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Y&R’s Gina Tognoni, Jason Thompson & Amelia Heinle Talk On Philly, Villy, And Each Other!

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Three of The Young and the Restless most talented actors and fan favorites: Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), Jason Thompson (Billy) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria) chat with Michael Fairman in his latest video offering on The Michael Channel.

Shot on the set of the top-rated daytime drama series inside Phyllis’ apartment, Gina, Jason, and Amelia weigh-in on a myriad of subjects including: what are the chances that Billy will ultimately end up with Phyllis, even though he has currently been hacking into her computer for some vital business intel? Is Philly the eventual end game, or could Victoria get her former hubby back, now that she has made it known that she wants him back? Will Villy end up being reunited?

Recently, Victoria has been suffering severe headaches, leading many to speculate that something is seriously wrong with her. Might there be a clue in this video conversation on where that story is headed, and what is wrong with her?

Everyone in the soap genre knows that Gina, Jason,and Amelia are all powerhouse performers, but you will also find out what they think of each other, participating in social media, and some more entertaining nuggets when watching the video.

After the jump, check out The Michael Channel’s sit-down chit-chat with Gina, Jason, and Amelia. Then, let us know if you are Team Philly, Team Villy, or are you rooting for the characters to wind up romantically involved with other people, and if so whom? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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rocky83
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rocky83

Filly Villy , both pairing are snoozers…..

Celia
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Celia

I agree, rocky83… however, I am not as turned off by Villy as I am of Filly.
Something else that turns me off? Cane’s man-boobies. HaHa!!

K/kay
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K/kay

JFP told her pet toy Thompson that Billy was a spoiled rich smug arrogant playboy and that how he plays him and he needs to take his sneakers and go

Tucker
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Tucker

Agreed – Jason Thompson is ill-suited for the role of BIlly Abbott – we need Billy Miller back ASAP!!

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Great interview! Drunken Phyllis + headache Victoria + fun-boy Billy = a daytime three-way?

Celia
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Celia

You do come up with great ones, Mister Media. Love it….

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Did anyone get the feeling that the women couldn’t stand each other? Everything they said, was kind of said through Jason.
I especially love your idea of a soap talk show, and am surprised that no one has come up with the idea before. I know, I would watch, as others would, I am sure.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

THIS is a show that should be on the daytime schedule. A thoughtful interview show that takes the genre seriously and treats the actors like the artists they are. Michael is the perfect interviewer for a show of this type. Forget the cooking and lifestyle shows. A great soap talk show like this would really please the loyal daytime audience. It would also be cheap to produce and promote the soaps. Seems like a win-win for the network and the audience.

Celia
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Celia

Yeeesss!!!!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Loved the interview and I am enjoying the story line…I know so many people are complaining about Y&R being boring but IMO it’s not…I enjoy the character driven story lines but I will admit we do need some more suspense and mystery…I would love for Nina Arvesen to return and to shake up Paul’s world and I would love for Jaime Lyn Bauer to return as Lori Brooks…

Celia
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Celia

Exactly, Kevin C….so well said.
It is not so much that the stories are boring. They are flat, walking a straight line with a safety-net waiting at the end of it. As you said: no suspense, no “be still my heart”.

Tia
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Tia

I admit that I loved Villy when it was Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle who were portraying Billy and Victoria however, after that, I just couldn’t connect with them. I feel that the showrunners just keep forcing Victoria and Billy and just won’t make them grow apart as separate characters but even in the past when Victoria and Billy were together, Billy wasn’t 24/7 Victoria as he is written now. I loved Philly since 2016, because I felt they connected to each other on a level that they haven’t before because Phyllis of course was recovering after finding out that… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I really like Billy and Phyllis. I think they have magnetic chemistry and just plain sizzle. Victoria makes me want to take a long nap. That kiss, from a week or so ago, was just so boring, forced, and awkward-IMO.

Celia
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Celia

I don’t know, dmr. I respect your opinion. There’s no right or wrong how one feels. But, as for myself, it’s not a matter of Phyllis and Victoria in regard to Billy. For me, it’s a matter of Jason Thompson’s Billy and Gina Tognoni’s Phyllis. Michelle’s Phyllis was sort of evil when she first walked on stage. But she turned the proverbial ugly ( mentally, that is—not physically) duckling into a redeemed, consumate, body-made-to- wear-anything, swan. Michelle Stafford has that natural beauty and savoir-faire which Gina tries to achieve but fails, nonetheless……Just as Jason Thompson will never attain Billy Miller’s… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, sorry, dmr….I forgot.
I don’t like how the PTB are turning back the clock on Phyllis. They are turning her back into the conniving, duplicitous, untrustworthy “B”…..the Phyllis of old.
She is playing devil’s advocate. Never a good idea to engage in double-dealing for the sake of a man. Truth always comes out….and it will bite her in the arse.

Boes
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Boes

I’m rooting for Billy to be donated for medical research and for Phyllis and Victoria to find their brains and good taste.

And it’s not Phyllis’ apartment, it’s Summer’s.

rocky83
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rocky83

Hahahaha !

thepadange
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thepadange

Thanks for the sweet interview. Philly are my favorite part of the show. Great build-up in 2016, awesome chemistry and there’s still so much potential to explore. Can’t wait for some drama and fighting because of the Jabot vs B&S war. I also liked Victoria with Benjamin. The character was supposed to be this slimy ruthless businessman but the actor put some honesty and naturality in the portrayal. Could be an interesting addition to the show.

dmr
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dmr

I love Billy and Phyllis together. Victoria is so boring and has zero chemistry with Billy, IMO. That kiss was so forced and so awkward. Phyllis is a woman and just sizzles-brings excitement to Billy’s life! Sick of Brash and Sassy and Jabot “war.” It’s boring.

downtownla
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downtownla

I couldn’t help but notice the three stars each came from a different ABC soap. I still miss Jason Thompson as Patrick. They really should have made him the star of the show and not Sonny.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Downtownla, I totally agree about Jason Thompson, loved his portrayal of Patrick…I think Jason is a fabulous actor and a lot of people don’t like him as Billy but I do and I think he is doing a wonderful job.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I always felt that Jason Thompson, was not used to his full potential on GH, but on Y&R, he’s given something to dig his teeth into, showing his acting chops, while having two strong women fighting over him.I also love Billy Miller, but like him better on GH, with one woman, he is so loyal and protective of. What drives me nuts is, if he isn’t the original Jason, than where did these feelings for Sam come from?

JK
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JK

Y&R REALLY NEEDS TO MOVE ALONG THESE DRAGGED OUT STORYLINES….YOU GET TO A POINT WHERE YOU REALLY DONT CARE WHO BILLY IS WITH! ALL GOOD ACTORS…NEED GOOD STORYLINES… AND ENOUGH OF MOANING JACK!!!!!!!

Celia
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Celia

Jack!!!!! I have never liked Jack, the infant, JK. He needs a binky. Even during his ‘redeemed’ phase, I detested him. Always disgruntled and trying to find a way to rock one of his “victim’s” boat.
He ruined Patty, and got away with it. I wish a healed, mentally stable Patty would return, and stick it to him.
In some instances he’s worse than Victor—both need a massive dose of “grow up” vitamins.

boes
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boes

The problem isn’t Gina Tognoni, the problem isn’t Amelia Heinle, the problem is Jason Thompson. He’s just not Billy, not in any way. He always comes off as sneering and petulant and certainly has never shown any remorse for stabbing his brother in the back. Whichever woman is unlucky enough to land him will be stuck with an eternally self-indulgent manchild for a mate.
Let the worst woman win.

Celia
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Celia

It’s all about karma, boes. Jack has stabbed his own father in the back when he slept with Jill, his step-mother. It’s sick and disgusting to me how these shows have no regard for morality; yet, we see so much ‘holier-than-thou’ going on…it ‘kinda’ blows the mind. Eg: Bobbie and Carly (GH). It does not excuse Billy, of course…..and, it definitely IS about Gina’s Phyllis. She is no Michelle Stafford, who owned the role. I doubt if there would have been a romantic liaison if BM and MS had still been on the show. I guess we all have our… Read more »

K/kay
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K/kay

You want to tell me why Billy would destroy his fathers conpany these three are the reason I tape and delete! Ugh

Celia
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Celia

Right, Kay. Makes no sense.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Loved Johnny’s first day of school. So blond and cute, could be Billy Miller’s son for real. He does not resemble Jason Thompson in any way, since he plays his bio dad.

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, Violet ( love your name). Thompson has come a long way as Billy, but, I still miss BM. It is what it is. Sigh…. Something else that bothers me is that Chelsea, Johnny’s bio mom, has completely forgotten she has another son. So weird. How could she live in the same town, frequent the same places, see the same people, and go on with her life? She gave birth to him. How does she love one child and dismisses the other??? Y&R should revisit this wrong and make it right. I would have fought Billy and Victoria tooth and… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Celia thanks for your reply. I have thought as you do, many times about Chelsea’s feelings toward Johnny, or lack thereof. There was a night time show a few years ago, One Tree Hill, where two brothers, each not knowing about the other, as rivals, found out they were brothers( same father) and became best friends. I would like to see something like this happen here. Johnny has Katie, and Johnny MAY have Christian, although I am not as convinced as everyone else seems to be that he was fathered by Adam. I do want him to be Nicks.

Celia
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Celia

We seem to be of one mind in this, too, Violet.
I always believed Christian was Nick’s….said more often than not……albeit, we never really know what TPTB will do when they come to the crossroad.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

The body language speaks volumes.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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Linda Evans Joins the Virtual ‘Dynasty’ 40th Anniversary Reunion

Look who’s been added to the line-up of Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon Carrington) upcoming Dynasty reunion? None other that one of the iconic series most notable stars, Linda Evans (Ex-Krystle).

In a tweet on Wednesday, Samms shared: “OMG… Look who’s joining us for the Dynasty Reunion! It’s only LINDA EVANS.  I’m so grateful, but not surprised by the kindness of her heart. It’s to raise funds for research into Long Covid.”

On Saturday March 20th you can help raise funds for world-leading research into the global pandemic’s, Long Covid, which has gripped many who have come down with Covid-19, but are still feeling the effects of the virus months after their initial illness, and have developed additional medical complications because of it including: breathlessness, fatigue and muscle aches.

So, join Emma and Linda along with previously announced Dynasty stars: Heather Locklear, Jack Coleman, Catherine Oxenberg, Maxwell Caufield, John James, Pamela Bellwood, Al Corley, Gordon Thomas, Stephanie Beachem, Terri Garber and more for a virtual reunion brought to you by Coastal Entertainment.

For ticket info click here.

As soap fans know, Emma also plays Holly on General Hospital and when last we saw her, viewers found out she was alive and well but being held captive, but where o’ where? Samms taped the key scene from England last year.  Fans hope to someday see the pick-up of the story.

So, excited to hear Linda Evans is part of the Dynasty reunion? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ Soap Vet, Geoffrey Scott Dead at 79

Actor Geoffrey Scott, best known as tennis pro, Mark Jennings, on ABC’s Dynasty has passed away at 79.

Scott died of Parkinson’s disease on February 23rd, just after midnight on the day after his birthday in Colorado, according to his wife who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter.

Scott had a long list of soap opera credits including: Sky Rumson on ABC’s Dark Shadows, Jeffrey Jordan on CBS’ Where the Heart Is in 1972, David McAllister on ABC’s General Hospital in 1989, and Billy Lewis on CBS’ Guiding Light in 1994.

TV fans also recognized Geoffrey from hundreds of commercials including as the ‘Marlboro Man’ as well as a sailor in Old Spice spots.

On Dynasty, Scott was brought into the show in its third season in 1982.  In story, Alexis (Joan Collins) brings Mark Jennings to Denver to bust up Blake (John Forsythe) and Krystle (Linda Evans), when she learned Mark’s divorce from Krystle wasn’t legal.

Check out this clip featuring Geoffrey Scott from Dynasty below where Mark tells Krystle they were never divorcedThen share your condolences and remembrances in the comment section.

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