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The Young and the Restless – 35th Anniversary Round-Up – Cast Members

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SHARON CASE:
Many years of unforgettable storylines!

TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
It’s a great testament to the show, cast, crew, staff and writers on its longevity

DON DIAMONT:
Setting the standard, and maintaining a long term level of excellence.

TV SOAP:
How long have you been on “Y&R”? Does it seem longer, as long, or shorter than that?

JOSHUA MORROW:
I have been on the show 14 years.  It was a dream come true for me as a job, and I am just happy to be a part of it.

JUDITH CHAPMAN:
I am going into my fourth year. Time has stood still in soapland.

BRYTON MCCLURE:
It’s my fourth year. It does feel like that long, especially when I look at back at all the stories I have had.

JERRY DOUGLASS:
When John died, I never really left because the ghost was on. The show wanted the moral authority even in a post- death fashion. I have been here consistently about 26 years,

DANIEL GODDARD:
I have been here about 15 months now. It has gone by very fast.

SHARON CASE:
I have been on “Y&R” for 14 years; and its feels like half that much.

TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
I have been on the show for 25 years. I can’t believe how long it has been and how fast it has flown by.

DON DIAMONT:
I have been on “Y&R” for 23 years, left for 2, and in many ways it has flown by in everything that has transpired through that time

TV SOAP:
Has there been a special bonding moment with a cast member, crew member or production staff that you can share with us?

JOSHUA MORROW:
Its not specific moments, it’s that I have two incredible mentors, Peter Bergman (Jack) and Eric Braeden (Victor).   I learned professionalism from Peter and watching how Eric handles every situation.  Two great people!

JUDITH CHAPMAN:
One of my favorite moments was my very first scene. There was a bit of tension on set and Eric Braeden was there with files in his face. I had not met him before and I just walked on the set. And I went, “Oh my heavens, my very first scenes on “Y&R” are with thee Eric Braeden. I need a drum roll please.”  The ice was broken, and I did our scene in three takes, and Eric shakes my hand and goes, “You are very good. Miss Chapman needs a drum roll please!” Everyone cracked up.  I think I had arrived.

BRYTON MCCLURE:
One of the strongest bonds was with Victoria Rowell (Ex-Drucilla). When I first came on the show I was the foster child and it came from her true life story. To portray her story right in front of her, that is a very strong thing.
JERRY DOUGLASS:
When Beth Maitland (Ex- Tracy) and Eileen Davidson (Ex-Ashley) joined the show, Terry Lester (Ex-Jack) said to me, “Let’s keep ourselves close off the show because we are a fortunate to build a family like this on-screen. “  We became more than that.

DANIELGODDARD:
Everyday. Everyday you come to the set and you see everybody and it’s like family. The crew is so respectful of your storylines.

SHARON CASE:
Working with Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) during the storyline when she and I were stuck in the sewer with rats.

TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
It has been great working with wonderful people from everyone at “Y&R” to the Baldwin/Fisher clan as well as Michelle Stafford (Phyllis).

DON DIAMONT:
I lost my father and brother during the same year since I have been on “Y&R”; as a whole, the show has always been very supportive and it meant a lot to me.

TV SOAP:
When you think of “Y&R 35” what does that mean to you?

JOSHUA MORROW:
It means success, shows don’t usually last this long.  We have been doing it for 35 years and kicking-ass for this long and its good.

JUDITH CHAPMAN:
Longevity. For me to be with the number one show in daytime, not only does it show “Y&R” has longevity but I do too! (She laughs)

BRYTON MCCLURE:
Legendary! It’s a legendary show.  It’s been the number one show consecutively in the US for 18 years.

DANIEL GODDARD:
Honored.  I am so honored to think that I could be part of it.  To Jerry, Jeanne, Jess, Peter, Eric, and Joshua: I hope that I can do for the show what they have done, and have “Y&R” run for another 35 years.

General Hospital

GH’s Chloe Lanier Talks On Nelle’s Twisted Plots, Her Co-Stars & That Cliffhanger “Ending”

Recently on ABC’s General Hospital, Chloe Lanier’s Nelle Benson created even more havoc for Carly (Laura Wright), Michael (Chad Duell), Julian (William deVry), Brook Lynn (Briana Lane), and of course, her son, Wiley.

However, is Nelle really gone after her ‘fall,’ which has left her MIA and Carly believing she is responsible for her sister’s ‘death’? But as we know with Nelle, she keeps secretly planning her next move and loves to slowly torture those who she believes have wronged her. There is also the ongoing mystery of just who is Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) daughter, especially since Nelle has the other half of the necklace so near and dear to Nina; leaving viewers pondering if it could mean they are mother and child, or is this all a red-herring?

One thing is for sure, Daytime Emmy winner, Chloe Lanier brings it each and every time she returns to GH. She gives always give the storylines a much needed injection of drama, drama and more drama. No one is quite like Lanier in the soaps either; she can play tough, vulnerable, manipulative, and street smart, like nobody’s business.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Chloe to get her answers to some of our burning questions for her and her portrayal of naughty Nelle, and how one of her co-stars helped her through a very difficult time in her life.  Here’s what she had to say about it all.

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What did you think of the courtroom antics of Nelle during the custody hearing for Wiley?

CHLOE:  I mean, showing up in a wedding dress was her first mistake. Then antagonizing everyone in the room was probably her second. But she’s so wounded—so broken from her childhood. She doesn’t have the proper emotional tools to combat her self-destructive behavior.

Which showdown or confrontation between Nelle and Michael stands out to you?

CHLOE:  I particularly loved the scenes where Nelle, nine months pregnant, leaves Michael in the rigged car, hoping it would explode. It’s rare that you’re given comedic material on a soap, so that was particularly exciting for me. Also, Chad’s reactions always make me laugh. He’s great.

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What is it like working with Chad Duell as feuding exes and parents of Wiley? 

CHLOE:  Chad is so easy to work with. He’s been doing the show for so long and is very technically gifted. The writers graced us with some meaty material that we were able to sink our teeth into.

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What does Nelle think of Willow (Katelyn MacMullen)? She really hates her, huh?

CHLOE: I don’t believe she hates her. She’s envious. Willow is the exact opposite and oftentimes we’re afraid of what we don’t understand. Particularly someone like Nelle, who was raised by a con artist and taught to exploit and manipulate anyone she comes across. So when she sees someone so pure, so innocent, she immediately distrusts her because that behavior is so far outside the lines of how she operates.

What was it like taping the fight scenes between Carly and Nelle, where Nelle “Plummets” to her death?  

CHLOE:  Shout out to Amanda Hall and Heather Bonomo, our amazing stunt doubles for those scenes. They were fantastic.

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When you and Laura Wright get the scripts; where Carly and Nelle are having a huge showdown, are you thrilled about getting the chance to play the emotional beats of those moments? What if it’s a fight scene?

CHLOE:  Those scenes were such a joy, because we got to explore some of the deep roots of Nelle’s trauma, and Carly explicitly said, “I believe you love your son.” That, for me, was important.  Because despite all of her failings, she truly did love her son—in her own warped, off kilter, way.

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Nelle has really been blackmailing Julian, until he turned the tables on her on the pier?  What has it been like acting opposite Will deVry in those scenes?

CHLOE:  I love Will. He and I actually have the same acting coach, so our prep and how we’re working is from a similar place. What I love about Will is the confidence he has in his stillness. He’s lovely on camera, so connected.

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Nelle has the other half of the necklace belonging to Nina.  What do you think if it turns out that Nelle is Nina’s daughter?  It is quite possible, tho, that she is not, and it’s all a red herring. How has it been working with Cynthia Watros?

CHLOE:  Cynthia is one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met, truly. We haven’t known each other for long, but earlier this year, and not many people know this other than my close friends, I was having glaring mental health issues stemming from unresolved trauma. I was going going going for so long that I couldn’t run away from it anymore. I had never dealt with any of it. She saw it and could tell I was silently struggling and reached out. You don’t forget kindness like that. So I’m very grateful for Cynthia—and of course, therapy. I would be flattered if they decided to make Nelle Nina’s daughter.

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What do you think about how the writers have kept finding ways to have plot points that get all the other characters in trouble and make it look like they did something to Nelle, but she ultimately has her own diabolical plans for them with her actions? She is pretty smart!

CHLOE:  Nelle is the perfect victim, and her love language is sabotage. She’s also a narcissist, so she’s always going to think she’s the smartest person in the room. She’s basically a walking version of Taylor Swift’s song, Look What You Made Me Do. I love that the writers gifted me the opportunity work with almost everyone on the show. Josh (Swickard) and I always had a great time together. And Maurice (Benard)—god he’s hilarious. I would have loved to work with Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) more though. I love watching her work. She’s going to have an amazing career.

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Do you think Nelle can ever be redeemed at this point?

CHLOE:  Redemption is a weird one for me, because I don’t believe that people are inherently good or bad. We’re all human. We all have flaws, make mistakes, have regrets, experience shame. We have the ability to grow and we learn from our past. Nelle has done and felt all of those things, to a degree, but continued to do the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. A character either has to change or they die. So, I’ll say this—if Nelle is alive out there somewhere, I hope she’s going to therapy.

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What has been the hardest scene for you to play emotionally in the time you have been playing Nelle?

CHLOE:  Probably the scene with the newborn, where Nelle runs into Brad on the side of the road. I had never held a newborn baby before, so I was TERRIFIED. I realized I was the only thing in that moment keeping that baby alive…a very bizarre and life altering feeling, I’ll say.

So, have you enjoyed Chloe’s performances? Do you think Nelle is plotting from afar?  What would you like to see happen in the storylines with  baby Wiley, Nina’s child, and more? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Discuss Their Departure From DAYS, New Beginnings & WilSon’s Journey

This week, Days of our Lives viewers saw the highly-anticipated exit off the canvas, for now,  of Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith as Will and Sonny.

Tuesday marked their final airshow, while the actors found out they were being written-out of the show and had filmed their last six episodes over seven months ago, because at that time and before the pandemic, DAYS was taping far in advance of air.

Now with this leg of their journey complete as the popular Salem duo, Chandler and Freddie are embarking on new chapters of their lives, as Chandler details his move to Atlanta and Freddie in a few weeks to Florida.  But as they discuss in this very special conversation with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, they are not stopping acting either.

During this “farewell for now” interview with Michael, the two actors open up about their final scripts, their last tape day, how both characters helped many individuals come out and come to terms with who they are via watching Will’s coming out story, Will and Sonny’s on-screen relationship and more.

In addition, Freddie discusses what happened when he auditioned for the role of Sonny and what he thinks helped land him the gig; Chandler shares a story about a fan that is very moving, and that his biggest regret was not getting to play the wedding scenes between Will and Sonny (Guy Wilson at that time had stepped into the role of Will).   The duo also reveal their favorite and least favorite storylines they were involved in, and much more.

Watch the full interview below.

So, what do you think about what Freddie and Chandler had to share during our conversation? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Talks Harrowing Childhood, Growing Up In Hollywood, Nikki’s Storylines

This week, The Young and the Restless’ iconic, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) new memoir, Always Young & Restless: My Life on and Off off America’s #1 Daytime Drama,” from Diversion Books, is available everywhere.

For everyone that follows Melody, this book has been several years in the making with some starts and stops, but in it she does not hold back and reveals some very painful details and moments from her upbringing when she was raised by her unstable grandmother and more.

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Melody also talks about reuniting with her estranged father when he suddenly awoke from his coma while she was by his side.  Throughout her lengthy career in Hollywood, Melody has worked with some of the greats including: Clint Eastwood, Brian DePalma and Alfred Hitchcock.

Now in a conversation with Michael Fairman on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Melody opens about her decision on the stories she told in the books, her favorite and least favorite storylines as Nikki on Y&R, working with Eric Braeden (Victor) and the entire company of the CBS daytime drama where she has been for over 40 years, and how she hopes her memoir might help others; including those stage moms and children considering life in front of the camera and more.

To watch the full interview with Melody, check it out below.

Then let us know, what have you been most surprised to learn about Melody this past week as her memoir has come out? What is your favorite or least favorite storylines of Nikki’s on Y&R over the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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