To call this a bittersweet time for Alicia Minshew is a genuine understatement.
The performer is up for a Daytime Emmy Award, but it's for a show that will leave the air soon. She's nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series as Kendall Hart Slater -- daughter of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) -- on the weekday ABC staple "All My Children," which is scheduled to wrap up its 41-year run in September.
"Of course, there's a sadness over the show ending, but I think we've all made peace with it," says Minshew, who will learn whether she wins a Daytime Emmy during the 39th annual ceremony that CBS will televise June 19. "We're all going to keep in touch, and we're all just going to say, 'OK, we're ready for another chapter in our lives.' "
Minshew's Daytime Emmy competition includes fellow "All My Children" star Debbi Morgan, but she stresses there's much more unity than rivalry on the serial's set these days. "We had a great run," she reasons. "It gave us a chance to do great stuff together.
"In terms of the nomination, it's happy. I could not have been more surprised. I didn't even know when the nominations were coming out. I'm a new mama, so when I'm not working, my mind is wrapped around my baby."
Thus, the May morning of the Daytime Emmy nomination announcement turned out to be really big for Minshew: "It was very, very early in the morning, and I was on my way to work. I got a text from my producer, and I didn't know what she was talking about! I was half asleep, and I thought she was kidding, then I thought, 'I actually got a nomination! This is awesome!' "