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THE RONN MOSS INTERVIEW – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Ron-main.jpgBy Michael Fairman

“On-Air On-Soaps” sat down with Ronn Moss this past week for a feature for TV SOAP Australia, where “B&B” is now airing on primetime! As the story heats up this week many lives and characters are on a collision course, thanks to Rick, Brooke and Ridge’s impending nuptials and Phoebe’s return. Fasten your seat belts for a rollercoaster ride . . . the Forrester way!

TV SOAP:

The Ridge/Rick feud and storyline is really heating up and getting interesting. Rick is doing some reprehensible things!

RONN:

Yeah, he is. Rick is getting obnoxiously devious, and he is a spoiled brat who needs to be put in his place.

TV SOAP:

What about when Rick fell over that very tall building and plummeted to the ground, thanks to seemingly, Ridge?

RONN:

People will go to any lengths to get attention, won’t they? (He laughs)

TV SOAP:

How is working with the reinvention of Rick as a ‘bad boy’, played by Kyle Lowder?

lowder1.jpgRONN:

Kyle is wonderful. I love it. He is a great combination of strength and whiny little tot! A whiny little snot-nosed, “Brooke’s son”!

TV SOAP:

Lest we forget, Ridge has been snot-nosed in the past?

RONN:

So I recognize it in others. Rick needs somebody to wipe his nose.

TV SOAP:

Recently, “B&B” fans were taken down memory lane with the Brooke and Ridge wedding from 15 years ago. In 2008, the characters went back to Zuma Beach, the place of the location, and met up there again for a significant moment in their
relationship. How was that to play?

RONN:

It was fun to go back to the same place to film. It’s nice because of its remoteness, and for the storyline. Just to go back and do it on our own with nobody else around, was nice this time. We had such a lavish wedding there before, so it was sentimental and all that stuff. It seemed like the most logical and economical place to go this time.

BrookeandRidgebeach1.jpgTV SOAP:

In the Zuma Beach location shoot, how did you like the lush romance of it all? Did it at times seem corny to you?

RONN:

I did not really think that. Actually, I thought it was quite nice. They built these beautiful sets on the beach, and it was lovely that it was just the two of us.

TV SOAP:

The show had gone back and forth, and back and forth with Ridge, either between Taylor or Brooke. Wasn’t that frustrating for you?

RONN:

In the last few years I have always said, “I have got to move on to something else other than Brooke and Taylor. You are not letting Ridge and Brooke have a go at it here. You never have for 20 years.” They just tease the fans to the point where I don’t think the fans really cared if Brooke and Ridge got back together, because the tease was over. Now I find when we are back together, and the characters are actually married again, that I am actually enjoying it.

TV SOAP:

Do you think now the show will make a commitment to let Ridge and Brooke be a somewhat stable couple for a while and let them stay married?

RONN:

They don’t usually do it, but maybe the transition will be now. I am hoping, anyway.

TV SOAP:

Starting in December, there is a huge story point where Rick and Phoebe get into a car accident with Rick at the wheel and Phoebe dies! Oh, this will be juicy! Rick looks responsible for killing Ridge’s daughter.

RonWindsor1.jpgRONN:

We have a lot of great stuff coming up, and we will see how it goes. Even Winsor Harmon (Thorne) remarked to me on his way out of the set this morning, “Did you see yesterday’s show? It was really cool!” It’s just that we are getting back to three simultaneous stories on air. We were used to relying on one or two stories a day, but now it makes it more interesting, and adds more spice in the mix of “B&B”.

TV SOAP:

How do you see Ridge’s romantic stance, navigating between Brooke and Taylor?

RONN:

It’s always been Brooke for Ridge, for the last long while. With Taylor, I think Ridge just takes the time to consult with Taylor to let her know, “We had these kids together, and I will always be in your life no matter what… but I am going with Brooke.” It’s a destiny thing.

TV SOAP:

After the Rick/Taylor romance, it looked like Ridge might end up back with her, but then it didn’t. Did you know you were going to end up with Brooke at this point?

ridgetaylor.jpgRONN:

I didn’t really know, but I was hoping I would not ping-pong back and forth between Brooke and Taylor again. Fortunately, we are still going, and what we thought would happen did not. As characters we thought, “Well, that’s it for Kelly and me. It’s on to Hunter.” Then that didn’t happen and it got siphoned back to us, and I went, “Wow, that was unexpected, even for us!”

TV SOAP:

What would you say is your acting technique when rehearsing and preparing scenes?

RONN:

Mine is “flailing” from day to day, that’s how best I would describe it. (He laughs)

TV SOAP:

John McCook (Eric) said to me in a recent TV SOAP interview that you are the true icon of “B&B”. He went on to say, “You are so known for that square-jawed, good looking guy, and your acting has gotten better and better.” What would you say to that?

RONN:

I would say, “The payments I have been giving him all these years are working!”

johnmccook.jpgTV SOAP:

How is working with John, after all these years?

RONN:

I love working with John. He is a hoot, and we always laugh when we are together. It’s hard for us to keep a straight face, because we get each other laughing and can’t stop.

TV SOAP:

John and I also discussed how at times the men on “B&B” are portrayed as weak in storyline. How do you feel about that statement?

RONN:

I think John has always had an issue with that, because they always made Eric the wishy-washy guy. So, Stephanie seems to be the big matriarch of the show, when in fact, John has very much his own strengths. But yes, the guys in a drama series are at times made to be unconscious or a buffoon, which makes the other character a little more knowing. Well, somebody’s got to do it right!

TV SOAP:

Ronn, do you notice a difference in your portrayal of Ridge since you started on the show, and how the different storylines have affected him and shaped how you’ve played him over the years?

RONN:

I am kind of in a position, and so looking in the mirror everyday I didn’t see that. You would probably be a better judge of that than I would. I am too close to it to really know if Ridge had evolved or grown, or not grown.

ronfight1.jpgTV SOAP:

What can we say to your fans in Australia to look for down the line in the Rick/Ridge feud? Will there be a big showdown?

RONN:

I think there has to be an impending showdown because Rick is not finished. He thinks he is supposed to be in control of all things Forrester.

TV SOAP:

So, Rick’s whole demeanor and new attitude was partially spurred on by feeling he was second best, or even third best, in his father Eric’s mind?

RONN:

He thinks the whole world owes him everything, but he does not have the experience to back it up. He had not put in
his time to learn the business, and that is
Ridge’s big contention.

TV SOAP:

Do you see Ridge as the hero?

RONN:

Yes. I don’t know if that actually plays out on air, but in my own demented mind it does. (He laughs). I would like Ridge to be the hero, but it does not always pan out that way. I have had my ass kicked too many times on the show one way or another, and I have to bite the bullet and go, “Well, it is what it is.”

TV SOAP:

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), and you have worked together so very long. Does it get difficult doing the same sort of scenes over and over again?

wedding.jpgRONN:

It’s not that simplistic. We both love working with each other. I can speak for her on that, too. We are comfortable working with each other, so it makes things a lot easier that way. However, the one thing we both share is how hard it is to keep doing this and have our lives outside. Even though it’s a half hour show, we still carry the brunt of it, and Kelly has her own family and I have my own family.

TV SOAP:

Speaking of your family, how are your daughters? How is fatherhood going?

RONN:

My little Callie, just turned ten. Fatherhood is lovely, and one of the best parts of my life. I think it keeps me on my toes. I constantly have to rethink, “Am I doing this right?” I have to concern myself with my girls’ development, and how they perceive the world, and how they are thinking. I have to be subtle enough to encourage them in the right direction, because I very much take my job as dad seriously. I take it so seriously that I joke about it with them as much as I can, just so they don’t know I am taking it so seriously! It’s the number one job for me, more than anything else. I consider every action or raised eyebrow I do important, because it may affect how they perceive it.

realpulling.jpgTV SOAP:

How do you like the plot point where Ridge was pulling the plug on his own father in his hospital room? What did you think when you read it in the script for the first time?

RONN:

That was pretty amazing, actually. I was just feeling the scene as it was for real. Having Ridge feeling he was hearing that his dad talked to him, I can totally understand
how that could affect somebody.
Then, after the fact being told,
“No, you are hallucinating.”
We have all had a situation
where our reality gets blurred.

TV SOAP:

Do you ever get to work with Brandon Beemer (Owen)?

RONN:

I have not had that much of a chance to work with Brandon, but we have been hanging out more off set than working together. Brandon is a lovely human being. He is a true to heart kid, and true to spirit.

TV SOAP:

What do you think we can expect from Ridge Forrester in 2009?

ridge-brooke.jpgRONN:

I think Ridge is going to take more control than he has in awhile. That would be over the company, and his relationship. He seems more decisive now, and I am very much enjoying that.

TV SOAP:

What about how Rick manipulates things? How will that manifest itself in trying to destroy the newly found happiness of Ridge and Brooke?

RONN:

I don’t think so at all. I think Ridge will get smarter in how he deals with the amazing woman in his life, Brooke. He will get smarter to the things that are trying to undermine it, like Rick.

TV SOAP:

Did you ever vocalize to “B&B” head writer and executive producer, Brad Bell, any frustration you may have had with your character, in regards to the Brooke/Ridge relationship?

RONN:

I have never actually asked him anything about that. But years ago, I told him of my frustrations, that they never leave us together long enough to do anything. I leave it up to Brad to write the show. If I have a cool suggestion, I might take it to him. But I don’t usually have time.

TV SOAP:

What are your Holiday plans?

ridgebusiness.jpgRONN:

I just want to stay home and enjoy Christmas, and New Year’s with my family and friends around me, because traveling is just too much of a bitch….. and there we go!

TV SOAP:

What would you like to tell all of your fans ‘down under’?

RONN:

Give my love to my Australian fans. I am hoping we can work something else out in the future for me to see you, and at the very least, providing some new music they can find on my website, www.ronnmoss.com. I want to tell them to please keep in touch.

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Kelly Thiebaud Opens Up on Her Exit from General Hospital, Taping Britt’s Tragic Death Scenes, and Parting Thoughts on Co-Stars

Just a few weeks ago on the January 4th episode of General Hospital, viewers were left devastated when Dr. Britt Westbourne succumbed to a fatal poisoning after a confrontation with ‘The Hook’.

While it was revealed that Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, was exiting the ABC soap opera at the end of 2022, many thought the story would see Britt leaving Port Charles to deal with her declining health due to Huntington’s Disease in private, in order to keep the door open for a possible return down the line.  However, that was not meant to be.  When a report from Deadline surfaced back in August of 2022, it indicated that Kelly was returning to her primetime role on ABC’s Station 19, which caused some confusion and rumors of just what would Thiebaud’s ultimate status be with the daytime drama series.

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Now, in a very special exit interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Kelly chats with Michael Fairman and clarifies what led to her decision to leave her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne.

Talking with Fairman direct from London, Kelly, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2022 for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, reveals how it came to pass that GH would kill-off the character of Britt by becoming another victim of ‘The Hook’, and more.

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During the conversation, Thiebaud shares her thoughts on working with her former GH co-stars including: Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Parry Shen (Brad), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Cassandra James (Terry), Roger Howarth (Austin) and Josh Kelly (Cody), as well as some of her favorite memories throughout her run on the series which began in 2012.

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Kelly took the character from being the manipulative ‘Britch’ as an interloper in the romance of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), all the way to becoming a well-loved character to root for.

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While, GH viewers witnessed Britt’s shocking death scenes, Kelly weighs-in on taping those moments, as well as Britt’s emotional goodbye birthday party, and having the opportunity to portray a character who was trying to navigate her life, while suffering from the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

In addition, Thiebaud gives a very special ‘thank you’ and shout out to the fans for their enduring support as she looks forward to new roles and new adventures ahead.

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Check out our heartfelt farewell interview with Kelly below, and for upcoming celebrity features, interviews, event coverage, music videos, and more, make sure to ‘subscribe‘ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

So, what did you think about Kelly’s decision to depart GH? Will you miss her as Britt? Share your thoughts on our conversation in the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Graziadei Talks Daniel’s Past and Present, Reuniting with His Co-Stars, and Life as Dad to Twins

Longtime viewers of CBS’ The Young and the Restless are excited that Michael Graziadei has returned to the top-rated daytime drama during its 50th anniversary season as Daniel Romalotti.

Graziadei made his on-screen re-emergence right around Thanksgiving, as in story, Daniel came home to surprise his mother, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), but also for a business idea he wanted to present to good friend, Devon (Bryton James) and Daniel’s former girlfriend, Lily Winters (Christel Khalil).  Seems Daniel has a mega-universe gaming platform he’s created that he wants Chancellor-Winters to potentially be a part of.  But there must be more to the story than meets the eye, right? Will Daniel find himself drawn back to Lily, especially since her relationship with Billy (Jason Thompson) has hit a major rough spot/road block named Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan)?

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In a new virtual interview exclusively for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Graziadei sits-down to talk about coming home to Genoa City with a look at Daniel’s past, present and future.  Michael first appeared as Y&R’s Daniel from 2004-2013, made a guest stop back to the show in 2016, and now at the end of 2022, he is back full-time with the soap opera.

During the conversation, Graziadei shares what it’s been like working with beloved cast mates including: Michelle Stafford, Christel Khalil, Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and more.

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Michael also shared his enthusiasm at getting a chance to reconnect not only with Michelle Stafford, but Daniel’s adoptive father, Michael Damian (Danny) as well, when they all appear in scenes together for the upcoming holiday episodes.

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Just what have been Michael’s favorite Daniel storylines of all-time? Was it Daniel’s part in Cassie’s death (Camryn Grimes) and its aftermath? When they gave Daniel a porn addiction storyline? Graziadei weighs-in.

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In addition, Michael reveals the wonders of being a new dad to twins boys in real-life, Oliver Bear and Arlo.  He opens up about how he and his lady love, Lauren found out they were having twins, the naming process they went through, and what life is like now at-home.

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During Graziadei’s time away from Y&R, he appeared in numerous TV and film projects.  Most recently, Michael was seen in Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer, where he shares what it was like to take on a legal role for the first time in his career, plus what it was like to act and kiss Oscar-winner, Jessica Lange in American Horror Story (a role he played while still at Y&R during his first go-round).

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You can watch the full interview with Graziadei below.

For more celebrity interviews and features make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

Now let us know, are you glad Daniel is back in GC? Do you hope Lily and Daniel get back together all of these years later? What has been your favorite Daniel storyline of all time … and your favorite part of our conversation with him?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Camryn Grimes and Fiancé Brock Powell Talk On Their Roles as Mrs. Claus and Santa in ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Camryn Grimes (Mariah, The Young and the Restless) has been involved in a very special passion project in more ways than one!  Now, everyone will be able can see it, and hear it, when Grimes voices the role of Mrs. Claus opposite her real-life fiancé and voiceover star, Brock Powell as Santa in Mickey Saves Christmas.

The new stop-motion holiday special premieres Sunday, November 27th (7:00-7:30 p.m. EST) on ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, and Monday, November 28 on Disney+ and Hulu.  It features Disney icons: Mickey, Minnie and the gang, who are sent to the North Pole on a quest to save Christmas and find the true meaning of the holiday.

Camryn and Brock Powell became engaged earlier this year on January 7th, which also happened to be Camryn’s 32nd birthday. How the two met all comes back to the world of voiceover and Disney, as you will learn.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the real-life lovebirds to preview Mickey Saves Christmas, how they wound up voicing the important voices of Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and just what Brock thinks of Camryn’s Genoa City alter-ego Mariah being married to Tessa (Cait Fairbanks), and more.  Is Brock #TeamTeriah? Check out what they shared with us below.

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The two of you were actually introduced by Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy! How did that happen?

BROCK:  So, Bill Farmer is my mentor, and through him, that was the first time I actually met Camryn.

CAMRYN: I knew Bill growing up, and in 2020 when I wanted to get into voiceovers, I reached out to him and that’s how this all started and I guess, the rest is history.

Now you are voicing Santa and Mrs. Claus in Mickey Save Christmas. How did it come about that you both landed parts on the project?

BROCK: I got to play the role of Santa in Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas, which was the first time I got to voice Santa for Disney, and now I’m returning to the role this time. Camryn received the audition randomly for Ms. Claus on the day we were getting engaged, and it was perfect timing because I had to get her out of the house so I could set up the proposal here.  So, it really was a Christmas miracle because I was sweating!

CAMRYN:  We were cast separately. The production team had no idea that Brock and I were a couple. When I went in to record, they were like, “Here’s the voice of Santa for you to record to, and I was like, “Yeah, I know… that’s my fiancé!”  They were like, “What??” (Laughs)

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Did the engagement go off without a hitch?

BROCK:  Yes, so after the audition process, Camryn returned home. I proposed, and there was a whole Disney/Pixar theme going on in the backyard. It was a really special day. To have her say, “Yes”, and also to have this crazy opportunity for her to audition for the role of Mrs. Claus happening at the same time … and then weeks later finding out she booked the role, it was all amazing.  We were now going to be working on this Christmas special together.  I think anytime you get to voice an iconic character, it’s special.  However, if you’d told me that I would get to return to the role I love, with the person I love playing opposite me … I think I’m done.  I just don’t know how you can ever top it!

Camryn, what did it mean to you to be in this film as Mrs. Claus, because fans saw this post of yours with a photo of you outside the Anaheim Convention Center where Disney’s D23 convention was happening.  It made everyone speculate  just what you were working on, which you shared was a lifelong dream.

CAMRYN:  Yes!  Y&R and CBS is my home, but I’ve always wanted to do something with Disney.  My family raised me on all things Disney and all things Christmas.  They were huge into the holiday, and so this kind of just checks every box.  It’s not only Disney, it’s Christmas, it’s stop-motion animation, and it’s Mrs. Claus.  I think my family was more excited for me to book this then anything I’ve ever done. I think there were tears! So sentimentally, this project really meant a lot to me.

Photo: BrockPowellIG

Camryn, did Brock coach you on doing voiceover work, or give you any tips?

CAMRYN:  I mean, I live with my voiceover coach. (Laughs) It’s amazing!

BROCK:  You know, I do coach for voiceovers and Camryn is my star pupil now.  She’s a talented actress, obviously. The biggest misconception is that, while it starts with the voice, Camryn, as well as most of the amazing voice actors I know, they have access to this childhood imagination which I think makes their performances possible. So, while you’re watching Mickey Saves Christmas, even though we recorded everything separately, what you’re looking for is that energy and every character connecting. You’re inventing the circumstances, you’re inventing your scene partner, where we have to close our eyes and embody a character we may, or may not, have a reference for. I think watching Camryn and hearing Camryn’s work on this, and a couple of other projects she’s worked on, I’m just so impressed at how coming from daytime television where there is a very stringent set routine and at the level that she excels at there, to then come into my world and then just kill it behind the microphone. She was able to let all of that go and have the bravery to try something new. I think a lot of people are going to love what Camryn has done here.  I’m most proud of her to be willing to look silly which is what is required in voiceover.

CAMRYN:  That’s true, and that’s probably the most fun thing about it.

Now, what can you tease us that happens in the story of Mickey Saves Christmas?

CAMRYN: It’s kind of built into the title a little bit, but I think what you’re going to get out of this is a deep sense of community and coming together to fix a problem and being able to lend a helping hand.  I feel, it’s just a really lovely film about chosen family.

BROCK:  It’s about family, it’s about friends, it’s about putting a lot of pressure on the holidays be perfect.  I think everyone involved in this special from the animators to the music team, everything in it helped make this a love letter to the holidays. The film really just talks about that Christmas is who you spend it with, and not necessarily how it turns out. I think it’s a really positive reminder that the most important part about Christmas is being with the ones we love. These are characters that Camryn and I love, not just the ones we voiced. To be with these actors, to be with these characters. it is just is going to be so special with everyone watching on November 27. It’s going to be the first tine for all us watching it together,

Photo: CBS

Now Brock, do you watch Camryn on The Young and the Restless?

BROCK: Yes, and I will say sometimes when Camryn is at work, our puppy does sit and watch mommy on TV, too!

Is Brock, #TeamTeriah on Y&R, as well?

CAMRYN: Yes, Brock is all about #TeamTeriah. It was actually really beautiful kind of getting engaged around the same time, Mariah and Tessa did on the show.

In another post of yours on social media, I saw that you had picked a spot for your wedding to Brock.   

CAMRYN: Yes. We don’t actually have a set date (we have three options), but we did pick a location.  So, we will be figuring that all out very soon.

Check out a clip from ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’ featuring Camryn as Mrs. Clause and Brock as Santa below.  Then let us know, will you be watching the special? What did you think of Camryn getting to work on this project and opposite the love-of-her-life, Brock Powell? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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