One of the most boring pairings in The Young and the Restless history, Mac (Clementine Ford) and JT (Thad Luckinbill) will be trucking it out of Genoa City on Nov. 5. While I'm sad to see Luckinbill go, since JT was once GC's hottest younger lead, I can't say I'll much miss Ford's monotone deliveries as Mac. In this week's CBS Soaps in Depth, the actress confirms what most viewers suspected all along from watching her on our screens— the role of Kay Chancellor's (Jeanne Cooper) granddaughter proved difficult for Ford.
"I feel so lucky that I got to work with Billy [Miller, Billy], Thad and Amelia. Working with [them] stepped up my game." Still, Ford says that her year and a half in soaps was challenging. "It was so much harder than I ever could have imagined."
I feel bad for Ford. I never watched her on Showtime's The L-Word, but I hear she was very good on the sapphic sudser, however it's a lot easier to turn out decent performances with ample rehearsal time and only a few pages of dialogue to memorize on a primetime series. Daytime is not for the slight of heart, and while she slightly improved over time as Mac, she never quite gelled.
Hopefully Y&R's brass will finally stop using casting calls as an opportunity to garner a mention in Entertainment Weekly. Sure, casting a primetime "name" as opposed to going with a proven soaper might get a write-up in a magazine that absolutely no one reads for soap news, but if the character and the story suffers from the stunt casting, is it really worth it? For more from Ford and Luckinbill, pick up this week's CBS Soaps In Depth.