On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell) at the CBS Soundstages this week to ask her take on the conclusion of Chance’s “death” storyline, where does this leave Ronan and Chloe, and to find out how she got through those gut-wrenching emotional scenes! Plus, we chat about working with Eden Riegel (Heather) again, but this time as “bitchy” enemies. Here is what Liz had to say:
It was great watching you in the episodes revolving around Chance’s “death”. Did you know all along that he was not really dead and it was a set-up?
ELIZABETH: “I was privy to the secret, but I did not know how it was going down, but when it did all start to unfold, I found it to be a very interesting story. The fact that Chance was not really dead… I was really surprised. I thought it was a good twist, and they did a pretty good job, and normally there are little hints and it’s pretty obvious. Like, Ronan’s reveal was pretty obvious to the viewers… they were dropping little hints here and there, and with this, there were no signs whatsoever.”
But we truly saw Chloe was very brokenhearted over Chance’s “death”!
ELIZABETH: “I think that she was covered up with a lot of hurt and anger. So to open up and show what was going on with her was a great release for me, because that entire time she was remaining strong and stable, and like no one is going to mess with her. I mean, no one dumps Chloe Mitchell! ” (Laughs)
When Chloe snapped at her mom while she was passing hors d’oeuvres, when the family gathered to mourn Chance’s death, she was so mean to poor put-upon Esther!
ELIZABETH: “I did feel really bad about those scenes, but you know, I can be like that with my own mom, and we all can. And it’s funny, it was really hard for me to do that in those scenes with Kate Linder (Esther), when it is so easy at times to do it to my mom. And, even though I have never experienced death in my life or losing someone that close before it was amazing how easy it was for me to emotionally connect to the material. It was a depressing couple of weeks believe me, because we actually shot it out of order. I had been doing the material for awhile, and it brings you down and I was depressed! It’s hard to be crying like that.”
How was working with Jeff Branson (Ronan)? Would you like Chloe/Ronan to keep going as a potential solid love-match?
ELIZABETH: “Jeff and I worked together years ago at All My Children, so it was like we picked up like we never left AMC. It was picking up five years later and really easy. And I was so excited for it. I wish there was more going on with the two characters. I was hoping in these last couple weeks that that would be happening. But we shall see. We don’t know. My fingers are crossed that there will be more to come because I think those two characters could go so far with each other. ”
Eden Riegel and you are playing enemies now when you were lovers as BAM on AMC. How is that to play for you?
ELIZABETH: “It’s so fun, and different and challenging for both of us, because we both have such a lovefest for each other. I mean right now we both are sharing a dressing room, and I keep on saying this , that it is a great challenge as actresses to not go back to BAM. We have had a great beautiful friendship that has developed over the years and has been ever-changing. And thankfully these jobs come back into our lives that continue to bring us closer, and so we keep evolving. I know she is a friend for life. So now it’s interesting as we play these new characters on Y&R. It would really be interesting now to go back and play BAM now being as close as we are now. However, the kissing might be a lot more difficult. ” (Laughs)
How is working with the little one, Chloe’s baby, Delia?
ELIZABETH: “It’s like the best thing ever. I love the way that children change the scenes. It’s so honest, and you have a baby that is screaming and crying when she is supposed to be smiling and happy in the scene, and we have to just go, go, go, and it becomes real and natural. I like being mom for ten minutes and then handing them back.” (Laughs)
So what did you think of the Chance story wrap-up that saw actor, John Driscoll exit the canvas as Chance went into the Witness Protection Program, and is driven off by his brother, Ronan? Let us know.