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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
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!

Kay
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!

LisaJ
LisaJ

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

Laura
Laura

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

Laurel Twist
Laurel Twist

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

Dee
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.

colinjill
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
Leah

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

wolfsmistress
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Laura

Ditto to your awesome post. ia. 100%

mary jonas
mary jonas

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

David
David

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

Tim
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
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
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
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 fan!!!

Dale LaPointe
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
Nightingale

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

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Alum Kevin Spirtas Chats On His Heart-Tugging Series ‘After Forever’ & Love and Life In Your 50s

Filling the void in the digital drama series arena, the eight episodes first season of After Forever (available on Amazon), tackles the journey of a two middle-aged gay men in their 50’s in a deep romantic relationship, and looks at it through its various stages of love, loss, and moving on with one’s life when suddenly your world is turned upside down, when one of them has died.

While the LGBT community has seen other love-centric and dramatic web series, none have really taken a deep dive into the difficulties of starting anew in your 50’s or even older.  Leave it to former Days of our Lives alum and Broadway producer, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley), along with another DAYS alum, writer, Michael Slade, and the two put their shared experiences, and dramatic ideas into this emotional series, that is not limited to anyone who is gay, but touches on the universal themes that anyone may have, or will experience, at one time in their lives.

Spirtas, brought along with him none some notables for his passion project.  First, none other than former Prospect Park One Life to Live EP, Jennifer Pepperman, to bring his vision to life, and some amazing co-stars: Mitchell Anderson (Ex-Party Of Five), MIchael Urie (Ugly Betty), Cady Huffman (Ex-OLTL), Anita Gillette, Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) to  name just a few.

While the series bowed a little over a month ago, if you haven’t taken a look, check out our interview with Spirtas for some juicy insight into the making of and the construct of, After Forever.  Following that, check out the teaser for the series, and the video for the theme song, “My Forever” by Lio Nicol which becomes available tomorrow June 4th on Amazon and iTunes.

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What was the genesis of the idea for the series?

KEVIN:  Patrika Darbo, came to New York close to 7 years ago. She had called me ahead of time, and said, “I was asked to present at the ISA Awards, and you’re coming with me.”  She was getting very involved in the world of the web series. I looked at this amazing presentation of content that was being shown at the ISA’s.  I was blown away. It was better than half the stuff on TV, theater, or film. At that point, I made a mad rush for a gentleman by the name of Sebastian La Cause.  Sebastian had won several awards that night and his material was so well presented, and beautifully shot, and his acting was very unique.

Sebastian La Cause was the star of the web series Hustling, right?

KEVIN:  Yes, it was Hustling, the first season.  I went up to him and I said, “I’m Kevin Spirtas. I’m an actor, I did a soap …”  He goes, “Kevin, I know who you are.” I was starstruck, and impressed, and inspired, because he is exactly the kind of person I want to work with.  He is talented, and creative and I want to work with those kind of people. I said to him, “If you do a second season, I’d love to be considered for anything you might be doing.”  Wouldn’t you know? He wrote me in. I fell in love with the story. I was very clear to me, that you have to start creating for yourself, because creating your own content in this industry now is king.  The third season of Hustling then crossed me over to appearing in Winterthorne.  That was also the first year that NATAS opened up the judging to the digital world.  I got nominated for an Emmy. It inspired me to start thinking about, ‘What do I know?  What do I have in my life that I feel is worth sharing and putting out there to help heal, or inspire?’  I had been producing in New York City for 3 years at this point.

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It becomes every performer’s concern, as they get older, that they can still be considered for the roles they would like to play.  Sometimes, actors can grow into the types of roles, and sometimes they’ve expired past those types of roles. Was creating After Forever also a way to re-enter being part of the conversation?

KEVIN:  Well, I was hoping to write something for myself … because I just didn’t see the roles coming toward me anymore.  My name wasn’t on them as I imagined them or had seen them in the past. I was worried about that. I thought, “If I have a chance to keep working, I’ve got to keep current.”

And somehow, you and Michael Slade ran into each other, and thus, a collaboration began that would eventually turn into After Forever?

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KEVIN:  Then, I ran into Michael Slade at a gym… I had never met him before, he was a writer on Days as I was leaving the show.  And I remember saying to myself, “wouldn’t it be great to work with somebody, and see what kind of story we could come up with?”  Unbeknownst to me, Michael, at that particular time in his life, was working on the very same type of story and idea about what it’s like to be who he is, at his age, where he’s at, and what he knows.  I pitched him this idea: “I think there’s some really funny ideas I could express to the world about my experience as a single gay man at this point.” He said, “Call me.” In short, he was living life as a single gay man, and I was living life as a single gay man, and that’s how After Forever was born.  Michael had the experience of losing his long-time partner of 25 years.  There’s a part in the story where Brian and Jason are going along and they have everything in their life that they could possibly want, and then they don’t, because Jason is diagnosed with cancer and it takes him away.

Do we see Jason die in this?

KEVIN:  You just might! … It’s how we incorporated him in the story…

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After Forever bounces back and forth in time, obviously, that was part of the unique structure of the storytelling?

KEVIN:  It does do that.  It tells the story through a lot of present, and a lot of flashbacks.  There is also the present with Brian, and his memory of Jason. As Brian is going through the next chapter of his life as a single man, he has to look at his life and learn how to continue to love even though the person’s not there.  When someone dies, the love doesn’t die, the relationship doesn’t die, it keeps growing on a certain level. So, if he turns around, and he sees him, is it real? Is it him working it out in his own mind? It’s a tool to tell more story …

Tell me about casting Mitchell Anderson?  He had retired and moved to Atlanta, and he ends up playing the love of Brian’s life.

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KEVIN:  When Michael and I were writing, we threw out, “Who do you think would play this part?”  One day, I just dropped the name “Mitchell Anderson” I said, “I just see him as Jason.” Michael said to me, “Kevin, he’s retired.”  I just knew Mitchell and I had great history in the business. We started off as actors together in class. He went one direction, I went another, then he left the business, but I just felt there was something about his persona – not to mention his talent – his unique humor, his sensibility, and style, so I said, “I think we should ask him.”  We did. Mitchell said, “Okay, Kevin. Let me read the script.” He called back immediately after receiving it, and said, “I would love to do this!” I have not stopped thanking him every day. He’s so good in it.

The main character of Brian goes on this journey: he meets other guys, some appear younger than others! (Laughs)

KEVIN:  It’s a year after Jason is gone, Brian is trying to settle into his new life, but he’s guilty that his partner has died.  He has sadness, grief, and so much love for Jason that he’s having trouble moving forward, and everyone is trying to push him forward.  Brian is not necessarily ready, but sometimes his body is ready, while emotionally, he’s not. It’s how we deal with all that navigation of seeing good-looking guys.  He meets a guy in the middle of the series, and it starts to open up the doors. That’s the beauty of what happens when he starts to let himself open up to the possibilities.  There are some great rollercoaster moments that you’ll see.

Would you do another season of After Forever?

KEVIN:  Oh, my God!  Michael and I have already started to script out seasons 2 and 3.

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Middle-aged gay men do have it rough in the relationship department, if they’re not already partnered up by this point in their life.  Younger guys think they’re over the hill, older guys aren’t necessarily interested either, and unfortunately, the LGBTQ community is unforgiving to community if you’re not young and pretty, and not in your 20s or 30s. There aren’t a lot of LGBT-oriented shows out there like this.  On that level, I think the concept of the show is an important story to tell.

KEVIN:  We were absolutely committed to writing not just another gay story.  We’ve seen those. I think the beauty of After Forever is that it’s not just a gay story- even though it’s told through two gay men… but, it’s a story about love … it’s a story about loss.  Everyone is going to have to deal with this in their life.

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Dealing with loss is part of the circle of life, whether it’s a parent, a child, a lover, a friend, or your longtime partner. Many in the LGBT community succumbed to AIDS in the ‘80s and ‘90s, which was a pivotal moment in the gay movement.

KEVIN:  We lost half of our community.  We lost half of our brothers. To jump back to that history with Mitchell, he and I had so many mutual friends who aren’t here anymore.  We would look at the scene that was at hand, take a breath, look at each other, and they’d say “action” and we’d step into these people. Yes, it’s gay themed, because it’s told by two leading male characters who are gay.  But, I have heard more people in the last two months since this has come out, who have not only stopped and said, “Thank you for writing such a wonderful story about love and loss, and new beginnings, but also, what it’s like to have to confront that loss.” They also went on to say, “For so many years, gay people have had to watch the heterosexual world. People are trying to fit themselves into our world now, into our story, and how they would feel navigating it.”

Michael Urie is in it too? And you have some pretty accomplished people in your cast.  

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KEVIN:  Yes, there’s Michael Urie, Cady Huffman who sings in one of the episodes.  Tere is a scene in episode 3 that it still floors me, I can’t watch it without losing it.  Then, there’s Anita Gillette, Lenny Wolpe, David Dean Bottrell. Everyone is perfect, and everyone was able to show up, and everyone delivered a million percent.

What’s the response you’ve been getting from people who have watched After Forever?  You mentioned it’s been very positive.  

KEVIN:  Everyone has been touched.  The majority who have seen this, are just moved to tears and full of excitement.

I saw that Jennifer Pepperman, ex-executive producer of One Life to Live, directed your series.  What was it like working with Jen?

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KEVIN:  We had a lot of people who we could have pulled from.  Jennifer came up in conversation, because she had sent Michael an invitation to go see her new short film that she had done with Austin Peck (Ex-Austin, Days) and his wife, Teri Conn (Ex-Katie, ATWT).  I said, “Maybe if I go see the show and I like it, I can introduced myself to Jennifer.”  I called him right after and I said, “If we don’t get her, we’re crazy!” She’s so good. What she did is perfection.  We shot the whole thing like a movie. It was shot in 12 days. She knew everything she wanted to do and it shows in the edit.  And, this extraordinarily, talented girl named Colleen Kwok, who was the director of photography. She’s the real thing. She got it.  She got the style we were going for immediately.

So, we want to tell people to binge watch the series on Amazon.

KEVIN:  Binge it, or make it last for 15 days…

How many hankies will I need for this? 10? 5?

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KEVIN:  I say Kleenex is not included … Anybody who has ever loved, anybody who has ever lost, must see this show, because it unifies all of us, it shows us that we are the same.  It shows us that we still have love in our lives, regardless of if that person is gone, the relationship never ends, it never dies. That’s what people are getting from this.  That’s what people are taking away from it. You and I were raised with the symbols of a straight world and how we had to fit into that certain way of life. That’s changed now.  We have Will & Grace … we have RuPaul … all these great things that are illustrating our diversity.  Now, people are going, “it’s just a story being told.”

What was Mitchell’s reaction when he saw the final product?

KEVIN:  We saw it together…We just sat there and cried.  It’s hard. Especially, the first two episodes and the last two episodes.  We served it up, Michael, we served it up!

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I think you spoke to a greater issue, as you move through this career, you have to remain relevant as things change.  So, you’ve dipped yourself into this pool and now you can do more.

KEVIN:  I hope so.  You and I talked about this along time ago, when I first started on Days Of Our Lives, it was still a different world.

It was so different back then.  Actors couldn’t be out. There was still that stigma that if the audience at home knew they were gay, they wouldn’t buy into what they were portraying.

KEVIN:  That’s where I kind of worked it out, because I didn’t pretend not to be me, I just wasn’t very open about everything in my life.  Not that I still am. There’s certain things that I don’t talk about, because it’s not relevant, or it’s no one’s business.

So, do you get the obligatory question, “What’s a guy like you doing being single”? (Laughs)

KEVIN:  Michael said to me one day, “How come a guy like you is single?”  I made a joke out of it and said, “Have you seen me eat? Come on!”

So, intrigued to check out After Forever? What do you think about its central theme looking at what happens when one loses their partner at middle-age and more?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Talk Their Love Connection & The Demands Of Daytime

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After presenting for the first time together, at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys since they’ve been a couple, Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter aka Henrik) of General Hospital have certainly been in the throes of a romantic, fun, and cherished relationship. The two former stars of Guiding Light reconnected last year at Emmy time. Now, sharing their over one year anniversary, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Laura and Wes to get some insight into what makes their relationship work amidst the hustle and bustle, and pace of both being on a network television daytime drama series, and with the pressures of Hollywood where often relationships between two actors seem to start hot and heavy but then fizzle out.

If you caught this week’s GH, you witnessed that the town of Port Charles has found out that Peter is the notorious Cesar Faison’s son, and the ramifications that will be felt for weeks and months and potentially years to come. Meanwhile, Carly is in all sorts of trouble, thanks to naughty Nelle (Chloe Lanier). Nelle is making Carly look awfully unstable and what happens next could change Carly’s life forever.

So, what do these two lovebirds have to say about their relationship and their passion for working on the soaps? Check out what they had to share below. 

Wes, you had met Laura originally years ago on Guiding Light.

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Wes: Yes, 15 years ago in New York.

And what did you think of her then?

Wes: Well, I was smitten, but I had to keep it to myself.

You had to keep it under wraps, huh?

Wes: Yep!

Laura: I was married then.

Wes: She was pregnant with her second child.

Laura: And he’s a good Kentucky boy.

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Wes: Uh-huh! But we would run lines in the green room and I would try very hard to make sure she didn’t catch me staring at her… too often. But we laughed, and had great conversation.

Laura: I would always say, “Wes, will you run lines with me?,” because I would want to run my lines.

Wes: We never had story together, but she always knew I was game to hang out with her for a moment.

It’s good when you’re in a relationship with someone and you can laugh with them. You seem to be able to do that a lot!

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Laura: Oh, gosh. I think that’s all we do.

Wes: Yes, yes, yes, yes…

Laura: Like, we belly laugh. It gets to the point where people would think we were ridiculous. We’ll say things and just think it’s the funniest thing ever and people would be like, “You guys have a problem …” and we’re like, “Yeah.” (Laughs)

Laura, and then he comes back into your life years later…

Wes: That’s right, it was Emmy weekend 2017.

Laura: I totally was not expecting it at all. Even when I gave him my number I walked away going “huh…”

You mean you thought he wouldn’t call?

Laura: No, I didn’t feel that… because he hit on me hard. He’ll tell you that.

Wes: I still am hitting on her.

Laura: I remember I walked away quick after he got my number. I was like, “Oh, my God … I gotta go.”

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Wes: There was an assertiveness on my part that was for sure 15 years in the making. I did not expect to run into her. I also did not expect for her to tell me that she was recently single. In that split second, it was one of those, “stop the presses!” moments. Like, you need to give me your number, I’m taking you to dinner.

Laura: I go, “Oh, be quiet! Are you like, 32, because I can’t do that.” (Laughs)

Wes: And I said, “Far from it.”

Laura: He’s like, “I’m getting ready to be 40.” And I’m like, “I can do that!”

Then, on top of all of this, Wes, you land a primo role on General Hospital. That of Henrik aka Peter, Cesar Faison’s son.

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Wes: Yes, a dream come true.

Laura: I’m going to jump in and say it’s a role that he worked all on his own for. He had to screen test against 8 plus guys, 3 different auditions, 2 different days.

Wes: That’s true.

Laura: I can’t say strong enough that the best actor got the role. Meaning, Wesley is so talented and has the ability to give this character the depth, and emotion, and layers that it needs to tell the story that needs to be told. I just think he’s incredible.

So, did you know from the get-go who you were going to be playing?

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Wes: I did not.

Laura: I did! (Laughs)

Wes: I’m thrilled that the writers have been giving me such incredible material to dive into.   Each month that goes by, it becomes more and more complex, and more and more layered and intense. I love the depth… I love the conflicts… I love the humanity… I love the desperation… I love the psychology behind it. It’s a very interesting story and a great journey to tell.

Laura: I was getting ready to say, where you mentally have to go to be the son of Faison and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)! To blend that together is amazing. It’s incredible to watch.

You used to run lines together on Guiding Light. Do you run lines together now on GH? It’s like a full circle moment.

Laura: We do, and we carpool.

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Wes: Something we were trying to manifest together. We thought it would be a lot of fun to work together one day.

Laura: The last week we worked, we didn’t. He worked all afternoon. I worked all morning. I was like, “Are they doing this on purpose?” I was so mad! I was like, “Why are you in the afternoon everyday?” (Laughs)

Wes: She lost her chauffeur. (Laughs)

Laura: I did! He always drives us to work. I also love when we both have afternoon calls, because we love having mornings together. So, I didn’t get my morning, nor did I have my chauffeur!

So, two actors can have a good relationship? You see so many Hollywood relationships with actors and they go bust. But that’s not always the case …

Wes: Oh, my God, yes.

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Laura: I’m going to say this; I think I can see it being more difficult for daytime actors, because the work we do is so intense. I know the weeks he’s getting ready to go into, and I’m getting ready to go into. Where we go emotionally and psychologically to tell these stories, on the level that we tell them, as quick as we tell them, you kind of have to become really in a headspace. The fact that we can …

Wes: … the long hours …

Laura: Yes, and exhaustion! You really have to go, “Wow! It’s not about me right now. It’s about us individually as actors.” Thank God, we know the workload. I know what he’s getting ready to go through.

Wes: I have always had so much respect for Laura’s work. On Guiding Light, I’ve always been in awe of what she’s capable of doing. So, the level of respect is obviously there. But also, the understanding whatever it is that you need from a personal assistant in one moment… or a life partner in another moment … or a best friend in moment … or whatever it is in order to get through the day-to-day and the week-to-week, so we can do what we love to do. We know we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love.

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Laura was such a great co-host on my Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nomination Specials, in particular when she talks about acting. It’s so rewarding to hear the other actors who are guests on the show listening to what Laura has to say about her craft and respecting the hell out of her.

Wes: Without a doubt. You can’t watch her work and not be in awe. It speaks for itself.

Laura: I just love the journey of going to the places that we go; to bleed for it.

Wes: Leave it all out on the floor.

Laura: I know that process. So, when I see another actor that’s bleeding, I just bow to them, because I know what it takes to go there. I know the work that Wesley does. When I see that he’s spent at the end of the day, I’m like, “Babe, I so get it.” So, I can see where it could be really difficult for people that haven’t been there, because it’s a lot of work and you’re spent. It’s hard! For us, that works.

What do you think of Laura and Wes’ love connection? What do you think of the latest developments for GH’s Carly and Henrik? Comment below.

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EXCLUSIVE: 45th Annual Daytime Emmys Winners & Backstage Video Interviews!

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The 45th Annual Daytime Emmys are in the record books.  And as previously reported, it was a big night for NBC’s Days of our Lives taking Outstanding Drama Series, Writing and Directing in a Drama Series Awards, plus top acting nods to James Reynolds (Abe) and Greg Vaughan (Eric).

Behind the scenes while the ceremony continued on-stage, and as the night’s big winners and several presenters were whisked away backstage following their victory, they took to the Winner’s Walk and chatted with Michael Fairman who got their reactions to winning the gold, or presenting important moments of the night during the live-stream broadcast.

From DAYS Deidre Hall (Marlena), Dr. Oz, The Ladies of The Talk, and GH’Chris Van Etten to DAYS head scribe Ron Carlivati, to Y&R’s actress winners: Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Camryn Grimes (Mariah), and GH’s Chloe Lanier (Nelle, Vernee Watson (Stella) and more now you can watch the complete backstage series of conversations on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  Make sure to “subscribe” for these and more celebrity interviews.

After the jump, check out some of the winners and backstage interviews with Michael.  You can also go directly to the video you are looking to view, by clicking on the blue hyperlink on the interviewees name. (more…)

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