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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)

General Hospital

GH’s Chloe Lanier Talks On Nelle’s Twisted Plots, Her Co-Stars & That Cliffhanger “Ending”

Recently on ABC’s General Hospital, Chloe Lanier’s Nelle Benson created even more havoc for Carly (Laura Wright), Michael (Chad Duell), Julian (William deVry), Brook Lynn (Briana Lane), and of course, her son, Wiley.

However, is Nelle really gone after her ‘fall,’ which has left her MIA and Carly believing she is responsible for her sister’s ‘death’? But as we know with Nelle, she keeps secretly planning her next move and loves to slowly torture those who she believes have wronged her. There is also the ongoing mystery of just who is Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) daughter, especially since Nelle has the other half of the necklace so near and dear to Nina; leaving viewers pondering if it could mean they are mother and child, or is this all a red-herring?

One thing is for sure, Daytime Emmy winner, Chloe Lanier brings it each and every time she returns to GH. She gives always give the storylines a much needed injection of drama, drama and more drama. No one is quite like Lanier in the soaps either; she can play tough, vulnerable, manipulative, and street smart, like nobody’s business.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Chloe to get her answers to some of our burning questions for her and her portrayal of naughty Nelle, and how one of her co-stars helped her through a very difficult time in her life.  Here’s what she had to say about it all.

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What did you think of the courtroom antics of Nelle during the custody hearing for Wiley?

CHLOE:  I mean, showing up in a wedding dress was her first mistake. Then antagonizing everyone in the room was probably her second. But she’s so wounded—so broken from her childhood. She doesn’t have the proper emotional tools to combat her self-destructive behavior.

Which showdown or confrontation between Nelle and Michael stands out to you?

CHLOE:  I particularly loved the scenes where Nelle, nine months pregnant, leaves Michael in the rigged car, hoping it would explode. It’s rare that you’re given comedic material on a soap, so that was particularly exciting for me. Also, Chad’s reactions always make me laugh. He’s great.

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What is it like working with Chad Duell as feuding exes and parents of Wiley? 

CHLOE:  Chad is so easy to work with. He’s been doing the show for so long and is very technically gifted. The writers graced us with some meaty material that we were able to sink our teeth into.

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What does Nelle think of Willow (Katelyn MacMullen)? She really hates her, huh?

CHLOE: I don’t believe she hates her. She’s envious. Willow is the exact opposite and oftentimes we’re afraid of what we don’t understand. Particularly someone like Nelle, who was raised by a con artist and taught to exploit and manipulate anyone she comes across. So when she sees someone so pure, so innocent, she immediately distrusts her because that behavior is so far outside the lines of how she operates.

What was it like taping the fight scenes between Carly and Nelle, where Nelle “Plummets” to her death?  

CHLOE:  Shout out to Amanda Hall and Heather Bonomo, our amazing stunt doubles for those scenes. They were fantastic.

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When you and Laura Wright get the scripts; where Carly and Nelle are having a huge showdown, are you thrilled about getting the chance to play the emotional beats of those moments? What if it’s a fight scene?

CHLOE:  Those scenes were such a joy, because we got to explore some of the deep roots of Nelle’s trauma, and Carly explicitly said, “I believe you love your son.” That, for me, was important.  Because despite all of her failings, she truly did love her son—in her own warped, off kilter, way.

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Nelle has really been blackmailing Julian, until he turned the tables on her on the pier?  What has it been like acting opposite Will deVry in those scenes?

CHLOE:  I love Will. He and I actually have the same acting coach, so our prep and how we’re working is from a similar place. What I love about Will is the confidence he has in his stillness. He’s lovely on camera, so connected.

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Nelle has the other half of the necklace belonging to Nina.  What do you think if it turns out that Nelle is Nina’s daughter?  It is quite possible, tho, that she is not, and it’s all a red herring. How has it been working with Cynthia Watros?

CHLOE:  Cynthia is one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met, truly. We haven’t known each other for long, but earlier this year, and not many people know this other than my close friends, I was having glaring mental health issues stemming from unresolved trauma. I was going going going for so long that I couldn’t run away from it anymore. I had never dealt with any of it. She saw it and could tell I was silently struggling and reached out. You don’t forget kindness like that. So I’m very grateful for Cynthia—and of course, therapy. I would be flattered if they decided to make Nelle Nina’s daughter.

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What do you think about how the writers have kept finding ways to have plot points that get all the other characters in trouble and make it look like they did something to Nelle, but she ultimately has her own diabolical plans for them with her actions? She is pretty smart!

CHLOE:  Nelle is the perfect victim, and her love language is sabotage. She’s also a narcissist, so she’s always going to think she’s the smartest person in the room. She’s basically a walking version of Taylor Swift’s song, Look What You Made Me Do. I love that the writers gifted me the opportunity work with almost everyone on the show. Josh (Swickard) and I always had a great time together. And Maurice (Benard)—god he’s hilarious. I would have loved to work with Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) more though. I love watching her work. She’s going to have an amazing career.

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Do you think Nelle can ever be redeemed at this point?

CHLOE:  Redemption is a weird one for me, because I don’t believe that people are inherently good or bad. We’re all human. We all have flaws, make mistakes, have regrets, experience shame. We have the ability to grow and we learn from our past. Nelle has done and felt all of those things, to a degree, but continued to do the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. A character either has to change or they die. So, I’ll say this—if Nelle is alive out there somewhere, I hope she’s going to therapy.

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What has been the hardest scene for you to play emotionally in the time you have been playing Nelle?

CHLOE:  Probably the scene with the newborn, where Nelle runs into Brad on the side of the road. I had never held a newborn baby before, so I was TERRIFIED. I realized I was the only thing in that moment keeping that baby alive…a very bizarre and life altering feeling, I’ll say.

So, have you enjoyed Chloe’s performances? Do you think Nelle is plotting from afar?  What would you like to see happen in the storylines with  baby Wiley, Nina’s child, and more? Comment below.

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Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Discuss Their Departure From DAYS, New Beginnings & WilSon’s Journey

This week, Days of our Lives viewers saw the highly-anticipated exit off the canvas, for now,  of Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith as Will and Sonny.

Tuesday marked their final airshow, while the actors found out they were being written-out of the show and had filmed their last six episodes over seven months ago, because at that time and before the pandemic, DAYS was taping far in advance of air.

Now with this leg of their journey complete as the popular Salem duo, Chandler and Freddie are embarking on new chapters of their lives, as Chandler details his move to Atlanta and Freddie in a few weeks to Florida.  But as they discuss in this very special conversation with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, they are not stopping acting either.

During this “farewell for now” interview with Michael, the two actors open up about their final scripts, their last tape day, how both characters helped many individuals come out and come to terms with who they are via watching Will’s coming out story, Will and Sonny’s on-screen relationship and more.

In addition, Freddie discusses what happened when he auditioned for the role of Sonny and what he thinks helped land him the gig; Chandler shares a story about a fan that is very moving, and that his biggest regret was not getting to play the wedding scenes between Will and Sonny (Guy Wilson at that time had stepped into the role of Will).   The duo also reveal their favorite and least favorite storylines they were involved in, and much more.

Watch the full interview below.

So, what do you think about what Freddie and Chandler had to share during our conversation? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Talks Harrowing Childhood, Growing Up In Hollywood, Nikki’s Storylines

This week, The Young and the Restless’ iconic, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) new memoir, Always Young & Restless: My Life on and Off off America’s #1 Daytime Drama,” from Diversion Books, is available everywhere.

For everyone that follows Melody, this book has been several years in the making with some starts and stops, but in it she does not hold back and reveals some very painful details and moments from her upbringing when she was raised by her unstable grandmother and more.

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Melody also talks about reuniting with her estranged father when he suddenly awoke from his coma while she was by his side.  Throughout her lengthy career in Hollywood, Melody has worked with some of the greats including: Clint Eastwood, Brian DePalma and Alfred Hitchcock.

Now in a conversation with Michael Fairman on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Melody opens about her decision on the stories she told in the books, her favorite and least favorite storylines as Nikki on Y&R, working with Eric Braeden (Victor) and the entire company of the CBS daytime drama where she has been for over 40 years, and how she hopes her memoir might help others; including those stage moms and children considering life in front of the camera and more.

To watch the full interview with Melody, check it out below.

Then let us know, what have you been most surprised to learn about Melody this past week as her memoir has come out? What is your favorite or least favorite storylines of Nikki’s on Y&R over the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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