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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

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B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang on That ‘Brill’ Kiss, 33 Years as Brooke, Her Co-Stars & International Success

Just when you think Brooke will finally score a moral victory in her vendetta with Thomas Forrester, (who’s manipulations almost destroyed her marriage to his father, Ridge), then she finds herself once again in hot water, and with a secret that in the wrong hands could cause a seismic shift to several relationships – that would he hers and her sister Katie’s – thanks to that ill-timed smooch with Bill!

But what else is new for Brooke? For 33 years, the character has captivated audiences with bold moves, questionable choices, enduring romances and plenty of gusto, all in the more than capable hands of her portrayer, the one and only Katherine Kelly Lang.

This week marks Katherine’s 33rd-year in the role of Brooke Logan Forrester, who along with John McCook (Eric Forrester), are the two original cast members since the very inception of the CBS daytime drama; which debuted back on March 23, 1987.  Now over three decades later, Lang is an international favorite. First, due to the success and broad appeal of B&B in foreign countries, but second, from her own entrepreneurship and hustle.  Always with multiple projects going on at once, Lang and her beau, Dom Zoida recently opened the American version of the Italian clothing and leather store in Beverly Hills, California, Benheart USA.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Katherine to get the lowdown on: Brooke’s line-up of nemesis’ which seems to be growing! (Yes, you can put Thomas, Quinn and Shauna on that list, for sure.) Plus, what she feels this B&B anniversary is truly about, how she and others in the cast are coping with the ‘stay at home’ orders in California during the coronavirus pandemic, the recent loss of B&B co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell, and those all-time classic Stephanie and Brooke scenes opposite Susan Flannery and more.  Here’s what this BOLD original had to share with all of you.

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What did you think about Brooke’s whole relationship with Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) and the tit-for-tat between them?  Brooke really stood up to him and his manipulations, and held her ground. Meanwhile, he was going to do everything he could do ruin her and cause so much trouble for Brooke’s marriage to Ridge (Thorsten Kaye).

KATHERINE: This is my feeling: she was so adamant and so trying to convince people about Thomas and that he was so out for himself;  and out for Brooke’s daughter, Hope (Annika Noelle), and very manipulative, and nobody would listen really.  Only a few people like Liam (Scott Clifton) did and her daughter finally agreed with her.  Then at the wedding of Thomas and Zoe (Kiara Barnes), it proved that Brooke was right all along.  I still don’t feel like Brooke got her due as far as what everybody was saying.

No, she didn’t!  No one really said to her in a grand way, “Oh, my God, Brooke!  You were right about Thomas all along.”

KATHERINE:  I know!  Ridge did say, “You were right,” and that’s great.  However, more people should have apologized and acknowledged her, and said, “Oh, we understand now where you were coming from,” and, “Hey!  Good intuition!”

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That was must have been so frustrating to Brooke!  She knew the truth, and everybody was treating her so badly and painting her to be the bitch.

KATHERINE:  Yup!  They dubbed herthat crazy one” and the bitch.

Was all of this enjoyable to play?

KATHERINE:  It was enjoyable that it finally came out that Thomas is the manipulative person that he is, even though he is so good at it that he almost makes you feel sorry for him.  But he’s like a good sociopathThat’s why they’re so good at what they do.  They’re good at bringing real emotion into every situation and yet being very manipulative.  Kudos go to Matthew Atkinson for playing Thomas, really well.  He’s been great, and he brings something really different on to our show.

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Brooke and Ridge’s relationship has been severely tested; almost tearing them apart over Ridge previously standing up for his son.  Now Brooke’s recent kiss with Bill (Don Diamont) threatens it, as that kiss was caught on tape, and landed in the wrong hands.  Is Brooke in freak-out mode yet?

KATHERINE:  I definitely think she is, and she wanted to take that kiss back from the second that it happened.  She allowed it to happen.  It’s a little bit of old Brooke resurfacing there.  Right away she was like, “What are we doing?   This is ridiculous.  You’re with Katie, and I’m with Ridge, and we’re both happy.”  Brooke has had underlying feelings for Bill, and she probably always will (and he for Brooke), but we know that’s not where we want things to be.  So, in Brooke’s mind, it’s “let’s forget about that and carry on, and don’t tell anybody.”  Of course, it comes out to some people, and it’s so embarrassing for Brooke.  Like, how does she explain herself?  I mean, at that point she can’t explain what happened … or why she did that.  She has to kind of succumb to it.

Right! And of course, Shauna (Denise Richards) and Quinn (Rena Sofer) want to take her down with this ammo.

KATHERINE:  Of course!  That’s what they live for. (Laughs)

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Recently, Quinn spiked Brooke’s drink with some booze after they had quite the argument. Fans were on the edge of their seats that Brooke might start drinking again.  What did you think of the plot point?

KATHERINE:  I think it could have been interesting.  I have no idea if they will bring it up again.  That happens sometimes.  They’ll put in a little teaser and not run with it.  However, you never know if it’s going to resurface down the line, especially when Brooke is really down in the dumps for some reason.

I could see her being down in the dumps if she finally had no man in her life! (Laughs)

KATHERINE: (Laughs) That’s probably what she needs … not having a man in her life!

How is working with Rena Sofer and Denise Richards; especially when they are antagonists in scenes with Brooke?  Do you ever have a good laugh while trying to tape those scenes, as well?

KATHERINE: I think there’s a good chemistry between the three of us, and we have that rivalry going on.  So, I think it’s been working, and it’s been entertaining and interesting.  They’re fun to bounce off of.  Usually we are pretty serious when we do those scenes, especially if they’re more verbally combative.  So, we’ll just be really serious and stay in it.  Of course, sometimes things happen, and you laugh, but we sometimes don’t have the luxury to take the time to laugh and enjoy the moment, because we have to try to get the scene done in one take and move on.

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There were a few months there that Brooke was slapping everybody! There were plenty of bitch-slaps that needed to go around. What did you think of those scenes?

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KATHERINE: I loved it, but then I felt like it was also maybe getting out of hand because it’s not really PC.  Nobody is supposed to hit people or slap people in anyway.  So, it worked more years and years ago in our genre, as times have changed in our world and culture.

Viewers saw this week that Donna (Jennifer Gareis) knows Brooke kissed Bill and that they have to make sure Katie (Heather Tom) does not find out, while others are out to expose Brooke!

KATHERINE:  I would imagine that everybody would want to see how Brooke unravels.  So, just keep watching!

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Would you welcome another go round at a Brooke and Bill romance?

KATHERINE: Not when Bill’s with Katie and with everything that Katie’s gone through.  I couldn’t see that.  I don’t think it would be right.  That would mean that Brooke is completely selfish, you know?  There are so many other men.  Why does she have to go for her sister’s man?

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In recent months, we have witnessed scenes where Brooke has been more confrontational and fighting back and not putting up with the shenanigans of others!  We have seen this in particular with Thomas, Shauna, and Quinn.  Did it seem like they ramped that up for Brooke?

KATHERINE:  Yes, because at some point it’s frustrating because nobody was listening to her.  It all started with the whole Thomas thing, and once she started fighting back, she wanted to fight back on everything.  She’s been lied to about a lot of things.  It’s not been fair.

Does Brooke still think Hope is too vulnerable to make wise decisions for herself; even after she stood up for herself at the wedding of Thomas and Zoe?

KATHERINE: Now. I think she feels much better, because there are moments where Hope is very vulnerable, but then she kicks herself in the butt, and stands up for herself and everybody else.  So, Brooke knows that Hope’s strong, but she also knows that she can be vulnerable.  At this moment, she is proving that she can handle things.

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B&B turned 33-years-old this week as the show continues to remain so popular in the United States, and of course, is the most watched soap in the world. What can you say about still being with the series since its inception, and all that has happened to you in your life and career, because of playing Brooke, plus a nod to the fans?

KATHERINE: It’s been an amazing opportunity for me.  It’s been my life basically! 33 years on The Bold and the Beautiful, and the show has always kicked butt.  I mean, the show has been going strong ever since it started, and it still is going strong.  It’s just been an honor to be on the show, and remain on the show for so long as one of the original characters.  My heart really goes out to the fans, because honestly, so many of them tell me they’ve watched from day one.  We have a history with them raising their families.  Younger people come up and say, “I’ve been watching the show ever since I was little with my mom.”  So, there’s a wide range of different people who watch the show, and I appreciate them so much.  We all appreciate them so much because really, without them, there would be no show.  I just want to say ‘thank you’ to all of the fans.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Brooke is one of the most notable characters of all-time in soap operas and you are the actress playing her. That has to be a very good-feeling for you.

KATHERINE: I think there have been a lot of notable characters on soap operas, who have even been on the air a lot longer than me.  Look at Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) who just celebrated his 40th, and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) who also reached a milestone recently.  What I have learned from all of this is; what matters is when you come on a show that your heart is in it 100%, and you come to your job and you try your hardest.  That to me is what matters and makes you an honorable person.  I’m very flattered that I’ve been on The Bold and the Beautiful for as long as I have.

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When you look back at 33 years of your time on The Bold and the Beautiful, are your scenes with Susan Flannery and those epic moments between Stephanie and Brooke, the ones that still standout to you the most?

KATHERINE: Those scenes with Susan informed and formed the show and the characters for years.  I had a lot of memorable scenes with Susan.  I’m so lucky to have worked so closely with her.  She’s an amazing actress.  I learned so much from her, and just watching her.  I would hang on her every word – how she would talk about the business, how she would talk about acting, directing (because she loved to direct), and producing.  Susan was very knowledgeable, and she was very tough, but very fair, I thought.  I just loved her work ethic.

You and Thorsten Kaye have created your version of Brooke and Ridge. What do you think about working with Thorsten?  Is it fun? Challenging? How would you define it?

KATHERINE:  He’s very fun to work with.  Thorsten is very serious, very prepared all of the time, and he’s watching everything.  He’s got eagle eyes.  He’s just so on top of it and working with people like that makes you raise your bar.  It makes you want to try 110% to be there and put in the work.  Thorsten’s also so funny, and easy to work with, and so charming, and such a dear friend.   I love working with him.  I do think Brooke and Ridge have an interesting relationship even though some people say, “Oh, they should be over,” or whatever they want to say.  I do think they have created a good banter between them, and almost an understanding without having to say anything.  Thorsten’s a delight!

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What is your takeaway when you travel overseas and internationally to places such as Italy, Dubai, Monaco or Australia where B&B is so widely popular and the reaction you receive from the fans?

KATHERINE:  Just seeing the overseas reactions in different countries and how popular or how loved The Bold and the Beautiful is truly special.  The fans really do love from their hearts.  They feel a part of it, and they are, but just their enthusiasm and their passion and their love, and they give their whole heart to you and to the show.  I just found that really interesting, and like I said earlier, we owe the success of B&B to the fans who love the show so much.

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You recently were in Greece appearing for a multi-episode arc on the soap 8 Lexeis.  How was that experience?  I know Greek soap star, Andreas Georgiou, also came over to the States and appeared on B&B afterwards, too.

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KATHERINE:  It was an incredible opportunity.  I love working in other countries, and seeing how other people work, and how they make different projects and things.  8 Lexeis is their top TV show on their top network in Greece, so it was really exciting to go there and work on that.  I did 15 episodes in 5 days; something crazy like that.  We worked all morning through late at night every day, but it was fun.  It was amazing to see how creative they are and how they just run with it.  Everything was really chill on the set, but they still moved really fast and got everything done, and they were all so talented and so nice.  Then later, Andreas came over and did some shows here.  He was supposed to come to visit, but then the Coronavirus happened, so he had to postpone his trip, but we’ll see him soon.

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B&B is on a production break due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Have you stayed in touch with your co-stars during this time?

KATHERINE: A lot of us talk on Instagram all of the time, and then a lot of people have been going live on their as well.  So, we jump into each other’s live videos!  Have you seen Katrina Bowden (Flo) and Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie, Y&R) do their little workouts together? You should check those out! Ashley Jones (Bridget) is always on, and Annika Noelle, and then our Supervising Producer, Casey Kasprzyk, started doing Zoom.  He did a Zoom with some of the B&B people.  So, we’ve all been texting and keeping in touch and making sure that everybody is okay.  I know it’s very hard times and it can be scary for all.   Hopefully, if everybody does what they should be doing, it will flatten the curve and the Coronavirus will be a lot easier to deal with.

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You are one of the busiest people I know! Recently, you went to Australia, you opened your new store Benheart USA in Beverly Hills, and you appear on B&B in a lead role.  Is there ever a moment when you’re like, “I can’t do one more thing?” or do you like the go-go-go of it all of the time?

KATHERINE: I like the go-go-go, but I felt that I was going too fast and too hard, and I’ve recently been thinking of what I can take out of our lives and our schedule, and then in thinking of that, I couldn’t really think of what I can take out.  Then, this all happened with life coming to a screeching halt, which I find very interesting because life is set up to go so fast.  Nobody can really enjoy anything.  We have to get up early, we have to go to work, we have to make money to pay for this, we’ve got to take care of the family, do this, do that, maybe just try to be motivated to be successful, whatever your dreams are, you’re going after them, etc.  It’s such a driven world all around that I think with having to self-quarantine that this is a chance to take a good look at what is going on in your life.  Now, we have a lot of down time.  We have time to think, go inside ourselves.  It gives you time to be kind, slow down, think of others.  What can you do for others?  What can you do for the world?  It’s been frightening for a lot of people; especially the ones who have gotten sick, or the ones who are scared of getting sick because they are immunocompromised.  But, at the same time, we need to try to not let that anxiety get to us and try to appreciate what we have.  Like, “Why is this happening?  What is this moment trying to tell us?”  I’m always trying to find the silver lining; or what is this trying to tell us in life?

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B&B and Y&R co-creator Lee Phillip Bell passed away at the end of February, and it was so heartbreaking.  I know you were close with Lee.  What can you share on her passing?

KATHERINE:  It was heartbreaking.  I always think, “Gosh, I wish I saw her one more time before she passed,” but she was around her family, who are so loving, and supportive, and always there for her.  Lee created an amazing life for herself and for her family, and she was a huge part of The Bold and the Beautiful, and of course, I thank her so much because she hired me.  Lee gave me my life, and this time on the show.  She was amazing.  She cared so much about the show and the people on it.  Lee was such a great mom and such a great friend.  It’s been special knowing her and spending all of that time with her that I was able to through the years.  My heart goes out to the Bell family as well.  I know this must be hard for them.

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Then, it was so sad that Orson Bean died tragically before that.  Have you talked to Alley Mills (Pam)?

KATHERINE: Yes, a bunch of us went over and spent time with Alley and brought her food.  We brought her goodies, and we just hung out.  We just gave her lots of love, spent time, and that was before I had to run off to Australia as well, but she’s really strong.  That was just very tragic.  Two weeks before Orson died, we had seen them both in the play Bad Habits.  It was so, so funny, and they both had all of us who attended laughing so hard, and it was such a pleasure.

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In closing, what are your hopes for Brooke moving forward into the future?

KATHERINE: I’ve been saying that I hope she’ll spend time by herself and be alone for a while and focus on her family.  I’ve said that for so long, but I don’t know what’s going to work for her! (Laughs)  However, I’m just so curious to see what will happen next for her.

So, what do you think of Brooke’s latest predicament after her kiss with Bill? Do you hope that Ridge and Brooke stay together? What have you thought of the more recent version of a feisty Brooke who fought back when no one believed her about Thomas? And finally, share your congrats to Katherine for 33 years as Brooke and let us know some of your favorite all-time scenes via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Eric Braeden Talks On 40 Years Of Life In Soaps As Victor Newman

Back in February, Eric Braeden added another milestone to his illustrious career – that of portraying the one and only Victor Newman for 40 years on the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless.  And boy was he celebrated!  First, there was a one-of-a-kind on set celebration at CBS Television City which was quite the star-studded affair.  That was followed by special episodes of Y&R, where Newman Enterprises turned 50 with a gala that also proved emotional with speeches and retrospective clips.

When you talk daytime dramas to anyone, you would be hard-pressed for the general public to not know the name “Victor Newman”- and that is because of the powerhouse performances and nuances that Braeden brings to his soap opera alter-ego.  For it was Y&R co-creator Bill Bell and Braeden who really shaped what viewers have come to know, expect, and love, forty years later.

Those who know Eric understand he can be at times outspoken, has a heart of gold, stands up for what he believes, can bring the drama, the suspense, the tension, the romance and the tears in any given scene when it is called upon, and that throughout the years he has earned the respect from his peers for an impressive job well-done.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Eric to take a look back at all that had gone down recently in his honor, and to get his thoughts on some major moments in time through over 40 years in Genoa City, and where things are at now.  Check out our special conversation below.

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When I attended and saw you at your 40th anniversary on set celebration at Y&R last month, I cannot tell you what a special event that was.  I have never seen that for anybody else!  The amount of people who attended, and the love they showed for you, was so special. When you were sitting in that chair on the soundstage and watching and hearing what was being said about you, what was going on in your mind at that point?

ERIC:  Well, first of all, it was the nicest thing that’s ever happened to me in 40 years on that show, and secondly, in moments like that, you try to stay focused on who is giving the speeches, because if I then look around and see all of the people who I have known for so many years, it’s emotional.  There’s a saying in German, “he’s close to the water,” meaning it’s very moving.  I saw my son and my granddaughter there and obviously everyone else, and my old coach and players, and so many others that have been a part of my life.

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There were some very special guests and speeches.  I loved that Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, Y&R and now Kevin, This Is Us) came.  I thought that was sweet and cool, and also that ESPN sports personality, Stephen A. Smith was there calling you one of his good friends.  There were so many moments.  You knew who was going to speak, right?

ERIC:  Yes, I did.  We kept it to just family, and in other words, Y&R family, etc.  I want to thank Matt Kane (Publicist, Y&R), who had a lot to do with putting the event together.  I also wanted to thank Tony Morina (executive producer, Y&R). The Y&R art department and David Hoffman (Production Designer) also did a fantastic job with those pictures they had created that was part of a set.  Thinking back on it, again, I would without a doubt say, that the celebration was the most moving moment in 40 years in the business and on that show.

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A few weeks ago, Y&R and B&B co-creator Lee Phillip Bell passed away.  Obviously the late Bill Bell (co-creator, Y&R) and she were instrumental for you being at Y&R in the first place, and the creation of Victor Newman.  What can you say about Lee? 

ERIC:  We invited Lee to the event, and she apologized and said she was not in a position to attend, and then, shortly thereafter she passed.  In a sense, I’m glad Lee wasn’t there because when I would see her on some occasions, I just am moved to tears.  I would have not been able to really hold it together for long.  Obviously, she was co-responsible for a lot of stuff that happened on Y&R. co-responsible for that show still being number #1, and my heart goes out to her.  I know what I owe them, and she had a lot of influence on the storylines.  Lee was an incredibly smart and bright lady.  Her son, Brad Bell (EP and head writer, B&B) did speak at the 40th event and I appreciated it enormously.

There were a lot of retro clips shown of you show in celebration of your 4oth anniversary from when you started on the show back in 1980 till now.  Did you remember all of those moments?

ERIC:  First of all, they put that together so beautifully.  That was done so extremely well.  When I see it, it comes right back, or in other words it evokes precise memories, but if I weren’t seeing it, it’s all a blur.

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Y&R brought Meg Bennett (Ex-Julia) and Robert Parucha (Ex-Matt), for the on-screen episodes celebrating Newman Enterprises 50th anniversary.  Was it nice having them back and seeing them, or is it kind of weird, because it can be such a long time in-between since you have all been together?

ERIC:  It is both.  It is very nice to see old colleagues obviously, and very touching, but look, we are in a weird business.  When I saw Meg, you suddenly realize how the show has evolved in many ways.  So, I’m always very grateful to see those who I started out with on the show and of course, doubly grateful to those who are still there.  I think of Melody and Doug Davidson (Paul) for example.  Doug has been there for longer than I have, and what a great job he did emceeing the 40th anniversary event, and as for Melody, that her and my relationship still endues after all of these years is amazing.

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Let’s talk about those Newman Children.  I thought Joshua Morrow (Nick) gave a hilarious speech and even Mark Grossman (Adam) spoke so sincerely from the heart to you.  You get a sense that the Newmans are a fun group to work with.

ERIC:  I obviously love working with Joshua.  Same for Amelia Heinle (Victoria), I adore her, and Melissa Ordway (Abby).  They all have a great sense of humor, and Mark Grossman, I think is doing a damned good job.  And there is Peter Bergman (Jack).  Peter has been a great nemesis for all of these years.  Of course, Peter was very funny in his speech, and Joshua was very funny, and Ed Scott’s (Producer, B&B) was very good.  Tony Morina also shared a very funny little antidote!

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What came across loud and clear is what we already knew.  Everyone knows the name “Victor Newman”.  You know when they go, “Victor Newman … Y&R!”  It’s so synonymous, right?  I don’t know what it must be like for you knowing the public has that reaction to you … and you’re that guy.

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ERIC:  I’ll tell you very honestly, I have an ambivalent relationship to that fact.  I deny it on one hand, don’t want to know about it, don’t really want to know about it, and on the other hand, when I hear about it, I say, “Yeah, very happy to hear about it, but is it true?”  I am sort of strange that way.  I have not had a picture of myself or anyone else in my dressing room for these 40 years.  It’s barren, as you know.  I don’t have any pictures hanging up of me; there’s nothing.  Now, I was talking about taking the one picture that David Hoffman had designed beautifully, and I have it on one wall.  I thought, “I’ll be damned,” because the picture includes Melody and some scenes that went on.  I’ve always been funny that way with praise.  Do I like it?  Of course, but …

There’s an uncomfortableness about it, right?

ERIC:  Yes, but I’ve seen too much in this business.  I’ve seen too many extraordinary stars, where you wonder, “Where are they now”?  I take this business with a grain of salt.  I really do.  It’s so easy to succumb to it.   I’ve known many people, including on our show, who used to say, “Well, without me, this thing would go down the drain,” and I said, “Yeah?  No s**t,” and they’re not there anymore.  You have no idea what happens to some actors when they see themselves on the cover of soap magazine.  They go crazy.  I’ve seen it, and the worst thing you can do is to believe in that, and I’ve always been skeptical of that, very skeptical.  Get back to what counts in this business:  do a good job … do the best you can … and where is the money?  I mean really, let’s call a spade a spade, and that’s it.

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I was just going to say, the one person I so wished was at your 40th celebration was Jeanne Cooper (Ex-Katherine, Y&R).   I wish she could have been there with us, because she would have loved it.  I know she loved you.

ERIC:  She would have spoken, trust me!  She would have said, “Alright, you son of a bitch.  Alright, macho man let’s see what you’ve got!” and then she would grab me by the balls.  The first scene I ever had with her, Jeanne did that.  Absolutely hilarious!  Jeanne and I could not do a scene without laughing.  I’m serious.  We had to pull ourselves together.  She had such a great sense of humor, and we both looked at this, obviously, with an enormous grain of salt, because we’ve been there.  We’d seen it all.

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Through the years, you obviously have been vocal on social media where you will call out things as you see them and as you truly feel, especially through various regime changes, or if there is a noticeable shift away, or focus, from core characters. What are your thoughts on what ultimately makes Y&R, the iconic soap that it is?

ERIC:  Let me put it very simply: the show is based on the comradery and enmity between the Newmans and the Abbotts, and I’ve included on that a go-between, if you will, a Chancellor … Jeanne Cooper.   That was sort of the plan, but the major triangle was sort of the Montagues and the Capulets in Romeo and Juliet.  That is what legendary stories are based on.  It’s family rivalries, and within those rivalries, we tell all kinds of fantastic stories.  It’s father-son, father-daughter, husband-wife, love affairs, disloyalties, ruthless business competition, and it goes on and on.  The scenes with Peter Bergman and me over the years have been legendary, wonderful, and they’re great scenes.  Now, to suddenly bring in whole new characters that no one knows about, which previously happened on our show, you have to ask, “What are you not getting?  You want to reinvent the wheel?”  Go with what is working.  It doesn’t often happen that you have the right cast and the right story.  That is what makes a show successful.  Imagine taking Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) out of Seinfeld.  You couldn’t.   It wouldn’t work.  In other words, when you have the right actors and the right storyline, you have a hit.  We’d been number #1 for over 30 years because of it

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When you get a script, have there been those moments in the 40 years where you will say. “My character would never do this.  I’m not playing it!?”

ERIC:  Of course.  Not that I’m not playing it, but I will make certain adjustments here and there.  I always have, by the way, from the very beginning.  Bill Bell agreed with most of it.  I know my character, and I have and instinctive feel for what is emotionally touching and what is not.  Look, I have always said that I admire writers.  I don’t envy their job.  I really don’t.  I think it is the hardest job in the business, and writing for soaps is even harder.  So, I have great respect.  So therefore, I don’t even want to know who wrote what.  I don’t ever want to be in the position of insulting a writer because I know how difficult it is.  As in everything in this business, it is a cooperative business.  There are very few writer/directors who have earned the right (I’m talking about Martin Scorsese, I’m talking about Ingmar Bergman, I’m taking about a handful) to write and direct their own stuff.  Even they rely on the cooperation of their lead actors.  That’s what is so wonderful about this business in that it’s this precisely cooperative thing.  However, when there are some people who simply don’t listen to those of us who have been around for a while and we know, we really know, then, they’re being foolish.

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Y&R taped the Newman Enterprises 50th anniversary gala, which was in essence, your on-screen 40th anniversary episodes.  That was another amazing part of this.  I love that they would go to a clip, and one of the characters would say something in speech, and then, they’d go back to a shot of you reacting.  Were you, you, or Victor at that point, because it seemed so genuine and emotional?

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ERIC:  You know, look, one thing sort of blends into the other.  I loved that show by the way.  It was brilliantly done, and they could have easily screwed that up, but they didn’t.  I thought Josh Griffith (head writer, and Co-EP, Y&R) did a hell of a job, and Tony Morina did a wonderful job, they really did.  So, I really can’t say enough about that.

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When you look back on the enormity of scenes you have performed as Victor Newman; the ones that and you and I always come back to are the scenes between you and Dorothy McGuire as Victor’s mother; and the scenes with you and George Kennedy as Victor’s father.  Do you still consider those your all-time favorites?

ERIC:  I always think about them.  They are my top favorites, plus one other.   No question about it; because the scene with Dorothy McGuire laid the groundwork of what Victor Newman is all about.  That summarized all of his subsequent moments of anger, and upset, and mistrust, and etc.  It was the seminal scene for Victor Newman … period.  One other scene that one of my favorites was the one with Melody, on Christmas Eve where Nikki keeps on bugging Victor to tell her about his past, and he finally does.  It was about that orphanage experience, etc.  Actually, those two scenes early on were responsible for my really wanting to stay and realizing that now I had a chance to play some real emotions, some real feelings, some real conflict.   I remember after Victor told Nikki that story, a moment when I went to my dressing room, I called home, and I said, “Now, I’m going to stay.”  No two ways about that.  I called my wife, and I said, “I’m staying,” because I wasn’t sure if I was going to.  It happened because I had talked to Bill Bell and I said, “Bill, I’m so tired of playing bad guys.  I’ve done it for too many years.  I’m empty.  I’m burnt out.  It’s too dehumanizing.  Let’s imbue this character with a background,” and he did, brilliantly, and that’s the reason I stayed, and that’s the reason I’m here 40 years later, truly.

So, when you were feeding rats to Nick Benedict as Michael Scott, were you ready to leave? (Laughs)

ERIC:  Well, that was a little different story, but I looked at that, and I said, “Are you kidding me?” (Laughs)  Back then, I knew little about what works on soaps … and people still talk about it!  They loved it.

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The scenes opposite George Kennedy were so emotional … and heavy-duty, too.  It was so sad watching Victor’s father reject him.

ERIC:  It was sad.  It was really, really sad, and George played it wonderfully.  I cannot say enough about that because here is an actor who comes from the outside of our genre.  George lived in Boise. Idaho and he traveled all the way by car to LA with his grandson to do the scenes He wouldn’t take a plane.  George was so damn prepared that we did those scenes in one take!  It’s stunning!  I can’t talk enough about him.  I just so admired and respected him.  George passed away about a year ago, but that’s why I had him in my film, The Man Who Came Back.

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As a leading man, Victor has had many women in and out of his romantic life for years and of course, his constant, Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott).   You’ve been fortunate to work with so many wonderful actresses such as Eileen Davidson as Ashley.  Which standout to you? 

ERIC:  I have to say obviously Melody, but I have to also say the scenes with Eileen – they meant a lot to me.  I regret that she and I did not have more storylines together.

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So, the coronavirus is shutting down the world, life in America, and has shut down production on the soaps.  How is everybody dealing with it at the show, and how do you feel it’s being handled?

ERIC:  Well, originally I wanted to continue working, but I said only if everyone was fully supplied with the proper wipes and antiseptics all of the time.  In other words, from the makeup department, from the props department, to someone wiping down all of the handles and all of that, but I completely understand now from a company point of view, they had to shut down because what if you work and someone gets sick because of it… and it goes on and on.  It’s a terrible thing, but I was willing to continue working.  Yes, perhaps stupidly so.  It’s going to be tough when we come back because a lot of work has to be made up, but I understand why we stopped.

What would you say to the fans who have stayed so invested in Victor Newman, and you, even 40 years after your Y&R debut? 

ERIC:  I’ve said it before, and I will happily say it again:  I am deeply grateful to the fans everywhere.  Without them, you and I would not be talking.  That’s really the long and the short of it.  The fans have really everything to do with it.  I’m glad that I am on social media because I am engaged with quite a few people very gladly, and I hear some interesting stories, and some very touching stories.  Y&R has taught me to really not look at that as a sort of nebulous audience.  I put faces behind it because I’ve seen them.  I’ve seen them in the last 30-odd years in public appearances.  I don’t forget them.  I don’t forget what it means to me.  It’s deeply touching.  I’m not at all anesthetized to it, no.  It touches me deeply, and whenever I do a PA, and receive the people’s reactions, I say, “Whoa,” and now I know why I’m in the business.

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In closing, fans have been watching what looks to be another showdown brewing between Victor vs. Adam for control of Newman Enterprises.  Do you think still after all these years; Victor has it in him to out maneuver his black sheep son, as he has done in the past?

ERIC:  Hell, yes.  What do you think?  Bring him on, man.  Bring him on.  Victor’s still full of piss and vinegar.  Okay?  What people don’t know is that I’m a feisty son of a bitch.  I don’t give up.  I fight to the last.  I mean it.

So, what has been your favorite all-time Y&R scenes featuring Eric Braeden? What do you hope happens next for Victor and the Newman clan? What do you think about the sentiments shared throughout our conversation on Eric’s 40th anniversary celebration? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor Talks ‘Being Brando Corbin’

This week on General Hospital, viewers saw that Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) has set Port Charles newcomer Brando Corbin (Johnny Wactor) up with a mechanics garage for a place of business, that has left Brando concerned, but also thankful.

Brando came onto the scene when he saved Carly (Laura Wright) from gunfire. The once believed-to-be-dead son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs), has a checkered past, but has been trying to remain on the straight and narrow.  Sonny had previously put into motion protection for teenaged Dev (Ashton Arbab), that he will continue to be passed off as the biological son of Brando to keep him safe.  That, along with a back-story that includes: the Iraqi War, prison time, drug use, PTSD, familial issues, mob wars, and more, has loaded the deck for actor Johnny Wactor to show his acting chops and more within the daytime drama arena.

Since making his debut in the recurring role of Brando back in January of this year, in a short amount of time, Wactor has already displayed that he has solid leading man, and soap anti-hero potential, something that always serves one well amidst the romance, intrigue, and suspense of the genre’s storytelling.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Johnny to get his thoughts on becoming part of the iconic GH and where he hopes Brando’s journey goes from here.  Check out what he had to say below.

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What do you think about your character’s name being “Brando”? Did GH tell you where the idea for the name came from?

JOHNNY:  Oh, I love it.   No, they didn’t tell me why, but I assume it was in some relation to Marlon Brando; when back in the day he was in a leather jacket … because I come onto the scene wearing a leather jacket as a badass!

What’s your experience been like coming onto a show like GH?  Previously, I know you’ve done a lot of primetime roles and series.  Were you shocked at the pace of shooting a daytime drama?

JOHNNY:  Oh, yeah.  I was made aware of the pace beforehand by my manager, as well as my buddy, Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) who works on The Young and the Restless.  He’s kicking ass over there.  In this genre, you get one rehearsal and one take pretty much, and then, they move on.  It’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’m still getting used to that at times where I’m just like, “Ah, I want one more take!”  I can get a bit obsessive and I’m a perfectionist.  It definitely has been challenging, but I enjoy it.  It’s fun to work at a fast pace.  It’s a lot like working in the theatre.

In story, Johnny is pretending to be Dev’s father.  Did you know that would be part of Brando’s story when you took on this gig?

JOHNNY:  I did not.   I didn’t know that until I read the first script that they sent me.  I’m like, “I also have a son?”   It was a lot to take in, but that’s where the imagination comes in.

What’s great for you, I would think, is that you’re getting to play in scenes with Maurice Benard and Laura Wright and major players who are a part of that core group.  What’s it been like working with them?

JOHNNY:  It’s been a Godsend, really.  Being my first time on a daytime show, for one, anytime you come onto a new project and one that’s been going on for some time, and you’re a newcomer, there’s always that concern like, “What will this set be like?  Is it like a familial atmosphere?  Am I going to be welcomed?”  They’ve made it super easy.  I’m just so lucky that I have people who have so much experience on this show and just daytime shows in general, where they’ve kind of taken me under their wings and are super helpful.  Anytime I have questions, they’re patient.  I’m sure I annoy them sometimes, but they don’t let on to it.   I’m grateful that they’ve sort of “teamed” me up with them to kind of ease me onto the show.

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The fans are seeing a spark between Brando and Carly.  Is Brando into Carly?

JOHNNY:  I’d like to say that he rescued her because she was a beautiful blonde, but that’s not what that was and why he did it … even though I’m not denying that she’s a beautiful blonde.  I think there’s something there, but how far Brando pursues that, I don’t know!  Sonny sets Brando up with the garage and a pretty sweet deal at that.  So, does Brando want to screw this up?  However, not everyone makes logical, levelheaded decisions.  We’ll see.  I’m not ruling it out as something that could possibly happen.

How are you playing Brando right now? Is he a good guy … or, are there secret ulterior motives going down that the audience may not know about, yet?

JOHNNY:  In my opinion, he is a guy who has got a good heart.  I don’t think he is infallible.  I think he is someone who is determined to be on the mend and make up for his decisions and his past, because he is someone who has made poor decisions.  I don’t think you can rule him as a good person who will never make a mistake, or won’t get into trouble, or won’t make some bad decisions.  “Does he have ulterior motives?”  Maybe, but I think that if he does, they might be a little unconscious.  I think he is a genuine good guy.

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Are the fans swooning over you on social media now that you’ve made your GH debut?  When you get the, “Oh, he’s hot,” do you take those compliments well, or, is it uncomfortable for you, and you deflect that?

JOHNNY:  It’s always flattering to get those compliments.  I think when I was younger, like 22, first getting into this business; I was definitely pining for those compliments and put more weight into it.  I will say; it’s always good to have someone say something positive about you.  I will take, “Hey, he’s good-looking.”  I love the comments.  It’s great.

So, what would you love to see happen with Brando?  Is there anything that you’re seeing with your character that you wish you could do …or get to have the opportunity to be able to drive the direction in which he goes in?

JOHNNY:  That’s a great question.  I love when the writers put Brando on the scene and planted some seeds early on when he was revealing a little of his background to Carly.  He reveals he has PTSD and spent time in prison.  Brando also has got issues with drug addiction.  I would love for those to kind of resurface somehow.  Maybe Brando has a relapse and gets back on the sauce, or drugs, or maybe has some kind of other issues with PTSD, because those are the real things in the world that people deal.

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What’s great about it is that they kind of loaded you up with a back-story that they can fill in, so that as a viewer, you ultimately root for the guy

JOHNNY:  Absolutely.  Yeah, nobody wants to root for the guy who has everything and just has the perfect life.  We’ve all made mistakes.  So, alright, he’s trying to get back on the horse and make a good life for himself.

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Did you get any pointers from GH vet Steve Burton (Jason), who you have also shared several scenes with since coming to GH?

JOHNNY:  The most pointers I’ve gotten from Steve are about preparation for the scenes.  Every time we have scenes together, he’s just always willing to work with you, and make sure that you’re prepared, and he’s prepared, and the scene is going to be the best that it can be.  Also, he’s been really invaluable with giving me more of a crash course on the background of these characters.  This show has been on for decades and it’s tough to get caught up in the short amount of time between when you find out you have the job, and you start filming, to really know who everybody is.  So, he explained to me who Jason is on the show and who the Corinthos family is and what they represent … these are dangerous guys!

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Take me through what happened when you learned you got the part of Brando, and were joining the cast of General Hospital?

JOHNNY:  I was at my apartment.  I think it was probably two days after I went in for the producer’s session.  They brought in 4 or 5 guys to read in front of the producers, (at least that I saw) and I felt strong about my reading.  Then, I just kind of tried to forget about it after I left so I wouldn’t get all into my head about whether I got the part, or not.  Then the next day, I didn’t get a phone call.  So, I’m like, “Man, really?  I thought that might have been it.”   But the next day, I was with my girlfriend at the time and my agency was calling.  My manager was on the phone as well, and they shared with me that I got the part, and it was exciting.  It was a relief and an affirmation.  It’s always exciting when you book a job and then to book a major recurring role on a show with a character whose name is “Brando Corbin”, needless to say, was really cool.

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I think it’s very apparent that you have the “It” factor.  You already have a shown a strong presence on the show and have a very bright future ahead of you.   I have seen a lot of actors come and go, and who launch their careers on daytime over the years, and I think you are going to be one to watch for quite some time to come.

JOHNNY:  First of all, thank you so much for saying that.  That’s really kind of you.  It’s really high praise.  Coming from someone who knows that show and who is a fan of it that means I passed the test!  Thank you, Michael!  I really appreciate that affirmation.  It’s good to get validation from someone whose opinion really matters.

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Could you see a love interest for Brando coming up in the future?

JOHNNY:  I could definitely see a love interest for him coming up.  Maybe multiple love interests!  Who knows?

I think there are a lot of single ladies in Port Charles.

JOHNNY:  Yeah!  But, why do they have to be single?

Right! Or, they could be married!

JOHNNY:  It’s Port Charles!

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So, have you been enjoying Johnny’s performances as Brando Corbin thus far?  Who do you hope he becomes involved with romantically on GH? Do you want to know more about his back-story and see what happens next now that Sonny has set him up with a garage? Comment below.

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