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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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Kelly Thiebaud Opens Up on Her Exit from General Hospital, Taping Britt’s Tragic Death Scenes, and Parting Thoughts on Co-Stars

Just a few weeks ago on the January 4th episode of General Hospital, viewers were left devastated when Dr. Britt Westbourne succumbed to a fatal poisoning after a confrontation with ‘The Hook’.

While it was revealed that Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, was exiting the ABC soap opera at the end of 2022, many thought the story would see Britt leaving Port Charles to deal with her declining health due to Huntington’s Disease in private, in order to keep the door open for a possible return down the line.  However, that was not meant to be.  When a report from Deadline surfaced back in August of 2022, it indicated that Kelly was returning to her primetime role on ABC’s Station 19, which caused some confusion and rumors of just what would Thiebaud’s ultimate status be with the daytime drama series.

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Now, in a very special exit interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Kelly chats with Michael Fairman and clarifies what led to her decision to leave her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne.

Talking with Fairman direct from London, Kelly, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2022 for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, reveals how it came to pass that GH would kill-off the character of Britt by becoming another victim of ‘The Hook’, and more.

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During the conversation, Thiebaud shares her thoughts on working with her former GH co-stars including: Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Parry Shen (Brad), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Cassandra James (Terry), Roger Howarth (Austin) and Josh Kelly (Cody), as well as some of her favorite memories throughout her run on the series which began in 2012.

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Kelly took the character from being the manipulative ‘Britch’ as an interloper in the romance of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), all the way to becoming a well-loved character to root for.

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While, GH viewers witnessed Britt’s shocking death scenes, Kelly weighs-in on taping those moments, as well as Britt’s emotional goodbye birthday party, and having the opportunity to portray a character who was trying to navigate her life, while suffering from the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

In addition, Thiebaud gives a very special ‘thank you’ and shout out to the fans for their enduring support as she looks forward to new roles and new adventures ahead.

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Check out our heartfelt farewell interview with Kelly below, and for upcoming celebrity features, interviews, event coverage, music videos, and more, make sure to ‘subscribe‘ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

So, what did you think about Kelly’s decision to depart GH? Will you miss her as Britt? Share your thoughts on our conversation in the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Graziadei Talks Daniel’s Past and Present, Reuniting with His Co-Stars, and Life as Dad to Twins

Longtime viewers of CBS’ The Young and the Restless are excited that Michael Graziadei has returned to the top-rated daytime drama during its 50th anniversary season as Daniel Romalotti.

Graziadei made his on-screen re-emergence right around Thanksgiving, as in story, Daniel came home to surprise his mother, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), but also for a business idea he wanted to present to good friend, Devon (Bryton James) and Daniel’s former girlfriend, Lily Winters (Christel Khalil).  Seems Daniel has a mega-universe gaming platform he’s created that he wants Chancellor-Winters to potentially be a part of.  But there must be more to the story than meets the eye, right? Will Daniel find himself drawn back to Lily, especially since her relationship with Billy (Jason Thompson) has hit a major rough spot/road block named Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan)?

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In a new virtual interview exclusively for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Graziadei sits-down to talk about coming home to Genoa City with a look at Daniel’s past, present and future.  Michael first appeared as Y&R’s Daniel from 2004-2013, made a guest stop back to the show in 2016, and now at the end of 2022, he is back full-time with the soap opera.

During the conversation, Graziadei shares what it’s been like working with beloved cast mates including: Michelle Stafford, Christel Khalil, Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and more.

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Michael also shared his enthusiasm at getting a chance to reconnect not only with Michelle Stafford, but Daniel’s adoptive father, Michael Damian (Danny) as well, when they all appear in scenes together for the upcoming holiday episodes.

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Just what have been Michael’s favorite Daniel storylines of all-time? Was it Daniel’s part in Cassie’s death (Camryn Grimes) and its aftermath? When they gave Daniel a porn addiction storyline? Graziadei weighs-in.

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In addition, Michael reveals the wonders of being a new dad to twins boys in real-life, Oliver Bear and Arlo.  He opens up about how he and his lady love, Lauren found out they were having twins, the naming process they went through, and what life is like now at-home.

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During Graziadei’s time away from Y&R, he appeared in numerous TV and film projects.  Most recently, Michael was seen in Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer, where he shares what it was like to take on a legal role for the first time in his career, plus what it was like to act and kiss Oscar-winner, Jessica Lange in American Horror Story (a role he played while still at Y&R during his first go-round).

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You can watch the full interview with Graziadei below.

For more celebrity interviews and features make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

Now let us know, are you glad Daniel is back in GC? Do you hope Lily and Daniel get back together all of these years later? What has been your favorite Daniel storyline of all time … and your favorite part of our conversation with him?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Camryn Grimes and Fiancé Brock Powell Talk On Their Roles as Mrs. Claus and Santa in ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Camryn Grimes (Mariah, The Young and the Restless) has been involved in a very special passion project in more ways than one!  Now, everyone will be able can see it, and hear it, when Grimes voices the role of Mrs. Claus opposite her real-life fiancé and voiceover star, Brock Powell as Santa in Mickey Saves Christmas.

The new stop-motion holiday special premieres Sunday, November 27th (7:00-7:30 p.m. EST) on ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, and Monday, November 28 on Disney+ and Hulu.  It features Disney icons: Mickey, Minnie and the gang, who are sent to the North Pole on a quest to save Christmas and find the true meaning of the holiday.

Camryn and Brock Powell became engaged earlier this year on January 7th, which also happened to be Camryn’s 32nd birthday. How the two met all comes back to the world of voiceover and Disney, as you will learn.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the real-life lovebirds to preview Mickey Saves Christmas, how they wound up voicing the important voices of Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and just what Brock thinks of Camryn’s Genoa City alter-ego Mariah being married to Tessa (Cait Fairbanks), and more.  Is Brock #TeamTeriah? Check out what they shared with us below.

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The two of you were actually introduced by Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy! How did that happen?

BROCK:  So, Bill Farmer is my mentor, and through him, that was the first time I actually met Camryn.

CAMRYN: I knew Bill growing up, and in 2020 when I wanted to get into voiceovers, I reached out to him and that’s how this all started and I guess, the rest is history.

Now you are voicing Santa and Mrs. Claus in Mickey Save Christmas. How did it come about that you both landed parts on the project?

BROCK: I got to play the role of Santa in Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas, which was the first time I got to voice Santa for Disney, and now I’m returning to the role this time. Camryn received the audition randomly for Ms. Claus on the day we were getting engaged, and it was perfect timing because I had to get her out of the house so I could set up the proposal here.  So, it really was a Christmas miracle because I was sweating!

CAMRYN:  We were cast separately. The production team had no idea that Brock and I were a couple. When I went in to record, they were like, “Here’s the voice of Santa for you to record to, and I was like, “Yeah, I know… that’s my fiancé!”  They were like, “What??” (Laughs)

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Did the engagement go off without a hitch?

BROCK:  Yes, so after the audition process, Camryn returned home. I proposed, and there was a whole Disney/Pixar theme going on in the backyard. It was a really special day. To have her say, “Yes”, and also to have this crazy opportunity for her to audition for the role of Mrs. Claus happening at the same time … and then weeks later finding out she booked the role, it was all amazing.  We were now going to be working on this Christmas special together.  I think anytime you get to voice an iconic character, it’s special.  However, if you’d told me that I would get to return to the role I love, with the person I love playing opposite me … I think I’m done.  I just don’t know how you can ever top it!

Camryn, what did it mean to you to be in this film as Mrs. Claus, because fans saw this post of yours with a photo of you outside the Anaheim Convention Center where Disney’s D23 convention was happening.  It made everyone speculate  just what you were working on, which you shared was a lifelong dream.

CAMRYN:  Yes!  Y&R and CBS is my home, but I’ve always wanted to do something with Disney.  My family raised me on all things Disney and all things Christmas.  They were huge into the holiday, and so this kind of just checks every box.  It’s not only Disney, it’s Christmas, it’s stop-motion animation, and it’s Mrs. Claus.  I think my family was more excited for me to book this then anything I’ve ever done. I think there were tears! So sentimentally, this project really meant a lot to me.

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Camryn, did Brock coach you on doing voiceover work, or give you any tips?

CAMRYN:  I mean, I live with my voiceover coach. (Laughs) It’s amazing!

BROCK:  You know, I do coach for voiceovers and Camryn is my star pupil now.  She’s a talented actress, obviously. The biggest misconception is that, while it starts with the voice, Camryn, as well as most of the amazing voice actors I know, they have access to this childhood imagination which I think makes their performances possible. So, while you’re watching Mickey Saves Christmas, even though we recorded everything separately, what you’re looking for is that energy and every character connecting. You’re inventing the circumstances, you’re inventing your scene partner, where we have to close our eyes and embody a character we may, or may not, have a reference for. I think watching Camryn and hearing Camryn’s work on this, and a couple of other projects she’s worked on, I’m just so impressed at how coming from daytime television where there is a very stringent set routine and at the level that she excels at there, to then come into my world and then just kill it behind the microphone. She was able to let all of that go and have the bravery to try something new. I think a lot of people are going to love what Camryn has done here.  I’m most proud of her to be willing to look silly which is what is required in voiceover.

CAMRYN:  That’s true, and that’s probably the most fun thing about it.

Now, what can you tease us that happens in the story of Mickey Saves Christmas?

CAMRYN: It’s kind of built into the title a little bit, but I think what you’re going to get out of this is a deep sense of community and coming together to fix a problem and being able to lend a helping hand.  I feel, it’s just a really lovely film about chosen family.

BROCK:  It’s about family, it’s about friends, it’s about putting a lot of pressure on the holidays be perfect.  I think everyone involved in this special from the animators to the music team, everything in it helped make this a love letter to the holidays. The film really just talks about that Christmas is who you spend it with, and not necessarily how it turns out. I think it’s a really positive reminder that the most important part about Christmas is being with the ones we love. These are characters that Camryn and I love, not just the ones we voiced. To be with these actors, to be with these characters. it is just is going to be so special with everyone watching on November 27. It’s going to be the first tine for all us watching it together,

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Now Brock, do you watch Camryn on The Young and the Restless?

BROCK: Yes, and I will say sometimes when Camryn is at work, our puppy does sit and watch mommy on TV, too!

Is Brock, #TeamTeriah on Y&R, as well?

CAMRYN: Yes, Brock is all about #TeamTeriah. It was actually really beautiful kind of getting engaged around the same time, Mariah and Tessa did on the show.

In another post of yours on social media, I saw that you had picked a spot for your wedding to Brock.   

CAMRYN: Yes. We don’t actually have a set date (we have three options), but we did pick a location.  So, we will be figuring that all out very soon.

Check out a clip from ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’ featuring Camryn as Mrs. Clause and Brock as Santa below.  Then let us know, will you be watching the special? What did you think of Camryn getting to work on this project and opposite the love-of-her-life, Brock Powell? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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