This week: Bronson Pinchot talks about his role on ''Young & the Restless,'' plus faces old and new headed to ''Days of Our Lives''
Bronson Pinchot
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If you tuned into The Young and the Restless Friday (March 14), you may have noticed a new face in Genoa City. Bronson Pinchot (best known for his role as the quirky Mypos native Balky Bartokomous on Perfect Strangers) starts his run as the publicist for Restless Style Magazine‘s upcoming launch party. We caught up with the actor as he drove through Western Oregon (where he is recording audio books) to see how things went on his latest TV spot. (After the interview, check out our behind-the-scenes video of Pinchot’s time on the set.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what led you to take on a role on a soap opera?
BRONSON PINCHOT: Oh, the usual… a casting director called. [Laughs] And I thought it would be really fun. I’ve done opera, radio, big movies, little movies, primetime… there’s no aspect of media I haven’t done except soaps. I’m big on ignoring the snobbiness of genre-fication. Doing a soap is really hard. You have to get it in one take.

So how was it?
It was so much fun.

How’d you end up playing the character?
I ended up being kind of quirky, which won’t surprise you. But it was not a case of a comedic actor coming in and taking over. There was some aspect of humor, but I don’t like it when actors force themselves into a situation. I always start with what a character is trying to do and go from there. I made it up as I went along based on the character?s reason for doing things. He was rather eager to please.

Would you consider a recurring role?
I’d love to come back if we could make the schedules work. It’s an incredibly welcoming, warm environment. There’s a unique group wisdom to a soap opera cast that I really appreciate.

Soap Opera Network is reporting that Maria Arena Bell has been named the new head writer for The Young and the Restless, and interim head writer Josh Griffith will now act solely as exec-producer. Bell had been Y&R‘s co-head writer during the writers’ strike (she declared financial core status, meaning she worked during the strike while suspending some of her Writers Guild of America member privileges). Bell’s other daytime writing stint was with The Bold and The Beautiful in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

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