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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
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Richard

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

kathy
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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
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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… Read more »

Nikki
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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… Read more »

Lisa robinson
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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
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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… Read more »

Eilleen
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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
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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… Read more »

Nikki
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Alice
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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… Read more »

Beth
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Soaphound
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

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

Nikki
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

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

Nikki
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Nikki

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

Shirley Strickler
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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
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Meg Reddekopp

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

joeysback
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joeysback

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

Michelle
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Michelle

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

Chris Dante
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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… Read more »

mari
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Sandy
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Sandy

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

Iakovos
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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
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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
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Kar

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

Karlie
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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… Read more »

Sylvia Gillis
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Sylvia Gillis

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

Mateo
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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… Read more »

soapqueenforever
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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… Read more »

mollie
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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
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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… Read more »

Marge k
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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
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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… Read more »

Timmm
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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
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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… Read more »

Lawson
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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
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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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Eileen Davidson, Judith Chapman and Kim Waltrip Talk Plans & Launch Campaign To Make ‘Dial Emme For Murder’ into a Series

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, and soap opera favorite Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R and Ex-Kristen/Susan, Days) is bringing one of her soap opera mystery novels to life with a proposed six-part series for the soapy and hilarious mystery, Dial Emme For Murder.

Joining Eileen in the cast will be none other than Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) , Knots Landing favorite, Donna Mills (Ex-Abby), and primetime TV and film actress, Nancy Valen.  More cast members will be announced in the future.

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In Dial Emme for Murder, Davidson plays actress Emmanuelle “Emme” Peterson, a successful soap star who finds herself smack dab in the middle of a  whodunit.

Now, in conjunction with the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television (PSWIFT), and its president and director/producer, Kim Waltrip, Davidson is launching a fundraising campaign to get the series made.

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In an exclusive interview on the Michael Fairman Channel, Eileen, Judith and Kim exclusive reveal key Intel on the project, campaign and working together.  The proposed series has also launched its official website here.

About PSWIFT:  PSWIFT (Palm Springs Women in Film & Television) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001 dedicated to promoting our members, both men and women in the Entertainment, New Media Creative arts community. In 2020 Palm Springs Women in Film & Television created and launched a Filmmakers’ Lab to teach members how to make a film, by making a film, hands-on.

PSWIFT is currently seeking donations through their non-profit – which are 100% tax-deductible – to fund the Filmmakers’ Lab’s next venture Dial Emme for Murder.  You can find out more on the different perks and packages if you donate to the project here.

Watch the interview with Michael, Eileen, Judith, and Kim below.

Then let us know, if you think Dial Emme for Murder featuring powerhouse actress, Eileen Davidson, Judith Chapman and Donna Mills, will be a must-see for you via the comment section.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Chats On Mia St. John’s Powerful Interview on ‘State of Mind’, Winning the Daytime Emmy & Sonny’s Future If Carly & Jason Get Hitched

Since the launch of Maurice Benard’s You Tube series, State of Mind, he has welcomed numerous guests who have opened up and shared their struggles with different aspects of mental health.  But this Sunday, July 11th, Maurice will share for the first time his powerful and emotional sit-down interview with Mia St. John; one that he reveals was one of the most moving of his series thus far.

With Maurice being a huge boxing enthusiast throughout his life, having St. John, who is a boxer, herself, on as a guest was, of course, special. However, as soap fans know, Mia is also the former wife of the late Kristoff St. John (Ex-Neil Winters, Y&R) and they shared a son, Julian.  Both men died, tragically. Julian, suffered from a long-history of mental illness, and his death was ruled a suicide, and Kristoff was consumed with grief following his son’s death which ultimately set him on a downward spiral.  Kristoff’s death was ruled accidental caused by hypertrophic heart disease; which was exacerbated by alcohol use.  In the conversation with Benard, Mia opens about her own personal struggle with addiction and how she coped with these two devastating losses. (See an exclusive preview clip below within this interview)

It’s also been a whirlwind year for Maurice. He just took home his third Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series during the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards for his moving portrayal as GH’s Sonny Corinthos, as he goes through all the stages of a child watching his father, Mike Corbin (played by Emmy-winner Max Gail) slip away due to the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Since the Emmy broadcast was pre-taped due to Covid restrictions, except for revealing who the winners actually were, Benard shares what went down when his name was called watching the show from home with his family.

 

And … things are heating up on General Hospital!  For months, Benard has been playing an amnesiac Sonny aka “Mike” who has become taken with deceitful Nina (Cynthia Watros), who knows he is alive and well and living in Nixon Falls, but fails to tell her nemesis Carly (Laura Wright), or anyone else in Port Charles.  With everyone believing Sonny is dead after his showdown with Julian Jerome, Carly and Jason (Steve Burton) find themselves having to save Sonny’s territory and go up against the five families.  So, what are the besties deciding to do? Get married! And as viewers saw, Carly recently removed her wedding rings to Sonny.  So, now the question on GH fans inquiry minds is; will Sonny get his memory back in time, and stop Jason and Carly from tying the knot?

Benard weighs-in on what the future may hold for Sonny, the difficulties he faced during the Covid-19 lockdown with his mental health, his conversation with Mia, and much more.  Here’s what Maurice shared.

Courtesy/StateofMind

Having Mia St. John on as your guest on the upcoming episode of State of Mind was quite emotional for you. What can you preview? 

MAURICE:  I can say that during last ten minutes, there’s a lot of spiritual stuff going on.  I felt it.  She’s very tough.  You can tell that she doesn’t want to hurt anymore, and with me, I don’t know for sure, but I think she felt safe and protected.  We got into Julian and Kristoff and what happened.  I’m pretty sure I asked her and said, “I’d like to get into something.  You could say ‘no’ to me.  It’s fine,” and she told me the whole story.  Michael, I know you were friends with Kristoff, you’re going to really be moved because I was extremely moved.  It really, really hit me hard, because of what I’ve just been through during the pandemic. I just felt the need to be there for her.  I mean, I have that in me anyway, but with her, I did because it seemed like a lot for someone to go through.  I didn’t know Kristoff.  I met him once, and we talked for a bit.  He seemed like a great guy.  I knew he was a great actor because I watched his work.  I do know that everybody seemed to love him, but through State of Mind, it seemed like I got to know him a little better through Mia.  I was looking in her eyes, and taking it all in, and she was telling me everything.

Throughout your series, you seemed to have become more comfortable in the role of the interviewer.  It’s quite the switch isn’t it from always being on the other end as the interviewee.

MAURICE:  Yeah, I’ve gotten better.  You know what it is with me, and somebody said it, I’ve got a curiosity that I love to hear people’s stories, and I have a way to make people comfortable.

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Does it help you in listening to what other people have gone through in dealing with your own struggles with mental illness?

MAURICE:  Yeah, I’ve said it before.  It’s like therapy for me.  After Mia, I was drained, but in a good way.  In the beginning of doing “State of Mind’, I was just learning.  I wish I was more well-rounded in my intelligence.  I barely graduated out of high school, but as far as what it is with me, if I know something like acting or mental health, I really completely know it.  I’m into it.

How did the interview with Mia come about?  Did you ask her to come on State of Mind?

MAURICE:  I know who is involved with mental health.  I know who would be interesting to interview, and then I reach out, and I have people coming who are not in the soap world.  I have a WWE person; I have a TV critic, etc.  So, I asked her, and Mia said ‘yes’, and then we did the interview.  I’m a huge boxing fan.  So, to be able to talk to her about boxing and things that happened to her right before her fights, I was just really fascinated.

That is right in your wheelhouse!

MAURICE:  Way up my alley!  If I could have more boxers on, I would love that.  I love sports, but boxing is my one sport, so I was like a kid in a candy store talking to Mia.

How do you feel Mia is doing as she has been very open about her battle with alcoholism?

MAURICE: Any time you’ve been through that much, I think it’s a daily struggle for anyone. In addition, there is a really great organization she works with that I hope people will check out as she is trying to help others.

In terms of all of your State of Mind’s, did this one impact you in a different way?

MAURICE:  The good thing for me about State of Mind is that I learn from each person about things that I didn’t know.  For instance, coming up I have: Linsey Godfrey (Ex-Sarah, DAYS) who got hit by a car.  I mean, you could read about it, but when you’re talking to someone, things come out.  That’s what I love about doing this show.  Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R) didn’t know anything about mental illness, personally, but he talked about mental illness more than anyone!  I said to him on the episode, “For somebody who doesn’t know anything about mental illness or didn’t have someone with it, you talk more about it,” because he had a curiosity on the subject.  Mia’s was a little more because of the boxing and how deep we went with her talking about death.  In an upcoming episode with Ken Shriner (Scott, GH), he teaches me a lot about death.  When your parents die at 16, I don’t know how you could keep going.  He taught me how.  It was beautiful.

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Let’s go back to a few weeks ago on June 25th and you win the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  How did you find out you took home the gold?

MAURICE:  I was at my place in LA with my son, Joshua and my wife, Paula and we were watching the show.  When they called my name, I was very moved to watch my wife and my son get so excited, it really was sweet.  I liked my speech even though people had a problem with it, which is fine.  It’s always great if Max Gail wins or I get a win, because it’s the Alzheimer’s storyline that gets the attention.  And as I told you already, my dad has Alzheimer’s so it makes it even more personal.

And as you know, my mom had Alzheimer’s and died.  That’s why what you and Max did together on-screen together felt so real and raw and touched so many people – especially those who have a loved one going through this now, or that has passed.

MAURICE:  Yeah, it’s tough. I truly believe with this Emmy win, that it is the Alzheimer’s that really pushed it over the edge because it was a real story, greatly written, everybody deals with it, including you, including me, and you just can’t help but have a feeling about it.  You know, if I have a reel that shows me as Sonny yelling at people, beating people up, it’s not going to give you the impact.

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Was it weird coming to the stage and doing a pre-taped Emmy acceptance speech knowing that everybody else that was nominated had to do one too?

MAURICE:  Well, thank, God I didn’t have to do it in front of actors; I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it.  It’s weird, right?  I knew I had to adjust.  When I’ve won before, it’s in front of a lot of people, or semi-in front in a lot of people.  So, with this year, your energy is different.  So, you can’t act in a speech like that, because then it would seem kind of over the top, maybe.  So, I just made a speech that I thought would work for what I was doing; which is kind of acting because I didn’t want to come out and say, “Oh, my God!  I can’t believe it!”  So, I said, “Okay, I’ll thank the actors, I’ll thank Frank, and I’ll make it about Alzheimer’s.”

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I know some fans on social media jumped on the comment you made within the speech about ‘being the star of the show’ and you did tweet out that you went to Genie Francis (Laura, GH) to make sure there were no ruffled feathers there.

MAURICE:  I went to Genie because I thought, I don’t want her to take what I said personally, and she’s like, “What are you talking about?”  Sometimes I respond to a negative comment on Twitter with an emoji which can incite people.  So, I decided, “I’m not going to do that anymore. No more responding.”  Like I always say, you want to be loved and you want to be hated.  You just want to be loved a little more. So, I stopped with the child’s play.  I’m cool with it.

It seemed that things got twisted up, because you had related in the speech, that Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came over to you and said you have to do the storyline, because you are the star of the show, when you were overcome in the screen-test with Max Gail. 

MAURICE:  Sometimes people love to change the narrative.  If you watch everything … they say what I said, but they don’t say that I also said ‘Alzheimer’s’ was the star, but I’ll take the hit.

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I recently posted a clip of my interview with Cynthia Watros from the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys saying how she is so thrilled and honored to work with you.  How is it working with Cynthia?

MAURICE:  Let me tell you about Cynthia, and this is just my experience because I don’t know her that well.  We hadn’t worked together before. First of all, we tend to overlook, because of her character and the story, or whatnot, is that she is a real actress.  Let’s not forget that, I know she did Lost, and I didn’t watch her on another soap.  I know from working with her.  She can act She makes adjustments, and she listens, and I’m really happy to be working with her.  She is just stuck in a circumstance that is not her fault, but you know what, like I said today I think on Twitter to somebody, ‘but wait’.  I’ve been working this last month doing some scenes with her, and when you see that, there’s a little bit of magic in there!  I’m not saying it’s the greatest thing in the world, I’m just saying there’s a little magic!

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Have you liked being “Mike “and not having Sonny’s memory because it opened up the story?

MAURICE:  I know people think this story is my idea, like I needed a break or something.  It has nothing to do with me needing a break.  They came to me and said they were going to do this story.  I said, “Let’s do this!”  I’ve been enjoying this.  It’s a different energy.  The energy that Sonny has is dark.  It’s like in third gear.  Mike is like in first gear, calm, relaxed, happy.

You’re just realizing that now?

MAURICE:  (Laughs) Well, I guess until you’ve gone somewhere else you really don’t know.  Often times, when I do movies and other projects, it’s often the same kind of energy that Sonny has. I’ve never played a character like “Mike” where it’s a whole other feeling!

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Is it more challenging to play a character like Mike?

MAURICE:  No, easier!  Sonny can be difficult to play.  But guess what?  The audience – at least my fans – they don’t care how happy I am or whatever, they are screaming “Go back to fricken Sonny!”  I like that in a way, but I didn’t know that it was going to be this vocal from people.  It’s not that they hate Mike, they just want Sonny, and Cynthia is put in a tough situation because of her history in that character.

So, now everyone saw last week that Jason and Carly have decided they have to get married for the sake of the business with Sonny believed-to-be-dead.  What did you think when you heard that they were going in that direction with the story?

MAURICE:  Well, I was the last one to know.  I didn’t know they were going to get married until I heard about it in the makeup room.  I think the first thing I thought of was … we are all going to be having some great scenes coming up, like, “Alright.  Let’s rock and roll!  Let’s do it!  I’ll get into this character of Sonny when called upon.”  It might be and dark and the whole thing, but once I’m in there, I’m fine.

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It would seem if Carly and Jason do actually get married, it’s not going to be an easy road to reconciliation for Carly and Sonny down the line.

MAURICE:  No.  I would say not.  The thing about Sonny is that it’s what Sonny does best, or what I do playing him best, is betrayal.  So, for him, this is not a good thing.  I would assume he’s just going to go, “What the…” and all hell is going to break loose.

Sonny’s body washed ashore and he was very much alive, while the search and rescue mission quickly became a recovery.  Once again, law enforcement in Port Charles isn’t very good! (Laughs)

MAURICE:  So, there you go.  It’s going to be a bigger fight.  It’s going to be a great fight when Sonny does return.

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Fans are predicting that Jason and Carly are going to be at the altar, and Sonny is going to walk in alive and well with his memory back to the nuptials!

MAURICE:  Well, however it goes, I would say, just let them just watch the fireworks as they unfold.

But you’re enjoying this story?

MAURICE:  I’m cool, man.  I will say this, I’m glad that I have been given this last month playing Mike, and the Nixon Falls story.   I don’t know how much more we have ahead.  I just know that what we’ve taped has been really cool, and I’m glad that they gave me that.

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I know that the coronavirus pandemic and its isolation was rough for you.  What can you share, and how did you find your way out of a downward spiral?

MAURICE:  Yeah, Covid was just one of those things where I was hit with a lot of different things all at once, which was …  GH shutting down production, my book tour not being in New York (although the book ended up probably doing better because of the pandemic, which was interesting) … my mom and dad moved out …  and I thought it was the end of the world.  We all did at some point, and it all hit me with a rush of anxiety that I had never felt before in my entire life, and it was four months of terror … way too long. I was shaking like a leaf, not sleeping, it was tough.  What I tell people is that when you go through these things, it will pass.  I know, for me, four months was too long, but it did pass.  You’re better because of it.  You can take one of either two roads.  You can get worse, and you can say, “I’m a victim, I’m a victim,” or you can take the other road and say, “I’m stronger now.  Look at what I’ve been through,” and then, look at what happens … a year and a half later, look at what my life is.  I have a pond here at home, and I used to run around this pond crying my eyes out, every morning crying, like I couldn’t do it anymore, and a year later, I walk around the pond like it’s the greatest thing in the world, but that’s what this is, this mental health.  You can think you can’t go on, but then it rewards you with a better life.

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I was going to say, that’s pretty profound.  When you were going through the four months, did you think you were going to come out of it okay?

MAURICE:  No,   I’m going to be honest.  I finally got on Lexapro after three months.  If Lexapro didn’t work, I can’t say positively what would have happened.  It gradually made me feel better.  Like I have said, if GH had called me a month before, I wouldn’t have been able to finish the storyline.  It would have been the end.  I wouldn’t have been able to go back to work, because I was in that state of mind.  So, they called at the right time.  I went back to work and I was on Lexapro.  The thing about Lexapro is – and we always tell people to get professional help. There are a lot of people like me, and I’ve got to say, first you get professional help because you’re on the brink of whatever.  So the first five days of taking Lexapro, you feel worse than you did just before you started taking it, and that is scary because you’re like, “I can’t take this.  This is horrible,” and then I stayed on it.  It got gradually better, and just a month and a half ago or so, I weaned myself off.

How are you feeling now?

MAURICE:  Oh, let me tell you, the day that I weaned off, was a Thursday, and I wasn’t going to take it, and I was on my bed, and I felt the greatest I felt maybe, ever.  Now, I’m not saying people should go off it, whatever, because I was on it for like 8 months or something, but it saved my life like lithium for my bipolar disorder, and that’s an amazing thing that these pills could do.  What happened with me with the pandemic is that I had never really taken anything for anxiety.  I had only taken lithium, and I’d been on lithium for 30 years, but for anxiety, I never wanted to take anything, but if you’re bad, if you’re like (you know those gears I’ve been talking about) in 4th and I was like in 5th gear, you’d better get some help, man, because you can’t get off it on your own.

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I want to conclude checking in on your dad, Humberto.  When did you learn he had Alzheimer’s, and how is he doing now?  

MAURICE: It’s been a while since I found out.  I didn’t really want to talk about it, and then I did something in People magazine with the book, and I asked him if I could talk about it, and he said “yeah”.  So, it gave me the green light, and that was maybe 10 months ago.  He’s actually doing good.  It’s slowly kind of happening but that is how the disease works.  This has been a really great conversation, man!

So, what do you think will happen with Sonny aka “Mike”? Will he return to Port Charles before Carly and Jason tie the knot?  Have you been watching Maurice’s State of Mind series, and has it helped you with any of your mental health issues or concerns? Were you happy that Maurice took home the gold this year for his portrayal in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Shares Her Emotions & Reactions On Her Second Daytime Emmy Win for Lead Actress

Last Friday night on CBS broadcast of the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) took home the gold in the hotly contested Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.  This marks Jacqui’s second win.

MacInnes Wood’s performance in Steffy’s opioid addiction storyline, that aired in 2020, was the ticket to victory for the talented young actress and new mom to her second son, Lenix.

As viewers saw, the Emmy telecast was pre-recorded including all the nominees taping acceptances speeches ahead of air; with the winner being revealed for the very first time on the broadcast.

 

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Jacqui post-Emmys, to find out how she felt about her speech, her emotions at having her name called for the second time in her career, and how she felt Steffy’s addiction storyline resonated with so many people at home, and obviously, the Emmy voters.  Here’s what she had to say …

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What was it like for you to do have to pre-tape your acceptance speech?  Yours, actually came off very in-the-moment, because you kind of stumbled over a word, but it seemed like you were very excited.

JACQUELINE:  Yeah!  I was very excited.  Of course, it is strange to do it that way.  I am very grateful that I was up to my nose in The Bold and the Beautiful scenes and dialogues in the week and the days before, that whole week.  I wasn’t sitting around going, “I’m going to rehearse this in the mirror.”  I just wanted it to be very heartfelt and real.  I wanted to make sure it wasn’t like last time – I truly was not expecting it the first time I won.  I think that this time I wanted to be mindful of who to thank and talk about the story, which was so important to bring up opioid addiction, and I really wanted to thank Brad Bell (executive producer and executive producer, B&B) for giving me this story, and allowing me to tell it, because it was such an important message to tell.  Even though this year’s Daytime Emmys were shot differently, I was still nervous. I was so excited to get on a stage. Last year, we were on a Zoom, so it was nice to be able to do this on a stage again.

So where were you on Emmy night?  Were you watching the broadcast at home?  

JACQUELINE:  I was at home, and I was with my friends and my family.  To be honest, it was such a fun way to do it.  Even though it was so wild the way that we shot it – they do this on RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Sometimes they’ll do it live, but everyone has their acceptance speech.  I was just happy during the Emmy taping day to be dressed up, wearing high heels, and to be with my cast, Then, I got to celebrate watching it with my friends and family.  It was so cool to find out in that moment, then afterwards we ended up going out.  We went to Ronn Moss’ (Ex-Ridge, B&B) house for a party, where Ronn was performing, and it was great to be with some of the cast and have everybody together.  So, we danced the night away, and it was so much fun.  I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  Of course, if we had been able to be at the Daytime Emmys that way would have been great, but it was nice to be able to go, “Okay, I can celebrate in my casual clothes, and dance, and not be uncomfortable.”

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Were your children, Rise and newborn Lenix, with you watching when their mom won her second Daytime Emmy?

JACQUELINE:  My children were with me, and we celebrated together, and of course they don’t really understand what is going on, but they just saw all of us jumping around.  I probably scared my 4-month-old.  My mom ended up watching them.  Then, we all went out.  So, it was a good night.

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Did you have an inkling that you were a frontrunner to take home the gold as Lead Actress for your work in Steffy’s opioid addiction storyline?

JACQUELINE:  Were there times when I thought I could win?  I wasn’t sure, but I knew what we did was very special.  The first time I won, I was very proud of myself knowing I had to do all of these long scenes, but I was not expecting to win.  This time, I thought there was a possibility, and I wouldn’t say that it’s all because of me.  I know it’s cliché, but honestly those days when we were filming, you could just feel the energy.  Everyone brought it.  We do film so quickly, and some performances are great, and some of them aren’t, whether it’s because you don’t sleep that night, you don’t know your dialogue that well, you don’t understand why your character is doing a certain thing, but you’re trying to figure it out.  When we were filming these scenes, I thought it was just such an important story to tell, and I felt like everyone gave it 110%.  I looked at everyone, and I knew we were all connected, and even though it was such a heavy storyline, there was something so magical those days and those weeks of filming.  I was so proud of everyone, and it wasn’t something that was like, “Here I am forcing myself to cry,” I was like, “I am just going to be in this scene and really tell this story that millions of people have gone through.” When I watched back those scenes after they initially aired, it was not only about the cast, but it was just how the audio had been added, how the directing was done (since we had to be six feet away from each other because of Covid-19 protocols) which made it all come to life.

Did you think when you came into this medium that you wind up being a two-time Daytime Emmy-winner?  Was it something that you aspired to have?

JACQUELINE:  I think yes and no.  I can’t sit there and say, “No, I didn’t.”  I have goals for myself, and you want to manifest some things, so I wanted to visualize that one day.  I’m in this industry, and I want to do the work, and I eventually wanted to have the Emmy one day, absolutely.  I’d be lying if I said, “I just want to go with the flow, and if I get an award, great.”  No.  I definitely thought about it and said, “Okay, this is something that I do want one day. I didn’t think I’d have two!  I just wanted an award, one day.  So, I think that’s amazing in itself, but I am very honored.

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So, during the Lead Actress nominee package during the Daytime Emmy broadcast, they showed the gut-wrenching clips of yours, where Steffy admits in front of Ridge, Liam and Finn, “I’m addicted.  I’m addicted.  I have a problem.”  Do you remember performing those scenes?

JACQUELINE:  You know, you remember it sometimes as if you’re out of your body. In that moment, I remember being so in my body, but in a good way.  To say those words, to finally realize how heavy – even in talking to you right now – my body feels heavy.  I felt the weight of what Steffy was finally admitting. It broke Steffy, and it broke me.  I’ve never been in that position, but I did my research, and I looked up people who have suffered from addiction and the families, and to look over at Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and see the heartbreak in his eyes, in Ridge’s eyes, to see what Steffy was doing to other people – she realizes in that moment, “Oh, my God. I am addicted.”  Looking back at those scenes, there is just so much truth in them, and for so many people who have been there.  It just breaks my heart that people have to go through this every day.  People sent me messages from all over the place, it was amazing.  I couldn’t believe the number of direct messages they sent me on my Instagram.  It was pretty incredible.

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Your performance just felt so raw and real, which is why I think it registered with people who have been in that situation, and for the peer vote for the Emmy.  Whenever I talk to other actors about what they look for in judging other performers work, they always say they look for the truth. They don’t want to see a false note delivered in a performance.

JACQUELINE:  Absolutely.  For sure.  That’s why I’m so proud of everyone in the scenes because they all gave that.  It wasn’t like you look over at a cast member and went, “Oh, what’s my line?”  We were there.  It just gave me goosebumps.  It isn’t just my award.  It was everybody’s award.  When you get to really feel like you’re really alive in these scenes, living in those scenes, it’s such an incredible feeling. After this win, I am just riding the wave right now and really just enjoying it.

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Well, I’ll finish on this last question: How do you rate our Emmy photo together this year? (Laughs) We have well-documented our issues taking a decent photo together; usually because we break up laughing trying to take one.

JACQUELINE: (Laughs) I mean, okay … I am happy that we had those LED bars of light.  We have to have LED lighting around us 24/7.  So, I’ll give it a 9.5 rating   Moving forward, we need indoor, 3-4 LED lights, and we’ll be good.  Now that I have two Emmys, I’m going to be asking for that lighting moving forward … now that I’ve turned into a diva. (Laughs)

Share your congratulations to Jacqui via the comment section below … and let us know your thoughts on her winning her second Daytime Emmy – this time for Steffy’s powerful opioid addiction storyline.  But first, check out our red carpet interview with more with the eventual Lead Actress Emmy winner.

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