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The Daniel Goddard, Tristan Rogers & Jess Walton Interview – The Young and the Restless

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This week on The Young and the Restless Tristan Rogers returns to the role of Colin Atkinson, the criminal pop of Cane Ashby and makes quite the entrance!  The beloved soap star that has made his mark as Robert Scorpio on General Hospital, shocked the daytime world when news broke that he was reprising the role of the Aussie underworld charmer, and heading back to Genoa City!  But what brings Colin back into the fold is what is even more intriguing.  Jill Abbott is right in the thick of it all too, which is great news for fans who have been clamoring for more of Daytime Emmy winner, Jess Walton (Jill) since she had moved out of California to reside in Oregon.

When we last saw Jill in early January, she had been kidnapped and was tied somewhere to a motel room bed!  Viewers of the number-one soap opera saw the shocked look on her face when she recognized her captor.  However, on this Wednesday’s upcoming February 5th episode, Jill returns to the Chancellor Mansion where family and friends are working on the upcoming benefit for Delia’s Foundation!  And thus, sets the stage for the drama to unfold when Jill has a real zinger to share with everyone … especially since Colin is by her side!

On-Air On-Soaps sat down with the delightful trio of Daniel Goddard (Cane), Tristan Rogers and Jess Walton, who will all be part of a major storyline that brings in the elements from the past drama between their characters, and crosses it with the music box mystery that Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) left for Jill to figure out when she died.  This sets the stage for fireworks between father and son (Cane and Colin) and romantic sparks between Jill and Colin!  Can Cane forgive his father for his past transgressions perpetrated against his own family?  Can Jill fight her feelings for the man she knows has an unsavory past?  What is Colin truly up to and doing in Genoa City?   We dig for answers to this and much more in this candid, very entertaining, and insightful chat with three actors who understand their craft and the soap medium like none other.  Here now are Daniel, Tristan, and Jess!

MICHAEL:

Daniel, when you heard Tristan was returning to Y&R, what you was your reaction?

DANIEL:

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I was ecstatic.  Jess and I had been talking for a while of how we could pull this off, and we were texting with Tristan to find out if this is something he would want to do.  I think Jess used all of her powers and the brilliance that she gained by moving to Oregon.  I think Jess came back from Oregon a different person! (Laughs)

JESS:

No, I didn’t (laughs) but Daniel and I talked to Jill Farren Phelps (EP, Y&R) all the time about how well this worked.  I was outraged when Tristan was let go from Y&R last time, because it worked like gangbusters.  He was such a natural with us that it fell right into place.  I mentioned several times to Jill, how much I would love it if he would come back, and family-wise for the show, it would bring Daniel into the story.  Not that I am taking responsibility for this, but I did promote it heavily!

DANIEL:

She should take credit for it!

MICHAEL:

And Jess, you said you would come back from Oregon if Tristan came back to Y&R? 

JESS:

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I didn’t use that as something to hold over Jill’s head. (Laughs)  I had already come back, but I just said, I thought it would be wonderful to have Tristan back, and it has been.

MICHAEL:

So Tristan, were you shocked that Y&R even asked you to come back and reprise the role of Colin Atkinson?

TRISTAN:

“Shocked” was not the word!  I discounted it as, “It just isn’t going to happen.”  So when it did happen, I was working at General Hospital at the time.  I got a call from my manager who said, “Remember that wistfulness you had whenever you talk about Y&R and the happy times it was, and the great year you had there?”  And I said, “Yeah”.   And my manager continued and said, “Well, what if that were to happen again?”  I said, “That would be just wonderful.”  Then, I spilled my vodka and tonic all over the place.  (Laughs)  She said, “It’s going to happen.  We are in the preliminary stages.  I am just clearing it with you, before we take the next step.”  I said, “Go!”  The whole deal was done in ten days.  Then of course, we had to tell General Hospital.

JESS:

Now, I remember when I found out.  I was told “Happy Birthday.  Tristan is coming back…”  I couldn’t tell Daniel yet, and I was dying too!  So, I texted Tristan and I said, “Soooo, anything new, Tristan?” (Laughs)  To which he replied, “We have black mold in our house!” (Laughs)  And then I texted back, “Anything else, new?” (Laughs)

TRISTAN:

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I had been told not to mention my return to anybody.  Y&R said they wanted to keep a lid on it.  They had their own promotional way they wanted to do it.

MICHAEL:

And how did that go?  It was all over the Internet within 20 seconds! (Laughs)

DANIEL:

It’s like Edward Snowden works here at Y&R!  How does this stuff leak half the time?

TRISTAN:

I can tell you exactly what happened.  So we were told, “Thou shalt not talk about that at any level.”  Finally, it got to the point about a week or two after I agreed to come back where my manager said, “Look, I have got to go to GH and tell them, you can’t have him after January 6th.”  And they are going to say, “Why not?” And my manager is going to say, “I can’t tell you.”  And they are going to say, “Well, that’s not good enough!”  They already had plans in place for Robert Scorpio to move ahead in the story.  But, I was to have been told back in October by GH what the plans were for me and Scorpio, and no one told me.  So now we are making plans to join Y&R, and GH is writing me in beyond February.  I said to my manager, “You are going to have to tell them what is going on.  They are not going to accept this any other way.”  She did tell them and I am not going to say who did it, but within five seconds of them being told, it was on Twitter.  And they were told specifically to keep it under cover and “BAM”, it went out there immediately.  After that, the genie was out of the bottle, and here I am.

MICHAEL:

So what does this mean for Cane and his relationship with his dad?  Last time Colin was in Genoa City, it did not go so well between them. (Laughs)  That’s putting it mildly!

DANIEL:

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Dad was on his way to the slammer.  But it was left with a great amount of dramatic tension for a return.  I was always trying to figure out when they do plan a return, how are they going to pick-up?  Because when you have a change of writers and a new regime, some things can be forgotten, or adapted, to the situation now than what it was.  We spoke about it to the writers.  They said, they are going to keep it strictly the way it played out before.  That made us, the actors, happy because we knew we could then pick up where we left off.   So, we already shot part of the storyline that finished a week or so ago, that technically allows Cane to question if his feelings for his father should be updated or re-addressed on how he feels about him.  It very quickly put the sense of doubt in Cane’s mind.  Then you put Lily into the mix, and where she is at with it is: “It doesn’t matter what he does now, what he did before was unforgiveable!”  So it allows that to spill into Cane’s relationship.  It allows that to spill into the relationship with Jill.  You see the way other father/son’s play their scenes on Y&R, which can sometimes be, “I don’t like you. You don’t like me.  But, we will try to make it work.”  Tristan and I try to play our scenes like, “I know you. You know me.  We are these two people who are in this town who should try and have a connection.”  We always try to play our stuff with a level of charm and humor.

TRISTAN:

I think the background of this is: Cane and Colin both come from a criminal background.  Cane is born into this criminal background, whether he wanted to, or not.  But he is there and he probably embraces it, even though we don’t talk about it at this point.  I think if it was presented to him in a certain way, he would go along with it.  However, as the story is at this moment, I think in my mind there is a huge question mark of: now these kids are around me, and perhaps I have to rethink a few things.  We picked up on this music box mystery.  That seems to be the focal point along with my trying to mend fences as I go along.  However, the writers can change that at any time.  Until I am told where we are going in the long term, I am just playing it episode by episode.

DANIEL:

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But you play it as a noble villain!

TRISTAN:

He has a heart, and a bit of style, and a sense of humor.  Colin doesn’t take things that seriously until he has to.

DANIEL:

I read the scripts now with the scenes between Jill and Colin, and it’s very well done.  It’s almost done in a very dysfunctional way that you know there is this great chemistry between these two people.  I see it when Tristan and Jess work together.  And, they don’t have to try to make the scenes work.  I think that someone had been sitting in the writer’s room going, “Geez, I wish I got to write these scenes,” and they finally got the chance!   Tristan gets to play Colin as so rogue-ishly charming.  And Jess gets to play with it as, “Finally, I have met someone who can fill in the blanks that have been sitting there for so long, but I know it’s not good for me, but I can’t help myself, because he completes me in ways, I wish he didn’t complete me.”  So they have so much going on that it’s fun to watch.

MICHAEL:

Do you think it’s well-written, Jess?

JESS:

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I think it’s a good framework.  I think it’s the chemistry that shows through.  Jill loves this man, in my opinion, more than she loved any other man.  Until the moment that she found out he had hired a hit man to kill people, she was willing to go along with it.  But then she turned him in after that.  She is kind of destroyed that the man she loved and trusted so much did that.  However, she still finds herself so very attracted to him, yet she doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him!  I think it’s also interesting that Jill loves Cane like a son.  She never stopped loving Cane from the time she thought he was her real son.   She has a closer bond with him than the other children.  You know how you say, “you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family,” it’s kind of a natural fit with Jill and Cane.  Cane is Colin’s son, and Cane is Jill’s heart son, so it makes it all very interesting!

DANIEL:

Very true!  And, that is the bizarreness of the whole thing where Cane is not really Jill’s son.  And, he at the core of who he is, actually is not really the healthiest person to have in your life, yet Jill is involved with both Cane and Colin in ways that say a lot about Jill and her character.  At the same time I can say, “Well, he wanted to put a hit out on Genevieve (Genie Francis),” which is his way of proving his love for Jill, because while she was in the picture, Jill and Colin can’t be together.  So he can always justify killing Genevieve with, “Well, I did it for you!”

MICHAEL:

Speaking of mom Genevieve and Cane’s sister Samantha, will that be mentioned … and be part of this whole new ‘revisiting’ of the storyline?

DANIEL:

It hasn’t been brought up, but it’s gospel.  It won’t go out the door.  Technically for Colin, Cane is his last child.  He lost his daughter and he lost his other son.

TRISTAN:

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There is no other child … that we know of.   The thing of it is, in Colin’s life he has a family.  He has grandkids and the rest of it he screwed up.  He looks at what happened in the past and he carries that with him.  So, to be around Cane and Lily and the two kids is really important to Colin.  I believe he truly does have a strong sense of family.  I think you will see that manifest itself story-wise.

MICHAEL:

What can Cane and Lily (Christel Khalil) fans expect now that Colin is back in town?  Will he pose a threat to their happiness?

DANIEL:

Colin is definitely a threat to not only Cane and Lily’s happiness, but also the safety of their children and family.  Before Colin was arrested and deported he made it very clear that his intentions were to take Mattie and Charlie back to Australia with him, and raise them there. Lily will never forgive Colin for this… nor should she.  How can Cane ever trust his father again?  It would take a massive display of self-sacrifice on Colin’s behalf in order to convince Cane and Lily that this time around his intentions are noble… maybe that is what he plans to do?  But if that is his plan… are his intentions honorable?  Or is he up to something… until Cane and Lily know for sure they must be on alert too, and put their family first.

MICHAEL:

Daniel, do you wish they, the powers-that-be, would not have changed it up and that Cane was still truly Jill’s bio-son?  Because then he wasn’t the son, but he is now kind of her son, anyway!

DANIEL:

… I think it gave us something more to play, really.

JESS:

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It adds to it.  It’s like when people would say they hated that Jill became Katherine’s (Jeanne Cooper) daughter.  It’s adding another layer.

DANIEL:

In the end, if things had stayed as they originally were written, my on-screen father would have been Phillip Chancellor Sr., and so then Tristan wouldn’t have been here, and so the answer to that is: I am glad that they changed it; otherwise we wouldn’t have this opportunity now to have Tristan on this show!

MICHAEL:

Jess, speaking of bio-son’s, what do you think of having David Tom back on Y&R as Billy Abbott and the departure of Billy Miller in the role?

JESS:

Although I am very very sorry to see Billy Miller leave the show, as he was a brilliant actor and made the part his own, as well as capturing my heart, I am thrilled for David Tom, that he has an opportunity to reprise the role of Billy that he created. Working with him has been as seamless as silk, even after so long an absence … they are both terrific actors and I’m proud to call them my sons!

MICHAEL:

When Jill and Colin first come back to Genoa City on this Wednesday’s February 5th episode of Y&R, what can you tell us will happen when everyone sees them again?

JESS:

I can say, they were really fun and very complicated scenes, because we kept flashing back to what happened during her kidnapping.  I have to try to explain to these people what happened and why Colin is with me!

DANIEL:

But Jess took my notes, and all of a sudden it was very easy for her to play! (Laughs)

JESS:

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Yes, because everything I know I owe to Daniel! (Laughs)  You know, I remember I called up Lynn Latham, who was our executive producer at the time and said, “How about this story?  This is why Katherine and Jill can inflame their feud again if Katherine switched Jill’s baby.”  And Lynn said, “Oh, my God. I’m driving.  Let me call the network!”  She called me back and said, “They love it. We are going with it.”

MICHAEL:

So clearly, we owe the success of The Young and the Restless to Jess Walton?

JESS:

All of it! (Laughs)

TRISTAN:

I was wondering who was to blame.  Oh, my God!  (Laughs)

JESS:

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Oregon had never been the same since! (Laughs)  But I just want to add, that the thing that Jill loves about Colin is that she didn’t play games with the man, and he softened her.  Colin was so kind to her when she thought Cane was dead.  But he comes back now playing games and joking around.  There are these layers of him lying to her, and so she doesn’t know what to think of Colin at this point.

DANIEL:

I gave her a note on this! (Laughs)  The reason that you fell in love with him the first time was because of Genevieve.  Therefore, he knows if he doesn’t come back and make it complicated for you, you might not fall in love with him again, because it’s too simple. (Laughs)

TRISTAN:

I have a hard time wrapping my head around that one, too! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Since Jess Walton is truly the showrunner and writer at Y&R (laughs), why do you think it works so well with you and her on-screen, Tristan?

TRISTAN:

It just came out of nowhere!  I was only employed for ten shows originally on Y&R.  I was employed to bring Daniel off the show.  Then, they put a blimp up in the air and he stayed! (Laughs)

DANIEL:

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Did you hear that?  Tristan was originally brought on the show to take me off the show! And here I am walking around going, “This is awesome. I’ve got a father!” (Laughs)

TRISTAN:

And through all the build up of that, there was nothing written, and nothing defining about what he was supposed to be.  Whether he was supposed to be this atypical died-in- the-wool criminal … or … what he was?

MICHAEL:

Did they tell you that you were coming on the show … to take Daniel off the show?

TRISTAN:

Not in so many words, but it became apparent as it went along that this is what was going to happen.  I just started making it up in the scenes we had together, and things started to happen between Jess, Daniel and myself.  And, the late Paul Rauch (ex-co executive producer, Y&R) at the time was smart enough not to mess with it.  He thought, “This is interesting and this is good.  I am just going to let them do their own thing.”  And he did, and it kept on growing, but I came to the end of my ten shows and went to Australia with my son.  When we came back, I am sitting there waiting for my luggage at the airport.  I am waiting for this call from my manager.  She said, “You are now on a 12 month contract.”  There is a tremendously similarity between what happened here and what happened at General Hospital.  The circumstances were similar, only over there it was for 3 shows.  So, I had less time to do more.

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MICHAEL:

Tristan, what does it make you feel like when you are seemingly in demand on two television network soap operas and other projects you have been in recently, including the web series, The Bay?

TRISTAN:

It is encouraging, especially with ageism being what it is in Hollywood that a person of my age can continue to get work and stir up interest.  I speak to so many of my friends, who are the same age and older.  They ask me, “How did you do it?”  And I say, to start with, “I never quit the business.”  I may have downsized a bit in terms of my visibility, but I always stayed in, and active.  The minute you quit, you’re done.  It’s very difficult to come back. That is the one thing I point to.

MICHAEL:

Jess, where do you want to see this all go between Jill and Colin, especially since you’re the writer’s secret weapon! (Laughs)

JESS:

That’s the one thing; I could never be a writer.  I could never do that!  I am an actor.  I don’t know where I really want to go, and that is really up to the writers.  I like the idea of Jill having a family.  It’s something I never really have done on the show.  I have always been a single unit on the show.  I mean, I have been part of the Chancellors, and part of the Abbotts.

DANIEL:

That is why I think Cane and Jill get along so well, because Cane and Jill were very hungry for a family, and after they broke us apart, I never crossed over to the Abbott/Newman side of the island.  Billy (Billy Miller, now David Tom) moved through us and moved over there. Tyler (Redaric Williams) moved through us and moved over there, but Cane has always been on his side of the island.

JESS:

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Cane and Jill just have a very special bond.

MICHAEL:

What does Cane think about the possibility of Colin and Jill having a relationship again?  It must not sit well with him … at all!

DANIEL:

He is horrified by it, because he fears for Jill, but at the same time it allows for massive possibilities.  I think she is aware of what she is dealing with.

TRISTAN:

I think the ingredients are all here for an interesting family. Dysfunctional, and yet interesting, and I would like to see that explored more.

JESS:

I would like to see Jill’s touch of larceny explored, which this touches upon.  One of the more shocking things was a few months ago, Jill offered to sleep with the judge for Lauren to help get Michael out of jail!  I thought that is making a kind of statement.  I do like that part of her, that unexpected side of her, that practical “Do what needs to be done” realism side of her.  I like the idea, to a point; she has no problem with Colin.  But, I think the hit man element kind of threw her for a loop.

MICHAEL:

Do you think the writers now would ever have Cane do something bad, now that Colin is back in the picture? 

DANIEL:

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I think they would have to be very careful with it.  It would have to be completely justifiable.  I think that what would be interesting is if Colin presents Cane with an offer he can’t refuse.  Whether it be for the well-being of somebody, or for the greater good, which would leave Cane with a dilemma that he has to try to figure out.

TRISTAN:

My background in daytime has always been around the adventure/romance dynamic.  I guess I would like to see a little more of that play out here at Y&R, and that makes it so easy to bring in the more larcenous ways of people when you bury it in the middle of an adventure/romance.  I see this as an opportunity.

MICHAEL:

Speaking of romance, Jill’s romantic life has been for the most part a dismal failure in the past.   Would you agree, Jess?

JESS:

She has always had such a tough-go at it.  Jill was always coming at from her lowly upbringing and her soul.  It started out where Jill was thinking that Colin was pulling the wool over her eyes.  But he changed, and maybe because he was so moved by the death of his son.  At that time, Colin was so sweet and caring to Jill, and she never had that before.  That was what is so special about this love for me.  In all the years I played Jill, she never truly loved someone from the good part of her to the good part of him. That was what was so precious to me.  That is why, again, she is so thrown right now.

TRISTAN:

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When Colin was hauled off to jail, he never disliked her.  He never said anything else other than good stuff.   I believe he feels that way still.  However, he has a reason now for what he is doing.  He has a reason for everything he is doing, and the way he is going about it.

MICHAEL:

Tristan, did you know Jess and Daniel before Y&R?

TRISTAN:

No, I didn’t.  You know, none of my representation wanted me to do the original ten episodes on Y&R.  They said, “If you go on and do these shows that will take you out of the mix if they decide to bring somebody else on, and they decide to issue a contract.”  I said, “It’s Christmas. I will take the money and forget about it!” (Laughs)  That was exactly my motivation. (Laughs)  Right from day one though, we were all having fun together and then it snowballed, and then the public caught on to it.

MICHAEL:

Jess and Daniel, did you ever watch Tristan as the iconic Robert Scorpio on General Hospital, especially on his recent return to the show?

JESS:

I know that the fans love him in both roles, and they love him so much, and that’s really extraordinary.

DANIEL:

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The reason I never saw Tristan on GH is the same reason when I met Jess.  I avoided her for a couple of weeks until we met on-screen.  Jeanne Cooper found out and thought, “Who is this rude person who has come on the show … and who won’t introduce himself?”  And when I found that out, I was upset because that was not my intention.  I wanted the first time Jess and I met to play out on-screen.  So I did not want to watch Tristan on GH, because to me he is Colin on Y&R.

TRISTAN:

The dynamic is actually different.  GH’s Scorpio is actually more swashbuckling.  He is much more comfortable in killing people.  This time around I shot three people!  They wrote for him this time on GH the way he was written back in the 80’s.  Prior to that, I was written as this dysfunctional parent, which was something out of left field, which today many people can’t reconcile, because there was no lead in to it.  The evidence that they brought up just didn’t weigh.  And at the end of the day, I never played it.  You can dictate it, because you as the actor are in front of the camera.  So, I never played a lot of that stuff.  Here at Y&R, he has something quite different.  It’s not Scorpio the spy.  It’s Colin the criminal, whose background we don’t entirely know.  The problem I have had with Scorpio ever since I picked him up in 2006 is that I am in competition with myself. It’s a very difficult character for me to play now, because of all the baggage he has and that the public expects so much from the character.  So when it’s not in the words, the public goes, “Wait a minute.  He was never written like this.”  You are then placed in the position of having to defend that.

MICHAEL:

Jess, over the years you have had some story points which haven’t always seemed in line with your character.  Because you’re beloved by the fans and respected by the industry, everyone always wants you to have great material.  Was there an instance that to you was so implausible to play?

JESS:

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When they wrote that Jill was going to have to go into the Witness Protection Program, with Bobby (John Enos) and Brittany (Lauren Woodland), because I loved her babies, and it reminded me of my boys, and I was going to leave Genoa City with Jill being the CEO of one of the biggest corporations in the world, to become a nanny for Brittany, you think that was not hard to play?  Oh, my God, that was horrible!  There is a perfect example.  How am I going to do that?   It belies everything I knew of the character.

DANIEL:

You should have called me up. I would have told you your motivation! (Laughs)

JESS:

I know.  You would have known the answer! (Laughs)

TRISTAN:

You should have called up, “Beastie”! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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What can the three of you say that fans should look forward to with this storyline?

JESS:

I can’t see anything but excitement.  The thing that fans like the most, I truly believe in soap operas are: family, human relationships, and romance.  We are adding this little bit of criminal element to it.  So that’s a win, win, win all over the place.  And at long last, Jill being in love, and that’s wonderful.  Also, when Tristan brought up ageism in Hollywood, that’s another wonderful thing.  I think Jill and Colin were kind of a hot couple for our age, and we made it believable without being yucky, I hope.

DANIEL:

I think what the three of us bring to the show is a different dynamic than you would see with the Newmans or the Abbotts.  I will say that Tristan makes me more Australian than I have been in a while!

MICHAEL:

Wait, do you start talking more Australian?

DANIEL:

I kind of do!  I start, “G’daying” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Now last thing … this music box that Katherine left Jill.   Are they finally, truly going to come full circle and tell the story of this?

TRISTAN:

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I look upon the music box as the base of this … walking into this new adventure … and what can come out of it and where it leads.

JESS:

Jill kept trying to get rid of it, but Colin has some new information about it, and that’s the bond.  It hasn’t resolved yet.  The link is the music box to everything!

TRISTAN:

It’s going to be great.  As Jess said, it’s a win, win situation.  It’s going to be exciting.   I am certainly looking forward to playing out the story, and being here at Y&R.

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Catherine
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Catherine

Great interview, Michael! Nice to see co-stars advocating for his return and saying nice things about him. I certainly didn’t see that occur with his GH co-stars. So as much as I will miss Robert Scorpio, I’m happy for TR because he honestly seems happier over at Y&R. And he and Jess do have great chemistry. Looking forward to tuning in to Y&R now and watching all 3 of those actors!

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Kay

GREAT interview. Thanks for giving them a forum to share these details. I’ve been waiting for Tristan to return since the day he left. And now, here it is. The Jill/Colin chemistry is charming and hot. The Colin/Cane banter is spot on, and the three of them together is not to be missed. This is going to be great!

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LisaJ

Awesome article/interview! You asked all the right questions! Though I wonder if this means we’ll be seeing more of Jess?

Laura
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Laura

Great interview!!! Looking forward to seeing Tristan as Colin..

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Laurel Twist

I can not wait for them to start airing together. It is TIME for the rise of the AshbyAtkinsons on YR.

Dee
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Dee

Great interview – they actually sound like a family.

Can’t wait to see Colin bring his charm and wit back to Y&R. Its needs exactly that right now. Good call on their part to bring him back.

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colinjill

Love that Tristan is back on Y&R. Tristan and Jess have great chemistry and I can’t wait to see Colin and Jill mix things up with Cane, Lily and the rest of Genoa City.

Leah
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Leah

Great interview. TY! Can’t wait for this s/l.

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wolfsmistress

It made me laugh a little when Daniel Goddard stated that he started speaking a little more “Australian” when he’s around Mr. Rogers. It reminded me of my own mother, who’s English, and even though she’s been in the USA for nearly 60 years, whenever she’s around her family, that British accent comes out VERY strongly! I’m looking forward to hearing (and seeing) the interaction between all of these folks AND their characters! Thanks for a lovely interview, Mr. Fairman!
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Robert

Thank you for asking if the Music box storyline ties into Colin’s return that was the question I wanted to see the most. I love their chemistry as a trio but I do wonder about the backlash Jill will have to deal with by having Colin in her life because it will be epic!!! To make this perfect heaven on earth, would be to have Genie Francis come back as Genevieve and turns out to be the key to the Music box conclusion.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Brilliant storyline! Love that Tristan is back on Y&R. He exit was far too premature. He just fits into the mold of the Y&R family. And I would love to see Genie Francis make a strong return to the series as Genevieve, she became too soft. I want her vengeful spite to return. But I look forward to this storyline as we move forward, and more of David Tom, too!

Patrick
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Patrick

i can’t help but repeat…. how significant… Genie Francis return… to Y&R, would yield….

promise…. so many avenues on which to forthwith

a murmur of seed… with Colin and Jill
a reignite… with Jack
a dance… can you believe i’d say this… about Victor….

I was in awe… of GF, as Genevieve…. not even hardened… just a true spirit… with vengeful…. her cubs needed her… and she knew the score with Colin.. yet, a passion kindled ….

Genie Francis was so ON… better than Port Charles

Tori
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Tori

I’d love Genie to return as Genevieve as well,I loved her many layers! She was wonderful with Tucker(bring back the magnifcent Stephen Nichols as they also had an interesting history. GF was able to be so much more on YR then she’s ever gotten to play on GH. I loved her relationship with Cane,Jill,Jack,Victor etc!

KMB
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KMB

Tori I have to agree about Genie Francis and Stephen Nichols. Whether they play Stefan and Laura on General Hospital, or Tucker and Genevieve on Yound and the Restless, they have tremendous chemistry. I wish Stephen would go back to either soap. In the meantime, good luck to Tristan on Y&R.

Also, when Jill W. bought up Billy Miller, it reminded me of how much I miss him. 🙁

Laura
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Laura

Re-reading this article really got me even more excited for Jill/Colin and the whole story in general, Jill/Colin sound like a complete dysfunctional mess and that’s the kind of romance story that draw my interest.

Nick
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Nick

I hope the writers are serious about developing Colin this time around. He an Jill would make a great couple anchoring the Chancellor Mansion.

Katee
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Katee

Great interview Michael. Excellent questions. You brought out how wonderfully these 3 work together and how much they really like and respect it each other. I have been a Tristan fan since day 1 and I am so happy he is able to do the work he wants to do. I will always be a Robert Scorpio fan first, but I basically love Tristan in any role, he always brings it..

Laura
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Laura

Ditto to your awesome post. ia. 100%

mary jonas
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mary jonas

love all of them!! Any day with Jess Walton on my screen is great.

David
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David

Anything that gives us more Jess as Jill in Genoa City is good.

Tim
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Tim

I love Robert Scorpio but he seems very happy to be at Y&R so be it. Him and Jill are good together and it gives Cane something to do now. Him and Lilly are BORING!

CurrentABCFan
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CurrentABCFan

Robert Scorpio will always be my all-time favorite TV character and I will miss him not being on GH. That said, GH and ABC made a big mistake by not using Tristan more and not securing him a contract. Tristan seems to have found a welcoming home at Y&R and I’m happy for him.

Patrick
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Patrick

having Colin back…. with Jill

to give the Chancellor family… some groundwork…. a laying of some foundation… starting the roots again…..

gosh yes…. I believed they loved each other … the first time….

and for all the Cane fans…. he was also… had become… more interesting…. something… to give him and Jill… to do

theres’ a nice dynamic going…. with these three… and great potential… to unfold… layers of interest

it’s a treat to know Jess Walton – her acting

heidi
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heidi

As always… a great interview Michael!!! I watch Y&R and always love seeing Tristan as anyone… but I so wanted him to be on GH for a long while as Robert… with Anna… fighting off Victor and Julian!!! If I can’t have him on GH… well then… I am happy he is on Y&R!!! I am happy he is working!!! Ageism is not just in Hollywood… it is the worst it’s ever been anywhere and I am constantly up against it… being a 50 something. I love that Tristan is so busy… it gives us all hope!!! Always a Tristan… Read more »

Dale LaPointe
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Dale LaPointe

He will always be Robert Scorpio to all of us fans of the 80s. We loved him as a character and actor too. Wish him nothing but the best GH screwed up letting both FH and TR leave in 91!

Nightingale
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Nightingale

Late to the party, but thrilled for TR..I started watching Y&R instead of GH for a change!

General Hospital

GH’s Maurice Benard Chats On Mia St. John’s Powerful Interview on ‘State of Mind’, Winning the Daytime Emmy & Sonny’s Future If Carly & Jason Get Hitched

Since the launch of Maurice Benard’s You Tube series, State of Mind, he has welcomed numerous guests who have opened up and shared their struggles with different aspects of mental health.  But this Sunday, July 11th, Maurice will share for the first time his powerful and emotional sit-down interview with Mia St. John; one that he reveals was one of the most moving of his series thus far.

With Maurice being a huge boxing enthusiast throughout his life, having St. John, who is a boxer, herself, on as a guest was, of course, special. However, as soap fans know, Mia is also the former wife of the late Kristoff St. John (Ex-Neil Winters, Y&R) and they shared a son, Julian.  Both men died, tragically. Julian, suffered from a long-history of mental illness, and his death was ruled a suicide, and Kristoff was consumed with grief following his son’s death which ultimately set him on a downward spiral.  Kristoff’s death was ruled accidental caused by hypertrophic heart disease; which was exacerbated by alcohol use.  In the conversation with Benard, Mia opens about her own personal struggle with addiction and how she coped with these two devastating losses. (See an exclusive preview clip below within this interview)

It’s also been a whirlwind year for Maurice. He just took home his third Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series during the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards for his moving portrayal as GH’s Sonny Corinthos, as he goes through all the stages of a child watching his father, Mike Corbin (played by Emmy-winner Max Gail) slip away due to the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Since the Emmy broadcast was pre-taped due to Covid restrictions, except for revealing who the winners actually were, Benard shares what went down when his name was called watching the show from home with his family.

 

And … things are heating up on General Hospital!  For months, Benard has been playing an amnesiac Sonny aka “Mike” who has become taken with deceitful Nina (Cynthia Watros), who knows he is alive and well and living in Nixon Falls, but fails to tell her nemesis Carly (Laura Wright), or anyone else in Port Charles.  With everyone believing Sonny is dead after his showdown with Julian Jerome, Carly and Jason (Steve Burton) find themselves having to save Sonny’s territory and go up against the five families.  So, what are the besties deciding to do? Get married! And as viewers saw, Carly recently removed her wedding rings to Sonny.  So, now the question on GH fans inquiry minds is; will Sonny get his memory back in time, and stop Jason and Carly from tying the knot?

Benard weighs-in on what the future may hold for Sonny, the difficulties he faced during the Covid-19 lockdown with his mental health, his conversation with Mia, and much more.  Here’s what Maurice shared.

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Having Mia St. John on as your guest on the upcoming episode of State of Mind was quite emotional for you. What can you preview? 

MAURICE:  I can say that during last ten minutes, there’s a lot of spiritual stuff going on.  I felt it.  She’s very tough.  You can tell that she doesn’t want to hurt anymore, and with me, I don’t know for sure, but I think she felt safe and protected.  We got into Julian and Kristoff and what happened.  I’m pretty sure I asked her and said, “I’d like to get into something.  You could say ‘no’ to me.  It’s fine,” and she told me the whole story.  Michael, I know you were friends with Kristoff, you’re going to really be moved because I was extremely moved.  It really, really hit me hard, because of what I’ve just been through during the pandemic. I just felt the need to be there for her.  I mean, I have that in me anyway, but with her, I did because it seemed like a lot for someone to go through.  I didn’t know Kristoff.  I met him once, and we talked for a bit.  He seemed like a great guy.  I knew he was a great actor because I watched his work.  I do know that everybody seemed to love him, but through State of Mind, it seemed like I got to know him a little better through Mia.  I was looking in her eyes, and taking it all in, and she was telling me everything.

Throughout your series, you seemed to have become more comfortable in the role of the interviewer.  It’s quite the switch isn’t it from always being on the other end as the interviewee.

MAURICE:  Yeah, I’ve gotten better.  You know what it is with me, and somebody said it, I’ve got a curiosity that I love to hear people’s stories, and I have a way to make people comfortable.

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Does it help you in listening to what other people have gone through in dealing with your own struggles with mental illness?

MAURICE:  Yeah, I’ve said it before.  It’s like therapy for me.  After Mia, I was drained, but in a good way.  In the beginning of doing “State of Mind’, I was just learning.  I wish I was more well-rounded in my intelligence.  I barely graduated out of high school, but as far as what it is with me, if I know something like acting or mental health, I really completely know it.  I’m into it.

How did the interview with Mia come about?  Did you ask her to come on State of Mind?

MAURICE:  I know who is involved with mental health.  I know who would be interesting to interview, and then I reach out, and I have people coming who are not in the soap world.  I have a WWE person; I have a TV critic, etc.  So, I asked her, and Mia said ‘yes’, and then we did the interview.  I’m a huge boxing fan.  So, to be able to talk to her about boxing and things that happened to her right before her fights, I was just really fascinated.

That is right in your wheelhouse!

MAURICE:  Way up my alley!  If I could have more boxers on, I would love that.  I love sports, but boxing is my one sport, so I was like a kid in a candy store talking to Mia.

How do you feel Mia is doing as she has been very open about her battle with alcoholism?

MAURICE: Any time you’ve been through that much, I think it’s a daily struggle for anyone. In addition, there is a really great organization she works with that I hope people will check out as she is trying to help others.

In terms of all of your State of Mind’s, did this one impact you in a different way?

MAURICE:  The good thing for me about State of Mind is that I learn from each person about things that I didn’t know.  For instance, coming up I have: Linsey Godfrey (Ex-Sarah, DAYS) who got hit by a car.  I mean, you could read about it, but when you’re talking to someone, things come out.  That’s what I love about doing this show.  Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R) didn’t know anything about mental illness, personally, but he talked about mental illness more than anyone!  I said to him on the episode, “For somebody who doesn’t know anything about mental illness or didn’t have someone with it, you talk more about it,” because he had a curiosity on the subject.  Mia’s was a little more because of the boxing and how deep we went with her talking about death.  In an upcoming episode with Ken Shriner (Scott, GH), he teaches me a lot about death.  When your parents die at 16, I don’t know how you could keep going.  He taught me how.  It was beautiful.

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Let’s go back to a few weeks ago on June 25th and you win the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  How did you find out you took home the gold?

MAURICE:  I was at my place in LA with my son, Joshua and my wife, Paula and we were watching the show.  When they called my name, I was very moved to watch my wife and my son get so excited, it really was sweet.  I liked my speech even though people had a problem with it, which is fine.  It’s always great if Max Gail wins or I get a win, because it’s the Alzheimer’s storyline that gets the attention.  And as I told you already, my dad has Alzheimer’s so it makes it even more personal.

And as you know, my mom had Alzheimer’s and died.  That’s why what you and Max did together on-screen together felt so real and raw and touched so many people – especially those who have a loved one going through this now, or that has passed.

MAURICE:  Yeah, it’s tough. I truly believe with this Emmy win, that it is the Alzheimer’s that really pushed it over the edge because it was a real story, greatly written, everybody deals with it, including you, including me, and you just can’t help but have a feeling about it.  You know, if I have a reel that shows me as Sonny yelling at people, beating people up, it’s not going to give you the impact.

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Was it weird coming to the stage and doing a pre-taped Emmy acceptance speech knowing that everybody else that was nominated had to do one too?

MAURICE:  Well, thank, God I didn’t have to do it in front of actors; I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it.  It’s weird, right?  I knew I had to adjust.  When I’ve won before, it’s in front of a lot of people, or semi-in front in a lot of people.  So, with this year, your energy is different.  So, you can’t act in a speech like that, because then it would seem kind of over the top, maybe.  So, I just made a speech that I thought would work for what I was doing; which is kind of acting because I didn’t want to come out and say, “Oh, my God!  I can’t believe it!”  So, I said, “Okay, I’ll thank the actors, I’ll thank Frank, and I’ll make it about Alzheimer’s.”

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I know some fans on social media jumped on the comment you made within the speech about ‘being the star of the show’ and you did tweet out that you went to Genie Francis (Laura, GH) to make sure there were no ruffled feathers there.

MAURICE:  I went to Genie because I thought, I don’t want her to take what I said personally, and she’s like, “What are you talking about?”  Sometimes I respond to a negative comment on Twitter with an emoji which can incite people.  So, I decided, “I’m not going to do that anymore. No more responding.”  Like I always say, you want to be loved and you want to be hated.  You just want to be loved a little more. So, I stopped with the child’s play.  I’m cool with it.

It seemed that things got twisted up, because you had related in the speech, that Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came over to you and said you have to do the storyline, because you are the star of the show, when you were overcome in the screen-test with Max Gail. 

MAURICE:  Sometimes people love to change the narrative.  If you watch everything … they say what I said, but they don’t say that I also said ‘Alzheimer’s’ was the star, but I’ll take the hit.

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I recently posted a clip of my interview with Cynthia Watros from the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys saying how she is so thrilled and honored to work with you.  How is it working with Cynthia?

MAURICE:  Let me tell you about Cynthia, and this is just my experience because I don’t know her that well.  We hadn’t worked together before. First of all, we tend to overlook, because of her character and the story, or whatnot, is that she is a real actress.  Let’s not forget that, I know she did Lost, and I didn’t watch her on another soap.  I know from working with her.  She can act She makes adjustments, and she listens, and I’m really happy to be working with her.  She is just stuck in a circumstance that is not her fault, but you know what, like I said today I think on Twitter to somebody, ‘but wait’.  I’ve been working this last month doing some scenes with her, and when you see that, there’s a little bit of magic in there!  I’m not saying it’s the greatest thing in the world, I’m just saying there’s a little magic!

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Have you liked being “Mike “and not having Sonny’s memory because it opened up the story?

MAURICE:  I know people think this story is my idea, like I needed a break or something.  It has nothing to do with me needing a break.  They came to me and said they were going to do this story.  I said, “Let’s do this!”  I’ve been enjoying this.  It’s a different energy.  The energy that Sonny has is dark.  It’s like in third gear.  Mike is like in first gear, calm, relaxed, happy.

You’re just realizing that now?

MAURICE:  (Laughs) Well, I guess until you’ve gone somewhere else you really don’t know.  Often times, when I do movies and other projects, it’s often the same kind of energy that Sonny has. I’ve never played a character like “Mike” where it’s a whole other feeling!

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Is it more challenging to play a character like Mike?

MAURICE:  No, easier!  Sonny can be difficult to play.  But guess what?  The audience – at least my fans – they don’t care how happy I am or whatever, they are screaming “Go back to fricken Sonny!”  I like that in a way, but I didn’t know that it was going to be this vocal from people.  It’s not that they hate Mike, they just want Sonny, and Cynthia is put in a tough situation because of her history in that character.

So, now everyone saw last week that Jason and Carly have decided they have to get married for the sake of the business with Sonny believed-to-be-dead.  What did you think when you heard that they were going in that direction with the story?

MAURICE:  Well, I was the last one to know.  I didn’t know they were going to get married until I heard about it in the makeup room.  I think the first thing I thought of was … we are all going to be having some great scenes coming up, like, “Alright.  Let’s rock and roll!  Let’s do it!  I’ll get into this character of Sonny when called upon.”  It might be and dark and the whole thing, but once I’m in there, I’m fine.

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It would seem if Carly and Jason do actually get married, it’s not going to be an easy road to reconciliation for Carly and Sonny down the line.

MAURICE:  No.  I would say not.  The thing about Sonny is that it’s what Sonny does best, or what I do playing him best, is betrayal.  So, for him, this is not a good thing.  I would assume he’s just going to go, “What the…” and all hell is going to break loose.

Sonny’s body washed ashore and he was very much alive, while the search and rescue mission quickly became a recovery.  Once again, law enforcement in Port Charles isn’t very good! (Laughs)

MAURICE:  So, there you go.  It’s going to be a bigger fight.  It’s going to be a great fight when Sonny does return.

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Fans are predicting that Jason and Carly are going to be at the altar, and Sonny is going to walk in alive and well with his memory back to the nuptials!

MAURICE:  Well, however it goes, I would say, just let them just watch the fireworks as they unfold.

But you’re enjoying this story?

MAURICE:  I’m cool, man.  I will say this, I’m glad that I have been given this last month playing Mike, and the Nixon Falls story.   I don’t know how much more we have ahead.  I just know that what we’ve taped has been really cool, and I’m glad that they gave me that.

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I know that the coronavirus pandemic and its isolation was rough for you.  What can you share, and how did you find your way out of a downward spiral?

MAURICE:  Yeah, Covid was just one of those things where I was hit with a lot of different things all at once, which was …  GH shutting down production, my book tour not being in New York (although the book ended up probably doing better because of the pandemic, which was interesting) … my mom and dad moved out …  and I thought it was the end of the world.  We all did at some point, and it all hit me with a rush of anxiety that I had never felt before in my entire life, and it was four months of terror … way too long. I was shaking like a leaf, not sleeping, it was tough.  What I tell people is that when you go through these things, it will pass.  I know, for me, four months was too long, but it did pass.  You’re better because of it.  You can take one of either two roads.  You can get worse, and you can say, “I’m a victim, I’m a victim,” or you can take the other road and say, “I’m stronger now.  Look at what I’ve been through,” and then, look at what happens … a year and a half later, look at what my life is.  I have a pond here at home, and I used to run around this pond crying my eyes out, every morning crying, like I couldn’t do it anymore, and a year later, I walk around the pond like it’s the greatest thing in the world, but that’s what this is, this mental health.  You can think you can’t go on, but then it rewards you with a better life.

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I was going to say, that’s pretty profound.  When you were going through the four months, did you think you were going to come out of it okay?

MAURICE:  No,   I’m going to be honest.  I finally got on Lexapro after three months.  If Lexapro didn’t work, I can’t say positively what would have happened.  It gradually made me feel better.  Like I have said, if GH had called me a month before, I wouldn’t have been able to finish the storyline.  It would have been the end.  I wouldn’t have been able to go back to work, because I was in that state of mind.  So, they called at the right time.  I went back to work and I was on Lexapro.  The thing about Lexapro is – and we always tell people to get professional help. There are a lot of people like me, and I’ve got to say, first you get professional help because you’re on the brink of whatever.  So the first five days of taking Lexapro, you feel worse than you did just before you started taking it, and that is scary because you’re like, “I can’t take this.  This is horrible,” and then I stayed on it.  It got gradually better, and just a month and a half ago or so, I weaned myself off.

How are you feeling now?

MAURICE:  Oh, let me tell you, the day that I weaned off, was a Thursday, and I wasn’t going to take it, and I was on my bed, and I felt the greatest I felt maybe, ever.  Now, I’m not saying people should go off it, whatever, because I was on it for like 8 months or something, but it saved my life like lithium for my bipolar disorder, and that’s an amazing thing that these pills could do.  What happened with me with the pandemic is that I had never really taken anything for anxiety.  I had only taken lithium, and I’d been on lithium for 30 years, but for anxiety, I never wanted to take anything, but if you’re bad, if you’re like (you know those gears I’ve been talking about) in 4th and I was like in 5th gear, you’d better get some help, man, because you can’t get off it on your own.

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I want to conclude checking in on your dad, Humberto.  When did you learn he had Alzheimer’s, and how is he doing now?  

MAURICE: It’s been a while since I found out.  I didn’t really want to talk about it, and then I did something in People magazine with the book, and I asked him if I could talk about it, and he said “yeah”.  So, it gave me the green light, and that was maybe 10 months ago.  He’s actually doing good.  It’s slowly kind of happening but that is how the disease works.  This has been a really great conversation, man!

So, what do you think will happen with Sonny aka “Mike”? Will he return to Port Charles before Carly and Jason tie the knot?  Have you been watching Maurice’s State of Mind series, and has it helped you with any of your mental health issues or concerns? Were you happy that Maurice took home the gold this year for his portrayal in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Shares Her Emotions & Reactions On Her Second Daytime Emmy Win for Lead Actress

Last Friday night on CBS broadcast of the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) took home the gold in the hotly contested Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.  This marks Jacqui’s second win.

MacInnes Wood’s performance in Steffy’s opioid addiction storyline, that aired in 2020, was the ticket to victory for the talented young actress and new mom to her second son, Lenix.

As viewers saw, the Emmy telecast was pre-recorded including all the nominees taping acceptances speeches ahead of air; with the winner being revealed for the very first time on the broadcast.

 

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Jacqui post-Emmys, to find out how she felt about her speech, her emotions at having her name called for the second time in her career, and how she felt Steffy’s addiction storyline resonated with so many people at home, and obviously, the Emmy voters.  Here’s what she had to say …

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What was it like for you to do have to pre-tape your acceptance speech?  Yours, actually came off very in-the-moment, because you kind of stumbled over a word, but it seemed like you were very excited.

JACQUELINE:  Yeah!  I was very excited.  Of course, it is strange to do it that way.  I am very grateful that I was up to my nose in The Bold and the Beautiful scenes and dialogues in the week and the days before, that whole week.  I wasn’t sitting around going, “I’m going to rehearse this in the mirror.”  I just wanted it to be very heartfelt and real.  I wanted to make sure it wasn’t like last time – I truly was not expecting it the first time I won.  I think that this time I wanted to be mindful of who to thank and talk about the story, which was so important to bring up opioid addiction, and I really wanted to thank Brad Bell (executive producer and executive producer, B&B) for giving me this story, and allowing me to tell it, because it was such an important message to tell.  Even though this year’s Daytime Emmys were shot differently, I was still nervous. I was so excited to get on a stage. Last year, we were on a Zoom, so it was nice to be able to do this on a stage again.

So where were you on Emmy night?  Were you watching the broadcast at home?  

JACQUELINE:  I was at home, and I was with my friends and my family.  To be honest, it was such a fun way to do it.  Even though it was so wild the way that we shot it – they do this on RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Sometimes they’ll do it live, but everyone has their acceptance speech.  I was just happy during the Emmy taping day to be dressed up, wearing high heels, and to be with my cast, Then, I got to celebrate watching it with my friends and family.  It was so cool to find out in that moment, then afterwards we ended up going out.  We went to Ronn Moss’ (Ex-Ridge, B&B) house for a party, where Ronn was performing, and it was great to be with some of the cast and have everybody together.  So, we danced the night away, and it was so much fun.  I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  Of course, if we had been able to be at the Daytime Emmys that way would have been great, but it was nice to be able to go, “Okay, I can celebrate in my casual clothes, and dance, and not be uncomfortable.”

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Were your children, Rise and newborn Lenix, with you watching when their mom won her second Daytime Emmy?

JACQUELINE:  My children were with me, and we celebrated together, and of course they don’t really understand what is going on, but they just saw all of us jumping around.  I probably scared my 4-month-old.  My mom ended up watching them.  Then, we all went out.  So, it was a good night.

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Did you have an inkling that you were a frontrunner to take home the gold as Lead Actress for your work in Steffy’s opioid addiction storyline?

JACQUELINE:  Were there times when I thought I could win?  I wasn’t sure, but I knew what we did was very special.  The first time I won, I was very proud of myself knowing I had to do all of these long scenes, but I was not expecting to win.  This time, I thought there was a possibility, and I wouldn’t say that it’s all because of me.  I know it’s cliché, but honestly those days when we were filming, you could just feel the energy.  Everyone brought it.  We do film so quickly, and some performances are great, and some of them aren’t, whether it’s because you don’t sleep that night, you don’t know your dialogue that well, you don’t understand why your character is doing a certain thing, but you’re trying to figure it out.  When we were filming these scenes, I thought it was just such an important story to tell, and I felt like everyone gave it 110%.  I looked at everyone, and I knew we were all connected, and even though it was such a heavy storyline, there was something so magical those days and those weeks of filming.  I was so proud of everyone, and it wasn’t something that was like, “Here I am forcing myself to cry,” I was like, “I am just going to be in this scene and really tell this story that millions of people have gone through.” When I watched back those scenes after they initially aired, it was not only about the cast, but it was just how the audio had been added, how the directing was done (since we had to be six feet away from each other because of Covid-19 protocols) which made it all come to life.

Did you think when you came into this medium that you wind up being a two-time Daytime Emmy-winner?  Was it something that you aspired to have?

JACQUELINE:  I think yes and no.  I can’t sit there and say, “No, I didn’t.”  I have goals for myself, and you want to manifest some things, so I wanted to visualize that one day.  I’m in this industry, and I want to do the work, and I eventually wanted to have the Emmy one day, absolutely.  I’d be lying if I said, “I just want to go with the flow, and if I get an award, great.”  No.  I definitely thought about it and said, “Okay, this is something that I do want one day. I didn’t think I’d have two!  I just wanted an award, one day.  So, I think that’s amazing in itself, but I am very honored.

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So, during the Lead Actress nominee package during the Daytime Emmy broadcast, they showed the gut-wrenching clips of yours, where Steffy admits in front of Ridge, Liam and Finn, “I’m addicted.  I’m addicted.  I have a problem.”  Do you remember performing those scenes?

JACQUELINE:  You know, you remember it sometimes as if you’re out of your body. In that moment, I remember being so in my body, but in a good way.  To say those words, to finally realize how heavy – even in talking to you right now – my body feels heavy.  I felt the weight of what Steffy was finally admitting. It broke Steffy, and it broke me.  I’ve never been in that position, but I did my research, and I looked up people who have suffered from addiction and the families, and to look over at Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and see the heartbreak in his eyes, in Ridge’s eyes, to see what Steffy was doing to other people – she realizes in that moment, “Oh, my God. I am addicted.”  Looking back at those scenes, there is just so much truth in them, and for so many people who have been there.  It just breaks my heart that people have to go through this every day.  People sent me messages from all over the place, it was amazing.  I couldn’t believe the number of direct messages they sent me on my Instagram.  It was pretty incredible.

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Your performance just felt so raw and real, which is why I think it registered with people who have been in that situation, and for the peer vote for the Emmy.  Whenever I talk to other actors about what they look for in judging other performers work, they always say they look for the truth. They don’t want to see a false note delivered in a performance.

JACQUELINE:  Absolutely.  For sure.  That’s why I’m so proud of everyone in the scenes because they all gave that.  It wasn’t like you look over at a cast member and went, “Oh, what’s my line?”  We were there.  It just gave me goosebumps.  It isn’t just my award.  It was everybody’s award.  When you get to really feel like you’re really alive in these scenes, living in those scenes, it’s such an incredible feeling. After this win, I am just riding the wave right now and really just enjoying it.

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Well, I’ll finish on this last question: How do you rate our Emmy photo together this year? (Laughs) We have well-documented our issues taking a decent photo together; usually because we break up laughing trying to take one.

JACQUELINE: (Laughs) I mean, okay … I am happy that we had those LED bars of light.  We have to have LED lighting around us 24/7.  So, I’ll give it a 9.5 rating   Moving forward, we need indoor, 3-4 LED lights, and we’ll be good.  Now that I have two Emmys, I’m going to be asking for that lighting moving forward … now that I’ve turned into a diva. (Laughs)

Share your congratulations to Jacqui via the comment section below … and let us know your thoughts on her winning her second Daytime Emmy – this time for Steffy’s powerful opioid addiction storyline.  But first, check out our red carpet interview with more with the eventual Lead Actress Emmy winner.

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WATCH: 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Lead Actor Nominee Red Carpet Interviews

Tonight on the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards five talented actors will vie for the gold in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category during the Emmy broadcast, which airs on CBS and streams on Paramount + beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

During the Daytime Emmy Red Carpet event featuring nominees and presenters, four of the five nominated actors were able to make the festivities, missing was daytime favorite, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Michael Fairman chatted with GH nominees: Maurice Benard (Sonny), Steve Burton (Jason) and Dominic Zamprogna, plus Days of our Lives nominee and also a GH cast member, Wally Kurth (Justin, Days and Ned, GH) to get their thoughts on what this nomination for their work means to them, what performances they submitted for Emmy judging, and what it has been like to be a part of the collective daytime community.,

Check out our red carpet Lead Actor nominee interviews below, and make sure to check out more nominee and presenter conversations on the Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, let us know, which actor you are rooting for in the Outstanding Lead Actor category? Let us know your pick in the comment section.

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