The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) while in the middle of major Newman drama on the CBS daytime drama series, can also be seen in a new movie which debuted this week on DVD and On Demand … Golden Shoes. The film from Anchor Bay Entertainment is a feel good story soccer tale which truly illustrates, “The greatest goal is believing!”
In Golden Shoes, Morrow plays a young father missing in action in the war in Afghanistan who longs to be reunited with his family. His young son Christian played by Christian Koza aspires to be a world class soccer player, but suffers intense bullying at school. When things get even bleaker, he turns to some very special shoes that help reunite his family and an entire nation!
Meanwhile on Y&R, Nick just learned the shocking truth that Gabriel Bingham is his brother Adam Newman (Justin Hartley) back-from-the-dead! And that the woman he loves, and the mother of “his” child, knew about it for over a year, and said nothing! Now with bombshells dropping all around him, and determined to help his father Victor (Eric Braeden) stave off the effects of the Paragon Project virus unleashed to destroy the family empire, Nick is back in action in the corporate world. But what will he do, if and when he finds out his new little boy who is fighting for his life is actually not his bio-child, but his deceitful brother, Adam’s?
On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Joshua to get some insight into what to look for in his new film, and his thoughts on the hot plots airing this week on Y&R!
In Golden Shoes you play George Larou who is deployed to Afghanistan, and his eight-year-old son tries to cope with his father being away, and his mother is being hospitalized. The young boy turns to playing soccer to cope, something he has dreamed about doing like his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo!
JOSHUA: Yes, but when my character goes to Afghanistan, Christian is not doing great. He is struggling, and he is lonely, and trying to figure out his way. Then he finds these golden shoes that essentially make him amazing in soccer, but essentially the soccer was in him the whole time.
And throughout Golden Shoes is George trying to get home to his family and his son who misses him so badly?
JOSHUA: My character is deployed and pinned in, and is pinned down in this bunker and trying to find my way out of it The whole time George just wants to get back to his family, and essentially, I am able to get out of there and get home.
Eric Roberts is also featured in this film. This is the second opportunity you have had to work with him, since Eric did appear on Y&R for awhile!
JOSHUA: Yes, what a great guy. I got the opportunity to do some courtroom scenes when he was on Y&R playing Vance, and at that time he had never done a soap in a very long very time (Roberts was on Another World early in his career). I did not have to give him any tips, of course. (Laughs) Eric is a wily veteran, and was so good. When we were working on the movie it was cool to reminisce with him about his time at Y&R. I loved working with him. I think we had a really strong cast in this movie!
The film has a very strong cast in it including: Vivica A. Fox, John Wesley Shipp, John Rys Davies, Dina Mayer, and even Montel Williams! What was it like to go off and film this, because we know you love your day job in Genoa City?
JOSHUA: I enjoyed doing it, and any chance I get to go off and do something like that it’s really fun. I think we made this movie closer to three years ago, but now it’s finally out, and it’s a good little kid’s movie. My sons enjoyed it. It’s about sports, and it has a good message to it about dreaming and never giving up. I actually took my sons with me when I filmed the movie, and they got to play extras as soccer players in it. They were really excited to be a part of this movie and my dad came as well. It was actually a great week. We shot it in Michigan and the weather was amazing. It was a really cool experience to share with my sons and my dad.
I have to say this week’s episodes of Y&R which featured the Adam Reveal have been absolutely phenomenal. What did you think about how it all unfolded?
JOSHUA: It’s been great, and they have been hanging on to that story for awhile, and Justin Hartley has been doing such an amazing job as Adam. It just showed the ability of our cast and it was really, really a great story to tell. I thought they did it perfectly. I was very proud of the performances.
I also thought the scene between Nick and Sage (Kelly Sullivan), when Victoria (Amelia Heinle) pulls the rug out from under Sage, was great. Sage basically admits her part in the Adam/Gabriel Bingham deception, and then when Nick doubts that the baby is his, she says, basically whatever the case, she has having a Newman baby. Does Nick truly believe it is his biological child?
JOSHUA: I don’t know, but I think due to the fact that she has been so dishonest with him, there is a question. But I do believe in Nick’s heart, he thinks the baby is his. Sage says to him, “You know whose baby this is.” It was such a beautiful line and well-delivered by Kelly. I don’t think Nick fully believes it’s not his.
So does this mean … Nick will be a doofus again? (Laughs)
JOSHUA: Well, it’s his comfort zone! (Laughs)
Another great moment came in a scene between you and Eric Braeden (Victor) when Victor comes to the Underground for a drink post the Adam reveal, and the two of them commiserate as they clink glasses. Nick then says something along the lines of: “We’re Newmans. Adam doesn’t deserve the name.” What is it like working with Eric in those scenes which illustrates the dynamic of their father and son?
JOSHUA: I love that the show tells the story about Nick wanting to be his own man, and to be away from his father and live his life on his own terms. However, I think Y&R is at its best when it shows the Newmans rallying around each other, and closing the ranks, and realizing that they are big targets. People are always out to get them. Nick is always looking for his dad’s approval despite what he feels and projects to everyone. When those two come together, it’s just great television. I thought the scenes were perfectly written, especially when they show the true father/son relationship.
It’s a great relationship, because when the chips are down, these Newman men are there for each other!
JOSHUA: That’s the way it is always is. They are two different dudes, and Nick tries to carve his own way, but I love when they band together … and have to fight together.
Now Sage had the baby, Adam delivered it, and it’s a boy! Nick is always finding himself embroiled in a paternity pickle! (Laughs)
JOSHUA: His kids are always in peril. I have always said the most unsafe job in daytime is to be one of my children! (Laughs) You just never know what’s going to happen to you, but you will see. Fans should continue to check it out, it is a great story. I think they outline it perfectly for the viewers. I can promise you it’s going to be really, really great television for the next month. We are shooting stuff now that will knock your socks off!
Will Adam and Nick come to blows over Sage, the baby, and his duplicity at some point?
JOSHUA: We will see! Looks like everyone in town has taken a couple of shots at Adam, and Nick truly despises his brother. It is one of my most favorite relationships on the show. So if that’s the way they want to go with it, I look forward to it. It’s an interesting relationship, so I look forward to seeing where they go from here.
Kelly Sullivan got to step up to the plate this week, and had some meaty material to play. Her performance was spot on! What can you say about working with Kelly?
JOSHUA: Kelly is phenomenal. I absolutely love working with her. She has a great sense of humor and attitude about being on this job. She’s extremely professional, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She’s a great, great woman and an awesome actress. She is doing stuff in the next couple of weeks that has not aired yet that is just insane. So, the viewers are going to get quite a healthy dose of Kelly Sullivan. I guarantee they will enjoy it!
Will you be checking out Joshua’s new famiuly film, Golden Shoes with its inspirational message? What do you think about the drama this week on Y&R between Nick and Sage, and Nick and Adam? What do you think about the latest paternity pickle with the newest Newman boy? Share your thoughts below, but first check out the official trailer to Golden Shoes!