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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.

General Hospital

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: Paul Smith

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.

Photo: ABC

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.

Photo: ABC

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.

Photo: JPI

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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Days Of Our Lives

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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