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The Thorsten Kaye and Heather Tom Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful

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A red hot new duo is emerging as one of the most popular on-screen couples in recent years on The Bold and the Beautiful!  Played by Heather Tom and Thorsten Kaye, the fictional Katie and Ridge have recently admitted they have feelings for each other, and now are coming to the realization that they indeed … love each other!

But oh, the complications!  Katie’s sister, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) has been the woman of Ridge’s affections for decades!  But after returning to Los Angeles and learning of Brooke’s tryst with Bill (Bill Spencer) and how it hurt Katie, something changed for Ridge; no matter how much he tried in his heart and mind to make it work with Brooke.  They even headed to the altar!  Cue the fainting spell/faux heart attack of Katie’s that stopped the nuptials!

Now, with their feelings for each other undeniable, can Katie and Ridge be together against all odds?  Will their past flames tear them apart?  What will happen now that  Brooke has learned how sis Katie feels about Ridge … and how Ridge feels about Katie? On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Thorsten Kaye and Heather Tom to get their thoughts on working with each other, where they hope their on-screen romance will go, how they set out to make their scenes work “Bold and Beautiful” style, and just how is Thorsten adjusting to life as the new Ridge after the role was played for 25 years by Ronn Moss.  Here’s what the oh-so-sexy, beguiling, and ever so cute duo shared during our conversation!

MICHAEL:

Heather, when you found out Thorsten Kaye was cast as the new Ridge Forrester, what was your initial reaction?  Did you know of Thorsten’s work?

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HEATHER:

I thought, “Oh, that guy!” (Laughs)  I knew of Thorsten, of course!  I was very excited for him to come to the show.  I thought it would be a very interesting casting choice.   I thought we needed to go the complete opposite of Ronn Moss (Ex-Ridge) and I think we have accomplished that, and I think that it has been fun.

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, now your leading lady is a five-time Daytime Emmy winner!  How is it working opposite Heather?

THORSTEN:

I just call her “Five”.  What do you mean the complete opposite of Ronn?

HEATHER:

I mean, he wears a scarf and you don’t!  (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

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Heather and I have been on the same show before, but not at the same time.  So, I have been chasing her for awhile.  It’s fun to work with someone who puts the script first.  I think there is a reason she has five Daytime Emmys … and I have none! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Congrats on your 2014 Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination, Heather!  What scenes did you submit for the first round of competition for the Outstanding Lead Actress category?

HEATHER:

I submitted the episode where Katie finds out about Brooke and Bill at the birthday party from hell!

MICHAEL:

How do you feel now Thorsten about stepping into the role of Ridge, since you first got here a few months ago?  Are you more comfortable?

THORSTEN:

I am not going to lie to you.  It’s always uncomfortable when you go to someone else’s house and try to fit in.  It’s not that I need to make the part my own, but I have to do something, and I couldn’t do what has been done before.  It’s been good.  The toughest part is getting to L.A and the travel.  I live in Connecticut, and so during the winter months it’s a bit more difficult due to the weather conditions, like the planes are late, but there are always delays, which can be frustrating.

HEATHER:

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He has a hell of a commute.

MICHAEL:

So in story, originally Katie told Ridge they cannot be together, or act on their feelings, and urged him to go back to Brooke.  Ridge then went back to Brooke, and even got to the altar before that disintegratedSo if he now has feelings for Katie, does Brooke still have a place in his heart?

THORSTEN:

I think if you love someone, you try to forgive them.  We have all been there.  You try to remember all the good parts of it, and looking back on relationships from twenty years ago, I tend to remember all of the good parts.  And then you get back to reality and go, “Oh, that’s right.  She does that thing with her tooth … or, whatever drives you nuts! (Laughs)  You remember the good things and not the bad things, and you can’t get around it.  I feel that is kind of what happened with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Bill (Don Diamont).  So you go, “Alright, it was mistake,” but then you have this little doubt in your head.  Then, you see someone else who seems to be not of that persuasion, and you think perhaps that makes more sense to you.

MICHAEL:

Heather, do you like the story that once again pits the two sisters against each other?

HEATHER:

I do like the story.  I like where they are going with it.   I think it’s nice to establish the two camps, and I do like working with Katherine Kelly Lang in this regard.  I think as sisters it is complex and has history … and if we can play the history, then it becomes so much fun to play.

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MICHAEL:

Heather, when you saw the script that said, “Katie faints at the wedding”, were you shocked?  Were you like, “Not another heart attack, please!” (Laughs)

HEATHER:

At first, I was like, “Please God! Tell me I am not having another heart attack!”  Then, I called Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B). I said, “I just read the script….”  And he goes, “Don’t worry!  You’re not really having a heart attack.  You’re faking it!”  I went “Thank God!”  He knows that I don’t want to constantly have heart attacks!  (Laughs)  No one has more heart attacks than Katie! (Laughs)  But, I did like the aspect that she was faking it.  I thought that was great, because for once she is being assertive and making a choice and really going after what she wants.  So she makes this sort of conscious decision of, “OK, I am stopping this.”  I liked that, and I thought it was interesting.

MICHAEL:

Do you feel it makes her a villain in any way?

HEATHER:

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I think it’s against her nature, and so it’s new to her.  I don’t think it makes her a villain.  I think it makes her a human being who does things impulsively, and for the first time ever is going after what she wants and saying, “Brooke, well, you have been telling me to follow my heart all of my life, and so I guess I am going to follow my heart and see where it leads me.”

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, you have worked with so many incredible leading ladies in your career! What is different in working with Heather?

THORSTEN:

She’s got five Daytime Emmys! (Laughs)  Therefore, she is always right, and so the pressure is off of me.  I think we are having fun, and we are trying to make the scenes as organic as possible.

HEATHER:

I think you can see when people are having fun working together, even if it’s a scene where you are bawling.  If you are having a good time with that person, it comes across on-screen.  I think that the material we have been doing is working.  I think that’s because we are approaching it from a place of play and a “let’s see what we can squeeze out of it” philosophy.

MICHAEL:

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Thorsten, you are heading this month to the United Arab Emirates for a location shoot that will air in April on B&B.  In story, it has been revealed that Ridge follows Brooke and Bill there, and acts in some way as Brooke’s protector!  And where’s Katie in all of this?  Thoughts?

HEATHER:

I am sure they have a remote planned for me in the back alley at CBS! (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

It’s always nice to travel somewhere, and in regards to the story, if you spend a lot of time with someone you do feel a sense of wanting them to be alright.  Again, I have no idea what the scripts are for the shoot in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but I would think Ridge finds out something that could affect Brooke badly, and he would feel it’s his job to tell her that.

MICHAEL:

Is Ridge going to be “Torn Between Two Logans?” (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

I think the choices have been made for now.  Things move pretty quickly at The Bold and the Beautiful so no one is torn, certainly not Ridge and Katie at this point.

MICHAEL:

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What is Katie’s relationship with Bill at this point?  Has she truly moved on from him, once and for all?

HEATHER:

Bill is the father of Katie’s child, and Katie and Bill have a relationship where there is always going to be a connection there.  I think at this point she has moved on.  But it’s daytime, and the wind can blow and I never close a door.  No offense, Thorsten (Laughs)!  You’ve got to keep your options open! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

What did you think of the mini-story beat when Bill showed Brooke what was supposed to be damning photo evidence that Ridge was away in Europe having an affair with a younger man?  All of a sudden that story point was dropped!

THORSTEN:

I thought the same thing.  I was surprised, because it just didn’t go anywhere.

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HEATHER:

It was a quick moment!

THORSTEN:

It always is with me, (laughs) but there are a lot of bubbles in the show and that doesn’t necessarily go with anything, but they are always very interesting.  I personally felt we could have kept going with that longer.  Why else would you go there?

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, what do you see as the main difference in the way B&B works, and their overall story development compared to other soaps?

THORSTEN:

I think at B&B, there is a difference from other soaps where the overall story arc is quicker.  However, at the end of the day, you try to tell good story, and if it’s a little faster and tells good story … then it’s a little faster.

MICHAEL:

Where do you both want the love story to go between Ridge and Katie?

HEATHER:

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I would like to see them drag this out as long as they can! (Laughs)  I think there is a lot of story to tell, and a lot of history with the four characters.  It would be a shame if they didn’t play upon that.  I think the whole insta-wedding was a little silly.  But, I think it is daytime.

THORSTEN:

Whether it’s daytime or nighttime, not all daytime is the same.  But, if on this canvas you are marrying someone, somewhere your character has to make a choice, a real choice that makes sense to them.

HEATHER:

But you have to understand, when you make that choice, this is one thing I don’t like and I always try to play it …  and that is: When you make a choice it does not slam the door on something else.  In the audience, there are a whole group of people that want to root for Katie and Ridge.  There are a whole group of people that want to root for the other couple.  Right now, I think we are in the lead, but I think you have to keep that alive, and then down the road, hopefully not two weeks down the road, but down the road, you explore how that comes back around.  That is just the nature of what we do in daytime soaps.

THORSTEN:

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But as a five-time Daytime Emmy winner (Laughs) … the commitment has to be a real commitment to what you are playing now, and the door is behind you, and you don’t necessarily know you are doing that.

HEATHER:

Yes, but the moments that you play are the unexpected moments in the scene, where all of a sudden you are done with this person, but you have a moment of, “Oh, that’s the person I fell in love with all these years ago.”   And then, you can still be in love with the person you are with right now.

THORSTEN:

And that’s why she has won Emmys and I haven’t!  Now we know! (Laughs)  Yes, I agree with you, but if that happens let’s say in three days, it doesn’t make a huge amount of sense.  If it happens in three weeks, or months, it’s a little easier.  See, for me, I did not get the set-up at first of Ridge with Brooke and then Katie, because one came after the other.  But now I understand it.

MICHAEL:

Glad we got that settled! (Laughs) Thorsten, I have always loved your work.  Do you feel a sense of confidence now in the role of Ridge?  It is very difficult to come in and takeover a role that is so identifiable with another beloved actor for 25 years and to make it your own.  However, from all accounts, you are putting your own stamp on it.

THORSTEN:

Movie actors get hired because of what they bring to the script.  Daytime actors get hired because of what they have brought to the script before, whatever that may be.   I don’t need to be confident.  I am here.  I got the job.  I just have to be good with the person I am working with, and fly home.  It’s the best having a job like this, but having two kids and being away from them, makes it challenging at times, and changes your life as an actor.

HEATHER:

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Yes, the decisions that you make, they have so much more meaning.  There are sometimes risks that you have to take in this business, because that is just the nature of this business.  Sometimes, you just say it would be safe if I just stay over here.  So having a child does make you need to weigh those choices.

MICHAEL:

You both have children in real life.  What is like playing having a child as your soap characters?  Do your real life experiences help with that?

HEATHER:

Well, my child is my on-screen child!

THORSTEN:

Well, that’s just weird right there! (Laughs)

HEATHER:

Some of my characters on the other soaps I have been on have lost a child, or their baby died. I look back on those storylines now, being a mom in real life and say, “I really underplayed that.”  Someone brought up to me the Delia storyline on Y&R, where the little girl gets killed in a hit and run.  That is so unfathomable to think of that.  I don’t know how I would play that.  Having a child changed everything.

THORSTEN:

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One of the cool things about being an actor is the more you do it, the better you get.  And as an actor, the experiences you bring with you over the years … that is what makes you better.

MICHAEL:

OK, moment of truth.  Time to see what you truly think of your co-star!  Heather, give me three words that best describe working with Thorsten?

HEATHER:

I am trying to think of a good word! (Laughs)  I would say adventurous, exciting, and motivating.

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, your turn!  Three words about working with Heather…

THORSTEN:

I would say, prepared, intelligent, and open.  It’s a good combination between Heather and myself in the scenes we have.  I think they have come out pretty well.

MICHAEL:

Finally, if you were to preview what’s to come for Katie and Ridge, what would you say?

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HEATHER:

Ridge and Katie will be hot and heavy, and my husband James is on the show at the end of the month.  Thorsten was like, “Do I have to kiss you in front of your husband?”  And I say, “Don’t worry. We do that every Saturday night.” (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

I would say as my preview, always listen to Heather!  She has been right “five” times!

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Laurie Payne
Laurie Payne

I love the chemistry between the both of you! I haven’t been this anxious to see what’s going to happen next for a very long time! Brad Bell made a great choice when selecting Thorsten to play a Ridge. Maybe This role will earn Thorsten a much deserved Emmy!!

ljcmoore
ljcmoore

Totally agree with Laurie! It’s been a long time since I’ve looked forward to watching such a dynamic couple and I hope it lasts for a long time! Thorsten is a sexy, manly, man’s man breath of fresh air to this character, something Ronn Moss never had!

Gwendolyn /stivall
Gwendolyn /stivall

Just lost a Bold and Beautiful fan. Story line sucks!!

ljcmoore
ljcmoore

Bye, bye!! Can’t say we’ll miss you!

Michael
Michael

Agreed!

BridgeFan forver
BridgeFan forver

don’t like that story line either

jeffery
jeffery

Totally contrived romance. They should rename the show AS THE WIND BLOWS.

Sue
Sue

AGREE!!

ljcmoore
ljcmoore

What’s wrong with you people?? Just stop watching!

Laura
Laura

Yep. It’s just not believable and lame to do another incest story. I’m sick of it.

Margaret Harris
Margaret Harris

I think this storyline is awful. This new Ridge is terrible and ridge and Katie are both hypocrites. Sorry but I have better things to do with my time now and I have watched from the beginning.

ljcmoore
ljcmoore

To each his own…just stop watching and do those better things with your time!!!

Sue
Sue

ljcmoore, take it easy, we are here because we want to..if you don’t like what we post maybe you should just leave, let it go , let it go!!!!!

Fran
Fran

Then Margaret why post? Just go do those important things you do.

Laura
Laura

I agree. I would rather that they both have romances with others. I mean they said that Decon is coming back. He and Katie could’ve been interesting. This is just so predictable.

mary papcun
mary papcun

I love the interview they are both great, I hope they stay together because they have great chemistry for sure.

Ann
Ann

I am familiar with Thorsten as Zach on AMC… which I continue to miss… I’m one of those weirdos who pause during the day and wonder what they are doing in Pine Valley… so I was surprised to see him show up as Ridge however I think he is making his own way in this role and pretty much revamping this character. Altho I see Thorston as a Captain Ahab type with hair blowing while being splashed in the face with sea water I also love him in this role and look forward to him, as Ridge having a long and happy life with Katie fighting the drama Brook and Bill are sure to bring into their lives

Shirley Strickler
Shirley Strickler

Great article, love Ridge and Katie❤

J Payton
J Payton

I love the storyline too, I am so sick of brooke being able to get any man she wants and they all just pine over her and drop like lap dogs at her feet like once they see her they are all mesmerized and can never look at another woman PUHLEEEZE! I love Heather Tom and she is fabulous. and I love Thorsten Kaye I just wish he would comb his hair every once in a while! That said what I love and hate about the storyline is the the hypocrisy of it BUT I get it! I am hoping that BOTH sisters can eventually look at it in another view and understand it from both points of view. Brooke just doesn’t seem to get that she is NOT the be all and end all in every mans life. I think it is awesome that Ridge ( and by the way I could not STAND Ron Moss) is able to finally maybe possibly realize there is another woman out there he could love except Brooke and Taylor ( cant wait till Taylor gets wind of this boy what fun that will be huh?) anyway I am loving the storyline and really want Ridge to get some cojones and tell Brooke to stop with the mind games and ploys she will use to get him back and just retreat nicely and say “okay, I have lost you I am done for now” that might say volumes in ways all her antics never could

Fran
Fran

That would be the end of the soap, and they all go their seperate ways and live happily ever after! Not gonna happen.

Tracey
Tracey

I hate these two together. They have no chemistry at all. All of their scenes seem forced. The way they had them fall in love in two weeks time is stupid. They have completely changed NuRidge from old Ridge. I understand a new actor takes over a role but to completely change them all at once is not a smart move. HT likes her and TK being together because that means she gets to be the go to girl. As much as I love HT and all the characters she has played, ( all the way back to when she was on Who’s The Boss), she will never take KKL’s place, never.

jeffery
jeffery

Can you imagine Ron’s Ridge with Katie? Never. And I agree about the two week romance. So contrived. There was no inciting incident to make this happen. And for it to happen so quickly after the botched wedding seems preposterous. Plus, I don’t think Thorsten’s Ridge has any chemistry with Katie at all. They’re too alike to go together.

J Payton
J Payton

No and I love Thorsten Kaye with Heather Tom I think they are great together!

BridgeFan forver
BridgeFan forver

Just totally agree with you! Brooke and Ridge will end up anyway at some point, they always have and always will

Donna
Donna

You mean by sleeping through the whole Forester family & then some?? I don’t want Katie to be like KKL EVER!!! Why would anyone want to play the role of a slut for 25 yrs is beyond my comprehension!!!

Fran
Fran

Its a story. In real life KKL is a true blue person who gives a lot to charitys.

Donna
Donna

When I wrote my comment I meant to say Brooke the character & not KKL…I stand by what I said about Brooke & 25 yrs playing a SFTV…Thank you for informing me on her character in real life..

ridge and katie
ridge and katie

Love Ridge and Katie together and so doesn’t millions of people.
Brooke will get hers now!
Hope and Wyatt sickening like Brooke.
Keep ridge and katie together, chemistry is great, and it is real love,
not like brooke running into bed.
Bill and Brooke deserve each other, there both sickening
Thanks for listening!!!!!!!!

nancy
nancy

love ridge and katie together

jillian
jillian

Love all the views of Heather’ n Thorsten!!!! Think he is making the part of Ridge his own’ n its Good” n Heather is Great” Soon You will think Thorsten was there with Heather Always” He Is A Great Actor!!!! Did love Ronn Moss” still do’ But Had View Thorsten Before’ On All My Children When Made time for it’ or set up DVR’ I’ Write For Celebreties n Update for Soaps as well’- Besides a Fan” Enjoyed n Will share with New Jersey/New York Fans’ Later’ Jillian

B&B Fan
B&B Fan

Kridge sucks. Funny Heather thinks the inst- Bridge wedding was Silly. But her character Katie falling for Ridge after one day in the Park wasn’t silly? Kridge won’t last since they had nothing in common but fake poetry. They both turning to each other because BROOKE Hurt them Period. Once Katie tries to change Ridge he leave her too. Or he get fed up with her Poor Me Whining crap.

mary papcun
mary papcun

I love kridge it’s the best. All that you said is wrong .

mary papcun
mary papcun

That’s not nice to say, Katie and ridge have great chemistry.

Trish
Trish

I really, really love Katie and Ridge together! I hope they (writers, producers or whoever makes the choice) keep them together? Oh and by the way, I think Thorston Kaye is AWESOME he is a much better actor and much much much better looking than Ron Moss in my opinion!

Peggie
Peggie

Have loved Thorston Kaye from the beginning. Ron Moss was just so boring. Glad they brought on a new Ridge, because I could never picture Heather Tom with Ron Moss!!!! Let’s hope the powers that be keep them together. Love that Brooke is geting what she deserves.

bevvy
bevvy

love thorsten kaye and ht together, he is so much more handsome and talented than ronn, plus the brooke ridge storyline is so old and done, please dont go there again, i wanna keep ht and tk together

trudy
trudy

Love this storyline TK has always been my favorite on AMC , now with Heather they have so much natural chemistry you can almost see the steam, TK and Brooke is not a good fit, absolutely no chemistry. Let’s hope Bell keep you guys as the new power couple.

mary papcun
mary papcun

people that talk bad of heather and Thorsten are jealous. its not nice to call anybody names even if you don’t like them. the people that do it must have a bad life. I love Katie and ride they have the best chemistry. so stop it already be nice

BJ
BJ

Kringe blows. Lost a fan of B&B since day 1.

B&B Fan
B&B Fan

I totally Disagree with this statement.
” A red hot new duo is emerging as one of the most popular on-screen couples in recent years on The Bold and the Beautiful!”

Red hot my A–. LOL! The most popular couple will always be Bridge. Kridge can’t even hold a candle to Bridge.
Also Steffy & Liam were better so is Hope & Wyatt. Kridge will never be on the same playing field. Kridge was too rush & came together because of their hurt egos. Because Brooke hurt them both too.

Kristi
Kristi

Thorsten and Heather seem like they have a nice, professional relationship, but I don’t see an overabundance of chemistry, and the couple is boring, not to mention contrived. They fell in love over a couple of weeks of whining about their exes? Not exactly the stuff great romances are built on. Sorry, but there’s nothing “red hot” about them, and if the writers want me to believe there is, they’re going to have to do a lot more than a poem or two and a walk in the park. Not buying it.

Tammy
Tammy

Thank you that is what im saying and thinking,just to crazy everything is all over the place.

mary papcun
mary papcun

The best chemistry , Its not only hot its beautiful

Patty
Patty

If Bell thinks that we are going to continue watching if Ridge marries Brooke in the Mid-East, he is in for a rude awakening ! The whole story line of Ridge being worried about Bill becoming RJ’s stepdad is beyond ridiculous !!!! RJ spends most of his life in a boarding school. If Ridge would sue for custody, I am sure that he would win. The ratings are soaring because of Katie and Ridge’s love story and less Brooke and Bill. Now, if we could just send Aly and Liam to Paris !!!

Cyberologist
Cyberologist

Don’t ship couples I give less than a rat’ tutu about these silly squish names. I watch soaps for the acting and stories

I like Heather and Thorsten’ acting off each other and think they have mad chemistry…soaps aren’t a Harlequin romance so it is what it is…and BB is known for their musical chair pairings that are almost incestuous for lack of a better word.

I came back in the show to watch this story because of these two actors and I find that their story interest me.

Tricia
Tricia

Well said! I agree with your opinion. Great acting, great chemistry – keeps us wanting more!

Gina
Gina

I love Katie and Ridge together. Amazing couple with chemistry off the charts! They brought a new excitment to BB.

Margriet
Margriet

I love these two together finaly some good acting and great romance they are hot together and have such chemistry. This show is an fire right now with better storylines.

sporrester
sporrester

bring on TRidge vs. Kridge after Bridge is done for good. and please let brooke be alone without a man. Quinn and Bill should become a couple.

chuck
chuck

Great idea for Bill the Satyr to go after Quinn; maybe he’ll fill her up

Glinda
Glinda

bill and quinn are ‘hawt’ .. they bring a dimension to each other nobody else can bring out .. they understand and know each other .. quinn is really bill’s ideal .. she does love him plus he is her baby daddy .. she has that something with bill that brooke simply does not have ..
no disrespect to thorsten kaye .. people fail to see they have shaved off almost 15 years off ridge’s character .. this would make him more age appropriate for katie .. ridge and katie just make me sick .. what brooke needs to do is to give bill all the paperwork back and bitchslap katie to show her just because i am your oldest sister, there are things you can’t excuse yourself from .. katie slept and got pregnant with bridgette’s husband but that alright .. she’s the baby sister so that makes it just fine .. what baby wants, baby gets .. katie has no remorse in her body .. she’s enjoying this .. she enjoyed hurting bridgette and she’s enjoying this with brooke .. as far as ridge being upset bill will be rj’s stepdad (excuse me), did the thought bill might be upset ridge will be will’s stepdad? .. s.t.u.p.i.d. .. katie treats all of her men like a science project .. when she sees she can’t find a test tube big enough for ridge, maybe she’ll get out of the lab ..
it is time for hope and wyatt to end .. wyatt needs to face his music and get his comeuppance .. he’s never gotten hope the honest way .. at least liam is doing this .. at least liam is being pure and finally going about this in the right direction .. it isn’t in wyatt’s fiber or being .. wyatt really needs to pay for his arrogance and not thinking of consequences .. aly needs to tell eric so eric can send both quinn and wyatt out of forrester .. hope is not a forrester .. aly is .. don’t kill off aly .. we wanted her on the show for so long .. it won’t be fair for thorne to lose his only child to a bobble headed dim wit taylor ..

Angela
Angela

Hee I love the comments from the bitter Bill/Brooke fans lol

How are they hypocrites? Both were single when they got together, and were upfront, and unlike Brill they didn’t blame everyone else under the sun for being together

B&B Fan
B&B Fan

Katie is still married to Bill and Ridge is still engaged to Brooke so Kridge are hypocrites. Ridge told Katie he loves her while STILL engaged to Brooke. Katie telling another man she loves him even though her divorce not final yet. But they get free passes.

sporrester
sporrester

go and watch the show before you post: the Kill marriage is over and bridge aren´t together since ridge left her on the honeymoon because she still was liying like always instead of telling ridge about deacons text messages! and the fact, they never made the marriage official on the court, they were as NO married couple on honeymoon. so ridge is free and SINGLE and katie is free and SINGLE!

Fran
Fran

Angela Do your homework!!!

Finn
Finn

HT and TK are absolutely marvelous together! A fresh, new breath of air for BB.

Tracy
Tracy

GREAT INTERVIEW. I Absolutely love Thorsten and Heather. Great pairing. I haven’t been this excited about BOLD for a long time. Bring on the drama.

Michelle
Michelle

The acting of HT and TK together is superb. Love this storyline and love Kridge. Think they are the next super couple and hope Brad bell will keep this going for a long time. Not every couple has to have an affair or get divorced. There are so many things that they could explore as a couple together that would bring tension and rifts to pull them apart and bring them back together again to make them stronger. This show needs a steadfast couple – think Kridge is it.

Maria
Maria

I love Katie and Ridge together, I hope they keep this story line going, finally something solid for once!

AbbyS.
AbbyS.

I’m a big fan of TK, and I wish he’d been cast as a different character. I noticed that TK did not say one complimentary thing about the writing, and he hasn’t done so in any interview I’ve read. He may be having fun, he may enjoy working with HT, and I’m guessing his paycheck doesn’t bounce, but I haven’t heard him praise Brad Bell as a writer or the scripts in general. That’s where I’m at, too. This couple happened too quickly and not organically. Right now Ridge is standing around as two women deal with their issues going back to Katie’s childhood. I would like to see TK used better, and IMO this pairing isn’t doing him any favors. JMO.

mk
mk

I totally agree with you. That’s what I took from the interview as well. Hopefully, TK will have another job offer (preferably closer to home and his family) and get himself away from this mess of a soap.

james jones
james jones

i love these 2 together , they make the brooke and hope show watchable, kkl glory days are behind her its bad enough brooke ruined bill and his fan dropped, its time to back burn brooke , dont get me statred on hope who killed the ratings 18 34 women

Jaska
Jaska

Ridge and Katie together is a stroke of brilliance! The audience has grown weary of the revolving door of Ridge/Brooke…so I hope that, beyond caring for one another as co-parents, the “Bridge” has finally been burned. I love the respect that TK and HT obviously have for one another, and that they both said they’re having fun working together and want it to last.

Deborah Chavis
Deborah Chavis

Love the new Ridge!!! The old Ridge thought he was everything! Love new Ridge and Katie together! They will do great things together. They deserve to be with someone they can trust. I’m excited about their future! Brooke has been around with all the men. She will run back to Bill, they deserve each other.

Glinda
Glinda

keep bill with quinn .. they’re the new ‘hawt’ .. let brooke be alone for now ..

Fran
Fran

I love the new Ridge always thought there was something strange about Ron Moss. He was always in a scarf or a little hat/tam. He was just to female for Ridge. This one has it down pack.

mary papcun
mary papcun

They are a hot couple the that is saying it because they are. Jealous. The only thing l agree is Brooke and the real ridge were a hot couple it’s over when he left .I love Heather Tom and and the new ridge even if I didn’t like a actor I wouldn’t talk bad the one talking bad is the one that is mad at the world and is unhappy and has to pick on them you should look in the mirror to see the real you not a good person

Robin
Robin

Opinions on “Kridge” (lol) certainly heated. Gr8 article Michael!

Thought casting of Thorsten Kaye so interesting. Was curious as clearly nuRidge & Brooke didn’t have immediate chemistry. Yes, this new couple would never have worked with Ron Moss playing the part (remember Bridget & Ridge–ew), but with Thorsten taking over role I’m buying it. Can’t say I see super or hot chemistry with he and Heather Tom, but am interested and open to pairing. Only possible cuz of drastic casting change.

I love Brooke. Loved her with old Ridge and Nic/ (still wish they’d bring old Nick back w/ Bridget!). 🙂

Pav
Pav

Out of 40 replies, 26 are pro TK and HT. 12 are anti, and the rest are more or less neutral. Works for me. And the people who say they will stop or have stopped watching are most probably fibbing. Why take the time to read an interview, and post about it if the show isn’t your cuppa anymore?

shirleyb
shirleyb

what did the other two people say?

Reya ( Robin ) Thomley
Reya ( Robin ) Thomley

Well I am Getting use to the ideal of Ridge and Katie, Just hope they make it, show that the sanctity of a marriage is not to be taken lightly: let them be that couple. that is how I see Katie and I feel that is what Ridge has been looking for all these years and he has now found it.. and I pray they do not bring Taylor back, cant stand her..

Patricia lynn Mitchell
Patricia lynn Mitchell

I agree 100% I believe this is exactly what Katie and Ridge both need at this time in their life!!

Fran
Fran

Taylor comes back in April or May!

Donica
Donica

As a new fan loving loving Katie and Ridge. i never got into Bold and Beautiful always preferred Young and Restless but boy Adding TK as a mature Ridge and giving Katie a back bone has won me and a bunch of fans over. I watch daily for them. I adore TK as Ridge. I always felt Ridge was a wuss and what real man would be with Brooke. TK has embodied what Ridge should have been all along. No disrespect to RM but never got that Ridge. So please BELL do right by them. They already have a huge following all you have to do is keep making them the super couple I know they can be.

BoomBaby
BoomBaby

I am LOVING this pairing, and B&B is on fire because of it! Rock on with your bad selves, Ridge and Katie…forget about Brooke and her poor wittle hurt feelings, and just go be happy! Great interview, Michael!!

Danielle
Danielle

The couple I’m following are the two shows I’d rather watch over The Bold and the Beautiful. I’m not a Brill fan and I’m certainly not a Kridge fan. To love Kridge is to embrace hypocrisy which is what these two are all about. It’s way too much. Both consider themselves more important than anyone else. And I thought Bill was bad in that department.

Glinda
Glinda

same here .. never like ‘brill’ and certainly can’t stand ‘kridge’ .. they shaved off many years to make ridge age appropriate because somehow a 60 year old ridge would not work as well as a 48 year old apparently does .. this is age reversal .. they send kids to switzerland and the kids come back full grown, not the adults .. i think everyone caters to katie far too much and karma justice is brooke giving bill all the paperwork back, bitchslapping katie and building her own life without ridge or bill .. bill needs to stay with quinn .. she’s his ideal .. at this point, i’m sorry, katie is deserving what she is getting and when she loses it all because ridge will always go back to brooke, let her hypocricy warm the cockles of storm’s heart she now has .. everything just happened way too fast to even be believable ..

Fran
Fran

I agree completely!! Donna & Brook have been babying Katie her whole life. Time for her to get a rude awaking when Ridge go back to Brook!

Meself
Meself

Brooke has been babying Katie her whole life coz she’s the baby, but only between numerous affairs and having babies with anyone but her present husband. They are not hypocrites because both were single when they got together and why has Brooke still got the paperwork anyway? She is the one who needs the slap. So much for trying to make up for her terrible mistake. I love the new Ridge, much better actor and more real, no offence to Ronn but I always found him a bit ‘wooden’.

Patricia lynn Mitchell
Patricia lynn Mitchell

I am Loving this!! I for sure feel the chemistry between the two and it comes from a deep respect for each other but at the same time its very passionate!! Love the scenes where Katie and Brooke go at it…….I believe Brooke has meet her match!! I can see why Heather has won so many acting awards!! Brooke is a awesome actress too!!

Janice
Janice

These two together are brilliant together on and off the set. I haven’t had a favorite couple in a long time but Ridge and Katie are it now. Fantastic chemistry and great new storyline for them. After so many years of failed marriages, affairs and betrayals it is about time that the toxic couple Bridge ended for good. Here is to many more months, hopefully years of Kridge.

Fran
Fran

But who’s to say its over for good with Ridge & Brook? A happy couple in a soap can’t last too long or people get bored with them. I like Katie but her constant whining about how she always sat in the window looking out at Brook & Donna. All her sickness or fake crap at the wedding gets boring. Sick or not sick she did push Brook & Bill together, then decided she wanted him back then tried to change him with his drinking. Rick is right, Ridge wants perfection & would go back to Brook just to find a flaw & dump her. I want to see him dump Katie (at some point), chase Brook & have Brook tell him she’s over him. By the way I love the new Ridge.

Jenny K.
Jenny K.

So people that don’t care for Ridge and Katie are jealous haters and liars, but those that love them are “right”? Can’t someone have a negative opinion of the couple (NOT of the actors, since no one has bashed either of them) without being jealous or a liar? Is it perhaps possible to like TK and/or HT and just not think they have any particularly special chemistry, or like them but not the story that brought their characters together? How about we just enjoy them (or not) while we have the chance and not take it so personally and nitpick at what others think?

dan Demianiw
dan Demianiw

writer,
Aly needs Medical help. This because of Taylor who killed her mother with
a car wild she was drink!!! You writers should have left TAYLOR DEAD.

Glinda
Glinda

i agree with that one .. aly also needs to inform eric what happened .. after all, it is his company .. hope is not a forrester and has no reason to keep this secret .. rick and pam need to let this out as well as true family members .. pro team aly .. she’s a lovely young lady who does need help .. we wanted her on the show for so long .. i think thorne has suffered enough .. let’s keep it going with aly ..

Donna-Lee
Donna-Lee

I love Ridge and Katie, they are a breath of fresh air in a decaying soap. This soap is used to prop up Brooke and Hope and Rick. Story lines have become so substandard. The writers treat their audience as dumb and do not respect us for watching for 25 years. This soap has not made sense for a long while, so Stephanie left, Ridge got sacked and very few of the actors get any airtime. It’s the Hope and Brooke show, and everyone else is used to try to make them look good. But something happen, great actresses who play Katie and Steffy, did such good work that, they outshine Brooke and Hope. I think it’s telling when an actress is off canvas and is still featured so heavily in the story line.
When there is a meeting at FC, no one from FC has any great ideas or any long term plans for the company, it’s how ever Hope or Rick or Brooke is sleeping with at the time and Eric is not even a man he has become a piece of man. He has no back bone and he make such bad decisions habitually. The kids are running things it’s all HFTF, hence when the dust settles and Wyatt jewelry heist goes public, all that press and interest will be for not. These writers have to go back in the archives and learn how to write a soap, because baring Katie and Ridge story line, the rest is just too substandard. We all deserve better.

Tammy
Tammy

The story line to me is about every one sleeping with each other husband,stealing and craziness.Katie should not have fallen for ridge it was to fast plus he slept with her sister so she have no respect for herself either.Maybe they could have brought someone else in or let her be single for a while.Just as quick as they so called fell in love they can fall out.i think she is wrong.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

DAYS has more style and substance!!!

tracy
tracy

I agree Days is good and so is GH. GH is number 2 in 18 to 49 demographics with days number 3. B&B is dead last.

Dmitri
Dmitri

DAYS is good now but for me, B&B is more exciting. Between HOTT and KRIDGE, it’s must see TV. EJabby on Days was good too but it ended to prop EJami again. Who wants to see a forced couple based on rape and violence, or the boring Dannifer, when the writers at B&B are FINALLY getting it right? There are only 2 rootable couples on DOOL: WilSon and Magic (who are barely on anymore). I’m not a huge fan of Brill, but maybe that will change now that Katie won Ridge from Brooke.

Laurie
Laurie

To those fans who don’t like it, stop watching. I’m sure there are more AMC viewers watching that will replace them. If everything is so horrible and sucks, then why did BB have the best ratings since 2007?? You can’t replace an actor with someone just like them, it doesn’t happen. When Jacob Young came back to play Rick, I hated it….Could you imagine Rick having an affair with Steffy if Jacob was the actor? I don’t think so…

Nauntieann
Nauntieann

I can’t wait to see Bill get his Company back.I hate Kridge. I would like to see Brill again. But Kridge makes me sick.

lizzy
lizzy

Didn’t we just find out that the ratings were great for Feb.? Why do you think that is? T K & H T !!!! Ridge and Brook would have just been the same ole same ole. I love Ridge and Katie together. I want to keep them together for as long as possible. AS FOR THE LEGAL PAPERS. . . Ridge would go back with Brooke to keep her from taking everything away from Katie or maybe he could just get the papers that Katie signed away from Brooke. Someone has to because we know Brooke will use them.

Debbie
Debbie

Brooke is just the low-life to do it too! She should have burned those papers.

mary papcun
mary papcun

The ratings are great with Katie and ridge, people like to put them down because they are jealous everyone on the show are doing a great job

Pam Wood
Pam Wood

I absolutely love Ridge and Katie together. Thorsten is so sexy and I do agree that Ronn Moss and Katie would have not gone together. Like Katie said he wears a scarf and Thorsten is just so manly. I work and DVR the show every day and now can’t wait to get home to watch it!! Keep up the good work!!

Sharon
Sharon

I luv the new Ridge and the story line is great with Katie…..
move on from the story line with Aly – please enough – B & B must be desperate for this storyline. I flip the channel when Aly story line comes on. Luv Ridge though.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree-I find Aly to be a whiny little brat! The actress is great but I hate the character.

General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Jonathan Jackson Talks Avery’s Love Quandary, Saying Goodbye To ‘Nashville’ & If He Would Return To General Hospital

With just three weeks before the series finale of CMT’s Nashville, Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson) finds himself in a major conundrum.  The woman he has loved and had a child with, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panetierre) has returned home after escaping a cult compound, just as Avery has opened himself up to the start of a new relationship with Alannah (Rainee Blake).  After not hearing from Juliette, added to the many times he felt she abandoned him and their child, will a betrayed and hurt Avery want to find a way to patch up their relationship … or try to keep Alannah by his side?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson to get the lowdown on what transpired over the last few episodes and how it may end for Avery, as we inch closer and closer to having to say farewell to the Music City drama.

Since Nashville wrapped its sixth and final season a few months back, General Hospital fans have been wondering and hoping, if now is the time that Jackson would return to his role as the beloved Lucky Spencer, the son of Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis). Jackson originated the role in 1993 and stayed with the series till 1999.  He next returned in 2009 for a few years, then left again, and was cast on Nashville.  Jonathan made a special return in 2015 to appear in a storyline that reunited him on-screen with Geary one final time, before the soap icon retired from the show.  In this interview, Jackson addresses a return, some of his favorite moments of all-time on GH, what he learned from Tony and Genie, and more.

Those that follow Jackson are aware that his talent knows no bounds.  He is also focused on his music career, and his band Enation, which has been building on its success, playing recent sold out shows in Europe, while Jackson also had been on the final Nashville tour performing with the cast.  So, buckle up!  The next step in Jackson’s career will be one to watch.  Now, check out our insightful and heartfelt conversation below.

Avery is caught in a compromising position by Juliette, when she walks in while Avery is making out with Alannah, who has just has taken her top off.   What goes on in Avery’s mind at that point?  Is it, “Oh, no! I’m busted!” (Laughs)

JONATHAN:  It’s all sorts of things.  There is the visceral reaction, and then in his mind trying to figure what to do.  It’s sort of awkward, because they are in her house and her photos are everywhere (Laughs).  However clumsily and strange it is, he is trying to move on and get a life together with someone, and yet deep down he still has feeling for Juliette, which is mixed with anger and all of that.  He is having all different confusing conflicting emotions, all at the same time, and for Alannah as well.  It’s kind of a mess!

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By the end of this week’s episode, viewers saw Avery and Juliette start to talk, with Avery letting her know just how he feels about her leaving him, and that he has decided to move out.  All Juliette is asking is that he keeps talking to her.  As Nashville moves toward its conclusion, the big question for the character of Avery will be … who is he going to end up with, if anyone?  I would assume many longtime fans would be rooting for Avery and Juliette, because they have gone through so much together.

JONATHAN:  Yes.  However, I have been receiving messages from fans, and talking to fans on tour, and they are slightly conflicted, too.  There is a lot of love for Avery and Juliette, but there is also frustration around the whole thing, and that they want Avery to move on and be happy. 

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Where is Avery at with his relationship with Alannah?  He was getting close to her, and now she is attempting to put distance between them since Juliette resurfaced.

JONATHAN:  It’s difficult to pinpoint where Avery is at right at this moment.  There is a lot going on, and a lot of it is rooted in the fact that he went to Bolivia to try and bring Juliette home, and when she refused him that was so devastating for him.  The Alannah relationship snuck up on him. In some sense his heart is still attached to Juliette, but his mind is telling him it’s over, and that she is gone.  Avery and Alannah are connected to each other on a certain level.  It surprised both of them.  I think he has genuine feelings for her, but it’s also him pushing himself to move on from Juliette, which is something he has not been able to do.

Without Alannah, the band flounders with Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery, and then there is the health situation with Will (Chris Carmack).  Alannah’s presence really put a kink in Gunnar and Avery’s friendship.  She stared out with one guy, and was on her way to being with another.

JONATHAN:  Gunnar and Avery are really good friends and care about each other a lot, and it is certainly an awkward moment in their friendship.   In terms of the band, they lose Will who has been through this health crisis, and then Alannah.  The music components are kind of imploding and they are just trying to hold on to their friendship, and not have that implode along with the band.

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Brad (Jeff Nordling) is making advances towards Alannah, and she originally tells Avery about it.  What does he think of the situation?  Now, she may do whatever Jeff wants her to do to get ahead in the music biz, since Juliette came back into Avery’s life.

JONATHAN:  I think Avery is trying to be supportive of Alannah.  It was a little bit of a blow for her to leave the band, but he generally wants to support her.  Avery has this instinct to be protective, as well.  He kind of has to hold himself back a little bit and not complain too much. He knows Alannah is an independent person, and may not want his help.  With the situation with Brad, Avery is aware of it, but she is walking into that in her own way.  It’s a moment for Avery to sort of step back and trust her that this is how she wants to go about her career.

Did you know Rainee Blake was going to be your potential love interest this season? Did you screen-test with her?

JONATHAN:  We did not screen-test together.  I think relatively earlier on I heard that this might happen, but it is one of those things were you never really know.  Often times, the writers and the producers bide their time and see how things develop as a couple, and how the audience responds to the on-screen chemistry.  You never really know if it’s going to materialize.  I actually did like how Avery and Alannah started to connect on the tour bus several episodes ago. The audience got a tease of a different side of Alannah, and Avery kind of brought that out.  Rainee was great to work with.

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You have gotten the opportunity as Avery to tug on the heartstrings, as a dad raising his little girl, Cadence, all by himself, with a the runaway mother who never shows up.  How was the journey working with Hayden Panetierre?  You two had to battle, bicker, fight, and had to play all these ups and downs together to make the story work over many seasons of Nashville.

JONATHAN:   It was really amazing, and for me that is one of the things I will miss most about working on the show, and that is working with Hayden.  It’s such an interesting thing when you work with people for so many years, and all of the emotional ups and downs that the characters go through.  Often times, we would be doing a lot of intense and emotional scenes, but for whatever reason, we would find a way to have a lot of fun and find the humor when we are doing those.  I have a lot of love and respect for Hayden.  I think she is incredibly talented. We both started off in soap operas (Hayden was Lizzie on Guiding Light) and thus had a certain approach to our work, and our work ethic.  For me, it’s always a highlight in my career when I get to work with somebody that the scene is already great, because of the person you are working with.  We would constantly share ideas back and forth between us.  The thing about working on Nashville was the friendships we developed in the cast, especially going on tour with the cast and to experience all of that with everybody else.

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What happened when you found out that this sixth and final season of Nashville would be its last?  Did you have any idea that this was coming down the pike when you wrapped season 5? 

JONATHAN:  No.  I don’t think anybody knew when we wrapped season 5.  We did not know till right before everybody else that this was going to be the last season.  We were in production maybe halfway through season 6.  I think that it helped having that time to adjust, and it gave us some time for reflection.  It really did help in a sense, because you know other shows they might wrap a month, or two later, and it’s over.  You don’t get to say goodbye, but we really did.  We got to say our goodbyes.

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I can imagine that was heartbreaking.  When you think of the rollercoaster ride you and the cast had been through together which included: the cancellation by ABC, then the show coming back on CMT, only for it to be cancelled again, it’s quite a lot to deal with and not knowing if there is job security.  Do you recall your last day on the set?

JONATHAN:  I do remember it very well.  There were a lot of beautiful moments with people, and having so much love for the crew and so many amazing people that worked on the show.  We wrapped on April 10th and then we flew to the U.K. on the 12th   It was two days later that the tour started.  Even though filming was over, we were on a plane and then on a bus together, which was really good for all of us.  I know it was for me to have another ending.  In some ways, the end of the tour was even more emotional, because that really felt it was the end.

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Do you think there were more stories to tell on Nashville … or, do you think the series is going off the air when it should, as the stories can tend to get repetitive on any long-running series? Do you think this was the right time for Nashville to say goodbye?

JONATHAN:  I don’t know how other people’s perspectives are about it, but I know from my perspective, I think we told the story that was there to be told for these characters.  That is sort of the bittersweet reality of it.  It’s painful to say goodbye to a lot of people that I had become very close to, but at the same time, there was a sense of peace about it.  It really did feel like the right time.

What can you say tease about how Nashville concludes? The series finale airs on July 26.

JONATHAN:  One of the hardest things about being in a long form series; whether it be in the primetime format, or the daytime format, is often times the lack of resolution that takes place. You are pertually in Act 2 and in all the drama.  So, knowing that the show was over, allowed the writers to approach everything from the perspective of the end, and Act 3.  Certain storylines have resolution, and others are left open-ended.  There is a good overall balance from the writers of what the audience is going to experience with the end of the show.

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I produced the General Hospital 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys.  I remember looking at some of your storylines and touching performances all over again that still hold up to this day.  One in particular was Lucky pulling tough love on Luke (Tony Geary) during his father’s intervention.  Lucky is such a valuable character on the canvas.  Would you consider going back to GH? 

JONATHAN:  My perspective on that is; I don’t really put that off the table.  I really don’t have plans to do that, because after coming off six years on a series, that is a lot.  I am definitely looking for other projects that have an Act 1, 2, and 3, that happen a little sooner than Nashville did.  I always have going back to GH on the table, because it’s like a family for me.  I have always said that that even when I left in the 90’s; that GH would be something I would come back to.  But, I am very committed and excited about what is happening with Enation, and excited about some other projects that are out there on the acting front. I don’t see going back to GH in the near future, but I never write it off.

When you last returned you did come back to be part of Tony Geary’s exit.

JONATHAN: Yes, yes, which I was really happy to be a part of.

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Still years later, when you think of all the stories you portrayed as Lucky, is there one, or two that stand out to you among the rest?

JONATHAN:   There are many.  There were a lot of stories, and the writers wrote so much material, and that is a double-edged sword.  It’s great to have, but it was so much that I really couldn’t continue. (Laughs)

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I remember saying to you years ago, “You cry so well on camera. They are going to keep expecting you to cry, and they will be throwing scripts like that to you every day!”

JONATHAN:  And that is exactly what happened!   But for me, it’s the moments with the co-stars that I will always carry with me.  There are endless ones in my memory with Tony Geary. “The intervention” was certainly one of those moments.  I had those moments as well with Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas, now Stefan, DAYS), and Becky Herbst (Elizabeth).  I remember having these scenes with Maurice Benard (Sonny) when scenes on the soaps were much longer.  And of course, earlier on, with Genie Francis (Laura) as well.  I feel like as an artist, I was really formed by Tony and Genie’s presence and observing them and watching how they worked.  I asked so many questions to them as I really wanted to learn.  They really protected me in so many ways, and yet gave me the freedom to try to find my own way through a whole process as well.  Those are the things that really jump out at me, as well as working through the scenes prior to filming, especially with Tony.  He and I would go pretty deep with what we were trying to figure out; what the scenes were, and what they were about, and how to approach it.  That part of the process was really memorable to me.  The unique thing I think in this industry for me was that I started at 11-years-old and got to come back to the show in my mid-20’s, and got to have that connection with another actor, and explore this father and son relationship.

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I don’t think, and I really mean this, that there has been a father/son relationship on television like Luke and Lucky’s.   It was so multi-faceted.   Have you stayed in touch with Tony?

JONATHAN:  We definitely stay in touch.  Again, when I left General Hospital, I did not know if anything like that would happen again in my career where I would form sort of long-lasting friendships with people.  Most of the time you do a film and you get to know some people, and you go your separate ways, and that’s just how it is.  So I was really grateful for Nashville, because I feel like we were able to have those long-lasting relationships. I can’t really put into words my relationship with Tony.  It’s just a lot of love and gratitude, and respect that I have for him.

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Meanwhile, your music career is very exciting of late.  Last month, you played the Royal Albert Hall in London with your band, Enation.  How was that experience?

JONATHAN:  It was amazing.  I went overseas with the Nashville tour and then Enation did a couple of shows, and then we opened for Echo & the Bunnymen.  The last gig on that tour was at Royal Albert Hall.  I have loved Echo & the Bunnymen for such a long time, and so this was wonderful for us.

Will Enation be touring more coming up?  

JONATHAN:  We are looking to go back to Europe later this year, or the spring of next year, and are working out those details.  We are going to be touring in the United States later on this year.

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Did your wife Lisa (Ex-Hannah, GH) meet up with you on this recent European tour?

JONATHAN: The Nashville tour ended in Ireland, and then my wife and kids came over for the last two shows there. Then, got to go around Ireland for a couple of weeks and drive around, and it was fun.

Did you notice a difference between the European music fans of Nashville as opposed to those in the U.S.?

JONATHAN:  Yes, and no.  One of the things I have noticed playing over there is that the distinction in musical genres isn’t quite as a sharp as it is in the U.S.  Over there, the radio seems to play a lot different kinds of music.  So, it was a pretty seamless transition for a lot of the people that came to the Nashville show.   We see a slight difference in the music fan base, and it mainly has to do with that they may go to a country show one week, and a couple of weeks later go to a rock concert, and not think twice about the genre.  It’s just they are looking for good music.

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Hard to believe we are turning the page on another great character played by Jonathan Jackson as Nashville heads towards its finale.  What would you like to say to the fans, the #Nashies, who have loved, and have stuck with show every step of the way?

JONATHAN:  Just a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for all the support, especially when the show was cancelled.  CMT saw the enthusiasm and support from the fans here and internationally, and that was a huge part for us to be able to get the last few seasons.  It has really meant a lot to us creatively to write that 3rd act, sort of speak, and have that sense of closure. I also would just say to the fans that have come out to the Nashville concerts as well, that it has meant so much.  We feel like we have had some beautiful moments with everybody, and so I am very grateful for that.

So, what do you think will happen to Avery at the end of Nashville?  Do you want him to end up with Juliette, Alannah, or by himself? Should GH try to lure Jonathan back to the his role as Lucky Spencer? Comment below!

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Talks On: Jack Finding His True Biological Father, His Co-Stars, And If He Would Like A New Love Interest

On The Young and the Restless turns out Ashley (Eileen Davidson) is not the only child raised as an Abbott; whose father is not John.  As viewers learned back at the end of March, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is not the biological son of the Abbott patriarch, either!  This has sent Jack on a pursuit to find out who he truly is, and who he truly belongs to, because being John Abbott’s (Jerry Douglas) son meant everything to him.

Once again, this story has given multi-Daytime Emmy winner, Peter Bergman an opportunity to play the complex layers of one of daytime’s best characters.  Recently, Jack had gone through his mother Dina’s (Marla Adams) old diary, where there was a key page missing out of it.  He then located a photo, which led him to believe that none other than late Phillip Chancellor II (played by the late Donnelly Rhodes) is his real father.  Is Jack a Chancellor?

Hell-bent on exhuming the body for DNA proof, Jack is getting massive pushback from just about everyone on Genoa City.  It is not helping the situation that Dina is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and her recollections of what transpired years ago when she had an affair, may not be accurate.  Now this week, Jack has a plan that may backfire and ends up involving his son, Kyle (Michael Mealor) in the process.  Will these two work together to get the proof of the truth?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the actor’s actor, Peter Bergman to get his take on: the surprise story twist he never saw coming, if Jack has the purest of intentions, or if he is just chomping at the bit get his hands on Chancellor Industries, if he would like to see Jack have a new love interest, and more.  It’s always a treat to speak with Peter.  Here is what he had to say about Jack’s latest inner-turmoil.

Jack is not John’s Abbott’s son.  He is searching for the answer of who is his biological father.  Now, Jack believes he has found the answer in the photo he found that included Phillip Chancellor II, and then went to Dina to confirm the answer, even knowing his mother is battling Alzheimer’s disease.  Don’t you think he jumped on this notion of Phillip being his dad all too son?

PETER:  Jack has stumbled upon evidence that this is for real with the photo he found.  He went to Dina on what was a very lucid day for her, and she was pretty damn clear.  So, therefore it wasn’t just the ramblings of a lost woman.  Jack is very eager for an answer.  Could it be argued that he jumped on this as a possibility? Yes, and for a number of reasons.  First, he feels somewhat utter-less and needs to be connected to something, but he also knows his family, and the history of this family, and “Oh, my God” could that be a way out of this untethered feeling that he had.  So he is really grabbing on to this pretty quickly.  Second, it is not lost on Jack that part of inheriting all of Phillip’s traits might also bring him part of the Chancellor estate, which would belong to Jack and perhaps he could pick-up at the corporate level where he left off.  So that is exciting, but certainly not central to his thinking.

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Everyone thinks from Cane (Daniel Goddard) to Jill (Jess Walton), to Billy (Jason Thompson) , that all Jack truly wants is to stake claim as an heir and to try to take control of Chancellor Industries.  Are they that far off from the truth?

PETER:  How honest is Jack being with himself?  We will find out!  He would want to stake his claim … and maybe a little bit more!

What was your reaction when you learned that Jack would be revealed to be the son of Phillip Chancellor II, when for decades you have been playing so much of what drives your character that he is the son of John Abbott?  Were you like, “What!??” (Laughs)

PETER:  I have been doing this much too long, to go “Why?”  I, quite frankly ask, “Where do you want to go with this?  Where do you want to take me?” The things that I have done in the past that I have fought the most have usually been the things that really led me somewhere.  I tell the story all the time of John Abbott dying.  They decided to bring him back as Jack’s conscious, and he would appear in scenes with Jack and talk to him.  I thought “C’mon. This is The Young and the Restless, and I am doing a ‘ghost’ storyline?”  I fought it and I didn’t like it, and I was wrong.  It was fantastic, and it worked great, and the audience liked it.  I learned from it.   I don’t go, “Whaaat?” that much anymore.  There have been a few of those including: the whole doppelganger story, while it confused me at times, and I thought this had gone a few steps too far, but it led us to Billy/Phyllis/Jack story. It was a direct line to that, and one of the most dynamic storylines I have ever been in.  So, I see this current story, and I go, “That is an interesting turn.”  Then, as an actor, I dig into it.

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Jack wants to exhume Phillip’s body and everybody from Jill to Cane is objecting.  Esther (Kate Linder) is worried Mrs. C. will roll over in her grave if he does this move.  As we will see, Jack does not take “no” for answer.

PETER:  Jack eventually all but gives up, but then a door opens slightly for him to look at this a different way   Jack reluctantly walks through that door.

Do you think Jack has ever thought of the possibility of: “What if I am the son of someone from the circus … or the former pool boy at the country club?”

PETER:  I have thought it’s amusing when I have met people who have explored their past lives. They have always been a prince or a princess. They were never menial laborers.  I think he looks back and is kind of curious.  I think Jill points it out to him that he is not at all suspicious that he is the pool boy, or the golf pro’s offspring?  He knows the tryst happened at the country club, and so the first person you think of is one of the elite of the country club. 

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It would be such a huge devastating fall for Jack if something like that turned out to be true!  Jack so wants to belong to a family that has wealth and prestige that goes along with their name.  I wonder what it would be like if he had to say, “Yes. It’s true.  I am the pool boy’s son!” (Laughs)

PETER:  I don’t know how that would fit Jack.

How is working with the latest Kyle, you’re on-screen son, played by Michael Mealor? The part had been recast multiple times and the actor didn’t stick.

PETER:  I cannot say enough good things about Michael.  This is an extremely disciplined, very talented, and very professional guy.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him.  I think he is doing a great job.  Michael gets looser every show.  He likes to take big chances and try a lot of things.  We have had a lot of young actors on the show and what they do is try to project that they are cool.  They don’t go outside of the, “I’m going to be cool, and honest, and real.”  They say, “I am going to be solid, and make simple choices.”  Michael takes big chances doing large stuff, and going overboard  That’s scary do to as an actor, but I watch him in scenes with Hunter King (Summer) where he is trying to appear cool, but just her physical prescience gets to him.  You can see it in his performances and it’s wonderful to watch.   It’s lovely to see in a 26-year-old and it’s fantastic.  I have high hopes for Michael.

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This version of Kyle seems to be a bit of a chip-off-the-old-block.  He can play dirty just like his dad!

PETER:  As far as where Kyle is at … he is like Jack Abbott.  He is not a good guy, nor a bad guy.  Kyle is a bit of an opportunist with a heart, who wants to feel a part of things, but he also takes advantage of the situation, in a way that sometimes works against that. 

We saw Jack stumble and drink again as he fights his addiction when learning the news that John is not is biological father.  Do you see him stumbling again, and going back to popping pills and booze, if Phillip Chancellor II were not to wind up being his dad?

PETER:  I don’t know if he will see him spiraling, but it is worth saying for someone who is a constant and has a had guiding light of  ‘what’s right, and what’s wrong” and that now has been taken away from him essentially when John Abbot goes “Jack!”, that is a game-changer.  What we can expect from Jack now may change.  Jack isn’t as bound by “what would dad do” as he once was.

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So, we may be surprised with a turn in attitude from Jack?

PETER:  You may be surprised.  So much of his life, and certainly so much of what I play is that Jack has spent his whole life trying to be like John Abbott, because John Abbott is his father.   Now that is not so. So, how much effort should Jack be putting in to being like John Abbott?

Good point!

PETER:  It will be interesting to see where that goes!

We have seen many actors in the soaps portray drug and alcohol addiction. When Jack’s played itself out originally, it was one of the most harrowing to watch.

PETER:  He got to a dark place very fast.  It was out of control.  It was an important part of the Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) and Jack story, because he honestly did not have the strength to do it by himself, and he had somebody to help him through it   As it turned out, it was a formative experience for Jack and for Phyllis; one that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. They know things about each other that the rest of the world does not know.

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Billy recently read Jack the riot act, when Jack told his brother about being Phillip Chancellor’s son.  Having had it with Jack, Billy threw him out of his office.  Where do you think the relationship stands between the brothers at this point?

PETER:  It’s really hard for Jack.  He is still on the board at Jabot.  He has family ties there, and he still gets the checks, but it feels so weird for him, it really does.  He is trying to be a bigger man and let Billy do what Billy is going to do.  Deep down inside Jack has known Billy for a really long time, and when Billy sort of combusts, boy, does he go! Jack hates that Billy is holding the reins of Jabot, if things fall apart for Billy.

Viewers are seeing Billy turning to gambling again.  What would Jack do if he finds out what is happening to his brother?

PETER:  I don’t know what he could do.  I am not sure what he could do to stop the CEO of the company as things currently stand.  It’s hard for Jack to relax around Billy. It’s not a promising situation.

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Do you think the Jack and Bill will ultimately be there for each other when the chips are down moving forward?

PETER:  Jack has a soft place in his heart for addicts for reasons we both know, and a soft spot for family.  It will be interesting to see how well Jack’s patience holds up, if Billy should go down that particular rabbit hole.

Do you think Jack might visit Chancellor Park and have a chat with the late Katherine about the revelation about Phillip and Dina?

PETER:  I think Jack is really trying to be realistic about all of this.  It could clearly be proven, but he is impatient.  He could wait for Chance and Phillip III to come back from their Himalayan trip, but he does not want to wait.  It’s just so easy if everyone would be practical about this, and get some fragment of Phillip’s remains, and there would be a DNA test.

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Jack’s nemesis, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) is having a lot of issues, too.  This includes his mysterious health diagnosis …

PETER:  Oh, damn! (Laughs)

How does Jack feel about Victor these days and the plight that he is in?

PETER:  Jack has such contempt for Victor.  However, Jack can occasionally see that Victor is important to some people, but Victor to Jack is everything that is wrong in the world.  As to the fact that he is struggling right now, does Jack wish bad physical health on him, or anybody?  No. However, if things didn’t go easily for Victor, Jack would not lose any sleep over it.

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Don’t you think it’s time for Jack to have a real, honest-to-goodness, love interest?

PETER:  Jack should have a new love interest.  I think the writers and the producers of The Young and the Restless are paying me a lot for half of what I do.

Jack should find true love.  Someone who will be with him and whom he loves with all his heart, and someone who loves him back, flaws and all.  A romance where he is not manipulating her, or she is not manipulating him, for financial or corporate gain.   Do you think at this point that is even possible?

PETER:  I think that would be a swell thing, but that would be a daytime show investing in an actress that is over 40-years-old.  They have done it, but it’s a rare thing.  But yes, I do feel like we are seeing two-thirds of Jack.  There is another third of him that is completely unexplored and that’s a shame.

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We saw those heartbreaking scenes that aired last year where Jack had to admit to Ashley that his mother has Alzheimer’s.  How is he going to continue in his relationship with Dina knowing she has had multiple affairs throughout her life, and when married to John?

PETER:  This is a real difficult place for Jack.  Obviously, he has his mother back in his life in one sense, but his mother has been responsible for pretty much everything that has gone wrong in his life over the last two years.  It’s just one thing after another.  Had his mother been faithful to John, Jack would not be in this situation.  Had his mother not returned, we could have gone on with life as it was, and now all this mess is in part Dina’s doing.  Now, Jack has moved out of the house and so his mother is slipping away by the minute, and Jack is not around for it.  He keeps visiting, and he keeps stopping by, but it just doesn’t feel like it’s enough.  Jack struggles with that a lot.  He should be more in Dina’s life and be around for that, but being around for that means being in the Abbott house.  Everywhere he looks are reminders that he is not who he told himself he is for his entire life.

One of the more endearing moments came at this year’s Daytime Emmys, after Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) took to the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Lead Actress.  She thanked you while you were in the audience.

PETER:  This is in keeping with my new plan for the Emmys each year,  What I do is: I try to get a nomination so that I can sit in the audience after I have lost and hear the winner for Lead Actress thank me personally. (Laughs)  I am two for two in the last two years! (Laughs) Gina Tognoni had won that category the year prior.  Eileen Davidson is the greatest, and she has been for all intent and purposes my leading lady on Y&R.

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Now, Eileen Davidson has announced, and made the decision to leave her role as Ashley.

PETER:   I can’t say enough things about her.  I adore her … I adored working with her. She is every bit as good as everybody thinks she is.  She comes to work prepared   She never needs hand- holding or spoon-feeding.  Eileen is the real deal; had she been one of Jack’s lovers that would have been over a long time ago.  The fact that she is his sister is fantastic.  Now with her exiting the show, I will miss her terribly.

In closing, viewers should watch for Jack’s next move?

PETER:  Jack is not leaving any stone unturned.  He has to figure out who he is, and desperate times call for desperate measures.

So, do you think Phillip Chancellor II is truly Jack’s biological father?  If not, who do you think is?  What have you thought of Peter Bergman’s performance in the storyline? Would you like to see Jack have a new love interest?  If so, who would you like to see the series bring onto the show to play opposite him? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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