Wednesday’s soaps were as satisfying as turkey with a side of mashed potatoes. It always warms my heart to see characters take a break from their scheming and cheating to have some sentimental moments with their families. I loved watching Robin, Kristina, Sam and Molly attempt to fix up Mac and Alexis on ‘General Hospital.’ Edward Quartermaine singing “We Gather Together” warmed my heart — even if his family didn’t appreciate it. ‘One Life To Live’ was simply sublime. From Vicki’s poetry recitation, to Matthew regaining feeling in his legs, to Renee and Nigel remembering Asa, to Kyle, Fish, Layla and Chris’s meal, the episode was a celebration of different types of families that made me tear up more than once. I hope none of your turkey’s turned out to be stuffed with crayons like Phyllis’s on ‘The Young & The Restless.’
The Young & The Restless’s Samantha Bailey On Being A Child Soap Star
Samantha Bailey is the frighteningly precocious eight year old actress who plays Summer on ‘The Young & The Restless.’ Tapped by West Hollywood’s O Burger to promote the restaurant’s new kids menu, she poses for photographers with the ease of a movie star on the red carpet. Bailey spoke with me about portraying Summer’s brain damage, her on-screen parents, and her desire for more lines.
How did you become interested in acting?
When I was three, I believe, I went on my first audition. I started to like it.
How did you get the part on The Young & The Restless?
The one thing I know about how getting a part is is that you have to read over your lines over and over and over again and then when you go in you don’t need paper because you already read them over and over.
Shortly after you started playing the role, Summer suffered brain damage as the result of an allergic reaction. How did you learn how to play her symptoms?
My Mom and me talked about that. She usually goes over the lines with me. My Mom’s the one who actually helps me with it. She tells me my lines and then I copy her.
Did the producers and writers talk with you about how Summer’s injury would change her?
The first part, when I was supposed to be laying on the floor, they had this guy that was telling me how he wanted me to breathe.
Is it difficult playing her acting like a much younger kid?
No. It’s very easy. It may be hard for other people, but it’s easy for me.
I’m going to say the names of the actors you work with on the show and you tell me the first words that come to mind: Josh Morrow
Funny. He jokes around.
I would say she is funny again. She’s the one that plays with me. She tickles me sometimes, very fun. Also Michelle likes to practice with me. If I have lines she’ll rehearse them with me.
He’s very funny. That’s the word I’ve got for him. He picks us up. He throws us around. He’s so fun. I’ve invited a lot of the people from The Young & The Restless to my birthday party.
Is Summer going to make a full recovery?
I think so. Very soon.
What would you like to have happen to Summer?
I would like more lines then I’m getting.
You just taped Y&R’s Christmas shows. Can you give us a preview of what is going to happen?
We go to Michael and Lauren’s and Fen’s house. We start playing. I got to have a cookie. It’s very fun. If they have [cookies] I usually just take one on my way out.
Do you want to continue acting when you grow up?
Well, it’s fun right now, but when I grow up I was thinking of wither sticking with acting or starting to be a director or producer. I have a lot of cool ideas for shows.
What are your favorite TV shows?
What do you enjoy doing when you are not acting?
I like playing with my sister. Sometimes we go dirt biking. She’s four.
When you aren’t working, do you go to school?
I’m homeschooled. The only reason I’m homeschooled is because of the acting. [In public school], if I have an audition, I can’t do it.
Would you like to do movies and primetime? What others shows have you auditioned for?
Yeah. I just auditioned for a new show on the Disney channel. I booked [an episode of] The Middle but I couldn’t do it because I was at The Young & The Restless [on the day they were taping.]
What are you looking forward to doing for the holidays?
Usually om Christmas we drive around to see all the Christmas lights. We have this little tracker thing that we track Santa down. If he’s in Washington or something we’ll probably head straight to bed. On Thanksgiving we’re going to go to my Grandma’s house.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?
I think that some people should know me a little bit better.