Did you play villainous / villainous roles before Y&R? “Yeah, and in fact, I feel like I’ve kind of been labeled as such. With my dark, sunken eyes, I might look like a jerk. I played the boyfriend and the psychopath, and always loved playing the darker characters. I think Adam is a great character because he’s not a villain through and through. He’s just inclined to do shady things, but he has a lot of redeeming qualities, though a lot of people would still consider him a bad guy. There’s this fine line of, he’s got a good heart but he’s done some really bad things.
When the role of Adam was described to you, did you see him as a bad guy? “They didn’t give a lot of information when I auditioned and the character had a code name. The breakdown I was given was pretty knotty, about a guy who was social and a master manipulator. As soon as I found out it was Adam, I did my own research and was able to understand why he did all these bad things. He’s obviously the meanest of his siblings. He has a dark side to be sure.
As an actor, what do you find funny and / or interesting about playing a morally gray character? “There are usually conflicting emotions involved, so you can be a lot of things. You are given a whole range of things to play. You can be a passionate or a real son of a bitch. You can go too far, but you can come back and apologize. One day I can be in a psychiatric ward and the next day I can cry for my child or give up a kidney.
As you entered the role, how did you justify the bad things Adam was doing? “With Adam, deep down, it comes from wanting to be loved and then acting when he feels he doesn’t understand it. It just seems like his bad side is ingrained in who he is, and on top of that, not being loved and accepted by his family. There is also the element of having this father who is a huge business titan and wants to impress him and earn his love. Yet it is sometimes difficult to justify one’s actions.
Adam has a long list of sins. Was there a particular act from his past that surprised you? “I did my first scene with Eileen Davidson [Ashley] the other day and we were talking about what Adam did to his character. Aside from turning Ashley on and knocking her down the stairs and having a miscarriage, the most messed up thing he did was steal Sharon’s newborn daughter and to give it to Ashley to raise. The fact that he killed a man when he was 11 was not the worst for me since he was defending his mother. For me, it is justifiable.
What do you see as Adam’s redeeming qualities? “He loves his child and he values the family. Adam doesn’t just want to be in his son’s life, he wants to be a good father to Connor as well. And although he’s been in conflict for Chelsea and Sharon, it never comes from a dishonest place. He loves these women and he’s not that sleazy guy trying to play them. He has a big heart and can really care.
What do you think is the most villainous thing you have had to do so far as Adam? “Well he had Chelsea kidnapped, but he had a good reason for that because he was in a mess and needed to shut her up.” No, it wasn’t right for him to play around with his father’s drugs, but it was just to make Victor lose his game. There was never any intention to kill him. However, when Adam wanted to blow up the Newman Towers while his family was inside, that was a bit too much. It was crazy for me.
When you finish filming on a day when Adam is particularly mean, how do you decompress? “I try to let go and focus on the next day. But it’s also about having a good environment on the set. Everyone I work with likes to keep things light and try not to take them too seriously. So after some intense scenes we will walk off the set joking and laughing. Going to the gym also helps release energy, but I’m good enough at flipping the switch off and leaving the stress in the studio.
Have you ever expressed your concern to writers that maybe Adam was too mean? “I’m not the type to talk to screenwriters a lot. I just guess they have a plan and when the going gets tough I just say, ‘Well, I hope that’s not the scenario that gets me fired. I’m just putting my faith in what they’re doing.
Adam kept the bad girl Sally company. Do you think he considers her a soul mate? “Absolutely, 100 percent. They are both outcasts. This is really the reason why he took the risk of hiring her and even taking her to Victoria’s wedding. I think they are very similar and relate on a lot of levels including being outcasts. I think it makes sense that they are attracted to each other. I can’t wait to see what awaits them. I think it can be a good relationship for both of you.
Adam tried to turn a new leaf. Do you think he could ever really become an honest citizen? “I do. Remember, Victor was a really bad guy when he first came on the show and he became very well respected, not only in Genoa City, but around the world. I believe Adam did. the same potential.