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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
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Amy

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

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

Helene
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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
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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
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Rose

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

Doe
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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
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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… Read more »

Janet Bailey
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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
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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
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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
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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
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DebTina

Thank you. Geeze

Sandra
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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
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J Willis

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

Elle
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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… Read more »

DebTina
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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… Read more »

Nelly
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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
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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… Read more »

Lisa
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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
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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… Read more »

John Woods
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John Woods

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

Pat
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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
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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… Read more »

DebTina
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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… Read more »

Julia
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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… Read more »

Mandel
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Brenda Lee
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Brenda Lee

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

meme
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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.

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Eileen Davidson, Judith Chapman and Kim Waltrip Talk Plans & Launch Campaign To Make ‘Dial Emme For Murder’ into a Series

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, and soap opera favorite Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R and Ex-Kristen/Susan, Days) is bringing one of her soap opera mystery novels to life with a proposed six-part series for the soapy and hilarious mystery, Dial Emme For Murder.

Joining Eileen in the cast will be none other than Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) , Knots Landing favorite, Donna Mills (Ex-Abby), and primetime TV and film actress, Nancy Valen.  More cast members will be announced in the future.

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In Dial Emme for Murder, Davidson plays actress Emmanuelle “Emme” Peterson, a successful soap star who finds herself smack dab in the middle of a  whodunit.

Now, in conjunction with the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television (PSWIFT), and its president and director/producer, Kim Waltrip, Davidson is launching a fundraising campaign to get the series made.

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In an exclusive interview on the Michael Fairman Channel, Eileen, Judith and Kim exclusive reveal key Intel on the project, campaign and working together.  The proposed series has also launched its official website here.

About PSWIFT:  PSWIFT (Palm Springs Women in Film & Television) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001 dedicated to promoting our members, both men and women in the Entertainment, New Media Creative arts community. In 2020 Palm Springs Women in Film & Television created and launched a Filmmakers’ Lab to teach members how to make a film, by making a film, hands-on.

PSWIFT is currently seeking donations through their non-profit – which are 100% tax-deductible – to fund the Filmmakers’ Lab’s next venture Dial Emme for Murder.  You can find out more on the different perks and packages if you donate to the project here.

Watch the interview with Michael, Eileen, Judith, and Kim below.

Then let us know, if you think Dial Emme for Murder featuring powerhouse actress, Eileen Davidson, Judith Chapman and Donna Mills, will be a must-see for you via the comment section.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is right in your wheelhouse!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’re just realizing that now?

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

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Is it more challenging to play a character like Mike?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But you’re enjoying this story?

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

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

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

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

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

How are you feeling now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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