This Friday, Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros returns to daytime on the number one soap, The Young and the Restless in a guest star story arc that hopefully will end up being much longer than anticipated! As soap fans know, Cynthia captivated audiences with her portrayal of Annie Dutton on Guiding Light! In fact, Watros collected the gold for her performances as a woman completely unhinged in her vendetta against Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) and that’s putting it mildly! Remember, the dead fetus?
Now collaborating once again with Y&R’s executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps, Watros is excited about her new daytime role as Kelly, a woman mourning the loss of her son who crosses path with Billy (Billy Miller) in a support group for grieving parents. Billy is trying to come to terms with the loss of his little girl, Delia. The question is, will Kelly turn out to be psycho just like Annie Dutton was in Springfield? Nobody plays that type of gal better!
On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Watros to give us a small preview of why she took the role, what we can expect, and what about all the original rumors swirling about that she was a possible replacement for Michelle Stafford in the role of Phyllis? Below are excerpts from our conversation!
Cynthia on if she was aware of how much the fans were ecstatic upon hearing she was returning to daytime, and how unforgettable Annie Dutton was to the Guiding Light audience: “I haven’t gone on any websites or anything, but I am so thrilled that they remember Annie, and that they loved her as much as I did. I loved playing her and loved Guiding Light and my whole experience there. I am so glad they remember me and Annie with fondness. That makes me really happy! I hope with Kelly, I can dive into some issues where I can have some fun like I did with Annie.”
Cynthia on why she is so good at playing twisted women like Annie: ” I like playing psychos, but Annie wasn’t just crazy, and people could relate to her. She didn’t want to be crazy. She was a woman struggling with all these emotions: fear, sadness, anxiety, and all these things. She wanted love, and we all just want love.“
Cynthia on her take on the role of Kelly: “She is a grieving mother who lost her son and she is in this supportive, grieving group where she meets Billy. She is taking a little hiatus from her teaching job because of losing her son. I think she’s just a woman trying to get back to some normalcy in her life.”
Cynthia on meeting and working with Billy Miller: “He’s so gracious and lovely and welcoming to me, which is nice when you enter into something like this. I kept getting lost at CBS while trying to find my way around to the dressing rooms and stuff, and Billy was very sweet to me. He goes, ‘Can I help you?’ I think I know my way now, but he’s lovely and he’s so good … and it’s so fun to act with him.”
Cynthia on what Y&R would have to do to entice her to stay longer than her current stint: “I told Jill Farren Phelps, that as long as she wants me and we can work around each other’s schedules, I would be happy to do whatever I can for the soap and be there as much as I can. I would love to work with her and the soap. I love playing all kinds of characters. If Kelly turns out to have hidden characteristics, I’d love to explore them!”
Cynthia on what is it about working with Jill Farren Phelps that makes her want to collaborate with the EP again in her acting career: ” She’s a perfect combination of someone who knows what she’s doing, and she’s a strong woman. She’s been working in this field for a very long time, and she’s welcoming and warm. I think when I came on to Guiding Light I was such a newbie and so inexperienced. Jill just carried me through my first year and showed me the ropes and was very gentle. I have a very warm spot for her.”
Cynthia on the speculation that she was originally set to replace Michelle Stafford as Phyllis: “I think that is a subject I can’t really comment on … but, it’s interesting.”
Cynthia on why she decided to create a web series, Cynthia Watros Gets Lost based on the trials and tribulations of her life. The series ended up being phenomenal! “That was just a fun little thing that I did just to make fun of myself. I love comedy and it was easy to do, and on the web, you can do something in one afternoon and then post it and it’s so much fun to do. So those were just fun little shows that I put on when I had a little bit of down time.”
So, are you excited about this Friday when Cynthia Watros debuts on Y&R? Do you think Kelly and Billy Abbott will have an affair? Do you hope Cynthia stays longer on Y&R? Did you watch Cynthia as Annie on Guiding Light? What do you think about the rumors of Cynthia replacing Michelle Stafford as Phyllis? So many questions to be answered! Comment below!