Young & Restless Exclusive: Judith Chapman Opens Up About Her Emotional Detour From Gloria — Plus, the Genoa City Love Interest That Got Away… at Least So Far!
“You’ve been with everyone else… when’s it my turn?”
Judith Chapman is not The Young and the Restless’ Gloria. But the actress admits that there are certain ways in which the line between the two of them blurs. “A lot of her sassiness is me,” she tells Soaps.com. “I’m a total smart aleck. There’s a fair amount of Gloria in me, and I’ve injected that into her until we’re a bit of a composite. I’m still trying to figure out what I am!”
There are, however, definite differences between the two. “For one thing,” the soap vet says with a laugh, “anyone who knows me knows that I don’t want to wear clothes that are as tight as what she favors!”
One benefit of the symbiotic relationship that exists between the two women? “Gloria is braver than I am sometimes. I learned through her to be less fearful. I’m not really a scaredy-cat,” says Chapman, “but playing her has helped to evolve my own inner strength. I won’t put up with garbage from anybody!”
Unlike Gloria, who tends to keep her softer side under wraps, her portrayer has a huge heart that she couldn’t hide if she wanted to. Her empathy comes shining through as she discusses The Guys, a play she first did nearly two decades ago which will return for a limited run on September 11 and 12 at the Palm Canyon Theater in Palm Springs, Calif.
“It’s a sweet, dear tearjerker but filled with joy and peace, celebrating the lives of the first responders who gave their lives on 9/11,” she shares. In the two-person show, Chapman plays Joan, an editor helping a New York City fire chief write the eulogies for eight firefighters who died under his command on that tragic day.
“She helps him to find the words, because as he explains, ‘I’m not a writer on the best of days,'” she elaborates. “I had friends ask if they were going to cry through the whole thing, and I said, ‘Yes, but they will be tears of both sadness and joy, because it so honors these ordinary men who rose to the challenge during these extraordinary circumstances.”
In an unusual move, Chapman and co-star Michael Pacas will do a special presentation of The Guys for a group of grade-schoolers who weren’t yet born when the events around which the play revolves took place. “I don’t know if they’ll get it, or if they’ll truly understand, but I think it’s important,” she says.
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Meanwhile, the natural born scene stealer continues to embrace every opportunity she’s given to spend time in Genoa City. “I love Gloria,” she enthuses. “She’s such a well-defined character. She came from nothing and would do absolutely anything to make sure she doesn’t go backwards. She’s like Sisyphus pushing that rock up the hill again and again. She may be pushed five steps back, but she’s going to then move forward five and a half steps!”
And although Gloria’s not had much of a personal life of late, that doesn’t mean she — or Chapman — is ready to give up on love. In surveying the locals, we immediately thought of one man who might be up to the challenge of handling a woman like Gloria… and her portrayer agreed.
“I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone up to Eric Braeden, whom I adore, and said, ‘Come on, Victor, you’ve been with everyone else. When’s it my turn?'” she laughs. “I have a huge soft spot in my heart for Eric. It would be fabulous to work with him.”
<p>Gloria can be a huge pain when she comes barreling back into her sons’ lives, but Michael and Kevin both love her and look out for her. Lauren loves Gloria too, but wasn’t a fan of her living with them for long.</p>
<p>Gloria truly fell in love with John Abbott, and it sure didn’t hurt that he was loaded. Gloria took to being a rich man’s wife like a duck to water.</p>
<p>Gloria did battle with John’s children, especially Jack and Ashley, often. After Gloria made the painful decision to remove John from life support after he suffered a stroke in prison, she continued to fight the Abbott siblings following his death.</p>
<p>Gloria butted heads with Jill Foster Abbott many times. She proved herself to be a formidable opponent when the women competed to win D.A. William Bardwell by scheming for William to catch Jill having sex with businessman Ji Min. Gloria later went on to marry Bardwell’s twin, Jeffrey, who was revealed to be Chelsea’s biological father.</p>
<p>Gloria employed many plots and schemes over the years to get what she wanted. She was behind Jabot’s tainted face cream and certainly wasn’t averse to drugging someone’s drink.</p>
<p>Gloria loves to flirt, especially with powerful business types. In this instance, she took time out to bat her eyes at Benjamin Hochman in the Athletic Club sauna.</p>
<p>As we mentioned, Gloria is a meddler of the highest order when it comes to her sons and their lives, but she’s also incredibly supportive of her boys when it counts. Gloria was there for Kevin when Chloe fled their wedding.</p>
<p>Gloria took her position at Jabot very seriously and became increasingly protective of her boss, Jack. It was truly unexpected when the pair started hooking up at the Athletic Club behind closed doors.</p>
<p>After a period of time away from Genoa City, Gloria returned with a flashdrive containing blackmail evidence on Newman Enterprises, but Kevin intervened to diffuse the situation. Gloria lobbied Lauren for a job and became an assistant, but later convinced her daughter-in-law to give her a shot running JCV. Wildly successful in her new position, Glo found herself doling out some sage advice to Chloe and Chelsea when they went through a rough patch as a team.</p>
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