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The Thorsten Kaye Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful

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In the soap shocker of 2013, The Bold and the Beautiful pulled off one of the biggest casting replacements in the history of soapdom, when they announced that very popular soap opera leading man, Thorsten Kaye, has been cast as the new Ridge Forrester!  As BOLD fans know, Ridge was last played for 25 years by Ronn Moss, who departed the series on his own accord well over a year ago.  In story, Ridge was last seen in Paris after Brooke and Ridge’s honeymoon went bust!

Kaye, who has been so beloved in the role of rugged business man Zach Slater on All My Children for nearly a decade, surprised everyone when he signed a contract to appear as the new Ridge, while the state of the second season of the online revival of AMC was still in a state of flux.  With things though heading south, it would turn out to be a wise move for Kaye, since All My Children was for all intent and purposes canceled again, leaving him open to new opportunities and a primo role on the most-watched soap opera in the world … B&B!

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Thorsten to get his outlook on: taking over the role of Ridge, how the character may have changed since he was away, what it was like working with his new leading lady, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) for the first time, and his own bold move of agreeing to join the cast of the soap opera, without knowing the part he would be playing!  Imagine his surprise, when Kaye found out he was the new Ridge Forrester!  Viewers will first see Thorsten on the Friday, December 13th episode of the CBS soap opera.  Here’s what Thorsten shared with us on his new daytime adventure!

MICHAEL:

How did this come about that you landed on The Bold and the Beautiful?  Did you have a meeting with executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell?  We heard you actually did not know you were signing on to play Ridge!  Is that true?

THORSTEN:

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We did not really have a meeting.  I got a call from my agent that there was interest from The Bold and the Beautiful.  I said, “O.K. Let me know what it is.”  My agent said, “Brad Bell would like to call you at home.”  I said, “Alright, well I’m here.”   So he called and said the coolest thing and obviously, you want to start out the right way and he is a smart man.  Brad called and said, “Look, I know the puck is about to drop at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, so I know we don’t have a lot of time.”  So obviously, Brad did his research and found out I was a hockey fan and the big game was about to start, so I was already in! (Laughs)  We talked about travel and what it would mean, and being away from my family, and all that kind of stuff, and how many days and how long.  We never really talked about the character.  I don’t know if it’s because he did not want to say, or I am so conceited that I think I could do anything! (Laughs)  But it just never came up.  So then a couple days later when we got a deal together, and decided we would try this for awhile, I then said, “So Brad, what do you need?  What do you want me to do?”  Brad said, “You’re going to be the replacement for Ridge.”   I said, “That’s great, that mean’s nothing to me.”  But then, he went on to say the name, “Ronn Moss”.  I have met Ronn before, and now I think we may be in a little bit of trouble, I said.  That is not an easy thing to do! (Laughs) They obviously have decided to go completely in a different direction with the character.

MICHAEL:

You are so beloved by the fans of All My Children!  Did you make the decision to join B&B, because you were seeing the writing on the wall that things weren’t working out for a second season of AMC online?

THORSTEN:

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I have to tell you, if All My Children had worked out, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.  We were taping AMC a half hour from my house in Connecticut.  It was never about not wanting to be on All My Children, or wanting to be on The Bold and the Beautiful.  There comes a time in your life where it’s not really about you anymore.  Ten years ago, my first daughter was born, and then you try to maintain, and it’s kind of like working out.  I am just trying to maintain, and it’s the same thing with my career at this point.   If I can just get by, and not hurt anybody .and my kids can eat and go to a good school, then I am fine.  But it was the only choice I had, because All My Children wasn’t there. They kept talking about being there and coming back, but they weren’t, and they kept saying they were, but try to tell that to the gas company … they don’t buy it.  They just want their bills paid every month.

MICHAEL:

With all the issues that plagued the first season of AMC’s revival online, did you expect All My Children to be canceled a second heartbreaking time?  (First on television by ABC, and second by the production company Prospect Park, who resurrected the show online.)

THORSTEN:

I am not sure what I expected.  There are so many good people over there.  I am not sure what happened between when we took a break, and when Oprah wanted the next 20 or 40  episodes, and how people were now starting to figure out Hulu, and the computer and how to use it, and a DVD player to get there.  They were just getting to that point when Prospect Park decided not to do the show anymore.  So I am not sure what happened.  It makes me sad; there are a lot of good people out of work.

MICHAEL:

When you started becoming the new Ridge Forrester, did the show give you carte blanche?  Was it an open slate?  Could you inherently make the character different than Ronn Moss’s Ridge?

THORSTEN:

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I think I got hired because of what I have done in the past, and not what I could do in the future.  They were obviously going a different direction, and if they had a choice, Ronn Moss would be doing this role, but that wasn’t an option anymore, as I understand.  So they had to get somebody else.  So as a producer you think, “Well, we could get someone who is really good-looking and sensitive, and can bring what Ronn brought to the role, or do something completely different.”  I think the jury is still out on that.  I have not aired in the U.S. yet.  But, you have got to bring the tools that you have to the stage.  And we don’t really get paid to be chameleons in this industry.  I think people hire you because of what you have done before.  I don’t think they would hire Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the new head of The Smurfs, although that would be funny!  (Laughs)  As an audience, you want to know what you are getting yourself into when you spend $12-$15 bucks at a movie.  You want to make sure Bruce Willis doesn’t get killed in the first five minutes.

MICHAEL:

What happened when you became part of the cast and signed on the dotted line?  Did you chat with your new leading lady, the series superstar, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke)?  Had you met Katherine, previously?

THORSTEN:

I had never met her before!  She is a classy lady, but she and John McCook (Eric Forrester) actually called me at home before I started working on B&B.  He said, “We are really looking forward to having you, and it’s a real cool group, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”  And Kelly did the same, but she did say that she doesn’t think just anyone can play the role of Ridge, which I am not sure what that means, but we will see if she changes her mind on that.  It has got to be hard for her.  She has been with the same guy on-screen for 25 years, and they are very good friends off-screen.  Ronn is a good guy and something didn’t work out.  He did not get fired or anything … if he had, this would be a different conversation.  I don’t know if it had happened that way, if I would have taken a part like that, because it never ends well, for anybody.  But he decided it was time to move, and he had this conversation with Kelly, and I don’t know too much about the behind the scenes stuff.  But, we will see.  This is a completely different play now.  I can not recreate what they had, so we have to come up with something new.   Whether it’s better or not, that is not up to me.  I am just going to show up and do what I can.  This is the other thing:  I walk into the studio and one of the producers says: “Kelly is sweet and pretty, but don’t be nervous.  She has chemistry with anybody” And I go, “Oh, I don’t really know how to take that?”  (Laughs)

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MICHAEL:

So, for the long time audience of The Bold and the Beautiful, it might take an adjustment period, because here comes in an Irish Ridge Forrester!  Will you use your natural accent?  Or, are you changing that for the character?

THORSTEN:

You can pull that stuff off such as …. changing accents in a movie … but the thing about daytime, and I say this when I get to teach class … you have to bring as much of you to the role as you can, because otherwise, you can’t maintain it.  You can’t pretend to be somebody completely different.  You have to make the role a part of you.  In a movie, there is a beginning, middle, and an end.  You can create something.  Here in soaps, because the writing is so fast, I kind of have to bring me to it.  All the parts I play are very similar.  I am not going to lie to you.

MICHAEL:

Did you watch any old clips on You Tube of Ridge and Brooke’s star-crossed romance to prepare for taking over the part?  Or, more notably, did you check out Ronn Moss in the role?

THORSTEN:

I don’t see the upside of that.  You can see how much better looking this dude is, and then you got to go to work.  That is like playing for the Red Wings and saying, “I am going to watch Gordie Howe videos.”  It’s a different thing.  It’s a different game.  It’s something that somebody wanted.  At the end of the day, this is the entertainment business.  If we can find a way as a group, and it’s not up to me, to keep entertaining people, then we are in good shape.  If it’s not entertaining, that it doesn’t matter who is playing the role.

MICHAEL:

When Ridge comes back into the picture, will he have a chip on his shoulder?  After all on-screen in story, things did not end well for Ridge and Brooke after they got married and went on their honeymoon! 

THORSTEN:

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I am playing it that he has chip on his shoulder, because I am playing it! (Laughs) I don’t know if a chip on his shoulder is the right thing.  There has been some stuff in his past that I was not part of, that I am aware of, that wasn’t dealt with.  Like everything, there is Ridge’s story, Brooke’s story, and then there is the truth. And whether we are going to get to that or not, I don’t know.  But, I think both those people come into it with unresolved issues, and that is always fun for soaps. Unfortunately during that time, Katherine was busy with other members of the cast!  It is heightened reality, but I got to tell you, the set up is good.

MICHAEL:

Fans are looking forward to seeing two very strong leading men go head to head with each other!  Namely, you and Don Diamont (Bill)!  Have you taped scenes already with him?

THORSTEN:

Yes, I have. It’s fun working with him.  I think the dynamic he has with Ronn was different, and that is all I am going to say about that.

MICHAEL:

B&B has also recast the role of Ridge’s son RJ!  Have you had scenes with him and we understand he will be somewhat older, but not 30! (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

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I have had scenes with him.  RJ is not one of those kids who are going to return after he is 23-years-old after going up to get the skis, or whatever the story is.  He is still quite young, and again, it’s a sense of family and what it means.  Can you swallow your pride and get past the problems that you created, that she created, and can you get back that family unit?  Or, is it better to start all over somewhere else … and is it better for the kid?

MICHAEL:

Soap viewers have loved you for all of your tough romantic leading guy characters. That being said, could B&B be planning on making you, as Ridge, an out and out villain to stir the pot?

THORSTEN:

Well, there is always fine line.  What’s a villain?  A villain is somebody who does bad things and doesn’t really think they are bad.  We have all done that.  I am not saying Ridge is going to be a villain, but I do think he will stand by what he feels is right, and sadly, in those situations, someone always get hurts.

MICHAEL:

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You are married to two-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Susan Haskell (Ex-Marty, OLTL) and the two of you share children together.  What was Susan’s reaction to the fact that you would be leaving Connecticut and flying to Los Angles to tape B&B a lot?

THORSTEN:

Well, it wasn’t, “Oh, by the way, I am leaving!”  Susan was part of this discussion from the very first phone call, and the kids get it.  But luckily and sadly, the kids miss me when I am not here, and I miss them, and we have to figure all this out.   I don’t know what’s going to happen in three or four years!  And once they start airing this stuff, it may not be my decision, anyway.  If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, and I get it.

MICHAEL:

You know it’s a different time we are living in.  Now, soap operas are giving actors contracts and jobs, even if they don’t live in Los Angeles or New York, and flying them in as part of their deals.  Recent examples are: Steve Burton (Dylan) who lives in Nashville, but flies in to tape episodes of Y&R, and many of the actors who lived in Los Angeles. who were flown to Connecticut to tape the reboots of AMC and One Life to Live.  

THORSTEN:

It is an interesting time.  You have to chase work a little more.  It’s also that people look for different things.  It’s funny to me when people say it’s the economy, and we can’t pay you what your supposed to be paid, but when I take my kids to the movie theatre, it’s still $65, and so that hasn’t change.  If you can’t pay actors to do the job they have done in the past, and the salary they have worked toward and that you should be earning now, if you can’t pay them that, then you can’t charge the same for the product.

MICHAEL:

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Did either of your former All My Children leading ladies, Alicia Minshew (Ex-Kendall) or Paula Garces (Ex-Lea), say anything to you once they heard you took a role on B&B?

THORSTEN:

I think my leading ladies want to run away from me as fast as they can! (Laughs)  Katherine Kelly Lang has actually moved and changed her telephone number! (Laughs) Alicia is married to one of my best friends, and it’s a business, and this was never meant to hurt anybody, and Alicia knows that, and so does everybody at All My Children.  It’s about feeding my family first.  Listen, I wish we were still doing All My Children, and I could just drive to work and be home by 5PM and put these kids to bed, but as you said, it’s a different world we live in.

MICHAEL:

When you look at your body of work as Ian on Port Charles, Patrick on One Life to Live, and Zach on All My Children, are there any storylines or moments, where you were proud of your performance?  Actors are very often critical of their work, so this may be a hard question to answer.

THORSTEN:

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You know what?  I am critical and for good reason.  I think all actors should be. Otherwise, you are not going to be any better.  You just read the good reviews and throw the other ones out.  I think every show I have been on had moments where people did great work, and if you were lucky, you would be a part of that.  Was there one storyline where I thought I did a great job?   I am looking at my shelf and I don’t see any Emmys, so my answer would be “No!”  If you can’t find that thirty second scene that is going to make you smile and connect with somebody, then don’t be an actor, because it’s not all going to be Hamlet!  And I have to tell you, I have done that show, and it wasn’t all that great, either!  I can’t blame the writer on that one!  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

You also have an on-screen half brother now … in the form of Winsor Harmon (Thorne Forrester)!  Have you had the chance to work with Winsor?  He is a lot of fun!

THORSTEN:

Yes!  Winsor has been to my house before.   Now, let’s talk about that accent!  He must be my brother from Southern Italy! (Laughs)  They are all great people over at B&B.  I can’t say a bad thing … I mean, not yet.  But ask me in a couple of months, and I might have something to say on that!

MICHAEL:

Finally, any nerves about how the audience will receive you when you debut as the new Ridge Forrester?

THORSTEN:

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I didn’t until just now! (Laughs)  Television is different than live theatre.  In the theatre … you can’t help but have nerves about it, because you can feel the energy of the audience.  I am not going to watch my debut on The Bold and the Beautiful, because I can find a thousand reasons why I don’t like it.  I have moved on from that already.  I am working on new material for the coming weeks.  This is a very different way to approach the part.  I think the role of Ridge is very important to the show.  It’s a small cast and playing him differently may not work in the makeup of it, but I can’t pretend to be Ronn Moss, I am not.  I can’t do what he can do.  I can’t bring what he brought to it.  That would be like him playing Zach Slater … it’s very different.  And that does not mean, it’s better or worse, it’s just different.

 

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ethel
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ethel

OMG!!! i have been a huge fan of thorsten since he first started on oltl – he is such an extraordinary actor & so passionate about his work – i have no doubt he will be a big hit on b&b and i will be right in front of my tv cheering him on….
every interview of his that i have read he comes across as such a real down to earth kind of guy – he seems to tell it like it is, in other words he keeps it real……..

thank you michael for another excellent interview!

B&B Fan
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B&B Fan

I am looking forward to Thorsten as the New Ridge. I was a Ronn Moss fan for years but he chose to leave B&B. So they had to recast Ridge. Whoever has a problem with it too bad. The show must go on. Ronn moved on. So why can’t B&B too? I heard some are upset with this Recast. Well many were very upset when Ronn chose to leave B&B & leave his fans high & dry too. What did he expect us to be all happy because he left after watching for 25 years & then no more Ridge… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

There are so many reasons to love TK. He has always been true-blue loyal about AMC and I’m sure if there had been an AMC to return to, he’d be there. I remember Eric Nelsen (AJ) and Alicia tweeting support and good wishes when his B&B hiring was announced so the fact that she understands why he’s making this move doesn’t surprise me at all. As he says, they’re close in real life, which has always made the Zach and Kendall pairing extra special, IMO. As the new Ridge, I wish him well on B&B. He’s such a good actor… Read more »

Emma
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Emma

Great Interview. So, so , so excited about TK joining B&B.

Cherie
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Cherie

Been a fan forever. Can’t wait to see your spin on Ridge. Good Luck TK. Will be watching

Sporrester
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Sporrester

Not one single word about TRIDGE. BAD INTERVIEW. ASK BETTER QUESTIONS!

k/kay
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k/kay

Oh TK you naughty boy you just confirmed what CBS has been denying for months that the golden boy Steve Burton got a fly in deal that ABC would not do for him! Priceless! Love that man he always speaks his mind. KKL & DD are going to be forced to step up their game or they will look even more foolish then they do now we have an actor on the set now.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I don’t know why CBS wouldn’t confirm this. I’m a GH fan and his “fly in” deal and 2-3 day shooting schedule was confirmed months ago. Didn’t Burton confirm it in an interview before he started on Y&R?

Harry
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Harry

What a huge improvement. I never understood Brooke and Taylor fighting over an over sized Ken doll. I will tune in just to see Thorston who was also excellent as Patrick on OLTL.

Thank you for the great interview.

Mark
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Mark

He is so neat and rugged i can’t wait till Friday

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Me, too…LOL!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I cannot wait to see Thorsten as Ridge. Ronn wasn’t always my favourite in the role, so I hope Thorsten is able to win me over completely!

Pah
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Pah

Thanks for a great interview. TK’s personality always shines through and he tells it like it is. I’ll always miss Zach, but am looking forward to seeing what he does in this new role.

Apres Ski
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Apres Ski

BB needed Ridge sooooo badly & was glad to see TK get the role. Now, for the fireworks! Can’t wait!

pat pitre
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pat pitre

T K IS SO SEXY AND WAY BETTER LOOKING THAN RON MOSS. WE NEEDED SOMEONE MANLY AND GORGEOUS. GOOD LUCK AND WE WATCH THIS SHOW EVERDAY AT WORK.

judith
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judith

I have watched b & b for years and loved the character of ridge and brooke. I am excited about the new man and hope that he fits right in. I am and will continue to watch this new excited turn the b & b show has taken. That’s what keeps us watching!

MARY
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MARY

I THINK YOU HAVE IT WAY OVER RIDGE. YOU SEEM SO SINCERE AND WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU END UP WITH KATIE. SHE DESERVES YOU. I WAS’NT SURE ABOUT YOU THE VERY FIRST TIME YOU APPEARED ON BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, BY THE END OF THE PROGRAM I LIKED YOU MORE AND MORE. I HOPE THEY HAVE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH KATIE, LET BILL HAVE BROOK, THEY DESERVE ONE ANOTHER. SERIOUSLY, I THINK WERE ALL GOING TO LOVE YOU, ESPECIALLY IF YOU WIND UP WITH KATIE. ALREADY IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE SPECIAL FEELINGS FOR HER, OR SHOULD I… Read more »

MARY
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MARY

P.S. I HAVE TO AGREE WITH PAT PITRE. I HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE
I KNOW HE WILL BE GREAT. HE HAS THE GREATEST EXPRESSIONS AND
DEEP LOVING AND SINCERE LOOKS WHEN HE’S WITH KATIE. WISH THE
SHOW RAN FOR AN HOUR.

Louise Cousineau
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Louise Cousineau

I just love Thorsten Kaye. He is an incredible actor. He looks exactly like what a man should look like. Rugged and reallllllly sexy. I hope that Katie and Thorsten end up together. They look fantastic together. I am so glad that he joined the show. I never get bored looking at him. He is sooooo gorgeous.

MARY
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MARY

MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY, LOUISE. I HOPE HE STAYS THE WAY HE IS
AND NEVER CHANGES. I’D LOVE TO SEE HIM WITH KATIE, TOO.
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT SHOW. LET’S KEEP ROUTING FOR
HIM TO STAY THE WAY HE IS AND DOES’NT CHANGE. SOME PEOPLE
WANTS HIM TO SHAVE, CUT HIS HAIR, ETC., ETC.
I LOVE HIM THE WAY HE IS.

T.L.Mattimore
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T.L.Mattimore

I am really happy and excited for Thorston Kaye in this new chapter of his career and a new chapter of B & B. I’ve been watching B & B since it began and feel the pang of this change, but at the same time am open to it. I watched him today as I caught up on episodes and he is wonderful. Ridge WILL be different, and that’s exciting. Thorston is engaging to watch, I love his accent and I think he will bring a new facet to Ridge Forrestor we’ve not seen before, and that is compelling. I… Read more »

Zara
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Zara

Love the “new and improved” Ridge. Enjoyed seeing Dollar Bill and Ridge “engaging” in their battle for the love of the Logan gals. How this quad ends up will be interesting……….would like to see it as “surprising” to all four. As much as Brooke wants Katie to go back to Bill, Bill wants Brooke, Katie is betrayed by the two most important people in her live, Ridge comes back to reunite his family………………may “slowly” find that the Logan he yearns for is “little sis”. Hope the writer’s can draft this love story so carefully that we see these two falling… Read more »

Sankie
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Sankie

HI, Welcome Thorsten! you will be the best Ridge ever. At last a man that is sexy in the role.☺ Loved u in AMC.

Andrea
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Andrea

Thorston is doing a great job as Ridge, always need a little time for the fans to adjust to a recast.

Carolyn. Harshaw
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Carolyn. Harshaw

If Bold and Beautiful try and make the character Ridge Forrester out to be a Sodom and Gomorite” I guarantee “They will be off the Air so fast”, it will make their head swim!!!” Many of your fans are Christians!!! And I promise you” the shiw will struggle and Die”!!! You have a good thing going with Bold and Beautiful”!! Why ruin it with “FILTH”!

Soapluv
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Soapluv

Carolyn Harshaw,
There’s not a Christian bone in your body. You’re a bigot, plain and simple and God – who is the creater of ALL is NOT, so don’t presume to speak for him through your thimbleful of warped perspective. Just leave God out of your little opinion masquerading as truth.
Signed, Married for 35 years with 3 grown children and god- given love , wisdom and discernment.

k/kay
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k/kay

@ Carolyn they are not doing that if anything it showed me how ignorant Bill is that you have to be gay to comfort another man or to go support a friend at a gay pride event.

Katherine
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Katherine

I dont watch this show anymore since Ronn Moss left.TK cant hold a cancle to Ronn. TK may be good actor but he is only fake Ridge! He will never replace Ronn. NEVER.

MARY
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MARY

UNLIKE YOU KATHERINE, I CANT GET ENOUGH OF B & B SINCE TK TOOK RONN MOSS’S PLACE. FACE IT, HE IS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT CHARACTER. TO ME
HE IS MORE NATURALLY BETTER LOOKING. R.M. WAS TOO PUT ON. HAVE YOU
LOOKED INTO T. K.’s EYES WHEN HE TALKS? HE IS SO CONCERNED AND TRUE
WITH HIS FEELINGS. FORGET R.M. HE’S NOT THERE ANYMORE. GIVE T.K. A
CHANCE. I LIKED HIM IMMEDIATELY. I COULD’NT STAND R.M. SORRY!

Traci
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Traci

I totally agree! TK is beautiful in all ways – physically and sensually. I love his voice it is so alluring. I hated Moss and the way he played Ridge. I also don’t like it that Moss’ wife has been talking trash about Thorsten. She sounds like a bitter B****.

Allure
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Allure

I agree with you both Mary & Traci! TK is sexy and a better Ridge!

cheryle
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cheryle

I did not know of thorston kaye until bold and the beautiful that I have been watching for 25 years . I think he make’s a great ridge.I usually don’t like when they change character’s, I can’t wait to see the new Ridge now…My sister and me text every time he come’s on.how goodlooking he is, better than ron moss. Hope he continue’s on the show…

sammie little
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sammie little

it was so nice to see they replace ridge. he was getting boring. I have watched the show for 20 years. thorston is good looking kind hearted and doesn’t walk like he he stuck up. ridge was good but wore is out. hope thorston sticks around , goes well with Kathie. goody luck to thorston kaye

MiMi
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MiMi

Love Thorsten Kaye as Ridge on B&B. He is a softer version, great to look at and very convincing with his scenes with Katie. Hope they end up together.

sammie little
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sammie little

please keerp thorston he is so much better to watch. keep him with katie

daring sally
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daring sally

I don’t want Katie hurt anymore. I also want Katie to become a serious business woman and never let Bill have that company back. I want her to become the business woman of the year and take it to the max. HT is an excellent actress and they need to write for her to showcase more of ther talents. The girl has what it takes. Now all she needs is the writers to bring it on.

cissy
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cissy

I want to say I love the New Ridge. He has soul, such a love in his eyes and you can feel it in his heart! I would truly like to see him and Katie come together and remain one of the greatest loves on BB. He is very good looking and manly. Katie has come to herself, let her finally have the man in her life, send someone else too Brooke, it’s time for her to become someone else besides a Forrester! As for Eric I believe he is the most fascinating man on TV, find a beautiful, mature… Read more »

Traci
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Traci

I have watched B&B since day one and I must say that I have always hated the character of Ridge Forrester. I hated the way Ronn Moss played him – so egotistical, arrogant, just plain mean. Not too mention that he always forgave Brooke on all of her scandals, all Brooke had to do was look at him with those big eyes, shed a fake tear, then seduce him. I absolutely love Thorsten! This is the first time I have even heard of him as I only watch Y&R and B&B, never any other soap. I love the new Ridge… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I love Thorsten Kaye in the role of Ridge. There is just one word to describe him and that is SEXY! He has beautiful eyes and very expressive. I also love him with Katie (Heather Tom). They have so much chemistry together. I don’t see the same chemistry with Brooke (KKL). Please writers don’t mess it up. Keep him with Katie. Don’t put Ridge back with Brooke. We’ve already seen that done for the past 25 years. Time to make Katie and Ridge the new couple on B&B.

Cindy
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Cindy

I so agree with Linda!… I hope the writers please keep Katie and this Ridge together.. The chemistry is there! I think also the writers did a good job by letting us know that Ridge had been away and had a life changing revelation about himself so TK will own that role of the new Ridge ……

MARY
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MARY

BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL IS MY FAVORITE SOAP OPERA SINCE T.K. BECAME
RIDGE. PLEASE KEEP HIM WITH KATIE. THEY WERE MADE FOR EACH OTHER.
WISH IT WERE A ONE HOUR SOAP OPERA. I JUST LOVE IT. IT SEEMS LIKE SO
MANY PEOPLE DONT LIKE WYATT. I THINK HE’S PRESCIOUS. LIAM WAS NOT
FAIR TO HOPE AND NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYONE WANTS HIM BACK WITH
HOPE. POOR WYATT, HE’S GREAT ENTERTAINMENT. SORRY, THIS IS NOT
ABOUT HIM, ITS ABOUT TK. HE’S REALLY TOPS. KEEP HIM WITH KATIE.

Nancy Morgan
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Nancy Morgan

I am so enjoying Thorsten in the role of Ridge. Look forward to seeing him and wish he was in every episode.

athenamoore
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athenamoore

It was a shocker for me! He’s sure different! I think once all gets used to him playing this role, he will be loved! Just do u new Ridge! Or gonna do fine!

sammie little
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sammie little

please get rid of baby brooke and her stuck up kids

Doris Hughes
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Doris Hughes

I was so upset when Ron Moss left. But I wanted to give Thorsten K a fair chance. Turns out he’s better than Moss could ever be. So sexy and that voice. Oh that voice. I’ve been watching B&B since the beginning and I know Thorsten K will only make the show 100% better. How could it not.

WM
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WM

I’m sorry but I don’t like the new Ridge. Whenever he speaks, it sounds like he’s whispering.
Speak Up!!! The same with Justin.

Maggie Ames
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Maggie Ames

Thorsten, I think you are doing a wonderful job! You are sexy, classy and so kind…I’m hoping they will give you a chance to see where it will go with Caroline. She is a beautiful lady and your chemistry is off the charts! I swear my TV was cracking~!~ Keep up to good work. You have added so much to the show. Looking forward to what’s next.

pushpa patel
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pushpa patel

I simply love tk, his rugged looks his smile his voice and that killer body of his, can make me weak to my knees

sandra
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sandra

I WAS JUST WONDERING WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND DID YOU GROW UP IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

Jean V Canada
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Jean V Canada

I have only recently started watching Thorsten K in B & B, never heard of him before BUT am in love with his looks & character. 4/8/15. A seniors view.

JRA
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JRA

I am a huge fan of B&B. My favorite actors are TK & LG. Excellent actors with good chemistry. Please keep both of them on the show as a couple. The show needs a lasting couple.

JRA
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JRA

Please keep TK as Ridge. Don’t lt him leave the show. You’ll be sorry

Elaine Jones
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Elaine Jones

Like the Ron Moss look better. He had the look of a fashion house ceo. Thorsten does NOT look the part. Too scruffy looking. Need to have a cleaner look. It’s a LA Fashion House with beautiful looking people. He is not a good looking guy for this show. It’s only my opinion but he is not the type of man I would want to see on tv every day. Sorry.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson Weighs-In On Daytime’s Wildest Storyline, The Hope Mannequin & What’s Really Going On With Thomas

If you think you’ve seen it all on daytime soap operas, think again! Over the past several weeks viewers of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful have been witness to fashion designer Thomas Forrester’s (Matthew Atkinson) descent into madness, or is it?

In B&B’s thriller-esque storyline, complete with tight close-ups and tilted angles of Thomas and his co-star, the Hope Mannequin – yup, you read that right, the series is taking the audience on one wild ride, something we have not seen the likes of since back in the hey day of the late head writer, James Reilly, during his tenure on Days of our Lives or Passions.

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Inspired by, believe it or not, true life events, B&B’s head writer and executive producer, Brad Bell and his creative team have served up a story generated off all of the buzz the show was receiving for using mannequins as scene partners for the actors in intimate moments to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols.  B&B was the first American show back in production amid the pandemic.

 

Within this twisted tale, Thomas has the life-like version of Hope Logan Spencer (Annika Noelle) at home with him.  Those who have stumbled upon him with the mannequin, well, he has been able to explain that away by saying that having the doll with him is helping him create some of the best designs of his career.

The problem is the mannequin is talking to Thomas, it’s eyes have often turned devil-red, and on Friday’s episode it walked!  It’s objective is to get Thomas to kill Liam (Scott Clifton) and to get Hope back to be his one and only. Throughout many of the scenes in the storyline, Thomas suffers from what appears to be severe headaches.  All of this leading the audience to believe either … he has a brain tumor … he is being drugged … he is suffering from a severe mental break and disorder, or something else.

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In a very candid and often humorous conversation with Michael Fairman for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Thomas’ portrayer, Matthew Atkinson, discusses some of the craziest scenes to shoot thus far including Thomas having dinner with the mannequin!  In addition, Atkinson reveals how he and Annika Noelle tape the scenes where she is the voice of the Hope mannequin while adhering to safety protocols,  and how Liam is the only one, apparently, thinking something is off with Thomas, and so much more.

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One thing is for certain, Matthew Atkinson is sinking his teeth into the material and making it must-see daytime drama through his performances while we all wait to see what the possessed mannequin does next.

Check out the full interview with Matthew below. 

Then let us know, what do you think is happening or wrong with Thomas? Are you getting a kick out of the Hope Mannequin storyline? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

 

 

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Eric Nelsen Talks Latest Film, Becoming a Tony-Nominated Producer, ‘The Bay’, and His Elizabeth Gillies & Ariana Grande Connection

You can catch All My Children reboot alum, Eric Nelsen (Ex-AJ Chandler), just about everywhere this month, and that’s hard to do given that we are all living in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, this Daytime Emmy-winning actor has his hands in a myriad of projects of late including: appearing on season six of The Bay (new episodes every Tuesday on Popstar! TV) where he continues to play Daniel’s journey after the character has come to terms with his sexuality and finds love, plus his comedic turn in the film, 1 Night in San Diego, and recently becoming a Tony-nominated producer along with his wife Sainty for the critically-acclaimed, and now 11 times nominated Broadway play, The Inheritance.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Eric to get the lowdown on his busy professional life, and we were in for some surprises along the way including: what the producers of AMC had in mind for the character of AJ that ultimately did not happen, and that Eric starred on Broadway with Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon, Dynasty) and Pop superstar, Ariana Grande – and there’s more to that story below.

 

What makes Nelsen so good at what he does on-screen is that he is a like a chameleon; adept at playing the quirky, to the troubled bad boys, to the emotional heart-tugging anti-hero. So here’s what Eric had to say in this fascinating conversation.

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Your latest film appearance in 1 Night in San Diego is out this week on multiple streaming on-demand platforms from: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and more. Tell me about the movie and when did you film this?

ERIC:  We filmed it near San Diego, not this past February, but last February, and it’s hilarious.  It’s a female-driven comedy.  The cast is incredible.  Alexandra Daddario, who is just epic, and Jenna Ushkowitz, and Laura Ashley Samuels, they truly bring it in this powerhouse comedy, and it’s just one of those make-you -laugh movies from beginning to end, just silly, stupid stuff happening the whole time.  General Hospital’s Mark Lawson (Dustin) is also in the film.  While we don’t work in scenes together, I did get a chance to meet him and he’s a really great guy.  I play this off-the-wall character, named Gordo, who is a real burn-out, think Matthew McConaughey meets space cadet, which was a lot of fun to play.  Gordo is a great role.  I had more fun with this part than I’ve had in a long time.  So, it was cool to throw a comedy into all of the drama I have been playing in my other projects.

How does Gordo know the girls in the film?

ERIC:  One of the girls knew him back in the day, so they were in town looking to reconnect, and she’s like, “Oh, we want to party and let’s hit up Gordo,” and they do.  He has just gone completely off the rails, off the deep end with spirituality and kind of in his own world. They find themselves in quite a predicament when they come visit what they didn’t know was a commune, basically.  Gordo creates this hippie commune for a bunch of outcast musicians, (laughs) and I don’t want to give too much away, but a lot of interesting stuff happens there.

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In addition, you are now a Tony-nominated producer for the play The Inheritance!

ERIC: That was crazy, because it’s always been a dream of mine to produce for Broadway.  That was how I got into the world of film and TV acting, which was through the theatre.  That’s where I started.  I was lucky enough to star on Broadway when I was 16 and 17, in a musical called, 13.  I started with Ariana Grande! It was so fun.

Wait, what?

ERIC:  Yeah, that was her first big show, and Elizabeth Gillies’.

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I think Elizabeth Gillies is terrific in Dynasty.

ERIC:  Oh yeah, and you know she and I dated for two and a half years during the whole run of the show 13.  Elizabeth is very talented.   She is amazing.  The funny part of it is, we were dating forever, and kind of had a bad breakup, and then Sainty, my wife, gets cast in her show Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, in the pilot to play Liz’s best friend on the series.  So, all of the sudden, I’m like, “Wait, wait, wait, out of all the shows, all of the things, this is who you have to get cast as best friends with?” and so they actually became really, really, close friends.  So, I’d actually come home from work or filming, and Liz would be on my couch sitting there giggling with Sainty.  I’m like, “This is just becoming too much.  This is a full-circle moment here.  I can’t deal.” (Laughs)

Now, you and Elizabeth are broken up at this point?

ERIC:  Yes.  We had been broken up at this point.  Sainty and I were actually together.  I started dating Sainty in New York and the pilot she was shooting was in New York, and she gets cast as Liz’s best friend, and I was like, “Oh, of course.”

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But Sainty knew you’d dated Elizabeth?

ERIC:  Yes, she did.

You must have been dying.

ERIC:  Yes, so dying.  Dying.   You know, it’s just one of those things that in a million years, you would never expect this to happen, and of course, Sainty and her had to become best friends in real life because they’re both great girls, and naturally, they would be friends, but now, I’m like this guy stuck in the middle who can’t believe what’s happening, and thought that was one chapter, and this is a different chapter, and now the chapters are combining.  It’s kind of a comedy act.

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Since Ariana Grande was on Broadway with you and Liz, what was she like back then before her meteoric rise to fame?

ERIC:  Ariana was literally the sweetest, most innocent, and cutest – like my little sister.   To me, it was like, Liz and I were dating, and Ari was kind of like the little sister.  All of a sudden the show ended. Ariana got a Nickelodeon show, and after that, she became the most famous person in the world and was like this sex icon, and I couldn’t get over it.   She’s always had that talent with her voice and in 13 she was an ensemble member.  She wasn’t even one of the leads, but her voice was so incredible, even then as a young teenager.  I thought she was going to go on to have this great Broadway career as an actress and do musicals her whole life just because of her voice.  Then, all of the sudden, right after the musical, we all auditioned for the same Nickelodeon show.  I ended up going to the finals for the boyfriend role, Liz got the girlfriend role, and Ari got the funny friend on the show role.  That kind of catapulted them into the TV world, and Ari got a spinoff because of her character on that show for another Nickelodeon show, called Sam and Cat, and then after Sam and Cat, she went from this innocent, sweet, little Nickelodeon girl that I knew to being the biggest star.  It was unbelievable to me.

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So, you started on Broadway as a teenager, and you found you always wanted to produce for the Great White Way? 

ERIC:  Yes, I did the Broadway thing, and then I got into film and TV, and then I got into film and TV producing.  As an actor, there are a lot of ups, a lot of downs.  So, in between the ups, I wanted to fill my time, so I got into producing, and I loved it.  I loved creating.  As an actor, we just show up, and everything is already done.  All we have to do is say our lines.  We get pampered, and we go home, but I wanted to know how it got to that point, like what happens before that.  So, I started producing film and found some success doing that, and it was so much fun for me.  Sainty’s and my first love, and what feels like home, is theatre.  So, I wanted to take it full circle and produce a Broadway show.  I just thought that would be such an incredible moment, and so that’s what I did.  I started emailing all of the Broadway producers who I had worked with as an actor, letting them know what I had been doing, kind of the success I had gotten from producing The Bay and some of these other things. Different shows came across my desk that I didn’t quite bite the bullet on, a couple of which I wish I would have, Dear Evan Hansen being one of them.  I would have been so rich by now!  (Laughs)

I just want to clarify for people who might not know, the word “producer” can mean different things.  There are “producers” who are putting money in … they’re backing projects or shows.  There are other people who are “producers” on the creative side of projects.  So, when you’re talking about producing a Broadway show, it is as an investor?

ERIC:  So for theatre, unless you’re the head producer who kind of gets creative control, every other producer listed in the credits is basically helping raise finances and is also very heavily involved in the process of everything else along the way, which is also what makes it special.  So finally, The Inheritance came across our desk, and it checked every single box.  It was just an epic play.  It’s a two-part play, and it’s just hours and hours and hours long.  You see it in multiple days or in multiple shows.  I remember reading the script and not stopping until I finished.  I was like, “This is amazing,” and it had just come off of a huge commercial successful run in London.  It won the Olivier Award for “Best New Play” and just about every other award you could win, and so I was like, “This is the one.  This is incredible.  I love the piece, love the message, and pulled the trigger,” and I would have done it all over again if we could.

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The Inheritance is a generational piece centering on gay men during the AIDS crisis.  What can you say about it to those who don’t know about it, or have not seen it yet?

ERIC:  It takes place in the past, and then it fasts forward to the future.  You see two generations of gay men in New York City, and it’s all about the AIDS crisis, and so you’re bawling crying, and then you’re laughing throughout it.  It’s just one of those epic plays that pulls at every single emotion and you feel like you’re watching a movie.

It seems reminiscent of Angels In America, but different.   

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s definitely its own thing.  It’s actually an adaptation of Howard’s End, the novel by Forster, definitely different from Angels in America, but the two-part show is kind of what I was meaning by that.  People have said it is kind of our generation’s Angel’s in America in tone and subject matter.  It was just a dream come true, and like all other theatre that was open during our season, it had to close because of the pandemic, and it will have life after Broadway.  We are already slated for the Geffen Playhouse in LA, so I’m very excited for all of my LA friends and the public to get to see it.

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And you get nominated in the year that the coronavirus pandemic shut down live theatre! But it is my understanding we still do not have a date for handing out this year’s Tony Awards.

ERIC:  No, we do not.  They finally announced that they were going to announce nominations, and for a while we didn’t even know that they were going to do that.  We received 11 nominations, which is incredible.  We were so excited.  I truly thought the American Theatre Wing and the Tony committee were not going to do the Tonys at all, and so we were just like, “I can’t believe the one year we pull the trigger on the show, this isn’t going to happen for us,” but then thank God, they came to their senses.  There were plenty of shows that opened and needed to be recognized.

How long was it open on Broadway?

ERIC:  We were open from September 2019 through February or March.  So, as long as your submission was open on Broadway before Covid-19 and had at least all of its previews and an opening night before Covid-19 hit, then you could qualify, and then in the play category, there were like 10 plays that had opened last year that were contenders.  So, that was definitely the hardest category.   It will be interesting to see what happens after all of this.  The only good thing I know that is going to come from this is the amount of creatives who have had so much time sitting at home to create and write, that there will be so many new scripts and plays and musicals that are going to come from this.  I think it’s’ going to be the biggest boom that we’ve probably ever seen in theatre, just because there’s been so much time to develop stuff.  At the same time, it’s piggybacking on the darkest time that theatre has ever seen.

Throughout the pandemic, I always stream all of the Broadway Actor’s Fund events.  It’s really sad.  It’s just a difficult time, those in the arts are struggling and especially in the live theatre and also musicians who can’t tour or play gigs in front of an audience. I know they said Broadway is closed through May 31, 2021.

ERIC:  It is really hard.  I’m happy that we are able to find other ways like streaming shows.  I’m actually producing a big benefit for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS that will be airing on World AIDS Day, December 1st.  It’s a show called Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.  The cast we have is everybody from Nathan Lane, to Academy Award winner J. K. Simmons.  It’s insane.  It will be streaming online on the Broadway HD network.  It is a huge list of Broadway stars and a lot of movie and TV stars as well that are participating.  We’ve got people from all over the map.

And … Ariana Grande? (Laughs)

ERIC:  (Laughs)  Ari is not in it, actually!

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So, in this week’s latest episode of The Bay, your character of Daniel Garrett makes his final choice for love between Caleb (Mike Manning) and Matthew (Randy Wayne).  When you came to the show, did you know that this part was going to wind-up being a gay character?

ERIC:  No, I did not.  I think I dropped a bird in Gregori Martin’s (creator, The Bay) ear by telling him that before All My Children ended, they were going to have my character of AJ Chandler have a storyline where he is gay.  The producers sat me down and talked through an entire storyline arc with me.  Basically, Ginger Smith (ex-executive producer, All My Children) and Alison, our casting director, and one other person from the show, took me to lunch in New York. They pitched me what they wanted to do for my character, and asked me if I would be comfortable with it, and they wanted my opinion, everything.  It was really cool how they approached it, and I was like, “100% completely.”  I look at what Chandler Massey (Ex-Will Horton) did on Days and where that brought him and his storyline, and I thought, “Yes, there’s going to be so much more depth and stuff to play than just being this fun little rich kid.”  At the time, there really wasn’t much depth to AJ.  So, I was like, “Yes.  I will be all over it.  Absolutely.”  So, I told Gregori that, and I don’t know if he already had something in his mind or not, or if that influenced it at all, but maybe he just figured that was something that would work well, and up till that point, I guess they didn’t really have that on the show.  Regardless, no, I wasn’t aware that that was the direction it was going in, but I was really happy with my storyline and it’s grown a lot since then, and in this current season especially.  It’s really given me an arc to play, which I’ve enjoyed.

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So for those who may not know let’s do a re-set.  Where is the character of Daniel at? It seems like he is at crossroads, and is making some important decisions, or trying to.

ERIC:  So Daniel was a wild party boy in the beginning, just head in the clouds, lives life with thinking there’s no repercussions and just doing what you want to do all of the time, and that got him into a lot of trouble with drugs and alcohol. Then, we realize why Daniel has been the way he is, and why he acts out, and why he has been so all over the place, and it’s because he hasn’t been able to come to terms with who he is.  Then, he admits it to himself and for the first time to somebody else – who happens to be his priest in a catholic church, ironically –  that he is gay and this is what he has been battling with.  For the first time (and I don’t know where on television it has depicted it this way), but the catholic priest looks at Daniel, and he’s like, “What’s your sin?  You haven’t sinned.  This is perfectly fine.”  So, I love that Gregori made that the outlet for which Daniel was able to basically come to terms with who he was, because he grew up in the church, and so he was always told that it was wrong.  Obviously, it’s not wrong, or obviously the church needs to change their mindset, but on The Bay, he chose that to be the outlet through which he came out, which I thought was really powerful.  Through that, Daniel experimented with other boys and such to figure out where he wanted to land, and then in this newest season, I can’t say much that gives anything away, but for the first time, we really see Daniel’s growth, and he’s making decisions, and the most mature we’ve ever seen him, and it’s been really cool to see that come full circle.  He’s making commitments to himself.

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In story, Daniel chooses Caleb.  Why so?

ERIC:  Obviously, that’s who it works with,  Caleb is a teacher and a great guy.

… And Matthew is not a great guy?

ERIC:  He is… he’s just not the great guy for him.

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This season of The Bay is heavily steeped with social issues of our time.  Covid-19 has come to Bay City and the Black Lives Matter movement also plays prominently.

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s kind of the beginning of the pandemic in The Bay and within all of the intense drama that Daniel has been having, he is still, for all intent and purposes the comedic relief of the show, and so there is a funny scene where I’m carrying like 28,000 rolls of toilet paper like, “Come on, guys.  We’ve got to stock up!”  We all remember those days, don’t we?

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How do you feel about this season of the show and your work in it? You’ve previously won a Daytime Emmy for your performances on The Bay.

ERIC:  This season is more cemented in a character that has truly grounded himself.  So, the first Emmy I won was for a storyline of coming out and uncertainty and struggle and pain, whereas this season Daniel knows what he wants and is going for it.  There is much more passion and love in this season for Daniel, as opposed to struggle and heartache.

The cast and crew of The Bay all went away and quarantined at this ranch this past summer to get the new season completed.  What was that like?

ERIC:  We were actually in Santa Barbara, and filmed on this epic ranch up there.  It’s like this 500-acre ranch that we all quarantined on.  We had to do the testing, and temperatures three times a day, and the whole thing.  So, it was really structured, tough to pull off, but we were all so grateful that we were able to do this.  Luckily, we had this incredible kind of bubble of a ranch to live and work on while we were shooting.  They were really good about block shooting it all, so we’d kind of shoot one person’s character, then the next, so we wouldn’t have to ever be leaving the ranch before we were done.

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Finally, how is being a dad?

ERIC:  Oh, it’s amazing.  I just can’t believe how fast the time is flying by because of it.  We just had Molly’s first birthday on October 1st, and I feel like yesterday she was born.  I sound like my parents when I say this, but it’s like the time keeps getting faster, but it’s so true.  She’s awesome.  We play Broadway musical soundtracks to her all day, and she sings.  She sits at the piano with me when I play, and she kind of plunks notes out next to me.  She loves music, and we’ve introduced it to her from day one.  We always joke that she won’t be able to watch any of daddy’s stuff until she’s 18 probably, but Sainty is a voice-over actress.  She has done parts for animated films and TV shows such as Trolls, and Barbie, and Boss Baby, so everything from the first part of my daughter’s life is all going to be Mommy’s stuff, and then, in the later part of life she can start watching Daddy’s stuff.

Right, she can’t watch anything that you do!  (Laughs) So, basically forget that!

ERIC:  (Laughs) Yep!

Check out the trailer for 1 Night in San Diego below.  Then share your thoughts on Eric’s current role on The Bay, if you hope he wins a Tony to go with his Daytime Emmy, the six degrees of separation between him, Elizabeth Gillies and his wife, and that the All My Children reboot considered making the character of AJ Chandler gay via the comment section below.

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Peter Reckell Reflects On His Time As DAYS Iconic Bo Brady, Life In New Zealand & Christmas Music Project

Last week, Days of our Lives  turned 55-years young, and the historic long-running NBC daytime drama series has been home to some of the most memorable stars and characters of the soap opera genre, perhaps none more so than anti-hero Bo Brady played by Peter Reckell.

Reckell who appeared on the show for several runs that lasted over four decades, premiered as Bo back in 1983.  He then stayed through 1987, came back from 1990 to 1992, again from 1995 to 2012, and back again in 2015 during DAYS 50th anniversary and to wrap his run as Bo, when the character was killed-off, after Reckell made it clear that he wanted to give the audience closure for the character.  He later made another return in 2016 to help the character of Hope (Kristian Alfonso) move on with her life.  Hard to believe for all of those heart-tugging performances, Peter was nominated only once for a Daytime Emmy.

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In this candid, deeply personal and enlightening new interview for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Reckell opens up as to: what led to many of the decisions he made throughout his time as Bo, how he helped craft the role from the start, the accident that almost took his life, how he handled all the fame that came his way as part of the Bo and Hope supercouple pairing, and how two women in the cast; the late Frances Reid (Alice) and Peggy McCay (Caroline) made lasting impressions on him that he will carrying with him for the rest of his life.

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What would Peter say if somehow DAYS wanted him back and Bo was actually alive and well?  Find out as Peter weighs-in and wishes his former show a happy anniversary  In addition, he even shares how he felt when Robert Kelker-Kelly took over the role of Bo when he decided to leave the show at one point, and his time playing Johnny on primetime’s Knots Landing.

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Reckell has moved his family to New Zealand, and this conversation was conducted from his home.  Peter is married to singer/songwriter/producer Kelly Moneymaker and the couple have a daughter, Loden.   It was not wanting to miss the moments of his daughter’s life growing up that has been much of the impetus for some of Peter’s career choices.

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With Christmastime approaching, Kelly and Peter are part of a brand new Christmas LP entitled Joy.  The album is now available for download on Spotify, Apple Music and major music streaming platforms.

In an exclusive during the interview, we give fans a sneak peek of Peter’s new music video for “Under the Mistletoe”, the song he sings that appears on Joy, which was written by his wife.  For more on the album project visit BlueAegis.com

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Now, check out the interview with Peter direct from New Zealand below! Then share your thoughts on Peter, Bo, and more via the comment section.

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