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By Deanna Barnert


Actor Richard Burgi has had quite the career since he got his start on Another World in the late '80s, landed recurring roles on former sudsers such as One Life to Life and CBS' As the World Turns, and then caused trouble on Days of Our Lives.

Whether you recognize him from his early soap days, his run as a Desperate Housewives hubby, his years solving crime as The Sentinel or his many other primetime stints, you know that this handsome actor can bring the charm… and also play deliciously dirty!

From the way fierce and possibly dangerous businessman has been described, those talents should come in handy when Ashland arrives in Genoa City on March 11!

Watch spoke to Richard Burgi about his new character, his new co-stars, and what he likes to get into when he's not bringing the drama.

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Richard Burgi

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Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character Ashland Locke on Y&R.

He's cagey. He's worked hard. He's gone through some tribulations and trials in his life, and I think he's arrived at a place where he's enjoying the fruits of his labors and the little quiver of arrows that he can throw at people in so as far as psychological manipulations in his world of big business.

He's a terrific, personable, charming, intelligent, kind person… who, like many characters that have been labeled as nefarious, is just misguided. I think Victor Newman was castigated as a bad guy for a while. He's just misunderstood!

Richard Burgi

Richard Burgi as Ashland Locke.

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Ashland Locke is coming to town to negotiate with Genoa City's biggest players… right after Kyle Abbott learned he's the real father of this dangerous man's son. Should we be worried for Kyle?

You know, Kyle's like a lot of young men. They like take chances and risks. Sometimes that pays off... and sometimes it come back to bite you in the keester.

Describe how you felt when you read your first script?

"Wow, I hope I can do this!" You know, every actor has gone up on stage and blanked, and I've done it on the stage and screen. And that first day, I had a fair amount of material. It's a lot. And because of the pace, it was a concern—a concern that amplified the intensity for me to focus and take care of business!

Michael Mealor as Kyle Abbott with Hunter King as Summer Newman and Richard Burgi as Ashland Locke

Michael Mealor as Kyle Abbott, Hunter King as Summer Newman, and Richard Burgi as Ashland Locke in The Young and the Restless.

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What was your first day on set like?

My first scene, I believe, was with Michael Mealor (Kyle Abbott) and Hunter King (Summer Newman). They are such pros. And Christel Khalil (Lily Winters) was delightful. She and I had a lot of fun.

I got right into the thick of things with some the major guys and gals. It was great just to meet all these people who were so willing to play and explore and work and support each other. And it's a beautiful thing to have the company of a show that's been around for so long.

Richard Burgi with Christel Khalil and Jason Thompson

Richard Burgi as Ashland Locke, Christel Khalil as Lily Winters, and Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott in The Young and the Restless.

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What did you make of the Newman and Abbott patriarchs, Eric Braeden and Peter Bergman?

Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) has such an air of gravitas... and the first thing he uttered out of his mouth was some line from Seinfeld. [Burgi appeared in the 1994 episode "The Hamptons."] He's a big Seinfeld fan and he really wanted to talk about it. And I've seen his work over the years. I'm a big fan of his. I so respect him, and he's just such a different person than I expected. He is sweet, funny, engaging, and self-effacing.

I had met Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) years ago. Maybe on a junket or through a mutual friend? I remember that I thought he was delightful when I met him—and I think he's just as delightful now!

Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott and Eric Braeden as Victor Newman

Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott and Eric Braeden as Victor Newman in The Young and the Restless.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

I was 16-years-old, at Montclair High School, New Jersey, in the amphitheater. I had an idea maybe I would play some professional sport or go on tour–perhaps as a musician or maybe I'd join the secret service. I was standing there, my junior year, and I just heard this voice. It was clear as day. Call it God or you know, my insanity. It said, "You're going to be an actor." I've heard that voice a couple of times in my life, and each time I followed it. It's just been a really great ride.

What TV shows are currently binge-watching or catching up on?

Oh, you're talking to the wrong guy! I'm not a big TV consumer, because I kind of get lost in the whole thing–from how it's directed to the lighting, continuity, acting. The only thing I binged this last year was Ozark. And I thought that was really well done. When my son and I get together, we watch sports, History Channel and a lot of nature shows like Planet Earth. The last time, we fell asleep watching David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.

Richard Burgi and the cast of Desperate Housewives

Richard Burgi and the cast of Desperate Housewives.

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When not filming Y&R or social-distancing/staying home as we all are now, what do you like to do?

One of the things I do every day, I just walk around. If my dog needs to go out in the morning, I have my binoculars, but I just like being alone and birdwatching. I love studying nature. I'm a big fan of all things that crawl and grow and fly, and I'm in the ocean all the time. And I wouldn't call myself a guitar player… but I've been studying probably the same 10, 12 chords for five years now.

Other than that, I love spending time with my kids. I still go out and play ball with my sons–especially my youngest, who's 12 now. And I so love spending time with older people. I love going back to see my mom, who 97, and my family back east. I think we forget the beauty and the repository of wisdom in our elderly and our older family.

I'm also on the board of this environmental group that supports endangered species and the habitats that support them. Everything's been closed down [due to COVID-19], but everything has been done via Zoom meetings. Life has gone on.

Who is your inspiration?

Well, I've got a few. I'm a big fan of Jesus. I'm a big fan of Martin Luther King. I'm really a big fan of Larry Elder. I don't know why… but Derrick Henry comes to my head. He played football for the University of Alabama. And Tom Brady's an inspiration. I love the longevity and the way he's handled himself and his career. Johnny Frisbie has also been an inspiration, in so far as staying in this place of lightness. She's sent me a draft of her book. She's from a little island and she's got this most delightful story!

I get inspired all the time by people. Eric Braeden has inspired me, recently. To have had that longevity, stay as vital and as light as he is? It was really lovely to connect with him.

Richard Burgi guest stars as Councilman Tommy Mancini in Blue Bloods

Richard Burgi guest stars as Councilman Tommy Mancini in Blue Bloods.

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Any last thoughts for fans during this strange time?

My urge is for people to not succumb to fear, to go out and help others and be good to themselves. Try to improve your lot in life, every day, and support those around you to do just that. Just stay firm and be a part of the whole thing.

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By Yolanda Crous

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FAMILY MEMENTOS

Lauralee Bell and her mother

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My mom lived a wonderful life, and she passed away right at the beginning of quarantine. I've been going through my parents' home, and I've found so many happy things: little notes that I wrote to my parents when I was 10; my school IDs from 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. It was like a treasure hunt for me—and a nice way of reflecting on my life.

MY YELLOW LAB

Yellow lab dog resting

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Chelsea is the most loving dog. She's sleeping under my desk right now. She's my shadow. Although as soon as my husband walks in, she'll run over to him.

ACTING WITH DOUG DAVIDSON

Lauralee Bell and Doug Davidson on set of soap opera

Lauralee Bell and Doug Davidson on the set of The Young and the Restless.

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He plays Paul, my husband, on The Young and the Restless. We have this friendship where we look into each other's eyes and trust each other. I love a tearful scene with him as much as I love a hysterical scene, because it's just human emotions. Any day working with Doug Davidson is a gift.

ROSEBUDS

Closeup shot of a rose

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I transplanted my mom's roses from her house to my yard. I thought they wouldn't bloom until next year. But every day there are little buds and blooms that I didn't see the day before. It's calming to me.

POST-IT NOTES

Post-it note with a smiley face

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When I was younger, if you had asked me what I would bring to a desert island, I would have said mascara. Now the answer is Post-its. Every day I make a list of little accomplishments that I'd like to get done and put them on my Post-its. I have notes everywhere. When I've checked off my list, then I'm relaxed.

FLOATIES

Flamingo pool floatie in a pool

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Last spring I was going to take my 17-year-old daughter to Coachella. We rented a house with a pool and got floaties. When the festival was canceled because of the pandemic, I said, "We can blow up the floaties and have a Fauxchella!" But she said, "No." I have pink pool doodles. I have a flamingo. If the pandemic continues, I am pulling them out. I don't care.

SEINFELD

Cast of the TV show Seinfeld

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My husband and I watch it every single night, which sounds so silly. But when the news is crazy, it's like this security blanket. It ends my day on a happy note.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

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Give. Share. Love. After the year we've had, it's more important than ever to treat yourself and those you love.

Here's some of the season's most wanted that would be perfect for Melody Thomas Scott from the CBS' #1 Daytime drama series The Young and the Restless.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

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Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case) comfort their daughter, Cassie (Camryn Grimes).

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By Nate Millado

Daytime's #1 drama is about to hit an impressive milestone: The Young and the Restless' 12,000th episode. To put things into perspective, that's about 48 years' worth of twists, turns, marriages, babies, funerals, supercouples, supervillains, and more!

Expect a lot of surprises and exciting returns (like Daytime Emmy–winning Tricia Cast as Nina Webster) when Y&R celebrates, the week of Nov. 30. In honor of 12,000 episodes, we're rounding up 12 shocking storylines in Genoa City.

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Victor Newman reunites with his estranged father (2003)

Wealth means nothing without family, and no one knows this better than self-made man Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). At a Toronto hospice, Victor confronts dying dad Albert Miller, whose abandonment of his family left his wife no choice but to leave their son at an orphanage. Multi-millionaire Albert asks his long-lost son to "name a price" so he can offer him a check to go away. But Victor shuts him down with the ultimate mic drop: "I'm no longer Christian Miller. I'm Victor Newman ... the Victor Newman."

Devon is trapped with a lion (2005)

The Winters rescue Devon at the zoo

Bryton James, Christel Khalil, Victoria Rowell, Kristoff St. John, and Shemar Moore on The Young and the Restless.

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After everyone forgets poor Devon's (Bryton James) birthday, he wanders to the zoo—and into a lion's den. Paralyzed with fear, Devon is rescued by Malcolm (Shemar Moore) and Neil (Kristoff St. John). Aww, the Winters do care!

David Kimble meets his maker (1991)

Michale Corbett as David Kimble on The Young and the Restless

Michael Corbett as David Kimble on The Young and the Restless.

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Nina's (Tricia Cast) no-good ex was garbage, so there's poetic justice to David's (Michael Corbett) demise. After a thwarted murder spree at the masquerade ball, David flees the scene with the cops hot on his trail. He hides in a trash compactor but accidentally activates it and gets crushed to death in front of Danny and Cricket!

Sharon and Nick's daughter dies (2005)

Cassie drives her intoxicated crush, Daniel, home from a party, but crashes the car and suffers injuries from the accident. She flatlines with her grief-stricken parents by her side. Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) are gutted—as are Y&R fans who undoubtedly went through an entire box (or two) of Kleenex. Cassie's death had long-lasting repercussions, including Nick's affair with Phyllis.

Ashley Abbott learns the truth (1983)

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Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson), Dina Abbott (Marla Adams), and Eric Garrison (Brian Matthews).

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John Abbott ... you are not the father! Eileen Davidson herself calls the big reveal—that Ashley was the result of Dina's (Marla Adams) affair with former golf pro Brent Davis—a "game-changer." Ashley went missing shortly after, with no memory of her life, due to the shock. John would go to his grave never knowing the truth.

Lauren is kidnapped on her honeymoon (2005)

Lauren and Michael at their wedding

Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Michael (Christian Jules Le Blanc) celebrate their wedding on The Young and the Restless.

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Supervillain Sheila Carter has unleashed a whole lot of crazy over the decades—and not just on the citizens of Genoa City, but also on the Forresters over at The Bold and the Beautiful. But the object of her obsession has always been Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman). It's hard to decide which of Sheila's dastardly plots were the most shocking, but we'll go with that time she kidnapped her arch-nemesis during Lauren's honeymoon to Michael (Christian Jules Le Blanc)!

Lily Winters discovers the identity of her biological father (2005)

Malcolm holds Lily's hand

Malcolm is revealed to be Lily's biological father.

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For years, Lily (Christel Khalil) thought Neil Winters was her daddy, until she overheard Phyllis spill the beans that it was actually her Uncle Malcolm! (Remember Dru's cold-meds-induced one-night stand?) She confronts Drucilla about the baby daddy drama, further straining their already complicated relationship.

Phyllis is behind Paul and Cricket's hit-and-run (1994)

Michelle Stafford as Phyllis on The Young and the Restless

Michelle Stafford of The Young and the Restless.

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When an oncoming car barrels toward Christine (Lauralee Bell), Paul (Doug Davidson) pushes her out of the way—and is left impotent! It turns out Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) was behind the wheel (enraged after seeing Cricket and Danny's liplock), but nearly 20 years pass before Christine connects the dots.

Nikki marries Victor on her "deathbed" (1998)

Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki Reed Newman in a red dress

Melody Thomas Scott stars as Nikki Reed Newman.

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Y&R's resident super-couple have wed four times—but the second time was a doozy! Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) is shot by Veronica Landers, and the prognosis isn't good. Even though he has just gotten hitched to Diane, Victor grants Nikki's dying wish: to remarry in front of friends and family in her hospital room. After they exchange vows, she slips back into unconsciousness. But Victor must have given her something to live for because Nikki eventually pulls through!

Kevin Fisher is Michael's estranged brother (2003)

Michael and his half-brother, Kevin

Viewers learn that bad boy Kevin Fisher is Michael Baldwin's estranged brother.

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Looks like trouble runs in the family. We all know of Michael's dubious past, but viewers were still shocked to learn that bad boy Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart)—yes, internet predator and Gina's arsonist Kevin Fisher—is Michael's half-bro!

Traci is shocked by the return of her estranged mother (1983)

Marla Adamas as Dina Abbott

Dina Abbott (Marla Adams) returns to the family she abandoned.

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Dina Abbott was never quite Mother of the Year—she abandoned her husband, John, and their three kids when Traci (Beth Maitland) was a child. So imagine everyone's surprise when Dina resurfaced 12 years later! Sadly, the Abbotts (and Y&R fans) recently had to say goodbye to the Abbott matriarch, but boy, did "Madame Mergeron" know how to make an entrance back in 1983!

Victor returns from the dead (1993)

A surprised Jack Abbott

Jack (Peter Bergman) can't believe his eyes.

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Victor has "died" many times, but this reunion between rivals was one juicy resurrection. A very much alive Victor swivels in his chair and reveals himself to his nemesis, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman), who drops his glass in disbelief. "Dear God in heaven," Jack finally mutters. "Who are you?" Victor taunts him: "I'm your worst nightmare." We're definitely not in Kansas anymore!

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