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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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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson Weighs-In On Daytime’s Wildest Storyline, The Hope Mannequin & What’s Really Going On With Thomas

If you think you’ve seen it all on daytime soap operas, think again! Over the past several weeks viewers of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful have been witness to fashion designer Thomas Forrester’s (Matthew Atkinson) descent into madness, or is it?

In B&B’s thriller-esque storyline, complete with tight close-ups and tilted angles of Thomas and his co-star, the Hope Mannequin – yup, you read that right, the series is taking the audience on one wild ride, something we have not seen the likes of since back in the hey day of the late head writer, James Reilly, during his tenure on Days of our Lives or Passions.

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Inspired by, believe it or not, true life events, B&B’s head writer and executive producer, Brad Bell and his creative team have served up a story generated off all of the buzz the show was receiving for using mannequins as scene partners for the actors in intimate moments to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols.  B&B was the first American show back in production amid the pandemic.

 

Within this twisted tale, Thomas has the life-like version of Hope Logan Spencer (Annika Noelle) at home with him.  Those who have stumbled upon him with the mannequin, well, he has been able to explain that away by saying that having the doll with him is helping him create some of the best designs of his career.

The problem is the mannequin is talking to Thomas, it’s eyes have often turned devil-red, and on Friday’s episode it walked!  It’s objective is to get Thomas to kill Liam (Scott Clifton) and to get Hope back to be his one and only. Throughout many of the scenes in the storyline, Thomas suffers from what appears to be severe headaches.  All of this leading the audience to believe either … he has a brain tumor … he is being drugged … he is suffering from a severe mental break and disorder, or something else.

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In a very candid and often humorous conversation with Michael Fairman for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Thomas’ portrayer, Matthew Atkinson, discusses some of the craziest scenes to shoot thus far including Thomas having dinner with the mannequin!  In addition, Atkinson reveals how he and Annika Noelle tape the scenes where she is the voice of the Hope mannequin while adhering to safety protocols,  and how Liam is the only one, apparently, thinking something is off with Thomas, and so much more.

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One thing is for certain, Matthew Atkinson is sinking his teeth into the material and making it must-see daytime drama through his performances while we all wait to see what the possessed mannequin does next.

Check out the full interview with Matthew below. 

Then let us know, what do you think is happening or wrong with Thomas? Are you getting a kick out of the Hope Mannequin storyline? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

 

 

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Eric Nelsen Talks Latest Film, Becoming a Tony-Nominated Producer, ‘The Bay’, and His Elizabeth Gillies & Ariana Grande Connection

You can catch All My Children reboot alum, Eric Nelsen (Ex-AJ Chandler), just about everywhere this month, and that’s hard to do given that we are all living in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, this Daytime Emmy-winning actor has his hands in a myriad of projects of late including: appearing on season six of The Bay (new episodes every Tuesday on Popstar! TV) where he continues to play Daniel’s journey after the character has come to terms with his sexuality and finds love, plus his comedic turn in the film, 1 Night in San Diego, and recently becoming a Tony-nominated producer along with his wife Sainty for the critically-acclaimed, and now 11 times nominated Broadway play, The Inheritance.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Eric to get the lowdown on his busy professional life, and we were in for some surprises along the way including: what the producers of AMC had in mind for the character of AJ that ultimately did not happen, and that Eric starred on Broadway with Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon, Dynasty) and Pop superstar, Ariana Grande – and there’s more to that story below.

 

What makes Nelsen so good at what he does on-screen is that he is a like a chameleon; adept at playing the quirky, to the troubled bad boys, to the emotional heart-tugging anti-hero. So here’s what Eric had to say in this fascinating conversation.

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Your latest film appearance in 1 Night in San Diego is out this week on multiple streaming on-demand platforms from: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and more. Tell me about the movie and when did you film this?

ERIC:  We filmed it near San Diego, not this past February, but last February, and it’s hilarious.  It’s a female-driven comedy.  The cast is incredible.  Alexandra Daddario, who is just epic, and Jenna Ushkowitz, and Laura Ashley Samuels, they truly bring it in this powerhouse comedy, and it’s just one of those make-you -laugh movies from beginning to end, just silly, stupid stuff happening the whole time.  General Hospital’s Mark Lawson (Dustin) is also in the film.  While we don’t work in scenes together, I did get a chance to meet him and he’s a really great guy.  I play this off-the-wall character, named Gordo, who is a real burn-out, think Matthew McConaughey meets space cadet, which was a lot of fun to play.  Gordo is a great role.  I had more fun with this part than I’ve had in a long time.  So, it was cool to throw a comedy into all of the drama I have been playing in my other projects.

How does Gordo know the girls in the film?

ERIC:  One of the girls knew him back in the day, so they were in town looking to reconnect, and she’s like, “Oh, we want to party and let’s hit up Gordo,” and they do.  He has just gone completely off the rails, off the deep end with spirituality and kind of in his own world. They find themselves in quite a predicament when they come visit what they didn’t know was a commune, basically.  Gordo creates this hippie commune for a bunch of outcast musicians, (laughs) and I don’t want to give too much away, but a lot of interesting stuff happens there.

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In addition, you are now a Tony-nominated producer for the play The Inheritance!

ERIC: That was crazy, because it’s always been a dream of mine to produce for Broadway.  That was how I got into the world of film and TV acting, which was through the theatre.  That’s where I started.  I was lucky enough to star on Broadway when I was 16 and 17, in a musical called, 13.  I started with Ariana Grande! It was so fun.

Wait, what?

ERIC:  Yeah, that was her first big show, and Elizabeth Gillies’.

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I think Elizabeth Gillies is terrific in Dynasty.

ERIC:  Oh yeah, and you know she and I dated for two and a half years during the whole run of the show 13.  Elizabeth is very talented.   She is amazing.  The funny part of it is, we were dating forever, and kind of had a bad breakup, and then Sainty, my wife, gets cast in her show Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, in the pilot to play Liz’s best friend on the series.  So, all of the sudden, I’m like, “Wait, wait, wait, out of all the shows, all of the things, this is who you have to get cast as best friends with?” and so they actually became really, really, close friends.  So, I’d actually come home from work or filming, and Liz would be on my couch sitting there giggling with Sainty.  I’m like, “This is just becoming too much.  This is a full-circle moment here.  I can’t deal.” (Laughs)

Now, you and Elizabeth are broken up at this point?

ERIC:  Yes.  We had been broken up at this point.  Sainty and I were actually together.  I started dating Sainty in New York and the pilot she was shooting was in New York, and she gets cast as Liz’s best friend, and I was like, “Oh, of course.”

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But Sainty knew you’d dated Elizabeth?

ERIC:  Yes, she did.

You must have been dying.

ERIC:  Yes, so dying.  Dying.   You know, it’s just one of those things that in a million years, you would never expect this to happen, and of course, Sainty and her had to become best friends in real life because they’re both great girls, and naturally, they would be friends, but now, I’m like this guy stuck in the middle who can’t believe what’s happening, and thought that was one chapter, and this is a different chapter, and now the chapters are combining.  It’s kind of a comedy act.

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Since Ariana Grande was on Broadway with you and Liz, what was she like back then before her meteoric rise to fame?

ERIC:  Ariana was literally the sweetest, most innocent, and cutest – like my little sister.   To me, it was like, Liz and I were dating, and Ari was kind of like the little sister.  All of a sudden the show ended. Ariana got a Nickelodeon show, and after that, she became the most famous person in the world and was like this sex icon, and I couldn’t get over it.   She’s always had that talent with her voice and in 13 she was an ensemble member.  She wasn’t even one of the leads, but her voice was so incredible, even then as a young teenager.  I thought she was going to go on to have this great Broadway career as an actress and do musicals her whole life just because of her voice.  Then, all of the sudden, right after the musical, we all auditioned for the same Nickelodeon show.  I ended up going to the finals for the boyfriend role, Liz got the girlfriend role, and Ari got the funny friend on the show role.  That kind of catapulted them into the TV world, and Ari got a spinoff because of her character on that show for another Nickelodeon show, called Sam and Cat, and then after Sam and Cat, she went from this innocent, sweet, little Nickelodeon girl that I knew to being the biggest star.  It was unbelievable to me.

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So, you started on Broadway as a teenager, and you found you always wanted to produce for the Great White Way? 

ERIC:  Yes, I did the Broadway thing, and then I got into film and TV, and then I got into film and TV producing.  As an actor, there are a lot of ups, a lot of downs.  So, in between the ups, I wanted to fill my time, so I got into producing, and I loved it.  I loved creating.  As an actor, we just show up, and everything is already done.  All we have to do is say our lines.  We get pampered, and we go home, but I wanted to know how it got to that point, like what happens before that.  So, I started producing film and found some success doing that, and it was so much fun for me.  Sainty’s and my first love, and what feels like home, is theatre.  So, I wanted to take it full circle and produce a Broadway show.  I just thought that would be such an incredible moment, and so that’s what I did.  I started emailing all of the Broadway producers who I had worked with as an actor, letting them know what I had been doing, kind of the success I had gotten from producing The Bay and some of these other things. Different shows came across my desk that I didn’t quite bite the bullet on, a couple of which I wish I would have, Dear Evan Hansen being one of them.  I would have been so rich by now!  (Laughs)

I just want to clarify for people who might not know, the word “producer” can mean different things.  There are “producers” who are putting money in … they’re backing projects or shows.  There are other people who are “producers” on the creative side of projects.  So, when you’re talking about producing a Broadway show, it is as an investor?

ERIC:  So for theatre, unless you’re the head producer who kind of gets creative control, every other producer listed in the credits is basically helping raise finances and is also very heavily involved in the process of everything else along the way, which is also what makes it special.  So finally, The Inheritance came across our desk, and it checked every single box.  It was just an epic play.  It’s a two-part play, and it’s just hours and hours and hours long.  You see it in multiple days or in multiple shows.  I remember reading the script and not stopping until I finished.  I was like, “This is amazing,” and it had just come off of a huge commercial successful run in London.  It won the Olivier Award for “Best New Play” and just about every other award you could win, and so I was like, “This is the one.  This is incredible.  I love the piece, love the message, and pulled the trigger,” and I would have done it all over again if we could.

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The Inheritance is a generational piece centering on gay men during the AIDS crisis.  What can you say about it to those who don’t know about it, or have not seen it yet?

ERIC:  It takes place in the past, and then it fasts forward to the future.  You see two generations of gay men in New York City, and it’s all about the AIDS crisis, and so you’re bawling crying, and then you’re laughing throughout it.  It’s just one of those epic plays that pulls at every single emotion and you feel like you’re watching a movie.

It seems reminiscent of Angels In America, but different.   

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s definitely its own thing.  It’s actually an adaptation of Howard’s End, the novel by Forster, definitely different from Angels in America, but the two-part show is kind of what I was meaning by that.  People have said it is kind of our generation’s Angel’s in America in tone and subject matter.  It was just a dream come true, and like all other theatre that was open during our season, it had to close because of the pandemic, and it will have life after Broadway.  We are already slated for the Geffen Playhouse in LA, so I’m very excited for all of my LA friends and the public to get to see it.

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And you get nominated in the year that the coronavirus pandemic shut down live theatre! But it is my understanding we still do not have a date for handing out this year’s Tony Awards.

ERIC:  No, we do not.  They finally announced that they were going to announce nominations, and for a while we didn’t even know that they were going to do that.  We received 11 nominations, which is incredible.  We were so excited.  I truly thought the American Theatre Wing and the Tony committee were not going to do the Tonys at all, and so we were just like, “I can’t believe the one year we pull the trigger on the show, this isn’t going to happen for us,” but then thank God, they came to their senses.  There were plenty of shows that opened and needed to be recognized.

How long was it open on Broadway?

ERIC:  We were open from September 2019 through February or March.  So, as long as your submission was open on Broadway before Covid-19 and had at least all of its previews and an opening night before Covid-19 hit, then you could qualify, and then in the play category, there were like 10 plays that had opened last year that were contenders.  So, that was definitely the hardest category.   It will be interesting to see what happens after all of this.  The only good thing I know that is going to come from this is the amount of creatives who have had so much time sitting at home to create and write, that there will be so many new scripts and plays and musicals that are going to come from this.  I think it’s’ going to be the biggest boom that we’ve probably ever seen in theatre, just because there’s been so much time to develop stuff.  At the same time, it’s piggybacking on the darkest time that theatre has ever seen.

Throughout the pandemic, I always stream all of the Broadway Actor’s Fund events.  It’s really sad.  It’s just a difficult time, those in the arts are struggling and especially in the live theatre and also musicians who can’t tour or play gigs in front of an audience. I know they said Broadway is closed through May 31, 2021.

ERIC:  It is really hard.  I’m happy that we are able to find other ways like streaming shows.  I’m actually producing a big benefit for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS that will be airing on World AIDS Day, December 1st.  It’s a show called Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.  The cast we have is everybody from Nathan Lane, to Academy Award winner J. K. Simmons.  It’s insane.  It will be streaming online on the Broadway HD network.  It is a huge list of Broadway stars and a lot of movie and TV stars as well that are participating.  We’ve got people from all over the map.

And … Ariana Grande? (Laughs)

ERIC:  (Laughs)  Ari is not in it, actually!

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So, in this week’s latest episode of The Bay, your character of Daniel Garrett makes his final choice for love between Caleb (Mike Manning) and Matthew (Randy Wayne).  When you came to the show, did you know that this part was going to wind-up being a gay character?

ERIC:  No, I did not.  I think I dropped a bird in Gregori Martin’s (creator, The Bay) ear by telling him that before All My Children ended, they were going to have my character of AJ Chandler have a storyline where he is gay.  The producers sat me down and talked through an entire storyline arc with me.  Basically, Ginger Smith (ex-executive producer, All My Children) and Alison, our casting director, and one other person from the show, took me to lunch in New York. They pitched me what they wanted to do for my character, and asked me if I would be comfortable with it, and they wanted my opinion, everything.  It was really cool how they approached it, and I was like, “100% completely.”  I look at what Chandler Massey (Ex-Will Horton) did on Days and where that brought him and his storyline, and I thought, “Yes, there’s going to be so much more depth and stuff to play than just being this fun little rich kid.”  At the time, there really wasn’t much depth to AJ.  So, I was like, “Yes.  I will be all over it.  Absolutely.”  So, I told Gregori that, and I don’t know if he already had something in his mind or not, or if that influenced it at all, but maybe he just figured that was something that would work well, and up till that point, I guess they didn’t really have that on the show.  Regardless, no, I wasn’t aware that that was the direction it was going in, but I was really happy with my storyline and it’s grown a lot since then, and in this current season especially.  It’s really given me an arc to play, which I’ve enjoyed.

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So for those who may not know let’s do a re-set.  Where is the character of Daniel at? It seems like he is at crossroads, and is making some important decisions, or trying to.

ERIC:  So Daniel was a wild party boy in the beginning, just head in the clouds, lives life with thinking there’s no repercussions and just doing what you want to do all of the time, and that got him into a lot of trouble with drugs and alcohol. Then, we realize why Daniel has been the way he is, and why he acts out, and why he has been so all over the place, and it’s because he hasn’t been able to come to terms with who he is.  Then, he admits it to himself and for the first time to somebody else – who happens to be his priest in a catholic church, ironically –  that he is gay and this is what he has been battling with.  For the first time (and I don’t know where on television it has depicted it this way), but the catholic priest looks at Daniel, and he’s like, “What’s your sin?  You haven’t sinned.  This is perfectly fine.”  So, I love that Gregori made that the outlet for which Daniel was able to basically come to terms with who he was, because he grew up in the church, and so he was always told that it was wrong.  Obviously, it’s not wrong, or obviously the church needs to change their mindset, but on The Bay, he chose that to be the outlet through which he came out, which I thought was really powerful.  Through that, Daniel experimented with other boys and such to figure out where he wanted to land, and then in this newest season, I can’t say much that gives anything away, but for the first time, we really see Daniel’s growth, and he’s making decisions, and the most mature we’ve ever seen him, and it’s been really cool to see that come full circle.  He’s making commitments to himself.

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In story, Daniel chooses Caleb.  Why so?

ERIC:  Obviously, that’s who it works with,  Caleb is a teacher and a great guy.

… And Matthew is not a great guy?

ERIC:  He is… he’s just not the great guy for him.

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This season of The Bay is heavily steeped with social issues of our time.  Covid-19 has come to Bay City and the Black Lives Matter movement also plays prominently.

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s kind of the beginning of the pandemic in The Bay and within all of the intense drama that Daniel has been having, he is still, for all intent and purposes the comedic relief of the show, and so there is a funny scene where I’m carrying like 28,000 rolls of toilet paper like, “Come on, guys.  We’ve got to stock up!”  We all remember those days, don’t we?

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How do you feel about this season of the show and your work in it? You’ve previously won a Daytime Emmy for your performances on The Bay.

ERIC:  This season is more cemented in a character that has truly grounded himself.  So, the first Emmy I won was for a storyline of coming out and uncertainty and struggle and pain, whereas this season Daniel knows what he wants and is going for it.  There is much more passion and love in this season for Daniel, as opposed to struggle and heartache.

The cast and crew of The Bay all went away and quarantined at this ranch this past summer to get the new season completed.  What was that like?

ERIC:  We were actually in Santa Barbara, and filmed on this epic ranch up there.  It’s like this 500-acre ranch that we all quarantined on.  We had to do the testing, and temperatures three times a day, and the whole thing.  So, it was really structured, tough to pull off, but we were all so grateful that we were able to do this.  Luckily, we had this incredible kind of bubble of a ranch to live and work on while we were shooting.  They were really good about block shooting it all, so we’d kind of shoot one person’s character, then the next, so we wouldn’t have to ever be leaving the ranch before we were done.

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Finally, how is being a dad?

ERIC:  Oh, it’s amazing.  I just can’t believe how fast the time is flying by because of it.  We just had Molly’s first birthday on October 1st, and I feel like yesterday she was born.  I sound like my parents when I say this, but it’s like the time keeps getting faster, but it’s so true.  She’s awesome.  We play Broadway musical soundtracks to her all day, and she sings.  She sits at the piano with me when I play, and she kind of plunks notes out next to me.  She loves music, and we’ve introduced it to her from day one.  We always joke that she won’t be able to watch any of daddy’s stuff until she’s 18 probably, but Sainty is a voice-over actress.  She has done parts for animated films and TV shows such as Trolls, and Barbie, and Boss Baby, so everything from the first part of my daughter’s life is all going to be Mommy’s stuff, and then, in the later part of life she can start watching Daddy’s stuff.

Right, she can’t watch anything that you do!  (Laughs) So, basically forget that!

ERIC:  (Laughs) Yep!

Check out the trailer for 1 Night in San Diego below.  Then share your thoughts on Eric’s current role on The Bay, if you hope he wins a Tony to go with his Daytime Emmy, the six degrees of separation between him, Elizabeth Gillies and his wife, and that the All My Children reboot considered making the character of AJ Chandler gay via the comment section below.

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Peter Reckell Reflects On His Time As DAYS Iconic Bo Brady, Life In New Zealand & Christmas Music Project

Last week, Days of our Lives  turned 55-years young, and the historic long-running NBC daytime drama series has been home to some of the most memorable stars and characters of the soap opera genre, perhaps none more so than anti-hero Bo Brady played by Peter Reckell.

Reckell who appeared on the show for several runs that lasted over four decades, premiered as Bo back in 1983.  He then stayed through 1987, came back from 1990 to 1992, again from 1995 to 2012, and back again in 2015 during DAYS 50th anniversary and to wrap his run as Bo, when the character was killed-off, after Reckell made it clear that he wanted to give the audience closure for the character.  He later made another return in 2016 to help the character of Hope (Kristian Alfonso) move on with her life.  Hard to believe for all of those heart-tugging performances, Peter was nominated only once for a Daytime Emmy.

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In this candid, deeply personal and enlightening new interview for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Reckell opens up as to: what led to many of the decisions he made throughout his time as Bo, how he helped craft the role from the start, the accident that almost took his life, how he handled all the fame that came his way as part of the Bo and Hope supercouple pairing, and how two women in the cast; the late Frances Reid (Alice) and Peggy McCay (Caroline) made lasting impressions on him that he will carrying with him for the rest of his life.

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What would Peter say if somehow DAYS wanted him back and Bo was actually alive and well?  Find out as Peter weighs-in and wishes his former show a happy anniversary  In addition, he even shares how he felt when Robert Kelker-Kelly took over the role of Bo when he decided to leave the show at one point, and his time playing Johnny on primetime’s Knots Landing.

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Reckell has moved his family to New Zealand, and this conversation was conducted from his home.  Peter is married to singer/songwriter/producer Kelly Moneymaker and the couple have a daughter, Loden.   It was not wanting to miss the moments of his daughter’s life growing up that has been much of the impetus for some of Peter’s career choices.

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With Christmastime approaching, Kelly and Peter are part of a brand new Christmas LP entitled Joy.  The album is now available for download on Spotify, Apple Music and major music streaming platforms.

In an exclusive during the interview, we give fans a sneak peek of Peter’s new music video for “Under the Mistletoe”, the song he sings that appears on Joy, which was written by his wife.  For more on the album project visit BlueAegis.com

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Now, check out the interview with Peter direct from New Zealand below! Then share your thoughts on Peter, Bo, and more via the comment section.

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