'Bold and the Beautiful': Katherine Kelly Lang's first Daytime Emmy nom in 26 years

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You were among the founding cast members of a still-running serial 26 years ago ... and now, you finally have your first Daytime Emmy nomination.

It's a "Beautiful" thing.

Whatever the outcome, Katherine Kelly Lang of CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" is celebrating her bid for outstanding supporting actress at the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. HLN will televise the event Sunday, June 16, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

"The Bold and the Beautiful" has 15 nominations overall this year, including outstanding drama series, while its sister CBS soap "The Young and the Restless" - also made by Bell Phillip Television Productions - leads all nominees with 23 nods.

In the tradition of long-running daytime drama heroines, Lang's Brooke Logan has been through just about everything, from being held hostage to becoming pregnant by her sister's husband. The morning of the Daytime Emmy nomination announcement, Lang wasn't expecting anything.

"The phone was buzzing early in the morning, and I didn't know why, so I just kind of ignored it," Lang tells Zap2it. "I was going to sleep in a little bit before work, then I finally got up and checked the phone, and [executive producer] Brad Bell was calling with congratulations. I couldn't go back to sleep after that. I was just buzzing with excitement. And Tweeting like crazy."

As for what may have clinched the nomination for her, Lang reflects, "It's hard to figure that out. You're always trying to think of which scenes to submit to be viewed, and that's always difficult for me. I actually dread that process.

"I like the more subtle scenes, but maybe the ones they're looking for are more dramatic or really out there. I always think they look funny out of context, so I don't like to submit those."

Still, Lang says she thinks it's a strong possibility her final scene with "The Bold and the Beautiful" alum Susan Flannery -- who's nominated herself for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, as the now-deceased Stephanie Forrester -- earned her the nod. "It could have been that it was that last episode with her," Lang reasons. "I don't know."

Lang also is carrying Brooke forward without another original star of the serial: Ronn Moss, who played Brooke's longtime love Ridge Forrester until he also left the show last year.

"It's good and bad," she says of the absences of Moss and Flannery. "I definitely miss having them around and working with them. For a while, it felt like I was working on a totally different show. I've had to build a new life for Brooke, since so much of her life had involved Ridge and Stephanie, so it's been interesting."

The daughter of actress Judy Lang ( "Count Yorga, Vampire") and granddaughter of Oscar-winning cinematographer Charles Lang ( "Some Like It Hot"), Lang realizes she's a survivor in a genre that has been downsized considerably in recent years. That's especially why she'd like this year's Daytime Emmys to be a giant party for all concerned.

"There are so many people who should be recognized for their work through the years, I just think it should be a night for everyone to celebrate being good at what they do. Especially in daytime drama, people work so hard, everybody should win. It's definitely something to give yourself a pat on the back for. I'm pretty proud of it."
Photo/Video credit: Gilles Toucas