Michael Muhney on Adam: “What Makes Him Tick Is Self-preservation”

Michael Muhney did an interview with After Elton about his role as Adam on The Young and the Restless and in it he discusses what makes Adam tick.

AE: Now, I hadn’t seen it this way, but you said something that made me wonder if you might see if differently: Is Adam sort of curious about this experience, or was this just something he did just because he needed to do it to further his schemes?

MM: I think primarily what makes him tick is self-preservation, so yes, first and foremost, the initial reasoning for doing anything is "How am I going to get out of this scot-free?" It’s like act now, think about it later. He doesn’t put his emotions first, he puts his motives first.

However, upon doing something like that, I feel as though wouldn’t anybody question yourself? Even if the answer to yourself is, "No. No I’m not," aren’t you going to at least question it?

Einstein said, "There’s no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid answers." He can ask any question he wants, and question that moment as deeply as he might want, and wonder why he did that and why he followed through all the way. Depending on how he can come up with an answer, that’s how he’s going to be able to handle that situation and digest it and move forward.

I think it would be a natural process to question a situation like that, questioning your sexuality, questioning just how detestable and despicable of a person are you for trying to fool other people into thinking you’re someone that you’re not. I think if you’re not a sociopath, you’re gonna question things.

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4 Responses

  1. Profile photo of sanka9

    I can honestly say that during your last podcast i was in total agreement with your view of Michael Muhney performance as Adam but after watching him this week i’m a CONVERT and Jamey you better get with programme or else i’m coming to get you.

  2. Profile photo of reggyreg

    I think in time, Michael will make Adam his own. It is a question of getting comfortable with his acting style. Remember we were not so crazy about Chris Engen at first and he grew on us. I think Michael will do the same and that he will play the role longer than Chris (hopefully).

  3. Profile photo of arielade

    MM seems to have really put some thought and time into this complex character, and I think it’s starting to translate on screen. These were great answers in this interview, and I think MM is really starting to make Adam his own. Would it have been better for CE to stay in the role? Yes, of course, but CE didn’t give us that option, and I really want to give MM a fair shot at this.

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