Jeanne Cooper on Y&R’s Newbies: “They’re Good at Taking Off Their Clothes, So There’s Always Porn”



Leave it to Jeanne Cooper to always keep it 100 percent real when she chats about The Young and the Restless. TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan talked shop with the Y&R vet, who shared her thoughts on Kay's recent health scare.  

TV Guide Magazine: Neither do you. Word is, you're not happy with these strange symptoms Mrs. C is experiencing.

Cooper: The writers want you to think it's Alzheimer's and it's driving the audience crazy. It'll turn out to be a benign something or other. But if it was Alzheimer's, I wouldn't have played it.


Alrighty then! The fiesty Cooper also had some tough words for the new, younger castmembers on Y&R

TV Guide Magazine: How are you handling the invasion of newbies on Y&R?

Cooper: I tell these kids they better show up fully prepared, lines learned, or they're outta here. It's amazing how much these young ones don't know. They don't have the training we did. [Laughs] But, hey, they're good at taking off their clothes, so there's always porn. 

To find out what Cooper told Josh Griffith about her current storyline, click here!

49 Responses

  1. Profile photo of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    Every interview with Jeanne Cooper is amazing because that fine lady always speaks her mind. How can some one not love her!?
    By the way, Michael Logan’s interviews are the best in this industry. Great man that knows his stuff and speaks with the mind of the audience.

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    SwanQueen59

    She’s a treasure, like Jane Elliot or Finola Hughes. The young ones need to sit and watch these wise, talent honed vets and take notes. Too much of what passes for talent these days is going to shrivel up and blow away because they haven’t learned how to craft their characters. Actors like Miss Jeanne are where they are and still working because for them it’s always been about the work, the craft, the art of storytelling… 0:)

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    booze26

    Well…I think her role is played out at Y&R. She is not Susan Flannery, the soap can do without her and quite frankly, i think the new writers think the same.

    Hell, even B&B is still on top without SF.

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    SoapArmageddon

    And some like Marco Dapper have actually done softcore porn so Jeanne knows what she’s talking about. :)

    (It’s a pity my Grandma refuses to watch Y&R since she’s boycotting CBS for cancelling Murder She Wrote way back in ’96. :bigsmile: Except for her British accent, she sounds just like Jeanne, gravelly voice and curse words included.)

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    Cuppa_Coffee

    The show would NOT be the same without JC. People notice when she’s gone, she IS Y&R.
    As for
    Marco Dapper: “Lines? Check out the lines in my ABS!”
    More like,
    Check my tonsils when I gag watching you Marco.
    All brawn and no brains.

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    Restless Fan

    [quote=soapjunkie88]Every interview with Jeanne Cooper is amazing because that fine lady always speaks her mind. How can some one not love her!?
    By the way, Michael Logan’s interviews are the best in this industry. Great man that knows his stuff and speaks with the mind of the audience.[/quote]

    Michael Logan is one of the best. He’s not wishy washy like a couple of soap journalists out there who take to social media and complain about the direction of their soaps, then when given the opportunity to interview the people making these decisions, suck up to them and sugar coat everything. I wish he did more interviews!

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    soapbaby

    [quote=booze26]Well…I think her role is played out at Y&R. She is not Susan Flannery, the soap can do without her and quite frankly, i think the new writers think the same.[/quote]

    ^^ I have to agree with booze26. I have disliked Katherine since Jill was made her “daughter” and the character has only gotten worse IMO. I think Jeanne Cooper is past retirement given her “acting.” Why is she so against playing a woman battling Alzheimer’s at her age? It could actually be story worthy of her undeserved Emmy win in 2008. Her statement that the younger actors “could always do porn” is offensive and unwarranted. One would think that a woman so judgmental of other actors would not submit herself for Emmy pre-nominations for the last ten years (in the Lead Actress, no less) when she has not had the story or performance to warrant nominations. Jeanne Cooper’s participation in the Emmy process is one example of how that process has become meaningless over the years.

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    Coffee_Junkie

    I can’t watch Katherine without Jill. It’s as if she’s DIED. Why won’t TPTB acknowledge that there is clearly a problem? Why bring back the Jill character from Australia at all if Jess Walton has only agreed to a handful of episodes a year? For Katherine to be acting as if Jill and Murphy don’t exist is ridiculous and EXTREMELY irritating.

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    Dyllan

    @gato1….google “Marco Dapper dailymotion”. There is another scene where he shows his junk.

    Actually, I’m not too disappointed in the new younger crowd. They can act a hell of a lot better than the ones Maria picked (i.e Abby with the big hair, all the Edens, Noah #2, Yvonne Zima).

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    stoney07

    I agree. The “newbies” under this regime are all pretty much decent actors. WAAAY better than any of the newbies under MAB. A hundred times better. Not to mention the only “newbie” Katherine has really worked with is Adriana….

    Just thought I’d throw that out there ;)

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    AHeart4Fiction

    Jeanne Cooper is a straight up BAWSE! Wish I had a granny like that!
    Edited to add: I really want some Nikki & Katherine scenes; I love the bond they share. I also want Kay & Jill to share an s/ that involves the Chancellor business. I want to see people & Devon working around Chancellor getting in on deals.

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    alstonboy4315

    I just want Adriana gone. I am not sure if this character was meant originally to be an unlikable brat, but Jhoanna Flores is giving me nothing but a one-note biznitch. What a waste of script paper. I guess she’s Phelps’ version of Daisy. Annoying and pointless.

    As far as the other youngsters, I personally believe they should have kept Kevin Schmidt around. He was much better than Robert Adamson, but apparently, not pretty enough for Queen Phelps. And not a Hollywood Heights refugee either…..

    Max Ehrich is a good actor, as is Hunter Haley King. Daniel Polo was also quite good.

    As far as the porn comment, I am gonna overlook that, because Jeanne Cooper likes to joke around. This is the same woman who joked about wearing pajamas and a million dollar necklace to the Emmys a few years back. Let’s not get offended over something so silly, folks. When Eric Braeden says something controversial, we all ignore it, but when Jeanne Cooper says something, she’s tarred and feathered???

    The bottom line is that these actors need to learn that it takes more than just being pretty to survive for over 50 years as an actor. And with Jill hiring all this glorified eye candy, it seems that maybe these actors might have some entitlement issues.

  13. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon
    SoapArmageddon

    “When Eric Braeden says something controversial, we all ignore it…”

    No, we don’t. We post about it at least 100 times, dissect his comments to infinity, argue about whether the show still needs him or not, wish that TPTB would clip his wings, etc.

    We NEVER IGNORE it. :)

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    tmac

    [quote=gato1]The Shade The Shade of It All!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where can I check out Marcos “porn”???????[/quote]

    gato1, Marco Dapper appeared in a film called Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds. He has a full frontal scene in it. You can google it and find the scene.

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    soapbaby

    [quote=SoapArmageddon]”When Eric Braeden says something controversial, we all ignore it…”

    We NEVER IGNORE it. :)[/quote]

    ^^ I’m in agreement with SoapArmageddon, 100%. I think in both the case of Eric Braeden or Jeanne Cooper, advanced age is not a free pass to be jerk. I’m sure Jeanne Cooper meant her comments in jest, only I think it was unnecessary and disrespectful. She was once a young actor too.

    Now as far as Adriana/Jhoanna Flores, I am in agreement with alstonboy that both the actress and character have been busts. However, I much prefer Robert Adamson to Kevin Schmidt. Beyond physical appearance, I think Adamson is the superior actor. I think Y&R has casted a fine group of talent in their “younger” cast with the exception of Flores.

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    pennywise555

    [quote=soapbaby]I have disliked Katherine since Jill was made her “daughter” and the character has only gotten worse IMO.[/quote]

    I agree on this part. The beauty of Katherine Chancellor was that she wasn’t the standard rich old woman mothering children. She was unique in that she battled her whole life to get that family and make it hers and she would do anything to get what she wanted. She always wanted love, but more than that she wanted to control everything Chancellor (including Jill’s heirs) just like Victor does with Newman. They have taken her edge away by trying to make her “mommy to Jill, and then “Tucker”.

    I hear Jeanne Cooper in interviews and she sounds like she did 30 years ago, but they don’t write that passion & determination into her character anymore. Katherine should be having issues with Jill over Chancellor Industries or one of Phillip Chancellors heir (where is Chance?) A cat fight in the attic is out, but Kay should have stories similar to Victor with her family. Instead her home is empty. If the Chancellor Mansion is going be a ghost land, instead of an Alzheimer story how about the ghost of Phillip Chancellor II paying her a visit? Her story needs more Jill and some spicing up.

  17. Profile photo of pennywise555
    pennywise555

    [quote=Steph Foster]Marco Dapper: “Lines? Check out the lines in my ABS!”[/quote]

    lol Loving Carmine & Lauren, it’s my favorite story. They are the sexist couple on right now. I could use more of them and less wedding *snore*.

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    pferrando

    I think Jeanne has forgotten about Kay’s stableboy history.

    She’s the grande dame of the show. She can and should say whatever she wants.

    And I so have to disagree with whoever said Kay had run her course. Not until she’s in her grave will I ever believe that one. Plenty of story left for her. And so far I think the Adrianna character has potential with her. Can’t wait.

    Welcome back Jeanne!

  19. Profile photo of harlee490
    harlee490

    [quote=pferrando]I think Jeanne has forgotten about Kay’s stableboy history.
    She’s the grande dame of the show. She can and should say whatever she wants. And I so have to disagree with whoever said Kay had run her course. Not until she’s in her grave will I ever believe that one. Plenty of story left for her. And so far I think the Adrianna character has potential with her. Can’t wait. Welcome back Jeanne![/quote]

    N’uff said! ;)

    Jeanne hasn’t ran her course, as long as Y&R’s royalty, Jeanne can perform you know the saying “let them eat cake” ;) I too like Adriana as they are building her character, not slamming us and she does have purpose and nice to see Josh writing a multi-genertional story…it’s been forever! :O

    Who didn’t love Summer Newman today in her pretty “chestie” purple bra ;) HOT! >)
    Summer has lots of Phyllis genes in her….watch >)

    Loving Y&R so much and building up of…Adam taking a bullet for Victor…didn’t see that one coming :O I’m excited!

  20. Profile photo of maca42
    maca42

    Jeanne is hilarious and I cant imagine Y and R without her but I do remember a time maybe in the 90s when it was obvious she was reading off cue-cards! LOL

    I dont think Kay is played out at all though and she is still one of the most popular soap stars. I remember a few months ago there was something about her on yahoo like her birthday or something and people left tons of good wishes. I didnt realize how popular she still is. Plus that bio of hers was a bestseller…who woulda thought….LOVE YOU JEANNE

  21. Profile photo of pjc722
    pjc722

    Jeanne Cooper is an amazing actress! I missed her in the wedding but as she has said, there were plenty before it.

    And the wedding wasn’t as exciting as I expected. I predicted that Adam would take the bullet, Chelsea will pay vigil bedside revealing her pregnancy and Victor will say in a deep whisper ” come on my boy, you can pull through”

    My only misgiving was the fact that they showed scenes with people who were at the party … Nick and Avery… chatting as if nothing happened and Chavez talking to Paul (why wasn’t he there at the wedding??!) on the phone and looking over like someone spilled coffee on the rug rather than a person being shot!

    And did anyone notice the continuity issues with the show? Phyllis said she is going to Istanbul after lunch and its NIGHT outside. The wedding must have been an early morning shindig too since Kyle was still at the office and Summer, an 18 yr old intern, left her grandparents wedding, changed and raced over to Jabot.

    And there you have it, the makings of a redux of Jack sleepiing with his father’s wife, Jill. But this time around we will see Phyllis (since they keep saying she will cheat) innocently being flirted with by Kyle, Jack’s son.

    Sorry, it’s still gross.

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    aveRex

    Jeanne is great, but she should be careful…particularly if she wants to be there for the long-haul. Jill Phelps is a bitch and doesn’t favor her older vets. It would be nothing for her to ax Jeanne, even if it pisses off the fans. Howver, if Jeanne doesn’t give a damn, then by all means keep it real. We fans love it and any consequences be damned!

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    yamoon

    As much as I Love Jeanne Cooper, I don’t think it’s up to the actor/actress to decide if they agree to play or not a storyline, I don’t see why it so awfull to play someone with Alzeihmer either… It could be very well handle (like Caroline Brady in DOOL) without being insulting for the character or the actress.

    We have to be realist here, Jeanne Cooper is 85 years, I prefer to see a beautiful well played exit (like Susan in BB) than the sudden death of the actress without proper exit and off-screen mentions.

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    hey mon

    Can’t complain there, Josh G has done a fairly good job with the newbies that JFP has given him.

    NuNoah is really good, but Adriana, Dylan, aren’t so good.

    MAB did a great job in picking newbies. Fen was MAB’s, so was Carmine. NO crazy about nuSummer, liked MAB’s better.

    Preety long wedding this week. Pretty long indeed. Basketball today and tomorrow.

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    ChrisGa

    Eh, I could take or leave Katherine at this point; MAB kinda ruined her for me writing her as Victor’s one-woman cheering squad so I like that she’s on only intermittently now. Also, not sure what the issue was with playing an Alzheimer’s storyline as it’s a fact of life for many of a certain age(hell, it starts hitting people long before 85 these days). As for the newbies and porn comments, most of the recent hirings are pretty good actors(Adamson, Ehrich, King, Serrichio) and some are…well, they’re pretty(Marco Dapper and Lamon Archey).

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    ANGELWENDY15

    SwanQueen59- Agree with everything you said! The vets like Jeanne, Finola, and Jane Elliot are the best! The younger actors can’t hold a candle to them. They were around when soaps were at their best.

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    hey mon

    Lamon Archey is a great looking guy, has a good fitness reg, and I would have really liked to see him get a s/l with some lady on the Show. Abby, Eden, any of them could have been used as a romantic interest for Mason, who is a very sensitive man. Far more interesting than Tyler.

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    stoney07

    Thing is, newbies are NEWBIES. of course they won’t be on the same level as a Jeanne Cooper or Finola Hughes, or any of the others. They are newbies, and some have no acting experience.

    So with all things considered, they are doing really good. Jeanne Cooper, I’m sure was joking. But those who are taking it seriously really should chill out. Everyone has to start from somewhere, and I can’t think of ANYONE on the show (even Adriana) who is a HORRIBLE actress. I’m talking Yvonne Zima bad. I don’t see any.

    So to say they should go do porn because they look good is insulting not just to them but to any aspiring actors/actresses. Jeanne Cooper was joking, but if you agree….you should be slapped!!!!!

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    pferrando

    Stoney…well said!

    Maybe I’m tempting fate here, or maybe it’s because Jill is still not on my list yet, but I would wonder what would happen if JFP “fired” Jeanne. I doubt Jill’d survive that one.

    She needs to remember that “life imitates art”. Kay’s taken down other Jills before. ;)

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    hey mon

    Yeah, if JFP got rid of Jeanne Cooper, she’d probably be through. Just like when MAB just HAD to have Sharon and Victor hook up… she went too far.

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    harlee490

    JFP isn’t going to fire JC, fuel to fan the flames again against Y&R. JFP even mentioned in her recent interview, the mistake w\GL…she learned a hard lesson. CBS’s AMcD said Mrs. C is sicking around or even Sony won’t let that happen because they would know “hell has no fury, like scorn soap fans” |( >)

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    pferrando

    Since Kay is married to Murphy, we really need to start seeing more of him, or have him die either onscreen or off as it’s a glaring omission at this point.

    He really hasn’t been used since Maggie’s story (which I kinda liked), so it needs to be addressed.

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