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After Disney's "Tinker Bell" green carpet premier in Hollywood, lured Y&R's Daniel Goddard away from the family to play a little catch up.

"The movie was great," Goddard raves of the full-length animated film, which is due out on DVD October 28. "I knew Tinker Bell from Peter Pan, but I had no idea what it was going to be about. I liked the mythical side of the story. It was cute. The animation is really impressive. Nice message: Anarchy pays off. (laughs) It was great, because Rachel and Ford came, and all four of us sat there together. I wouldn't have gone without Ford (2), who fell asleep, but it was cool."

If you noticed Goddard's body count seems off, that's because his wife Rachel is very pregnant with their second baby.

"He's being born December 22 and it's another boy," Goddard shares. "It will be like when I grew up in Australia: Rachel's going to be the one, solo female figure. Well, she does have Morris the cockatoo, who was supposed to be a boy, but turned out to be a girl, so she has backup."

Little Ford is ready to lend a hand, as well. "We made sure he understood from the very beginning that he's part of this," Goddard explains. "I don't want the baby to come out and have him be competitive. This way, he's involved."

Goddard is also preparing himself – by getting his swaddling & diapering arm back in shape!

"In Australia, the fastest sheep-shearer is called 'the gun': I'm the gun with the diapers," he brags. ""I'm so fast, and I can even do it standing up, while Ford's walking away."

Once the new baby arrives, Dad plans to take off a few days and he may even get some extra time with the family, thanks to the holidays, but he admits he'll be anxious to head back to work.

"There's a good vibe onset these days," he says. "The scripts are good, the stories are good, the show moves well. The fans have really responded. Kristel (Khalil, Lily) and I are the number one couple and actor and actress on CBS. I'm very surprised by that, but very happy.

"The good thing is, now it's not just about the love interest stuff," he continues. "There's the business side and a solid story starting with Katherine now, which will run for a while. Then there's the baby with Chloe…"

And we can't forget Cane's returned little brother, Billy Abbott. He's gone from gambler to full-fledged playboy and with the ever-manly Billy Miller assuming the role, long gone is the lanky, pretty boy Abbott we used to know. Talk about a change in energy!

"It's very different, which is great for me to play off," Goddard relates. "Billy and I want to turn it into a Jack/Victor thing. It's even more interesting, because they're brothers. It's got so much potential for drama loaded in. It's an interesting dilemma for Cane: He's always wanted family, finally gets a brother and it's going to be Cane and Abel. Maria (Arena Bell) and Hogan (Sheffer) are looking long term with it, which is great for me, Billy and everyone."

Always with an eye on the big picture, Goddard is equally impressed with how things are going for his onscreen ex, Amber.

"Amber and Daniel are great together," he raves. "Adrianne (Frantz, Amber) will always give 100% and so does Graz (Michael Graziadei, Daniel), but Graz has this detachment in some ways. He'll play some scenes where he's really into it; then in the next, he won't be. I think he does it on purpose, to keep it interesting and upside down. He's a solid actor. Then there's Heather and Adam. Everyone's being paired up."

Unfortunately, it's not all fun and games at work, but such is the nature of the daytime beast.

"Because we don't know where storylines are going, you find certain actors always have a feeling of, 'What's going to happen to me? Where am I going?'" Goddard admits. "We just lost Eyal (Podel, Adrian) and from that point of view, there's this feeling of tension, but we just changed executive producers, again and there's also a new vibrant energy that's moving through."

With so much going on onscreen and a baby on the way off screen, Goddard has one outlet he's still managing to schedule in: go cart racing!

"I'm racing my car once a week at the moment, either Saturday or Sunday," he grins. "I need it. It's my me time." suspects the new arrival may interfere with this "me time", but can't imagine Goddard will be complaining. Good luck!

- Deanna Barnert