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Y&R's Elizabeth Hendrickson Video Interview: Adam's "Death", Bella's Baby Daddy Drama, A Kevin & Chloe Romance Redo?

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Since Elizabeth Hendrickson’s (Chloe) return to The Young and the Restless, she has wasted no time in shaking things up on the Genoa City canvas in a major way, and there is plenty more to come!

As viewers have witnessed, Chloe in her thirst for revenge has done such unimaginable things, starting with teaming up with Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) to ruin Adam Newman’s (formerly Justin Hartley) life and put behind bars forever. Now Chloe is living with her best friend, Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egsn), who is grieving the loss of her husband Adam, after Chloe set him up to die!  And there is still the issue of just who is the biological father of her daughter Bella?  What will happen when the truth comes out?  Is it really Billy Abbott’s (Jason Thompson) little girl?  And, will Chloe and Kevin rekindle their relationship?

To get some insight to all of these questions and much more, On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman sat down with Elizabeth Hendrickson for this very special video interview to talk about many of the recent pivotal moments fans of the top-rated soap have watched, and to preview what is still to come.  Here are just a few of the key excerpts from Liz and Michael’s chitchat below.

When asked if Elizabeth was surprised to return to Y&R, she related: “It was a total surprise, but it was a good surprise.  I was pleasantly surprised, but out of the blue for me.  But, I knew it was going to be juicy, and they made an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

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As to if Liz knew that her return was a huge part to Adam’s exit storyline and that she would be the one to destroy Adam, Hendrickson noted: “They didn’t say ‘destroy’ Adam, but I knew Adam was in the mix.  I knew there was a chance that Justin Hartley was going somewhere. Sometimes people think that we know what’s going (behind the scenes), but not really.  But, I had a feeling that was a piece of the puzzle.”

Chloe’s been acting “crazy” in her vendetta against Adam, but Hendrickson shared she thinks of her differently: “I kind of changed the wording from “crazy” to her “reality” and her reality is, and has always been, that she is going to avenge her daughter Delia’s death, and that Delia needs the justice that is deserved.  So I don’t think Chloe necessarily has it all planned out.  I think she is more of a spontaneous girl.  I don’t think she sits there with her entire plan and maps it out.  But, I think all of these emotions brings them up, and stirs her up, and then she thinks, “Oh! This is the best plan.”   Then, she goes for it.  Adam has always been at the top of her list.”

When Liz read the script that Chloe walks in to Adam’s cabin in those huge boots preparing to kill him, she shared: “I heard that there was going to be this show, where I was shooting Adam with a tranquilizer.  I am like, “What?  I get to do that?”   I love playing the fun stuff.  I don’t think I realized the magnitude of everything that was really happening.”

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As to what Chloe might have done with Adam once she paralyzed him with the tranquilizer, before the explosion that “killed him”, Liz shared: “In my mind her intention was just to have him suffer, and I think her use of a tranquilizer was her hoping Adam would have a slow death.  But, I don’t think her plan was to have him blown up!  She had nothing to do with the explosion.”

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Now that Adam is believed to be ‘dead”, does Chloe know where he is? Liz expressed: “No, I don’t think she really knows, nor, do I think she really cares.  After she finds out the explosion happen, she kind of feels bad, but secretly, deep down inside, that is all she ever wanted.  But she constantly has that pull back to Chelsea.  She does feel guilt, only because she loves Chelsea so much, and she sees the pain she is in, but then Chloe has to remind herself, ‘No. This is really what you wanted.’   When this story comes to a head, I am very interested to see what those scenes will be like between Chelsea and Chloe, because they are going to be massive.  It’s a really big, huge reveal for her.”

Though it was a short amount of time, Liz had nothing but fantastic things to say about exited star Justin Hartley, who is now starring on NBC’s This Is Us:  “He was phenomenal.  I am so bummed that I got a month to work with him.   I loved our scenes in the jail and I wish there was more.  There is a reason he ended up on a primetime show.  Justin is a heavy-hitter.  He’s an awesome actor, and he is also an awesome guy.”

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Another heavy-hitter Liz has gotten the opportunity to work with is Eric Braeden – for Victor and Chloe were originally in cahoots to bring Adam to his knees.  Liz shared:   “That was one piece of the puzzle, I never knew.  I did not know I would be so connected with Victor, and that we would be this new little duo!  I had never worked with him before, not one on one.  I have had scenes with him where I have been in the same room with him with other characters.  But I love working with Eric.  Right now as its airing, Victor worries Chloe.  He can do some serious things, but they are not really in cahoots together anymore.”

Being good pals with Melissa Claire Egan, Hendrickson relates that a great work day is one that also has Missy in it: “Missy and I have the best time. When I am acting with her it’s like I am sitting there with my girlfriend, but when I am acting, I am being the worst friend in the world.  (Laughs) I respect Missy so much as an actress.  She is so talented”

Is there hope for a Kevin/Chloe relationship redo? Liz revealed: “Chloe sees Kevin just as a friend, but … I think Chloe still has some issues, and I don’t think she is really ready to be alone.   Unfortunately she can be an easy target.   Not that she uses him, because I don’t think she does it an intentional way.  I think Chloe really loves Kevin, and no one loves him like the way that she does.  I think she gets confused over what she wants and what she needs.  But what you will start to see is that Chloe is going to start to need him for support and she may blur those lines, between friendship and relationship.”

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The big story coming up is who is truly Bella’s baby daddy, and fans suspect it will be Billy’s child.  But Liz admits: “I don’t really know, but I have an idea, and I would love it if it was Billy’s and I got to work with Jason Thompson more.  Mainly because I feel like they dropped the ball with Chloe and Billy many years ago.  I think that is a story that could be revisited, and they really didn’t deal with two parents losing their child.  It was more like he lost her and he’s over here, and I lost her and I’m over there.   Billy went through that with Victoria (Amelia Heinle), not with Chloe. I think how parents go through a lost like that is much more interesting story to be told.   That being said, I have always been a huge fan of Jason Thompson when he was on General Hospital.  We have mutual friends and whenever I would run into him, I would say, ‘Jason, you are my favorite soap guy” – he was just always my favorite.  So when they called me to come to Y&R, Jason being here was a large part of me coming back.  I said, ‘Yes, I want to work with him.’ I love that Jason is playing my on-screen ex-husband, Billy.”

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Having worked in soaps for ten years, both in the casts of All My Children and Y&R, Liz knows that recasts are hard for the actors involved and the fans, but feels Jason Thompson is making Billy his own: “The hardest job in the world is to step into someone else’s shoes, and those shoes were refilled three times by the time Jason came to Y&R.  I think when Billy Miller (Ex-Billy, now Jason GH) stepped into those shoes, he made quite a mark.  I can see that they were hard shoes to fill, but you can’t expect anyone to be the same.  As actor’s, we don’t take over roles to be like someone else.  We take on the role and put our take on it.  I feel for the fans when something like this happens, as for them it can be alarming, but in regards to Jason in the role of Billy, I think he is doing a great job!”

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Going back a beat when Chloe left the show before, she became pregnant which gave viewers clues as to who could be Bella’s daddy, Hendrickson recounted:  “So Chloe left town with the sperm, but she also slept with Kevin that day, so that’s why there is this “Who’s the daddy?” story.  Then she came back to town secretly pregnant, and then the next time she came back, I guess Bella was hanging out in the loony bin, because she was being babysat by one of the nurses, while she made that little trip to GC.” (Laughs)

Elizabeth admitted her joy of being back at Y&R: “Being back is a hundred times bigger and better than I could ever imagine.  Moving forward, Chloe is goings to piss people off!  I love playing a bitch!” (Laughs)

Watch the full Elizabeth Hendrickson video interview below. Then weigh-in: What did you think of Chloe’s part in “Adam’s death”?  Working in cahoots with Victor?   What do you think will happen when Chelsea finds out what her best friend has done to her husband?  Are you rooting for Kevin and Chloe to get back together? Who will turn out to be Bella’s bio-dad?  If it is Billy’s, what kind of relationship would you like Chloe to have with him?  And finally, are you thrilled Liz Hendrickson is back on Y&R adding more excitement and unexpected moments into the daytime drama series?  Share your thoughts on the interviews and more in the comment section below!

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padange

Nice interview and EH is a fine actress. But I find the character of Chloe incredibly annoying. And I don’t usually mind “bitchy” characters. I dread “Chilly” and hope Bella isn’t Billy’s. I actually wish she weren’t even Chloe’s. Just a black market baby.
Just the idea of replacing one kid with another is kind of unacceptable to me (not to speak of the way she did it if Bella is indeed Billy’s kid).

Harry
Harry

I agree. Also, Kevin and Mariah make a far better couple than he and Chloe do.

Timmm
Timmm

I want Chloe with Cane. He needs a lift!

Celia
Celia

We do agree on this, my darling, Harry…..
Mariah and Kevin have such great camaraderie, which is normally hard to come by between the opposite sex. That is such a plus in a romantic relationship–lovers AND friends….love it!!
Chloe is too far out there for me. Well, so is Kevin; but, he’s docile. LOL. She’s too untrustworthy.
It seems to me that every move she makes is calculated.

Harry
Harry

Cane needs a lift and Chloe needs a Cane!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I agree too. The only reason I would tolerate “Chilly” is if it would reduce JT’s airtime and get NotBilly out of Jack and Phyllis’ orbit. At least I could FF through that.

Nikki
Nikki

I don’t care for the character of Chloe at all. I like having a villain in a show but she is just pure evil. Even Victor has a soft spot but this Chloe is awful and if Bella is Billy’s I hope he get custody of her and for what she’s done to her best friend’s husband, I want her in jail. As for Kevin I have been so ticked at him lately. Wake-up already Kevin. Your also better off with Mariah.

barbara Branski
barbara Branski

I love elizabeth she is a great actress an brings a lot to life. I hope they keep her.

Dennis L Parks
Dennis L Parks

You should have Billy Abbott, and Nick Newman, see a Vision of Jesus , and they both become born-again Christians! And make them believeable! Not Weirdo’s! Research those
Happenings! And Don’t be PC about it! Thanks!

Harry
Harry

Why would they do that and how would that be remotely interesting or entertaining?

Celia
Celia

Hey, Dennis,
I don’t think either Nick or Billy is a weirdo. Nick has come a long way.
Billy? Well, he’s just Billy. What I find weird are the writers.
Within a matter of minutes, Billy tries to make amends—-what an epiphany!!!!!!!! No, no, no, writers; no can’t buy. This sudden switch in personality and heart? No way, Hose’!!!!!
This ‘out-of-left-field’ transformation only makes him look like a psycho.

Nikki
Nikki

I don’t get it.

Harry
Harry

For some reason I thought she was just coming back on a short term basis.
Like the actress, hate her character. They ruined any sense of empathy viewers might had for her with her murdering Adam. Worse, she seems incredibly possessive of Chelsea and seems to want her all to herself.
I find her character be insidiously creepy but I do admit that actress is very talented.

JK
JK

TOTALLY AGREE………………

Timmm
Timmm

Who knows how one acts after losing a child. I suppose everyone could act differently. Chloe seems to still not be “Counciled up” enough. But its a soap and we never see a counselor heal a character! Billy let his daughter alone in a car on a dark road. Adam didnt maliciously hit her Daughter. We dont even know that he did it. I still want “Drunk Nikki” to be the one! Or what about Esther? Theres a twist! Chloe is a loose cannon still and it seems to be the time to slow her down.

Celia
Celia

True, my Timmmy. People react different to the pain of losing a child. Some women do lose their minds, literally.
But, let’s not forget that Chloe has always been a manipulative, little hussy. She tried passing Delia off as Cane’s: ergo, the name Cordelia, which he gave her.
As Elizabeth discussed with Mr. Fairman, Chloe strongly felt that Delia’s death had not been avenged to its full extend……not until death came to Adam. One loss for another.
You’re right. Chloe is not healed. Imagine the internal and mental turmoil she experience, in a world all her own. Is she now healed? I doubt it. I love Elizabeth, but I find no pleasure in the character as she is. TPTB need to do something drastic with Chloe to take root with Adam’s fans.
I hope Elizabeth stays…such a talent…..and, Chloe needs to be cultivated; so much potential!!

Celia
Celia

That should read ‘differently’.

Dave Richardson
Dave Richardson

I’m desperately hoping that out of nowhere, The writers will bring Adams character back, to reveal what Chloe did then She’s goes to prison and become even crazier then ever, and also he witnesses Chelsea and his brother Nick having a affair but somehow Adam wins Chelsea back after a long family battle royal.

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe Victor was in on hiding Adam?

Dave Richardson
Dave Richardson

I am desperately hoping that the writers will bring Adams character back on the show and reveal what Chloe did to him, and Chloe barely escapes prison but becomes even more crazy and vows to destroy both Adam and Victor and Adam witnesses his brother Nick and Chelsea have an affair, but after a long family battle royal wins Chelsea back

jaybird369
jaybird369

Uh…No. Kevin and Chloe DO NOT NEED to get back together again!!!!! That ship has SERIOUSLY SAILED!!!!! Also, Kevin (lately) has been behaving like a TOTAL IDIOT…I mean…taking Mariah for granted and everything else!!!!! Most of all, Mariah needs to give that CRAY CRAY Chloe a MUCH-NEEDED BEAT-DOWN!!!!!

Just saying……….

Timmm
Timmm

Here is a twist. Adam resurfaces and runs to Chelsea to reveal what Chloe had done to him and Chelsea says she doesnt want to hear it, Chloe and I have moved on, we are getting married in two weeks! Hey now!

Celia
Celia

HaHa, Timmmy! Why not!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I agree. I like Kevin with Mariah, but Mariah deserves better than how Kevin is currently treating her. I would actually like to see Mariah in a front-burner storyline. She’s currently my favorite character.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I agree. Mariah needs to be more than a bodyguard/mouthpiece for Sharon, as they continue to lie about Sally. I would love to see this talented actress carry her own story.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I completely agree with you jaybird369. Somebody needs to knock some sense into Chole, and I think Mariah is the perfect one to do it. And when she is done, she can knock some sense into her friend Kevin as well. In the beginning I wanted Kevin to be the father, but with the way he is acting now I’m glad he’s not

damien
damien

a down and out billy needs to commeserate with a cray cray chloe… hell hath no fury when two of genoa citys outcasts hook up…a chloe/ jill/ phyliss feud would be epic!

Celia
Celia

Hmmm. Speaking of Jill accusing Phyllis of breaking her marriage vows. Gee, the pot should shut her mouth about the kettle.

Tucker
Tucker

Chloe’s return has been a bust from Day One – her “Dorothy Gale” visitations to Victor, shooting Adam with a blowgun and keeping the identity of Bella’s daddy a huge secret has grown old for this longtime viewer.

Nikki
Nikki

I’m with you Tucker. How about she makes friends with Summer and the two of them go on a very long long vacation.

Timmm
Timmm

“Summer” vacation!

Nikki
Nikki

Good one Timmm!

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

Well if and when the Sully reveal ever comes out, I have a feeling Sharon will be vacationing in a nice padded cell somewhere

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I agree with you Tucker. This whole story needs to be put to rest along with Adam. Enough is enough. Now it’s time to move forward with other issues. I am wondering if the Sully reveal will be next. Then we can watch Sharon crack yet again

Nikki
Nikki

But the Sully reveal might send Sharon over the edge but it won’t send Summer on any long vacation even now with the break-up of Jack & Phyllis she get’s yet another front burner story as her mom moves in with her. I would love to know what she has on these people cause it sure ain’t acting.

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah and Chloe and Natalie look a like and they never played on that angle!

Alan
Alan

Elizabeth Hendrickson is a good actress but I feel like Chloe is such a mess that she really serves no story purpose at this point except to tell Billy he has another another child and to reveal that Adam is alive and being held in some clinic all drugged up and unable to move while she torments him with photos of Chelsea and Connor moving on.

Hopefully Sally Sussman-Morina and Kay Alden can turn the character around and get her out of the corner she’s been written into.

dmr
dmr

Chloe and Kevin have zero chemistry, as do Mariah and Kevin.

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

Agree that Chloe and Kevin don’t have much chemistry, however, Kevin and Mariah have something special. It might not be sexual, but it is there. Perhaps a one sided thing that develops into more.

Interviews

Sharon Case Celebrates 25 Years On The Young and the Restless; Shares With Fans: “Thanks For Going On The Ride With Me”

Over the weekend, The Young and the Restless Sharon Case reached her 25-year milestone in Genoa City! For Case, who was the third actress to take on the role of Sharon Collins, and once believed she would only last six months on the top-rated CBS Daytime drama, has become an integral part throughout the years to the drama and the romance that happens on the canvas on Y&R.

To mark the occasion, Case sat-down with Michael Fairman on the set of Crimson Lights at CBS Television City where Y&R is taped; to take a stroll down memory lane, and to share her thoughts with her legions of fans on the life and times of Sharon Collins Newman.

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From her character’s wrong-side-of-the-tracks beginning, to meeting Nick Newman, to many of the memorable storylines and moments that were among her very favorites including: when Nikki, Phyllis, Sharon and Victoria buried J.T., and of course, to her leading men through the years, Sharon reveals some backstage and on-camera Intel.   As viewers know, Sharon Newman had also had her share of catfights through the years in longstanding conflicts with both Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and of course, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), and Sharon discusses those moments too.

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Sharon and Michael also relive when Cassie’s death, was first aired on the show, and the impact that story has had for decades on everyone who worked on and has watched Y&R over the years.  In addition, Sharon discusses how she felt the night she won the Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series back in 1999.

At the end of the interview Sharon relates this message to the fans of Y&R: “I have always felt like these 25 years wasn’t just working here and playing Sharon … or working here with all the wonderful people … it’s just as much about going through it with all of you, especially because of social media, but even when we didn’t have it, we always knew that you were there and we were partners with you … because it really is sort of a partnership.  I really have felt like we have been in this together the whole time.  We don’t have a studio audience, but we know you’re there, and we love hearing from you.  It really was just as much about you – this journey I have gone on, than it was anything else, so ‘thank you’ for being there and watching the show, and being faithful to the show, and thanks for going on the ride with me.”

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Now below, watch Sharon’s 25th anniversary from the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  For more feature interviews on the channel make sure to “subscribe”.

Then, let us know what has been your favorite storyline of Sharon’s through the years?  Comment below.

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Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson and Greg Rikaart Talk On The Return of Chloe and Kevin

Fans of The Young and the Restless were overjoyed to learn a few months ago that Kevin and Chloe played to perfection by Greg Rikaart and Elizabeth Hendrickson were headed back to the CBS Daytime drama following the regime change at the top.

Rikaart had previously with the series for 14 years before he was taken off-contract, and then journeyed to Days of our Lives to take on the role of Leo, while Hendrickson went to General Hospital to take on the role of Margaux Dawson, only to eventually head back to Genoa City.

Michael Fairman sat down with the popular on-screen duo recently on the set of Crimson Lights at CBS Television City for a special conversation via The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

When discussing what happened behind the scenes that led them back to Genoa City, Liz expressed: “It was definitely a surprise to get the call. I wouldn’t say it came out of nowhere because I saw Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) was coming back and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) was coming back, and it looked like they were getting the gang back together.  I wasn’t sure if I was next on the list, but when I did get the call, I was really excited, and so I chimed in with my better half (Greg) and he was too, so then I was like, ‘Well, let’s do it.”  Greg related: “I had a conversation with Josh Griffith (head writer, Y&R) and expressed that it was nice being back in the building. and a little bit later, I got a phone call inviting me back.”

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If viewers have followed recent developments on Y&R, Chloe and Kevin kidnapped Billy for is own protection (Jason Thompson) to a cabin, after he tried to kill Adam.  In the ensuing scenes, Kevin injects Billy with a syringe filled with a drug to knock him out.  Rikaart shared, “Doesn’t it make sense, that if anyone had something on them to knock someone out it would be Kevin .. on the ready!?”

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Liz said of Billy’s deteriorating mental health state and working with Jason Thompson (and Billy’s revenge against Adam): “Chloe also knows that Delia would not want her father to take revenge.”  As far as working with Jason Thompson, Hendrickson shared: “Jason is really, really wonderful.  I have known him personally outside of the soap world from mutual friends.  And in getting to work with him, Jason is just great. He is a really solid guy, as well.

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Later, Liz and Greg weigh-in on their favorite all-time scene together.  Greg admitted, “The first one to come to mind is our New Year’s scene, because that is when we first got together. and the build-up to that was a really long time coming. I thought it was so beautifully played where Kevin had finally given up on the idea of them being together, and he is out with spray tan girl and it’s New Year’s Eve and all he is doing the entire time is complaining about Chloe. Meanwhile, Chloe is home in her pajamas eating ice cream with Esther – it was very much a throwback to a John Hughes 1980’s rom-com.”

On their return to Y&R, Greg concluded:  “I think the fans are excited that we are back, and I think that fuels my excitement too, because when I was gone I really missed this place and knowing people missed having me here, I realized I wasn’t crazy …. this was something special.”

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So are you happy to see Liz and Greg back on Y&R? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. But first check out their video interview!

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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