Interview with Y&R’s Conner Floyd – Soap Opera Digest


gRowing in Texas, Conner Floyd’s interest in showbiz was sparked by his love affair with movies. “I was a huge Harry Potter fan, and I watched all the Marvel and jurassic park movies,” the actor shares. “I loved getting lost in all these different worlds where my imagination ran wild. When I was in fifth grade, my mom showed me JACKASS, and I’m telling you, I went crazy for this show. I thought that those guys were the funniest bunch.

So much so that Floyd and his friends began emulating the reality TV and movie franchise by pulling off absurd and dangerous pranks just for fun. “We used a camcorder to film our own stunts, like playing hot potato with a cactus, or putting myself in a trash can and leaving me on someone’s doorstep, and when someone opened the door , I would go out and scare him,” he laughs. “Then it evolved into us writing and filming our own scenes and even our own commercials. I got an iMac and an iPhone so I could edit all that footage, put music behind it, and post it on YouTube. I really enjoyed the whole process of making the film.

Soon, Floyd started performing. “In college, you had to take an art course, so I started doing plays and I loved it,” he enthuses. “However, I was still auditioning for the part that only had two lines because I was trying to make it the best two lines anyone had ever heard. I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to laugh with those lines ‘, even though they weren’t meant to be funny. I’m sure my teacher absolutely hated me for trying to steal the show.

It ended with his stint in high school, where Floyd, a gifted athlete, was drafted for the football team. “My buddy and I were playing basketball and the coach came up to us and said, ‘You’re all going to have to stop this. You’re only six feet tall, so there’s no future for you in basketball’,” he recalled. “From that point on, football pretty much became my life. There was no time to play, so I just accepted that football was my passion.

Since he was so good on the court, Floyd felt that he was expected to have a career in the sport. Thanks to admirable grades (“My mom was a teacher, so she made sure I took prep and really studied”), he was given a full ride to the University of Tulsa, where he served as wide receiver and punt returner for the Golden Hurricanes. “I played with top players and incredible coaches,” he recalls. “Coming from Texas, I always had shade for Oklahoma but I learned to love Tulsa. It’s a great city and I’m really grateful for the time I spent there. I thought that the best opportunity for me was to turn pro. It’s a tough road, but I was confident enough to think I had a chance if I really put in the work. I was focused on a practice squad or a team in Canada.

His senior year of college football caused Floyd to rethink his future, and the dream of carving out an acting career in Hollywood began to seep into his head. “I wore a red shirt so I graduated early and I still had a year of football left so I could take whatever lessons I wanted,” he says. “I spoke to someone on the theater department board and told her that I was considering moving to Los Angeles. She said, ‘Let me enroll you in classes that might t ‘to help.’ So I took a basic acting class, a monologue class, a film study class, and a singing class, and quickly fell in love with acting again.

The 180 wasn’t a hard sell to Floyd’s parents. “My mother and father are my best friends and have always supported everything I wanted to do,” he says. “When I said, ‘Hey, I’m moving to Hollywood to try acting,’ I expected them to say, ‘That’s a bad idea,’ but they were all for it. After my last football game in December 2015, I went home for the holidays and two days after Christmas, I packed up my Jeep and drove to Los Angeles.

Floyd slept on a friend’s couch for three months before moving in and realizing that getting his acting career off the ground was up to him. “I was the guy who asked a billion questions if I met someone I thought could help me,” he says. “I started submitting my photos for all: commercials, television roles, print shoots, student films, short films and feature films, even if it did not suit me. I just wanted to get as many credits and experience as possible under my name. I knew I just had to get on a set to start learning.

The submission blitz paid off. “I was getting acting jobs left and right, and I built a resume with enough footage to run a reel that I started sending to agents,” Floyd says. “I’ve done so many random things that a friend called me at 2 a.m. and said, ‘I’m watching a crime reenactment show and I think you’re the cop. I said, ‘Yeah, that’s me.’ When I saw actors on shows who were around my age, I found out who their reps were and sent my stuff. I got a lot of responses and finally got signed.

Primetime TV and film jobs soon followed, leading to some interesting experiences. “I went to Alaska for an entire month to shoot a movie called Nowhere in Alaska“recalls Floyd. “The director, Cory Carroll, was born and raised in Alaska. We all camped in the woods and Cory taught me how to fly fish. The premise of the film was that we were wandering through Alaska trying to find someone who was lost, so we crossed bear territory, climbed mountains, and crossed rivers. It was absolutely amazing and the scenery couldn’t be beat. My phone didn’t work all the time and I didn’t even care.

The day was the next genre that Floyd was eager to conquer. “When the opportunity arose to add a show as historic as YOUNG AND RESTLESS to my credits, I jumped on it,” he says. “The coolest thing for me was working with these amazing actors who are the cream of the crop and have been around for years. If you surround yourself with people who are better than you, then you will be better too. .

After landing the role of Phillip “Chance” Chancellor IV, Floyd was in shock. “The first few script pages they emailed me, I was like, ‘Is this a day? Are they laughing at me? ” he laughs. “Even with the little films that I did, we were shooting maybe eight pages a day, but 50, 60 pages a day made me wonder what we were doing. It’s basically a factory there and they expect you to be prepared, show up and do it the first time. It requires a lot of homework, which I don’t mind. It’s like being in an acting class for which I am paid. I learn something new every day and sharpen my tools as an actor. I just want to learn as much as possible from these established actors, like Eric Braeden [Victor] and Peter Bergman [Jack], so that I can improve myself as an artist. I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

The crew

“The biggest kick I get from being on this show is that everyone is so kind and welcoming.” Here are Floyd’s shining examples.

Jess Walton (Jill): “When I first met her, she gave me a big hug and said, ‘Oh, you’re alive!’ She immediately calmed my nerves by talking to me. I only got to do two scenes with her and she was so adorable. I hope I can do more. I love her like a grandma now.

Melissa Ordway (Abby): “She is absolutely brilliant and showed me the ropes from day one. Every time I’m on set with her, we have a lot of fun. She makes little jokes and makes me laugh, even though I’m supposed to be depressed.

Bryton James (Devon): “He’s so talented and my guy leading by example. He’s been nothing but helpful and it’s really fun to hang out with. He’s a cool guy and a fantastic actor.

Jordi Vilasuso (Rey): “I love working with Jordi and hopefully we can play more buddy-cop stuff. I’m sure that will happen when Chance comes out of his funk and is more himself. I love joking around with Jordi.

Tricia Cast (Nina): “We haven’t worked together in the same room yet, but I met her at the Y&R Christmas party and said, ‘Hi, Mom’. She’s wonderful. Those video chats between Chance and Nina , Tricia recorded her part at home, while someone fed her my lines.

just the facts

Birthday: October 20

From point A to point B: The actor was born in Arlington, Texas and grew up in Austin.

Higher Education: While playing college ball, Floyd took business classes, but “sitting in those classes felt like I was learning Chinese. Luckily, I had a few buddies who knew the numbers well, so they helped me through. I have a degree in business marketing which I know I will never use.

Relationship status: Happily dating Carly Frei (pronounced “fry”). “She’s a super smart, super nice girl who has her own spray tan business. I met her on Valentine’s Day a few years ago through a mutual friend. We crossed paths at the right time and we just clicked.

But while he enjoys outdoor activities… “She’s definitely a homebody, and sometimes I have to drag her outside. She has a pool at her house and I always ask, ‘Why aren’t we there right now? The sun is shining, girl!’

Very nervous : Although he plays the guitar, he does not write his own songs. “I want to play like Eddie Van Halen before I get into this.” And when it comes to singing, “I wish I was a little better. You know what it’s like when you’re in the shower or in your car and you’re like, ‘Oh, wow. I really hit that note’? Then I go home and try to sing the same song on my guitar and I realize, ‘No, I really shouldn’t.’ ”


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