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    The Young And The Restless: Interview With Lauralee Bell!

    Monday, August 02 2010


    Lauralee Bell (CBS)
    "The Perfect Time."

    Soaps.com caught up with The Young and the Restless actress Lauralee Bell, who recently reprised her popular role of Christine Blair on the number one Daytime sudser. We learned what finally made her decide to come back, and she shared an upcoming storyline tease that really left us in anticipation! Read on!

    Down-to-earth Lauralee, when asked what made her finally decide to return to Y&R, explained that since her character had left with Paul in her heart, when they put Tricia (Cast, Nina) and Doug (Davidson, Paul) together, she knew it was, "The perfect time." As a fan of the show herself, she worried about coming between Nina and Paul, thinking, "I would hate to come back and mess this up." Now that she's back, Lauralee is pleased, saying, "It’s picking up so well. There are feelings there [between Christine and Paul] but they both don’t want to hurt Nina, and Nina doesn’t want to come between them; it’s so realistic, so it’s been great!"

    We agreed that it's terrific that there is more than one layer to Christine's storyline. Lauralee enthused, "The fact that Maria put in this whole other twist of mystery of why [Christine] is really back...it just sounded right." She went on to say, "She [Christine] has been out in DC and people do change, and I’m glad it wasn’t just sweet Christine coming back to just check in on everyone; just making sure everything’s okay.”

    Lauralee also commented on Christine returning and keeping such a huge secret [Nina's son's identity] from Paul and Nina, saying, "It gets really intense when the three of us are sitting together, and it’s fun to play because there’s so much inner story, and to be the person who knows and then to not be able to show any emotion; I have to really fight it. It’s so much history for Tricia and I personally."

    What about those Rose DeVille-era flashbacks? Lauralee laughs, "We cringe at them...the Rose ones we can't even talk about; they have haunted me for years!"


    Lauralee Bell (CBS)
    Lauralee told Soaps.com it's been fun being back on set, and she's enjoyed interacting with actors such as Christian (LeBlanc, Michael) again, although she had forgotten how much dialogue one has to learn. When asked if Christine might cross paths with her nemesis, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), Lauralee replied, "I would love that," and shared that before she left for vacation she and Michelle got excited upon learning they would share a scene, but as it turned out their characters had no contact.

    The actress is currently on vacation, explaining, "I come back for a month, I’m off for two weeks, and then I’m back for a couple weeks." After that? "I’m definitely open to whatever the future holds. And just being me, I have a few more projects that I’m kind of moving forward with, so as long as I have time to do both, I would definitely be open to [Y&R]. But again, it has to make sense." She adds that she would also like to gauge fan response to the effect of Christine's presence on Nina and Paul's relationship, musing that if it's negative, "I don’t have to come back. I can look at it very objectively."

    What about Christine coming face-to-face with Phillip Chancellor III? Lauralee is all for it, saying, "That would be something that I feel would be very worthwhile to just dive into and explain; just the fact that he’s alive." How would Christine feel about Phillip being gay? "I feel like people might think that Christine’s pretty stuck in her ways, but it’s just a whole different time. My belief, as I hope hers would be, is that as long as people are happy in their life, that’s number one, so who cares what their sexual preference is." Lauralee said she had lunch with Thom [Bierdz, Phillip] and they agreed it would be great to have their characters come face-to-face again.

    When asked what's coming up for Christine, Lauralee left Soaps.com readers this delicious teaser, "I can hint at this, that I cross paths in a very bizarre way with one of the prominent people on the show and have a day of Y&R that no one would ever, ever, ever expect. It's an insane four scenes that came out of nowhere. It was hysterical and fun for us to do and that’s all I can say. I literally got the script and thought that they [mistakenly] wrote another character's name! So that was super exciting; so off the 'Cricket' path."

    - Candace Young


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Doris L at Monday, August 02 2010 04:39 AM

    I don't care if Christine came back as a bag lady, she would be welcomed in my house. I watched her grow up on Y & R. so she is my kid. Welcome back Lauralee.

    Posted by bonnygirl at Monday, August 02 2010 07:39 AM

    I wish Christine would pack her bags never to be seen again. What an annoying sanctimonious hypocrite she is. I have always despised this character. GO AWAY CHRISTINE

    Posted by FL senior fan at Monday, August 02 2010 11:23 AM

    With Nina living out of town (Calif?) I think it would be okay if the writers had her and Paul SLOWLY become involved again. I've been a fan of Paul and Nina's friendship but not more. Also would like for Phillip and Christine to meet again and have closure over his lifestyle. Having him, Chris and Nina renew old times and just be friends would be enjoyable. Maybe it can be worked into the storyline since she's there on business involving his son Chance?--hope so!

    Posted by klammbake at Wednesday, August 04 2010 10:31 AM

    I am THRILLED that Christine is back and even more so because there is a mysterious, thriller-type reason she is back. Not just boring, hum-drum 'hi - thought I'd pop in and see everyone for a minute...' I think the writers are missing out on some great ratings if they don't have at least one tension filled, snipey remarked scene between Christine and Phyllis!

    Posted by Lonewolf5569 at Wednesday, August 04 2010 02:41 PM

    Isn't the photographer at the Glowworm restaurant the guy who used to play Adam Wilson Newman

    Posted by Lindalovesyr at Friday, August 06 2010 04:37 PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, that Christine is back! Love the way they are writing this s/l, too! Bravo!!!!

    Posted by chantepalmer at Monday, August 09 2010 05:36 AM

    It was refreshing but unexpected to see Christine return. I would like for her and Paul to get back together, Nina is the one who acts so sanctimonious in my opinion. I still feel like Cricket is holding back some I would like to see more attitude in her role, to make it more believable.

    Posted by scarlet2 at Friday, August 13 2010 01:34 PM

    Go back to anywhere Ms. Bell. Dull to the max. Sanctimonious as always....and that is even worse now. Spoiled baby GIRL BELL!! GO AWAY!

    Posted by GeorgeAnn at Friday, August 13 2010 07:15 PM

    I too like the others want to welcome Christine back. I do feel sorry for Nina thought. I have watch Y&R since it was only 30 mins long. Even my hubby is hooked on the show. So, Welcome back Lauralee....
    Take care,
    George Ann
    PS wish that Y&R would be on week ends too... LOL

    Posted by Haydens mommy at Saturday, August 14 2010 08:19 AM

    Welcome back Lauralee!! I am so excited! I have always secretly wanted Cricket and Danny back together. I've never forgotten what Phyllis did to them. However, I also like Christine with Paul, so, that being said, I would love to see them get back together since Danny is not an option. I've never really liked Nina since the whole Nina, Ryan, Victoria triangle. Paul deserves a true love storyline and, in my opinion, Nina is not it, Christine is. There is A LOT of history and potential there. I felt like a lot was left unfinished in their storyline. Anyway, again, welcome back! You have been missed!!

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