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Y&R's Christian LeBlanc Video Interview: The Fisher/Baldwin Clan & Kudos For Justin Hartley, and Greg Rikaart!

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He’s a three-time Daytime Emmy winner and one of the enduring cast members of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. During his run, he has given viewers complex dramatic performance after performance as Michael Baldwin, and he his beloved by the fan base of the top-rated show.  Of course, we are talking about Christian LeBlanc.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman chatted with Christian at the recent Y&R 11,000th episode on set celebration at CBS Television City, where we asked him about his favorite moments over the years as Mr. Baldwin, working in story with the exited Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam Newman, now Kevin, This Is Us) and his thoughts on his former co-stars success, and more.

When talking about his favorite moments during his time at Y&R, Christian pointed to his scenes with his on-screen brother Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher) that have been pivotal for him: “I loved Greg watching into Michael’s office, and what a gift.  They don’t have to bring in super-talented people to be your family, and I have super-talented people in my on-screen family.  As they layered each one on, it became better, and better, and better.  But I will say, Greg through that whole storyline about prison and the hospital  …  and we both won Emmys that year for the work, and I can tell you, I am very proud of that.  I learned through that experience that I could do things, that I did not know I could do before.  I was asked to do a lot of stuff, and it was some heavy lifting, and it made me very nervous.  Having Greg on the other side of it helped immensely.  He made those scenes.  But any job that can challenge you in a good way is great, and they did the same thing for me with Michael’s prostate cancer storyline – and with the breakup between Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) and Michael.  That was stuff I had never done, either.  In my whole career, I have never been the cuckolded husband.  But again, I have Tracey and Judith Chapman (Gloria), and Jess Walton (Jill), and Max Ehrich (Fen), too.  They have given me amazing people to work with, much less this cast!”

Viewers recently saw Michael and Adam in key scenes when he was representing him in his trial, thus giving two soap giants such as LeBlanc and Hartley screen time together.  Christian says it was all that and more and gave major kudos to Hartley:  “We got a lot of positive feedback from our scenes! I was suprised how well we worked together right-away.   Justin was so generous, and there was no ego about him.   And to be someone who has done so much, and is as experienced as he is – to have come from where he did, he had every right to expect a lot of things.  But Justin was so humble, and so great as a person to be in a scene with, because he was a worker.   He wanted it great and he was passionate about all those things, and you don’t see that when Justin walks in the door, because that is not the first card he plays.  He’s not like me!  He’s not vomiting all the information on people like I do! (Laughs)  Justin actually thinks before he speaks! (Laughs)   I will tell you that Justin has a permanent fan in me.   I really, really enjoyed our scenes and I will miss Justin.  His new show This Is Us looks amazing!”

Watch Christian’s interview below! Then let us know what you thought of his scenes with Greg Rikaart and Justin Hartley? What storyline do you hope the new Y&R writing team has in store for this talented actor? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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Timmm
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Timmm

Christian is another actor from Y&R that is just first class! I wish he would regain his character’s edge and be more adventurous! Hopefully the new writers will give Michael a juicy story.

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jeanette spencer

I loved Christian & Justin’s scenes , they were great together. Christian should get more story lines with (Greg & Tracey) also I wish we could get Justin back (probably not possible) but I can wish can’t I. He is a very talented guy love him.

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soapqueenforever

I have always loved Michael and Lauren. I was hoping with Jill back, we would be seeing more of Lauren. Maybe Brash and Sassy could have some kind of tie in with Fenmores. I would like to see Lauren be more than just a sounding board for Michael as he discusses his cases. And maybe we ccould have mama Gloria come back for a little excitement as well. Gloria is another one of my much loved, and terribly missed favorites. On a side note, I loved Justin Hartley on This Is Us. The whole show was terrific. Looking forward to… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

What was the twist at the end of “This is Us?”

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Timmmy, I really tried watching THIS IS US, For as long as I could. For the life of me, I could not get into it. Justin’s acting/talent shone right through, as I thought it would….but, I was bored to tears. This does not mean anything, of course….just my opinion. He truly left a void behind at Y&R….miss him so much. Justin MADE Chelsea….as the character is right now? She is not ‘giving’ it. Another dumb situation? Can she not see through Chloe? I do agree that Justin and Michael were some pair……they did work well togethr. But, Michael has… Read more »

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Soaphound

Timmm…hope this isn’t a late spoiler for anyone but at the end, we saw that the young couple having triplets are the parents of Justin’s character, his twin sister, and the adoptive parents of the successful family man who found his bio dad. The couple (Mandy Moore & Milo Ventimiglia) only had 2 babies survive childbirth and when they see the baby alone in the nursery that a fireman brought in, they decide to keep him also. How they adopted him so easily wasn’t addressed yet. Nor was the fact that most of the extras were dressed in 60s fringe… Read more »

Celia
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@Soaphound.
Hi, Soaphound,
I wish I had found the strength, gumption and interest you did. I will try watching the next episode.
I cannot put my finger on it, but the show missing something. Victor Newman?
I should have stuck it out just so I could answer Timmmy’s question. LOL.

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soapqueenforever

All right Timmm, please bear with me. The twist ending was that the African American character, the Justin Hartley character and the sister of the Justin Hartley character are siblings. The birth was kind of a flashback. They were originally pregnant with triplets, but only two survived. The African American baby was bought into the hospital the same day and was adopted by the couple. That is why they all have the same birthday, and if you noticed in the bedroom of the daughter of the African American character, she has a poster in her room from the Justin Hartley… Read more »

Nellie
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Nellie

Christian is an excellent actor and deserves a good story line.

Dee
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Dee

I have been a Christian LeBlanc Fan since he first came on YR and bad boy or not I loved My Michael and as he evolved and became connected to Lauren(Tracey Bregman) it became a couple that i still adore and love.. Christian has been with Many actors and actresses and has chemistry with each and every one of them. With Victor(Eric) they were amazing over the years Kevin (Greg) as his brother perfect match and wow with Tracey (Lauren) never has a couple been so perfect together and Gloria(Judith) they had a dynamite family going on and then came… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

I would love to see a story that shows the strength of Lauren/Michael when Laurens son Scott comes home with the same disease his father had that killed him how dramatic would it be give it a try writers or even have Fen come home from college with a woman of the world that Michael and Lauren detest hey its worth a try these brilliant actors will bring it to the top with their abilities

Bunting
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Bunting

Christian works well with everyone but he should be more than a talk to for other characters. I miss Michael interacting with his family. Gloria and Fen have disappeared and Lauren has been off screen for two months. That needs to change. The Baldwins deserve to have their own stories also.

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Kelly Thiebaud Opens Up on Her Exit from General Hospital, Taping Britt’s Tragic Death Scenes, and Parting Thoughts on Co-Stars

Just a few weeks ago on the January 4th episode of General Hospital, viewers were left devastated when Dr. Britt Westbourne succumbed to a fatal poisoning after a confrontation with ‘The Hook’.

While it was revealed that Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, was exiting the ABC soap opera at the end of 2022, many thought the story would see Britt leaving Port Charles to deal with her declining health due to Huntington’s Disease in private, in order to keep the door open for a possible return down the line.  However, that was not meant to be.  When a report from Deadline surfaced back in August of 2022, it indicated that Kelly was returning to her primetime role on ABC’s Station 19, which caused some confusion and rumors of just what would Thiebaud’s ultimate status be with the daytime drama series.

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Now, in a very special exit interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Kelly chats with Michael Fairman and clarifies what led to her decision to leave her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne.

Talking with Fairman direct from London, Kelly, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2022 for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, reveals how it came to pass that GH would kill-off the character of Britt by becoming another victim of ‘The Hook’, and more.

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During the conversation, Thiebaud shares her thoughts on working with her former GH co-stars including: Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Parry Shen (Brad), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Cassandra James (Terry), Roger Howarth (Austin) and Josh Kelly (Cody), as well as some of her favorite memories throughout her run on the series which began in 2012.

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Kelly took the character from being the manipulative ‘Britch’ as an interloper in the romance of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), all the way to becoming a well-loved character to root for.

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While, GH viewers witnessed Britt’s shocking death scenes, Kelly weighs-in on taping those moments, as well as Britt’s emotional goodbye birthday party, and having the opportunity to portray a character who was trying to navigate her life, while suffering from the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

In addition, Thiebaud gives a very special ‘thank you’ and shout out to the fans for their enduring support as she looks forward to new roles and new adventures ahead.

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Check out our heartfelt farewell interview with Kelly below, and for upcoming celebrity features, interviews, event coverage, music videos, and more, make sure to ‘subscribe‘ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

So, what did you think about Kelly’s decision to depart GH? Will you miss her as Britt? Share your thoughts on our conversation in the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Graziadei Talks Daniel’s Past and Present, Reuniting with His Co-Stars, and Life as Dad to Twins

Longtime viewers of CBS’ The Young and the Restless are excited that Michael Graziadei has returned to the top-rated daytime drama during its 50th anniversary season as Daniel Romalotti.

Graziadei made his on-screen re-emergence right around Thanksgiving, as in story, Daniel came home to surprise his mother, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), but also for a business idea he wanted to present to good friend, Devon (Bryton James) and Daniel’s former girlfriend, Lily Winters (Christel Khalil).  Seems Daniel has a mega-universe gaming platform he’s created that he wants Chancellor-Winters to potentially be a part of.  But there must be more to the story than meets the eye, right? Will Daniel find himself drawn back to Lily, especially since her relationship with Billy (Jason Thompson) has hit a major rough spot/road block named Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan)?

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In a new virtual interview exclusively for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Graziadei sits-down to talk about coming home to Genoa City with a look at Daniel’s past, present and future.  Michael first appeared as Y&R’s Daniel from 2004-2013, made a guest stop back to the show in 2016, and now at the end of 2022, he is back full-time with the soap opera.

During the conversation, Graziadei shares what it’s been like working with beloved cast mates including: Michelle Stafford, Christel Khalil, Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and more.

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Michael also shared his enthusiasm at getting a chance to reconnect not only with Michelle Stafford, but Daniel’s adoptive father, Michael Damian (Danny) as well, when they all appear in scenes together for the upcoming holiday episodes.

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Just what have been Michael’s favorite Daniel storylines of all-time? Was it Daniel’s part in Cassie’s death (Camryn Grimes) and its aftermath? When they gave Daniel a porn addiction storyline? Graziadei weighs-in.

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In addition, Michael reveals the wonders of being a new dad to twins boys in real-life, Oliver Bear and Arlo.  He opens up about how he and his lady love, Lauren found out they were having twins, the naming process they went through, and what life is like now at-home.

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During Graziadei’s time away from Y&R, he appeared in numerous TV and film projects.  Most recently, Michael was seen in Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer, where he shares what it was like to take on a legal role for the first time in his career, plus what it was like to act and kiss Oscar-winner, Jessica Lange in American Horror Story (a role he played while still at Y&R during his first go-round).

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You can watch the full interview with Graziadei below.

For more celebrity interviews and features make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

Now let us know, are you glad Daniel is back in GC? Do you hope Lily and Daniel get back together all of these years later? What has been your favorite Daniel storyline of all time … and your favorite part of our conversation with him?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Camryn Grimes and Fiancé Brock Powell Talk On Their Roles as Mrs. Claus and Santa in ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Camryn Grimes (Mariah, The Young and the Restless) has been involved in a very special passion project in more ways than one!  Now, everyone will be able can see it, and hear it, when Grimes voices the role of Mrs. Claus opposite her real-life fiancé and voiceover star, Brock Powell as Santa in Mickey Saves Christmas.

The new stop-motion holiday special premieres Sunday, November 27th (7:00-7:30 p.m. EST) on ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, and Monday, November 28 on Disney+ and Hulu.  It features Disney icons: Mickey, Minnie and the gang, who are sent to the North Pole on a quest to save Christmas and find the true meaning of the holiday.

Camryn and Brock Powell became engaged earlier this year on January 7th, which also happened to be Camryn’s 32nd birthday. How the two met all comes back to the world of voiceover and Disney, as you will learn.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the real-life lovebirds to preview Mickey Saves Christmas, how they wound up voicing the important voices of Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and just what Brock thinks of Camryn’s Genoa City alter-ego Mariah being married to Tessa (Cait Fairbanks), and more.  Is Brock #TeamTeriah? Check out what they shared with us below.

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The two of you were actually introduced by Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy! How did that happen?

BROCK:  So, Bill Farmer is my mentor, and through him, that was the first time I actually met Camryn.

CAMRYN: I knew Bill growing up, and in 2020 when I wanted to get into voiceovers, I reached out to him and that’s how this all started and I guess, the rest is history.

Now you are voicing Santa and Mrs. Claus in Mickey Save Christmas. How did it come about that you both landed parts on the project?

BROCK: I got to play the role of Santa in Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas, which was the first time I got to voice Santa for Disney, and now I’m returning to the role this time. Camryn received the audition randomly for Ms. Claus on the day we were getting engaged, and it was perfect timing because I had to get her out of the house so I could set up the proposal here.  So, it really was a Christmas miracle because I was sweating!

CAMRYN:  We were cast separately. The production team had no idea that Brock and I were a couple. When I went in to record, they were like, “Here’s the voice of Santa for you to record to, and I was like, “Yeah, I know… that’s my fiancé!”  They were like, “What??” (Laughs)

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Did the engagement go off without a hitch?

BROCK:  Yes, so after the audition process, Camryn returned home. I proposed, and there was a whole Disney/Pixar theme going on in the backyard. It was a really special day. To have her say, “Yes”, and also to have this crazy opportunity for her to audition for the role of Mrs. Claus happening at the same time … and then weeks later finding out she booked the role, it was all amazing.  We were now going to be working on this Christmas special together.  I think anytime you get to voice an iconic character, it’s special.  However, if you’d told me that I would get to return to the role I love, with the person I love playing opposite me … I think I’m done.  I just don’t know how you can ever top it!

Camryn, what did it mean to you to be in this film as Mrs. Claus, because fans saw this post of yours with a photo of you outside the Anaheim Convention Center where Disney’s D23 convention was happening.  It made everyone speculate  just what you were working on, which you shared was a lifelong dream.

CAMRYN:  Yes!  Y&R and CBS is my home, but I’ve always wanted to do something with Disney.  My family raised me on all things Disney and all things Christmas.  They were huge into the holiday, and so this kind of just checks every box.  It’s not only Disney, it’s Christmas, it’s stop-motion animation, and it’s Mrs. Claus.  I think my family was more excited for me to book this then anything I’ve ever done. I think there were tears! So sentimentally, this project really meant a lot to me.

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Camryn, did Brock coach you on doing voiceover work, or give you any tips?

CAMRYN:  I mean, I live with my voiceover coach. (Laughs) It’s amazing!

BROCK:  You know, I do coach for voiceovers and Camryn is my star pupil now.  She’s a talented actress, obviously. The biggest misconception is that, while it starts with the voice, Camryn, as well as most of the amazing voice actors I know, they have access to this childhood imagination which I think makes their performances possible. So, while you’re watching Mickey Saves Christmas, even though we recorded everything separately, what you’re looking for is that energy and every character connecting. You’re inventing the circumstances, you’re inventing your scene partner, where we have to close our eyes and embody a character we may, or may not, have a reference for. I think watching Camryn and hearing Camryn’s work on this, and a couple of other projects she’s worked on, I’m just so impressed at how coming from daytime television where there is a very stringent set routine and at the level that she excels at there, to then come into my world and then just kill it behind the microphone. She was able to let all of that go and have the bravery to try something new. I think a lot of people are going to love what Camryn has done here.  I’m most proud of her to be willing to look silly which is what is required in voiceover.

CAMRYN:  That’s true, and that’s probably the most fun thing about it.

Now, what can you tease us that happens in the story of Mickey Saves Christmas?

CAMRYN: It’s kind of built into the title a little bit, but I think what you’re going to get out of this is a deep sense of community and coming together to fix a problem and being able to lend a helping hand.  I feel, it’s just a really lovely film about chosen family.

BROCK:  It’s about family, it’s about friends, it’s about putting a lot of pressure on the holidays be perfect.  I think everyone involved in this special from the animators to the music team, everything in it helped make this a love letter to the holidays. The film really just talks about that Christmas is who you spend it with, and not necessarily how it turns out. I think it’s a really positive reminder that the most important part about Christmas is being with the ones we love. These are characters that Camryn and I love, not just the ones we voiced. To be with these actors, to be with these characters. it is just is going to be so special with everyone watching on November 27. It’s going to be the first tine for all us watching it together,

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Now Brock, do you watch Camryn on The Young and the Restless?

BROCK: Yes, and I will say sometimes when Camryn is at work, our puppy does sit and watch mommy on TV, too!

Is Brock, #TeamTeriah on Y&R, as well?

CAMRYN: Yes, Brock is all about #TeamTeriah. It was actually really beautiful kind of getting engaged around the same time, Mariah and Tessa did on the show.

In another post of yours on social media, I saw that you had picked a spot for your wedding to Brock.   

CAMRYN: Yes. We don’t actually have a set date (we have three options), but we did pick a location.  So, we will be figuring that all out very soon.

Check out a clip from ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’ featuring Camryn as Mrs. Clause and Brock as Santa below.  Then let us know, will you be watching the special? What did you think of Camryn getting to work on this project and opposite the love-of-her-life, Brock Powell? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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