Genie Francis on Y&R Gig: “I Would Not Have This Job Without Oprah Winfrey”





One of daytime's most legendary leading ladies credited another daytime great for her new job today on The Talk. Former General Hospital star Genie Francis (ex-Laura) appeared on The Talk  to discuss her new gig on The Young and the Restless as Cane and Caleb's (Daniel Goddard) mobster mama Genevieve Atkinson. When co-host Holly Robinson Peete asked about how Francis' new job came about, here's what Francis replied:

"I must thank Oprah Winfrey here and now. I would have have this job without her. She made my dream come true as well." 

 As a point of reference, earlier in the episode The Talk ladies had highlighted one of their employees, Paolo Presta, who came to fame after Oprah helped him secure his own dream gig, a walk on role on then favorite sitcom, NBC's Will & Grace. Presta went on to book a recurring role on General Hospital before landing his current job with The Talk. Now that's what I call six degrees of soaperation between Francis, Presta and The Mighty O.

Francis went on to recall how Y&R's showrunner Maria Arena Bell conceived the idea of Genevieve after hearing Francis detail how she was over playing soap victims. Maybe Y&R's "vacationing" leading lady Melody Thomas Scott needs to do more talk shows? Watch a clip of Francis on The Talk after the jump!
 


 



10 Responses

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    ddkattar

    Thanks, Jamey for the clip of Genie on “The Talk”. I thought she was great. I’ve started watching Y and R to see her. I love how genuine she was. I’m so glad she’s back and in a role she really wanted.

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    JLyn23

    I kept flipping back and forth between OLTL and the Talk today ONLY bc Genie was on…I thought she looked great, sounded like she was very excited to take on this role, and I loved when she talked about her own daughter pursuing acting. She sounds like not only a great person, but a good mom as well.

    Bring it Genie! Can’t wait til Friday! :)

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    DonnyA2001

    Great interview! I never really got into GH or YR, but Genie Francis has the charm about her that makes you want to watch her. She also seems genuinely excited to take on this role and character. Must be refreshing NOT to play Laura. I may have to start watching YR (especially since my OLTL will be off the air in less than a year)

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    SoapArmageddon

    Is Genie old enough to play Daniel Goddard’s mother? I know soaps ignore the ages of actors all the time in order to tell their stories; but as hot as Daniel is, he doesn’t look a day under 40.

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    miztee246

    [quote=SoapArmageddon]Is Genie old enough to play Daniel Goddard’s mother? I know soaps ignore the ages of actors all the time in order to tell their stories; but as hot as Daniel is, he doesn’t look a day under 40.[/quote]

    SoapArmageddon, you are observant! Genie is not old enough to be DG’s mother — she is only 8 or 9 years older than he is, but I think the soap suits call themselves taking “artistic license” when they cast actors this close in age. The real question is why the hell have they cast 20-something CK with 40-something DG? (Yes, I know they always put TGVN with younger women, too. That makes no sense either.)

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    Mione134

    Genie belongs on GH. But I’m so glad she stood up for herself and not wanting to be another victim of Guza’s reign.

    I wish she would come back. Julie and her need to interact.

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