Kevin and Jana (Soaps.com)

Soaps.com readers, I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to sit down and have this conversation with Y&R’s Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher). Unlike his sometimes awkward and abrasive alter-ego, Greg was soft-spoken, self-assured and easygoing. How did I find them alike? I’d say they both have a heart of gold! I asked Greg about himself, as well as about his character, Kevin. Visit our sister site, Soap Opera Fan Blog, to access the portion of the interview about Greg himself, his views on politics, and his ideas for being environmentally-friendly! Right here, you will find the goods on Kevin Fisher, where he’s coming from, and a hint of where he’s going!

Soaps.com: Kevin has built up a huge fanbase – was this a surprise to you, and what do you think is the reason fans love the character?

Greg:
Okay, here’s what I think. Going back to Kevin’s earliest roots, when we first met him he was just, on paper, this evil guy, who, if you told people he was sympathetic, they would have looked at you like you were crazy! But it wouldn’t have been challenging to play this ‘evil bad guy’ who was doing evil, bad things. No one’s born ‘bad’, we’re the victims of our upbringing and our circumstances, and in Kevin’s case, he was terribly victimized. So, without knowing the specifics of what had happened to him, I knew that there was abuse and a really fractured upbringing. I knew that there had been no male role model [for Kevin] and the way he viewed women was, to me, he had a dad who was abusive toward his mom, so that’s why he doesn’t respect women. Those little things that I was able to play, came across and read as someone who was broken and vulnerable and pathetic, and so I think that the fans became very curious about him – luckily for me, because I was only supposed to be there for a short amount of time! I continually try to do that, I see him as incredibly multi-dimensional, as we all are in our own lives. Most of us are good people, but we’ve done bad things, and if someone has a mean streak, it doesn’t mean they’re incapable of doing good things.

Soaps.com: Kevin has come such a long way from his early days on Y&R, but in spite of his success and happy marriage, he can’t stop himself from being drawn into trouble – usually in association with Gloria.

Greg: In a way, it’s almost like he got what he wanted – this life that has always seemed so appealing to him – a beautiful wife, he owns his own business, and is respected in the community. But he’s had a moment to reflect and say, ‘Wait a second, is that it?’ I think it seems kind of complacent and boring to him, and again, it’s fighting the urges of his past versus what he knows is the right thing to do. And let’s be real – if he stopped being who he was, people might like him, but eventually they’d grow tired of watching Kevin just pour coffee.

Soaps.com:
When I spoke to your co-star, Kate Linder last week, we discussed the comedy on the Y&R. Kevin for me is a character that I look to for comic relief. Soaps.com readers also love that aspect of the character and asked me to find out if you ad-lib.

Greg:
We’re certainly allowed to ad-lib. I always like to give as much credit as I can to the writers, though, most of the one-liners and the zingers are theirs. Sometimes during rehearsal one of us will say something and the producer will go, ‘Oh that was funny, that worked, say that!’ You throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and see what sticks. I love to do the comedy, but I like to do the heavy, dramatic stuff too, which is why I do feel satiated – I’m not constantly doing the same thing. I think that being comedic is a skill that I have, but it’s also something that if I was ever going to be in a sitcom, for instance, I might have to hone more.