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Tuc Watkins Talks ‘Boys in the Band’, Falling in Love, and His One Life to Live Co-Stars

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You loved him as David Vickers on One Life to Live, but now Tuc Watkins can currently be seen as Hank as part of the all-star cast of Netflix’s film version of the revival of Boys in the Band. The Ryan Murphy film also stars: Matt Bomer (Ex-GL), Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Zachary Quinto and more along with Watkins. Tuc previously appeared in the 2018 Broadway revival of the play by the late Mart Crowley; which marked the fifty-year milestone from when it was first an Off-Broadway play in 1968.

What made the Broadway and film adaptation so special was that the cast was comprised of all openly gay actors; a far cry from where we used to be in Hollywood; although there are ways to go in terms of LGBTQ representation and projects.  In this very special conversation and interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Tuc opens up about his struggles with coming out in Hollywood for fear he would lose the kind of roles he sought after.

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Tuc’s experience in Boys and the Band (as detailed in the interview) brought so much to his life, not only as an actor, but he found love with his co-star.  During the run of the Broadway revival, Tuc and Andrew Rannells began dating and have been together ever since.  In addition, Watkins, a father of twins, recalls the time he came out on none other than the Marie Osmond Show.

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Later, Tuc talks fondly of his time as part of the ensemble cast of One Life to Live, where he portrayed the often bumbling con-artist, David Vickers.  Throughout his run, three actors made huge impressions on him as people and as performers.  Chief among them his on-screen love interest, Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian); whom he has remained close with to this day … and has her own connection to Boys in the Band that illustrates that we are all often six degrees of separation from one another.

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During his time in Llanview, eventually David was revealed to be the biological son of the town’s voice of reason, Bo Buchanan, played by the incomparable Bob Woods.  Tuc recalls working with his TV father, and also his scenes with the one and only Erika Slezak (Viki) and the affinity she had for him and vice-versa.

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Tuc was surprised by Michael when his former Desperate Housewives castmate and TV husband, Kevin Rahm joined the virtual chat and the two reminisced about their time on Wisteria Lane as Bob and Lee.

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There was plenty to unpack in this heartwarming, funny, and candid interview with Tuc.  You can check it out below.

Let us know if you caught Tuc’s performance as Hank in Netflix Boys in the Band, and if you loved him as One Life’s David Vickers via the comment section.

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Bobby Millford

Great interview. I’ve loved watching Tuc since the OLTL days. He’s a great actor and seems like an even greater person.

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Llanviewer717

Thank you so much Michael for posting this wonderful interview. I love Tuc. He always comes across as such a genuine person. He was so terrific as David Vickers. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss him and all the other wonderful characters and actors of One Life to Live.

Diane M
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Diane M

Loved Tuc as David in OLTL he was one of my favorite characters and also in Desperate Housewives. Looking forward to watching Boys I know he’ll be amazing

Lisa
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Loved him on OLTL

Chad
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Chad

He was in a movie called i think i do. Alexis arquette was his love interest. It was a really good funny movie

Denise
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Denise

I always thought Tuc was gay ever since he was on OLTL. I thoroughly enjoyed him in that role.

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Becky with three Poo Hair

I met him briefly and he really is a sweetheart.

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Love to shell

Loved, loved, loved him and the entire cast of One Life to Live! Miss watching it every single day! Great actor and seems like a great guy-

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Thank you, Mr. Fairman, for conducting and posting this thoroughly enjoyable interview. Mr. Watkins seems like such a generous, gracious, grounded spirit. Of course, there is much discussion about Boys in the Band, OLTL, and Desperate Housewives. Further, Mr. Watkins is quite introspective and open about his life, children, and love life. I also like that he gives deference to the gays who came before him and that he respects the history of the struggle for gay rights, which, despite strides, is ongoing today and is threatened by the current configuration of the Supreme Court.

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I miss the comic relief side of oltl…the whole cast was just so on. He was a big part of that along with RS and ilene kristen.

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B&B’s Kimberlin Brown and Tanner Novlan Talk on Sheila’s Motherly Love for Finn and the Next Move Against Steffy & the Forresters

The Bold and the Beautiful’s mother/son duo of Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) and Tanner Novlan (Finn) chatted with Michael Fairman during a virtual interview for the Michael Fairman Channel; about the return of soap super-villain Sheila to the CBS daytime drama series, and its impact on newlyweds Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Finn, and their newborn son, Hayes.

When daytime fans learned that Brown was returning to B&B, they were very excited to see back on-screen as one of the greats, who’s character has caused so much trouble for the residents in both Genoa City 0n The Young and the Restless and in Los Angeles on The Bold and the Beautiful with her various crimes, deceptions, and plots over the years.

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However, this time, viewers learned that Sheila is the biological mother of good doctor, Finn and her entrance into the story (at the wedding reception for Finn and Steffy) threw disruption into the lives of the Forresters and for her the son she never-got-to-know that she gave up at birth.

During this entertaining and candid conversation, Kimberlin and Tanner reveal many behind-the-scenes tidbits including: what went down during the  taping of the scenes where Finn learns Sheila is his mother as she steps out of the shadows, the confrontation at the wedding when the Forresters learned this shocking bit of intel, how Sheila plans to continue to manipulate and weave her way into her grandson and son’s life, and how she sees her vendetta with Steffy as an off-shoot of her vendetta with her grandmother, the late Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery).

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In addition, Tanner weighs-in on Finn’s apparent ignorance of Paris’ (Diamond White) growing attraction to him, how that might trigger a Sheila/Paris partnership, or the possibility that Sheila does the unthinkable and somehow gets Steffy hooked back on opioids, or makes it looks like she has. There were many theories bantered about, and the actors share their speculative thoughts.

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Now below, check out the interview with Kimberlin and Tanner.   For more celebrity interviews make sure to subscribe and check out the Michael Fairman Channel here.

Then let us know, what possible plot do you think Sheila might concoct to get revenge on Steffy and the Forresters? Let us know your favorite part of our conversation with Kimberlin and Tanner via the comment section.

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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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