Recently on The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden (Victor) illustrated to all of us why he is still one of daytime’s greatest icons. Braeden is able to balance the strength and determination and treachery of Victor Newman and juxtapose it against his heartfelt love for his family and his deep emotional ties with them. Never was that more apparent than in the complex final scenes between Braeden and the exited Justin Hartley as Adam Newman. In those scenes, centered around the recent 11,000 episode of the top-rated soap, Victor and Adam share a gut-wrenching emotional farewell.
On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Eric Braeden at last week’s Y&R 11,ooo episode on set celebraton at CBS Television City where he chatted about Hartley, and Eric’s admiration for the cast, the writers, and you, the loyal fans, of the 43-year-old series.
On his final scenes with Justin Hartley, Braeden related: “Justin Hartley is a wonderful actor to work with. I miss working with him and the show will miss him. He’s a man’s man, and a damn good actor. Those were heartfelt scenes, primarily in lieu of the fact that Victor and Adam had a critical relationship before … never a good one, and often misinterpreted by the audience. It was a wonderful storyline, and it was heartbreaking.”
As for the writers who continually have to juggle multiple storylines and so many characters, Eric expresed: “I have a deep, deep admiration for writers, to come up with this stuff every day, year end and year out, and for over 25 characters. It is extraordinary. I don’t know how they do it.”
In addition, Eric has been teamed with Elizabeth Hendrickson as Chloe sought her revenge against Adam and teamed with Victor originally to do it. Eric on working with her shared, “Elizabeth is wonderful, and so is Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), and so is Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), and Melissa Ordway (Abby) and I adore working with Amelia Heinle (Victoria.) It’s a wonderful cast.”
Eric was very heartfelt when detailing his admiration for the audience who tunes-in every day to watch Y&R: “11,00o shows is an extrordinary accomplishment in this town, and 27 years at number one. I have been doing this show for 36 years, There are moments when it really hits me and you think of our loyal audience out there. I have been on Twitter for awhile and I enjoy that. I have learned by interacting with the audience, whenever we make public appearances, to respect what I do more. One tends to become cynical in Hollywood, and then when you realize what effect what you do have on the audience, then you become less cynical. This show is entertaining millions of people all over the world, and that is humbling … it really is. I’m a lucky bastard.”
Watch Eric’s Video interview below and then let us know what you thoughts of Victor’s last scenes with Adam, and Braeden’s sentiments on the long-running and enduring audience of The Young and the Restless in the comment section below!