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Y&R: Jeanne Cooper Interview: "The Emmys Made us Look Deparate"
Topic Started: Jul 24 2012, 09:00 AM (1,653 Views)
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Jeanne Cooper Interview: Memoir Details Troubled Marriage, Sexual Abuse and Hollywood’s Golden Age

This is a long interview...But here Some key things We Love Soaps pointed out...

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Please just give us a luncheon and announce who won after the luncheon. You don’t have to televise it. We were so desperate the last three years that it’s pathetic. First of all, we’re part of a commercial for the Hilton hotels, and by the way, we’re giving away Emmys in between commercials.

The Emmys made us look desperate. Even porn conventions don’t look desperate. Porn conventions have such a happy thing going about them. Everybody’s happy, and at least something is going on. There were a couple of people that looked so tarnished doing it. I thought, “Why would you do it when you promised me you wouldn’t? You said you wouldn’t.”

I just couldn’t support it. But, God bless the people who picked it up. What made it even worse that when it was over, they started playing it all over again, and when that was over, they played it again. It went on three times in succession which means if you hadn’t gone out and shot yourself in the head after the first one, you will have done so by the third showing (laughs). If you have not met your demise by that time, nothing is ever going to disturb you. I couldn’t believe it when it ended and started all over again. I said, “What? Did they forget they already filmed this?” If you thought it was bad the first time, look at it the second time. By the third time, you’ll really see where it went wrong (laughs).


Cooper is also asked about Jess Walton (Jill), who reportedly took six months off from the show earlier this year.

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She left that so open, but in the meantime, they haven’t said, “You’re coming back.” I miss her like mad. Of course, I miss that whole relationship with Jill and Katherine. Nobody can have fights like the two of them.



If you are interested in reading the remains, click Here.


Edited by Daytime, Jul 24 2012, 09:02 AM.
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Here's some the Y&R parts

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): When you first started on The Young and the Restless, you were already friends with William Gray Espy (William “Snapper” Foster, 1973-1975). He’s from Dothan, Alabama.

Jeanne Cooper: I know he is! I love him to pieces! He still has part of that accent, and I love it! Gosh, I love it!

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Have you kept in contact with him?

Jeanne Cooper: No, I haven’t. When I get very well acquainted with someone, and it’s in a transitional state of being (which this business is), it’s one of those things that he and I both understand. We met during the filming of Kansas City Bomber shortly before I came to Y&R. Raquel Welch was the star, and Bill was the young leading romantic interest.

Of course, they made Raquel look a couple of years older. Bill was lamenting about it, and I said, “Hey, you’ve now entered show business.” Since she is the star, they’re going to accommodate her any way they can. But, she is really a super lady. I loved working with her. I really did. She is professionalism to a tee. She was protecting her career, and I think I made him understand that.

When Bill heard I was coming on Y&R, he said to the cast, “Everybody get ready because she’s professional.” Everyone was mumbling on the first day of rehearsal, but I was very distinct, very audible. You could hear me. Everybody looked like a stranger had come into their midst (laughs). John Conboy just sat there and smiled, like he was thinking, “Okay, now we’ve got the glue that makes it work.”


Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): He is a super guy. Hey, I was absolutely shocked to read that you had an affair with your son!

Jeanne Cooper: Yeah (laughs). When someone said, “You had an affair with your son!” I said, “Not Corbin, for God’s sake! I’m not immoral!” It was my other son, Brock, my TV son. I think Beau Kazer probably interprets dialogue better than anyone I’ve ever worked with, including Lee Cobb.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Really?

Jeanne Cooper: Yeah. He is one of the great interpreters of dialogue. Incredible. He can make it sound as though it’s true. You would never know he’s acting. Whenever he’s doing certain things on the show, and he has to deliver speeches, you are there listening to him. He’s got that kind of power. He has always liked older women. He’s an old soul, and there’s just not a lot of stuff that he’s interested in that people his own age offer. He’s just not. He’s an old soul, always has been and always will

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): He’s hot also.

Jeanne Cooper: Oh, yeah. I guess, at that time, I would have been what they consider today a cougar. But, as I said to him, “I don’t want to be the oldest cougar, for God’s sake!”

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Were you really upset over the age difference?

Jeanne Cooper: Yes, I was. But, that’s where I was foolish because he’s still the same person today and thinks the same way. I talk to him rather often. It’s very nice to hear what he has to say and what we have to say to one another as human beings. It’s just something that I was concerned with. He wasn’t. I’m the one who was.

In fact, the kids got to know him quite well. They loved being with him. He was marvelous. He could be at their levels and entertain them singing and playing his guitar, and then he could be deadly serious. They do remember him well. It was just on that premise that it was ended. I ended it, not him. Even to this day, it is really a lovely part of my life.


Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Have you and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) ever discussed those years that the two of you were estranged, so to speak?

Jeanne Cooper: Never ever discussed. After all of it, she waves her hand and says, “Oh, mom.” It was just some silly thing, I guess. I’m wondering if she remembers (laughs).

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): That is just so strange. She basically ignored you on the set for two years and had nothing to do with you off set.

Jeanne Cooper: I know. You think it’s strange. You should have been me! I mean, here is someone who is like a daughter to me. I really was very protective of her. She’s a very talented lady, but very very sensitive. She still has the innocence and childishness that makes for creativity.

Melody’s not jaded, and that’s what I love about her so. I just talked to her the other day at a wedding. She never even refers to that period nor will she ever explain it. I don’t think she ever will. But, I wasn’t the only one. She did that to other people, and nobody knows why.



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Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): I’ve got to talk about you going around and pinching people on the set!

Jeanne Cooper: Oh, God, Greg Rikaart is so cute! The little devil! We were rehearsing a scene when he was playing a nutcase. In one of those scenes, I said, “Somebody is going to slap you in the face.” He said, “I’d rather they do this (pinching motion to his crotch).” Then, he became conscious of it anytime in a scene where he’d be near me. He’d be waiting, of course, for when I was going to pinch him. I’d do it at the most inopportune times.

In a wedding scene, I’m walking down the aisle. Katherine says to Kevin, “Oh, that’s a lovely tie. You look wonderful today.” Well, I just ran my hands down the tie, grabbed his crotch and kept on walking. He’s left with this look on his face. That was hysterical. The rest of the cast didn’t think I would do it to them. But, you have to do it when the cast knows that’s what you do, however, they can’t wait to see when you do it and to whom you do it. It’s funny when you see some of these boys offering parts of their bodies to be pinched!

I pinched Josh Morrow in the middle of a scene when he was talking. I’m standing beside him, and I pinched him. It’s so funny because he just kept going on with his speech and then whispers to me, “A little farther to the left.” He was marvelous! He doesn’t jump or anything like the others do … like Eric Braeden does. You would think that somebody was raping him in a scene when I would pinch him! It’s fun for me to figure out when I’m going to do it and to whom I’m going to do it, but Greg was my basic target because he starts laughing when I’m ten feet away form him. He starts with this smirk on his face because he knows he’s going to get it somewhere (laughs). It’s a fun thing that we have in the Y&R family. I think I will pinch my son, Tucker, tomorrow.


Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): As a viewer, I’m beginning to watch for it now.

Jeanne Cooper: Yeah. When you see a strange look on some of their faces, you’ll know that my hand was somewhere (laughs).

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): So, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) always has to have the very last word in a scene?

Jeanne Cooper: Yeah, no matter what. If my line is supposed to be the last in a cliffhanger, Eric will say something like, “Katherine, we’ll see,” just to have the last word. He’s always in the content of what we’re doing, but he has to have the last word. It’s marvelous!

What he does sometimes when he knows I’m trying to have the last word is he’ll adlib the last words. But, when he knows I’m waiting on him to say something to have the last word, he doesn’t. He will just look me in the eye, and that just cracks me up. His sense of humor is divine. He’s a great disciplinarian and enjoys what he’s doing.
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There is so much of this interview... I just pasted a few
Passages.. You guys should check it out....JC is a very interesting woman.. :)
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I don't think this Emmys were as bad as the Vegas commercial one.
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Same here. I thought this years Emmys were okay. That Vegas crap was the bottom of the barrel.
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She was really gorgeous, she had a better figure than Marilyn Monroe!
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Cooper doesn't sound like a fan of DAYS, saying only GH B&B and Y&R will survive and Eileen will be back at some point, or even back and B&B. Her reason for GH was it being ABC only soap left and it being such a staple in soaps. Well the same can be said for DAYS.
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I can see GH going before Days.
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brazen
Jul 24 2012, 01:59 PM
I can see GH going before Days.
I can see that as well.
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The more I read from this woman, the more sure I am that I'm going to buy her book. I love how straightforward she is about everything. It's refreshing!

I remember the episode of Touched By An Angel that she and Corbin were in. Of course at the time, I didn't know she was his mother in real life. I also didn't know she was on Y&R. At the time, all I knew about Y&R was it's theme song lol
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I pinched Josh Morrow in the middle of a scene when he was talking. I’m standing beside him, and I pinched him. It’s so funny because he just kept going on with his speech and then whispers to me, “A little farther to the left.” He was marvelous! He doesn’t jump or anything like the others do …


That's funny. :laugh:
Edited by Checkers, Jul 24 2012, 02:10 PM.
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Jul 24 2012, 02:01 PM
brazen
Jul 24 2012, 01:59 PM
I can see GH going before Days.
I can see that as well.
That would be a shame b/c I think GH is better... :shame:
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At the current rate, GH will survive Days. They have a larger budget and better ratings.
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Jul 24 2012, 09:00 AM
Jeanne Cooper Interview: Memoir Details Troubled Marriage, Sexual Abuse and Hollywood’s Golden Age


Cooper is also asked about Jess Walton (Jill), who reportedly took six months off from the show earlier this year.

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She left that so open, but in the meantime, they haven’t said, “You’re coming back.” I miss her like mad. Of course, I miss that whole relationship with Jill and Katherine. Nobody can have fights like the two of them.



If you are interested in reading the remains, click Here.


So Jill may not return? :offs: What kind of crap is that? After all these years she just doesn't return and the reason why is explained with a few lines of dialog between others??????? If that even, from what I've seen so far MAB tends to ignore what they don't want to deal with, maybe no explanation will be given ??????

It's shitty enough that they had much loved veteran characters like John Abbott die a prisoner and have Brad suffer a grisly death trapped under the ice. What's wrong with these writers? These type of write-offs should be reserved for short term characters not those we love and watched for the long haul. So now the next step to getting rid of veteran characters they don't feel like writing for is pretending they never existed? Instead of horrifying & depressing closure we get none at all? No resolution to the lives of those we watched play out for approximately 4 decades?

What is all this Jill/Colin talk, is that just hopeful fans? I'm not even going to watch once in awhile if Jill doesn't return. Jill & Kay were there from the start, who wants to watch a show where the writers get bored & just stop writing for it's longest running characters? Just Katherine won't do it for me, she'd just not the same with Jill.



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Jul 24 2012, 01:45 PM
Cooper doesn't sound like a fan of DAYS, saying only GH B&B and Y&R will survive and Eileen will be back at some point, or even back and B&B. Her reason for GH was it being ABC only soap left and it being such a staple in soaps. Well the same can be said for DAYS.
I find it interesting that she believes Ashley will be back but not Jill. I wonder what's going on.
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Wait, they fired Jess Walton? :o
Edited by Manny, Jul 25 2012, 04:46 AM.
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"Relax nobody's having sex.... at least not yet"

Manny
Jul 25 2012, 04:45 AM
Wait, they fired Jess Walton? :o
No, she announced she was leaving for 6 months to go spend time with her grandson. It just has been no word on her returning I guess.
Edited by Eric83, Jul 26 2012, 10:07 AM.
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"Relax nobody's having sex.... at least not yet"

brazen
Jul 24 2012, 01:59 PM
I can see GH going before Days.
Anything is possible. GH barely escaped the ax this year, but who knows since Days is up for renewal in 2013 they could both be canceled.
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Abc wants out of soaps how clearer can it be GH will be gone at some point. Their ratings aren't stellar, they aren't attracting new viewers. They've stopped the bleeding a bit with castoffs from OLTL perhaps that's it. GAA is doing close to what the Talk and the Chew are doing both considered successes. And it has no international audience. The saving grace for shows like Y&R, B&B and to a lessor degree Days is that they do have some presence and following outside of North America and might be able to syndicate provided they can get their budgets
Lower.
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