Thom Bierdz Says "Six Month Contract Is Up"



Thom Bierdz chatted with Advocate.com's Michael Fairman and explained his lack of screen time on The Young and the Restless.

Here is the thing; I know I am on in eight episodes in November and then the truth is, I sort of disappear. My six-month contract is up. And I really want to support the gay community, and I want the gay community to support me. I would like the gay community to write to CBS and say, ‘We want a gay character on the air,’ and I want to be that.

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This show is pathetic. They go to all the trouble of rewriting history to bring Phillip back, and then they never use him!

The fallout of his return was awful. There was a huge build up, but no pay off! We never got any scenes with Jill dealing with his return, or with the two of them reconnecting. Ditto with Katherine, or anyone else in GC who knew Phillip.

Since July, Phillip (and Nina) have been used merely to pop up boring old Chance. Fail!

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I wonder if he could go to ATWT and be a "cougar" to Luke or Noah. Y&R sure dropped the ball on this one.

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What a waste! Was this Sony?

Thom and the audience deserve better than sending Phillip back to Australia. Maybe he'll show up infrequently like Brock.

Sadly, we'll be stuck with more endless retreads of Nick & Phyllis! Followed by Nick lusts for Sharon! Blah! Even worse, I fear we'll be plagued with Tucker and Sharon.

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This was a waste! They didn't know how to handle the storyline right from the beginning. Let Philip return from the death for this was just stupid. I guess we won't see him again. At least not very soon.

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I don't want to offend - I too was really hoping for this storyline - buy I couldn't help but shudder every time Beirdz was on screen. I was all for a gay story with Philip but let's be honest: dude couldn't act. He couldn't act in 1989 and he was completely wooden in his scenes when he returned. I wouldn't by him as a viable love interest, even if he's gay in real life and I suspect tptd noticed the same thing.

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splashdpaw, you do make a good point. But then again to let the story just end by him dissapearing is just plain insulting to the audience

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Im sure Thom is wonderful person, and it's great that he wants to represent the gay community onscreen. However, he cant just 'be', he has to act, and he cant!

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I don't blame the writers for this one.

After seeing his acting on screen I am glad he hasn't been on. His acting is DREADFUL. Just my opinion. He was the major weak link in the reveal scenes and as an actor you have to bring it and he definitely missed the bus those days and I have to say he hasn't improved that much. I'm glad they dropped the ball on this one.

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Good riddance to him!! He cannot act! person. Straight people who act as gay people do a better job of acting than Thom Bierdz can do on any day and he doesn't even have act the role of being gay. Look at the guys who acted in Brokeback Mountain. There weren't gay and did an exceptional job. Just recently, Sean Penn did an excellent job in Harvey Milk. Can Thom Bierdz who is not a straight person pull off that kind of acting skill?

Of course, I know he was rusty but jeez his acting never got better. Especially when he was in scenes with Tricia Cast, Thom's acting was lacking. Tricia Cast came back after years of not being on screen and yet she just jump right into the acting as if she never left.

His acting never got better and yet he still wants to stay. He should continue to paint, because his art works looks very powerful and leave the acting to people who can really do it. No disrespect to Thom, and I am presuming he is a nice guy but his acting wasn't good and it didn't seem like it was getting better.

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In retrospect, bringing Phillip back was just as big of a mistake as making Brad Carlton not Brad Carlton. There was no point to the Phillip storyline.

I really wanted to see some heart-wrenching scenes between Katherine, Jill, Phillip and Chance. But, it never happened. They had one or two weak arguments, and that's it. I was very disappointed by the execution.

None of these three women should have forgiven this man that easily. Nina should STILL be pissed off at him, as opposed to playing Grace to his Will.

That being said, I agree with Thom. There should be a gay character on YR. But, that doesn't mean it has to be him.

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Is Tricia Cast out? I'm worried now. With Phillip out, and Chance sort of taking their role, I wouldn't be surprised if Nina leaves town too. UGH.

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I wasn't saying Tricia Cast is out of Y&R. I was showing an example of an individual who hasn't acted for awhile and yet still she came back and played her role as if she never left.

The point of my comment is Thom Bierdz cannot act. There was no mention in my comment that Tricia Cast is out of Y&R.

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I wouldn't put those OLTL actors in such a high standard. There acting isn't that good in my opinion. It's okay but nothing to brag about. I know my opinion is probably the minority but I have been hearing so much praise for their acting but it isn't that good. It's just ok...nothing really to brag about.

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Their acting is better than Thom's. At least we're getting some form of emotion from them. Watching Thom's acting is like watching paint dry.

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Smitty, you have to give OLTL tptb props for pushing the envelope and doing something different than the same old s/l the forever and making the gay characters more dimensional than old stereotypes and I wish that soaps would get with the program and do something daring and bold.

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I'm sorry, but the actors on OLTL act rings around Thom.

With they being said, I didn't think TB is that bad. He has very lame material to work with. How is he supposed to act?

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Dear Met,

Please don't be so egotistical in assuming I was directly addressing you when I was not.

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Thom's acting is very good for someone who hasn't acted professionally in years. This story would not have worked with a recast Phillip Chancellor III.

And as I laid out in the first response, the writing was crap. There was no fall out. This was ridiculous. Not Thom's fault. The writers need to keep him on the show and write a good story for him and Jill.

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I didn't think Thom was that bad. I also don't believe that they somehow dropped this story because he wasn't a great actor. The story was only about a) making Cane a hero b) bringing in Chance. That's it. The meat of the storyline, Phillip's return and the reactions of his family, were over in a few weeks. And most of that didn't even have to be about Thom's acting. Even if he isn't a great actor, Tricia, Jess, and Jeanne could have had YEARS of material.

Besides, Y&R also took the punk's way out with Rafe and Adam, even though, according to so many, Michael Muhney is supposed to be the big new star of the year.

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I also disagree that "as an actor, you have to bring it." Is that why Josh Morrow all but slept through his entire storyline this year? So did Eric Braeden. So did a few others. Let's not even get into Crystal Kahlil, or Eva Marcile, who was onscreen for almost a year before they finally had enough. This show isn't exactly being held to a high standard of acting.

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This sucks. Even though I've never found Thom's acting "all that" I always liked him in the role. He played the young tortured soul bit rather well back in the day. I think, though, that ultimately he got the part because he bore such a strong resemblance to Donnelly Rhodes (Phillip Chancellor II). This is a YOUNG Rhodes on the left.

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Carol2, I'm so glad you mentioned Eric Braeden. Yes, he a Y&R icon, but I've never seen any range in his acting. Ever....

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I must ask the people who think Thom Bierdz acting is good. Can you compare his acting to Heath Ledger's and Jake Gyllenhall acting in Brokeback Mountain to Thom Bierdz - ick - acting? Ok if you dont remember Brokeback Mountain, just recently Sean Penn did Harvey Milk. Can you compare Thom Bierdz acting to that. Those are all gay supporting films which was acted and directed beautifully.

Thom Bierdz on the other hand wants to stay at show that is being built on weak storylines. Now Thom's acting in these weak/horrible storylines will not get much fan support.

For instance despite the horrible storyline Eileen Davidson was given. She handled it very well. Thom Bierdz on the other hand couldn't handle such acting. His acting is not on par as the other actors, such T. Cast, B. Miller, E. Hendrickson etc. In my opinion I think the TPTB saw his acting after he came on the scene and decided to not further pursue the storyline with such a weak actor.

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the fact that some are trying to compare Eric Braeden's acting to Thom Bierdz is laughable. It's hard to take that seriously.

As for Kyle/Fish/Nick storyline I give OLTL credit for telling the story. I don't hate the story I am just pointing out that I personally don't feel like that acting is necessarily the best.

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Met,

I cannot believe you compared Thom Bierdz to Sean Penn, Jake G. or Health L. First of all I dare you to find ONE actor on daytime who has the acting talent of those mentioned above! It is like comparing a thorough bred horse to a mule. Leave Thom Bierdz alone. His acting did improve over the past six months and he is a part of Y and R history. They need to find him a storyline. Oh, and by the way..KEEP BETH MAITLAND!!!

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Thom's acting was a bit rusty, but this storyline was a ridiculous joke from day one. Y&R ran to the gay press hyping their gay stories for months, then provided drivel. First rule of PR, make sure the product your pimping can deliver before you start the campaign. From the Chris Engen scandal/insta-recast, to having Adam and Rafe kiss off screen to writing Phillip as a tool who faked his death because he "thought" his family would be homophobic, Y&R's gay stories have been some of the worst in soap history. I would rather they left Phillip dead.
 

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Jamey's right. The writing was bad. I kept watching and kept wanting more. But it never appeared. Katherine and Jill should have been wounded and not so forgiving. Phillip was made to look like an arrogant jerk.

No matter who played the role, he would have been shackled with some of the worst dialogue in recent memory.

I just don't think the current head writers have a clue about writing a story about non-majority characters, gay or non-white, well.

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First of all I dare you to find ONE actor on daytime who has the acting talent of those mentioned above!
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Justin Deas
Nancy Lee Grahn
Debbi Morgan
Erika Slezak
Susan Flannery
Jess Walton
Peter Bergman
Tony Geary
Michelle Stafford
Trevor St. John
Billy Miller
Florenzia Lozano

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Jane Elliot
Carolyn Hennesy
Hillary B. Smith
Robert S. Woods
Eddie Alderson
etc.

Just because someone is on the big screen doesn't make them a better actor. People like Krista Allen (ex-Billie, DAYS) and Jodie Lynn O'Keefe (ex-Maggie, AW) have had more success off daytime than people who could act circles around them, like Kim Zimmer.

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In totally agreement with Jamey. Y&R gets 99.9% of the credit for the failure of this s/l. From the moment Thom said his first line I knew he didn't have it but the writing sure didn't help him. Instead of focusing on his shame and fear about the truth coming out about his homosexuality he was too busy telling everyone else how they would have felt about it and showed no sympathy for allowing his family to think he was dead.

I defended Y&R's decision to not have Chance immediately react to finding out his father was alive because I ASSUMED that it was going to be a slow burn. Now I regret that because we got nothing but a few father and son talks in a coffee shop no less. I'm sure Y&R saw that the s/l wasn't working but instead of tweaking it they dropped it all together. That decision only made it more frustrating because it seemed like all was forgiven overnight.

I've seen actors less competent than Thom who have front burner s/l's so I don't see the need in letting him go. I was the first one who wanted Chris Engen and Vail Bloom gone but over time I saw their value. I believe this is more about Y&R not being committed to telling a gay s/l. Although, personally I say if Y&R isn't committed to it then they just shouldn't do it. I'm tired of the "at least they have...". There doesn't need to be anymore at least, almost, maybe, kinda. I'm over the hokey pokey stuff. Either tell a story or don't.