The Good Son
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Noah Alexander Gerry hopes a bumpy road’s ahead for Charlie
Noah Alexander Gerry digs into Charlie’s emotional journey.
When Noah Alexander Gerry (Charlie) was growing up in Florida, his family would travel to California in the summers so his sisters could audition for TV commercials. “They were the ones who really liked acting, and I went along with them because I was a little kid at the time, and they couldn’t leave me at home,” he recalls with a smile. “I actually didn’t like acting that much until I was about 12 or 13 years old, and I got my first audition for a drama. I actually got to build the character, and I thought that was so much fun! So that kind of changed my life, and I realized that was what I wanted to do!”
While Gerry’s parents were supportive of his desire to pursue acting — even bringing him out to Los Angeles to pound the pavement — he says they were also pragmatic, cautioning him against viewing the entertainment industry through rose-colored glasses. “[Show business] isn’t the most stable of professions, so they wanted to make sure we were pre- pared for life if it didn’t work out,” he recalls. “But they drove us around to auditions, got us into as many acting classes as they could. They just wanted to make sure that this was something we wanted to do, and let us know how much work it would be and that it would be a long road ahead. They were very honest with me, but they supported my decision, too.”
Picking up The Pace
Like a lot of young Hollywood hopefuls, Gerry eventually landed on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Still, getting the part of Lily and Cane’s SORAS’D son, Charlie, was a game- changer for the young actor. “I was a little familiar with Y&R because my grandma works at a hospital,” he reveals. “But after I got the part, I found out that a lot of my aunts and family members were fans (continues)
of the show, especially down in Fort Myers, FL. Everybody has been so supportive, which is very cool!”
In addition to learning character backgrounds and family history, Gerry says he had a learning curve in terms of the soap’s production. “I thought every show ran the same — hour-long dramas or half hour comedies. Then I got here, and they were doing sooo much!” he remembers, laughing. “The work surprised me. It was challenging!
“When I look back at all my old lines and what I had to do when I first got here, it was tough!” he reflects. “I had no idea the amount of lines you had to memorize on a soap opera. I didn’t realize how hard [people in daytime] work!”
Since Charlie — and twin Mattie — surprised audiences with their sudden SORASING, Gerry says he’s relished his alter ego’s evolution. “He started as a jock,” he says. “But I think he’s grown up a lot. He’s gone through a lot and is now looking at life a little differently.”
Certainly, Charlie’s had to deal with a heck of a lot more angst than most teens, including the shame of his father’s onenight stand with the late Juliet, his parents’ marriage nearly breaking up and now having his mom, Lily, go to prison for a year because she caused the crash that killed Hilary — because she’d been argu-
ing over Charlie’s relationship with Shauna! Ger r y says that he relished playing the emotional storyline and wouldn’t mind if his character had even more turmoil in his future! “I like to play the more serious stuff,” he admits. “It’s more challenging to me personally, because I get to feel things that I normally don’t get to feel or deal with issues that I normally don’t get to deal with in real life.
“I would love it if Charlie did something bad, maybe broke the law and had to go on the run from police!” he adds with a smile. “I think that would be fun. That’s what’s so cool about soap operas. You really can go in any direction. I love it!”
Leonardo Dicaprio is someone who inspires Gerry. “I look up to people who can make others feel something,” he says. Gerry and TV twin sister Lexie Stevenson (Mattie) hang out off screen as well. “She got really close to my sisters and my mom,” he says. “She’s like part of the family!”
When he learned he’d play the son of Christel Khalil (Lily), Gerry was “like, ‘Wow, I have a really pretty mom!’ She gave me a lot of advice and has been really awesome!”
If he needs anything, the actor says that Daniel Goddard (Cane) is one of his go-to people. “Any question I have, he can answer. We get along very well!”