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The Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle Interview – The Young and the Restless

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One of the most entertaining and dynamic couples on The Young and the Restless these days is Billy Abbott and Victoria Newman. The young duo certainly have gone through wild and kooky romantic adventures, in-fighting between two of Genoa City’s most prolific families, a 50’s retro-style wedding where the bride got arrested, corporate intrigue and publication trash talk… but nothing of the enormity of what is to come once the truth comes out about their little baby girl, Lucy!

The story goes something like this: Evil and twisted Daisy abandoned her new daughter at a church, where a man who was down on his luck found the baby.  He sold the little bundle of joy for $5,000.00 to Primrose DeVille, niece of infamous baby broker, Rose Deville!  Billy Abbott bought the baby girl from Primrose to the tune of two million dollars, because his wife Victoria had been told she couldn’t conceive another child, and had fallen into a deep depression. So Billy, feeling that his wife’s happiness lies in his hands, came up with a plan to give her a baby. But Daniel, the biological father of Lucy, is starting to figure out what might have gone down!

On-Air On-Soaps visited actors Billy Miller (Billy) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria) at the set of Y&R to talk about their on-screen baby drama, but also to see if their fun and crazy interplay on television transcends to how they are with each other in real life.  And, after reading the following feature, I think you will feel as we do that these two are a perfect match and perfect acting sparing partners! With sizzling sex appeal, snarky and witty banter, and a ‘take-no-prisoners’ style of performing, that is what makes Billy and Amelia two of the best young actors on daytime soaps, and made this interview one of our favorites!

MICHAEL:

When you heard the whole storyline with baby Lucy and how Billy got the baby, was it “Oh, great!”  Or, was it another baby “switch-y deal-y” thing?  (Laughs)

BILLY:

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It is not a baby “steal-y switch-y” thing.  Let see, what went through my mind?

AMELIA:

You are giving him way too much credit. (Laughs)

BILLY:

I thought it was great working with Ellen Greene (Pru) from Little Shop of Horrors.  She was a very nice lady and I was excited to work with her.  Our babies are cute, and what can I say?  At least, Amelia, you did not have to walk around with a foam belly for months!

MICHAEL:

But this proves Billy would do anything for Victoria!  He bought a baby to ease her pain from losing their child.

BILLY:

You know, have you ever lived with a woman?  When they are pissed off, life sucks.  So I will steal a baby if that will shut her the hell up! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Amelia, when they said to you that Victoria would first lose the baby she was carrying, and then she would end up with this child who is really Daniel’s and Daisy’s, what did you think?

AMELIA:

I was thinking, just let’s wait and see how this plays out, as you never know the direction they might choose to go.  You just don’t know.  I just didn’t know if it would be like a Rosemary’s Baby, something very cool or something very typical, or it could be something really bad that you don’t enjoy playing.  But so far, I have enjoyed it.

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MICHAEL:

But you are a mom in real life, so you can image how difficult this would be for a mom to lose a child she wanted to have with her hubby, and then become attached to another child that is not her own.

AMELIA:

Well, I can relate to it, but Billy can’t.  He does not have any kids in real life, but he does have a dog!

BILLY:

Just like every girl I ever dated…manipulative and needy and costs a lot of money.  I am trying not to attract psycho babes.  I need a good veterinarian.  That is what I need. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

When the powers-that-be told you they were going to pair Billy and Victoria together, what were your thoughts on the pairing concept?

BILLY:

Billy was out of women!  Victoria was like number eight!

AMELIA:

I was delivering my third baby when I found out I was going to be working with Billy. And so, I did not really care about anything at that time. (Laughs)  I was like, “Oh great; just let me have this baby.  I am going to go back to work and look like crap anyway!” (Laughs)

BILLY:

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She is the only woman I know that delivers a baby and still has a six-pack!  I was excited.  I thought it would be fun.  Plus, Amelia had worked on All My Children. And you know, as I was playing the drunken whore, (laughs) you keep wondering who they are going to pair you with next.  And I am eying people going, “Is it going to be Rafe? Jeanne Cooper? (Laughs) Esther?” (Laughs) This is an easy fit for Amelia and me. We are both goofy.

MICHAEL:

Do you think they saw at the studio every day, or noticed that as real life people and actors, you are both fun and wacky and that inspired them to write to that?

AMELIA:

I think I was the last girl he hadn’t been with, so that was it! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

It had to be that you were a Newman and he was an Abbott, too!  It would provide the show with great family conflict within its core families.

BILLY:

Yeah, that was a good idea.

AMELIA:

It worked, and so they liked it and it spun off from there.  So now we are stealing babies together!

MICHAEL:

When Victoria finds out the truth about baby Lucy and what Billy has done, do you think she will be so desperate that she would go on the run with her child and Billy?

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AMELIA:

I would hope so.  I would hope I would not become a “goody-two shoes” in this circumstance.  One would become crazy about their kid.

BILLY:

We can become Bonnie and Clyde with the car and the gun…. and go on the run!

MICHAEL:

When your real-life husband, Thad Luckinbill (Ex-J.T.) left Y&R, do you think that because you are a real-life couple, and were also an on-screen romantic duo, it was part of the issue of his departure?  Often, soaps don’t write real-life couples well. What do you think happened to the pairing of J .T. and Victoria?

AMELIA:

I honestly think there is an element to that, but honestly, I think they weren’t inspired to write anything for Victoria and J.T. from the very beginning.  But sometimes they need to see a spark.  Maybe the spark was not there because we are married in real-life.  Who knows?  We have to be at home together and working together, and have kids together, and I don’t know if that played into it or not.

MICHAEL:

Was it challenging at times, because you spend so much time together?

AMELIA:

Some days it was challenging, but I had fun with Thad, and I miss having him here.

MICHAEL:

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Billy, was that odd for you having to kiss Amelia on set, with Thad looming around?

AMELIA:

Thad did not care, they are friends.  But Thad did tell me to stay really far away from him, though. (Laughs)

BILLY:

If you have been in this business and you do a screen kiss, immediately after you break you go, “So, what is for lunch?” (Laughs)  I hang with Thad’s twin brother now more than Thad, because he is single and has no kids and no wife. (Laughs)  So we can go out and get wild. And then we make fun of Thad. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Amelia, what did you think of the big and dramatic Newman vs. Newman arbitration scenes, and the outcome of the story?

AMELIA:

I thought it was interesting, but went on for a long time.  I still don’t think it’s resolved.  I mean, I know the kids won the arbitration, but I think there is more coming with “Booty of Nature” (Laughs)

BILLY:

“Booty of Nature”!

MICHAEL:

I just don’t understand why Beauty of Nature is the company to have! (Laughs) Victoria won the arbitration and then put on a bunny suit!

AMELIA:

Oh God!  That outfit has been burned.

MICHAEL:

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Does she feel bad about what she did to her father, Victor?  She certainly had her daddy issues with the titan!

AMELIA:

Oh yeah, and that is not resolved either.  I prefer it if they keep us more estranged.  They usually have us make up and Victoria kisses his butt, and says, “Oh, I am sorry.”  And then everything is OK.  I like that we are fighting. We have been fighting for awhile now.  We have not resolved that, and I do not know what the big deal is about, “Booty of Nature,” either. (Laughs)

BILLY:

What is the big deal about it?  Nothing for Billy, but for Victoria, it was her big accomplishment.

AMELIA:

And Adam tried to change the name and Victoria goes, “No. It’s going to be, “Booty of Nature.” (Laughs)

BILLY:

“Don’t you be messing with my Booty?” (Laughs) Victoria is a bit obsessive.

MICHAEL:

Billy, what did you think of the career move to make Billy Abbott the Restless Style guru, after he was just going from job to job and kind of messing up in the corporate world?

BILLY:

He was a rich kid living in a trailer, so it has been fun. It’s kind of interesting that it is a “rag” now, and it goes from smut and sensationalism to hard core news! (Laughs)  What are you on TMZ or CNN?  Figure it out.  Billy puts his face in now with a lot of different people, which has been great.

MICHAEL:

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Let’s talk some of the quirky and kooky classic Billy and Victoria Scenes, ala the Jamaica drunken wedding, and other moments.  What would you say is your favorite of those?

AMELIA:

I kind of like the doorknob stuff and being stuck in the bathroom, and the shower was kind of fun.

BILLY:

(Laughs) And the fireman who decided to ax the door down!  He is staring at me, and I think he has forgot his line or something, but he looks at me and I’m thinking, “What does he want?  Does he want to join in?”

MICHAEL:

You both got pre-nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Supporting Actress and Actor categories.  Amelia, your castmates Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) both told me that you deserve 100% to be nominated!

AMELIA:

They have to say that!

MICHAEL:

How was the process of picking your reels?  Was it impossible or easy?

AMELIA:

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I did not have a lot to choose from, and there is very specific stuff apparently, you need to do.  I did this only once before and I picked some really short scene, and I only submitted that one scene! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Well, that was your first problem! (Laughs)

BILLY:

There is Victoria in the background. Wow, what an amazing acting stretch that girl has! (Laughs)

AMELIA:

I asked my husband for help with my Emmy selection this year.

MICHAEL:

Did you ask Billy?

AMELIA:

No, but you know he had that cool episode last year that was all to do with him, and I don’t have that! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

What do you eventually choose as your Emmy reel?

AMELIA:

When I said goodbye to Reed, because my sister told me people could relate to it, and it pulls at your heartstrings. The acting was not over-the-top so I went with that, and it was simple.

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BILLY:

I don’t have a snowballs chance in hell this year, but I had some folks pick their top three favorite episodes.  I asked Michelle Stafford, and Christian LeBlanc (Michael), and which ever one got the most votes I submitted.  I ended up going with the show after we lost the baby, and I went to Victor’s house and then came back home.  I have been lucky enough to work a lot.  So it’s hard to go through all the shows.  I am sure there is something better.  But, I am not embarrassed by this episode.  Actually, I am going to just have fun at the Emmys, and you can have more fun if you are not nominated.  Last year, I was not nervous because I thought Jonathan Jackson (Lucky, GH) was going to win.  But I was happy last year, and my folks were happy when I won.

MICHAEL:

Do you show your Emmy to the women in your life when they visit your home?  Or, is it away in a box somewhere? Or….?

BILLY:

It was on my mail pile waiting for the plaque to come in so I could send it to my parents, and then my best friend had a custom case made for it. Then since it was too large, I could not send it to my parents.  So it’s very cool and it’s in my office.

MICHAEL:

When you look at the Daytime Emmy now, do you go, “Wow, that was a cool moment?”

BILLY:

It was very cool.  I did not think I had a chance in hell, but something happened when I was walking the red carpet.  It was at that time I thought; maybe I did have a chance when people were yelling my name. Then I thought, “Oh, wait. I might win. And I don’t have anything to say.” You get thirty seconds. You see the little light flashing while you are up there making your acceptance speech.  I am a good b**s artist, so I think to myself, I can talk myself out of anything in two minutes, but thirty seconds is pushing the limit!

MICHAEL:

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I remember you had a very touching and great part of your speech when they announced you as the winner for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series. What was going on in your head at that time?

BILLY:

I was sitting there thinking what if I do win, what am I going to say?  That is when I got nervous.  And I won and I was happy with the speech.  And my best friend who died… we were like brothers, and that night happened to be his birthday.  So it was kind of cool to honor him with that Emmy and mention him.

MICHAEL:

Amelia, what would you say about working with Billy?

AMELIA:

He is socially awkward. (Laughs) But he is a lot of fun, because he does not take this seriously at all, but actually, he does take this very seriously.  Billy has a nice balance of having fun and really good time, and it is contagious. And from that, it is relaxed on set and people are having fun, and then sometimes something really good comes out of it in our work in scenes. I think that is what makes Billy and Victoria such a great couple, because we are having so much fun.

MICHAEL:

Billy, what would you say about working with Amelia?

BILLY:

It is like every morning I have to come to work and put on a clinic!  I have been leading Amelia to the Promised Land, and she finally gets pre-nominated for an Emmy! (Laughs) I am only joking.  Seriously though, she is a lot of fun.  She is also the only performer that can come in with her hair out to here, and her socks don’t match, and baby puke on her shoulder, and then ten minutes later glam up and you go, “Damn!  She looks good”! She knows what she is doing besides her hair having her own dressing room, and that is in her contract.  J-Lo insured her booty, and this one insured her hair! (Laughs)

AMELIA:

Well, everyone always wants to know why my hair is so messy, because it is in my contract for it to be. (Laughs)

BILLY:

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I will tell you the secret; the people here work hours on Amelia’s hair to make it look perfect. Then she is like a little kid.  She undoes it and laughs, and that is why I love her!

AMELIA:

It looks better messy!

MICHAEL:

So we all know big trouble and heartache could be just around the corner for Billy and Victoria.  Oh the lies! So many people’s lives will be affected by the fallout of the realization of who baby Lucy really is, and what Billy did to get her!  What exactly would you preview for April?

AMELIA:

More baby drama, and let me just add that we are in “babyville” for awhile.

BILLY:

We are like a real married couple!  We are like, “C’mon, let’s just get drunk and naked!” That’s all we want to play. (Laughs)  In all honesty, things are percolating.  Billy made some mistakes and they are about to come out.

AMELIA:

This is really going to test their marriage and their relationship.

BILLY:

I mean, who would they replace me with as Victoria’s love interest if she were to dump me?

AMELIA:

Peter Bergman (Jack)!

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MICHAEL:

That’s interesting!

AMELIA:

That is who they originally brought me on the show for!  We even did photo shoots together. What other girls have you not done?

BILLY:

Phyllis!

MICHAEL:

By the way, what did you think of the 50’s wedding of Billy and Victoria, with Elinor Donahue presiding over their Father Knows Best style wedding?

AMELIA:

It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I thought it might be a bad idea, but it turned out to be okay, and pretty cute.

MICHAEL:

Do either of you follow at all what fans say on the message boards about Billy and Victoria, or you as actors?  Or, do you stay away from that type of thing?

BILLY:

No, that would drive me crazy.

AMELIA:

People will say mean things and it can be really hurtful.

BILLY:

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I don’t care about that.

AMELIA:

Yeah, well you would care if people said, “That Victoria!  She is really ugly!”

BILLY:

I think we are doing a really good job, because I am receiving a bottle of scotch from a fan every month.  God bless you!  I don’t know who it is.  But I would like to say this to the fans, “Hi. My name is Billy Miller.  I enjoy fine whiskey and scotch.  I am also a wine and cigar connoisseur, as well. Thank you.” (Laughs)

AMELIA:

You are putting out there what you want?  Well, I want… Louie Vuitton bags…Prada shoes, and I am a size 8 in my shoe. (Laughs)

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Doe
Doe

Michael, I loved this interview. It was smart and funny and I love how Billy and Amelia play off each other. They do have a good time. I think that’s why their acting seems so effortless. I’m not looking forward to when the truth comes out about the baby. It will be a disaster or it will prove how much Billy and Victoria love each other. I’m afraid to guess! But, I do love how they interact and hope that doesn’t end………

ILoveBillyandVictoria
ILoveBillyandVictoria

OMGoodness! I am a total fangirl when it comes to Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle! Gosh, I love them so much! Billy and Victoria has become my all time favorite soap couple! I hope when Lucy’s secret comes out, they will do like Billy said and go on the run like Bonnie and Clyde… Hehehe, so cute! It seems like they have lots of fun together and it conveys on screen! I haven’t seen chemistry like this in forever! Who ever decided to put these two together was pure genius!!!!! Thanks so much Micheal, you made my night! xoxo

helen
helen

I just love Billy & Victoria together. I hope that they are married and in love for a very long time. I hope that they are a couple a long time just like Michael & Lauren.

Elanor
Elanor

Thank you SO much for this interview! I LOVE these two together!

J
J

Michael, what can I say other than this was an absolutely wonderful interview. They truely enjoy working with each other and their connection shines right through in this interview. It’s their humor and not taking things so seriously that makes them work so well together and I for one love every minute of it! They always have me laughing out loud and who doesn’t love to laugh? Just one of the many, many reasons I love these actors and I love their pairing. Thank you so much! I can tell why this interview would definitley be one of your favorites because it is mine. <3

Molly
Molly

Michael, this interview was absolutely amazing! I love them and the Billy and Victoria pairing! This was definitely my favorite interview. Thank you so much!

Izzaub10
Izzaub10

I Love VILLY!!! They are the only reason I watch Y&R.

Nally
Nally

This was such an amasing interview, from the introduction to the actual interview. They have become no doubt one of daytime’s most dynamic pairing and your interview shows us exactly why. Their joy in working together is evident, in reading that interview I felt so engaged, as if I were in the actual room. Billy and Amelia just shine on so many different levels with each other. I am certainly humbled to call myself their fan and I can’t wait to see where things go with Lucy, wherever it does go, Billy and Vicky love each other and I’m sure that is what will shine through at the end and Billy and Amelia will do an excellent job at sucking us into this s/l with them!

Thank you so much for a wonderful read!

Maureen
Maureen

What a fantastic interview with Billy & Amelia! There was never any question in my mind that these two love working together, but just to hear them say it, warms my heart! They are by far my favorite all time soap couple! Everything is just perfect about their pairing! Perfect couple and wonderful people they are!

Courtney
Courtney

Thank you so much for this interview!!! I love Billy & Amelia so much and after reading this interview, I love them even more! It’s so great to see how they have so much fun on screen and off screen. This is definitely my favourite interview!

Jen
Jen

Thank you so much for this amazing interview! I’m sitting here with a huge grin on my face after reading this thanks to Amelia and Billy’s playfulness and how fun loving they are just like their characters. The best thing Y&R has dine in years was pair these two. They have so much chemistry on and judging by this interview off screen too. I just love them!

ILoveVictoriaNewman
ILoveVictoriaNewman

Believe me Amelia, #TEAMVILLY talks back to the haters, so we got your back! 🙂
Amazing interview. So Hilarious. LOVE THEM!!!!

Amazing
Amazing

OMG! These two are amazing! Thanks Micheal for this interveiw, really enjoyed reading this! I think Billy and Amelia have some of the best on screen chemistry I have seen in a long time. I never would have thought this pairing would work, but it does! I have liked almost all of Billy’s pairing, but his pairing with Amelia is the absolute best and it’s the same for Amelia. I like her with Thad and Don Diamont but I adore her with Billy. Billy and Victoria have just stolen my heart and I am so in love with them.

Alicia Gritz
Alicia Gritz

LOVED this interview… Scared of what will happen as the baby drama unfolds. My hope are the following things: 1. Victoria and Billy remains together (Divorce is not answer to all problems) 2. Daniel will get to be a part of Lucys life, even as “Uncle Danny” ..knowing Lucy is in great hands. Love Billyand Victoria…KEEP THEM TOGETHER PLEASE!!!

Kristin
Kristin

Michael thank you SO much for this interview. Billy & Amelia are just wonderful & funny. Their on screen chemistry reminds me of the old school Hollywood couples from the movies like Fred & Ginger… just so sparkly & fresh. They just have a way of drawing you in & keeping you there. Best couple by far! Looking forward to many more Billy & Victoria adventures/stories.

Lakesha
Lakesha

Love Billy and Victoria! Amelia and Billy had me laughing during the whole interview. Villy<333

Tanya
Tanya

I Love this interview, u ask the right questions Michael. These 2 never stop to entertain me whether on or off screen lol love them & the “Booty of Nature” joke. Any time they are on I can’t help but wonder what they are going to do next, wonder what new Adventures they have plan for us. I too wonder what would happen when they reveal Lucy’s secret, it could either break them or make them stronger as a Couple and of course I prefer the latter. I kinda like the idea of them keeping the Baby while Daniel get to be a part of her life as well, look at Neil, Malcolm & Lilly. I also hope the writers take their sweet little time to reveal the secret just keep building on the Story slowly cause there are too many rushed Stories nowadays and I think they should do this one justice considering they rushed the 1st part of the Story, just milk this one. Again thank u for the interview Michael hope to see u do another one from them in the future, I hope they didn’t make u laugh too hard LOL.

Tierney
Tierney

Thank you so much for the great interview Michael! The pairing of Billy and Victoria is what restored my faith in soaps. They’ve brought humor, hotness – and my interest – back to Y&R. Plus, their portrayers Amelia and Billy seem like genuinely nice and funny people. Thanks again!

Alli
Alli

Thank you, thank you! I love Billy and Amelia! Villy is the main reason I watch Y&R. They seem so comfortable and fun together and it totally translates on screen.
Loved this interview!

Mel
Mel

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this terrific interview! Best interview ever!!! I love and adore the pairing of Billy and Victoria as well as the amazing Billy and Amelia. They singlehandedly brought me back to watching Y&R and restored my faith in soap supercouples. Billy and Amelia have so much chemistry and I’m glad to see how great they get along and are so funny together offscreen too. I LOVED the interview and my only regret is that it had to end!

AMANDA
AMANDA

I loved this interview. Billy and Victoria are the very best couple on Y&R.

Michael, thanks for this wonderful interview!

Theresa
Theresa

That was a fun read, thank you!

Now I understand more about why Victoria and Billy seem to reach out through the TV screen and demand my attention, no matter what their scenes involve. The actors do seem to be perfect foils for each other, and that obviously translates to their characters’ relationship. I hope Billy and Victoria’s marriage will weather the upcoming storms in one piece, but whatever happens, I know the actors will make it fantastically entertaining.

Skyla
Skyla

Great interview… I love Billy and Victoria together and Amelia and Billy seem to play really well off of eachother. You can tell they are friends in real life and I think people who are good friends outside of work usually make the best soap couples. I so hope they both win emmys, the work they’ve done has really been the bright star in the show these days. Fantastic interview.

Laurie
Laurie

I really enjoyed that – love how they seem very level-headed about their pairing’s popularity , but I hope they realize how special the couple comes across onscreen. The writers gave them a great build for sure, and they continue to get lovely writing, but I don’t believe it would have worked nearly so well without these two portraying it. I admire the fact that they both resist all the online stuff; maybe that’s part of the reason why they’re able to remain so lighthearted and fun together. Thanks for the interview.

John
John

What a beautiful interview! These two really are the perfect pairing and I just can’t get enough of them or their humor. Also these two blue eyed beings have the hottest chemistry I’ve ever seen in a soap couple. I need them on my screen daily and I truely hope they are an end game couple. I wouldn’t be watching without them. Thank you for such an amazing read Michael! I look forward to your next interview with them.

Stephanie
Stephanie

So Billy bought the baby to shut Victoria up. Be still my heart!! At least Billy is realitic and knows that this storyline is going to end with heartbreak. Can’t stand what Billy has become since being paired with Victoria.

But interesting reading at least.

Lori
Lori

What I find amazing is there is no hint of him even having the possible leaving after this summer .Near the time for his contract comes up for renewl I just find this hard to believe that SOD is nowing reporting that today he may not renew his contract after this summer.Does anybody read this in between the lines here just what not even two weeks after this interview that now he is talking of NOT RENEWING HIS CONTRACT AFTER THE SUMMER!!!

JR
JR

Very nice. They are portraying one of my favourite soap couples ever, and that’s over way too many years of soap-watching. They seem fun, and well-paired. Trouble is ahead for the characters for sure, but as long as these two continue to share scenes, I’ll watch whatever the writers put them through.

My daughter showed me this interview – I pretty much left the online soap world a year ago, so I was interested in their responses to your question about message boards. I know I grew disheartened by the negativity and downright cruelty some of them breed, and I’m glad these actors stay away.

May there be lots of scotch and Prada shoes in the future for these two. They’ve brought a lot of sparkle to the show.

Amanda
Amanda

I just read this as well & loved it. I was going to write the same things you did…brilliant minds…ha!

jenna paige
jenna paige

I love this pairing of Villy but hate that their relationship is coming to an end. Why can’t they work things out – even if they do lose Lucy.

Gwen
Gwen

I would like to see them back together. The best couple I every seen in the show

~Lori
~Lori

What a brilliant move for Y&R! I think this story line has been one of my fav’s and I have been watching this soap since I was 17 year old. Billy is like the “Ying” to Victoria’s “Yang” oops a quote from a TV reality star can you guess? I really hate to see Billy leave his role as Billy Abbott. I can see him in a evening drama series or a box office hit not only a great actor but one SeXy guy on daytime drama and must I say he surpasses my first looker Antonio Sabato Jr. I only have one suggestion if he does decide to leave I hope we will know what Victor is holding over him. I loved today’s episode when Nick drove Victoria home after getting drunk at the Halloween party and Billy rescued her, He loves her so much and was heartbroken when he picked up and saw she signed the divorce papers. I’m hoping he finishes the divorce papers that have went through many interruptions she has had trying to sign them, and Billy Abbott rips them up and they make wild passionate love one more time. She might be a little drunk but she did say ” Billy is that you”?? ♥♥

Jess
Jess

“Victoria” is NOT ugly.

Christine (formerly known as Jenna)
Christine (formerly known as Jenna)

That’s for sure. Amelia is stunning!

Mia
Mia

i agree..she looks hot with messy hair…

Amanda
Amanda

Great interview, Michael. I think viewers like their characters because they are (appear to be) just precious in real-life. Amelia, if I’m buying anyone LV or Prada, it’ll be me…sorry…ha! Billy, on the other hand, I’m sure it’s Mcallan scotch, but what kind of cigars?

Aleisha
Aleisha

I hope they read my fan mail! Love them!!!

Marilyn
Marilyn

You two make the show alot more interesting to watch . Thank you

carolyn
carolyn

I am so disappointed that Billy Miller has been let go. Victoria and Billy and Victoria make a great couple…so sad!! I don’t understand why he is being let go. Makes no sense. Everyone loves Billy.

Global
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Please note Billy Miller was not let go. Billy Miller left on his own accord so he could do more things.

He will indeed be greatly missed. Billy Miller is an amazing actor and has done a phenemonal job playing the role of Billy Abbott. He also has great chemistry with is onscreen wife Victoria played by Amelia Heinle. What a great soap couple!

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My favorite character has been Billy Abbott since he first showed up and I have commented before how much talent he has. He makes every situation real no matter how crazy it is. Thanks Billy and I hope I continue to see you as Victorias husband. I started watching from day 1 when I was in nursing school.

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Katie

I can’t believe what I just read……messy hair is in her contract because it looks better that way?!? Can someone please show that girl a mirror!!

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Mishael Morgan Talks on Her Return to Y&R and Tackling the New Role of Amanda Sinclair

So, just how did The Young and the Restless lure back one of the series most powerhouse actresses to take on a brand-new role? Mishael Morgan, who earlier this year was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her gut-wrenching final performances as Hilary Curtis, reveals in a new interview with Michael Fairman TV, what went down to bring her back to the CBS Daytime drama.

As fans know thus far, after appearing as ‘Ghost Hilary” through the late spring and summer, Y&R’s creatives worked behind the scenes to get Morgan back on screen without tainting Hilary’s ultimate demise.  That is when they came up with the role of the sexy yet tough lawyer, Amanda Sinclair.

So, enter Mishael in a new wig and style that defines Amanda as her own character.  Question is, since Amanda is a dead-ringer for the late Hilary, are they related? And, what will ultimately be proven to be in her DNA?  In story, Amanda entered the scene as the often-mentioned Chance Chancellor’s attorney.  She shows up in Genoa City to contest the legitimacy of the late great Katherine Chancellor’s will and the fortune she left to Devon (Bryton James).  With Devon directly in Amanda’s line of fire it sets the stage for potential fireworks down the line.

We sat down with Mishael backstage at Y&R for this informative and entertaining chat as we officially welcome back this truly kick-ass performer.  Here’s what Mishael shared below.

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What transpired behind the scenes to make it possible for you to come back to Y&R?

MISHAEL:  Tony Morina (executive producer, Y&R) kind of gave me a little bit of a heads up.  They called me back to come in and do the ghost episodes as Hilary, and it happened really quickly.  It was like, “Hey, Mishael, do you think you can do this?  Yeah?  Okay.  We’ll work it out with your team.  Alright.  We’ll see you tomorrow.” (Laughs) It was really, really fast.  I was hesitant for a second about the whole Hilary ‘ghost thing’, because I felt good about how we wrapped up Hilary’s storyline.  I’d only left for a couple of months, and I still felt funny about it, but I was like, “I’ll do it.  She’s a ghost … so she hasn’t returned from the dead.  So, it’s fine.”

Originally, I was concerned that they were going to have you as Hilary keep popping up as a ghost to Devon for an indefinite amount of time; when the show has already done that with Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and his father, John (Jerry Douglas).  Because of your previous performances, and Emmy-nominated performance for the final arc of Hilary’s story, I thought, in the end, it might detract from that.

MISHAEL:  Yes, and I think that’s how I felt too, but I agreed to do it because they said that it was going to be a max of seven episodes.  So, while I was doing that, Tony was on set watching the scenes.  Next, he just called me up and said, “Well, how do you feel about coming back?”  I was like, “Coming back?  Hilary is dead.  Like, Hilary is dead-dead.  Is this going to be an alternate universe?” (Laughs) He said, “Well, no.  You’d be coming back as a different character.”  That was really intriguing to me, because one of the reasons why I left was because I felt like creatively I’d played a character from beginning to end, and it felt like it would just be nice to go off and play somebody new.  I never in a million years thought that I could come back to Y&R and actually play someone new!  That was weird to wrap my head around when they said, “You’d play a new character,” but then when they said she was going to me a lawyer, my ears really perked up! I’ve always wanted to play a lawyer, because I have the background where I wanted to be a lawyer in real life.  So, then I’m like, “OK. Now I get to play a lawyer on TV.”  They really got their hooks in to me with that … and just hooked me in from there.  Then, I got open to the idea and the story that Josh Griffith (head writer, Y&R) wanted to tell.

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Once you learned the idea of the story from Josh, it seemed that things happened very quickly!  We all found out about your return via a social media post where you got to tell the fans yourself that you were coming back … but as a new character.

MISHAEL:  It happened relatively quickly in terms of me tentatively coming back, but then they still had to write the story.  So, everything wasn’t really confirmed until a couple of weeks before I started taping again.  We were in talks for about two months, and we worked it all out.  I said, “I’d do it,” and then it was 100% confirmed around August of this year, and I was airing in September.  It was kept was very, very quiet.

Are you still figuring out what Amanda’s back-story is?

MISHAEL:  I am.  I feel like every writer is a little different, and I feel like Josh likes to keep things very close and tight to his chest so that you kind of don’t know what’s happening.  Josh gives you enough information to play a little bit of something that is coming down the pike, but he doesn’t really disclose everything.   I’ve gotten little hints, and I kind of know where we are going, but I still don’t know the whole back-story of Amanda.  I’m still trying to figure her out.  If she’d been the polar opposite of Hilary, I think it might have been easier, but if you read her description, she’s very much like Hilary: A-type, strong, driven, all of those things.  Hilary had this very malicious, unscrupulous side to her, but I don’t know if Amanda has that.  In terms of the general description of the character, they’re very similar, which I was happy about just because I like playing strong women on TV.  If they had said, “We’re bringing on this character, and she is homeless” … or somebody who was super quiet… that would pose a different set of things for me as an actress.  I think seeing strong women of all different colors, shapes, and sizes is so important right now on TV, and it is very relevant.  I am happy to be a part of that.

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What was it like playing all of these entrance scenes as Amanda where your former and current scene partners had to suspend belief? There’s Bryton James, Christel Khalil, Daniel Goddard, Jess Walton, and you, and Amanda walks in like, “Hey there!” (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  We just laughed about it.  It’s one of those things that is so funny, and it can only happen in the world of soaps.  A lot of the fans said, “This is weird,” in the beginning, but the fans love the show, and they accept it, and they do suspend their disbelief, and then it becomes normal.   We just had fun with it.

You’re like, “Hi, do you like my new hair?” (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  That was the thing too.  (Laughs) I don’t even think Christel even saw my hair until she came to set, and she was like, “Oh wow! I like your new hair.”

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What happened when you and Christel taped the scenes where Lily sees Amanda for the first time, after the former contentious relationship of Lily and Hilary that ultimately changed the course of both their lives?

MISHAEL:  For me, it was super fun and easy because I don’t know any of the Hilary/Lily back-story.  I just play very oblivious like,“Hi, I’m just here.” (Laughs)  So, it’s very easy for me, but I almost envy a lot of the other characters who have to play all of these layers because Lily does have that back-story because she was charged for Hilary’s death, and the guilt associated with doing something like that, and also the hate that she had for Hilary.  Then overcoming that hate, and then going on that entire beautiful journey that they had together as women.  But now having that as a layer, and adding on top of it this woman who looks exactly like Hilary, but is a completely different person, is really interesting. Even for Bryton, I feel like he has a golden opportunity as well, because to have that love of your life, and then a new love of your life there in Elena, and then see a woman who looks just like your ex-wife is, I’m sure, really difficult.  Your mind would just be exploding!

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How did Bryton find out that you were coming back, and what was his reaction to the news?

MISHAEL:   Well, I came in for the ghost episodes, and I just couldn’t hold it in any longer.  I told him before we finalized this new deal.  He’s a friend of mine.  I wanted to get his opinion, and he was like, “You should do it!”  I was like, “Really?  It feels so weird because I just left a year ago, and I was so happy and content with leaving, so it feels weird to come back.”  He was like, “No, it will be fine.”  He’s like, “The fans will love you either way.  They’ll want you back.”   I was worried about how the fans would feel because it is such a quick return.

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What is the feedback you’re getting from the fans thus far on your transformation from Hilary to now Amanda?

MISHAEL:  I feel like it’s pretty positive for the most part.  There are always going to be a couple of fans who are skeptical … or who don’t like the storyline … and even if they don’t like it they say, “This is kind of weird to bring her back as a different character.  We miss Hilary, but we love that Mishael Morgan is back, so, that kind of makes it all OK.”

The story that brings Amanda to Genoa City revolves around the legitimacy of Katherine Chancellor’s (the late Jeanne Cooper) will, and she comes in and says there was a counterfeit will etc.  She’s the messenger at this point and her client is Chance, correct?

MISHAEL:  Yes, Amanda’s client is Chance.

Isn’t she starting to question the legitimacy of her client?

MISHAEL:  Yes, but I think she still believes that it was Chance.  She’s kind of wondering now … because she even accuses Jill (Jess Walton).  She’s like, “It’s your grandson.  He’s all out to lunch.  He’s not getting back to anybody.”  Jill is very much in the headspace where she is like, “Well, this is probably not my grandson.”  Amanda is like, “I’m pretty sure it is.”  So, I think Amanda still thinks that it is Chance, even if he is a criminal, and even if he is doing something tricky.

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How did Amanda get contacted by Chance in the first place to take this case?

MISHAEL:  It was an email, and then Amanda spoke to him on the phone …  or at least to who she believed was Chance.  He signed the papers, he scanned them over, and he forwarded Amanda the retainer. She had no reason not to believe that it was him.

So, when Amanda came to see Devon and company, she had no idea that there was this lookalike of her that was intertwined with this family?

MISHAEL:  No, but then after Devon tells Amanda about all of this, she sees pictures of Hilary online, but this is all done off-camera.

Does Amanda now suspect that she could be a twin? 

MISHAEL:  I think so.  I’m kind of playing that or keeping that there.  I’m kind of playing that as part of the reason why I want to stay in town because Amanda is intrigued by this other person who looks like her.  This could possibly be family.  I think it adds an extra layer as to why she wants to stay on Genoa City.  It is not just because she likes this person, or that person.  I think it is because she wants to figure out her connection to this person who looks just like her.

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We’ve seen Amanda be a little shifty.

MISHAEL:  Maybe a little bit. (Laughs)

What do you think we, as the audience, should be feeling at this point about Amanda?

MISHAEL:  I think we just have to wait and see.  Hilary had a lot going on before I left, and this is a new character who is slowly building.

I think that one of the things that daytime shows often have done wrong is that when they bring in a new character, they shove them down the audience’s throats too fast that they get sick of them.  I don’t know if that’s the tactic for the emergence of Amanda, more of a slow burn?

MISHAEL:  I feel like they are definitely doing a good job of building her character slowly and adding layers.  It’s not all coming out right away.  I feel like people should be feeling excited to try and figure out who this woman is because that is what it is eventually going to be leading to.  Right now, we are all just together in trying to figure out who she is.  I feel like everybody is really excited (and I am too) to get going, but even when Hilary came to Genoa City, it took about a year for her to catch her stride.  I think it’s going to take a while to really understand the meat of this character and how she fits into everyone’s lives.

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Do you think Amanda feels badly about what is going on with Cane and Devon with the will, and how it would change both their lives forever?

MISHAEL:  Yes.  I definitely think that she feels badly about that.  In the beginning, it was very much her job.  I think when Devon is contemplating giving over his fortune, it makes Amanda see him in a different light, and her empathy for him starts to increase because she sees that he is a good guy, and that there wasn’t anything that he did that was malicious.

I think there is an attraction brewing here between Devon and Amanda.

MISHAEL:  Possibly.  I mean … Devon was attracted to someone who looked like Amanda.

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Will she like him if he has no money, though?

MISHAEL:  I don’t know… I mean, Hilary definitely wouldn’t. (Laughs)

What do you think about working with Brytni Sarpy (Elena)? I see a triangle or quadrangle brewing and I see catfights in your future!

MISHAEL:  I love Brytni.  I definitely see that because Elena is definitely in the state of mind where she can’t stand this Amanda character.  The second she walked through the door, she couldn’t stand her.  I’m sure there are going to be some catfights coming.  I’m sure that it is going to be very entertaining for everybody! We’ll see.

Because you were considering being a lawyer … wait until you get into the courtroom set for some scenes!

MISHAEL:  I know, I’m excited for that!

Christian LeBlanc (Michael) always loves the courtroom monologues because he says it’s like doing a stage play.  Will you be up for that?

MISHAEL:  I think it’ll be ready for it.  I had a little one already to kind of warm up.  I won’t tell you what it was about.  I was like, “I can do this,” and I think it would have been even more fulfilling if there were an actual jury there where it feels like you’re performing.

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What kind of lawyer is Amanda?  Does anyone know? (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  Well, right now she specializes in estates and trusts, but the one thing that I do know about attorneys is that technically with your license you can kind of do anything.  It is just that your experience will be in a specific area.  So, certain people may not want you to defend them, because you’ve never defended people in these cases.  I feel like it is not the same as a surgeon.  A surgeon specializes in the heart, and they don’t really do anything else, but as an attorney, you can kind of do anything.  You can defend anyone if the price is right and you feel confident.

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When you were thinking of being a lawyer, did you think of the kind of lawyer you wanted to be?

MISHAEL:  Well, when I wanted to be a lawyer, I wanted to be an international human rights lawyer.  So, something very different.  I wanted to save the world.

You know what they should do?  Maybe Amanda could have a courtroom show.  Instead of Judge Judy, it could be called Judge “Mandy”!

MISHAEL:  Put people in their places.

That’s if Amanda doesn’t get a talk show gig on the side, like Hilary did with GC Buzz! (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  With the courtroom cases, and the talk show, that would be a lot.

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We talked about Hilary and taking her through everything she had gone through, and it really was the perfect ending when she passed.   Do you look back on that time and that work which we all loved so much?

MISHAEL:  Yes, I do.  I still look back on it, and I feel so blessed to have gone through that journey with her and to have created such a great character.  There are times when I’m like, “Yeah, coming back as Hilary would have been a lot of fun,” because I read the lines, and I know how Hilary would say everything, and now I have to figure out how Amanda says it – and it never feels the same, because I got so used to this being Hilary’s home.  I feel like Amanda is a little more like me, so there is a little less playfulness happening.

You want more of that which is reminiscent of Hilary, or not as much with Amanda?

MISHAEL:  I feel like naturally there is not as much now with Amanda, but I do want more of the playfulness to happen. It’s fun to play that on camera.  I feel that’s the fun of acting and pretending in that you get to be less of yourself, and more like a character.  Hilary was so different from me that it was just so fun to play her.  I feel like I’ve got to find those things in Amanda that make her unique and different that I can indulge in.

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In real-life you’re now a mom of two.  When you leave your kids to come to work, is it hard for you?

MISHAEL:  It is, but it’s okay because my husband stays at home with them.  We bounce back and forth.  He doesn’t work when I am working, and the days when I am not working, I am at home, and I get to enjoy time with them.  Then, when I am working, he stays home, and he gets to enjoy time with them.  It sucks to leave them, but at the same time it’s great to know that they are getting to spend time with their father, and I’m getting some ‘me time’.  I think that is necessary, because being a stay at home mom was a lot harder than I thought.  It is exhausting, and you are always on call.  You feel like you’re a surgeon.  It is just too much at times.

You always have the best Instagram photos with your kids and their outfits.  Are you going to have them dressed for Halloween?

MISHAEL:  Oh, yes.  They are going to dress up.   My son is going to be a firefighter, and I am going to be the fire, and my husband is going to be the fire hydrant, and my daughter is going to be the fire dog, the little Dalmatian!

Were you thrilled that you had a daughter this time, after previously having a son?

MISHAEL:  Yes.  At the time, I was okay with whatever the gender turned out to be.  I know everybody says it, but as long as they’re healthy, that is the most important thing.  I even thought about if I did have another boy, there would be that brother bond.  I grew up with sisters so to give him a brother would have been great, too.  Everybody always wants to have one of each because you want to be able to see what a boy would look like, and what a girl would look like, and their temperaments and all of that.  So, it’s nice that we got one of each.  We are happy.  We are good.  No more kids in my future.  (Laughs)  I shouldn’t say that too much because what if I do get pregnant, and my kid is like, “I was definitely an accident, Mom?” (Laughs)

We don’t know who Amanda has ties to at this point, but would you like to see her in another romantic relationship with some guy who is not Devon?

MISHAEL:  I would like to see that just because it would be something that kind of defines her as her own kind of person with her own journey and her own likes and her own dislikes.  I even feel that if she just ends up with Devon, it would be kind of weird.  We don’t know if Hilary and Amanda are related, but if they are related somehow, you would not have the same experiences, you would not have the same connections as this person.  As far as who I would want to work with, I don’t know.  I don’t know how to judge.  Well, Sean Dominic (Nate) has been awesome.  It would be kind of cool to be with Sean character-wise, because if Amanda ends up with Nate, that’s a relative of Devon, so Devon would have to see that all of the time … so that’s interesting.

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How is working with Sean?

MISHAEL:  Lots of fun.  He actually has the same birthday as my dad.  He’s a really cool guy, and we get along great.  That is half the battle because every now and again (and you rarely hear about it) you can’t stand the person you’re working with, and every time you get into scene work with another character, you’re always wondering, “Am I going to get along with this person?”  I love Bryton because we definitely have a special connection when we are on camera and when we are working together.  We’ve known each other for so long, and we’ve done so many amazing scenes together, and I think there is a lot of trust there.  It’s easy to just work with him.  That being said, the challenge of working with another character would be great as well.  We’ll just see where the chips fall.  Either way; I’m going to have a blast.

So, Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and you obviously have this great relationship together on-screen.  Mariah was Hilary’s dear friend.  Did you ever see her performance after Hilary died and her heartbreaking monologue on the set of GC Buzz?

MISHAEL:  Yes, I did.  It was amazing.  She’s an amazing actress.  She’s an amazing person.  I was so happy to work with her, and I am so happy to be back, because we are such good friends.  My first day back on set when I walked in, Camryn was the first person I saw.

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Did Camryn know you were coming back to the show as Amanda?

MISHAEL:  Yes, she knew I was coming back.  We had a big hug and everything like that, and we were laughing about the fact that she’d come back to Y&R too as a whole different character.  So, I was like, “What pointers can you give me?” I would really love to figure out how Amanda and Mariah can work together.

The big question … I wonder if Amanda will have friends in Genoa City? (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  I think she would.  I mean, I know she is a little uptight, but I think she’ll have friends.  I hope so.  I don’t know who though. Guess everyone will have to stay tuned to see.

So, are you happy to see Mishael back at The Young and the Restless? What do you think of the character of Amanda Sinclair thus far? Do you want to see her with Nate, Devon, or someone else on the canvas romantically?  Do you think it will turn out that Hilary and Amanda were twins? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson Talks On Thomas’ Vendetta With Brooke & Playing The Manipulative Bad Boy Of The Forrester Clan

Since coming to The Bold and the Beautiful earlier this year, Matthew Atkinson is making his mark in the role of Taylor (Hunter Tylo) and Ridge’s (Thorsten Kaye) son, Thomas Forrester.  But while Matthew was a recast for his predecessor Pierson Fodé, his Thomas is quite different.  The new Thomas is a bad boy capable of horrific manipulations to get what he wants, and a young man who has caused so much suffering already for the Logans, Spencers, and the Forresters  But is there a heart underneath that often volatile exterior?

After all, Thomas went to great lengths to keep Hope (Annika Noelle) in a relationship with him and for her to be a “mother” to his son, following the death of Caroline.  So, what did he do? He covered-up and blackmailed many people to keep their mouths shut to the truth – that his sister Steffy’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) little girl, Phoebe, was actually baby Beth, the child Hope and Liam (Scott Clifton) believed had died at birth!

Following the big reveal, and getting a bit of comeuppance, Thomas landed in the hospital with a questionable push from Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) after a fall.  After promising to change his ways, looks like Thomas is back to scheming and conniving – this time to make sure Brooke gets payback and that her marriage to his father blows up to smithereens.  Meanwhile, Thomas needs to be a better father to his little boy, Douglas (Henry Joseph Samiri), but will the Logans and the Spencers come between father and son?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Matthew Atkinson to get his take on: the emotional make-up of his incarnation of Thomas Forrester, what his ultimate takedown of Brooke would be, and how he thinks Thomas can find a way back into the family good graces, and more.  Here’s what Matthew had to say about it all.

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Thomas really has a vendetta with Brooke.  The scene where Brooke slaps him illustrated just how deep-rooted his issues apparently are with her. What did you think about what Thomas said to Brooke that came to a boiling point with the slap, and what was it like performing the material with Katherine Kelly Lang?

MATTHEW:  Katherine rocks every chance I get to be around her.  She is such a sweet human being and so fun to work with and takes her job seriously and puts a lot of work in, and I think it shows.  As far as the scene goes, every chance that I get to work with her is fun.  She’s just a great actress.  Brooke basically had this vendetta against Thomas for a while now, and she was the one who unjustifiably went a little crazy about Thomas before anybody knew Thomas was off the rails.  So, it’s kind of this interesting culmination of having that where she has built herself up to hating Thomas at this point, and she is just scared of him and what he could possibly do.  Then you have Thomas, who has hated Brooke ever since she came in and destroyed his family.  There is so much emotion there and so many levels to it.  It’s just so much fun to play around with, and in those scenes especially, it is kind of like neither one of them really has a filter.  They are both just going at each other.

He is punctuating his plan by telling Brooke that she may, “Have his father tied around her slutty little finger, but her reign of terror ends with him!”  I was just like, “Uh-oh.” (Laughs)

MATTHEW:  Yeah, and that’s how Thomas sees Brooke.  He sees her as this slutty woman who came in and kind of giggles her way into his dad’s life and flirted with him and destroyed his entire family.  Thomas sees her and all of her sisters as these air-headed women who are kind of just family-destroying kind of people.  They come in, they do whatever they can to get what they want, and he doesn’t care about them at all.  I think he has kind of gotten to this point, especially with Brooke … considering what happened with Hope and that he has this genuine love for Hope.  Brooke won’t even accept that, or think about that as a possibility with how she views him.   It’s that crazy dynamic and those scenes were definitely an emotional peak for both of them.

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Thomas seems to become obsessed, and laser-focused on people like Hope, and now Brooke.  What has happened to him?  How are you playing this behavior pattern of his that we are seeing established?

MATTHEW:  Some of the most successful people in the world are people who obsess over things.  I think Thomas is like that, but I think that since Caroline’s death, his obsessive nature has been so focused on things other than fashion.  They aren’t his job and what his talents are, which is where he should focus all of that energy, but instead it’s been on his son needing a mother.  So, getting Hope in his life was key to him, and with Brooke, it’s a woman who has destroyed his entire family.  He wants his dad to be better off.  He wants his entire family to be better off.  He honestly feels that they would be better off without Brooke in their lives, and so that is what he is focused on.  I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad attribute to have when it is focused in the right direction, but for Thomas, since the death of Caroline, his focus has been on things that are a little abstract and are not necessarily objectively sound decisions.

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What was interesting was that I did not know how they were going to be able to save the character of Thomas on the B&B canvas after all that he has perpetrated.  But then, there were scenes in the hospital where he is recovering from his “fall”, and Thomas is having big emotional scenes with Ridge and Steffy.  In those moments as the viewer, you say to yourself: “Oh, they’re going to redeem him,” but then they don’t.  He goes right back to a new vendetta.  What did you think of those plot twists?

MATTHEW:  The interesting thing about this character is that I don’t think this guy is a bad guy.  I think he is a guy who is doing a lot of bad things, but I think a lot of people can relate to him and the struggles that he is dealing with: being a single father and having a rough childhood with his family being broken up.  This is a guy who wants his father to approve of him and respect him and he has never really felt that way.  I think a lot of people out there know what it’s like to have a parent who they just want approval from but can’t get it … couple that with the fact that he let his sister down.  Everybody knows what it is like to think that they are making the right decision and end up making the wrong decision and possibly hurting someone in the process … and the kind of shame that you feel from doing something like that.  I think this makes Thomas an interesting character where viewers could say, “Well, he is doing bad things, and I don’t agree with anything that he is doing, but I can relate to him, and I want him to be better, and I want him to get better and become the good person we all know he can be.”  Yet, Thomas just keeps making all of the wrong decisions.

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I predict that in short order, Thomas will be in cahoots with Shauna (Denise Richards)!

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MATTHEW:  Okay, we shall see.  (Laughs)  They have aligned interests; especially at the moment, when it comes to removing Brooke from that situation.  I think with Shauna, it’s fun that Denise Richards has come into this role and what she has done with this character.

Denise Richards is doing a great job in the role.

MATTHEW:  She’s amazing, but I think that behind the thought process she has is this woman, Shauna, who is not so dissimilar from Thomas, and is willing to blur the lines of what is acceptable and morally sound to make sure that she gets what she wants.

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When you were taping those emotional hospital scenes where Thomas admits he has lost his way, and reaching out to his dad to try to find forgiveness, how were playing those scenes with Thorsten Kaye?

MATTHEW:  I respect Thorsten a lot as an actor.  I just love having scenes with him because I feel like we play off of each together so well.  When we enter a scene together, we are both in it.  When you are both in it, something real happens from that, and those real moments are kind of magical in a way, and it makes you feel great about the work that you do.  Thorsten shows up, and he’s prepared, he knows what he is doing, and at the same time, there is this connection between father and son.   I think Thorsten and I have definitely done that as father and son, and Jacqui and I have done that as brother and sister.

Since the show usually has you shirtless or sneering in scenes (laughs), I was so happy that they finally let you have some crying scenes.  It was at the point that the audience was able to see you bring another emotional level and dimension to the character.

MATTHEW:  I think he is not a guy who breaks down and cries very often.  It takes something very serious (especially for him) to get to that point.  For Thomas, the most important thing in the world is family, and he has kind of destroyed his relationship with his own family with what he has done, and I think that from the inside out is what breaks him.

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Speaking of shirtless scenes; in a short amount of time you have been with the show, I think you may have set a record there.

MATTHEW:  (Laughs) Yep.  It’s all the time because the wardrobe sends me mostly pants – no shirts (Laughs).

Obviously, there is the issue of Thomas’s son, Douglas … and will he lose him because Hope and Liam want to gain custody of him. Brooke wants Thomas out of Douglas’ life for good.   This poses a major obstacle for Thomas moving forward. Agree?

MATTHEW:  Sure.  However, Brooke has no legal right to stand on.  You can’t just take a guy’s son.  There’s no legal way to do that, but they can try their hardest to either sign adoption papers or sign over custody, or something like that, but there’s not a legal way they can go and just take his son.  There are a lot of people who I understandably think Douglas would be better off with being raised by Hope and Liam, but I think Thomas has a point of view too, and just because he is going through a bad part of his life at this time, doesn’t mean that he is unfit to be a father.  I think Thomas will prove that he is fit to be father and all the while, a great force to be reckoned with,

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But, Thomas hasn’t been so great to Douglas, either.  Hasn’t he yelled at his son, manipulated him for his own gain, etc?

MATTHEW: Right, this was kind of right before the truth about Beth came out, and Thomas was on this massive downward swirl where he wasn’t thinking clearly; he wasn’t himself. I  think in reality, you have a person who went off the rails, he wasn’t being himself, he found the person he wasn’t, and I think that the “accident” of Brooke pushing him off a cliff, the slip, kind of clarified his intention in life to be a good, standup person from here on out.  So, I think his priorities are straight now, and I think he is thinking clearly.  I don’t think he is in the same mental state that he was before, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t be manipulative and that he won’t get what he wants, because he will.  There was a time that he went through a headspace when nothing was really clear for a minute, and he didn’t really have any moral backbone, but I don’t think that moving forward you’re going to see a Thomas Forrester that would hurt his son.  You’re going to see a Thomas Forrester who will stop at nothing to protect his son.

How does Thomas feel about Hope now, especially since Hope wants to raise Douglas? 

MATTHEW:  Well, here is what I will say; I think that Thomas has always had a love for Hope. I think he respects her as a person, I think he has seen her be a mother to his child, and that is undeniable … how much of a connection that she has to Douglas, and she is incredibly important to him.  Thomas can basically discard any Logan except Hope.  Hope is kind of his kryptonite.  So, going forward, I think you’ll maybe see a guy who wants to discard Hope as a person who he cares for (her and the rest of the Logans), but he may not be able to do that, because she has got a place in his heart that he can’t compartmentalize and leave behind.

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What can you say about working with Annika Noelle, because you as Thomas had been terrorizing Hope for many months?

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MATTHEW:  Well, she’s a sweetheart, but also, secondly, she is a badass.  She could kick my butt any day of the week.  So, I just had to make sure that in between takes I said, “You understand that I wouldn’t do this to you.”  She’s so sweet, and she was actually one of the first people to talk to me about taking over a role on the show, because she had been one of the most recent people to take over a role, and that was something that was really hard for me.  Coming into a character that has already been there for 30 years, you have a lot to live up to.  She was amazing from the beginning just helping me through that process.

On that note, what did you think of the epic fight scene on the rooftop opposite Scott Clifton; right before all the truth came out to Hope that Beth is alive and Thomas was lying to Hope and up to no good?

MATTHEW:  So much fun.  The shots they got were incredible.  Shooting those fight scenes was so much fun and I love Scott to death.  So, every time we get to work together it’s fun, but just getting outside and literally pretending to beat the crap out of each other is a blast.  We got to go out to Malibu, and I got to fall over a cliff.  What else can you say about that? (Laughs)

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There is another interesting relationship Thomas has on B&B, and that is with his friend, Vinny.  How has it been creating the on-screen dynamic with Joe LoCicero (Vinny) as these two scheming dudes?

MATTHEW:  I like it, and I love Joe.  This dynamic between these two guys is really funny because you have this shrewd, alpha male, Thomas Forrester, who is extremely driven, and insanely smart, but also very manipulative and he has got a thousand things going on.  On the flipside, you’ve got Vinny, who is just this guy who he has been friends with for a really, really long time, who just kind of lives life.  He is living in his apartment in Venice, he sells some not so legal substances just to his friends, and he’s a decent guy.  It’s just fun when we have these scenes together, because essentially you’ve got him looking at me like I’m an alien creature, and thinking, “I don’t understand this guy.  I don’t know why he is acting this way, but who cares; I’m going to eat my Chinese food.”  (Laughs) I think it kind of grounds some of those scenes especially when you see Thomas going off that rails, and his friend doesn’t even seem to notice. (Laughs)

I know! (Laughs) Thomas has got his own sidekick.

MATTHEW: I think Vinny wants to give sound advice, but he gives all the worst advice.  He’s like, “Well, the way you described it Thomas, it sounds like a good idea, so yeah, go ahead with that,” but maybe doing a little behavioral cognitive therapy and questioning would be good for Vinny.  He just kind of goes, “okay,” (laughs) but I think that’s what makes those scenes so much fun.

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Having appeared on The Young and the Restless previously you know how soaps go.  There is always this fear of: “Will they kill me off if my character has gone too far?” Did at any point in Thomas’ storyline, and as you got the scripts and read all the terrible things Thomas was doing, that the character might get murdered, kicking off a murder mystery, and you’d have to make an exit?

MATTHEW:  I’d had discussions with Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B) and I kind of knew where the character was going, so I kind of knew that he was going down a rabbit hole, but that Thomas wasn’t a lost cause.  I knew that he would at least be present for the upcoming short future that I know of, that Thomas wasn’t going to find his demise, which was very nice of Brad to give me that insight into the character to not only know what was coming up, but also know where his head is at by this point.  It helps me with the character work that I do for each scene and prep for each day; because I know where Thomas’ head is going to be at two weeks from now.

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Have you had any interactions with fans, or are you checking out on social media what the viewers are saying about Thomas?  Do they love him?  Hate him?  Is there a great debate going on?  What is your take on where Thomas sits with the audience?

MATTHEW:  Oh, yeah.  I definitely pay attention.  The fans are the reason I have the job that I have.  All the feedback that I have seen is positive, and by positive, I mean that it is emotionally effective.  Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that people are happy with Thomas because most people are not happy with Thomas.  They don’t like what he is doing, and that obviously gets them angry or sad or whatever, but that is kind of the point of the show.  If you’re watching a bunch of characters who are all great people and who all do nice things, then it wouldn’t be that much fun to watch.  You’d be watching 40 Liam’s talk to each other, and it would be like, “Yeah, it’s just another day in Happy World.”  (Laughs)  I think that Thomas especially has been such a driving force in the last couple of months and caused a lot of drama.  I think there are a lot of storylines that people have connected to in the past that are really making people enjoy the drama happening now. You have the people who hated Ridge getting together with Brooke in the beginning that are happy with what Thomas is doing now.  You have the people who are pro – Liam and Steffy.  Thomas has been a big advocate of that since the beginning.  There are some people who just can’t stand Thomas and don’t like him, and he makes them mad, but the reality of it is that there is a thin line between love and hate.  So, as long as they love me or hate me, I’m happy.

So, have you been enjoying Matthew’s portrayal of Thomas? Do you think he will rip Brooke and Ridge apart for good and succeed in his plans? Do you think he should somehow pay for his manipulations? Share your thoughts on the current B&B storyline involving Thomas via the comment section below.

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Eileen Davidson & Vincent Van Patten Talk ‘7 Days to Vegas’, Their Relationship and Y&R, DAYS & RHOBH

Today’s the day for the highly-anticipated film, 7 Days to Vegas which bows in selected theaters. The motion picture which stars Vincent Van Patten and his real-life wife, two-time Daytime Emmy winning actress Eileen Davidson (Y&R’s Ashley and former Kristen/Susan Banks, Days) is a comedic gambling romp, centering around the character of Duke (Van Patten), an out-of-work actor turned poker player who makes a prop bet that he walk from the San Fernando Valley in California to Sin City, Las Vegas in 7 days.

There are some catches to this bet that make it even more challenging  … Duke has to wear a suit the entire time in scorching heat.  The events in the movie are loosely based on Van Patten’s Hollywood Poker game nights.  7 Days to Vegas features a fictional gang of betting entertainment industry bigwigs, who are hardcore gamblers and of course, jealousy strikes.  Davidson plays Duke’s wife, KC.

Michael Fairman sat down with Eileen and Vincent at their home, and at their famed poker table for the Michael Fairman Channel, to chat about the making of the movie, their relationship and some intriguing tidbits for fans of Eileen’s work on The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives and her time on Bravo’s hit reality franchise, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

In 7 Days to Vegas, Eileen says that Vincent fashioned her role of KC after their real-life relationship adding, “They are in it together. This is a lifestyle that they both enjoy.  That is what somebody does when there is a home game; you call people up, and make sure who is going to be there.  Van Patten said, “There is a host of the game, and that is her role in the movie.”

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As to the scenes where Duke is walking to Vegas, Van Patten shared, “We shot the film in Santa Clarita, California in the hills and the mountains and all of that, and then we out five days after with a second unit shoot and shot with drones in the desert.  So, I must have walked 10 miles a day, shooting, sweating, but you don’t feel it, because when it’s your baby, it’s a labor of love.”

When asked if she would go back to daytime, Eileen shared she would be back for more Ashley on Y&R: “I am supposed to go back to Y&R in a couple of more weeks. So I am popping in and out at this point.”  Davidson also shared she wishes nothing but the best to Stacy Haiduk who inherited her roles on Days of our Lives as Kristen DiMera and Susan Banks. Eileen said she does not watch the episodes of the show anymore, because it makes her feel sad.  The roles of Kristen and Susan were so close to Davidson’s heart.

In speaking of her time on RHOBH, Van Patten shared, “I think she (Eileen) did a great job. It went by real quick. I think she did like three years on it.  I was in the background carrying her purse, going, ‘Yes, yes, here I come.”  (Laughs)  Davidson expressed: “Listen, reality TV … it’s a crazy, wild, Wild West.”  When Michael asked about the time a drink was thrown in her face, Eileen explained:  “I think Brandi (Granville) felt she needed to be relevant to be on the show, and her role was to be a troublemaker. I understand more of it now.  At the time, I was a deer in the headlights for the first couple of years.”  Vincent shared, “People always ask if this stuff is scripted, and it’s actually not, but you can spice it up”   As to if ‘Housewives’ makes up the drama, Davidson elaborated, “Before the season starts they will ask, ‘What is going on in your life?’, and maybe there is some of that behind-the-scenes stuff.  It didn’t happen with me.  I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it is a reality show, but it is also entertainment, and if all we did was sit around, how fun would that be?”

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Watch the full interview below with Eileen and Vincent and make sure to “subscribe” to The Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interview features.

Now let us know, will you be checking out 7 Days to Vegas, which will also be available on iTunes and VOD come September 24th? Do you hope there will be more Ashley on Y&R? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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