Fan favorite, Tristan Rogers made a lot of fans happy and a lot of fans unhappy at the same time, when it came to light that the talented actor is rejoining The Young and the Restless as Colin Atkinson in early 2014, and finishing up his stint as the beloved Robert Scorpio on General Hospital.
In a new interview out now from Soap Opera Uncensored, Rogers reveals that he has signed a 12 month contract with the number one soap opera! In addition, the actors talks on reuniting with Jess Walton (Jill) and looking forward to what may go down in the Colin and Jill romance and making Colin a fully-fleshed out character in the New Year! While SOU addresses past rumors of any issue between he and current Y&R executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps (who Rogers worked under at GH for a time), Tristan also gives kudos to EP Frank Valentini and how he has resurrected GH from almost certain cancellation almost a year and half ago! Below are a few interesting excerpts from the interview on what went down behind the scenes to bring Rogers back to Genoa City!
Tristan on how it worked out for him to return to Y&R as Colin: “There was no intrigue or anything like that. My manager got a call at the end of October inquiring about my contractual obligations at GH. My manager said, ‘Well, he doesn’t have any; they’ve run out.’ They said, ‘OK, we’ll get back to you.’ I didn’t hear from them right away, but one day they called and said, ‘Guess what? You’re back on Y&R! It was that quick. It took everyone by surprise, including GH because, at that point, I hadn’t finished the shows I had agreed to film. We were supposed get those shows done by Oct. 31 but that hadn’t happened yet. I’m still working out those shows now. They added a few more, actually. I’ll be pretty much working up until the show goes dark. ”
Tristan on if he was worried he made the wrong choice by leaving GH and heading back to Y&R: “My memories of Y&R were always very positive. I was treated very well over there. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Working with Jess Walton was great. Working with the late Paul Rauch was great. Working with Daniel Goddard was great. People in my little group there were fantastic! Though, I will sorely miss working with Jeanne Cooper because we had some good stuff together. The other big issue was that Colin has no baggage. He’s a clean sheet of paper. Whereas, of course, Scorpio is nothing but baggage. As Scorpio, you’re always in competition with yourself. Therefore, playing Colin, for me, is easier because I can continue to add to him all the time. There’s nothing in his past that can restrict me in terms of, ‘Oh, you can’t do that because he did this years ago.’ There’s nothing like that on Y&R as Colin. From the perspective of me as an actor, he’s much easier to develop as a character and evolve at this point. Now, I’m not putting my character on GH, Robert Scorpio, down by any means; far from it. I have a huge investment in Robert when it comes to GH. But as a comparison in terms of my future on Y&R, well, I hear there are some interesting things planned.”
So, after reading about Tristan’s thoughts on why he decided to head to Y&R, do you think he made the right choice? Are you looking forward to seeing him reprise the role of Colin? Comment below!