David Hasselhoff on Y&R Return: "It Was So Surreal"
MSN.com's Deanna Barnert dished with David Hasselhoff about his return to former stomping ground The Young and the Restless. The actor opens up on how it feels to be back to the suders after 27 years.
It was amazing coming back here. It was so surreal. I was talking to Wings Hauser (Greg), who came back. It was like we never left. Wings and I were laughing, making jokes, still being cocky crazy. Everybody was so positive. It was, without a doubt, an amazing four days. After the first day, I said, 'Oh god, I've got to go home and learn these lines! And there's no cue cards?' They said, 'We'll bring you cue cards,' but I said, 'No, I don't want cue cards, I want to see if I can do this.' It was very different from the way it used to be, but I loved it. We just got out there and screwed around - that's the technique I've always used to distract myself, so I don’t get nervous. It was like a big family. I was smiling for four days, and I haven't smiled for four days in a long time.
Hasselhoff also discusses how he got the call to come back to Y&R, and how it will be featured in his untitled upcoming reality series slated to air on A&E.
When I got on the phone with [Maria Bell, headwriter], she was so incredibly nice and enthusiastic about my coming [that] it was a no-brainer. I use it as an episode for my [upcoming A&E reality] show. I wanted to go back to my roots to A) honor Bill Bell [creator of Y&R and The Bold and the Beautiful') and B) see if I can still do it. I like to be terrified. It was terrifying to come back. But it wasn't hard. It was easy, because it's what I do. I did 800 shows, so somewhere in my subconscious, the show's still there. My daughter punched up YouTube. You can see the episode where I say goodbye to Chucky. I couldn't believe it. YouTube has documented everything in my life, good, bad or indifferent.