Late last week, On-Air On-Soaps attended the 38th anniversary on set celebration of The Young and the Restless on the series soundstage at CBS. Many of your Genoa City favorites were in attendance. We caught up with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) to find out her thoughts on her time with the series, a preview of what’s next for Phyllis. and if there is hope for “Phick” fans. Plus, what the talented two-time Daytime Emmy winner submitted for contention for a nomination for this year’s race. Here is our ” quickie’ conversation with Michelle!
Do you like what Phyllis has been up to on-air lately? Will viewers get to see her drive her own story soon?
MICHELLE: I think what she is going to start doing soon will be very fun, and I am very excited about it. I am an honest girl, there are ebbs and flows. You are on a show for thirteen years and you do a big storyline, and then you sort of pull back to prepare for other things. So, being on a soap there are definitely ebbs and flows all the time.
Joshua Morrow (Nick) told On-Air On-Soaps in a recent interview there was hope for “Phick” fans. What would you say to that?
MICHELLE: Oh yes, there is a lot of hope for them. And, I think the “Phickers” will be very excited middle to late April. Phyllis and Nick are a good coupling. You think of them being together, so that is good storytelling on the writer’s part.
Of your thirteen years on Y&R, what has been your favorite storyline?
MICHELLE: The affair with Nick was awesome, which is the only affair Phyllis has had, really. When you look at these two characters on paper you would think no way would they be together, so that was really great. I loved the Tim Reid material, her shrink! That was so much fun to play.
You are pre-nominated in the Lead Actress category for the Daytime Emmys. What episode or reel did you go with to submit for the final round of voting?
MICHELLE: I submitted the episode where Phyllis kicks Nick to the curb! I had two montages in there that slowed it down, but it is what it is.
What is one observation you have, when you look at the entire cast gathered here today for the series 38th anniversary celebration?
MICHELLE: Everyone on this show is very pretty. I have to tell you a funny story. People will set me up on dates, and I will say, “What does he look like?” And, they will say, “Oh he’s gorgeous.” Then, I will see a picture and go, “Oh” and that is because, look at this cast we look at every day! It’s warped my judgment of the male human race. (Laughs)