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Y&R's Tricia Cast Talks Nina's Relationship with Paul, Maria Arena Bell's Storytelling & If A Return To Playing Bad Is In the Cards!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The Young and the Restless scene-stealing Tricia Cast (Nina) had been commuting from her home in Nashville to Los Angeles when she is called upon in story on the number one soap.   These days in Genoa City, Nina is trying to forge a relationship with her son, Ronan (Jeff Branson).

Now, Soap Opera Uncensored’s Nelson Branco caught up with the talented performer to get her take on working within the framework of former Y&R head writer and executive producer, Maria Arena Bell, what has happened to the Paul (Doug Davidson) and Nina romance, and if she would like to visit the bad girl side of her character again.  Here are a few excerpts from the interview below!

Tricia on if it was frustrating working with the often times fragmented storytelling of Maria Arena Bell: “I guess so. I was happier when there was a definite storyline playing out like when Ronan came on the show. It’s harder to come in for two months and remind people about the character, the story and relationships. It’s always more fun to apply yourself. You never see the end of an arc, but when there is an arc, you know there is an end — even if you don’t know what it is. Maria’s kind of storytelling is really great for a commuting schedule but, as a performer, I prefer to work more consistently. “

Tricia on if Paul and Nina are still together, since we don’t see the pairing that much on screen these days: “Yes, they are. I kind of like it because Paul and Nina are normal and not overly dramatic. There was one moment when Paul was missing Christine, which pissed off Nina, but besides that, they are normal — and more normal than Michael and Lauren who have a long marriage. Paul and Nina are less exciting — and I like that. There are no shenanigans… it’s kind of like a real relationship. Would I love to play more? Yes. But I’m not dissatisfied with the relationship right now.”

Tricia on if she would like to explore and see more of Nina’s dark side surface:  “Sure! I would embrace another facet of her personality. I trust Y&R to do what is best for the show when it comes to Nina. And I’d be happy to do it. I don’t have expectations as much for Nina as I do hope. If I were writing the story, I would bring Nina’s darker side back for a bit so she can continue her journey.”

So soapers, would you like to see Tricia have more airtime?  Do you like the Paul and Nina pairing?  Do you want Ronan and Nina to become closer?   Let us know!

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toscanti
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toscanti

Love Nina any way we can get her.

alistaircrane
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alistaircrane

Paul and Nina are absolutely the best couple to come out of the MAB era. I LOVE them together! Tricia Cast is the only reason I’ve stuck with Y&R for the past three years.

Mary SF
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I am torn. On one hand I like when former “bad girls” put their immature and implusive ways behind them and grown up to become accomplish, mature women, but on the other hand accomplished and mature can be dull to watch. Yet again watching a soap character make the same mistakes over and over without growth is equally dull to watch — that means you Phyllis Newman. Anyway if they keep Nina on the canvas I would like her to be the way she is now, maybe with little more spice to her, but not too much As for her… Read more »

Winona
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Winona

I think Phyllis is on the road to change … finally.

Friday’s (American) episode broke my heart for Phyllis when she realized the marriage to Nick was really over and that she has serious problems with her relationship with Summer.

Winona
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Winona

I really like Tricia Cast as an actress and person. She is very down-to-Earth and so is Nina.

Paul and Nina are nice and simple and supportive of one another.

I have been waiting and waiting for Nina to finally have a relationship with Ronan and I hope I finally get it. It seems only fitting after what she has been through to find him and there is so much potential for some good character development.

robert
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robert

love Nina

Bart
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Bart

Tricia is an AMAZING talent who was not utilized properly during the Maria Arena Bell regime mainly because of, as Nelson Branco phrased it, fragmented storytelling – MAB was incapable of telling a decent story without veering off into another tangent, confusing viewers and the actors alike. With Jill coming back to the canvas after staying with Phillip in Australia, it would be nice to have her and Nina miz it up like they did back in the 1980s!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Tricia Cast is a godsend to Y&R and the show should keep her forever. Her character and storyline is filled with possibilities. I would love to see her with her sons again, forging bonds they did not have. I would love to see a friendship with gay Phillip, a true bond that is real and lasting. I would love to see her and Paul evolve into a longtime pair, romance along the way, and become pillars of the Genoa City show structure. She is a successful novelist and that could lead her somewhere. I find Nina much more engaging than… Read more »

Tracy
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Tracy

I’m just reading this interview so after reading the most recent Lauralee Bell interview by Tv guide. It’s obvious that Nina needs to just move on and possibly find someone else. I would be curious to know what Nina thinks about her and Paul’s relationship now that Paul and Christine are getting back together. Michael if you chat with her again, I would love to hear her take on that.

Jeff
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Jeff

Please show the character Nina more. Tricia Cast is great in the role! Wish they would explore more of why Ronan treats her so bad when he was kidnapped. Since Nina & Paul break up, pair her with Jack or Nick. I really miss the scenes of Heather Tom as Vicki going up against Tricia Cast Nina during the Ryan,Victoria, Nina era.

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Irene Cara, Best-Known For Smash Hits ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’, Dead at 63

Oscar and Grammy winner, Irene Cara has passed away.  The singer/songwriter/actress, known for her memorable vocal performances to the theme of the hit movie, Fame, and singing the title track to another 80’s blockbuster, Flashdance, apparently died in her Florida home yesterday. The cause of death is not yet known.

According to her publicist, Judith Moore on Twitter, the rep shared: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.  It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.  Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

A little known fact is that Irene’s first acting gig was on the daytime drama, Love of Life from 1970-1971 in the role of Daisy Allen.   She later appeared in TV roles on: What’s Happening, Kojak, Roots: The Next Generations, and in the film, Sparkle and many more.

Later, Cara first rose to prominence when she was cast in the 1980’s musical film Fame, where she sang the title track and starred in as Coco Hernandez.  Her vocal performance in Fame earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female in 1981.

Two years later, Cara not only picked up two Grammy Awards for her performance, but also an Oscar for  co-writing, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from another 80’s pop culture smash, Flashdance.  At the Grammys in 1984, Irene won for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Album of an Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.  She took home the Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1983.

Cara’s rep added, that at the time of Irene’s death they were working on new projects: “Working on amazing projects that would have made her  and her fans incredibly happy. Her manager and I will finish them. She’d want that.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances on the passing of Irene Cara via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Damian Drops New Single ‘Must Be Christmas’

Michael Damian, who is reprising his role as Danny Romalotti on upcoming episodes of The Young and the Restless, has also been very busy producing films including Netflix’s new holiday hit, Falling For Christmas.

Falling for Christmas stars Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet, and was directed by Michael’s wife, Janeen Damian.  In the film, Lohan plays a newly engaged and spoiled heiress who finds herself living away from the luxury she’s used to after an accident at a destination proposal gone wrong leaves her suffering from amnesia.

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On Black Friday, Damian revealed that his new single from the soundtrack of the film is out and dropped on Spotify and all music streaming platforms.

The track is titled, Must Be Christmas, and for all of Michael’s fans from his singing days as rock star, Danny Romalotti, you will enjoy getting to hear him sing all these years later.

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So, will you be adding Michael’s ‘Must Be Christmas’ to your holiday playlist? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley Stars in Netflix Holiday Movie ‘The Noel Diary’ That Drops Thanksgiving Day

Look for former Y&R and This Is Us star, Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, ex-Kevin) in a holiday film bowing tomorrow, November 24th on Thanksgiving Day.

In Netflix’s The Noel Diary, Hartley takes on the role of Jacob Turner, a successful novelist who gets a shocking phone call from his estranged mother’s lawyer. He informs Jacob that his mother has died.

Now, returning home to settle his mother’s estate, ‘Jake’ meets a young woman named Rachel (Station 19’s, Barrett Doss).  We find out she is searching for information on her birth mother, who she believes worked as the Turner family’s nanny many years ago.  As Jake and Rachel set out together to confront their pasts, an old diary may hold the key to unlocking their connection, while opening up their hearts to an unexpected future.

The Noel Diary also stars: Essence Atkins, Bonnie Bedelia, James Remar, and Treat Williams.

Hartley posted some pics from the film on his Instagram adding, “Sending out a few images from my upcoming film, #TheNoelDiary! Coming to @Netflix on November 24th.”

You can check out the trailer below.

Then let us know if ‘The Noel Diary’ may be on your watch list for Turkey Day via the comment section.

 

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