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!