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Y&R's Eric Braeden on Acting in Soaps: "It’s Really a Profession to be Damn Proud of"

Eric Braeden

Eric Braeden (Victor) is practically synonymous with The Young and the Restless. And as Y&R get ready to turn 50, the legendary actor shared his passion for the genre and his co-stars with TV Insider.

He reflected: 

I had to learn respect for the medium of soaps. I saw how disrespected actors in daytime were. I think I have had a little something to do with that culture changing. We should all be very proud of what we do. The feeling of second-class citizenship [daytime actors endure] compared to the rest of the industry…why?

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Braeden appreciates the skill and passion co-stars bring to the show, naming many of his talented colleagues. Among the numerous actors he listed, he dished:

There are so many wonderful actors on our set — Amelia [Heinle, Victoria], my God! She works so hard especially lately. That applies to all of us [veterans] — Peter [Bergman, Jack], Melody [Thomas Scott, Nikki], Eileen Davidson [Ashley], Beth [Maitland, Traci]…it’s really a profession to be damn proud of. We used to do 70 or more pages a day; now, it’s many, many more. But I resent the hell out of the lack of respect shown actors in our world. There you go.

He added:

I have the deepest respect for our actors — Bryton [James, Devon] and now, Sean Dominic [Nate] is coming into his own. I love Michelle [Stafford, Phyllis]. I love watching her work. She’s hilarious. She’s wonderful and spontaneous. The new kid…that Chance [Conner Floyd] guy…where did he come from? He does a good job. I have so much respect for these young actors coming in. We should all be very proud of what we do. In nighttime, you can play a character who is waiting around a corner in order to shoot someone. I’ve done the other side.