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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
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
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 or Bridge. I am looking forward to seeing Bridge again I hope they reunite.

Beth
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 that I’m sure he’ll be fine. But it sounds like being away from his family may be as big an issue for him as whether or not the B&B fans accept him. I hope everything works out for him and his family and that the role challenges him and allows him to grow as an actor by playing something different and working with people he’d never worked with before. Thanks for the interview, Michael.

Emma
Emma

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

Cherie
Cherie

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

Sporrester
Sporrester

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

k/kay
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
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
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
Mark

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

jaybird369
jaybird369

Me, too…LOL!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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
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
Apres Ski

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

pat pitre
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
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
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 SAY, FOR EACH OTHER?
WISH YOU GOOD LUCK AND KNOW THAT EVERYONE IS GOING TO LOVE YOU.

MARY
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
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
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
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 wish everyone who has left, and those who are staying ALL of the best. I’m looking forward to seeing what Mr. Kaye will bring to the show.

Zara
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 for each other without knowing it……………..would that not be a surprise. Tried of the Liam/Hope/Wyatt story……………………….need to MOVE on. Get Eric a galfriend, put Pam with the security guard, get Donna a boyfriend, …………………..maybe Thorne, I really miss Sally and her group………………..Mr. Kaye has made this show interesting to watch. He is a better Ridge…………one that be the “prince charming” that was lacking in the old Ridge.

Sankie
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
Andrea

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

Carolyn. Harshaw
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
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
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
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
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
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
Allure

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

cheryle
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
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
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
sammie little

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

daring sally
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
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 woman that will remain for life. Come on let somebody remain happy, lol

Traci
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 and Thorsten is SO GORGEOUS. If TK reads this I want him to know I love the way he plays Ridge. Ridge is so sweet now – nothing like the way Moss played him.

Linda
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
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
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
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
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
sammie little

please get rid of baby brooke and her stuck up kids

Doris Hughes
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
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
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
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
sandra

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

Jean V Canada
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
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
JRA

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

Elaine Jones
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.

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Chats On ‘Friz’, Her On-Screen Sons & How Liz Has Grown-Up

Last week, Rebecca Herbst celebrated her 22nd year playing fan favorite Elizabeth Webber (now Baldwin) on General Hospital.  She made her on-screen debut on August 1, 1997.  And in those two decades plus in Port Charles, Liz has gone through many a rocky relationship, plenty of drama, and carried out some misdeeds of her own.  But one thing is for sure, Becky is loved by the fans of the long-running ABC daytime drama series who always want the best for her, and for Nurse Elizabeth.

Recently, ‘Friz’ fans got a moment they had long been waiting for when Franco (Roger Howarth) and Liz, and their friends and family (and some enemies) shared in their wedding reception.  But can their happiness last?  According to two psychics, Sibley Gamble (Veronica Cartwright) and Chelsea Lambas (Jen Ray) that Franco has run into in recent weeks, he better be careful.  That has made Franco concerned, while Liz is trying to get her family all on the same page, and it looks like her boys are coming around to loving and accepting Franco, too, despite what Liz’s ex Jason (Steve Burton) may have to say about it.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Rebecca  at the GH Fan Club Weekend, where she made a welcome appearance, to talk about: how she sees Elizabeth’s relationship with Franco, her talented on-screen sons, and how Liz has grown-up since she started on the series, and more.  Here’s what Becky shared with us below.

What did you think of the long-awaited wedding reception of Franco and Liz?  The show finally gave them this joyous moment; after their jailhouse nuptials. Did you feel like the way the wedding actually went down it felt like it cheated the relationship, or did you like it?

REBECCA:  I felt the jailhouse wedding was a bit of a cheat, because they had tried two different times to have a really glorious wedding, so to do it in a jail cell was not the most desirable place. (Laughs)  However, the fact that the characters did actually get married and nothing came in between was a plus, and so, hey, they’ll take that.  Later, when I read in the scripts that there was going to be the reception, I was shocked, because I really didn’t think it was ever going to happen.

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Do you think the fans were getting to the point where they thought this was never going to happen, also?

REBECCA:  For sure.  We all thought they Franco and Liz were never going to have their moment, or their honeymoon or any of that. I was really pleasantly surprised to see that not only did they write it, but it was beautiful!  It was also visually beautiful.  They put a lot of effort and thought into the show itself, and nobody died, and nobody fell through the roof.  Well, it was kind of funny that Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) got pushed off the ‘Haunted Star’, but according to Elizabeth, that’s just fine that Obrecht got pushed off the boat. (Laughs)  She didn’t die, so everything is good, but all in all, it was a really wonderful party.

What did you think when they had all of Elizabeth’s sons performing a song for the happy couple.  It was so cute, and touching.

REBECCA:  Oh, my goodness.  Those were real tears I shed.  That was so sweet.  So very, very sweet of them.

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The show is growing the boys, so now you, as Elizabeth, have some young actors to play off of in your scenes.  How do you feel about that?

REBECCA:  Oh, I love it!  For so long, Elizabeth would only talk about her kids, “My boys, my boys, my boys, my boys in the attic.” (Laughs) Now, she has relationships, and very different relationships with each one of them.

I think that echoes real-life too.  A mother has distinct relationships with each of her children.  That’s what I like about Liz with her sons.  And as a mom in real-life as well, I am sure you can relate to this.

REBECCA:  Yes, my relationship with all of my kids is completely different, and I really love that it’s true for Elizabeth’s kids.  I attribute a lot of that to the writers, because they definitely write our relationships differently.  Aiden (Jason David) is still this baby who Elizabeth coddles and protects.  Cameron (William Lipton) is expected to be the man of the house and take care of things, and sometimes Elizabeth feels like she puts too much responsibility on him, but he is going to protect his mom no matter what.  Hudson (Jake) is so wonderful, too.  The fact that I have been blessed with three beautifully smart little actors is just a win for me.

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Let’s talk about Aiden, who had been bullied at school by the other kids.  Do you think that story will be fleshed out?  It seems it may have been put on pause, because it would be an important story to tell for parents with LGBTQ children, if that is how GH ultimately chose to tell the story.

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REBECCA:  It is an important story.  I would love to tell the story.  There is a great message.  I don’t think we touched on it enough.   I think, for now, the best way to put a button on it is to send the message that we should accept our children with all of their wonderful attributes and personalities and whatever their interests, and let’s not label children, and listen to them and support them.   We should just all be kind.   I was sad when I would read some of the tweets about the story.  It saddened me to read people’s harsh opinions towards Elizabeth’s acceptance of her child.  Some people said that we should not be doing a story like this, and then there was the other half who said, “Just because he is a baker, doesn’t make him gay,” which is 100% true.

True!  TV viewers have certainly seen a lot of straight chefs on foodie or cooking shows, for example.

REBECCA:  Absolutely!  All three of my children in real-life love to cook.  There is nothing wrong with that.   I think we need to just continue to love Aiden no matter what, and he is not different than any of the other kids.

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William Lipton has been amazing as Cameron, right?

REBECCA:  Amazing.  I know!  He is not only a great little actor, singer, and performer, but he has this beautiful little face, and he is such a grounded young man.  He’s a really sweet person.  You can tell he’s been raised in a really great house, and he has an amazing mom.

Because you are such a “mom’s-mom” in real life, do you think that helps you in how Elizabeth reacts to her children?

REBECCA:  I think so.  I always ask permission from my on-camera kids before a scene: “Is it okay if I kiss your little head?  Is it okay if I put you on my lap here?  Is it okay if I put my hands on your face?”  I’m not their mother, but when I think about what I would do with my real-life kids,  they’re always getting kissed and hugged and held by me, so I want to make it look as real as possible.  I have to think, “What would I do if this were Emerson?”  He’d be on my lap, and I’d be kissing his little neck.  So, then I have to ask Jason, who plays Aiden, “Is it okay that I kiss your neck, and if I kind of just like snuggle you?”  All three of my on-screen kids are so great, because they’re like, “Yeah, sure.  We don’t care!” and not all stage kids are like that.  They all are receptive of my love, and they just let me do it.  I think that is what is so sweet.

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What do you think of this whole pairing of Elizabeth and Franco, and that you were paired with Roger Howarth?  Elizabeth has had many relationships on the show, so where does her relationship with Franco fit into her list of romances/relationships?  Do you think Franco is one of her great loves?  Over her life, Liz has had a lot of ups and downs, and at times, has not made the best choices for herself, or the choices she made just haven’t worked out in her favor.  I think we all can relate to somebody whose choices don’t work out the way they envision them to be.

REBECCA:  For sure.  I think each of Elizabeth’s relationships have been so different. Just to talk about a timeline: she was a little girl when she was with Lucky (Jonathan Jackson), and as she’s matured, so have her relationships.  However, I think the relationship she has with Franco is her first real adult relationship; in that she not only does respect him, but she respects herself.  She is not afraid to stand up to anybody for the sake of herself, or her children.  I think that is the difference.  In the past, she has been a little so head-over-heels in love that she would do anything, and now, she knows who number one is, and that’s her children, and she puts herself first now, too.  Before, Elizabeth did not matter to herself.

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I thought Elizabeth treated herself badly.  Is there a self-loathing?  Did you ever that figure out as an actress where that comes from?  Do you think it was from when she was raped years ago?

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REBECCA:  I think it went deeper than that.  I think it was because her parents left her at such a young age, and although they were doing great work for whatever they were doing, she was left as a child.

So, she felt something was wrong with her if they left her behind?

REBECCA:  Yes.  I think that’s where her lack of self-esteem came from.  She just didn’t have that support at home when she needed it the most, especially when she was a teenager.  You need your parents around you to tell you that things are awkward and weird, and you’re changing, but you’re going to be okay.  She didn’t have that, and so, she kind of had to figure it out on her own.  She did it through her relationships with men, and she didn’t have men in her life who were telling her, “You’re going to be okay,” except for Lucky, but that was a younger relationship in her life.  Now, as more of an adult with Franco, he tells her she is going to be okay.  Franco believes in her as much as she does now.

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What’s the best part about working with Roger … and what’s the most challenging part?  Is it some curve balls that might come from when you are going live-to-tape?

REBECCA:  For me, I know I can totally work around whatever comes out of his mouth. (Laughs)  I’m good with that. (Laughs)  The most challenging thing about working with him is that he is constantly losing his glasses, so he can’t see his scripts.  It’s always at the end of the scene.  It’s like, “Where are the glasses?” (Laughs)  So, if losing his glasses might be the most challenging thing, then I’m a pretty lucky girl!

Where does Jason (Steve Burton) fit into Liz’s life at this point? 

REBECCA:  We’ve not really established that.

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Since Jason has been back on the canvas, not much has been played between them.

REBECCA: They had a relationship, they have a relationship, and they have a friendship.  It should be played.

What would you love to see happen to Elizabeth story-wise, that perhaps you have not gotten the opportunity to play?

REBECCA:  I would love to see Elizabeth be happy with Franco and just explore whatever that means for her in a long-term, adult sense (because she doesn’t really know how that is yet), an adult happiness, while trying to navigate the kids’ lives, but also having a friendship with Jason.  I think that would be interesting, because she has always held a torch for Jason.

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Viewers are currently alarmed that Franco has been receiving warnings from two psychics.  On last Friday’s episode, Franco is clearly afraid to take a drive and in Cameron’s new car (the one Oscar gave him) due to the psychic, (Chelsea) telling him: “Don’t take that drive!” Does Elizabeth have something to be worried about? 

REBECCA:  Yes, but she’s going to hang on to Franco, and make sure nothing happens to him … until he doesn’t come home (laughs) …  and then she’ll be calling Jason! (Laughs)

So, what did you think of the sentiments shared by Rebecca?  What did you think of the Friz wedding reception, and Liz and Franco’s relationship?  What do you think of Liz’s relationship with her children?   What are your hopes for Liz moving forward? Comment below.

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