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The Michael Muhney Interview – The Young and the Restless

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Where does one even begin when compiling a list of the cold, calculated, vengeful machinations perpetuated by Y&R’s most dastardly of villains, Adam Wilson?  Try this: Gaslighting Ashley and making her believe she was pregnant, all the while knowing he caused her miscarriage, after dressing up like his father’s ex-wife Sabrina to spook the then Mrs. Newman.  Next, to cover his tracks, doing the ultimate in soap opera baby switcheroos, by giving poor Sharon Newman’s new born baby girl to Ashley, and telling Sharon her baby died.  Let’s not forget sleeping with his lawyer Rafe to keep him from finding incriminating evidence of his deeds, while at the same time sleeping with Heather Stevens.  Then, there’s framing your father multiple times, faking your own death, kidnapping, blackmail, and playing severe mind games with the psychotic Patty Williams, and then brilliantly masterminding it to look as if she is the prime suspect in the Richard Hightower murder investigation.  The list of deeds goes on and on.

But is the gig finally up for Adam?  This week on Y&R, as witnesses testify in a court of law to all his devious plots, Adam could finally be brought to justice… but not if his sharp and smarmy lawyer Vance Abrams (Eric Roberts) has anything to do with it.  And, tomorrow and Monday are also the airdates marking the return of Signy Coleman as Adam’s deceased mother, Hope. When the news spread of her brief visit, many are hoping it’s to shed some light on Adam’s past, but will it?  Or, could it be something else that comes to light?

For the last 14 months, actor Michael Muhney (Adam) has managed to navigate through playing this bad boy, yet giving the audience glimpses of humanity and complexities seldom seen in the daytime genre.  Muhney, a true renegade who marches to his own beat, spoke with On-Air On-Soaps for an in-depth look into his alter-ego, Adam Wilson (aka Victor Newman Jr.) plus his thoughts on this role of a lifetime, and for a preview of Friday’s pivotal episode which will in turn cause new shockwaves for the folks in Genoa City for some time to come!

MICHAEL:

To begin, what did you think of Sharon shooting Adam, and not accusing her of having “intent to kill”? Was this another way for audience members to see this as the beginning of Adam’s road to redemption?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

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This word that is being used so frequently: “redemption”… I feel that it’s a tricky word.  I know there are audience members who don’t want redemption.  They think, “Phooey.” But, what is interesting is if you do “non-redemption redemption”.  So what you get in exchange is the “greying” of a character.  There are historical things and pain in Adam’s past that make him tick.  They are things that may never be righted from the wrong.  So, you have to always wonder, what is his decision going to be at the moment with this person?  The not knowing is what is great, because if you redeem him, then he is supposed to be really good.  Then everyone would know five steps ahead what he is going to do.  However, with a  “non-redemption redemption” you’ve got him doing morally ambiguous things, and making some right choices.  Other times, he is doing things out of spite, or revenge, anger, or pain. There is a mixture there that is a recipe for success and character longevity.  And for him, standing up and doing the right thing for Sharon isn’t a heroic move, rather it’s a side of Adam that does exist that is speaking.  But on any other day, he might make a different choice in regards to another character on the canvas.  It’s an interesting balance.

MICHAEL:

Adam has done some of the most heinous things ever in the history of soap!  It is a hard pill for many fans to swallow.  Everyone should have plugged the guy multiple times for being the biggest sonofabitch!  How do you view his “payback”?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

What you have is fireworks, and that explosion potential.  I actually don’t mind having people calling for Adam’s head.  And also, let’s say they want to make this character a Victor 2.0.  You can’t lock him up in jail for the rest of his life, or take him off the show for five years.  You don’t really kill him off – but you have to make him “pay” for certain things.  So you have to drag him through the mud, and tie him to your rear bumper, and drive him around town and let him get all skidded up, and have everyone pointing and laughing.  So he is not paying in the traditional way. 

MICHAEL:

Right, because then you can’t keep him around.  So, do you think at this point in the story Adam is getting his just desserts?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

The unrequited love of Sharon and being torn away from someone he really loves is certainly some sort of payback. He has also been the most hated man in town. There is a lot he has gotten away with, but in the end, he hasn’t gotten away with it.  I think this is indicative of real life where everyone is not brought to an exact finite justice, but you’re paying for things that you have done.

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MICHAEL:

Quite obviously, he has major issues with all his parents that caused this seismic shift in his personality, and we are all waiting with bated breath to find out what more could have happened to him in his past.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

A thing I like to play with Victor and Eric Braeden (Victor) is something so deep.  All three closest people in his life lied to him, and that is part of what made Adam decide that truth and lies apparently don’t matter.  All in one fell swoop, within a day, your mother is dying any minute and this is your hero.  She has been your mom and your dad for all these years.  She has been the person who has kept you grounded.  Your father, who passed away when you were really young, lied to you, too. And surprise, your real biological father, he has been lying to you by never having showed up.  It was like the big joke was on him.  They all manipulated a whole situation to control his circumstances, and there is such fallout for that for Adam.

MICHAEL:

Clearly, he has issues with men!

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

There ya go!  There is a father issue and there are some serious issues, such as Adam thinking: why would my mother not even give me the choice to have a relationship with my real father?  Then he thought about Victor: “I don’t care what my mom told you to do. You should have fought that tooth and nail.”  So as a man there was that feeling of: “Was I rejected by my father, because he did not feel I would measure up to the Newman standards?  And that I could potentially be born blind and I was seen as damaged goods?” These are residual issues for Adam that carry through to this day.

MICHAEL:

Signy Coleman (Hope) returns on Friday for two highly touted episodes. Chris Engen portrayed Adam when Hope died on-screen a few years back.  How was working with Signy?  And, will these scenes be the tipping point for the audience to start caring about Adam?

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MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Signy is great, giving, and available as an actress.  She is committed to every moment and scene.  As to the upcoming scenes, with viewers then having more understanding about Adam, I read that interview that Signy gave to TV Guide Magazine. I think what she gave was a subjective comment.  The reason I say that is, because I have been realizing over time that there is a contingent of the audience out there who are open minded and can go with the flow. They will roll with it, and there are others that are not having it.

MICHAEL:

So there is not a: “Oh, my God! This is why he is such a terror” moment.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

When I read Signy’s interview I cringed.  I went, “Oh gosh. I know there are some people now thinking there will be some massive big reveal.”   I feel like the way it’s been handled is subtle and circumstantial, and it leaves things up for question.  I like the ambiguity of wondering, “Was Adam sexually molested when he was 8?”

MICHAEL:

So as the decision of the trial comes in, Hope appears to Adam?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

The judgment comes down on Friday’s episode.  The real meat to chew on with Adam and Hope are tied into that episode.  I certainly hope it plays out for the fans as well as I had imagined.

MICHAEL:

OK.  There is been major confusion on this trial for some viewers.  To clarify, what crime or crimes is Adam actually in court for?  Shall I give you the laundry list? (Laughs)

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

With Adam there is a myriad of crimes, but the heart and soul of it is the Richard Hightower murder.  That is what he is out on bail for at the moment, having originally been arrested for murder.  The judge is deciding right now if he should send Adam to trial for conspiracy to commit murder.  Everyone is unsure if there is enough evidence to do so. All of his crimes are sort of rolled into one on Friday’s episode, when the judge hands down his decision.

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MICHAEL:

Will Adam have to take the stand in coming episodes, or have a meltdown on the witness stand?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I did it already, actually… Adam realizing he had no way out but to have the judge rule that he is not fit to stand trial, but once that got reversed; it’s like the OJ Simpson case.  It is similar in this way:  a lot of people said, “No, I don’t care what is being said.  I know he is guilty.”  Or, “I don’t care what is being said.  He is innocent.”  In cases like that, the main attraction does not often get on the stand and plead their own case.

MICHAEL:

What was your initial reaction when the Y&R powers-that-be said to you, “Hey Michael, Eric Roberts is going to play your attorney!”

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I was in my car and picking up Chinese food for dinner, and I remember taking a brief pause, going, “Man, this is going to be good.”  I was thrilled and I had a smile on face, and it was met with the reality of meeting Eric.  I enjoy his charisma.  There is a magnetic quality about him that makes you just want to watch him.  He and I have powerful chemistry – whether that translates on screen I don’t know.  He and I really click, and really get along.  I have appreciated all the adoration he has shown me in the press.   The man even tracked me down in my dressing room one day.  I was completely naked, my door was not locked, and I was in the middle of a costume change.  I hear a knock on my door and I go, “Who is it?”  And I hear, “A friend!”  So I get some clothes on and Eric comes in and says, “I just have to tell you kid, you are phenomenal! You have it.  I have done some checking on past episodes that you have done, and I am usually not impressed with people.”   From that moment to know that you have someone to work with in a storyline who respects your acting choices, you can’t help but be open to them.

MICHAEL:

With Eric Roberts, Sean Young, and Y&R’s stunt casting, how do you think these actors fare on daytime when they have been working in film and primetime for a long time?  Eric has not worked on daytime since Another World, and that was decades ago.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

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To throw him in with the wolves and have him do the legal jargon page after page, that is hard enough to do for even a veteran because it’s like Shakespeare.  It’s stilted language.   To then move at the pace of daytime, I was sympathetic to his case.  I remember my first two days at Y&R, where I had massive monologues one after another.  It can be overwhelming, but what I noticed about Eric is he kept a great sense of humor about the fact that he has so much to do right away.  That guy rolls with the punches.

MICHAEL:

Will Eric return after finishing his stint in Dr. Drew’s, Celebrity rehab?

MICHAL MUHNEY:

I believe so.  I found out about Celeb Rehab like most people online, and since then, I have not asked any questions such as if he is coming back or not.  But my guess is he would be back because they really like his work on the show, as do I.

MICHAEL:

So maybe there can be a Y&R spin-off… The Vance and Adam Show?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Yes. We had Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and now, Vance and Adam.

MICHAEL:

Vance is a very intriguing attorney.  Sharon Case (Sharon) said in a recent interview that Eric plays him brilliantly, maneuvering his witnesses just right.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

When I read the part before he was cast, I thought to myself, “They are going to have to have someone who is going to have to really bring it.  You are going to have to find someone who is believable as a hot shot and a hot profile-case attorney.”  You have to have someone who can play someone who can lure the witnesses in, but then be powerful and aggressive when he needs to, but at the same time, have a charm that can command the jury who would hang on to his every word.  I think Eric does it brilliantly.

MICHAEL:

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What about the “kangaroo court” cabin scenes where the entire clan railroaded a deserving Adam, including: Victor, Nikki, Jack, Ashley, Sharon, Nick, etc?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I enjoyed it.  What you had was people taking the law into their own hands, and people thinking they are above the law.  These people came together so they can call their shots, and to corner Adam.  For him, he had to endure that situation where in the same room, at the same time, people were calling you out at what you’ve done at the same time, or haven’t done.  It was quite cathartic for Sharon and Ashley to endure some of that.  I was happy with that because these characters all had to get on the page sometime.  To see them do it in a way where it was informal, and then in a courtroom, they all got their turn with him.  So now you have got folks who tampered with justice.  Did they ruin the case against Adam because of their tampering?  And, in the eye of the jury pool they could be guilty as well and short sighted on their opinion of Adam.  To condemn him the way they did, creates more problems.  Soap operas can’t solve people’s problems; they have to create more problems.

MICHAEL:

Does Adam really love Sharon?  Or, is he just desperately looking for someone or something to hold on to, because in his mind she is this one beautiful thing in his dark and nasty world?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I think Adam knows that deep down in his heart that his pursuance of Sharon is not futile, and it’s not an obsession.  It’s also not a delusion, because he has been given enough from Sharon to know he is not imagining this in his head.  He knows things would have been a lot different if he had not taken her child to give to Ashley, which he feels terrible about.  He is caught in this situation where he has found true love, and when a deed got exposed everything got turned upside down.

MICHAEL:

Adam did everything he could to make sure Sharon was not going to be backed in to the corner on the stand, while Skye wanted Vance to quash her to pieces.  At this point, where is Adam with his relationship with Skye?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

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The meddling that Skye is doing is starting to eat away at Adam, and from the minute that Skye basically blackmailed him into this marriage of convenience, he has been resenting it.  Adam doesn’t respect the fact that she is using these opportunities on him.  He is well aware that he has used opportunities and people, and a bit of it is Karma, and it happens to all of us.   He put his foot down with regards to Sharon, of what he will or won’t let Skye do.  He is an Alpha and an aggressor, and that is why Victor may have some problems with Victor Jr., because he looks at him and he sees a young reflection of himself.

MICHAEL:

With Sharon on the stand, Adam is increasingly getting more and more upset.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

His theme with Sharon is: “You do your thing girl.”  He said to her, “I will not have my lawyer stop you.  I will not let him attack you, and do not feel fearful that he will attack you.  I will not allow it.”  There are things Sharon and Ashley say up on the stand that were hard for Adam, because it made him relive memories of things he has done. 

MICHAEL:

Do you think “legal eagle” Rafe, ever truly got payback for Adam duping him into a sexual relationship, and lying to him about his sexuality?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

At the risk of taking Adam’s side, I think Rafe did get his payback.  Any two people that start to hook up, and one of them is lying for whatever reasons, you find out your being lied to or your being dumped.  And so you think, “You’re a jerk.  I am going to move on.  I am outta here.”   That happens everyday all over the world.  There is a relationship and one person is not being so forthcoming as to the reasons they are in that relationship.   That is my opinion.  Maybe it’s because it was same-sex that there was a lot of extra hype to it, but it’s the same scenario.

MICHAEL:

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But I think what made it twice as bad was that Adam preyed on this innocent gay man by seducing him, when he is not really gay after all, and that kind of duplicity really is not tolerated well by heterosexual or homosexual parts of society.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I think in my beliefs; there is nothing different to me in a man messing around with one woman, and then messing around with another woman on the side.  It’s the, “Who do you think you are?”  Playing the same-sex side of a relationship is inconsequential in the long run, I think.  For Adam, he thought, “Whether I sway that way personally… hey look, it was a job to do… an undercover sting operation.  I have to get inside this guy’s head, and play this part up to the hilt.  But, I am not bothered by it enough not to do it.”

MICHAEL:

You and I first talked over a year ago, when you just replaced Chris Engen. With every twist and turn that has happened since you took over the role as Adam, does it feel like it’s been that long, or like yesterday?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Sometimes it feels like a few weeks ago, and sometimes it feels a lifetime has passed in my heart since I picked up this part.  I have learned so much.  I hope there is a day in the future for both Chris and me, that his name is not brought up anymore.  For me, I feel I have embodied and created a character now, along with Maria Bell’s (Y&R’s, head writer and co-executive producer) writing and guidance that developed him into an entirely different character.  Certainly like a new breed of Victor Newman, and to have done that and shed this skin of the preliminary blueprint phase of Adam that was played by Chris, I am proud.  And for Chris’ sake, that hopefully over time people will let it go and get past the situation that ensued with him.  To this day, I never met the guy.  I tried to stay out of what went down, and I have to respect decisions on all sides of things.  My dad said something to me years ago, “One man’s trash is another ones treasure.”  And so, I’ve just stepped into this and tried to make it a treasure.

MICHAEL:

Are you worried about the extinction of soap operas that many fear is just right around the corner?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

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I have talked to a lot people on the inside and researched into the decline of soaps.  I have to say, I am not worried about the final few soaps that will be the dinosaurs.  I think the internet will help change things for better and worse, and breathe new life into the soaps.  I think it will then level out for a while on network television, and years down the line more will spring from that.  Soaps are far from dead… certainly not when I walk around anywhere outside of L.A.   I come to realize how many people stop me, and how many people are involved in their soap operas.  I expected someone to throw a drink on me, or someone to scold me from afar, but it has not happened!  I have been blown away how 100% of every single person has said amazing things, such as, “Boy, are you bad!  But I love it.  I’ve got to tune-in the next day, and the next.”  If you want drama, mischief, and to see the dark side of people, then you like and relish tuning into soap operas.

MICHAEL:

You are very close with Stacy Haiduk (Ex-Patty/Emily) and the scenes between Adam and Patty were some of the most delicious to watch.  How do you feel about her departure from the show?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I love Stacy.  I am fond of her… She is a doll.   Her portrayal of Patty was phenomenal and she was so dedicated to it.  I don’t think it’s a slam on Stacy, or her character, that it came to an end for her.  I think that everybody from the top brass to anyone who she worked with would say she did that character justice.

MICHAEL:

How many air vents did you crawl through as Adam, particularly to get to Patty? (Laughs)

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Apparently, one too many times! (Laughs)  I feel like Adam has to find his ending by crawling through so much hell, both literally and figuratively, to come out on top in order to come out on the other side.   The necessary function was for him to mess with Patty, as Adam wanted to take the heat off of himself for being the main suspect in killing Richard Hightower.  At the same time for me, I was sad that Patty’s departure from Genoa City was a result of Adam; as he was the one to send her off.  I was both honored to do that and be with her at that last moment.  I think I gave her a long hug after our last scene. 

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MICHAEL:

Your one-year contract was up awhile back and there were some tenuous times when the audience did not know whether you were returning, or what the show had planned.  But to me, it seemed like all along you were coming back.  What went down with the contract negotiations that you can clarify?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

After my one-year contract was up, I knew there was talk about the new contract.  There was always a plan that Adam would, in theory, come back.  I knew what the show wanted from me, and negotiations can be dropped and go the other way at any time. I had emotionally said goodbye to the show.  I had said my goodbyes and had received parting gifts from cast members of the show, and things that they did for me were so touching.  When the formal talks began, for a little window of time there, I walked away.  And, then I went to have a talk with Maria.  My goal was to sit down with her, and in the end say, “Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to breathe life into this character, and I respect you.”  And within an hour and half time, I stood up and said, “Ok, let’s do this. Let’s go to work.”  She worked her magic.  She and Sharon Case both were working on me a couple weeks up to that meeting with Maria.  After that meeting I said I am just going to look long-term with this character.  It’s one of those ultimate roles for an actor that I am getting the chance to play.

MICHAEL:

I want to throw out the names of some of your co-stars and get your immediate thoughts on them.  Let’s start with Sharon Case.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Sharon is stoic and strong.  She is seriously witty, and she is also really an understanding, forgiving, and tolerant person who I have grown to respect as a woman.

MICHAEL:

You seem to be smattered all over the press dancing together in Vegas.  Is Sharon a good dancer?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

She is a goofy dancer!  And you can’t help but laugh and have a good time.

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MICHAEL:

Ok, next up. Laura Stone (Skye)?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Very classy, and a true Canadian at heart, and a kind person.

MICHAEL:

Joshua Morrow (Nick)?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I am surprised at myself how much I like the guy.  He is a sweetheart and as funny as you can be.  He has been really generous with me.

MICHAEL:

Eric Braeden?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Turned into a friend… to a degree, has been a father figure, and a mentor, and a peer of mine.  We really enjoy talking with each other about the behind-the-scenes stuff, and breaking things down, and what we think about storyline and our characters.

MICHAEL

What did you think of the news that ATWT’s Maura West is coming to Y&R as Diane Jenkins?  Would you like to play in the Genoa City Sandbox with this two-time Daytime Emmy winner?  I kind of would love to see that!

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I am game for Adam mixing it up with anybody.  I say “congrats” to her from moving from one big soap to another, and moving into a role that is going to cause some media friction for the folks in Genoa City.  I am not sure our paths will ever cross, though.  I am glad most times for anybody to get work, period.   People don’t realize how tough it is for actors.  When fans so flippantly say, “I hope they write off that character.  That character needs to die.”  They are actually wishing a human being is put out of work, and in this environment, you cannot wish that on anybody.

MICHAEL:

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In closing, what should we say to everyone to get ready for; when Friday’s big Adam episode is aired?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I would say, be ready to take in every moment because you cannot miss a beat with this upcoming episode.  There is so much subtlety, innuendo and nuanced things that are going to shed just enough light to make your question marks, even bigger question marks… and more powerful ones.  The only answers you will get are within yourself and the judgments you make from watching that episode.  I sent an email to Maria after I read this particular script.  I said, “I have two words for you: inspired and haunting.”

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Amy
Amy

You always do the best interviews, Michael F. I loved the interview with Michael M., he’s such a class act.

..ally..
..ally..

Amazing interview! Makes me love Michael Muhney even more now! 🙂

Helene
Helene

I just love Michael to death and I’m so glad he renewed his contract. We were really missing him it was like you lost your best friend when he died. I hope he stays with the show and I would really love for him and Sharon to get back together after the trial. I’ve got an interesting question that I’ve been noticing on the intro of the show Why don’t they have Adam(Michaels) pictures he’s so handsome and really deserves to have a spot in the intro! Keep up the great work Michael!

Debra
Debra

Ummm this guy has TOO MUCH EGO! It’s ridiculous! He’s a terrible actor and he is OVERRATED! The character of Adumb is a disgusting, vile TROLL! The next time his contract is up i hope he LEAVES!

FREE SHARON!

Rose
Rose

You are the real troll!
M.M. is the best!
Now go back to playing in your sandbox!

Doe
Doe

Hey, Michael. This is the best Michael Muhney interview yet. I don’ believe this junk about redemption. Adam needs to pay for his crimes and stop blaming everyone in his family. He has affected so many lives on Y&R, that it’s almost impossible anyone could be so maniacal. I have a funny feeling about the way this trial appears to be going. I can’t wait for tomorrows’ show. But, I have to say, I have a weird Karma that doesn’t feel right. So, we will see who is right………….

Anna
Anna

A redemption can be the most interesting arc in a storyline if the writing is here and the acting is good. So for the acting don’t worry : Michael Muhney is the break out star on this soap with Billy Miller (though he was already really good in his prime time work..and after he enjoys well enough his part as Adam Newman if this regime gives him some good character-writing stories in order to explore more Adam’s psyche i hope to see him again in prime time tv as a lead this time) but i am more worry about these writers ability..i mean their work with plot driven stories, gimmicks like ridiculous, pathetic doppelganger and other Patty/Emily garbage (even if Stacy Haiduk is a great actress, certainly too good for the awful stories they gave her..shame on you Y&R….You have some very talented actors but your writing sucks and their talent can’t always save everything..the writing is always the major key in every medium). Otherwise Michael has great chemistry with Sharon Case so i am all for exploring more a Adam/Sharon pairing : yes it will be controversial for soap fans who wants cookie cuter typical good rooting couple (who are really quickly boring) but lot’s of others want interesting, passionate characters who can portrays interesting, complex love stories where we see them struggle with their loving, hating feelings for each others..we want to be entertained and invested in their journey..moreover Sharon after all these years with the Sharon/Nick/Phillys triangle deserves her own complex love story or at least her own triangle and finally Sharon Case deserves to play with an actor who is in the same league (if not better) as her in terms of acting ability and charisma (Joshua Morrow/Nick is cute but he is not a good actor and is always overpowered by Case and Michelle Stafford). p.s: I am glad to see Eric Roberts on a soap even more acting with Muhney..Eric is a great actor (he is as good as Julia actually maybe even more talented, his personal problems just prevent him from being the big movie star he was about to become..hey dixit his great friend the acting genius Mickey Rourke who also has some difficult times who almost destroyed his carreer..thank god for the beautiful The Wrestler by the way)..from his first scene on Y&R he oozed presence and charisma..i hope to see him for a long time as Vance (of course i also want to see him on brilliant projects like Nolan’s movies..lol). As for Michael Muhney’s ego : hello he is an actor, they all have a big ego (Hollywood being called “Hollyweird” is not for nothing..lol) at least he is honest about it and he is also very invested in his character, has clever and thoughful ideas about his work on a soap..and i can’t say that for lot’s of other actors..so great interview, keep it the good work both Micheal ..MM as a talented and interesting actor and MF… Read more »

Janet Bailey
Janet Bailey

Michael, you are my favorite actor and your intelligence and thoughtfulness adds greatly to this interview. I will not miss tomorrow’s show, no matter what! You have me so intrigued about the future of Adam as well as Y&R. And last week’s kiss with Sharon was the hottest thing this year…..

Lana J. Dethrow
Lana J. Dethrow

Great interview! MM is brilliant as Adam. I love Adam and Sharon together, their love story has completely entranced me. I look forward to watching everyday.

Sandra
Sandra

WOW he’s full of himself. That ego is pathetic. I almost feel embarrassed for him. How does he walk around with a head that big? Use to like him, until I read this interview and his last. He needs to be replaced asap. MM isn’t the only “phenomenal” actor out there. He’s too one dimensional for me. I don’t feel sorry for his character because of the smug way the actor plays him.

I hope he isn’t paired with SC, let them throw somebody else under the bus for this guy. Leave Sharon alone!

J Willis
J Willis

Oh puhleeze, give it a rest. MM has shown himself to be a great actor and genuine person that has never been aloof to the fans of either Veronica Mars or Y&R. This is a wonderful and entertaining interview.

Your comments are really sad. Sandra, try reality sometimes, you might drop your nastiness.

DebTina
DebTina

Thank you. Geeze

Sandra
Sandra

Oooh, I think you just made me change my mind! *Poof* all of MM’s interviews and arrogent comments have been removed from my memory–I love the man now! Three cheers for the greatest actor that ever acted. *eyeroll*.

His squee-ing fangurls can say and do whatever they want, it’s not going to change my opinion, or the opinions of other people who feel the same way. The proof’s in his Daytime Confidential podcast.
Keep Sharon Case away from this narcissistic pompous guy.

J Willis
J Willis

Sandra, take your hate and swallow it. You are nasty and full of hateful venom.

Elle
Elle

If I inferred correctly, MM is of the opinion that Adam used the sexuality between himself and Rafe to Adam’s advantage, not that Adam used Rafe’s homosexuality to Rafe’s disadvantage.

It didn’t occur to Adam that Rafe’s homosexuality was a negative, only that Rafe’s attraction to Adam was a positive. He saw an opportunity and ran with it – had the other person been a straight woman I think that Adam’s actions and subsequent reactions would have been generally the same.

Not sure if that makes sense!

Anyway, it appears to me that MM plays Adam as an equal opportunity sociopath and me likey very much (both MM and Adam).

DebTina
DebTina

I love MM and Adam is one of the best Soap characters ever. MM is an intelligent and gracious man. I don’t understand the insanity of some saying he has an ego. The man is confident with his work. I love how he praises the people he works with. As for some claiming SC, Sharon, is being thrown under the bus for MM, Adam, please get a clue. SC loves working with MM and has made it clear she is happy with his return to the show. She may have even been part of the reason he returned. Some of you really need to stop the madness and realize this is a SOAP and not real. Adam did not harm anyone for real. MM is a great guy with amazing talent. His fan base is growing and I for one any very happy he is on Y and R. SC must also be happy to have her co-star happy to be in a storyline with her. How many times have JM made it clear he prefer working with MS? All you Shick lovers who are hating on MM need to buy a clue. He is not the one messing up your couple.

Nelly
Nelly

Sharon Case loves working with everybody. She’s a sweet person. Just last year she was saying how much she enjoyed working with Billy Miller and wanted to work with him. Too bad the writers didn’t go that direction.

If you lurrrve Adam and MM so much, great. Just keep him away from SC and there won’t be a problem. Lets see how much attention he gets being paired with somebody else–say, the New Heather? Or Mac?

DebTina
DebTina

Some of you people really do need to get a reality check. It is not yours or mine say so in who Sharon Case works with. She not only LOVES working with MM, she was instrumental in encouraging him to come back to the show; and the producers or Y and R love having MM on their show working with Sharon; so it would seem you need to deal with it or stop watching the show. MM is an excellent performer who does not need anyone to get attention. He has already made a name for himself before he came to Y and R. Unlike you I don’t have a problem with any of the actors or actresses on Y and R working with my fav. If MAB decides to pair MM with Eden or the young woman who portrays Mac, I would not have a cow. These are actors and they get to do their craft without some fanatic behaving as if they own them. I highly doubt Sharon case would appreciate the insanity some of her so called fans displays in disrespecting a co star she LOVES working with. Like it or not Sharon case is NOT your PROPERTY. She gets to work with anyone MAB and crew decides she works with. Geezus it is a SOAP. Your life will go on if the boring Shick does not reunite. I am sure JM, NIck, would be thrilled to go back to work in the just as boring Phick since he has made it known MS is his favorite. RME

Lisa
Lisa

Michael Muhney is a terrific actor. I have very much enjoyed his interpretation and portrayal of Adam. While I do think Adam is horrendous, it’s the kind of evil you love to hate. Furthermore, Adam and Sharon are an incredibly sexy couple. I really hope that they end up together; the actors have set a new standard of sensuality.

GailM
GailM

I love MM and am so glad he is in this part. He seems to be very intelligent and thoughtful about his role and the roles of those he works with. He is an actor’s actor all the way. Although he has played a horrendously bad character, I too hope he gets together with Sharon – they work so well together. It doesn’t mean they will get so smarmy that they are boring, just that they have a relationship.

Really looking forward to seeing the Friday show – I now watch on the net rather than TV. Sounds like it is going to be a winner.

John Woods
John Woods

I think that show is good for t.v. day and night time thank u

Pat
Pat

I love MM in the role of Adam,being truthful i only watch when MM ,E.B and J.C is on ,and when you put M.M and E.B in the same scene you gat a awesome episode,

David Lightfoot
David Lightfoot

Face it, you guys, Shadam is the real thing, and it’s going to be very hot in the coming weeks. To all you Shick fans, you will notice that in Sharon Case’s interviews as of late, she has been speaking about working with Michael Muhney, and she doesn’t speak about a reunion with Nick nearly as much, but more about a Shadam pairing. I have read other message boards, and it seems many loyal Sharon “fans” are jumping ship, calling her weak and stupid and needy (gee, NOW you figure this out…. LOL!) for staying with Adam. That just shows that they’re not really Sharon fans, but Shick fans. How disappointing that you’ll only like your precious Sharon if she’s only with Nick.

Well, I hate to pop your balloon, but Shick is an ancient history couple with no true love or romance in between them – just a bunch of lying, cheating, secrets kept all abound, finger-pointing, accusations and revenge sex, as Sharon is the weak and needy slut that we Phyllis lovers/Sharon haters always knew her as. Meantime, thank fricking GOD Phyllis dumped Nick’s womanizing behind, and she deserves better than him or Jack (let Diane Jenkins have him; Phyllis does not need another triangle.) Let her have Deacon, Ronan or someone new.

Thank God the writers have finally understood that Nick and Sharon reunion for real will only start up the merry-go-round from Hell that I mentioned earlier, and we do not need a deja vu of this, as Sharon will definitely run to the first hunk she lays eyes on the minute she suspects Nick of dogging her like he did Phyllis. She just can’t be without a man for one minute, and longtime viewers who know her history know this damn well. Nick has already reduced himself to little boy; put him back with Sharon, and he’ll literally need a pacifier, diapers and baby toys. Oh, sure, they’ll have a brief hook-up, but Sharon and Adam will be doing the mattress Macarena in due time, and there’ll be another WTD storyline, in which Adam’s results will be positive indeed.

I highly recommend you delete all your Shick fanfiction from your fanfiction.net accounts and your word processors, and quit making Shick videos to sappy Mariah Carey, Snow Patrol and Fray songs to post on YouTube. Shadam is clearly in the works for these writers, and you need to accept this. The writers read the message boards, we anti-Shicks have been shouting from the rooftops to keep Nick and Sharon apart, and they have been giving us this one thing we want for a change!

DebTina
DebTina

Ummmm I think Shadam is a go also and hate the mess Shick turned into after Nick slept with his grandmother Phyllis. I love how some see fit to call Sharon a slut but are diehard old Red fans. Please, Phyllis is the granny of sluts she just don’t have that many men after her. I am sure she will sleep with Deacon at some point but Ronan seems to have the very YOUNG Chloe on his mind. He is not as dumb as Nick who would chase after a woman old enough to be his mother. How many men have Phyllis chased down and beg to love her? Danny, MIchael, Nick and she may have dumped Nick but she is still acting a fool chasing him to the cabin. Man, the ole girl needs to really just let it go. Even she is too good for nasty Nick. All he wants is a hole to stick his pole. He does not love either woman and this is why I will never be a fan of Shick again. Phick/Shick is the same boring pairing only with a different female looking stupid stuck to Nick’s yo you behind.

Julia
Julia

You are maybe a Sharon hater/Shick hater and a Phyllis lover but i am a Sharon lover, i don’t think she is a weak character (but yes she is often badly written but not weak IMO, these last years she showed flaws and it made her character finally more interesting) and i liked for a while Shick (like i also liked Phick, IMO JM has great chemistry with these two actresses however his acting is too wooden and they overpower him in almost all their scenes) however we can agree about something lol : yes Shadam is the way to go and i says it as a Sharon fan, the girl needs a more interesting leading man, she has great chemistry with him and it could create complex and layered storylines for her.

Mandel
Mandel

Michael, the interview with Michael Muhney was great. It brought out the real idea of the charactor. You sure know how to get the actor to talk about the interesting things. I really enjoy your interviews.

Elle
Elle

I agree – Michael Fairman is my favorite interviewer. I love his easy interview style as well as the depth of his questioning.

He also has a fantastic sense of humor, as I have found out viewing his video interviews.

Excellent all the way around!

toptim
toptim

I love Michael Muhney and after reading this interview I love him even more. He is so smart and intelligent. It’s great the way he talks about this character of Adam, and working with Eric Roberts and Signy Coleman. I also have to say to Michael Fairman, this is one of the best interviews I have read on MM.

Deehoney
Deehoney

I LOVE M.M. HE IS A GREAT ACTOR. I LOVE SHARON CASE, SHE IS GREAT. I HATE PHYLISS WITH A PASSION, SHE WHINES ABOUT NICK AND SHARON, BUT THE HAG CONVIENIENTLY FORGEYS SHE SLEPT WITH NICK WHEN HE WAS MARRIED TO SHARON. I CAN’T STAND THE BITCH. DEE

Jolene Beth Morgan
Jolene Beth Morgan

I think that Michael is a wonderful actor, and I love the scenes with Eric Braeden. Together they create pure magic,they do have great chemistry together, one would think that they were really father and son. I wonder if they ever speak german together since Michael speaks german also. In my opinion Eric Braeden is one of the greatest actors of all time, period, so Michael Muhney is extremely lucky to have Mr. Braeden as a mentor and a friend. Whatever “it” was that Brando had, Mr. Braeden has “it” as well, one can never stop watching him when he is on the screen, as Michael pointed out . So hopefully more scenes between the two. Michael is on his way to becoming a very fine actor in his own right.

Brenda Lee
Brenda Lee

I would like to meet micheal muhney as adam on the young and the restless and also milissa as chelsea.

meme
meme

I will miss adam, he gave Victor a run for it. I only hope that they will recast him. what ever happened leave it behind and leave us with michael muhney. I really wish they would quit getting rid of the characters. they could not help Ms. Chancellor leaving but billy and now adam. What about Phyllis (red), give us her back so Jack can help her recover and give sharon a run for her money. I could really write some epsidoes with all the characters. Love you Adam and Billy and will dealy miss you both.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Alum Kevin Spirtas Chats On His Heart-Tugging Series ‘After Forever’ & Love and Life In Your 50s

Filling the void in the digital drama series arena, the eight episodes first season of After Forever (available on Amazon), tackles the journey of a two middle-aged gay men in their 50’s in a deep romantic relationship, and looks at it through its various stages of love, loss, and moving on with one’s life when suddenly your world is turned upside down, when one of them has died.

While the LGBT community has seen other love-centric and dramatic web series, none have really taken a deep dive into the difficulties of starting anew in your 50’s or even older.  Leave it to former Days of our Lives alum and Broadway producer, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley), along with another DAYS alum, writer, Michael Slade, and the two put their shared experiences, and dramatic ideas into this emotional series, that is not limited to anyone who is gay, but touches on the universal themes that anyone may have, or will experience, at one time in their lives.

Spirtas, brought along with him none some notables for his passion project.  First, none other than former Prospect Park One Life to Live EP, Jennifer Pepperman, to bring his vision to life, and some amazing co-stars: Mitchell Anderson (Ex-Party Of Five), MIchael Urie (Ugly Betty), Cady Huffman (Ex-OLTL), Anita Gillette, Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) to  name just a few.

While the series bowed a little over a month ago, if you haven’t taken a look, check out our interview with Spirtas for some juicy insight into the making of and the construct of, After Forever.  Following that, check out the teaser for the series, and the video for the theme song, “My Forever” by Lio Nicol which becomes available tomorrow June 4th on Amazon and iTunes.

What was the genesis of the idea for the series?

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KEVIN:  Patrika Darbo, came to New York close to 7 years ago. She had called me ahead of time, and said, “I was asked to present at the ISA Awards, and you’re coming with me.”  She was getting very involved in the world of the web series. I looked at this amazing presentation of content that was being shown at the ISA’s.  I was blown away. It was better than half the stuff on TV, theater, or film. At that point, I made a mad rush for a gentleman by the name of Sebastian La Cause.  Sebastian had won several awards that night and his material was so well presented, and beautifully shot, and his acting was very unique.

Sebastian La Cause was the star of the web series Hustling, right?

KEVIN:  Yes, it was Hustling, the first season.  I went up to him and I said, “I’m Kevin Spirtas. I’m an actor, I did a soap …”  He goes, “Kevin, I know who you are.” I was starstruck, and impressed, and inspired, because he is exactly the kind of person I want to work with.  He is talented, and creative and I want to work with those kind of people. I said to him, “If you do a second season, I’d love to be considered for anything you might be doing.”  Wouldn’t you know? He wrote me in. I fell in love with the story. I was very clear to me, that you have to start creating for yourself, because creating your own content in this industry now is king.  The third season of Hustling then crossed me over to appearing in Winterthorne.  That was also the first year that NATAS opened up the judging to the digital world.  I got nominated for an Emmy. It inspired me to start thinking about, ‘What do I know?  What do I have in my life that I feel is worth sharing and putting out there to help heal, or inspire?’  I had been producing in New York City for 3 years at this point.

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It becomes every performer’s concern, as they get older, that they can still be considered for the roles they would like to play.  Sometimes, actors can grow into the types of roles, and sometimes they’ve expired past those types of roles. Was creating After Forever also a way to re-enter being part of the conversation?

KEVIN:  Well, I was hoping to write something for myself … because I just didn’t see the roles coming toward me anymore.  My name wasn’t on them as I imagined them or had seen them in the past. I was worried about that. I thought, “If I have a chance to keep working, I’ve got to keep current.”

And somehow, you and Michael Slade ran into each other, and thus, a collaboration began that would eventually turn into After Forever?

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KEVIN:  Then, I ran into Michael Slade at a gym… I had never met him before, he was a writer on Days as I was leaving the show.  And I remember saying to myself, “wouldn’t it be great to work with somebody, and see what kind of story we could come up with?”  Unbeknownst to me, Michael, at that particular time in his life, was working on the very same type of story and idea about what it’s like to be who he is, at his age, where he’s at, and what he knows.  I pitched him this idea: “I think there’s some really funny ideas I could express to the world about my experience as a single gay man at this point.” He said, “Call me.” In short, he was living life as a single gay man, and I was living life as a single gay man, and that’s how After Forever was born.  Michael had the experience of losing his long-time partner of 25 years.  There’s a part in the story where Brian and Jason are going along and they have everything in their life that they could possibly want, and then they don’t, because Jason is diagnosed with cancer and it takes him away.

Do we see Jason die in this?

KEVIN:  You just might! … It’s how we incorporated him in the story…

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After Forever bounces back and forth in time, obviously, that was part of the unique structure of the storytelling?

KEVIN:  It does do that.  It tells the story through a lot of present, and a lot of flashbacks.  There is also the present with Brian, and his memory of Jason. As Brian is going through the next chapter of his life as a single man, he has to look at his life and learn how to continue to love even though the person’s not there.  When someone dies, the love doesn’t die, the relationship doesn’t die, it keeps growing on a certain level. So, if he turns around, and he sees him, is it real? Is it him working it out in his own mind? It’s a tool to tell more story …

Tell me about casting Mitchell Anderson?  He had retired and moved to Atlanta, and he ends up playing the love of Brian’s life.

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KEVIN:  When Michael and I were writing, we threw out, “Who do you think would play this part?”  One day, I just dropped the name “Mitchell Anderson” I said, “I just see him as Jason.” Michael said to me, “Kevin, he’s retired.”  I just knew Mitchell and I had great history in the business. We started off as actors together in class. He went one direction, I went another, then he left the business, but I just felt there was something about his persona – not to mention his talent – his unique humor, his sensibility, and style, so I said, “I think we should ask him.”  We did. Mitchell said, “Okay, Kevin. Let me read the script.” He called back immediately after receiving it, and said, “I would love to do this!” I have not stopped thanking him every day. He’s so good in it.

The main character of Brian goes on this journey: he meets other guys, some appear younger than others! (Laughs)

KEVIN:  It’s a year after Jason is gone, Brian is trying to settle into his new life, but he’s guilty that his partner has died.  He has sadness, grief, and so much love for Jason that he’s having trouble moving forward, and everyone is trying to push him forward.  Brian is not necessarily ready, but sometimes his body is ready, while emotionally, he’s not. It’s how we deal with all that navigation of seeing good-looking guys.  He meets a guy in the middle of the series, and it starts to open up the doors. That’s the beauty of what happens when he starts to let himself open up to the possibilities.  There are some great rollercoaster moments that you’ll see.

Would you do another season of After Forever?

KEVIN:  Oh, my God!  Michael and I have already started to script out seasons 2 and 3.

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Middle-aged gay men do have it rough in the relationship department, if they’re not already partnered up by this point in their life.  Younger guys think they’re over the hill, older guys aren’t necessarily interested either, and unfortunately, the LGBTQ community is unforgiving to community if you’re not young and pretty, and not in your 20s or 30s. There aren’t a lot of LGBT-oriented shows out there like this.  On that level, I think the concept of the show is an important story to tell.

KEVIN:  We were absolutely committed to writing not just another gay story.  We’ve seen those. I think the beauty of After Forever is that it’s not just a gay story- even though it’s told through two gay men… but, it’s a story about love … it’s a story about loss.  Everyone is going to have to deal with this in their life.

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Dealing with loss is part of the circle of life, whether it’s a parent, a child, a lover, a friend, or your longtime partner. Many in the LGBT community succumbed to AIDS in the ‘80s and ‘90s, which was a pivotal moment in the gay movement.

KEVIN:  We lost half of our community.  We lost half of our brothers. To jump back to that history with Mitchell, he and I had so many mutual friends who aren’t here anymore.  We would look at the scene that was at hand, take a breath, look at each other, and they’d say “action” and we’d step into these people. Yes, it’s gay themed, because it’s told by two leading male characters who are gay.  But, I have heard more people in the last two months since this has come out, who have not only stopped and said, “Thank you for writing such a wonderful story about love and loss, and new beginnings, but also, what it’s like to have to confront that loss.” They also went on to say, “For so many years, gay people have had to watch the heterosexual world. People are trying to fit themselves into our world now, into our story, and how they would feel navigating it.”

Michael Urie is in it too? And you have some pretty accomplished people in your cast.  

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KEVIN:  Yes, there’s Michael Urie, Cady Huffman who sings in one of the episodes.  Tere is a scene in episode 3 that it still floors me, I can’t watch it without losing it.  Then, there’s Anita Gillette, Lenny Wolpe, David Dean Bottrell. Everyone is perfect, and everyone was able to show up, and everyone delivered a million percent.

What’s the response you’ve been getting from people who have watched After Forever?  You mentioned it’s been very positive.  

KEVIN:  Everyone has been touched.  The majority who have seen this, are just moved to tears and full of excitement.

I saw that Jennifer Pepperman, ex-executive producer of One Life to Live, directed your series.  What was it like working with Jen?

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KEVIN:  We had a lot of people who we could have pulled from.  Jennifer came up in conversation, because she had sent Michael an invitation to go see her new short film that she had done with Austin Peck (Ex-Austin, Days) and his wife, Teri Conn (Ex-Katie, ATWT).  I said, “Maybe if I go see the show and I like it, I can introduced myself to Jennifer.”  I called him right after and I said, “If we don’t get her, we’re crazy!” She’s so good. What she did is perfection.  We shot the whole thing like a movie. It was shot in 12 days. She knew everything she wanted to do and it shows in the edit.  And, this extraordinarily, talented girl named Colleen Kwok, who was the director of photography. She’s the real thing. She got it.  She got the style we were going for immediately.

So, we want to tell people to binge watch the series on Amazon.

KEVIN:  Binge it, or make it last for 15 days…

How many hankies will I need for this? 10? 5?

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KEVIN:  I say Kleenex is not included … Anybody who has ever loved, anybody who has ever lost, must see this show, because it unifies all of us, it shows us that we are the same.  It shows us that we still have love in our lives, regardless of if that person is gone, the relationship never ends, it never dies. That’s what people are getting from this.  That’s what people are taking away from it. You and I were raised with the symbols of a straight world and how we had to fit into that certain way of life. That’s changed now.  We have Will & Grace … we have RuPaul … all these great things that are illustrating our diversity.  Now, people are going, “it’s just a story being told.”

What was Mitchell’s reaction when he saw the final product?

KEVIN:  We saw it together…We just sat there and cried.  It’s hard. Especially, the first two episodes and the last two episodes.  We served it up, Michael, we served it up!

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I think you spoke to a greater issue, as you move through this career, you have to remain relevant as things change.  So, you’ve dipped yourself into this pool and now you can do more.

KEVIN:  I hope so.  You and I talked about this along time ago, when I first started on Days Of Our Lives, it was still a different world.

It was so different back then.  Actors couldn’t be out. There was still that stigma that if the audience at home knew they were gay, they wouldn’t buy into what they were portraying.

KEVIN:  That’s where I kind of worked it out, because I didn’t pretend not to be me, I just wasn’t very open about everything in my life.  Not that I still am. There’s certain things that I don’t talk about, because it’s not relevant, or it’s no one’s business.

So, do you get the obligatory question, “What’s a guy like you doing being single”? (Laughs)

KEVIN:  Michael said to me one day, “How come a guy like you is single?”  I made a joke out of it and said, “Have you seen me eat? Come on!”

So, intrigued to check out After Forever? What do you think about its central theme looking at what happens when one loses their partner at middle-age and more?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Talk Their Love Connection & The Demands Of Daytime

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After presenting for the first time together, at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys since they’ve been a couple, Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter aka Henrik) of General Hospital have certainly been in the throes of a romantic, fun, and cherished relationship. The two former stars of Guiding Light reconnected last year at Emmy time. Now, sharing their over one year anniversary, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Laura and Wes to get some insight into what makes their relationship work amidst the hustle and bustle, and pace of both being on a network television daytime drama series, and with the pressures of Hollywood where often relationships between two actors seem to start hot and heavy but then fizzle out.

If you caught this week’s GH, you witnessed that the town of Port Charles has found out that Peter is the notorious Cesar Faison’s son, and the ramifications that will be felt for weeks and months and potentially years to come. Meanwhile, Carly is in all sorts of trouble, thanks to naughty Nelle (Chloe Lanier). Nelle is making Carly look awfully unstable and what happens next could change Carly’s life forever.

So, what do these two lovebirds have to say about their relationship and their passion for working on the soaps? Check out what they had to share below. 

Wes, you had met Laura originally years ago on Guiding Light.

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Wes: Yes, 15 years ago in New York.

And what did you think of her then?

Wes: Well, I was smitten, but I had to keep it to myself.

You had to keep it under wraps, huh?

Wes: Yep!

Laura: I was married then.

Wes: She was pregnant with her second child.

Laura: And he’s a good Kentucky boy.

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Wes: Uh-huh! But we would run lines in the green room and I would try very hard to make sure she didn’t catch me staring at her… too often. But we laughed, and had great conversation.

Laura: I would always say, “Wes, will you run lines with me?,” because I would want to run my lines.

Wes: We never had story together, but she always knew I was game to hang out with her for a moment.

It’s good when you’re in a relationship with someone and you can laugh with them. You seem to be able to do that a lot!

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Laura: Oh, gosh. I think that’s all we do.

Wes: Yes, yes, yes, yes…

Laura: Like, we belly laugh. It gets to the point where people would think we were ridiculous. We’ll say things and just think it’s the funniest thing ever and people would be like, “You guys have a problem …” and we’re like, “Yeah.” (Laughs)

Laura, and then he comes back into your life years later…

Wes: That’s right, it was Emmy weekend 2017.

Laura: I totally was not expecting it at all. Even when I gave him my number I walked away going “huh…”

You mean you thought he wouldn’t call?

Laura: No, I didn’t feel that… because he hit on me hard. He’ll tell you that.

Wes: I still am hitting on her.

Laura: I remember I walked away quick after he got my number. I was like, “Oh, my God … I gotta go.”

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Wes: There was an assertiveness on my part that was for sure 15 years in the making. I did not expect to run into her. I also did not expect for her to tell me that she was recently single. In that split second, it was one of those, “stop the presses!” moments. Like, you need to give me your number, I’m taking you to dinner.

Laura: I go, “Oh, be quiet! Are you like, 32, because I can’t do that.” (Laughs)

Wes: And I said, “Far from it.”

Laura: He’s like, “I’m getting ready to be 40.” And I’m like, “I can do that!”

Then, on top of all of this, Wes, you land a primo role on General Hospital. That of Henrik aka Peter, Cesar Faison’s son.

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Wes: Yes, a dream come true.

Laura: I’m going to jump in and say it’s a role that he worked all on his own for. He had to screen test against 8 plus guys, 3 different auditions, 2 different days.

Wes: That’s true.

Laura: I can’t say strong enough that the best actor got the role. Meaning, Wesley is so talented and has the ability to give this character the depth, and emotion, and layers that it needs to tell the story that needs to be told. I just think he’s incredible.

So, did you know from the get-go who you were going to be playing?

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Wes: I did not.

Laura: I did! (Laughs)

Wes: I’m thrilled that the writers have been giving me such incredible material to dive into.   Each month that goes by, it becomes more and more complex, and more and more layered and intense. I love the depth… I love the conflicts… I love the humanity… I love the desperation… I love the psychology behind it. It’s a very interesting story and a great journey to tell.

Laura: I was getting ready to say, where you mentally have to go to be the son of Faison and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)! To blend that together is amazing. It’s incredible to watch.

You used to run lines together on Guiding Light. Do you run lines together now on GH? It’s like a full circle moment.

Laura: We do, and we carpool.

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Wes: Something we were trying to manifest together. We thought it would be a lot of fun to work together one day.

Laura: The last week we worked, we didn’t. He worked all afternoon. I worked all morning. I was like, “Are they doing this on purpose?” I was so mad! I was like, “Why are you in the afternoon everyday?” (Laughs)

Wes: She lost her chauffeur. (Laughs)

Laura: I did! He always drives us to work. I also love when we both have afternoon calls, because we love having mornings together. So, I didn’t get my morning, nor did I have my chauffeur!

So, two actors can have a good relationship? You see so many Hollywood relationships with actors and they go bust. But that’s not always the case …

Wes: Oh, my God, yes.

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Laura: I’m going to say this; I think I can see it being more difficult for daytime actors, because the work we do is so intense. I know the weeks he’s getting ready to go into, and I’m getting ready to go into. Where we go emotionally and psychologically to tell these stories, on the level that we tell them, as quick as we tell them, you kind of have to become really in a headspace. The fact that we can …

Wes: … the long hours …

Laura: Yes, and exhaustion! You really have to go, “Wow! It’s not about me right now. It’s about us individually as actors.” Thank God, we know the workload. I know what he’s getting ready to go through.

Wes: I have always had so much respect for Laura’s work. On Guiding Light, I’ve always been in awe of what she’s capable of doing. So, the level of respect is obviously there. But also, the understanding whatever it is that you need from a personal assistant in one moment… or a life partner in another moment … or a best friend in moment … or whatever it is in order to get through the day-to-day and the week-to-week, so we can do what we love to do. We know we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love.

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Laura was such a great co-host on my Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nomination Specials, in particular when she talks about acting. It’s so rewarding to hear the other actors who are guests on the show listening to what Laura has to say about her craft and respecting the hell out of her.

Wes: Without a doubt. You can’t watch her work and not be in awe. It speaks for itself.

Laura: I just love the journey of going to the places that we go; to bleed for it.

Wes: Leave it all out on the floor.

Laura: I know that process. So, when I see another actor that’s bleeding, I just bow to them, because I know what it takes to go there. I know the work that Wesley does. When I see that he’s spent at the end of the day, I’m like, “Babe, I so get it.” So, I can see where it could be really difficult for people that haven’t been there, because it’s a lot of work and you’re spent. It’s hard! For us, that works.

What do you think of Laura and Wes’ love connection? What do you think of the latest developments for GH’s Carly and Henrik? Comment below.

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EXCLUSIVE: 45th Annual Daytime Emmys Winners & Backstage Video Interviews!

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The 45th Annual Daytime Emmys are in the record books.  And as previously reported, it was a big night for NBC’s Days of our Lives taking Outstanding Drama Series, Writing and Directing in a Drama Series Awards, plus top acting nods to James Reynolds (Abe) and Greg Vaughan (Eric).

Behind the scenes while the ceremony continued on-stage, and as the night’s big winners and several presenters were whisked away backstage following their victory, they took to the Winner’s Walk and chatted with Michael Fairman who got their reactions to winning the gold, or presenting important moments of the night during the live-stream broadcast.

From DAYS Deidre Hall (Marlena), Dr. Oz, The Ladies of The Talk, and GH’Chris Van Etten to DAYS head scribe Ron Carlivati, to Y&R’s actress winners: Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Camryn Grimes (Mariah), and GH’s Chloe Lanier (Nelle, Vernee Watson (Stella) and more now you can watch the complete backstage series of conversations on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  Make sure to “subscribe” for these and more celebrity interviews.

After the jump, check out some of the winners and backstage interviews with Michael.  You can also go directly to the video you are looking to view, by clicking on the blue hyperlink on the interviewees name. (more…)

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