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Justin Hartley On Working With ‘This Is Us’ Guest Star Sylvester Stallone & His Training Tips: "So Much Star Power He Brings To The Show … It’s Awesome"

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On Tonight’s episode of This Is Us (9PMEST/8PMCST) none other than Sylvester Stallone will be part of the drama and playing himself, when Kevin, played by Justin Hartley (Ex-Adan Newman, Y&R) is set to work in a major feature film with the icon, and while doing so gets a set visit from his sister, Kate (Chrissy Metz).

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Hartley recently, where he shared his thoughts on the opportunity to work with the man that made “Rocky” and “Rambo” household names, and how he even gleaned some tips on how to have your physique camera-ready for shirtless scenes, and more from Sly!

Hartley relates it was a very cool surprise to have Stallone come onto the smash hit series: “We do these big huge massive ideas and things on This Is Us.  Then you hear about it through the grapevine and think, ‘how are we going to pull that off?’  And then you hear the players they want to get for the story, and they say, ‘We are going to talk to this guy?’  I’m thinking, ‘I am not sure he does television!’ (Laughs) The show is that good though, that people want to be a part of it.  If you can get Sylvester Stallone to be a part of it then you know you are doing something right.  So much star power he brings to the show … it’s awesome.”

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As to what transpires when the starstruck Kevin meets Mr. Stallone, and what type of film they are supposed to be working on, Justin revealed: “It’s a kind of like a war movie, period piece.  It’s a big budget movie, and we got the main man to come to it, and so it doesn’t really get any better than that.”

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Working in scenes with Sylvester Stallone on This Is Us, was actually not Hartley’s first encounter with the film star.  Justin recalls, “I had actually met Sylvester Stallone, previously.  We work out at the same gym, sometimes.  One of the first questions I asked him, which was right before I filmed the movie, Bad Mom’s Christmas was because I had take my shirt off one, or two, or in ten of the scenes. (Laughs) I asked him, ‘What is a quick pump thing that you do right before scenes like that?’  I asked that because no one has done more than Sly has – maybe he and Arnold Schwarzenegger – those I would say are the two.  So, Sylvester gave me some pointers on how to look good before your scenes.  We talked about that, and we took some photos together.  He’s fantastic.  Sly is a guy who has been doing it for decades and decades,and doing it well, plus he has been writing, directing, painting, as well as acting.  The guy does it all!”

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Later, Justin would learn that Stallone actually thought he played for a major sports team when they first met!  “We did not talk about the show,” expressed Hartley  “I did not think he knew who I was at all, but I remember the day I came back to the gym.  One of the trainers told me, ‘Sly was asking what football team you played for?’ He thought I was a wide receiver!  I said, ‘That’s nice.  I will take that!’  Being an A-list celebrity, I can clearly say that Sly is also an amazing human.”

Make sure to watch This Is Us on NBC tonight, and let us know what you think of Justin’s comments on Stallone, and if you love Mr. Hartley as Kevin Pearson on the hit series in the comment section below!

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”This Is Us” is a powerful series..
It holds humor, intense drama, intruge, and it’s heart ..
It truly is a primetime soap that makes you laugh and makes you cry.
It is realistic life ..

Justin is awesome, the whole of the cast is perfection..

I actually look forward to the next episode.

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Sylvester Stallone : in my generation plus … I would go their and say… absolutely this man is an icon.

growing up.. in my family.. we grew up with: go their

John Wayne
Elvis
Bruce Lee

Rocky – yeah.. I love the underdog.. and have admired SS from the getgo. it’s more than – HIS – action films.. he resonated with the public.. no matter what “Hollywood” means

the American public and world around.. he made it

I just love when… actors who are from the old skool.. and yeah.. he may have.. 1976.. the era of old Hollywood accepted him.. and from Rocky to the expendables.. he melded his walk

I am so proud and honored that NBC “this is us” WON… and beat out so much of the cable outlet

MUST SEE TV… absolute

just a huge congratulations to the best guy(s) TWO Adams who are force to be reckon.. Y&R .. or is it CBS are so stupid to not bring back Michael Muhney.

SONY ! be real.

Justin Hartley – you have so much star … you are the best.. keep it

love you

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I love This is Us and Justin so does my friend,oh by the way nice look with the diaper ,I laughed so hard when I saw that just wish that it had fallen off lol. Justin is one hot looking man and on top of that he is a terrific actor.Deb and I just love you.

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DAYS Camila Banus Talks Stabi’s Heartbreaking Love Story; Matthew Ashford Melissa Reeves Chat On JnJ Reunion On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

In the latest can’t miss ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives‘ podcast, two major interviews are the focus of the episode.  First, Camila Banus who had been turning in bravura performances as Gabi, discusses with host. Michael Fairman, her reaction to finding out that Brandon Barash (Stefan) was being killed-off the NBC soap opera, now that Gabi’s love, Stefan is brain-dead.

The duo who became so popular as “Stabi” reveals why Gabi and Stefan’s love/hate relationship worked so well, and those sexed up love scenes.  Later in the interview Camila discusses her recent scenes with Sal Stowers (Lani) where Gabi wants Lani to get down on her knees and beg for forgiveness for Lani shooting Stefan, even though he got in the line of fire to save his mother, Vivian (Robin Strasser).  In addition, Camila talks about working with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and how Julie hurled some minority slurs at Gabi shortly before her heart-attack.

Then in a very special roundtable chat, Matthew Ashford (Jack) and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) chat with Fairman about playing those key scenes where Jack rescues Jennifer from Dr. Shah, hits his head, and then finally his memories come flooding back.   The duo known as ‘JnJ” talk about their storied on-screen history, and tease what may happen in the next leg in their storylines.

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So, what did you think of the conversations with Camila and Matt and Melissa? What do you hope happens next for Gabi  … for Jack and Jennifer? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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Make sure to check out Benard’s new site, and let us know if you might be picking up one of the “State of Mind” shirts for yourself via the comment section below.

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Dynasty

DYNASTY Ups Four To Series Regulars As Season Three Kicks-Off

Just in time for the start of the new season of CWs deliciously wicked soap reboot of Dynasty! News on Friday has that four members of the cast have been upped to series regular, meaning they will be pivotal in story and see a lot more screen time.

According to Deadline:  the third actress to play Cristal Jennings, Daniella Alonso, who debuts tonight in the season three opener has been made series regular. Along with the previously recurring: Michael Michele (Dominique Devereaux), Sam Underwood (Adam Carrington) and Adam Huber (Liam), who have now been upped to major cast status.

Additionally, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) seemed to have taken over the the role of Alexis from Nicollette Sheridan.  Is this going to be a doppelgänger story, or not? Time will tell.

The new season gets underway with new showrunner Josh Reims, and Sallie Patrick staying on as an executive producer.

CW’s Dynasty is a modernized reboot of the 1980s primetime soap of the same name, the series follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.

Glad to hear Sam, Adam, Michael and Daniella are series regulars for season three? Watch what happens tonight beginning at 9PMEST on the CW.

 

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