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The Adam Gregory Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful

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In a BOLD move, The Bold and the Beautiful decided to take the character of young Thomas Forrester in a new direction by re-casting the role with an actor with model good looks and sex appeal… actor Adam Gregory.  But it’s not just all about the looks. Adam’s portrayal looks to be a chip-off-the-old-block of the younger days of stubborn and cocky Ridge Forrester, Thomas’s on-screen father.  Now, hell-bent on getting his piece of the Forrester pie and then some, Thomas is going to create quite the buzz and stir the pot, and attempt the ultimate takeover of Forrester Creations.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Gregory in his dressing room at the set of the CBS sudser to discuss: Taking over the role from Daytime Emmy winner, Drew Tyler Bell, the difficulties playing dark, swarthy and sexy, growing up as the nerdy theatre guy, and transforming into a buff stud with a heart of gold, and working with the B&B superstars from Ronn Moss, (Ridge) Hunter Tylo, (Taylor) to Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke).

Now, with Thomas’s fashion show debut of his men’s line, all bets are off on who is going to eventually run the house of Forrester fashion.  And what about Thomas’s love life?  That is a question that leaves us pondering after chatting with Adam.  Something is in the works here, but what?  Charming, sensitive, and witty are three of the things we came away with from our chat with this B&B newbie and hottie, and we hope you feel the same.  Check out, Adam!

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MICHAEL:

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You now have the task of making Thomas your own.  Drew Tyler Bell, your predecessor, won a Daytime Emmy for the role.   He wins an Emmy and then the show decides to go in another direction with the character and casts you.  Was that weird for you in any way, coming into that situation?

ADAM:

I just never really thought about it that way.  I came in with a whole different mindset.  I had never seen any of Drew Tyler Bell’s clips as Thomas.  I had an image of what Thomas was in my own head.  I think that is really the best thing one can do stepping into a situation like this, and that is, making Thomas my own.  I hear Drew did a great job, and obviously he did, he won a Daytime Emmy.  Yes, it is shoes to fill, but there is no such thing as too big of shoes to fill, right?

MICHAEL:

In another odd twist, Scott Clifton (Liam) and you were up for the same role of Ty Collins on 90210 and again for B&B.  Tell us what went down.

ADAM:

Scott and I were up for the same role, apparently for 90210. Scott made light of this when I finally came on-set here at B&B.  During the 90210 casting for the role of Ty, there was screen testing. They could not find anybody, and then they found out at 90210 that I could sing.  And so they brought me at the last minute and offered me the role. So I was sure Scott hated me!

MICHAEL:

So did Scott Clifton (Liam) and you actually audition against each other for the role of Liam?  Since you already went up for the same role on the primetime series 90210, was it a bit like history repeating itself?

ADAM:

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I don’t know if Scott Clifton and I auditioned for the same role at B&B.  That is because when you read for B&B, they use a sample script and use your name in the script.  I had no idea what my character was going to be.  All I knew was that I had to read with Jacqueline Macinnes Wood (Steffy), and that I had to be dark, and like a jerk.  I went and did that test and Scott got the role of Liam, and then I got a call that said, “They didn’t like you for one character, but we have another character for you and we can’t tell you yet.”  And I did not find out I was playing Thomas till a week or two before I started filming.  I knew I had a role on the show, but I did not know till around two weeks before I had to start.  So then, I had to do my homework with only two weeks prep!

MICHAEL:

So what happened when you found out that Thomas was one of the core character’s sons?  You are playing B&B veteran, Ronn Moss and Hunter Tylo’s child.  That is a big deal in soapland.

ADAM:

I did not really think about it.  I just remember them saying, “You look identical to your on-screen father.”  So I looked up Ronn, and I found his hit single with his band, Player, Baby Come Back! (Laughs). It did not really hit me.  I had a lot of work to do and I remember thinking, daytime runs fast, and I was used to 9021-slow!  This is boom, boom, boom, and I feel the soaps are actor’s boot camp.  I don’t think actors not on the soaps realize how much work goes into this every day.   It’s crazy.  I told my wife, anything I do after this is a piece of cake.

MICHAEL:

Had you ever watched an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful in your life to know about Ridge and Taylor?

ADAM:

My grandmother watches B&B.  I was born in 1987 when the show first started airing.  And, that is how long my grandma has been watching.  So B&B was always in the background during my childhood years, and I just wasn’t even aware of it.  Y&R, too, she loves them both.  When I was home sick from school, I would watch them.  But I never really watched soaps on a regular basis.  I was a cartoon kid.  I loved Marvel Super Heroes.

MICHAEL:

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You look like you could play a Marvel Super Hero in the movies.  I bet you want to play one!

ADAM:

Well, yeah. Superman 2013, I am going for that.  I am trying to gain as much weight as possible.  It would be nice. That is an ultimate; in 2013 I get a feature out, whoo-whoo!  I am sure if I got the chance to play Superman, B&B would let me do it! (Laughs)  “You got the role of Superman?  Cool. You’re coming back, right?”  And I would say, “Oh sure.  I am coming back!  I never want to leave.”  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

You are taller than Ronn Moss. What are the numbers?

ADAM:

I am taller.  I think Ronn is 6’2 1/2 and I am 6’3.  I bet it probably burns him up!

MICHAEL:

So on that note, do you guys horse around on set and make jokes with each other?

ADAM:

I have fun and we joke around on the set.  It’s usually about the characters and their scenario type of jokes.  We had fun today, because I was shirtless all day.

MICHAEL:

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It was so odd.  I remember Adam lifting-weights shirtless in front of his sister, for no reason, somewhere!

ADAM:

Yes. I was lifting weights in front of my stepsister, Hope.  But not only was I lifting weights in front of my stepsister, I was lifting weights in the gym shirtless!  And if it that does happen in real life in a gym, you would get thrown out!

MICHAEL:

What is going on between Brooke and Thomas?   They are forming quite the alliance!

ADAM:

Brooke and I re-start up the men’s line, because she originated the men’s line.  What Thomas is doing is that he is intent on going for the CEO chair, which right now belongs to Ridge.  He realizes he has a grip of designs that he has done. Yet, he is insecure about them and he doesn’t know if he should show them.  But then, Thomas sees Steffy getting all this stuff handed to her and he thought, “I really need to fight my way into this company, apparently.”  So, he gets the backbone to show them his designs, since he knows Brooke knows what she is talking about.  She is great with the business, and it’s pure business between them.  Thomas does not care what Brooke has done personally. Thomas is just headed for that CEO chair.  I come into an alliance with Brooke to develop the new men’s line by Thomas Forrester.  So she helps him to do that, and so you can really look forward to the runway show.  It was crazy to shoot!

MICHAEL:

Are you on the runway? Are you wearing any clothes on the runway?

ADAM:

I am on the runway.  I am in a showstopper, and I am wearing a suit.  Of course, it is one of Thomas’s designs.  Isn’t it a Forrester tradition that they always give, or show, a showstopper?

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MICHAEL:

How is Katherine Kelly Lang to work with?

ADAM:

I love that woman.  At the end of a work week, she gets a bit slaphappy.  She always has so much to do every week that you can see why.  So, you could just say silly words to her like “spoon” and it will crack her up.  I just bop her on the nose and she is ready to go.  She is so cute, and I like her very, very, much.

MICHAEL:

Recently on episodes of B&B. there was this notorious “Party Boink” between Oliver and Brooke?  Do you think something like that can happen between Brooke and Thomas?

ADAM:

A Brooke and Thomas affair would be great!  Hasn’t she been with every Forrester?  That is really weird, though.  Simply, didn’t Brooke raise Thomas?  So with that, would that stop Thomas?  That is the thing.

MICHAEL:

You know what is funny, how all the children of the Forrester’s became such great designers in their own right.  When did Thomas become this great designer?

ADAM:

I don’t know.  I can’t draw to save my life.  Thomas probably has Ursula designing them for him!

MICHAEL:

What woman do you think will interest Thomas?

ADAM:

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Well, first of all they need to get a woman who isn’t related to him.  I think the only girl I could go for that is not biologically related is…

MICHAEL:

…Adrienne Frantz as Amber?

ADAM:

…Yeah, and didn’t Thomas and Amber sleep together at one time?   As far as Hope, that would be really awkward, too!  Hope is with Liam right now.  There is so much going on with Hope with Oliver and Liam. You know who I would love to work with?  Ashley Jones (Bridget).  I love her on True Blood! Honestly, I do not know who Thomas is going to be paired with at this point.

MICHAEL:

Do you see your version of Thomas as a “bad boy”?

ADAM:

He is going to be very dark, like an American Psycho-CEO type path, where it does not matter what is in his way.  He has a swagger and strong confidence at this point.

MICHAEL:

Is that easy for you to play: confidence and sexy?  Nic Robuck (James) on the soap One Life to Live, has to play this hunky guy with an edge.  He told me it is the hardest thing for him to play, as it is the furthest from his real self.  Is it the same for you?

ADAM:

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It is.  I think all actors commiserate with me from our high school years.  I was like 5’3” and 100 lbs.  I was a really small and in the drama club.  I was the nerdy guy and I was picked on a lot.  The beauty of acting is you get to pretend to be somebody else in that little moment of time.  It didn’t matter who, but it was better than being in that other world for a second. We are used to being the nerdy, out of the spotlight people in life.  So when we get into these roles, the only thing going for us is that we got to watch the guys before us be studs. So in some ways we are emulating them on how it is to portray a confident guy.  We saw all the attributes, but we did not have those attributes.

MICHAEL:

So are you comfortable with yourself now?  Given the rash of teen suicides via bullying in the news lately, and being that you were picked on in school, what part of that experience has affected you to this day?  What can you tell other high school kids about life after High School?

ADAM:

Well first, I am a five-year-old in every day life with my wife. (Laughs)  I had a really strong group of friends.  It kept me out of it.  I never had any of the peer pressure, because I was in my own little world in my drama club.  Keep your kids active in a good group of kids, is what I would say.

MICHAEL:

But, it had to be tough being picked on.

ADAM:

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I found my own way through it and to get active in your life. Once you are an adult, none of this matters.  I actually went home a little while ago to Ohio.  I had to change my mom’s battery in her car.  I went to the dealership to get the new battery.  The kid that had a locker next to me in school worked there.  And every morning in school, I dreaded going to my locker, because I knew I was going to get shoved into it.  And I got accused in drama club for being gay; no matter if I had a girlfriend, it didn’t matter.  It didn’t matter because you were viewed as an outsider.  I saw him, and everybody in Cincinnati knows I am an actor ever since I did 90210. It was very widespread in my hometown.  And when I went and saw this kid selling me a car battery from a dealership fixing cars, and I was able to have a man-to-man conversation without him having some weird upper hand on me, it was very freeing.  I was able to say, “How are you doing?” And he said, “Good.  I hear you are doing well out there in L.A.”  We were able to finally be adults and high school vanishes at that moment.

MICHAEL:

Do you think the high school “picked on” experience, makes people over-compensate later in adult life?

ADAM:

I don’t know how other people perceive their situation, but when I got out here to L.A. in order to work, I grew in a few ways.  It’s fun to explore the limits of your body.  So I started working out, got bigger, and my nutrition is a lot better.  But it is also about growing up and becoming a better human being, and not so much a spite thing.  It has worked out for me.

MICHAEL:

What do you think of your latest label as B&B or Soap Opera’s newest “Soap Hunk”?

ADAM:

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It is a little weird. STAR Magazine had done a four-page spread on me.  Somehow, they went to my hometown and they got all these pictures, and paid these people for them like friends and family. They did not know any better for a small town, and that is a lot of money and I don’t blame them.  I just wish they had told me first.  But, STAR Magazine did this spread, and the front two pages had something to do with going from being a geek to a hunk. The first page had me with my chubby face with my white pale Ohio skin.  I have a cross-eyed weird expression, and then on the other side there is an image of me on a red carpet.  Then, they had all these other weird photos of me growing up.  I just wanted to die! (Laughs)  But now I look back at it and I realize I was a weird kid.  But man, I would not be here if I wasn’t a weird kid.  It somehow worked to my advantage.  I am grateful, in a way.

MICHAEL:

Your wife and you have been married for 9 months.  How does it work for you and her?  Do you say to her, “Ok, I am going to be kissing other women on the show.  I am going to be shirtless.”  How do you address that?

ADAM:

There is communication with that.  I mean every single successful relationship is about communication.  If I have to do kissing scenes, we have rules.  And I have rules personally, and luckily my rules do not conflict with her rules.  I think I am more stringent than she is. When I see people kissing on television, unless it’s on purpose and it’s suppose to be a romantic episode with two people, and they are slobbering over each other, it ruins it for me and it’s gross.  So luckily, the Forrester’s are sensual men, who are both gentle and yet rough! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Since Jacqueline Macinnes Wood has been off filming a movie for a bit, have you had much opportunity for some on-screen sibling time?

ADAM:

I have worked with Jacqueline. We have not had one on one sibling time yet.  She is great, and she is who I tested with, and our chemistry acting wise was sensational. We feed off each other very well.

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MICHAEL:

Will we see more Taylor/Thomas scenes and problems, now that Thomas is aligned with Taylor’s arch nemesis, Brooke?

ADAM:

There are mother/son tiff’s coming up.  Just Thomas assimilating and working side-by-side with Brooke is going to make Taylor blow her top, and Thomas doesn’t care at all, because he is CEO bound.

MICHAEL:

What did B&B executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, tell you about what is coming up for Thomas?

ADAM:

I have basic direction from Brad.  Thomas has become a man in everything he does, and he has become very cocky. 

MICHAEL:

Since the show decided to flip the character of Thomas when you came in, why now is it explained he suddenly wants to be CEO?

ADAM:

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Thomas has been part of the company for a very long time and he has been waiting for his moment to arrive, like they have been doing to Steffy.  Such as: “Here you go, Steffy! Here are your shares and the PR campaign and the bedroom line.”  She gets everything. Somehow, Thomas just gets left in the corner.  He obviously wouldn’t be working so hard to climb the ladder.  So he is going to take it into his own hands, no matter what.  It does not matter how he gets there and to the top.

MICHAEL:

Adam, so what would you say is a good tease to leave our On-Air On-Soaps audience with?

ADAM:

Well, he has his fashion show coming up.  He has been asexual so far, so I don’t know about a love scene.  I know I am shirtless a lot, but something shocking will happen!  I will say that.

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Mary Ann
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Mary Ann

I love the interview. Adam Gregory is soooo handsome. The first scene he was in, the first thing I said to myself, “Oh my God, he looks alot like, Ronn Moss (Ridge, his on screen father.) He looks like he could be Ronn’s son. He’s going to be around for a while.

Charleston
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Charleston

Don’t know why tall, dark, and handsome Thomas has been asexual. Gay maybe? Since his mom Taylor seems determined to think that Brooke will seduce him. Perhaps she really has nothing to worry about. LOL!

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Charleston, there are no lgbtq chars on B&B. LOL! A soap abt fashion and set in LA has never had any lgbtq designers ever. Isn’t that hilarious?! Brad bell is such a great writer! LOL.

Merima
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Merima

Lol I know, if any soap should have a gay character it should be the B&B, it’s a fact that the fashion world has a lot of LGTB ppl so it’s absurd that a show about fashion in Lala land (L.A/Hollywood) has never had a a character that wasen’t straight.

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Exactly merima! The soap press were constantly commenting abt how they disliked aspects in the storylines for ATWT, GL’s otalia, AMC’s rianca, etc. Those soaps actually had lgbtq chars yet the soap press kept complaining abt how they were handled. Yet when you think abt it, the soap press should be most vocal abt B&B never having any lgbtq chars ever since it’s the soap that should have lgbtq chars! W/ B&B’s bloated cast, they could create an lgbtq storyline instead of all the dumb arcs and useless straight chars.

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Doe

Nice interview, Michael. Adam is very likeable and i hope he does well on B&B. Yes, he is quite handsome, but we have to look past that to see how he can carry out this role. He does resemble his soap father, Ronn Moss. I thought the scene where Brooke was showing him on his body where the suit he had fashioned should be nipped and tucked, and Taylor witnessed it, and then accused Brooke of seducing him, was crazy fun!

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Is Adam Gregory a step up in terms of looks? Yes. But is he an improvement in terms of acting? Not at all. DTB was never good anyway, but AG is pretty awful. I dunno abt this interview. AG talking abt how he made it as an actor in LA and how he was talking w/ a former high school acquaintance that was selling him car batteries seemed like a very subtle way of saying “I’m better”. And what is it w/ hunky actors always talking abt how geeky they were? It’s so annoying. Is it some way of saying… Read more »

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I don’t think she and him should hook up at all its not right.

Merima
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I have now problem seeing Adam as Thomas especially sense DTB has barely been around for the past few years. I think B&B has a lot of talented actors.
Adam is not saying he can’t be paired up with anyone else then Amber, but that he’d like to see Thomas with someone he’s not related to. In a way he is related to Donna and Katie b/c there his stepmother’s sisters and Donna was also his step grandmother and Jackie is his uncle’s mother.

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Adam Gregory needs to brush up on the backstories of B&B and Thomas. If he wants to be paired w/ someone Thomas is not “related” to, then he can’t even choose Amber since Amber was once married to Thomas’s uncle Rick. Everyone is somehow related thru marriage on B&B bec it’s the most incestuous soap, so the best B&B can do is pair Thomas w/ someone he’s not biologically related to like Donna, Katie, etc. It would be icky if they paired Thomas w/ Bridget since she did help raise him when B&B dabbled w/ a Ridge/Bridget pairing when excellent… Read more »

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Musmom

Maybe they have more in common than looks. Ronn Moss is the worst actor in all of daytime. Adam Gregory doesn’t have much talent either.

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I would like to see the character as bi-sexual. He could be sexy as hell. Have sex for sex’s sake and not for love. It would be different and written correctly, compelling.

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His wife is very attractive,nice interview.

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oh my gosh your such a muffin i know he is cute as and i hope you will met him too hehe:)

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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GH Co-Head Writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’ Connor Interview – “Soapmakers of the Year” Honors 2020

In a year which saw production of your favorite soaps shutdown for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone in daytime had to pivot.  As original episodes aired, they eventually ran out, giving way to rebroadcasts, while the audience eagerly awaited the return of the current stories.

At General Hospital, once production resumed over the summer, head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’ Connor had teed-up: surprising homecomings (Dante, Britt) shocking twists and revelations, the conclusion of what will become an all-time soap classic, the Alzheimer’s storyline, dipping into the rich 57-year history of the iconic soap to tie story to the present (Laura, Cyrus, Martin), and crafting stories for its A-list cast which gave 2020 some of its finest on-screen moments.  GH became can’t-miss television again, coming back even stronger than its pre-pandemic self; which also kicked the year off in high-style with the reveal of Nikolas to his family, alive and well, and the long-awaited truth about baby Wiley.

Chris and Dan’s depiction of Mike’s heartbreaking battle with Alzheimer’s gave viewers many tears through its unrelenting and realistic storytelling, plus their commitment to air the standalone episode to honor the passing of the 19th amendment of the women’s right to vote in November.  Both were noteworthy, and illustrated what daytime can do best.

 

Each year, Michael Fairman TV gives our highest honor to a creative or creatives who most delivered to its audience and whose quality of work continues to keep us engaged, on the edge of our seats, or reaching for the hankies. That is why this year’s Soapmkers of the Year honor goes to GH scribes: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor.  Shortly after receiving their acknowledgement, the duo spoke to us about some of the 2020 highlights in Port Charles, and how they work so well together to bring their stories to life.  Here’s what they shared.

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First, and foremost, I want to commend you for the Alzheimer’s storyline  As I’ve shared publicly, my mother died of Alzheimer’s, and I have seen the progression of this disease and the effects it has on a family and loved ones, and the person afflicted with it.  You did a beautiful job of telling every beat of the story within the context of what you could do within a soap opera.  What can you tell me about crafting that and seeing it through to the end?  You never abandoned the story, which at times, can happen on daytime.

CHRISNo, we didn’t abandon it.  Soap operas have a power that I am sure we have acknowledged before, to allow audiences to really get to know characters in a deeper and more profound way than I think most other mediums do.  We get to see characters’ lives day in and day out.  For us to tell a story about Alzheimer’s, which is a disease that is devastating in so many ways, not the least of which is the fact that it can take years to develop and years to finally claim a life, we felt that among our audience, there had to be many people who had experienced this in an up-close and personal way.  So that to tell the story too expeditiously would really deny their experience and would take away from their appreciation of the show as a reflection of reality.  Of course, soap operas don’t do that in every sense on every episode, but when you’re telling a story about a disease that people experience every day, you have an obligation to reflect the real-world experience.  So, by bringing it to a close too fast and by doing it in a way that didn’t honor what at times is the horror of the disease, felt like it would be a cop-out.  We wanted to do our best within the constrictions of the medium to depict that; while at the same time, of course, not wanting to leave people so depressed as to not want to tune back in.  It was a really delicate dance.  We are very grateful to have had the support of the network and Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, GH) ingenious production team as well as a great repertory of actors who were willing and able to give their all to this story.

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Maurice Benard (Sonny) did some of his finest work of his career in this story, and you gave him the ball to do it, and Max Gail (Mike) was amazing.  Two standout episodes included: when Mike passed and was taken to heaven by Courtney (Alicia Leigh Willis) and Mike’s funeral episode.  Did you realize when you were writing it, the impact it would have on the audience?

DANAs for the funeral, I’d say that we knew as we were writing it that not only did we want to give the characters and the audience a chance to say goodbye to Mike, but we also wanted to give the performers a chance to say a goodbye to their relationship with the actor, Max Gail as well.  Max is a fantastic, phenomenal actor, and he formed close relationships with many of our performers.  So, when we wrote the episode, yes, we did want to give the audience a chance to say goodbye to the character, but we also knew that because of the close relationships that these performers have made with each other that the actors were going to bring their all, and it was going to provide the audience with some powerhouse performances.

Did you get emotional seeing it? 

CHRIS:  Oh, personally, I cried.

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I know you both love and appreciate the soap genre and understand that the audience often wants a good cry and is invested in these characters.  So because of that; what’s it like for you when you see these emotional moments play out that start in your mind, go to the page, then to the stage, and now are out in the world for people to see and experience?

CHRIS:  I can’t speak for any of the other writers, but I’m not crying when I’m writing it, but I’m crying when I see it realized and how the actors, and the producers, and the directors realize it.  I personally am always surprised by the nuance and the beats that they find that we, in our first draft kind-of-lifestyle that we have as soap opera writers; where we are writing six or seven episodes per week, we don’t have the time or the luxury to really sit with an episode and mine it for every single beat and every emotion. That’s why we have great directors and great actors who take these scripts and find these extra moments.  So, it is really gratifying to watch – yes, to see something that we’ve imagined be produced and personified, but then to see how the production then takes it in other directions, that’s the best.  I think that’s the most gratifying part of writing for a show, not seeing what you’ve written produced, but seeing how it was parented into life.  When you have a baby, I think you have all sorts of ideas about what the baby will be, and then the baby becomes something else as the result of its environment and of the people who are influencing and guiding it along and that may be a bit of a stretched metaphor, but it kind of feels relative.

As co-head writers of General Hospital, how do you work together to come up with long-term story?  What is your process?

DAN:  Chris and I will meet regularly and discuss the long-term stories that we are telling, and plan to tell, and maybe some adjustments that we have to make along the way.  We get to meet with our writers several days every week as we figure out the best way to tell that story in the form of however many episodes we write a week.  Chris and I also write episodes along with our great breakdown script team, and every week we figure out the best way to either stay on the path of the story we are intending to tell, or find new opportunities or new twists and turns we can take along the way.

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Do you get into friendly, creative disagreements? Is one of you more protective of a certain character than the other? 

DAN:  Chris and I have known each other for close to 15 years at this point, and we are not just colleagues, we are also friends.  There is a certain amount of shorthand that we have with each other which is just invaluable in telling story.  What’s great is that we sometimes come at the story from different angles or we have a different point of view, much like any two fans of the show wouldn’t agree on necessarily everything, but in our discussions about the show’s needs, wants, and haves, and the story trajectory, we ultimately get somewhere better than where either of us could have come up with on our own.  At the same time, there are those moments where we both come to the same idea at the same moment, and that’s definitely when we go, “Okay, we’re onto something good.”

CHRIS:  I can add as a partial translation that I can get really snippy, and Dan has the patience of a saint.  So, often times, I need 24 hours to go away, and sleep on something, and wake up, and say, “Oh Dan, you were totally right about that.  I’m so sorry I was snippy the other day,” and he doesn’t seem to hold it against me.

Do you ever get a writer’s block; as has to happen often with scribes in the unrelenting medium of daytime drama, and if so, I would think having a writing partner would be an asset during those times?

DAN:  I think it’s the nature of the beast.  At a certain point, you might hit a roadblock somewhere, but that’s why having a partner is so valuable that there is somebody else that you can bounce ideas along with, and just as, if not more importantly, our team of writers are always there to sometimes give us even better ideas than what we would have come up with on our own.

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This year you utilized and delved back into a lot of GH history.  How did the idea come about to bring back the character of Jackie Templeton and have former All My Children and NYPD Blue favorite, Kim Delaney, take on the role?

DAN:  Jackie Templeton is a character who has been an Easter egg on the show for many years now.  Whenever we needed to namedrop a famous journalist, she was always our go-to.  It always felt like the character was in the ether of Port Charles for awhile, and we were excited to bring this take-no-prisoners character back and explore her history with Robert (Tristan Rogers), and at the same time, we were finally teed up to tell the story of Finn’s (Michael Easton) falling out with his father and step-mother, and we realized we had a great opportunity to have the character serve both stories and collide with not just Anna (Finola Hughes) and Finn, but Robert as well. Those three played wonderfully with each other. When we heard that Kim Delaney was interested in playing with us, we were just over the moon.  .

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You have also been delving back into Laura’s childhood past and her history. I love that you brought up the death of David Hamilton and her teenage years, which hasn’t been discussed for a very long time on the show while tying it into the present.

DAN:  We were always aware of the story just because we love General Hospital and we love the character of Laura, and there is nothing else like daytime drama, and one of the great things about it is that you can reach decades into the past and expand on stories and themes that the audience actually witnessed. Long reaching history is a tool in our toolbox that not many other series have.  Chris and I love honoring and using our characters’ histories to propel the show into the future with some serious momentum.

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You created and brought the character of  Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) on to the canvas. Was it originally a case of, “We need an uber-villain to come and shake things up,” and then you decided to connect him to Laura?  It’s been an intriguing shocker for viewers.  Jeff is playing the multi-levels of Cyrus with great finesse, and whenever you give Genie something, the fans go nuts, and she, in turn, delivers every time.

CHRIS:  The story of Cyrus has a couple of phases to it.  We wanted to bring on a villain who would not only be an adversary to Sonny, but someone who we could use to really test Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) and Curtis (Donnell Turner), and we knew going in that the first phase of this story would really hit the Corinthos family and also the Ashfords, and as we developed it, we thought about what the act two would be, and we knew that we had an opportunity to really engage Genie Francis and to expand her sphere and expand her footprint on the show, and by connecting her to Cyrus, who is not your typical face or presence for a soap, but is also not your typical person who I think Laura would encounter in her daily life.  So, we knew, as we really developed Cyrus as a villain, that for Laura to find out that this man is her brother, would really allow us to play with Laura in a different context and in a different light and really give Genie a new kind of challenge.

Speaking of Genie, what did you think when you watched back her performance in the episode where you wrote that Laura has to say goodbye to her comatose daughter, Lulu (Emme Rylan), before she was sent off the canvas to a long-term care facility?

CHRIS:  I mean to me, that’s vintage Laura.  I came to General Hospital personally in the late 80s to early 90s, so my experience of Laura really only begins with her, and Luke (Tony Geary), and Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) at the Triple L Diner.  I think that what we’ve gotten to see with Genie is really reflective of the high emotion that she is capable of delivering.  At the same time as the high emotion, you’re also seeing really small human moments that she really breathes a lot of life into.  I can speak for Dan and myself when we say that we are just really thrilled with what she has been able to bring to the screen.  Thrilled, but I guess not surprised.

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Nelle (Chloe Lanier) was such a great interloper and threat throughout the year in story; whether it’s hatching plots to gain custody of baby Wiley, or her “death” scene and confrontations with Carly (Laura Wright).  However, through all of this, when was it decided to make Nina (Cynthia Watros), Nelle’s biological mother?

DAN:  There are very few things that are as exciting on a soap as a character that makes you wonder what they are going to do next, and Chloe and Nelle provided that role with just gusto.  The truth is, the idea that Nelle was Nina’s daughter has been a part of the conception of that character, and over the last few years, the story evolved, and we ultimately got to reveal the truth to the audience.

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As writers, there has to be characters that are just so delicious and treacherous to write for that you have to get a kick out of it! Chloe Lanier is so good that she makes the audience want to slap Nelle when she takes the dialog and then brings it to the screen.  

CHRIS:  It is tremendous fun.  Yes, yes, we love writing for these characters who are willing to do and say anything to get what they want.  We are constrained when writing for characters who have morality.  It takes a moral character a lot of really difficult circumstances for them to make a decision that might go against the grain, but when you have a character like Nelle, who is not shackled by certain societal norms, then you really get to live out the worst impulses that a person could have, and it’s really fun, especially when you take a really great performer like Chloe and see her as Nelle unleash all of the poison that she’s capable of.  At the same time, she can turn on a dime and rip your heart out a little bit when she turns on the water works.

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Ava Jerome’s (Maura West) story this year had her moving into a relationship with Nikolas (Marcus Coloma).  We, the audience, didn’t know how that was going to go – if they were just going to use each other, or ultimately fall in love.  Was that the plan all along … that they would develop deep feelings for each other, or did you want to see how it progressed and played out on-screen, and then make that determination?

CHRIS:  I think that once we saw the chemistry between the two actors, we knew we had gold. So, we wanted to take our time, especially the way that it was constructed.  These were two people who had little use for each other emotionally, and in fact, probably wanted to see one another’s downfall, and that’s what makes it so great to write – that these are people who, in a similar vein as Nelle, don’t live by the same rules as most of the rest of us, and therefore, they might do things to each other that the rest of us would not do to anyone let alone whether we like them or not.  That’s what makes Ava and Nikolas so delicious is that from one moment to the next, you don’t know if they’re going to hatch a plot against each other or fall into bed and ravish each other. That’s what I think we hope to continue to play as we go forward because they certainly have very strong, passionate feelings for one another.  When you’re talking about Ava and Nikolas, these are two people who do not have a lot of fans necessarily in Port Charles, and there are a lot of people who don’t necessarily want to see them achieve happily ever after.  Knowing that there was so much initial mistrust and suspicion between the two of them could really provide the foundation for their own undoing or their undoing from someone who does not want to see them happy.

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Back in November, GH made good use of a standalone episode spotlighting the history of the women’s right to vote and the suffrage movement; just as the presidential election was happening.  What made you decide to write this special show, and how do you feel it turned out as it also spotlighted the female cast?

CHRIS:  We had long intended to honor the one hundred years of American women’s suffrage with a special episode to air on the anniversary of the 19th amendment’s passage, but we missed the date due to the pause in production.  We realized we had a second chance as the election neared.  Going forward was a no-brainer. The biggest challenge was in distilling such an epic story into one episode. We think ABC would do well to consider a spinoff: “Port Charles, 1920”

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You have such a powerhouse cast to write for.  It’s loaded.  It’s got to be a challenge for you to construct the story for GH when you’ve got to front burner people and back burner people, and then you’ve got these huge daytime stars all in one show.

DAN:  It’s an embarrassment of riches to have a cast as talented as we do quite frankly.  We are fortunate enough that we know that we have these amazing performers that we can trust with whatever stories that we throw their way.

CHRIS:  I will say that we do have a great cast.  They’re all wonderful, and when you have a show that is only approximately 35 minutes of airtime on any day, it’s a real balancing act to make sure that everybody gets a story that really is worthy of their talents, and we’ve got one for everybody.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of which story takes precedence in which moment, which is why occasionally some characters aren’t featured on a daily basis, but you can bet your bottom dollar that they will be.  If you were to ask me, “Who are the standouts?”  I would say all of them.  You saw this year: Maurice Benard, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Maura West, Genie Francis, and Laura Wright (Carly) to name but just a few.  They’ve all done such fantastic work, and we can’t wait to give them more material to give them more moments to shine.

DAN:  A priority of ours is every week, we meet up and look (well, it’s virtual now during Covid-19) at the big board of our cast photos and we go through each character and always make sure that they have some story percolating even if it’s not on the air at the moment.

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As we close out 2020, and look forward to 2021, any parting thoughts, and perhaps a tease of what GH fans can look forward to in the New Year?

CHRIS:  In general, I would just say that despite all of the challenges of the year, we are really grateful to our cast and the crew back in Los Angeles for realizing and improving the show that we imagined, and we are so excited for everything that is coming in 2021.  We hope to continue to throw a lot of surprises at the audience, and at the same time give them a lot of moments and stories of heart and love and excitement.

So, what did you think of the year in story on General Hospital in 2020? Share your thoughts on Chris and Dan’s comments and their year-end honors via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stephen Nichols and Lucas Adams Talk Salem Longevity, Tripp’s Predicament and Their Co-Stars

Days of our Lives stars Stephen Nichols (Steve “Patch” Johnson) and his on-screen son, Lucas Adams (Tripp Dalton) are in the middle of plenty of drama on the long-running NBC daytime drama, which recently celebrated its 55th anniversary in November and its 14,000 episode milestone in December.

In a new chat with Michael Fairman on the Michael Fairman Channel, Stephen reveals his surprise at still being with the iconic show. while Lucas talks about how his first run on DAYS came to an abrupt end, but now he is deep in-story involving Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and the brother he is yet-to-know he has, Charlie (Mike Manning), who is Allie’s actual rapist.

Both Stephen and Lucas discuss having the opportunity to work with Daytime Emmy winner Tamara Braun (Ava) again, as well as James Lastovic (Joey) in recently aired scenes. In story, Ava has returned back-from-the-dead and realizes she has major trouble brewing with her two sons, Tripp and Charlie.  How will it all play itself out?

 

Check out what Stephen and Lucas shared below.  Then, be on the lookout beginning this week, as Steve and John (Drake Hogestyn) work together to figure out who is responsible for Allie’s rape and just who is the biological father to her child, when it is not Tripp!

Share your thoughts on the sentiments shared by Stephen and Lucas in the interview via the comment section.

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