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13 September 18th, 2016 Y&R’s Daniel Goddard Video Interview: The Life & Times Of Cane Ashby!

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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!

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  1. Michael says:

    Thank you for the interview! Daniel is the Best!

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    Cindy (@cindy_cameron) replied

    I agree, thank you, Michael – awesome interview.

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  2. SZima says:

    I want to like this guy, but he’s just not working for me. I think Cane and Lilly are two of the most boring characters…together…on daytime. DG is much better when he’s not paired with Christel Khalil.
    He must think so too? I don’t think he mentioned her once in this article.

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    Cindy (@cindy_cameron) replied

    They aren’t boring to me. I wish they could be on more, and given an actual storyline to give their loyal fans something to watch on Y&R. Personally, I don’t watch unless they are on, and even then my patience is tested because they are always propping the succubus that Devon married.

    Cane and Lily deserve the airtime of the rest of the cast – I resent the way they are treated.

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  3. Travis Thomas says:

    This character needs to be retired. I’m mean after the Phillip reveal he’s never been able to carry a SL. He seems like a really nice guy, but even in his own SL he was upstaged by his on screen parents. I ffwd all Lily/Cane scenes because they are so gooey sweet & not in a good way. Other than telling lies, he’s never done anything canvas worthy. And I truly do believe every regime has tried to find a place for this character. And still wondering what qualifies him for all these corporate jobs they keep giving him. Also, without Jill propping him up this character would be even more useless. But I’m truly so happy that Jill has finally been given screen time with her REAL son vs the con man. Those scenes with Jill/Billy were layered with so much history, and both actors were incredible.

    Has ANY Cane scene ever truly emotionally resonated with you guys? Just wondering, cause he does have a fan base.

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    Michael replied

    I strongly disagree with you. No regime since MAB wanted to write for Cane, he’s an amazing actor who got backboned for almost a decade and never gets a chance to show his acting abilities. He got by far the worst ‘stories’ with Cane’s lying, keeping secrets (with very little screen time) but he’s still one of the most popular characters on the show besides that all they ever write is his wife cheating on him. Cane’s writing was good when he started on the show.
    You might like the Jill and Billy scenes but what I do know is that most of the viewers are fed up with the the way she acts and already want her gone

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    Michael replied

    +backburned (autocorrect)

    Cindy (@cindy_cameron) replied

    The character of Cane certainly resonates with me. Other than his fabulous chemistry with Lily, Cane and Jill’s chemistry has always been better than Jill and Billy’s. Cane appreciates Jill and accepts her for who she is. Billy is simply a big entitled angry baby that will not accept the fact that Jill made mistakes but she loves him regardless of his faults – it’s called growing up. I am so glad that Cane is given the opportunity to have a s/l that doesn’t involve propping Devon and that vicious manipulator he married. Now if only Lily could step out of their shadow as well. I would love to see Mr. and Mrs. Ashby have separate but equal storylines that will allow them to have individual lives but strengthen their relationship. I love them and want them to be front and center for once.

    Did that answer your question?

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    Travis Thomas replied

    @Michael. You bring up a great point about no one writing for him. Thats why I was saying that after the Phillip reveal the character has been useless, not the actor. But part of the problem is that outside of Lily the character has never been fleshed out or had a life outside of Lily. Im not a fan of them together personally, but thats just me also preferring LIly #2 over CK. But hey everyone has a fan base.

    But I will say the one time I actually started to get into Cane was during the period that GF was playing his mom, because there was such a wealth of SL potential, but then GF left the moment JFP came onboard because of their toxic history. He finally was getting some material because all of her sneakiness, and then it was all dropped.

    Also because of the wonderful relationship Billy/Jill had from his teen years, it was always frustrating that they only wrote them together as if Billy didnt exist. I guess at the end of the day this show just hasnt had any true balance and familiar ties. And maybe thats why the character has never resonated with me, because he’s never been given anything to resonate about.

    @Cindy I know we disagree about CK, but maybe she’s my problem with the Lily/Cane pairing because I personally find them dull. So hopefully now that Sally is coming aboard they will get some attention to right some wrongs.

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  4. Michael A Finney says:

    I really honestly wish that TPTB at #YR back when he was initially fired and let go had stuck to their guns. I d think that Cane is boring as hell! Cane can fall off of a cliff and never come back aka Drucilla for all I care.

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    Cindy (@cindy_cameron) replied

    Fortunately, not everyone share your opinion. I love the character. He is honorable, loyal, protective. The mistakes he made were for the right reasons, they were never self serving or for nefarious purposes.

    He and Lily are my favorite characters on the show, and I wish Daniel and Christel will finally get the opportunity to spread their wings on this show for once. I hate that he has to compete for a position that Billy and Victoria had to be begged to accept.

    I think Cane and Lily are much better than the disparate treatment the receive. Their organic chemistry is off the charts, and their huge fan base are often disgusted about the fact that they are unfairly slighted so often.

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    Cindy (@cindy_cameron) replied

    Oops, posted the rough draft, below is the edited version:

    Fortunately, not everyone shares your opinion. I love the character. He is honorable, loyal, and protective. The mistakes he made were for the right reasons, they were never self-serving or for nefarious reasons.

    He and Lily are my favorite characters on the show, and I hope Daniel and Christel will finally get the opportunity to spread their wings for once. I hate that he has to compete for a position that Billy and Victoria had to be begged to accept, and I hope he pulls the rug from under all of them professionally, not sneaky and smarmy. Or better yet, start a company to compete with Brash & Sassy.

    I think Cane and Lily deserve much better than the disparate treatment they receive. Their organic chemistry is off the charts, and their huge fan base is often disgusted about the fact that they are unfairly slighted so often.

  5. Eva says:

    People still mad bout Cane ressurrection ??? LMAO !! please get a life…. I love DG as Cane. He needs a good storyline. He did a great job on the ghost/twintig storyline…and with CK he got the best of them all…. I’m happy to see writers care enough about the fans to keep this couple together….they have a HUGE fanbase..

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