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    In our 'The Young and the Restless' News Room, 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. In Depth With Y&R's Sharon Case! Part II

    Tuesday, February 03 2009

    Sharon Case (CBS) was thrilled to get the opportunity to speak with Y&R's Sharon Case at length. Our very enjoyable chat resulted in enough Q&A's for a four part series! readers, thank you for contributing. Don't miss Part I on our sister site, Soap Opera Fan Blog ! As Sharon, you've had a lot of really intense scenes [on Y&R] lately.

    Sharon: I know! I have! [laughs] There is a couple that I want to ask you about. First, the scenes where Sharon has finally had it with Jack's lies, and she snaps, and physically pushes him away. Great job on those scenes, Sharon - very realistic! Are scenes like that therapeutic?

    Sharon: Thank you! Well, it's not necessarily therapeutic for me. The only therapy in it for me, and I think any actor will say the same thing, is when you come to work, and you've planned what you're going to do with your scenes, and you really hit the mark! Just because you did it, and you did it the way you wanted to, and you feel satisfied with what you did - and there's nothing more joyful than that. That is therapeutic! When people come up to you and say that they really liked the scene it validates that you really hit your mark that day. Actors love to get compliments because of that reason - it feels good! Frustrated viewers finally got to see Sharon say the things to Jack that they'd been yelling at their television sets for weeks!

    Sharon: Well, Maria Arena Bell is amazing! Hopefully, that won't change! We've been through so much change! I loved having Jack Smith write the show, it was a crying shame that they let him go, then we went through a bunch of 'crazy' for a few years, ever since Jack Smith left, now we've finally stabilized - we have a fabulous writer in Maria. Let's not rock the boat again! Some feel that Maria Arena Bell has brought it back to the way Bill Bell used to write the show.

    Sharon: I agree! The other scenes that I wanted to ask you about were the emotional scenes in the cabin, where you are writing the letter to Nick and breakdown at points. You did a really good job - it was like intruding on a woman's private pain and inner turmoil, as opposed to watching an actress.

    Sharon: Thank you so much for saying that. I really appreciate it. Thank you! So, how do you prepare for those types of scenes and make it so realistic? How do you make the tears come?

    For every scene it's a little bit different - it depends on the storyline. You try to relate it to something in your real life, and sometimes the way the story is there is definitely something you can relate it to in your life, but sometimes there's not! Like when I had to be crying and scared, standing over Cameron Kirsten's [Linden Ashby] dead body - I don't have anything in real life to relate that to! So, that's harder to do, and harder for me to prepare, but you just try to come up with something that is as close as possible. For my own inner work, for the scenes in the cabin, I just tried to find something in my own life that has happened to me, that's as close as possible to what's happening to Sharon. Those scenes in the cabin were so sad anyway - when I read them in the script, it brought tears to my eyes just reading it, without even acting it! So, this wasn't a real stretch, or really difficult to get sad over.

    Sharon Case (CBS) Sharon also gets some pretty good one-liners in - especially in scenes with Phyllis. Do you ever get to ad-lib, or do you follow the script?

    I do a little bit of both. I don't ad-lib a lot, but definitely do sometimes. There have certainly been some great lines written for me with Phyllis lately, which has been fun. I shot a scene the other day [which won't air for about a month] where I really give it to Phyllis. In fact, I'm so angry, I think it's probably the most angry I've ever been to Phyllis! On parallel with how Sharon was with Jack in the scene that you mentioned.
    How is it working with Michelle Stafford when you are friends in real life?

    We are friends, yes! We don't pal around outside of work or anything, but nor do I with anybody in the cast. We are now working together a lot, so we are definitely friendly - I really like working with her a lot. There are many people I've worked with in the cast, and I do have my favorites. Along time ago, always my favorite actor to work with was Eric Braeden. What makes someone your favorite to work with has nothing to do with how well you know them, or how friendly you are with them, or what you like about that person; it has to do with what actor you gel with on stage, where that actor manages to evoke real responses from you. For years and years, that was Eric Braeden.
    Can you give us some perspective on how Sharon views her relationship with Victor?

    Sharon: She thinks of Victor, in a way like a father figure, but not quite. When she was younger she saw him as that, and then when she grew up she saw him less as a father and more like a hero. Sharon acknowledges that he does bad things; Sharon acknowledges that everybody does bad things, but it doesn't make them bad people - including her! She's grown up as a part of the Newman family and Victor was always her protector. No matter how bad of a guy he was on the outside, Victor always protected her. Sharon loves to have that security blanket feeling that somebody's going to catch her - somebody out there is going to catch her if she ever falls - and that's Victor. Getting back to Sharon and Phyllis, would you ever want to see them on the same side - or do you prefer the conflict?

    Oh, no, I prefer the conflict! Oh my gosh, you don’t have enough enemies on the show [laughs], well, I never do, I don't want to get rid of the ones I have! One of my favorite relationships on the show that was a friction, or enemy, storyline was the one that I had with Melody Thomas Scott [Nikki Newman]. Sharon and Phyllis are obviously enemies, and she also had Grace [Jennifer Gaeris], but my favorite by far is Melody! I love the daughter-in-law storyline where the mother-in-law hates her. It's this interesting love/hate relationship that is just my favorite conflict storyline to play. What is it like trying to play a rivalry or conflict storyline like that, when you are friendly with the people in real life?

    Sharon: It's so much easier to play conflict when you're friendly with someone. You would think it would be the opposite, but it's not. In real life, in order to be really angry with someone, usually, you have to know them [it stings more when it is someone you care about]. You can be hurt more by people you care about. So, if you are friendly with the actor who is playing the conflict storyline with you, it helps you get to the place you need to be better than working with a stranger, or somebody you just don't know that well.

    Don't miss Part I on our sister site, Soap Opera Fan Blog , or Part III and Part IV, right here on!

    - Candace Young

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    Posted by Shyss at Tuesday, February 03 2009 05:58 AM

    Wow candace thanks for sharing that with us. Just as i thought, sharon case is as sweet and kind, fun and down to earth just as i thought she would be. Just like her character sharon on the show. How awesome of her to share her time with you so we can get to know her. She is and always will be my favorite actress, sharon rocks!

    Posted by Amy at Tuesday, February 03 2009 06:03 AM

    Fabulous interviews, Candi!!!

    Posted by bettymac at Tuesday, February 03 2009 10:03 AM

    Thanks so much for this, Candace. Sharon is such a lovely young lady. I will look forward to reading the other installments.

    Posted by Diva Dee at Tuesday, February 03 2009 10:36 AM

    I am a big fan of Sharon and Nick and I have been waiting to see Nick and Sharon reunite. Sharon does some bad things but, she admits it she doesn't try to hide it. I will always be a Sharon and Nick fan. I'm hoping that they have really great sex Sharon get's pregnant and he leaves the red head and goes back to his true love.

    Posted by juann at Tuesday, February 03 2009 11:52 AM

    This is great Candace! Sharon Case is definitely down to earth just like the rest of us!What a wonderful actress she is! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the installments of this interview-hope it won't be long. She is definitely one of my favorite people on the show.

    Posted by nicholasiscute at Tuesday, February 03 2009 01:10 PM

    What a great article.. I am also a huge fan of Nick and Sharon. I hope they get back together. Phyllis is learning a good lesson right now as she should. She broke those two up to begin with! Payback stinks Phyllis.. Go Nick and Sharon!

    Posted by Bon60 at Tuesday, February 03 2009 02:30 PM

    Great Interview..Sharon is SO good..I have enjoyed watching her for 25yrs. now and can't wait until her and Nick get back together..keep up the great work writers!!


    Posted by YourFriend at Tuesday, February 03 2009 04:46 PM

    Sharon is a beautiful lady. I only wish her stylist would tame those flyaways. Its kinda like that Tide to go commercial where the stain takes all your attention. So does the flyaways. Its just a little distracting. lol Anyway, I would of loved for Sharon and Nick to of become a couple again at least for a period of time. I would like to Sharon with Daniel. Yes, she is waayyyy to old for him, but wouldn't that spark a fire under the philly's butt. lol I wish they could bring up the case of Paul and Crickets car hit n run and close it. I hate when soaps leave a story line hanging like that. I wish Brad would of stayed on the show, at least just fly him off to paris and not kill him off would of been more satisfying for me as a loyal watcher, but I love Y&R and will always watch. Sharon is my favorite actresses on Y&R. Kevin is my favorite actor. Now there's a set up for a future romance. Kevin and Sharon. Anyway, Keep up the good work Sharon. Y&R your the best.

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