Former General Hospital favorite, Kelly Sullivan debuted on The Young and the Restless in her new role of Sage Warner back on the October 28th episode of the number one daytime drama. Since then, viewers have seen that Sage is assisting in the care of Adam Newman (Justin Hartley) who is on the mend from all of his surgeries and his facial reconstruction post-car crash with Billy Abbott (Burgess Jenkins) almost over a year ago!
On today’s episode of Y&R, we were finally introduced to film and TV legend, Sally Kellerman’s new character of Constance Bingham, and as we witnessed, Sage seems to be working for and taking care of the elderly woman, as well as Adam, or “Gabriel” as Constance calls him.
On-Air On-Soapscaught up with Kelly Sullivan to get the low down on: what she thinks could be going on with Sage, what it has been like for Sullivan working with the likes of the oh-so-talented Hartley and Kellerman, and how she landed her new role in the outskirts of Genoa City, after being in the running to play to play Phyllis Summers, the role that eventually went to Gina Tognoni. Here’s what Kelly shared!
So, we have now seen you on a few episodes of Y&R as Sage. It’s kind of hard to figure out exactly what her motives are. What can you reveal about the character, and how you are playing her at this juncture?
KELLY: Sage is a badass. I am trying to figure out why she is doing what she is doing, because she is coming across a bit like (singing) “What I did for love?” and there is always something else going on underneath there. But they don’t tell me anything, because they don’t want me to either play towards it, or they just don’t know yet.
You are working with both Justin Hartley (Adam) and Sally Kellerman (Constance) in this very gothic dark set! Not bad! (Laughs) But, how fun!
KELLY: It’s fun! I am working with Justin Hartley and Sally Kellerman, who is a superstar! She is the nicest woman, and I can’t even believe it. She is like, “Hey, girl,” whenever I see her at the studio (Laughs).
What is the relationship between Constance and Sage? She clearly is wheeling the elderly woman around!
KELLY: As for Sally’s character of Constance, she is in a wheelchair, and I am like her driver in the scenes! I probably smash Sally Kellerman into three set pieces every day. (Laughs) Sage is pretty much in a bad situation there, wheeling Constance around. I think her character is like Sage’s pseudo-grandmother, who she loves and adores, and who she is in charge of taking care of.
It must be difficult to have to look at Justin Hartley all day on set! I feel so bad for you, and the demands of your new gig! (Laughs)
KELLY: He is so ugly! (Laughs) He is so awesome to work with, and we have been getting to know each other. Adam is Sage’s first guy connection on the show, and it’s very mysterious. The writers thus far are not wanting to have any sort of point of view on it, as far as a relationship between the two of them.
Now in comes Chuck Pratt Jr. as the new head writer of Y&R. You got the part of Sage prior to him coming on board. How do you think the incoming head writer might affect where your character goes?
KELLY: When they announced Chuck was going to now be the head writer of Y&R, I don’t even think I had worked a day on set yet, just what I call the “hands” episode, when you just saw my hands! (Laughs) I hear really good things about him, so we shall see. I have not personally spoken to Chuck yet, but I am sure at some point I will, when it becomes clearer what I am doing as Sage and why? The “why” is always what people want to know, right?
Did the writers or the producers tell you that Sage would be connected to anyone else in GC?
KELLY: No, but I have been told that it will be revealed within a short time. It kind of has to because why is she here? (Laughs)
You were originally up for the role of Phyllis, and that role ended up going to Gina Tognoni, and yet they created a new role for you. How did it all go down?
KELLY: First of all, Gina is a badass! Basically what happened was, Gina Tognoni and I both tested for the role of Phyllis, and I knew right away I didn’t get the part. They called me when I was driving home. They said, “We love you, but it’s not happening.” I said, “No, worries.” Then they told me that the writers on Y&R love you so much that they want to write a character for you. Then a couple months later, they called me and said the character had been written, would you like to do it, and I said, “Hell, yes!” I am so flattered and honored to be at Y&R … I can tell you that!
So, what do you think is going on with the Sage? Is she truly trying to help Adam get back to his family and Connor and Chelsea? Or, does she have a thing for the guy?
Are you intrigued by the set of scenes that has Constance, Adam AKA Gabriel, and Sage in this sort of gothic hideaway? Glad to have Kelly on Y&R? What did you think about how Y&R wrote a role with Kelly in mind? Comment below!