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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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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3 Comments

  1. adia

    January 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

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

  2. lina

    January 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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

  3. rachel

    February 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    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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Y&R’s Executive Producer Anthony Morina Talks On Daytime Emmy Drama Series Win For Neil’s Memorial & Honoring Kristoff St. John

Last Friday night, The Young and the Restless was named the Outstanding Drama Series at the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on CBS. The show won on the strength of their submissions, which centered on the death of Neil Winters; including when the residents of Genoa City find out of his passing, and the subsequent heartbreaking memorial service in his honor.

However, what made those hours of television unlike anything seldom seen; were not only was Genoa City saying goodbye to Neil, but the cast was saying their goodbyes to their beloved friend and colleague, Kristoff St. John (Neil) who had passed away suddenly back in February of 2019.

Y&R’s executive producer, Anthony (Tony) Morina accepted the award for the top-rated CBS Daytime drama during the Emmy telecast, which now makes Morina a five-time Daytime Emmy winner himself!

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Tony on the series emotional Emmy win, and what it meant for him to win the gold for these incredibly moving and special episodes that were at its epicenter paying tribute to Kristoff in the best way the soap opera could. Here’s what Tony shared on the Y&R Drama Series victory and more.

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Congratulations on your Outstanding Drama Series win. The episodes that you submitted were at every level, so gut-wrenching, sincere, and beautiful.  What did you think about the process that you went through to make these right for Kristoff and the character of Neil?

TONY:  Occasionally, when you are in this business, as you know, you work so hard to achieve certain things, sometimes you think you’re achieving something, and you’re not, and sometimes something shows up that surprises the heck out of you, and this was kind of it for me.  But what didn’t surprise me, of course, were the actors’ ability, the director’s ability, and the crews’ ability, and for these episodes it was at such a high level.  Sometimes there is an emotional element, or an otherworldliness thing that takes over.

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Yes, because it was all so real and raw; in that we were watching the characters who loved Neil Winters mourn him, but we were also watching all the actors who loved their co-star.

TONY: When everybody was in that church set and were giving their eulogies, it felt like everybody was so behind each other, and everybody just cared for each other so much because they cared so much for Kristoff.  All the eulogies that people were doing were a page and a half to two pages.  They were really long, but you could feel the emotional tension, and you could feel how people just felt.  Kristoff was a very unique special person, who ended up going through some rough times, but he really was beloved.  Sometimes you love people, and sometimes you say somebody is beloved.  Whenever you saw him, he put a smile on your face.  He made you feel like he really cared about you.  Those shows came together really out of this feeling of love.  We did two whole shows that day.  We did that whole show and the show that came after it.  I don’t know how many hours of a day it was, but people had so much emotion attached to it that those shows really kind of took over themselves with everybody just trusting and letting go and supporting each other.  I got a text from Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) saying how it was one of the greatest experiences he’d ever had in terms of how it all came together.  Those shows just meant a lot to us, and I really felt that if we didn’t win, I’d be perfectly fine with that, because I was just so glad that we were able to do these episodes, and people got to see it.

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At what point did you decide, “We are going with this to submit for the Emmy!”

TONY:  I actually knew that day.  I think, I actually said to Josh Griffith (head writer and Co-EP Y&R), “This is going to be our Emmy show … or one of our Emmy shows.”  The other show when everybody finds out Neil died was an incredibly powerful show to me too, but I knew that day when we shot the funeral that you rarely see that kind of rawness.  When you get into this business, and you want to become an actor, it’s tough, but you know that in the end what you want is to get into a position where you can share who you are as a person in an artistic way.  I think the Neil memorial gave people a way to say, “This is why I do this because I get to really share myself, and I get to express how passionate I am and how much I care about other people.”

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Shemar Moore (Ex-Malcolm) came back to honor his dear friend and on-screen Y&R brother.  How was it having him on set with you to share this experience?

TONY:  Shemar was amazing.  He was there until the bitter end of our tape day.  He could not have been kinder and more supportive of everybody, and really laid out his emotions, and it was like that with everybody.  I would say this was the the most amazing experience I have ever had.

What do you think Kristoff would say?  I think he would be very proud that you gave Neil a real proper sendoff.

TONY:  Absolutely.  I also think Kristoff, would have thought that Neil deserved it, and would have loved it, a, it’s an interesting question because you have got to say to yourself, “Does Kristoff feel he deserves it?” As a character, he’d definitely feel he deserved it.  He was a part of that community.  He was a part of Genoa City.  Those were his friends and his family.  Would Kristoff feel he deserves that?  I don’t know if he would have felt he deserved it, but I know he would have loved knowing how much people cared for him.  I think that would have meant the world to him.  I really do.

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I loved your acceptance speech.  I thought it was one of the better ones of Emmy night. 

TONY:  Thanks so much.  Matt Kane (publicist, Y&R) has been amazing.   He gave me a lot of guidance on where to go, and my wife, Sally (Sussman Morina) really helped write the speech because the rules were you’ve got 30 seconds.  I really believe in the notion that when you have an opportunity to speak in front of people about something, it has some meaning to you and to other people.  I think you have to put thought into it because how many opportunities do you get in life to share about yourself and how you feel about people?  So, I really appreciate you saying that.

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What did you think of your Y&R actors: Bryton James’ (Devon) and Jason Thompson’s (Billy) major Emmy victories?

TONY:  Well, personally, I am enormous fans of both people.  I like when nice, good people have nice things happen to them, and you know them.  First off, I was so happy for Bryton because I know he and Kristoff were close, and I know he was deeply affected, as Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R) was, as everybody was, but they were like family.  I love Bryton personally, and he laid his heart out there.  As for Jason Thompson, people think the world of him, and I think he is an unbelievable actor.  I taught for years, and I have worked with a lot of actors, and I think Jason has such control of his work.  I’m impressed by him.  I’m just as impressed by who Jason is.  I think he’s deserved it other times too, and this was his first win; which must be very special for him.

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During the In-Memoriam tribute on the Emmy broadcast, former producer, Lisa de Cazotte was also featured.  What can you say about your time working with her at Y&R and over your career?

TONY: I’ve known Lisa De Cazotte since Santa Barbara when Paul Rauch (former executive producer) brought her there, and that’s where we first met. Lisa was probably my favorite producer to ever be in the booth with because she let you be yourself, and she let you do your job, and yet, she still had control over the room and the studio.  She was a great touchstone for me, because when you are in this position, you need someone to bounce stuff off of or just say, “Am I really being an idiot here?” because we were old friends, she could say, “Tony, you’re being an idiot.”  (Laughs)  We miss her terribly.  She was really a loved person, and she was just fantastic at what she did.  I just miss her as a friend.

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And of course, the In-Memoriam featured the late Y&R co-creator, Lee Philip Bell who also passed recently. 

TONY:  Yes, and that’s what was interesting about that speech I gave, because you had to mention those three people: Lee, of course, Kristoff, and Lisa – three truly linchpin important people in daytime drama for many years. Losing all three made it a particularly rough year for The Young and the Restless family.

I also wanted to talk about Eve LaRue (Ex-Celeste Rosales), who had never won a Daytime Emmy but she did for her work on Y&R! She was very emotional and moved by her win as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series.  What can you say about Eva?

TONY:  She is such a lovely person and she did a great job for us.  I’m just glad for her because I know she had ever won before.

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One of the clips shown on the Emmy broadcast that Y&R chose for air from Neil’s memorial was Victor’s emotional eulogy; which Eric Braeden delivered so beautifully.   I know how found he was of Kristoff; so it made that on-screen moment all the more heartbreaking. What can you say about Eric?

TONY:  Eric feels as deeply as anybody who I have ever known.  Really, he can come across sometimes as a certain kind of image for people on-screen, but he cares deeply, and is the most supportive actor of every other actor.  Eric has a depth and is a fantastic actor, and he knows how to use his talent.  He actually called me last night and left a message.  He just said, “Hey, I saw you on TV,” and then he just laughed for 5 minutes.  It was really very funny.  He’s not used to seeing me on TV, and so he just laughed.  It was hilarious.

What did you think of Y&R’s win for Outstanding Drama Series knowing they submitted the episodes of Genoa City finding out Neil had passed, and his funeral? Share your thoughts on Tony’s remarks via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmy Winners: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Scott Clifton & Heather Tom Talk Winning the Gold & Returning to Work at B&B

This week, The Bold and the Beautiful has been airing encore presentation of Daytime Emmy-winning performances from some of the cast over the years as a prelude to tomorrow night’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS.

The weeklong Emmy celebration concludes tomorrow with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood’s (Steffy) Emmy-winning performance from last year which won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize for the first-time in her daytime career.

Michael Fairman chatted with Jacqui, along with five-time Daytime Emmy-winner and a nominee for Lead Actress again this year, Heather Tom (Katie) and three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Scott Clifton (Liam).  As daytime soap fans know, Heather and Scott hold the distinction of being the only actors to win in all three acting categories: Younger, Supporting and Lead.

In this candid and fun conversation on the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Jacqui, Scott and Heather remember the nights the won Emmy gold, their acceptance speeches, things they wish they would have said, and what it was like waiting for their names to be called, plus taking a stroll down memory lane and remembering when they taped their Emmy-winning performances.

Scott reveals why he chose not to submit himself in Lead Actor this year, even though he has some of the finest performances throughout the Baby Beth baby switch storyline,.

Later the trio talk about The Bold and the Beautiful being the first U.S. soap opera and first U.S. broadcast show back in production following the shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic and how B&B is looking to shoot episodes during the times we live.

Watch the full video interview below.

Then let us know, what was your favorite part of the moments shared by Jacqui, Scott, and Heather in the Emmy conversation?  Do you think Heather might tie Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) tomorrow night with her sixth win in the Lead Actress category?  What do you think of B&B’s return to production following the sentiments shared.

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DAYS Thaao Penghlis Chats on His Daytime Emmy Nomination & How He Makes Tony DiMera One of a Kind

He has been one of the longstanding cast members of Days of our Lives and certainly of Salem’s notorious DiMera Clan; and while Thaao Penghlis may be off our screens for a time and then comes back again; though the years one thing has been true, he delivers top-notch performances in a way that is uniquely ‘Thaao’.

This year at the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be broadcast on Friday night, June 26th at 8 p. m. EST, Thaao is vying for the Outstanding Lead Actor prize amongst a formidable group of other daytime favorites.  And this makes it two years in a row that Penghlis has received an Emmy nomination although this time in a different category.

As fans know, Penghlis takes the art of acting seriously, and expects other he works with to bring their A-game, just as he does time and time again; whether it be playing DAYS dashing Tony or the evil Andre or when he portrayed Victor Cassadine on General Hospital.

Michael Fairman TV spoke to Thaao to get his thoughts on: receiving the Emmy recognition and what it means to him what he thought about his nominated scenes, plus what he might be doing at home during the ceremony, and where he hopes Tony DiMera’s future is headed.   Here’s what Thaao shared.

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Tell me about what scenes you submitted that landed you a Lead Actor Emmy nod!

THAAO:  Well, the week I came back to DAYS, I had 11 shows, and this material was from one show of three I did one day!  When you think of other actors doing 150 shows, and I did less than 50 this past year, my choice is kind of limited.  So, when I came across these particular scenes, which were with Eric Martsolf (Brady) and with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), what I liked about it is that usually when you see other peoples’ work, its histrionic, it’s great tears, it’s drama – and what I was able to put together had a through line and an arc from beginning to end.  It makes it very logical when somebody is following your story, and you can show a whole ebb that makes sense.  I had some lines that were really difficult to say, like, “Coming back from the dead is not easy.”  When I get lines like that, I throw it away, and because of that, it becomes humorous.  I have to say I work well with Arianne.  She was great.  I found in the past, when I have worked with some actors, they step on your lines.  I found the best way to stop that is I put my hand up, and I say, “Hey!” and everything goes silent.  They go into shock mode, and I say, “I haven’t finished,” and then I go on.  (Laughs)  So, when Kristen as Nicole starts to talk to Tony the way she does, and she says, “You’d better behave…” I thought, “This is a DiMera you are talking to,” so, I just snapped back at her.  I gave her a, “Hey!”  So, she shut up, froze, and I went on.

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Would you say your reel was more comedic … or both funny and serious?

THAAO:  It is both.  There are subtleties to it.  There is a teacher I know in Australia, and she is very critical.  She said, “I want to see your work.”  I showed it to her, and she wrote back, “Oh my, God.  How did you make those transitions so readily?”  I went, “Oh.  How did I do it?”  I didn’t think of that.  I think it’s an old technique.  It’s called having to do 3 shows in one day, and you had better get your stuff right, and it’s about how do you make a scene work?  There is one director who I did a miniseries with who said to me, “Where did you get your training from?”  I said, “Daytime.”  He said, “My God.  You certainly know how to have a camera follow you,”   Well, the camera has to follow your movement.  So, when I finished a transition, I’d move to another spot, and the camera had to follow me.  So, what happened in the arc of this Emmy-nominated piece is that I took charge and controlled the scene so that it became a scene of lots of transitions. And of course, charm, I did all of what I thought Tony would be.  He is a DiMera.  I have one of those looks. I don’t know where it comes from, maybe it’s as I get older, but I’ve learned how to work the camera where I may slam something first to get your attention, and then the camera comes onto your face, and you’re going, “Oh, what the hell is he thinking?”  So, I can play the dark side quite readily, and yet in my real life, I’m not so bad. (Laughs)

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You have Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Steve Burton (Jason, GH) also in your category, and these guys who are obviously been soap veterans like yourself.  What do you think about the group you have been nominated with? 

THAAO:  I never worked with Steve Burton, but hear good things.  I know Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan, GH).  He’s a lovely actor.  I have worked with Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R).  He’s a lovely actor.  He is well-trained.  So, it is nice to see that the nominees are all vets.

Right, they are all vets.  It seems like a good group to be with. 

THAAO:  I agree, and I love that the Daytime Emmys are coming back to television.  I think it is an upswing when they think of daytime dying.  I think whoever made this happen is taking on the responsibility of taking daytime back.  It is why people love novellas.  People love the story, they love to follow the characters, and we’ve got fantastic fans.  I mean, what would we do without them?  You can’t sustain the show without them, and you pay a price, you have to know how to entertain them because once they know who you are and what you’re about, they get bored.  So, you have to be ahead of your audience all of the time.  That’s what I have always tried to do with both characters that I’ve played on DAYS

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They’re doing a virtual ceremony this year.  How do you think you would dress while watching the ceremony?

THAAO:  You don’t wear a tux in your house, do you? So, I’ve invited some people for a celebratory time.  Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS) and her husband Nick Schillace (head of make-up, DAYS) and Leann Hunley (Anna, DAYS) are some of my great friends who have been very supportive of me through some tough times this year, and I’ve got a friend who has got  a wonderful restaurant, and he is going to cater it.  Probably it will be a group of 10.  You know, could you imagine being here on your own, in a tuxedo, with a glass of champagne? (Laughs)

I know, kind of awkward! (Laughs)  You’ll put something nice on for the big night, right?

THAAO:  Yes, you know me.  I’m always dressed.  What would you suggest?  Sweatpants on the bottom and a tuxedo jacket!  How about that? (Laughs)

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Now, you have been previously nominated for Daytime Emmys, too!

THAAO:  Yes, and last year I was nominated as well for Outstanding Guest Performer.  So, it’s kind of nice to be back-to-back, and in 2008, I was nominated for Lead Actor when I played the clown in the Tony and Andre storyline.  Thank God, DAYS recently DAYS had James Reynolds (Abe) wining in the Lead Actor category.  I thought, “Wow.”  That was for years and years of good work that he’s done, and also, Greg Vaughan (Eric) wining for Supporting Actor was very nice, but we haven’t had that many wins in the acting categories over the years.

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DAYS tapes so far ahead of air; that what was once a seemingly major concern has paid off swimmingly during the coronavirus pandemic.  The soap is the only show to have enough episodes in the bank for months ahead when production shut down and enough even when other shows go back into production.  Who would have thought?

THAAO:  We used to think it was ridiculous that DAYS taped eight months ahead, but look at us now! Who would have thought is right?

What would you love to see happen with Tony when DAYS does resume filming new episodes again? 

THAAO:  I’d like to go back and play the head of the DiMera family.  I’ve never been granted that, and I think, at this stage, with the way I worked with Joe Mascolo (Ex-Stefano) it would be nice to see the transition just like Michael Corleone did in Godfather.

So will you be rooting for Thaao to take home the gold as Lead Actor in a Drama Series come Emmy night?  Do you hope DAYS writes Tony into upcoming story, and if so, how would you like to see him on the canvas? Comment below.

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