Criminal Minds' Shemar Moore: "The Soap Opera Days Were Like High School"



Mercury News.com caught up with former The Young and the Restless star Shemar Moore, who was on a location shoot for Criminal Minds, his hit CBS crime drama, and asked about his time on soaps.  He responded,

I've had a lot of success in 16 years, but in some ways it still feels brand-new because there's still so much I haven't done," he says. "I treat my career like school. The soap opera days were like high school. I got my diploma and graduated.

"Now I'm in college, and hopefully I'll go to grad school (feature films) and catch the bus with Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith and the others."
 

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How dare he make that statement! First of all Shemar Moore has done movies before and he did not light up the big screen with any of his performances. He lucked up and got a supporting role on Criminal Minds. He had better enjoy it while it lasts because I don't see him "graduating to grad school" and competing with 2 academy award winners (Washington and Foxx) and a academy award nominee (Smith). He is deluding himself if he believes his career will take off in that same fashion. Shemar Moore has always been eye candy...easy on the eyes but his acting while it has gotten better..will never be anything more than average. Shemar, get over yourself!

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In other words, DON'T expect him to return to Y&R anytime soon, folks. That's all she wrote!!! Well, as far as I'm concerned, they should have NEVER brought the character of Malcolm back unless they were gonna bring back the character of Drucilla (aka Victoria Rowell!!) I know the writers see all of this storyline potential, but I have always felt that Victoria Rowell was the driving force between the Malcolm/Neil relationship anyway. Without her, it's not gonna be nearly as interesting to see Lily warm up to her "dad"...........Plus, the writers aren't using Malcolm anyway!! What was the point???

Bottom line: I have almost stopped caring entirely about the Winters family. Lily is boring as hell, Olivia is NEVER on, Neil has developed a romance with Ashley Abbott (?????) and Malcolm seems to be already stuck in storyline Siberia. When the Winters family IS on, all they do is coddle Lily and talk about the past (a past that also includes DRUCILLA!!)

This show has systematically almost ruined the most popular Black family in it's history!!!! I find it difficult to care nowadays, and as black man, that's almost insulting!!!!

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BTW: Reggyreg, I totally agree-------

Shemar Moore will go down in history as possibly the SEXIEST black man to ever work in daytime television, and definitely in the top 20 of sexiest black men of this generation, but he will DEFINITELY not go down as one of the best black actors!!! His thespian skills are average, and sometimes good, but not "knock your socks off FANTASTIC." I've never been particularly impressed with any of his performances (unless his shirt was off!) He's no Forrest Whitaker, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson or James Earl Jones, that's for sure!!!

Bottom line: I hope he doesn't have his Academy Award speech memorized, because he might wanna clear that space up in his brain for something else. Ain't gonna happen.........

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I do not see anything wrong with Shemar's statement. He isn't dissing soaps, a lot of people look back fondly on high school, that doesn't mean they necessarily want to pull at Teen Messica Buchanan. I know for a fact Shemar has been open to returning several times, even since he booked Criminal Minds, but the brass blew it.
 

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I thought that most soap actors use soaps as a stepping stone to try and move onto primetime and film. I don't see what the big deal is either. He has always said he is grateful to Y&R.

As far as his acting he has improved tremendously since leaving Y&R and doing CM.

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honestly shemar said nothing wrong here...many people look back on hs like this love their school family wish they could go back and in the grand scheme of things soaps are like the hs of acting i.e veteran actors act more as professors of acting than costars where as feature films are grad studies..

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Don't see a problem with what he said.Just think folks really want him back badly and I don't blame them since Nu Malcolm is definitely not doing anything for me personally.

I mean I did really well in high school and was even a few teachers favorite student but do I want to go back and attend high school ....NO !!!  Nuff Said.

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Alstonboy,

We are on the same page. I think Shemar's statement implies that daytime is for kids and that he believes he is moving on to bigger and better things. Why do soaps always get the short end of the stick. He did not need to say that his working on a soap was equivalent to high school. He could have just said he wants to explore other genres. And if he considered working on a soap is like "high school" why was he willing to come back? Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Shemar Moore, I just felt it was disrespectful to the Peter Bergmans, Eric Braedens and Susan Flannerys to say this is high school. Have the three of these fine actors not graduated?

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#4 I agree with you.

As a matter of fact, when they talked about bringing Malcolm back recently, Shemar  said  that he loved his time on Y&R so much that he was open to coming back as a guest stint, but then his schedule didn't allow that.

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I don't think soaps DO get the short end of the stick. I've read many interviews where actors/actresses have said that their work on daytime was a great teaching tool in that they had to be prepared daily and know several pages of dialogue each day. Personally, I think it would be much harder to do daytime than movies or night time tv because it's five days a week.

 

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RebeccaJ,

There are many other actors/actresses who don't even acknowledge that they were on a soap opera.

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 I don't read "anything incorrect"  in what he said he didn't put down soaps nor did I intrepret it the same as others who believe he is...IMO,  he simply stated the part they played in his "career"  he used an analogy that's all
 

categorizing his stepping stones  like an education he started young on Y/R (high school) he was gorgeous and couldn't act his way out of a paper bag but what I liked is how he circumvented that  by using his personallity  until he became better...(which took awhile).  I didn't care I liked Malcom...

He's almost 40 and he is assessing his present (college) and future (grad school)..I don't interpret this as condescension to soaps in any way....he still aspires and has goals in his craft...

what is wrong with that?  I know I do...

 

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Cyberologist,

I hear what you are saying and to some extent I agree. I just did not like that analogy but he has a right to use whatever analogy he wishes. It is okay to set goals but they should be realistic. At 40 years of age, he may have great difficulty matching the success of the actors he mentioned. Having said that, more power to them.

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Yep IA did he did say "HOPEFULLY 
I think Morgan Freeman and a few others started late out the gate...then there is also directing producing or something in his industry...writing... Hollywood is not all there for African Americans period...David Mills an African American TV writer (The Wire, Hill Street Blues among many others also a producer)

 who just passed away...said African American are rare. Rumor has it that Halle Berry was having trouble getting work I read on a board. Forty isn't his problem.
 
BRAVA!!

WELL SAID  Submitted by alstonboy4315 
put it all in a nutshell...RE: THE Winters family (#2)

AND I'm using this one
of course I'l cite my source...LoL

I don't blame him they treat African Americans like sh..on Y/R
where is Devon? I've gotten to the point I'm so glad Lily actress will be on
maternity leave; I'd like to see how the Winters will fair out....

Tatiyana was awesome and they wouldn't even use her,  her and Devon could have been a super-couple and I'm stuck with a bald head can't act  ^%$% actress with no charisma or sex appeal... 

I just had a flash fantasy Tatiyana and Shemar in a project (not Y/R) as love intrest? Umm? I think that could work,  

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I think he's great and looks great without a shirt but I don't see him swinging it into Oscar nomination territory.
Emmys yes but not Oscars.

He's still adorable as hell.

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I dont get why everyone is having a coronary over this ... he just made a statement .. duh he cant go back to Y&R .. they recasted the role...so  HS is not an option anymore because he moved on aka graduated... and can no longer go back because someone else is learning from the job as malcolm... Hes moved on to TV aka College and HOPES  to gain success in film aka GRAD STUDIES.. although not everyone does but let the man dream ....

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Just to reiterate MY comments----

I was not making a big deal over the comment about Shemar comparing soaps to school and wanting to "graduate" (paraphrasing). I think that Shemar Moore is actually SMART to stay in primetime television, since the soaps are dropping like flies!!! Also, if he were on Y&R, he'd be stuck playing with Lily's hair, asking her how she feels TWENTY times per episode and pretending like she's a porcelain doll who could fall and break into a million pieces at any time. I'd rather be on a HIT primetime show any day of the week than be a BACKBURNERED character who they seem to have brought back for no real reason.......

I was simply saying that aside from being pretty to look at, Shemar Moore is not a great thespian. He is certainly not in the ballpark of Samuel Jackson, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier and all the other great black actors of our time......He's GOOD, but certainly not great. Of course, he gets far more attention than he deserves simply because of his "biological advantages", but that's another argument for another day.

Of course, that's just my opinion. I completely understand and respect all differing ones. Just wanted to set the record straight........
 

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I still have nothing but love for Shemar.

Loved his work on Y&R, and love him on Criminal Minds. As for soaps being like "high school" -- many actors get into soaps as a stepping stone. It all depends on where you want to go in a career and clearly  daytime was not his end goal. I didn't take this quote as him bashing soaps. In fact, in every other interview I see with him, he speaks VERY highly of daytime tv.

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That might be true, Reggyreg, but NOT in Shemar's case. He has always talked about how Y&R made him what he is.

BTW, what I don't like about Y&R's portrayl of African Americans is that everybody is related to each other! Give me a break. The only AA actor that wasn't related to anyone was that hunky detective that they got rid of. Probably because he wasn't related to anyone:)....