JR and Annie. (ABC)

“It really helps to establish the Chandler family and the clan.”

On All My Children, JR Chandler is currently trying to charm Marissa (Brittany Allen) into agreeing to joint custody of AJ, while keeping his relationship with Annie (Melissa Claire Egan) a secret. He has also taken over as head of the Chandler family and will soon have to deal with a recast Scott (Daniel Cosgrove), who is sure to complicate things even more once he gets out of prison. There’s a lot going on in JR’s life right now, so we got to the bottom of it with his portrayer Jacob Young.

Soaps.com: What do you think of JR’s plan to win Marissa over in terms of AJ?

Jacob Young: I think he means well in the best way. Obviously he doesn’t want to be separated from his son. His son’s everything and the fact that she’s filing for full custody, I think it really made him have to think about what’s most important to him and obviously that’s AJ. So by him doing this, it’s really for AJ’s sake. He doesn’t want to be away from him. He’s done some bad things, but for the most part he needs to be with his son. AJ’s real mother is dead and I know [Marissa] is the adopted mother, but I think he should be staying in the father’s life and I think JR needs to give her the opportunity to have joint custody. I think now with this new plan he may be successful with making sure there’s joint custody.

Soaps.com: Annie doesn’t seem to be too thrilled. Will JR be able to keep her from totally spinning out of control?

Jacob Young: Well, you know, Annie’s unpredictable. She’s a ticking bomb at times, so to keep her under control is an understatement. I don’t think he really has full control over her. He’s caught up with the situation, but she can’t understand it. He’s trying, he’s making an attempt at all of it.

Soaps.com: Could Annie and JR actually work as a couple?

Jacob Young: I think that they could. I don’t think it would last, but as a real couple, yeah, they definitely give each other what they need at this moment. I don’t think JR is so caught up in the love anymore. Love is not the thing he’s doing. It’s more infatuation. He likes to have a woman by his side, but obviously as the years have gone on, he’s more interested in taking care of the company, the corporation, his father’s legacy and bringing his son into the same fold, what his father taught him. I think it could be anyone there, but JR loves a good sparring partner.

Soaps.com: How do you think JR is doing as the head of the Chandler family?

Jacob Young: Did Adam ever do great in that role? [chuckles] As a father, as a husband? I think JR is doing everything he can. He watched his father make his moves, ins and outs and fall down and get back up and I think JR is doing the same exact thing. If he’s succeeding, it would be a little at a time. Other than that, he’s still human. He makes mistakes and he falls.

Soaps.com: Will Tad ever be able to talk him down from following in Adam’s footsteps?

Jacob Young: I think he’ll have moments because JR still has his mother’s heart. He’s got Dixie’s soul. He carries that with him. He is not his father. He’s his father in the way of corporation, but emotionally he’s more like his mother. He is sensitive and Tad does have effect on him in that way because Tad and him have a relationship that’s like no other. Yes, he might, but I don’t think JR will ever give up what the family means to him. It’s just been embedded into him now. It’s like using your right or left hand you know? It’s just that natural to him.