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REVENGE Gabriel Mann Interview: Season Three Preview, Nolan & Ems, Hamptons Messed Up Love Life & Twitter!

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After the complicated twists and turns of season two of ABC’s hit primetime soap drama in the Hamptons, Revenge, season three looks by all accounts to have been freshened up and streamlined so viewers can continue to invest in the characters they love and hate … or, in the case of Revenge, think they love and hate until the next bombshell drops!

One of the most charismatic cast members of the series, who is adored by fans worldwide, is Gabriel Mann, who plays the ingenious and cunning software inventor and computer hacker, Nolan Ross.  While Nolan is best buds with his “Ems”, Emily Thorne (AKA Amanda Clarke) their relationship has been on a bit of a rocky road of late.  Meanwhile in season two, Nolan’s love life was a big ole’ mess: there was that girl, and yes, there was that guy.  In addition, Nolan found himself in the middle of plenty of peril and danger thanks to the Graysons!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Gabriel to chat about his presence on Twitter, which rivals no other from the ABC drama, what he thought of the conundrum Nolan found himself in season two, and where it’s all heading for the beloved character as we kick-off season three Sunday night at 9PMEST/8PMCST!

I love how enthusiastic you are on Twitter for your show!  You are really into it. You have truly harvested that whole aspect of social media for promoting, touting, and engaging fans who watch Revenge!   How come you decided to take social media by storm?

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GABRIEL:  I realized it was a show that is so fan driven, that it only makes sense as that feedback started to roll in as the series had been going for awhile.  It was really nice to have that interaction with people. It became really nice to have this organic process of getting people’s feedback and the way that consciously or unconsciously it will start to play in the way things go on the show.  Whether it be the performance, or what have you, that is a real miracle of modern technology and social media.  We are so lucky that this year we have everyone from our show runner, Sunil Nayar, down to give or take a few of our actors who have not jumped on the bandwagon yet.  We have our writers, producers, and showrunner on Twitter!  I think it makes for a sort of more in-depth way of experiencing the show than just watching it.

What did you think about season two for Nolan and his confusing love life?  He had this relationship with Padma (Dilshad Vadsaria), and then there’s his ex Marco (E. J. Bonilla), who walks back into his life!  Were you saying to yourself, “Where is this going?”  Did it kind of seem to get lost in translation to you in the middle of the story?

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GABRIEL:  I think we all were like, “Where is this going with the show?” (Laughs)  So much of the time we don’t know what is going to happen next, but I think season three is very much refocused.  We are out of the boardroom and back to the beach!  I would say sexual manipulation is a big part in season three. We got to explore what Nolan would be like if he had a High School sweetheart and a prom date in season two.  And certainly now that has been destroyed, I think he is busier now taking numbers and not taking names this season.   Is it love …or, is it revenge?  I think we will have to wait and see!  Nolan is not on the path to looking for true love. Whether he stumbles across it, who knows?  Would that make me scared for the character who plays his love interest? Yes, because it usually doesn’t end well for people who fall in love with Nolan!  (Laughs)

What do you think now about the friendship between Emily (Emily VanCamp) and Nolan?  It has endured, but there seems to be some significant trust issues there!

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GABRIEL:  Absolutely!  I think there will continue to be trust issues between the two of them, but I think at the very least, there is a common ground and common understanding between the two of them that is a jumping off point for where this season begins.  I think they now have a common interest in taking down a common enemy, because they both have been hurt in very deep and irreparable ways by this very devious, evil, and ubiquitous family.  I think that will set them up in a similar path in season three.

Do you think this character of Nolan Ross is everything you now want it to be?  It really took off for you when the audience, and I presume the writers, took notice of how well you delivered the one-liners and zingers, and then you were able to bring the dramatic elements to it in your performance.  You seem to have shaped this role and informed it.

GABRIEL:  Thank you, that’s a good way to put it.  For me, you want to be just more than a one-liner.  It really was important for me to find the heart and soul of who this guy was, and sort of keeping the balance of being great with a quip, but at the same time having a heart as big as Texas, and at the same time sort of being able to be kind of devious.  Somewhere in between those three things is where I firmly wanted this character to live.

So, as we head into the premiere of season three, what do you think we can expect for Nolan’s journey?  Is he getting to the place where you want him to be?

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GABRIEL:  I am really happy as to where we have come so far, but I am even more excited to continue to explore where he goes next.  I think we have seen what it looks like when Nolan has his heart broken.  We have seen what it looks like when Nolan is very, very angry.  We have seen what it looks like when Nolan is out for blood.  So now what happens when he is all of those at once?  It’s about taking all of those elements and infusing them together.  Yeah, I think we will see a little bit older, a little bit wiser, and a little bit tougher, but certainly as sharp as ever Nolan Ross in season three!

So, Revenge fans, what are you hoping for Nolan Ross for season three of the series?  Romance, revenge, or something else?  Are you enjoying Gabriel’s performances?  Share your thoughts below!

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Another great interview Thanks Michael. Love Nolan and Gabriel Mann is such a sweetheart <3 This Aussie fan cannot wait for Revenge Season 3 to start. So excited about Justin Hartley joining the show and breaking some hearts. My poor Nolan to get out of jail .

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Lovin Gabriel Mann/Nolan Ross.., he is awesome!!
Season 3 of Revenge will be great, looking forward to its return tomoor night!!!
Revenge and Scandal are 2 must see prime time soaps!! Drama at its best!!

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I love Revenge and haven’t missed an episode! I LOVE Nolan/Gabriel… he is my favorite character and actor on the show. I wish we saw more of him! Gabriel is very talented and extremely interesting… I just want to see more and love the complexities he brings to Nolan. I want more of Nolan with Emily/Amanda and more of Nolan with everyone else… love Gabriel as Nolan!!!

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I would love to see E.J. Bonilla return as Marco and have that relationship explored. I really didn’t get any sense of closure or understanding of the dynamics between Marco and Nolan.

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Oh yes! My “favorite fabulous fashionisto” finally returns!!!!! Nolan is simply adorbs….love his witty, urbane humor, way with words, unwavering loyalty and of course, his cool, preppy goes haute look. A better BFF could not be desired….so envious of Ems!!! That being said, the show is always at its prime when Mr. Ross is gracing the screen with his presence….as far as I’m concerned, there is no “Revenge” without Gabriel Mann!!! He is like the ultimate, essential fashion accessory come to colorful life….and speaking of, hope his new digs include a massive walk-in wardrobe….would like nothing better than to see… Read more »

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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