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THE HUNTER TYLO INTERVIEW – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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TV SOAP:
In your current “B&B” storyline, Taylor is involved in her first younger man/older woman romance with Rick Forrester.  How do you feel about the subject?  And how did you feel about tackling this type of relationship on-screen?

HUNTER:
You could be 30 and dating 20-year-olds, as long as you are over 18, that’s what is important.  When I got my divorce, my husband, Michael Tylo, was 15 years older than me.  I had been married to my husband for 18 years and when we got divorced I knew I would be dating again.  I had always dated older men when I was younger, and with my ex-husband, he was into the fifties music and we just blended our musical preferences.  I had my thing with music in the 70’s, and here I am listening to Jim Hendrix, and he was listening to Buddy Holly.  So, it was always like a ‘Clash of the Titans’.   I did try to date men around his age range.  I think women take good care of themselves these days.  I noticed that the kind of things I like to do are still pretty energetic things.  At that age, most guys are ready to chill-out, and it’s the guy in his cave who just sits and watches football and just chills.  I am still pretty energetic.  By chance, I met a young man who was four years older than my son, and he was running lines for me. (Sometimes I hire actors to do that.)  This young man was very cute, and it’s nice to see a young man quite taken by you.  You go, “Oh wow!  I’ve still got something… OK!”

TV SOAP:
So you obviously enjoyed that.

HUNTER:
It was a feeling of, “Oh, even this young man can be interested in me.”  I had not looked at a young man, and it was a new thing.  It was becoming very flirtatious, and one night he said, “I wanted to show you some clubs.”  It did not start out as a date, but it turned into one, and I had fun.   I knew that I wasn’t going to get serious with this young man, but we enjoyed each other’s company, and it was romantic and flirty.  In the last year, I would say I met another young man, but his age difference was about 8 years, and I think about 8 to 10 years is comfortable.  This young man I have been going out with, has the right mix of going to have fun, but was settled enough.  And that’s the other thing… you have to look at it as to where you are in your life cycle.  All the women his age wanted to have kids, and I am like… done!  So, it depends on other factors of your life.  I have no problem dating younger men.

TV SOAP:
Who are you dating now?

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I am dating different people.  When I had the loss of my son this year, I realized I need to take my time with everything, and women should, anyway.  We don’t have moms and dads married for 30 or 40 years anymore.  Unfortunately, our culture is about: if its not working for you get out, otherwise you are going to fall apart.  I don’t think people give relationships enough of a chance, on the other hand, they don’t date long enough to know.  I have been trying to get rid of two mindsets that have been put out there by society.  I have full intention to get to know someone for two years and find out what they are really like, day in and day out, before moving forward with any more definitive plans.

TV SOAP:
Because you are Hunter Tylo, and one of the most famous and beautiful women in daytime and are a celebrity, I would think some men would be intimated to come up to you or to go out with you.  Do you find that to be true?

HUNTER:
There is an additional problem and that is that they surf the web.  They know who I am, and may have read stuff, and there is a lot of inaccurate information out there.  There are the “Haters” and the “Pro-Taylors”, and there are people who overrate me to death.  So yeah, someone would be scared.  Then, there’s the “Haters” who could be sitting there, going, “I wonder if that’s true?”  I have the double-edged sword.  When I was in my twenties, and before I married Michael, I dated men who were horrified of a woman who is self-confident, who knows how to carry herself, and looks attractive.   It does not mean beautiful, it mean attractive.  There are beautiful women who send out a different message that guys will go to.  If you are a woman who is classy and has manners, it can be intimidating to men! (I am from Texas so I was drilled with this stuff from my upbringing.)  So, when I started dating again, I had the double-edged sword.  A guy might say to me, “I recognized you when I first met you, but I didn’t want to say anything.”  I am like, “Oh great!”  Sometimes, the conversation goes to everything about the show or the business.  They are just trying to find out who I really am.  You can’t really find out that kind of information unless you have gone out with someone for a long time.  The whole first few months of dating is all about making you believe you are 100% not mental and all of that.  (She laughs)  It’s an interesting thing, this dating deal.

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TV SOAP:
So, you are enjoying being single and putting yourself out there again?

HUNTER:
Yes, I am enjoying it.  This is another thing that is kind of funny, seeing the difference between when I was 24 and 25 years old and dating, as opposed to now.  We are two different generations.   Now on top of it, older women are dating younger men.  I have no trouble dating younger men.  I dated a 38-year-old black guy. (She laughs)  I am dating different people, but we are very close.   I am not going to get serious right now, but I have known him for a long time.
It’s just cool when you really let yourself take time and get to know somebody.  It’s really much better than doing that whole storybook romance, and getting married after three months.  I know people do it, but generally it doesn’t work!

TV SOAP:
Many of the actors on “B&B” have commented in past TV SOAP interviews, how detailed you are to your rehearsal process and you take a lot of notes.  How do you work?

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I try to look at it from: “Ok, I am not really this character, but what would I do if I were in this position?”  Especially, if I need to get the specific direction that the writers wrote for Taylor.  So, sometimes I have to push it, when we only have one or two takes to figure it out.  We don’t have the time to feel it out and feel what’s right.  I already have to know the intention of what my character is saying, as if it was a feeling I would have, and it naturally makes a scene work.

TV SOAP:
How is working with Kyle Lowder (Rick)?

HUNTER:
Kyle is adorable!  I drew on those same feelings that unexpectedly happen when I was running lines with my acting friend, and it was very cool, because I do see that in Kyle, too.  Kyle can be kind of shy.  It’s great when you can get a guy to the point where he is admiring you and looking up to you.  Kyle is already that way.  He is a sweet person, so it’s nice when all of that attention gets directed at you.

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TV SOAP:
All the recent emotional courtroom material and scenes were so hard to watch, as Taylor was suffering from losing her child.  It did seem to be playing out just as you were grieving from your own personal tragedy, with the untimely death of your son Mickey.  How did you do the scenes?  Personally, I was very worried about you.

HUNTER:
I did get a lot of emails from people worrying.  They would go from worrying about me to saying, “Was I okay with those scenes and after them?”  They would say, “You know it’s so weird, that the storyline is mirroring Hunter Tylo’s life!”  Other people would go, “How dare Brad Bell (exec prod and head writer, “B&B”) write that, when we all know what she is going through!”  But the reality is, and I don’t know if any other actress ever said it, but there was a thing I found on a blog over the weekend and it was frustrating, because someone said, “Hunter Tylo is letting her professional business life as Taylor spill over into her personal life,” when in fact; it’s just the other way around.  Brad and any other producer, always make a point to get to know their cast.  They get to know who you are, and they mold the character to your personality, and what’s going on in your personal life.  It actually gives them an idea.  I mean, why do you think Marcus is dating Stephanie right now?  (She laughs) Hello!  Because I know when I brought this person to a couple of show related events, Brad was like, “Huh?”
At first, they thought he was my bodyguard, they did. (She laughs)   It’s great to look at real life.  I know Bill Bell Sr, (creator, “B&B” and “Y&R”) once amazed me when he had these cookouts for our birthdays.  He would find out about us, and one of the things he revealed was that he listened to talk radio all night long.  It would give him amazing ideas of how people acted around each other, depending on what the stimulus was and why they had the problem they had.  I thought that was great.  Believe me, real human behavior is more interesting than art. (She laughs)

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TV SOAP:
But, when you left the set after a hard emotional day, and dealing with the loss of your son, weren’t you just drained?

HUNTER:
Well, because of the acting technique I use when I did those scenes, I had to go back and allow my self to feel what I feel all the time.  It’s the feeling that will never go away which is, “It’s not fair,” and that line I added.  Once I added it and we did the rehearsal, I thought, “I am going to say this, because that is how I feel!”  After that, it just kept coming out.  I had those days. I don’t know if I would have collapsed on the floor with a small spotlight on me.  That’s the artistic stuff, and the feeling is what the audience should be left with, and it’s cathartic.  Taylor and Ridge got divorced after Hunter Tylo did, and so did Ronn Moss (Ridge).  So, we have already felt those things just recently and that’s a smart thing to do, and we are going to access those feelings even faster.  It’s hard sometimes, but you have to be willing to go there as an actor, anyway.

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TV SOAP:
You are one of the most courageous people I know and you have endured so much.  All of your fans want to know how you are doing.  So, how are you now?

HUNTER:
I am doing better.  I had to get through April, which was really hard because that would have been my son’s 20th birthday, and it’s a milestone for your child.  I am a mom.  I plan birthdays around the year, and it was hard not to be able to plan his.  It would sneak up on me.  At the beginning of April, I was planning on going to a birthday party that had been planned for a long time, and it was like no big deal till the day I started getting ready for it, and that thought kept coming back: “It’s not fair, Mickey should have had one.”  It comes back, and that was the hardest time.  I am in this place now where I have some footing, and if I can get through that I can get through the rest.  I feel peaceful, and I am at a place I can talk about it.   I am at a place where I would want to write another book about these things.

TV SOAP:
Your first book, “Making a Miracle,” provided an interesting moment during your grieving process over the death of your son.  Is that true?

HUNTER:
One day I was crying, and I go to the closet and get my Bible, and just pray.  I was there a lot.  I had words with the man upstairs… real serious words, and a copy of my book had fallen on the floor or off the shelf, or something.  I pick up the book and say to God, “Are you going to give me a message now?”  I am all ‘attitude city’ and God knows we are like that.  I turned to the last chapter and read what I had said: “Through everything that happens to Katya, I have learned to face the ultimate question, what if I lose her?”  This question in turn leads me to another: “To whom do our lives belong?  Is Katya’s life mine or her own?  Is my life my own?”  I do this passage out of Psalm139, which I also had forgotten, that I had used part of the same passage in my son’s funeral bulletin.  Then I go on to say, “What if I had lost Katya or lost my oldest son Chris, who is just now leaving the nest, or Mickey, Isabella or my husband, Michael, or my own life for that matter?”  The irony of choosing to bear my own child and then praying for my youngest child’s life reminds me, I didn’t give life to myself, God did.  Life is not in our control and it’s not meant to be, it’s in God’s hands.  So in your face, this is God words.  I am not perfect.  My own words out of my own mouth got used on me.  That’s what was beautiful, and I had learned this a long time ago.  Here I had been pitching this fit and getting mad at God.   I was stuck in that place spiritually, and I said, “Thank you for having me answer myself.”

TV SOAP:
How is your faith after this recent tragedy?

HUNTER:
Interestingly enough, this whole last year I have learned so many things, such as: because somebody is a certain color, they are a human being, too.  They are beautiful in every single way, and have the right to be who they are in every single way.  Just like people who are in different kinds of relationships: man/man…. woman/woman… whatever!  People are people and we are not perfect.  That is what I believe Christianity is about.  Sometimes, I get posts from the “haters” going, “Who does she think she is?  She is a hypocrite!”  Well… we all are!

TV SOAP:
You have become very active and involved in The American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation, because your son died in part from a seizure.  Tell us about your involvement?

HUNTER:
You can support and bring awareness to different dangers that are very under publicized for children and adults of epilepsy.  You can go to www.epilepsyoutreach.org, and see all the information and PSA’s (Public Service Announcements).  I did.  We are doing a 5K run in Chicago.  We are going to get Oprah Winfrey out there with us, running in the streets, hopefully, and I am going to hand her a pair of shoes and tell her to get her butt out there. (She laughs)  I will get back to everyone out there with the confirmed dates.

Michael “Mickey” Tylo passed away on October 18th, 2007 at the age of 19. Mickey suffered from Partial Complex Seizures.  His first seizure happened at age 15.  Mickey was at the Tylo’s family home in Henderson, Nevada when he walked outside near the pool to possibly receive better reception on his cell phone, when he experienced a seizure and fell into the pool.  Tragically, Mickey did not survive.

Hunter Tylo has now joined forces with the American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation to raise public awareness regarding the truth about epilepsy.  For more on the organization and how you can become involved log on to www.epilepsyoutreach.org

For more on Hunter Tylo, log on to www.myspace.com/homepagehunter and www.theboldandthebeautiful.com

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i for one think hunter is an amazing woman and i loved her since i was 12 when i started watching the bold in the 90’s. i especially love her role as ridge’s beautiful doc. and i hope they will get back together again as for her personal life i think she is smart ,strong and capable to overcome anything that comes her way. she is my role model and always will be no matter what the haters say.

hunter you go girl >>>>>>>

General Hospital

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is right in your wheelhouse!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’re just realizing that now?

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

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Is it more challenging to play a character like Mike?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But you’re enjoying this story?

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

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

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

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

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

How are you feeling now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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