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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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Y&R’s Sharon Case, Mark Grossman & Jordi Vilasuso Talk Love and Betrayal in the Rey/Sharon/Adam Triangle

This week on The Young and the Restless, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam’s (Mark Grossman) kiss took centerstage and went viral when a photo of the passionate moment was seen by Sharon’s husband, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso), and fiancée Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), and many more citizens of Genoa City!

That moment looks to be a game-changer.  Now what will Rey do? Will he continue to try to salvage his marriage to Sharon? Will wheelchair bound Chelsea, hatch a plan to payback Adam and Sharon? Will Adam and Sharon meet up for some dangerous liaisons? There’s so much to this story left to play out.

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In a new interview on The Michael Fairman Channel, Sharon Case, Mark Grossman and Jordi Vilasuso chatted candidly about their on-screen love triangle and more including: what happened when Mark auditioned for the key role of Adam, the character of Sharon’s battle with breast cancer, and who Sharon feels is Sharon Newman’s true love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam? Plus, the trio share their reactions to the news that their castmate, Sasha Calle (Lola) was tapped as the first Latina ‘Supergirl’ in the upcoming DC Universe film, The Flash.

During the conversation, Vilasuso said Rey was not blindsided by Adam and Sharon’s ongoing attraction: “Rey’s known for a long time, c’mon!  I had somebody on Twitter post all the videos on how long I’ve known about Adam and Sharon. (Laughs)  I had still had a beard on the show back then!  What’s he going to do?  I think this Adam sickness, this addiction, this pathology that he has, I think Rey hopes he can just arrest him and he will just go away for ever.  That’s playing in the back of my mind, like, ‘there’s no way Adam can keep up this behavior for much longer’.  Rey is crazy about Sharon. T here’s also some ego involved here, too of, ‘I got to be the guy here.  I can’t lose to this guy’.  But man, does Rey have a threshold for dealing with this stuff.  Remember, his (ex) wife had sex with his brother, and then she did it again, and now they are having a child together… and Rey was still able to move on.”

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Case clarified from her previous 25th anniversary interview with Fairman, just who is Sharon Newman’s ultimate love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam?  Case had stated Adam.  The actress explained:  “When you think about what the character’s have been through, the history of The Young and the Restless, how stories are usually told – and what I mean by all that is Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor (Eric Braeden) have always been the “It” couple of the history of Y&R and they are very different.  They actually remind me more of Adam and Sharon then Nick and Sharon.  Nick turned out more to be the good son, while Adam was more in the image of his father, and it would be the obvious choice to guess that Nick and Sharon would be endgame.  I think soaps try to not go in the obvious way.  The two men that she has been married to, and were the biggest loves of her life, and both Victor’s kids, choosing between those that is why I said what I said, and why I think that’s true.  Sharon and Adam don’t have all of the pain, that Sharon and Nick have had from multiple cheatings and a loss of a child which is very hard for a couple to ever get past that.   I also think that Sharon and Nick are sort of together now anyways as co-parents and are such good friends.  They have a new relationship – they are not together in a romantic way – but their relationship is really great now and very full for what it is.”

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Grossman shared that knowing Chelsea has a history of being con-artist, that she could potentially pull some stunts on Adam and Sharon to keep them apart:  “That’s always in the back of his mind.  You know, maybe she will start to con Adam and maybe he might pick up on it, maybe he doesn’t pick up on it, but obviously it’s a really sad situation that Adam is in.  There’s a lot going on in Adam’s life. It’s unfortunate that Connor (his son) is not there as he is off to boarding school, and then Adam wasn’t there because he went to Sharon’s wedding to peek his head in, and Chelsea had her stroke.  So there’s a lot of guilt there.  I think it’s really frustrating to him that he can’t have a conversation with this woman – who is his fiancée – and this is his fault and he caused all this.  But there’s always the underlying pull from Sharon, and after they kiss there are a lot of conflicted feelings there.”

Watch the entire interview with Sharon, Mark and Jordi below.

Now weigh-in: Are you Team Rey or Team Adam? Who do you want Sharon to ultimately wind up with? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

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Catherine Hickland Talks On ‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’, One Life to Live, and the Heartbreaking Deaths of Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) along with many of her former co-stars, and actors from All My Children and General Hospital, will be taking part in tonight’s ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway livestream benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which begins at 8 pm EST.  You can watch it here.

Ahead of the event, Catherine chatted with Michael Fairman exclusively for the Michael Fairman Channel from her home in Las Vegas; where she discussed being part of the live musical benefit that was originally created back in 2005 and lasted till 2011 as a one night only live event called: ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares.  Now 10 years later, the actors will revisit their performances as their production numbers from the past are part of the 2021 livestream to help those in need that have been hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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During the conversation with Fairman, Hickland also talks on her lengthy soap opera career where she not only appeared on OLTL, but Loving/The City, Capitol, and Texas, as well. 

On a highlight, Catherine recalls playing One Life’s Lindsay and her ongoing on-screen feud with Nora Buchanan played by Hillary B. Smith.  She also speaks on her marriage to her former husband, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH) and working in the daytime genre and then at one time getting burnt out.

Hickland, who is now married to Todd Fisher, opened up about the devastating loss of her mother-in-law, Debbie Reynolds, and her sister-in-law, Carrie Fisher, just one day a part back in 2017, and how the couple dealt with this tragedy.  The real-life duo now host, “Cat and Todd Live” on Facebook each week.

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In addition Catherine will be participating in ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’s Virtual One-on-One Meet and Greets with the stars on Saturday, February 13th.  For info on how to participate click here.

To make a donation to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS click here.  With a screenshot of your donation, you can enter a chance to win either “Star Wars” or Debbie Reynolds memorabilia as detailed by Catherine in this interview.

Watch Catherine’s conversation below.

Then let us know, if you loved the Lindsay/Nora feud on One Life? If you watched the livestream of ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway? And, what was your favorite part of the interview with Catherine via the comment section.

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Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

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Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

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In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

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Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

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Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

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