What a whirlwind of a year 2012 was for Sharon Case and the character she plays, Sharon Newman on The Young and the Restless! Surviving probably one of the worst on-screen character assassinations in soap opera history, which virtually left viewers wondering, what the heck are the writers doing to the integrity of Sharon Newman, the once befallen heroine of Genoa City?, Case rebounded by making her performances noteworthy, no matter what the creative teams decided to do to her character.
The latest issue of Soap Opera Uncensored has a brand new interview with Case, who was honored by the online zine as Entertainer Of The Year for 2012 for her work, and navigating through all the on and off screen pressure that came with the out-of-the-blue storyline experiences she endured and more! However now as we begin 2013, as Case explains, things look to be leveling out for the better! Here are few interesting excerpts:
Case on handling the decision by new Y&R head writer, Josh Griffith that Sharon would have bipolar disorder to explain Sharon’s erratic behavior: “When Sharon battled her emotional problems, that also took a lot of work but in a different way. Playing someone who is bipolar is very exhausting but it worked out perfectly and explained all of Sharon’s past behavior. I applaud Josh for making that decision because I think it makes the most sense considering her history. Sharon’s always been kind of off. Sharon’s always experienced these weird jags…. I’m just glad we have a reason behind Sharon’s [psyche] so we can even have more fun with it. The reaction is that fans are thrilled and relieved that Sharon’s mental state is being addressed — and that it’s being written so well. I’ve gotten a lot of comments from fans about how bipolar disorder has affected their own families, which has been very rewarding. Most of the fans want the storyline to continue because Sharon’s journey has really touched them. The fact that the show opted to go in this brave, realistic route with Sharon has been meant a lot to them. I’m proud to be a part of this storyline.”
Case on the rumors that Sharon Newman might be paired with Steve Burton’s incoming new character of Dylan McAvoy: “I’m excited for Sharon’s new chapter. Everybody’s speculating about Dylan, the new character coming to town but, all I can say is, I think it’s fun because it’s a hoot to speculate — and the fact is our fans are excited, and that’s a good thing for Y&R. I’m thrilled people are talking about our show. It’s better than people not caring about Y&R. I think it’s all very exciting. Whomever is Sharon’s new love interest is going to be is going to be great — and we, the actors, are going to have fun playing it, as long as Josh is writing it!
So soapers, do you like that Sharon Newman has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder to explain her behavior patterns? Would you be into an on-screen relationship between Sharon Case and Steve Burton? How do you feel about how the character of Sharon Newman had been handled through the past year? And, who do you think is Sharon Newman’s ultimate man? Weigh-in!