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Peter Bergman Talks 30th Y&R Anniversary, Mentoring Newcomers, and "Jacktor"

Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman

The Young and the Restless is commemorating Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott)'s 30th anniversary on Nov. 25. The daytime veteran is speaking out on his experience at the CBS sudser. He dished all to soap journalist Michael Fairman in an epic interview, chatting about everything from assuming a beloved role to mentoring newbies on the set.

When Bergman came to Y&R, of course, Terry Lester had already made the character famous. Though Bergman has more than made Jack his own, he takes his experience of adapting a character to heart when advising new costars. 

He told Fairman:

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I make sure I find anyone who finds themselves in that situation and I have a conversation with them; for instance: Mark Grossman (Adam, Y&R) just the other day. I said, “Mark, you’ve been here long enough. You’ve now established Adam. You don’t have to look back at what anyone else did with this character. Now we have to tell Mark Grossman’s version of Adam,” and he did welcome that advice because yeah, it’s a hard thing to do. 

Bergman also reflected on his character's infamous relationship with Eric Braeden (Victor Newman). He said:

I knew very early on that Victor Newman’s presence in Jack’s life made Jack a more interesting character. I fully understood that and a great credit to Eric Braeden and what he and I got to establish together (what he established first of all with Terry Lester and what he and I got to continue). So, this enduring rivalry is a now part of, I think, television history. 

Watch some amazing "Jacktor" moments below.