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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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Current Days of our Lives and former All My Children reboot stars, Cady McClain (Jennifer, Days, Ex-Dixie, AMC) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben, Days, Ex-Pete AMC) chat with Michael Fairman in an enlightening and exclusive conversation for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

McClain, who recently took over the role of Days of our Lives beloved heroine Jennifer Horton from mainstay Melissa Reeves (who chose to stay with her family in Nashville during Covid-19 thus forcing the series to recast the role for now) talks about stepping into the key part of the Salem canvas, plus the recent Jennifer/Kate fight over Jack (Matthew Ashford), and how the legacy series is coping with production during Covid-19.

Cady is no stranger to be a recast.  She was the second actress to play Dixie on ABC’s All My Children, as well as the second actress to play Rosanna on As the World Turns, and she had previously taken over the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless.

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Rob, talks about landing the role of Ben and being a recast, and in an emotional moment, reveals how he credits the opportunity to the late producer, Lisa de Cazotte. Wilson also shares his hopes for his Salem alter-ego who is struggling to move on with his life after the supposed death of his wife, Ciara.

The actor also opens up on if DAYS decided to recast the role of Ciara, since Victoria Konefal is not presently with the NBC soap full-time, how he would feel about it and thus the future of Cin.

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Both Cady and Rob first appeared together in Prospect Park’s online revival of All My Children. In this interview, they discuss how they had high hopes for the continuation of the series, how it ultimately fizzled, and what it was like to be a part of the then, groundbreaking first, for a daytime drama series along with One Life to Live.

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In addition, Cady gives the viewer insight on how she runs lines for both DAYS and GH at home with her real-life husband, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin and Ryan, GH), while Rob talks about his recent storyline where Ben was kidnapped and tortured by a vengeful Eve (Kassie DePavia) and much more.

Check out the full chat with Cady and Rob below. Then weigh-in: How would you feel if there was a Ciara recast? What are your hopes for the holidays for Jennifer? What did you think of the stories shared by Cady and Rob in the interview? Comment below, and if you have not done so already make sure to “subscribe” to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Check out the full interview with Matthew below. 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

How does Gordo know the girls in the film?

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

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

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

Wait, what?

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

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I think Elizabeth Gillies is terrific in Dynasty.

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

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

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

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But Sainty knew you’d dated Elizabeth?

ERIC:  Yes, she did.

You must have been dying.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It seems reminiscent of Angels In America, but different.   

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

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

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

How long was it open on Broadway?

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

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

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

And … Ariana Grande? (Laughs)

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

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

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

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

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

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In story, Daniel chooses Caleb.  Why so?

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

… And Matthew is not a great guy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Finally, how is being a dad?

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

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

ERIC:  (Laughs) Yep!

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

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