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THE AMELIA HEINLE/THAD LUCKINBILL INTERVIEW – THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

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TV SOAP
You have here a new addition to the Luckinbill clan.   Introduce Australia to your new son!

THAD:
The baby’s name is Rowe.

AMELIA:
Thaddeus Rowe.  He is a big boy!

THAD:
He first weighed in around 8 lbs 21 inches, I believe.

TV SOAP:
So, Amelia, you bring Rowe to the studio with you and he stays in the dressing room. How has that been working out for you and Thad?

AMELIA:
Well, it’s been great having him so close by.  The only thing was, one time Thad and I were on set doing a scene and we heard this baby cry off set.  We looked at each other terrified that it was Rowe.  We come to find out it was the baby who was playing Victoria’s newborn son, Reed.  He was crying off-camera.

THAD:
Yeah, it can get a little intense sometimes.

TV SOAP:
Amelia, how is your other son, August, who’s now 11. (From previous marriage to actor, Michael Weatherly)  How is he handling the new big brother role?

AMELIA:
He loves it.  August is going to be his much older big brother.  But it is so wonderful.

TV SOAP:
As many fans know, they put Victoria in a coma for a long time, allowing time for your maternity leave.  Finally, she wakes up and is ready for a ‘quickie’ wedding with JT.  What is the rationale behind the race to the altar?

AMELIA:
The characters, as it was written, did not want to waste their lives anymore, so they wanted to get married right away and be husband and wife. We don’t’ want to waste a minute, because Victoria was sick.

TV SOAP:
Thad, how was the wedding tape day?  Sometimes, as on-screen weddings go on soaps, they can be long and arduous workdays.

THAD:
No, it was actually not too long.  It was an easy day,

TV SOAP:
We heard you wore a very famous, “Y&R” wedding gown from the past?

AMELIA:
It was Nikki’s old gown.  It is designer Badgley Mischka’s creation.  It was pretty and nice.

TV SOAP:
Recently, they had Victoria talking slow and fumbling around after waking up from her coma.  Was that part of the recovery difficult to play?

AMELIA:
I can remember the producers put up a website for me to read about people recovering from Comacide.  I looked at it and it said, ”After waking up from one, sometime people have a hard time walking.  Also, they talk really slow and also slur their words.”  I don’t know how to slur my words without talking really silly.  So, that is what they made me do it.

TV SOAP:
But now, Victoria seems to have regained back all her functions at a rapid rate, don’t you think?

AMELIA:
Oh yes, I moved on quickly. (She laughs)

THAD:
She is very articulate. (He laughs)

AMELIA:
It was taking too much time, and it was really boring to watch me talk slow.  (She laughs)

THAD:
People were falling asleep on couches all over America.  (He laughs)

AMELIA:
I would go, “Am I better now?” And the production booth would go, “Yes, just hurry up!”

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TV SOAP:
For a very long time, the two of you remained tight-lipped about your real life romance. Tell us about how the relationship came about.

AMELIA:
It’s self-explanatory.

TV SOAP:
The connection happened and then…..?

AMELIA:
We were friends first and I knew him from around here. We hung out a little bit and had a lot in common.  Sometimes, you know someone for a while, and you really don’t know how much you have in common with them. Then one day, somebody says something and you go, “Wait.  That’s how I feel, too. And then one thing led to another.”

TV SOAP:
But, to everyone on the outside looking in, it looked as though your relationship happened very fast.  Was that true? It was fairly fast though?

THAD:
We kept a lot of the relationship quiet.  To be quite honest, not a lot of people at “Y&R” knew we were even dating.  So, it was kind of a shock to some of the cast when they found out. We had actually been seeing each other for quite awhile before then.  We are just really sly! (He laughs)

AMELIA:
We were just trying to be professional.

THAD:
Professional, yeah, we are both private people and I always like to keep things quiet.

TV SOAP:
Thad, what qualities or attributes attracted you to Amelia?

THAD:
Oh, there are so many to talk about.  As far as “Y&R” goes, Amelia is easily everyone’s favorite person here.  Everyone here loves her personality.  She is bubbly, and she has a way with people.  Obviously, I was drawn to that and with the whole package.  It goes on to everything in our lives that have been very similar… to the way we were raised and what we like.

TV SOAP:
Some Hollywood couples never make it because of the demands and pressures of the business.  Now that both of you are married, do you think it might cause an obstacle in the relationship if one was to leave “Y&R”, and the other one stayed or took another gig?

AMELIA:
It’s probably just in line with any other types of problems couples face.

TV SOAP:
I don’t think it would be a problem.

AMELIA:
Yes, I don’t think it would be a problem.  I am secure in our relationship.

TV SOAP:
Thad, what can fans look forward to from JT?

THAD:
I don’t know.  Hopefully, this year, they write a great story for Amelia and me.

AMELIA:
I think they are writing material for JT, where he is dealing with being a new father and all of a sudden being a Newman.  That is the stuff I see!  There are undertones of him being a Newman and getting involved with my father’s company, which can be a whole story in itself.  JT gets drawn into all things Newman from there.

TV SOAP:
What’s next for Victoria?

AMELIA:
She is going to work at the offices right away, after her coma.

THAD:
I think, for JT, Amelia is right.  It will be a whole new switch in professions and he gets into a whole new environment.  He has always been a little bit of a loose canon, and a rebel with a cause. We will see how he fits into the corporate structure.

AMELIA:
It should be interesting!

TV SOAP:
Over the last year, viewers have noticed a shift in the scenes on “Y&R” and the pace. They are much shorter and quicker than in the past.  Do you like the shorter scenes, or do you prefer the ones with more substance?

AMELIA:
When I first started, I came in at the tail end when they were writing those huge scenes.  I was overwhelmed by the dialog, and then I got the flow of it.  I found the shorter ones were a lot easier, but I thought the longer scenes were much more interesting.

THAD:
I agree.  I think you are going to see with the current writing staff, a change back to that. It may not go all the way back to what it used to be, but maybe some sort of compromise.  I start to see that in the scripts right now.  I see the scenes are a little longer and they have a little more substance to them.

TV SOAP:
Will Victoria and JT stay together?  Or, do you think the writers will wreck them as a couple?

AMELIA:
I think they will stay together for a while before they wreck it.  Look at how long I was with Brad!  It went on for years almost, and that was not even a good, true love story.  At least, I don’t think it was.

TV SOAP:
Fans in Australia want to know how it is working with Aussie, Tammin Sursok, the newest Colleen!

THAD:
She is great!  It has been strange for me to be here for 7 years now, and see so many actors and characters come and go. I have seen different people play the same role, and with Tammin, it’s nice to play with her.  She does a great job in that part.

TV SOAP:
Amelia, Josh Morrow (Nick) has some emotional moments while Victoria lay comatose. What did you think of those?  Oh, wait; you could not even open your eyes to see them!

AMELIA:
I heard the work.  Everyone did a great job.  They all came in and would do those huge monologues.  It’s easier when you are talking to someone who is asleep, though.  As an actor, I always find it that way.

TV SOAP:
Thad, of your time on “Y&R” do you have a favorite JT moment?

THAD:
I actually have to say, just because I am a guy and I love action, and we never get action on the show, was when JT had to carry Colleen out of this burning fire and things were falling on me.  It was actually a taxing scene.  I remember going, “I want to be an action-hero.”

TV SOAP:
Would you like to be doing an action-adventure feature film?

THAD:
No.  It’s just fun as a guy.  It’s like you want to do war movies or something stimulating like that.

TV SOAP:
Do you mean like the macho face- off, JT basketball scenes?

THAD:
I don’t know when they caught wind I play basketball.  I tell you what happened.  The fans really liked this initial scene where Korbell and JT played basketball. They loved the competition.  So then, they kept writing it over and over again.  They catch wind upstairs and that’s what happens!

TV SOAP:
Amelia, what are some of your favorite Victoria moments?

AMELIA:
It’s none of the stuff you see on TV, it’s the stuff you don’t see.  Like when we have scenes in the Newman house with Eric Braeden (Victor), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) and Josh.  They all goof around a lot, so it’s fun.  I remember when I first came on the show I was terrified of all of them pretty much.  I was just sure that they hated me as Amelia because I was replacing Heather Tom (Ex-Victoria).   I was pretty sure I was hated all around.  It’s fun to be with them all now, knowing that they love me and care about me.  We have a good time.  We can make fun of the dialog, goof around, and then ultimately pull it together.

TV SOAP:
Do you guys pull pranks?

AMELIA:
Just jokes, no pranks.  As far as the character, I can’t think of anything that was my all-time favorite.

THAD:
She has not had her action scene yet!

AMELIA:
Well, my action scene was in the Clear Springs storyline when the ice cube hit me on the head.  I did not even get to do that because I was pregnant, and they had a stunt double! (She laughs)

TV SOAP:
Do you mean that funny-looking pebble that hit Victoria when she came out of the tunnel that caused her coma?

AMELIA:
Yes, the piece of Styrofoam!

THAD:
Tell me you did not think that was funny? (He laughs)

AMELIA:
We laughed. (She laughs)

THAD:
We had worked so many long hours; it was like we were all delirious.

AMELIA:
They were like, “It’s lame.  Let’s just go to the next scene, and go to the next.”  We were all so tired by then.

TV SOAP:
Since you began here at “Y&R” who has been most helpful to you, or whom did you bond with?

AMELIA:
My friend, the “Y&R” make-up artist, Patty Denney.  She is great!

THAD:
Initially when we first started, I was close with David Lago. (Ex-Raul)  He and I had a neat friendship. We helped each other outside the show, as well.  So, I definitely would have to say, it was him.

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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.”

Photo: JPI

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

Currently, daytime fans are getting to see one of the most beloved actress in the history of the soap genre, Linda Dano, on NBC’s Days of our Lives in the role of the villainess Vivian Alamain.

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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