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THE ADRIENNE FRANTZ INTERVIEW – THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

AdrienneMain.jpgBy Michael Fairman

TV SOAP:

So what is going on with Amber and her romance with Daniel?

ADRIENNE:

She slept with Adrian, thinking Daniel had slept with a girl, thanks to Phyllis who doctored a picture. She made it look like Daniel had cheated on her. Amber was on tour and she didn’t know. When she found out that, Amber was feeling really down. Then Amber got really drunk and she and Adrian accidentally slept together.

TV SOAP:

That seems to happen a lot to Amber… she sleeps with a lot of guys on the soaps.

ADRIENNE:

Only three… that’s not bad.

TV SOAP:

How was doing the scenes with Eyall Podell (Adrian) that led to Amber and Adrian hopping into bed? Did it bug you that seemed like such an obvious plot device to break up Amber and Daniel?

ADRIENNE:

I always, ‘go-with-the-flow’ with whatever the writers have in mind, which makes it interesting. Some actors get so upset when they break up their characters, and I am not like that. I am like, “Oh cool. Give me something more to play with.” You can only be so happy for so long in daytime, and couples can only stay happy for so long until it gets boring. Even though, Amber and Daniel weren’t getting boring, they needed to have something to shake them up a little bit.

TV SOAP:

Will they keep the Phyllis and Amber feud going?

ADRIENNE:

I hope that the writers will keep Phyllis at Amber’s throat.

TV SOAP:

They will be bitter rivals!

ADRIENNE:

Amber and Phyllis will never like each other, because Amber doesn’t think she deserves respect…. just because of everything Phyllis has done. Even though Phyllis is still her boss, she still doesn’t respect her. The other day Phyllis is like, “Have you been ignoring me?”, and Amber is like, “What do you want Phyllis?”.  Amber won’t let Phyllis give her crap because she stands up for herself.

TV SOAP:

How is working with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis)?

ADRIENNE:

It’s fun working with Michelle, because I have known her forever. I have known every one as a kid, and it just makes a good dynamic. I can hold my own with them.

AmberDan.jpgTV SOAP:

Do you think Amber and Daniel will ever get together?

ADRIENNE:

I think they really do love each other. I think this is hurting them a lot, but there is some other stuff, that transpires that hurts Amber even more. It’s actually not Amber’s fault what happened, and leaves it for a really good storyline…. let me tell you!

TV SOAP:

Will we have big storyline for Adrienne Frantz coming up on “Y&R”?

ADRIENNE:

There is an interesting story coming up.

TV SOAP:

You seem to always be on the show and mixed-in various scenes. Why do you think that is?

ADRIENNE:

I don’t know. I think that Amber brings a lot to the scene, whatever that might be, whether it be comic relief, or whatever that it is, and spices it up a little bit. She is kind of like the extra salt you put in when you are cooking.

TV SOAP:

Why do you think the audience relates to her?

ADRIENNE:

I think some people are like her in that they are flawed. They don’t think about the consequences. They are not truly bad people, but they just don’t think of what the repercussions could be. With Amber, she is a very believable character. You would have someone like that be your friend. I am a little bit like her… but not a lot.

AdrienneSet.jpgTV SOAP:

What parts of Adrienne are like Amber then?

ADRIENNE:

I am very impulsive. I have found myself getting into trouble, because I am very impulsive. I am a, “go-with the-flow” kind of girl.

TV SOAP:

Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) winning the Daytime Emmy…. what were your thoughts on that great moment? Amber and Kay had some award winning scenes from the “Out of the Ashes” storyline!

ADRIENNE:

I was beyond excited. I guess I had always thought she had won one before, and I knew she got the Lifetime Achievement award. I was shocked that she never won the Lead Actress Emmy. Susan Lucci (Erica, “AMC”) won, and Jeanne had never won? I was so thrilled, and I know how much she deserved it. Jeanne was phenomenal in those scenes, and I love working with her, and we have so much fun doing scenes together, and we flow off of each other so beautifully.

TV SOAP:

It’s one of my favorite relationships in Genoa City!

ADRIENNE:

It’s one of mine too.

TV SOAP:

What happen to the book storyline? Kay was writing her memoirs and Amber was assisting her?

ADRIENNE:

We talked about that the other day, it will happen too. Kay and Amber are always connected somehow. Kay will check on Amber to see if she is OK. They are friends, and Kay is one person who will always be on Amber’s side. Kay sees the spitting image of her younger self in Amber. She is trying to guide her and mold her, and the other day she was all upset about Daniel, and her advice to her was, “Don’t be upset about any affair you have ever had,  because I am not that upset about mine, and you shouldn’t be upset about yours either!”

AmberKay.jpgTV SOAP:

There was a rumor that Amber would turn out to be a relative of Kay. What can you say about that?

ADRIENNE:

I don’t see that happening. Otherwise, it would have been incest with me and Cane, and it would have been creepy… unless, there would have been a way to work it, where it wouldn’t have been gross.  But, I am kind of an island character which is kind of funny, and there are not too many island characters on soaps. Usually, a character is related to somebody. Now, I have gone through three shows being an island…. actually.

TV SOAP:

The “Out of Ashes” scenes… were you aware that those were some of your finest moments from your time on “Y&R” thus far?

ADRIENNE:

Oh yeah. The second you do a scene, you know in your gut it was a really good scene. Those are the ones you watch for the airdate. Of course, the last major episode I had here in the States was a really big scene with Michael Graziadei (Daniel), and we were preempted because of the earthquake!

TV SOAP:

Where were you when the Southern California hit last month?

ADRIENNE:

I was in this dressing room for the earthquake. It felt like a hamster cage, and I could hear the nuts and bolts falling through the walls. I could see the table moving, and, I go, “What do I do? In a tornado… you get under the table.” Then I ran out of the hallway. Then Sharon Case (Sharon) came out of her dressing room and she says, “We are having an earthquake. You need to get in the main hall,” but they don’t do any earthquake runs at the studio to prepare for one. Obviously, you are supposed to go in doorways, but obviously when our doorways are made up of aluminum, what’s a girl to do? The weirdest part has always been that I have had this psychic energy with my mother and my father.  My father called me one minute before the earthquake, and the message was, “Hey baby. It’s your dad. I just felt there was something off with the world today, and I wanted to make sure you call me back when you get this.”  He lives in Michigan.  So, I called him right after the earthquake. He had no idea that his message was a precursor to the Southern California earthquake. I was totally freaked out by that.

TV SOAP:

What are your fans telling you though email and mail, about their opinion on the Daniel/Amber pairing?

3shot.jpgADRIENNE:

Everybody likes Amber from what I have seen, and so much of the time, I don’t get to see a lot of. the correspondences.  They like Amber and Daniel together. It’s not like a traditional relationship where one person is trying to please the other person. They are two people that are just themselves always.

TV SOAP:

So do you think that ultimately, Amber and Daniel will find their way back to one another?

ADRIENNE:

I think they could end up together, and they have a strong bond. So, anybody else they might think of being with, would pale in comparison.

TV SOAP:

Have you noticed the changes in the writing of “Y&R” now that Hogan Sheffer has joined the writing team? The show had become hard to watch for some and seemed to have lost its way.

ADRIENNE:

I can say, it’s always hard when you have the transition of different writers when they come in and out. There is always a time period where it’s hard to pick up where the other writers left off, and to kind of form it together, and glue it all back together. I feel like we are doing good now, and things are at a good pace, and there is a lot more comedy going on. So it’s cool.

TV SOAP:

Where you shocked by the departure of Raya Meddine (Ex-Sabrina)?

knithat.jpgADRIENNE:

I was not shocked at all. Obviously at some point Nikki and Victor will get back together and you know that people come and go. But they come and go to bring on new characters, and to bring on a new spice to the show. No one can take it personally if you get killed off a show. I feel sorry for you, but you can’t take it personally. It’s business and a story has to go on. I do know why they killed Raya and Vince Irizarry’s (Ex-David), because they are bringing on a couple new characters, and it will switch up the show a little bit and spice it up. So I actually think it’s a good thing.

TV SOAP:

What’s happening with your music career? I hear you are filming a new motion picture?
ADRIENNE:
I have that on the side. I am getting ready to do a new film called, “The Fifth Mafia”.  We will start shooting in September, and I co-star with Joseph Mantegna, Armand Assante, Eric Balfour, and James Van der Beek. It’s a great cast. I play Armand Assante’s wife who is head of the mafia. She’s a little bit crazy, and you find out she has a lot more control in the mafia then people would think she has. They just peg her as a trophy wife, but she is really not. I will be shooting in Detroit, but coming back and shooting “Y&R” too.  I will be having a very hectic schedule. It’s a phenomenal cast and its like, “The Godfather/Departed”, and really good.

TV SOAP:

In closing, what would you say about working with your pal, “Graz”, Michael Graziadei?

ADRIENNE:

I love him. He is by far my closet guy friend in the world. I adore him, and working with him is so easy. He gives so much as an actor, because we know when we work together, the scenes are going to come out good and real. The characters are kind of our own selves and with inner-joking carried into it. That comes across into the chemistry of the characters. It is a pleasure to work with him every single day.

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If they kill off Amber, would she really say “It is bizness , I do not take it personally”….I do not think so…..

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I hate this character…..Happy she has left YR

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I AM SO PISS OFF HOW COULD THEY KILL AMBER OFF THE SHOW WHAT IN THE HELL WERE THE WRITER THINKING .SHE MADE THE SHOW WITH OUT HER THE SHOW IS GOING TO SUCK I JUST MAY STOP WATCHING IT.

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GH’s Chloe Lanier Talks On Nelle’s Twisted Plots, Her Co-Stars & That Cliffhanger “Ending”

Recently on ABC’s General Hospital, Chloe Lanier’s Nelle Benson created even more havoc for Carly (Laura Wright), Michael (Chad Duell), Julian (William deVry), Brook Lynn (Briana Lane), and of course, her son, Wiley.

However, is Nelle really gone after her ‘fall,’ which has left her MIA and Carly believing she is responsible for her sister’s ‘death’? But as we know with Nelle, she keeps secretly planning her next move and loves to slowly torture those who she believes have wronged her. There is also the ongoing mystery of just who is Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) daughter, especially since Nelle has the other half of the necklace so near and dear to Nina; leaving viewers pondering if it could mean they are mother and child, or is this all a red-herring?

One thing is for sure, Daytime Emmy winner, Chloe Lanier brings it each and every time she returns to GH. She gives always give the storylines a much needed injection of drama, drama and more drama. No one is quite like Lanier in the soaps either; she can play tough, vulnerable, manipulative, and street smart, like nobody’s business.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Chloe to get her answers to some of our burning questions for her and her portrayal of naughty Nelle, and how one of her co-stars helped her through a very difficult time in her life.  Here’s what she had to say about it all.

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What did you think of the courtroom antics of Nelle during the custody hearing for Wiley?

CHLOE:  I mean, showing up in a wedding dress was her first mistake. Then antagonizing everyone in the room was probably her second. But she’s so wounded—so broken from her childhood. She doesn’t have the proper emotional tools to combat her self-destructive behavior.

Which showdown or confrontation between Nelle and Michael stands out to you?

CHLOE:  I particularly loved the scenes where Nelle, nine months pregnant, leaves Michael in the rigged car, hoping it would explode. It’s rare that you’re given comedic material on a soap, so that was particularly exciting for me. Also, Chad’s reactions always make me laugh. He’s great.

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What is it like working with Chad Duell as feuding exes and parents of Wiley? 

CHLOE:  Chad is so easy to work with. He’s been doing the show for so long and is very technically gifted. The writers graced us with some meaty material that we were able to sink our teeth into.

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What does Nelle think of Willow (Katelyn MacMullen)? She really hates her, huh?

CHLOE: I don’t believe she hates her. She’s envious. Willow is the exact opposite and oftentimes we’re afraid of what we don’t understand. Particularly someone like Nelle, who was raised by a con artist and taught to exploit and manipulate anyone she comes across. So when she sees someone so pure, so innocent, she immediately distrusts her because that behavior is so far outside the lines of how she operates.

What was it like taping the fight scenes between Carly and Nelle, where Nelle “Plummets” to her death?  

CHLOE:  Shout out to Amanda Hall and Heather Bonomo, our amazing stunt doubles for those scenes. They were fantastic.

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When you and Laura Wright get the scripts; where Carly and Nelle are having a huge showdown, are you thrilled about getting the chance to play the emotional beats of those moments? What if it’s a fight scene?

CHLOE:  Those scenes were such a joy, because we got to explore some of the deep roots of Nelle’s trauma, and Carly explicitly said, “I believe you love your son.” That, for me, was important.  Because despite all of her failings, she truly did love her son—in her own warped, off kilter, way.

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Nelle has really been blackmailing Julian, until he turned the tables on her on the pier?  What has it been like acting opposite Will deVry in those scenes?

CHLOE:  I love Will. He and I actually have the same acting coach, so our prep and how we’re working is from a similar place. What I love about Will is the confidence he has in his stillness. He’s lovely on camera, so connected.

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Nelle has the other half of the necklace belonging to Nina.  What do you think if it turns out that Nelle is Nina’s daughter?  It is quite possible, tho, that she is not, and it’s all a red herring. How has it been working with Cynthia Watros?

CHLOE:  Cynthia is one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met, truly. We haven’t known each other for long, but earlier this year, and not many people know this other than my close friends, I was having glaring mental health issues stemming from unresolved trauma. I was going going going for so long that I couldn’t run away from it anymore. I had never dealt with any of it. She saw it and could tell I was silently struggling and reached out. You don’t forget kindness like that. So I’m very grateful for Cynthia—and of course, therapy. I would be flattered if they decided to make Nelle Nina’s daughter.

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What do you think about how the writers have kept finding ways to have plot points that get all the other characters in trouble and make it look like they did something to Nelle, but she ultimately has her own diabolical plans for them with her actions? She is pretty smart!

CHLOE:  Nelle is the perfect victim, and her love language is sabotage. She’s also a narcissist, so she’s always going to think she’s the smartest person in the room. She’s basically a walking version of Taylor Swift’s song, Look What You Made Me Do. I love that the writers gifted me the opportunity work with almost everyone on the show. Josh (Swickard) and I always had a great time together. And Maurice (Benard)—god he’s hilarious. I would have loved to work with Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) more though. I love watching her work. She’s going to have an amazing career.

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Do you think Nelle can ever be redeemed at this point?

CHLOE:  Redemption is a weird one for me, because I don’t believe that people are inherently good or bad. We’re all human. We all have flaws, make mistakes, have regrets, experience shame. We have the ability to grow and we learn from our past. Nelle has done and felt all of those things, to a degree, but continued to do the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. A character either has to change or they die. So, I’ll say this—if Nelle is alive out there somewhere, I hope she’s going to therapy.

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What has been the hardest scene for you to play emotionally in the time you have been playing Nelle?

CHLOE:  Probably the scene with the newborn, where Nelle runs into Brad on the side of the road. I had never held a newborn baby before, so I was TERRIFIED. I realized I was the only thing in that moment keeping that baby alive…a very bizarre and life altering feeling, I’ll say.

So, have you enjoyed Chloe’s performances? Do you think Nelle is plotting from afar?  What would you like to see happen in the storylines with  baby Wiley, Nina’s child, and more? Comment below.

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Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Discuss Their Departure From DAYS, New Beginnings & WilSon’s Journey

This week, Days of our Lives viewers saw the highly-anticipated exit off the canvas, for now,  of Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith as Will and Sonny.

Tuesday marked their final airshow, while the actors found out they were being written-out of the show and had filmed their last six episodes over seven months ago, because at that time and before the pandemic, DAYS was taping far in advance of air.

Now with this leg of their journey complete as the popular Salem duo, Chandler and Freddie are embarking on new chapters of their lives, as Chandler details his move to Atlanta and Freddie in a few weeks to Florida.  But as they discuss in this very special conversation with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, they are not stopping acting either.

During this “farewell for now” interview with Michael, the two actors open up about their final scripts, their last tape day, how both characters helped many individuals come out and come to terms with who they are via watching Will’s coming out story, Will and Sonny’s on-screen relationship and more.

In addition, Freddie discusses what happened when he auditioned for the role of Sonny and what he thinks helped land him the gig; Chandler shares a story about a fan that is very moving, and that his biggest regret was not getting to play the wedding scenes between Will and Sonny (Guy Wilson at that time had stepped into the role of Will).   The duo also reveal their favorite and least favorite storylines they were involved in, and much more.

Watch the full interview below.

So, what do you think about what Freddie and Chandler had to share during our conversation? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Talks Harrowing Childhood, Growing Up In Hollywood, Nikki’s Storylines

This week, The Young and the Restless’ iconic, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) new memoir, Always Young & Restless: My Life on and Off off America’s #1 Daytime Drama,” from Diversion Books, is available everywhere.

For everyone that follows Melody, this book has been several years in the making with some starts and stops, but in it she does not hold back and reveals some very painful details and moments from her upbringing when she was raised by her unstable grandmother and more.

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Melody also talks about reuniting with her estranged father when he suddenly awoke from his coma while she was by his side.  Throughout her lengthy career in Hollywood, Melody has worked with some of the greats including: Clint Eastwood, Brian DePalma and Alfred Hitchcock.

Now in a conversation with Michael Fairman on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Melody opens about her decision on the stories she told in the books, her favorite and least favorite storylines as Nikki on Y&R, working with Eric Braeden (Victor) and the entire company of the CBS daytime drama where she has been for over 40 years, and how she hopes her memoir might help others; including those stage moms and children considering life in front of the camera and more.

To watch the full interview with Melody, check it out below.

Then let us know, what have you been most surprised to learn about Melody this past week as her memoir has come out? What is your favorite or least favorite storylines of Nikki’s on Y&R over the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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