A few weeks ago, we asked you for questions you wanted The Young and the Restless star Stephen Nichols to answer -- and you delivered. Now it's our turn. See if your question made the cut, and find out what Stephen had to say, below!
Did you feel any additional pressure taking over a role that someone else had been playing?
"I have never replaced another actor. As I've said before, no matter how you slice it, it is uncomfortable for everyone concerned. Having said that, I couldn't be happier that things worked out the way they did. I am grateful for the work."
How did you prepare for this role, as compared to past ones?
"To prepare, I had to get myself into the business mindset -- and get comfortable enough with that way of thinking -- to actually enjoy the game. I believe that Tucker has developed a kind of joy in the art of the deal that probably is not rare among the uber-successful entrepreneurs. I made a conscious choice for Tucker to have a lot of fun. As it turns out, that attitude is very disarming to the powerful types he deals with."
What is it like to work with soap veterans like Jeanne Cooper, Eric Braeden, and Peter Bergman?
"That has been the most rewarding part of the job so far. These actors really are the cream of the crop. Working with Eric Braeden [Victor], Jeanne Cooper [Kay], Peter Bergman [Jack], Jess Walton [Jill], Eileen Davidson [Ashley], Kristoff St. John [Neil], Josh Morrow [Nick], and Daniel Goddard [Cane] is a joy. There are no slouches. No picking up slack for the other actors. Everyone is doing deep, thoughtful work.
I looked at a scene the other day with Peter Bergman. He was at the bar in a two shot with Adam [Michael Muhney]. The deal was a 'oner' -- there were no edits. He did all the talking, trying to convince Adam to join forces with him. Peter was so focused and clear in all of his intentions. That is the difference between great actors and the rest. The thoughts are crystal clear. That man obviously does his homework. He is not merely spouting dialogue."
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