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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.

General Hospital

GH’s Chloe Lanier Talks On Nelle’s Twisted Plots, Her Co-Stars & That Cliffhanger “Ending”

Recently on ABC’s General Hospital, Chloe Lanier’s Nelle Benson created even more havoc for Carly (Laura Wright), Michael (Chad Duell), Julian (William deVry), Brook Lynn (Briana Lane), and of course, her son, Wiley.

However, is Nelle really gone after her ‘fall,’ which has left her MIA and Carly believing she is responsible for her sister’s ‘death’? But as we know with Nelle, she keeps secretly planning her next move and loves to slowly torture those who she believes have wronged her. There is also the ongoing mystery of just who is Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) daughter, especially since Nelle has the other half of the necklace so near and dear to Nina; leaving viewers pondering if it could mean they are mother and child, or is this all a red-herring?

One thing is for sure, Daytime Emmy winner, Chloe Lanier brings it each and every time she returns to GH. She gives always give the storylines a much needed injection of drama, drama and more drama. No one is quite like Lanier in the soaps either; she can play tough, vulnerable, manipulative, and street smart, like nobody’s business.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Chloe to get her answers to some of our burning questions for her and her portrayal of naughty Nelle, and how one of her co-stars helped her through a very difficult time in her life.  Here’s what she had to say about it all.

Courtesy/ABC

What did you think of the courtroom antics of Nelle during the custody hearing for Wiley?

CHLOE:  I mean, showing up in a wedding dress was her first mistake. Then antagonizing everyone in the room was probably her second. But she’s so wounded—so broken from her childhood. She doesn’t have the proper emotional tools to combat her self-destructive behavior.

Which showdown or confrontation between Nelle and Michael stands out to you?

CHLOE:  I particularly loved the scenes where Nelle, nine months pregnant, leaves Michael in the rigged car, hoping it would explode. It’s rare that you’re given comedic material on a soap, so that was particularly exciting for me. Also, Chad’s reactions always make me laugh. He’s great.

Photo: ABC

What is it like working with Chad Duell as feuding exes and parents of Wiley? 

CHLOE:  Chad is so easy to work with. He’s been doing the show for so long and is very technically gifted. The writers graced us with some meaty material that we were able to sink our teeth into.

Photo: JPI

What does Nelle think of Willow (Katelyn MacMullen)? She really hates her, huh?

CHLOE: I don’t believe she hates her. She’s envious. Willow is the exact opposite and oftentimes we’re afraid of what we don’t understand. Particularly someone like Nelle, who was raised by a con artist and taught to exploit and manipulate anyone she comes across. So when she sees someone so pure, so innocent, she immediately distrusts her because that behavior is so far outside the lines of how she operates.

What was it like taping the fight scenes between Carly and Nelle, where Nelle “Plummets” to her death?  

CHLOE:  Shout out to Amanda Hall and Heather Bonomo, our amazing stunt doubles for those scenes. They were fantastic.

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When you and Laura Wright get the scripts; where Carly and Nelle are having a huge showdown, are you thrilled about getting the chance to play the emotional beats of those moments? What if it’s a fight scene?

CHLOE:  Those scenes were such a joy, because we got to explore some of the deep roots of Nelle’s trauma, and Carly explicitly said, “I believe you love your son.” That, for me, was important.  Because despite all of her failings, she truly did love her son—in her own warped, off kilter, way.

Photo: Paul Smith

Nelle has really been blackmailing Julian, until he turned the tables on her on the pier?  What has it been like acting opposite Will deVry in those scenes?

CHLOE:  I love Will. He and I actually have the same acting coach, so our prep and how we’re working is from a similar place. What I love about Will is the confidence he has in his stillness. He’s lovely on camera, so connected.

Photo: ABC

Nelle has the other half of the necklace belonging to Nina.  What do you think if it turns out that Nelle is Nina’s daughter?  It is quite possible, tho, that she is not, and it’s all a red herring. How has it been working with Cynthia Watros?

CHLOE:  Cynthia is one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met, truly. We haven’t known each other for long, but earlier this year, and not many people know this other than my close friends, I was having glaring mental health issues stemming from unresolved trauma. I was going going going for so long that I couldn’t run away from it anymore. I had never dealt with any of it. She saw it and could tell I was silently struggling and reached out. You don’t forget kindness like that. So I’m very grateful for Cynthia—and of course, therapy. I would be flattered if they decided to make Nelle Nina’s daughter.

Photo:ABC

What do you think about how the writers have kept finding ways to have plot points that get all the other characters in trouble and make it look like they did something to Nelle, but she ultimately has her own diabolical plans for them with her actions? She is pretty smart!

CHLOE:  Nelle is the perfect victim, and her love language is sabotage. She’s also a narcissist, so she’s always going to think she’s the smartest person in the room. She’s basically a walking version of Taylor Swift’s song, Look What You Made Me Do. I love that the writers gifted me the opportunity work with almost everyone on the show. Josh (Swickard) and I always had a great time together. And Maurice (Benard)—god he’s hilarious. I would have loved to work with Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) more though. I love watching her work. She’s going to have an amazing career.

Photo: ABC

Do you think Nelle can ever be redeemed at this point?

CHLOE:  Redemption is a weird one for me, because I don’t believe that people are inherently good or bad. We’re all human. We all have flaws, make mistakes, have regrets, experience shame. We have the ability to grow and we learn from our past. Nelle has done and felt all of those things, to a degree, but continued to do the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. A character either has to change or they die. So, I’ll say this—if Nelle is alive out there somewhere, I hope she’s going to therapy.

Photo: JPI

What has been the hardest scene for you to play emotionally in the time you have been playing Nelle?

CHLOE:  Probably the scene with the newborn, where Nelle runs into Brad on the side of the road. I had never held a newborn baby before, so I was TERRIFIED. I realized I was the only thing in that moment keeping that baby alive…a very bizarre and life altering feeling, I’ll say.

So, have you enjoyed Chloe’s performances? Do you think Nelle is plotting from afar?  What would you like to see happen in the storylines with  baby Wiley, Nina’s child, and more? Comment below.

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Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Discuss Their Departure From DAYS, New Beginnings & WilSon’s Journey

This week, Days of our Lives viewers saw the highly-anticipated exit off the canvas, for now,  of Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith as Will and Sonny.

Tuesday marked their final airshow, while the actors found out they were being written-out of the show and had filmed their last six episodes over seven months ago, because at that time and before the pandemic, DAYS was taping far in advance of air.

Now with this leg of their journey complete as the popular Salem duo, Chandler and Freddie are embarking on new chapters of their lives, as Chandler details his move to Atlanta and Freddie in a few weeks to Florida.  But as they discuss in this very special conversation with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, they are not stopping acting either.

During this “farewell for now” interview with Michael, the two actors open up about their final scripts, their last tape day, how both characters helped many individuals come out and come to terms with who they are via watching Will’s coming out story, Will and Sonny’s on-screen relationship and more.

In addition, Freddie discusses what happened when he auditioned for the role of Sonny and what he thinks helped land him the gig; Chandler shares a story about a fan that is very moving, and that his biggest regret was not getting to play the wedding scenes between Will and Sonny (Guy Wilson at that time had stepped into the role of Will).   The duo also reveal their favorite and least favorite storylines they were involved in, and much more.

Watch the full interview below.

So, what do you think about what Freddie and Chandler had to share during our conversation? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Talks Harrowing Childhood, Growing Up In Hollywood, Nikki’s Storylines

This week, The Young and the Restless’ iconic, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) new memoir, Always Young & Restless: My Life on and Off off America’s #1 Daytime Drama,” from Diversion Books, is available everywhere.

For everyone that follows Melody, this book has been several years in the making with some starts and stops, but in it she does not hold back and reveals some very painful details and moments from her upbringing when she was raised by her unstable grandmother and more.

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Melody also talks about reuniting with her estranged father when he suddenly awoke from his coma while she was by his side.  Throughout her lengthy career in Hollywood, Melody has worked with some of the greats including: Clint Eastwood, Brian DePalma and Alfred Hitchcock.

Now in a conversation with Michael Fairman on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Melody opens about her decision on the stories she told in the books, her favorite and least favorite storylines as Nikki on Y&R, working with Eric Braeden (Victor) and the entire company of the CBS daytime drama where she has been for over 40 years, and how she hopes her memoir might help others; including those stage moms and children considering life in front of the camera and more.

To watch the full interview with Melody, check it out below.

Then let us know, what have you been most surprised to learn about Melody this past week as her memoir has come out? What is your favorite or least favorite storylines of Nikki’s on Y&R over the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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