Last year, when Erika came to visit me on the set of Young and the Restless, we had talked about her coming on the show. Now, it’s actually happening.
Our executive producer Mal needed to meet her and discuss her role. Even though “girl next door” may not be Erika, the possibilities for her Y&R character are endless. I knew Mal and Erika would hit it off and Erika would handle the meeting like a pro. But, the fact that she inspired Mal and he wants to read her is huge. That doesn’t happen every day. Nine number one hits and now she’s going to be on Young and the Restless? Is there anything Erika can’t do?
To answer my own question, she certainly cannot, and she will not sink Young and the Restless!
When Dorit brought the “pantygate” situation up to Lisa R. and me at Tart, she said it was a “crazy thing that happened.” Dorit only told us that PK was “uncomfortable,” which seemed like a reasonable reaction. I think I speak for Lisa R. and myself when I say the vibe we got was light-hearted. We had no idea the things that were being said about Erika. And neither did Erika herself, until Dorit gave her the underwear at the Escape Room.
When I said to Dorit I wanted to be there when she told Erika, I absolutely did not mean it in a sinister way. I meant that I thought it would be an interesting conversation, because I thought Erika, in true Erika fashion, would shut it down.
I feel really bad for Erika through all this. She just wanted to drop the whole thing, but it really has taken on a life of its own.
What’s the solution to ease the tension in these kinds of situations? Oh right, lock us all up in a room we can’t escape!
It felt like turning metal into gold would have been easier to do than escape that Alchemy Room. Eventually, we all had to work it out. Overall, I think we all did very well. It was fun, stressful, and really good for us as a group to work together as a team.
Maybe the Escape Room can inspire us all to move past our differences and support each other in a common goal?
Annnnnd then I see a preview for next week’s episode and I may have to rethink that whole “teamwork” thing.