Recently, daytime soap fans learned the news that Matthew Atkinson had been cast in the recurring role of Austin on the number one soap, The Young and the Restless! The handsome young actor who has appeared in everything from One Tree Hill to Drop Dead Diva, to Jane by Design and more, is gearing up for what appears to be a role that is clearly more than meets the eye! Look for Matthew’s Genoa City debut next Thursday on the April 17th episode!
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Matthew during the recent Y&R 41st anniversary on set celebration to get a preview of just what his character could be all about, because there must be a reason that Austin will be the cameraman for Avery’s cooking show, right? And, who might this guy be romantically linked with?
And as previewed in the latest issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on newsstands now, a comment pops up online about Avery’s cooking show video which expresses excitement from someone wanting to see more of her as a celebrity chef. Is this a true superfan? Or, someone she knows … possibly the evil Ian Ward (Dylan’s bio dad)) who want to cause trouble for the duo?
But now with that being said, how does Austin figure into all of this? Hmmm. Here now is our “quickie” chat with Matthew, where he gives us a little tease of what to be on the lookout for upon his debut!
So you are Austin the cameraman for Avery’s new cooking show, but there has GOT to be more to it! What can you tell?
MATT: I am the cameraman for Avery’s cooking show, and that is kind of how it starts. I just kind of show up! (Laughs) I think there are reasons that I end up on that specific set that maybe I control a little bit. So for now, I am just the cameraman that just shows up at the right place at the right time. I kind of have a tortured past and some major history, and I kind of bond with Avery’s niece, Summer played by Hunter King!
So, there could be romance here in the future for Austin and Summer?
MATT: Well, we will see if that happens! Not 100% sure on everything, but I remember meeting with everyone at Y&R about the character and I am really intrigued to play him. He has a rough history. I think when everyone finds out what happened to him in the past; it’s going to make him a much more interesting character.
You are very familiar to fans of ABC Family, and other primetime shows you have been on. Do you see the role of Austin being a departure for you based on your other roles?
MATT: I did a series for one season on ABC Family, Jane by Design, which was a lot of fun. Then, I got to really switch it up this last year and play a different character when I was on NBC’s Parenthood playing a rocker … a drummer in a rock band Now this guy Austin who is the cameraman, he is much more of a tortured guy. So, I have been very fortunate to have these very different kinds of roles.
How has it been to work with Jessica Collins (Avery) and Steve Burton (Dylan)?
MATT: I remember the first day I was here at Y&R. I was watching the TV monitor in the dressing room of the taping. Steve Burton did a ten minute scene that was phenomenal! I feel like I have a lot to live up too! There are a lot of great actors on this show, and Jessica is amazing.
You seem to have gotten a lot of new Twitter followers since it was announced you were joining Y&R! How has it been communicating with the passionate fans of the daytime soaps?
MATT: There has been such an outpouring of support and love since I got cast on Y&R. It’s been overwhelming.
Had you known Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, previously?
MATT: Jill and I have known each other in passing for over a year now. And finally, we were able to make this kind of happen and get me on Y&R. She is so sweet, and such a kind person with a big heart. Actually, every experience I have had with her or anyone on the set has been very positive.
OK Y&R fans, What do you think could be the tortured past that Matthew is alluding to about Austin? Could Austin be on the set to sabotage Avery’s cooking show? Will he fall for Summer? Or, could he be working for Ian? Or, is something else going on? And, are you excited to see Matthew on the show? Share your comments below!