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The Michael Muhney Interview – The Young and the Restless

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Where does one even begin when compiling a list of the cold, calculated, vengeful machinations perpetuated by Y&R’s most dastardly of villains, Adam Wilson?  Try this: Gaslighting Ashley and making her believe she was pregnant, all the while knowing he caused her miscarriage, after dressing up like his father’s ex-wife Sabrina to spook the then Mrs. Newman.  Next, to cover his tracks, doing the ultimate in soap opera baby switcheroos, by giving poor Sharon Newman’s new born baby girl to Ashley, and telling Sharon her baby died.  Let’s not forget sleeping with his lawyer Rafe to keep him from finding incriminating evidence of his deeds, while at the same time sleeping with Heather Stevens.  Then, there’s framing your father multiple times, faking your own death, kidnapping, blackmail, and playing severe mind games with the psychotic Patty Williams, and then brilliantly masterminding it to look as if she is the prime suspect in the Richard Hightower murder investigation.  The list of deeds goes on and on.

But is the gig finally up for Adam?  This week on Y&R, as witnesses testify in a court of law to all his devious plots, Adam could finally be brought to justice… but not if his sharp and smarmy lawyer Vance Abrams (Eric Roberts) has anything to do with it.  And, tomorrow and Monday are also the airdates marking the return of Signy Coleman as Adam’s deceased mother, Hope. When the news spread of her brief visit, many are hoping it’s to shed some light on Adam’s past, but will it?  Or, could it be something else that comes to light?

For the last 14 months, actor Michael Muhney (Adam) has managed to navigate through playing this bad boy, yet giving the audience glimpses of humanity and complexities seldom seen in the daytime genre.  Muhney, a true renegade who marches to his own beat, spoke with On-Air On-Soaps for an in-depth look into his alter-ego, Adam Wilson (aka Victor Newman Jr.) plus his thoughts on this role of a lifetime, and for a preview of Friday’s pivotal episode which will in turn cause new shockwaves for the folks in Genoa City for some time to come!

MICHAEL:

To begin, what did you think of Sharon shooting Adam, and not accusing her of having “intent to kill”? Was this another way for audience members to see this as the beginning of Adam’s road to redemption?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

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This word that is being used so frequently: “redemption”… I feel that it’s a tricky word.  I know there are audience members who don’t want redemption.  They think, “Phooey.” But, what is interesting is if you do “non-redemption redemption”.  So what you get in exchange is the “greying” of a character.  There are historical things and pain in Adam’s past that make him tick.  They are things that may never be righted from the wrong.  So, you have to always wonder, what is his decision going to be at the moment with this person?  The not knowing is what is great, because if you redeem him, then he is supposed to be really good.  Then everyone would know five steps ahead what he is going to do.  However, with a  “non-redemption redemption” you’ve got him doing morally ambiguous things, and making some right choices.  Other times, he is doing things out of spite, or revenge, anger, or pain. There is a mixture there that is a recipe for success and character longevity.  And for him, standing up and doing the right thing for Sharon isn’t a heroic move, rather it’s a side of Adam that does exist that is speaking.  But on any other day, he might make a different choice in regards to another character on the canvas.  It’s an interesting balance.

MICHAEL:

Adam has done some of the most heinous things ever in the history of soap!  It is a hard pill for many fans to swallow.  Everyone should have plugged the guy multiple times for being the biggest sonofabitch!  How do you view his “payback”?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

What you have is fireworks, and that explosion potential.  I actually don’t mind having people calling for Adam’s head.  And also, let’s say they want to make this character a Victor 2.0.  You can’t lock him up in jail for the rest of his life, or take him off the show for five years.  You don’t really kill him off – but you have to make him “pay” for certain things.  So you have to drag him through the mud, and tie him to your rear bumper, and drive him around town and let him get all skidded up, and have everyone pointing and laughing.  So he is not paying in the traditional way. 

MICHAEL:

Right, because then you can’t keep him around.  So, do you think at this point in the story Adam is getting his just desserts?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

The unrequited love of Sharon and being torn away from someone he really loves is certainly some sort of payback. He has also been the most hated man in town. There is a lot he has gotten away with, but in the end, he hasn’t gotten away with it.  I think this is indicative of real life where everyone is not brought to an exact finite justice, but you’re paying for things that you have done.

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MICHAEL:

Quite obviously, he has major issues with all his parents that caused this seismic shift in his personality, and we are all waiting with bated breath to find out what more could have happened to him in his past.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

A thing I like to play with Victor and Eric Braeden (Victor) is something so deep.  All three closest people in his life lied to him, and that is part of what made Adam decide that truth and lies apparently don’t matter.  All in one fell swoop, within a day, your mother is dying any minute and this is your hero.  She has been your mom and your dad for all these years.  She has been the person who has kept you grounded.  Your father, who passed away when you were really young, lied to you, too. And surprise, your real biological father, he has been lying to you by never having showed up.  It was like the big joke was on him.  They all manipulated a whole situation to control his circumstances, and there is such fallout for that for Adam.

MICHAEL:

Clearly, he has issues with men!

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

There ya go!  There is a father issue and there are some serious issues, such as Adam thinking: why would my mother not even give me the choice to have a relationship with my real father?  Then he thought about Victor: “I don’t care what my mom told you to do. You should have fought that tooth and nail.”  So as a man there was that feeling of: “Was I rejected by my father, because he did not feel I would measure up to the Newman standards?  And that I could potentially be born blind and I was seen as damaged goods?” These are residual issues for Adam that carry through to this day.

MICHAEL:

Signy Coleman (Hope) returns on Friday for two highly touted episodes. Chris Engen portrayed Adam when Hope died on-screen a few years back.  How was working with Signy?  And, will these scenes be the tipping point for the audience to start caring about Adam?

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MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Signy is great, giving, and available as an actress.  She is committed to every moment and scene.  As to the upcoming scenes, with viewers then having more understanding about Adam, I read that interview that Signy gave to TV Guide Magazine. I think what she gave was a subjective comment.  The reason I say that is, because I have been realizing over time that there is a contingent of the audience out there who are open minded and can go with the flow. They will roll with it, and there are others that are not having it.

MICHAEL:

So there is not a: “Oh, my God! This is why he is such a terror” moment.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

When I read Signy’s interview I cringed.  I went, “Oh gosh. I know there are some people now thinking there will be some massive big reveal.”   I feel like the way it’s been handled is subtle and circumstantial, and it leaves things up for question.  I like the ambiguity of wondering, “Was Adam sexually molested when he was 8?”

MICHAEL:

So as the decision of the trial comes in, Hope appears to Adam?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

The judgment comes down on Friday’s episode.  The real meat to chew on with Adam and Hope are tied into that episode.  I certainly hope it plays out for the fans as well as I had imagined.

MICHAEL:

OK.  There is been major confusion on this trial for some viewers.  To clarify, what crime or crimes is Adam actually in court for?  Shall I give you the laundry list? (Laughs)

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

With Adam there is a myriad of crimes, but the heart and soul of it is the Richard Hightower murder.  That is what he is out on bail for at the moment, having originally been arrested for murder.  The judge is deciding right now if he should send Adam to trial for conspiracy to commit murder.  Everyone is unsure if there is enough evidence to do so. All of his crimes are sort of rolled into one on Friday’s episode, when the judge hands down his decision.

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MICHAEL:

Will Adam have to take the stand in coming episodes, or have a meltdown on the witness stand?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I did it already, actually… Adam realizing he had no way out but to have the judge rule that he is not fit to stand trial, but once that got reversed; it’s like the OJ Simpson case.  It is similar in this way:  a lot of people said, “No, I don’t care what is being said.  I know he is guilty.”  Or, “I don’t care what is being said.  He is innocent.”  In cases like that, the main attraction does not often get on the stand and plead their own case.

MICHAEL:

What was your initial reaction when the Y&R powers-that-be said to you, “Hey Michael, Eric Roberts is going to play your attorney!”

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I was in my car and picking up Chinese food for dinner, and I remember taking a brief pause, going, “Man, this is going to be good.”  I was thrilled and I had a smile on face, and it was met with the reality of meeting Eric.  I enjoy his charisma.  There is a magnetic quality about him that makes you just want to watch him.  He and I have powerful chemistry – whether that translates on screen I don’t know.  He and I really click, and really get along.  I have appreciated all the adoration he has shown me in the press.   The man even tracked me down in my dressing room one day.  I was completely naked, my door was not locked, and I was in the middle of a costume change.  I hear a knock on my door and I go, “Who is it?”  And I hear, “A friend!”  So I get some clothes on and Eric comes in and says, “I just have to tell you kid, you are phenomenal! You have it.  I have done some checking on past episodes that you have done, and I am usually not impressed with people.”   From that moment to know that you have someone to work with in a storyline who respects your acting choices, you can’t help but be open to them.

MICHAEL:

With Eric Roberts, Sean Young, and Y&R’s stunt casting, how do you think these actors fare on daytime when they have been working in film and primetime for a long time?  Eric has not worked on daytime since Another World, and that was decades ago.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

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To throw him in with the wolves and have him do the legal jargon page after page, that is hard enough to do for even a veteran because it’s like Shakespeare.  It’s stilted language.   To then move at the pace of daytime, I was sympathetic to his case.  I remember my first two days at Y&R, where I had massive monologues one after another.  It can be overwhelming, but what I noticed about Eric is he kept a great sense of humor about the fact that he has so much to do right away.  That guy rolls with the punches.

MICHAEL:

Will Eric return after finishing his stint in Dr. Drew’s, Celebrity rehab?

MICHAL MUHNEY:

I believe so.  I found out about Celeb Rehab like most people online, and since then, I have not asked any questions such as if he is coming back or not.  But my guess is he would be back because they really like his work on the show, as do I.

MICHAEL:

So maybe there can be a Y&R spin-off… The Vance and Adam Show?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Yes. We had Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and now, Vance and Adam.

MICHAEL:

Vance is a very intriguing attorney.  Sharon Case (Sharon) said in a recent interview that Eric plays him brilliantly, maneuvering his witnesses just right.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

When I read the part before he was cast, I thought to myself, “They are going to have to have someone who is going to have to really bring it.  You are going to have to find someone who is believable as a hot shot and a hot profile-case attorney.”  You have to have someone who can play someone who can lure the witnesses in, but then be powerful and aggressive when he needs to, but at the same time, have a charm that can command the jury who would hang on to his every word.  I think Eric does it brilliantly.

MICHAEL:

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What about the “kangaroo court” cabin scenes where the entire clan railroaded a deserving Adam, including: Victor, Nikki, Jack, Ashley, Sharon, Nick, etc?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I enjoyed it.  What you had was people taking the law into their own hands, and people thinking they are above the law.  These people came together so they can call their shots, and to corner Adam.  For him, he had to endure that situation where in the same room, at the same time, people were calling you out at what you’ve done at the same time, or haven’t done.  It was quite cathartic for Sharon and Ashley to endure some of that.  I was happy with that because these characters all had to get on the page sometime.  To see them do it in a way where it was informal, and then in a courtroom, they all got their turn with him.  So now you have got folks who tampered with justice.  Did they ruin the case against Adam because of their tampering?  And, in the eye of the jury pool they could be guilty as well and short sighted on their opinion of Adam.  To condemn him the way they did, creates more problems.  Soap operas can’t solve people’s problems; they have to create more problems.

MICHAEL:

Does Adam really love Sharon?  Or, is he just desperately looking for someone or something to hold on to, because in his mind she is this one beautiful thing in his dark and nasty world?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I think Adam knows that deep down in his heart that his pursuance of Sharon is not futile, and it’s not an obsession.  It’s also not a delusion, because he has been given enough from Sharon to know he is not imagining this in his head.  He knows things would have been a lot different if he had not taken her child to give to Ashley, which he feels terrible about.  He is caught in this situation where he has found true love, and when a deed got exposed everything got turned upside down.

MICHAEL:

Adam did everything he could to make sure Sharon was not going to be backed in to the corner on the stand, while Skye wanted Vance to quash her to pieces.  At this point, where is Adam with his relationship with Skye?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

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The meddling that Skye is doing is starting to eat away at Adam, and from the minute that Skye basically blackmailed him into this marriage of convenience, he has been resenting it.  Adam doesn’t respect the fact that she is using these opportunities on him.  He is well aware that he has used opportunities and people, and a bit of it is Karma, and it happens to all of us.   He put his foot down with regards to Sharon, of what he will or won’t let Skye do.  He is an Alpha and an aggressor, and that is why Victor may have some problems with Victor Jr., because he looks at him and he sees a young reflection of himself.

MICHAEL:

With Sharon on the stand, Adam is increasingly getting more and more upset.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

His theme with Sharon is: “You do your thing girl.”  He said to her, “I will not have my lawyer stop you.  I will not let him attack you, and do not feel fearful that he will attack you.  I will not allow it.”  There are things Sharon and Ashley say up on the stand that were hard for Adam, because it made him relive memories of things he has done. 

MICHAEL:

Do you think “legal eagle” Rafe, ever truly got payback for Adam duping him into a sexual relationship, and lying to him about his sexuality?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

At the risk of taking Adam’s side, I think Rafe did get his payback.  Any two people that start to hook up, and one of them is lying for whatever reasons, you find out your being lied to or your being dumped.  And so you think, “You’re a jerk.  I am going to move on.  I am outta here.”   That happens everyday all over the world.  There is a relationship and one person is not being so forthcoming as to the reasons they are in that relationship.   That is my opinion.  Maybe it’s because it was same-sex that there was a lot of extra hype to it, but it’s the same scenario.

MICHAEL:

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But I think what made it twice as bad was that Adam preyed on this innocent gay man by seducing him, when he is not really gay after all, and that kind of duplicity really is not tolerated well by heterosexual or homosexual parts of society.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I think in my beliefs; there is nothing different to me in a man messing around with one woman, and then messing around with another woman on the side.  It’s the, “Who do you think you are?”  Playing the same-sex side of a relationship is inconsequential in the long run, I think.  For Adam, he thought, “Whether I sway that way personally… hey look, it was a job to do… an undercover sting operation.  I have to get inside this guy’s head, and play this part up to the hilt.  But, I am not bothered by it enough not to do it.”

MICHAEL:

You and I first talked over a year ago, when you just replaced Chris Engen. With every twist and turn that has happened since you took over the role as Adam, does it feel like it’s been that long, or like yesterday?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Sometimes it feels like a few weeks ago, and sometimes it feels a lifetime has passed in my heart since I picked up this part.  I have learned so much.  I hope there is a day in the future for both Chris and me, that his name is not brought up anymore.  For me, I feel I have embodied and created a character now, along with Maria Bell’s (Y&R’s, head writer and co-executive producer) writing and guidance that developed him into an entirely different character.  Certainly like a new breed of Victor Newman, and to have done that and shed this skin of the preliminary blueprint phase of Adam that was played by Chris, I am proud.  And for Chris’ sake, that hopefully over time people will let it go and get past the situation that ensued with him.  To this day, I never met the guy.  I tried to stay out of what went down, and I have to respect decisions on all sides of things.  My dad said something to me years ago, “One man’s trash is another ones treasure.”  And so, I’ve just stepped into this and tried to make it a treasure.

MICHAEL:

Are you worried about the extinction of soap operas that many fear is just right around the corner?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

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I have talked to a lot people on the inside and researched into the decline of soaps.  I have to say, I am not worried about the final few soaps that will be the dinosaurs.  I think the internet will help change things for better and worse, and breathe new life into the soaps.  I think it will then level out for a while on network television, and years down the line more will spring from that.  Soaps are far from dead… certainly not when I walk around anywhere outside of L.A.   I come to realize how many people stop me, and how many people are involved in their soap operas.  I expected someone to throw a drink on me, or someone to scold me from afar, but it has not happened!  I have been blown away how 100% of every single person has said amazing things, such as, “Boy, are you bad!  But I love it.  I’ve got to tune-in the next day, and the next.”  If you want drama, mischief, and to see the dark side of people, then you like and relish tuning into soap operas.

MICHAEL:

You are very close with Stacy Haiduk (Ex-Patty/Emily) and the scenes between Adam and Patty were some of the most delicious to watch.  How do you feel about her departure from the show?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I love Stacy.  I am fond of her… She is a doll.   Her portrayal of Patty was phenomenal and she was so dedicated to it.  I don’t think it’s a slam on Stacy, or her character, that it came to an end for her.  I think that everybody from the top brass to anyone who she worked with would say she did that character justice.

MICHAEL:

How many air vents did you crawl through as Adam, particularly to get to Patty? (Laughs)

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Apparently, one too many times! (Laughs)  I feel like Adam has to find his ending by crawling through so much hell, both literally and figuratively, to come out on top in order to come out on the other side.   The necessary function was for him to mess with Patty, as Adam wanted to take the heat off of himself for being the main suspect in killing Richard Hightower.  At the same time for me, I was sad that Patty’s departure from Genoa City was a result of Adam; as he was the one to send her off.  I was both honored to do that and be with her at that last moment.  I think I gave her a long hug after our last scene. 

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MICHAEL:

Your one-year contract was up awhile back and there were some tenuous times when the audience did not know whether you were returning, or what the show had planned.  But to me, it seemed like all along you were coming back.  What went down with the contract negotiations that you can clarify?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

After my one-year contract was up, I knew there was talk about the new contract.  There was always a plan that Adam would, in theory, come back.  I knew what the show wanted from me, and negotiations can be dropped and go the other way at any time. I had emotionally said goodbye to the show.  I had said my goodbyes and had received parting gifts from cast members of the show, and things that they did for me were so touching.  When the formal talks began, for a little window of time there, I walked away.  And, then I went to have a talk with Maria.  My goal was to sit down with her, and in the end say, “Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to breathe life into this character, and I respect you.”  And within an hour and half time, I stood up and said, “Ok, let’s do this. Let’s go to work.”  She worked her magic.  She and Sharon Case both were working on me a couple weeks up to that meeting with Maria.  After that meeting I said I am just going to look long-term with this character.  It’s one of those ultimate roles for an actor that I am getting the chance to play.

MICHAEL:

I want to throw out the names of some of your co-stars and get your immediate thoughts on them.  Let’s start with Sharon Case.

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Sharon is stoic and strong.  She is seriously witty, and she is also really an understanding, forgiving, and tolerant person who I have grown to respect as a woman.

MICHAEL:

You seem to be smattered all over the press dancing together in Vegas.  Is Sharon a good dancer?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

She is a goofy dancer!  And you can’t help but laugh and have a good time.

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MICHAEL:

Ok, next up. Laura Stone (Skye)?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Very classy, and a true Canadian at heart, and a kind person.

MICHAEL:

Joshua Morrow (Nick)?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I am surprised at myself how much I like the guy.  He is a sweetheart and as funny as you can be.  He has been really generous with me.

MICHAEL:

Eric Braeden?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

Turned into a friend… to a degree, has been a father figure, and a mentor, and a peer of mine.  We really enjoy talking with each other about the behind-the-scenes stuff, and breaking things down, and what we think about storyline and our characters.

MICHAEL

What did you think of the news that ATWT’s Maura West is coming to Y&R as Diane Jenkins?  Would you like to play in the Genoa City Sandbox with this two-time Daytime Emmy winner?  I kind of would love to see that!

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I am game for Adam mixing it up with anybody.  I say “congrats” to her from moving from one big soap to another, and moving into a role that is going to cause some media friction for the folks in Genoa City.  I am not sure our paths will ever cross, though.  I am glad most times for anybody to get work, period.   People don’t realize how tough it is for actors.  When fans so flippantly say, “I hope they write off that character.  That character needs to die.”  They are actually wishing a human being is put out of work, and in this environment, you cannot wish that on anybody.

MICHAEL:

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In closing, what should we say to everyone to get ready for; when Friday’s big Adam episode is aired?

MICHAEL MUHNEY:

I would say, be ready to take in every moment because you cannot miss a beat with this upcoming episode.  There is so much subtlety, innuendo and nuanced things that are going to shed just enough light to make your question marks, even bigger question marks… and more powerful ones.  The only answers you will get are within yourself and the judgments you make from watching that episode.  I sent an email to Maria after I read this particular script.  I said, “I have two words for you: inspired and haunting.”

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Amy
Amy

You always do the best interviews, Michael F. I loved the interview with Michael M., he’s such a class act.

..ally..
..ally..

Amazing interview! Makes me love Michael Muhney even more now! 🙂

Helene
Helene

I just love Michael to death and I’m so glad he renewed his contract. We were really missing him it was like you lost your best friend when he died. I hope he stays with the show and I would really love for him and Sharon to get back together after the trial. I’ve got an interesting question that I’ve been noticing on the intro of the show Why don’t they have Adam(Michaels) pictures he’s so handsome and really deserves to have a spot in the intro! Keep up the great work Michael!

Debra
Debra

Ummm this guy has TOO MUCH EGO! It’s ridiculous! He’s a terrible actor and he is OVERRATED! The character of Adumb is a disgusting, vile TROLL! The next time his contract is up i hope he LEAVES!

FREE SHARON!

Rose
Rose

You are the real troll!
M.M. is the best!
Now go back to playing in your sandbox!

Doe
Doe

Hey, Michael. This is the best Michael Muhney interview yet. I don’ believe this junk about redemption. Adam needs to pay for his crimes and stop blaming everyone in his family. He has affected so many lives on Y&R, that it’s almost impossible anyone could be so maniacal. I have a funny feeling about the way this trial appears to be going. I can’t wait for tomorrows’ show. But, I have to say, I have a weird Karma that doesn’t feel right. So, we will see who is right………….

Anna
Anna

A redemption can be the most interesting arc in a storyline if the writing is here and the acting is good. So for the acting don’t worry : Michael Muhney is the break out star on this soap with Billy Miller (though he was already really good in his prime time work..and after he enjoys well enough his part as Adam Newman if this regime gives him some good character-writing stories in order to explore more Adam’s psyche i hope to see him again in prime time tv as a lead this time) but i am more worry about these writers ability..i mean their work with plot driven stories, gimmicks like ridiculous, pathetic doppelganger and other Patty/Emily garbage (even if Stacy Haiduk is a great actress, certainly too good for the awful stories they gave her..shame on you Y&R….You have some very talented actors but your writing sucks and their talent can’t always save everything..the writing is always the major key in every medium). Otherwise Michael has great chemistry with Sharon Case so i am all for exploring more a Adam/Sharon pairing : yes it will be controversial for soap fans who wants cookie cuter typical good rooting couple (who are really quickly boring) but lot’s of others want interesting, passionate characters who can portrays interesting, complex love stories where we see them struggle with their loving, hating feelings for each others..we want to be entertained and invested in their journey..moreover Sharon after all these years with the Sharon/Nick/Phillys triangle deserves her own complex love story or at least her own triangle and finally Sharon Case deserves to play with an actor who is in the same league (if not better) as her in terms of acting ability and charisma (Joshua Morrow/Nick is cute but he is not a good actor and is always overpowered by Case and Michelle Stafford). p.s: I am glad to see Eric Roberts on a soap even more acting with Muhney..Eric is a great actor (he is as good as Julia actually maybe even more talented, his personal problems just prevent him from being the big movie star he was about to become..hey dixit his great friend the acting genius Mickey Rourke who also has some difficult times who almost destroyed his carreer..thank god for the beautiful The Wrestler by the way)..from his first scene on Y&R he oozed presence and charisma..i hope to see him for a long time as Vance (of course i also want to see him on brilliant projects like Nolan’s movies..lol). As for Michael Muhney’s ego : hello he is an actor, they all have a big ego (Hollywood being called “Hollyweird” is not for nothing..lol) at least he is honest about it and he is also very invested in his character, has clever and thoughful ideas about his work on a soap..and i can’t say that for lot’s of other actors..so great interview, keep it the good work both Micheal ..MM as a talented and interesting actor and MF… Read more »

Janet Bailey
Janet Bailey

Michael, you are my favorite actor and your intelligence and thoughtfulness adds greatly to this interview. I will not miss tomorrow’s show, no matter what! You have me so intrigued about the future of Adam as well as Y&R. And last week’s kiss with Sharon was the hottest thing this year…..

Lana J. Dethrow
Lana J. Dethrow

Great interview! MM is brilliant as Adam. I love Adam and Sharon together, their love story has completely entranced me. I look forward to watching everyday.

Sandra
Sandra

WOW he’s full of himself. That ego is pathetic. I almost feel embarrassed for him. How does he walk around with a head that big? Use to like him, until I read this interview and his last. He needs to be replaced asap. MM isn’t the only “phenomenal” actor out there. He’s too one dimensional for me. I don’t feel sorry for his character because of the smug way the actor plays him.

I hope he isn’t paired with SC, let them throw somebody else under the bus for this guy. Leave Sharon alone!

J Willis
J Willis

Oh puhleeze, give it a rest. MM has shown himself to be a great actor and genuine person that has never been aloof to the fans of either Veronica Mars or Y&R. This is a wonderful and entertaining interview.

Your comments are really sad. Sandra, try reality sometimes, you might drop your nastiness.

DebTina
DebTina

Thank you. Geeze

Sandra
Sandra

Oooh, I think you just made me change my mind! *Poof* all of MM’s interviews and arrogent comments have been removed from my memory–I love the man now! Three cheers for the greatest actor that ever acted. *eyeroll*.

His squee-ing fangurls can say and do whatever they want, it’s not going to change my opinion, or the opinions of other people who feel the same way. The proof’s in his Daytime Confidential podcast.
Keep Sharon Case away from this narcissistic pompous guy.

J Willis
J Willis

Sandra, take your hate and swallow it. You are nasty and full of hateful venom.

Elle
Elle

If I inferred correctly, MM is of the opinion that Adam used the sexuality between himself and Rafe to Adam’s advantage, not that Adam used Rafe’s homosexuality to Rafe’s disadvantage.

It didn’t occur to Adam that Rafe’s homosexuality was a negative, only that Rafe’s attraction to Adam was a positive. He saw an opportunity and ran with it – had the other person been a straight woman I think that Adam’s actions and subsequent reactions would have been generally the same.

Not sure if that makes sense!

Anyway, it appears to me that MM plays Adam as an equal opportunity sociopath and me likey very much (both MM and Adam).

DebTina
DebTina

I love MM and Adam is one of the best Soap characters ever. MM is an intelligent and gracious man. I don’t understand the insanity of some saying he has an ego. The man is confident with his work. I love how he praises the people he works with. As for some claiming SC, Sharon, is being thrown under the bus for MM, Adam, please get a clue. SC loves working with MM and has made it clear she is happy with his return to the show. She may have even been part of the reason he returned. Some of you really need to stop the madness and realize this is a SOAP and not real. Adam did not harm anyone for real. MM is a great guy with amazing talent. His fan base is growing and I for one any very happy he is on Y and R. SC must also be happy to have her co-star happy to be in a storyline with her. How many times have JM made it clear he prefer working with MS? All you Shick lovers who are hating on MM need to buy a clue. He is not the one messing up your couple.

Nelly
Nelly

Sharon Case loves working with everybody. She’s a sweet person. Just last year she was saying how much she enjoyed working with Billy Miller and wanted to work with him. Too bad the writers didn’t go that direction.

If you lurrrve Adam and MM so much, great. Just keep him away from SC and there won’t be a problem. Lets see how much attention he gets being paired with somebody else–say, the New Heather? Or Mac?

DebTina
DebTina

Some of you people really do need to get a reality check. It is not yours or mine say so in who Sharon Case works with. She not only LOVES working with MM, she was instrumental in encouraging him to come back to the show; and the producers or Y and R love having MM on their show working with Sharon; so it would seem you need to deal with it or stop watching the show. MM is an excellent performer who does not need anyone to get attention. He has already made a name for himself before he came to Y and R. Unlike you I don’t have a problem with any of the actors or actresses on Y and R working with my fav. If MAB decides to pair MM with Eden or the young woman who portrays Mac, I would not have a cow. These are actors and they get to do their craft without some fanatic behaving as if they own them. I highly doubt Sharon case would appreciate the insanity some of her so called fans displays in disrespecting a co star she LOVES working with. Like it or not Sharon case is NOT your PROPERTY. She gets to work with anyone MAB and crew decides she works with. Geezus it is a SOAP. Your life will go on if the boring Shick does not reunite. I am sure JM, NIck, would be thrilled to go back to work in the just as boring Phick since he has made it known MS is his favorite. RME

Lisa
Lisa

Michael Muhney is a terrific actor. I have very much enjoyed his interpretation and portrayal of Adam. While I do think Adam is horrendous, it’s the kind of evil you love to hate. Furthermore, Adam and Sharon are an incredibly sexy couple. I really hope that they end up together; the actors have set a new standard of sensuality.

GailM
GailM

I love MM and am so glad he is in this part. He seems to be very intelligent and thoughtful about his role and the roles of those he works with. He is an actor’s actor all the way. Although he has played a horrendously bad character, I too hope he gets together with Sharon – they work so well together. It doesn’t mean they will get so smarmy that they are boring, just that they have a relationship.

Really looking forward to seeing the Friday show – I now watch on the net rather than TV. Sounds like it is going to be a winner.

John Woods
John Woods

I think that show is good for t.v. day and night time thank u

Pat
Pat

I love MM in the role of Adam,being truthful i only watch when MM ,E.B and J.C is on ,and when you put M.M and E.B in the same scene you gat a awesome episode,

David Lightfoot
David Lightfoot

Face it, you guys, Shadam is the real thing, and it’s going to be very hot in the coming weeks. To all you Shick fans, you will notice that in Sharon Case’s interviews as of late, she has been speaking about working with Michael Muhney, and she doesn’t speak about a reunion with Nick nearly as much, but more about a Shadam pairing. I have read other message boards, and it seems many loyal Sharon “fans” are jumping ship, calling her weak and stupid and needy (gee, NOW you figure this out…. LOL!) for staying with Adam. That just shows that they’re not really Sharon fans, but Shick fans. How disappointing that you’ll only like your precious Sharon if she’s only with Nick.

Well, I hate to pop your balloon, but Shick is an ancient history couple with no true love or romance in between them – just a bunch of lying, cheating, secrets kept all abound, finger-pointing, accusations and revenge sex, as Sharon is the weak and needy slut that we Phyllis lovers/Sharon haters always knew her as. Meantime, thank fricking GOD Phyllis dumped Nick’s womanizing behind, and she deserves better than him or Jack (let Diane Jenkins have him; Phyllis does not need another triangle.) Let her have Deacon, Ronan or someone new.

Thank God the writers have finally understood that Nick and Sharon reunion for real will only start up the merry-go-round from Hell that I mentioned earlier, and we do not need a deja vu of this, as Sharon will definitely run to the first hunk she lays eyes on the minute she suspects Nick of dogging her like he did Phyllis. She just can’t be without a man for one minute, and longtime viewers who know her history know this damn well. Nick has already reduced himself to little boy; put him back with Sharon, and he’ll literally need a pacifier, diapers and baby toys. Oh, sure, they’ll have a brief hook-up, but Sharon and Adam will be doing the mattress Macarena in due time, and there’ll be another WTD storyline, in which Adam’s results will be positive indeed.

I highly recommend you delete all your Shick fanfiction from your fanfiction.net accounts and your word processors, and quit making Shick videos to sappy Mariah Carey, Snow Patrol and Fray songs to post on YouTube. Shadam is clearly in the works for these writers, and you need to accept this. The writers read the message boards, we anti-Shicks have been shouting from the rooftops to keep Nick and Sharon apart, and they have been giving us this one thing we want for a change!

DebTina
DebTina

Ummmm I think Shadam is a go also and hate the mess Shick turned into after Nick slept with his grandmother Phyllis. I love how some see fit to call Sharon a slut but are diehard old Red fans. Please, Phyllis is the granny of sluts she just don’t have that many men after her. I am sure she will sleep with Deacon at some point but Ronan seems to have the very YOUNG Chloe on his mind. He is not as dumb as Nick who would chase after a woman old enough to be his mother. How many men have Phyllis chased down and beg to love her? Danny, MIchael, Nick and she may have dumped Nick but she is still acting a fool chasing him to the cabin. Man, the ole girl needs to really just let it go. Even she is too good for nasty Nick. All he wants is a hole to stick his pole. He does not love either woman and this is why I will never be a fan of Shick again. Phick/Shick is the same boring pairing only with a different female looking stupid stuck to Nick’s yo you behind.

Julia
Julia

You are maybe a Sharon hater/Shick hater and a Phyllis lover but i am a Sharon lover, i don’t think she is a weak character (but yes she is often badly written but not weak IMO, these last years she showed flaws and it made her character finally more interesting) and i liked for a while Shick (like i also liked Phick, IMO JM has great chemistry with these two actresses however his acting is too wooden and they overpower him in almost all their scenes) however we can agree about something lol : yes Shadam is the way to go and i says it as a Sharon fan, the girl needs a more interesting leading man, she has great chemistry with him and it could create complex and layered storylines for her.

Mandel
Mandel

Michael, the interview with Michael Muhney was great. It brought out the real idea of the charactor. You sure know how to get the actor to talk about the interesting things. I really enjoy your interviews.

Elle
Elle

I agree – Michael Fairman is my favorite interviewer. I love his easy interview style as well as the depth of his questioning.

He also has a fantastic sense of humor, as I have found out viewing his video interviews.

Excellent all the way around!

toptim
toptim

I love Michael Muhney and after reading this interview I love him even more. He is so smart and intelligent. It’s great the way he talks about this character of Adam, and working with Eric Roberts and Signy Coleman. I also have to say to Michael Fairman, this is one of the best interviews I have read on MM.

Deehoney
Deehoney

I LOVE M.M. HE IS A GREAT ACTOR. I LOVE SHARON CASE, SHE IS GREAT. I HATE PHYLISS WITH A PASSION, SHE WHINES ABOUT NICK AND SHARON, BUT THE HAG CONVIENIENTLY FORGEYS SHE SLEPT WITH NICK WHEN HE WAS MARRIED TO SHARON. I CAN’T STAND THE BITCH. DEE

Jolene Beth Morgan
Jolene Beth Morgan

I think that Michael is a wonderful actor, and I love the scenes with Eric Braeden. Together they create pure magic,they do have great chemistry together, one would think that they were really father and son. I wonder if they ever speak german together since Michael speaks german also. In my opinion Eric Braeden is one of the greatest actors of all time, period, so Michael Muhney is extremely lucky to have Mr. Braeden as a mentor and a friend. Whatever “it” was that Brando had, Mr. Braeden has “it” as well, one can never stop watching him when he is on the screen, as Michael pointed out . So hopefully more scenes between the two. Michael is on his way to becoming a very fine actor in his own right.

Brenda Lee
Brenda Lee

I would like to meet micheal muhney as adam on the young and the restless and also milissa as chelsea.

meme
meme

I will miss adam, he gave Victor a run for it. I only hope that they will recast him. what ever happened leave it behind and leave us with michael muhney. I really wish they would quit getting rid of the characters. they could not help Ms. Chancellor leaving but billy and now adam. What about Phyllis (red), give us her back so Jack can help her recover and give sharon a run for her money. I could really write some epsidoes with all the characters. Love you Adam and Billy and will dealy miss you both.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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All My Children

Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

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I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Tracey E. Bregman and Kimberlin Brown Pelzer Talk the Iconic Battles of Lauren & Sheila

As part of “Villains” theme week on The Young and the Restless, Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) and Kimberlin Brown Pelzer (Sheila) reunited for a walk down memory lane of one of the greatest and most twisted knock-out drag-out feuds in the history of daytime drama.

The longtime iconic duo talk about many of their storylines; complete with baby switches, notorious catfights, doppelgangers, treachery and more, with Michael Fairman for a very special virtual conversation on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  Tracy and Kimberlin chatted with Michael from their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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During the interview, Kimberlin revealed how: she was originally cast as Sheila, what happened when she thought she was exiting Y&R for good and her run with Sheila was over; only to find out that Bill Bell (C0-Creator, Y&R and B&B) had plans for her to move over to The Bold and the Beautiful and continue playing the role.

In addition, Tracey shares: how some of those iconic fight scenes between the two were physically demanding and tough to do, plus the actresses give us insight into filming some of their most popular scenes; including yesterday’s classic episode that aired (which can now be found on CBS All-Access and CBS.com under season 42) where Sheila wreaks havoc on Lauren and Michael’s (Christian LeBlanc) honeymoon with an assist from “Terrible” Tom played by the late Roscoe Born.

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Finally, the women weigh-in on what they think a solid storyline would be in 2020 or 2021; if Sheila was to re-emerge in Genoa City and reignite the feud with Lauren and her loved ones!

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Watch the virtual conversation with Tracey and Kimberlin below.  Then let us know, would you want to see Sheila come back to Y&R and cause Tracey and her family some serious trouble? Comment below.

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