GODS, GRANDPAS AND GOONS...
Corbin Bernsen (Father Todd, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) can play ’em all!
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.