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Beth Mait­land has been pop­ping into THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS for 30-plus years as her al­ter ego, Traci. Dur­ing that time, has she ever dis­agreed with the di­rec­tion the pow­ers that be might have wanted to take her char­ac­ter? “There is a chal­lenge for any ac­tor to say a line that you might not be com­fort­able with or play a part that you are not com­mit­ted to,” ac­knowl­edges the soap vet. “But my job as an ac­tor is to make that work — for my­self, for the fans, for the story.” In fact, Mait­land says that her main fo­cus is on breath­ing life into the char­ac­ter. “A lot of ac­tors want to be in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of their sto­ries, but it’s none of my busi­ness,” she in­sists. “In my per­sonal job de­scrip­tion, I show up and say my lines. I don’t change my lines or re­write the story. If I’m not com­fort­able with a part, I don’t take the job!”

“Af­ter I’m hired, I have an obli­ga­tion to play what they’ve given me to play,” says Mait­land.

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