She shared of her speech:
I won’t lie. It was awful. I’ve never planned a speech ever. I’ve never rehearsed a speech. The only thing I’ve ever said to myself is you have to thank Brad Bell [B&B’s executive producer and head writer]. I totally understand why [the Daytime Emmy Awards producers] did it the way they did. I’m glad the show was aired [on broadcast TV] and they put it all together. I was willing to do whatever I needed to do. I’m not complaining, but it was surreal.
Tom's powerful reel included a scene with on-screen son Will (Finnegan George), in which she told him how she'd like him to live his life if she died. At one point, Tom's own son, Zane Achor, played Will. The star mused:
I don’t think I would have been able to have played those scenes with my [Zane]. It was about saying goodbye and what I wanted for his life. These were things I would say to my son if I had to. They meant a lot to me. I have a wonderful young actor in Finnegan whom I’m working against who is very sentient and emotionally able to be there with me. That’s not always the case.