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THE MICHELLE STAFFORD INTERVIEW – THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

She is a daytime dynamo, a force to be reckoned with, and one of soap opera’s most highly respected and praised actresses. I could only be talking about two-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actress, Michelle Stafford. Each week, fans of the number one rated CBS soap, “The Young and the Restless”, are riveted by her performances as Phyllis Summers Newman, and the complex situations in which she finds herself.

As the long running debate between “Phick” and “Shick” fans has heated up over recent developments in the storyline, On-Air On-Soaps chatted with one of the women at the epicenter of the marital merry-go round between Phyllis, Nick, and Sharon.

Who can forget the stunning scenes when Phyllis witnesses Nick and Sharon kissing in Paris, and its aftermath? What has followed has been a stunning portrayal
of a woman scorned who tries to hold
onto her marriage.

Michelle explains from her vantage point.

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MICHAEL:

I thought it was an interesting choice that Phyllis made after she found out about the affair, and after Brad had died. She stopped getting histrionic and downplayed things regarding Sharon and Nick… like it’s no big deal. How did you feel about how she handled finding out about the affair and the aftermath of that?

MICHELLE:

Maria Arena Bell (head writer, “Y&R”) had told me she was going to go that way, and I liked that. It’s a lot different than “Get out of my house you idiot!” And truly, when this does happen to people in life, rarely do they leave. They work it out when they have children. It’s completely real to me that it would happen. Phyllis is in love. The two had a very good relationship up until then. They understand each other, and they seem to have a lot of sex, and love each other. In Phyllis’s mind Sharon is the problem. If they lived in another town she wouldn’t have a problem at all, but Sharon and Nick’s guilt regarding Sharon, is a problem in their marriage.

france.jpgMICHAEL:

Does Phyllis ever look back and feel she is responsible for breaking up Sharon and Nick in the first place?

MICHELLE:

Personally, sometimes I have an opinion on the way a story is told. But, one person does not make up for the all the reasons marriages fail. If Phyllis and Nick fall apart, it would not be Sharon who broke it up. I am talking as Michelle. Things break up for many, many reasons in life. Relationships fall apart not because one person stole them away. That’s silly, and Phyllis doesn’t feel that way. Phyllis and Nick got together because the loss Sharon and Nick had with Cassie was too great for them, and they couldn’t get together. Then Brad came into the picture, and Sharon went to him for support. Nick went to Phyllis for support and he fell in love with her, and that’s kind of what happened.

MICHAEL:

What do you think now about Sharon having a breakdown, stealing things, and sleeping with Billy? Phyllis is standing back watching her melt. Is she enjoying watching her fall apart?

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She is not enjoying watching someone falling apart and someone in pain. She is not enjoying it, but she is enjoying seeing Sharon be the person that Phyllis knew Sharon was. Phyllis didn’t think Sharon was a strong or worthy opponent. She didn’t think Sharon was very smart. In her head, she knew Sharon was a tramp. This is all in Phyllis head. This is not how I feel. I really want the “Shick” and “Phick” fans to know I am speaking from my character’s viewpoint. Phyllis thinks that Sharon is a tramp and really needy, and goes to the only man she knows that can help her. She can’t stand on her own. So she is enjoying saying, “Look, see? She is being the person I knew she was.”

MICHAEL:

But how is Phyllis dealing with the fact that Nick slept with Sharon? How can she go forward with her marriage when she knows there is something going on between the two that she can’t deny? It’s got to be so horrendous for her! It’s tough to watch.

MICHELLE:

Of course, it’s horrendous! It’s tough for me to watch, it really is. I think, “Oh, God this is so pathetic,” and when she was crying and found out about the affair, and at the end she says, “Please don’t leave.” I mean, my heart hurt. I was like, “Oh, my God!” Just watching it was just sad. It’s sad!

MICHAEL:

Does Phyllis need a man to stabilize her?

maria_bell_pictured.jpgMICHELLE:

I personally don’t believe in that, so I can’t even answer that. She is not unstable; her husband is screwing around on her. I had a conversation with Maria Arena Bell, where they were writing that Phyllis was insecure and I am like, “Maria, as a woman, I find this offensive. She’s insecure because her husband is screwing around on her.” She said, “I agree.” I said, “Please get everyone else on board here.” A woman who is the other woman in a relationship is always insecure, period. And Nick and Phyllis went into their relationship on “funky” terms, so she always thinks her husband is going to wander because he did with her. So, why wouldn’t he do it again? There is already that instability. But, Nick and Phyllis has been a good thing. So, she doesn’t really think about that. Then, the ex-wife is always coming over and sniffing around and looking around at him longingly, and it makes her insecure. On top of that, Nick says to her, “The way you think is crazy,” so that makes her insecure. Then she thinks, “Okay, well alright. I will get over it myself.” Then she moves on, and she and Nick have a good thing. Then he is sticking up for his ex-wife and that makes Phyllis insecure, and she says, “Wait, that’s not right. You are my husband.” So that makes her insecure, and then the ex-wife is in Paris and he is in Paris, and she sees them making out. Yeah, I would say that makes her insecure and she is upset about it. Then Sharon keeps sniffing around, and she makes it very clear to Phyllis that she is going to be around Nick, and that’s the way it is. Well, yeah, that makes her insecure. Then he goes away, and Nick is always like, “Poor Sharon, Poor Sharon.” And, she goes away and he comes back and says he slept with her! So, for anybody to watch and think that Phyllis is wrong for how she is feeling is silly.

MICHAEL:

For “Phick” fans, do you think they will be happy for awhile, or will there be trouble ahead?

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I don’t know, but, I personally have my own ideas. I really don’t think a woman can take this kind of thing for too long. I think that she needs to say, “Get out of my life, you are hurting me every single day. You are hurting me. You are sleeping with her and you are hurting me. On top of it, you are not even trying to keep this together.” I have my own personal issues with it, and if I was a viewer I would be outraged, and I would really want Phyllis to walk out. I don’t know how “Phick” fans are going to feel. I know for certain they like the triangle, but eventually you can’t keep freaking out your viewers.

MICHAEL:

How is working with Joshua Morrow (Nick)?

MICHELLE:

It is a joy, joy, joy to work with him! We laugh the whole time, and he has been really wonderful. What I like the most about Josh when I work with him is he is not over done and over studied. He is truly there in that moment and I really like that about him.

MICHAEL:

What about Sharon Case (Sharon)? You have this animosity on the show. How is working with her?

MICHELLE:

I knew Sharon before we were on the show, and we have known each other for many years. We have a friendship that goes back prior to the show. We are good girl friends.

MICHAEL:

When you have those big scenes where you are bitchy to each other, are those hard to play? Do you have a good laugh afterwards?

reddress01.jpgMICHELLE:

This is really funny. I know you are not going to believe this, but I really have a hard time playing bitchy scenes with women.

MICHAEL:

But you do them so well!

MICHELLE:

I know that’s what everybody thinks. I hate the emotions I have to conjure up towards another woman. If somebody is mean and rude to me, yeah, I am going to stand up for myself. But, I am not like a bitchy woman, or jealous of women. I like women. I have women friends. I have a hard time going there. It’s easier to go there for me with a man, because that kind of fight is easier to have with a man. It’s more real to life than to be in someone’s face and go, “Get away from my husband.” It’s such a weird concept to me. I suppose if “my man” was being a jerk-off, I would be mad at him. Of course, I dated someone who was “popular with the ladies.” We lived far from each other and I would go and see him, and I would see how they michelle-chain.jpgthese woman would respond to him. I could clearly tell who he dated, and who was interested in him. So, I would walk up to the woman and go, “Hi, I’m Michelle,” and let’s just call him “John”. “Hi. I’m John’s girlfriend, what’s you name?” And I would just insinuate myself into that conversation they were having with “my man”. I would let them know with my kindness and my manners, that you better back off, Sistah! (She laughs) So, when Sharon Case and I have to do those scenes, I kind of walk into them like, “Oh, God. Here we go!” I am a bit more trepidacious about it, but when the director yells, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1”, I bring it.

MICHAEL:

Well, those scenes between Phyllis and Sharon end up being fantastic scenes to watch!

MICHELLE:

Nobody ever asked me about Sharon Case before. You are the first person to ask me, “How is my relationship with Sharon?” I truly, truly, went on the boards two years ago, when the Phyllis and Nick thing went crazy. Lynn Latham (ex-executive producer “Y&R”) at the time said, “You’ve got to go quadrangle.jpgcheck out the boards. Everybody loves you. You’ll see.” I went and saw that there was this post saying, “I think Michelle Stafford is ugly. What do you think?” And a lot of people responded to it. I was like, “Oh, my god!” Then there was another post about, “Who is prettier, Sharon or Michelle?” Since I was on the message board, I saw there was this whole debate on who was prettier and nicer, whether it was Sharon or Michelle. One of them was, “Michelle must really be like that if she can play it so well.” You know, Sharon is my friend. I would never want Sharon to go look on those boards and see that they wrote, “Michelle was prettier” or something. It’s crazy to me. Sharon and I are friends. We hang out and talk, and we have our lives. I don’t want the “Phick” fans to talk bad about Sharon personally. And, I know Sharon wouldn’t like it if the “Shick” fans did that to me. I don’t mind if they fight, and I have heard that they do, but keep it within the context of the characters, not me and Sharon personally, because we are friends. I am not Phyllis, and Sharon is not Sharon Newman Abbott.

MICHAEL:

But you know the “Phick” fans are very passionate about Nick and Phyllis! They adore you.

MICHELLE:

Yes! I have heard that the “Phick” fans get every upset. Those are my peeps! They are passionate!

mstafford_fashion_show.jpgMICHAEL:

In wrapping up, I want to talk to you about the wonderful work you do with charities, in particular, animals and children.

MICHELLE:

I have a problem with anything that is helpless, and that is animals and children and that is why I do a lot of charity work for them. It’s shocking and so confusing to me that anybody would want to hurt an animal or a child that is totally helpless. I work with some wonderful animal charities and a few human rights charities that support children like: “Product Cuddle”, “Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights”, “New Leash on Life”, and many others. All of these people do wonderful work, and it is very important to me to be involved.

Listen for Michelle on XM 24, The Pink Channel’s “Soap Break'” this coming March 16th-March 29th

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Y&R’s Sharon Case, Mark Grossman & Jordi Vilasuso Talk Love and Betrayal in the Rey/Sharon/Adam Triangle

This week on The Young and the Restless, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam’s (Mark Grossman) kiss took centerstage and went viral when a photo of the passionate moment was seen by Sharon’s husband, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso), and fiancée Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), and many more citizens of Genoa City!

That moment looks to be a game-changer.  Now what will Rey do? Will he continue to try to salvage his marriage to Sharon? Will wheelchair bound Chelsea, hatch a plan to payback Adam and Sharon? Will Adam and Sharon meet up for some dangerous liaisons? There’s so much to this story left to play out.

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In a new interview on The Michael Fairman Channel, Sharon Case, Mark Grossman and Jordi Vilasuso chatted candidly about their on-screen love triangle and more including: what happened when Mark auditioned for the key role of Adam, the character of Sharon’s battle with breast cancer, and who Sharon feels is Sharon Newman’s true love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam? Plus, the trio share their reactions to the news that their castmate, Sasha Calle (Lola) was tapped as the first Latina ‘Supergirl’ in the upcoming DC Universe film, The Flash.

During the conversation, Vilasuso said Rey was not blindsided by Adam and Sharon’s ongoing attraction: “Rey’s known for a long time, c’mon!  I had somebody on Twitter post all the videos on how long I’ve known about Adam and Sharon. (Laughs)  I had still had a beard on the show back then!  What’s he going to do?  I think this Adam sickness, this addiction, this pathology that he has, I think Rey hopes he can just arrest him and he will just go away for ever.  That’s playing in the back of my mind, like, ‘there’s no way Adam can keep up this behavior for much longer’.  Rey is crazy about Sharon. T here’s also some ego involved here, too of, ‘I got to be the guy here.  I can’t lose to this guy’.  But man, does Rey have a threshold for dealing with this stuff.  Remember, his (ex) wife had sex with his brother, and then she did it again, and now they are having a child together… and Rey was still able to move on.”

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Case clarified from her previous 25th anniversary interview with Fairman, just who is Sharon Newman’s ultimate love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam?  Case had stated Adam.  The actress explained:  “When you think about what the character’s have been through, the history of The Young and the Restless, how stories are usually told – and what I mean by all that is Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor (Eric Braeden) have always been the “It” couple of the history of Y&R and they are very different.  They actually remind me more of Adam and Sharon then Nick and Sharon.  Nick turned out more to be the good son, while Adam was more in the image of his father, and it would be the obvious choice to guess that Nick and Sharon would be endgame.  I think soaps try to not go in the obvious way.  The two men that she has been married to, and were the biggest loves of her life, and both Victor’s kids, choosing between those that is why I said what I said, and why I think that’s true.  Sharon and Adam don’t have all of the pain, that Sharon and Nick have had from multiple cheatings and a loss of a child which is very hard for a couple to ever get past that.   I also think that Sharon and Nick are sort of together now anyways as co-parents and are such good friends.  They have a new relationship – they are not together in a romantic way – but their relationship is really great now and very full for what it is.”

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Grossman shared that knowing Chelsea has a history of being con-artist, that she could potentially pull some stunts on Adam and Sharon to keep them apart:  “That’s always in the back of his mind.  You know, maybe she will start to con Adam and maybe he might pick up on it, maybe he doesn’t pick up on it, but obviously it’s a really sad situation that Adam is in.  There’s a lot going on in Adam’s life. It’s unfortunate that Connor (his son) is not there as he is off to boarding school, and then Adam wasn’t there because he went to Sharon’s wedding to peek his head in, and Chelsea had her stroke.  So there’s a lot of guilt there.  I think it’s really frustrating to him that he can’t have a conversation with this woman – who is his fiancée – and this is his fault and he caused all this.  But there’s always the underlying pull from Sharon, and after they kiss there are a lot of conflicted feelings there.”

Watch the entire interview with Sharon, Mark and Jordi below.

Now weigh-in: Are you Team Rey or Team Adam? Who do you want Sharon to ultimately wind up with? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

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Catherine Hickland Talks On ‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’, One Life to Live, and the Heartbreaking Deaths of Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

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Ahead of the event, Catherine chatted with Michael Fairman exclusively for the Michael Fairman Channel from her home in Las Vegas; where she discussed being part of the live musical benefit that was originally created back in 2005 and lasted till 2011 as a one night only live event called: ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares.  Now 10 years later, the actors will revisit their performances as their production numbers from the past are part of the 2021 livestream to help those in need that have been hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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During the conversation with Fairman, Hickland also talks on her lengthy soap opera career where she not only appeared on OLTL, but Loving/The City, Capitol, and Texas, as well. 

On a highlight, Catherine recalls playing One Life’s Lindsay and her ongoing on-screen feud with Nora Buchanan played by Hillary B. Smith.  She also speaks on her marriage to her former husband, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH) and working in the daytime genre and then at one time getting burnt out.

Hickland, who is now married to Todd Fisher, opened up about the devastating loss of her mother-in-law, Debbie Reynolds, and her sister-in-law, Carrie Fisher, just one day a part back in 2017, and how the couple dealt with this tragedy.  The real-life duo now host, “Cat and Todd Live” on Facebook each week.

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In addition Catherine will be participating in ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’s Virtual One-on-One Meet and Greets with the stars on Saturday, February 13th.  For info on how to participate click here.

To make a donation to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS click here.  With a screenshot of your donation, you can enter a chance to win either “Star Wars” or Debbie Reynolds memorabilia as detailed by Catherine in this interview.

Watch Catherine’s conversation below.

Then let us know, if you loved the Lindsay/Nora feud on One Life? If you watched the livestream of ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway? And, what was your favorite part of the interview with Catherine via the comment section.

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Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

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Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

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In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

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Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

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Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

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