In Depth An­swers

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Q.My sis­ter told me that THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Eric Brae­den nearly walked away from the part be­cause he didn’t like that Vic­tor was por­trayed as a bad guy. Is this true?

S. Moore via E-mail

A.The show­biz vet didn’t ob­ject to be­ing a bad guy as much as he ob­jected to be­ing a one-note bad guy! Brae­den once told Y&R’s co-cre­ator, the late Bill Bell, that he wanted off the sudser un­less some­thing was writ­ten to ex­plain Vic­tor’s nasty ways. “I said there must be some­thing in his back­ground that made him the way he is now, be­cause I was tired of play­ing the bad guy. I was empty. I had done that on night­time tele­vi­sion for years, and, after a while it was so de­hu­man­iz­ing that I said that I can’t do it any­more.” The Emmy win­ner says that he was thrilled when Bell added a back­story in­volv­ing Vic­tor be­ing left at an or­phan­age to help ex­plain The Mus­tache’s be­hav­ior. “When I did [the or­phan­age] sto­ry­line, I just knew that I would stay on,” Brae­den re­flects. “It gave a di­men­sion to the char­ac­ter that had never been there in any of the bad guys that I played be­fore, and it in­ter­ested me a lot.”

Q.After GH’s Kristina was in­jured when Char­lie’s Pub ex­ploded, peo­ple on Twit­ter said she’d nearly been blown up once be­fore. Can you fill me in on how that hap­pened? He­cata Stevens New Or­leans, LA

A. This time, Grandpa Mike nearly did her in… and the last time, it was her her own fa­ther! Sonny planted a bomb in the car of Johnny Zac­chara after the young man and Kristina’s plan to pre­tend to be dat­ing to rile up their fam­i­lies worked a lit­tle too well! Of course, Sonny never in­tended his lit­tle girl to be near the car when it ex­ploded! Luck­ily, no one was killed when the bomb went off… al­though Kristina did later need surgery to re­move a bone frag­ment lodged near her spinal cord dur­ing the blast.

Johnny half­heart­edly tried us­ing the Force to re­move Kristina’s bone frag­ment.It did not work.

Brae­den put a lotof thought into mak­ing Vic­tor threedi­men­sional.

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