Having spent years holding his own opposite Judith Chapman (ex-Ginny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) as his outrageous mom, Gloria, on Y&R, Rikaart was relieved that he could likewise trade quips with DAYS’ Vivian, legendary veteran Louise Sorel (Judith, ONE LIFE TO LIVE). “She was just fantastic! It wasn’t all that dissimilar from working with Judith,” Rikaart enthuses. “They’re both these larger than life, really powerful actresses with extensive theater backgrounds and just a command about them.” Rikaart says that he was grateful that his first day in Salem was spent sharing scenes with Sorel. “It was a great way to break the ice coming onto a new set,” he reflects, “because it felt somewhat familiar.”
Sorel “really reminded me of Judith,” says lucky Rikaart, who’s worked with both.