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The Katherine Kelly Lang and Adam Gregory Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful

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The Bold and the Beautiful once again proved that the BOLD in their official title is just that! And who else would get mixed up in all this trouble, but Brooke Forrester. And this time it’s a doozy.  Here we go: Brooke and her stepson, Thomas, who have had this very “taboo” chemistry playing out on air, head to Australia together for work when suddenly their plane crashed.  Now the duo washed up at sea is dehydrated and starving in a life or death situation, while their loved ones race to find them.

Next, Brooke comes across some polka-dotted berries and eats one, and then encourages Thomas to eat one, too.  Well, after downing a bunch of these delicious and seductive berries the two go on soap’s first fantastical acid trip, or ecstasy trip… take your pick.  Whatever the case, B&B created via special CGI effects an incredible hallucinogenic journey for the duo to play in.  And in the end the question remains, did Thomas and Brooke have sex, or not?

On-Air On-Soaps tries to get to the bottom of this, in this very special and revealing interview with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Adam Gregory (Thomas).  After reading this, let us know what you think happened during their berry-induced island adventure.   Here’s our chat with the gorgeous Katherine, and the handsome Adam.

MICHAEL:

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Wow Katherine!  Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer) is certainly finding ways to get Brooke in steamy situations with the younger men of B&B!  Now there is this drug-induced possible sex romp with her stepson, Thomas.  But before that there was the infamous “Party Boink” with Oliver, when Brooke mistook him for Ridge.  During our interview about that storyline, you had mentioned you thought it would have been better if Brooke were perhaps in an altered state in that situation.  Now with this new story, she was!  Do you think that had any bearing on how this new story angle played out?

KATHERINE:

I don’t know at all, but I do remember talking to Brad Bell going, “Wouldn’t it be better if Brooke was a little drunk or tipsy?” And then he said, “No. That wouldn’t be good, because then Brooke would be doing two things wrong.” (Laughs)  She would be with Oliver and also drunk.  So he did not want to do that.  But when this story came about, maybe he liked where it was going, or that original suggestion.

ADAM:

When Brooke ate these berries, it was not like she intentionally took drugs or drank. When I came on the show I was doing some research, because I did not know what role I had yet.  So I am watching the show frantically trying to figure where I would even fit into this place.  And that was happening when I first got here, between Oliver and Brooke.  So I do know the back-story of that.  She was with a younger man, accidently.

MICHAEL:

How did the two of you find out that Brooke and Thomas were going to ingest some fictional hallucinogenic berries that will end up causing long-term controversy?

ADAM:

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I got a text from Ed Scott, our producer, going, “Heads up!  This might be happening.” And I remember having the talk with Brad, and he explained everything.  Then Cindy Popp, who directed us in the episodes, pulled me in her office and said, “Ok.  So here is what is happening.” And it got toned down actually.  I think that worked out better with everything being more of a mystery, and we really don’t even know what happened.

MICHAEL:

Watching the sequences play out on-air, I had to watch it back a couple of times. I’m trying to figure out the symbolism: does the finger touching and the flowers adorning your bodies, represent sex between the two?

KATHERINE:

Well, we are still trying to figure it out, and there were a lot of changes being made through the process.  Brad kept changing different things and in different ways – to the point where we still don’t know what is happening.  It is a very secretive thing!

ADAM:

We are playing that we don’t even know if we had sex, because the characters did blackout.  And Katherine, you are always playing Brooke at this point as, “I don’t know if I did something wrong!”

KATHERINE:

Yes, but we tried to do it childlike and playful during the hallucination scenes. We knew there was some connection going on, but it was the “Berry Connection.”  (All that psychedelic energy coming at us, and what have you.)  It is more about what happened when we blacked out.  Again, Thomas and Brooke are thinking something more happened, but it could have just been a drugged-out black out!

ADAM:

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And Brooke just wants to tell Ridge, because they have this pact in their marriage to be completely honest with one another.  So she feels she has no choice but to tell him, but Thomas is not letting her!

MICHAEL:

Adam, I just wanted to give you some kudos.  I thought you did a really nice job in the scenes where Thomas and Brooke address and see their entire extended families for the first time, and attempt to recount what happened to them from the plane crash to landing on the deserted island.  Of course, omitting their ecstasy-trip via the berries! (Laughs)

KATHERINE:

Adam had been wonderful to work with and has been really good lately.  Aren’t you a bit of a method actor, like with your leg being injured from the plane crash and the island?

ADAM:

I noticed it looked fake when I walked in the scenes, so I wanted someone to punch me!

KATHERINE:

He really gets into the moment, and as a sort of newcomer, we all can be like, “Is he going to be able to pull this off?”  (Laughs)  And he did.  You did a great job!  And there was a point where I remember thinking, “Oh my gosh. He is doing so great.  I have got to up my game now!” (Laughs)  I did not want him to show me up. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Adam, is it still hard being the newbie in a cast with such long-standing cast members?  Or, do you feel you have settled in more at this point?

ADAM:

As far as the cast, not at all. Everyone here is so nice, and it has been a very nice fit for me.  As far as being in the soap world, that is very different.  When you work as a cast you are working to build your show.  But when you are building your show in the soap world, there is also that built-in competition with Y&R, DAYS, and GH.  So, I look at other guys my age from other shows and see how they are doing it.

MICHAEL:

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And, are you checking in to see if you have had more shirtless scenes than those dudes?

ADAM:

(Laughs) I guess I might have to, to stay one step ahead of my competition.

KATHERINE:

It comes down to being a good person. We all really respect each other here.  We work really hard and we have each other’s backs.  I think our show is a little more special than the other shows because of that, from the stories I have heard.  But that helps, and then you can sort of branch out and build however you want to portray yourself out there to the world.

MICHAEL:

Tell us about the CGI special effects, which were outstanding.  How did you act with them or around them?  I am assuming you were in front of a Green Screen on the set at B&B?

KATHERINE:

They explained exactly what we had to see, such as: when we walked into this huge room and saw the cave and how it opened up into a huge waterfall.  They said, “Look. It goes way up into the sky.”  So we had to kind of look and go, “Oh,” and they explained what the energy between us would look like, and how we would need to play that.  They said here is where the poppies will grow out of the wall and so we would go, “Ooh-wee,” and giggle and carry on.

ADAM:

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I remember getting into the whole CGI thing, and the first thing we had to do was look at the rainbow.  They go, “You see the rainbow?”  And I go, “Alright.  Let me get into this.  I have got to wrap my head around this.” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Did the two of you laugh a lot, though?  I can only imagine!  I know you had to play giddy and drugged, anyway.   But, there had to be a moment where the two of you were like, “What are we doing?”

KATHERINE:

We were so tired and punch-drunk by the end of the day from smiling so much.  My smile muscles in my face and my stomach muscles were so worn out.  When I went home I thought, “Oh my God, I hurt all over.”  And this was just from laughing.  Viewers saw just bit of it on-air, but we had to laugh and giggle, and do that whole thing all day long.

ADAM:

It was exhausting!  And after a certain point, Kelly is Miss Giggles.  You don’t even have to get her going, she just laughs. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

OK.  Let’s get to this.  Do you admit there is a ton of sexual chemistry going on between Thomas and Brooke?

KATHERINE:

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I think everyone is out of their minds! (Laughs)  But Brooke loves him as her stepson, who she raised.  Of course, there is a natural bond there.  What are you looking at, Adam? (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Katherine, let’s take this one step further.  Could you ever see the ultimate soap opera portrayal, that Brooke would leave Ridge for his son, Thomas?

KATHERINE:

No.  Are you serious?  I think the age difference is huge.

MICHAEL:

You never know on B&B, these days! They do a great job at pushing the envelope.

ADAM:

Well there is an older woman/younger man coupling on this show with Jackie and Owen, and there is even a bigger age difference between Owen and Thomas.  I am much younger, and I think sometimes my age is confusing on the show.  I don’t even know sometimes what age Thomas is supposed to be.  But I do know that he is at least over 21. I am only 23 in real life, so I try to keep him around my own age.  I feel that leaves a lot of room for Brad to play with, like bringing Thomas’s friends from college on to the show for instance, because right now, Thomas has no friends! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Adam, what does Thomas feel towards Brooke?

ADAM:

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I have always played it that Thomas has this deep appreciation for Brooke and everything she had done for Thomas with the Taboo line, and getting him started at Forrester Creations.  He was kind of a nobody and a schmuck in the company for a while, and no one took him seriously until he started this whole campaign.  And if it wasn’t for Brooke jumping on the bandwagon with him, nothing would have happened.  Thomas would not have been this overnight sensation with Forrester Creations, and on his way to the CEO chair without Brooke.

MICHAEL:

Thomas has been manipulating Brooke, too!

ADAM:

That is true… I am that good.

KATHERINE:

What?  I did not know this.

ADAM:

Yes! In my character’s eye, I am being very ambitious and taking advantage of your sweetness. And she is my step-mom, and so that is my business ambition coming out, and it is bad!

MICHAEL:

Can you see Thomas showing a softer or more vulnerable side to him after this whole plane crash incident?  Perhaps he has taken a harder look at his life and the direction he had taken it.

ADAM:

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Absolutely not!  Thomas is going to go through a dash of depression, but other than that, I am making him really stone cold.

MICHAEL:

I thought it was very clever that Brooke and Thomas were heading to Australia when the plane went down, and that there could be some really fun berries on some neighboring island down under.

KATHERINE:

Isn’t that hysterical?  They were going to Australia to launch a new line for women, and then the plane went down!

MICHAEL:

In my speculating, I am worried that Brooke will become pregnant…again!   And that will finally be the plot point that will reveal that during their drug-induced berry party, Brooke and Adam did indeed have sex.

ADAM:

Every time I speak over the boom, (I try not to anymore) I end up speculating on storyline, that is how Dayzee and I happened.  During the Christmas episode, Kristolyn Lloyd (Dayzee) and I were sitting on set, and we were talking to Texas Battle (Marcus).  He was telling us that he was sure that Dayzee was for him in his new storyline, and I said, “I am telling you, she is for Thomas.”  And look what happened!

KATHERINE:

I know!  It is true that in between scenes we all talk while the booms are open.  And you are talking about possible story, and going, “Ooh, wouldn’t this be fun,” and then you see it in the script!

ADAM:

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Or, maybe that is what they think the actors are expecting!  So they say, “Let’s go the opposite way.”  And then they throw you for a loop.

MICHAEL:

Coming up, what can we look forward to coming up with Thomas and Brooke in the next month… dealing with the aftermath from the crash with their loved ones, families, and each other?

KATHERINE:

It’s more of them questioning for a while, and they are just going crazy thinking about if something happened between the two characters.  And, we are addressing and playing out all the emotions that come with that.

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BETTYEJ
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BETTYEJ

I didn’t like the berry mess at all. All it will do is cause Taylor and Whip to break up and Stephanie family hating her and Brooke was the one who had Thomas eating the berries but it will be Taylor who eat one that will lose everything as usual. Brooke is a career slut who if she screw Thomas in front of Ridge, he will forgive, even thought when he found out that Taylor screwed James when she thought they were dying, he dump her for the Forrester slut. Him and Brooke deserve each other!

ELIZABETH
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ELIZABETH

BROOKE HAS A ADDICTED SEX DECEASE. ITS A PHYSICAL FEELINGS SICKNESS. BROOKE ATE BERRIES IN HUNGER AND BY THE TIME THOMAS CAME TO ASK FOOD, SHES ALREADY DRUGED. BETWEEN THOMAS AND HER RELATIONSHIP IA AN INNOCENT, COMPARE TO OTHERS CRICIS.

gwenblake
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gwenblake

Come on guys, Brooke is horrified even thinking she slept with her step-son. She loves Ridge and she thinks of Thomas as her son nothing else. I like this interview because I least it answers my questions…Brooke does not have any romantic feelings for her step son. She is a devoted wife and I just hope they have James Warwick come on to help Brooke to hyponitze her and she will see that nothing happen….when they woke up from the deep sleep they had on their clothes and that’s all I needed to see…to me and other’s that watch the… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

A devoted wife? Come on! Brooke has done nothing but time & time again making her little “mistakes” and keeping “secrets” from Ridge every chance she gets! And now, she is keeping “BerryGate” a secret from Ridge, a/k/a “Gelding” again. I have always said that Bridge is a toxic mess & they need to implode – once & for all.

Joyce
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Joyce

I agree with what you said. Your right all the women on that show has done the same.

Charlotte R
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Charlotte R

First I would like to say Great job to all of the cast I love you all!!
As for Katherine LOL I LOVE to LOVE YOU and LOVE to hate you, you are so amazing you cant ever stay out of trouble but then when you cry about it I cant help but to cry with you. To Adam Great Job!! But I hae been watching since Im in kindergarden and Im now 28 and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show and I LOVE YOU ALL Keep up the Great work!!! Best of Wishes ans Love to you ALL

Newport
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Newport

Wherever this storyline is going, AG and KKL both shine as actors, especially when they’re together. I watch this show primarily for the two of them. They portrayed Thomas and Brooke’s desperation, fear, and hunger, brilliantly. The berry trip was entertaining, but I wish their story hadn’t been turned into another sex scandal. It was so powerful and captivating before the berries struck! TPTB could have DONE Brooke/Thomas from a psychologically complex angle…Thomas reaching for the stars, succeeding in the fashion world with Brooke as his business partner and having every young woman out there, but wanting the one woman… Read more »

Robin S.
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Robin S.

Michael,
Another GREAT insight and article. Felt like I was right there in the room with you all. Great questions!
Love the soap, hate the story line! Enough already with Brooke accidentally falling onto another Forrester man (and the whole Taboo thing–blech!) So predictable. Great fun with Oliver but enough is enough!!!! If she gets pregnant I might be done (and I love this show).
Michael, you rock the heck out of these pieces. Keep up the great work! xoox

BETTYEJ
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BETTYEJ

I don’t think that KKL or the guy who plays Thomas now, can act their way out of a paper bag. And that dress they had Dayzee wearing was beyond tacky. If Brooke would have slap Thomas face at the first tacky fashion show when he kissed her, none of the rest of this stupid storyline would have happen. That’s like when Brooke hiked her skirt like a two bit hooker in the open thinking it was Ridge and it was her daughter’s graduation at her MIL’s house, she brag about how good the sex was to Katie until she… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

I agree with your post. Brooke is put out there as this hero, when she has slept through every Forrester male & her daughters’ husbands/boyfriends. She has destroyed the Forrester family, as well as her children and Ridge’s children. The girl needs psychological help to find out why she feels a need to sleep with almost any man on the block

Nellifer
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Nellifer

I just have to say that Brooke and Thomas doing the deed is just a shade to incestuous for my liking!! I know soaps are there for great drama but come on!! I refuse to believe that a young man would even feel the slightest desire for his father’s wife!!! What, when their are all these hot young female bodies floating around in his vicinity!!! Plus I keep thinking Brooke must have changed his diapers or cleaned his bottom once in a while while he was growing up!! Should’nt that put a damper on their libido??? But have to say… Read more »

Lve2Lve007
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Lve2Lve007

I agree with you Nellifer. It is one thing if Ridge just met Brooke and they got married and Thomas fell in love with his new step-mom. But it is something completely different when you raise a child and all of a sudden he has romantic feelings for you and you have romantic feelings for him. You wiped his a$$ and his nose for goodness sake. That is just twisted.

SD
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SD

I think all the actors are pushed too far ,the show need some stable times to improve the Forester Company and bring the others to the front line like the granchildren ,brothers and sisters. We bairly know anything about them, or where they are. I know they might be side characters, but they deserve some screen time to flesh them out.

I would love to see Throne with a new lover. We can barely recognize who Bridget is.

suzanne hedin
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suzanne hedin

I can,t belief what everybody says if brooke,but she and thomas hade not sex,taylor can go out serien now and stephanie also,they make brooke and ridge very badly.

mmc
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mmc

I don’t want to hear that Thomas and Brooke ever stepped over the line.come on, how many times will Ridge be able to forgive her/i like Brooke and Ridge together if for nothing else than to keep that miserable Taylor away from Ridge.i’m not liking Taylor much any more, Tawny is a joke, and Steffy is a spoiled brat.I love Oliver, poor Thorne is part of the background,and i don’t want to see Hope end up with Liam.How did she forgive her Mother and not Oliver who she supposedly loved so much! Leave Brooke and Ridge alone , bring back… Read more »

BETTYEJ
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BETTYEJ

KKL took the money all the way to the bank playing a career slut from the valley. Now they are trying to dress her as Suesie homemaker and have her be a at home Mother. Her and Ridge have spent no time with their son RJ until the other day. No, I never want Ridge with Taylor again because nasty as Brooke and Ridge have been to other people about them belonging together, they deserve each other.

Doe
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Doe

I don’t agree with some of the fans. KKL is not as great an actress as everyone thinks. She got lucky playing this role which repeats and repeats the same old story in different forms. Constantly throwing Brooke and Thomas together in different settings, will always be suspicious. The same goes for Taylor who has lied to Whit so many times about her feelings for Ridge. Same old…same old….and so on…..

Bellie
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Bellie

Stop picking on the actors because you’re basically saying you’re instable and immoral like most of the wannabe “characters.”

BERYL
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BERYL

with all the things that brooke did i know for a fact that she did sleep with thomas and this will come out and they will do it again ahe already told thomas that she looked so much like his father i know she sill leave ridge for thomas that slut has no morals anyway she always uses sex before her barain…..

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DAYS Cady McClain & Rob Scott Wilson Talk Being Recasts, All My Children Reboot, Future of Cin & Jennifer’s Bitch-Slap

Current Days of our Lives and former All My Children reboot stars, Cady McClain (Jennifer, Days, Ex-Dixie, AMC) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben, Days, Ex-Pete AMC) chat with Michael Fairman in an enlightening and exclusive conversation for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

McClain, who recently took over the role of Days of our Lives beloved heroine Jennifer Horton from mainstay Melissa Reeves (who chose to stay with her family in Nashville during Covid-19 thus forcing the series to recast the role for now) talks about stepping into the key part of the Salem canvas, plus the recent Jennifer/Kate fight over Jack (Matthew Ashford), and how the legacy series is coping with production during Covid-19.

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Rob, talks about landing the role of Ben; and in an emotional moment reveals how he credits the opportunity to the late producer, Lisa de Cazotte. Wilson also shares his hopes for his Salem alter-ego who is struggling to move on with his life after the supposed death of his wife, Ciara.

The actor also opens up on if DAYS decided to recast the role of Ciara, since Victoria Konefal is not presently with the NBC soap full-time, how he would feel about it and thus the future of Cin.

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Both Cady and Rob first appeared together in Prospect Park’s online revival of All My Children. In this interview, they discuss how they had high hopes for the continuation of the series, how it ultimately fizzled, and what it was like to be a part of the then, groundbreaking first, for a daytime drama series along with One Life to Live.

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In addition, Cady gives the viewer insight on how she runs lines for both DAYS and GH at home with her real-life husband, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin and Ryan, GH), while Rob talks about his recent storyline where Ben was kidnapped and tortured by a vengeful Eve (Kassie DePavia) and much more.

Check out the full chat with Cady and Rob below. Then weigh-in: How would you feel if there was a Ciara recast? What are your hopes for the holidays for Jennifer? What did you think of the stories shared by Cady and Rob in the interview? Comment below, and if you have not done so already make sure to “subscribe” to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson Weighs-In On Daytime’s Wildest Storyline, The Hope Mannequin & What’s Really Going On With Thomas

If you think you’ve seen it all on daytime soap operas, think again! Over the past several weeks viewers of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful have been witness to fashion designer Thomas Forrester’s (Matthew Atkinson) descent into madness, or is it?

In B&B’s thriller-esque storyline, complete with tight close-ups and tilted angles of Thomas and his co-star, the Hope Mannequin – yup, you read that right, the series is taking the audience on one wild ride, something we have not seen the likes of since back in the hey day of the late head writer, James Reilly, during his tenure on Days of our Lives or Passions.

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Inspired by, believe it or not, true life events, B&B’s head writer and executive producer, Brad Bell and his creative team have served up a story generated off all of the buzz the show was receiving for using mannequins as scene partners for the actors in intimate moments to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols.  B&B was the first American show back in production amid the pandemic.

 

Within this twisted tale, Thomas has the life-like version of Hope Logan Spencer (Annika Noelle) at home with him.  Those who have stumbled upon him with the mannequin, well, he has been able to explain that away by saying that having the doll with him is helping him create some of the best designs of his career.

The problem is the mannequin is talking to Thomas, it’s eyes have often turned devil-red, and on Friday’s episode it walked!  It’s objective is to get Thomas to kill Liam (Scott Clifton) and to get Hope back to be his one and only. Throughout many of the scenes in the storyline, Thomas suffers from what appears to be severe headaches.  All of this leading the audience to believe either … he has a brain tumor … he is being drugged … he is suffering from a severe mental break and disorder, or something else.

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In a very candid and often humorous conversation with Michael Fairman for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Thomas’ portrayer, Matthew Atkinson, discusses some of the craziest scenes to shoot thus far including Thomas having dinner with the mannequin!  In addition, Atkinson reveals how he and Annika Noelle tape the scenes where she is the voice of the Hope mannequin while adhering to safety protocols,  and how Liam is the only one, apparently, thinking something is off with Thomas, and so much more.

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One thing is for certain, Matthew Atkinson is sinking his teeth into the material and making it must-see daytime drama through his performances while we all wait to see what the possessed mannequin does next.

Check out the full interview with Matthew below. 

Then let us know, what do you think is happening or wrong with Thomas? Are you getting a kick out of the Hope Mannequin storyline? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

 

 

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Eric Nelsen Talks Latest Film, Becoming a Tony-Nominated Producer, ‘The Bay’, and His Elizabeth Gillies & Ariana Grande Connection

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However, this Daytime Emmy-winning actor has his hands in a myriad of projects of late including: appearing on season six of The Bay (new episodes every Tuesday on Popstar! TV) where he continues to play Daniel’s journey after the character has come to terms with his sexuality and finds love, plus his comedic turn in the film, 1 Night in San Diego, and recently becoming a Tony-nominated producer along with his wife Sainty for the critically-acclaimed, and now 11 times nominated Broadway play, The Inheritance.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Eric to get the lowdown on his busy professional life, and we were in for some surprises along the way including: what the producers of AMC had in mind for the character of AJ that ultimately did not happen, and that Eric starred on Broadway with Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon, Dynasty) and Pop superstar, Ariana Grande – and there’s more to that story below.

 

What makes Nelsen so good at what he does on-screen is that he is a like a chameleon; adept at playing the quirky, to the troubled bad boys, to the emotional heart-tugging anti-hero. So here’s what Eric had to say in this fascinating conversation.

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Your latest film appearance in 1 Night in San Diego is out this week on multiple streaming on-demand platforms from: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and more. Tell me about the movie and when did you film this?

ERIC:  We filmed it near San Diego, not this past February, but last February, and it’s hilarious.  It’s a female-driven comedy.  The cast is incredible.  Alexandra Daddario, who is just epic, and Jenna Ushkowitz, and Laura Ashley Samuels, they truly bring it in this powerhouse comedy, and it’s just one of those make-you -laugh movies from beginning to end, just silly, stupid stuff happening the whole time.  General Hospital’s Mark Lawson (Dustin) is also in the film.  While we don’t work in scenes together, I did get a chance to meet him and he’s a really great guy.  I play this off-the-wall character, named Gordo, who is a real burn-out, think Matthew McConaughey meets space cadet, which was a lot of fun to play.  Gordo is a great role.  I had more fun with this part than I’ve had in a long time.  So, it was cool to throw a comedy into all of the drama I have been playing in my other projects.

How does Gordo know the girls in the film?

ERIC:  One of the girls knew him back in the day, so they were in town looking to reconnect, and she’s like, “Oh, we want to party and let’s hit up Gordo,” and they do.  He has just gone completely off the rails, off the deep end with spirituality and kind of in his own world. They find themselves in quite a predicament when they come visit what they didn’t know was a commune, basically.  Gordo creates this hippie commune for a bunch of outcast musicians, (laughs) and I don’t want to give too much away, but a lot of interesting stuff happens there.

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In addition, you are now a Tony-nominated producer for the play The Inheritance!

ERIC: That was crazy, because it’s always been a dream of mine to produce for Broadway.  That was how I got into the world of film and TV acting, which was through the theatre.  That’s where I started.  I was lucky enough to star on Broadway when I was 16 and 17, in a musical called, 13.  I started with Ariana Grande! It was so fun.

Wait, what?

ERIC:  Yeah, that was her first big show, and Elizabeth Gillies’.

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I think Elizabeth Gillies is terrific in Dynasty.

ERIC:  Oh yeah, and you know she and I dated for two and a half years during the whole run of the show 13.  Elizabeth is very talented.   She is amazing.  The funny part of it is, we were dating forever, and kind of had a bad breakup, and then Sainty, my wife, gets cast in her show Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, in the pilot to play Liz’s best friend on the series.  So, all of the sudden, I’m like, “Wait, wait, wait, out of all the shows, all of the things, this is who you have to get cast as best friends with?” and so they actually became really, really, close friends.  So, I’d actually come home from work or filming, and Liz would be on my couch sitting there giggling with Sainty.  I’m like, “This is just becoming too much.  This is a full-circle moment here.  I can’t deal.” (Laughs)

Now, you and Elizabeth are broken up at this point?

ERIC:  Yes.  We had been broken up at this point.  Sainty and I were actually together.  I started dating Sainty in New York and the pilot she was shooting was in New York, and she gets cast as Liz’s best friend, and I was like, “Oh, of course.”

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But Sainty knew you’d dated Elizabeth?

ERIC:  Yes, she did.

You must have been dying.

ERIC:  Yes, so dying.  Dying.   You know, it’s just one of those things that in a million years, you would never expect this to happen, and of course, Sainty and her had to become best friends in real life because they’re both great girls, and naturally, they would be friends, but now, I’m like this guy stuck in the middle who can’t believe what’s happening, and thought that was one chapter, and this is a different chapter, and now the chapters are combining.  It’s kind of a comedy act.

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Since Ariana Grande was on Broadway with you and Liz, what was she like back then before her meteoric rise to fame?

ERIC:  Ariana was literally the sweetest, most innocent, and cutest – like my little sister.   To me, it was like, Liz and I were dating, and Ari was kind of like the little sister.  All of a sudden the show ended. Ariana got a Nickelodeon show, and after that, she became the most famous person in the world and was like this sex icon, and I couldn’t get over it.   She’s always had that talent with her voice and in 13 she was an ensemble member.  She wasn’t even one of the leads, but her voice was so incredible, even then as a young teenager.  I thought she was going to go on to have this great Broadway career as an actress and do musicals her whole life just because of her voice.  Then, all of the sudden, right after the musical, we all auditioned for the same Nickelodeon show.  I ended up going to the finals for the boyfriend role, Liz got the girlfriend role, and Ari got the funny friend on the show role.  That kind of catapulted them into the TV world, and Ari got a spinoff because of her character on that show for another Nickelodeon show, called Sam and Cat, and then after Sam and Cat, she went from this innocent, sweet, little Nickelodeon girl that I knew to being the biggest star.  It was unbelievable to me.

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So, you started on Broadway as a teenager, and you found you always wanted to produce for the Great White Way? 

ERIC:  Yes, I did the Broadway thing, and then I got into film and TV, and then I got into film and TV producing.  As an actor, there are a lot of ups, a lot of downs.  So, in between the ups, I wanted to fill my time, so I got into producing, and I loved it.  I loved creating.  As an actor, we just show up, and everything is already done.  All we have to do is say our lines.  We get pampered, and we go home, but I wanted to know how it got to that point, like what happens before that.  So, I started producing film and found some success doing that, and it was so much fun for me.  Sainty’s and my first love, and what feels like home, is theatre.  So, I wanted to take it full circle and produce a Broadway show.  I just thought that would be such an incredible moment, and so that’s what I did.  I started emailing all of the Broadway producers who I had worked with as an actor, letting them know what I had been doing, kind of the success I had gotten from producing The Bay and some of these other things. Different shows came across my desk that I didn’t quite bite the bullet on, a couple of which I wish I would have, Dear Evan Hansen being one of them.  I would have been so rich by now!  (Laughs)

I just want to clarify for people who might not know, the word “producer” can mean different things.  There are “producers” who are putting money in … they’re backing projects or shows.  There are other people who are “producers” on the creative side of projects.  So, when you’re talking about producing a Broadway show, it is as an investor?

ERIC:  So for theatre, unless you’re the head producer who kind of gets creative control, every other producer listed in the credits is basically helping raise finances and is also very heavily involved in the process of everything else along the way, which is also what makes it special.  So finally, The Inheritance came across our desk, and it checked every single box.  It was just an epic play.  It’s a two-part play, and it’s just hours and hours and hours long.  You see it in multiple days or in multiple shows.  I remember reading the script and not stopping until I finished.  I was like, “This is amazing,” and it had just come off of a huge commercial successful run in London.  It won the Olivier Award for “Best New Play” and just about every other award you could win, and so I was like, “This is the one.  This is incredible.  I love the piece, love the message, and pulled the trigger,” and I would have done it all over again if we could.

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The Inheritance is a generational piece centering on gay men during the AIDS crisis.  What can you say about it to those who don’t know about it, or have not seen it yet?

ERIC:  It takes place in the past, and then it fasts forward to the future.  You see two generations of gay men in New York City, and it’s all about the AIDS crisis, and so you’re bawling crying, and then you’re laughing throughout it.  It’s just one of those epic plays that pulls at every single emotion and you feel like you’re watching a movie.

It seems reminiscent of Angels In America, but different.   

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s definitely its own thing.  It’s actually an adaptation of Howard’s End, the novel by Forster, definitely different from Angels in America, but the two-part show is kind of what I was meaning by that.  People have said it is kind of our generation’s Angel’s in America in tone and subject matter.  It was just a dream come true, and like all other theatre that was open during our season, it had to close because of the pandemic, and it will have life after Broadway.  We are already slated for the Geffen Playhouse in LA, so I’m very excited for all of my LA friends and the public to get to see it.

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And you get nominated in the year that the coronavirus pandemic shut down live theatre! But it is my understanding we still do not have a date for handing out this year’s Tony Awards.

ERIC:  No, we do not.  They finally announced that they were going to announce nominations, and for a while we didn’t even know that they were going to do that.  We received 11 nominations, which is incredible.  We were so excited.  I truly thought the American Theatre Wing and the Tony committee were not going to do the Tonys at all, and so we were just like, “I can’t believe the one year we pull the trigger on the show, this isn’t going to happen for us,” but then thank God, they came to their senses.  There were plenty of shows that opened and needed to be recognized.

How long was it open on Broadway?

ERIC:  We were open from September 2019 through February or March.  So, as long as your submission was open on Broadway before Covid-19 and had at least all of its previews and an opening night before Covid-19 hit, then you could qualify, and then in the play category, there were like 10 plays that had opened last year that were contenders.  So, that was definitely the hardest category.   It will be interesting to see what happens after all of this.  The only good thing I know that is going to come from this is the amount of creatives who have had so much time sitting at home to create and write, that there will be so many new scripts and plays and musicals that are going to come from this.  I think it’s’ going to be the biggest boom that we’ve probably ever seen in theatre, just because there’s been so much time to develop stuff.  At the same time, it’s piggybacking on the darkest time that theatre has ever seen.

Throughout the pandemic, I always stream all of the Broadway Actor’s Fund events.  It’s really sad.  It’s just a difficult time, those in the arts are struggling and especially in the live theatre and also musicians who can’t tour or play gigs in front of an audience. I know they said Broadway is closed through May 31, 2021.

ERIC:  It is really hard.  I’m happy that we are able to find other ways like streaming shows.  I’m actually producing a big benefit for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS that will be airing on World AIDS Day, December 1st.  It’s a show called Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.  The cast we have is everybody from Nathan Lane, to Academy Award winner J. K. Simmons.  It’s insane.  It will be streaming online on the Broadway HD network.  It is a huge list of Broadway stars and a lot of movie and TV stars as well that are participating.  We’ve got people from all over the map.

And … Ariana Grande? (Laughs)

ERIC:  (Laughs)  Ari is not in it, actually!

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So, in this week’s latest episode of The Bay, your character of Daniel Garrett makes his final choice for love between Caleb (Mike Manning) and Matthew (Randy Wayne).  When you came to the show, did you know that this part was going to wind-up being a gay character?

ERIC:  No, I did not.  I think I dropped a bird in Gregori Martin’s (creator, The Bay) ear by telling him that before All My Children ended, they were going to have my character of AJ Chandler have a storyline where he is gay.  The producers sat me down and talked through an entire storyline arc with me.  Basically, Ginger Smith (ex-executive producer, All My Children) and Alison, our casting director, and one other person from the show, took me to lunch in New York. They pitched me what they wanted to do for my character, and asked me if I would be comfortable with it, and they wanted my opinion, everything.  It was really cool how they approached it, and I was like, “100% completely.”  I look at what Chandler Massey (Ex-Will Horton) did on Days and where that brought him and his storyline, and I thought, “Yes, there’s going to be so much more depth and stuff to play than just being this fun little rich kid.”  At the time, there really wasn’t much depth to AJ.  So, I was like, “Yes.  I will be all over it.  Absolutely.”  So, I told Gregori that, and I don’t know if he already had something in his mind or not, or if that influenced it at all, but maybe he just figured that was something that would work well, and up till that point, I guess they didn’t really have that on the show.  Regardless, no, I wasn’t aware that that was the direction it was going in, but I was really happy with my storyline and it’s grown a lot since then, and in this current season especially.  It’s really given me an arc to play, which I’ve enjoyed.

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So for those who may not know let’s do a re-set.  Where is the character of Daniel at? It seems like he is at crossroads, and is making some important decisions, or trying to.

ERIC:  So Daniel was a wild party boy in the beginning, just head in the clouds, lives life with thinking there’s no repercussions and just doing what you want to do all of the time, and that got him into a lot of trouble with drugs and alcohol. Then, we realize why Daniel has been the way he is, and why he acts out, and why he has been so all over the place, and it’s because he hasn’t been able to come to terms with who he is.  Then, he admits it to himself and for the first time to somebody else – who happens to be his priest in a catholic church, ironically –  that he is gay and this is what he has been battling with.  For the first time (and I don’t know where on television it has depicted it this way), but the catholic priest looks at Daniel, and he’s like, “What’s your sin?  You haven’t sinned.  This is perfectly fine.”  So, I love that Gregori made that the outlet for which Daniel was able to basically come to terms with who he was, because he grew up in the church, and so he was always told that it was wrong.  Obviously, it’s not wrong, or obviously the church needs to change their mindset, but on The Bay, he chose that to be the outlet through which he came out, which I thought was really powerful.  Through that, Daniel experimented with other boys and such to figure out where he wanted to land, and then in this newest season, I can’t say much that gives anything away, but for the first time, we really see Daniel’s growth, and he’s making decisions, and the most mature we’ve ever seen him, and it’s been really cool to see that come full circle.  He’s making commitments to himself.

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In story, Daniel chooses Caleb.  Why so?

ERIC:  Obviously, that’s who it works with,  Caleb is a teacher and a great guy.

… And Matthew is not a great guy?

ERIC:  He is… he’s just not the great guy for him.

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This season of The Bay is heavily steeped with social issues of our time.  Covid-19 has come to Bay City and the Black Lives Matter movement also plays prominently.

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s kind of the beginning of the pandemic in The Bay and within all of the intense drama that Daniel has been having, he is still, for all intent and purposes the comedic relief of the show, and so there is a funny scene where I’m carrying like 28,000 rolls of toilet paper like, “Come on, guys.  We’ve got to stock up!”  We all remember those days, don’t we?

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How do you feel about this season of the show and your work in it? You’ve previously won a Daytime Emmy for your performances on The Bay.

ERIC:  This season is more cemented in a character that has truly grounded himself.  So, the first Emmy I won was for a storyline of coming out and uncertainty and struggle and pain, whereas this season Daniel knows what he wants and is going for it.  There is much more passion and love in this season for Daniel, as opposed to struggle and heartache.

The cast and crew of The Bay all went away and quarantined at this ranch this past summer to get the new season completed.  What was that like?

ERIC:  We were actually in Santa Barbara, and filmed on this epic ranch up there.  It’s like this 500-acre ranch that we all quarantined on.  We had to do the testing, and temperatures three times a day, and the whole thing.  So, it was really structured, tough to pull off, but we were all so grateful that we were able to do this.  Luckily, we had this incredible kind of bubble of a ranch to live and work on while we were shooting.  They were really good about block shooting it all, so we’d kind of shoot one person’s character, then the next, so we wouldn’t have to ever be leaving the ranch before we were done.

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Finally, how is being a dad?

ERIC:  Oh, it’s amazing.  I just can’t believe how fast the time is flying by because of it.  We just had Molly’s first birthday on October 1st, and I feel like yesterday she was born.  I sound like my parents when I say this, but it’s like the time keeps getting faster, but it’s so true.  She’s awesome.  We play Broadway musical soundtracks to her all day, and she sings.  She sits at the piano with me when I play, and she kind of plunks notes out next to me.  She loves music, and we’ve introduced it to her from day one.  We always joke that she won’t be able to watch any of daddy’s stuff until she’s 18 probably, but Sainty is a voice-over actress.  She has done parts for animated films and TV shows such as Trolls, and Barbie, and Boss Baby, so everything from the first part of my daughter’s life is all going to be Mommy’s stuff, and then, in the later part of life she can start watching Daddy’s stuff.

Right, she can’t watch anything that you do!  (Laughs) So, basically forget that!

ERIC:  (Laughs) Yep!

Check out the trailer for 1 Night in San Diego below.  Then share your thoughts on Eric’s current role on The Bay, if you hope he wins a Tony to go with his Daytime Emmy, the six degrees of separation between him, Elizabeth Gillies and his wife, and that the All My Children reboot considered making the character of AJ Chandler gay via the comment section below.

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