Watch Three Decades of Young & Restless’ Christian Jules LeBlanc as Michael Along With the Actor Himself: ‘This Is Very Moving’ — and How!
“Have I changed?” joked the Emmy winner.
In honor of his 30th anniversary as The Young and the Restless’ Michael, the CBS soap recently invited Christian Jules LeBlanc to take a stroll down Memory Lane by reviewing highlights of his “Wait, did that really happen?!?” run — and we all get to tag along.
As you’ll see in the video below, the actor first marveled at one of his earliest scenes on the show. “Hair’s so tall,” he quipped, and “there’s so much of it.”
When LeBlanc got to the scenes in which an obsessed Michael was bashing his way through the wall that separated his apartment from Christine’s, he cracked, “Oh, for Pete’s sake, it’s the longest This Old House episode ever.”
But seriously, to make the moment work, “we had [a crew member] hanging from a rafter with a camera.” Hair and makeup worked their tails off, too. “Talk about your career depending on crew. They worked so hard on this scene.
“It was just a lesson in what an ensemble is,” he added.
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From there, LeBlanc flashed-forward to the tango that preceded Michael’s proposal to Tracey E. Bregman’s Lauren. She “and I never danced together before this,” he shared. “We had tango lessons for this scene, and look at Tracey — ‘cause again, Fred Astaire was fine, but Ginger Rogers did everything he did but backwards and in high heels!
“I always maintain that to be a romantic lead,” he continued, “the woman has to sell you.” And boy, did Bregman ever sell the hell outta LeBlanc.
Watching a Michael/Kevin scene, the man of the hour recalled that when Greg Rikaart joined the show, they were in totally different storylines. “Urban legend goes that one of the writers’ daughters kept commenting how much we looked alike,” LeBlanc said. “That must have percolated, and this is what you guys got” — Michael and Kevin as brothers.
As the clips kept rolling by, LeBlanc couldn’t help but admit, wow, “this is very moving.” And it only became more so as he reached the scene in which Lauren told Michael that she was expecting. At first, it was written as the couple just being happy to be having a baby. But LeBlanc and Bregman suggested that, with their characters’ pasts with horrible parents, wouldn’t they have a little bit of trepidation, too? So ultimately, the moment was rejiggered and transformed “into a Michael and Lauren scene that really allowed us to show more of what we’d created as characters.”
Toward the end of the nostalgia trip, LeBlanc was taken aback by the emotion on display in a scene with Rikaart. “There are things I didn’t know I could do, vulnerabilities I didn’t know I’d be comfortable expressing,” he said. But the show had taught him that he could pull off pretty much anything, especially when surrounded by colleagues that he trusts and respects.
On this momentous occasion, continue your walk down Memory Lane by reviewing photos from Michael and Lauren’s unforgettable love story.
Video: YouTube/Young & Restless
<p>Lauren and Michael became involved after his younger brother, Kevin, became obsessed with her. They became lovers and once had sex in a barn.</p>
<p>Michael rented a private room in the Athletic Club and turned it into a casino for his marriage proposal. Lauren hesitated initially, but accepted.</p>
<p>Though their wedding was initially derailed when Lauren wound up in the hospital after being poisoned, they did manage to tie the knot. The romantic nuptials took place in front of family and friends.</p>
<p>Lauren and Michael wasted no time in completing their family. After their son, Fenmore, was born, Lauren and Michael began their first search for his father, River Baldwin.</p>
<p>Lauren and Michael are known for keeping the romance alive in their marriage. After their trials and tribulations, they were always happy to be back in one another’s arms.</p>
<p>After Lauren’s life with Michael and Fen was taken over by a doppelganger, she was relieved to finally be reunited with her family. Michael helped rescue her from captivity as they squared off with Sarah.</p>
<p>Michael and Lauren can often be seen at Genoa City hot spots together. They have kept the passion alive despite many setbacks.</p>
<p>Michael and Lauren celebrated their wedding anniversary with an extravagant night of romance. Michael had been made A.D.A. and Lauren brought a teenage Fen home from Toronto to surprise him.</p>
<p>Lauren’s affair with Carmine nearly ended their marriage more than once. Michael and Lauren went to therapy and somehow made it through.</p>
<p>Holidays are just one time of the year when Michael and Lauren spend time with each other. Their love is evident in the way they look at each other.</p>
<p>After learning he had prostate cancer, Michael pushed Lauren away, tried to set her up with Cane, and asked for a divorce. He came to his senses and apologized at Devon and Hilary’s wedding.</p>
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