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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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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 they’re approachable? Hello? Soaps, especially one called bold and beautiful, are abt looks before talent. La Flannery really is the only cast member on B&B who you can say is talented. And why’d he think Amber is the only one he can be paired w/? Is he not familiar w/ the cast? Katie, Donna, Jackie are not related to Thomas. And being related in some way has never stopped B&B chars from sleeping w/ each other. Thomas could be in a relationship w/ a man. He has had very few partners and hasn’t had a romantic onscreen rel in years. Oh wait a minute, according to Brad bell’s writing there are no lgbtq people in LA fashion. LOL.

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

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.

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 Jennifer Finnigan was Bridget.

As for talented B&B actors, there are very few. No one is on the level of a Susan Flannery. Kim Matula and Zack Conroy are ok/good. Alley Mills can be good given the right storyline. Same w/ Lesli Kay, that is whenever they ask her to be on B&B. The rest of them range from mediocre to awful. KKL is ok but is often overshadowed by Flannery. Ronn Moss is terrible. Don Diamont is even worse than Moss! Beemer is crappy. Lowder’s acting is a joke. Moss, Diamont, Beemer and Lowder are only on B&B bec of their good genes. Tom is overrated. SJB can’t rise above her boring char. Jack Wagner and Hearst are hammy. LAD overacts. Frantz and Clifton chew the scenery. JMW has regressed.

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.

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.

His wife is very attractive,nice interview.

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OLTL’s Erika Slezak Recalls Viki’s Breast Cancer Battle, Pays Tribute to Andrea Evans, and Shares Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Those Who Reached Out on the Passing of Her Daughter, Amanda

One of the all-time classic breast cancer storylines of the soaps was that of Viki’s on One Life to Live. Back in 2000 and into 2001, the character went through many trials and tribulations trying to face the disease, which again afforded the iconic Erika Slezak to be featured in another dramatic storyline, which at the same time helped so many female viewers.

As part of last week’s virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story, Slezak chatted with co-host Michael Fairman about her remembrances of the important storyline, the passing of her co-star, Andrea Evans (ex-Tina) to breast cancer, and took a moment to address the fans and those who reached out to her following the sudden death of her daughter, Amanda Davieback at the end of January of this year.

While Erika has still been in mourning, she took the time to be a part of the night and wanted to contribute her voice to the benefit, and we cannot thank her enough.

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Speaking on how Viki dealt with her diagnosis of breast cancer, and at the time being in a relationship with a younger man, Ben (played by Mark Derwin), Erika shared, “It was a very good story to tell because Viki, who had always been strong and by herself and tough and ‘I can deal with anything’, suddenly couldn’t deal with it. She was afraid. There was the whole relationship with Ben that was going on, and she didn’t want him to be a part of it. So that was separate, and the day that Vicki checked into the hospital, the last shot was me sitting on the end of the bed, sort of my dangling my feet over it, completely alone because she didn’t want anybody else to know.”

“Ben was around in the hospital and eventually found out that she was there and wanted to be a part of her life. But she didn’t want it,” Erika added. “She couldn’t deal with it. It was a frightening thing for her because it had been caught too late to treat. She had to have a mastectomy and a reconstruction and she had never been faced with such a very personal trauma. I mean, yes, she had Niki and all the others (Viki’s alters), but this was a physical thing that she could not control. It was a very powerful story, I think.”

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One of the memorable moments from the story was when Viki sang the Gloria Gaynor hit, I Will Survive. Slezak remembers, “That was at Crossroads. She was singing to herself, I Will Survive, and she was desperately trying to believe it, as we all do when we deal with something horrible.”

In tribute to her former co-star, Andrea Evans, who started on One Life to Live as a teenager in 1978 and who died in July of 2023 at 66-years-old, Erika expressed, “Andrea grew up so beautifully and she was so talented that the person that she really was, who was a a kind and loving woman, could play so many different levels of Tina. I had such admiration for her for that. It wasn’t in her nature to be Tina, but she played the hell out of it. She really did. Her first day on the show, her hair was down to the back of her knees. She was just a kid, and she grew up to be a wonderful woman.”

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Speaking emotionally about Andrea’s personal life, Erika recalled, “I think one of the proudest moments of her life is when she got her daughter Kylie, she was so happy. Audrey, Andrea’s mother, used to bring Kylie to the studio, all the way from California she would fly in. I first met Kylie when she was a year old.  I watched her slowly grow up and it was wonderful. Andrea was a fabulous mother. I never met her husband Steve. I wrote to him after she passed, and he wrote me back a very, very sweet letter. But when Andrea met Steve, it was like her life was almost complete, and then she had Kylie, and that was complete. And it is so, so sad that she died so young.”

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During the conversation, Erika took a second to acknowledge all those who contacted her with their condolences, thoughts and prayers on the passing of her daughter, Amanda, sharing, “I thank all the fans and the people who have written to me. I’ve saved every single card. I’ve responded to every single person because the amount of people who reached out to me is just astonishing. I have a pile that it’s two feet high of cards and letters that people wrote to me. And I’m very, very grateful because this is the hardest thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”

You can watch the conversation with Erika below on the replay of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer. The six-time Daytime Emmy-winner appears at the 34:17 mark in the show. Below that is a playlist of scenes from Viki’s breast cancer storyline on One Life to Live.

Now let us know, what did you think of Viki’s breast cancer storyline? Erika’s words on the late Andrea Evans and her “thank you” to all for sending their condolences to her and her family during their difficult time? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson Talks on Ashley’s DID Storyline, the Challenges of the Alters, and Working with Trevor St. John

The Young and the Restless two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Eileen Davidson, has recently been given the ball by series executive producer and head writer, Josh Griffith to tell the ltin the latest of Ashley Abbott’s emotional struggles. This time, Ashley has splintered into multiple personalities: Ash, Mrs. Abbott, and Belle.

Given Ashley’s history (which has included several mental breakdowns), Y&R has chosen to revisit her psyche in a brand new twist in 2024 by launching a Dissociative Identify Disorder storyline. When things spiraled downward to her marriage to Tucker (Trevor St. John), and a flashback to a car crash which took her unborn baby in 2003, Ashley began to hear voices in her head and her alters began to emerge.

Speaking live on a virtual appearance on Tuesday on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Davidson shared her thoughts on the storyline, how she crafted Ashley’s various alters and what she thinks of her co-star, Trevor St. John.  Here’s a few key remarks from the chat below.

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Eileen talked about Ashley’s overall emotional make-up, explaining, “Everybody always talks about her being so strong and so together, and they don’t like seeing her weak. I’m like, ‘Ashley’s never been as strong and together. She’s had issues from the gate out of the gate … years … forever.’  She had amnesia. She had all sorts of issues. I love her fallibility and her vulnerability.”

Taking on the different personalities is a challenge, but Davidson pointed to one, in particular, that she feels is the hardest to play, “Ash has been the most difficult one,” explained the actress. “Because I didn’t want to do anything too broad and too ‘teenagery.’  So it was just trying to be honest about somebody who’s kind of young and sees the world in a certain way and is perhaps defensive and is an angry teen.”

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However, embodying Ms. Abbott was a lot easier for Davidson. “It wasn’t hard for me to figure her out,” she expressed. “It was the very first time she was introduced on paper. She’s in Tucker’s hotel room. She’s breaks in. I’m like, ‘Okay. she’s sitting in the chair and it, it says kind of like a ‘Sharon Stone-type moment.’  I felt pretty comfortable embodying that in control, kind of toying with a man. She knows how to put on vulnerability and softness to get what she wants, but is always in control. And her ugly side shows more and more as the story has been coming out.”

The newest alter to emerge was Belle. Davidson shared how much she knew of the alter before she began playing her, stating, “They gave me southern, flirtatious, likes tequila, and always looking for a guy’ and I was off to the races. It’s been really, really fun for me. I didn’t want her to sound like she’s from the South completely, because Ashley is not from the South. It’s just a persona of how Ashley thinks a southern person sounds. So, she’s not playing a southern character. She’s playing a personality that thinks she’s southern. It’s very different.”

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Currently, it looks like Tucker’s life may be on the line as Ashley’s alters want to get rid of him once and for all.  Eileen explained why, revealing, “The most fascinating thing about DID and what I kept trying to inject into the performance is these alters are created to protect somebody. They all believe they’re protecting Ashley. Ms, Abbott thinks the way to protect Ashley is to kill Tucker because Tucker’s caused Ashley so much pain. So I mean, from that aspect, it’s good daytime drama.”

A lot of times in DID storylines, a very traumatic event from the childhood is revealed which caused a person to fracture into a multiple personalties. When Davidson was asked if she thinks something will come to light that the audience never knew happened to Ashley, she responded, “You would think so, right?  I mean, why not? The one thing that’s true about Ashley is that she had a traumatic childhood. Her mother abandoned her when she was very young, and then found out in her early twenties that her father wasn’t her biological father. So, who knows what happened. Whether or not they choose to explore that, I’m not sure. You have to kind of keep reinventing things to keep them interesting. I think like that stands true for characters (on a soap) as well.”

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Over the years, Eileen has worked with several leading men. When asked how she feels the dynamic is working with Trevor St. John, she enthused, “I love working with Trevor. I just told him you breathe fresh air into the scenes. We work well together. We don’t really know what the other one’s going to do (in a scene), but we play off of each other. There’s a huge trust factor and that has been there from the get-go. When I first started working with Treb, I told him, ‘We got lucky.’ When you meet somebody out of the the blue and you start working together, we just had something and it just worked beautifully. I always know that when I work with Trevor, it’s going to be a terrific experience.”

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Watch the full conversation with Eileen below.

Now let us know, which of Ashely’s alters do you enjoy seeing the most? Do you think something happened to Ashley as a child that we never knew about that is causing her DID? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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(INTERVIEW) William deVry Talks on His Roles in Hallmark’s ‘A Whitewater Romance’, New Film ‘Pocket of Hope’ and His Time on the Soaps

For soap favorite, William deVry life-after-daytime has been reinvigorating, filled with new projects and new directions. This Saturday, May 11th he can be seen in the latest rom-com from Hallmark, A Whitewater Romance (8pm ET/PT) starring Cindy Busby as Maya and Ben Hollingsworth as Matt who play intense business rivals, and featuring Will as Jim Burdett, set against the backdrop of the outdoors and Canada.

In addition, Wil has been busy prepping other projects in which he is executive producing and starring including: Colt & McQueen and Christmas in Bordeaux, and producing and starring in a very dramatic departure for deVry, as the lead in the new true-life story feature film, Pocket of Hope.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Wil to get the lowdown on his latest and upcoming roles, his expanding career aspirations, and to get his reflections on his three main soap roles: Julian Jerome on General Hospital, Storm Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful and Michael Cambias on All My Children. Read on for what deVry has been up to of late and his reflections of the past.

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In A Whitewater Romance, you play the character of Jim Burdett, tell me about him?

WIL: My character runs this whitewater rafting company and the deal is that there’s a corporate retreat that is organized at my company. Jim is sort of old school. He’s been running the company for quite a lot of years. Jim’s not social media savvy. In the story, Maya and Matt get there, and they end up obviously enjoying themselves at this corporate bonding retreat. They discover that Jim was going to close down the company. He stayed open specifically to accommodate this corporate retreat. And then, of course, Cindy Busby’s character, and Ben Hollingsworth character do this little online thing for Jim and get business booming. Before he knows it, the entire summer is booked with clients and they basically saved his company. It’s a feel-good movie with beautiful, stunning locations.

And, are you a good guy in this?

WIL: It’s almost like, wait!  Will is playing good guy? It’s funny because our director, Jason Bourque knows I’ve been playing bad guys for so long. Even the Christmas movie that I did with Terry Hatcher, Christmas at the Chalet, I went through such an arc. My character was so focused in his business and kind of unhappy because he was living his life for other people, and you don’t really realize that you might be slightly unhappy because you don’t take time to do inventory for yourself. In A Whitewater Romance, Jason had this idea that I was this really kind of ‘happy-go-lucky’ guy. And by the second day of shooting, he goes, “I think maybe Jim is a former military …” We both laughed because it was a subtle joke, because you know, I can be a little bit serious.

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How was it to work with Ben and Cindy?

WIL: Great. Cindy being a lead, they set an example for everybody. Cindy is so low key and very friendly, and basically the trailer door is open if you want to discuss anything. Ben was also a producer on this. He might have had a little more stress on him than just sort of acting. But honestly, you couldn’t tell. Both of them had a good sense of humor. I would work with either one of them in a heartbeat again.

You have some exciting news to share; as you are about to be the lead in a new film?

WIL: Yes, I’m the lead in a new film called Pocket of Hope. It’s based on the true story of Chad Gaines, and I am playing Chad. It’s a beautiful movie. It’s in the present day with Chad talking with his daughter. He’s always been reluctant to share his past with her, and because there was a lot of trauma involved, he didn’t really want to put her through that. She’s no longer a young lady and so he feels now is the time to share that. There are a lot of strong flashbacks in the movie. It goes back between the past and the present, which I think is really engaging. The budget is well over a million dollars. We start filming at the end of May in Los Angeles, and then we will go on location in August to shoot the remaining scenes.

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How do you feel about tackling a dramatic role such as this with tough subject matter?

WIL: It’s a heavy-duty role. There’s a lot of responsibility. I’ve prepared my whole life for these kinds of roles. It’s really exciting to play a true life individual, who has a story to tell. I think it’s a great honor for me and for the director/producer David Kohner Zuckerman, as well. David is wanting to do Chad’s story justice. We’ve got a good team for this. Robert Altman Jr’s, Cora Atlman, is playing my daughter. When you find a troupe that you like to work with and you can collaborate with, you stick together. So, we have David, as I mentioned and also Deran Sarafian, who is consulting on the project. Deran and I have been working on my other project together, Colt & McQueen. We are the luckiest people in the business right now to be working with Deran. He has had a lot of successful pilots that he’s done for Fox, ABC, and NBC and also Marvel and Netflix shows. He was also a producer on House for Fox.

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In Colt & McQueen, you play a former LAPD detective, right?

WIL: Correct. He was basically dishonorably discharged for something that he didn’t do. He is going be trying to clear his name of any wrongdoings. However, in order to make a living, he sort of does these unsanctioned assignments for the captain of the LAPD, who is also on his way out. He’s a good guy. Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) is in it and he kind of plays a man of the streets who goes by “The Professor.” Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth, Port Charles, et al) is in it, and she plays the character with the code name “Leather Jacket” within the LAPD system. We go into production on it in July.

You’re doing your own projects now. That must be liberating in some ways and harder in others.

WIL: I just said, “Look, if I’m going to stay in this business, I have to have some control over my career now as opposed to just auditioning blindly.” That can be a frustrating process. I am learning a lot because I’ve never produced before or executive produced, but the effort is there, and the will to do so is there.

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Speaking of projects, you have another one you are working on, a romantic comedy called Christmas in Bordeaux. What is the theme of that one?

WIL: It’s a tale of family traditions, renewed passions, for love and life and spiritual and cultural awakenings. Finding value in the time we have left. And of course, a happy ending for all involved.

As an actor, when you finally get to the point where you get to act you probably really enjoy that. It’s just the challenges of all the things it takes to get there that can be daunting for a performer.

WIL: As an actor, you have to be so good and so comfortable and embrace the rejection. The rejection has to feed you. It can’t defeat you. However, I kind of do take everything personally. If a casting director doesn’t want to bring me in for something that’s their prerogative. I don’t really get angry about it, but I take it personally because I kind of feel like, they should bring me. I can’t just sit back and accept my fate based on other people’s ideas of what I’m capable of or not capable of. Sometimes my resume is a benefit, and sometimes it’s a detriment. It’s up to me to change the narrative.

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What would you want to say to the GH fans who had been so supportive of you through the years?

WIL: It blows me away how loyal they are, and their passion. I want them to be of aware that. I’m excited to work for myself, and if that doesn’t work out, I am very comfortable going on to do something else with my life. Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) and I had talked about it at one point, and how she absolutely loves the business. I have other things that interest me and move me. I hope every single fan of Julian Jerome comes along on this journey with me.

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Looking back, do you think your best role on the soaps was Michael Cambias on All My Children?

WIL: I think with Michael Cambias that All My Children destroyed the character. I sat down with the executive producer at the time, Jean Dadario Burke, and she said, “You’ll be here as long as you want. We did a focus group and you’ve got a 96% approval rating. That’s through the roof.” Two days later, I was called back into her office as they had fired the head writer. I was told Megan McTavish was coming back and they were going to make my character irredeemable, which as everybody knows, Michael Cambias went on to do horrible things to Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) family and then he was off the show.

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Then, you went on to portray Storm Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful and the heartbreaking suicide storyline which saved Katie’s (Heather Tom) life, but cost Storm his.

WIL: Storm had a lot of potential. When you’re going through such a beautiful, heart-wrenching, horrific story like that, I wanted to give the audience a lot of credit. Soaps have a smart audience. I wanted them to go on the journey with me. I didn’t want to ruin it for them by playing the problem. I didn’t want to create the drama before it was time to pay the price, if you know what I mean. I allowed it to play out on-screen without any foreshadowing. I think that’s why it worked and that’s why it broke everybody’s heart, and I think that’s why it won a Daytime Emmy for Best Drama Series. Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B) trusted me with a vehicle that ended up being the Ferrari for that year. I’m eternally grateful to him.

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Do you ever check out General Hospital nowadays to see how your old castmates are doing and what is happening in Port Charles?

WIL:  I like to check in. I like to see what Kin Shriner (Scott) is up to, and I like to see who’s showing up and who’s going. I like to see Maura West (Ava) who is such a terrific actress and who played my on-screen sister. We had such a good working relationship and I hope she is on the show forever.  I was happy with my eight years on the show. I knew for 18 months it was time for me to leave. I knew in my heart the character was done. Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) was thrilled with how I left the show. Those six and a half years on General Hospital were a lot of fun. I really loved going to work.

So, will you be watching William deVry in ‘A Whitewater Romance’ this weekend on Hallmark? What do you think about his upcoming projects and roles? Miss him on daytime? Comment below.

 

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