Try this one on for size: You are about to step into the role of one of the most devious characters on daytime, you've never done a soap, you are in the middle of a heavy story with no time to learn the ropes, and you are about to play one of the most controversial and shocking plot points ever in the genre -- seducing a gay man as a way to divert him from finding out the truth behind your skullduggery.
And, oh yes, you are straight.
That is the amazing and exciting predicament Michael Muhney found himself in when he landed the role of Adam Wilson in what some would call an “emergency recast.” As many know, Chris Engen walked out on the most scandalous role in daytime, and created more controversy when many speculated he did it because of the gay plotline.
Enter Muhney, a Veronica Mars alum, who is relishing the chance to portray the different layers of Adam. Homophobia is not in Muhney's neighborhood, and he can’t wait for more of the twists and turns that are sure to make Adam’s diabolical seductions and machinations riveting to daytime television viewers.
In this Advocate.com interview, Muhney weighs in on the delicate way The Young and the Restless has handled one man’s sexual advances toward another as a master puppeteer playing with someone’s emotions and body to get what he wants.
How has it been for you stepping into the role of
Adam at such a pivotal point in the story? You came into
this when Chris Engen abruptly left the show.
Would you say you were an emergency recast?
Michael Muhney: Well, being I am not familiar with the vernacular of daytime, and the “emergency” aspect; it was certainly an expedited casting process and closing the deal process. I think it was more that we were all inclined to get it done sooner than later and move forward. To be honest, if I had the choice of being thrust into the middle of a huge story line like this or put on the periphery, I would prefer to be thrown in the deep end. That way you are really sink or swim, and your instincts kick in and you have to go with your visceral gut instinct.
I had spoken with Eileen Davidson [Ashley] who told
me she had talked to you on your first day on the set.
She was checking in on how you were handling the
pressure of your new gig. You said something like,
“Bring it on.” It seemed all OK with you.
I am not the kind of person who gets nervous or gets rattled. If you want to make a sport analogy… if you want to hand me the ball with a few seconds left, at least I can control that, and I can do something about it.
How did you feel about Adam using Rafe for his
cover-up? It’s never been done in daytime before
quite like this, which has been very interesting.
For me, what it did was not only did it expand CBS’s horizon and The Young and the Restless's horizon, but Adam’s horizon. What it did was move a character who represents a person who lives in Genoa City and moved him outside of a box that you can neatly check off. “He is straight, he is this, or he is that,” and the fact that some lines are blurred makes him more real. How many of us in real life want to feel like we fit into a box? You like to feel that you are an individual who is not quite definable. When they did that with this character, I loved the opportunity to play into a different realm which is usually not touched upon on television. Maria Arena Bell [co-exec producer and head writer] was willing to go there, and go there with style.
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