On The Cusp
Peter Bergman says that Jack is ready for some big changes!
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ fans began speculating that Jack could be related to his most-hated enemy, Victor, the moment it came to light that John Abbott was not his father. Yet his portrayer, Peter Bergman, confesses that he never considered such a thing. “It did not occur to me for a second that my character would be any way related to Victor. There is nothing reptilian about Jack!” he says, laughing. “So it didn’t even cross my mind!”
In fact, it wasn’t until he opened his script that he found out the twist. “I thought, ‘This is too much for Jack!’” chuckles the Emmy winner. “From an acting point of view, though, everything that adds to the drama, I love! When I play the day-in-a-life moments, I like it less. You have to have those days where the story doesn’t move, but Jack finding out that he’s related to Victor… that’s a storyline where a lot of people get sucked into it quickly, and that’s always fun to play!”
Of course, in the twisty world of Y&R, it was a storyline that lasted only long enough to shake up Jack’s world — although Bergman says that during that time, there was no brotherly love being portrayed. “I had no problem keeping up the animosity between Jack and Victor. That comes so naturally!” he laughs. “It’s part and parcel of
who Jack is. But he was relieved when he found out that he was not related to Victor. He was like, ‘This is what I thought all along — Victor is my enemy!’”
While Jack’s search for his father may have been thwarted — for now — Bergman says that his alter ego has found a lot of contentment working as an exec at Dark Horse. “Oh, that is great fun on many fronts,” enthuses Bergman. “It’s a new set to work on, I get to work more with Joshua Morrow (Nick), and Dark Horse is this maverick company coming in to shake things up. I like being part of that.
“Jack is no longer working for Jabot, so being part of Dark Horse is important,” he adds. “The businessman part of Jack is pretty central to who he is. Without Jabot, it was missing, so I’m very happy that with Dark Horse, Jack the businessman is alive. And Jack and Nick will cause a lot of havoc for Victor and Billy, for a lot of people!”
Jack appears to be hitting his stride in many areas except one — romance! The character’s love life hasn’t recovered since he lost his wife, Phyllis, to his little brother.
“I want [Ashley’s portrayer] to do well and be happy and find fulfillment wherever she goes,” says the soap vet. “But there is nothing good about Eileen Davidson leaving!”
Any hope that he could win the beauty back was dashed during Summer’s recent disastrous matchmaking attempt. “Those were really powerful scenes, and it revealed that Jack had forgiven her,” Bergman points out. “But forgiveness or no, you just don’t fall out of love with somebody, particularly if she is Phyllis.”
Whether the couple ever reconciles, the soap vet is emphatic that Jack should have a significant other. “[Y&R] is paying me a full salary for two-thirds of what I can do when I’m not involved with a love interest. It’s not typical of this show or any daytime show to hire a new actress over 40. I don’t think that would be a bad thing to do here, but I’m not holding my breath. As long as the women from Jack’s life keep going in and out of his life, I will have plenty to play. But the powers that be are only utilizing two-thirds of my strongest stuff.”
The Greatest Journey
Given all the changes that Jack has faced in the last year, does Bergman feel like he’s being handed a new role to play — a la Morrow, who is now portraying Nick as Victor 2.0? “Right now, my evolution isn’t the same as Joshua’s, because his character is really going through a fundamental
Could Victoria be a new love interest for Jack? “Jack has a fascination for her,” Bergman teases. The actor doesn’t think his alter ego will resume his booty calls with Gloria. “Jack is protective of her… but the only way they work romantically,” Bergman suggests, “is if Jack is very angry at the world!”
“Jack is grateful to have Kyle back in town,” says Bergman. “But Kyle is a reminder to Jack of all the mistakes he’s made!”