Appearance: Seneca Allegany
Saturday June 12th
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– Bold & Beautiful)
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Past weekend Soap Opera fanatics hit the Jackpot on their visit to
Salamanca. The Roll of the Dice & the Spin of the Slots weren’t
the only things Heating up the House at the
Seneca Allegany Casino
as they welcomed Daytime televisions most recognizable Vixen
& Villain Bill Spencer,
Premier Legal Dream Team of Attorney
& Soap Sleuth Paul Williams.
Like a great story line the suspense heightened as close to a
thousand fans lined the lobby of the
hours before the Scheduled Free Meet
& Greet with the celebrated Soap Stars.
Actors representing The #1 CBS drama
The Young & Restless
and the # 2 rated Bold &
were in the Full House to spend an afternoon
sharing Stories, Signatures & Photographs with the droves of
The Rock Rapport
was fortunate enough to witness this unique Event and share in a
Question & Answer session with the Legendary Soap Stars prior to
their release to the hands of their frenzied fans.
- The Landscape of Daytime
television has changed dramatically over the past decade with the
advent of the Soap Opera Network, the Internet & DVR allowing
working fans to stay tuned in along with creating a brand new fan
Has the Network ever
discussed utilizing the late Night Talk Show circuit using guest
spots on Letterman & Ferguson to help
promote and personalize your characters?
- I really don’t know the exact
answer to that beyond the fact that despite the ratings our shows
draw there is still the stigma associated with Daytime Actors
aside from a handful of Stars who’ve transcended Daytime
television like SUSAN LUCCI or KELLY RIPA.
I’ve often said
this, as Daytime Actors we have the best situation, we enjoy many
of the positives that come with celebrity and very few of the
negatives including the Media scrutiny & Paparazzi.
Based on the line outside the press room waiting to meet all of
you its obvious most fans would enjoy seeing their favorite actors
in a more personalized setting.
I can see why these types
of Promotional Tours along with the Soap Star Cruises work so well
for the Daytime industry.
- Absolutely this is great for
us, we don’t perform in front of a live audience like in a theater
setting so you don’t really have that form of instant
gratification. As an actor you kind of know when you’re doing
your best work but to hear the appreciation like we did coming
through the lobby is really thrilling. Events like this give us
the rare opportunity to interact with a large number of fans at
Its one thing to be told that your
on the #1 show in the world as far as viewer ship, but what is
really overwhelming is to meet all the dedicated people who have
spent decades growing up with the characters on The
- Congratulations MICHELLE
on your Daughter Natalia Scout Lee
Talk about the decision on bringing your beautiful daughter in to
the world through surrogacy.
- In all honesty I started out
working with an adoption agency and had every intention of
following through and going that route. After about a year it was
apparent that this was going to be a difficult journey, as a
screening process should be, but I had reached a certain point
were I started to become disenchanted with the process.
I never completely closed
the door on adoption and I still haven’t but after some rough
going I decided to explore my surrogate options.
Obviously I’m very Happy with how things ultimately turned out
with my beautiful daughter.
- Your one of Daytime televisions most provocative characters of
all time, which by the way has garnered you a Daytime Emmy
nomination this year, congratulations once again!
Has Motherhood softened that necessary edge needed when
straddling the fine line between Love & Hate that your character
shares with viewers so very well?
- No not at all, as an Actor your personal & professional
life have to be two completely separate things. When I play my
character it’s me doing my job the best I can and it has to be
approached as such.
If anything the journey
of becoming a Mother & being a Mother has made me appreciate the
job that I get to do with these amazing Actors and Wonderful
people even more.
Young & Restless
has done an exceptional job in carrying on generational storylines
adding characters like BILLY
who incidentally could pass as
real life sibling.
Do you attribute that success to the Loyalty & Longevity of
veteran Actor’s like, JEANNE
& ERIC BRADEN
- The gentleman whose canvas
we’ve all sprung from is WILLIAM J. BELL and these shows that are
represented here today are his legacy. His initial concept was
that the human condition & human relationships are the most
important thing that you can read, write and talk endlessly about
and you can never cover all the attainable ground.
Through thick & thin he stuck with that
theme, in particular the intergenerational relationships you
alluded to. That’s why we are probably the only show that has an
Eighty something year old women like
pushing a major storyline.
A belated Congratulations to you on all your
well deserved individual accolades in recent years taking home the
“Outstanding Lead Actor” Emmy on three
separate occasions, most recently last year.
I believe in one of your past
acceptance speeches you Thanked Charles Nelson
Reilly could you elaborate on his influence on your
I most certainly did Thank him; early on the evil character of Michael
Baldwin was written out of the story
after my first year and a half;
BELL laid it right out to me and said “You have to go to jail and
pay for your crimes for your character to have any credibility”.
So in that time off in
which there was no guaranteeing my return my goal was to get
better as an Actor.
Believe it or not the teacher that I was fortunate enough to
find was Charles Nelson Reilly of Lidsville & Match Game Fame.
He is truly the funniest person that I’ve ever met and really
was an amazing mentor to me as I had very little acting background
beyond some modeling. Timing is everything in this business and I
was so blessed to find the right person for me at the right time
in my career.
We produced plays together and through him I not only met the
incredible JULIE HARRIS I was able to co-star in a play with her.
So to say that Charles had a major influence & impact on my
career would be an understatement.
while the Y&R
has successfully crossed over storylines with the
Bold & Beautiful
with characters like Ashley
to name a few you’ve taken on
the daunting task of crossing over into a brand new role.
Talk about how difficult its been establishing the new
for nearly twenty-five years, especially considering the number of
viewers who watch both soaps?
and I were just discussing that when we arrived last night; I was
absolutely thrilled that Brad Bell created the character for me.
That being said it didn’t necessarily mean that it was going to
work; I definitely felt the challenge, but as an Actor you thrive
on those types of opportunities.
I new I needed to find a way
to distance myself from the character of
that became even more difficult in the sense that there was no
downtime in between roles. I was still being discussed and shown
in flashbacks on the Y & R
while I was debuting the new character of
on the B & B.
As Brad Bell and I started to
develop this new character we knew that physical changes would be
essential, we decided to go with the facial hair and growing out
my hair longer, we even went as far as making distinctive changes
in the way
dressed as opposed to
Most importantly Brad Bell allowed me to bring quite a
bit of my own personality to the character; while he created the
he’s allowed me the collaborative freedom to do my job and flush
the new character out.
your Emmy Nomination this year for “Outstanding
Lead Actor”; quite an accomplishment considering your
character Detective Paul
Williams has been a staple on
the Young & Restless
since 1978, which by the way is the longest running male character
on the show.
Talk about what this means to
- Thank You so much, it really is a honor to be recognized
but the credit has to go to the Writers & the incredibly talented
Actors that I’ve been so fortunate to work with over the years.
I know it’s kind of a cliché’ but
working on The Young & Restless
truly feels like being surrounded by family on a daily basis.
Soap fans can cheer on
DAVIDSON as the 37th
Annual Daytime Emmy Award’s will air this Sunday June 27th
Rapport would also like to Thank
Seneca Publicity Manager
Tony Astran for inviting us to this
Be sure to visit
Upcoming Concerts & Events at both the
Seneca Niagara & Allegany Casinos.
We would also like to Thank
of the Celebrity Events
Fans that missed out on this Event can Roll out on the high seas
January 27th through the 31st 2011 on the 4th
Voyage of the
call 1-866-364-0330 for more information and to register to spend
four days with Sixteen of today’s Hottest Soap Stars including
CHRISTIAN LeBLANC, MICHELLE
STAFFORD & DANIEL GODDARD(Cane Ashby) of The Young & Restless
of the Bold & Beautiful.
*****************PEACE & Harmonies**********************