Corbin Bernsen (Fa­ther Todd, THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS) can play ’em all!

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Sit­ting in the dress­ing room that be­longed to his late mother, Jeanne Cooper ( Katherine, THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS), Corbin Bernsen ( Fa­ther Todd) was both wax­ing nos­tal­gic for her wis­dom and shar­ing some of his own. “At this point, I want to do stuff that I care about and that I can sink my teeth into,” he says. “It’s not about the money any­more, it’s about a char­ac­ter I want to ex­plore, an in­ter­est­ing script, a tech­nol­ogy I want to learn about or a chance to work with a cool di­rec­tor.”

Oh My Gods!

So, after hav­ing a blast play­ing op­po­site Alan Tudyk as his dom­i­neer­ing dad on the NBC com­edy POWERLESS this sea­son, Bernsen agreed to go toe to toe with Ian Mc­shane’s Mr. Wed­nes­day as Vul­can, the god of fire, on Starz’s AMER­I­CAN GODS. “Vul­can looks like a mil­i­tary guy, [a cross] be­tween Gen­eral Macarthur and some guy with a gray beard who used to be on PSYCH,” laughs Bernsen, pre­view­ing his ap­pear­ance in the Sun­day, June 4, episode. “Ian and I share a con­fronta­tion — he’s on a jour­ney to con­nect with other old gods, and he would like me to join him in his ef­forts.”

Daddy War­bucks, He Ain’t!

Next, the ac­tor was off to ex­plore the dark side as a vil­lain­ous bil­lion­aire in

The Rus­sian Bride. “He’s got ver y strange ul­te­rior mo­tives for bring­ing this Rus­sian woman and her daugh­ter over,” Bernsen teases. “It goes be­yond a thriller or hor­ror to a lit­tle bit of a sci-fi mys­tery, which is in­trigu­ing.”

Hav­ing pro­duced sev­eral fam­ily films of his own, Bernsen has a spe­cial place in his heart for the genre. Not only has he re­cently writ­ten a faith-based one, but he also stars in My Daddy’s In Heaven, which he calls “some of the best act­ing I’ve done.”

In the up­com­ing re­lease, which is based on a true story, he ex­plains, “A lit­tle girl loses her dad and deals with it through faith and fam­ily… I play the grand­fa­ther, who’s con­flicted about stuff, not the least of which is how God could take my daugh­ter’s hus­band away.”

Vis­it­ing Mom’s Old Haunt

Be­ing able to re­turn to Y&R as Paul’s brother once in a while (as he does on Mon­day, June 5 and Tues­day, June 6) is a gift for Bernsen, who still misses Cooper but en­joys the op­por­tu­nity to visit her old stomp­ing grounds nonethe­less. “When I first walked in, I felt the urge to cry,” he ad­mits. “But when I did a scene with Doug Davidson (Paul), I could feel that she would be happy look­ing down, look­ing up, look­ing side­ways… wher­ever the hell she is. I could feel her around me.” — Kelli M. Lar­son

“I’ve never said, ‘Those are the Day­time Em­mys, and that’s the Academy Awards,” notes the ac­tor. “To me, it’s all the same,” so he’s al­ways happy to re­turn to Y&R. Guns give AMER­I­CAN GODS’ Vul­can “a new sense of pur­pose,” says his por­trayer.

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