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    In our 'The Young and the Restless' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    The Young And The Restless Interview: Melissa Claire Egan.

    Monday, January 23 2012


    Egan. (Nikki Nelson/Wenn.com)
    If you're going to do it, overdo it.

    Soaps.com had the pleasure of catching up with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, "The Young and the Restless," ex-Annie, "All My Children") to discuss her latest 'bad girl' role in Daytime. Keep reading to find out how she feels about the character, and for a sneak peek at what's ahead!

    Soaps.com: The last time we spoke you were on "All My Children." Were you happy with the way things ended for your character, Annie, and how did you feel about the show ending?

    Melissa: The ending for Annie was really awesome and challenging. I really liked what they did; how she just went off the deep end and just did things that were so wild. It was really fun, heavy stuff to do. I loved how they wrote Annie’s exit, but I was devastated at the show being cancelled. I watched the show growing up – it was my soap when I was home sick from school. So, that show forever changed my life, and being there for four and a half years, my first real gig; as someone on the show I was devastated, and as a fan I was devastated.

    Soaps.com: How did the offer to join "Y&R" come about?

    Melissa: I just got a call from my manager saying that Maria Bell wanted to meet with me and tell me about a new character. I met her for the first time – she was awesome – and she told me about the part, which sounded really fun and really juicy. I kind of listened to the story as a fan and was really taken by it, so that’s how it all came about.

    Soaps.com: Did Maria create the character with you in mind? It’s perfect for you.

    Melissa: I don’t think so, truthfully, I think they met with a few girls, and I was lucky enough to get the offer.

    Soaps.com: What's it been like for you on a different set?

    Melissa: It’s similar, but different. It’s like going back to school, but with different teachers and a different campus. Everyone is lovely and so welcoming; we’re on a studio lot though, so it’s a lot bigger. The "All My Children" set was very intimate, very small; everyone’s rooms were very close to each other. Bobbie Eakes (Krystal) and I shared a wall and she could always hear me on the phone. Here it’s awesome because you’re a part of something huge – they’re shooting "The Price Is Right" across the hallway, people are screaming, and there’s a car and a boat in the hallway – that’s so cool! It’s fun. It’s a whole new experience, and a great group of people. It’s been nice.

    Soaps.com: Chelsea’s become a very controversial character right out of the gate. How do you like playing her?

    Melissa: [laughs] I know some people hate her, and I totally get it, but if you’re going to do it, overdo it. Annie was fun because you never knew what she was going to do because she was kind of nuts, and Chelsea’s fun because you never know what she’s going to do because she’s a con artist. It’s fun playing a character that's stirring up trouble.


    Egan. (PNP/Wenn.com)
    Soaps.com: Chelsea seems to be all ‘bad girl’ right now; can we expect to see any vulnerability emerge in the character down the road?

    Melissa: Definitely. There’s a lot of vulnerability coming when you meet her mom. I started shooting with Catherine Bach (Anita) a couple of weeks ago, and you see where Chelsea gets it from because her mom is a con artist, but way worse than Chelsea – Chelsea has more of a conscience than Anita. So you’ll definitely see that coming up very soon; she starts to feel bad about what she’s doing, and sees that Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Billy (Billy Miller) are good people and considers giving them the baby – and then Anita shows up.

    Soaps.com: It must be cool to work with Catherine Bach.

    Melissa: It’s so great; it’s so awesome! It’s been fun getting to know her as a person – we’ve gone to lunch and hung out, and she’s just really fun. And the character’s very funny and over-the-top. A total con artist.

    Soaps.com: We can't wait to see you onscreen together! Switching gears, outside of acting you're a spokesperson for ProActiv. What was behind your decision to sign on?

    Melissa: I’ve used ProActiv since I was in college, and I really respect them, because it’s not like they do auditions where people try to fit themselves into the mold – they want real stories. When I was doing "All My Children," I did an interview for a soap magazine and they asked what my beauty secret was and I said ProActiv. They read that and contacted me. They wanted to hear my story, they wanted real ‘before’ pictures, and they wanted to know how it affected me. They wanted the true story, which I really respected, and then I joined the campaign.

    Soaps.com: As an actress, the heavy make-up must take its toll on your skin. Do you use ProActiv every day?

    Melissa: I started having terrible breakouts on my forehead, my chin, and above my lip in college, and nothing was working. My mom had heard about ProActiv and she gave it to me and it literally cleared up my skin. I still use it every day as a preventative.

    Soaps.com: Which products do you use?

    Melissa: I do the three steps, but I also use their green tea moisturizer, I even use their sunscreen. If I have a blemish that just won’t go away I use their advance blemish treatment. I have the body wash in my shower [laughs] the whole gamut! There’s a new brush that exfoliates too, that uses batteries – it’s really awesome.

    Soaps.com: Excellent. Well, have fun playing Chelsea, and we’ll have fun yelling at you on our televisions screens. Any teasers for what’s around the corner?

    Melissa: [laughs] I can’t say too much, but you’ll meet Anita and a lot of it will make sense.

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    Posted by Jo Ann Zinaman at Monday, January 23 2012 09:43 PM



    You did not ask her about Working with Billy Miller Again. Billy Miller Played Annie's Brother Richie on All My Children. I was not There, but I don't Believe that They had Several Girls Audition for Chelsea. I think They had Melissa come on because of the Incredible Chemistry that she and Billy had on All My Children. I even Liked him even more when He was Dead and was Taunting Annie. Jody

    Posted by lbugcoco at Wednesday, January 25 2012 04:24 PM

    As an AMC lifer, I was thrilled to see Melissa come to Y&R. I'm so glad I started watching that about 6 months b4 they told us they were axing AMC. There are so many AMC'ers on Y&R and Melissa is a welcome addition. It is kind of wierd as she and Billy Miller were bro & sis on AMC, but seriously, they are such great actors, you don't see Annie/Wes/Richie at all!!!!(even though I still miss Annie/Richie from AMC:(

    Posted by Jo Ann Zinaman at Sunday, January 29 2012 01:39 AM


    Actually, I can see Annie in Chelsea. Chelsea is A Con Artist and Annie would Fake her Asthma Attacks. She would be Gasping for Air and then she would be Smiling. Also, Chelsea would do whatever she wanted and needed to do to get what she wanted. Annie should not have had Richie Commited to Prison for that Convenience Store Robbery when he was Across Town. The Problem was that Richie came back to get Revenge on Annie. If she had waited to Grow up and Leave Home, then she probably would never have ever seen Richie ever again. Then, there are 2 Problems that I have. The First Problem is that I want Billy and Victoria not to have Chelsea in their Life, but I would like for them to have her Baby since It is Billy's Baby. However, I wouldn't get to see Annie and Richie Together Again with their Incredible Chemistry. However, I didn't like how Richie was Sooo Mean to Annie, but I wish that Billy Abbot was A Little more like Richie and wasn't Sooo Wimpy. Just don't go too far back the Other way though. Jody

    Posted by Jo Ann Zinaman at Sunday, January 29 2012 01:45 AM



    I had this in Another Post, but I ran out of Time and My Message Disappeared so I will put this here. Sorry about that. I had said that I do not Believe that Annie thought she could get Richie to see A Psychiatrist in Prison and then he wouldn't be Sooo Evil. I would never even think about whether there was A Psychiatrist that Anybody could see if they were in Prison and I don't think Annie would know about that Either. I just think that Annie knew that Richie would be out of her Life if he was in Prison. Jody

    Posted by Dee52 at Wednesday, February 01 2012 06:28 PM

    I know that you miss your soaps ---But leave ours alone Ive been watching since day one and I do Not appreciate them stuffing our show with your actors!!!!!!!!UCK!!!!!!!!!! they need to have a little respect for the ture fans!!!!! loyalty is not a word in this world any more!!!!Mad in Texas

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