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Brett Claywell & Scott Evans Interview

One Life to Live’s Brett Claywell and Scott Evans sat down with Michael Fairman just a week ago in New York to discuss; the baby Sierra Rose daddy drama, Kish’s impact, and the importance of this on-screen same-sex couple. Plus, the actors talk about the journey of playing their roles, and the now famous sex-scene.

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Beth
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Beth

Excellent interview…they are proud of their characters and they should be, shame ABC couldn’t be as proud and continue to share their story with us.

Denise M Robinson
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Denise M Robinson

Thank you, Michael for posting up the interview video. I’m going to try and savour everything that’s coming up for the Kyle, Oliver and Sierra Rose storyline for the weeks to come. I want to express my praise and admiration to both Brett Claywell and Scott Evans for bringing to these characters. I wasn’t just a fan of OLTL only because of the KISH storyline. I, was a fan of the show, because of their DIVERSITY and their choices of showing how a community can have people from all walks of life, learning how to interact and deal with each… Read more »

Linda Dowell
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Linda Dowell

SHAME on OLTL!!! SHAME on them! I’ve been pissed over their complete and utter lack of growth for Todd – and now this – one of the relationships I enjoyed.

And I’m mainstream as hell – 60 years old Wasp lol.

I’m DONE! I’m taking them off the DVR today — and that’s it.

Good wishes to the men that played KISH.

md1347
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md1347

Love Kish. Will not watch OLTL after they are gone.

WTSPharmDJD
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WTSPharmDJD

Same here! Who watches Soaps? Women and gay men! Way to alienate a chunk of your audience!

mark
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mark

i wish brett and scott all the love in this world.

Margaret
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Margaret

such a great interview with two wonderful actors who will be greatly missed on OLTL….they are so amazing together as Kyle and Oliver
and will forever be my favourite couple….theirs has been the most beautiful and romantic love story i have ever seen and when they leave Llanview this once longtime loyal viewer will leave with them.
ABC is making a major mistake in letting their two most talented actors go and going to have reason to regret it….

Kim
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Kim

Michael,
I had to let you know how much I loved this interview with Brett and Scott. It was especially touching given the news that their characters are being written out of the show. Their obvious love for their characters and for one another brought tears to my eyes. They are a class act and am confident that the power of their work , their relationship, and their words will live on much longer than OLTL.

Thank you and great job!

LoveKish
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LoveKish

Great interview!
Love Kish and Brett/Scott more and more…

Hendrikje
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Hendrikje

Thank you for a wonderfull interview with 2 great young man who obviously cared about their work and eachother. It such a shame how they were treated by ABC. Hopefully they will work together in the future as they are amazing together.

Patricia
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Patricia

Amazing interview, and that makes it even harder to realize that the guys will be written out of the show! The chemistry between them on screen was so wonderful, they portrayed their characters as Oliver and Kyle so good! They are the reason I got hooked up on OLTL at all!! The story, the actors, the chemistry is so rare, such a shame that it has to end like this!!! Scott and Brett all the best and thank you so much for this amazing/loving story <3 !!

James
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James

Michael, thank you so much for this interview. It made me laugh and smile, which I haven’t been able to do since yesterday’s news broke. It’s all the more heartbreaking to know that this excellent working relationship has come to an end without Brett and Scott even knowing that an expiration date had been placed on KISH. Scott and Brett gave us such a great beautiful gift with their portrayal of Oliver and Kyle, and no one – not ABC Daytime, “the mainstream audience” and the haters – can ever take that away from us. Thanks to you, Michael, and… Read more »

PAmusicSwede
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PAmusicSwede

Great great interview, I will miss them so very much together on OLTL. They told MY story! Once Kish is gone, OLTL will no longer be recorded in my household.

Scott mentioned my favorite Kish moment that gave me goosebumps, when ‘Kyle’ kissed ‘Oliver’s’ hand in the ‘afterglow’. I had wondered if that was ad libbed.

And by the way, Brett looks hot in glasses!

Lorraine
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Lorraine

Thanks for the wonderful interview. Brett and Scott are amazing actors and obviously great guys. If there’s any justice, they will have successful careers and happy lives.

Robyn
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Robyn

Thank you so much Michael, this is a wonderful interview. I don’t know if this is possible, but is there any way you can put this videon on itunes just like your podcasts? I have downloaded the long interview that Damon from We Love Soaps did with Scott and the short one he did with Brett on OLTL moving day but I believe you are the only one to have a video interview with them together (besides the little behind the scenes one of their photo shoot). Since there probably won’t be another one, especially this long, I imagine that… Read more »

Michele
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Michele

Amazing wonderful interview. Both men are so soulful and intelligent, and gorgeous. So often you read or watch interviews that focus on the fluff, this was so much better and so much more. I still cannot believe that they are going to written off. Shame on ABC and all involved in this horrendous, cowardly decision. I wish the actors nothing but the best in their career. I personally will never watch the show again.

Mary
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Mary

An amazing interview. Thank you, Michael.

One of the things that made the Kyle/Oliver relationship so believable was the friendship between Scott and Brett, which was on display here. Gutted doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about the decision to end this amazing journey with two fantastic actors. I loved both their comments about the show, and their great chemistry.

I wish Scott and Brett the best, and wherever they go next–onwards and upwards–I’ll be following.

Doe
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Doe

I love these guys! They are so real and without any pretension. You just want to root for them all the way. I’m saddened by what is coming down, but I’m sure they won’t have any trouble getting good roles from here on. They are really outstanding men. Their real life relationship is so nice and grounded. I am very sorry that the “higher ups” found it necessary to close out their story. I hope that their last episodes will knock everyone’s socks off. Good luck to you both. It has been nice being in your company….

terry
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terry

Thank you for your interview with Scott and Brett and for the insightful questions you asked them. It is bittersweet seeing them here now knowing what we do but I am resolved to honor the beautiful characters and story they helped craft until the very end. The breathtakingly beautiful romance that is Kish was the only reason I started watching OLTL besides Roxy and when they are gone so am I. Shame on the network for blaming their poor ratings on Kish and not having the decency to tell the actors before breaking the news. Brett and Scott have created… Read more »

Bobby
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Bobby

My partner and I (17 years together) have watched OLTL for years, but started watching regularly when Kish came on the scene. We TiVo and watch every episode. Once Kish is gone, so will we be.

Also, storylines like Ford and Langston suck and that’s the stereotypical soap opera BS that should be excised.

Brian
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Brian

i have watched OLTL since 1983. During ABC’s upset over the whole Alam Lambert thing, i wondered why they were so bothered when at the same time, they had KISH on OLTL. I guess now that KISH, much to my disappointment, are being written out, I have my answer. SHAME on you OLTL and ABC.
Scott Evens is a very attractive man, and the gay fans are losing out big time.

cc
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cc

love this. so bittersweet. these guys are amazing and so adorable.

Allan
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Allan

Brett is so sexy! I wish him and Scott both nothing but the best of luck in the future.

Doe
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Doe

Speaking of OLTL, I do not understand how they could possibly have a premature baby who just had heart surgery, go home from the hospital so soon. Talk about taking poetic license. This would not happen!

steve
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steve

Great interview. The guys obviously had no idea what was about to happen. Although I didn’t care for the direction the sl was taking (custody battle) I really liked the couple and they were the reason I watched OLTL. If rumors that unprofessional behavior on the part of the actors is responsible for the cancellation of the characters are true, I hope TPTB will recast the roles and bring the characters back soon. Daytime needs a dedicated and loving gay couple as role models to counteract the many negative stereotypes. Claywell and Evans did a great job, but Kish should… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I agree, the interview was awesome, and clearly
Scott and Brett had no idea what was in store for them.
as for the rumors of unprofessional behavior, both men deny the allegation and I am one of many who believe them. Brett and Scott are fine young actors who have a lot to offer. I hope they are grow through this experience and that we get the opportunity to see them more in other endeavors.

Jeri
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Jeri

These two young gentlemen are “class acts.” I will miss them so much. In my opinion, they were the two best actors on the show. The fan base they generated in such a short period of time (6 months) is phenominal. Just imagine what they could have done had they stayed with the show and not been terminated. The big loser here is OLTL. Kish was the next supercouple in the making. Too bad OLTL couldn’t see the treasure buried in their own back yard! Instead they have chosen to promote the absolute worst couple in daytime, not to mention… Read more »

Mairead
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Mairead

i disagree vehemently that the roles of Kyle and Oliver could be recast……Brett and Scott created these characters with great love and dedication and their amazing chemistry that made them so special can never be duplicated….they simply cannot be replaced…
They are and always will be the only Kish……….

Priscilla
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Priscilla

I am so sad and angry that we are losing Kish. Scott and Brett are such talented actors and had a chemistry that doesn’t come along too often. The story was unique on ABC daytime, and many of us were looking forward to watching Kish raising Sierra Rose and continuing their careers.

April 16th also will be my last day watching.

wilsen
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wilsen

i’ve done it too, i stop wathciing OLTL after my favorite couple Kish is leaving the show, so i say, fuck them who is homophobia for forcing my two best gay guy ever for leaving the show. i start to write my own story for oliver and Kyle, i write the novels about them but, i cant find where i save the file, guess i have to rewrite the gay love story i have been writing, their story would be the forth gay romance love story i ever wrote

Hendrikje
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Hendrikje

I was watching this interview again this morning and everytime I see it I am amazed with OLTL decision to get rid of these 2 wondefull young man and great actors. Their friendship off the screen is so obvious and they were looking forward to the next fase of their storyline and so were their fans not only in the USA but all over the world. It’s a shame what OLTL has become and I have been a viewer for over 20 years off this show and have many people see come and go but nothing angered me a much… Read more »

Raymond
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Raymond

Excellent interview of the two guys. It is just sad that the producers have decided to end the Kish story, (BIG SHAME) which I believe is the greatest, inspiring, admirable gay storyline ever shown on tv. It encompasses the real situations that a lot of people are in and made it so convincing and real. All respect and admiration to these two great people. I wish that they will bring Kish back on OLTL. I believe, from where and how their story has started will develop into a very interesting and brilliant story weaving into the Llanview community. It will… Read more »

christa lyon
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christa lyon

bravo with brett claywell and scott evans they deisver to come back to the show by this year and reamin in lianview and on going countiue storyline and still raise seirra rose together and it will be great to see brett claywell as kyle leiws and scott evans as oliver fish return to oltl this year of august 2010

wilsen
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wilsen

i never get to watch the complete story of them, when was it from august 2010.?? guess i have to take a journey to youtube to find another video about kyle and oliver after their win siera.

Santi
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Santi

I´ve just discovered ( april 2012 ) through youtube the storyline of Fish and Kyle.I live in Barcelona and I had never heard about this soap opera. Well, I have to say, that I fell in love instantly with Fish and Kyle and their story¡¡¡ I mean it. I really do not use to watch soap operas, actually, I do not watch TV at all, BUT, after this great discovery, I’ve been addicted to Brett and Scott’s storyline. They are great actors, handsome of course,even hot if you want, ok…yes, they are¡¡¡ but above all, they are great actors, and… Read more »

wilsen
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wilsen

i agree with you, their drama, between oliver fish and kyle lewis is the best love story ever. not to mention other character, it’s just so saD. i download their story from you tube too. i keep watching it from the begining of their relationship and untill they win siera rose, their daugther.

jennifer brigman
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jennifer brigman

loved the characters kyle lewis and oliver fish on one life to live they told a great story when they were on the show wish they could’ve come back for the online version.

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Y&R’s Christian LeBlanc and Michelle Stafford Talk On Their Enduring Friendship, Sharing Scenes & Preview Special Episode

Coming up on the Monday, January 10th episode of The Young and the Restless, the CBS daytime drama series will mark the 30th anniversary of Christian LeBlanc as Michael Baldwin.

In it, Michael will being trying to figure out what’s next in his life, after he has been a successful legal eagle for decades, with the assistance of several characters and some memorable flashbacks that might inform him.

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LeBlanc debut on Y&R back at the end of November in 1991, and has won three Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series throughout his time in Genoa City.

To celebrate Christian’s 30th anniversary, Michael Fairman welcomed Christian and his longtime co-star and dear friend, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) for a special conversation on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel along with some memorable clips.

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During the chat, Michelle and Christian reveal their favorite scenes together, how they met, the key to their enduring friendship, and and how they have gone through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Later, Christian shares his reaction to the on set celebration in his honor with his co-star and previews his special episode.

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In addition, during the holidays, Michelle helped organize a toy drive for the second year in a row to help children and families in need along with the NAACP and the National Action Network, which Christian participated in along with several Y&R cast members, and they discuss how the toy drive came together during these trying times for everyone.

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Now below, check out the full interview with Christian and Michelle, followed by the promo for LeBlanc’s special episode.

Let us know in the comment section what your favorite part of the conversation was, what are your favorite Michael and Phyllis scenes through the years on Y&R and share your congratulations to Christian on a job well-done for his 30-year milestone.

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Y&R’s Joshua Morrow Chats On Nick’s Standalone Christmas Eve Episode

Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) is one tired Santa! After delivering presents to the less fortunate for Christmas, he is tuckered out, and thus will begin the special episode The Young and the Restless is serving up on Friday, December 24th.

The Christmas Eve airing of this all-new standalone episode marks the fourth time in Joshua Morrow’s career that he has been featured like this on the top-rated CBS soap.

In this story, Nick will try to come to terms with where his life is headed when he is taken on a journey through his dreams. Enter plenty of your other favorites from the Newman clan and more, who will definitely make an impact on Nick.  At the end of it all, will Nick come away with some revelations and reflections? Will he learn anything that will change him for the better and give him a clear direction?

As viewers recently witnessed, Nick and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) called it quits in heartbreaking scenes, leaving Nick once again at a loss in the love live department.  Will he, in turn, eventually reunite with Sharon (Sharon Case), when all is said and done?

Michael Fairman TV talked with Joshua to get insight and a preview on what to expect during this holiday episode including: if he feels Nick is adrift, how he sees each of the characters from Adam (Mark Grossman) to Victoria (Amelia Heinle) impacting his alter-ego, and of course, Nick’s relationships with the women in his life.  So, with that, ‘ho, ho, ho,” here’s our yuletide chat with Mr. Morrow.

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How did you feel when you got a script for this special Christmas episode, and that it was all centered-on Nick?

JOSHUA:  My first reaction was, “Do people really want to see more of Nick? (Laughs) When you see an episode like this, you instantly know that you’ve got to do a lot of work. You’re basically in every scene, and I think it’s pretty common knowledge that I learn my lines in the morning when I get to work. However, on those days, you can’t do that, so you just know that you’ve got to prepare, and everyone is counting on you.  I like doing my scenes as fast as possible, but when you have that much material, you’ve got to put the time in.  As an actor, you hope it’s written well, and that you perform it the way they want you to, and you just go from there.

It’s not about which women Nick should sleep with next?  (Laughs)

JOSHUA:  I think all of Nick’s dreams are women-based. (Laughs) He’s walking around town going, “Who’s next?”  No, it’s a dream about figuring out who he is.  He is going through this kind of loop in his life where he’s not entirely sure where he is, where he should be, what he should be doing, how he’s treating people … it’s just kind of a look inside himself to see if he can come up with any solutions because he knows that what is happening and what he is doing right now is not working.  He doesn’t necessarily know why or how he got to this place, but with the help of some family, hopefully he will figure it out in the dream.

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Sounds like Nick is very much at a crossroads here.

JOSHUA:  Yes, that’s a good description of it.  He’s just kind of wandering, and the biggest thing (and he’s been going through this a lot throughout his whole life) is that he just doesn’t know why he gets to this place.  It’s like, is it something he’s doing?  Is there something wrong with him?  He’s just questioning a lot of things, so during the holidays, it seems like the perfect time to come up with solutions for oneself.

So, in his dream, should viewers expect to we see different characters coming to him, like we’ve seen in other Y&R episodes similar to this?

JOSHUA:  Yes, in the dream, we’re seeing his family coming into his life, and they’re talking about who he is, the good parts about him, sometimes the bad …

… Wait, Nick has bad parts about him? 

JOSHUA:  Well … just maybe some things that he needs to improve on. (Laughs) Without him knowing it, I think Nick is kind of hard on people.  If they don’t necessarily think like he is, without knowing it, he tends to hold that against them.  Just because somebody doesn’t think like you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re wrong.  He is just struggling with where he is in life.  He is wondering if he is doing things right.  The dream comes up, and it helps him realize some things.

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You and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) did some wonderful scenes recently that aired when Phyllis and Nick broke up.  Do you remember taping those?  How did you feel about the on-screen relationship going south … again?

JOSHUA:  For me, Stafford is my bro.  When you start doing those types of scenes, you realize it’s the end of something for now.  I realized that there was a window when I was with her every day, laughing, making fun of each other, doing the fraternity style comedy that we do with each other.  I did those scenes with sadness because I knew that they were breaking us up and that I wouldn’t get to see her every day, but they were great.  Michelle is such a freaking tornado of talent. I was excited to see her really do the thing I think she does best, which is just unbridled passion, whether it’s positive or negative.  She obviously crushed it.  I was just happy to be a part of it.  I don’t have to do much heavy lifting in those scenes. I just wanted to be there for her.  I think that the scenes did turn out very well.  I wasn’t happy to do them, but I always want to do good work.

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So, where is Nick at with Sharon (Sharon Case) at this point?  How does she impact him in the holiday episode?

JOSHUA:  Sharon is in the special episode offering Nick a lot of advice and guidance.  Sharon is one of Nick’s biggest cheerleaders.  She is constantly trying to make him feel good and better about things that he does.  They’re really good friends.  They are coparenting, you know.  I’m no dummy, obviously the writing is on the wall as to where this will lead, but the journey of how they get there will be the question.  I don’t know when it will happen, but obviously Nick and Sharon have a tremendous history, and anytime they get together it is usually beautifully told.  I don’t know for certain because I don’t ask, but if that is indeed the path that they are going down, I am sure that it will be something the long-time “Shick” supporters are very happy with.  Like I said, there is no romantic anything at the moment. They’re nothing about that.  It’s just that around the holidays, it’s tough not to have someone, and they’re there for each other.  They’ve got kids, and they’re just trying to have a good Christmas.

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Nick and Adam (Mark Grossman) have a very contentious relationship that is very complex. How does that figure into the equation?

JOSHUA:  It’s an interesting dynamic because Nick is forever grateful to Adam.  I literally think he has saved every one of Nick’s children’s lives at some point in their past, and maybe even Noah a couple of times (Laughs) It’s a delicate relationship because whether he mentions it or not, Nick is jealous that Victor (Eric Braeden) seems to turn to Adam now.  Despite all of Nick’s, “I want to do my own thing, leave me alone, etc.” it really hurts him that Victor turns to Adam when the family needs it.  For all of Nick’s, “I’m my own man,” he still really believes in the strength of the Newman family.  He will always have its back, and if it’s being threatened, like it was with what Nick perceives Ashland (Richard Burgi) to be doing, and Victor doesn’t come to Nick to help with that (or … he does in the beginning, but when it comes to an end, he basically casts Nick aside), that really bothers him.  It’s hard not to take that out on Adam. Still, he doesn’t trust him fully, and he is always kind of on edge around him.  It’s a delicate balance of trust and acceptance with Nick and Adam.

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Does Nick feel like the ‘odd man out’ with Victor, when it always seems that Adam and Victor team up?

JOSHUA:  He absolutely does, and again, Nick had brought a lot of this on himself.  He is constantly saying, “I’m going to do me.  I’m going to make my own decisions.  I don’t want you impacting any of those,” but then when Victor turns to Adam and not Nick in a very important situation that involves his sister, Nick is pretty hurt by that.  Nick does feel like Adam has come into his relationship with his father.  They’re working together very closely.  It seems like Adam had Victor’s ear.  It seems like Victor trusts Adam – at this point, maybe even more than Nick.  That definitely bothers him. I don’t fault Victor in this because all Nick has done is stomp is feet and say, “I don’t like the way you handle things,” and, “Leave me alone.  I’m going to handle things my own way.”  It’s an interesting situation for Victor to be in because I think he wants Nick to be in the fold.  He wants Nick to be there whenever he needs him, but Nick has not made that easy.  He is very hardheaded when it comes to the family dynamic at times.  Nick has created all these difficult relationships now in his family, except with his mother.  He and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) are at odds.  He and Victor are always staring each other down at opposite sides of the fence, and then Adam comes in, and threatens what he perceived to be his role in the family, and that also kind of leads to the whole dream.

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You brought up Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott).  How do you see the bond between mother and son?

JOSHUA:  Nick and his mother have always had an extremely close relationship.  Nikki leans on Nick to bring peace in the family, and Nick leans on her to talk him off the ledge at times because he does overreact, and he acts impulsively at times, while Nikki is very cool, calm, and collected at all times.  Usually, he does everything she asks of him.  Nick is very clearly a Momma’s boy, and he always will be, and if his mother needs him, he is going to step up and do what she wants.

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In terms of his sister, Victoria, how does Nick feel about their stormy relationship?

JOSHUA:  I feel like they are not contentious now, but there is a level of sadness because they’ve always been the best of friends.  They have always relied on each other for everything, and now that has been completely cast aside.  They realize they are no longer each other’s person, the person they go to for anything: advice, support, comfort, whatever.  That is gone for each of them now.  It started with the Phyllis situation with the hotel, and now, it is certainly taken to another level with the Ashland thing.  I think that’s what the overall feeling is between the two of them at this time.

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What’s amazing is that you, Amelia, Eric, and Melody are all really close in real life.  It’s like you truly have a second family.

JOSHUA:  It’s a real family.  The four of us are, for sure.  Without question, my favorite scenes to do on the show are when the four of us are together because we really are so close. Those dynamics are the fabric of what the show is about.  It’s not just the Newmans, but with the Abbotts and the Winters as well, and when the show highlights that, and really puts those small details at the front of the show, the fans realize that you don’t need those big, dynamic stories.  You don’t need the big explosive things.  When you just see those tender moments between those family members, that is everything.  That is the Bill Bell (Co-Creator, Y&R) playbook.  It’s easy to play because we care so much about each other, and I think it comes across on the screen.

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Now, you’ve got a new Noah in Rory Gibson, and you got a new Faith in Reylynn Caster, both who came on to the show in the last several months.  How are they doing, and how has it been for you to adjust to working with them as their on-screen father?

JOSHUA:  It’s been awesome.  I’ve always said it’s a very tough job because I fall in love with these kids who play my children, and eventually they go off and do something else, or when they are little, sometimes there is a window when they turn about four, where they go, “I don’t want to be here! (Laughs) But when they’re babies, they’re just kind of in your arms, and it’s hard not to fall in love with them, but then when they get older, I see them grow up and turn into young adults.  Rory is an absolute stud. I did screen-test with the actors auditioning for the role of Noah, and he went first. I’m not exaggerating when I say two beats into our rehearsal, not even the actual screen-test in front of the network, I locked eyes with him, and I went, “This is him.  What are we doing?  I don’t need to do this with anyone else.”  He’s got a soul to him that is really amazing to watch.  He’s got depth.  He’s a really tremendous actor.  He’s a good kid, too.  He works hard, and he really wants to do well, and he’s humble.  In the special episode, Rory steals the dream. He does a scene in this show that is going to break women’s hearts around the world.  I am excited for people to see what he can truly do.  The sky is the limit for this kid.   I love having him here.  I super miss Robbie (Robert Adamson, Ex-Noah).  I love him like he is a son of my own, but Rory has taken this role and done something really good with it.  So has Rey-Rey.   She is obviously a tremendous talent.  Losing Alyvia Alyn Lind (Ex-Faith), who was one of the great loves of my life, killed me.  However, I couldn’t be prouder of her.  We text weekly about what’s going on with her, and she’s off crushing it, and the world is not ready for Aly, trust me!  Rey-Rey has come in, a beautiful, talented, young girl, who really wants to do well, and she fits right into the Newman mold.  I’ve been very, very blessed.  The casting department has really knocked it out of the park with these two.

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I know Hunter King (Ex-Summer) is not on the show right now, but I know you two are really close.

JOSHUA:  Yeah, good grief.  It’s hard for me.  Probably Hunter and Amelia are the two others loves of my life along with Aly.  Hunter and I will text each other constantly, making fun of each other.  We have such a special relationship.  There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss her.  I just know that she will be back someday.  I don’t know why.  Whereas I know Aly is gone forever.  She is off, and she is going to be a huge star.  Some fish outgrow their ponds, and I said that about her when she left.  Aly is off to a much bigger world, but I have a feeling (and maybe it is more of a hope) that Hunter will come back to me, and I say “me” because nobody loves her more than me. My kids are just everything to me on this show.  Honestly, it is one of the things that keeps me coming back for now almost 28 years.  I love them.  They’re all great people.

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What are you and your wife, Tobe, and the family, going to do for the holidays?

JOSHUA:  We always go snowboarding.  We didn’t go last year obviously because of staying safe from COVID, but we tend to go Colorado every year, and we will be doing that again.  My oldest is away at college this year, so it will be fun to get him home and go off and do what we do.  I remember when I was in my teens learning to snowboard, I was like, “Someday, I cannot wait to lead a bunch of sons down big mountains!” and I’ve been doing that for years with them.  Two years ago, my middle son, who is just this testosterone-raged-alpha-male, finally said, “Dad, I’m leading us down.”  I was like, “Okay.”  He is the one son who has surpassed me in speed, and now we follow him. (Laughs)

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Now let’s talk College Basketball! (Laughs) Gonzaga has already had two losses and it seems every week there is a new team at #1 in the rankings.  Who do you think is looking good? 

JOSHUA:  I only watch Oklahoma hoops. (Laughs) The days of going off to March Madness with all my friends and acting like jackasses for multiple days are gone because I have soccer and lacrosse commitments with my family, but I am still equally as passionate about Oklahoma basketball as I’ve ever been.  I always say it, and it is definitely more heart than mind, but Oklahoma is going to win the national championship this year.

Okay, Joshua.  We will put it out there in the press!

JOSHUA:  You’ve got to put it in the universe!

So, looking forward to Nick’s Christmas journey on Y&R? Which women in Genoa City would you like to see Nick have a relationship with next? What advice would you give Nick Newman to get his life on track? Share your thoughts on this, and our conversation with Joshua, via the comment section below.

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DAYS Chandler Massey & Zach Tinker Chat On ‘WilSon’, Being Recasts, ‘A Very Salem Christmas’ and that Drag Show

Chandler Massey (Will) and Zach Tinker (Sonny) are back for another streaming special, reprising the duo of “WilSon”.  Massey and Tinker can now be seen in the holiday film, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas now on Peacock.

In a new virtual interview with Michael Fairman for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Chandler and Zach talk about their scenes and their participation in the Salem Christmas tale.

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As many know by now, in story, Will has to act fast to come up with a story for his script with his Christmas Eve deadline approaching.  Sonny decides he will assist Will and help conjure up the story, and thus we get an altered version of Salem from the guys that plays on the history of Days of our Lives.

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During the conversation, Zach weighs-in on being a recast for Sonny (previously played by Freddie Smith), and Chandler shares that it’s always challenging to step into a role played by someone else – something he also had to do when he began on DAYS.

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In addition, the two discuss reprising their drag roles of Amanda Bottom and Sonny Delight for the holiday number to help save Salem business owners from eviction in Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem.

The actors also banter about the importance of maintaining a presence for ‘WilSon’ as one of the only LGBTQ on-screen duos as part of a daytime soap opera.  The question is: will the airshow write them back in?

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Chandler also weighs-in on: if he was writing Will’s holiday script, what would he like to see befall the good citizens of Salem? You’ll hear his answer.

Check out the interview with Chandler and Zach below.

Now let us know, are you enjoying Chandler and Zach as the new version of WilSon? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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