Connect with us

Interviews

20

Y&R's Michael Roark Video Interview: The Mystery Of Travis & Working With Amelia Heinle!

Photo: MF Soaps, Inc

Photo: MF Soaps, Inc

On The Young and the Restless, Michael Roark entered the canvas as mystery man Travis Crawford, who was not what he seemed.  Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) took a liking to this guy when it appeared to be a start of a romance for her with a guy from the one side of the tracks and the rich girl from the other side.

For Travis seemingy owned a bar and was the bartender of it, too.  But that was not the case of who Travis really was!  Currently, Travis is a very viable love interest for Victoria, but there is clearly more to his story than meets the eye.  Then when Michael Roark exited the show recently, the audience wasn’t 100% sure if he was coming back, but Roark did send out a teaser of a tweet alluding to that it may not be the end of his run in Genoa City.  Lo and behold!  Travis shows up and ruins the day for Luca (Miles Gaston Villanueva) with the truth about the groom’s involvement in the oil rig sabatoge as he is about to marry Summer (Hunter King) Newman.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Michael at the recent Y&R 11,000th episode on set celebration to get the skinny on what’s going on with his Y&R alter-ego, and more!

Roark shared if he thought when he was written-off the first time at Y&R, it was the end of the line for Travis.  He responded, “It was kind of tongue and cheek and nothing was for sure, but I kind of had an idea of how it was going down.”

Courtesy/CBS

As to when Michael felt he knew it was clicking on-screen with his love interest Victoria,  as played by two-time Daytime Emmy winner Amelia Heinle, he shared: “You know what’s funny?  I don’t think we ever really know. We try things and we see what works, and we see how the audience responds and fortunately people seemed happy with what Amelia and I were doing,  I am sure some people werent’ happy, but you know how that goes.” (Laughs)  Speaking of Amelia Heinle, Roark expressed how she make his days better at CBS Television City. “She’s great.  I can’t say enough good things about her.  She’s a lot of fun on-camera and off-camera.  We have a lot of fun together.  It makes it much easier to come to work.”

As to … just what is Travis’ secret and is about his true identify?  What’s his deal?  And, do the viewers know everything about him?  Michael would only say: “Nope, you sure don’t, but you’re going to find out though. There’s a lot of context and a lot of subtext to Travis.  He has his demons, and he’s a genuine guy in a lot of ways, but there’s other things beneath the surface.  I will leave it at that.  I don’t want to say too much.”

Watch Michael’s interview below! Then let us know, what do you think is the mystery to Travis that will be revealed?  Is he related to someone?  Does he truly love Victoria?  And, what do you think of the on-screen duo of Roark and Heinle? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Leave a comment | 20 Comments
Advertisement

20

avatar
13 Comment threads
7 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
17 Comment authors
TimmmHelenLori HurtSoaphoundsoapqueenforever Recent comment authors
newest oldest
Karin
Guest
Karin

TRICKY <3

Judy
Guest
Judy

Thanks Michael. I hope this means they have taped more about Travis and we will learn at least some of his secrets soon. I really enjoy Travis, Tricky and Michael. However they really do need to flesh out Travis so this makes me happy that it sounds like that is coming. I hope they give him a job too!

Rebecca1
Guest
Rebecca1

I love him! Good looking AND a personality! Cute, friendly interview! Still reminds me of a cross between Paul Levoiseur (sp?) and Derek Hough.

Shirley Strickler
Guest
Shirley Strickler

I really like him and hope Y&R keeps and gives him a great storyline.

Timmm
Guest
Timmm

To me, he is “Billy Miller Lite” but he seems like a nice guy, can act and seems to be getting more comfortable with the cast. He is better for Vicki than Jason Thompson’s Billy, for sure

Soaphound
Guest
Soaphound

As a rabid Billy Miller fan, I tend to agree with you, Timmm. I’m not crazy about him, but he’s a competent actor and basically harmless. And you’re 100% right about Jason Thompson’s Billy. He and Amelia are a casting disaster, even worse than she and Stitch. But I’m biased. I also think he’s a flop with Gina. And with me.

Timmm
Guest
Timmm

Jason is a good actor. He was wonderful on GH. To me, he was a get just like Steve Burton. So Y&R got them and does not know what to do with them. Jason looks like Jill’s son. We are used to Billy looking like an Abbott. So there is that. BUT you hit the nail on the head, Jason and Amelia have as much chemistry as Gisele Bundchen and Danny Bonaduce! And Gina, a BUST! She doesnt have chem with Jack or Billy. She clicks with Glummer and Michael. So what!

Helen
Guest
Helen

Gina and Jason have amazing chemistry. Only blind people can’t see it.

Timmm
Guest
Timmm

The only time they share chemistry is when they are in the Jabot lab!

Tucker
Guest
Tucker

Such a pointless and unnecessary character – I hope he goes away again and soon.

Ts Tasha Jones
Guest
Ts Tasha Jones

I know he is so going to end up being an Abbott…just know it

k/kay
Guest
k/kay

I like this guy I really do a positive thing for the show I hope with SSM writes some great story for him.

Nikki
Guest
Nikki

Great interview Michael. I love Travis. I hope they give him a contract so we don’t lose him and I love him with Victoria. She has absolutely no chemistry with this Billy but Travis and her are another Adam & Chelsea. Would like to see him with a permanent job and a very long story.

Kevin
Guest
Kevin

Doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out Travis is Gabriel Bingham. Could certainly add some twists & turns later. Roark is handsome as all get out, but his acting ability leaves a lot to be desired. Zero chemistry between him and Amelia Heinle doesn’t help matters.

Soaphound
Guest
Soaphound

Now that’s one I didn’t imagine! Way to go, Kevin. THAT’S thinking outside the box. What do think would happen from that? Very interesting.

Grace Butler Difalco
Guest
Grace Butler Difalco

I love Michael in the role and I love the relationship he and Amelia share. Let’s hope Y&R keeps him and will make his character’s past interesting but not deceitful. We need a few good characters around. I’m tired of Victor playing “God” and Chloe getting away with murder.

su0000
Guest
su0000

I doubt Chloe killed Adam, so no murder- Adam will eventually return.
I see Travis sitting in as an Adam type character until Adam is recast.
I can see him becoming entangled with Victor..

soapqueenforever
Guest
soapqueenforever

I completely agree with you Grace. I love the chemistry between Amelia and Michael. I am really hoping the writers delve into the character of Travis more. We need someone new and interesting on the canvas. Sick of Victor actng like a demi god, and ruining lives and getting away with it. His time in jail was nothing more than a vacation. Chole for sure got away with murder. As far as we know she was the last person besides Adam who was in that cabin.

Callie
Guest
Callie

I adore Travis, Michael and Tricky. I hope they really flesh out their story and give them a chance. Team Tricky

Lori Hurt
Guest
Lori Hurt

What is the name of the song that Victoria and Travis danced to on 9/30/2016?

Interviews

Y&R’s Sharon Case, Mark Grossman & Jordi Vilasuso Talk Love and Betrayal in the Rey/Sharon/Adam Triangle

This week on The Young and the Restless, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam’s (Mark Grossman) kiss took centerstage and went viral when a photo of the passionate moment was seen by Sharon’s husband, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso), and fiancée Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), and many more citizens of Genoa City!

That moment looks to be a game-changer.  Now what will Rey do? Will he continue to try to salvage his marriage to Sharon? Will wheelchair bound Chelsea, hatch a plan to payback Adam and Sharon? Will Adam and Sharon meet up for some dangerous liaisons? There’s so much to this story left to play out.

Photo: JPI

In a new interview on The Michael Fairman Channel, Sharon Case, Mark Grossman and Jordi Vilasuso chatted candidly about their on-screen love triangle and more including: what happened when Mark auditioned for the key role of Adam, the character of Sharon’s battle with breast cancer, and who Sharon feels is Sharon Newman’s true love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam? Plus, the trio share their reactions to the news that their castmate, Sasha Calle (Lola) was tapped as the first Latina ‘Supergirl’ in the upcoming DC Universe film, The Flash.

During the conversation, Vilasuso said Rey was not blindsided by Adam and Sharon’s ongoing attraction: “Rey’s known for a long time, c’mon!  I had somebody on Twitter post all the videos on how long I’ve known about Adam and Sharon. (Laughs)  I had still had a beard on the show back then!  What’s he going to do?  I think this Adam sickness, this addiction, this pathology that he has, I think Rey hopes he can just arrest him and he will just go away for ever.  That’s playing in the back of my mind, like, ‘there’s no way Adam can keep up this behavior for much longer’.  Rey is crazy about Sharon. T here’s also some ego involved here, too of, ‘I got to be the guy here.  I can’t lose to this guy’.  But man, does Rey have a threshold for dealing with this stuff.  Remember, his (ex) wife had sex with his brother, and then she did it again, and now they are having a child together… and Rey was still able to move on.”

Photo: JPI

Case clarified from her previous 25th anniversary interview with Fairman, just who is Sharon Newman’s ultimate love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam?  Case had stated Adam.  The actress explained:  “When you think about what the character’s have been through, the history of The Young and the Restless, how stories are usually told – and what I mean by all that is Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor (Eric Braeden) have always been the “It” couple of the history of Y&R and they are very different.  They actually remind me more of Adam and Sharon then Nick and Sharon.  Nick turned out more to be the good son, while Adam was more in the image of his father, and it would be the obvious choice to guess that Nick and Sharon would be endgame.  I think soaps try to not go in the obvious way.  The two men that she has been married to, and were the biggest loves of her life, and both Victor’s kids, choosing between those that is why I said what I said, and why I think that’s true.  Sharon and Adam don’t have all of the pain, that Sharon and Nick have had from multiple cheatings and a loss of a child which is very hard for a couple to ever get past that.   I also think that Sharon and Nick are sort of together now anyways as co-parents and are such good friends.  They have a new relationship – they are not together in a romantic way – but their relationship is really great now and very full for what it is.”

Photo: JPI

Grossman shared that knowing Chelsea has a history of being con-artist, that she could potentially pull some stunts on Adam and Sharon to keep them apart:  “That’s always in the back of his mind.  You know, maybe she will start to con Adam and maybe he might pick up on it, maybe he doesn’t pick up on it, but obviously it’s a really sad situation that Adam is in.  There’s a lot going on in Adam’s life. It’s unfortunate that Connor (his son) is not there as he is off to boarding school, and then Adam wasn’t there because he went to Sharon’s wedding to peek his head in, and Chelsea had her stroke.  So there’s a lot of guilt there.  I think it’s really frustrating to him that he can’t have a conversation with this woman – who is his fiancée – and this is his fault and he caused all this.  But there’s always the underlying pull from Sharon, and after they kiss there are a lot of conflicted feelings there.”

Watch the entire interview with Sharon, Mark and Jordi below.

Now weigh-in: Are you Team Rey or Team Adam? Who do you want Sharon to ultimately wind up with? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

Continue Reading

Interviews

Catherine Hickland Talks On ‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’, One Life to Live, and the Heartbreaking Deaths of Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) along with many of her former co-stars, and actors from All My Children and General Hospital, will be taking part in tonight’s ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway livestream benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which begins at 8 pm EST.  You can watch it here.

Ahead of the event, Catherine chatted with Michael Fairman exclusively for the Michael Fairman Channel from her home in Las Vegas; where she discussed being part of the live musical benefit that was originally created back in 2005 and lasted till 2011 as a one night only live event called: ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares.  Now 10 years later, the actors will revisit their performances as their production numbers from the past are part of the 2021 livestream to help those in need that have been hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Photo: ABC

During the conversation with Fairman, Hickland also talks on her lengthy soap opera career where she not only appeared on OLTL, but Loving/The City, Capitol, and Texas, as well. 

On a highlight, Catherine recalls playing One Life’s Lindsay and her ongoing on-screen feud with Nora Buchanan played by Hillary B. Smith.  She also speaks on her marriage to her former husband, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH) and working in the daytime genre and then at one time getting burnt out.

Hickland, who is now married to Todd Fisher, opened up about the devastating loss of her mother-in-law, Debbie Reynolds, and her sister-in-law, Carrie Fisher, just one day a part back in 2017, and how the couple dealt with this tragedy.  The real-life duo now host, “Cat and Todd Live” on Facebook each week.

Photo: JPI

In addition Catherine will be participating in ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’s Virtual One-on-One Meet and Greets with the stars on Saturday, February 13th.  For info on how to participate click here.

To make a donation to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS click here.  With a screenshot of your donation, you can enter a chance to win either “Star Wars” or Debbie Reynolds memorabilia as detailed by Catherine in this interview.

Watch Catherine’s conversation below.

Then let us know, if you loved the Lindsay/Nora feud on One Life? If you watched the livestream of ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway? And, what was your favorite part of the interview with Catherine via the comment section.

Continue Reading

Days Of Our Lives

Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

Currently, daytime fans are getting to see one of the most beloved actress in the history of the soap genre, Linda Dano, on NBC’s Days of our Lives in the role of the villainess Vivian Alamain.

Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

Photo: JPI

In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

Photo:NATAS

Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

Photo: NBC

Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

B&B’s Matthew Atkinson chats with Michael Fairman about the wild ride of the Thomas/Hope Mamnequin storyline currently on The Bold and the Beautiful.Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Emily O’Brien as Gwen

Days of our Lives

Airdates: 2-9/10-2021

Advertisement

Popular