He’s a three-time Daytime Emmy winner and one of the enduring cast members of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. During his run, he has given viewers complex dramatic performance after performance as Michael Baldwin, and he his beloved by the fan base of the top-rated show. Of course, we are talking about Christian LeBlanc.
On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman chatted with Christian at the recent Y&R 11,000th episode on set celebration at CBS Television City, where we asked him about his favorite moments over the years as Mr. Baldwin, working in story with the exited Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam Newman, now Kevin, This Is Us) and his thoughts on his former co-stars success, and more.
When talking about his favorite moments during his time at Y&R, Christian pointed to his scenes with his on-screen brother Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher) that have been pivotal for him: “I loved Greg watching into Michael’s office, and what a gift. They don’t have to bring in super-talented people to be your family, and I have super-talented people in my on-screen family. As they layered each one on, it became better, and better, and better. But I will say, Greg through that whole storyline about prison and the hospital … and we both won Emmys that year for the work, and I can tell you, I am very proud of that. I learned through that experience that I could do things, that I did not know I could do before. I was asked to do a lot of stuff, and it was some heavy lifting, and it made me very nervous. Having Greg on the other side of it helped immensely. He made those scenes. But any job that can challenge you in a good way is great, and they did the same thing for me with Michael’s prostate cancer storyline – and with the breakup between Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) and Michael. That was stuff I had never done, either. In my whole career, I have never been the cuckolded husband. But again, I have Tracey and Judith Chapman (Gloria), and Jess Walton (Jill), and Max Ehrich (Fen), too. They have given me amazing people to work with, much less this cast!”
Viewers recently saw Michael and Adam in key scenes when he was representing him in his trial, thus giving two soap giants such as LeBlanc and Hartley screen time together. Christian says it was all that and more and gave major kudos to Hartley: “We got a lot of positive feedback from our scenes! I was suprised how well we worked together right-away. Justin was so generous, and there was no ego about him. And to be someone who has done so much, and is as experienced as he is – to have come from where he did, he had every right to expect a lot of things. But Justin was so humble, and so great as a person to be in a scene with, because he was a worker. He wanted it great and he was passionate about all those things, and you don’t see that when Justin walks in the door, because that is not the first card he plays. He’s not like me! He’s not vomiting all the information on people like I do! (Laughs) Justin actually thinks before he speaks! (Laughs) I will tell you that Justin has a permanent fan in me. I really, really enjoyed our scenes and I will miss Justin. His new show This Is Us looks amazing!”
Watch Christian’s interview below! Then let us know what you thought of his scenes with Greg Rikaart and Justin Hartley? What storyline do you hope the new Y&R writing team has in store for this talented actor? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!