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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 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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