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Y&R’s Mark Grossman Chats On His First Daytime Emmy Nomination As Adam Newman

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Stepping into the shoes of a major character on a soap opera, when it has been played previously by wildly popular actors is a daunting task for any performer. And when it comes to the role of the black sheep of Genoa City’s Newman clan, you better be ready to bring your A-game, because you will land under a microscope from longtime fans of the series.

Over the past year, The Young and the Restless’ Mark Grossman has done just that – brought his A-game -and has run with the role of Adam and made it his own. So much so, that he has been recognized for his work in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at this year’s upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Grossman is in a good company where he will vie for the gold against: his castmate, Bryton James (Devon), DAYS’ trio of Wally Kurth (Justin), Chandler Massey (Will) and Paul Telfer (Xander), plus GH’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin). So, can this newbie to soaps best the vets? Stay tuned!

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Mark about: his Emmy nod accomplishment, reflecting back on his first few months on the CBS Daytime drama series, and when the story picks back up, (when production begins again following the shutdown from the coronavirus pandemic), just what will Adam do now that Victor (Eric Braeden) is telling him he has proof that his son, killed another man? Hmm. Here’s what Mark had to say about it all.

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Congratulations on your nomination, and it’s so well-deserved.  Were you surprised that you name was called, or did you think you had a good shot? 

MARK:  It was definitely surprising.  Obviously, it’s my first year doing daytime and taking on this big role, so I submitted.  But then when I found out that I got nominated, I was like, “Wow, that’s incredible.  I’m honored.”

It is really great though; because it is rare that a performer comes onto a soap and in their first year gets nominated.  It’s very hard to kind of crack that glass ceiling of the often perennial nominees.  Sometimes, the same people get in year after year.   You and B&B’s Annika Noelle, who took over the role of Hope, both landed nods and you were recasts in wildly popular soap roles.

MARK:  Yes, I saw that.  That’s so awesome.

So, what did you end up submitting, and how did you decide what you were going to throw your hat in the ring with?

MARK:  I submitted two scenes with Eric Braeden (Victor) and then one scene with Sharon Case (Sharon).  I just picked some scenes that I thought had some weight to them and were honest.  My reel is kind of short.  I later found out that a lot of people submit reels that are closer to ten minutes, but I think mine in the mid-four minute range.  Then I thought, “Man, maybe I should have put some more scenes in there?”   One of the scenes is where Adam thought that Victor tried to run him over, and then they had a confrontation at the ranch.  Another scene was before Adam left town to go to Vegas after he thought he killed Victor.  Then, there was a scene with Sharon in the penthouse before Adam went to Vegas.  Those are three I used.

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It was a reel that was short and sweet, and you were trying to show kind of the bad and the good of Adam Newman?

MARK:  Yeah, it was kind of hard to decide.  Fortunately, I’ve worked a lot since I started, so I had a lot to choose from.  I always love working with Eric, and I think I do some of my best work when I am with him.  That dynamic of father and son, the push and the pull, those scenes always seem to have some weight to them, so I used those.  I picked some with Sharon because there is so much history (obviously) with those two characters.  I remember when Adam proposed to her and wanted to get married, and we had some big moments in the penthouse, and then a few weeks later, I think we had some more big scenes. I picked that because I wanted to show a little contrast, so it’s not all just Adam with Victor.

Did Eric Braeden or Sharon Case congratulate you when you received the nomination? 

MARK:  Eric said something on Twitter, congratulating me, which was extremely kind of him, and Sharon congratulated me too, which was also very nice.

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What about your family?  Was everybody like, “What?  You’re nominated? Yippee!”

MARK:  Yeah, they were super excited.  I’ve said it before, but my father is still thrilled that I am on the show, so to get nominated; he’s just over the moon. He watches pretty much daily.  I think he might have watched Y&R years ago, but when I got cast on the show, he started watching every day, and he loves it.

Does your dad think you’re okay in the role?  He approves? 

MARK:  I don’t know what he really thinks, (laughs) but he seems excited for me.  He’s a proud father, so I’m grateful that he supports me being an actor.

You’re in a loaded category along with your castmate, Bryton James (Devon).  Do you know the other gents nominated along with you? 

MARK:  I just know Bryton, obviously.  I haven’t gotten a chance to meet the other guys.  I hope I do.  It’s an honor to be nominated with them.  Obviously, our schedule is pretty non-stop when we are taping, so I haven’t gotten an opportunity to meet them at any events, or anything like that, but I really hope to.

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So, now that you have gone through a full year of being front and center as Adam, and then all of the sudden, obviously, everything was cut short with the coronavirus pandemic, while you were working every day was there a time when you were like, “Oh, my God! This is so much more than I thought I was going to have to do?” Did you kind of know what you were getting yourself into taking on a major role on a soap?

MARK: I’ll always hear about soaps that they are kind of in their own category as far as the volume, and they’re their own animal because they are on five days a week, and we have an hour-long show.  So, I had an idea of what it was going to be like, but it was still hard to get used to when I first started.  I got all of these scripts, and putting the pages together, and I was like, “I don’t know how you people do this!”  I think I probably almost had a nervous breakdown three times in the first month. Then it got easier, and the ability to retain that much material got easier.  But, I remember when I started; I was trying to memorize three episodes in advance, because I was so nervous about forgetting or being unprepared.  It was pretty scary at first.

If they were to say, “The winner is Mark Grossman,” what would you wear on the virtual Daytime Emmys?

MARK:  I know, what do you wear?  Do you go casual?  Do you wear a suit?   Like… tuxedo on top and sweatpants on the bottom with some sandals? (Laughs)  I don’t know, man.  I’m going to have to talk to some people and see what everybody else is going to wear so I don’t look like an idiot on there.  However, I think people should wear a suit.  I think you should wear what you would wear if they were not having it as a virtual ceremony.  That seems most appropriate, right?

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How did you find out about the nomination?

MARK:  I knew they were going to announce it on The Talk, and then our publicist Matt Kane called and told me.  I was like, “That’s crazy.”

It’s such an emotional time now for everyone too, right?

MARK:  I’m honored to be nominated.  It’s just hard to celebrate with so much going on in the world right now.

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When Y&R last aired some of its original episodes, Victor had told Adam that he was responsible for the death of AJ Montalvo.  Was that a shocker to you?  Did you think that would be the reveal? At the time, Adam was saying that Victor did it, and then Victor turned the tables on Adam and told him that he killed the guy.

MARK:  Victor is always working an angle, and I think Adam would not put it past him to make all of this stuff up, but I think at the same time, Victor did have a lot of answers to kind of cover all of the bases here.  So, it makes Adam wonder, “Is this actually true, but how can that be true?  How do you not remember doing something like that?” So, we haven’t found out the truth yet about that, but it’s going to be nice and juicy to play, for sure, whichever way it goes.

So, will you be rooting for Mark to take home the gold on Friday night, June 26th during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards?  When Y&R does begin to air new episodes again, do you think Adam will ultimately be  the one who truly murdered AJ Montalvo? Comment below.

 

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Definately rooting for Mark ♥️♥️♥️♥️
He has been awesome since his first scene.
He is perfect as Adam!!!!!

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He plays a wonderfully wicked role and I love to watch. Hope he wins¡

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No, it was Victor!

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Quit watching Y&R awhile back. The writing got to be inane and insulting. How old is Adam supossed to be now? This guy looks like a kid. Does he even shave? Muhney & Hartley are in their 40’s, he looks like he could be their son. Such silly nonsense.

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I love Mark!!! He is doing a fantastic job with no daytime experience.

GO MARK, bring home the gold!!!!

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