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Y&R's Lauralee Bell on Nina/Chris, Chance's "death" & if she would make a permanent return!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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On-Air On-Soaps caught up with The Young and the Restless, Lauralee Bell (Christine) this week to discuss Chance’s “death”, Tricia Cast’s (Nina) and Lauralee’s heartbreaking performances surrounding the key story point, and to find out if she would now consider a permanent return to the soap.  Lauralee was on hand at the set of  B&B for the celebration honoring her mom, Lee Phillip Bell, who received a Lifetime Membership to IATSE Local 33 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) for her contribution to the the Guild for the past 37 years.   Below are some excepts from our conversation with Lauralee!

Lauralee on if she knew of the story twist that Chance was going to end up alive when she signed on to come back for her visit  to Y&R this time: “I did not know Chance was going to be alive, either.  And once I did find out, I had to call up to the office and ask, “Did Christine know all along?” But I did kind of figure this out for myself.  Even the day we were taping the scene where I am yelling at Ronan about how did it go down this way, I had to call the booth the day before to get clarification. As an actor, I think it was the best way to do this.  I was never ahead of myself.  Even at the funeral, all of the Abbott’s did not know what the hell was going on which was great, and that is rare for soaps these days, because everyone usually knows.  So it kind of kept it exciting.”

Lauralee on her thoughts of those final scenes where Chance meets up with his mom, Nina, and father, Phillip, after they believe he had “died”, and where Christine was so heartbroken over watching Nina’s emotional turmoil: “It was amazing and great.  It is a whole different mentality because we would never have to do something like that before.  Now that I have a son in real life, when the line is spoken between Chance and Nina, “Let’s make a promise to look at the moon” it is really powerful.  As my character, Christine, I was thinking this is so amazing, and so sad at the same time, that this is what they are going to have to go through.  And, I can relate it back to my own son. We are all older, and so it gives it a whole different feel to everything we played.”

Lauralee on how the relationship between Chris and Nina will wrap-up before she exits: “The way it wraps up is kind of sweet.  There are a couple of final scenes with Tricia (Nina) before I go.  You will see.  There is also a little scene with Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), but very little.  Chris is not going to leave before she can do her best to get everything as well situated for Nina’s life as she can.  But this time when I say goodbye, I really do leave! (Laughs)  I have an exit where you know I am leaving.”

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Lauralee on how she felt about her return to Y&R this time: “I purposely waited a long time to come back to the show, but it made sense and I feel like “mission accomplished”.  I know it may sound silly to say that, but it was the proper amount of time, and what I wanted to do for now.  It gave the audience a taste of what it would be like to have Christine around, so we shall see.  Maria Bell, (Y&R  head writer and EP) has been asking me to do more, but I am still airing, so it hasn’t been that long. I told her we would talk again in a couple of months.”

Lauralee on her real-life relationship with Tricia Cast: “We are very, very close friends, and we are very different as people, but we are so tight as friends.  We have grown to respect and count on each other, and love each, and that makes this all the more fun.”

Lauralee on her mother, Lee’s honor by IATSE:  “My mom for years would be so graciously received by IATSE.  It’s nice to be respected by the crew and everyone behind the scenes. I am super proud of my mother and every award is due to her, and I truly believe it.  She is amazing woman.”

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Doe
Doe

THis is a really nice article, Michael. We really don’t hear too much from Lauralee. But her role in these episodes have been very good and it gave her a really good story to come back for. I hope they will bring her back again and maybe be with Paul as she was in the past. Especially, since Nina broke up with him. Thanks, Michael….

Barbara Lewis
Barbara Lewis

This was a great article. I really hope Lauralee returns. Have loved her as Cricket forever.

AMANDA
AMANDA

Lauralee is a beautiful person who portrays Cricket so well. She is an asset to Y&R. Her fans will always welcome her back.

Best wishes Lauralee. Please come back soon!

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O

Chris and Nick LOL, that would have both Sharon and Phyliss shitting their pants

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In some intriguing casting news, the upcoming Batwoman series currently in development for The CW will feature TV’s first gay superhero character that is a series lead.

But on top of that, news today via TVLine has that the series is seeking an out lesbian actress to play the title role of Batwoman aka Kate Kane.  They are looking for an actress ages 25-29 of any ethnicity.

As to the log lines of the series, here’s what was released: “A wealthy socialite who calls Gotham home, Batwoman’s Kate Kane is described as ‘armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind,’ while physically she is a ‘highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.’ But don’t call her a hero yet.  In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

Look for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television to helm the development deal.  Caroline Dries, an out lesbian, will be the head writer. She is best known for her work on The Vampire Diaries.

Batwoman/ Kate Kane will be first seen this fall in a four-way crossover event between ArrowThe FlashSupergirl and Legends of Tomorrow with the goal for the character to land her own series.

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In the just released promo from ABC,  Obrecht needs to be stopped, depending on who you are rooting for, that is.  We see her smash Franco (Roger Howarth) in the head from behind on the docks to keep him from uncovering what she has been up to.  Then, it looks as if Obrecht is holding what looks to be a molotov cocktail! “You have come to the end of the road,” she wildly tells Peter.

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As viewers know, Vinessa has been cast as the drama series lead in the new CBC production of Diggstown, and it is groundbreaking making her the first black actress to star in a series on the legendary Canadian broadcasting network,   Originally it was presumed that Antoine would go recurring on GH, while she was away filming, but that is not the case as she revealed in her heartfelt message today.  She and GH have mutually parted ways.

Vinessa’s statement: “There are so many people that God put into place who are directly and indirectly responsible for my time at General Hospital.  You know who you are. I thank you. I came into this world as an artist. My job is to create and inspire. I hope that I did that a little in playing #JordanAshford.

I believe that I have taken her as far as I can.  To clarify, as negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her.

With that, we decided to mutually part ways.  It’s time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television. I’m grateful to assist in that by starting this new chapter in my journey. I hope you’ll all come along. I feel blessed. Be well. xo”

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So what do you think of Vinessa leaving GH for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below and let’s wish her much success!

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