of him and Abigail], and then it turns out not to be true at the end of the show. Did you know immediately that you'd choose those scenes, or did you consult your costars, family, and friends?

Sweeney: I thought that was going to be the episode, but not when we were shooting it. After 21 years of not getting , I've long ago let any ideas about that go while I'm working [laughs]. Just really, this episode meant a lot to me, and I really wanted to put my best foot forward. The and head writers had given us this episode that was basically just James and I for the whole first half, so there was a lot of content and a lot of material that we had to memorize, and you know, you do have a sense of responsibility, like, "Oh, I better make it good. They're counting on us to make this episode good." So we put in a lot of extra effort with that script and worked really hard to deliver what they wanted. It was really a fun process, and the director, Steven Williford, was just so wonderful to work with, and it was written by Melissa Salmons, one of our dialogue writers, who was just so fantastic. It all came together, and I was really happy. And of course that was a year ago, and I'm not even on the show anymore, so when Emmy submission time came around, it was such a trip down memory lane, looking at those old shows. I also looked at the episode where Sami tells E.J. that she knows, when she finally tells him that she's known for a while when he was in jail, and I thought briefly about the episode where he died, when he got shot in her arms and she follows him to the hospital and is sort of out it and collapses on his body at the end. I was actually happy to have a couple of episodes to choose from. And then, the best advice I got was from an actress, a dear friend of mine. She said I had to go with my gut, and she advised me to pick the episode that, no matter what happens, I would be proud that that's the one that everybody watched.   

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I knew Sami slinging Abigail (Kate Mansi) off the Horton banister would pay off! Be sure to watch Sweeney face off against Maura West (General Hospital), Laura Wright (GH), Gina Tognoni (The Young and the Restless) and Peggy McCay (Caroline) at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards April 26 on Pop!