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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

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Chats On ‘Friz’, Her On-Screen Sons & How Liz Has Grown-Up

Last week, Rebecca Herbst celebrated her 22nd year playing fan favorite Elizabeth Webber (now Baldwin) on General Hospital.  She made her on-screen debut on August 1, 1997.  And in those two decades plus in Port Charles, Liz has gone through many a rocky relationship, plenty of drama, and carried out some misdeeds of her own.  But one thing is for sure, Becky is loved by the fans of the long-running ABC daytime drama series who always want the best for her, and for Nurse Elizabeth.

Recently, ‘Friz’ fans got a moment they had long been waiting for when Franco (Roger Howarth) and Liz, and their friends and family (and some enemies) shared in their wedding reception.  But can their happiness last?  According to two psychics, Sibley Gamble (Veronica Cartwright) and Chelsea Lambas (Jen Ray) that Franco has run into in recent weeks, he better be careful.  That has made Franco concerned, while Liz is trying to get her family all on the same page, and it looks like her boys are coming around to loving and accepting Franco, too, despite what Liz’s ex Jason (Steve Burton) may have to say about it.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Rebecca  at the GH Fan Club Weekend, where she made a welcome appearance, to talk about: how she sees Elizabeth’s relationship with Franco, her talented on-screen sons, and how Liz has grown-up since she started on the series, and more.  Here’s what Becky shared with us below.

What did you think of the long-awaited wedding reception of Franco and Liz?  The show finally gave them this joyous moment; after their jailhouse nuptials. Did you feel like the way the wedding actually went down it felt like it cheated the relationship, or did you like it?

REBECCA:  I felt the jailhouse wedding was a bit of a cheat, because they had tried two different times to have a really glorious wedding, so to do it in a jail cell was not the most desirable place. (Laughs)  However, the fact that the characters did actually get married and nothing came in between was a plus, and so, hey, they’ll take that.  Later, when I read in the scripts that there was going to be the reception, I was shocked, because I really didn’t think it was ever going to happen.

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Do you think the fans were getting to the point where they thought this was never going to happen, also?

REBECCA:  For sure.  We all thought they Franco and Liz were never going to have their moment, or their honeymoon or any of that. I was really pleasantly surprised to see that not only did they write it, but it was beautiful!  It was also visually beautiful.  They put a lot of effort and thought into the show itself, and nobody died, and nobody fell through the roof.  Well, it was kind of funny that Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) got pushed off the ‘Haunted Star’, but according to Elizabeth, that’s just fine that Obrecht got pushed off the boat. (Laughs)  She didn’t die, so everything is good, but all in all, it was a really wonderful party.

What did you think when they had all of Elizabeth’s sons performing a song for the happy couple.  It was so cute, and touching.

REBECCA:  Oh, my goodness.  Those were real tears I shed.  That was so sweet.  So very, very sweet of them.

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The show is growing the boys, so now you, as Elizabeth, have some young actors to play off of in your scenes.  How do you feel about that?

REBECCA:  Oh, I love it!  For so long, Elizabeth would only talk about her kids, “My boys, my boys, my boys, my boys in the attic.” (Laughs) Now, she has relationships, and very different relationships with each one of them.

I think that echoes real-life too.  A mother has distinct relationships with each of her children.  That’s what I like about Liz with her sons.  And as a mom in real-life as well, I am sure you can relate to this.

REBECCA:  Yes, my relationship with all of my kids is completely different, and I really love that it’s true for Elizabeth’s kids.  I attribute a lot of that to the writers, because they definitely write our relationships differently.  Aiden (Jason David) is still this baby who Elizabeth coddles and protects.  Cameron (William Lipton) is expected to be the man of the house and take care of things, and sometimes Elizabeth feels like she puts too much responsibility on him, but he is going to protect his mom no matter what.  Hudson (Jake) is so wonderful, too.  The fact that I have been blessed with three beautifully smart little actors is just a win for me.

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Let’s talk about Aiden, who had been bullied at school by the other kids.  Do you think that story will be fleshed out?  It seems it may have been put on pause, because it would be an important story to tell for parents with LGBTQ children, if that is how GH ultimately chose to tell the story.

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REBECCA:  It is an important story.  I would love to tell the story.  There is a great message.  I don’t think we touched on it enough.   I think, for now, the best way to put a button on it is to send the message that we should accept our children with all of their wonderful attributes and personalities and whatever their interests, and let’s not label children, and listen to them and support them.   We should just all be kind.   I was sad when I would read some of the tweets about the story.  It saddened me to read people’s harsh opinions towards Elizabeth’s acceptance of her child.  Some people said that we should not be doing a story like this, and then there was the other half who said, “Just because he is a baker, doesn’t make him gay,” which is 100% true.

True!  TV viewers have certainly seen a lot of straight chefs on foodie or cooking shows, for example.

REBECCA:  Absolutely!  All three of my children in real-life love to cook.  There is nothing wrong with that.   I think we need to just continue to love Aiden no matter what, and he is not different than any of the other kids.

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William Lipton has been amazing as Cameron, right?

REBECCA:  Amazing.  I know!  He is not only a great little actor, singer, and performer, but he has this beautiful little face, and he is such a grounded young man.  He’s a really sweet person.  You can tell he’s been raised in a really great house, and he has an amazing mom.

Because you are such a “mom’s-mom” in real life, do you think that helps you in how Elizabeth reacts to her children?

REBECCA:  I think so.  I always ask permission from my on-camera kids before a scene: “Is it okay if I kiss your little head?  Is it okay if I put you on my lap here?  Is it okay if I put my hands on your face?”  I’m not their mother, but when I think about what I would do with my real-life kids,  they’re always getting kissed and hugged and held by me, so I want to make it look as real as possible.  I have to think, “What would I do if this were Emerson?”  He’d be on my lap, and I’d be kissing his little neck.  So, then I have to ask Jason, who plays Aiden, “Is it okay that I kiss your neck, and if I kind of just like snuggle you?”  All three of my on-screen kids are so great, because they’re like, “Yeah, sure.  We don’t care!” and not all stage kids are like that.  They all are receptive of my love, and they just let me do it.  I think that is what is so sweet.

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What do you think of this whole pairing of Elizabeth and Franco, and that you were paired with Roger Howarth?  Elizabeth has had many relationships on the show, so where does her relationship with Franco fit into her list of romances/relationships?  Do you think Franco is one of her great loves?  Over her life, Liz has had a lot of ups and downs, and at times, has not made the best choices for herself, or the choices she made just haven’t worked out in her favor.  I think we all can relate to somebody whose choices don’t work out the way they envision them to be.

REBECCA:  For sure.  I think each of Elizabeth’s relationships have been so different. Just to talk about a timeline: she was a little girl when she was with Lucky (Jonathan Jackson), and as she’s matured, so have her relationships.  However, I think the relationship she has with Franco is her first real adult relationship; in that she not only does respect him, but she respects herself.  She is not afraid to stand up to anybody for the sake of herself, or her children.  I think that is the difference.  In the past, she has been a little so head-over-heels in love that she would do anything, and now, she knows who number one is, and that’s her children, and she puts herself first now, too.  Before, Elizabeth did not matter to herself.

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I thought Elizabeth treated herself badly.  Is there a self-loathing?  Did you ever that figure out as an actress where that comes from?  Do you think it was from when she was raped years ago?

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REBECCA:  I think it went deeper than that.  I think it was because her parents left her at such a young age, and although they were doing great work for whatever they were doing, she was left as a child.

So, she felt something was wrong with her if they left her behind?

REBECCA:  Yes.  I think that’s where her lack of self-esteem came from.  She just didn’t have that support at home when she needed it the most, especially when she was a teenager.  You need your parents around you to tell you that things are awkward and weird, and you’re changing, but you’re going to be okay.  She didn’t have that, and so, she kind of had to figure it out on her own.  She did it through her relationships with men, and she didn’t have men in her life who were telling her, “You’re going to be okay,” except for Lucky, but that was a younger relationship in her life.  Now, as more of an adult with Franco, he tells her she is going to be okay.  Franco believes in her as much as she does now.

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What’s the best part about working with Roger … and what’s the most challenging part?  Is it some curve balls that might come from when you are going live-to-tape?

REBECCA:  For me, I know I can totally work around whatever comes out of his mouth. (Laughs)  I’m good with that. (Laughs)  The most challenging thing about working with him is that he is constantly losing his glasses, so he can’t see his scripts.  It’s always at the end of the scene.  It’s like, “Where are the glasses?” (Laughs)  So, if losing his glasses might be the most challenging thing, then I’m a pretty lucky girl!

Where does Jason (Steve Burton) fit into Liz’s life at this point? 

REBECCA:  We’ve not really established that.

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Since Jason has been back on the canvas, not much has been played between them.

REBECCA: They had a relationship, they have a relationship, and they have a friendship.  It should be played.

What would you love to see happen to Elizabeth story-wise, that perhaps you have not gotten the opportunity to play?

REBECCA:  I would love to see Elizabeth be happy with Franco and just explore whatever that means for her in a long-term, adult sense (because she doesn’t really know how that is yet), an adult happiness, while trying to navigate the kids’ lives, but also having a friendship with Jason.  I think that would be interesting, because she has always held a torch for Jason.

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Viewers are currently alarmed that Franco has been receiving warnings from two psychics.  On last Friday’s episode, Franco is clearly afraid to take a drive and in Cameron’s new car (the one Oscar gave him) due to the psychic, (Chelsea) telling him: “Don’t take that drive!” Does Elizabeth have something to be worried about? 

REBECCA:  Yes, but she’s going to hang on to Franco, and make sure nothing happens to him … until he doesn’t come home (laughs) …  and then she’ll be calling Jason! (Laughs)

So, what did you think of the sentiments shared by Rebecca?  What did you think of the Friz wedding reception, and Liz and Franco’s relationship?  What do you think of Liz’s relationship with her children?   What are your hopes for Liz moving forward? Comment below.

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