Soaps.com Chats With The Young And The Restless’ Darius McCrary
Darius McCrary (JPI)
“I promise that it’s going to be explosive.”
Soaps.com recently sat down to chat with “The Young and the Restless” star Darius McCrary, who has portrayed Malcolm Winters since his long-awaited return to Genoa City in 2009. Read as Darius weighs in on his character’s current love triangle, gets candid about a potential future love interest for Malcolm, shares details about his exciting projects outside of “Y&R,” and much more!
Soaps.com: The love triangle between Malcolm, Sofia [Dupree, Julia Pace Mitchell] and Neil [Winters, Kristoff St. John] is brewing hard. What’s your take on the story, and how do you feel it ties in with the overall relationship that Malcolm and Neil have shared over the years?
Darius: First off, I just have to give props to Kristoff St. John, who’s not only a fine actor and an awesome thespian, but just a great human being, man. Just a solid person, a beautiful person. Julia Pace Mitchell… she’s just so wonderful. It’s a joy anytime I get to work with Kristoff and Julia, and Bryton [Devon Hamilton] as well. It’s just a joy. In terms of storyline, though, it’s all a matter of “turnabout is fair play.” It makes total sense for the writers to revisit this dynamic, and as a matter of fact, it’s what actually brought Malcolm back. So here we go again, but now the tables have turned.
Soaps.com: We’ve seen the way Malcolm reacted to Sofia keeping a secret from him when she was trying to help Cane [Ashby, Daniel Goddard]. What reaction should we expect from Malcolm if it’s revealed that Neil is actually the father of Sofia’s baby?
Darius: I don’t know, man, you gotta just tune in and watch! [laughs] Just watch it, man. Because whatever happens, I promise that it’s going to be explosive!
Soaps.com: If the pairing of Malcolm and Sofia was to come to an end, are there any other females in Genoa City with whom you could see your character being paired?
Darius: That’s kind of tough to say because they’re all such beautiful people on the show. I really enjoy the chemistry between Malcolm and Phyllis [Summers, Michelle Stafford]. I don’t know if that would ever happen, but I think that it would be very interesting.
Soaps.com: Any spoilers about what we can expect in the near future for Malcolm Winters?
Darius: It’s tough to say, because the writers are full of such surprises at “Y&R.” I think we can expect a lot of growth from the Malcolm character. There are a lot of places the writers can take him these days, just because the storyline permits. I think we’re in a different time with soaps now where the writers can push things a little more than they were able to in the past, and I’m able to keep giving a bit more.
Soaps.com: Recently the soap world was devastated when “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” were canceled. What’s your take on the future of the soap opera industry?
Darius: My take on the future of good television, period, is that we’re in jeopardy. It’s just like the world of music where people will listen to anything because it’s readily available. We have so many outlets, from the internet to digital cable, to satellite to TiVo, where you don’t even have to pay attention to the sponsors who pay for the programming. People are happy these days to have one million viewers watch something. I remember the days when we would have 15 to 30 million viewers tuning in every Friday night on TGIF.
Soaps.com: Why are ratings slipping even though there's so many more outlets through which viewers can watch?
Darius: It's just a different day and time, man. Personally, I wish to God that I could connect to all my fans. I wish that everyone who grew up watching me on "Family Matters" knew that I was now in Genoa City, and knew about all the projects I've been involved with. As much as everything is in our face, it's actually that much more difficult for us to reach out to the viewers and have our projects be found.
Soaps.com: Speaking of projects, you've got an exciting one getting ready to be released real soon. Tell us about the brand new film in which you're starring.
Darius: It's called "35 & Ticking," and I'm really excited to be a part of this project. It's kind of a throwback to those romantic comedies like "Love Jones" or "Boomerang," those types of love stories that we don't see anymore. It's got a great cast, including Kevin Hart, who's a brilliant comedian. It also stars Nicole Ari Parker, whose husband Boris Kodjoe is a lucky man! [laughs] Maybe she'll end up in Genoa City? [laughs] The movie's also got Tamala Jones, who is always wonderful and incomparable, and Meagan Good, who is ALL GOOD. [laughs]
Soaps.com: What's the basic premise of the movie?
Darius: It's a movie about the female biological clock and how women feel that their time is up after a certain age. I don't think that's true, though. I feel it gets greater later for women. It's like a fine wine when you let it age! The film is set to be released on May 20 in select theaters.
Soaps.com: It's always great to see an actor like yourself involved in such a variety of projects. You've starred in films, Primetime and Daytime productions. How does working on a soap opera compare to working on Primetime and on films?
Darius: You make a lot more money in Primetime [laughs]. At this point, for me, it's not about that. It's about being able to reach my fans and my fans being able to find me. It's about being part of a solid body of work, and I honest to God feel there's no better place to do that than in the Daytime world. Shooting films, it's amazing how many actors show up not knowing their lines, and it takes hours to get set up. In Daytime, you've got to bring your A-game and be prepared, constantly be ready for change. It sharpens you. There's just such a solid fan base with Daytime television, and it's such a blessing to now be able to reach people in this way.
Soaps.com: On top of your impressive acting resume, you're also an accomplished musician. What's the status of your music right now?
Darius: I'm actually on my way to the recording studio right now! There's an album I've been promising everybody forever, and it's on its way. I'm blessed to have the incredible and legendary Sly Stone bring some music to the table. We've started some collaborations and I just figure, "Who am I to say that this project is done when God is saying that it's not?" Me being the ever-consummate perfectionist in everything that I do, whether being an actor or being a dad, I just want everything to be right. Music is life to me. I've been blessed to come from a musical family, and to share in so many experiences with artists like Chaka Khan, who's such a major part of my life. I look forward to sharing all of it for many, many more years to come.
Soaps.com: Maybe we'll see Malcolm bust out a song or two in an upcoming "Y&R" episode?
Darius: [laughs] Hey, man, if they ask, I'd be more than happy to share my gifts! We've actually had some talks about some of the music that I've written being a part of the show, so we can look for that very soon. I owe the "Y&R" music supervisors a tune or two.
- Mario Rocchetta
Interested in learning more about Darius' new film? Check out the 35 & Ticking official website. Be sure to read Soaps.com's Young And The Restless Interview: Julia Pace Mitchell. Have something to say regarding Darius McCrary or Malcolm Winters? Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section below! Join us on Twitter @soapoperafan, and Facebook. Come tweet and Facebook with us about "The Young and the Restless," all the other soap operas, "Glee," "Grey’s Anatomy" and "Vampire Diaries!"