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Y&R's Melissa Claire Egan Video Interview: Justin Hartley's Exit, Chadam Ending, Will Nick Be Chelsea's Next Beau?

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Life has been turned upside down once again for Chelsea Newman (Melissa Claire Egan) on The Young and the Restless!  As viewers witnessed over the last week and a half, Adam (formerly Justin Hartley) is believed-to-be-dead following an explosion in a cabin where Chelsea was supposed to meet up with him and their son, Connor.  This was their chance at a getaway and to start a new life together as a family!  Only Chelsea’s best friend, Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) interfered with her happiness, and showed up at the cabin and stunned Adam, literally and figuratively!  The “end of Adam” marked the final episodes for Melissa with her longtime friend and on-screen romantic scene partner, Justin Hartley.  The popular star left the pivotal role on the CBS daytime drama series to star in NBC’s new dramedy This Is Us, which premieres next week.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman chatted with Melissa Claire Egan late last week at Y&R’s 11,000th episode on set celebration at CBS Television City for this exclusive video interview.

When asked about her reaction to the 11.000th episode script, which had Chelsea watching the cabin Adam was supposedly in explode before her yes, Melissa revealed:  “I knew what was going to happen.  I kind of knew for months!  I was really excited to see what the words were going to be and the dialog, but I knew what was going to happen in the last scene.  When I said ‘explosive’ in ads, I meant literally! (Laughs)  I tried to tell you guys, without telling you.” (Laughs)

On Justin Hartley leaving Y&R for This Is Us, Egan said of her beloved scene partner, “We are thrilled for him, everybody here, the cast and the crew.  We all adore him and he is so great.  We wish him nothing but the best!”

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Melissa also shared her thoughts on her final scenes with Justin when Chelsea and Adam were at the cabin:  “I thought they were very special, and it was a great way to send-off their coupledom in a beautiful way, and to have those last moments for the fans, before sadness.”

When trying to imagine what it would be like if Melissa had to go through a back-from-the-dead story with another actor playing Adam with a restored face via plastic surgery, she expressed:  “I really don’t think they will (go there), and I’m not just saying that.  There are a lot of stories to tell and lots of people here.  Chelsea is in mourning right now.  I truly don’t think there is going to be another Adam … but, who knows?  As of now, I don’t think there is a plan to.”

Photo Credit: Ed McGowan/Plain Joe Studios

Fans of Y&R began to see that Nick (Joshua Morrow) is now more than ever in Chelsea’s orbit, especially after Adam asked his brother to look after Connor.  When Melissa was asked how she would feel if she were paired romantically with Joshua Morrow, she teased, “Listen, I’m obsessed with Joshua and he is amazing.  We do work a lot together right now because they (Nick and Chelsea) are in mourning.  But the show is taking their time to respect the Chadam coupledom.  There is nothing going on with them (Nick and Chelsea) yet, but they are bonding: it’s just a brother who lost his brother, and a wife that lost her husband.  But I love working with him.  Josh is the most fun.  So we will see … I don’t really know yet.  A lot is up in the air.”

Watch the entire Melissa Claire Egan Y&R 11K Episode celebration video interview below! Then let us know your thoughts on Melissa’s sentiments? Do you think Nick and Chelsea would make a great on-screen romantic duo?  What did you think of Melissa’s final scenes with Justin Hartley? Do you think the show will bring back Adam sooner than later?  Comment below!

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Richard
Richard

OMG please no. Thats a predictable route to go. Reunite Nick and Sharon FOR GOOD!!!!!

kathy
kathy

UGH no.. sharin and nick should never be back together.. Sharin is such trash. Nick needs to never ever go back to that nasty witch.. she is a baby stealing manipulative witch

Nikki
Nikki

Everybody Must remember that Chelsea is looking Nick in the eye and she burned a letter that Sage written which was Despicable saying that she wanted everybody to continue to lie to Nick that he had a child and a grave how horrific when Sage knew very well that Nick already lost Cassie why would she want on her deathbed to let Nick think they had a child that really belong to Adam in a grave and of course Sharon is always the one that’s always blames everything this girl was the victim and she doesn’t want to hurt Dylan that’s why the show is so ridiculous it’s gotten to the point that it makes absolutely no sense because Chelsea help burn this letter and she can look me in the eye and not tell him Hey listen you have a child that you think is deceased but that was never your child so you don’t have to feel destroyed inside and go visit a grave so why isn’t Chelsea ever being accountable for her actions she doesn’t care she did give her way her firstborn and everybody gives her an excuse that you did it for Victoria I’m sorry but people I know don’t give away their children to be nice if she wanted a child with Adam so bad Adam would not have had to force her to leave Dylan when she tricked him into thinking she was having his baby but of course we have to put Chelsea on a pedestal and we have to hang shower and in Town Square! Please make this show right again I love the show before Chelsea came along

Nikki
Nikki

Not the same Nikki as above. I love Chelsea and Adam but please let Nick stay single for awhile. He seems to just be after every single woman in town which is exactly like Victor. I don’t want to see a new Adam. Good grief how many have we had, not to mention if this new show doesn’t work out maybe J.H. will want to come back. I really think he died because of the ring Chloe had with her at Delia’s grave. Tim & CeeCee what do you think of bringing Tyler Christopher on board? I would love to see a nice guy for Ashley

Lisa robinson
Lisa robinson

I totally agree them two had major chemistry. And damn it that Adam was soooo fine lol i dont want a different Adam

YR long time fan
YR long time fan

Sharon and Adam wete my favorite characters! It was an outrage and a slap in the face that they put Chelsea with Adam again. Anybody can go online and see the old tapes of hell Adam absolutely cherished and was obsessed with Sharon he was not with Chelsea. Chelsea tricked all these men. Chelsea didn’t even want Adam to have her baby and she got rid of her first baby and lied to Dylan and Adam when she got pregnant on purpose lying to Dylan finding him in a bar and making him think he impregnated her when she knew she had Adams child inside her. Come on already why is Sharon always made to be crazy until she gets her own business and Sharons best friend and lover enough already that’s why many people stop watching the show. If this show dares to put Nick with Chelsea that is it that is it no more I’ve watched this show 30 years and I took it off the DVR months ago because I couldn’t stand the way they were writing I’m hoping now with Chuck Pratt gone it will get better it has to we’re all sadly I can’t come back

Eilleen
Eilleen

Sharon and Adam will my couple I don’t know about anybody else but it became the Chelsea hour and Adam didn’t even remember anything about the love he had for sharing all of us watch the show for so many years and all that we went through with the love and struggles for Sharon and Adam to be together and Chelsea it’s all about Chelsea no thank you

Diane
Diane

Chelsea should not have ever been with Adam because she needs to pay for her crimes she has done she never had to pay for what she did to Billy when she met Billy and everybody knows what she did drugging and drinking and raping a man deserves jail and his stories with Adam made no sense because he was in love with Sharon and really in love with Sharon obsessed with Sharon. We all see what they’re trying to do just like they tried that with sage and Nick . It just doesn’t work and if they put Nick with Chelsea I don’t think I could ever holding the vomit. I would be so upset that would be the last straw . Chelsea is the town you know what that’s my opinion and I’m tired of seeing her always on screen as being this hero character when she is not

Nikki
Nikki

No Chelsea and Adam with the most boring is couple on the show now take the years Sharon was with Adam and the time they went to New Orleans wow that was amazing they were all really steamy hot couple not

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Never say never…recast or not Adam will return…and because there was a fire he will have a new old face played by Micheal M. once again-NOT!

su0000
su0000

hey Jimh..
Adam is a cornerstone of Y&R ..
Adam is Victor Jr
Adan is entwined in every aspect of Y&R & the Newmans

Adam will be recast.

Adam is a core Newman and he is not disposable, ever..

Adam will be back in a year’s time , wait for it ..

Nikki
Nikki

Hi Suoooo if you listened to the interview Michael Fairman had with Melissa Claire Egan she said no recast for Adam. It was time to end Chadam. Hope I heard her right.

Long Timer
Long Timer

Show will be BORING without Adam, I personally think it was a bad call to hire an actor who’s Main goal is Primetime, I like Hartley don’t get me wrong but I KNEW he was not in it for the long haul and not committed to Y&R sure a pretty face and all is nice to look at but if you are TRUELY invested in the show you want actors that are as well I have watched for almost 40 years and Muhney made me love Adam as well as being favorite character so I hope what Melissa said is not true, now would be the perfect time for Y&R and CBS to right a serious wrong and hire Muhney back and start wrapping up SO many loose ends to bring the show back to greatness because the trashy Billy/Red SL just don’t cut it for me I mean with SO many loose ends Jack finding out its the show’s ” Big Reveal” give me a break!! Y&R COULD and SHOULD do ALOT better than it has

Alice
Alice

I loved when Sharon and Adam were together they will really sexy on the screen they had this chemistry like the instant thing that you forgot all the things that Adam did bad because Sharon brought out the good in Adam and Adam and Sharon understood each other and they help each other not like Chelsea call the police on Adam and tricked him and told him he wasn’t a father. It’s difficult because Sharon belongs with Nick but Adam loves Sharon so much see this is a show we watched I don’t know what show the other writers that started like Chuck Pratt watched but he changed everything . When he took over I didn’t even recognize the show anymore. I sat there and couldn’t wait and couldn’t wait and couldn’t wait to see when Adam came back on the show how he was going to react because he loved sharing so much and I thought definitely sharing of all people would know if that was Adam even with the surgery not Chelsea she doesn’t know Adam like Sharon does. But Nick and Sharon are supposed to be together so by no means at all should never be with Chelsea that would make terrible terrible terrible story just like they did with sage we all know Nick would never be with Sage over has Sharon

Beth
Beth

Michael Muhney and Sharon Case together as Sharon Newman and Adam Newman made the character of Adam extremely lovable even though he did Despicable things because that’s what Sharon does she makes lemons into lemonade and she’s adorable with whoever she’s paired with but her true love’s are Nick an Adam and the show needs to respect that and remember that. In the end Bill Bell wanted Sharon and Nick to be the next Nikki and Victor. Respect Bill Bill’s vision and wishes

Carol
Carol

Why was the show execs and so many people against Michael Muhney? I thought he fit perfectly as Victor’s son; his looks and the way he carried himself etc., a great actor as well. I followed him for awhile and it doesn’t look like he is doing much acting at all. I thought we’d see him for sure in another series. Justin Hartley finally grew on me and I think he’s great but not the same type as Muhney at all. So what’s the story on this guy, will he ever show up again?

me
me

Please, it is so obvious that they will bring Adam back.

And I’ll bet you they try to get Hartley again, since his show will not last more than a year or two.

Betty
Betty

LOL. Hartley’s show won’t last a year or two? How do you know how long it will be on? I love to read soap fans and their silly statements. Justin Hartley did an 18 month long gig on Y&R. He’s been on Primetime for years. He’s not going to return to this silly mess of a soap again. The last four months of his storyline was a complete bore. He’s done.

As for the character of Adam, when the hand showed up again, you knew he’ll be resurrected in some form by November sweeps. Adam Newman is the new James Stenbeck of Genoa City.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I may be inclined to agree with you, Betty. Sometimes it takes just the right role or show for people to realize how good an actor is and this might be the one for Justin. I can’t see him returning right away, if at all. But I think the role should be recast. We got lucky twice with Adam’s recasts, who’s to say three won’t work?

Beth
Beth

Please do not put Chelsea with Nick please do not put Chelsea with Adam again. Those are the loves of Sharon’s life and we had a horrible thing happened to us fans we had a right to come in and destroy that history of the love of Sharon and Nick and the love and the adventures of Adam and Sharon who share and by the way made Adam lovable

jaybird369
jaybird369

Oh, puh-leez…OH, GOD NO!!!!! I CANNOT STOMACH a possible Nick/Chelsea pairing!!!!! Chelsea is getting to be W-A-Y TOO ANNOYING!!!!! A-n-d…Nick is TOO MUCH of an idiot already!!!!! NO, NO AND MORE N-O!!!!! N-e-x-t……….

Beth
Beth

I agree I will not stand for this writing anymore I will not stand for Chelsea to be with Nick no absolutely not it’s bad enough they destroyed Adam when he love Sharon so much not Chelsea but absolutely no no no no no no no no no Nick with Chelsea she needs to go and find her firstborn and tell that child she sorry she gave it away

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Jay, Chelsea rode Adam’s ass the whole time he was on! [Justin Hartley’s version] Who the BLEEP would sign up for that? Adam is rich and handsome, he could and should move on from this hovering hag!

Nikki
Nikki

Aww the way the story’s going Timmm Chelsea is having a hard time getting through each day but within a week or so she’ll be with Nick. I get it because it’s a soap but really can she morn a little longer than a week?

Nikki
Nikki

Oh Jaybird 369 I so agree with you. No Nick and Chelsea. The thought that Adam asked Nick to look out for them didn’t mean move in and take my place.

Darlene
Darlene

Adam will retutn. He’s a central character and the show cannot do without the role. Fans love Chadam and Connor. I’m hoping that Michael Muhney is rehired…he should never have been let gp…as he raised the quality of acting with those his characters who interacted with

.and his acting was brilliant. It was obvious that Justin would not stay long term as he continued to explore better career options and did not feel committed to the show…always seemed like a joke to him…and obvious Justin was only there for the paycheck and publicity. I’ve never seen an actor given so much publicity when they join a show as a recast. Part of Phelps’ ongoing obnoxiousness of rubbing Michael’s nose in it. Michael needs to reprise the role now that that destructive mean EP is no longer there. I don’t think the showrunners can continue to disappoint fans and have decent ratings. Fans are disgusted with the negative crazy storylines and seeing their favorites be let go.

Beth
Beth

I loved Shadam and Sharon and Adam still have a huge huge fan base not Chadam

Nikki
Nikki

They wont bring M.M. back. There is a picture above with the new guy Mal Young and who is sucking up to him is Eric B. and Eric hated M.M. so you know already the fans lose again. Thank you Victor!

su0000
su0000

As if last week;
There is an online poll-
To or not to- bring back Michael Muhney !!

87.71 … Yes
12.29 .. No

Many would rather Summer go and MM back in ..

Soaphound
Soaphound

Summer, leave? AMEN! But bring back Michael Muhney regardless. After all, look how many actors have lost jobs while being paired in one way or another with that self-righteous twit: Austin, Luca, Fenmore, not one but TWO different Kyles. Not to mention best pal Courtney. Now Noah is only recurring. Doesn’t anyone see a pattern here? Just saying… WE need Mr. Muhney and his great talent, great smile, great hair, and great shirts back now!

Beth
Beth

I would love Michael to come back but he has to come back and be with Sharon because they were like Kismet in the sky I love watching them together best scenes was so electrifying not like Chelsea she makes me snore

Carol
Carol

Hey, maybe they will bring back MM just in time for Victor’s retirement and he can fit right in as the son replacing Victor. He’s the only one I’ve seen that could look and act the part without missing a beat. Then Sharon and Adam can be back together and become the new Victor and Nikki. I mean they have to retire sometime. As much as I’m getting sick of Sharon, she has been there a long time and with her history with Adam could easily play the part. They will have to stop making her look like such a wounded airhead. I just hope she can turn it around.

Nikki
Nikki

Summer go? Oh yes please weather or not M.M. is brought back please get rid of her.

Nikki
Nikki

Suoooo Where is the poll to vote? I can’t find it anywhere!

Shirley Strickler
Shirley Strickler

Love Melissa,great actress and a beautiful lady. I loved her on AMC as Annie and I hope Y&R give her another great love story.

Meg Reddekopp
Meg Reddekopp

I WANT MM BACK ,I SURE DON’T WANT CHELSEA WITH NICK.

joeysback
joeysback

Sooner rather than later, and I hope that it IS Muhney! That would be the best surprise.

Michelle
Michelle

Michael – Thank you so much for all you share with us, you do a great job!

Chris Dante
Chris Dante

I hope they bring back Adam He is The most loved and interesting character. The love story of Adam & Chelsea must go on! When MM left we thought we could never accept a new Adam but we fell in love with JH as Adam. Nick & Chelsea pairing would be a huge mistake. There is no chemistry there. Nick & Sage, Nick & Sharon were great. I would love to see Nick back with Sharon. His high school sweetheart

If Adam does not come back to the show I am done with Y&R. His character is the one that draws me to the show. Lot of Chadam fans will be very disappointed & sad if Adam does not return

Thank you!

mari
mari

Please do not let the character of Adam “die”. He is such an intrical part of the show and most enjoying. Viewers do not believe that Adam ‘accidentally’ hit Delia (it was not MURDER) so you can solve that and make Chloe feel guilty. We are tired of seeing affairs i.e. Devon/Hillary/Neil – Stitch/Ashley/Abby – Jack/Phyllis/Billy and all the ‘family’ affairs in the past. Please do not pair up Chelsea and Nick together – LET THEM BECOME VERY GOOD FRIENDS WHO ARE THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER BUT LEAVE IT AT THAT!!!!!

Helon harris
Helon harris

They should brings Adam back with a new face and don’t wait so long. They
Belong together. Chloe have her pay for her wrong deeds. No one pays for their
Wrong deeds but Adam? Why

donna
donna

After seeing the ‘gloved’ hand the same day of Adam’s memorial service makes me think Adam is still alive. Chloe said she did not kill Adam. Sharon gets at least 2 phone calls where she says ‘hello’ and no one says anything on the other end of the phone. Also, why would Chuck Pratt write Fall Preview for Adam and Chelsea if they were not planning on recasting Adam. Chuck wrote that it was Adam versus the world while trying to protect his family and that Adam’s love for Chelsea will grow to new heights. I have heard that they are recasting Adam. Victor needs someone who is strong like him and thinks like him to run Newman Enterprises so Adam needs to return because he needs to expose Chloe! Connor needs his dad and Chelsea needs her Adam.

Sandy
Sandy

Please bring back Michael Muhney to resume the role of Adam.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Here is something radical to try… Let Chelsea grieve and parent her young son. Let her have some work-related crises and overcome them because she is a strong woman who does not need an immediate new romance. Focus on the Nick/Sharon renewal and make it stick. Restore Sharon to decent health and stop misrepresenting mental illness. Maybe Chelsea, through her business, is the one to make a difference for Sharon. Please stop retelling the same stories and let;s see some character evolution!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Amen, LAKOVOS. Why does a woman need a man, especially a wrong One? This isn’t 1950s T.V. Time to get with the 21st Century!

Kar
Kar

Nick being in mourning is a joke, he detested Adam even up to a month ago wanted him to rot in jail.

Karlie
Karlie

Dear Lord, I just can’t take Nick on a good day and Chelsea is just boring. Nick always hated Adam and I am not buying his sudden love for him. Please. And Chelsea might as well have bored Adam to death. As was said, Chadam had the same conversation about Victor for 2 years! Adam became a hen-pecked wuss with her. I grew tired of JFP and CP trying to write Chelsea as the new heroine of the show. Sorry, no sale. She isn’t. I need her back-burned and I definitely don’t buy her with Nick. At all. Ever. She has zero chemistry with him. Can’t wait for the new writing team to restore believability back to this show and honour character and show history.

Sylvia Gillis
Sylvia Gillis

I’d watch Y&R again only if MM returns. He’s the best actor ever. He’s truly unique.

Mateo
Mateo

I truly believe that Adam will return. I am just not sure about who they will bring on to portray him. Obviously Michael Muhney was ADAM. I loved Justin’s take on Adam. But Michael Muhney represented the darkness and moodiness of his character. He also had such chemistry with all the actresses he shared scenes with. Eileen Davidson, Sharon Case, Melissa Clare Egan and various others. The one reason that keeps coming back in mind relating to Adam’s return is the fact that he is Christian’s bio dad. With Sage dead and Adam dead, Sharon has no reason to EVER reveal the truth about the baby. I hope that by the time November sweeps rolls around they bring out this truth at long last.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

Cheers to you lakovos!!! Why is, that right away people are trying to pair her up. In the real world single women work and raise children all the time. The poor man isn’t even cold yet. Let her focus on her son and her job for a while before she starts with someone new. Even though we all have visions of Nick and Chelsea dancing in our heads. Maybe when the truth about Sully comes out, if it ever does, maybe Nick won’t want to be with Sharon. But then again technically, Sully’s parents are Adam and Sage, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when the truth comes out

mollie
mollie

Melissa speaks as if she really enjoys daytime and the fans. That’s nice. She doesn’t seem bored at all. I enjoy her story lines, too.

Susan
Susan

I thought Chelsea storyline is one of the most boringest story lines on the show. I would really like to see her do the right thing for a change and ask for her firstborn back and give her somebody not neck not Adam stop taking Sharon’s men from her. They really should have left Chelsea with Dylan give her somebody new that we haven’t met yet! I’m sorry but Chelsea has always bored me she’s a side character. She would be better off on The Bold and the Beautiful if she’s going to do fashion because Wisconsin is just not the place for her to do fashion

Marge k
Marge k

Ohhh chelsea is beautiful and it is sad that she has lost Adam again so being a romantic I hope Adam comes back. I agree that if Adam doesn’t return shaon will not have any reason to reveal the truth about little sully. A romance with Nick and Sharon would not be what I would expect..

Susan
Susan

Sharon and Adam Sharon and Nick those were the reasons I watch the show that and I also loved Malcolm Drucilla Amber Daniel Colleen and Lily and Cane used to have much better stories then they showed us now……. but I do not like at all Chelsea with Adam not one bit it was so much hotter when Adam long so much to be with Sharon. They better stop making Sharon nuts and crazy and see ghosts we will not have it no more ghosts the fans have spoken Chelsea is nothing remember how she started she was hired by Victor too drugged and raped Billy and she gave away her first child how come it makes no sense that Chelsea has a woman would not long to hold her child! I would really fall asleep in the middle of the day if I watch The Young and the Restless with Chuck Pratt’s writing and the way he always thought that Chelsea was the star of the show she was not.

Timmm
Timmm

It may be cut and dry BUT it will be Chelsea and Nick. BECAUSE, they will get all cozy and lovey dovey and then Adam will return! Conflict, Soaps 101!

k/kay
k/kay

This character needs to be put on the back burner hopefully with Pratt gone soon will get some stories for Lauren and Ashley. For two years we got to see love scenes and the same conversation over and over again. Never bought this love story they weakened the character of Adam once JH took over the role. I think what blew my mind was Nikki asking Sharon why she was at the funeral. What??? Sharon actually loved Adam unlike all those fake tears from Victor Nikki Nick and Victoria and Abby who loathed him. Pratt and JFP really did a number on this show who ever takes over has a lot of work to do.

Lawson
Lawson

Melissa Claire Egan is a great addition to Y&R. She’s beautiful and an extremely talented actress. The bitterness and hate towards this lady is quite pathetic all because ‘your fave’ fictional couple ended. If you want to talk about a couple that hasn’t existed on Y&R for years…aka Shadam, go to a Shadam fanboard. And she said herself nothing has happened with Chelsea and Nick, some apparently missed that portion of the interview too.

sam
sam

Michael Muhney should absolutely return as Adam. I never believed the story of his abusive behavior toward an underage female in the first place! (Not to say that Justin Hartley didn’t do a bang-up job as Adam, because he DID! (He was always capable of much more than acting on a mere SOAP!) ..Don’t get me wrong…we’ve been watching Y&R since it began in 70’s…not likely stopping any time soon!!

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Y&R’s Hunter King Talks Summer’s Clash With Phyllis, Seducing Billy, ‘Life In Pieces’ & Being Newly Engaged

On The Young and the Restless viewers just watched the summer of …  Summer!  When the top-rated soap brought back two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Hunter King to the canvas, you knew it was going to be to stir up some major drama.  But, little did viewers know that Summer came back a vixen, ready to steal her mother’s man!

Last month, it became game on between mother and daughter after their epic showdown, where Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) got wind of Summer’s attempts to put the moves on Billy (Jason Thompson) and her plans to meet up with him in Philly! (And that spelled trouble for the couple known as “Philly” too)  Oh yes, and there was that well-deserved bitch-slap!  So, where will it all go from here?

Michael Fairman TV caught up with King where we discussed: Summer’s new attitude, if Summer will get her wish and have sex with Billy, her real-life engagement, and her upcoming return to the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces, and more. Check out what Hunter had to say below.

Summer is so pursuing Billy! When you came back to Y&R, did they tell you we need her to be really vampy and this seductress?  What has happened to her? (Laughs)

HUNTER:  Yes.  I understood where it was coming from, and I was excited to play the same character, but being able to play it totally different.  I get to sort of reinvent her.   I think when Summer went away she discovered herself, and kind of grew into Phyllis’ daughter … maybe.  But I will say, it has been very vampy, and you don’t even know yet what’s to come!

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How is working with Jason Thompson?

HUNTER:   Working with Jason is great.  He is always so professional and prepared and always willing to collaborate on scenes.  Jason is just so creative, and so in it, and loves to work so much that he just exudes that the scenes.

Let’s just say when Summer and Billy “finally” hit the sheets … (Laughs)

HUNTER:   We don’t yet … we shall see.  The way this whole storyline unfolds you think it’s going one way and then there is a twist, and then twists on top of twists.  The more layers that come into play you start to understand why everything is happening the way it is.

Now, Summer had no idea that Billy had a gambling addiction, which put this whole spiral of his in motion?

HUNTER:  I guess not?  (Laughs)  It’s hard to know. I would say she evidently did not know about his gambling.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Viewers saw Phyllis slap her daughter in the face as the fight between them escalated; when Summer admitted she was going after her mother’s boyfriend!  How was it taping that scene, and working with Gina Tognoni?

HUNTER:  She’s amazing! Gina didn’t really slap me, but I will say afterwards they wanted to put red blush on my cheeks, and I said, “Oh, just pinch my cheek instead, and I wound up bruising my cheek.”  So Gina goes, “I really didn’t hit her!”  It was the funniest banter on set.  Gina was scary in those scenes, like a good scary.  I went, “Damn!”

On August 18th, you got engaged to your beau, Nico Svoboda.  Were you expecting him to propose when he did?

HUNTER:   I was so shocked, even though I had wanted it to happen, very much.  But, I had no idea when it was coming. It was amazing, and the best day of my life and, we are engaged!

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And he got down on one knee for the proposal!

HUNTER:  Yes!  I thought it was sweet.  It’s something you dream about when you are a little girl.

What it is about Nico that makes him the guy for you?

HUNTER:  Besides the amazing qualities he has as a person – he’s compassionate, he’s caring, he’s driven, he’s loving, and just cares for others so much – I love the way that he loves me.  I have never felt so loved before, and so accepted, and he is very supportive of my career.

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Are you excited to go back to your role as Clementine on the sitcom, Life in Pieces?  It is slated for a midseason premiere.

HUNTER:  I am super excited to be back.  We are back taping again   I am excited to do the sitcom and Y&R   As an actress, it’s so exciting to get to do different things:  a sitcom and soaps … why not?! (As noted in the press: King took a three-episode break from Y&R to film some episodes of the sitcom due to a scheduling conflict.)

Then speaking of “All in the Family,” it was just announced, your sister, Joey is coming onto Life in Pieces.

HUNTER:  Yes!  How crazy. She will be on for a few episodes, and it will be fun.  I think we will interact a little bit on the show, and we have never had the chance to work together before.

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You and your sister have the funniest Instagram videos.  Do you plan those out?

HUNTER:  Joey is so funny.  It kind of just happens when we get together.  Sometimes we film something and sometimes we don’t.  But Joey is so much fun and my best friend. She is the funniest person in the entire world, and so it’s just easy to laugh when I am with her.

So, what did you think of the showdown between Summer and Phyllis?  Are you glad Phyllis slapped her daughter, or was it a mistake?  What do you think will happen next?  Will Summer ultimately sleep with Billy? Do you want Summer to end up with Kyle (Michael Mealor)? Will you be checking out Hunter on Life in Pieces? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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GH’s Kirsten Storms Chats On: The Emotional Impact Of Nathan’s Death & Who Could Be Maxie’s New Love Interest

2018 has been a difficult year for Port Charles’ beloved Maxie Jones. She became a widow and a single mom following the untimely death of the love of her life, Nathan West (Ryan Paevey).  Maxie’s portrayer, General Hospital fan favorite Kirsten Storms delivered in scene after scene, tearjerker after tearjerker, as viewers experienced the grief of losing a good man, a good cop and her husband, and the father of her child.

Complicating things was Maxie’s friendship with Peter August (Wes Ramsey), who came to town with an agenda and who was revealed to be Henrik Faison, Nathan’s half-brother. As Maxie soldiered on with life after-Nathan, she formed a bond with Nathan’s sister, Nina (Michelle Stafford). Through various (and one nefarious) twists and turns, the two women have grown closer always trying to have each other’s back, and to be there for one another in their times of need.

This past Labor Day, ABC and General Hospital aired the encore presentation of Nathan’s funeral, which reminded us all of great soap opera storytelling, and Storms’ powerhouse performance in this storyline.

Michael Fairman TV recently chatted with Kirsten where we found out: how she handled this 10-hankie inducing storyline, who she thinks the ultimate new love interest for Maxie will be – with Peter and Chase (Josh Swickard) in the running, and how she has stood up for herself on social media when she has had to set fans straight on their often misperceptions. There is no question that Storms contributions to making the character of Maxie come to life, make her one of the standout MVP’s of daytime drama.  Here’s what Kirsten shared.

Nathan’s funeral has been one the standout episodes of the year thus far in soaps. Every aspect of it was beautifully executed from the performances, the writing, the directing, camerawork, etc.  What were your thoughts of the storyline that followed with Peter (Wes Ramsey) being kidnapped by Nina (Michelle Stafford) and Obrecht (Kathleen Gati)?  Maxie did not originally have a clue as to what was going on to avenge Nathan’s death. 

KIRSTEN:  I have chats with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) occasionally about storyline.  He and I have a very good relationship.   He’ll talk to me about things I have coming up, because he knows I’m not the type of person who talks to other people about it.  I’m literally the last person on the gossip train.  I’m always the last person to find out about things.  It almost makes me feel stupid. (Laughs)   So, it’s nice because he’ll say to me, “This is going to happen: Nathan is going to die, and Maxie and Peter are going to become closer, and Nina and Obrecht are going to kidnap him and start breaking his limbs ….”   I thought, “Oh cool. We’re going back to crazy Nina,” who is one of my favorite characters.   I love that we always forget the stuff that Nina has done in her past.  It’s not brought up, but it’s there!

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They have balanced the character of Nina out since her beginnings of the show, which has made her a more fleshed-out character with many dimensions.

KIRSTEN: They have!  Nina’s job with Crimson really leveled that character out, and the relationship with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), although he’s crazy himself so it works!  Michelle has built up such a great character, and Kathleen Gati always brings one hundred and ten percent.

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I love the bond between Maxine and Nina, because Nina has been the grieving sister, and Maxie gave birth to Nathan’s son, and they were trying to help each other through their despair.

KIRSTEN:  Yes, it wasn’t too long ago that Maxie was following Nina around in steam rooms begging her to take her back with her jobs, and now they’re inseparable.  (Laughs)  She jokes that Nina’s transferred her love from Nathan to Maxie in a creepy way. (Laughs)

Maxie has worked for Kate Howard and Nina. Who does Maxie think is a better boss?

KIRSTEN:  Selfishly, I think she’d probably say Nina, because I think Nina takes into account her opinion a little bit more.

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How did you get through the amount of crying leading up to, and following Nathan’s death, that was called upon for you as an actress to play in so many tragic and heartbreaking scenes?   Were you able to get through it, and not take the emotional toll that was hitting the character home with you?  

KIRSTEN:  It’s always difficult to have emotional scenes, but to have so many of them felt like it went on for a long time.  There was a good two and a half weeks where I had to be sobbing going into work.  I had recently been reminded of what it was like to lose somebody that you care about.  I remember when I was breaking down my dialogue (because there’s a whole huge process that I go through) thinking, “Oh! I remember what this felt like, and I have to remember to try to portray that when doing this.”  The moment when Nathan flatlines, and Maxie goes outside, and she hears it … he’s dead.  That unexpected turn, because they woke Nathan back up that’s what killed me.  Nathan gets shot, he has surgery, he wakes back up and starts talking, and then he dies moments later.  I remember thinking, “Oh, my God!”  Having Nathan wake up, and giving Maxie that hope and then just taking him away … from that moment on I knew I would have to be just crushed completely… while playing pregnant.  I felt that there were a lot of days after work when I would stay for an extra hour and just decompress, but I was happy when they started to move on from that a little bit, because it was a heavy couple of weeks.

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Did you watch any of those performances back?

KIRSTEN:  I did, and I never usually do that anymore.

So, you’re going to submit yourself for the Emmy this year, right?  If you don’t, I am going to do it for you myself! (Laughs)

KIRSTEN: (Laughs) Yes, I plan on submitting.

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Where do you see Maxie’s relationship going with Peter now?  Will Chase (Josh Swickard) be in her life?  How many cops can she have relationships with if she were to date Chase? (Laughs)

KIRSTEN: (Laughs) I know, right?  I was kind of hoping for that fact alone that she wouldn’t end up with Chase, but then I worked with Josh.  Not only did people like it, but I liked it!  I worked with him the day after I came back from two sick days that I took, and I felt terrible.  I was there pretty much because I didn’t want to let Frank down, and Molly Burnett (Maxie sub, GH) was working on something else, and she couldn’t work one more day for me.  I remember being on set and I kept saying, “Josh, I am so sorry.”  We had already had our scenes in the police station, but they were so brief.  This was the first real set of scenes with him that I had.  I just felt that it wasn’t the first impression that I wanted to make on him for who I am as an actor, but he was so supportive.  Josh didn’t let it alter his performance.  I could barely look at him and I could barely look into the lights!   I just felt like I wanted to be at home in bed, but he made those scenes fantastic.  They wouldn’t have been what they were.  If I had walked on set, new to a show, with someone who had been there for a long time… and now, knowing that he was a Zenon fan, he probably had all of these other expectations, and I’m like, “I can’t even look at you!”  (Laughs)

(Laughs) So you would be okay with a Maxie/Chase pairing?

KIRSTEN:  One hundred percent.

And as far as Peter goes?

KIRSTEN:  I have a soft spot for Wes.  I really do.

He’s been given a tough time by many fans of the show on social media.

KIRSTEN:  He has, and I think that’s unjustified.  I have really high expectations for my scene partner, because I know that when I’m going in there, I’ve prepared my dialogue, and I have a good sense of what I am going to bring to the table.  You should do that too as my or anybody’s scene partner,  because there are lots of soap actors out there who are not working anymore, who would be willing to put that type of work into this part.  With Wes, he respects acting so much that never in a million years would he not go to the set with that same mindset – if not more so than I have – and I think we have this mutual respect for each other on that level.  We are committed to our scenes, and kind of don’t really care what else is going on in the storyline at that moment.  For example, when he tells Maxie that he’s Henrik in the hospital and she is in a wheelchair, there were four or five other people in that scene who didn’t have dialogue, so there was chatting and laughing going on.  He just completely zoned in to what he was doing.  He was able to bring emotion and cry.  I texted him and was like, “I don’t even think I’m going to be noticed in those scenes.  Great job!  It’s good, because I didn’t like the way I looked in the wheelchair!”  I just adore him, and he and Laura Wright (Carly) could not be a cuter couple with each other.  She’s happy. They both are very happy, and they both are genuinely good people, and to anyone who has anything to say about the reason why Wes was hired, or his part in the show, I’ll say that he has a better work ethic than a lot of people who I have had the opportunity to work with throughout my career.   He’s earned his place on the show, and if people just gave him a chance and step back from what they know goes on behind the scenes as far as his relationship Laura, they’ll be able to see how talented he is.

Does Maxie give Peter a pass for what he’s done, and his lies and deception?

KIRSTEN:  So many people have given Maxie a pass for stuff she’s done.  I’d have to say, “Yes”.   I do like that he’s Nathan’s brother.  I feel like that has got a weird thing to it that I can understand Maxie’s draw to him, but he’s also a different person than Nathan.

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You’ve recently been great at shutting things down on social media when fans make assumptions about what is going on in your personal life and explaining the situation.  Can you talk to me about that?

KIRSTEN:  I guess motherhood changed me so much.  There’s no time for the b**s anymore.  Going through everything I did last year, I had to really accept that I am human.  The things that I go through and experience, or that have happened in my life are no different from somebody who is sitting at home watching the show.  I’m a person, too.  I can’t be ashamed of the things that happen to me.  I just have to own it and move forward, because owning it is how you get better with something.   Last year was a very rough year for me.  I think a lot of things came to a head for me personally.  I’ve never been the type of person to kind of slink back and let that take me over.  I’ve always been like, “Nope.  I want to get back to work.  I love my job.”  As much as I love it, I take it that seriously.  I know the emotional and mental condition that I have to be in to be able to be prepared and work as well as I want to.  So, I don’t want anyone to be confused about what my time away from work has been for.  I pride myself on the work I have done on myself, and I want to be able to acknowledge that.

So, what have you thought of Kirsten’s performance throughout her storyline following Nathan’s shocking death? Would you like to see Peter, Chase, or someone else as Maxie’s new romantic interest?  Share your thoughts on this and other points and views shared in this interview via the comment section below.

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