Daytime Emmy winner, Cady McClain debuts today on The Young and the Restless as Kelly Andrews replacing another Daytime Emmy winner Cynthia Watros. McClain had been quite the busy gal of late; getting married to long time love Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH), writing a memoir of the early part of her life, Murdering My Youth, and directing her first short film, Flip Fantasia!
In this new interview from TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, she speaks candidly also about what went wrong with Prospect Park’s efforts to resurrect All My Children and One Life to Live, where Cady returned to her role as Dixie of Pine Valley. Plus, being paired with former All My Children cast mate Peter Bergman as his new love interest on Y&R. Here are a few excerpts below!
Cady on the end of the online reboot of All My Children: “When you watch a beloved show come to an end and see the toll it takes on everyone with the production and the fans who have loved and supported it, it’s like the death of an entire family. The experience with Prospect Park was nightmarish and heartbreaking. I was a big supporter of the show and what they tried to do with it online, but the powers that be who held the purse strings did not have their plan in place. It was all rather sad. (Laughs) Now there is nothing to bitch about! I’m, like, ‘You people at Y&R don’t even know how bad it can get!’ Every time I drive on the lot at CBS, I say a big prayer of thanks and gratitude. I hate to say it — and I would never wish those soaps to have been cancelled ever — but the gift of that loss is that it put a hot fire under everybody’s ass.”
Cady on Y&R seemingly deciding to keep Kelly on the canvas for the purpose of being a love interest for Peter Bergman’s Jack Abbott: “Peter is an amazing actor and this is a soap opera, which is about love and romance. He needed somebody to play with and I’m thrilled to be the one. In a way, it’s very special. When you’re dancing in a couple, there’s a leader and a follower, and there’s an art to being a follower. You have to be present and open and pay attention to the cues you’re given, and I love that. That’s a big part of why I worked so well with Michael Knight on AMC — we were great dancing partners. I think the same thing is happening with Peter. He’s very responsive, as well. He catches what I throw. But it’s fine with me to let him be the lead. I have no problem with this!”
So what do you think about Cady’s comment on the All My Children reboot and how it fizzled out? Do you think Cady and Peter will make a solid on-screen pairing as Jack and Kelly? Let us know!