By Michael Fairman
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Many years of unforgettable storylines!
TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
It’s a great testament to the show, cast, crew, staff and writers on its longevity
Setting the standard, and maintaining a long term level of excellence.
How long have you been on “Y&R”? Does it seem longer, as long, or shorter than that?
I have been on the show 14 years. It was a dream come true for me as a job, and I am just happy to be a part of it.
I am going into my fourth year. Time has stood still in soapland.
It’s my fourth year. It does feel like that long, especially when I look at back at all the stories I have had.
When John died, I never really left because the ghost was on. The show wanted the moral authority even in a post- death fashion. I have been here consistently about 26 years,
I have been here about 15 months now. It has gone by very fast.
I have been on “Y&R” for 14 years; and its feels like half that much.
TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
I have been on the show for 25 years. I can’t believe how long it has been and how fast it has flown by.
I have been on “Y&R” for 23 years, left for 2, and in many ways it has flown by in everything that has transpired through that time
Has there been a special bonding moment with a cast member, crew member or production staff that you can share with us?
Its not specific moments, it’s that I have two incredible mentors, Peter Bergman (Jack) and Eric Braeden (Victor). I learned professionalism from Peter and watching how Eric handles every situation. Two great people!
One of my favorite moments was my very first scene. There was a bit of tension on set and Eric Braeden was there with files in his face. I had not met him before and I just walked on the set. And I went, “Oh my heavens, my very first scenes on “Y&R” are with thee Eric Braeden. I need a drum roll please.” The ice was broken, and I did our scene in three takes, and Eric shakes my hand and goes, “You are very good. Miss Chapman needs a drum roll please!” Everyone cracked up. I think I had arrived.
One of the strongest bonds was with Victoria Rowell (Ex-Drucilla). When I first came on the show I was the foster child and it came from her true life story. To portray her story right in front of her, that is a very strong thing.
When Beth Maitland (Ex- Tracy) and Eileen Davidson (Ex-Ashley) joined the show, Terry Lester (Ex-Jack) said to me, “Let’s keep ourselves close off the show because we are a fortunate to build a family like this on-screen. “ We became more than that.
Everyday. Everyday you come to the set and you see everybody and it’s like family. The crew is so respectful of your storylines.
Working with Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) during the storyline when she and I were stuck in the sewer with rats.
TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
It has been great working with wonderful people from everyone at “Y&R” to the Baldwin/Fisher clan as well as Michelle Stafford (Phyllis).
I lost my father and brother during the same year since I have been on “Y&R”; as a whole, the show has always been very supportive and it meant a lot to me.
When you think of “Y&R 35” what does that mean to you?
It means success, shows don’t usually last this long. We have been doing it for 35 years and kicking-ass for this long and its good.
Longevity. For me to be with the number one show in daytime, not only does it show “Y&R” has longevity but I do too! (She laughs)
Legendary! It’s a legendary show. It’s been the number one show consecutively in the US for 18 years.
Honored. I am so honored to think that I could be part of it. To Jerry, Jeanne, Jess, Peter, Eric, and Joshua: I hope that I can do for the show what they have done, and have “Y&R” run for another 35 years.