Fea­ture In­ter­view

Sharon Case (Sharon) dis­cusses her al­ter ego’s dra­matic life

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Julie Mcel­wain

Sharon Case shares her thoughts on Sharon and Nick… and Rey!

N o one can ac­cuse THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Sharon New­man of hav­ing a bor­ing life. At the begin­ning of the year, the beauty’s love af­fair with Scott crashed and burned, then she be­came in­volved in the con­spir­acy to cover up J.T.’S killing, and re­united with ex-hus­band Nick, only to have their en­gage­ment im­plode when she learned that the hunk had had a onenight stand with her ri­val, Phyl­lis! Given the fact that this is the sec­ond wed­ding to Nick that Phyl­lis has de­stroyed be­fore vows could be ex­changed, does Sharon’s por­trayer, Sharon Case, feel a bit of déjà vu when she plays those scenes? “I re­ally don’t see it as a re­peat story,” she in­sists. “Nick and Sharon are core peo­ple in Genoa City, who are in love and have a big fam­ily. Noth­ing in life is as sim­ple as get­ting mar­ried and liv­ing hap­pily ever af­ter.

“I look at it as these peo­ple have lives that go on ev­ery day,” she con­tin­ues. “Their lives change ev­ery year, and things hap­pen. I don’t look at it as a re­peat wed­ding any more than any other day of their lives!” In­deed, Case views Sharon’s rocky rela-

tion­ship with Nick as be­com­ing one of the big­gest mys­ter­ies on the sudser! “Nick and Sharon have be­come a cou­ple that never seems to end up get­ting mar­ried!” she says with a laugh. “It’s al­ways go­ing to be the ques­tion, ‘Will it hap­pen this time or not?’ It re­ally kind of keeps you guess­ing, be­cause ev­ery two or three years, Nick and Sharon find their way back to each other and have a wed­ding. But you won­der if this time will be the time, be­cause we’re just one of those cou­ples who fi­nally gets to the al­tar, but some­thing al­ways hap­pens. Next time, a scud mis­sile will hit us!” De­spite the odds that seem to be against them, the Emmy win­ner ac­tu­ally looks at the cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship as be­ing pos­i­tive. “The fact that they’ve tried to get mar­ried a few times now and keep try­ing to be to­gether… they ob­vi­ously re­ally love each other!” she de­clares. “They see their life as an ad­ven­ture and are very romantic. I like that about these char­ac­ters!”

A Rey Of Sunshine?

Of course, view­ers would have to be blind not to rec­og­nize the

chem­istry that has been siz­zling be­tween Sharon and the new guy in town, Rey! Case says that the feed­back that she has been get­ting from view­ers is split about her al­ter ego mov­ing for­ward ro­man­ti­cally with any­one other than Nick. “Some fans are mak­ing com­ments against it while oth­ers are right on board, and are happy to see what­ever is next for her,” she smiles. “For me, it’s my job! What­ever the writ­ers write for me, I will do my best to in­ter­pret it and put it on screen and make it feel true to life. If I’m ac­com­plish­ing that, I’m happy. If peo­ple started tex­ting me say­ing that they don’t be­lieve the chem­istry be­tween Sharon and Rey, well, that’s a prob­lem!”

A Shick Re­union?

Sharon may be cur­rently deal­ing with her grow­ing at­trac­tion to the sexy de­tec­tive, but Shick fans can take heart — Nick will con­tinue to do his darnedest to win Sharon back! “I think Sharon does want to go back to Nick,” re­flects Case. “She’s not only deal­ing with be­ing hurt but with the shock of his af­fair. He slept with Phyl­lis when he and Sharon were madly in love and were walk­ing down the aisle.

“It’s more shock­ing to have some­thing

like that hap­pen at that time than learn­ing about it on a sleepy Mon­day morn­ing 10 years later!” the Emmy win­ner adds with a laugh. “But the last thing she wanted to do was leave him. And I can imag­ine Nick will do ev­ery­thing he can do not to have their lives dis­rupted, and to try and get their lives back on track. Whether that hap­pens or not… we’ll see!”

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