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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
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
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
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 show feel nothing happened…We just need Dr. Warwick to come in and show Brooke she did nothing wrong!!!! Brooke is no more of a sex addict than any of the women on the show even Taylor, Jackie, Donna and Katie and Steffy…they are all the same. What Brooke has done Taylor has done…Taylor’s indescretion’s are always swept under the rug…and Brooke’s trouble’s are always out there for people to judge her and hurt her!!!

Kathy
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
Joyce

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

Charlotte R
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
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 he can’t have. It seemed like it was going that way at first. Or Brooke sees the young Ridge in Thomas, without all of the pain and sadness that the real Ridge has caused her. AG and KKL could have made real magic with that kind of material. Maybe there’s still hope! They’re ALWAYS a joy to watch.

Robin S.
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
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 realized it was Oliver. Ridge deserve this career slut and for those that are talking about Steffie, she learn how to go after a married man from the best, Brooke Whoregon, watching her go after Ridge when he was married to her Mom.

Kathy
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
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 that no mattter who she plays against, young or old she has great chemistry!!!

Lve2Lve007
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
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
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
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 bridget and the baby and lets have some action between Owen, Jackie and bridget.i like KKL so much but give someone else air time and make someone else the villian.Also, love AG new look.Now he really looks like his Fathers’ son!

BETTYEJ
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
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
Bellie

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

BERYL
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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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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