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THE TEXAS BATTLE AND JENNIFER GAREIS INTERVIEW – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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TV SOAP:
Jennifer, what did you think when you found out that they were going to bring in a son for your character on the show?

JENNIFER:
It’s really funny. Someone at the show said to me, “They are bringing a guy on for you!” And I go, “Really? Is he hot?” And they say, “No. You really don’t want to know.” I don’t like to know storyline ahead of time, but they did tell me they were going to bring someone on ahead of time. I am like, “Am I going to like him?” Then, when they describe that he is my son, I was like, “Oh, my goodness. I had no idea they were going in that direction!” I thought it was a love interest or something. (She laughs)

TV SOAP:
This seems like such an amazing time for you, professionally. Jenn, they are really giving you the ball and letting you run with it.

JENNIFER:
Exactly! This is a dream storyline, trust me! We can’t tell you, but trust me, it’s a dream storyline, and it’s awesome.

TV SOAP:
Texas, did you have any idea that you would be playing the son of a very young and sexy gal at “”B&B”?

TEXAS:
No, not at all! When I first got the call that “B&B” wanted to see me, I was under the impression that I was the new young leading man, and in the audition process we read scenes from a previous episode. I did not know at all what was really going on until it got closer to booking it, and they go, “Oh, by the way, you are going to be the son of one of our leading ladies on the show, Jennifer Gareis!” And I go, “Oh, that’s cool.” Then they say, “But, she is your mother,” and I go, “My mom? Well, that’s good to me!”

TV SOAP:
Did you know Jenn previously?

TEXAS:
I knew Jennifer was on “Y&R”. The funny thing was when they told me I was going to play her son. I actually went online first, because I could not put a name to a face. I was saying to the casting director, Christy Dooley, “Which one was playing my mom?” Of course, I was looking for an African-American female. Then, she pointed to Jennifer and I was like, “No way! She is so young and beautiful. How?” Hey, we will make it work, though.

JENNIFER:
I have had twenty face-lifts, babe. (She laughs)

TV SOAP:
So, as the story goes, Donna gave up her son, correct?

JENNIFER:
As a teenager, Donna gave up her baby for adoption and Texas is 20. I won’t be disclosing my real age, but if you do the math, it all kind of works out. (She laughs)

TV SOAP:
Did you have a hand in Texas landing the pivotal role of Marcus?

JENNIFER:
I auditioned everyone in the room together, and there were three guys in contention. I felt that Texas had the most passion behind the role, and had a lot of different levels to his performance. He yelled at me, scared me, and made me sad, and he has all of this and the softness and strength, as well. I was sure he was the best guy for the part.

TEXAS:
When I came in to read, I got the respect from Jennifer so fast, because she was working that day. When I got to the audition she was off script and was ready, and she gave me something to go on. The first time, I did a rehearsal with Jennifer, once I booked the part she said, “I just want you to know it will be better once we get on set.” I go, “Excuse me? That was rehearsal?” It was a good experience with her. I felt automatic chemistry. Jennifer has been doing soaps for years, and I have to follow her lead. I know I have to follow it.

TV SOAP:
What scenes of your storyline, thus far, are both of you most proud of?

JENNIFER:
I really liked the part when he pulled out the birth certificate, and I come to the realization that this is my son. On another episode, there was this odd chemistry at Storm’s funeral. Marcus gave Donna this apology for the tragedy that happened to the Logan’s. There was this moment with this stranger that had such an effect on Donna. But as far as the pinnacle point, it would be her realization that, “Oh My God, this is true! He really is my son!”

TEXAS:
I did like the feeling she gave me when I gave her the birth certificate. I felt she was accepting me as my birth-mom, and that now we are established as mother and son. I like the scenes we are doing now, because she is now doing more of a motherly thing. It’s nice to hear. I am responding back as a son would. Now, I am protecting her against the Forresters. I like that. It’s natural and good, and she is my mom.

TV SOAP:
Does Donna regret what she did all those years ago?

JENNIFER:
I think it’s a secret she carried around for years and years. The first time Donna lets that secret out is with Katie, and that was a very traumatic moment with tons of regret and pain. Now, it’s not as much since we found each other. This boy can be part of Donna’s life from now on. I feel the regret will disappear over time as they bond and the relationship grows.

TV SOAP:
How does Marcus feel about his mother’s original abandonment?

TEXAS:
At first he had resentment for her. He had so much going on, because his birth-mom gave him up in the first place. Then, she tells him the reasons for it, and he sees and understands why she had to keep this big secret, and he is going to protect her. I like the fact that she is protecting me, as well.

TV SOAP:
Have you heard any response about this unique twist for “B&B”?

JENNIFER:
While I am at work, some people have told me that the scenes we do together are tremendous. And that this provides the element of incredible softness in Donna to surface, and it’s wonderful. It helps shows her nurturing side, and it will develop her more as a woman.

TEXAS:
I have to say since the show has aired, I went to get a manicure down the street from the studio. A lady that was in there goes, “Oh, my God. You are Marcus. You’re Donna’s son!” And I go, “No I am not. I am Texas.” The lady was real excited to know more about our story. The storyline to me is juicy.

TV SOAP:
Jennifer, wouldn’t you say Donna is evolving?

JENNIFER:
Donna went from this young flirtatious, almost girly type, to this blossoming woman who is nurturing and soft. It’s an amazing transition!

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TV SOAP:
Do we know who Marcus’s father is yet?

JENNIFER:
Not yet. I think he was a very tall and athletic black man!

TEXAS:
Marcus does not know his father.

JENNIFER:
I was thinking Shemar Moore (Ex-Malcolm, “Y&R”) would be a good casting for him.

TEXAS:
People would love that one, if I were the son of Shemar Moore! (He laughs)

JENNIFER:
Shemar Moore… I have always had a crush on him since day one at “Y&R”. He is so great, and his personality is even better.

TV SOAP:
Do you two goof off on set?

TEXAS:
Jennifer’s personality is like mine, but when she is focused… she delivers. When we mess up a line or miss our mark, we joke and laugh. But, Jennifer has this snort that she does, and the first time she did that I went, “Wow, did that come from you?” (He laughs)

JENNIFER:
Are you talking about my snort? (She laughs)

TEXAS:
When we get on the set, we have fun and are ready at the same time. It’s great, and she is definitely one of those characters.

JENNIFER:
At first, Texas’s personality shined through. There were a few days when I didn’t work with him, and then he came back with me on set. I was like, “Wow! He has really learned life here, and I really liked that.” He is very professional; you can tell he is very comfortable on set.

TV SOAP:
To clarify, is Texas Battle your real name?

TEXAS:
My birth name is Texas Quincey Battle. My mom gave it to me, and it was never a big thing until I came to California in the summer of 2003. I had people telling me, “Oh no, that’s your stage name?” I didn’t even know what a stage name was at that time. Now, it’s working out for the best… and it stands out!

TV SOAP:
You both have done modeling. How do you like it as compared to acting? Do you still enjoy doing photo shoots?

JENNIFER:
I liked it when I did it. But when you are an actor, they ask you do to different photo shoots. I do like to have fun with it, but it’s not as fulfilling as acting, for sure. I still am fine doing photo shoots. It’s playtime, especially if the stylist is good and does great hair and make-up.

TEXAS:
I have to say, I like photo shoots as well. That is a time when you can be sexy and flirt with the camera. You move, and it’s about the wardrobe and the sexiness, and all that. I like that.

TV SOAP:
What should we watch for in the coming months from Donna and Marcus?

JENNIFER:
I would say a real bonding. Now that Donna is the lady of the house, it’s appropriate that she has a son. So, I would say more development of her character. I believe Marcus is going to be integrated throughout the characters on “B&B”, not just with Donna. There will be some really good bonding moments between the two of them.

TEXAS:
We just started this and there is a lot more to come between Donna and Marcus, and with Stephanie, the Logan’s and the Forrester’s. I am really looking forward to it.

TV SOAP:
It looks like Marcus has a potential love interest in the returning Steffi Forrester.

TEXAS:
The plan is always to have love on the set, and one of the Forresters is back in town, and that is Steffi. There may be some love chemistry going on there, and I definitely have my eye out on her. She has an eye out for me. But again, I got to get my momma’s approval because Steffi is a Forrester.

JENNIFER:
Yeah, that might be a tough one. I don’t know. We shall see…. (She laughs)

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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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