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Y&R’s Joshua Morrow Chats On Phick’s Future, His Co-Stars & Nick’s Penchant For His Exes

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Viewers of The Young and the Restless knew it was just a matter of time before Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) truly circled back into each other’s orbit and hit the sheets again … they’re seemingly favorite thing to do together, that, and video games!

It’s been several years since Michelle Stafford and Joshua Morrow had worked together romantically in a storyline, and created the on-screen magic that fans on social media dubbed as the duo known as “Phick”. But now that Nick and Phyllis have the ‘hots’ for one another again, is that all there is to their relationship? Or this time, maybe this time, the two might make a go of it and find the deeper connection that they came close to having previously, but failed miserably at? This week on Y&R, may mark a turning point in their relationship, but which way might it turn?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Joshua Morrow who day in and day out is one of daytime dramas MVP’s. Always delivering solid performances, and always championing the show he is a part of, and the actors who are part of the team.

Morrow weighed-in on: if he thinks Nick and Phyllis stand a fighting chance at an enduring love, and what it has been like working with one of his favorite all-time scene partners in Michelle Stafford. Plus, we take a look at Nick’s complicated history in the love department which seems to keep circling back to three main women: Sharon (Sharon Case), Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and the aforementioned Phyllis. And if that wasn’t enough, there is his ongoing feud with half-brother Adam (Mark Grossman) and other key Genoa City denizens that keep Nick on his toes. Here’s what Joshua shared.

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Michelle Stafford comes back to Y&R, and finally, we’re getting back around to the Phick hotness and relationship with your recent screen-scenes together. Did you know the show was going to finally revisit this?

JOSHUA:  I wasn’t sure.  I don’t really go in and want to know future story.  I just kind of want to play it as it comes, but I think the writing was kind of on the wall especially when Michelle Stafford came back.  I just love the energy that these two people have around each other, and with each other.  Listen, Nick’s love life is a game of musical chairs.  The music is playing right now for Nick and Phyllis.  I don’t have any prediction on how long it will last, but Stafford and I are going to play the hell out of it while we can.

Is there any pressure coming back to Phick years later?  Like, “I hope this will still be as great and fun and sexy as it was before?”

JOSHUA:  Zero pressure, and it just simply comes from my unbelievable confidence in her and me playing it as fun and light and sexy as we usually do.  You know, writers put stuff on paper, but ultimately, it’s up to two people having the charisma and chemistry to be able to pull it off.  Michelle and I have always had fun with each other, and I think that’s the underlying quality usually: it’s fun and sexy, and Nick and Phyllis usually have a lot of fun and a lot of sex.  It’s been great.  I love Michelle.  I love her brain.  I love the unpredictability of it all, and she’s a home-run hitter, every time.

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Right now, where is Nick at in his head with it? Does he want his relationship with Phyllis to go further than fun and sex … and be all-in emotionally?

JOSHUA:  Well, listen, he’s crazy about her.  I think ultimately, what he wants is for the two of them, like a couple of grown-ups, to decide where this is heading.  They’ve been playing games with each other just based on their previous back and forth, and I just think Nick’s like, “Listen, it either is or it isn’t.  We’ve got to decide if we are either doing this … or we’re just going to keep playing these games,”  I think there’s a part of Nick that’s okay with that if that’s what she wants, but they’ve just kind of been ignoring this kind of conversation.  Nick just wants to know what they’re dealing with here.  He kind of puts her back against a wall and is like, “Hey!  Where are we going with this?  If it’s this thing, then we are going to do that, but if it’s not, then we’ll keep doing this.”  I just think he’s trying to be as grown-up about it as possible so if they are going to go down this path, the relationship is as healthy as it can be.

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Would you say; Nick is not sure where Phyllis is at with where to take their relationship?

JOSHUA:  I think she is definitely more reluctant just based on where things ended last time.  You know, she rolled over on Nick’s sister and his mom, and those are the ladies in Nick’s life, and you just don’t do that, and it ended very badly for them the last time.  So, she is probably still reeling and little hurt from that.  Nick did not understand at all what she was doing, and in typical Nick fashion, was very stubborn and heard-headed about it, and all he does is want to protect his sister and mother at all times.  So, she was a little sore still from the way things ended, and again, their track record is not amazing.  They tend to hurt each other on a regular basis, but they have fun while their doing it, that’s for damn sure.

If Nick and Phyllis were a bonafide couple, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) would not be happy about it!

JOSHUA:  I don’t think anybody is happy about it, literally not one person in town, but one of my favorite qualities about Nick is that he just doesn’t give a crap about what anyone thinks.  He does what he wants.   Nick angers his father on a daily basis because he doesn’t care about what he thinks of what he is doing.  He’s just going to do what he wants on his own terms and that’s that.

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Sharon is going through her cancer, and things aren’t going well for her with the treatment at the moment.  They have to figure out if she will have surgery next, etc.  Nick is obviously going to be there for her and the kids.  How is he feeling about what Sharon is going through?  

JOSHUA:  Nick knows this is the battle of Sharon’s life, and she has to commit fully to this.  So, Nick will offer her anything he can in any regard whether it’s just being a friend or spending more time with the children or helping Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) out, he’s going to do whatever it takes to make this as easy as possible for her.  Ultimately, this battle is just about Sharon and her ability to fight it, but he’s going to do what he can and be the guy that everybody knows he is.

But doesn’t it break Nick’s heart that here is this woman, who is his star-crossed love though the years, and she is frightened for her life and what could become of it?  It must hurt him deeply on some level.

JOSHUA:  Of course.  He’s very hurt by this, and he sees the pain and the toll that it’s taking on her, and he knows that he can only do so much.  Nick has fought his whole life to protect Sharon and can definitely be too overbearing at times, but he wants to help her.  He loves her still.  Right now, there is nothing romantic going on, but it doesn’t detract from the love he feels for her.  This is his first love and the mother of some of his children, and he cares deeply about her.  So, it’s just a matter of being there for her as much as he can.

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I have to say that I don’t know anybody quite like Nick!  He is somehow able to stay friends with all of his exes.  Who does that? (Laughs)

JOSHUA:  You know, it’s funny, but if you think about it, he just kind of can’t turn the page on them.  He finds these great loves in his life, and he always goes back to them.  He can’t be single.  You know, he’s danced around the sheets with a few random chicks, but he knows who he likes, and it’s a few of these women in town who he just keeps going back and forth to.

For example: let’s look at Nick and his relationship with Chelsea.  Where does he sit with that now that she’s with Adam?  Does he still love her?

JOSHUA:  Well, of course, he does.  When he sees Chelsea, he sees what should have been.  He knows that his love for her is what forced him to ultimately decide for the both of them, “We can’t keep doing this.”  He knows that there was some story left untold between her and Adam because of the circumstances with the explosion that “took his life” and Victor and all of that stuff, and he had to make a very difficult decision.  I don’t think it was ever going to work for them this time, not to say that it never could, but she’s got to figure out her situation with Adam – if he was the love of her life and was taken away from her – then she’s got to figure out what’s going on.  Now, that being said, Nick is seeing some qualities from Chelsea kind of bubble to the surface that he is really turned off by.  You know, Adam can be very manipulating, but it doesn’t seem like Chelsea is a real wallflower in this.  She seems toe-to-toe with him showing some pretty devious behavior.  I think Nick’s a little taken aback by the turn that she seems to be taking.   He cared deeply about this woman, and he really wanted to be a good man to her, and to Connor, and to really help the two of them get past this thing, and I think Nick sees this as one of his biggest failures.  He really thought that he could help the two of them get through this situation with Adam, but he just couldn’t do it.  It didn’t matter how hard he tried or how much he pushed; he just couldn’t get the foothold that he needed to make a healthy relationship between the two of them.

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How can Nick stand to be in the same room with Adam?  

JOSHUA:  He can’t.  He literally hates him.  I so much appreciate that the show has decided to take this route.  I remember when Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, now Kevin, This Is Us) was on the show, and they were playing it as Nick was stepping up for Adam.  I’m like, “Really? This is not what they should be doing!”  I love watching these two characters in a room together, and any scenes they have, I’m like, “I am never going to play a scene where I look like I am going to trust this guy for a second.” Nick just can’t stand him; he is evil incarnate to him.  Now, Adam can be on his best behavior, but he’s just got a thing about him that Nick does not trust, nor does he like.  He just can’t even be around him.  In the scenes, I want the hatred between them to feel palpable.  Nick is just waiting for this guy to do something so Nick can bash his skull in.

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Does Nick have the same feeling for Billy at this point?  

JOSHUA:  Jason Thompson (Billy) and I laugh about this all the time.  I think deep down, Nick badly wants to be friends with him, but the problem is Billy just keeps crapping on his sister, who is of course his favorite human being on the planet.  So, they’ve got a very complex relationship which Nick fully understands.  He’s been down this path with his own loves of his life, and Billy just can’t be the man that Nick feels Victoria deserves.  Now, it may be a pedestal that in Nick’s mind is way too high.  Maybe it’s never attainable for any man to be what Nick thinks would be a good fit for Victoria, but he knows that Billy has got a place in Victoria’s heart, it’s never going to go away, but he keeps disappointing her, and if you’re going to disappoint Victoria, then you’re going to be on Nick’s bad side …  period.    I love the kind of energy that these two have with each other.  You’ll see that it goes in cycles.  There will be times that Nick and Billy are kind of joking around with each other because I think deep down, they like each other, but that Newman/Abbott blood war is thick, and it’s hard to get past.

When Mark Grossman first came to Y&R as Adam, did he talk to you, and did you give him get any pointers?

JOSHUA:  Mark did the exact right thing, which is he came in, he watched the show, he picked up a lot of history, and he asked questions. He kept asking questions to everyone who mattered, and that inquisitive part of him is what really helps translate on screen.  He’s done an amazing job.  The thing that I think he’s done the best job with is that this character has done horrible things in life, horrible, awful things.  He’s hurt this family up and down.  What is crazy is that the fans have such empathy for him.  They get it.  They know that he is a wounded person who has been through a lot.  I promise you that is 100% due to the kind of soul and heart that Mark Grossman has playing it.  My biggest compliment to him is he has taken this absolute, pathological, sick character and made the audience feel sorry for him.  That is a true testament to Mr. Grossman’s abilities.  He’s great.

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Recently, Adam has been back to playing dirty pool against Victor (Eric Braeden).

JOSHUA:  Right, so, he of course, can’t just function within the family.  There’s been moments where it’s like, “Okay, he’s on his best behavior.  I know he’s a good dad.  He seems to have Chelsea’s best interests at heart,” but he just can’t let it be.  He’s got to try to take over the company, and screw over the family, and show everyone that he’s smarter than everyone.  So, it’s just kind of par for the course with him, and ultimately, that is either going to be his downfall, or he will rise to this level that he thinks he should be at.

Now, are Victor and Nick in a good place?   I also just want to say; when you gave your speech at Eric Braeden’s 40th anniversary on set celebration back in February,  I loved what you said, because you had some fun antidotes about working with Eric that people probably never heard before.

JOSHUA:  Oh, thanks man.  I love Eric so much.  Eric cares so deeply about the show and the people who are on it, and the quality of it, and he and I have had a great relationship since I started on Y&R.  As far as Nick and Victor go, I think they’ve finally gotten to a place where they’ve just said, “To hell with it.  I am never going to get this guy” (and I’m talking about both of them) and to accept what each other is trying to do.   Victor is trying to carve Nick and make him be the next him and run the company, and Nick is just not into that.  He’s like, “I’m going to be who I am,” and I think Victor is slowly like, “I’m never going to fix this guy.  He is who is he.  He’s not what I was hoping, but I know he’s a good dude at heart.”  So, I just think they’ve kind of reached an impasse.  They’re just like, “We are going to get along for the good of the family.”   Nick promises him that he’s not going to let anyone hurt the family.  Victor is getting older.   I just think they’ve kind of accepted who each of them are for the time being.  Now, that won’t last, but right now they’re in a good spot.

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Will Summer (Hunter King) be pro-Phick or no-Phick?

JOSHUA:  She will not be pro-Phick.   She, like everybody else in town thinks that this relationship will have a shelf life.  They’re not a picket fence pairing.  I don’t think they’ve got the love that’s going to stand the test of time.  There is going to be fireworks at all times, both good and bad, and for the most part, I don’t think that really plays to a very healthy relationship for the long haul.  For the short term, yes, it’s exciting, and fun, and sexy, and they love each other, and they can’t wait to take each other’s clothes off, but a relationship is built on so much more than that.

There’s always that Paris remote to go back to where Phyllis in that hat and she comes upon Nick and Sharon kissing with the Eiffel Tower behind them burned in her memory.

JOSHUA:  Exactly!  In Phyllis’s defense, she knows this guy does not have a great track record for being with one woman for an extended period of time.  So, I don’t fault her.

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Did Michelle ever talk to you and say, “Okay, they’re putting us back together.  Do we really want Nick and Phyllis to be together?”  Have you ever been concerned that if they married Phick, it might make them a boring couple?  

JOSHUA:  I’m not worried about that at all because it’s just not who they are.  I am so excited that they are together.  I love it and I love Michelle to death. I never have as much fun as I do with her.   If they get married, great, because I know there will still be some fireworks in it either way.

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It’s a very strange time now for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. How are you, and your wife, Tobe, and your kids been dealing with it?

JOSHUA:  One of the great things about our country and our way of life is that you can just kind of do whatever you want; you don’t have to answer to anyone.  For everyone in our entire society to have these restrictions placed on them; it’s like this almost unbelievable psychological experiment.  It’s been tough.  It’s been harder on the kids because they lost all of their sports, they lost their school, they can’t see their friends, they, for the most part, know they’re going to be healthy, but all they see is their dad preventing them from doing the things that they love.  It’s hard.  I live an extremely active life.  I like working; I like working out.  You just have to find a new normal.  It’s crazy.

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And then … all major league sports and college hoops have been affected by the coronavirus and seasons or events postponed or canceled.  I know how much you love “March Madness”, so I’m sure you were going through the roof when they eighty-sixed that.  I was bummed too!

JOSHUA:  I can’t even talk about my depression about that – and it sounds so small to even complain about it.  Sports is everything to me: from watching my kids play, to me playing, to watching it on TV.  I mean, March Madness was an absolute gut-punch that we did not have it.    At the end of the day, you’ve got to think about the people struggling to stay healthy.  We are all doing our best to stand as one to beat this in the most efficient way possible.

So, what is your prediction … will Phick go bust or go all-in for a relationship together? Who do you want Nick ultimately to wind up with? Do you like the Adam vs. Nick feud? Share your thoughts via the comment section below on our conversation with Joshua.

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Kelsey M.
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Kelsey M.

Love Phick!!! So happy Michelle is back and that they can play this again. Thank you Joshua.

DENIS ADAM POMPA
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DENIS ADAM POMPA

Good article, but sorry Joshua Morrow I know you like and love Michelle since you worked with her first and for many years, but Gina T as Phyllis was so much more awesome and when they did have you with her on screen ya’ll were a very hot couple together. Gina T is missed dearly! The story lines of the Y&R with this dump writer are just re-runs that we seen in the past, boring boring boring, the only story line that is awesome is Sharon Case dealing with something major. The love scenes with Michelle every time ya’ll are… Read more »

Elaine
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Elaine

I have to fully agree with Denis Pompa. He hit the nail on the head and I think they treated Gina very badly

Margherita
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Margherita

Agree on all fronts!

ALEXA
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ALEXA

Boy – I am thrilled that Y&R was smart enough to have MS come back as The REAL Phyllis! That was a brilliant move! GT is a lovely actor but she was NEVER Phyllis

Sherri
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Sherri

And all the people said, Amen!

Kay
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Kay

I agree totally with you I just can’t handle the show anymore but I think we will all agree Gina left with class and you never read or heard about her whining on social media ! Class act all the way!

Deebo
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Deebo

ABSOLUTELY spot on!

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

I agree

Timmm
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Timmm

Gina had ZERO sex appeal!

Marie-Eve Mongrain
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Marie-Eve Mongrain

Nick thought Chelsea was a good person after how she left town next time and how she came to town? It shows he never knew or loved her at all. Adam does and loves her flaws and all, and she loves him the same way. Josh has a super simplistic view of Adam. Adam is half devil, yes, but he is half heroic angel too. He saved the lives of half the town, including Victor. His bad deeds mostly come out of a place of hurt and rejection and desperate need to be accepted by the only family he has… Read more »

Vergena K Brooks
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Vergena K Brooks

Nick and Phyllis is a joke, you call Adam evil , but you look at evil every time you sleep with evil you have a daughter with evil, Phyllis is the most evil person Y&R she is right up there with Victor, the show is boring !!

Peewee
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Peewee

It is boring just a lot of sex with Nick and Phyllis the show is like watching trash tv.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Sorry…I’m never going to walk away from Shick. Nick and sharon remind me of Gary and Val from Knots landing. They had a good marriage until it fell apart from nowhere and they spent so many years where it looked like they would find their way back to each other. That’s what Shick reminds me of.

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

I agree with Nick and Sharon always and forever

Judy
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Judy

Love phick!!!!zYou two are a super staple..Love Adam would LOVE to see him GET A BREAK,respect,and for Victor to accept and love his protégé.I wish someone would knock Victoria off her high horse and Adam Do a SUPER job at Newmans.young and restless the BEST

Wanda D
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Wanda D

I don’t like Phyllis and Nick together I feel that they have nothing in common but the sex, they’re very immature as a couple, and I just don’t see them working again in the long run. I love Michelle Stafford and so glad she’s back because NO ONE can play Phyllis like she can, she’s the originator, but she needs a more mature man who can really handle her not someone as wish washy as Nick. With that being said, I will always prefer him with Sharon I feel they are the Victor and Nikki of the future for the… Read more »

NoneofyourbusinessTJ
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NoneofyourbusinessTJ

Sharons to boring, sometimes you have to have fun. Sparks & firewoekd. That’s what phicks is. So I love michelle stafford, she’s bold, like adam, everybody expects the worse, they both like victor are bold and people are afraid of boldness. But I love adam victor & phillis,(michelle stafford). Nick has always been my favorite, the rich dude is no longer the rich snot people look at, he makes his own decisions.

Sherri
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Sherri

I’m glad Josh is happy to work with Michelle. I haven’t watched a day since the far superior Gina Tognoni was let go. Michelle has two modes – over the top sideshow clown or sexpot. It’s not cute. It’s not entertaining. It’s not anywhere near appropriate for a character that should have experienced some level of evolution with age and experiences. When you hire a limited actress, you also limit a character. It’s a real shame writers don’t have the ability to see this.

ALEXA
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ALEXA

GT had to modes too; surely and scowling…Phyllis is supposed to be outrageous, sexy, saavy, and dangerous!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Love Joshua Morrow and love his portrayal of Nick Newman!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Sorry, ain’t down with the Nick and Phyllis reunion. Just because you have sexual chemistry, it doesn’t mean you will have a mature and loving adult relationship. If this is why they dropped Gina Tognoni to recapture the lust between Nick and Phyllis, then Gina is better off, because she is too talented and versatile for that. Nothing against Michelle, because she deserves a better storyline as well.

Damien
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Damien

Huge fan of Joshua Morrow! However I ve never ff’d sooo many scenes of his as I have in the last month. The scenes of him and Phyliss are pointless and gross. Theres no consequences to their relationship which is the only time they work. Nick only works with a vixen if theirs a price. Listening Phyliss s insecurities about them together like shes a sweetheart innocent flower is revolting. Nothing against Michelle Stafford either but both actors must really be rolling their eyes at this crapfest. Nick should be supporting Sharon and Phyliss should be threatened Play off that… Read more »

Lew S.
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Lew S.

In total agreement!

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

Did you hit the nail on the head, or what?!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hey! I like him. He sounds like fun. Never watch Y & R, but think I would like to watch him. Down to earth. Comfortable with himself. I like that.

Violet
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Violet

Put someone with Phyllis that will challenge her narcissism and her superiority. Someone she can’t control with her sex.

oGeeGee
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oGeeGee

I want Nick and Sharon back together
I really liked Phyllis and Jack together. I still really like Victoria and Billy. I have been watching Y&R 40 years. I cried like a baby when Katherine Chancellor died, and Kristoff St. John. I felt like I lost family members.

Toni Damulis
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Toni Damulis

Totally agree!!

oGeeGee
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oGeeGee

I also absolutely love Joshua Morrow. I really would stop watching if he left the show.

Tamiko Cherry
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Tamiko Cherry

I want Nick and Sharon to get back together. Sharon is Nick one true love and Nick is Sharon put them together like Victor and Nikki is and make it last forever.

GC. Crew
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GC. Crew

Nope, sorry, Phick is played out. We are talking about two middle-aged people (Phyllis being a grandmother, no less) acting like two immature, horny teens. We’ve seen this all before. It’s stale and uninteresting. I never bought villainous Phyllis as the type of person “good guy” Nick would ever fall in love with and stay with. Come on. Bill Bell no doubt has been rolling in his grave over the debacle the show has made of his masterpiece super couple Sharon and Nick, modelled after Victor and Nikki. It’s great Josh and Michelle want to hang out and joke like… Read more »

Monica
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Monica

I love, love,love that Phick is together again. They are magical together. This is acting at its best. They bring excitement to Y&R. And for those who complain that they did Gina T wrong, I wont speak on that. I just know that Michelle and Joshua have much better chemistry together.

Leigh
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Leigh

Michele stafford and Joshua morrow have chemistry off the charts. They were my favorite couple all those years back and I stopped watching when she went to GH. Now that she’s back I’m back to y&r and enjoying every second of phick. Always hated him and Sharon what a bore. Good job y&r!!!!

Cynthia Norman
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Cynthia Norman

I want Nick and Sharon back together. I don’t like him with Phyllis.I want Nick and Adam to have a good relationship. Maybe Adam and Chelsea can even become part of Team Sharon. They could all deal with it together as a family.

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

I have always seen the love in Nick’s eyes when it came to Sharon and same with Sharon. She is an amazing sweet person and puts 100% love and dedication in every relationship especially she and Nick. Unfortunately Nick always finds a way to hurt and betray her when it comes to them being together with Phillis and I don’t get it. Everytime Nick gets close to Sharon, it’s almost like Phillis gets jealous. So, but either way we know Phillis and Nick isn’t going to stay together. It’s based on sex and the physical attractions and I feel nothing… Read more »

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

Nick and Sharon has always been my favorite. Been watching for 35 years and this my true opinion. Phillis has always been the reason Nick and Sharon can’t make it. The part about Cassie’s adoption just put me so much more insync with them and how the Newman’s accepted Cassie as their own. Nick has 2 blood children with Sharon. And if you count Cassie/Mariah, it’s 4. Why can’t they 2 just find happiness especially now that Nikki is being so supportive of Sharon. Btw did he forget how Phillis threw Sharon, Nikki, and Victoria under the bus?!?!?! Nikki defended… Read more »

Angela Lawson
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Angela Lawson

I can’t stand the fact that every other day it’s sex with Nick and Phillis. Their not teens I mean get over it now!!! Geez, the mother to two of his biological kids life is at stake and this is all he can think of while his kids is hurting and during this hard time. Nick you have always been one of my favorite characters you and Sharon. Please don’t sink down to phillis’s level.

Cynthia Spagnole
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Cynthia Spagnole

Never liked Phick,and I still don’t. Always loved Sharon and Nick together. Writers should make them like Victor and Nikki whereby they always end up together because it’s a great love!! However, I just hate the way the writers made him cheat on Sharon with Phyllis the last time Sharon and Nick were supposed to remarry. I think it was that head writer Mal White’s horrible and stupid idea to bust up what was to be a beautiful love story.

Stella
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Stella

Me too I love Nick and Sharon ❤. I don’t like phick either.

ALEXA
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ALEXA

Personally I enjoy Nick and Phyllis as Friends with Benefits for a good time not a long time! They have a good FUN chemistry! Nick and Chelsea were horrid together – boring! I still would like to see Nick and Sharon find themselves together again! They have so much chemistry it just sizzles! I truly think that Sharon can give Nick the stability that he needs and he can give her the joy that “true love” can bring! Rey is a nice guy but he and Sharon are only friends – there is zero passion or any chemistry at all!… Read more »

Pamela Rabalais
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Pamela Rabalais

Really! Nick and Phyllis? Not again.

Judy M. Knisley
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Judy M. Knisley

Get a new women!!!

Natacha Caliste
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Natacha Caliste

I love. Nick with Phyllis….

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In Sunday night’s Digital Drama Daytime Emmys (9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST) former Days of our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Patrika Darbo (Ex-Nancy, Ex-Shirley, respectively) is one of the notable nominees of the night for her powerhouse performance as Violet in Studio City.

Darbo is always working on projects in Hollywood, and her resume is long … whether it is in sitcoms like Seinfeld, series like Desperate Housewives, daytime dramas, the hottest digital drama, commercials, and more.

Having a complicated history with the Emmys; Patrika has won a Primetime Emmy for her work in Acting Dead, had her previous Daytime Emmy for The Bay rescinded, and now has a shot at another one when the winner is revealed in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama Series category in which she is nominated.

Studio City was nominated for 8 Daytime Emmys this year including for Darbo, and series creator and star, Sean Kanan (Ex-GH, B&B, Y&R).  The show tells the tale of the cast of a fictional daytime drama as they navigate through the chaotic world of soap operas and their own very messy personal lives.  In it, Darbo delivers a tour de force monologue which just might have sealed the deal for Emmy voters.  She has already won, along with Studio City castmate, Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), an Indie Series Award for her work, when the two actresses tied in their category.  They are both nominated together again for the Daytime Emmy.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Patrika to talk playing those heavy emotional moments in Studio City, longevity in Hollywood, and Emmy night.  To watch the first season of Studio City via Amazon Prime Video click here, and to watch the Digital Drama Daytime Emmys click here.  Now here’s what Patrika shared with us.

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We all knew that your memorable scene in Studio City was so strong.  Your performance is really such a standout that I just thought, “Of course she is going to get nominated for this,” and you did!  How did you feel about this nomination?

PATRIKA:  I have been through the many ways that Sean Kanan has put this show together.  I mean, he has worked on it for a long time.  I read for it with him, as his mom, being a comedy, and now we’ve gone all the way to the dramatic. I think Sean did some pretty good rewrites and gave me some great, meaty material. I so appreciate the fact that he recognized the fact that I am not just a comedic actress, that there is a dramatic part of me.  

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The big moment in Studio City for your character was just so heartbreaking.  Did you deliver that performance in one take?

PATRIKA:  Yes, and then of course I had to do it a couple of times because we had to see it from Sean’s side for his reaction shots to what I was doing.  I come from the school that even though the camera is on my back, it is now on my partner’s front.  So, I tried to give Sean as much to react to when the camera was on him as when it was on me, and I got the same from him, so it was a very nice collaboration.

I watched Sean in that scene.  He was so good in it.  So, whatever you were doing, it triggered such honest reactions from him.

PATRIKA:  I think just as far as actors go; it is not that we always have to remember that it is not about us as an individual.  It is about the end product, and the end product is about who you are working with.  I got from Sean things to work with that made Violet’s emotion’s there, and then I wanted me to be able to take my emotions and give them back to him.

 

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Was it hard to go there for you, to that deep emotional place; that Violent had been traumatized in her not so humble beginnings in Hollywood?

PATRIKA:  You know, I have great admiration for all of these women who have come forward in the whole #MeToo movement.  I have always been a short, round, fat, little character woman, who was never approached in those ways.  So, there were things I couldn’t relate to.  I had to go to my own personal darkness, which is mine to use when I need it, but to try to be sure that I made sure that women who had faced what I was talking about could appreciate that I was showing tribute to them, because that is a horrible thing, and any kind of situation when you are bullied into something that you don’t want to do or taken advantage of, those kind of situations.

For Violet, all of this stemmed from her desire to be in show business; that at an early age she found herself in a horrible situation with a scuzzy show biz type.

PATRIKA:  Yes, she got into town and it was like a dream come true. She got invited to parties, and everything was wonderful, and “Oh, he’s going to put me in the movies,” you know.  I think that’s what happens: Hollywood is so glorious, and kids come in and get off the bus to be a star, and the first thing you have to do is wait tables … and the second thing is sometimes when you are very pretty, and thin, and attractive, and bad things happen, and I’m not just saying it happens just to women.  It happens to young men as well, and it can happen to some older people.  It’s just a thing that we have now identified, and I think people are being made aware of it.

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It almost seems like you get nominated for all sorts of things in you career: primetime, daytime, stage etc.  Have you ever figured out in your own mind, why you think you get the recognition? 

PATRIKA:  I think because people know me, and I try to give out what I want back.  You know, I treat people the way I want to be treated, which means that if there are a thousand things you’ve got to watch, and you go, “Oh, there’s Patrika, let’s see what she is doing now!  She’s always so nice to me,” they take a look at my work.  Do you know what I am saying?  It’s a numbers game.  We think about how many are in primetime at this moment, and even though there are only four soaps left on the major daytime calendar, there are still the new digital shows that are coming up.  I think I am very fortunate that people know my name, they know me, and they want to take a look and see what I am up to again, and the young actors and actresses that I mentor, and kids who I’ve work with, the most important thing, I always say, is to be nice.  No one should have to tell you that, but sometimes you have to reinforce it and say, “You know what?  The casting assistant today is the casting director tomorrow, the assistant director today is the director tomorrow.  The kid over here is the writer today, and tomorrow he is the show runner.”  I don’t think you should approach your life like “What’s in it for me?”

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What did you think of the whole of Studio City?  I think it’s a little gem.  I loved its look and feel, as well.

PATRIKA:  As we go along in this digital world, it is becoming more film-like, more real life looking.  We’ve kind of gotten away from the flat, three-camera take.  It’s bringing more things to life, and people are just enthralled with it. This is the new genre of the hour-long soap.  I think with the attention span of people these days; digital drama they may wind up enjoying more and because it looks more real, they will enjoy it more.

You were in a middle of a firestorm, in 2018, when your Daytime Emmy win for your wok in The Bay was revoked.  Did you at all think about that when you found out you got nominated For Studio City?

PATRIKA:  At first, you kind of go, “Are they giving me this nomination for this reason?” but then you kind of go, “You know what?  It really has nothing to do with NATAS.  It has to do with my peers appreciating my work.  So, I know even though I had some problems in the past, NATAS was so apologetic and they’ve made a lot of changes to try to make sure that things like that don’t happen to anyone else, which I am so appreciative of, but this nomination came from my peers.  So I feel I earned it, and I don’t think it has anything to do with what happened in the past except for the fact that there are changes that are for the good.

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Now, you are nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama Series category along with your Studio City co-star, GH’s Carolyn Hennesy.  You both tied in this category at the recent 11th annual Indie Series Awards as well.

PATRIKA:  Carolyn is wonderful in anything that she does.  I wish Sarah Brown had been nominated for her work in Studio City, too.  She is a wonderful actress. You kind of go, “Oh, they didn’t acknowledge her this time,”  but it’s like she is still in the show, the show is going to keep going, so she will have another opportunity for people to recognize her work.  Listen, Carolyn and I could cancel each other out this time, because people know us and like us and appreciate our work.

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As a working actress in Hollywood, how to you feel about production starting back now for several shows, and concerns amidst the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the show business community with the loss of so many jobs over the last several months?

PATRIKA:  I think there are still going to be concerns.  Listen, my husband has a heart problem.  He’s had a couple of stints, so he is going to be a high-risk.  So, if I am asked to go to work, I want it to be very safe where I am going, so when I come home, I don’t bring something to him, or I don’t get anything.  I think we are all going to be a lot more careful, but I think what people have to realize in general is that it is not just the actors who did not have work.  There are the camera people, there’s the director, there’s props, there are the electricians, there are a lot of people involved to make a show, whether it’s a daytime show or it’s a film.  So, things will be a little different.  There are going to be a lot of changes, but I’m hoping that we will at least get back, and are safe, and that we take care of each other.

On virtual Emmy night this Sunday, will you be participating and watching from home?

PATRIKA:  I’ll be at home, absolutely.  I’ll be trying to figure out how to push the Zoom button or the what button, and trying to figure out the computers. I’m a dinosaur in a digital world, but I’ll be doing my best!

So, will you be rooting for Patrika in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama Series category on tomorrow night’s Digital Drama Emmys? Did you see Studio City and if so, what did you think of it?  Do you hope Patrika comes back to daytime soon? Comment below.

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Digital Drama Daytime Emmys Preview: Graham Sibley Talks On His Nominated Performance In ‘Dark/Web’

In one of the hotly contested contests on Sunday night’s Digital Drama Daytime Emmys, Graham Sibley is going for gold for his riveting and tense performance in the 7-time nominated series, Dark/Web. Sibley’s work had been recognized in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Drama Series category.

In Dark/Web, Sibley plays Leland, a ride share driver who’s just trying to make it through the night when the app on his phone takes on a frightening intelligence and tells him he has to make the world a better place, even if it means he has to kill to do it.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Mr. Sibley to get his thoughts on: playing a ride share driver, being given this tour de force role in such a unique series which landed him an Emmy nod, and much more.

And, don’t miss the Digital Drama Daytime Emmys beginning at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST here, and you can watch the entire Emmy-nominated season of Dark/Web via Amazon Prime Video here.

Now here’s what Graham had to share with us below.

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In Dark/Web, you were in the first installment of the season, correct?

GRAHAM:  Yep, so it’s an anthology show, and there is a narrative through in that goes through it as well. I’m in the first episode.  It’s called, “Rideshare,” and it sort of explores this ride share driver named Leland Adler.

What can you share about your interpretation of what happens in your Emmy-nominated performance?

GRAHAM:  First, I have to say, Boman Modine, Matthew Modine’s son, is a real talent.  He’s just a really adept storyteller, and he wrote a fantastic script for “Rideshare”.  In Dark/Web, each one of these anthology episodes are written and directed by different people. There is an overarching narrative that goes through that, and there are these individual episodes which are directed by other artists, guest writers, and directors.  So, Boman wrote and directed our episode.  He wrote a really complex character who is a new husband and father, who loses his job and is forced to get into the ride share business, and he is kind of desperate, and he needs to provide for his family, and there is sort of dark web that starts to infiltrate this app.  Leland starts hearing a voice through his earbuds, and you don’t know if he is going crazy … or if he is really hearing these things.  You’re assuming he is really hearing these things.  This character is sort of victimized by this presence.  Over the episode, he starts to give into this because the messages he is getting through his earbuds, through this voice, through the dark web, is information about who these people are who are his passengers, and the terrible things that they have done.  He starts to get messages that he should maybe start to get rid of some of these people, and so he takes the leap and does, and that causes this reaction in him.

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Dark/Web in its totality is about a genius programmer whose disappearance leads to these strange stories that are interconnected.  When you speak of the ride share theme and episode, it harkens me back to the character of Travis Bickle played by Robert DeNiro in the classic, Scorsese film,Taxi Driver.

GRAHAM:  Oh yeah, of course.  I think as you go through the journey of “Rideshare,” at the beginning of it, you don’t think Leland is troubled.  He is okay, and then by the end of it, you’re like, “This guy is okay, but something is happening, and now he is on this mission, and now he has done these things that he can’t ever go back on.”  It’s interesting, and it’s interesting that you’re making a parallel with Taxi Driver because Travis was convinced what he was doing was right.  I don’t know if my character at first is.

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You have not been a ride share driver in real life at some point … or have you?

GRAHAM:  You know… I haven’t.  But, I did sign up when I booked this job.  I went through the process of it just so I would know what it was going to be like.

When you submitted your reel for the Daytime Emmys, did you submit a few scenes, or how did you put your submission together for the competition?

GRAHAM:  I had so much material to choose from.  I was so fortunate to be the lead in this episode, and the episode I think is 25 minutes. It was really hard to pare it down, but I got it down to about 9 or 10 minutes that I felt told the arc of his story.

It’s always important to tell an arc because it does feel like, for the most part, the winning reels are the ones where somebody who doesn’t know the show or your character, could literally follow from point A to point B, if they’re a judge.  You have some solid competition in your category as well! 

GRAHAM:  There are some really amazing performances and some really great actors in the guest performer category, so I’m just honored to be in with their names. Rene Hagler had a couple of different episodes in Dark/Web, so we did not share any scenes together, but he is great.  Lin Shaye and I did a movie together a couple of years ago called Grow House, and then I’ve seen Scott Turner Schofield’s work in Studio City, who is amazing, and Mary Beth Pell, … she’s a legend!

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Of course, you end up nominated the year that it’s the virtual Emmys. So, what will you wear to the virtual Digital Drama Emmys?

GRAHAM:  I don’t know!  I’ll send you a picture! (Laughs)  If you look on my Instagram, my wife. Marilyn and I staged a picture, because we were like, “Well, we are never going to be able to go to the Emmys,” so we staged a picture with our boys in our backyard with a kiddie pool and us lounging with drinks, and I was in a tuxedo, and she was in this beautiful yellow dress.

What are the names of your boys?

GRAHAM:  They are twins, Lyon and KP, and they just had their first birthday on July 2nd.

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Now, let me ask you this. If they say, “The Emmy goes to Graham Sibley,” what would it mean to you if you were awarded a Daytime Emmy? 

GRAHAM:  I think what it would mean to me is that it would sort of be a pat on the back to say, “You did something that made someone else feel something.”  I hope that’s what we are all aspiring to is to either, be in our own lives trying to make someone feel something, or in cinema or in television or the web.  I’d just be like, “I was honored for being truthful, and that’s cool!”

So, intrigued to see Graham’s performance in Dark/Web?  Who do you think will take home the gold in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Drama Series on Sunday night? Comment below.

But first check out this promo for the Dark/Web series featuring Graham which has been nominated in multiple Digital Drama categories for the Daytime Emmys.

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Y&R’s Greg Rikaart Talks The Complex Life of Kevin Fisher, His Co-Stars, and COVID-19

This week, fans of The Young and the Restless are getting to go back in time and see some of the memorable moments from the dysfunctional, complicated, yet loveable Baldwin-Fisher clan in encore episodes.

Daytime Emmy-winner, Greg Rikaart has brought his A-game for years as the misunderstood, often misguided, but beautifully redeemable flawed character, Kevin Fisher. From his troubled past to his relationships with his brother, Michael (Christian LeBlanc) and his mother, Gloria (Judith Chapman), Kevin has been one of Y&R’s more intriguing characters always bouncing from the  heavy drama to the comedic, all in the more than capable hands of Rikaart.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Greg to get his thoughts on: looking back at some of these key episodes in Kevin’s past, what it was like working with former on-screen love interest Emily O’Brien (Jana), his current on-screen love Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and first meeting his on-screen family.

As many are aware, back in March, Greg came down with the coronavirus and it took quite a toll on him. With what is happening now in our country with the spike in the pandemic, he also shares his perspective on what he went through, and reminds us all that COVID-19 is no joke; it’s real and taking people down with it.  One of the best guys we know … and one of the finest actors we know … here’s what Greg shared.

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It is Baldwin-Fisher week on Y&R.  What do you remember when you first came to the show?  And what was your recollection of first meeting Christian LeBlanc?

GREG:  When I first came on, it wasn’t to be Michael’s brother.  So, I had been there already, and the first story that I was involved with was the internet predator storyline with Christel Khalil (Lily).  So, I had been there a while, and then I think Christian and I had, of course, crossed paths in the hallways, and we had a mutual friend, so we had even gotten together for lunch, and he kind of gave me the lay of the land a little bit.  It wasn’t until we had a fan event, and Jack Smith’s (Ex-writer and producer, Y&R) daughter, Asia, who had worked on the show for a little while, saw Christian and me sitting next to one another.  She said, “I never noticed that the two of them look like brothers,” and I think that’s where the impulse came from to make us related as brothers, Then after we found out that was happening, that’s when Christian and I got to know each other better and said, “Hey, let’s invest a lot of time and effort into making this relationship real.”  There was so much bad blood and history and a lot of stuff to play.  We really spent a lot of time really working on those early scenes when we were trying to figure out what the dynamic was.  I have really fond memories of all of that.  I think I have a great time working with Christian and developing the relationship, and also, it was so nice becoming a part of a family.  I think having a family on the show made me feel like a more integral part of Y&R.  It was a really great time.

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What do you recall when Judith Chapman first came on to the show as your mother, Gloria?  

GREG:  Briefly, we had Joan Van Ark playing Gloria, and then, when they had cast Judith, I didn’t read with her.  I think Christian was the one, who had auditioned with Judith, but then I happened to be up in the office one day, and I saw her, and I kind of put two and two together, and I said, “Hey, wait, I think we are going to be working together!”  I also remember the way she jumped right in and filled some pretty big shoes epically … and really made the character her own, and again, added a fantastic layer to what the family dynamic was.  It was really wonderful.

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I’ll never forget the scene when Kevin says goodbye to Gloria, which was your exit from Y&R.  It was a five-hankie moment.

GREG:  Oh, yeah.  It was so easy to play because I was leaving, and the hardest scenes were the ones where I had to say goodbye to Christian and to Judith because like I mentioned, we had invested so much into the relationships and into the characters, and so there is a lot of love, and I think the boundaries get blurred.  There is love between me, and Christian, and Judith, and love between Kevin, and Michael, and Gloria.  It was hard of all of those different reasons.  So, it was easy to channel it into Kevin having to say goodbye to Gloria.

On today’s encore episode of Y&R, we are going to see the ashram wedding between Jana (Emily O’Brien) and Kevin.  I loved you and Emily together!

GREG:  Me too!

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What can you say about working with Emily and the whole Kevin and Jana story because it was crazy! Jana was so quirky and off-kilter and so, at times, is Kevin.

GREG:  I think Emily came on when Lynn Latham was head writing the show, and Lynn, who I think is wonderful, is a bit off-kilter herself, and I mean that in the best possible way.  Lynn always had streaks of wild colors in her hair.  I think in some ways, Jana may have been a manifestation of some part of Lynn.  Every week or two, Jana would say something, and we found out some other absurd thing in her past where she had been a paraglider at one point, for example, and all of these strange things, and you can sort of throw everything into the kitchen sink with that character, and it all sort of worked.  That was sort of happening when Kevin was very early on in his road of rehabilitation; I think it made sense for him to be with someone like that, although I think Jana’s off- kilter was certainly a little more straight and narrow than his. Jana was a good influence on him.  I loved their dynamic; I loved their relationship.

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What do you remember about filming the ashram wedding?

GREG: I remember how beautiful the set was. It took up half of the stage.  Emily looked so great, and I remember not wanting to see her before Kevin would have seen her.  I remember the vows being really nice.  I believe it’s the episode where they first meet, Michael’s dad, who is the minister played by Michael Gross.  It was fun that we had a great centerpiece of a story, but it also propelled story for the rest of the family.

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Coming up on Friday’s encore episode of Y&R: Kevin defends his relationship with Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) to Gloria when is mother makes a “festive” return.  What was your initial reaction to being paired with Liz, who you were already good friends with?

GREG:  I was excited.  I think Liz is great.  We had wanted to be working together.  For a long time, we had lobbied for it.  I didn’t know what capacity it was going to happen in, but I think linking us romantically was really fun.  I think the world of her, so I love working with her.

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When you look back at winning your Daytime Emmy, and all of the early storylines, do you wish Kevin were more like how he was then with his dark side, or do you like how the character has evolved? It would be hard to sustain a character being destructive and so dark for years and years on a soap without being shipped off the canvas at some point for crimes. 

GREG:  It’s kind of a mixed bag.  I think, certainly some of the stuff earlier on was more challenging, but I also appreciate and really love some of the more lighthearted stuff that Kevin gets to do.  I think when any combination of the Fisher/Baldwins are called in to be a bit more of the comic relief, I think that provides a fun element too and works nicely on the show.  I am absolutely grateful for the longevity.  It might be hard to sustain a character like Kevin the way he was early on, but it sure is fun to do stuff like blowing up restaurants or burning them down.

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Have you watched any of the episodes so far this week on Y&R … and watched yourself in your earlier years? If so, what did you think?

GREG:  I watched Monday’s episode.  On one hand, it’s really fun to take a trip down memory lane, and there are moments that I remember, and then there are moments that I don’t.  So, it’s fun to rediscover things that way.  Also, I think I had maybe a false sense of my ability early on and what I was capable of.  Watching some of those earlier shows reminds me of how much I’ve grown, not just with Christian and Judith, but everyone there who I have continued to work with.  I think I feel a lot more confident about my acting ability today than when I look back.

You got the opportunity to come back to Y&R after being let go, how does it feel now?

GREG:  I was thrilled to come back.  I think Josh Griffith (head writer, and co-executive producer, Y&R)  really took some big swings to right the ship by bringing back Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), and Mishael Morgan (Amanda), and me, and Liz. I was grateful to be included in all of that and just thrilled to come home.  I’m glad that the last chapter wasn’t the last chapter for me.

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You came down with the coronavirus and publicly let people know what happened to you and how you were feeling along the way.  As someone who has gone through getting very sick; how frustrated are you right now with what you see going on in California and Los Angeles, and the rest of the country as this pandemic has spiked, and there are new daily all-time highs in deaths and cases?

GREG:  I’m pretty frustrated.   It’s not over.  I’m negative now for the virus.  I am well on my road to recovery, but this is not a two-week recovery, and then you’re in the free-and-clear.  I’ve had some substantial post-viral issues that I was dealing with for a while.  It is insanely frustrating to see people not taking this seriously, and I continue to take it as seriously as I did in the beginning because there is no guarantee that antibodies really protect you from anything.  I feel just as vulnerable as the next person to get sick.  It’s mind-bogging to me that something as simple as wearing a mask over your face became politicized. I think we should all look to New York to follow their model for how to get back on track because they did it right.  California is different in the sense that New York had one epicenter for the entire state.  It was New York City where the battle was happening, whereas in California, we are a larger state geographically and population wise, and there are different heavily populated areas like Orange County versus Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and every place in between.  It is hard to shepherd 50+ million people through it as opposed to maybe a more tightly packed group of 10 million New Yorkers, but I still think Governor Cuomo of New York deserves all of the credit he is getting for handling this.  He is really the only one, the only politician who is kind of getting his people through it… at least in America.

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As a father, how do you feel about what you see happening with opening schools vs. not opening schools, and this debate?  Safety should come first, but you see how this is being politicized as well. Parents need to get back to work, and want their children safely in schools, but how can that be when the pandemic is raging?

GREG:  There is no decision that anyone can make in today’s world where there is not some level of risk that you take on; whether it is going to the grocery store, going back to work, or sending your kid to school.  I understand that there are parents who need to work and don’t have the luxury of childcare, and they need their kids to be in school.  I know there is a lot of evidence suggesting that kids are not specific transmitters of coronavirus, and even if they are, even if they do come down with it, they tend to fare quite well.  So, of course, no judgement on any parent who makes different decisions if they are well thought out, educated decisions and you’re using science to arrive at your conclusion. But for us and my family, I think we have a very intimate understanding of how serious this is.  You know, Monte is only in preschool, but his preschool went back last week, and we are just going to keep him home until we feel like we are ready to send him back.  At his age, I’m not concerned about there being things that he’s not learning.  I’m concerned about him socially, and developmentally with what he is missing out on, but we are finding ways to do things socially-distanced with friends and to socialize him that way, and we are fortunate in that we have childcare.  So, we have two extra hands on deck, 40 hours a week, which is super helpful, as there are no easy choices these days.

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Y&R is going back into production this week.  Knowing what you went through with COVID-19, any trepidation on your part?

GREG:  I think going back to work would for sure do me some good emotionally, but like I was saying earlier, there is no decision that you can make these days where you are not taking on some level of risk.  So, I am excited.  I am also a little anxious.  We will see how it goes.

I was so concerned for you, as so many of your colleagues and friends were too, when we saw how you were kicked by this virus.

GREG:  It was awful, truly awful, and I hate to complain about it when I have a lot of gratitude for how much better I fared than so many other people.  I am out of the woods for sure, but if I exert myself a little too hard for a few days in a row, I have a day where it can be hard to get out of bed.  I have some friends who are dealing with even more substantial post-viral fatigue.  One friend of mine, he hasn’t gotten his taste or smell back for over three months, and doctors are skeptical that he ever will now.  So, fortunately, I’m not dealing with any of that, but you know, it’s hard to not wish that it just never happened, and that I was physically who I was a few months ago.

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Closing out our conversation on Kevin Fisher, if you had to explain to another human being who doesn’t watch Y&R, who Kevin is, what would you say?

GREG:  I would say that he is the lovable ne’er do well.  Someone who messes up often, but I think he has earned a place in people’s hearts where they are forgiving of him when he does mess up, or they’re rooting for him to make better choices. When he does make good choices, they are into his choices.  I think that’s a good handle on who he is.

So, what is your favorite moment or story in the history of Kevin Fisher? Are you enjoying this week’s encore episodes on The Young and the Restless?  What do you think about the views shared by Greg, as someone who has gone through battling the coronavirus? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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