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The Stacy Haiduk Interview – The Young and the Restless

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The number one rated daytime soap, The Young and the Restless, has a penchant for finding incredible actresses to fill incredible ‘psycho-babe’ characters.  When Stacy Haiduk arrived on the scene as Mary Jane Benson, a woman whose look and identity has been changed, and who is harboring some very dark secrets, fans took notice of this sultry actress.  Stacy has previously portrayed bad girl Hannah, on All My Children opposite Thorsten Kaye (Zach), only to have that character slip on a cliff and plummet to her death.

Now, Stacy is becoming a runaway hit with the fans and soap pundits for her performances along side her co-star…
her dead stuffed cat, Mr. Kitty.  Stacy Haiduk is revealing to soap viewers a tormented character gone haywire.
She is exacting revenge on the man who wronged her, Jack Abbott, but at the same time wanting him!  Just look at last week alone. She gave poor Summer Newman anaphylactic shock by kissing her on the lips with remnants of a peanut butter cookie… knowing the little one was allergic.  This was all done in the hope of getting Jack Abbott away from Phyllis, and her estranged husband Nick, back with Phyllis!

A few weeks back, online reports stated that young actress Tammy Barr is set to play a young Patty Williams in Mary Jane’s dream sequence this Thursday.  So, On-Air On-Soaps wanted to get the low down of the bizarre dream and what’s in store for Patty/Mary Jane, and the citizens of Genoa City.  With this whack-job on the loose, everybody in town probably should take cover.  Here’s the amazing Stacy Haiduk to fill us in!

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MICHAEL:

You have made this role of a whack-job so believable.  Is it difficult making her realistic with the beats of the story, and going off in tangents with Mr. Kitty?

STACY:

Actually, I am really enjoying finding the levels to play her.  It has been a good experience. One thing I wanted was for people to feel for her, and that she was not just a whacko.  I wanted them to feel bad for her.  She is in pain.  I feel sorry for her.

peterStacy.jpgMICHAEL:

Those scenes where you shot the bird, after watching Jack making out with Phyllis… I remember watching you through the window in the rain and the thunderstorm.  You looked so evil and soooo upset. Are those scenes hard to do?

STACY:

Yes.  That one specifically, was hard to find the balance, and not over-exaggerate it.  I gave just a facial expression, and I remember Paul Rauch (co-executive producer, “Y&R) saying, “You have to give it a little bit more.”  I am used to subtlety and sometimes that does not always play to the audience.  So, when he said, “You need to go a little bit more with it,” I just said, “Ok, just find it inside.”  I took a second.  I found a place that was really painful for me, and put my face in the window and they shot it.

MICHAEL:

For a bit of the back-story… Mary Jane had her face redone.

STACY:

She had facial reconstruction surgery.

MICHAEL:

Victor Newman brought her to Genoa City….

STACY:

That’s right.

MICHAEL:

And he found her somewhere?

braeden.jpgSTACY:

Yes, and I don’t even know where that was.

MICHAEL:

Your job is for Victor, who wants revenge on Jack Abbott and you have got it “bad” for Jack Abbott.  In recent episodes, Jack has brought up the fact that he was shot three times below the belt and he drove a woman mad at one point. Obviously, it looks to all of us that you are indeed Patty Williams!

STACY:

Sounds good!  I think you hit it all right on the head.

MICHAEL:

Will we see her unravel more in the coming months?

STACY:

Yes, you will.

MICHAEL:

How is working with Peter Bergman (Jack)?

STACY:

I love him and he is fantastic!  He has been so kind to me, since the audition.  He has been right there for me.  He is amazing; he likes to run lines and is a true professional.

MICHAEL:

What does one have to do when they go in and audition to get the part of a whack-job with a new face?

STACY:

They did not tell me what the character was going to be about.  They gave her an “audition” name that was not Mary Jane.  I went in and played a businesswoman. They did not ask for whack-job.  They asked for a sexy businesswoman.

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On Thursday, we see a young Patty Williams in a dream played by Tammy Barr.   Is it going to be a painful moment or a shock for the fans?

STACY:

I hope its both…that people will be in for a painful shock as people get to know more about Mary Jane.  I think it’s going to be fantastic.  We are going to understand why she is the way she is.

MICHAEL:

Let’s take a stroll back to what Jack had done to Patty.  He slept with all these women behind her back.  And when she shot him, it was like, “Well, good for her.”  It’s kind of hard to picture the young blond version of Patty now (played originally by Lilibet Stern), as you are much taller and sexier.  What can fans look forward to in the dream sequence?

STACY:

Mary Jane has a dream of her past and she remembers Jack had an affair the moment she tripped and lost her child.  That was another horrible thing that happened.  As the dream progresses, young Patty tells Jack that she wants to die.  He begs her to kill him, so he tells her to shoot him, and she shoots him three times.

MICHAEL:

So, what else is unraveling in the dream for her?

STACY:

It’s an emotional waterfall.  It’s painful, and the audience is going to find it’s disturbing.  All the people who remember what really happened with Jack and Patty will get it.

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So, it is Mary Jane’s take on reality?

STACY:

Yes, it’s totally Mary Jane’s dream and her being able to shine some light on some things. It’s got some other surprising things in the dream, as well. Mr. Kitty is in it, and we love Mr. Kitty.  Sharon and Victor are in it.  So you have the entire dynamic going on of who Mary Jane wants revenge on. She wants revenge on Jack, but she wants the love from him, too.

MICHAEL:

So, she does want revenge on Jack, but she really does want him?

STACY:

Absolutely! I feel when you are coming from a sense Patty/Mary Jane is; it’s this deep, deep, past pain where she lost her baby and then she shot him, but wanted to shoot herself. Now, there is Jack and he does not want to be with her.  Then, Victor says, “Hey, come to Genoa City, and in the end you will have him.”  But then, Jack does not want her.

MICHAEL:

I would think Mary Jane would eventually turn a gun on Victor!  He manipulated her the whole time.

STACY:

I think she is pissed off at him a little bit.  He says he is done with her and washes his hands of her.  And what does a kid do?  They get rebellious and they do something that changes the adults mind.  When I look at her, she seems child-like at times.  She is as smart as can be, and she knows how to manipulate people and things, as well.  That is fun to play, as well as the scenes with Mr. Kitty.

MICHAEL:

So she took Mr. Kitty to a taxidermist?

STACY:

Mary Jane hurt Mr. Kitty and killed Mr. Kitty.  She killed the bird and then went back and talked to Mr. Kitty and said, “You know I did this and it’s similar to what I did to you.  But you understand Kitty, right?”
I think what they are saying is when she does not get what she wants, the pain inside of her begins and the pot is boiling over, and she can’t hold it in anymore, and she does something like that.

MICHAEL:

You know what they say, “You start killing animals, and you can wind up killing people!”

michelleStacy.jpgSTACY:

Maybe that’s where they are going.
But it does make for a good story.

MICHAEL:

Getting to watch you playing with the other great actors on “Y&R”, such as Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Eric Braeden (Victor), has been terrific. Fans remember you on “AMC” as Hannah.  It seems like any actor who leaves “AMC” and comes to “Y&R” does amazing work. For example, look at Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Billy Miller (Billy)!

STACY:

Well, thank you.  There are a bunch of
us over here.  Everyone here is pretty fabulous.  I love working with actors and seeing their performances.  Eric works very differently than Peter, and they all offer something different that makes it an incredible experience.  Michelle is fun.  We just laugh in rehearsal.  Mr. Kitty is my other co-star that we laugh about here. The crew will say, “So, who do you get to work with today Stacy?” And I go, “Mr. Kitty.  I get to talk to Mr. Kitty all day.”
So there is a running gag going on, and tongue and cheekiness on the set.

MICHAEL:

It has been interesting to see her reaction to Paul played by Doug Davidson. After all, it’s her brother. What does she really feel for him?

STACY:

She loves him and that’s her brother, and she would give anything to tell him who she is. She has this fantasy of telling him who she is.  I don’t know when he will find out.

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He will be there for her.  I would think Paul would feel so god-awful for Mary Jane!

STACY:

Oh, yeah.  I think so.  But I can’t wait, and I am looking forward to that.

MICHAEL:

What about Patty’s mom, Mary Williams, formerly played by Carolyn Conwell? She needs to find out!

STACY:

Doug has actually told me things about her.  I heard she is a very, very interesting woman.

MICHAEL:

Victor is on to Mary Jane.  Coming up, is he going to send her packing for good this time?

STACY:

Yes. Victor will tell Mary Jane he is sending her away again. But this time, Mary Jane escapes and runs away from him.  However, Mary Jane does not leave Genoa City.  She hides somewhere and it’s good, too!  It’s really good where she hides.

stacyFloor.jpgMICHAEL:

So when you go home and leave the set and put her behind for the night, does she ever disturb you?

STACY:

At first, when I read that Mary Jane talks to a taxidermal (stuffed) cat, my first initial thing was that people are going to hate her.  I did not know that it was
going to be kind of fun, funky, and you know, ‘whack-out’.  People like that.
As I was getting into the character people were laughing and having a good time with her.  Now, I go home and I tell my husband, “I got to talk to Mr. Kitty today.  It was a fabulous day, today!”  I feel good when I go home.  I really love
that I get all my inner demons out on set before I go home. (She laughs)

MICHAEL:

You are married in real life. So does your husband go, “Who is that woman on that TV screen?”

STACY:

Sometimes he does.  For the most part he likes my work and has been a big fan of mine for a long time.  And no, he does not think it’s strange that I am playing a whack-job.  I think he’s thinking it’s right up my alley, to be honest. (She laughs)

MICHAEL:

Well, looking at it, it seems to be right up your alley.

STACY:

Thank you! (She laughs)

stacyMain.jpgMICHAEL:

So, what about Mary Jane’s bizarre scrapbook that she flips through while sipping wine, after a night of passion with Jack?  Who is in the scrapbook?

STACY:

She has pictures of Sharon, Phyllis, and a picture of Victor.  So nobody is safe when Mary Jane is around!

MICHAEL:

In closing, give us the teaser of what can we look forward to from Mary Jane next week.

STACY:

Victor discovers what Mary Jane has been hiding from him, but it’s too late to stop her.

General Hospital

GH’s Brook Kerr and Tabyana Ali Talk On: Trina’s Trial, Spencer and Rory, And Their On-Screen Mother/Daughter Relationship

Currently, General Hospital fans are awaiting the verdict in Trina’s trial and just what lengths her mother will go to in order to secure her freedom! With the story playing out on-air, Michael Farman chatted in a new virtual interview with the two women central to the story; Brook Kerr (Portia) and Tabyana Ali (Trina).

As viewers know, Trina was set-up by Esme Prince (Avery Pohl), to make it appear that she taped her best friends, Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) having sex, and then posted the video from her phone, so it went viral.

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During the conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Tabyana and Brook weigh-in on what’s gone down at the trial including; how Spencer Cassadine came forward with an alibi for Trina, plus how Portia may put her medical career at risk if she brings Esme’s partner in crime, Oz, out of his coma to get the evidence they need to point the finger on Esme.

 

In addition, Tabyana and Brook share their thoughts on the men in Trina’s life: Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Rory Cabrera (Michael Blake Kruse), and how the #Sprina has a life of its own on social media.

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Brook also shares dishes on Portia’s romantic relationship with Curtis (Donnell Turner), plus the recent noteworthy scenes between Portia and Stella (Vernee Watson), where GH shed light on a mother’s concern; that racial injustice could factor in to the jury’s decision in Trina’s case.

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Tabyana also discusses working alongside GH co-stars, Maura West (Ava) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), and what it was like taking over the role of Trina from popular fan favorite, Sydney Mikayla.

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Check out the full chat with Brook and Tabyana below.

Do you want Trina to end up with Spencer or Rory? Will the jury exonerate Trina? What was your favorite part of the conversation with Brook and Tabyana? Let us know in the comment section.

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Days Of Our Lives

Steve Burton Talks On: ‘Beyond Salem’, His Co-Stars, Dismissal From ‘General Hospital’ Over Vaccine Mandate, and What’s Next

Two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor and enduring fan favorite, Steve Burton, chats with Michael Fairman in a brand new interview on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel where he chats on his recent role on the streaming series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two, which is continuing to stream on Peacock.

In ‘Beyond Salem’, Burton reprises his first ever DAYS and soap opera role of Harris Michaels. Burton made his daytime TV debut in the part back in 1988.  Throughout the five episode-streamer, Burton shares pivotal scenes and story with longtime DAYS icon, Kristian Alfonso (Hope).

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Burton expressed on taping his initial scenes with Alfonso (which were Harris and Hope’s wedding day): “The greatest thing about her (Kristian) was she has amazing eyes as an actress – eyes I can really connect with and it was an highly-emotional day. She helped me stay anchored – just by looking in her eyes.  She’s probably going, “Why is this weirdo starring at me all the time?’ (Laughs). She was great, gracious and awesome, but she really did help me out and I told her that and I said, ‘You made my job so much easier today, thank you.'”

The actor also revealed that in story, the door was left open that Harris’ bad guy moves in the streaming series, could turn out to be more complicated than on the surface given the character’s interrogation room final scene.

Steve weighed-in on if he would welcome more ‘Beyond Salem’ or chance to jump to the DAYS mothership on NBC. He shared: “If there is another one, if there is an open door on DAYS at some point, and I don’t know this, I’m just saying, I think they wanted to make it like, ‘Hey, this guy is really not a bad guy, and he’s redeemable.”

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In addition, Steve opens up about his decision to not adhere to the ABC/Disney Covid-19 vaccine mandate, which ultimately led to him being fired from his long-running soap opera, and pivotal role on General Hospital as Jason Morgan.

Steve played Jason from 1991 to 2012 and then again from 2017 until the late fall of 2021. When reflecting on if he stands by his decision to not adhere to the ABC/Disney Vaccine Mandate policy, which caused him to be let go, Burton expressed: “I do. There was really no doubt in mind, obviously. It was just something that I believed, and I just could not do it. Look, I always say, you’ve got to follow your gut in life. Anytime I’ve ever gone against my gut instinct or conscious, it’s usually not a good result, and that’s why regret is always a guideline, your conscious is your guideline, and I don’t think I could have really lived with myself if I went against it.”

The longtime daytime star also weighed-in on if he had been concerned that he would not work on another daytime show, given his stance on the vaccine mandate. Steve said, “No, things are changing daily with things all the time. I didn’t really worry about it.  I felt if things change at GH, sure, I could probably go back.  I was on The Young and the Restless, there could be a door open there. I never really thought about DAYS too much, but I do visualization every day and I thought about all four shows. I would go, ‘Hey, if there’s a job there, awesome, bring it.” I’m open to it.  It’s daytime … it’s my home … but t I didn’t think it would be this way (with Beyond Salem) – I had no idea it would work out this way.”

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During the conversation, Burton shares his sentiments on his former GH co-stars including: Kelly Thiebaud (Britt), who just won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Laura Wright (Carly) and reiterates, how again, Maurice Benard (Sonny) was instrumental in his development as an actor and shares behind-the-scenes details from his younger days as Jason.

Steve, who has been in the news of late after filing for divorce from with his wife of over two decades, Sheree Gustin, reveals during the conversation how he has faced a challenging year personally and professionally, and the lessons he has learned to get him get through the hard times.

Currently, Burton continues to travel the country with his former GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) as their comedy show, Stone Cold and the Jackal plays multiple venues and details during the interview, why their creative and business partnership works, plus previews his new Steve Burton fitness app and workout venture and more.

Check out the full interview with Steve below.

Then let us know, do you hope to see Steve land on Days of our Lives and continuing the story of Harris Michaels? Did you enjoy him with Kristian Alfonso on ‘Beyond Salem Chapter 2″? What did you think about the sentiments he shared for his former GH co-stars, Kelly Thiebaud, Laura Wright and Maurice Benard in this interview? Do you hope someday that Jason will return to GH in the form of Burton? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks ‘Beyond Salem Chapter 2’, Summer in Salem, Daytime Emmys & OLTL Favorite Moments

If you ever wondered about the thought-process of a head writer of a daytime drama, who also has the task of a creating a limited-streaming series in the same vein, then look no further then Michael Fairman’s latest interview now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel with DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

Coming off his third Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Carlivati not only shares the high points of his Emmy night, but how the win was made extra-special and emotional because of the passing of DAYS writing team member, Elizabeth Snyder, who was key to the writing of one of the winning episodes.

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Starting on Monday July 11th, Carlivati and team’s latest creation, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two will drop on Peacock with a new episode each day through Friday, July 15th.  During this interview, Ron details how Peter Reckell (Bo), Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Steve Burton (Harris) all signed on to the project, and how he approached the story for each of their characters, and how at its core this second edition of ‘Beyond Salem’ will be a must-see for any longtime Bope fan.

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Ron also talks on the on-screen debut of Abigail Klein as the new Stephanie Johnson in ‘Beyond Salem” and how she will land on NBC DAYS, and more. He also addresses the recent on-screen exodus on the mothership at Days of our Lives of Marci Miller (Abigail), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani) and Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).  Though as has been reported and speculated, Wilson will be returning to the soap opera.

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In a DAYS summer preview, Carlivati shares that Abigail’s murder mystery will take many twists and turns, how Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) nuptials could all blow up if Sami were to find out the man she is marrying was her kidnapper, plus what will Sami do when she realizes her sister, Belle (Marths Madison) has gotten oh-so-close with her man, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel)?

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The head scribe also teases that another major character will die in the coming months .. .but who will it be?

We wrap up the conversation with some rapid-fire questions for Ron on his favorite soap characters, storylines, etc, which if you are One Life to Live or Knots Landing fan, you will want to find out his answers.

Check out the full interview with Ron below.

Now, let us know, are you looking forward to ‘Beyond Salem: Chapter Two’? What do you think will go down this summer on Days of our Lives? Share your thoughts on this and more from our conversation in the comment section.

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