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Y&R's Greg Rikaart Video Interview: The Future Of Kevin & Chloe, Liz Hendrickson's Return, Fatherhood & Those Computer Skills!

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One of the finest actors in the cast of The Young and the Restless, Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), has major story playing out right now with his longtime scene partner, Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), who is back on the canvas of the top-rated daytime drama series.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman had a few moments to chat with Greg at the recent Y&R 11,000 episode on set celebration at CBS Television City were we got his thoughts on: Liz Hendrickson’s return, what it means for Chloe and Kevin, real-life fatherhood, and if his computer skills match up to those of tech wizard Kevin! As for Liz Hendrickson return, Greg enthusiastically shared: “Oh, it’s such a dream.  She’s the best. Liz is back, and she’s looks better than ever, and we have a story together.  It involves the two of us and there is some “revealing” things coming up, but I am going to leave it at that.  That’s the tease, “revealing!”

Kevin seems to always have a penchant for the gals who are bit off-center, and Rikaart confirmed that with: “Yes, she’s (Chloe) nuts, but Kevin likes a little battiness in his ladies.”  Enduring fans of the CBS soap fondly recall when Greg emerged on to the soap scene as bad boy Kevin, who was later revealed to be the brother of Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc), Rikaart says that was a pivotal time: “That’s the moments where all the other moments were allowed to happen, because Kevin was supposed to just come in and go, and then when we took that turn in the story where Kevin suddenly had family that gave the character some legs and kept him around.”

Turning to those computer skills, when asked if he is as good in front of a keyboard as his Y&R alter-ego, Rikaart revealed not so much, stating: “I know how to turn my computer on!” (Laughs)

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Recently, Greg became a first time father along his husband, TV writer Robert Suddith, and he is over the moon being a first time dad:”Fatherhood is the greatest thing.  He’s a dreamboat …  ‘Montgomery Argo Rikaart-Suduth’, a nice ten syllable name!  ‘Monty’ for short.”

Watch Greg’s interview below. Then let us know, are your rooting for Chloe and Kevin to get back together? Will Kevin learn of Chloe’s duplicity with an  assist from Mariah (Camryn Grimes)? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Peri Levine
Peri Levine

Sounds good. Hope SSM can make Kevin edgy, interesting and relevant.

Soaphound
Soaphound

It’s probably no secret to anyone who reads my posts that I have been a devoted fan of Greg Rikaart for about 10 years. To me, he is the ideal man: humble, gracious, appreciative of his job and coworkers. He also has a strong social conscience and has been a vocal advocate on important issues, particularly the environment, which I support. He’s also funny, smart, and very sexy. I love the longer, messy hair and the increase in screen time lately. HOWEVER (and it’s a BIG ONE), I hate that Kevin is letting that witch Chloe play him for a fool again. I don’t mean romantically, she’s been clear on that, but even as a friend. He’s setting himself up for another heartbreak and I’m just dreading it. Why they made the Natalie detour was a mystery to me (is she even still on the show?) Kevin & Mariah are a GREAT couple and really spark off each other. Though how Mariah could not have a great time in the, uh, romantic part of the house with Kevin is another mystery I can’t solve.

Harry
Harry

I agree with your every word. Yes indeed, Kevin is way too good for Chloe.
Chloe seems to be more interested in becoming Chelsey’s new partner anyway.
(“not there is anything wrong with that….of course not. Jerry Seinfeld)
I was hoping Chloe’s return was temporary but it doesn’t look that way. I really prefer Kevin with Mariah. I love Mariah–she is tough on the outside but a marshmallow on the inside and she’s perfect with Kevin. And the actress who plays her is oh so very good at fleshing out all her complexities and nuances.
Y&R has been damned good lately and it is evocative of its glory days under Bill Bell.

Soaphound
Soaphound

And, Harry, wouldn’t it be great if Mariah were the one to expose Chloe? Talk about must-see TV!

su0000
su0000

I gotta say;
All, the fans who begged for ‘romance’ and believed J&S would give it to them, we sadly mistaken..

Kevin & Chloe = boring. There is zero of anything resembling romance or even build up to an intriguing couple = BLAH

Michael & Sabrina, same thing.. zero romance, no build up.. they were thrown together and were very stale..

Morgan & Kiki = yawn. No romance, they don’t even kiss. Young couples are sex and kiss, a lot.. they do nothing but look funny at each other.

Maxie and Nathan have gone nowhere fast. They have faded out ..
They do nothing together, nothing. For months they don’t even cuddle.

Sonny and Carly act like roommates, not a loving couple

Dillan is hot and should be having dates and hot women, he doesn’t have a hook-up

Kristina and Parker were a complete fail. nothing of note happening there.

Fact is… ALL fans who had to have love in the afternoon got nothing, absolutely nothing.

And worse yet– there is no drama, no intrigue, nothing intense, no surprises, no shockers, no twist & turns, no humor.
I have not had one, not one laugh since J&S.

The serial killer story is a lackluster mess, it makes no sense..
For a serial killer killing people and the story has been totally empty of even drama yet intruge or climax, it is a total boring fail.
folks! it’s a , a SERIAL KILLER! !!

They brought back the great JVP and completely wasted him as doctor Joe, he does absolutely nothing.

They brought in the worst of the worst= Valentine and wasted him.
He was a cream puff on candidness Island.
He had sex with Nina and a shooting scuffle with Nikolas, to kill him.

Anyone who sees J&S as great writers are, well yah know.
Jean and Shelly are the very worst writers GH has ever had..
They have destroyed the great high drama hard core uniquness of GH.

God save General Hospital ..

su0000
su0000

Sorry about the GH rant, but geeez had to let it out !
still Chloe and Kevin are boring but! Y&R is right on and showing greatness!

Harry
Harry

I completely agree with you, Suoo. Y&R has been so good lately I can no longer tolerate GH.
I do like Kevin with Mariah, however.
Today Y&R was on fire! Ole Smiling Jack is back and he’s taking no prisoners.
Y&R’s writing and acting has been so good that it harks back to the good old days of Bill Bell.

Timmm
Timmm

su0000, we agree! AND, Jean and Shelly are women! Not that a man cannot write romance but women, come on! JELLY blew the Cassadine adventure story. I didnt expect her to be Gloria Monty BUT they had nothing of substance with that story. All those GH couples are horrible! I fear JELLY will screw up Kevin and Laura, as well.

Nikki
Nikki

I really like Greg’s acting. I think he’s a really nice guy but as Kevin I think he’s as dumb as a door- nob. How many times can he get used before he opens his eyes? I would like to see him with Mariah but that Chloe is for the birds. I’m sick of her & her Delia howling. I would like to see her get caught & go to jail once & for all. No overnight hospital. Jail and let Chelsea find out what kind of friend she really has and Adam was right all along when he asked Chelsea to watch her and help him prove that she worked with Victor to set him up.

Timmm
Timmm

Kevin has a good heart and when you have a good heart, evil seeps in. I think the new writer will smarten up Kev a bit and we will see him and Mariah. Also, I like Chloe but they have to remove some of that anger and let her be more of a smart ass and less mean spirited! I want Chloe back with Cane and Lilly with Jack!

Nikki
Nikki

Hi Tim I don’t think Lilly will ever be with anyone else. I get so bored with her & Cane. Did you notice the only script for those two is going to the bedroom. As for Kevin I agree him and Mariah we’re a hoot. What happened to Natalie? She was a good actress. I hope we didn’t lose her. There could have been a great story with her. As for Chloe nooooo I want her in jail. Even if Adam is alive I want her to get help. She has so many issues and she sticks to Chelsea like crazy glue. Tim if you go on Fishwrapper Adam is suppose to come back along with Patty Williams.

Harry
Harry

I cannot stand Chloe.
And I honestly do not understand why Billy gets a pass while Adam does not.
Adam did not see the little girl in the dark street and did not know he hit her. He even got out of the car to be sure he didn’t hit anyone. He sees the dog scampering down the dark street, smiles and gets back into the car thinking all is well.
But Billy? You do not leave a small child alone in a car–especially at night. He should have brought her into the store with him.

Nikki
Nikki

I agree with everything you said Harry but another thing I don’t get is Victor punished Victoria by pushing her out of the company, Adam rotted in jail and Victor would only have them find the missing pages to Sage’s diary if Adam agreed to go back to work along side of him but Nick gets nothing and Nikki gets a free pass as well. Now Nikki went along with Victor in his latest plot with Adam so that may have let her off the hook but what about Nick? I guess he’s favored.

Timmm
Timmm

Nikki, thats my problem with Lilly, she and Cane are wallpaper. They need to be shook up! Natalie could act and she was a Chloe clone and the show could have used that in a story. I want Adam back. MM can return and JH could make a temporary appearance in a story where HE was always Gabe and the real Adam, Muhney was being held captive! No Patty! Jack already has ONE psycho to deal with and a dead beat brother! later Nik!

Katherine R
Katherine R

Ummm….. Kevin… Chloe’ is more than ‘a little nuts’…. 🙂

Meg Reddekopp
Meg Reddekopp

LUV JASON AS BILLY ,FINALLY LIKE THE ADULT BILLY. AND I HOPE BELLA IS KEVINS.

Mo
Mo

A paternity test was done and it was shown that Kevin is not her father. Which leads us to believe that Billy is. Unless, of course, Chloe got busy with another guy, but I doubt that.

Sylvia
Sylvia

Chloe is a murdering witch. Kill her off, she’s irredeemable. R

Mo
Mo

I like Kevin. I think Greg has done a good job with the character.

Timmm
Timmm

Greg is a million bucks! Would love to meet him! They need to give more things for Kevin to do. I would like to see Gloria and Jeff back with Kevin running the restaurant.

Nanci
Nanci

I love Kevin, but him with Chloe again just seems wrong. Their time as a couple
just feels in the past, and him trying to resurrect it seems kinda ridiculous
and pathetic, and tired. Not to mention Chloe is no gem!

Carol M Littlejohn
Carol M Littlejohn

It seems as though the Y&R is stuck. What about some good and positive story lines for a change

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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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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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