Michael Muhney (AKA Adam Wilson/Victor Newman JR) graciously agreed to a sit down interview. OK, so we didn't actually sit down together - but I'm pretty sure we were both sitting down when we were typing ;-)
Q. We fans love to get a glimpse into how the actors perceive their characters. Some chuckle at their alter ego's antics, while some rationalize,
even defend questionable behavior. How would YOU describe Adam? (the 'evilest evil doer who ever eviled' is my all-time favourite Adamism)
A. Your favorite Adam-ism is one of the first lines I added to the show. Adam is complex. And completely unpredictable. He can operate on emotion, and the next minute operate on strategy. He compartmentalizes events.
Q. In an interview, Eric Breadan shared that Chris Engen was 'disturbed' to be playing such a villainous character. Can you relate?
Is it emotionally draining when Adam's in full-tilt evil mode? Does it surprise you that such an evil character has become so popular?
A. It is quite draining, and I've gotten better at handling it and leaving it all at work. But it is quite a feat to spend your days at work being a pariah to all. The fan response doesn't surprise me, per se, because I got to see just how well my character and persona was received. But I'm glad the character has become quite popular.
Q. If you were writing the script, which actress would you like to see Adam become involved with?
A. Involved, but not necessarily sexually with all of them: Sharon case, amelia heinle, elizabeth hendrickson, michelle stafford, tracy bregman, Eileen davidson...can't really pick.
Q. Having (successfully) completed many other projects, where would you like your career to take you in the future? Are you currently auditioning for other roles that would prevent you from continuing your role on Y&R? Would you be content celebrating 25 years in the role of Adam Newman? GC would be such a boring place without Adam Wilson/Newman.
A. I'm gonna take things a year or two at a time. But right now i'm not looking at other projects because i have no time. my film schedule is quite full...
Q. You're well know for your great sense of humour - and ad libs during scenes.As it's obviously your
forte, do you wish the writers would allow you to infuse more comic relief?
A. Maria is very gracious with my interpretation of Adam, and i think we collaborate quite well with the character.
Q. In an interview, MAB is quoted as saying that you would 'make the role your own'. Indeed you have. Adam is, by far (and in the opinions of many) the most successful recast to date. To what do you attribute your success in stepping into an established role? To what extent (if any) did you base your portrayal of Adam - on that of your predessessor, Chris Engen?
A. I came in and had to own the character. No knock-off, no hybrid. I had to carry Adam in my own way. And as much as I appreciate hearing "best recast ever" I never think of it that way. I don't think "recast" when I think of myself in this role. I simply think "cast". So "best casting ever" is the goal i'm shooting for... ;)
Q. The world of Internet Message Boards (online communities) is quite often a more hostile environment than GC's county lock-up. Is it ever unsettling how um 'passionate' fans can be? How hurtful is negative comments?
A. I really am thankful for how passionate fans are, that is worth its weight in gold. I'm amused, greatly, at people's comments bashing Adam. But when people suggest they know me, the actor, or what is going through my head, or what I am like, and put words in my mouth, or take things horribly out of context, and attack my personal character and by doing so attack my wife and children's reputation, I see red and I won't sit quietly when that happens.
Q. Your fans greatly appreciate the considerable time you take to stay in contact via email and Twitter etc. (members of my message board - which may as well be renamed the 'We Love Adam' board - are quick to share your Tweets) How on earth do you find the time? How inspirational is the overwhelming positive feedback?
A. I don't sleep much. I am always working (one way or another) every second I'm awake. And the "overwhelming" feedback is exactly that...OVERWHELMING. I am very thankful.
Q. And to satisfy my own personal curiosity; Your bio on CBS claims you're a soccer fan. I LOVE soccer. Do you follow the English Premier League? The German League? Who's your favourite team?
A. I'm a fan of german, english, and brazilian soccer...but i won't say who my favourite team is!
Q. Unfortunately, the Y&R (or Schatten der Leidenschaft) is no longer aired in Germany (which is a shame since both you and Eric Braedan have roots there). Do you have family in Germany? Do you visit often?
A. Yes, I still have a lot of family in Germany, and I do enjoy visiting the motherland!
Q. You're reportedly a member of Mensa (which I hope is true - as I updated wiki to add your name).
A. Yes. I am a member. I have to credit my parents for inheriting their excessive IQs.
Q. I was surprised (and impressed) to hear that you co-invented ACT! (a fantastic program I've frequently used). Had you not pursued acting, would software development have been your chosen career path?
A. That was my father, Mike Muhney, not me. And I was strongly considering law while in high school and college. But then I caught that little thing they call "the acting bug".
Thanks again to Michael Muhney - for taking the time!!