The Young and the Restless Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) opened up to Ryan White-Nobles of TV Source in an interview surrounding her sentiments on the controversial death of Delia storyline that has many Y&R fans disgruntled, but has given meaty material to the actors involved in the story, and thus to the audience some powerful performances.
Hendrickson addresses how she prepared for the scenes in which Chloe found out about Delia’s hit and run accident that claimed her life, working with Y&R’s executive producer Jill Farren Phelps during key scenes, (who has taken much heat for this storyline), and addresses the audiences reaction to the unfolding events on-screen. Here are a few excerpts below!
Elizabeth on the audience reaction to the death of Delia and losing Sophie Pollono (Delia) from the cast: “I felt really bad because when I first heard about the storyline as I said, I was excited to have this great emotional stuff and then to hear all the fans be so upset about it, I felt almost insensitive to the fact that I didn’t really think about how it was going to affect our audience. I think that, obviously, everyone has the fight to how they feel. No one wants to see a child die. But I think that after everyone has seen everyone’s performances, I feel like the blow isn’t as hard because now they can just, you know – at the end of the day we’re just telling a story. I hate that it’s a heart wrenching story, but thankfully this is not real life. (Laughs) She didn’t really die, she’s living a great life. She’s back in school, she’s an amazing actress and she’s going to have an awesome career.”
Elizabeth on working with executive producer Jill Farren Phelps in this storyline: ” Through this storyline, I can’t remember the last time that I’ve seen an executive producer be there every second, every minute. While they did the remote out in Griffith Park, I know that she was there until 5 o’clock in the morning. And that’s what it should always be like. She obviously cares very much and her coming into – I always think it’s difficult when they’re walking into a company and everyone’s kind of freaked out when anyone comes in because “What are they gonna change and what are they going to take over” and I’ve got to say that I think the show is the strongest it’s been since I’ve been there.”
Elizabeth on prepping for the huge emotional moment when Chloe finds out Delia has died: “Billy Miller came over the day before and we talked about it. And when it really came down to the day of and preparing myself, I locked myself in my dressing room for six hours because they were running kind of late, so I had a lot of time to just sit there and be somber. And that went along with depressing music.”
Elizabeth on Jill Phelps pulling her back during her take during the scene between Chloe and Kevin after Chloe realizes Delia is dead and tries to process it: “I remember Jill, in the scene with Kevin and Chloe where she’s talking about not being able to hear her voice or see her, we had to do that a couple of times because Jill just came out and said, ‘I can’t have this. The viewers won’t be able to watch anymore.’ (Laughs) To me I just thought ‘well she just lost her child! I’m going to the very depths of my soul and reaching everywhere I possibly could.’ [Laughs] But watching the show in its entirety, I do understand what she was saying.”
So Y&R fans, what do you think about Elizabeth’s comments on the controversial storyline? What have you thoughts of Hendrickson’s performances? Comment below!