Lauralee Bell Dishes Cricket Kissing Paul And New Young and Restless Regime

Since she first appeared on our TV screens, The Young and the Restless' Cricket Blair (Lauralee Bell) has been the ultimate good girl. That's all about to change, since the legal ace will soon swap spit with her ex-husband Paul (Doug Davidson), who just happens to be dating her BFF Nina (Tricia Cast)! TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan spoke with Bell to get the lowdown.

TV Guide Magazine: What triggers this?

Bell: Christine has basically thrown Paul a lifeline by finding the evidence that saves him from going to jail. She's freed him from this horrific chapter in his life and that's what provokes the kiss. This isn't some meaningless thing, though. Paul says, "I'm falling back in love with you." And Christine says, "I'm falling back in love with you, too. I want to give this a shot." Danny was the love of Cricket's young life. But Paul is her adult love. It's a serious, emotional reconnection. It could be a second chance for both of them.


Bell also revealed what sister-in-law Maria Arena Bell had planned for her alter ego, before she got replaced by executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith.

TV Guide Magazine: Speaking of Jill and Josh, what did you think of the way they wrapped up Christine's case against Phyllis?

Bell: I don't know exactly how Maria was going to end it but I do know she planned to have Christine and Danny leave town together. I wasn't supposed to remain on the show. Josh and Jill stopped me in the hall and said, "We're thinking about not having you leave. Is that okay with you?" I thought that was so nice! A really lovely gesture. I am torn about the way [the trial] played out. No one wants to see Phyllis in an orange jumpsuit for months. They want to see her out raising hell. But I feel like Christine would have investigated the case so well that she'd never have lost. It made her seem so unqualified in her research.

Hmm… To find out what Bell had to say about Cricket's quest to nail Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and more, click here!

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  1. Profile photo of harlee490

    I’m loving this NuCricket being slightly more aggressive and especially towards Phyllis. :) Go get her Christine, Phyllis needs a good rival again like she had with Dru. Nothing will replace Dru\Phyllis feuds but we all know Dru isn’t coming back and honestly LLB & MS plays wonderful off of each other as rivals.

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    Harlee490 … yes, NuCricket is quite a bit more interesting now. I just wish she’d stopped being painted as the vengeful villain in her efforts to bring Phyllis to justice.

    What I don’t quite like is Ronan breezing back into town from whatever quest he was on elsewhere to become seemingly the only detective in town. He broke his oath to help save Phyllis so it will interesting to see how she reacts when he turns his radar toward Summer’s evil deeds.

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    Somehow I see that Christine is staying to eventually leave town together with Paul. It’s just a feeling but I strongly believe that Doug Davidson’s days on the show could be numbered. I don’t see them planing a long love story between Paul and Christine.

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    Tedew…yes it will be interesting when Ronan needs to investigate Summer and adding to mix the boy he’s being a mentor is the victim. I think it will change for Christine I still want her to sue Phyllis in civil court but Phyllis is loathed in GC the way it should be. Like the when Phyllis went to Billy begging him to come back to NE because of Adam and Billy saying it wouldn’t do any good and quipped to Phyllis “I guess I could always run him down” I busted a gut and Phyllis was over it. It should be that way. It will change soon because the new Latino is a cop which could cause a clash with Ronan especially if he finds evidence of Ronan’s lying about Phyllis. I still hope this boy is Ronan’s son and that would add a whole different dynamic to the story and throwing Nina in the mix. Nina already detests Phyllis and this would fan the flames. ;)

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    I have to say, this was a great interview. Lauralee Bell seems like a very funny and genuine person. I have to admit, I am surprised they wanted her to stay on the show. I would have thought Sony wanted all Bells away from Y&R. Well, good for her!

    Storywise – of course Paul & Christine belong together. They always have and always will. Chris had ample opportunity to dump Paul to be with Danny in the 90’s, but she never did it, because she never wanted to. She was over it. And I totally get that she would sleep with Danny, because I do believe the sexual chemistry is still there. But it’s exactly like LLB said: Paul is her *adult* love.

    And the Paul/Nina pairing was ridiculous from the beginning, they have always been just friends and nothing more, and now suddenly after 20 years they magically have feelings for each other? Yeah right. It seems they were just “thrown in” together because they were the last ones standing.

    However, I do agree that Chris and Paul will probably end up leaving together. And actually, if Doug Davidson were to leave, that is the most approriate ending for his character that I could think of. I don’t see this regime giving Doug Davidson any kind of meaningful storyline, at least one on the front-burner.

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    Cricket has become SLIGHTLY more interesting, but they need to push her character much further. She was always just such a self-righteous, annoying, condescending little twit during the 80s, 90s and 2000s. I found her to be practically unlikable. Maybe these writers can make me give a damn………

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    Great interview! I met LLB at the fanclub dinner last year and she could not have been any sweeter or friendlier. I find it very interesting that MAB was writing her off the show but JFP and JG wanted to keep her! Glad she’s staying and very happy with the new regime so far. My Y&R that I’d known and loved for 25 years is slowly coming back!

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    Ditto, soapjunkie88. I, too, feel that Paul and Christine reuniting will be Paul’s exit story… As in he moves to DC to be with Christine after they get back together/remarry. However, they likely will recur. But what would that mean for Nina? I would so enjoy having all three remain on the show in contract roles. There is so much history and too much story that could be mined with these beloved, long-term characters. However, it is very clear that The Young & the Restless is really going to put the emphasis on the young in its title. And I do not think that is a bad thing at all. It just needs to ensure it is balanced.

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    [quote=alstonboy4315]Cricket has become SLIGHTLY more interesting, but they need to push her character much further. She was always just such a self-righteous, annoying, condescending little twit during the 80s, 90s and 2000s. I found her to be practically unlikable. Maybe these writers can make me give a damn………[/quote]

    AB, I only have one thing to say. Christine, sure grew up to be a lovely young lady.

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    I too have always liked Chris with Paul. I think it would be a great story since Nina and Chris have been best friends for so long. I love a great trio like this, especially since there is so much history that can be explored (which is why I applauded MAB revisiting Phyllis running down them years ago). Even though that was scrapped too soon, let’s see what Josh has in mind for them.

    I like seeing Lauralee grow up on the show and just how far she’s come as an actress. I also like her edge and hope she is somehow able to make Phyllis pay! Lots of potential here.

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    Let me say this first–I think Nina is one of the absolute best characters ever created by Bill Bell and Tricia Cast is one of the finest actresses to ever set foot in front of the Y&R cameras. Having said that, I’ve NEVER bought into the Paul/Nina “relationship”(loose term IMO as Nina only features a couple of episodes every three months or so)and have always thought Paul belonged with Cricket(yes, she’ll always be Cricket to me)so I’m glad this is being revisited rather than the Danny/Cricket rehash that MAB was attempting. Personally, I’d love to see Cricket back on a regular basis though, as many have noted, this could indicate a possible exit for DD now that JFP/JG seem to be building up the younger set.

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    Oh my god really? They burned Gloworm too? I don’t really care about that set but really? Now that is lazy writing. Let’s sell the damn thing or just close it. I hope Josh stops taking the easy way out. Dumb. Does this mean Gloria will be on more? If so, that’s a positive.

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    Would someone please clear something up for me that I’ve been wanting to know for some time now? During one of my breaks from watching Y&R (I think I was living in Mexico then) I heard that after Paul and Cricket had separated that there was an incident when he “raped” her. Please explain what happened because I never understood how any writer could have Paul do something so completely out of character. Thanks.

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    :love: I think it is a great idea to reunite Christine and Paul because,they have great chemistry and it will be so nice to see Paul in love again with a great romantic storyline.

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    No need to worry, Paul is not leaving anytime soon. He already said it on his facebook page. I believe Christine will help him to get more storyline and airtime.

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    Paul did force himself on Christine. I don’t remember the reason, but it was the first time we saw a dark side to Paul. I’m glad they are pairing them back up and also glad to hear he seems to be staying. Can’t wait.

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    Wow, all I can say is that, if anyone was watching young and the restless when Paul and Christine were married it would be quite hard to miss their electrifying chemistry, it’s too bad the newer viewers never had a chance to watch those two on screen.

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