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The Sharon Case, Joshua Morrow, and Camryn Grimes Interview – The Young and the Restless

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This month has seen many twists and turns in the relationships between Sharon Newman (Sharon Case), Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow), and Mariah Copeland (Camryn Grimes), and we are just half way though September!  Nick finally popped the question to Sharon once again, and the star-crossed duo are seemingly on their way to saying their “I do’s!”  Meanwhile, Mariah is trying to come to grips with the fact that Sharon is actually her biological mother, and that she was given away at birth, and into the hands of sociopath Ian Ward (Ray Wise)!  And everyone in Genoa City better beware, because Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) is finally awake and out of her coma, and when she gets back to town, it can only wreak more havoc for the complex Shick family!

On-Air On-Soaps had the opportunity to sit down with Sharon Case, Joshua Morrow, and Camryn Grimes to talk about all the on-going drama, and the history of these three actors and their characters, which harkens back two decades for Sharon and Joshua, and almost 14 years for Camryn.  And with this being a very special month for Sharon, who is celebrating her 20th anniversary on-air with the number one daytime drama, the time was right for us to take a stroll down memory, look at the present, and even try to predict the future.

What we did glean from our visit with this dynamic, funny, and oh-so talented trio, is that Y&R viewers are in for a major rollercoaster ride as the story of Sharon, Nick, and Mariah continues to heat up as we continue into fall!  How much time will elapse before Sharon’s secret, that she switched Summer’s (Hunter King) paternity test to make it look like Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is the young gal’s bio-dad, and not Nick, comes to light and throws a huge monkey wrench into the happy couple’s bliss?  Now that is the million dollar question!  Here’s our candid conversation with three of our all-time favorites!

MICHAEL:

Sharon’s 20th on-screen anniversary with The Young and the Restless just happened!  It’s quite a milestone.  So, let’s first talk about Sharon!  Joshua, tell me what happened when you first met Sharon Case?

JOSHUA:

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The first time I met her, we were doing a multi-screen test with six girls, maybe. The show had other Sharon’s previously.  I remember it was late in the day after work.  They had all these beautiful actresses come in and Sharon was clearly “The Sharon”!

MICHAEL:

Did you have input with the producers, as to who of the girls was the best for the part of Sharon Collins?

JOSHUA:

Yeah, they asked me.  I said, “She is definitely the best of all of them.”  Now my word didn’t mean anything back then, as I was just a kid off the bus from Oklahoma. Nowadays, I get to pick who I want to work with! (Laughs)

CAMRYN:

This is like hearing the story of how your parents met!  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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So Joshua, how do you think Sharon turned out?

JOSHUA:

She’s the best!  I mean 20 years, and Sharon has won awards and accolades for her work, because she is who she is, and because she is great, and perfect for this role.

MICHAEL:

Camryn, what did you think as a little girl when you met your on-screen mother for the first time?

CAMRYN:

I would just like to say: I don’t remember specifics being six-years-old at that time. I don’t think I tested with Joshua and Sharon.  I remember I auditioned one day and got the part the next day.  What I do remember is that Joshua and Sharon were so young and kind of the same age as my real life parents, and so it seemed like a very seamless transition.  I was with Sharon and Joshua every day, and I remember carrying this doll around and I use to hate it …

MICHAEL:

… And now you are on the show in a nightie! (Laughs)

CAMRYN:

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(Laughs) I ended up hating that doll so much, because I had to carry it around with me everywhere, and so Joshua would play football with it.  I think one time it got caught in the light switch and the lighting guys would get upset …

JOSHUA:

… Yes, it would get caught sometimes, and one of the crew would have to knock it down.  I just remember our then producer Ed Scott going, “Please don’t throw the doll up into the lights!” (Laughs)

CAMRYN:

I just remember Sharon feeling like she was a big sister to me, and being able to talk to her, and that it was a lot of fun.

MICHAEL:

Sharon, it’s been 20 years on the number one soap opera, does it feel like two decades have gone by?

SHARON:

It does and it doesn’t.  I look back and think about all those days, and scripts, and all those love scenes, and photo shoots!

JOSHUA:

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I was never in my clothes back then!  I was way more naked back then … then I am in now!

SHARON:

I keep asking for more nude scenes … and that doesn’t happen! (Laughs)  So, I guess my weight around her doesn’t mean that much after 20 years.  (Laughs)  Seriously though, it doesn’t feel like I have been here 20 years, but it feels surreal.

MICHAEL:

O.K. Sharon, it’s your turn.  What do you recall when you first met Joshua?

SHARON:

I remember that screen test day too, and all the girls trying out for it.  I remember the scene was in Fenmore’s, and Joshua being super cute, and really handsome, and sweet to me.  Joshua was a good actor, and really professional too!  I remember him being very helpful, and thanks to him, I did a good job in the scene.

MICHAEL:

Joshua, you are responsible for delivering to the soap universe Sharon Case!  For myself and millions of fans, we thank you!

JOSHUA:

Wow!  I should be getting a gift!

SHARON:

You know sometimes, the other person you are paired with in a scene doesn’t help you out a lot, but Joshua did.  It was the beginning of our beautiful 20-year relationship.

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MICHAEL:

What do you recollect when they producers of Y&R told you that you were now going to have an on-screen daughter? 

SHARON:

Someone said, “You know, your daughter is here. You should go meet her!”  And so I go, “Yeah, I guess I should.  Where is she?”  I couldn’t believe I was going to be playing the mother of a six-year-old.  I felt a little young at the time, but I also thought this is going to be a challenge for me as an actress.  I have never played a mom before.  When I met Camryn she looked me up and down.  I will never forget what she said!  She said, “You’re going to be my mom?” (Laughs)

CAMRYN:

I was such a brat!

SHARON:

It wasn’t that you were being bratty; it just was I didn’t look like I would be a mother to a six-year-old.  I looked like a kid myself!  I thought Camryn’s reaction was honest.  So I responded to her by saying, “Yes!  I am playing your mother, and I feel ya.  But we will work it out.”  And we did!

MICHAEL:

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I must give kudos to Joshua, who was terrific in the recent weeks, as Nick was putting the pieces together of who exactly Mariah was!  It was the first time that I recall where Nick was not being a doofus, or wasn’t an idiot, and he figured everything out on his own!  How was playing that? (Laughs)

JOSHUA:

Well, I’m not used to not being an idiot! (Laughs)  It was untested ground for Nick. (Laughs)  It was a great story!  I really enjoyed telling it.  I thought Camryn did an amazing job of playing someone else.  It is such a distinct difference from Cassie,  and I really liked that she was hitting on me … like all the time! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Camryn, you told me when you first came back to the Y&R, and I suggested Mariah would hit on Nick, that the show would never go down that road!  See what happened!  I know these things! (Laughs)

CAMRYN:

I really did not think they would really go down that road, and then … they really went down that road!

SHARON:

Joshua is the only one amused by it!

CAMRYN:

Joshua thought it was hysterical!  I thought he was going to be horrified like I was, and have a normal sane person’s reaction.  But he just thought it was the funniest thing in the world!

JOSHUA:

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Now let’s be clear: I wasn’t enjoying Camryn Grimes putting the moves on Joshua Morrow.  However, what I was taking an incredible amount of pleasure in enjoying was watching the physical effect it was having on Cammie saying the words, and looking longingly at me.

CAMRYN:

Oh God!

JOSHUA:

She was turning green!  Me and the cameraman were just ruining her.  This poor girl!

CAMRYN:

The peak of it was when we had that fantasy thing, and originally I thought it was going to be that we kissed, well at least, that’s what I heard.  I was trying to be like, “O.K. You’re going to do it, and you’re going to be a professional, and it’s going to be fine! He’s an attractive person   …” I was psyching myself up for this, and then we weren’t going to kiss.  We did this thing where I literally got so close to Joshua’s face, and then they yelled, “Cut!”  Then after that, I fell to the ground.

JOSHUA:

When I knew it was happening, I was never going to allow the kiss to happen, but I could not tell her that.  I already talked to our executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and said, “You know, I am not putting my mouth on this young woman.  She is like my child.”  Jill went, “Of course! Of course!”  But I knew this bothered Camryn so much!

SHARON:

But if it was your on-screen sister … that would have been OK!

JOSHUA:

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Right!   I would have attacked Amelia Heinle (Victoria) or Abby (Melissa Ordway)! (Laughs)  I had to draw my boundaries somewhere!  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Sharon, when the story called for Mariah to try to seduce Nick, how did you handle that?

SHARON:

Oh, I just didn’t watch.  I thought, “You know what?  If I just pretend this isn’t happening, then I won’t know, and then I will be better off.”

CAMRYN:

After those scenes, Jessica Collins (Avery) came out of her dressing room, and I was explaining to her what happened as I was leaving the set, and she said, “Oh, you poor thing!” (Laughs)

JOSHUA:

It was honestly one of the most fun things; I just killed Cammie about it.  I was teasing her and going, “You are looking at my butt, aren’t you?”  And then I am lifting up my shirt going, “You want some of this!” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Joshua and Sharon, what have you thought about Camryn’s recent on-air performances?  I think she has been knocking it out of the park!

JOSHUA:

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Even when Camryn was a child, I never thought of her as just this “kid actress”.  She is just crushing scenes right now, and to watch her come in and play this completely different role has been incredible.  When she left the show, Camryn was a child, and now she is a woman.  This person that I love so much has grown up. The scenes that she did where she learns that Sharon was her mother in the hospital were some of the best I have ever seen.  I was so impressed.

SHARON:

We were all very impressed; those hospital scenes were really great.

CAMRYN:

I always seem to do really well in those hospital beds.

JOSHUA:

You kill hospital scenes! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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And this leads us into the heartbreaking and phenomenal Cassie deathbed scenes years ago at her hospital bedside.   It was unforgettable soap opera!

SHARON:

Joshua stole those scenes.  He was incredible.

CAMRYN:

I thought so too! I had to play being dead and I was crying.  And to play that with make-up running down my face, and not move was so hard.

SHARON:

I haven’t watched the scene in a long time, but every time I do I get teary-eyed.  It’s sad every time you watch it.

MICHAEL:

It’s a classic scene that will get you every time.  A hankie bonanza!

CAMRYN:

I remember walking into the room and my grandma was bawling watching it. I am like, “Why are you crying? She goes, “It’s just so sad!”

SHARON:

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It is just so sad that I don’t want it to see it on purpose!

MICHAEL:

Camryn, what happened when you found out that you were actually playing Cassie’s twin? At what point in the process were you clued in to what was happening?

CAMRYN:

I didn’t know for awhile.  When I first came back it was literally supposed to be for four to six episodes.  I thought it was going to be for a short stint, and then the show kept adding and adding more episodes, and that was in June of last year.  And then by October of last year I was like, “What is going on?  Is something happening?  Is this ending anytime soon?”  I was getting a sense that something must be in the works, and finally they said, “We are trying to figure it out. We are planning something.”  I didn’t know it was going to end up being a twin storyline.  First, it was, “You’re going to be alive and playing Mariah.”  I kind of found out in increments as I would get information.

SHARON:

I had no information!  I never like to know storyline in advance.

MICHAEL:

You don’t want to know the story, even if it’s one where they make Sharon go crazy, or wackadoodle for a bit?

SHARON:

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Yes.  I like to be surprised!  I mean, I read my scripts on Monday so I know what is happening, and what I am shooting that week, so I am that much surprised.  I am not one of those actors who wants to sit down and ask a bunch of storyline questions.  When a new character comes to the show for length of time, or for a day, I am kind of interested in that to find out what is going on, but for my own storyline, and for where my story is going to go, I don’t want to sit down and hear the whole thing.  It’s fun to guess, and the fans guess, too!  I like to experience it from that side as well.  As for Camryn, she has been coming back and forth to the show now for years.  She has been playing a ghost, either to Sharon or Nick, and as far as we knew, that was what we were doing.  I didn’t know that she was going to be the twin.

MICHAEL:

What do you think of Sharon’s reaction to learning she had given birth to twins? Didn’t you expect her to have more of a traumatic meltdown?  That was such a big revelation!

SHARON:

I think that we move in to other aspects of the story, and additional drama comes.  So, I think that if there weren’t all that going on, then yeah, Sharon would continue to focus and spin on that forever: “Oh my God!  I had a twin!”   But she can’t, because we have Phyllis waking up and all these other dramas in Sharon’s life going-on.  This storyline is really action packed between Mariah’s story, and all these other things happening at the same time.  There is just a lot to see.  Sharon has a lot of things to be concerned about.  She always does.  Sharon always micro-manages her life and overthinks everything.

MICHAEL:

Nick proposed to Sharon on last Friday’s episode!

JOSHUA:

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Yes! He has been ready to propose, but Sharon was the one who had reservations.  He was ready to go, but Sharon has had concerns about this looming secret.  She just didn’t want to mess things up for them.  So, Nick was patiently waiting around.  I think it was in a scene with Mariah where she said, “You guys aren’t really a family!” And I think that kind of triggers it for Nick, where he thought, “You know what?  It’s time.  Now is the right time to make it official for Sharon.”  So he does ask her to marry him, and she was ready now, I guess. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Isn’t this what Sharon Newman has always wanted?

SHARON:

Sharon has always wanted to marry Nick.  There has never been any real doubt in her mind. She is head over heels in love with Nick.  The only reason Sharon didn’t want to get married yet was because she really was concerned about this secret, and it ending up hurting Nick, and then God forbid having something happen to their marriage.

MICHAEL:

But she did say “Yes” this time!  Why so?  She just can’t resist Nick’s charms, can she?

SHARON:

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She did say, “Yes!”, because I guess she just can’t help herself around Nick! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Sharon is finally on her way to getting the nucleus of the family she so desperately wanted back!  However, Phyllis just woke up and when she hits town methinks things will start to fall apart!

JOSHUA:

She just awakened, and so when Phyllis is upright and moving around, we are looking forward to her throwing a wrinkle into the dynamic of Nick and Sharon.

MICHAEL:

What are your thoughts on how Gina Tognoni is doing inhabiting the role of Phyllis?

JOSHUA:

She has done great.  I just finished doing some scenes with her.  I watched her scenes on the monitor and she is doing very well.  I am very impressed.  As I have said to you before, she has huge shoes to fill, but I hope the fans will give her a decent shot, because it’s tough.  Recasts are always tough, and this one, in particular will be very tough, because of how big Michelle Stafford (Ex-Phyllis, now Nina, GH) was, and that the character of Phyllis is so huge.  So, we’ll see.  If the fans give Gina a chance, I think she is going to be amazing.

SHARON:

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I have always watched Gina’s work.  I always knew she would be right for the role.  The character she played on Guiding Light (Dinah) was similar to Phyllis and sure enough, it’s like she has had some experience in playing this role, somehow.  Gina just stepped right into it the part like she knew everything about it.

MICHAEL:

When I recently interviewed Gina, she told me that playing a character like Phyllis was in her “wheelhouse”.

SHARON:

O.K.!   So that makes sense, because of Dinah.  I was mentioning to Joshua that Gina has that look in her eye that this character is supposed to have like, “I am going to kill you!” That is the look Phyllis has all the time! (Laughs)  And Gina has that!  It’s really amazing!

JOSHUA:

Then, what’s the look Sharon always has in her eyes?

SHARON:

Yeah, what is the look?

JOSHUA:

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Well, the look Nick always has is, “Hey, let’s get in the Jacuzzi!” (Laughs)

SHARON:

No!  It’s “Go make me a sandwich!”

CAMRYN:

It’s somewhere between, “I’ll be in the Jacuzzi … when my sandwich is ready!”

MICHAEL:

Mariah is not handling that Sharon is her biological mother very well.  Guess that is an understatement.  She is just wandering around Genoa City!

CAMRYN:

She is wandering about, and she is not really sure what she wants.  She is trying to determine if she is going to flee, because that is what she is so used to doing, or what is keeping her here.  I think right now she is trying to figure out where she belongs, and how she is going to take this next step.

JOSHUA:

I meant to tell you Camryn, that there was a scene that was so minor, but I thought it was so amazing the other day, and that was when you were in the Underground.  You walked in and turned around and saw Hunter King (Summer).  The look the two of you gave each other was so freakin’ good!  I was like, “That is what it’s all about.  Right there!”

CAMRYN:

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The rivalries between Mariah, Abby, and Summer – Melissa Ordway, Hunter King, and I – have been a lot of fun in playing that dynamic. Hunter and I have some fun scenes coming up that are still along those lines.  However, I do like that Mariah has a friend.  I like that somebody at least enjoys her company … even though she can be a little bitchy.

MICHAEL:

Nick likes her!

JOSHUA:

Yeah, Nick likes her a lot… as soon as she stops trying to get in his pants! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Is that over with?

CAMRYN:

Yeah, I think so… or is it?  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Joshua and Sharon, what did you think of Nick’s proposal that aired last Friday?  Did you like how it was written, and how it played, given the history of these characters?

JOSHUA:

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Nick takes her to the place where they fell in love, and where he proposed the first time, which is the coffee house.  There is so much history between these two characters.  Nick tells his new brother Dylan (Steve Burton) to clear out the joint, and he makes it very special.  Nick is always a sucker for a big romantic moment.  I liked the scenes very much.

SHARON:

I did, too.  They were very sweet.  I thought the scenes were really beautiful.  It was nice to do it in the coffee house, because that was the first place that they got engaged.  It was a very emotional proposal.  I don’t know what we could have done to make those scenes any better.

JOSHUA:

We could’ve have gotten in a Jacuzzi!  Has there ever been a proposal in a Jacuzzi on a soap?  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

And what is Mariah’s reaction to the news of their engagement?

CAMRYN:

Mariah is not really happy about much these days! (Laughs)  She is troubled.

JOSHUA:

I feel like Mariah must listen to the music of Tori Amos all of the time! (Laughs)

CAMRYN:

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She listens to Alanis Morrisette! (Laughs)  I think this has been a stressful time for her.  I think any change or new information at this point, or anybody’s perceived happiness, will be very upsetting, because she has been through so much.  She has had the rug pulled from out from under her and that whole situation, and then the big fight with Sharon, and the betrayal and the trust broken.

MICHAEL:

Did you enjoy playing the bitter war of words between Sharon and Mariah, before Mariah was kidnapped by Ian (Ray Wise), and everyone came to the realization of just how these women are truly related?

CAMRYN:

Yes.  Those were tough, because there was a lot of dialog, and it was scene after scene. But they were fun!  It’s always fun to scream at somebody, when it’s not real.  And it’s fun to get in a fight with somebody on-screen, especially when it’s that charged.

SHARON:

We must have had 70 pages of dialog!

CAMRYN:

What got me so crazy is that I said horrible, horrible things to Sharon.  And Mariah keeps saying how Sharon kept saying horrible things to her, but what Mariah said to Sharon was so bad!

SHARON:

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They were great scenes.  There have been so many days we have shot recently that I have loved. That Mariah and Sharon scene was the beginning of it, and there are so many great shows to come.

CAMRYN:

There is an upcoming episode that I am so excited about.  I think that they just wrote a primetime show for daytime, and it was so much fun to shoot.  It was one of those episodes where there is so much drama, and there are so many storylines in it.  It airs on September 30th which centers around Nick’s bachelor party, and Sharon’s bachelorette party.

SHARON:

It’s must-see TV!

MICHAEL:

Joshua, are you in it?  Do you show up at the bachelor party? (Laughs)

JOSHUA:

Am I in it? (Laughs)  You think the fans would go for that, if I’m not in it? (Laughs)  That would anger the masses! (Laughs)

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CAMRYN:

Everyone’s in it.  The fans will love it. There are comedy elements to it, too.

SHARON:

There are so many great shows like that from the bachelor party and more.  We have been really busy over here.

MICHAEL:

I know they have been very busy recently with some major casting news in Genoa City.  It seems like everyone is trying to up their game of the four remaining network soaps.  And look at what’s going on between Y&R and GH with these “casting wars”!

JOSHUA:

Doesn’t it seem like they are playing a high-priced game of monopoly?  (Laughs) It’s like Fantasy Football, actually!

SHARON:

It just seems all of a sudden there is a concentration of that going on.  Over the years, people have appeared on two or three soaps. Right now there seems to be …

CAMRYN:

… A lot of back and forth!

MICHAEL:

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It would seem that Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and Mariah could just be each other’s next love match!  What are your thoughts on that Camryn?

CAMRYN:

I think anything is possible.  I like working with Greg … he is really funny.  I knew Greg when he first came on to the show.  I don’t know which writer is up there writing our scenes, but they are really fun.

SHARON:

You two together are amazing to watch, and you both play it really well. I love that pairing!

CAMRYN:

I am a geeky, nerdy person in real-life.  So playing that dynamic with Greg is so easy for me.  It’s like types of conversations that I would have with my guy friends, sometimes.

MICHAEL:

But there is always Nick!

JOSHUA:

She’s always got that ace up her sleeve! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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Joshua, are you in a good place and enjoying the current story for Mr. Nick Newman?

JOSHUA:

I have been busy telling a lot of story which has been fun.  I always love my job, and this show, and I love this medium.  I take it very personally when people put it down for any reason. I have been off Twitter sometimes, because I can’t handle the negativity that surrounds it now.  It used to be this forum that is fun and for people to share thoughts, but now it’s become this insane play box.  It’s like, who gives you the right to make fun of people I work with and complain about it? You obviously have your opinion, but the negativity is what resonates with people.  Look, obviously 90% of the feedback is positive.

CAMRYN:

I know what he is saying.  You read the positive ones, and you go, “Oh, wow!  That makes me feel so good.” And then the ones that are negative stick with you.  Unfortunately, I feel that is just the way that it goes.

SHARON:

For me, my fans have been so supportive on my boards it’s been a delight to read.  That is mostly what I say. I found myself tweeting recently, “Thank you everyone for your comments.  It’s so overwhelmingly positive. Thank you.”

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MICHAEL:

Sharon, I feel you should have the last word in the interview, because you just celebrated 20 years on-air.  So here we go!  In closing, what would you like to say?

SHARON:

My final word would be, “Thanks to the fans. That is really what matters here.”  I sat down to tweet everyone: CBS, Sony, the Bell Family, the cast and the crew, but I really want to, here and now, thank the fans for watching The Young and the Restless and sticking with it for 40 plus years, and with my character for the last 20.  It’s been an honor.

JOSHUA:

I want the last word, and it’s going to be, “helicopter”! (Laughs)

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Shirley Strickler

Loved the interview 🙂

Rose
Rose

Awww, good interview!

Wendy
Wendy

Truly THE best interview yet here. Talking to Sharon, Camryn and Joshua must have been a lot of fun but a challenge to stay on topic and stop the joking about Mariah & Nick’s almost ‘Thing.’ It’s so great to read their enthusiasm for the difficult scenes, the emotional scenes and with the longevity of the three of them working for so many years.
Whenever I see flashbacks to when Camry was just a little girl with freckles and now see her acting on the show, it’s wonderful to know how her acting career really has come full circle.
The trust that Joshua and Sharon share doing such emotional scenes shows. They each react so honestly as their characters to each others situations in the story lines. It’s something that as a long time viewer, one learns to be able to predict and trust also. It adds to the daily consistency within the plots with Sharon and Nick.
The pleasure is all mine to be supportive of these hard working actors and the others at Y&R as they have the scripts to learn, the daily shooting schedules and often very long days. Thanks to them all.
Just want to add the new webpage format of a white background is so much easier to read as well as the font here in the comments section. Thanks for the change, Michael.

juju
juju

My..Joshua Morrow has a really frat boy humor/vibe in this interview..maybe he is more like Nick in real life than i thought..makes me feel sorry for him..lol.

Barbara
Barbara

Good interview. Love Nick & Sharon & liking Mariah more all the time.

Nikki
Nikki

I love Camryn. Her acting has always been nothing short of fantastic. I love Sharon as well but I wish the writers would give her a lot more backbone. I love the way they have Nikki & Sharon getting along lately. Could Nikki finely see that Sharon was sick and very much like her Sharon has an illness. Maybe Victoria could play nice to Sharon as well since she’s no angel.I like Nick but I don’t support Shick. I will always love Shadam.

Harry
Harry

Agreed. You ever notice how some child actors are naturally gifted but that gift seems to fade away with maturation and life experience?
Not so with Camryn. In fact those two aforementioned elements have only enhanced her acting.

Barbara Johnson
Barbara Johnson

Joshua and Sharon plus Camryn are part of “our” extended family — have been for years. Such good acting — so enjoyable to watch. Great interview. Thank you.

Becki
Becki

Thank you for sitting down to chat with these three. For me, the years with Nick and Sharon apart from one another were difficult. I know with Phyllis back in the mix things are bound to go out of control again, but just seeing the proposal and getting to enjoy Nick and Sharon as a couple again for a while has been a true joy.

I’ve never been a fan of lost twin storylines, but somehow with Camryn, Joshua and Sharon it’s been fun and interesting to watch, Maybe I’m just blinded by happiness at having Camryn back on the show.

Once again, appreciate the interview.

elm1951
elm1951

awesome interview! thank you michael……………

k/kay
k/kay

Great Interview thanks Michael for acknowledging Ms. Case’s 20 years. No matter over the years how bad the writing could be for SC she will always be my favorite character. Rooting for them that Nick & Sharon do get together and stay that way.

Karlie
Karlie

Truly, truly loved this interview. I have loved Sharon Case’s portrayal of “Sharon” from day 1. She is my all-time favourite soap actress and I am beyond over the moon that this writing regime has finally started to write Sharon more in character and given her more backbone (don’t stop there though writers – she needs to finally stand up to Phyllis the Terror!). The break-up of Shick and then the subsequent years of demeaning and degrading Sharon’s character was like a punch in my gut, and I had to stop watching the show for a while. After such a long wait, please let Nick and Sharon stay together with Mariah, Faith and Noah! Camryn Grimes is bar none the best child actor this show has ever had and I am so happy that CG is back as Cassie’s twin. This young woman is an incredible actress and I am loving every single second of this storyline involving the Shick family.

I adore JM, SC and CG as the Shick family and Michael, this was a wonderful interview! I adored every part of it! Thank you to the wonderful Sharon Case for giving us devoted Y&R viewer 20 glorious years!

Moose17
Moose17

I agree that it is way over due for Nick and Sharon’s union in Love ,Respect & Commitment to each other. I always disliked the storyline where that evil Phyllis seemed to had redeemed her god awful character, stole everyone’s husband . Was very tragic when they made Sharon’s character lose Nick and go off in the direction she did. But now Nick & Sharon are once again together, I pray these writers keep them strong together. I always believed Phyllis went to a sperm bank to get pregnant with Summer and that she told Nick it was his to hang on to him.. I do hope it turns out that way or that Jack is actually Summer’s father. Even though Sharon altered the paternity tests, it can still be written that Summer was NOT Nick’s but either Jack’s or a sperm donor. BTW, when are the writers going to finally and justifiably give Victor what he deserves, no friends, loss of his money & all family communications . It is ironic that Adam, Jack and Sharon always get kicked around with the other characters not giving them second chances free & clear .Yet Victor and Nikki constantly do others wrong and come out on top. Such a bad message this type of storyline sends to young impressionable viewers ,not to mention the frustration & stress it causes the intelligent viewers. Welcome Back Nick & Sharon. Just love you two. And welcome back Camryn

Harry
Harry

Great interview, Mr. Fairman. It’s been fun watching these two grow up on screen. And Camryn as Mariah is really making these two actors step it up a notch or two.

Darlene Smith
Darlene Smith

Loved this interview!
These actors are so dedicated to their work.
This is what makes daytime soaps so habit forming!

Sundayluv
Sundayluv

Best interview. Answered all my questions in my head. I miss Noah now.

Mary
Mary

Great interview Nick, Sharon, n Mariah. I love the scenes with nick n sharon. There are the couple of y/r. They have shared a special bond for yrs n I think the love they have is amazing. I hope they live the life there meant to have. Mariah I hope she comes around n learn that she has a family that love n care for her. She is nick n Sharon’s daughter. She may not be newman but nick will treat her like one. nick is the best father to his kids. Phyllis needs to start her happiness with jack n summer at the abbott house. She belongs there. She is a homewrecker n caused alot of pain for sharon n nick. She needs to mind her business……michael great job on interview n please, please keep sharon n nick happy together. They are soulmates like his parents Victor n nikki. I love young n the restless. That’s my #1 show.

Sharon
Sharon

I love Nick and Sharon together, please don’t break them up. They are so good together. These two are my favorites. I have been watching Y&R for over 20 years

brenda
brenda

Loved the interview. I’m Glad the writers are going to have mirrah and kevin being friends and maybe benifts. lol.

GregoryKemmis
GregoryKemmis

This is an awesome interview.

All three of them are very talented, and the acting performances have been so powerful and incredible to watch lately, plus I enjoyed laughing almost every time at Joshua Morrow’s humorous comments.

I never knew that Camryn Grimes played her role since 6 years old, since I really didn’t recognize her face in older episodes, but she is amazing, and I hope she remains on the show just as long, if not longer this time.

Congratulations to Sharon Case also on her 20 year milestone as well. I’m a fan of Nick and Sharon myself, (much more than Nikki and Victor.), because they love each other and are a decent couple who don’t take advantage or control each other; I hope Mariah can blend in soon.

I watch online on weekends now, but until I am given another reason to in an episode or its scene, I continue to “Join Us Again for ‘The Young and the Restless’.”

GK

Kathy Martino
Kathy Martino

What a great interview! I love the characters that Joshua, Sharon & Camryn play on the show. You are all excellent actors. Actually the entire cast of Y&R are so talented. I look forward to seeing the show everyday. I just started watching the show about 2 years ago because I have always worked. I love every minute of it. You are all so talented. Look forward to seeing the show and you all on it for many more years to come!

damien
damien

Nick and sharon are y n r!! period! not phick, not shadam… Shick!!!

Marjorie Paine
Marjorie Paine

Have been watching Y&R for years and absolutely love it. Have gotten more interested in Camryn Grimes since she came back as Mariah due to the fact she looks a lot like my 19 year old granddaughter. Can you tell us anymore about Camryn in real life? And no, I wasn’t thinking about making Cassie into triplets. Lol

Glenn
Glenn

Have watched for 40 years it is the best love all the twists and turns. They have a fantastic cast.

GEORGE GILLESPIE
GEORGE GILLESPIE

I DVR Y&R everyday at 7P.M. eastern TVGN. Suffice to say, I just start watching when I get home from work and go back to the beginning of the show if I am not home by 7 p.m. Admittedly, I was worried at first when Jill Farren Phelps took over the realms. I was probably one of her harshest critics. When Maureen Bauer was killed of Guiding Light, I was not in a forgiving mood. I went onto YouTube and watched the episodes leading up to Maureen’s death and its after affects. The dialogue was stellar, rooted in gritty reality. After a rocky start, Y&R has hit its stride. The late William J. Bell is smiling upon his masterpiece. The show is better than ever, and Joshua, Sharon and Camryn bring on their “A” in every scene. Can hardly wait for Gina to bring her spin on Phyllis into the mix. I am a big fan of her work. I’ve watched Y&R since grade school when it aired during the lunch hour. The show was a half hour then. Thanks for close to 40 years of memorable drama. It just might be time for a primetime special. I remember those days quite well!!!!! Thanks for the memories

Elaine Oxford
Elaine Oxford

Well it has all bee said super interview Michael like the new white back ground, me 40 years and still look forward to watching these three great actors Than you all great interview Michael ’till next time, elaine

Elaine Oxford
Elaine Oxford

Sorry a few letters missing unfortunately I am unable to edit this Elaine

David
David

I’ve watched Y&R since it’s debut in 1973 and have always loved Josh,Sharon,and Camryn playing a family. Congrats to Sharon’s 20th anniversary and to Camryn’s return, and not to leave out Josh: “you da man” 😀

Sue Rudsinski
Sue Rudsinski

When Nick proposed to Sharon the first time, there was a song playing in the background. It was called “I am so in love with you” by U.N.V. I was hoping to hear it in the background this second time. Hopefully they will correlate the song with the two again….if they ever make it to the altar!!!!

Cathy Shapiro
Cathy Shapiro

I love that they are still together, and the writer brought Carmryn back. Josh and Sharon are great on TV and know each other well.

Gloria Venger
Gloria Venger

Loved the interview. Have been a fan for along time. Camrym has grown up to be a lovely young lady. Please keep doing what you are doing. Looking forward to see what happens at the wedding.

Argusta Gilmore Bennett
Argusta Gilmore Bennett

This story has been a fixture in my life for a very long time……..Although you’ve made mistakes here and
there, Y&R, I will always tune in!!!! Thank you for giving it your best through the years!

cathy
cathy

I have been watching the show 40 plus years, and I love Sharon, Nick and there daughter. I want things to go like real life, to live happley ever after and that is not always go right. I am a big fan of Sharon and Nick. Sharon as a actress is wonderful. So many things she has done have been wonderful and I hope she keeps it up. I am glad that Camrym is back. Keep up the good work everybody.

Renee
Renee

I have watched this show since I was a child – with my grandmother when it first aired!! I love this show and all of the characters. This last year has been great and keeps getting better. Great interview – Thanks so much!!!!

Tracey
Tracey

I enjoyed reading the interview. I have only been watching YR a few years but I love Nick and Sharon’s history together. I hope their story goes on past the secret coming to light.

MPMAJOR
MPMAJOR

Late commenting but I enjoyed the interview with J.M., S.C., and especially C.G.’s portion. I loved Mariah’s storyline turning out as Cassie’s twin and how she happened to be stolen by Helen Copeland and Ian Ward. What an ingenious way to bring back the actress, C.G. I hope Mariah becomes Sharon’s daughter in every way for the future. Sharon needs a family who will support and stand by her thru thick and thin. Her own family abandoned her at her most vulnerable times when she lost her daughter Cassie (Nick, the husband abandoned her and their very young son, Noah) and Sharon had to grieve alone and pick up the pieces somehow. She lost her life and especially the life with her family of a decade. She also had a baby stolen or kidnapped, too, by Adam and the doctor who delivered the baby who is Faith now. She had to live 6 months thinking her baby died at birth because she was given ashes of her baby by Adam. Which she spread all alone without no family or friends and had to grieve again thinking she lost another baby daughter which she carried for 9 months. Sharon has suffered all these years at the hand of the Newman men, Nick, Adam, and Victor (because he set out to take revenge on Adam and set him up to take the fall for Skye’s disappearing and wanted Adam to fall under suspicion of her disappearing and Victor made it look like she was murder by Adam by having blood droplets left behind. Sharon tried to get evidence of Skye in Hawaii which led to her imprisonment for Skye falling into volcano and dying while Victor hid nearby and did not lend a hand to pull up Skye. So, she fell to her death. Sharon ended up paying for it by going to prison for months until Victor finally had a concious to finally help by hriing a lawyer to appeal her conviction and find evidence. To this day, Sharon does not get a break from the Newmans. Victor has been bent on revenge on Sharon. Why is Victor blameless? He shares responsibilty in marrying his former wife of his sons and where is the outrage from his own family over that to this day, no one has ever voiced their outrage at Victor, the family patriarche and grandfather of Noah and Faith, Sharon’s children. Instead, he is bent on destroying Sharon, and he keeps using the excuse of protecting his family and yet he is bent on destroying his own grandchildren’s mother (Noah and Faith’s mother). I don’t get the writing and it does not make sense at all with Victor using the exuse of protecting his family and yet he is destroying his grandchildren’s mother. I no longer enjoy the character, Victor Newman, anymore. And, why is everyone picking on the character, Sharon? Isn’t it about time to give this woman, Sharon, a break. We, her fans, have suffered watching… Read more »

joahuck
joahuck

I agree that Sharon is once again getting the short end of the stick…even Noah seems to have abandoned her. Victor needs to pay for his meddling mean ways and deserves to lose his family. As for Nick, I am SO disappointed in him for turning away from Sharon AGAIN. She has a legitimate illness and he said he understood and would love Sharon no matter what the outcome of her memory loss. He needs to be held accountable for his role in the paternity test mess.
I’m angry the writers let Phyllis get the upper hand on Sharon yet again. I will have to stop watching if the current trend of Nick, Victor and Phyllis’s holier than though attitudes continue to debase Sharon. Also, why must Faith suffer? Nick really needs to think everything through and forgive Sharon. He also shouldn’t be excused for his abandonment of Sharon after Cassie’s death.

Karlie
Karlie

Sharon IS being thrown under the bus again to prop Nick, Victor and Phyllis. It’s a known fact that Joshua Morrow complained to the JFP that he didn’t want Nick to be the bad guy regarding Summer’s paternity (JM stated this in an interview early last year, i.e. that he spoke to Jill about this storyline). So instead they allowed Sharon to take the fall that rightly belonged to Nick. For that, I’ve lost ALL respect for JM and for the character Nick. After all the effort spent by Lynn Latham, then Maria Bell to destroy Sharon – and all that has been torn away from her e.g. her family, her friends, her career, even her own mother sided against her – this writing regime STILL continues to tear down Sharon and have troglodytes like Victor, Nick and Phyllis always have the upper hand? Let’s get something straight here: Sharon is the the wronged party from the disgusting Phick affair. Sharon, not Phyllis, not Nick! Sharon’s character was systematically destroyed to prop Phick and Phyllis. It makes what JM/Nick have done to Sharon now all the more disgusting and I can’t support it. Sharon never deserved to have her character treated this way while the vile Victor and Phyllis get to gloat triumphantly in her face? WTH?! Just no.

I am happy to see on Twitter and soap message boards many fans feel the same way I do and Nick is being vilified; the complete opposite of what Josh wanted. He and the writers have grossly underestimated fan reaction to this paternity switch storyline, which Sharon NEVER should have been dragged into to spare Nick from “looking bad”. I will never root for Victor, Phyllis or Nick again.

Kena
Kena

I have loved Nick and Sharon since day one. I’m one of the fans who have been watching since day one….before VCR’s …..through High School and College. College Days were fun because you had to fight with friends over Y & R or All My Children at the time(70’s) Here I am still watching at age 55…never miss a day! It is so nice to have been watching Nick, Sharon, Jack, Mrs. C., Jill, Victor, Nikki, Neal, Michael, Lauen all these years. I think it is what makes the show so great. It keeps all the old customers watching while the new material gets a new young audience. I would bet it is about time to bring everyone to tears again.. I have an idea of who it will be….but I sure hope I’m wrong! Here’s to another 40 years! Hope I make it! Still hoping to make it to the set one day to visit…..it is on my Bucket List! Guess you can say I’m Hooked or Obsessed! lol Nick, don’t forget the promise you made Sharon….I want to see you together but I will enjoy the journey of you getting back to her!

GladysBrancati
GladysBrancati

Sharon and Nick need to be together . She is gorgeous. And Nick of course is sooo handsome. Come on Mr. Bell make them the future matriarch. And please do not let Victor always win over Jack who is a good man

Sharon case
Sharon case

My boyfriend and I just want to say that we love you! You play your part excellent! I have acted before…Ice Castles, Little Big Leugue, and a commercial for KQRS radio in minneapolis. I would love to be a part of the Y and R family. Sharon please suggest it to the BOSS! Roberta Ingvaldsen and TIM Smeby

General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Jonathan Jackson Talks Avery’s Love Quandary, Saying Goodbye To ‘Nashville’ & If He Would Return To General Hospital

With just three weeks before the series finale of CMT’s Nashville, Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson) finds himself in a major conundrum.  The woman he has loved and had a child with, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panetierre) has returned home after escaping a cult compound, just as Avery has opened himself up to the start of a new relationship with Alannah (Rainee Blake).  After not hearing from Juliette, added to the many times he felt she abandoned him and their child, will a betrayed and hurt Avery want to find a way to patch up their relationship … or try to keep Alannah by his side?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson to get the lowdown on what transpired over the last few episodes and how it may end for Avery, as we inch closer and closer to having to say farewell to the Music City drama.

Since Nashville wrapped its sixth and final season a few months back, General Hospital fans have been wondering and hoping, if now is the time that Jackson would return to his role as the beloved Lucky Spencer, the son of Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis). Jackson originated the role in 1993 and stayed with the series till 1999.  He next returned in 2009 for a few years, then left again, and was cast on Nashville.  Jonathan made a special return in 2015 to appear in a storyline that reunited him on-screen with Geary one final time, before the soap icon retired from the show.  In this interview, Jackson addresses a return, some of his favorite moments of all-time on GH, what he learned from Tony and Genie, and more.

Those that follow Jackson are aware that his talent knows no bounds.  He is also focused on his music career, and his band Enation, which has been building on its success, playing recent sold out shows in Europe, while Jackson also had been on the final Nashville tour performing with the cast.  So, buckle up!  The next step in Jackson’s career will be one to watch.  Now, check out our insightful and heartfelt conversation below.

Avery is caught in a compromising position by Juliette, when she walks in while Avery is making out with Alannah, who has just has taken her top off.   What goes on in Avery’s mind at that point?  Is it, “Oh, no! I’m busted!” (Laughs)

JONATHAN:  It’s all sorts of things.  There is the visceral reaction, and then in his mind trying to figure what to do.  It’s sort of awkward, because they are in her house and her photos are everywhere (Laughs).  However clumsily and strange it is, he is trying to move on and get a life together with someone, and yet deep down he still has feeling for Juliette, which is mixed with anger and all of that.  He is having all different confusing conflicting emotions, all at the same time, and for Alannah as well.  It’s kind of a mess!

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By the end of this week’s episode, viewers saw Avery and Juliette start to talk, with Avery letting her know just how he feels about her leaving him, and that he has decided to move out.  All Juliette is asking is that he keeps talking to her.  As Nashville moves toward its conclusion, the big question for the character of Avery will be … who is he going to end up with, if anyone?  I would assume many longtime fans would be rooting for Avery and Juliette, because they have gone through so much together.

JONATHAN:  Yes.  However, I have been receiving messages from fans, and talking to fans on tour, and they are slightly conflicted, too.  There is a lot of love for Avery and Juliette, but there is also frustration around the whole thing, and that they want Avery to move on and be happy. 

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Where is Avery at with his relationship with Alannah?  He was getting close to her, and now she is attempting to put distance between them since Juliette resurfaced.

JONATHAN:  It’s difficult to pinpoint where Avery is at right at this moment.  There is a lot going on, and a lot of it is rooted in the fact that he went to Bolivia to try and bring Juliette home, and when she refused him that was so devastating for him.  The Alannah relationship snuck up on him. In some sense his heart is still attached to Juliette, but his mind is telling him it’s over, and that she is gone.  Avery and Alannah are connected to each other on a certain level.  It surprised both of them.  I think he has genuine feelings for her, but it’s also him pushing himself to move on from Juliette, which is something he has not been able to do.

Without Alannah, the band flounders with Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery, and then there is the health situation with Will (Chris Carmack).  Alannah’s presence really put a kink in Gunnar and Avery’s friendship.  She stared out with one guy, and was on her way to being with another.

JONATHAN:  Gunnar and Avery are really good friends and care about each other a lot, and it is certainly an awkward moment in their friendship.   In terms of the band, they lose Will who has been through this health crisis, and then Alannah.  The music components are kind of imploding and they are just trying to hold on to their friendship, and not have that implode along with the band.

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Brad (Jeff Nordling) is making advances towards Alannah, and she originally tells Avery about it.  What does he think of the situation?  Now, she may do whatever Jeff wants her to do to get ahead in the music biz, since Juliette came back into Avery’s life.

JONATHAN:  I think Avery is trying to be supportive of Alannah.  It was a little bit of a blow for her to leave the band, but he generally wants to support her.  Avery has this instinct to be protective, as well.  He kind of has to hold himself back a little bit and not complain too much. He knows Alannah is an independent person, and may not want his help.  With the situation with Brad, Avery is aware of it, but she is walking into that in her own way.  It’s a moment for Avery to sort of step back and trust her that this is how she wants to go about her career.

Did you know Rainee Blake was going to be your potential love interest this season? Did you screen-test with her?

JONATHAN:  We did not screen-test together.  I think relatively earlier on I heard that this might happen, but it is one of those things were you never really know.  Often times, the writers and the producers bide their time and see how things develop as a couple, and how the audience responds to the on-screen chemistry.  You never really know if it’s going to materialize.  I actually did like how Avery and Alannah started to connect on the tour bus several episodes ago. The audience got a tease of a different side of Alannah, and Avery kind of brought that out.  Rainee was great to work with.

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You have gotten the opportunity as Avery to tug on the heartstrings, as a dad raising his little girl, Cadence, all by himself, with a the runaway mother who never shows up.  How was the journey working with Hayden Panetierre?  You two had to battle, bicker, fight, and had to play all these ups and downs together to make the story work over many seasons of Nashville.

JONATHAN:   It was really amazing, and for me that is one of the things I will miss most about working on the show, and that is working with Hayden.  It’s such an interesting thing when you work with people for so many years, and all of the emotional ups and downs that the characters go through.  Often times, we would be doing a lot of intense and emotional scenes, but for whatever reason, we would find a way to have a lot of fun and find the humor when we are doing those.  I have a lot of love and respect for Hayden.  I think she is incredibly talented. We both started off in soap operas (Hayden was Lizzie on Guiding Light) and thus had a certain approach to our work, and our work ethic.  For me, it’s always a highlight in my career when I get to work with somebody that the scene is already great, because of the person you are working with.  We would constantly share ideas back and forth between us.  The thing about working on Nashville was the friendships we developed in the cast, especially going on tour with the cast and to experience all of that with everybody else.

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What happened when you found out that this sixth and final season of Nashville would be its last?  Did you have any idea that this was coming down the pike when you wrapped season 5? 

JONATHAN:  No.  I don’t think anybody knew when we wrapped season 5.  We did not know till right before everybody else that this was going to be the last season.  We were in production maybe halfway through season 6.  I think that it helped having that time to adjust, and it gave us some time for reflection.  It really did help in a sense, because you know other shows they might wrap a month, or two later, and it’s over.  You don’t get to say goodbye, but we really did.  We got to say our goodbyes.

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I can imagine that was heartbreaking.  When you think of the rollercoaster ride you and the cast had been through together which included: the cancellation by ABC, then the show coming back on CMT, only for it to be cancelled again, it’s quite a lot to deal with and not knowing if there is job security.  Do you recall your last day on the set?

JONATHAN:  I do remember it very well.  There were a lot of beautiful moments with people, and having so much love for the crew and so many amazing people that worked on the show.  We wrapped on April 10th and then we flew to the U.K. on the 12th   It was two days later that the tour started.  Even though filming was over, we were on a plane and then on a bus together, which was really good for all of us.  I know it was for me to have another ending.  In some ways, the end of the tour was even more emotional, because that really felt it was the end.

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Do you think there were more stories to tell on Nashville … or, do you think the series is going off the air when it should, as the stories can tend to get repetitive on any long-running series? Do you think this was the right time for Nashville to say goodbye?

JONATHAN:  I don’t know how other people’s perspectives are about it, but I know from my perspective, I think we told the story that was there to be told for these characters.  That is sort of the bittersweet reality of it.  It’s painful to say goodbye to a lot of people that I had become very close to, but at the same time, there was a sense of peace about it.  It really did feel like the right time.

What can you say tease about how Nashville concludes? The series finale airs on July 26.

JONATHAN:  One of the hardest things about being in a long form series; whether it be in the primetime format, or the daytime format, is often times the lack of resolution that takes place. You are pertually in Act 2 and in all the drama.  So, knowing that the show was over, allowed the writers to approach everything from the perspective of the end, and Act 3.  Certain storylines have resolution, and others are left open-ended.  There is a good overall balance from the writers of what the audience is going to experience with the end of the show.

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I produced the General Hospital 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys.  I remember looking at some of your storylines and touching performances all over again that still hold up to this day.  One in particular was Lucky pulling tough love on Luke (Tony Geary) during his father’s intervention.  Lucky is such a valuable character on the canvas.  Would you consider going back to GH? 

JONATHAN:  My perspective on that is; I don’t really put that off the table.  I really don’t have plans to do that, because after coming off six years on a series, that is a lot.  I am definitely looking for other projects that have an Act 1, 2, and 3, that happen a little sooner than Nashville did.  I always have going back to GH on the table, because it’s like a family for me.  I have always said that that even when I left in the 90’s; that GH would be something I would come back to.  But, I am very committed and excited about what is happening with Enation, and excited about some other projects that are out there on the acting front. I don’t see going back to GH in the near future, but I never write it off.

When you last returned you did come back to be part of Tony Geary’s exit.

JONATHAN: Yes, yes, which I was really happy to be a part of.

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Still years later, when you think of all the stories you portrayed as Lucky, is there one, or two that stand out to you among the rest?

JONATHAN:   There are many.  There were a lot of stories, and the writers wrote so much material, and that is a double-edged sword.  It’s great to have, but it was so much that I really couldn’t continue. (Laughs)

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I remember saying to you years ago, “You cry so well on camera. They are going to keep expecting you to cry, and they will be throwing scripts like that to you every day!”

JONATHAN:  And that is exactly what happened!   But for me, it’s the moments with the co-stars that I will always carry with me.  There are endless ones in my memory with Tony Geary. “The intervention” was certainly one of those moments.  I had those moments as well with Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas, now Stefan, DAYS), and Becky Herbst (Elizabeth).  I remember having these scenes with Maurice Benard (Sonny) when scenes on the soaps were much longer.  And of course, earlier on, with Genie Francis (Laura) as well.  I feel like as an artist, I was really formed by Tony and Genie’s presence and observing them and watching how they worked.  I asked so many questions to them as I really wanted to learn.  They really protected me in so many ways, and yet gave me the freedom to try to find my own way through a whole process as well.  Those are the things that really jump out at me, as well as working through the scenes prior to filming, especially with Tony.  He and I would go pretty deep with what we were trying to figure out; what the scenes were, and what they were about, and how to approach it.  That part of the process was really memorable to me.  The unique thing I think in this industry for me was that I started at 11-years-old and got to come back to the show in my mid-20’s, and got to have that connection with another actor, and explore this father and son relationship.

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I don’t think, and I really mean this, that there has been a father/son relationship on television like Luke and Lucky’s.   It was so multi-faceted.   Have you stayed in touch with Tony?

JONATHAN:  We definitely stay in touch.  Again, when I left General Hospital, I did not know if anything like that would happen again in my career where I would form sort of long-lasting friendships with people.  Most of the time you do a film and you get to know some people, and you go your separate ways, and that’s just how it is.  So I was really grateful for Nashville, because I feel like we were able to have those long-lasting relationships. I can’t really put into words my relationship with Tony.  It’s just a lot of love and gratitude, and respect that I have for him.

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Meanwhile, your music career is very exciting of late.  Last month, you played the Royal Albert Hall in London with your band, Enation.  How was that experience?

JONATHAN:  It was amazing.  I went overseas with the Nashville tour and then Enation did a couple of shows, and then we opened for Echo & the Bunnymen.  The last gig on that tour was at Royal Albert Hall.  I have loved Echo & the Bunnymen for such a long time, and so this was wonderful for us.

Will Enation be touring more coming up?  

JONATHAN:  We are looking to go back to Europe later this year, or the spring of next year, and are working out those details.  We are going to be touring in the United States later on this year.

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Did your wife Lisa (Ex-Hannah, GH) meet up with you on this recent European tour?

JONATHAN: The Nashville tour ended in Ireland, and then my wife and kids came over for the last two shows there. Then, got to go around Ireland for a couple of weeks and drive around, and it was fun.

Did you notice a difference between the European music fans of Nashville as opposed to those in the U.S.?

JONATHAN:  Yes, and no.  One of the things I have noticed playing over there is that the distinction in musical genres isn’t quite as a sharp as it is in the U.S.  Over there, the radio seems to play a lot different kinds of music.  So, it was a pretty seamless transition for a lot of the people that came to the Nashville show.   We see a slight difference in the music fan base, and it mainly has to do with that they may go to a country show one week, and a couple of weeks later go to a rock concert, and not think twice about the genre.  It’s just they are looking for good music.

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Hard to believe we are turning the page on another great character played by Jonathan Jackson as Nashville heads towards its finale.  What would you like to say to the fans, the #Nashies, who have loved, and have stuck with show every step of the way?

JONATHAN:  Just a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for all the support, especially when the show was cancelled.  CMT saw the enthusiasm and support from the fans here and internationally, and that was a huge part for us to be able to get the last few seasons.  It has really meant a lot to us creatively to write that 3rd act, sort of speak, and have that sense of closure. I also would just say to the fans that have come out to the Nashville concerts as well, that it has meant so much.  We feel like we have had some beautiful moments with everybody, and so I am very grateful for that.

So, what do you think will happen to Avery at the end of Nashville?  Do you want him to end up with Juliette, Alannah, or by himself? Should GH try to lure Jonathan back to the his role as Lucky Spencer? Comment below!

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Talks On: Jack Finding His True Biological Father, His Co-Stars, And If He Would Like A New Love Interest

On The Young and the Restless turns out Ashley (Eileen Davidson) is not the only child raised as an Abbott; whose father is not John.  As viewers learned back at the end of March, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is not the biological son of the Abbott patriarch, either!  This has sent Jack on a pursuit to find out who he truly is, and who he truly belongs to, because being John Abbott’s (Jerry Douglas) son meant everything to him.

Once again, this story has given multi-Daytime Emmy winner, Peter Bergman an opportunity to play the complex layers of one of daytime’s best characters.  Recently, Jack had gone through his mother Dina’s (Marla Adams) old diary, where there was a key page missing out of it.  He then located a photo, which led him to believe that none other than late Phillip Chancellor II (played by the late Donnelly Rhodes) is his real father.  Is Jack a Chancellor?

Hell-bent on exhuming the body for DNA proof, Jack is getting massive pushback from just about everyone on Genoa City.  It is not helping the situation that Dina is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and her recollections of what transpired years ago when she had an affair, may not be accurate.  Now this week, Jack has a plan that may backfire and ends up involving his son, Kyle (Michael Mealor) in the process.  Will these two work together to get the proof of the truth?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the actor’s actor, Peter Bergman to get his take on: the surprise story twist he never saw coming, if Jack has the purest of intentions, or if he is just chomping at the bit get his hands on Chancellor Industries, if he would like to see Jack have a new love interest, and more.  It’s always a treat to speak with Peter.  Here is what he had to say about Jack’s latest inner-turmoil.

Jack is not John’s Abbott’s son.  He is searching for the answer of who is his biological father.  Now, Jack believes he has found the answer in the photo he found that included Phillip Chancellor II, and then went to Dina to confirm the answer, even knowing his mother is battling Alzheimer’s disease.  Don’t you think he jumped on this notion of Phillip being his dad all too son?

PETER:  Jack has stumbled upon evidence that this is for real with the photo he found.  He went to Dina on what was a very lucid day for her, and she was pretty damn clear.  So, therefore it wasn’t just the ramblings of a lost woman.  Jack is very eager for an answer.  Could it be argued that he jumped on this as a possibility? Yes, and for a number of reasons.  First, he feels somewhat utter-less and needs to be connected to something, but he also knows his family, and the history of this family, and “Oh, my God” could that be a way out of this untethered feeling that he had.  So he is really grabbing on to this pretty quickly.  Second, it is not lost on Jack that part of inheriting all of Phillip’s traits might also bring him part of the Chancellor estate, which would belong to Jack and perhaps he could pick-up at the corporate level where he left off.  So that is exciting, but certainly not central to his thinking.

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Everyone thinks from Cane (Daniel Goddard) to Jill (Jess Walton), to Billy (Jason Thompson) , that all Jack truly wants is to stake claim as an heir and to try to take control of Chancellor Industries.  Are they that far off from the truth?

PETER:  How honest is Jack being with himself?  We will find out!  He would want to stake his claim … and maybe a little bit more!

What was your reaction when you learned that Jack would be revealed to be the son of Phillip Chancellor II, when for decades you have been playing so much of what drives your character that he is the son of John Abbott?  Were you like, “What!??” (Laughs)

PETER:  I have been doing this much too long, to go “Why?”  I, quite frankly ask, “Where do you want to go with this?  Where do you want to take me?” The things that I have done in the past that I have fought the most have usually been the things that really led me somewhere.  I tell the story all the time of John Abbott dying.  They decided to bring him back as Jack’s conscious, and he would appear in scenes with Jack and talk to him.  I thought “C’mon. This is The Young and the Restless, and I am doing a ‘ghost’ storyline?”  I fought it and I didn’t like it, and I was wrong.  It was fantastic, and it worked great, and the audience liked it.  I learned from it.   I don’t go, “Whaaat?” that much anymore.  There have been a few of those including: the whole doppelganger story, while it confused me at times, and I thought this had gone a few steps too far, but it led us to Billy/Phyllis/Jack story. It was a direct line to that, and one of the most dynamic storylines I have ever been in.  So, I see this current story, and I go, “That is an interesting turn.”  Then, as an actor, I dig into it.

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Jack wants to exhume Phillip’s body and everybody from Jill to Cane is objecting.  Esther (Kate Linder) is worried Mrs. C. will roll over in her grave if he does this move.  As we will see, Jack does not take “no” for answer.

PETER:  Jack eventually all but gives up, but then a door opens slightly for him to look at this a different way   Jack reluctantly walks through that door.

Do you think Jack has ever thought of the possibility of: “What if I am the son of someone from the circus … or the former pool boy at the country club?”

PETER:  I have thought it’s amusing when I have met people who have explored their past lives. They have always been a prince or a princess. They were never menial laborers.  I think he looks back and is kind of curious.  I think Jill points it out to him that he is not at all suspicious that he is the pool boy, or the golf pro’s offspring?  He knows the tryst happened at the country club, and so the first person you think of is one of the elite of the country club. 

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It would be such a huge devastating fall for Jack if something like that turned out to be true!  Jack so wants to belong to a family that has wealth and prestige that goes along with their name.  I wonder what it would be like if he had to say, “Yes. It’s true.  I am the pool boy’s son!” (Laughs)

PETER:  I don’t know how that would fit Jack.

How is working with the latest Kyle, you’re on-screen son, played by Michael Mealor? The part had been recast multiple times and the actor didn’t stick.

PETER:  I cannot say enough good things about Michael.  This is an extremely disciplined, very talented, and very professional guy.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him.  I think he is doing a great job.  Michael gets looser every show.  He likes to take big chances and try a lot of things.  We have had a lot of young actors on the show and what they do is try to project that they are cool.  They don’t go outside of the, “I’m going to be cool, and honest, and real.”  They say, “I am going to be solid, and make simple choices.”  Michael takes big chances doing large stuff, and going overboard  That’s scary do to as an actor, but I watch him in scenes with Hunter King (Summer) where he is trying to appear cool, but just her physical prescience gets to him.  You can see it in his performances and it’s wonderful to watch.   It’s lovely to see in a 26-year-old and it’s fantastic.  I have high hopes for Michael.

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This version of Kyle seems to be a bit of a chip-off-the-old-block.  He can play dirty just like his dad!

PETER:  As far as where Kyle is at … he is like Jack Abbott.  He is not a good guy, nor a bad guy.  Kyle is a bit of an opportunist with a heart, who wants to feel a part of things, but he also takes advantage of the situation, in a way that sometimes works against that. 

We saw Jack stumble and drink again as he fights his addiction when learning the news that John is not is biological father.  Do you see him stumbling again, and going back to popping pills and booze, if Phillip Chancellor II were not to wind up being his dad?

PETER:  I don’t know if he will see him spiraling, but it is worth saying for someone who is a constant and has a had guiding light of  ‘what’s right, and what’s wrong” and that now has been taken away from him essentially when John Abbot goes “Jack!”, that is a game-changer.  What we can expect from Jack now may change.  Jack isn’t as bound by “what would dad do” as he once was.

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So, we may be surprised with a turn in attitude from Jack?

PETER:  You may be surprised.  So much of his life, and certainly so much of what I play is that Jack has spent his whole life trying to be like John Abbott, because John Abbott is his father.   Now that is not so. So, how much effort should Jack be putting in to being like John Abbott?

Good point!

PETER:  It will be interesting to see where that goes!

We have seen many actors in the soaps portray drug and alcohol addiction. When Jack’s played itself out originally, it was one of the most harrowing to watch.

PETER:  He got to a dark place very fast.  It was out of control.  It was an important part of the Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) and Jack story, because he honestly did not have the strength to do it by himself, and he had somebody to help him through it   As it turned out, it was a formative experience for Jack and for Phyllis; one that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. They know things about each other that the rest of the world does not know.

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Billy recently read Jack the riot act, when Jack told his brother about being Phillip Chancellor’s son.  Having had it with Jack, Billy threw him out of his office.  Where do you think the relationship stands between the brothers at this point?

PETER:  It’s really hard for Jack.  He is still on the board at Jabot.  He has family ties there, and he still gets the checks, but it feels so weird for him, it really does.  He is trying to be a bigger man and let Billy do what Billy is going to do.  Deep down inside Jack has known Billy for a really long time, and when Billy sort of combusts, boy, does he go! Jack hates that Billy is holding the reins of Jabot, if things fall apart for Billy.

Viewers are seeing Billy turning to gambling again.  What would Jack do if he finds out what is happening to his brother?

PETER:  I don’t know what he could do.  I am not sure what he could do to stop the CEO of the company as things currently stand.  It’s hard for Jack to relax around Billy. It’s not a promising situation.

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Do you think the Jack and Bill will ultimately be there for each other when the chips are down moving forward?

PETER:  Jack has a soft place in his heart for addicts for reasons we both know, and a soft spot for family.  It will be interesting to see how well Jack’s patience holds up, if Billy should go down that particular rabbit hole.

Do you think Jack might visit Chancellor Park and have a chat with the late Katherine about the revelation about Phillip and Dina?

PETER:  I think Jack is really trying to be realistic about all of this.  It could clearly be proven, but he is impatient.  He could wait for Chance and Phillip III to come back from their Himalayan trip, but he does not want to wait.  It’s just so easy if everyone would be practical about this, and get some fragment of Phillip’s remains, and there would be a DNA test.

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Jack’s nemesis, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) is having a lot of issues, too.  This includes his mysterious health diagnosis …

PETER:  Oh, damn! (Laughs)

How does Jack feel about Victor these days and the plight that he is in?

PETER:  Jack has such contempt for Victor.  However, Jack can occasionally see that Victor is important to some people, but Victor to Jack is everything that is wrong in the world.  As to the fact that he is struggling right now, does Jack wish bad physical health on him, or anybody?  No. However, if things didn’t go easily for Victor, Jack would not lose any sleep over it.

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Don’t you think it’s time for Jack to have a real, honest-to-goodness, love interest?

PETER:  Jack should have a new love interest.  I think the writers and the producers of The Young and the Restless are paying me a lot for half of what I do.

Jack should find true love.  Someone who will be with him and whom he loves with all his heart, and someone who loves him back, flaws and all.  A romance where he is not manipulating her, or she is not manipulating him, for financial or corporate gain.   Do you think at this point that is even possible?

PETER:  I think that would be a swell thing, but that would be a daytime show investing in an actress that is over 40-years-old.  They have done it, but it’s a rare thing.  But yes, I do feel like we are seeing two-thirds of Jack.  There is another third of him that is completely unexplored and that’s a shame.

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We saw those heartbreaking scenes that aired last year where Jack had to admit to Ashley that his mother has Alzheimer’s.  How is he going to continue in his relationship with Dina knowing she has had multiple affairs throughout her life, and when married to John?

PETER:  This is a real difficult place for Jack.  Obviously, he has his mother back in his life in one sense, but his mother has been responsible for pretty much everything that has gone wrong in his life over the last two years.  It’s just one thing after another.  Had his mother been faithful to John, Jack would not be in this situation.  Had his mother not returned, we could have gone on with life as it was, and now all this mess is in part Dina’s doing.  Now, Jack has moved out of the house and so his mother is slipping away by the minute, and Jack is not around for it.  He keeps visiting, and he keeps stopping by, but it just doesn’t feel like it’s enough.  Jack struggles with that a lot.  He should be more in Dina’s life and be around for that, but being around for that means being in the Abbott house.  Everywhere he looks are reminders that he is not who he told himself he is for his entire life.

One of the more endearing moments came at this year’s Daytime Emmys, after Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) took to the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Lead Actress.  She thanked you while you were in the audience.

PETER:  This is in keeping with my new plan for the Emmys each year,  What I do is: I try to get a nomination so that I can sit in the audience after I have lost and hear the winner for Lead Actress thank me personally. (Laughs)  I am two for two in the last two years! (Laughs) Gina Tognoni had won that category the year prior.  Eileen Davidson is the greatest, and she has been for all intent and purposes my leading lady on Y&R.

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Now, Eileen Davidson has announced, and made the decision to leave her role as Ashley.

PETER:   I can’t say enough things about her.  I adore her … I adored working with her. She is every bit as good as everybody thinks she is.  She comes to work prepared   She never needs hand- holding or spoon-feeding.  Eileen is the real deal; had she been one of Jack’s lovers that would have been over a long time ago.  The fact that she is his sister is fantastic.  Now with her exiting the show, I will miss her terribly.

In closing, viewers should watch for Jack’s next move?

PETER:  Jack is not leaving any stone unturned.  He has to figure out who he is, and desperate times call for desperate measures.

So, do you think Phillip Chancellor II is truly Jack’s biological father?  If not, who do you think is?  What have you thought of Peter Bergman’s performance in the storyline? Would you like to see Jack have a new love interest?  If so, who would you like to see the series bring onto the show to play opposite him? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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