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35TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS RED CARPET INTERVIEWS

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BLAKE BERRIS

DAY OF OUR LIVES

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

BLAKE:
I’m wearing a Roberto Cavali suit. It’s tolerable in the heat.

MICHAEL:
What’s going to be coming up for Nick?

BLAKE:
Nick needs a story, and I hope there is a new summer romance for me, as Blake. I think Nick is still hankering for Chelsea. I am absolutely rooting for Rachel Melvin (Chelsea) tonight. I think she is an extraordinary actress and it would be great to see her recognized.

SUZANNE ROGERS

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

MICHAEL:

Who are you wearing?

SUZANNE:
Jean-Paul Gautier top, Carolina Herrera skirt and Gucci shoes! I adorn it with something like the flower, and I always do something to wake up the black, not like my red hair doesn’t just do it. (She laughs) This was so gorgeous, and I never really wear black, and I wanted something short to show off my legs.

MICHAEL:
Remember when Maggie could not walk?

SUZANNE:
Here they had her an ex-Rockette on crutches!

JUDITH CHAPMAN

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

JUDITH:
I am in Geisha mode! So, I am in ‘mamma-san’ mode, since all of my sons have been nominated. I only decided two days ago to attend the Daytime Emmys. I had collected antique kimonos for years, and I just pulled one out of the closet from my own wardrobe. My entire TV family was nominated tonight and I wanted to be very comfortable. Thank you, kimono!

LESLI KAY AND WINSOR HARMON

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

LESLI:
I am wearing Lloyd Klein. Sometimes, I just want to wear him and put him around my body. It sounds funny, doesn’t it? Lloyd Klein designed this, and what a smart choice on a 150 degree day. It’s short, strapless, and awesome.

MICHAEL:
And what about yours, Winsor? It’s not short and strapless?

WINSOR:
Well, underneath it is. (He laughs) I am wearing John Richman.

MICHAEL:
You’re rooting for cast mate, Heather Tom (Katie) tonight in the Supporting Actress category, or some of your other former co-horts?

LESLI:
I have way so many friends who are nominated also, from “ATWT”, “GL” and “Y&R”. My favorite for Supporting Actress is Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, “Y&R”). It’s just that I know her for so long, and she has deserved this for such a long time. When I saw her name on the nomination list, I got chills, even on 150-degree days! But of course, Heather Tom is always amazing!

RICK HEARST

GENERAL HOSPITAL

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MICHAEL:
What is it like attending tonight and not being a nominee? Whom are you wearing?

RICK:
I am a spectator tonight. Trust me, it’s good. I can relax. I can throw in a little splash of color to my wardrobe. I am wearing Hugo Boss, BCBG tie, and Donna Karan shirt.

MICHAEL:
What’s next for Ric Lansing?

RICK:
My character has come out from being the DA, and working now for the other Mob… the Zacchara’s. Ric is trying to find a way to get inside to dismantle his father’s position, and maybe something good will come out of it.

MEGAN WARD

GENERAL HOSPITAL

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MICHAEL:
I am loving this outfit! It’s Kate Howard!

MEGAN:
It’s Kate Howard! I bought it on a sale rack, I am not telling.

MICHAEL:
How can all your fashionista’s learn, if you don’t tell them what you are wearing?

MEGAN:
Well, that’s the point, its’ BCGB runway, and you’re the only one who knows?

MICHAEL:
I am so excited. Now, we all love that your character was so well integrated into the “GH” canvas and with Sonny!

MEGAN:
It’s a very special partnership, and one of the best relationships I have ever had. I really could not do the job if it was not for Maurice. And when we work together, we don’t rehearse, and we like to surprise each other, and it really is creatively the most fulfilling part I have ever played, in part, because of Maurice.

MICHAEL:
But you have gotten to play off of Steve Burton (Jason, “GH”) and others bigwigs there!

MEGAN
They have gotten me around and I don’t like having to meet the doctors because I got shot or bitten by a poisonous snake or shot. I would like to meet them at bar for a drink. No life-threatening illnesses.

MICHAEL:
Who you rooting for tonight?

MEGAN:
I am rooting for “GH” and Anthony Geary (Luke, GH). What was so wonderful about his submission tape was that it was when his character died. It’s such a tribute to all the years he spent on the show, and it’s such a testament, to who he is as an actor and what he has brought to daytime. But, I am the new kid on the block, and I am just lucky to get invited to the party.

MARCY RYLAN

GUIDING LIGHT

MICHAEL:
Were you disappointed that you were not nominated this year along with your other “GL” cast mates for the Tammy’s death storylines?

MARCY:
To be honest with you, I did not feel like this was my year and I don’t know why. I feel like I am in the Supporting Actress category now, and I felt like what I was doing was more of a younger actress storyline. When I would look at some of the women in the Supporting Actress category, and then I would at my tapes, I felt really proud of my work but I felt like, I looked like a child next to my work. I felt this was not my time, and was at peace with it. That is why I agreed to announce the nominations on “The View”. I was excited when they asked me to present, and I love that storyline with Tom.

MICHAEL:
What do you think of your former leading man, Tom Pelphrey’s (Ex-Jonathan “GL”) chances tonight?

MARCY:
I think he is going to win and one of the most talented guys. I had the time of my life doing that storyline.

MICHAEL:
What did you think of the scenes from Tammy’s funeral?

MARCY:
The funeral was amazing, and it was really sad. Lizzie, of course, found a way to make it about herself by crying about her baby.

ADRIENNE FRANTZ

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

ADRIENNE:
I am wearing Dina Burrell. She designed my dress last year, but now it has dirt on the bottom! And my shoes are by Brazilian designer Carmen Stefan, and jewelry by Charlie Lapson.

MICHAEL:
Are you rooting for your Genoa City cast mates tonight?

ADRIENNE:
I can’t wait for everyone to win. I have a good feeling of “Y&R” winning Best Show, especially with the Clear Springs Project storyline we had this year.

CAMERON MATHISON AND WIFE, VANESSA

ALL MY CHILDREN- CO-HOST OF DAYTIME EMMYS

MICHAEL:
Did your wife Vanessa, give you any pointers tonight on hosting the Emmys?

CAMERON:
Her pointer with me is that I always try too hard. I always listen to what she has to say, because she knows me better than anybody. Sometimes she says, “just be yourself,” and as a host, that is the best advice anyone can give you. You want to be grounded and relaxed, so everyone at home can be relaxed. It’s not about you tonight; it’s about the people who are nominated.

MICHAEL:

Seems like the hosting aspect of your career has really taken off?

CAMERON:
It sure seems to be where my career is blossoming. I love my job at “AMC”, and one of the reasons I love my job there is, it allows me to do other jobs like host the Emmys and other shows.

MICHAEL:
What is going on with your character of Ryan? He is all over the place!

CAMERON:
This has been the most un-liked Ryan has ever been with the fans, since I have been on the show. I get it, it’s a bit of a challenging time for the character, but I think “AMC” has a lot of potential right now and we are in a really good place and I am really excited about it and where we are going.

SHERRY SHEPHERD

THE VIEW – CO HOST OF DAYTIME EMMYS

MICHAEL:
How come you are not sweating in all this heat?

SHERRY:
I’ve got a girdle holding up all the sweat. I’ve got to buy stock in the girdle industry!

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

SHERRY:
This is by Angela Dean of DeanZine. I got a bodyguard with all this jewelry on, and he is gorgeous, by the way. He won’t smile, though. He looks so mean.

MICHAEL:
Are you nervous about hosting the show tonight?

SHERRY:
I have jitters. I mean, this is the first time I have ever hosted anything. I hosted my grandmother’s bingo night at my church, and we had a big turn out like this. So, I am going to have it turn out the same way…. B-52, “Young and the Restless”, C-15 “Guiding Light”… Susan Lucci… Bingo!

VAN HANSIS AND JAKE SILBERMAN

AS THE WORLD TURNS

MICHAEL:
So, this is the outfit you must have gone shopping for after our interview?

VAN:
Yes, I am wearing an orange shirt and black suit.

MICHAEL:
How are you feeling right now, as you are about to go inside the Kodak Theatre?

VAN:
I am excited.

JAKE:
I am more excited for him.

VAN:
I am going to get nervous when they announce me as a nominee, but it’s good and I kind of feel no pressure.

MICHAEL:
You guys are presenting tonight. What category?

VAN:
We are presenting Talk Show Host.

JAKE:
We got em’ all down… Behar…

VAN:
…Joy Behar!

ROBIN RIKER

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

MICHAEL:
How do you like portraying Momma Logan?

ROBIN:
I am love being the new Logan, and I’m enjoying it very much.

MICHAEL:
Will Beth Logan have a “hot” new love interest?

ROBIN:
I don’t know, but I did inquire about that, and they said, “We will see.” I am not related to any men on the show, so it’s open season for Beth Logan.

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

ROBIN:
I am wearing Birgit Muller, who is the costume designer at “B&B”. She made it for me, and I am so delighted.

DARCY ROSE BYRNES

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing tonight?

DARCY:
I am not sure, my mom and dad picked it out, and so it’s pretty much their decision.

MICHAEL:
Who are you rooting for tonight?

DARCY:
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, “Y&R”), because she is on the show I am on.

DOUG DAVIDSON

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

MICHAEL:
Are you rooting for your “Y&R” cast mates tonight?

DOUG:
I am rooting for the “Best Person”. (He laughs) While I don’t know how you do this, and there are so many good performances that cover 170 episodes throughout the year, it’s really hard to measure. And, there are tons of good actors out here.

EMILY O’BRIEN

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

EMILY:
I am wearing Roberto Cavali.

MICHAEL:
How are you feeling, before the big night is about to start?

EMILY:
I am just here tonight with no expectations. I am looking at this as a celebration of all the nominees. I am here with my family and friends, and I could not be happier. I am not nervous. I’m calm, and I’m having a wonderful time, besides the heat.

MICHAEL:
But when they announce your name…

EMILY:
…I will be nervous when they announce the category, but I am rooting for everyone from our show. We had 17 nominations.

MICHAEL:
Your choice for tapes for the competition was amazing. How did you determine to juxtapose the sensitive Jana with the crazy Jana?

EMILY:
I switched it last minute and last second, before we sent them out. I wanted to start with Jana’s vulnerable side. I thought it was catchy, and then chose to show this devious, outrageous side of her. I think I made a good choice.

RACHEL MELVIN

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

MICHAEL:
Great dress, whom are you wearing?

RACHEL:
This is my friend Laura Agualo and I! We made it from scratch, and it’s our little baby. Laura is an up and coming fashion designer. So, I told her to please make me a dress for the Emmys, and it’s beautiful.

KATE LINDER

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

MICHAEL
Who are you wearing?

KATE:
The dress is Lloyd Klein… the bag and the jewels are by Charlie Lapson.

MICHAEL:
What if Jeanne Cooper wins tonight?

KATE:
I will be so happy. Are you kidding me? I will be the first one up screaming. She so deserves it.

JUDGE MARIAN MILIAN

THE PEOPLES COURT

MICHAEL:
Are you going to judge us all “Judge”?

JUDGE MILIAN
Every last one of you, and painfully too! You know it becomes second nature. I was a prosecutor for a very long time before that, so I have been in court for 20 some years….

MICHAEL:
So it can just roll off your tongue…

JUDGE MILIAN:
Yeah, it’s pretty frightening, but yeah.

MICHAEL:
What was the strangest or weirdest case you have ever tried?

JUDGE MILIAN:
The strangest case we ever did was a Whoppi Goldberg look-a-like who was suing her talent agent and Whoopi’s star witness was a Roseanne Barr look-a-like and the talent agent star witness was a Joe Pesci look-a-like. I mean, it was amazing.

MICHAEL:
Did you all follow that? (He laughs)

KASSIE DEPAIVA

ONE LIFE TO LIVE

MICHAEL:
The episode’s that are nominated for “OLTL” feature some wonderful moments with you being so upset over Asa’s death. Was that special for you?

KASSIE:
First off, hopefully our show will win. I got to work with my husband Jim which made it special, and was so nice.

MICHAEL:
This is such a beautiful dress who are you wearing?

KASSIE:
I am wearing Donna Karan. It was an easy decision. I did not know it was going to be 106 degrees on the walk of shame! I like this dress and it covers the body, so it’s good.

DARIN BROOKS

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

MICHAEL:
What did you end up wearing? Cool watch!

DARIN:
I am wearing a Canali suit with Paul Smith stuff, and Charlie Lapson watch.

MICHAEL:
What are you looking forward to, tonight?

DARIN:
I’m looking forward to going inside and getting a drink. A nice cold beer sounds good about now!

BOBBIE EAKES

ALL MY CHILDREN (EX-B&B)

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

BOBBIE:
I am wearing Mary Elle Couture, and this is a Phillip Klein bag. This is funny. I wore this briefly on “AMC” in an episode where we shop for Greenlee’s wedding dresses, and Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, “AMC”) said, “You have to wear it at the Emmys.” I thought I would, and recycle!

MICHAEL:
Your performances were so amazing on David Canary’s (Adam, “AMC”) reel, it was flawless.

BOBBIE:
I felt I had a really great year, and they wrote some terrific stuff for me this past year, so thank you.

RAYA MEDDINE

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

RAYA:
Eduardo Lucero! At first, I did not want black, because black is somewhat conservative, and it will be too safe. I said, “I will do black, only if it’s sheer and revealing.” So, when I found the dress, I fell in love with it, and it was not even finished yet.

MICHAEL:
How is working with Eric Braeden (Victor)?

RAYA:
What’s not to like about working with Eric Braeden? Sabrina knows what she wants, and the storyline is wonderful. Working with Eric is a joy! We talk about literature and politics, and it’s great!

MICHAEL:
Did they incorporate your very cultured background into the part of Sabrina? You seem like the perfect “fit” for the role!

RAYA:
Sabrina is well versed, and she is an art consultant. The producers and the writers were very smart. They started asking me questions while I was auditioning with Eric. I told them about my European background, and that my dad was a diplomat. They used it for Sabrina’s character. So in essence, they used my real life background and worked it into the character.

TRENT DAWSON AND JESSE LEE SOFFER

AS THE WORLD TURNS

MICHAEL:
Was it hard to decide what to submit for your nominations this year?

TRENT:
It always is because it’s a years worth of work. It’s always challenging to figure it out for yourself. So I get bunch of it together, and call people to help me make a decision, because I can’t watch myself to tell people if I am good or bad.
MICHAEL:
How about you Jesse?

JESSE:
I am really judgmental of myself, so I just ask a couple of people to pick one for me, and that is what I end up submitting.

MICHAEL:
You have been off “ATWT” for bit now, how is it going?

JESSE:
I have been off for a couple months. I traveled a little bit, took a vacation, and it’s been a lot of fun.

TRENT:
I envy this guy.

MICHAEL:
Will, there be more story for Henry coming up?

TRENT:
I hear more is in store with Vienna I hope, it good to be the king! That’s all I can say.

VAIL BLOOM

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

VAIL:
I am wearing Marcasa tonight.

MICHAEL:
How are you feeling about the nomination and being here at the “Big Dance”?

VAIL:
I am feeling great. Everyone keeps asking me if I am nervous, and I am not nervous. I am excited. The red carpet is so great, and to be in front of the Kodak Theatre is such an honor.

TAMARA BRAUN

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

MICHAEL:
Who are you wearing?

TAMARA:
It so hot out here! I am wearing Lloyd Klein.

MICHAEL:
Is it true you are leaving “DAYS”?

TAMARA:
I am going to enjoy my summer and leave it open, and we will be talking.
KRISTOFF ST. JOHN

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

MICHAEL:
Who got you to this point on the red carpet this year?

KRISTOFF:
My little daughter Lola drove me here (He laughs), and my other daughter here dressed me… and I am wearing Hugo Boss. But, I am all wet in this heat!

MICHAEL:
I told everyone on my website that it was Supporting Actor Greg Rikaart (Kevin, “Y&R”) Vs. The Drunk Tank in your category. Isn’t it?

KRISTOFF:
Did someone else play drunk this year? (He says jokingly referring to his character of Neil Winters)

CHRISTIAN LEBLANC

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

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MICHAEL:
Your tapes were so amazing! You and Ted Shackleford (Ex- William, now Jeffrey, “Y&R) in the two-man episode were riveting!

CHRISTIAN:
Ted was brilliant! It was a two-man scene and we worked on it beforehand, like a theatre act. It was such a joy to do, and it was in one take. It was just amazing, and how connected Ted was. And, you always have a scene with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, “Y&R”) and that always helps. So, I had two amazing actors making me look really good.

MICHAEL:
This would be your third Lead Actor trip to the podium. How do you think you will feel if your name is called?

CHRISTIAN:
You think you’re cool after winning before, but it’s always exciting!

ALISON SWEENEY

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

MICHAEL:
Wow! What a dress. Who are you wearing?

ALISON:
I am wearing Eduardo Lucero. This was not an easy choice. He gave me five different dresses, and I tried them on, and loved them all. It was so hard to choose one.

MICHAEL:
“DAYS” got a handful of acting nominations this year, how is that?

ALISON:
I am super excited for my co-stars. They are super talented, and I think they earned it. I am thrilled they are being recognized.

MICHAEL:
You carried so much of the show this past year, and did not get a Lead Actress nomination. Were you disappointed?

ALISON:
I honestly believe I have been working really hard. The feeling I am getting from my co-stars, and producer and the fans, is so important to me. I don’t mean that to sound cliché, but I feel that’s what I work hard for, not a trophy.

MICHAEL:
What can we look forward to from Sami this summer?

ALISON:
Oh please! It’s such a dramatic summer, with Lucas and EJ, and Chloe and Nicole. It’s all a big mess, and I will be very busy.

ARIANE ZUKER – DAYS OF OUR LIVES
KYLE LOWDER- THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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MICHAEL:
This is a knockout! Who are you wearing?

ARIANE:
I am wearing Ella Zahlan, an Italian Couture.

KYLE:
I am wearing Hugo Boss. The shirt is Yves St. Laurent. My shirt is going to be soaked.

ARIANE:
I was going to do two dresses, but I ran out of time. (She laughs)

KYLE:
The pavement and the carpet have to be 105 degrees right now.

MICHAEL:
What’s it like being on two different soaps now, and being a real-life couple?

ARIANE:
It’s nice being on different shows. I feel like a power team. One of us is on one soap, and one is on the other. It’s good. We always have something to talk about, because we know the same people, but we are on different shows. It’s great!

KYLE:
A lot more to talk about that way…

ARIANE:
Shut up… what are you saying?

KYLE:
A lot more gossip.

BRANDON BEEMER – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

NADIA BJORLIN – DAYS OF OUR LIVES

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MICHAEL:
You are looking dapper!

BRANDON:
I am all in black.

MICHAEL:
How is the new grind at “B&B?

BRANDON:
I have been to work all week, and have shot six episodes now. Lesli Kay (Felicia, “B&B”) has become my friend and my pal, and if I want full-fledged honesty, she will tell me, and it is awesome.

MICHAEL:
Brandon, were you and girlfriend Nadia getting dressed at the same time?

NADIA:
We were getting dressed at the same time.

MICHAEL:
But then you came down from the hotel…

BRANDON:
Ten minutes ago. I was walking around the Renaissance Hotel shirtless, and then I came down here to do the red carpet, and now I am boiling.

MICHAEL:
Nadia, who are you wearing?

NADIA:
Ella Zahlan, and it weighs about 30 or 40 pounds…

BRANDON:
…. And it’s beautiful!

MICHAEL:
And you’re not hot?

NADIA:
Oh, not at all! (She laughs) No, I am thinking cool.

MICHAEL:
What’s it like to have Brandon on “B&B” and not with you on “DAYS”, anymore?

NADIA:
I like him on the show. It’s fun to talk about our days at work, which now doesn’t only consist of “DAYS”. (ba-rumb-bump)

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Now below, watch Sharon’s 25th anniversary from the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  For more feature interviews on the channel make sure to “subscribe”.

Then, let us know what has been your favorite storyline of Sharon’s through the years?  Comment below.

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Michael Fairman sat down with the popular on-screen duo recently on the set of Crimson Lights at CBS Television City for a special conversation via The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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