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The Cleveland Show
Oct 12 2010, 02:32 PM by LoriH65
When Billy Miller came on set to play Billy Abbot, the seriously
flawed but loveable bad boy captured the hearts of many
Y&R fans. Miller burst onto the set of The Young
and the Restless in 2008 as the fourth contract actor to
tackle the role of Genoa City's resident bad boy.
On daytime television, there's never a shortage of hot,
humble and talented actors. Aside from the looks and talent, this
humble Texan native has Southern charm that will make any female
Since Miller's first appearance on Y&R, he's been at
the front and center of several juicy story lines. As a
member of the prominent Abbott family, Miller's character has been
thrust into situations of mayhem, debauchery, and family rivalries.
This comedic actor has had a wild ride working with Daytime
television royalty. Miller recently dished to The Soap Bubble about
the vulnerable side of Billy Abbott, working with veteran actors on
Y&R, and his recent Emmy win for outstanding
Before The Young and the Restless, you played
Richie Novak on All my Children. How have your
Y&R and AMC experiences
One was in New York and one was in Los Angeles, that's a huge
difference! Both shows really welcomed me and brought me in with
open arms. With All My Children, it was my first Daytime
gig and they were very patient with me. They showed me the ropes of
Daytime. It was a great role and a lot of fun, but by design wasn't
made to be very long lived. Especially towards the end, they really
let me experiment with the character and let me play outside the
That role helped immensely when it came to my start at
Y&R. When I got to Y&R, there were
writers and friends that used to work over at AMC. This
world is very small. I was lucky enough to be able to take chances
with the character of Billy and when it works it's very believable
and sometimes I fall flat on my face and they let me continue
anyways. I really appreciate both shows and I'm lucky to have
friends on two shows.Was it at all nerve-racking or challenging coming to
Y&R as the fourth recast of Billy
I've seen how recasts can get treated and I know that there have
been a lot of Billy recasts, specifically David Tom, who originated
the role as an adult version of Billy and was very well liked. I
went back and looked at some of the things that he did. He's a
great actor. With that said, I know all you can really do is go and
do your own thing and hope that it's liked. You can't really worry
about who came before you. At this moment it's your job and your
responsibility, until they tell you that it is no longer such. I
just came and did my job. Do you share any personality traits with Billy
I think at the very base, Billy is a good guy. He's kind of
struggling with his morality at times but there's a vulnerability
to him and an openness that he kind of guards. This is all very
parallel to my own life. Letting people in has always been
difficult, which I lend to my character as well.
Most viewers describe Billy Abbot as the bad boy with a heart. Is
this how you view your character?
I think if anybody refers to themselves as a bad boy, they are
pretty much a fake, posing bad boy. I think that's a term best left
for those around him. Billy always has a conflict between what he
should do and what he does. This makes him a bad boy. At the very
base of him, it's all about his family. Billy is seen as a womanizer who can't be tamed. Now that
he's married to Victoria Newman, do you think this is the real
deal? Or what can fans expect of the couple?
Their guess is as good as mine!Before Billy married Victoria she was married to JT (played
by real-life husband Thad Luckinbill). Does this create any
awkwardness off-screen or are the three of you good
Not at all actually! The Luckinbill's are good friends of mine. I
hang out with Thad's twin brother and the married couple all of the
time. We're all very close.Do you find it intimidating going toe to toe with veteran
actors like Peter Bergman and Eric Braedan
That's the thing about veteran actors, they've been in your
position and they're always willing to help. It's not like
acting against the wall. These guys really know what they're doing
and they encourage and demand that you do better.The Abbott clan seems to have great camaraderie on-screen.
Do you all have a close-knit relationship off-screen as well?
Peter Bergman was the first guy to call me when I got this job. He
wanted to make sure that I was safe and comfortable when coming to
Genoa City. He's kind of like a big brother in real-life. He's
always calling me to ask "how you feeling? What's going on?" He's
invested in my personal life as well.
Aren't you Peter?(Peter Bergman in the background)
Oh yes!How is it working with Jess Walton and the matriarch of the
show, Jeanne Cooper?
Jess is great! She's a lot of fun and really takes her character
Jill Abbott very personally. She's very protective of her character
and it shows because she cares quite a bit.
As for Jeanne, Jeanne Cooper is just awesome! She's been maybe my
biggest advocate here. I've been very lucky to be working with the
people I've been working with. Jeanne's been very vocal about
how she feels about me. She's always like "come here kid, come to
my room real quick." She then tells me what I'm doing right and
what she thinks I'm doing wrong. She's immensely supportive.If you could pick one actor on the show that you wish you
could have more screen time with, who would it be and
I have to say I've been very lucky; I've worked with pretty much
everybody. In the beginning I've worked a lot with Elizabeth
Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell), and we had a really good time. She's
a good friend as well in real-life. Lately, we work less and less,
so it would be fun to have some more scenes with her. She's a great
actress and a lot of fun.
I haven't worked that much with Phyllis either (played by Michelle
Stafford). We're just starting to work together more, and she's a
pistol, man. She's a good time!This year you took home the Daytime Emmy for best
supporting actor for your portrayal on Y&R,
Congratulations! What was it like when your name was called and you
realized you had won?
It's funny. I didn't really think I was going to win at all, not
until we showed up there. I didn't really take it seriously. I
didn't want to look through tapes. I just thought, I appreciated
being nominated but I don't want to sit and watch tapes of myself.
It seems like an event reserved for hell (laughs).
Elizabeth Hendrickson was the one who was like "look idiot, we're
going to watch these tapes," and we did. We picked the show that
The Young and the Restless was gracious enough to give me, and that
was very much a show all about Billy. We were very proud of it and
filmed it in one day. I didn't think much of it until I got there,
and people said they really enjoyed what I did.
So, I sat down and thought "damn, I might actually win."
(Laughs) I've been blessed with the gift of gab. I can
usually talk my way out of anything in the next minute or two. No
big deal. When they start to announce the nominees I started
sweating. My friends were looking at me like "what's wrong with
you?" (Laughs) I thought, "What happens if I win and I have to say
something and I only have 30 seconds?" I'm in trouble. I thought of
a speech, while I was sitting there. When I did win and I'm getting
up, it seemed like everything was speeding up and slowing down at
the same time. I mumble constantly and I was really hoping that my
diction would be present and I could get out what I wanted to say.
And just like that, it was done!
By: Hayley Farb