Jeanne Cooper, “Victor and Nikki’s Days Are Over”

Jeanne Cooper recently did an interview with Michael Fairman at Michael Fair On Air On Soaps.

In the interview they discuss her career at The Young and the Restless, her win at the 2008 Emmy Awards, Restless Style, whether or not she believes Victor and Nikki are over and much more.

Below is an excerpt from the interview.

TV SOAP: Was the sudden departure of Raya Meddine (Sabrina) a bit of a shock to the cast, or to you, as it had been made out to be by Internet rumors and reports? Do you think it’s just to get Victor and Nikki back together?

JEANNE: I think Victor and Nikki days are over, because there are a lot of people who are star-crossed lovers, and as they become older, the general reaction is “They will never be parted.” You will always want Victor and Nikki back together, and they probably will from time to time, but you cannot at this point have Victor going off and impregnating another woman. The audience at home, at some point, will not like what happens. The wives will turn to their husbands and say, “Can’t you ever settle down?” And that’s who Victor is, unless you make him settle down. I don’t know if Eric Braeden (Victor) is willing to give up that part of the character at this point. He always wants that challenge, which is part of life and he does it very, very, well. And so does Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki). They are superb and accepting of these types of situations.

Be sure to read the full interview HERE

8 Responses

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    Jillian Bowe

    I love me some Jeanne C, her daytime speech had me DYING and I watched it many times. However, Ms. C she needs to see the light about Victor and Nikki. If she can’t see that just like roaches and Cher’s comebacks, Victor and Nikki will return again..

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    Nikki and Victor’s days are over?

    Why do soaps do this? They know what people want to see and they do the exact oppisite. Sorry I love Jeanne but I really don’t understand what she’s trying to say here.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Ugh, I am so tired of hearing about what the ACTORS want. Who CARES is they want them kept apart? The show is about the fans PERIOD! And until daytime realizes that, they will still be all giddy about getting a 4.0 on a Friday episode when this doggoned show used to be at 9.0!!! If these actors want creative control over the characters they play, they should start their own web shows or write Off-Broadway plays, not try to dictate what is done behind the scenes at a soap!

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    While I do think that actors should have some input seeing that they have played the character longer then some of us have been alive. Who better to know what a character would and wouldn’t do then the actor. But there needs to be a limit. This is the problem I have w/ GH. There are some rumors that Maurice Bernard and Steve Burton want the story lines that they are getting. There has to be a balance. Nikki is the only one that challenges Victor. All his other relationships involve the women treating him like the second coming. There is only so many times a couple can make up and break up before people stop caring. I’d rather have Nikki and Victor battling it out while married than divorced.

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    Jillian Bowe

    Seasons you and Jamey both have valid points. Seasons I’d love a Victor and Nikki reunion, lord knows I would right about know. As you know I did the hammer aka running man when I heard that Sabrina bit the big one and actors should have a smidge bit of creative control on their characters I mean if they’ve been playing them for so long while the writers come and go they do know what’s at the core of their character. However, as Jamey says they need to stop trying to take creative control because if it weren’t for the writers they wouldn’t have jobs. As I’ve seen over the 7 years people on daytime shows are replaceable or can just be killed off if need be. I think I get what JC’s trying to say on the low-low.  That Victor’s a, "Valentino," of sorts and when he decides that its time to settle down or  he wants no man to be with Nikki that’s when he courts her. That’s all fine and dandy but all players/pimps and Peter Pans have to grow up some day…

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    TV SOAP: In the past, you have been vocal in your opinion, and unhappy that Jill was made your daughter, and were hoping for a reversal. Will that be addressed?

    JEANNE: That will be approached. There is another character coming back that everybody loves and has been missed for a long time, so I am looking forward to that.

    TV SOAP: Will you get a romance?

    JEANNE: No, but I probably will at some point. But the thing of it is, it’s a character coming back that I love and the audience loved, and was dispensed with! In fact, the man that participated in that storyline called me from New York (an actor, who participated in that storyline). You know who I am talking about? Isn’t that exciting?

    TV SOAP: So, that will happen in a couple months?

    JEANNE: I think so, because Katherine needs a real friend.


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