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17 September 19th, 2016 Y&R’s Michael Roark Video Interview: The Mystery Of Travis & Working With Amelia Heinle!

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On The Young and the Restless, Michael Roark entered the canvas as mystery man Travis Crawford, who was not what he seemed.  Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) took a liking to this guy when it appeared to be a start of a romance for her with a guy from the one side of the tracks and the rich girl from the other side.

For Travis seemingy owned a bar and was the bartender of it, too.  But that was not the case of who Travis really was!  Currently, Travis is a very viable love interest for Victoria, but there is clearly more to his story than meets the eye.  Then when Michael Roark exited the show recently, the audience wasn’t 100% sure if he was coming back, but Roark did send out a teaser of a tweet alluding to that it may not be the end of his run in Genoa City.  Lo and behold!  Travis shows up and ruins the day for Luca (Miles Gaston Villanueva) with the truth about the groom’s involvement in the oil rig sabatoge as he is about to marry Summer (Hunter King) Newman.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Michael at the recent Y&R 11,000th episode on set celebration to get the skinny on what’s going on with his Y&R alter-ego, and more!

Roark shared if he thought when he was written-off the first time at Y&R, it was the end of the line for Travis.  He responded, “It was kind of tongue and cheek and nothing was for sure, but I kind of had an idea of how it was going down.”


As to when Michael felt he knew it was clicking on-screen with his love interest Victoria,  as played by two-time Daytime Emmy winner Amelia Heinle, he shared: “You know what’s funny?  I don’t think we ever really know. We try things and we see what works, and we see how the audience responds and fortunately people seemed happy with what Amelia and I were doing,  I am sure some people werent’ happy, but you know how that goes.” (Laughs)  Speaking of Amelia Heinle, Roark expressed how she make his days better at CBS Television City. “She’s great.  I can’t say enough good things about her.  She’s a lot of fun on-camera and off-camera.  We have a lot of fun together.  It makes it much easier to come to work.”

As to … just what is Travis’ secret and is about his true identify?  What’s his deal?  And, do the viewers know everything about him?  Michael would only say: “Nope, you sure don’t, but you’re going to find out though. There’s a lot of context and a lot of subtext to Travis.  He has his demons, and he’s a genuine guy in a lot of ways, but there’s other things beneath the surface.  I will leave it at that.  I don’t want to say too much.”

Watch Michael’s interview below! Then let us know, what do you think is the mystery to Travis that will be revealed?  Is he related to someone?  Does he truly love Victoria?  And, what do you think of the on-screen duo of Roark and Heinle? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Karin says:

    TRICKY <3


  2. Judy says:

    Thanks Michael. I hope this means they have taped more about Travis and we will learn at least some of his secrets soon. I really enjoy Travis, Tricky and Michael. However they really do need to flesh out Travis so this makes me happy that it sounds like that is coming. I hope they give him a job too!


  3. Rebecca1 says:

    I love him! Good looking AND a personality! Cute, friendly interview! Still reminds me of a cross between Paul Levoiseur (sp?) and Derek Hough.


  4. Shirley Strickler says:

    I really like him and hope Y&R keeps and gives him a great storyline.


  5. Timmm says:

    To me, he is “Billy Miller Lite” but he seems like a nice guy, can act and seems to be getting more comfortable with the cast. He is better for Vicki than Jason Thompson’s Billy, for sure


    Soaphound replied

    As a rabid Billy Miller fan, I tend to agree with you, Timmm. I’m not crazy about him, but he’s a competent actor and basically harmless. And you’re 100% right about Jason Thompson’s Billy. He and Amelia are a casting disaster, even worse than she and Stitch. But I’m biased. I also think he’s a flop with Gina. And with me.


    Timmm replied

    Jason is a good actor. He was wonderful on GH. To me, he was a get just like Steve Burton. So Y&R got them and does not know what to do with them. Jason looks like Jill’s son. We are used to Billy looking like an Abbott. So there is that. BUT you hit the nail on the head, Jason and Amelia have as much chemistry as Gisele Bundchen and Danny Bonaduce! And Gina, a BUST! She doesnt have chem with Jack or Billy. She clicks with Glummer and Michael. So what!

  6. Tucker says:

    Such a pointless and unnecessary character – I hope he goes away again and soon.


  7. Ts Tasha Jones says:

    I know he is so going to end up being an Abbott…just know it


  8. k/kay says:

    I like this guy I really do a positive thing for the show I hope with SSM writes some great story for him.


  9. Nikki says:

    Great interview Michael. I love Travis. I hope they give him a contract so we don’t lose him and I love him with Victoria. She has absolutely no chemistry with this Billy but Travis and her are another Adam & Chelsea. Would like to see him with a permanent job and a very long story.


  10. Kevin says:

    Doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out Travis is Gabriel Bingham. Could certainly add some twists & turns later. Roark is handsome as all get out, but his acting ability leaves a lot to be desired. Zero chemistry between him and Amelia Heinle doesn’t help matters.


    Soaphound replied

    Now that’s one I didn’t imagine! Way to go, Kevin. THAT’S thinking outside the box. What do think would happen from that? Very interesting.


  11. Grace Butler Difalco says:

    I love Michael in the role and I love the relationship he and Amelia share. Let’s hope Y&R keeps him and will make his character’s past interesting but not deceitful. We need a few good characters around. I’m tired of Victor playing “God” and Chloe getting away with murder.


    su0000 replied

    I doubt Chloe killed Adam, so no murder- Adam will eventually return.
    I see Travis sitting in as an Adam type character until Adam is recast.
    I can see him becoming entangled with Victor..


    soapqueenforever replied

    I completely agree with you Grace. I love the chemistry between Amelia and Michael. I am really hoping the writers delve into the character of Travis more. We need someone new and interesting on the canvas. Sick of Victor actng like a demi god, and ruining lives and getting away with it. His time in jail was nothing more than a vacation. Chole for sure got away with murder. As far as we know she was the last person besides Adam who was in that cabin.


  12. Callie says:

    I adore Travis, Michael and Tricky. I hope they really flesh out their story and give them a chance. Team Tricky


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