CBS Daytime soap fans keep a keen eye in the coming weeks on Rick Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful! And while things are heating up for him at Forrester Creations, his portrayer Daytime Emmy winner, Jacob Young chatted with On-Air On-Soaps about his current status with B&B, after all the headlines that Prospect Park revitalized their efforts and will soon launch All My Children 2.0!
As soap fans know, while Young has played Lucky Spencer on General Hospital, Rick on B&B, he is most identifiable for his performances as the troubled son of Adam Chandler, JR on All My Children! And, in the final episode of ABC’s version of the iconic soap, JR with gun in hand … shot at someone! It appeared to be Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci), or did the distraught Chandler possibly turn the gun on himself? Or, did it simply misfire?
When we caught up with Jacob, he filled us in on his future with The Bold and the Beautiful and if there was any way we might see him return as Pine Valley’s bad boy, JR! Here is what he had to say below!
Jacob on his thoughts on AMC finally moving online, how he feels about it, and his status with B&B: “I am happy for them. A lot of the people that I worked with have signed on and they will have a shot at it again and have a job. I hope that it gets on its feet and starts growing. Obviously, I am here on The Bold and the Beautiful which is probably the best job to have, and best place to be at on daytime. It is a fantastic place to work. I could not be more thrilled. As a man, and as a person with integrity and honor, I do in the back of my mind feel the need to express to Brad Bell, and to the producers of AMC, to give them an explanation as to why I can’t do it. Obviously, I am under contract. I cannot lie, Prospect Park did come to me and they said, ‘Jacob, obviously you are under contract, but where would we be if we weren’t asking you to come over?’ I said, ‘I understand. If there was anything I could do, and if it was in my power, I would absolutely, but ultimately I am here at B&B.’ It’s not my way to rock the boat. I am very lucky to be surviving in this industry, and be airing on television.”
Jacob on what he thinks will happen to the character of JR post-ABC cliffhanger, and what he has heard in terms of a recast for the role: “From what I understand, they are going to be moving the show forward a year, so they can get past that point. They told me every time they try to write the story, JR obviously would come into the picture. They also told me whether I could, or could not do AMC; they were going to continue on with the character regardless. I said, ‘I understand.’ But then I had a couple of friends tell me that they are up for the role of JR! They called and said, ‘Hey dude, I am up for your role!’ And I would go, ‘Yeah? Good.’ If it means another one of my fellow actors I know gets the job, than I am very happy for them. It’s a special character and always will be.”
So soapers, since Jacob will not be part of the AMC reboot, who would you suggest to the casting director to play JR Chandler? Are you disappointed Jacob cannot join AMC? Are you enjoying him as Rick on The Bold and the Beautiful? Let us know!