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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

WATCH: The Cast of ‘Studio City’ Talk On the Latest Five Episodes & The Making of the Critically-Acclaimed Digital Drama

It’s one of the most talked about digital dramas out there, with a look and feel all its own, containing smart, witty, and dramatic plots and dialogue, and stellar performances abound.

In Amazon Prime’s Studio City, the story about life on a soap in front of the camera juxtaposed with the often harsh reality of life behind the scenes, will have any fan of the genre getting a kick out of some of the very familiar soap tropes contained within balanced with the five-hankie moments throughout  And now, Studio City has dropped their latest five episodes picking the story back up from where it left off.

Michael Fairman chatted with the cast of Studio City in his latest interview for The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube. Those taking part in this virtual conversation included: Sean Kanan (Sam), Sarah Joy Brown (Laurie), Tristan Rogers (Doc), Carolyn Hennesy (Gloria), Scott Turner Schofield (Max), Anna Maria Horsford (Jolene), and Justin Torkildesn (Jacob).  Ronn Moss, who also appears in the series playing a version of himself, was filming a movie during the scheduling of this chat, but his presence is felt when some hilarious moments featuring him and Sean Kanan were discussed.

Soap fans know these actors very well.  Kanan, Brown, Hennesy and Rogers have all, or are presently appearing, on General Hospital.  B&B fans recognize Torkilden, Horsford, Moss, and Schofield along with Kanan from their work on the CBS Daytime drama.

Getting a show up and running and then taped during the Covid-19 pandemic is no easy task as Kanan shared in the group interview.  As well, Anna Maria Horsford and Sarah Joy Brown share how they came to their parts and the rapid-fire pace in which their scenes were shot.  Tristan Rogers, who won a Daytime Emmy last year for his performance as Doc, gives another heartbreaking turn, and reveals his thoughts on the work he did, plus shares his remembrances of his late friend and GH co-star, John Reilly.

Scott Turner Schofield talks about how Sean and his wife Michele Kanan, two of the creators of the show, have given him and the transgender community a space with Max’s storyline in Studio City.  GH favorite, Carolyn Hennesy shares how she crafted her role of Gloria, the executive producer, after Jill Farren Phelps, and Daytime Emmy winner Justin Torkildsen shares how he wound up with a part in the digital drama and the scenes he shares with Hennesy.

You can check out the full Studio City cast interview below.  Then let us know, have you checked out the series? What have been your favorite moments and performances in it? Let us know in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Talks Amanda’s Gut-Wrenching Scenes With Her Mother, Romance with Devon & Vice-President Kamala Harris’ Historic Moment

Since Mishael Morgan returned to The Young and the Restless as Hilary’s twin, Amanda Sinclair, it’s been a slow burn for the character.  However, recent revelations of Amanda’s childhood past have exposed the emotional wounds and the inner fight of this legal eagle, who is now poised for a romance with her late sister’s husband, Devon Hamilton (Bryton James)!

And who better to take on the challenge of trying to make Amanda and Devon a couple to root for then the talented Morgan.  In recent scenes, viewers watched as Amanda learned the harsh reality from her biological mother, Naya (Ptosha Storey), that she gave her and her sister up at birth and never really regretted it! Mishael played those scenes as you would expect for all they were worth and then some.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the Trinidadian-Canadian Morgan, as the United States marked Martin Luther King Day on Monday – a holiday that holds a special place for her – and then the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice-President of the United States on Wednesday and its historical significance.

 

While Mishael shares her thoughts on these moments of our time, we also do a deep-dive into how she created a second life in Genoa City and the challenges of playing a twin and making her unique and different, plus what fans should look forward to in the months ahead, which to us looks like it could be a love triangle between Elena (Brytni Sarpy), Devon, and Amanda.  And, as the second anniversary of the death of Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) is fast approaching, Morgan opens up about the impact her former co-star had on her daytime career.  Here’s what Mishael had to say about it all below.

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Yesterday was such a historic day watching the swearing in ceremony of Kamala Harris, as Vice-President of the United States.  She is the first woman, first Black woman, first Indian woman, so many firsts to hold this office.  I just wanted to get your thoughts from watching it.  What was it like for you?

MISHAEL:  For me it was such a beautiful moment, and such a defining moment because now there is no person in America who can feel like they can’t do it all, that they can’t make it to the highest level of office, or at least one of the highest levels of office.  I think that is going to transform this country and the world in many ways because the rest of the world really does pay attention to American politics, and to what goes on in America.  I think it will really have a ripple effect throughout the entire world.  For me, it was so exciting to see this moment actually come to fruition because I think that the impact is even greater than we all could imagine.  You never know who you’re inspiring.

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It was really amazing, and this was also right after Martin Luther King Day and I know you produced your “I Have a Dream” Project.  How was the holiday for you?

MISHAEL:  It was funny because even though I did the MLK project, I didn’t really think that it was something I could really explain to my son.  Then, yesterday my son really wanted to know: “What was Martin Luther King Day about?  Why was it a holiday?”  It was so interesting because I had to come up with a way to explain it to a five-year-old, and what I came up with was so basic but so true.  I just said, “This was a day when Martin Luther King, a very famous man, who was famous because he stood up for everybody’s rights, and he marched to make sure that everybody can do the same things in this country as everyone else no matter how they look,” and that’s what he was.  He wasn’t just a champion for just Black lives.  I think he is a champion for equality, and he is a champion for making sure that we always remember to see each other the same.

Is that what inspired you originally to do your project?

MISHAEL:  Yes.  100%.  I remember being inspired by Martin Luther King as a child when I was learning about him for Black History Month and stuff like that, and then when all of the social unrest happened, I just remembered him again, and it was something that I wanted to explore.  When I started reading about him again, I just became so inspired by him all over again that I wanted to do something, and that’s what really inspired me to do the “I Have a Dream” Project.

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I just hope that we will make strides in our country in stomping out systemic racism – it’s such a deeply-entrenched issue in our society.  A lot of people talk, but we need action to bring change to the system.

MISHAEL:  That’s the thing, I think that this moment, you can’t stop – like the moment when Kamala Harris got sworn in as our Vice-President – you can’t stop the train now because strides will be made that the next generation will look at as normal, and of what it means to be a Black woman or a woman in this country is going to change forever.  It’s the next generation that is really going to continue to move it forward.  So, I think that at the end of the day.  This will always be something that’s remembered.

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Now on to Y&R, I wanted to tell you that these performances that you gave that recently aired were just great.  I always love it when they give you the ball.  How did you feel about the scenes and the storyline, where we learn the deep pain and hurt of Amanda’s childhood and the truth from her mother?

MISHAEL:  I was so excited to play it because for me, I really love telling human stories.  I love diving into that part of myself, and I really know that a huge part of why I am an actor is because I just have this outpouring level of empathy for every life that’s lived.  When I talk to people, and they tell me their stories, I want to take it on because I want to show that beautiful side of humanity.  So being given this story, I wanted to be very careful with it, because I knew that this is a reality for a lot of people.  I also thought about the fact that twin stories have always been done before, paternity stories have been done before, but I have to make sure that it comes from a truly honest place inside of me and a truly empathetic place.  I was excited to take on the challenge to be true to myself, and be true to my artist, and just find the beauty and the honesty in this real human story.

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Ptosha Storey, who played your on-screen mother, Naya, was amazing in the scenes with you.  What was it like working with her and the gravity of it, where this woman is basically unapologetic that she didn’t want her children and she gave them up, and she did not sugar-coat it.

MISHAEL:  Ptosha was amazing.  I loved working with her.  We really got to kind of know each other a little bit.  She has such an interesting story about coming to LA to pursue acting, taking a break from it, (and I don’t want to speak for her), but then really going full-throttle right now when Black, female characters are being played, and she’s getting an opportunity to get back out there and do what she loves to do.  Just listening to her story was so inspiring to me. We had a true respect for each other when we got on the stage, and I think we made some art.

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It was almost like watching a two-person play in those scenes.  What did Amanda feel at this point?  Was she hoping that her mother would say, “I loved you.  I wanted you?”  Was she hoping for a different outcome in her head?

MISHAEL:  I think anybody who goes into a search for their parents is hoping for a positive outcome.  I think for her, it was heartbreaking to hear that if Naya could go back and do it all over again, she would have made the same choices, and also knowing that those choices really impacted Amanda’s life in an incredible way.  I don’t think that all of it has come out yet.  I think a lot of the pain and hurt that she had to go through as a child, and the loneliness that she had to go through as a child, and hearing from a mother that she would put you back in that situation because it was more comfortable for her, and the level of selfishness is hard to take. Then there is the anger and everything that would come out of hearing that from your biological mother.  It’s funny because the way that those scenes were scripted, there was no stage direction, which to me, I love, because a lot times it will say like, “in this moment she is going to get a little angry,” or, “in that moment she is going to be sad,” but for those scenes, for some reason (and they were really juicy scenes) they really didn’t give much direction. I appreciated that because then it really allowed me to really just make the scene what I thought it was and just really live in the moment.  I know this was a roundabout way to answer the question, but yes, it was very heartbreaking because nobody expects that somebody would say that to them.

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It was just so heartbreaking.  I kept thinking, “Maybe she’ll…” but no, Naya just stood her ground on it even though Amanda grew up in a foster home.  She wasn’t the “chosen” twin either!

MIHAEL:  No, and she was never chosen, and I think that’s an interesting thing that you said because she was never chosen, and I then even to this day, as a grown woman, she still isn’t chosen, and that I think is heartbreaking.  It’s an interesting thing because I do happen to have a bit of a personal experience with this.  My father wasn’t in the foster system, but he was raised… kind of farmed out to two aunts as a young child and didn’t really get to have a relationship with his parents until he was older, and with his mother, until he was in his 20s.  So, it was so fascinating watching my father.  I just remember always looking up to him and thinking he was so strong, and so powerful, and never cared about what anybody thought, and because of his upbringing, it made him a very driven person, very much like Amanda, but there was a weird sense of wanting to be good enough when his father was around, or when people talked about his father.  It was very fascinating for me to watch that.  It was like I would see my father almost turn into a child again, just wanting that love.  I think it’s because that is so organic to who we are as human beings that it just never goes away, that need to know that your parents love you, that there are two people in this world who no matter what will be there for you, and they will love you.  That’s a hard reality to come to when you realize that’s not true.  I think that’s something that’s really hard for the human spirit to let go of.

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Yes, and I think what you are saying is also true that you realize as an adult that we are so deeply affected by our childhood and how it plays into our choices, or how we perceive things that happen in our lives.  So, when you think of that, and because you’re a mom, doesn’t it make you feel even more that you want to do right by your kids? That you don’t want to do anything to screw them up in their later years?

MISHAEL:  Yes, it’s true.  It does make you want to be the best person for them and the best example, especially the best example for love.  You want them to feel accepted, and appreciated, and proud, and you want them to know that you’re proud of them.  You want to do everything you can because you think of every single person you may have met who felt like their parents didn’t love them enough, and you want to do every single thing to make sure that your child doesn’t feel that way.  I talked to one of my friends, and they’re like, “My parents never told me that they were proud of me,” and I’m like, “Alright!  Well, Niam, I am so proud of you!” Every day, “I am proud of you!  I am proud!”  It’s like every day I better make sure to tell my kids that I am proud of them, and that I love them.  I was talking to Bryton James about this because I had a disciplinary moment with my son, and you wonder if they are going to take it the way that you take it, but at the end of the day, that might get burned into his memory as “the worst thing that my mom ever did to me,” and meanwhile I thought it was a life lesson that I think he learned.  You kind of have to get rid of that fear that you are going to screw them up because I think it doesn’t matter.  You’re either going to love them too much, or you’re not going to love them enough, and you just have to do the best that you can, and you just hope that it’s good enough.

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Now, you were brilliant as Hilary on Y&R and had this amazing story send-off, and then you came back to the show as Amanda, a new character.  How has it been to try to define Amanda as her own character without the ‘Hilary-isms’, or does it not matter anymore?  Do you feel you have made the distinction for yourself that they are two very different characters?

MISHAEL:  I feel like now they just are different.  It was active choices that I was making in the beginning, and it was important for me in the beginning.  That’s why, for me, when I was bringing Amanda in, I was trying to stay very steady in my tone and how I spoke because Hilary was very, very up and down, and everything was all over the place.  So, for me, that was my beginning moment, just really focusing on how Amanda spoke and how she conducted herself. I can’t change the way that I look, but I feel that the way that I speak and the way that I carry myself will naturally start to define the character.  After a while, when that becomes more second nature, I feel like more of the character comes through … more of how she is and how she takes things in.  That’s just sort of explaining a bit of my process. It’s just the weirdest situation that I never thought I would ever be in, but I definitely feel like a different character for sure!  I do feel like I know who Amanda is now.  In the beginning, when I read the script, all I heard was Hilary.  I really had to think about how I was going to say things because I didn’t want it to sound like Hilary, and now when I read the script, I see Amanda.  I don’t hear Hilary anymore.  It’s become easier for me now to lean more into the role and get more comfortable with it.

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Amanda had said to her mother that she was also robbed of her sister.  How does that play into her whole psyche?  She does know that Devon was deeply in love with her sister, and now she has feelings for him too.  Did she want to meet her sister?  Does she feel robbed of that?

MISHAEL:  She feels very much robbed of that.  For me, it was very important that the time when she discovered that Hilary was her sister and that Hilary was gone, that I’m playing that loss properly.  It was important for me because if you couldn’t believe that Amanda’s heart is truly breaking for her sister, then you can’t believe anything else that’s coming afterwards.  This is a really defining moment for me as an actor playing two characters on the show.  It was really important, leaning into the fact that I had a twin, and I’ll have a connection to a person who doesn’t exist anymore, and really letting that break my heart, and break Amanda’s heart.  Once the audience believes that, then they can really believe that Amanda is a different character.  Then, our amazing fans will start to just buy into it, and they will figure it out, and they will work it out, and they will wrap their heads around it, but for me, it was that they had to believe that Amanda’s heart is truly broken for Hilary, otherwise we can’t hook them.  Amanda and Hilary have to become two separate characters in people’s minds.

Right.  So, after the confrontation with her mother, she runs to Devon, and she is torn up, and he consoles her.  This week he asked her out on a date.  She likes this guy, right? 

MISHAEL:  Yeah, I think she does!  He’s the first person that she met when she came to town, and I think she’s always been impressed by how he treated her even when he hated her, and the more that she learned of him, the more she became impressed by who Devon was, and his patience with all of this. In seeing his vulnerability with Hilary, and everything that he went through, and then seeing his heart being broken because of Elena and Nate, I think all of it together is starting to give these two characters reasons to be okay with exploring something that may seem strange to other people, but you can’t control who you love sometimes.

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Hilary and Devon were such a hugely popular couple.  Do you feel pressure to hit lighting in a bottle, twice?

MISHAEL:  It’s really hilarious because we’re the same people!  Yeah, there is a little bit of pressure because you do wonder if you’re going to be able to create the same magic, especially because Bryton and I have known each other for so long, and we know each other so well now.  Looking back at some of the Hilary and Devon scenes, there is something that is so interesting about it and fun about it because I think Bryton and I were just getting to know each other at the same time.  So, wondering if we are going to be able to recreate that and just make it feel fun and fresh, I think is the worry or the challenge.  I think we will figure it out.  Bryton and I were talking, and the one thing that is missing, or the one thing that we have to get to in terms of the underbelly of Amanda and Devon’s attraction is that Amanda is more like Devon than Hilary ever was.  It’s almost like Devon realizing that the whole journey with Hilary was meant to happen just so that he could meet Amanda.

Isn’t Amanda going to be kind of worried that he was so in love with Hilary and the way that she looked…

MISHAEL:  Well, she doesn’t need to worry because Hilary is dead anyway.  It’s not like she’s coming back!  (Laughs)

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Since the last time you played an on-screen relationship, Bryton is with Brytni Sarpy in real-life, and Brytni is on the show now, and there is all of that.  What has that been like working with Brytni?

MISHAEL:  Oh, I’m so Canadian!  As soon as I got back to the show, I was like, “I’m so sorry,” and she was like, “Why are you sorry?”  I said, “I just feel very sorry that I’m here.  You guys have your real-life love thing going on, and your on-screen love… I feel weird.  I’m happy to be back on the show, but I’m like breaking up the party!”  She’s like, “No!  It’s fun!  It’s fine!  Maybe we’ll be rivals!”  I’m like, “Yeah, okay it’ll be fun!”

I can see a classic soap bitch-fight on the horizon on Y&R!

MISHAEL:  Brytni has been awesome about it.  That’s been great.  We don’t know where it’s going to go, but it’s going to be fun.  They’re also playing with Devon’s love for Elena still.  They still have a pull.  Devon is still looking at Elena.  So, I think it’s going to be interesting either way.

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We are going to have the fan wars again for the couples!

MISHAEL:  That’s even more fun!  I always said I’d rather people be fighting for me to be with this person and that person as opposed to just always with one person because then to me, I kind of wonder, “Is it just this one actor who makes me better?”  I want to be an actor who makes everyone better!  That I can work off of anybody and get that chemistry or that thing that audiences are looking for, that’s what I really challenge myself to do.

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On February 3rd, it’ll be the second anniversary of Kristoff  St. John’s death, which is hard to believe that it will have been 2 years already.  I keep remembering when I first met you.  Kristoff and you were on The Price is Right, but it was also a crossover for your characters, and you were the new girl on Y&R.  Do you still feel his presence at Y&R?

MISHAEL:  A few days ago, I had asked Bryton, who is s actually in Kristoff’s old dressing room, “Do you ever feel Kristoff in there?  In your dressing room?” and he’s like, “No, not really.  Definitely not in my dressing room, but on set sometimes.”  Even though he’s not here, it’s like he’s still with us because you still see him in pictures and sometimes that happens while you are on set doing a scene.  One time, I was on set doing a scene with Christel Khalil (Lily), and I saw a picture of Kristoff in the background, and it’s just kind of a reminder that I think he is always going to be here in terms of his impact on me and my time on the show.  He means a lot to me because I think I am the artist I am largely because of his influence, and how he really took me under his wing and made me feel so comfortable.  He was such a light, and he made acting so fun, but he always had your back as an acting partner and as friend, and I miss him a lot.

Me too.  He was just a wonderful actor too, when you look back on some of the work.

MISHAEL:  Oh my gosh, yes.

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What does Amanda think of Naya’s other daughter, Imani (Leigh Ann Rose)?

MISHAEL:  She’s just irritated by Imani because she basically got to live the life that Amanda should have had essentially. To watch her be up on her high horse to Amanda, it’s laughable because the amount of hoops and obstacles that Amanda has had to go through to get to where she is standing today, somebody like Imani is just a complete joke to her! In Amanda’s mind, she is who she is just because of the opportunities that she was given and because of the family that she was born into.  It was complete luck, and it had nothing to do with hard work.  In Amanda’s eyes, everything that she is and every ounce of who she is, is because of her determination, and the choices that she made, and the obstacles that she overcame.  So, the way that Amanda looks at Imani is like she is just a person who she doesn’t even think could fathom how insignificant Amanda thinks that she is.  There is a deep-rooted resentment for Imani because I just think that Amanda has been through so much.

Would you like to have more scenes between Amanda and Naya and Imani?

MISHAEL:  Yes.I want more scenes with both of them!  Both of them are so amazing.  So, I’d love to work with both Imani/Leigh-Ann and Naya/Ptosha again.

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What can you say to the fans to look forward to?

MISHAEL:  I think I would say that Amanda coming to Genoa City was a really big surprise, and I think that those surprises will continue … ff we want to be as vague as possible! I think there are a lot of things to look forward to because this relationship with Devon is definitely going, and I think it will be interesting to watch how Bryton and I figure that out, which will be fun!

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Big surprises? Hmm.  Are you going to tell me that there are four of you? That Naya really gave birth to quadruplets … and you are about to take on two more roles?

MISHAEL:  Well, you never know!  That’s all I’ll say!

So, what did you think of Mishael’s recent performances where Amanda met her birth mother? Are you rooting for Amanda and Devon to wind up together, or Devon and Elena? What have you thought of Amanda Sinclair vs. Hilary Curtis Hamilton?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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