The daytime soap is celebrating its 30th anniversary on March 23, 2017, with 23 Daytime Emmy nominations. Tom, nominated again for lead actress, is turning her focus to directing.

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This week marks two achievements for “The Bold and the Beautiful”: The CBS daytime soap celebrates its 30th anniversary Thursday (it premiered March 23, 1987), and the show received 23 Daytime Emmy nominations on Wednesday.

In addition, one of its leading ladies could make her own bit of history. It’s possible, and perhaps even likely, that former Seattle-area resident Heather Tom could this year become the youngest actor — at age 41 — to win six or more Daytime Emmys.

On Wednesday, her nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series was announced on an episode of CBS’ The Talk and the odds appear to be with her, according to the website Gold Derby, which has placed her odds of winning Best Actress at 23/10. If she wins, Tom will also tie the record as daytime’s most awarded actress.

The 2017 Daytime Emmys will be held Sunday, April 30, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Tom, who lived in Issaquah during her middle school years and acted in theater productions and danced in ballets in Seattle, has worked on soaps since she moved with her mother and siblings to Los Angeles as a teen. Even before this year’s nominations were in, she’d already merited 16 Emmy nominations and is the only performer to win an Emmy in each of three acting categories: younger, supporting and lead.

Her break out role as Victoria Newman on “The Young and the Restless” earned her eight Emmy nominations and two wins for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

She then went on to play Kelly Cramer on “One Life to Live” and 10 years ago began her role as Katie Logan on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” The role has already brought her three Emmys: two for lead and one for supporting.

Katie, her B&B character, has undergone a heart transplant, struggled with post-partum depression and been cheated on. Currently, Katie is trying to save her sister, Brooke, from the same fate. Brooke is engaged to an ex of Katie’s (Ridge), and Katie’s ex-husband, Bill, is also pursuing Brooke. That’s how B&B rolls.

“I’ve been on TV every day for the last 26 years, literally, I’ve been in thousands of episodes,” said Tom in a recent telephone interview.  “I’m  super grateful. I love the daytime community, and I hope this awesome trip keeps going.”

But the down-to-earth actress has now set her eyes set on another professional goal: directing. Earlier this year, she was in Seattle to promote a short film she directed on the opioid epidemic.

The film, “Serenity,” is shot with the lead actor speaking about his journey into addiction and recovery.

Tom hopes that her film will be shown at festivals and become part of the conversation she says our country needs to have about addiction.

Tom, who is the mother of a 4-year-old boy, said the theme of her film was, in part, influenced by friends who have suffered from addictions, and partly from being a mother and seeing over the years how precarious life can be.

Her son, she said, “is in some ways so perfect right now. I look at him and I just think we are just one bad choice away from a wasted life, and it terrifies me as a parent and I know I am not alone in that.

“I wanted to tell the story of a normal kid who made a really bad choice and to help us all start looking at this problem in a new way.”