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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.

Interviews

B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang on That ‘Brill’ Kiss, 33 Years as Brooke, Her Co-Stars & International Success

Just when you think Brooke will finally score a moral victory in her vendetta with Thomas Forrester, (who’s manipulations almost destroyed her marriage to his father, Ridge), then she finds herself once again in hot water, and with a secret that in the wrong hands could cause a seismic shift to several relationships – that would he hers and her sister Katie’s – thanks to that ill-timed smooch with Bill!

But what else is new for Brooke? For 33 years, the character has captivated audiences with bold moves, questionable choices, enduring romances and plenty of gusto, all in the more than capable hands of her portrayer, the one and only Katherine Kelly Lang.

This week marks Katherine’s 33rd-year in the role of Brooke Logan Forrester, who along with John McCook (Eric Forrester), are the two original cast members since the very inception of the CBS daytime drama; which debuted back on March 23, 1987.  Now over three decades later, Lang is an international favorite. First, due to the success and broad appeal of B&B in foreign countries, but second, from her own entrepreneurship and hustle.  Always with multiple projects going on at once, Lang and her beau, Dom Zoida recently opened the American version of the Italian clothing and leather store in Beverly Hills, California, Benheart USA.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Katherine to get the lowdown on: Brooke’s line-up of nemesis’ which seems to be growing! (Yes, you can put Thomas, Quinn and Shauna on that list, for sure.) Plus, what she feels this B&B anniversary is truly about, how she and others in the cast are coping with the ‘stay at home’ orders in California during the coronavirus pandemic, the recent loss of B&B co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell, and those all-time classic Stephanie and Brooke scenes opposite Susan Flannery and more.  Here’s what this BOLD original had to share with all of you.

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What did you think about Brooke’s whole relationship with Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) and the tit-for-tat between them?  Brooke really stood up to him and his manipulations, and held her ground. Meanwhile, he was going to do everything he could do ruin her and cause so much trouble for Brooke’s marriage to Ridge (Thorsten Kaye).

KATHERINE: This is my feeling: she was so adamant and so trying to convince people about Thomas and that he was so out for himself;  and out for Brooke’s daughter, Hope (Annika Noelle), and very manipulative, and nobody would listen really.  Only a few people like Liam (Scott Clifton) did and her daughter finally agreed with her.  Then at the wedding of Thomas and Zoe (Kiara Barnes), it proved that Brooke was right all along.  I still don’t feel like Brooke got her due as far as what everybody was saying.

No, she didn’t!  No one really said to her in a grand way, “Oh, my God, Brooke!  You were right about Thomas all along.”

KATHERINE:  I know!  Ridge did say, “You were right,” and that’s great.  However, more people should have apologized and acknowledged her, and said, “Oh, we understand now where you were coming from,” and, “Hey!  Good intuition!”

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That was must have been so frustrating to Brooke!  She knew the truth, and everybody was treating her so badly and painting her to be the bitch.

KATHERINE:  Yup!  They dubbed herthat crazy one” and the bitch.

Was all of this enjoyable to play?

KATHERINE:  It was enjoyable that it finally came out that Thomas is the manipulative person that he is, even though he is so good at it that he almost makes you feel sorry for him.  But he’s like a good sociopathThat’s why they’re so good at what they do.  They’re good at bringing real emotion into every situation and yet being very manipulative.  Kudos go to Matthew Atkinson for playing Thomas, really well.  He’s been great, and he brings something really different on to our show.

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Brooke and Ridge’s relationship has been severely tested; almost tearing them apart over Ridge previously standing up for his son.  Now Brooke’s recent kiss with Bill (Don Diamont) threatens it, as that kiss was caught on tape, and landed in the wrong hands.  Is Brooke in freak-out mode yet?

KATHERINE:  I definitely think she is, and she wanted to take that kiss back from the second that it happened.  She allowed it to happen.  It’s a little bit of old Brooke resurfacing there.  Right away she was like, “What are we doing?   This is ridiculous.  You’re with Katie, and I’m with Ridge, and we’re both happy.”  Brooke has had underlying feelings for Bill, and she probably always will (and he for Brooke), but we know that’s not where we want things to be.  So, in Brooke’s mind, it’s “let’s forget about that and carry on, and don’t tell anybody.”  Of course, it comes out to some people, and it’s so embarrassing for Brooke.  Like, how does she explain herself?  I mean, at that point she can’t explain what happened … or why she did that.  She has to kind of succumb to it.

Right! And of course, Shauna (Denise Richards) and Quinn (Rena Sofer) want to take her down with this ammo.

KATHERINE:  Of course!  That’s what they live for. (Laughs)

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Recently, Quinn spiked Brooke’s drink with some booze after they had quite the argument. Fans were on the edge of their seats that Brooke might start drinking again.  What did you think of the plot point?

KATHERINE:  I think it could have been interesting.  I have no idea if they will bring it up again.  That happens sometimes.  They’ll put in a little teaser and not run with it.  However, you never know if it’s going to resurface down the line, especially when Brooke is really down in the dumps for some reason.

I could see her being down in the dumps if she finally had no man in her life! (Laughs)

KATHERINE: (Laughs) That’s probably what she needs … not having a man in her life!

How is working with Rena Sofer and Denise Richards; especially when they are antagonists in scenes with Brooke?  Do you ever have a good laugh while trying to tape those scenes, as well?

KATHERINE: I think there’s a good chemistry between the three of us, and we have that rivalry going on.  So, I think it’s been working, and it’s been entertaining and interesting.  They’re fun to bounce off of.  Usually we are pretty serious when we do those scenes, especially if they’re more verbally combative.  So, we’ll just be really serious and stay in it.  Of course, sometimes things happen, and you laugh, but we sometimes don’t have the luxury to take the time to laugh and enjoy the moment, because we have to try to get the scene done in one take and move on.

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There were a few months there that Brooke was slapping everybody! There were plenty of bitch-slaps that needed to go around. What did you think of those scenes?

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KATHERINE: I loved it, but then I felt like it was also maybe getting out of hand because it’s not really PC.  Nobody is supposed to hit people or slap people in anyway.  So, it worked more years and years ago in our genre, as times have changed in our world and culture.

Viewers saw this week that Donna (Jennifer Gareis) knows Brooke kissed Bill and that they have to make sure Katie (Heather Tom) does not find out, while others are out to expose Brooke!

KATHERINE:  I would imagine that everybody would want to see how Brooke unravels.  So, just keep watching!

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Would you welcome another go round at a Brooke and Bill romance?

KATHERINE: Not when Bill’s with Katie and with everything that Katie’s gone through.  I couldn’t see that.  I don’t think it would be right.  That would mean that Brooke is completely selfish, you know?  There are so many other men.  Why does she have to go for her sister’s man?

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In recent months, we have witnessed scenes where Brooke has been more confrontational and fighting back and not putting up with the shenanigans of others!  We have seen this in particular with Thomas, Shauna, and Quinn.  Did it seem like they ramped that up for Brooke?

KATHERINE:  Yes, because at some point it’s frustrating because nobody was listening to her.  It all started with the whole Thomas thing, and once she started fighting back, she wanted to fight back on everything.  She’s been lied to about a lot of things.  It’s not been fair.

Does Brooke still think Hope is too vulnerable to make wise decisions for herself; even after she stood up for herself at the wedding of Thomas and Zoe?

KATHERINE: Now. I think she feels much better, because there are moments where Hope is very vulnerable, but then she kicks herself in the butt, and stands up for herself and everybody else.  So, Brooke knows that Hope’s strong, but she also knows that she can be vulnerable.  At this moment, she is proving that she can handle things.

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B&B turned 33-years-old this week as the show continues to remain so popular in the United States, and of course, is the most watched soap in the world. What can you say about still being with the series since its inception, and all that has happened to you in your life and career, because of playing Brooke, plus a nod to the fans?

KATHERINE: It’s been an amazing opportunity for me.  It’s been my life basically! 33 years on The Bold and the Beautiful, and the show has always kicked butt.  I mean, the show has been going strong ever since it started, and it still is going strong.  It’s just been an honor to be on the show, and remain on the show for so long as one of the original characters.  My heart really goes out to the fans, because honestly, so many of them tell me they’ve watched from day one.  We have a history with them raising their families.  Younger people come up and say, “I’ve been watching the show ever since I was little with my mom.”  So, there’s a wide range of different people who watch the show, and I appreciate them so much.  We all appreciate them so much because really, without them, there would be no show.  I just want to say ‘thank you’ to all of the fans.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Brooke is one of the most notable characters of all-time in soap operas and you are the actress playing her. That has to be a very good-feeling for you.

KATHERINE: I think there have been a lot of notable characters on soap operas, who have even been on the air a lot longer than me.  Look at Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) who just celebrated his 40th, and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) who also reached a milestone recently.  What I have learned from all of this is; what matters is when you come on a show that your heart is in it 100%, and you come to your job and you try your hardest.  That to me is what matters and makes you an honorable person.  I’m very flattered that I’ve been on The Bold and the Beautiful for as long as I have.

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When you look back at 33 years of your time on The Bold and the Beautiful, are your scenes with Susan Flannery and those epic moments between Stephanie and Brooke, the ones that still standout to you the most?

KATHERINE: Those scenes with Susan informed and formed the show and the characters for years.  I had a lot of memorable scenes with Susan.  I’m so lucky to have worked so closely with her.  She’s an amazing actress.  I learned so much from her, and just watching her.  I would hang on her every word – how she would talk about the business, how she would talk about acting, directing (because she loved to direct), and producing.  Susan was very knowledgeable, and she was very tough, but very fair, I thought.  I just loved her work ethic.

You and Thorsten Kaye have created your version of Brooke and Ridge. What do you think about working with Thorsten?  Is it fun? Challenging? How would you define it?

KATHERINE:  He’s very fun to work with.  Thorsten is very serious, very prepared all of the time, and he’s watching everything.  He’s got eagle eyes.  He’s just so on top of it and working with people like that makes you raise your bar.  It makes you want to try 110% to be there and put in the work.  Thorsten’s also so funny, and easy to work with, and so charming, and such a dear friend.   I love working with him.  I do think Brooke and Ridge have an interesting relationship even though some people say, “Oh, they should be over,” or whatever they want to say.  I do think they have created a good banter between them, and almost an understanding without having to say anything.  Thorsten’s a delight!

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What is your takeaway when you travel overseas and internationally to places such as Italy, Dubai, Monaco or Australia where B&B is so widely popular and the reaction you receive from the fans?

KATHERINE:  Just seeing the overseas reactions in different countries and how popular or how loved The Bold and the Beautiful is truly special.  The fans really do love from their hearts.  They feel a part of it, and they are, but just their enthusiasm and their passion and their love, and they give their whole heart to you and to the show.  I just found that really interesting, and like I said earlier, we owe the success of B&B to the fans who love the show so much.

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You recently were in Greece appearing for a multi-episode arc on the soap 8 Lexeis.  How was that experience?  I know Greek soap star, Andreas Georgiou, also came over to the States and appeared on B&B afterwards, too.

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KATHERINE:  It was an incredible opportunity.  I love working in other countries, and seeing how other people work, and how they make different projects and things.  8 Lexeis is their top TV show on their top network in Greece, so it was really exciting to go there and work on that.  I did 15 episodes in 5 days; something crazy like that.  We worked all morning through late at night every day, but it was fun.  It was amazing to see how creative they are and how they just run with it.  Everything was really chill on the set, but they still moved really fast and got everything done, and they were all so talented and so nice.  Then later, Andreas came over and did some shows here.  He was supposed to come to visit, but then the Coronavirus happened, so he had to postpone his trip, but we’ll see him soon.

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B&B is on a production break due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Have you stayed in touch with your co-stars during this time?

KATHERINE: A lot of us talk on Instagram all of the time, and then a lot of people have been going live on their as well.  So, we jump into each other’s live videos!  Have you seen Katrina Bowden (Flo) and Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie, Y&R) do their little workouts together? You should check those out! Ashley Jones (Bridget) is always on, and Annika Noelle, and then our Supervising Producer, Casey Kasprzyk, started doing Zoom.  He did a Zoom with some of the B&B people.  So, we’ve all been texting and keeping in touch and making sure that everybody is okay.  I know it’s very hard times and it can be scary for all.   Hopefully, if everybody does what they should be doing, it will flatten the curve and the Coronavirus will be a lot easier to deal with.

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You are one of the busiest people I know! Recently, you went to Australia, you opened your new store Benheart USA in Beverly Hills, and you appear on B&B in a lead role.  Is there ever a moment when you’re like, “I can’t do one more thing?” or do you like the go-go-go of it all of the time?

KATHERINE: I like the go-go-go, but I felt that I was going too fast and too hard, and I’ve recently been thinking of what I can take out of our lives and our schedule, and then in thinking of that, I couldn’t really think of what I can take out.  Then, this all happened with life coming to a screeching halt, which I find very interesting because life is set up to go so fast.  Nobody can really enjoy anything.  We have to get up early, we have to go to work, we have to make money to pay for this, we’ve got to take care of the family, do this, do that, maybe just try to be motivated to be successful, whatever your dreams are, you’re going after them, etc.  It’s such a driven world all around that I think with having to self-quarantine that this is a chance to take a good look at what is going on in your life.  Now, we have a lot of down time.  We have time to think, go inside ourselves.  It gives you time to be kind, slow down, think of others.  What can you do for others?  What can you do for the world?  It’s been frightening for a lot of people; especially the ones who have gotten sick, or the ones who are scared of getting sick because they are immunocompromised.  But, at the same time, we need to try to not let that anxiety get to us and try to appreciate what we have.  Like, “Why is this happening?  What is this moment trying to tell us?”  I’m always trying to find the silver lining; or what is this trying to tell us in life?

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B&B and Y&R co-creator Lee Phillip Bell passed away at the end of February, and it was so heartbreaking.  I know you were close with Lee.  What can you share on her passing?

KATHERINE:  It was heartbreaking.  I always think, “Gosh, I wish I saw her one more time before she passed,” but she was around her family, who are so loving, and supportive, and always there for her.  Lee created an amazing life for herself and for her family, and she was a huge part of The Bold and the Beautiful, and of course, I thank her so much because she hired me.  Lee gave me my life, and this time on the show.  She was amazing.  She cared so much about the show and the people on it.  Lee was such a great mom and such a great friend.  It’s been special knowing her and spending all of that time with her that I was able to through the years.  My heart goes out to the Bell family as well.  I know this must be hard for them.

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Then, it was so sad that Orson Bean died tragically before that.  Have you talked to Alley Mills (Pam)?

KATHERINE: Yes, a bunch of us went over and spent time with Alley and brought her food.  We brought her goodies, and we just hung out.  We just gave her lots of love, spent time, and that was before I had to run off to Australia as well, but she’s really strong.  That was just very tragic.  Two weeks before Orson died, we had seen them both in the play Bad Habits.  It was so, so funny, and they both had all of us who attended laughing so hard, and it was such a pleasure.

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In closing, what are your hopes for Brooke moving forward into the future?

KATHERINE: I’ve been saying that I hope she’ll spend time by herself and be alone for a while and focus on her family.  I’ve said that for so long, but I don’t know what’s going to work for her! (Laughs)  However, I’m just so curious to see what will happen next for her.

So, what do you think of Brooke’s latest predicament after her kiss with Bill? Do you hope that Ridge and Brooke stay together? What have you thought of the more recent version of a feisty Brooke who fought back when no one believed her about Thomas? And finally, share your congrats to Katherine for 33 years as Brooke and let us know some of your favorite all-time scenes via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Eric Braeden Talks On 40 Years Of Life In Soaps As Victor Newman

Back in February, Eric Braeden added another milestone to his illustrious career – that of portraying the one and only Victor Newman for 40 years on the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless.  And boy was he celebrated!  First, there was a one-of-a-kind on set celebration at CBS Television City which was quite the star-studded affair.  That was followed by special episodes of Y&R, where Newman Enterprises turned 50 with a gala that also proved emotional with speeches and retrospective clips.

When you talk daytime dramas to anyone, you would be hard-pressed for the general public to not know the name “Victor Newman”- and that is because of the powerhouse performances and nuances that Braeden brings to his soap opera alter-ego.  For it was Y&R co-creator Bill Bell and Braeden who really shaped what viewers have come to know, expect, and love, forty years later.

Those who know Eric understand he can be at times outspoken, has a heart of gold, stands up for what he believes, can bring the drama, the suspense, the tension, the romance and the tears in any given scene when it is called upon, and that throughout the years he has earned the respect from his peers for an impressive job well-done.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Eric to take a look back at all that had gone down recently in his honor, and to get his thoughts on some major moments in time through over 40 years in Genoa City, and where things are at now.  Check out our special conversation below.

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When I attended and saw you at your 40th anniversary on set celebration at Y&R last month, I cannot tell you what a special event that was.  I have never seen that for anybody else!  The amount of people who attended, and the love they showed for you, was so special. When you were sitting in that chair on the soundstage and watching and hearing what was being said about you, what was going on in your mind at that point?

ERIC:  Well, first of all, it was the nicest thing that’s ever happened to me in 40 years on that show, and secondly, in moments like that, you try to stay focused on who is giving the speeches, because if I then look around and see all of the people who I have known for so many years, it’s emotional.  There’s a saying in German, “he’s close to the water,” meaning it’s very moving.  I saw my son and my granddaughter there and obviously everyone else, and my old coach and players, and so many others that have been a part of my life.

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There were some very special guests and speeches.  I loved that Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, Y&R and now Kevin, This Is Us) came.  I thought that was sweet and cool, and also that ESPN sports personality, Stephen A. Smith was there calling you one of his good friends.  There were so many moments.  You knew who was going to speak, right?

ERIC:  Yes, I did.  We kept it to just family, and in other words, Y&R family, etc.  I want to thank Matt Kane (Publicist, Y&R), who had a lot to do with putting the event together.  I also wanted to thank Tony Morina (executive producer, Y&R). The Y&R art department and David Hoffman (Production Designer) also did a fantastic job with those pictures they had created that was part of a set.  Thinking back on it, again, I would without a doubt say, that the celebration was the most moving moment in 40 years in the business and on that show.

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A few weeks ago, Y&R and B&B co-creator Lee Phillip Bell passed away.  Obviously the late Bill Bell (co-creator, Y&R) and she were instrumental for you being at Y&R in the first place, and the creation of Victor Newman.  What can you say about Lee? 

ERIC:  We invited Lee to the event, and she apologized and said she was not in a position to attend, and then, shortly thereafter she passed.  In a sense, I’m glad Lee wasn’t there because when I would see her on some occasions, I just am moved to tears.  I would have not been able to really hold it together for long.  Obviously, she was co-responsible for a lot of stuff that happened on Y&R. co-responsible for that show still being number #1, and my heart goes out to her.  I know what I owe them, and she had a lot of influence on the storylines.  Lee was an incredibly smart and bright lady.  Her son, Brad Bell (EP and head writer, B&B) did speak at the 40th event and I appreciated it enormously.

There were a lot of retro clips shown of you show in celebration of your 4oth anniversary from when you started on the show back in 1980 till now.  Did you remember all of those moments?

ERIC:  First of all, they put that together so beautifully.  That was done so extremely well.  When I see it, it comes right back, or in other words it evokes precise memories, but if I weren’t seeing it, it’s all a blur.

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Y&R brought Meg Bennett (Ex-Julia) and Robert Parucha (Ex-Matt), for the on-screen episodes celebrating Newman Enterprises 50th anniversary.  Was it nice having them back and seeing them, or is it kind of weird, because it can be such a long time in-between since you have all been together?

ERIC:  It is both.  It is very nice to see old colleagues obviously, and very touching, but look, we are in a weird business.  When I saw Meg, you suddenly realize how the show has evolved in many ways.  So, I’m always very grateful to see those who I started out with on the show and of course, doubly grateful to those who are still there.  I think of Melody and Doug Davidson (Paul) for example.  Doug has been there for longer than I have, and what a great job he did emceeing the 40th anniversary event, and as for Melody, that her and my relationship still endues after all of these years is amazing.

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Let’s talk about those Newman Children.  I thought Joshua Morrow (Nick) gave a hilarious speech and even Mark Grossman (Adam) spoke so sincerely from the heart to you.  You get a sense that the Newmans are a fun group to work with.

ERIC:  I obviously love working with Joshua.  Same for Amelia Heinle (Victoria), I adore her, and Melissa Ordway (Abby).  They all have a great sense of humor, and Mark Grossman, I think is doing a damned good job.  And there is Peter Bergman (Jack).  Peter has been a great nemesis for all of these years.  Of course, Peter was very funny in his speech, and Joshua was very funny, and Ed Scott’s (Producer, B&B) was very good.  Tony Morina also shared a very funny little antidote!

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What came across loud and clear is what we already knew.  Everyone knows the name “Victor Newman”.  You know when they go, “Victor Newman … Y&R!”  It’s so synonymous, right?  I don’t know what it must be like for you knowing the public has that reaction to you … and you’re that guy.

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ERIC:  I’ll tell you very honestly, I have an ambivalent relationship to that fact.  I deny it on one hand, don’t want to know about it, don’t really want to know about it, and on the other hand, when I hear about it, I say, “Yeah, very happy to hear about it, but is it true?”  I am sort of strange that way.  I have not had a picture of myself or anyone else in my dressing room for these 40 years.  It’s barren, as you know.  I don’t have any pictures hanging up of me; there’s nothing.  Now, I was talking about taking the one picture that David Hoffman had designed beautifully, and I have it on one wall.  I thought, “I’ll be damned,” because the picture includes Melody and some scenes that went on.  I’ve always been funny that way with praise.  Do I like it?  Of course, but …

There’s an uncomfortableness about it, right?

ERIC:  Yes, but I’ve seen too much in this business.  I’ve seen too many extraordinary stars, where you wonder, “Where are they now”?  I take this business with a grain of salt.  I really do.  It’s so easy to succumb to it.   I’ve known many people, including on our show, who used to say, “Well, without me, this thing would go down the drain,” and I said, “Yeah?  No s**t,” and they’re not there anymore.  You have no idea what happens to some actors when they see themselves on the cover of soap magazine.  They go crazy.  I’ve seen it, and the worst thing you can do is to believe in that, and I’ve always been skeptical of that, very skeptical.  Get back to what counts in this business:  do a good job … do the best you can … and where is the money?  I mean really, let’s call a spade a spade, and that’s it.

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I was just going to say, the one person I so wished was at your 40th celebration was Jeanne Cooper (Ex-Katherine, Y&R).   I wish she could have been there with us, because she would have loved it.  I know she loved you.

ERIC:  She would have spoken, trust me!  She would have said, “Alright, you son of a bitch.  Alright, macho man let’s see what you’ve got!” and then she would grab me by the balls.  The first scene I ever had with her, Jeanne did that.  Absolutely hilarious!  Jeanne and I could not do a scene without laughing.  I’m serious.  We had to pull ourselves together.  She had such a great sense of humor, and we both looked at this, obviously, with an enormous grain of salt, because we’ve been there.  We’d seen it all.

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Through the years, you obviously have been vocal on social media where you will call out things as you see them and as you truly feel, especially through various regime changes, or if there is a noticeable shift away, or focus, from core characters. What are your thoughts on what ultimately makes Y&R, the iconic soap that it is?

ERIC:  Let me put it very simply: the show is based on the comradery and enmity between the Newmans and the Abbotts, and I’ve included on that a go-between, if you will, a Chancellor … Jeanne Cooper.   That was sort of the plan, but the major triangle was sort of the Montagues and the Capulets in Romeo and Juliet.  That is what legendary stories are based on.  It’s family rivalries, and within those rivalries, we tell all kinds of fantastic stories.  It’s father-son, father-daughter, husband-wife, love affairs, disloyalties, ruthless business competition, and it goes on and on.  The scenes with Peter Bergman and me over the years have been legendary, wonderful, and they’re great scenes.  Now, to suddenly bring in whole new characters that no one knows about, which previously happened on our show, you have to ask, “What are you not getting?  You want to reinvent the wheel?”  Go with what is working.  It doesn’t often happen that you have the right cast and the right story.  That is what makes a show successful.  Imagine taking Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) out of Seinfeld.  You couldn’t.   It wouldn’t work.  In other words, when you have the right actors and the right storyline, you have a hit.  We’d been number #1 for over 30 years because of it

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When you get a script, have there been those moments in the 40 years where you will say. “My character would never do this.  I’m not playing it!?”

ERIC:  Of course.  Not that I’m not playing it, but I will make certain adjustments here and there.  I always have, by the way, from the very beginning.  Bill Bell agreed with most of it.  I know my character, and I have and instinctive feel for what is emotionally touching and what is not.  Look, I have always said that I admire writers.  I don’t envy their job.  I really don’t.  I think it is the hardest job in the business, and writing for soaps is even harder.  So, I have great respect.  So therefore, I don’t even want to know who wrote what.  I don’t ever want to be in the position of insulting a writer because I know how difficult it is.  As in everything in this business, it is a cooperative business.  There are very few writer/directors who have earned the right (I’m talking about Martin Scorsese, I’m talking about Ingmar Bergman, I’m taking about a handful) to write and direct their own stuff.  Even they rely on the cooperation of their lead actors.  That’s what is so wonderful about this business in that it’s this precisely cooperative thing.  However, when there are some people who simply don’t listen to those of us who have been around for a while and we know, we really know, then, they’re being foolish.

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Y&R taped the Newman Enterprises 50th anniversary gala, which was in essence, your on-screen 40th anniversary episodes.  That was another amazing part of this.  I love that they would go to a clip, and one of the characters would say something in speech, and then, they’d go back to a shot of you reacting.  Were you, you, or Victor at that point, because it seemed so genuine and emotional?

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ERIC:  You know, look, one thing sort of blends into the other.  I loved that show by the way.  It was brilliantly done, and they could have easily screwed that up, but they didn’t.  I thought Josh Griffith (head writer, and Co-EP, Y&R) did a hell of a job, and Tony Morina did a wonderful job, they really did.  So, I really can’t say enough about that.

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When you look back on the enormity of scenes you have performed as Victor Newman; the ones that and you and I always come back to are the scenes between you and Dorothy McGuire as Victor’s mother; and the scenes with you and George Kennedy as Victor’s father.  Do you still consider those your all-time favorites?

ERIC:  I always think about them.  They are my top favorites, plus one other.   No question about it; because the scene with Dorothy McGuire laid the groundwork of what Victor Newman is all about.  That summarized all of his subsequent moments of anger, and upset, and mistrust, and etc.  It was the seminal scene for Victor Newman … period.  One other scene that one of my favorites was the one with Melody, on Christmas Eve where Nikki keeps on bugging Victor to tell her about his past, and he finally does.  It was about that orphanage experience, etc.  Actually, those two scenes early on were responsible for my really wanting to stay and realizing that now I had a chance to play some real emotions, some real feelings, some real conflict.   I remember after Victor told Nikki that story, a moment when I went to my dressing room, I called home, and I said, “Now, I’m going to stay.”  No two ways about that.  I called my wife, and I said, “I’m staying,” because I wasn’t sure if I was going to.  It happened because I had talked to Bill Bell and I said, “Bill, I’m so tired of playing bad guys.  I’ve done it for too many years.  I’m empty.  I’m burnt out.  It’s too dehumanizing.  Let’s imbue this character with a background,” and he did, brilliantly, and that’s the reason I stayed, and that’s the reason I’m here 40 years later, truly.

So, when you were feeding rats to Nick Benedict as Michael Scott, were you ready to leave? (Laughs)

ERIC:  Well, that was a little different story, but I looked at that, and I said, “Are you kidding me?” (Laughs)  Back then, I knew little about what works on soaps … and people still talk about it!  They loved it.

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The scenes opposite George Kennedy were so emotional … and heavy-duty, too.  It was so sad watching Victor’s father reject him.

ERIC:  It was sad.  It was really, really sad, and George played it wonderfully.  I cannot say enough about that because here is an actor who comes from the outside of our genre.  George lived in Boise. Idaho and he traveled all the way by car to LA with his grandson to do the scenes He wouldn’t take a plane.  George was so damn prepared that we did those scenes in one take!  It’s stunning!  I can’t talk enough about him.  I just so admired and respected him.  George passed away about a year ago, but that’s why I had him in my film, The Man Who Came Back.

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As a leading man, Victor has had many women in and out of his romantic life for years and of course, his constant, Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott).   You’ve been fortunate to work with so many wonderful actresses such as Eileen Davidson as Ashley.  Which standout to you? 

ERIC:  I have to say obviously Melody, but I have to also say the scenes with Eileen – they meant a lot to me.  I regret that she and I did not have more storylines together.

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So, the coronavirus is shutting down the world, life in America, and has shut down production on the soaps.  How is everybody dealing with it at the show, and how do you feel it’s being handled?

ERIC:  Well, originally I wanted to continue working, but I said only if everyone was fully supplied with the proper wipes and antiseptics all of the time.  In other words, from the makeup department, from the props department, to someone wiping down all of the handles and all of that, but I completely understand now from a company point of view, they had to shut down because what if you work and someone gets sick because of it… and it goes on and on.  It’s a terrible thing, but I was willing to continue working.  Yes, perhaps stupidly so.  It’s going to be tough when we come back because a lot of work has to be made up, but I understand why we stopped.

What would you say to the fans who have stayed so invested in Victor Newman, and you, even 40 years after your Y&R debut? 

ERIC:  I’ve said it before, and I will happily say it again:  I am deeply grateful to the fans everywhere.  Without them, you and I would not be talking.  That’s really the long and the short of it.  The fans have really everything to do with it.  I’m glad that I am on social media because I am engaged with quite a few people very gladly, and I hear some interesting stories, and some very touching stories.  Y&R has taught me to really not look at that as a sort of nebulous audience.  I put faces behind it because I’ve seen them.  I’ve seen them in the last 30-odd years in public appearances.  I don’t forget them.  I don’t forget what it means to me.  It’s deeply touching.  I’m not at all anesthetized to it, no.  It touches me deeply, and whenever I do a PA, and receive the people’s reactions, I say, “Whoa,” and now I know why I’m in the business.

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In closing, fans have been watching what looks to be another showdown brewing between Victor vs. Adam for control of Newman Enterprises.  Do you think still after all these years; Victor has it in him to out maneuver his black sheep son, as he has done in the past?

ERIC:  Hell, yes.  What do you think?  Bring him on, man.  Bring him on.  Victor’s still full of piss and vinegar.  Okay?  What people don’t know is that I’m a feisty son of a bitch.  I don’t give up.  I fight to the last.  I mean it.

So, what has been your favorite all-time Y&R scenes featuring Eric Braeden? What do you hope happens next for Victor and the Newman clan? What do you think about the sentiments shared throughout our conversation on Eric’s 40th anniversary celebration? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor Talks ‘Being Brando Corbin’

This week on General Hospital, viewers saw that Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) has set Port Charles newcomer Brando Corbin (Johnny Wactor) up with a mechanics garage for a place of business, that has left Brando concerned, but also thankful.

Brando came onto the scene when he saved Carly (Laura Wright) from gunfire. The once believed-to-be-dead son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs), has a checkered past, but has been trying to remain on the straight and narrow.  Sonny had previously put into motion protection for teenaged Dev (Ashton Arbab), that he will continue to be passed off as the biological son of Brando to keep him safe.  That, along with a back-story that includes: the Iraqi War, prison time, drug use, PTSD, familial issues, mob wars, and more, has loaded the deck for actor Johnny Wactor to show his acting chops and more within the daytime drama arena.

Since making his debut in the recurring role of Brando back in January of this year, in a short amount of time, Wactor has already displayed that he has solid leading man, and soap anti-hero potential, something that always serves one well amidst the romance, intrigue, and suspense of the genre’s storytelling.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Johnny to get his thoughts on becoming part of the iconic GH and where he hopes Brando’s journey goes from here.  Check out what he had to say below.

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What do you think about your character’s name being “Brando”? Did GH tell you where the idea for the name came from?

JOHNNY:  Oh, I love it.   No, they didn’t tell me why, but I assume it was in some relation to Marlon Brando; when back in the day he was in a leather jacket … because I come onto the scene wearing a leather jacket as a badass!

What’s your experience been like coming onto a show like GH?  Previously, I know you’ve done a lot of primetime roles and series.  Were you shocked at the pace of shooting a daytime drama?

JOHNNY:  Oh, yeah.  I was made aware of the pace beforehand by my manager, as well as my buddy, Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) who works on The Young and the Restless.  He’s kicking ass over there.  In this genre, you get one rehearsal and one take pretty much, and then, they move on.  It’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’m still getting used to that at times where I’m just like, “Ah, I want one more take!”  I can get a bit obsessive and I’m a perfectionist.  It definitely has been challenging, but I enjoy it.  It’s fun to work at a fast pace.  It’s a lot like working in the theatre.

In story, Johnny is pretending to be Dev’s father.  Did you know that would be part of Brando’s story when you took on this gig?

JOHNNY:  I did not.   I didn’t know that until I read the first script that they sent me.  I’m like, “I also have a son?”   It was a lot to take in, but that’s where the imagination comes in.

What’s great for you, I would think, is that you’re getting to play in scenes with Maurice Benard and Laura Wright and major players who are a part of that core group.  What’s it been like working with them?

JOHNNY:  It’s been a Godsend, really.  Being my first time on a daytime show, for one, anytime you come onto a new project and one that’s been going on for some time, and you’re a newcomer, there’s always that concern like, “What will this set be like?  Is it like a familial atmosphere?  Am I going to be welcomed?”  They’ve made it super easy.  I’m just so lucky that I have people who have so much experience on this show and just daytime shows in general, where they’ve kind of taken me under their wings and are super helpful.  Anytime I have questions, they’re patient.  I’m sure I annoy them sometimes, but they don’t let on to it.   I’m grateful that they’ve sort of “teamed” me up with them to kind of ease me onto the show.

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The fans are seeing a spark between Brando and Carly.  Is Brando into Carly?

JOHNNY:  I’d like to say that he rescued her because she was a beautiful blonde, but that’s not what that was and why he did it … even though I’m not denying that she’s a beautiful blonde.  I think there’s something there, but how far Brando pursues that, I don’t know!  Sonny sets Brando up with the garage and a pretty sweet deal at that.  So, does Brando want to screw this up?  However, not everyone makes logical, levelheaded decisions.  We’ll see.  I’m not ruling it out as something that could possibly happen.

How are you playing Brando right now? Is he a good guy … or, are there secret ulterior motives going down that the audience may not know about, yet?

JOHNNY:  In my opinion, he is a guy who has got a good heart.  I don’t think he is infallible.  I think he is someone who is determined to be on the mend and make up for his decisions and his past, because he is someone who has made poor decisions.  I don’t think you can rule him as a good person who will never make a mistake, or won’t get into trouble, or won’t make some bad decisions.  “Does he have ulterior motives?”  Maybe, but I think that if he does, they might be a little unconscious.  I think he is a genuine good guy.

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Are the fans swooning over you on social media now that you’ve made your GH debut?  When you get the, “Oh, he’s hot,” do you take those compliments well, or, is it uncomfortable for you, and you deflect that?

JOHNNY:  It’s always flattering to get those compliments.  I think when I was younger, like 22, first getting into this business; I was definitely pining for those compliments and put more weight into it.  I will say; it’s always good to have someone say something positive about you.  I will take, “Hey, he’s good-looking.”  I love the comments.  It’s great.

So, what would you love to see happen with Brando?  Is there anything that you’re seeing with your character that you wish you could do …or get to have the opportunity to be able to drive the direction in which he goes in?

JOHNNY:  That’s a great question.  I love when the writers put Brando on the scene and planted some seeds early on when he was revealing a little of his background to Carly.  He reveals he has PTSD and spent time in prison.  Brando also has got issues with drug addiction.  I would love for those to kind of resurface somehow.  Maybe Brando has a relapse and gets back on the sauce, or drugs, or maybe has some kind of other issues with PTSD, because those are the real things in the world that people deal.

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What’s great about it is that they kind of loaded you up with a back-story that they can fill in, so that as a viewer, you ultimately root for the guy

JOHNNY:  Absolutely.  Yeah, nobody wants to root for the guy who has everything and just has the perfect life.  We’ve all made mistakes.  So, alright, he’s trying to get back on the horse and make a good life for himself.

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Did you get any pointers from GH vet Steve Burton (Jason), who you have also shared several scenes with since coming to GH?

JOHNNY:  The most pointers I’ve gotten from Steve are about preparation for the scenes.  Every time we have scenes together, he’s just always willing to work with you, and make sure that you’re prepared, and he’s prepared, and the scene is going to be the best that it can be.  Also, he’s been really invaluable with giving me more of a crash course on the background of these characters.  This show has been on for decades and it’s tough to get caught up in the short amount of time between when you find out you have the job, and you start filming, to really know who everybody is.  So, he explained to me who Jason is on the show and who the Corinthos family is and what they represent … these are dangerous guys!

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Take me through what happened when you learned you got the part of Brando, and were joining the cast of General Hospital?

JOHNNY:  I was at my apartment.  I think it was probably two days after I went in for the producer’s session.  They brought in 4 or 5 guys to read in front of the producers, (at least that I saw) and I felt strong about my reading.  Then, I just kind of tried to forget about it after I left so I wouldn’t get all into my head about whether I got the part, or not.  Then the next day, I didn’t get a phone call.  So, I’m like, “Man, really?  I thought that might have been it.”   But the next day, I was with my girlfriend at the time and my agency was calling.  My manager was on the phone as well, and they shared with me that I got the part, and it was exciting.  It was a relief and an affirmation.  It’s always exciting when you book a job and then to book a major recurring role on a show with a character whose name is “Brando Corbin”, needless to say, was really cool.

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I think it’s very apparent that you have the “It” factor.  You already have a shown a strong presence on the show and have a very bright future ahead of you.   I have seen a lot of actors come and go, and who launch their careers on daytime over the years, and I think you are going to be one to watch for quite some time to come.

JOHNNY:  First of all, thank you so much for saying that.  That’s really kind of you.  It’s really high praise.  Coming from someone who knows that show and who is a fan of it that means I passed the test!  Thank you, Michael!  I really appreciate that affirmation.  It’s good to get validation from someone whose opinion really matters.

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Could you see a love interest for Brando coming up in the future?

JOHNNY:  I could definitely see a love interest for him coming up.  Maybe multiple love interests!  Who knows?

I think there are a lot of single ladies in Port Charles.

JOHNNY:  Yeah!  But, why do they have to be single?

Right! Or, they could be married!

JOHNNY:  It’s Port Charles!

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So, have you been enjoying Johnny’s performances as Brando Corbin thus far?  Who do you hope he becomes involved with romantically on GH? Do you want to know more about his back-story and see what happens next now that Sonny has set him up with a garage? Comment below.

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