Actress Sean Young, who played opposite Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi thriller Blade Runner (1982) has joined CBS soap The Young & The Restless for a limited run. She’s playing a barmaid named Meggie Mclain, who gets involved with incomparable, billionaire businessman Victor Newman, played by Y&R veteran actor Eric Braeden. Young’s impressive resume includes Stripes with Bill Murray, No Way Out with Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman, Dune co-starring pop music superstar Sting, and Oliver Stones’ Wall Street, where she played slimy, sleazeball “greed is good” Gordon Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) wife.
Young previously appeared alongside Eric Braeden in The Man Who Came Back, a socially relevant western, which he also executive produced. I had the pleasure of interviewing Braeden about his independent movie for Associated Content – A Chat With Actor Braeden. Young first met and become friendly with Braeden, years before he offered her a part in The Man Who Came Back, and so it was a natural fit to act with him on the hit CBS television daytime drama.
Sean Young isn’t the only big star to surprise and delight soap fans by guesting on popular TV daytime dramas. James Franco (Spiderman) admitted himself into ABC’s General Hospital playing Franco, a quirky performance artist. Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights) revisited her soap roots by returning to As The World Turns, the daytime soap where she won an Emmy award for her work. Over on The Bold and The Beautiful, Patrick Duffy (Dallas) has played bad boy Steve Logan since 2006.
As Hollywood, and a general entertainment landscape change, and with increased acting offered in video games or web shows, big movie roles or high profile – and paying – TV work has transformed to where actors and actresses consider roles they may not have taken before. In Julianne Moore’s case, she’s said to be guesting on the soap to mostly wish the daytime drama a fond farewell – since it’s going off the air this fall. Whatever the case, it’s fun to see thespians of the high caliber of Sean Young working on a soap, which doesn’t get the attention and accolades of cinema, or highly marketed prime time TV shows.