Soap Shrink at Sea: On Deck with The Young and the Restless’ Greg Rikaart

By Damon L. Jacobs

The Young and the Restless‘ Greg Rikaart took the time on the SoapNet “Rock the Soap Cruise” to speak to The Soap Shrink not just once, but twice!  I found him gracious, intelligent, and very polite in correcting my mispronunciation of his last name (FYI, it’s RICK-art!).  We talked about his Y&R character Kevin Fisher, compassion, and how his understanding of psychology made a two-week character evolve into an Emmy-winning role.

D:  A lot has changed since the Soap Shrink analyzed Kevin last summer . Can you tell us what’s going on? 
G:  He put himself in a situation.  Kevin felt guilty about choices he had made in regard to Katherine Chancellor. He was trying to make amends, trying to be the knight in shining armor.  He goes to the hotel, sees this guy Clint, and confronts him.  So he goes into the hotel, he gets drugged and thrown into the trunk.  But he made the decision to put himself in a precarious situation.  It wasn’t safe. I’m sure his instincts were going against the decision.  But we don’t always follow our instincts. 

D:  Now he’s having a flashbacks …
G:  Well, yeah. I have to wonder how much of this would be happening if Kevin had really conquered [Read more...]

On the Soap Shrink’s Couch: The Young and the Restless’ Kevin Fisher

By Damon L. Jacobs

Kevin Fisher came blazing into The Young and the Restless‘ Genoa City five years ago with rage in his heart, fire in his eyes, violence in his fists, and chlamydia in his … well, you know.  He spent a significant portion of his time chasing after Lily, lying, manipulating, setting fires, breaking mirrors.  As his violence escalated, it became more and more clear there was a tortured young man inside who was acting out his hatred against himself more than anyone else. 

We soon came to understand what drove Kevin, played by Greg Rikaart, to such extreme acts.  From an early age he was physically and verbally abused by his father Tom, who consistently communicated that Kevin was no good, not worthy, nothing more than a “cockroach.”  He was beaten with [Read more...]