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B&B’s Rena Sofer Talks The Life of Quinn: Her Rival, Her Love, Her Son, Her Machinations

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No one can cause quite a stir on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful like Quinn Fuller Forrester! After all, she managed to marry the patriarch of the top fashion house clan, and has not been the most popular person with digs at the mansion.

Recently, Quinn’s claws came back out as she wanted nothing more than to put that thorn-in-her-side, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) in her place. And what better way to do it then to ensure that the incriminating video of Brooke lip-locking with Dollar Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) was seen by Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and all the attendees at Bridge’s “recommitment”soirée. Wouldn’t you know? Quinn’s plan worked, quite successfully, and a few relationships were rocked to their very core in the process.

Since 2013, Rena Sofer has played Quinn for all she is worth and then some on the CBS Daytime drama series. No stranger to the genre from her early days as GH’s Lois Cerullo, fans welcomed Sofer back to soapland with open arms, especially with her delicious portrayal of the often devious Quinn. But as B&B viewers know, Quinn can also be a loving, yet overbearing mother to her son, Wyatt (Darin Brooks), and we can only imagine what she would do if she found out that Sally (Courtney Hope) has been feigning illness to win her son from his longtime sweetheart, Flo (Katrina Bowden). Will Quinn end up concocting a plan to rid Sally from Wyatt’s life? We wouldn’t it put it past her.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Rena to get her thoughts on: living the life of Quinn and her on-screen relationships, the lengths she would go, or not go, against a sworn enemy, and to learn what some of her favorite moments have been since she became a key part of The Bold and the Beautiful family which recently celebrated its 33rd year on the air. Check out what Rena had to say below.

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How have you liked the ferocity and the toe-to-toe scenes between Quinn and Brooke over the last few months? They’ve been some of the high points for the viewers.

RENA:  Well, I love them.  It makes me happy, because it’s the first really good stuff I’ve had to do in a really long time.  So, for me, it’s been really fun.  I love sparring with Katherine.

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We haven’t seen Quinn be back to her manipulative ways in a long time and she kind of stuck it to Brooke.  She certainly, ruined Brooke’s ‘recommitment ceremony’ to Ridge.  I loved those scenes because there were close-ups of you as Quinn, and Quinn’s looking like, “Oh, yeah, I did it,” without hesitation. What did you think of her maneuver to expose Brooke’s kiss with Bill to all the attendees?

RENA:  I think my favorite part of it all was that she took full responsibility.  It wasn’t like she tried to hide it.  She was like, “Oh no, I did this.  I stand by what I think she is, and I exposed her, and I am not sorry at all.”  So, I like the honestly of it all.

Does Quinn really like Shauna (Denise Richards), or, does she just want to hurt Brooke so bad that she is pushing an agenda to get Shauna and Ridge together?

RENA:  No, Shauna’s her best friend.  She was her family in Vegas.  They raised their kids together.  This woman is her life.  This is her family as much as Eric (John McCook) is her family.

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How has it been working with Denise Richards?

RENA:  Great.  She’s a wonderful actress, a really great person, and I have a great time working with her.  I had known her previously to B&B.  We’ve been in audition rooms for years with each other.

There was a scene a month or so ago; when Quinn spiked Brooke’s drink with alcohol.  What did you think of that moment, and were you hoping she would continue to spike her drinks and be responsible for Brooke’s downfall?

RENA:  Well, I didn’t think much of it because it didn’t go anywhere as of now.  I think it was Quinn’s first breaking point.  It’s not really Quinn’s style to push somebody into addiction like that.  Quinn is the kind of person who shoves you off a bridge, you know.  She’s not the kind of person who pays someone to shove you off a bridge.  I think Quinn would be more the kind of person to say, “You want a drink, don’t you?  Here, take this drink!  Take this drink!  Why don’t you drink?  Take this drink,” and basically pushes the person to drink by making them do it.  So, it felt very un-Quinn to spike the drink.  It would have made more sense if Quinn spiked somebody’s drink with a drug to make them fall asleep so that her son could be with somebody.  That makes more sense, but to throw them into an addiction, I don’t think that’s her.  I’m glad that didn’t go anywhere because I don’t really feel like that is who she was.

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B&B just turned 33-years-old.  What has it been like to know that you are still a part of the fabric of this iconic show?  What have you enjoyed the most about this experience as opposed to when you were on GH, or other shows that you’ve appeared on?

RENA:  First of all, the production schedule of this show is better than any other.  So, it has really allowed me to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom; which is the best thing that I could have ever asked for.  The thing that I love the most about this show is that it allowed me to be everything that I wanted to be personally and professionally.  Being a part of this show is just such a gift because it’s iconic, and people love it, and I’ve loved being a part of it.

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Did you think Quinn and Eric would have stayed together as long as they have, or did you think Quinn would have permanently messed it up by now?

RENA:  I don’t know.  I think the way that it started out and how beautiful it became, I knew we’d stay together, but I don’t think I knew that in the very beginning.

Could you ever see Quinn straying from him and rekindling things with Bill and their old ‘sexual’ ways?

RENA:  No.  It never was for her.  Since I’ve been on the show, there wasn’t even a moment of Quinn and Bill being together; except in the very beginning for him to introduce me onto the show.  I think she feels for Bill the way she feels for Deacon.  It’s done, you know

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Do you think Quinn would ever set her sights now on another man?

RENA:  Would she set her sights on another man?  Well, she did.  She had her sights on Ridge for a minute, but every other man on the show she has either slept with or it’s her son.

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John McCook is a mainstay of the The Bold and the Beautiful, and one of only two original cast members, the other being Katherine Kelly Lang.  What can you say about working with him?

RENA:  It’s my favorite part of the day.  I love working with John.  He is my favorite person to work with, and I adore him.  I feel for him as if we were married without the sex part.  He means everything to me.

John has told me he loves working with you too, and that he’s grateful that they brought you into his sphere.

RENA:  Yes and that we were brought into each other’s storylines!

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Who do you think has been Quinn’s biggest nemesis since you’ve been on the show? 

RENA:  It’s been Brooke.  It’s been Brooke, always.  I think when Quinn looks at Brooke, she sees somebody who is pretending to be something that they’re not.

How do you get through the bitch-slaps, bitch-fights, and those types of scenes between you, Katherine Kelly Lang, and Denise Richards?  Are there times when you just have to laugh while on set just to get that out before you perform the scenes to tape?

RENA:  No, we are not laughing.  We are doing our jobs.  We enjoy them pretty much, but sometimes we are saying the same thing day after day, (which is normal in soaps) and those are hard to get through because you’re remembering lines from days ago that are just barely worded differently.  So, those are hard to do ….so we’re not laughing through that; we’re struggling.

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If Quinn knew the number Sally was pulling over on her son, Wyatt, what would she do to her?

RENA:  Oh, she’s so lucky that Quinn doesn’t know what she is doing to her son, because Quinn would expose her.  Quinn would take her down, and she would get her fired.  In addition, Quinn would make her leave town, and Quinn would destroy her!

Is that something that would be in Quinn’s playbook; pretending to be dying to keep her man?

RENA:  Never!  She would never do that.  Quinn would never pretend to be dying to get somebody.

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Is Quinn, then ‘Team Flo’ for her son? 

RENA:  Quinn was always ‘Team Flo’.  Flo was her son’s childhood sweetheart.  She’s her best friend’s daughter.  Of course, she is team Flo.  She has never been ‘Team Sally’.  She has never liked Sally.  Quinn has always disliked her.

How do you think Quinn’s relationship is now with Wyatt because she had been so overboard and overbearing with him? 

RENA:  He’s her be-all-end-all.  He’s the most important thing in the world to her, always will be.

So, can we expect Quinn to continue to meddle in Wyatt’s life?

RENA:  Yes, and she will always put him first.  She probably would even put him before Eric.

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When you first met Darin Brooks, and they said, “This is going to be your son,” what was your initial impression of him?

RENA:  Well, I felt like I was too young for him to be my son.  In reality, I am, but it’s a soap opera, and I was grateful that they said that Quinn was 16 when she had him.

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Has there been a favorite moment or storyline since you have been at B&B that still resonates with you now?

RENA:  I think the whole love story with Eric is my favorite.  A close second is my story with Liam (Scott Clifton) in the cabin.  But with Eric – the whole love story, the marriage, the wedding, that all to me was the most wonderful part.

Within a very short time, your castmate Alley Mills (Pam) lost her beloved husband, Orson Bean.  Then, B&B mourned the loss of its co-creator the legendary Lee Phillip Bell.  It’s been an emotional time for everyone at the show.  Have you spoken to Alley?

RENA:  I saw her at Mrs. Bell’s memorial, but we were all supposed to go to Orson’s memorial, but it was canceled because of COVID-19.  I’ve spoken to Alley and it’s all sad… it’s very sad.

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Do you think you are better actress now at this time in your life?

RENA:  I think the more you act … the better you become.  I will just say that the younger of an actor you are, the less secure of an actor you are.  The more time you put behind you, the more secure you become.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently affecting everyone, you see a lot of actors, influencers, and people staying active and in the public conscience by posting a lot more on their social media accounts.  I know you are not on Twitter, but you are on Instagram.  What’s your take on it all?

RENA:  I try to fill my Instagram with positive things, happy things: my dogs, charities I love, things I work on or am building or creating.  There are actors out there who do the TikTock thing, or put on lots of makeup and all of their stuff is about them, but that’s not me.  I’m not here to perform for people when I’m not on camera.  I have a normal life, and I have a child who is school at home, and I’ve got 5 dogs, one of whom I am fostering at this time,  For me, I am just trying to take care of myself as much as anybody else is.

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In closing, what is the best part of playing Quinn for you?

RENA:  I like playing somebody who is somewhat evil because it’s fun.  It’s fun to do things that you would never do in real life, or want to do in real life, or think about in real life.

So, what did you think of Quinn’s rivalry with Brooke? Do you want Eric and Quinn to be together forever in the mansion? What has been your favorite moment of Rena’s performances over the years as Quinn? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I love Quinn and Rena. I love Quinn and Eric together. Loving having more Quinn on the show. Rena is doing a great job!!!

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My favorite era of General Hospital included Rena Sofer. I loved the 90’s: Sonny and Brenda, Ned and Lois, Stone, the Q’s. Claire Labine and Wendy Riche were incredible.

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Ok i cant stand her character, even from the start, so I guess that means she is doing a good job.

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More fights with Brooke. Two grand dames fighting it out to the death. Thats what soaps are all about. Again, let Quinn have another child. One she gave up or abandoned which would explain her creepy craziness with Wyatt. Quinn having a second child ( with Bill?) and having a vindictive Brooke find out and expose her secret would be one for the ages.

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Keep Quinn with Eric!!! Anything else is not acceptable!! Let her be the end of Brooke. Everyone is sick of Brooke!!!!!!

Days Of Our Lives

Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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General Hospital

GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Newman Kids Talk 48th Anniversary, Storylines, Camaraderie, and Take the Trivia Challenge

On Friday, to celebrate the 48th anniversary of The Young and the Restless (which premiered back on March 26th,1973) Michael Fairman chatted virtually with the actors who comprise the adult Newman family children; Joshua Morrow (Nick), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Mark Grossman (Adam), Hunter King (Summer) and Melissa Ordway (Abby).

During the conversation, on You Tube’s the Michael Fairman Channel, the actors discussed what it was like coming into the iconic Newman clan when they first debuted, behind-the-scenes moments and laughs they share working with each other, and what it has been like for them to share scenes with their iconic TV father, Eric Braeden (Victor) and for some of the kids, their on-screen mother, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki).

In addition, each touch upon their current Y&R storyline where:Nick is involved with Phyllis again, Adam is on to Chelsea, Victoria is trying to be in the woman in charge of the company and she finds herself boyfriend-less, Summer has her hands full with the arrival of Tara Locke and Sally Spectra who may all destroy her relationship with Kyle, and Abby wanting to have a baby via surrogacy with the sperm donor being Devon.

Later, Michael plays a round of “Stump the Newman” trivia where the actors are put to the test to see just who knows the history of the Newman clan best. Watch what happens when the mention of the notorious and ill-fated reliquary storyline is brought up!

Joshua, Amelia, Mark, Hunter, and Melissa also express what it has meant to them to be a part of the legacy of The Young and the Restless, and still later Joshua’s daughter, Charlie, even makes a special guest appearance.

Now watch the conversation in full with the Newman kids below. 

Then let us know, what was your favorite moment of the interview? How do you hope their current storylines resolve? What was your favorite and least favorite storyline of all-time for Nick, Victoria, Adam, Abby, and Summer? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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