Thom Bierdz on His Y&R Return



In an interview with abOUT Magazine Thom Bierdz discusses his return to The Young and the Restless and the rumor his character Phillip Chancellor III will find himself in a gay relationship.

Rumor has it, Phillip might be finding himself in a relationship in the not-too-distant future. What can you tell us about that?

I would really appreciate fans to write into the show and ask for that. I can’t tell you too much, but I’m not satisfied where things are in relation to that. The more viewers ask for that, the more it might happen. I know they are going to go there. I don’t know how fast they’ll go there.

Read the entire interview at abOUT Magazine.


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I hope Y&R keeps Phillip around longer this time. Phillip should move back into the Chancellor mansion permanently and find a job in Genoa City.

Sounds like Y&R is hesitant to go ahead with a romance for Phillip. Even though the age difference is noticeable, I'd certainly get behind a Phillip/Rafe relationship if Y&R treated them with respect.

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Thom, I hope you get that storyline, but no write-in campaign will make a bit of difference. Your EP Maria Bell does not listen to fans. She knows what's best for the show and the rest of us can like it or lump it!

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Love ya Thom!

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I am so glad Phillip is back!!!

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Since what's done is done with that craptastic story of him being alive and then being gay, I see nothing wrong with RECASTING the role with someone who can act. I'm sorry but he has not spent the past 20 years honing his craft -- he is worse than the actress who played Daisy. Blech.

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Right I was thinking of Michael Park in the role. Now that would be a great recast. Thom would have been great on Passions where acting often took a backseat.

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Oh God, here it comes again, people complaining about Thom's acting.... *rolls eyes*

Thom is a good actor for the role. It's not like Phillip is commanding storylines like Victor and Jack. And it's ALWAYS better to have the definitive, original actor in a role---recasts suck!

Thom is better than half the current cast: better than Victoria, Lily, Mac, Malcolm, Abby, Chance, Heather, etc., etc. Recast THOSE roles and then we'll talk!

I'm just glad to have Thom as Phillip back...no need for anyone else in the role!

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No one should ever say a bad word about Amelia Heinle's hair because Thom Bierdz has THE WORST hair on Y&R!

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Oh, give me a PHUCKING break!! Thom's hair is fine. Amelia's is ratty and she doesn't shampoo. She looks like a homeless person. How Thad Luckinbill can be married to her is beyond me. Dis. Gus. Ting.

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Alistair,

You need glasses! Bierdz's hair is unkempt and unflattering.

Neither Bierdz nor Heinle, however, are undeserving of love.

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Leave Alistair Crane alone! He apparently has a little crush! It will be great to have Phillip back because that means that Nina will be staying around as well! Wouldn't it be fun if Phillip and Ronan were the gay couple? I mean think about it. We have had mother and daughter hooking up with the same man. We have had father and son with the same woman. Why not have a man hooking up with mother then son? With Phillips poutiness and Ronans crankiness, they should make an interesting couple!

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Josstheguy, you're a homophobe who hates Thom Bierdz because he's gay. Enough hate from you.

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dup

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marknsprmo,

No. AlistairCrane is a big persona and can defend himself.

A Ronan and Phillip pairing would be just as icky as any other faux incest pairing on a Bell soap. Just say no to faux incest!

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I really get a kick out of DC's threads. Laughing out loud They always descend into weirdness. God, I love this site!!!!!! Love

Can we all agree that Y&R has the worst hair of all the soaps currently on air?

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And this is the exactly part of the reason why daytime is looked down upon by the rest of the acting world. It's why so many actors back in the day refused to or were told to omit their soap experiences from their acting resume. Because when people think of soap opera actors they don't think of Erika Slezak, Debbie Morgan, Christian J. Leblanc, Kim Zimmer, Susan Flannery, or David Canary. Nope they think of all those horrible actors who have littered the screens day-in and day out. Some of these actors going on to become popular stars of their shows.

As a trained actor myself and someone whom has studied the Meisner technique, Method Acting from Lee Strasberg, and the great Stanislavski (just to name a few). It is no better to have bad or lackluster actors on a soap as it is to have bad or poorly trained teachers in public schools. And when it comes to soaps, how does one want to save a genre when the standards even set by some of the fans is so low?

We rally against the writers and producers for the poor quality of storylines we get on air and yet when it comes to acting it is often for some people less important to have talented actors because they may not have commanding storylines.

As a trained actor and anyone who acts or knows about acting knows that actors are trained that no matter how big or small the part is you play them just the same.

And I don't care about Thom's sexuality because i'm an equal opportunity critique. CK falls into that same category as does JR Martinez.

But if we are going to take that soft of a line with Thom B. Then the excuse for Maria Arena Bell and company's writing should be that they are not writing Oscar worthy material.

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Thom has not had an easy life and I also understand those fans who would prefer he continue in the role of Phillip III. But if you put all that aside and look at things objectively, he is just not a very good actor. There are others on Y&R who are also just plain terrible. I don’t think they’re in any danger of losing their jobs. Obviously, TPTB over there don’t worry about acting skills.

I do find it incredibly frustrating to have powerhouses like Michelle Stafford, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Bergman, and Christian LeBlanc in scenes with people who just don’t measure up.

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I'm so sick of people ripping on Thom. This story would not work with another actor in the role. Why in the name of God would they want to bring on someone who has no history with Tricia Cast, Jess Walton, and Jeanne Cooper? It makes no sense.

As I said, Thom is better than half the cast (I'm looking at you, Victoria, Abby, Lily, Mac, Malcolm, Sofia, etc., etc.!), and Phillip is not a major character so it's time for you haters to SUCK IT UP and DEAL WITH IT!!!

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kc, if by "descending into weirdness" you mean "being completely irrational and unable to justify bone-headed opinions", then I completely agree. Smile

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There's so many people on Y&R worse than Thom that you should be complaining about.

Oh well...Y&R is on my side---it's THOM they choose to bring back, not someone else. Score one for Team Thom, suckas!!!!!! Laughing out loud :-D Laughing out loud

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AlistairCrane,

You don't seem to understand. Because I don't like someone's hair cut has nothing to do with whether I want that person on a show.

I have no problems with Bierdz appearing on Y&R. I think he was the victim of extremely poor writing when he reappeared last year in a rushed storyline that unrealistically dealt with Phillip's return. The story was illogical and skipped emotional truths. Phillip hurt three women and was arrogant about it. He skipped out on the childhood of his son.

Why? Because he was gay? Please. That's lame. The show could have still had him be gay but come up with a better reason for his leaving town. Moreover, the show had Nina, Jill, and Katherine quickly forgive him. Fooey. The show should have explored his relationships with them better. There was a ton of flashback material that Y&R could have used to help build up Phillip's relationships. This would have made him a far more sympathetic character instead of seeming like an uncaring jerk.

Bierdz was obviously rusty in his acting. He could have used some rehearsal time or acting lessons. Why hide from the obvious? Hopefully, he'll do much better this time.

And, yes, Bierdz has suffered through some horrific personal moments in his life. He deserves sympathy and praise for courageous journey.

But he needs a damn hair cut.

That is all.

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Thom Bierdz might not be the BEST actor out there, but he has a long tenure with the show and he IS Phillip Chancellor III, undeniably and indisputably. He is one of the FEW gay men in the history of daytime television who have had the COURAGE to come out of the closet and risk persecution and blacklisting.

Furthermore, he has had a HORRIBLE life with immeasurable pain and suffering of the likes of which few of us can ever dream of, and hopefully none of us will ever have to deal with even a portion of what he has had to deal with.

This character DESERVES to remain on the canvas. He's got a LONG history with Katherine, Nina and Cricket, AND he's the son of one of the most popular female characters in the show's history, Jill Foster Abbott....oops, excuse me, that would be FENMORE now, wouldn't it??

I don't want to see another actor playing this role other than Thom. And let's face it, there are DOZENS of piss-poor and mediocre actors who have managed to carve out SUCCESSFUL careers in daytime television, despite their limited performing capabilities. I COULD name names, but I won't!!!!

As far as Thom's hair goes, it's HIS hair. Who are WE to dictate when he should cut his hair or HOW he should cut it??? He's an ARTIST, and he's used to doing what he wants how he wants it, so obviously he likes the style. I am sure when the time comes when he decides to change things up, he will be able to find a decent hairdresser/barber. I hear there are PLENTY of them in the state of California. Whatever happened to LIVE AND LET LIVE?????

If we could all just stop trying to tell others how to dress, act, live, think and feel....imagine how much better this country would be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I am off my soapbox for now. Hope I didn't offend anyone.

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And Capwell, it IS frustrating to have to see WONDERFUL actors like Peter Bergman, Billy Miller, Michelle Stafford, Kristoff St. John and Jeanne Cooper FORCED to prop up substandard actors who SHOULD have been shown the door long ago.

Which goes back to my original point, both Y&R and B&B have hired----and kept around for DECADES----crappy actors for whatever reasons (a strange sense of loyalty, audiences latching onto bad actors, financial and legal stipulations, whatever the case may be.......)

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Thank you alstonboy! Great points!

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No problem, AlistairCrane....

I felt strongly inclined to support/defend Thom, being a gay man myself. He seems like a nice guy who has done his best to navigate through life while dealing with a tremendous amount of mental and psychological anguish. I just pray that I never have to go through what he's had to go through.

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You: Thom Bierdz might not be the BEST actor out there, but he has a long tenure with the show and he IS Phillip Chancellor III, undeniably and indisputably. He is one of the FEW gay men in the history of daytime television who have had the COURAGE to come out of the closet and risk persecution and blacklisting.

Furthermore, he has had a HORRIBLE life with immeasurable pain and suffering of the likes of which few of us can ever dream of, and hopefully none of us will ever have to deal with even a portion of what he has had to deal with.

ME: What does that have to do with one’s ability to act? It’s like suggesting that a bad teacher should be able to keep his or hers job because they have mouths to feed at home or because they have been through rough times in life. That is not a legitimate argument to keep an actor any actor on soaps more or less TV in general who lacks talent. Your personal life is your personal life. No job accept for social services hires you based on your trials and tribulations. Equally opportunity means your ability to act or the lack there of is the only thing that should be up for judgment. It's your job and your performance can be reviewed.
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You: This character DESERVES to remain on the canvas. He's got a LONG history with Katherine, Nina and Cricket, AND he's the son of one of the most popular female characters in the show's history, Jill Foster Abbott....oops, excuse me, that would be FENMORE now, wouldn't it??

ME: I agree, yet with a recast. Someone who can BRING IT or it’s just belittling the craft that so many actors works their asses of and train so hard to perfect. I treat acting like any other profession and you wouldn't want a bad doctor diagnosing you.

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You: I don't want to see another actor playing this role other than Thom. And let's face it, there are DOZENS of piss-poor and mediocre actors who have managed to carve out SUCCESSFUL careers in daytime television, despite their limited performing capabilities. I COULD name names, but I won't!!!!

ME: All those actors need to go too. I’m not taking one over the other. They all need to go. I watched 3 actresses wonderfully master the dual roles of Vicky/Marley on AW, it took 4 tries for them to get the right Vicki on OLTL, Beth Chamberlin made Beth her own on GL, and gosh darn it if Peter Bergman did make Jack his own. And I know many fans were pissed by the recast of these characters with-whom the previous actors could actually ACT. But it worked. I’d take Jess Walton any day over Brenda when it comes to acting.
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You: As far as Thom's hair goes, it's HIS hair. Who are WE to dictate when he should cut his hair or HOW he should cut it??? He's an ARTIST, and he's used to doing what he wants how he wants it, so obviously he likes the style. I am sure when the time comes when he decides to change things up, he will be able to find a decent hairdresser/barber. I hear there are PLENTY of them in the state of California. Whatever happened to LIVE AND LET LIVE?????

If we could all just stop trying to tell others how to dress, act, live, think and feel....imagine how much better this country would be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME: I agree with you on part of it. Yet acting is a legitimate craft and it sucks when it's muddled up with bad performers and disrespected as such by some fans who think anyone will do. With that being said I think i'm gonna become a surgeon. Hey if you don't need talent to act and all you need is people to like you then I should do well in the medical field.

And I challenge anyone the same way they did in court over same sex marriage to make an argument minus Thoms personal life. Stick to his ability to perform or not perform the job. And by the way Thom was bad acting even when Bill Bell was running the show. So you are going to have dig deep.

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Being an actor myself I am inclined to defend and protect the craft the same way Sam Jackson does from having no talent rappers taking all the acting jobs from black actors with classical training. And i'm sure Sam supports this message Wink...lol

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Oh shaddaphuckup, hater.

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Alistair,

I'll give Thom some credit. He just made watching Y&R a whole lot easier. FF>>FF>>FF

But good debate...

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What his hair needs most of all is to get rid of the god awful black dye job and then it would look a bit better.