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THE TAMMIN SURSOK INTERVIEW – THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Tam-Main.jpgBy Michael Fairman

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TV SOAP:

You made several of the top ten best-dressed lists at this year’s Daytime Emmys. How was that ‘Red Carpet’ experience for you?

TAMMIN:

The crazy thing was the dress was in fuchsia pink, and in some magazine and it was green! I thought they somehow morphed my dress into some old green dress. To clarify, I wore pink. It was designed by Marcasa. She is fantastic, and it was an honor to wear something by her.

TV SOAP:

Even though you lost in your category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, how was the night?

TAMMIN:

It was great! I had my parents there and it was actually low key. Normally, you get a little nervous before-hand but I had the people I love around me, and we had a really good time. I did not have a speech prepared. So, I was nervous right before they called my name. I thought in the moment I would say what I would need to say. Hopefully, I will have that chance another time.

TV SOAP:

Tam-emmy.jpgYou recently left “Y&R” for a short time to do a feature film. Tell us about it.

TAMMIN:

I did the film for three months, up in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s Nickelodeon’s version of “High School Musical”- all singing, all dancing, and sort of a cute story based on show choirs. Show choirs have a huge fan base in America, which I know nothing about, but it’s a huge phenomenon. The people do it when they are in high school, and everyone competes at the end of the year for money and trophies, and it’s a really big honor to be part of this thing called, ”Show Choirs”. The film is really based on what show choirs are, and how it affects people.

TV SOAP:

Is there story coming for Colleen?

TAMMIN:

I hope so. I am ready to mess things up a little bit and be a bad girl. I have a new relationship starting to kindle and hopefully that will go somewhere.

TV SOAP:

Is the whole Adrian/Colleen relationship fizzled and done with?

Col-Dan.jpgTAMMIN:

Well, for now, I think it is. The ex’s always comes back into your life, even if you don’t want them to. They are always there.

TV SOAP:

So with Daniel being the new love interest in Colleen’s life, what did you think when you first heard of the pairing?

TAMMIN:

It was quite a shock for me when I read it, and it opens doors to many different storylines.

TV SOAP:

So, you like getting the chance to play the bad girl?

TAMMIN:

I am so not a bad girl, in my real life, so I think it’s really cool as an actress to be able to play out so many different things that you can’t really do in a normal day. I would love to do some more catfights. Anything like that would be fantastic!

TV SOAP:

Now with Hogan Sheffer and Maria Arena Bell at the helm of the writing team at “Y&R”, have you noticed anything different in the scripts?

TAMMIN:

Not really. I think there is a lot of storylines going on at once. It used to be one storyline and then changing to another. You know, by having so many storylines it’s good, because it keeps the cast all working. We keep ourselves fresh by doing this everyday and being intertwined.

TV SOAP:

Are there some scenes of you as Colleen that you are most proud of?

TAMMIN;

When I got to break-up with Adrian I got to flex my acting muscles, and that was exciting. I had two weeks to really go there as an actress, and I hope there will be more of that.

TV SOAP:

Do you miss Australia?

TAMMIN:

Oh, it’s my home, and I will always be an “Aussie”. That’s where I want to have my children one day… and NO, I am not pregnant! I am not married, but that’s where I want to settle down. I miss my family and friends. I miss that you can actually swim on the beaches… no offense to LA, but the water is really warm in Sydney. I just had my first earthquake experience yesterday. It took me by surprise! At first, a friend of mine and I were giggling and we thought it was fun, and then it became quite scary, especially if you are in a building on the 9th floor. It is scary, especially if you have loved ones overseas who hear about it and are so far away from you. Australia has no natural disasters, really.

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TV SOAP:

Dan Goddard (Cane) said that you and he share an “Aussie” thing on the set. Can you elaborate from your perspective?

TAMMIN:

Sometimes you get backlash because I don’t have an American accent. I have an Australian accent. I choose to speak in an American accent when I am on-set, because for me, subconsciously then, I don’t have to think about it. For me, it’s really hard to play an American character with an Australian accent before the taping and then having an American accent when they yell, “Action”. I mean, some people are great at doing that, and for me it’s difficult. So, I try to do that while I am in the States, and when I go home all of my “aussie-ness” comes back.

TV SOAP:

What is some Aussie slang that can cause confusion over here in the States?

TAMMIN:

I got this email that “thongs” here are underwear, but in Australia it’s something you wear on your feet. So if I say “thongs” here, people think it’s rude. “Rubber” is a razor and “A Git” is an Idiot. “The boot of the car” is the trunk of the car. A duvet is a throw rug.

TV SOAP:

What about “Shrimp on the Barbi”?

TAMMIN:

We never say that! Shrimp are Prawns, but Prawns are huge like the size of a hand. We have the biggest seafood in the world. I miss barramundi. Actually, it’s a great fish! But “Shrimp on the Barbi” is grilling some shrimp on the barbecue, and no one says that. And, we don’t have kangaroos in our backyard, and Koalas are actually mean. I don’t know if anyone knows this, but eucalyptus plants make them high, and that’s why they are so docile. Afterwards, when they come off that, they can get aggressive.

TV SOAP:

Speaking of Koalas, what about flying Qantas? We hear it’s one of the best airlines in the world!

TAMMIN:

I love Qantas! I think their hospitality is fantastic, and when you are nervous flying sometimes you need that.

TV SOAP:

Have your parents caught you on “Y&R” back home in Australia?

TAMMIN:

They have seen me a couple of times, and they are thrilled. I obviously can’t watch myself very well, so I tell them not to watch, but they obviously do.

TV SOAP:

You have done so much at such a young age: music, acting, records, etc. Are there still things you want to do?

TAMMIN:

I think I am a bit of an overachiever and a perfectionist. I am very grateful of what I have achieved, but this is only the start of things, hopefully. There are so many things I want to do yet.

TV SOAP:

From your hit CD of a few years back, “Whatever Will Be”, is there a track that when you listen to it now is your favorite?

TAMMIN:

“Tender”! It’s the kind of music I wanted to come out with, and the type of music I still want to come out with, which is Alanis Morrisette, crossed with Tori Amos. I think lyrics are so important in songs, and they evoke so much emotion. I love listening to pop and R&B, but it’s not necessarily what I wanted to do, or ever wanted to do. But sometimes you have to sell records to get to do what you want to do. There is a long ways to go… and If I do music again, you have to know what you want and you have to have a hand in everything.

TV SOAP:

Have you been approached to do another CD?

TAMMIN:

I have been approached, and for some odd reason, music is following me, even if you try not to do it. Maybe it’s the path you are supposed to follow. I have been approached in the last couple of months to do another CD, so we will see. If you do it from the heart, the way I would want to do it, then I would love to do another CD. For me, I am going to be careful.

Tam-Eyall.jpgTV SOAP:

How is it working with Eyall Podell, “Y&R’s”, Professor Adrian Korbell?

TAMMIN:

He is very smart and we have a lot of fun together. We talk about the business a lot, which is great. I miss him. I hope he will be coming back soon.

TV SOAP:

What about working with Greg Rikaart (Kevin)? When we last talked it seemed like there might be an underlying budding romance between these two.

TAMMIN:

I thought I would subconsciously play that I was in love with him when we did our scenes, but we haven’t worked together in a while. In daytime, anything could change at any second. As long as you are playing something underlying in your scenes, it can go in many directions. With the new guy that Colleen has just been set up with, I have been playing underlying… that I liked him.

TV SOAP:

You character is best friend with Lily on-screen. How do you feel about Christel Khalil, who plays the role?

tam-michael-Chris.jpgTAMMIN:

I love her! The two of us got on from the day I started. She is kind and very professional. When you start in this business the first thing people need to know is professionalism. It is so important, and then they will always hire you.


TV SOAP:

Have you gotten a lot of fan mail from all across the world?

TAMMIN:

I didn’t for a while, and then I thought no one liked me! Then I got this huge bundle of letters that they were keeping upstairs at the studio. It was such a shock to be recognized by all different types of people. I try to get back to people with a response, because your fans are the ones who keep you on a job.

TV SOAP:

Being in show business and in soaps, how do you handle a compliment about your looks?

TAMMIN:

I have learned to say, “Thank you.” But, I was a chubby little girl with fuzzy hair who had my first boyfriend when I was 18… which in this day and age, is considered a late bloomer. I know everyone won’t believe it, but I have photos to prove it. So, I started eating well, and exercising, and taking care of myself and all of a sudden I got role in TV when I was 15. Looks fade, and in Los Angeles there is always this need to look so perfect. I just think that the flaws are what makes you beautiful, and I think it’s so important to have those. If someone tells me I am a good actress or intelligent, that to me is a far greater compliment.

Tamminpretty.jpgTV SOAP:

Do you think taking good care of one’s self is essential to success?

TAMMIN:

To be a woman and to take care of yourself is good, but to have Botox and to have surgeries because you think that’s what people want, that’s when it starts to affect your soul.

TV SOAP:

In closing, what can we tell your fans to look forward to from Colleen in the months ahead?

TAMMIN:

Stirring up Genoa City a bit more… and having a hot love affair and love connection!

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Y&R’s Sharon Case, Mark Grossman & Jordi Vilasuso Talk Love and Betrayal in the Rey/Sharon/Adam Triangle

This week on The Young and the Restless, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam’s (Mark Grossman) kiss took centerstage and went viral when a photo of the passionate moment was seen by Sharon’s husband, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso), and fiancée Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), and many more citizens of Genoa City!

That moment looks to be a game-changer.  Now what will Rey do? Will he continue to try to salvage his marriage to Sharon? Will wheelchair bound Chelsea, hatch a plan to payback Adam and Sharon? Will Adam and Sharon meet up for some dangerous liaisons? There’s so much to this story left to play out.

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In a new interview on The Michael Fairman Channel, Sharon Case, Mark Grossman and Jordi Vilasuso chatted candidly about their on-screen love triangle and more including: what happened when Mark auditioned for the key role of Adam, the character of Sharon’s battle with breast cancer, and who Sharon feels is Sharon Newman’s true love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam? Plus, the trio share their reactions to the news that their castmate, Sasha Calle (Lola) was tapped as the first Latina ‘Supergirl’ in the upcoming DC Universe film, The Flash.

During the conversation, Vilasuso said Rey was not blindsided by Adam and Sharon’s ongoing attraction: “Rey’s known for a long time, c’mon!  I had somebody on Twitter post all the videos on how long I’ve known about Adam and Sharon. (Laughs)  I had still had a beard on the show back then!  What’s he going to do?  I think this Adam sickness, this addiction, this pathology that he has, I think Rey hopes he can just arrest him and he will just go away for ever.  That’s playing in the back of my mind, like, ‘there’s no way Adam can keep up this behavior for much longer’.  Rey is crazy about Sharon. T here’s also some ego involved here, too of, ‘I got to be the guy here.  I can’t lose to this guy’.  But man, does Rey have a threshold for dealing with this stuff.  Remember, his (ex) wife had sex with his brother, and then she did it again, and now they are having a child together… and Rey was still able to move on.”

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Case clarified from her previous 25th anniversary interview with Fairman, just who is Sharon Newman’s ultimate love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam?  Case had stated Adam.  The actress explained:  “When you think about what the character’s have been through, the history of The Young and the Restless, how stories are usually told – and what I mean by all that is Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor (Eric Braeden) have always been the “It” couple of the history of Y&R and they are very different.  They actually remind me more of Adam and Sharon then Nick and Sharon.  Nick turned out more to be the good son, while Adam was more in the image of his father, and it would be the obvious choice to guess that Nick and Sharon would be endgame.  I think soaps try to not go in the obvious way.  The two men that she has been married to, and were the biggest loves of her life, and both Victor’s kids, choosing between those that is why I said what I said, and why I think that’s true.  Sharon and Adam don’t have all of the pain, that Sharon and Nick have had from multiple cheatings and a loss of a child which is very hard for a couple to ever get past that.   I also think that Sharon and Nick are sort of together now anyways as co-parents and are such good friends.  They have a new relationship – they are not together in a romantic way – but their relationship is really great now and very full for what it is.”

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Grossman shared that knowing Chelsea has a history of being con-artist, that she could potentially pull some stunts on Adam and Sharon to keep them apart:  “That’s always in the back of his mind.  You know, maybe she will start to con Adam and maybe he might pick up on it, maybe he doesn’t pick up on it, but obviously it’s a really sad situation that Adam is in.  There’s a lot going on in Adam’s life. It’s unfortunate that Connor (his son) is not there as he is off to boarding school, and then Adam wasn’t there because he went to Sharon’s wedding to peek his head in, and Chelsea had her stroke.  So there’s a lot of guilt there.  I think it’s really frustrating to him that he can’t have a conversation with this woman – who is his fiancée – and this is his fault and he caused all this.  But there’s always the underlying pull from Sharon, and after they kiss there are a lot of conflicted feelings there.”

Watch the entire interview with Sharon, Mark and Jordi below.

Now weigh-in: Are you Team Rey or Team Adam? Who do you want Sharon to ultimately wind up with? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

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Catherine Hickland Talks On ‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’, One Life to Live, and the Heartbreaking Deaths of Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) along with many of her former co-stars, and actors from All My Children and General Hospital, will be taking part in tonight’s ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway livestream benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which begins at 8 pm EST.  You can watch it here.

Ahead of the event, Catherine chatted with Michael Fairman exclusively for the Michael Fairman Channel from her home in Las Vegas; where she discussed being part of the live musical benefit that was originally created back in 2005 and lasted till 2011 as a one night only live event called: ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares.  Now 10 years later, the actors will revisit their performances as their production numbers from the past are part of the 2021 livestream to help those in need that have been hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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During the conversation with Fairman, Hickland also talks on her lengthy soap opera career where she not only appeared on OLTL, but Loving/The City, Capitol, and Texas, as well. 

On a highlight, Catherine recalls playing One Life’s Lindsay and her ongoing on-screen feud with Nora Buchanan played by Hillary B. Smith.  She also speaks on her marriage to her former husband, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH) and working in the daytime genre and then at one time getting burnt out.

Hickland, who is now married to Todd Fisher, opened up about the devastating loss of her mother-in-law, Debbie Reynolds, and her sister-in-law, Carrie Fisher, just one day a part back in 2017, and how the couple dealt with this tragedy.  The real-life duo now host, “Cat and Todd Live” on Facebook each week.

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In addition Catherine will be participating in ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’s Virtual One-on-One Meet and Greets with the stars on Saturday, February 13th.  For info on how to participate click here.

To make a donation to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS click here.  With a screenshot of your donation, you can enter a chance to win either “Star Wars” or Debbie Reynolds memorabilia as detailed by Catherine in this interview.

Watch Catherine’s conversation below.

Then let us know, if you loved the Lindsay/Nora feud on One Life? If you watched the livestream of ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway? And, what was your favorite part of the interview with Catherine via the comment section.

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Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

Currently, daytime fans are getting to see one of the most beloved actress in the history of the soap genre, Linda Dano, on NBC’s Days of our Lives in the role of the villainess Vivian Alamain.

Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

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In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

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Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

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Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

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