In his first interview since taking over the role of Billy Abbott, for the second time in his career, Daytime Emmy winner David Tom spoke with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, about the upcoming “Billy” switch which has Tom replacing fan favorite and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller on the upcoming February 3rd episode of the number one soap opera!
As fans know, Miller opted to leave and not re-sign a new contract, and so Y&R chose to recast with none other than Mr. Tom! During his chat with TVG, David spoke of all of Billy Abbott’s hot story points that he is inheriting!
Chief among them, that Billy has closed in on Adam (Michael Muhney) for killing Delia and the extramarital fling Billy had with Kelly (Cynthia Watros). Plus, David reveals just how he ended up reclaiming the plum role! Here are a few excerpts below!
David on if Victoria (Amelia Heinle) will soon find out Billy had grief sex Kelly, and what that will do to their marriage … and if the audience should go easy on Billy for hitting the sheets with another woman: “They don’t call it daytime drama for nothing! It would be a mistake for me to take a step back and try to judge my character — I don’t think you can’t play him well if you do that — so I guess that’s up to the viewers to decide. But I will say that something very big is going to happen with this. A fuse has been lit and it’s getting closer and closer to an explosion.”
David on if he auditioned for the role of Billy, even though he played it before: “Actually, yes! But I was fine with that. I was in New York when they were holding auditions, so I put myself on tape and sent it in. The Billy recast was supposed to be a secret so they first told me I was auditioning for Paul’s son. I said, ‘Won’t that be kinda odd for me to come back to the show as someone different? And they were, like, ‘Naaah…don’t worry about it!’ (Laughs) Now we know why. They finally told me what was really going on the day before my screen test because they had to — it was a scene with Billy and Victoria talking about Delia.”
So, are you looking forward to seeing the story of Billy Abbott continue on Y&R in the very capable hands of David Tom? What do you think will happen when Victoria finds out that Billy slept with Kelly? What do you think will go down after Billy feels he has closure finding Delia’s killer in Adam? Is Adam the true killer, though? Weigh-in!