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Y&R's Daniel Goddard Video Interview: The Life & Times Of Cane Ashby!

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Daniel Goddard has had such an interesting run as Cane Ashby on The Young and the Restless.  It’s had its moments behind the scenes, and quite the complex character history in front of the screen!  Throughout it all, one thing can be said, Goddard remains a steadfast fan favorite with the top-rated soap.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman caught up with Daniel during Y&R’s 11,000th episode on set celebration at CBS Television City, where they bantered about the twists and turns of Cane, and the reigniting of the Billy and Cane feud now that Jason Thompson (Billy) has taken over the role.

When discussing the history of Cane (remember when he came to town believed-to-be Phillip Chancellor III?), Daniel expressed: “People ask me, ‘Tell me about your character?’  How do I tell them about this character?  It’s not like Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow): ‘I’m rich, Victor’s my dad, and I’m with chicks.” (Laughs)  You know what I mean?  How do you explain Cane?   It sounds like a soap opera!  And people would say to me, ‘I bet one day you are going to get an evil twin!’ And I say, ‘Funny, you should say that!”‘

And let’s not forget that historic fan protest over Daniel originally being let-go from the show … when an airplane flew over CBS!  Goddard recalls, “That was insane, but that was the fans!  That was a huge moment, and it made me realize every day we do this job, we don’t realize the impact we have with the viewers at home.  Then you see something like that (the plane), and you realize that all this work that we do, and everything we do, means so much to people. So, when the viewers did that … it was so amazing.”

Now in story, Cane and Billy are once again rivals, but made to work together by Jill!   Goddard shared his thoughts on working with Jason Thompson:  “Jason’s great.  I was really excited to hear that they were going to do the Cane and Billy thing again.  It had been six years, and it was one of those moments (and I hadn’t worked with Jason yet, but I had seen his work on GH), when I realized that he has a really different take on Billy.  And his take on Billy is not the goofy guy who keeps messing up.  He’s the guy that looks like he actually enjoys messing up, and if people don’t like it, it’s their problem.  In other words, “This is me, and if you don’t like it, that’s your problem.”  Jason’s owned the role.  So, to have Cane and Billy back in the same storyline is great.  Jason and I have a real good work flow when we do scenes together, and Jess Walton is in the storyline, and Amelia Heinle (Victoria) is in the storyline.  The cute thing with the quadrangle is  … Jess is really now Cane’s stepmom, because she is married to Cane’s dad, Colin (Tristan Rogers)  Then Colin is really Billy’s stepdad, so Billy is now Cane’s step-brother!  It’s great.  We never really had that going on before.”

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Watch Daniel’s interview below! Then let us know, what has been your favorite character moment in Cane’s character history? What do you hope goes down between Billy and Cane?  Do you want them to be adversaries or work for the common good? Comment below!

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Michael

Thank you for the interview! Daniel is the Best!

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

I agree, thank you, Michael – awesome interview.

SZima
SZima

I want to like this guy, but he’s just not working for me. I think Cane and Lilly are two of the most boring characters…together…on daytime. DG is much better when he’s not paired with Christel Khalil.
He must think so too? I don’t think he mentioned her once in this article.

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

They aren’t boring to me. I wish they could be on more, and given an actual storyline to give their loyal fans something to watch on Y&R. Personally, I don’t watch unless they are on, and even then my patience is tested because they are always propping the succubus that Devon married.

Cane and Lily deserve the airtime of the rest of the cast – I resent the way they are treated.

Travis Thomas
Travis Thomas

This character needs to be retired. I’m mean after the Phillip reveal he’s never been able to carry a SL. He seems like a really nice guy, but even in his own SL he was upstaged by his on screen parents. I ffwd all Lily/Cane scenes because they are so gooey sweet & not in a good way. Other than telling lies, he’s never done anything canvas worthy. And I truly do believe every regime has tried to find a place for this character. And still wondering what qualifies him for all these corporate jobs they keep giving him. Also, without Jill propping him up this character would be even more useless. But I’m truly so happy that Jill has finally been given screen time with her REAL son vs the con man. Those scenes with Jill/Billy were layered with so much history, and both actors were incredible.

Has ANY Cane scene ever truly emotionally resonated with you guys? Just wondering, cause he does have a fan base.

Michael
Michael

I strongly disagree with you. No regime since MAB wanted to write for Cane, he’s an amazing actor who got backboned for almost a decade and never gets a chance to show his acting abilities. He got by far the worst ‘stories’ with Cane’s lying, keeping secrets (with very little screen time) but he’s still one of the most popular characters on the show besides that all they ever write is his wife cheating on him. Cane’s writing was good when he started on the show.
You might like the Jill and Billy scenes but what I do know is that most of the viewers are fed up with the the way she acts and already want her gone

Michael
Michael

+backburned (autocorrect)

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

The character of Cane certainly resonates with me. Other than his fabulous chemistry with Lily, Cane and Jill’s chemistry has always been better than Jill and Billy’s. Cane appreciates Jill and accepts her for who she is. Billy is simply a big entitled angry baby that will not accept the fact that Jill made mistakes but she loves him regardless of his faults – it’s called growing up. I am so glad that Cane is given the opportunity to have a s/l that doesn’t involve propping Devon and that vicious manipulator he married. Now if only Lily could step out of their shadow as well. I would love to see Mr. and Mrs. Ashby have separate but equal storylines that will allow them to have individual lives but strengthen their relationship. I love them and want them to be front and center for once.

Did that answer your question?

Travis Thomas
Travis Thomas

@Michael. You bring up a great point about no one writing for him. Thats why I was saying that after the Phillip reveal the character has been useless, not the actor. But part of the problem is that outside of Lily the character has never been fleshed out or had a life outside of Lily. Im not a fan of them together personally, but thats just me also preferring LIly #2 over CK. But hey everyone has a fan base.

But I will say the one time I actually started to get into Cane was during the period that GF was playing his mom, because there was such a wealth of SL potential, but then GF left the moment JFP came onboard because of their toxic history. He finally was getting some material because all of her sneakiness, and then it was all dropped.

Also because of the wonderful relationship Billy/Jill had from his teen years, it was always frustrating that they only wrote them together as if Billy didnt exist. I guess at the end of the day this show just hasnt had any true balance and familiar ties. And maybe thats why the character has never resonated with me, because he’s never been given anything to resonate about.

@Cindy I know we disagree about CK, but maybe she’s my problem with the Lily/Cane pairing because I personally find them dull. So hopefully now that Sally is coming aboard they will get some attention to right some wrongs.

Michael A Finney
Michael A Finney

I really honestly wish that TPTB at #YR back when he was initially fired and let go had stuck to their guns. I d think that Cane is boring as hell! Cane can fall off of a cliff and never come back aka Drucilla for all I care.

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

Fortunately, not everyone share your opinion. I love the character. He is honorable, loyal, protective. The mistakes he made were for the right reasons, they were never self serving or for nefarious purposes.

He and Lily are my favorite characters on the show, and I wish Daniel and Christel will finally get the opportunity to spread their wings on this show for once. I hate that he has to compete for a position that Billy and Victoria had to be begged to accept.

I think Cane and Lily are much better than the disparate treatment the receive. Their organic chemistry is off the charts, and their huge fan base are often disgusted about the fact that they are unfairly slighted so often.

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

Oops, posted the rough draft, below is the edited version:

Fortunately, not everyone shares your opinion. I love the character. He is honorable, loyal, and protective. The mistakes he made were for the right reasons, they were never self-serving or for nefarious reasons.

He and Lily are my favorite characters on the show, and I hope Daniel and Christel will finally get the opportunity to spread their wings for once. I hate that he has to compete for a position that Billy and Victoria had to be begged to accept, and I hope he pulls the rug from under all of them professionally, not sneaky and smarmy. Or better yet, start a company to compete with Brash & Sassy.

I think Cane and Lily deserve much better than the disparate treatment they receive. Their organic chemistry is off the charts, and their huge fan base is often disgusted about the fact that they are unfairly slighted so often.

Eva
Eva

People still mad bout Cane ressurrection ??? LMAO !! please get a life…. I love DG as Cane. He needs a good storyline. He did a great job on the ghost/twintig storyline…and with CK he got the best of them all…. I’m happy to see writers care enough about the fans to keep this couple together….they have a HUGE fanbase..

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B&B’s Annika Noelle Chats On Her First Daytime Emmy Nomination For Hope’s Emotional Journey Back to Beth

The Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series are often the highly-competitive categories in the annual Daytime Emmys, because they usually contain the most entrance vying for the final 5 or 6 coveted spots.

This year, after all of her soap alter-egos sturm and drang, Annika Noelle found herself with a nomination for her riveting work as Hope Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful.

As fans of the CBS Daytime drama know, Hope went through hell and back and hell again as she was led to believe that her baby girl had died, only to later find out that the little bundle of joy was adopted by Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) in a heinous scheme put in motion by Dr. Buckingham (Wayne Brady). As the story unraveled, more and more people found out about the switch and kept it from Hope, chief among them Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), but all’s well that ends well when Liam (Scott Clifton) with a big assist from Douglas (Henry Joseph Samiri) figured out that Beth was Phoebe … and that set the stage for even more emotional drama.

Following the news of her nomination, Michael Fairman TV chatted with Annika Noelle, to get all the feels of this defining moment in her daytime career – cracking the glass ceiling and getting into a select group of actresses for the first time whose work has been deemed “Outstanding”. Here’s what Annika shared on her reaction to that great Emmy news!

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Were you shocked and surprised when you learned of your Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination?

ANNIKA:  Yes!  I’m over the moon and so eternally grateful for it.  It means a lot to have the work I’ve done this last year get recognized by everyone.  It’s my first Daytime Emmy nomination, and now I get to say that.  It’s just a cool thing.

I can’t think of anyone who cried more in last year’s TV season than you as Hope.  That whole year was so heavy with the baby switch storyline and Hope’s journey back to her biological daughter.

ANNIKA:  It was.  Honestly, it took a lot out of me, and it was a lot to go through, and it really was a marathon.  I’ve never had to go through something like that as an actor, but I’m just glad that I made it out to the other side to get to experience this.

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I was worried someone was going to have to pick you up off the floor from all the weeping! It must have been draining.

ANNIKA:  I can’t tell you how many times I was just like, “Do I have to cry? Do I have to though?”  I’m just really grateful that Hope finally got her baby back.  It was so funny when the fans would be like, “When is she getting her baby back?” and I’m like, “Trust me, no one wants it more than me.”

Were you watching the nominations unfold on The Talk?  How did you find out you were officially a nominee?

ANNIKA:  I went for a walk around the LaBrea Tar Pits because I didn’t want to be focusing on that, but I have family in Boston who were going to watch The Talk and let me know.  However, I guess the Mayor of Boston interrupted right before they started reading the nominations.  They were so pissed.  So, I was like, “Okay, I guess I’m not going to find out for a while,” and then the phone started ringing, and it was Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B).  Your heart kind of goes up in your throat when you see his name on the caller ID! I picked up and he said, “Congratulations,” and I proceeded to probably make him deaf because I was so excited. (Laughs)

Scott Clifton was your scene partner in so much of the arc of this storyline.  Did he say anything to you once you got nominated?

ANNIKA:  Oh yeah! We exchanged quite a few text messages with each other.  I thought he should have submitted himself this year.

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I was so surprised when I found out that he didn’t enter the competition, because he did some incredible work.

ANNIKA:  It’s amazing the work that he did, and he was right by my side every step of the way during this incredibly difficult storyline, and honestly, I could not have done it without him … or Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, because they honestly were such great support systems for me as an actor and also as friends.  Honestly, I feel like this nomination is everyone’s.  It was such an ensemble effort.

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What scenes did you submit that landed you the nomination?

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ANNIKA:  I submitted as the initial scene when Hope finds out about Beth (where Liam tells her that Beth didn’t make it) and she starts out thinking that Beth is still alive and then gradually the denial fades away and the reality sets in.  Then, the second scene I submitted was where she is kind of emotionally checked out, and then, Sally (Courtney Hope) comes in with that poor puppy dog to try to cheer her up, and obviously that backfires on Sally.  That was actually a very difficult scene to shoot because here was this little puppy dog looking up at me, and I had to just freak out.  The third scene was on the rooftop where Hope finally finds out that Beth is indeed alive, and that Thomas has been lying to her.  Then, the fourth scene was the hardest one to pick, but I’m really glad that I went with it.  It’s just this really quiet, intimate moment between Liam and Hope when they’re alone with Beth again for the first time as a family.  Then, Liam and Hope share their first kiss as a family again.  The final scene was where Hope gets to slap Flo (Katrina Bowden) and you get to see the momma bear come out.  I really tried to tell a story.  I really tried to show an arc of that 8-9-month saga, and luckily, I had the material to choose from to do so.

You played the Emmy game very smartly, because the reels that work, in my experience, have been the ones that tell the arc of the story, so that anyone who doesn’t know the show can follow beat to beat to beat.  I think those are always the reels that ultimately grab the voters.

ANNIKA:  I think that’s something that I had to learn too from other actors, and the advice that I had gotten, and getting to actually watch and vote last year.  I thought of it more as an actor’s reel.  I tried to do show versatility as an actor.  So, hopefully we will see what happens.

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Are you familiar with the work of any of the other actresses nominated in your category …Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim, GH), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Hayden GH), Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R), and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, DAYS)?

ANNIKA:  Oh, yes, and I am nothing but honored to be in a category with such amazing performers.  It takes so much in general to be a daytime actor, and to even be in this category with these other performers, it’s huge.  .

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), your on-screen mom is nominated for Lead Actress this year too!

ANNIKA:  I know!  I’m praying it’s her year, and Heather Tom (Katie) also did such beautiful work with the kidney storyline, and Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) just broke my heart with the divorce and the Thomas storylines.  It’s kind of all in the family in a way with our characters, but everyone did such beautiful work, and I’m rooting everyone on.  It’s nice that Katherine and I as an on-screen momma/daughter got to celebrate that together.

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Did Katherine give you a call, or did you communicate, after the nominations were announced?

ANNIKA:  Yes, we talked, and then, ironically for about a year and a half, I had saved a bottle of Dom Perignon that I had received as a gift from her boyfriend, Dom Zoida.  I was always just saving it for a special occasion.  When I told her that, she was like, “I can’t believe you’ve been saving it this long!  We are going to have a toast tonight and celebrate!”  I was like, “Are you sure we don’t want to save it in case there’s other good news … maybe?”  and she was just like, “No!  We’ll get you another bottle.  We are toasting tonight.”  So, that was just a really beautiful moment because she really brought me in and showed me the ropes as a veteran on the show, and as someone who knows B&B and the dynamics so well.  I’ve learned a lot from Katherine, and I have nothing but respect for her.  She is one of the hardest workers I know; she does not stop, and I have such admiration.  I wish I were in half as good shape as she is!  It’s a special feeling to be able to share this with her.

You followed in Kim Matula’s (Ex-Hope) footsteps on the show.  That was no easy feat, and to make the role your own was beautifully done.  That has to feel good.  It’s not easy to play a role that someone else made ‘soap-famous’.

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ANNIKA:  It’s funny, because Mark Grossman (Adam, Y&R) and I started around the same time – him on Y&R and me on The Bold and the Beautiful, and even Matthew Atkinson as Thomas – everyone has kind of left their own mark on these characters as recasts, and it’s a challenging thing to do, stepping into someone’s role, especially with someone who originated the character. It’s a nice validation that you’re doing something right.

You and I will remember your humble beginnings on Venice the Series.

ANNIKA:  It’s such a crazy full circle too, because Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora, OLTL and Guya, Venice the Series) was my mentor in high school.  I would look up to her and be like. “She’s been nominated and won Daytime Emmys! Well, maybe one day I could …” Hillary was someone who I called and talked to for a long time before submitting.  I also have to give thanks to Crystal Chappell (Ex-GL, Days and Venice the Series), for seeing something in me and taking a chance on me when I was green as an actress.

I remember us talking on the set of Venice, and I remember you shooting your scenes as a recast in that show too at an apartment!  They threw you right into the fire.

ANNIKA:  Yep, and Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie, B&B) was directing a few of those episodes!  So, it was like… who would have thought that years later…?

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I would ask you, what you are going to wear, but there is no red carpet that I know of, for a virtual Emmys this year!

ANNIKA:  I am so conflicted.  I’m like, “Do I wear PJs, or do I get glammed up and wear a beautiful gown?” (Laughs) I am the most comfortable in flannel and no makeup, so I’m like, “Okay, if I have to get glammed up, how on earth am I going to do my own hair because I don’t even know where to begin with that.” So, we’ll see, I guess, we’ll see!

It will be interesting to see what the virtual ceremony will look like.

ANNIKA:  I have a feeling that my cat might be a part of the awards ceremony.  He is going to try to steal the spotlight, a little.  Like an All About Eve moment happening here with Henry who I call “Burrito Man”.  He has his own Instagram.  It’s @theburritomankitty, and if there is a camera, let me tell you, he will try to interrupt.  That’s Burrito Man for you.  He’s a little diva.

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How have you and ‘Burrito Man’ been doing during the coronavirus pandemic?  How are your spirits? 

ANNIKA:  Well, this nomination has certainly been a silver lining.  It certainly has brightened the mood a little bit. It’s been pretty difficult feeling a little isolated, but The Bold and the Beautiful has been having Zoom happy hour every Friday where we will all get on in the late afternoon and catch up with everyone and have a little drink.  So, it’s been nice because I miss everyone.  We really do become like family.  That’s helped a lot, and then just… puzzles.  I’m doing a lot of puzzles, Michael.

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In closing, many times you see a lot of the same names nominated in the acting categories at the Daytime Emmys, so it’s nice to see when someone new breaks through.  Kudos to you!

ANNIKA:  Honestly, that means a lot.  It was a lot, especially as a newcomer to daytime.  It really was sink or swim, but luckily, I have an amazing cast there supporting me and holding me up on those days where it was stressful, or where I would break down just because it was so demanding.  I can’t tell you how many people were there for me like: John McCook (Eric, B&B), Katherine Kelly Lang, Heather Tom, Jacqui, and Scott, these people championed me, urged me on, and believed in me.  I also have realized that I am a bit more of a method actor than I thought I was. (Laughs)  I might have taken some of the work home with me.  Queer Eye and RuPaul were cheering me up because it was a lot. (Laughs)  I just want to express my utmost gratitude for this honor and wish all the best of luck to the other nominees.  I have so much respect for everyone in this industry from the directors and our crews, all the way down to us actors. It’s a lot to do what we do in daytime with the budget and the time constraints that we have.  It really is a team effort.

So, were you happy to see that Annika scored a Daytime Emmy nomination for her hard work and being at the epicenter of the baby switch storyline on B&B? Comment below.

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OLTL Icon, Erika Slezak Talks On Her 42-Year Run As Viki, Her Llanview Co-Stars & Husbands, and Life Now

As a precursor to, and now post-script to last night’s The Story of Soaps special on ABC, One Life to Live’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak, chatted with Michael Fairman in a very special virtual conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel  prior to the airing of the two-hour event that look into the history and the world of daytime and primetime soaps.

Erika appeared within the primetime special along with many other notables from the world of daytime.

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Chatting from her home in Connecticut, Erika talked candidly about her beginnings on the ABC soap when she was first cast as Viki, and how her early castmates helped her through that challenging time. She also discussed the importance and challenges of playing Viki’s DID storyline where she played multiple alters, and, of course, her longstanding on-screen rivalry with frenemy Dorian Cramer Lord played by Robin Strasser.

As fans of One Life know, Viki certainly had her share of husbands over the years, and you will learn Erika’s thoughts on working with several of them from: Mark Derwin (Ex-Ben), to Brian Kerwin (Ex-Charlie), to Roy Thinnes (Ex-Sloan) and more.

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But what was life like for Erika, playing the moral center of One Life day in and day out for over 42 years and the responsibility that comes with that? She weighs-in on that as well.  Later, the discussion turns to her emotional final day of taping at ABC’s OLTL following its cancellation, the move to Prospect Park, and if she would ever consider working on another one of the four remaining daytime soaps.

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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson, Knots’ Donna Mills & GH’s Laura Wright Talk On Life in the Soaps

Three of the most recognizable names in the soap opera genre, Eileen Davidson (Y&R, Ex-Days, Ex-B&B, Ex-Santa Barbara). Donna Mills (Knots Landing, Ex-Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Ex-Secret Storm) and Laura Wright (General Hospital, Ex-Guiding Light, Ex-Loving, Ex-The City), chat with Michael Fairman in this virtual conversation about their careers working in front of the camera on daytime and primetime soaps.

Each of the actresses appear on ABC’s “The Story of Soaps” two-hour special airing on Tuesday night May 19th (9 p.m. EST). to which this interview is a prelude.

From her role as Abby Cunningham Ewing on Knots Landing to her role as GH’s Madeline Reeves, Donna Mills shares memorable stories from her career, and from her role as Y&R’s Ashley Abbott to playing five roles on Days of our Lives from Kristen DiMera to Susan Banks, Eileen Davidson recalls her start and the time she played five roles at one time, while bringing to life Carly Corinthos on General Hospital every day is a joy shares Laura Wright from her early start on ABC’s Loving which changed the trajectory of her life.

We hope you enjoy this exclusive on The Michael Fairman Channel.

Watch Eileen, Donna and Laura below!  Then let us know what was your favorite moment or tidbit from the conversation via the comment section

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