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THE CHRISTEL KHALIL INTERVIEW – THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

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As one half of one of daytime’s most popular couples, (Cane and Lily), actress Christel Khalil is at the center of one of soaps hottest storylines, which is set to explode this week!   Lily has just found out that Billy is the father of Chloe’s baby, and Chloe is about to give birth practically in front of Lily, or is she?  Elsewhere, Cane has just realized he has been a fool, and has run out the door to find Lily.  Christel reveals her perspective and what to look forward to next, in one of soaps all-time best quadrangle story arcs.

Last week, Christel was also nominated for an NAACP image award, and is still in the running for a Daytime Emmy nomination after the in-house voting at “Y&R” for the Younger Actress category.  In this revealing interview, she talks about working with Daniel Goddard… voted “soaps sexiest man”; and the real life love of her life… musician and husband, Stephen Hensley. Christel also gives her insight into how the Maria Arena Bell  writing regime has affected the “Y&R” scripts and dealing with the pressures of awkward Red Carpet moments!

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MICHAEL:
How do you like the amazing “Y&R” quadrangle you are part of?

CHRISTEL:
I love the storyline!  I love the actors that are involved in the storyline.  Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) is one of my best friends.  It’s hilarious when we have fighting scenes, and when we have photo shoots.  When we look at each other really mean, we laugh at each other afterwards.  Billy Miller (Billy) is a great actor and I have worked with Daniel Goddard (Cane) for a long time.  It’s great to have everyone come together.  There is not a weak link in the bunch.

ChristelKhalil-bestbuds1.jpgMICHAEL:
This week is a HUGE and pivotal week for the “Quad”.  Chloe is about to give birth in the cabin where Billy and Lily are having a romantic getaway!  Set it up for us.

CHRISTEL:
We are there for a Valentine’s Day trip and Chloe follows us there.  She is looking through the window and she hears Billy tell me that he is the father of her baby.  Billy and I are about to make love in the cabin.  But before we do, Billy is feeling very guilty and that’s when he says to Lily, “Listen, I have to tell you something.“  Chloe overhears it and bursts through the door.

MICHAEL:
What happens next?

CHRISTEL:
Her water breaks.  At first I don’t believe her, but then I see clearly that her water broke. So, we don’t have much time. We have to deliver the baby right then and there.

MICHAEL:
Billy has known for some time that he’s the ‘baby daddy’, and that makes things all the more horrible!

CHRISTEL:
Billy found out when Chloe fell off the ladder and she went to the hospital.  He asked the nurse, “How far along is she?”  When he finds out he keeps it quiet, because he figures out that he is the father.  And at that point, Cane and Lily did not know.

MICHAEL:
Isn’t it odd that Lily, who just found out about this lie, is helping to deliver the new little bundle of joy?

CHRISTEL:
So, here is good ole’ Lily!  This is how I thought about it.  If you see someone about to have a baby, your logic and hatred goes out the window.  I mean, it’s a big snowstorm and we are all snowed in.  So, I guess I’ve got to help this person!

MICHAEL:
Where is Cane?

ChristelKhalilandDana.jpgCHRISTEL:
Cane is at home.  He ends up coming there, but he is not there for the whole delivery part.

MICHAEL:
Does he find out who the baby’s father really is?

CHRISTEL:
He finds out whose baby it is.

MICHAEL:
Will devoted Lily/Cane fans be happy in the foreseeable future?

CHRISTEL:
Yes. They will be happy, because of the way Cane finds out and how he reacts to it.  Then the way that Lily reacts to it ends up working out really well, also.

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MICHAEL:
So, there will be some stuff coming up after Valentines Day between the star-crossed lovers?

CHRISTEL:
Yes.  It happens very quickly. It’s just so funny because the writers took so long to break us apart, and then all of sudden, its “bam”.  I understand why it would be that way, though.  In real life when you are apart from someone, you want to be with that person.  And when you are finally able to, you jump at it.  I can see how it would happen, but it’s a little funny.

MICHAEL:
Will the baby be a problem?

CHRISTEL:
The baby will be a huge factor.  As long as Cane feels he needs to be the baby’s father, no matter what, whether he is the baby’s father or not, it will continue.  He had been thinking this is his child, and when he finds out that it isn’t we will see Cane’s character change in a lot of ways for the good.  I think the quadrangle will go on forever.  Cane and Billy are brothers, and Chloe and I are always at each other, so I think it will always go on.

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ChristelKhalil-Dan-Liz.jpgMICHAEL:
In a few words, describe Elizabeth Hendrickson to me.

CHRISTEL:
Elizabeth is feisty, funny, and a firecracker.

MICHAEL:
Billy Miller?

CHRISTEL:
Billy is crazy, funny and a Texan.

MICHAEL:
Daniel Goddard?

CHRISTEL:
Daniel is inappropriate, and that’s Daniel. (She laughs)

MICHAEL:
You recently got married to musician Stephen Hensley.  Short romance wasn’t it?  How did the two of you meet?

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I met him at church.  I remember when I first met him.  I did not like him.  I was not attracted to him.  He had long hair and a beard, and he looked like Jesus.  I remember  thinking, “Wow, this is really creepy,” and then I had a friend who invited me to a barbecue and he was there.  We started talking and we hit it off.  We were talking for three hours straight.  I remember being so blown away by him… the way he talked and acted.  I never met anyone like him.  He is a Leo and I love Leo’s.  So, we started dating and he came to Hawaii with me, a month after meeting me, for my birthday.  He is so spontaneous, like that.  We always knew we wanted to get married.  So we originally set a date of July 8, 2009.  We wanted to have a small wedding in Italy.  Then all of a sudden it was July.  I said, “I don’t want to wait a year to get married.  It’s so long and I don’t want to do that just because everyone else does.”   So, we decided to get married this past September 21.  Because it happened so quickly, we did not have time to plan a real honeymoon, so Adrienne Frantz (Amber), who has a house in Lake Arrowhead, let us stay in her Lake House for three days.  I got to bring my three dogs, which was great for me, since it’s hard to find someone to take care of them, usually.  For our one-year anniversary we want to go somewhere really big… like Italy, Fiji or New Zealand.

MICHAEL:
I missed something in the story.  When did Stephen cut the hair and the beard?

CHRISTEL:
It happened gradually.  First, he cut his hair to his shoulder.  Then after he did that, I thought it was too long.  Then he cut his beard where he had a goatee.  Then he chopped his hair off before he came to Hawaii as a surprise for me.  He did his hair in ‘Faux Hawk’ and I was like, “Oh My God, I love those!”  That is what he has now.  I just told him flat out, “You need to cut your hair.”  He is so attractive!

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What do you think makes a successful relationship?

CHRISTEL:
Stephen is a musician, and we are both creative.  I think the number one thing is communication for friendship, and relationships with your family, or your partner.  I am the kind of person when I am upset I want to be left alone, and then I will talk.  But he wants to talk about it right away, which is good.  I think it’s always easier for a woman to come around then a guy.  He’s more sensitive than I am, and I am sensitive in a different way, and I am a brat.  I realize I am kind of a control freak.  I don’t want to be.  It’s very stressful being a control freak, because you want everyone to do it like you, and nobody does.

MICHAEL:
You were just nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Lead Actress in Daytime Drama, an award you won last year.

CHRISTEL:
I was the only person from “Y&R” last year, so that’s probably why I won.  Usually, there are so many nominees from the show.  This year there weren’t.

MICHAEL:
Debbi Morgan was the eventual winner in your category last week.  Do you like the whole process of picking out a dress to go to these types of ceremonies and to walk the red carpet, or don’t you really care?

CHRISTEL:
I care.  I try to put it off as long I can, because I hate formal gowns.  I am more of a jeans sort of person.

ChristelKhalilRedCarpet.jpgMICHAEL:
So, what’s prepping for an award show red carpet like for you?

CHRISTEL:
Basically, it’s choosing a gown. You go to lots of different shops or designers and look at choices and options.  Usually, it’s expensive and you don’t buy it, and anything you see any celebrity wearing is usually borrowed.  The day of the award show, you can hire someone to do your make-up and hair, or do it yourself.  I do it myself because I am too cheap to hire anyone.

MICHAEL:
Is that including your own make-up?

CHRISTEL:
I do it myself… make up… hair and everything.  I do it simple.  I probably should get a stylist, but I never do.

MICHAEL:
The red carpet can be daunting, with all the people, the paparazzi, and the pressure to look good.  Are you cool with it?

CHRISTEL:
I am, but at the beginning it was bit uncomfortable.  You have a lot of people screaming your name, “Look over here! Over here,” and if you don’t, you feel bad.  The photographers are like, “Christel, Christel to your left, to your right.”  It’s always cool, but I hate posing, I really do.  (She laughs)  I feel like a goofball when I am standing there.  And there are certain poses that actresses know how to do to make their dress look good.  I just don’t know how to do it at all, so I feel like an idiot.  I am that girl in school again who is like, “Ah, don’t look at me.” (She laughs)

MICHAEL:
Are the crying scenes, as Lily, the easiest or hardest type of scenes for you to play?

ChristelKhalilMonteCarlo.jpgCHRISTEL:
This is my theory: crying scenes are the easiest, because whatever brings you to that, it will be truthful, because you are actually really crying, whereas, when you have a normal scene, its harder to stay truthful the entire time.  But for me, crying is not easy.  There are times when I have to be angry or screaming in a scene and that will make me cry.

MICHAEL:
Have you noticed a difference in the scripts under Maria Arena Bell and this new regime?

CHRISTEL:
Yes. I love Maria Bell.  I love what she is writing.  Honestly, I loved when Josh Griffith was writing the show, when Lynn Latham was gone because of the strike.  It was amazing, and we miss Josh.  I think with Maria here, it’s great, too. She knows the history of the show, which is
something Lynn Latham did not know.
So, it’s great having someone who
knows the show and how she writes it.

MICHAEL:
Why was Josh Griffith let go, do you think?

CHRISTEL:
Who knows?  The politics?  It’s never based about talent or what someone can really do, but Josh was great.

MICHAEL:
How is working with daytime classic soap executive producer, Paul Rauch?

CHRISTEL:
Paul is a tough guy.  I like being told what to do.  I do really well with clear- cut direction.

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MICHAEL:
Right, because you are a control freak (he laughs), so coming from him that probably works well for you.

CHRISTEL:
It’s funny, because Daniel Goddard and I have this joke.  With his acting, he is very analytical and precise, and I am totally go-with-the–flow.  I think that’s why our chemistry works so well.  There are days when he makes me think about something more, and times where I will make him calm down.  It’s a good balance, and it shows on screen.  I think that’s why people like us together, because we have this really great way of how we work together.  I am like, “Daniel, just shut up and calm down.”  And he will say, “Crystal, think about this.”  And I am like, “Eh. It’s OK.” (She laughs)

ChristelKhalil-SoapNetParty.jpgMICHAEL:
Remember way back at the start of the Cane/Lily relationship, so much was made of their age differences.  Lily the younger woman and Cane the older man.  What happened to that?

CHRISTEL:
I don’t know.  It cracks me up so much about some of the characters on the show.  In real life my husband is nine years older than me.  It’s so funny how these relationships come and go on soaps.  It’s like, “Oh, look who I am with now!”

MICHAEL:
Coming up this week on “Y&R” it’s going to be, ‘hold on to your seats’ kind of drama. What can we tell your fans to look forward to?

CHRISTEL:
Make sure you watch, because it’s crazy the way everything unfolds.  It’s so great!  It does not happen all at once, but it’s not over a long drawn out period, either. You will have an, “Oh, my God,” moment!

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What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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