Sharon Case (CBS)

Soaps.com 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! Soaps.com readers, thank you for contributing. Don’t miss Part I on our sister site, Soap Opera Fan Blog !

Soaps.com: As Sharon, you’ve had a lot of really intense scenes [on Y&R] lately.

Sharon: I know! I have! [laughs]

Soaps.com: 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!

Soaps.com: 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!

Soaps.com: Some feel that Maria Arena Bell has brought it back to the way Bill Bell used to write the show.

Sharon: I agree!

Soaps.com: 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.

Soaps.com: Thank you! So, how do you prepare for those types of scenes and make it so realistic? How do you make the tears come?

Sharon:
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.