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The Young and the Restless Actors Speak Out on Roles

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Peter Bergman PictureIn honor of The Young and the Restless turning 35 this year, Tulsa World spoke to many of the show's stars. The publication asked them for a few views on the show, their roles on it and their characters.

Here are a few highlights:

Peter Bergman (pictured, Jack Abbott): “Jack has gone from being egodriven to actually doing something good. He's taking it really seriously. At first we could question his motives, of course; but it’s something his father would have been proud of – not only to see him as a senator, but also to see him do good stuff in office.”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman): “I don’t think she's really strong. She’s seemingly strong, but strong women make stronger decisions; they don’t get into compulsions. She has a lot of bravado, but she’s pretty weak. That’s what’s very interesting to play – underneath she’s damaged, but she’s a fighter.”

Vail Bloom (Heather Stevens): “Michael Graziadei is fun to play with. He brings comfort and casualness – he goes with the flow. It's a great working experience. In fact, it doesn’t even feel like work!”

Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore): “Jeanne Cooper and Jess Walton are so incredible. I learn so much from working with the daytime divas of the show. I just try to absorb from them. I’m like a sponge. They both are always so in the moment, and they give you things back to work off.”

Don Diamont (Brad Carlton): (On his early days on The Young and the Restless) “I had just been fired from ‘Days of Our Lives’ and voted Best Newcomer in the same week. At the time, I really embraced the ‘hunk status’ that soaps were focusing on, and just thought that hopefully I’ll prove myself as an actor and evolve beyond being the hunk by the pool. I was thrilled to get out of the tank tops and put on a suit."

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