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Y&R's Justin Hartley Chats On The Making Of His Daytime Emmy Nominated Performance In The Adam Reveal!

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Since taking over the role of Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless, Justin Hartley had won over the viewing audience with his strong, subtle and complex portrayal.

Now he is going for gold in the upcoming 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  And for the first time in his career, Justin is competiting in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series category for his star turn in the Adam reveal. While there were so many tentacles to this story and the fallout of the reveal, Hartley sat down with On-Air On-Soaps to talk about his decision to use the scenes where Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) learns Gabriel Bingham is really her believed-to-be-dead husband, Adam.  The two-person scenes won praise from Y&R fans, soap pundits and now from Hartley’s peers.

In our spotlight Emmy nomination chat, Justin fills us in on the making of one of the most memorable moments in daytime and if winning is everything come Emmy night!

When you found out you were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor were you expecting it, surprised, or shocked?

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JUSTIN:  I don’t know how these things work and this is my first time being nominated.  It’s so subjective, and you never know how these things will go.  I was very humbled to be nominated.  It’s funny, the way it shakes out when you look at some of the people who were not nominated that are phenomenal, not only do they deserve to be nominated, but win, in fact.  That sort of came to my mind first of all.  We were on set when I found out, and I think Christian LeBlanc (Michael) started telling everyone who was nominated.

You submitted the Adam reveal to Chelsea.  What made you choose that episode? Did you have any help deciding on it?

JUSTIN:  I am horrible at picking, and it’s such an interesting thing to pick out stuff that you do and then deciding what’s good, and not good.  I sort of took it out of my own hands, and I asked Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) what I should do.  She came back with the Adam reveal episode where Cheslea finds out who Gabriel Bingham really is.  Truthfully, I think Melissa and I submitted the same thing.  I think I just submitted her reel! (Laughs)

You did not choose any other scenes in your submission, even though you could chose scenes from up to two episodes, lasting 20 minutes in length total with the revised rules this year.

JUSTIN:  I think 20 minutes is a lot to ask people to sit through, and so I just went with the one episode.  Missy’s feeling was you just tell the arc of the story, and then when people are watching it their not watching your resume, but they actually get to watch a story.

Why did you like the Adam reveal scenes?

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JUSTIN:   I think it’s a story that the show spent a lot of time and effort writing and telling and sort of weaving little stories in and out throughout the year and a half.  Then I just thought it was a good payoff for the audience, and I thought we did a good job with those scenes.   Missy is just so easy to work with.  She’s connected, she is right there.  And as an actor, if you ever find another actor who says they never slip out of a moment, I think they are lying to you.  But when you do slip out, the goal is to slip right back in.  If I find myself in my own head, all I have to do is look at Missy and connect with her.  So many of the actors on this show are like that.   They are so into the moment that all you have to do is really be there with them.

At the time you filmed those keys scenes; did you realize the enormity of it? That this was one of the biggest moments in Y&R in quite some time that audience had been waiting and waiting for?

JUSTIN:  I think the writers new how big of a deal the reveal was.  They were very good at letting us do our thing.  Missy and I sat with it for awhile and there were a few things that we tweaked.  It’s been my experience on the show that you can do that as long as you don’t shift story.

What was your rehearsal process with Melissa?  Did the two of you work and work on the scenes?

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JUSTIN:  Missy and I rehearsed these scenes quite a bit, but not on set.   Those scenes got off to such a clunky start. They gave us extra time to do them … I think it was the whole afternoon.  Then we got to set there were mic problems, camera problems, and there were all kind of problems. It was just so strange, and as I said, it was such a clunky start to it that I think it gave some levity to it, and it lightened everyone up a little bit to sort of realize, we are still shooting a television show so let’s have fun.  So it became this really quiet sort of peaceful, really delicate, hands-off experience.  Everything was so quiet in there.  We were the only two people talking.   They would come down to us with notes, and then we blocked all of the scenes before we shot them.  We just sort of new what we were doing, and so it was sort of a dance.  It was really the closest thing to a play that I’ve had since I have been here, because it’s just one after another, after another, after the other, and the whole story got told.  You could see that they started here and there was a middle and an end.

When you look at your competition in the Outstanding Lead Actor category, what are your thoughts on your co-nominees?

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JUSTIN:  I think we are all different.  I can’t speak to anything except for the fact than I don’t think people get nominated by accident.  There is a gentleman in the nominations: Anthony Geary (Luke, GH) who had been nominated like 367,000 times. (Laughs)  We are all different performers and we all do different things.  I have seen all the nominated performances, and every one is so different.

A lot of people often say, “It’s an award enough just to be nominated.”  How do you feel about that?  Do you want to win the Emmy? 

JUSTIN:   I would be very happy to win and I want to win, of course.  I think everybody wants to win.  Being nominated is great and being on Y&R is great, and winning would probably be great.  Winning’s fun!

Watch Justin’s nominated performance below and then let us know: if you thought the Adam reveal was one of the best moments on Y&R last year?  Did you enjoy hearing Justin’s perspective on working with Melissa Claire Egan on the key scenes? And are you going to be rooting for Justin to take home a gold statue come Emmy night?  For more with this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees, listen to the Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman Daytime Emmy Nomination Special.

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Wendy
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Wendy

Absolutely gripping scenes watching them again here as they were on screen. A win hopefully for Justin, who brings his ‘all’ to the role of Adam Newman. Great choice by casting when he was auditioning for the role.

Alan
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Alan

Justin Hartley is one of the all time best recasts in soaps. I’d really like to see him win the Emmy.

Cindy
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Cindy

That was a fantastic scene. Justin Hartley is a great actor. I wish that the award show would be televised so all of these daytime fans could enjoy it.

Karen kandziora
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Karen kandziora

I agree. Why isn’t it on tv??

Carol
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Carol

I really did not care much for this character, however when Justin took over I gain more interest in watching the Y&R. I have been watching ever since the 80’s where I lived in the Caribbean. Justin plays a wonderful character everyone can relate too, where you go with the waves in doing what’s best for you, just like our everyday life experiences. Adam Newman has grown up a bit more, which is great, and has attracted more viewer ever since his character (played by Justin) has returned to the show. You are the reason I watch the show after… Read more »

Lauren
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Lauren

Mellissa Claire Egan got snubbed by the Emmys she gets no respect at all by the biased Emmys voting .

Karen kandziora
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Karen kandziora

Absolutely!!!!!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I feel the same way. I mean, what DIDN’T she do this year?

sandra prater
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sandra prater

I think Justin chose the best scene s, for him to win. He surely deserves to win as he is an outstanding actor, and very good to look at too.
I think he did an outstanding job taking over the role of Adam Newman. I’m an avid fan since Y & R came on the air. Noone wanted that role given to anyone else, until Justin stepped onto the scene. He was fabulous as Adam, love him!!!

Karen kandziora
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Karen kandziora

Amen!!!!

mmc
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mmc

Justin is remarkable in these scenes, but there were so many others just as good.He is a wonderful actor & has become a real favorite of mine.I like the other actors too, but Justin has my vote….& thank you Michael, for another great interview… 🙂

donna
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donna

I loved the scenes where ‘Gabe’ tells Chelsea he is really Adam. I was right there crying along with them. Justin and Melissa are just pure magic. Every day is a very good day when I get to see Justin and Melissa on my t.v. screen.

Karen kandziora
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Karen kandziora

I am watching this again and again I am teared up. I love him!!!

Rose
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Rose

Donna & Karen…loving the ability to replay nominees tapes again. Amazing how much more subtle things you see you missed the first time around.

K Ross
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K Ross

I hope Justin will get it, they probably will give it to Anthony Geary again. Not that he isn’t a great actor, but Juston deserves it just for filling the shoes of MM. They were big shoes to fill and Justin did it. Excellent recast and he definitely deserves the win.
Also as a fan of the soaps I’m am greatly disappointed that it will not be televised, these are hard working actors and they deserve their awards show just as much as any other actor. Not fair to them and not fair to the fans.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You know an actor is really good when there are any number of scenes you can recall that are Emmy caliber. That’s how I feel about Justin Hartley’s work this year. From the scenes with Ian Ward to his testimony against Victor, he continues to be a true original: creative, unpredictable, funny, consistent. That’s why I hope he wins this year.

Nikki
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Nikki

I hope Justin gets it too. If it goes by the reels that we’re handed in then he will win. I think the others we’re ok but a real winner to me is someone who you want to watch over & over again and that’s Justin Hartly for sure.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

If he doesn’t win this year he should win next year if he submits those scenes where Adam tells Chelsea that Christian was his baby and that he had to hide his grief over his death— that scene was Emmy gold for sure.

Mo
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Mo

I hope he wins.

sue
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sue

really really hope Justin win . definitely an Oscar winning performance ……

sue
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sue

Really hope he wins.

Sandy
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Sandy

He gets my vote.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Good luck Justin I do hope you win.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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