By: Markos Papadatos, Senior Editor
Acclaimed actor, producer, and director Kristos Andrews chatted with HNA’s Markos Papadatos about his 2021 Daytime Emmy recognition for “The Bay” on Popstar! TV.
Andrews was nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Fiction Program” for playing the twin roles of Pete Garrett and Adam Kenway, and he won the coveted Daytime Emmy Award. This marks Andrews’ fifth career acting win in the “Lead Actor” category, as well as his 11th career Daytime Emmy Award (which include prior wins as a co-director and producer of the show).
Walt Disney once said “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” This quote applies to the cast, crew, and filmmakers of the hit digital drama series “The Bay,” especially as they filmed Season 6 under strict COVID protocols under the guidance and leadership of showrunner Gregori J. Martin.
Andrews’ performance as both Adam and Pete in this season of “The Bay” was hailed as “mesmerizing” by Digital Journal. He was praised for delivering a “stellar and transformative performance” as the manipulative twin Adam Kenway, and he was commended for “delving deep into the character’s conscience while simultaneously creating a creature.”
Andrews’ portrayal of Adam was subsequently compared to Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight”) meets Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”).
On earning his 2021 Daytime Emmy nomination, Andrews said, “I am grateful and humbled to be recognized for my work. I am thankful to be surrounded by a team and family of good artists and good people, to which I attribute this recognition; furthermore, I commend my fellow nominees who I know put their all in and I am honored to share the celebration of our work.”
“I like to see this process as far less a competition than it is to be an opportunity to commune and appreciate one another’s work which we are blessed to be doing,” he added.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,” he said. “Acting is the art of being human. We’re each greater and more expansive than life tends to condition us to believe. There’s an innate value to tap into within this craft, and whether it be pleasure, pain, or experiences beyond what’s verbally describable, finding the meaningful silence within the work begets a greater acceptance towards life, understanding toward others, and growth of our consciousness.”
In the latest season of “The Bay,” Andrews was able to take his fans and viewers on a personal journey that was bumpy, raw, exhilarating, and explosive.
It is no wonder that Andrews’ mantel holds 11 Daytime Emmy Awards, five as an actor, five as a producer, and one as a co-director of the show.
Aside from Andrews being nominated in the “Lead Actor” category, his co-star Karrueche Tran made history winning the Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Fiction Program.” Karrueche was the first AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Islander)winner in either the Daytime or Primetime Emmy Awards.
The writers of “The Bay” were also nominated for “Outstanding Writing Team in a Daytime Fiction Program” and the show was up for “Outstanding Limited Series.”
Five Reasons why Kristos Andrews deserved to win the Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Fiction Program”:
First and foremost, Andrews’ acting work in Season 6 of “The Bay” is some of his best work ever in the most explosive season of the series ever.
Secord, this year, Andrews played twin characters (Adam Kenway and Pete Garrett), which was quite a challenging task to undertake especially since they had polar opposite personalities (evil vs. good).
Next, he nailed the monologue-heavy “Man in the Mirror” scene, which was sheer bliss. That scene alone was hailed as “mesmerizing” by Digital Journal.
After that, Andrews has won this category four times in the past (when it was called “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Drama Series”), so it is clear that the Television Academy loves him and the show (which has received multiple Emmy wins).
Another advantage is that Andrews is one of the two most recognizable (popular) names is in this category’s lineup (along with daytime veteran star Sean Kanan).
Finally, Andrews was not afraid to be raw and vulnerable. This season of “The Bay” was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic under strict protocols, and they were able to produce one of their most exhilarating seasons to date. They were able to make sweet lemonade out of lemons.