This week, fans of The Young and the Restless have learned that Daytime Emmy winner, Steve Burton, has become more firmly implanted as an integral part of the Y&R tapestry, when it became clear that his character Dylan McAvoy is in actuality the long-lost son of Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). However, as of today’s airshow, Dylan still does not know that key bit of info, and Nikki has not been able to bring herself to tell the man, “I’m your mother!”
Exciting drama and story is no stranger to Burton, who recently received raves for his performances when Dylan, a war vet dealing with PTSD, discovered he had been duped by Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) into believing baby Connor was his biological son! When the truth came out it provided some meaty material for this fan favorite.
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Steve at this week’s CBS Daytime After Dark event to benefit Stand Up To Cancer, to talk about what’s going down in Genoa City, his hot new tune, “You Killed Romeo”, if he caught former GH cast mate and long time friend, Maurice Benard’s recent star turn as Sonny Corinhos, and if he misses his extended family in Port Charles! Hope you enjoy this “quickie” chat with Steve!
How do you feel about Dylan turning out to be Nikki’s (Melody Thoma Scott) biological son?
STEVE: I feel great about that. I love working with Mel. She is so great. It’s so strange, because I always had this connection with Leslie Charleson (Monica, GH) as her son. And, I almost feel this same way with Melody in scenes. There is vulnerability there between us, and it’s not on purpose. It’s just something that is there. It was actually kind of there before it happened that we were on-screen mother and son.
You had some very dramatic scenes of late when Dylan took baby Connor away (well basically kidnapped him) when he learned the truth that Chelsea lied to him about being Connor’s biological father. When you knew those heavy scenes were coming up, did you have a lot of trepidation going into taping them?
STEVE: Yes, there was a lot of trepidation. Michael Muhney (Adam), when he read that script where Dylan had to act like Avery is a solider, said, “I looked at that stuff and I am glad that it is not me doing it!” I am like, great! (Laughs) So I prepared for it as much as I could, and committed to it as much as I could. Honestly, it was the most challenged I have been during that three week stretch. It was just so emotionally draining for me. On General Hospital, I got to do that stuff, but there was never a stretch of it. It might have been a day or two days, and it was OK, because Jason did not have to show so much. You saw when that character hurt, but this was completely different and I had to carry it around for weeks. I hated it and I loved it, because it was a challenge for me.
Can you believe the success of your collaboration with Jonathan Jackson (Avery, Nashville, Ex-Lucky, GH) on the tune, “You Killed Romeo”? The song worked perfectly with the montage of scenes from Y&R!
STEVE: I always had the idea for the song and the lyrics, but then going through Dylan’s story on Y&R I thought this would be a perfect fit. Like I have said previously, I gave the lyrics to Jonathan, who always writes his own stuff and I said, “Would you try?” And he said, “Absolutely!” The guy is amazing and he sings like an angel, and it’s unbelievable! I played it for someone at work today and this girl went, “I think I am going to pass out!” (Laughs) We got so many hit on iTunes! We were #34 on the first night we released it. I went, “What? We’re not even on the radio!” (Laughs) But it was so cool.
So you and all your buds … Jonathan, Scott Reeves … are in Nashville. I guess I should move there next! (Laughs)
STEVE: C’mon to Nashville! (Laughs) We just spent time with Scott and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS) last weekend. We spent time with Jonathan Jackson and his wife Lisa the other night! It’s great, and it’s like I have a life! Michael, it’s amazing!
And … you’re not running around in a black t-shirt anymore on Y&R!
STEVE: No. Now I am running around in a blue one. That’s in my contract. (Laughs)
GH’s Maurice Benard recently turned in some stellar performances when Sonny when off his meds for his bipolar disorder. It’ odd seeing Shawn (Sean Blakemore) now as Sonny’s henchmen and sidekick, and not Jason. Do you ever check in and watch an episode or scenes from General Hospital, and see what they are up to?
STEVE: Yeah, I know it’s odd about seeing Shawn there with Sonny. I honestly have not watched GH, but I hear Maurice has been doing amazing stuff. I talked to him the other day for an hour as soon as I landed in L.A. I called him in his dressing room and I said, “You taking a nap, dude?” That is what he always does there. Maurice always takes a nap! So we talked and caught up, and it was so nice. I miss him, and of course, I miss all the people at GH. That is the hardest thing for me. That was my family. I will call crew people now randomly and go, “Hey, wassup?” (Laughs) I will text people out of the blue, too! (Laughs) I miss everybody over there … but it is what it is.
Tonight, we are here for Stand Up To Cancer, what can you say about supporting this cause?
STEVE: It’s a great cause! I know everyone knows someone who has been affected, I sure have. I have had a really good friend of mine pass away from cancer, and you know the thing is; we are out here tonight for awareness so people write checks and raise money, and that is what it is about I think they are doing great things research-wise. Organizations are not competing anymore … they are trying to work together. So we are here to have some fun and have some laughs… hopefully! (Laughs)
So lot’s to discuss soap fans … what do you think about Dylan being the biological son of Nikki Newman? What did you think of Steve’s recent performances when Dylan learned the truth and the deception of Chelsea? Do you like seeing Steve wear blue instead of black on Y&R? What do you think about his comments on his former cast over at GH? Weigh-in below!