Daniel Goddard has had such an interesting run as Cane Ashby on The Young and the Restless. It’s had its moments behind the scenes, and quite the complex character history in front of the screen! Throughout it all, one thing can be said, Goddard remains a steadfast fan favorite with the top-rated soap.
On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman caught up with Daniel during Y&R’s 11,000th episode on set celebration at CBS Television City, where they bantered about the twists and turns of Cane, and the reigniting of the Billy and Cane feud now that Jason Thompson (Billy) has taken over the role.
When discussing the history of Cane (remember when he came to town believed-to-be Phillip Chancellor III?), Daniel expressed: “People ask me, ‘Tell me about your character?’ How do I tell them about this character? It’s not like Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow): ‘I’m rich, Victor’s my dad, and I’m with chicks.” (Laughs) You know what I mean? How do you explain Cane? It sounds like a soap opera! And people would say to me, ‘I bet one day you are going to get an evil twin!’ And I say, ‘Funny, you should say that!”‘
And let’s not forget that historic fan protest over Daniel originally being let-go from the show … when an airplane flew over CBS! Goddard recalls, “That was insane, but that was the fans! That was a huge moment, and it made me realize every day we do this job, we don’t realize the impact we have with the viewers at home. Then you see something like that (the plane), and you realize that all this work that we do, and everything we do, means so much to people. So, when the viewers did that … it was so amazing.”
Now in story, Cane and Billy are once again rivals, but made to work together by Jill! Goddard shared his thoughts on working with Jason Thompson: “Jason’s great. I was really excited to hear that they were going to do the Cane and Billy thing again. It had been six years, and it was one of those moments (and I hadn’t worked with Jason yet, but I had seen his work on GH), when I realized that he has a really different take on Billy. And his take on Billy is not the goofy guy who keeps messing up. He’s the guy that looks like he actually enjoys messing up, and if people don’t like it, it’s their problem. In other words, “This is me, and if you don’t like it, that’s your problem.” Jason’s owned the role. So, to have Cane and Billy back in the same storyline is great. Jason and I have a real good work flow when we do scenes together, and Jess Walton is in the storyline, and Amelia Heinle (Victoria) is in the storyline. The cute thing with the quadrangle is … Jess is really now Cane’s stepmom, because she is married to Cane’s dad, Colin (Tristan Rogers) Then Colin is really Billy’s stepdad, so Billy is now Cane’s step-brother! It’s great. We never really had that going on before.”
Watch Daniel’s interview below! Then let us know, what has been your favorite character moment in Cane’s character history? What do you hope goes down between Billy and Cane? Do you want them to be adversaries or work for the common good? Comment below!