Young and The Restless 11th Annual Tea with the Stars!
The 11th Annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation tea fund-raiser.
Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell to The Young and the Restless fans) thinks chivalry is dead. At least that is what she experienced when participating in a bicycle tour of Vancouver, British Columbia’s Stanley Park with her cohorts, Christian Leblanc (Michael Baldwin), Genoa City’s Co-CEO of Jabot Cosmetics Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) and Phyllis’ love child Danny Romalotti (Michael Graziadei). Elizabeth was the one to come to Christian’s rescue when he fell off the bike he rented. “I wrapped him up. I put the chain back on. I even got covered in grease!” she says while working the room at the Y&R 11th annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation tea fund-raiser held at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle in downtown Vancouver. When asked the same question about assisting Leblanc in the park, Miller replies with a grin, “Christian fell down and went boom.” Sporting a bandage on one hand, Leblanc and his cast mates opened themselves up to a question and answer session where they were challenged on whether or not they would do the right thing in their character roles and forgive their love interests, (that being Daniel of course forgiving Amber), to if they would consider doing the jobs in real life of the characters they portray. Leblanc, the show’s notorious slick attorney, promptly tells the fan asking the question, “Nobody would admit that would they?” He elaborates, “I came to this (acting) late. I was going to be a doctor – a pediatrician. I would have been looking after your children!” In reality, both Christian Leblanc and Kate Linder aren’t much like their alter egos. Christian is much more relaxed and absolutely hysterical, while Kate assures Soaps.com she isn’t that much like Esther! “I can tell you this. My husband has never heard the words, dinner is served,” she says with a grin.
Again this year, the big ticket auction item was the trip for two to Los Angeles where the winners have an opportunity to visit the Y&R Genoa City set. The two willing to pay for the pleasure of walking on the set donated a combined total of $13,000 CDN. You missed the excitement this time around? Don’t worry. Kate’s vow to all her fans was, "We are never, never, never giving up and we will be having tea until they find a cure for breast cancer." This means more annual tea fundraiser events with the stars from your favorite show!
During the event, I spoke with a few of the stars you see on television, daily. In a discussion about Vancouver, Elizabeth Hendrickson said, "It’s the cleanest city I have ever been in." Ron Linder (Kate’s husband) agreed and confessed, "We love Vancouver. We love the people. If we ever had to move, this is where it would be."
The actors dished on the show a little and gave insight into a recent recast on the show. Billy Miller told me roles on Daytime soaps are largely considered to be "factory jobs" where you only get one take. "Some actors prefer to take more time." About the reasoning for Chris Engen quitting his role as Adam, Billy explained, because he felt, "I’m not doing the best that I can do so let another actor take the job."
Feel free to browse our blog from 2008 about the 10th Annual Young and The Restless Tea.
- S. Troughton