Michael Muhney, star of The Young and the Restless as the evil and diabolical, Adam Newman, went on Twitter recently and chose 50 fans to personally call as a thank you for voting for his dad in a poll. As a huge fan, I somehow did not see this and after he chose the winners, I was devastated and in my typical dramatic way, I went to Twitter and showed sad face and another fan, @ValYork2 wrote Michael to forfeit her winning phone call to me! I was not only shocked but wanted to add Michael to my list of connections with the soap stars I have met over the years, even via phone. Yesterday night, could you believe that I was in the restroom when Michael called, leaving two voice mails. I nearly wanted to tear my bladder out, stomp on it and fry it up for my cat for causing me to be in the restroom at THAT time. Again, in my soap opera dramatic ways, I went to Twitter screaming and crying to the fans and thanking him personally for taking the time to call me on his sushi run in between his Harry Potter marathon, even at 1 AM.
Fast forward to this afternoon, I was just in the shower and I heard the phone vibrating and something told me to nearly kill thyself to get out wet and all and run to the phone. I DID. It said “BLOCKED” like last night and I answered the phone nearly pulling a Steffy Forrester (from Bold and the Beautiful) and slipping in tub and hitting head to get to the phone…and there he was, Michael Muhney. He just spoke to me as any friend would and did not even get nervous or excited, just listened as he did most of the talking and we spoke for about fifteen minutes. Many people get their 15 minutes of fame and for my 15 minutes I felt fame. Many people do get the misconception of celebrity status where as we discussed on the phone, celebs go to Twitter and ruin the reputation more than using it as a positive tool to reach out to fans and raise awareness of causes (such as Muhney’s Pancreatic Cancer Charity drive). Michael uses his status in an effective way, whether it be responding to fans when he can, tweeting co-stars such as Joshua Morrow, Daniel Goddard or Christian LeBlanc or just sharing his real life family with us via videos and photos. The fact is that he takes the time out his busy schedule to share with us, the fans, and in return he is taking the time out to call people to speak to them one on one. I was nervous at first, of course, but it felt so real talking to my buddy who I hadn’t spoke to in a long time. He was funny, serious and passionate about the soaps and the genre of soap operas in daytime. He has recently went to write in Daytime Confidential about the Emmy’s, and how to fix daytime. I thanked him as well for bringing Joshua Morrow to Twitter and in all reality he stated that not everyone is a twitter type of celeb, some people are shy, and some people would say and do more than they should on twitter. We spoke about the time when “Adam Newman” was gone and off the show, and the fans were excited to see him back on that island months later. I told him that the recast of Adam Newman was the best the soap has ever done and that his character keeps me (and many fans) glued to the set every day being thankful that Y&R has remained on the top of the genre for so long and until end of 2014. He did say that the stars work Tuesday through Friday with a three day weekend (great gig huh?) and some may work 1 day, some 3 days or not at all on that week based on the storylines that they are currently filmed. For those who do not know, the soap does tape six weeks in advance so what they are filming now will not be on our tvs until October.
His wife is turning 30 this weekend and he bought the entire Harry Potter dvd box set and they have been marathoning the films back to back to prepare to see the new film tonight. He is a very passionate human as he is working hard to protect our soap from entering the life support stage as other soaps have entered. Remember, Y&R has been dominated the ratings for nearly or over 20 years now, and if we fans keep writing, tweeting, faxing, phoning, picketing, or whatever it takes, we could continue to keep our Genoa City family around for years to come. I told him it would be a sad day for all of us fans when the last scene is filmed and aired as it’s been a staple in my family and my viewing for 27 years. He will be tweeting out a link later in reply to the negative responses he received from the Emmy post so be sure to look for that tweet today.
Again, if you read this Michael, thank you so very much for your time and I will be donating to your October charity drive for yet another phone call that if I do win, I will forfeit to another fan, pay it forward right? This happened in August 2011.