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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.”

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.”

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
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Harry

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

Timmm
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Timmm

I want Chloe with Cane. He needs a lift!

Celia
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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
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Harry

Cane needs a lift and Chloe needs a Cane!!

MBmomof3
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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
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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
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barbara Branski

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

Dennis L Parks
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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
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Harry

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

Celia
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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
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Nikki

I don’t get it.

Harry
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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
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JK

TOTALLY AGREE………………

Timmm
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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
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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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

That should read ‘differently’.

Dave Richardson
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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
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Timmm

Maybe Victor was in on hiding Adam?

Dave Richardson
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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
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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
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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
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Celia

HaHa, Timmmy! Why not!!

MBmomof3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Celia

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

Tucker
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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
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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
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Timmm

“Summer” vacation!

Nikki
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Nikki

Good one Timmm!

soapqueenforever
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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
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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
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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
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Timmm

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

Alan
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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
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dmr

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

Tani Sterling
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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.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson Weighs-In On Daytime’s Wildest Storyline, The Hope Mannequin & What’s Really Going On With Thomas

If you think you’ve seen it all on daytime soap operas, think again! Over the past several weeks viewers of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful have been witness to fashion designer Thomas Forrester’s (Matthew Atkinson) descent into madness, or is it?

In B&B’s thriller-esque storyline, complete with tight close-ups and tilted angles of Thomas and his co-star, the Hope Mannequin – yup, you read that right, the series is taking the audience on one wild ride, something we have not seen the likes of since back in the hey day of the late head writer, James Reilly, during his tenure on Days of our Lives or Passions.

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Inspired by, believe it or not, true life events, B&B’s head writer and executive producer, Brad Bell and his creative team have served up a story generated off all of the buzz the show was receiving for using mannequins as scene partners for the actors in intimate moments to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols.  B&B was the first American show back in production amid the pandemic.

 

Within this twisted tale, Thomas has the life-like version of Hope Logan Spencer (Annika Noelle) at home with him.  Those who have stumbled upon him with the mannequin, well, he has been able to explain that away by saying that having the doll with him is helping him create some of the best designs of his career.

The problem is the mannequin is talking to Thomas, it’s eyes have often turned devil-red, and on Friday’s episode it walked!  It’s objective is to get Thomas to kill Liam (Scott Clifton) and to get Hope back to be his one and only. Throughout many of the scenes in the storyline, Thomas suffers from what appears to be severe headaches.  All of this leading the audience to believe either … he has a brain tumor … he is being drugged … he is suffering from a severe mental break and disorder, or something else.

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In a very candid and often humorous conversation with Michael Fairman for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Thomas’ portrayer, Matthew Atkinson, discusses some of the craziest scenes to shoot thus far including Thomas having dinner with the mannequin!  In addition, Atkinson reveals how he and Annika Noelle tape the scenes where she is the voice of the Hope mannequin while adhering to safety protocols,  and how Liam is the only one, apparently, thinking something is off with Thomas, and so much more.

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One thing is for certain, Matthew Atkinson is sinking his teeth into the material and making it must-see daytime drama through his performances while we all wait to see what the possessed mannequin does next.

Check out the full interview with Matthew below. 

Then let us know, what do you think is happening or wrong with Thomas? Are you getting a kick out of the Hope Mannequin storyline? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

 

 

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Eric Nelsen Talks Latest Film, Becoming a Tony-Nominated Producer, ‘The Bay’, and His Elizabeth Gillies & Ariana Grande Connection

You can catch All My Children reboot alum, Eric Nelsen (Ex-AJ Chandler), just about everywhere this month, and that’s hard to do given that we are all living in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, this Daytime Emmy-winning actor has his hands in a myriad of projects of late including: appearing on season six of The Bay (new episodes every Tuesday on Popstar! TV) where he continues to play Daniel’s journey after the character has come to terms with his sexuality and finds love, plus his comedic turn in the film, 1 Night in San Diego, and recently becoming a Tony-nominated producer along with his wife Sainty for the critically-acclaimed, and now 11 times nominated Broadway play, The Inheritance.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Eric to get the lowdown on his busy professional life, and we were in for some surprises along the way including: what the producers of AMC had in mind for the character of AJ that ultimately did not happen, and that Eric starred on Broadway with Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon, Dynasty) and Pop superstar, Ariana Grande – and there’s more to that story below.

 

What makes Nelsen so good at what he does on-screen is that he is a like a chameleon; adept at playing the quirky, to the troubled bad boys, to the emotional heart-tugging anti-hero. So here’s what Eric had to say in this fascinating conversation.

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Your latest film appearance in 1 Night in San Diego is out this week on multiple streaming on-demand platforms from: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and more. Tell me about the movie and when did you film this?

ERIC:  We filmed it near San Diego, not this past February, but last February, and it’s hilarious.  It’s a female-driven comedy.  The cast is incredible.  Alexandra Daddario, who is just epic, and Jenna Ushkowitz, and Laura Ashley Samuels, they truly bring it in this powerhouse comedy, and it’s just one of those make-you -laugh movies from beginning to end, just silly, stupid stuff happening the whole time.  General Hospital’s Mark Lawson (Dustin) is also in the film.  While we don’t work in scenes together, I did get a chance to meet him and he’s a really great guy.  I play this off-the-wall character, named Gordo, who is a real burn-out, think Matthew McConaughey meets space cadet, which was a lot of fun to play.  Gordo is a great role.  I had more fun with this part than I’ve had in a long time.  So, it was cool to throw a comedy into all of the drama I have been playing in my other projects.

How does Gordo know the girls in the film?

ERIC:  One of the girls knew him back in the day, so they were in town looking to reconnect, and she’s like, “Oh, we want to party and let’s hit up Gordo,” and they do.  He has just gone completely off the rails, off the deep end with spirituality and kind of in his own world. They find themselves in quite a predicament when they come visit what they didn’t know was a commune, basically.  Gordo creates this hippie commune for a bunch of outcast musicians, (laughs) and I don’t want to give too much away, but a lot of interesting stuff happens there.

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In addition, you are now a Tony-nominated producer for the play The Inheritance!

ERIC: That was crazy, because it’s always been a dream of mine to produce for Broadway.  That was how I got into the world of film and TV acting, which was through the theatre.  That’s where I started.  I was lucky enough to star on Broadway when I was 16 and 17, in a musical called, 13.  I started with Ariana Grande! It was so fun.

Wait, what?

ERIC:  Yeah, that was her first big show, and Elizabeth Gillies’.

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I think Elizabeth Gillies is terrific in Dynasty.

ERIC:  Oh yeah, and you know she and I dated for two and a half years during the whole run of the show 13.  Elizabeth is very talented.   She is amazing.  The funny part of it is, we were dating forever, and kind of had a bad breakup, and then Sainty, my wife, gets cast in her show Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, in the pilot to play Liz’s best friend on the series.  So, all of the sudden, I’m like, “Wait, wait, wait, out of all the shows, all of the things, this is who you have to get cast as best friends with?” and so they actually became really, really, close friends.  So, I’d actually come home from work or filming, and Liz would be on my couch sitting there giggling with Sainty.  I’m like, “This is just becoming too much.  This is a full-circle moment here.  I can’t deal.” (Laughs)

Now, you and Elizabeth are broken up at this point?

ERIC:  Yes.  We had been broken up at this point.  Sainty and I were actually together.  I started dating Sainty in New York and the pilot she was shooting was in New York, and she gets cast as Liz’s best friend, and I was like, “Oh, of course.”

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But Sainty knew you’d dated Elizabeth?

ERIC:  Yes, she did.

You must have been dying.

ERIC:  Yes, so dying.  Dying.   You know, it’s just one of those things that in a million years, you would never expect this to happen, and of course, Sainty and her had to become best friends in real life because they’re both great girls, and naturally, they would be friends, but now, I’m like this guy stuck in the middle who can’t believe what’s happening, and thought that was one chapter, and this is a different chapter, and now the chapters are combining.  It’s kind of a comedy act.

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Since Ariana Grande was on Broadway with you and Liz, what was she like back then before her meteoric rise to fame?

ERIC:  Ariana was literally the sweetest, most innocent, and cutest – like my little sister.   To me, it was like, Liz and I were dating, and Ari was kind of like the little sister.  All of a sudden the show ended. Ariana got a Nickelodeon show, and after that, she became the most famous person in the world and was like this sex icon, and I couldn’t get over it.   She’s always had that talent with her voice and in 13 she was an ensemble member.  She wasn’t even one of the leads, but her voice was so incredible, even then as a young teenager.  I thought she was going to go on to have this great Broadway career as an actress and do musicals her whole life just because of her voice.  Then, all of the sudden, right after the musical, we all auditioned for the same Nickelodeon show.  I ended up going to the finals for the boyfriend role, Liz got the girlfriend role, and Ari got the funny friend on the show role.  That kind of catapulted them into the TV world, and Ari got a spinoff because of her character on that show for another Nickelodeon show, called Sam and Cat, and then after Sam and Cat, she went from this innocent, sweet, little Nickelodeon girl that I knew to being the biggest star.  It was unbelievable to me.

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So, you started on Broadway as a teenager, and you found you always wanted to produce for the Great White Way? 

ERIC:  Yes, I did the Broadway thing, and then I got into film and TV, and then I got into film and TV producing.  As an actor, there are a lot of ups, a lot of downs.  So, in between the ups, I wanted to fill my time, so I got into producing, and I loved it.  I loved creating.  As an actor, we just show up, and everything is already done.  All we have to do is say our lines.  We get pampered, and we go home, but I wanted to know how it got to that point, like what happens before that.  So, I started producing film and found some success doing that, and it was so much fun for me.  Sainty’s and my first love, and what feels like home, is theatre.  So, I wanted to take it full circle and produce a Broadway show.  I just thought that would be such an incredible moment, and so that’s what I did.  I started emailing all of the Broadway producers who I had worked with as an actor, letting them know what I had been doing, kind of the success I had gotten from producing The Bay and some of these other things. Different shows came across my desk that I didn’t quite bite the bullet on, a couple of which I wish I would have, Dear Evan Hansen being one of them.  I would have been so rich by now!  (Laughs)

I just want to clarify for people who might not know, the word “producer” can mean different things.  There are “producers” who are putting money in … they’re backing projects or shows.  There are other people who are “producers” on the creative side of projects.  So, when you’re talking about producing a Broadway show, it is as an investor?

ERIC:  So for theatre, unless you’re the head producer who kind of gets creative control, every other producer listed in the credits is basically helping raise finances and is also very heavily involved in the process of everything else along the way, which is also what makes it special.  So finally, The Inheritance came across our desk, and it checked every single box.  It was just an epic play.  It’s a two-part play, and it’s just hours and hours and hours long.  You see it in multiple days or in multiple shows.  I remember reading the script and not stopping until I finished.  I was like, “This is amazing,” and it had just come off of a huge commercial successful run in London.  It won the Olivier Award for “Best New Play” and just about every other award you could win, and so I was like, “This is the one.  This is incredible.  I love the piece, love the message, and pulled the trigger,” and I would have done it all over again if we could.

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The Inheritance is a generational piece centering on gay men during the AIDS crisis.  What can you say about it to those who don’t know about it, or have not seen it yet?

ERIC:  It takes place in the past, and then it fasts forward to the future.  You see two generations of gay men in New York City, and it’s all about the AIDS crisis, and so you’re bawling crying, and then you’re laughing throughout it.  It’s just one of those epic plays that pulls at every single emotion and you feel like you’re watching a movie.

It seems reminiscent of Angels In America, but different.   

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s definitely its own thing.  It’s actually an adaptation of Howard’s End, the novel by Forster, definitely different from Angels in America, but the two-part show is kind of what I was meaning by that.  People have said it is kind of our generation’s Angel’s in America in tone and subject matter.  It was just a dream come true, and like all other theatre that was open during our season, it had to close because of the pandemic, and it will have life after Broadway.  We are already slated for the Geffen Playhouse in LA, so I’m very excited for all of my LA friends and the public to get to see it.

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And you get nominated in the year that the coronavirus pandemic shut down live theatre! But it is my understanding we still do not have a date for handing out this year’s Tony Awards.

ERIC:  No, we do not.  They finally announced that they were going to announce nominations, and for a while we didn’t even know that they were going to do that.  We received 11 nominations, which is incredible.  We were so excited.  I truly thought the American Theatre Wing and the Tony committee were not going to do the Tonys at all, and so we were just like, “I can’t believe the one year we pull the trigger on the show, this isn’t going to happen for us,” but then thank God, they came to their senses.  There were plenty of shows that opened and needed to be recognized.

How long was it open on Broadway?

ERIC:  We were open from September 2019 through February or March.  So, as long as your submission was open on Broadway before Covid-19 and had at least all of its previews and an opening night before Covid-19 hit, then you could qualify, and then in the play category, there were like 10 plays that had opened last year that were contenders.  So, that was definitely the hardest category.   It will be interesting to see what happens after all of this.  The only good thing I know that is going to come from this is the amount of creatives who have had so much time sitting at home to create and write, that there will be so many new scripts and plays and musicals that are going to come from this.  I think it’s’ going to be the biggest boom that we’ve probably ever seen in theatre, just because there’s been so much time to develop stuff.  At the same time, it’s piggybacking on the darkest time that theatre has ever seen.

Throughout the pandemic, I always stream all of the Broadway Actor’s Fund events.  It’s really sad.  It’s just a difficult time, those in the arts are struggling and especially in the live theatre and also musicians who can’t tour or play gigs in front of an audience. I know they said Broadway is closed through May 31, 2021.

ERIC:  It is really hard.  I’m happy that we are able to find other ways like streaming shows.  I’m actually producing a big benefit for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS that will be airing on World AIDS Day, December 1st.  It’s a show called Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.  The cast we have is everybody from Nathan Lane, to Academy Award winner J. K. Simmons.  It’s insane.  It will be streaming online on the Broadway HD network.  It is a huge list of Broadway stars and a lot of movie and TV stars as well that are participating.  We’ve got people from all over the map.

And … Ariana Grande? (Laughs)

ERIC:  (Laughs)  Ari is not in it, actually!

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So, in this week’s latest episode of The Bay, your character of Daniel Garrett makes his final choice for love between Caleb (Mike Manning) and Matthew (Randy Wayne).  When you came to the show, did you know that this part was going to wind-up being a gay character?

ERIC:  No, I did not.  I think I dropped a bird in Gregori Martin’s (creator, The Bay) ear by telling him that before All My Children ended, they were going to have my character of AJ Chandler have a storyline where he is gay.  The producers sat me down and talked through an entire storyline arc with me.  Basically, Ginger Smith (ex-executive producer, All My Children) and Alison, our casting director, and one other person from the show, took me to lunch in New York. They pitched me what they wanted to do for my character, and asked me if I would be comfortable with it, and they wanted my opinion, everything.  It was really cool how they approached it, and I was like, “100% completely.”  I look at what Chandler Massey (Ex-Will Horton) did on Days and where that brought him and his storyline, and I thought, “Yes, there’s going to be so much more depth and stuff to play than just being this fun little rich kid.”  At the time, there really wasn’t much depth to AJ.  So, I was like, “Yes.  I will be all over it.  Absolutely.”  So, I told Gregori that, and I don’t know if he already had something in his mind or not, or if that influenced it at all, but maybe he just figured that was something that would work well, and up till that point, I guess they didn’t really have that on the show.  Regardless, no, I wasn’t aware that that was the direction it was going in, but I was really happy with my storyline and it’s grown a lot since then, and in this current season especially.  It’s really given me an arc to play, which I’ve enjoyed.

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So for those who may not know let’s do a re-set.  Where is the character of Daniel at? It seems like he is at crossroads, and is making some important decisions, or trying to.

ERIC:  So Daniel was a wild party boy in the beginning, just head in the clouds, lives life with thinking there’s no repercussions and just doing what you want to do all of the time, and that got him into a lot of trouble with drugs and alcohol. Then, we realize why Daniel has been the way he is, and why he acts out, and why he has been so all over the place, and it’s because he hasn’t been able to come to terms with who he is.  Then, he admits it to himself and for the first time to somebody else – who happens to be his priest in a catholic church, ironically –  that he is gay and this is what he has been battling with.  For the first time (and I don’t know where on television it has depicted it this way), but the catholic priest looks at Daniel, and he’s like, “What’s your sin?  You haven’t sinned.  This is perfectly fine.”  So, I love that Gregori made that the outlet for which Daniel was able to basically come to terms with who he was, because he grew up in the church, and so he was always told that it was wrong.  Obviously, it’s not wrong, or obviously the church needs to change their mindset, but on The Bay, he chose that to be the outlet through which he came out, which I thought was really powerful.  Through that, Daniel experimented with other boys and such to figure out where he wanted to land, and then in this newest season, I can’t say much that gives anything away, but for the first time, we really see Daniel’s growth, and he’s making decisions, and the most mature we’ve ever seen him, and it’s been really cool to see that come full circle.  He’s making commitments to himself.

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In story, Daniel chooses Caleb.  Why so?

ERIC:  Obviously, that’s who it works with,  Caleb is a teacher and a great guy.

… And Matthew is not a great guy?

ERIC:  He is… he’s just not the great guy for him.

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This season of The Bay is heavily steeped with social issues of our time.  Covid-19 has come to Bay City and the Black Lives Matter movement also plays prominently.

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s kind of the beginning of the pandemic in The Bay and within all of the intense drama that Daniel has been having, he is still, for all intent and purposes the comedic relief of the show, and so there is a funny scene where I’m carrying like 28,000 rolls of toilet paper like, “Come on, guys.  We’ve got to stock up!”  We all remember those days, don’t we?

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How do you feel about this season of the show and your work in it? You’ve previously won a Daytime Emmy for your performances on The Bay.

ERIC:  This season is more cemented in a character that has truly grounded himself.  So, the first Emmy I won was for a storyline of coming out and uncertainty and struggle and pain, whereas this season Daniel knows what he wants and is going for it.  There is much more passion and love in this season for Daniel, as opposed to struggle and heartache.

The cast and crew of The Bay all went away and quarantined at this ranch this past summer to get the new season completed.  What was that like?

ERIC:  We were actually in Santa Barbara, and filmed on this epic ranch up there.  It’s like this 500-acre ranch that we all quarantined on.  We had to do the testing, and temperatures three times a day, and the whole thing.  So, it was really structured, tough to pull off, but we were all so grateful that we were able to do this.  Luckily, we had this incredible kind of bubble of a ranch to live and work on while we were shooting.  They were really good about block shooting it all, so we’d kind of shoot one person’s character, then the next, so we wouldn’t have to ever be leaving the ranch before we were done.

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Finally, how is being a dad?

ERIC:  Oh, it’s amazing.  I just can’t believe how fast the time is flying by because of it.  We just had Molly’s first birthday on October 1st, and I feel like yesterday she was born.  I sound like my parents when I say this, but it’s like the time keeps getting faster, but it’s so true.  She’s awesome.  We play Broadway musical soundtracks to her all day, and she sings.  She sits at the piano with me when I play, and she kind of plunks notes out next to me.  She loves music, and we’ve introduced it to her from day one.  We always joke that she won’t be able to watch any of daddy’s stuff until she’s 18 probably, but Sainty is a voice-over actress.  She has done parts for animated films and TV shows such as Trolls, and Barbie, and Boss Baby, so everything from the first part of my daughter’s life is all going to be Mommy’s stuff, and then, in the later part of life she can start watching Daddy’s stuff.

Right, she can’t watch anything that you do!  (Laughs) So, basically forget that!

ERIC:  (Laughs) Yep!

Check out the trailer for 1 Night in San Diego below.  Then share your thoughts on Eric’s current role on The Bay, if you hope he wins a Tony to go with his Daytime Emmy, the six degrees of separation between him, Elizabeth Gillies and his wife, and that the All My Children reboot considered making the character of AJ Chandler gay via the comment section below.

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Peter Reckell Reflects On His Time As DAYS Iconic Bo Brady, Life In New Zealand & Christmas Music Project

Last week, Days of our Lives  turned 55-years young, and the historic long-running NBC daytime drama series has been home to some of the most memorable stars and characters of the soap opera genre, perhaps none more so than anti-hero Bo Brady played by Peter Reckell.

Reckell who appeared on the show for several runs that lasted over four decades, premiered as Bo back in 1983.  He then stayed through 1987, came back from 1990 to 1992, again from 1995 to 2012, and back again in 2015 during DAYS 50th anniversary and to wrap his run as Bo, when the character was killed-off, after Reckell made it clear that he wanted to give the audience closure for the character.  He later made another return in 2016 to help the character of Hope (Kristian Alfonso) move on with her life.  Hard to believe for all of those heart-tugging performances, Peter was nominated only once for a Daytime Emmy.

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In this candid, deeply personal and enlightening new interview for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Reckell opens up as to: what led to many of the decisions he made throughout his time as Bo, how he helped craft the role from the start, the accident that almost took his life, how he handled all the fame that came his way as part of the Bo and Hope supercouple pairing, and how two women in the cast; the late Frances Reid (Alice) and Peggy McCay (Caroline) made lasting impressions on him that he will carrying with him for the rest of his life.

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What would Peter say if somehow DAYS wanted him back and Bo was actually alive and well?  Find out as Peter weighs-in and wishes his former show a happy anniversary  In addition, he even shares how he felt when Robert Kelker-Kelly took over the role of Bo when he decided to leave the show at one point, and his time playing Johnny on primetime’s Knots Landing.

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Reckell has moved his family to New Zealand, and this conversation was conducted from his home.  Peter is married to singer/songwriter/producer Kelly Moneymaker and the couple have a daughter, Loden.   It was not wanting to miss the moments of his daughter’s life growing up that has been much of the impetus for some of Peter’s career choices.

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With Christmastime approaching, Kelly and Peter are part of a brand new Christmas LP entitled Joy.  The album is now available for download on Spotify, Apple Music and major music streaming platforms.

In an exclusive during the interview, we give fans a sneak peek of Peter’s new music video for “Under the Mistletoe”, the song he sings that appears on Joy, which was written by his wife.  For more on the album project visit BlueAegis.com

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Now, check out the interview with Peter direct from New Zealand below! Then share your thoughts on Peter, Bo, and more via the comment section.

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