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Sean Kanan (S.Kanan)

Sean Kanan (CBS) was excited to touch base with Sean Kanan once it was established that he was returning to Daytime on The Young and the Restless in the role of Deacon Sharpe, which he originated on sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful. Sean began our chat by explaining that the secrecy surrounding his return, was, of course, insisted upon by the network in an effort to preserve the element of surprise in Deacon's return. We think that Deacon's arrival is just the shot in the arm the art storyline needed! Let's hear what Sean had to say about reprising the role: How did you end up back in Daytime at Y&R?

Sean: I will admit to actively trying to get back on The Bold and the Beautiful, or on The Young and the Restless, because Adrienne Frantz is playing Amber over there - so it seemed like a really good opportunity to bring Deacon back. Through a mutual friend, and a lot of hard work from my agent, Paul Rauch was nice enough to agree to sit down and have lunch with me, which was incredibly gracious of him. I was very happy to meet him and we had a really nice lunch together. We talked about the possibility of my coming back, and Paul asked my how I was doing in my personal life. He left the lunch and said he would see what he could do. It was non-committal, but I had a positive feeling from Paul - I felt that we had 'clicked'. A couple of months later, my agents called and said they thought something was going to happen. We didn't hear anything for a significant amount of time, and then we got the call that I was going to start - and here I am! What's it like being on the set of Y&R?

Sean: I couldn't be happier, it's a tremendous thrill for me to drive through the gates of CBS and be back on a show - it's a little strange being on the other side of the hallway [from B&B] - but it feels so great right now. I feel really lucky. Is it great to work with Adrienne again?

Sean: She and I have worked a lot together. I produced a film a couple of years ago called "Hack," and I cast Adrienne in the film because she's just terrific. I love working with her. She and I have, I think, an acting 'shorthand', that we know how the other works - we push each other - I love working with her. Which other actors on Y&R would you love to work with - if you could choose…

Sean: If I could choose? I would really love to work with Eric Braeden (Victor Newman). I have a lot of respect for him as an actor. Michelle Stafford, Peter Bergman, Christian LeBlanc, certainly, but I really have a tremendous amount of respect for Eric Braeden and would really love to get in there and mix it up with him - and that may happen - I'm certainly edging closer and closer to his daughter (Victoria, Amelia Heinle)! Deacon has huge appeal with the fans - to what do you attribute this popularity?

Sean: The fans have been so supportive, both of this character and toward me in my personal life. I think everyone loves a good 'bad guy'! Deacon's an interesting character - I find him interesting to play. I'm blessed that I get to play a guy who does a lot of really reprehensible things, but seems to find a way to rationalize them, at least to himself, which, I guess, keeps him from being a complete scumbag! [laughs] For some reason, people tend to like him even when he's doing the worst things - people are drawn to him - so I really am lucky. Have they given you any backstory on where Deacon has been, what he's been doing?

Sean: No! [laughs] Well, a little bit. I know that it's been about three and half years since I [Deacon], presumably, left Los Angeles and wound up in Wisconsin. Apparently, I've learned a lot about the world of art, and I've smoothed down a lot of my rough edges - Deacon is a little more sophisticated than we've seen in the past. I don't know if he's been cashing in his royalty checks from Macy's music career [laughs], or what could have happened, but somehow he's got some money, is very well-dressed, and living in a very nice hotel! We saw Deacon holding a glass of what appeared to be whiskey - is he off the wagon?

Deacon's not drinking. What's ahead in the storyline? What did Deacon come to town for?

Sean: He came to town, seemingly, for Amber. I'm also working with the characters of Victoria, Daniel (Michael Graziadei), and had a very quick scene (an introduction) with Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc). I'm really hoping I get a chance to work with [Christian] - he's terrific - reminds me of Robert Downey Jr - he's got great acting chops and he uses a lot of comedy, I think, in what he does. I kind of like to work that way too. Deacon could actually use a friend in Wisconsin - since he not only has no friends, but now has active enemies [laughs], it would be nice to have an unlikely friendship - but something tells me it's going to be with a girl. Will Deacon blackmail Amber?

Sean: I [Deacon] tell Amber that I have evidence that will exonerate Daniel - if she'll sleep with me, and I just keep pushing that angle... Are you working on any other projects right now?

Sean: Yes! It's called "Camera Café", and it's a web-series that is executive-produced by Antonio Banderas, and is being produced by David Saltzman, who is a terrific producer, and the creator of "MadTV." We've shot our first twenty-five episodes, and we'll probably be back in production soon for another one hundred. It's really exciting. It's a comedy, very similar to "The Office," and I play an overly-tanned, smarmy, gold-chain wearing salesman, who spends all his money during lunch hour going for lap dances - he's funny, kind of like a mixture of Ted Baxter from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and Herb Tarlick from "WKRP in Cinncinnati." When I started doing the show, this weird voice came out of me - it was a little bit like Rod Serling [from "The Twilight Zone"]! So it's just a lot of fun! It will be on the web, carried by It may very well find it's way to television, though, because I think it's that good. is thrilled to have Sean Kanan back as Deacon on The Young and the Restless! Don't forget to watch this space for updates on when "Camera Café" will start airing! Do you wish to comment on this interview? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!