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Y&R's Kristoff St. John Video Interview: Neil's Heartbreaking Scenes & Working With Nichelle Nichols!

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Soap fans can look no further than the recent 11,000th episode broadcast of The Young and the Restless for a future Daytime Emmy-nominated performance.

That’s because Y&R’s long-running cast member Kristoff St. John (Neil) broke viewers hearts when Neil came face-to-face with his dying mother for the first time in decades.  Neil’s mother, Lucinda, was played by Star Trek legend, Nichelle Nichols.  In their two-person scenes, Neil learns why his mother abandoned him as a young boy all those years ago.  For Lucinda had her own demons and battle with the bottle, just like Neil did years later.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman caught up with St. John during last week’s Y&R 11K episode on set celebration at CBS Television City  where he found out how it felt for St. John to tape those heavy emotional scenes, and what it meant for him personally.

When discussing the actual filming of the episode, where Neil comes to visit his dying mother, Kristoff revealed: “I was a hot mess that day.  I didn’t think up that part of the story, but the story was mine.  I was estranged from my own mother from the time I was 4- years-old.  I had met her again at 24 and talked to her once or twice then, and didn’t talk to her again until 20 years later, and she lived for six months after I found her.  So, I never got the closure that I wanted with my own mother by actually going to see her right before she passed.  So the scenes with Nichelle were very much that.  I had the closure with Nichelle that I should have, and could have had, with my own biological mother.”

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St. John went on to say that after the cameras stopped rolling, following the dramatic on-screen mother and son reunion, that the waterworks did not stop there:  “That was one of those rare occasions as an actor where I could not stop crying after taping, and Nichelle just held me for a long time.  I just know when I finally came up for air, she was staring into my eyes and she said, “Are you OK?”  She also said to me several times, “That was beautiful  … your beautiful”  I put it right back on her and I said,  “It’s because of you.  You’re beautiful.”

Watch Kristoff talk Neil’s heartbreaking scenes and being part of the ensemble cast of The Young and the Restless as they celebrate yet another milestone in the iconic show’s history after the jump.  Then share your thoughts on Kristoff’s scenes with Nichelle Nichols, and the personal impact it had on the actor himself in the comment section below!

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9 Comments on "Y&R's Kristoff St. John Video Interview: Neil's Heartbreaking Scenes & Working With Nichelle Nichols!"

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James R. Poissant

This will definitely be on Kristoff’s reel and most likely will take the statue although I didn’t like that Neil’s reunion with his mother was so short-lived. I would have loved seeing Lucinda interact with other characters in Neil’s story but what Nichelle and Kristoff gave us in what they had to work with was emotionally powerful and really packed a double punch. Glad to see Kristoff being given material to sink his teeth into.

Lisa

The scenes between Neil and Lucinda really were moving – I sobbed and wished for so much more from and for these two people.

Celia

Same here, Lisa. And, I am not a Neil fan. So, his performance really did a number on me.

toscanti

i cried with him! Wonderful performance by both actors!

su0000

I struggle to to not FF when Neil is on my screen, but I lose the battle lol and FF him..
He gives me the creeps / shiver ..

Bart

The whole short story arc was nothing but hollow and contrived. We, the viewers, knew NOTHING about Neil’s mother, yet for two short days we were supposed to feel for her and Neil’s broken relationship?

Meh…

jaybird369

Bart…yeah, dude…I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!!!! And, those ‘two short days’ is FURTHER PROOF that Y&R continues to SHOOT ITSELF IN THE FOOT!!!!! Beyond dumb as hell.

Have a good one, Bart.

Kevin

Day one of Kristoff’s death bed scenes with Nichols was incredible, his best work ever. Day two, the writing – Neil sobbing the word Mommy (twice) was almost laughable. One out of two ain’t bad…

soapqueenforever

I loved the whole me storyline wih Neil and his mother. Kristoff St. John is a such a phenomenal actor, who I feel is under used on the show. Every scene he did with Neil and Lucinda, I had to watch with tissues, because the tears didn’t know when to stop. It’s a shame her time was so brief. It would have been nice to have a matriarch in the Winters family. Wonderful acting by both!! Powers that be use more of the amazing actor that is Kristoff St John. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

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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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45th Annual Daytime Emmy Interview with Ken Corday

Immediately following their win as Outstanding Drama Series at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys, the cast and producers of Days of our Lives spoke with Michael Fairman

Leading the way was DAYS’ executive producer, Ken Corday, and Co-EP Greg Meng, and newly-anointed Lead Actor winner James Reynolds, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and long time cast members: Deidre Hall, Galen Gering, and more, as they celebrate their big night taking home the gold in several major categories.

What did you think of DAYS winning Outstanding Drama Series? Comment below!

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