Abbott: A Life Turned Upside Down
What happens to a person when they
discover the foundation upon which they've
built their life is not at all what they
thought it was?
This is the question a stunned Jill will
soon be asking herself. On the eve of Liz
Foster's startling revelation to her
daughter, Jill, we spoke with Jeanne
Cooper (Katherine) and Jess Walton (Jill)
about what they anticipate viewer response
will be to this exciting new story.
Jeanne began, "Well, first of all, they
are going to be excited. The "Pro
Katherines" will say, 'You see, Katherine
was right, Jill did crawl out from
underneath a rock.'" Jeanne continued,
"Our situation is a love hate relationship
and the fans can't wait until we get into
it. I guarantee when the fans find out the
shocking news Liz Foster brings to town,
they are going to say 'God, I hope
Katherine has nothing to do with this!'
Fans are very wise… as the writers bring
the truth closer and closer, fans might
start to say, 'Please don't let it be!'
There are going to be a lot of mixed
feelings in our audience."
Jess Walton said she was "thrilled because
this is going to give me something
internal to play. It's going to shake up
Jill's whole world and force her to
examine herself. When Jill is given this
information, she will spiral into a place
of real doubt but also, some elements of
her past and the relationships she has had
will slowly become more clear."
I wondered what lengths Jill might go to
unearth clues to this extraordinary
mystery. Jess responded, "She will leave
no stone unturned. She is like a pit bull
when she wants something. I assume Jill
will involve other people to help her get
the answers she desperately needs. If Jill
thinks it's in her best interest, she
might even turn to Katherine in
desperation to get some help!"
"For the very first time, you will hear
Jill say things like, 'I've made so many
mistakes in my life. I've been my own
worst enemy.' I think Liz's disclosure
will open up a window for Jill to better
understand some of the things Jill has
done," said Jess.
Fans know Jill and Katherine have an
extraordinarily contentious relationship.
In the beginning, there was affection
between these two but when Jill turned her
sights on Katherine's husband, Phillip
Chancellor, a vast and ugly rift was
forged. Jill and Katherine later fought
bitterly over the custody of Jill and
Phillip's son, Phillip III (Thom Bierdz).
Katherine's sole companion became her
maid, Esther Valentine (Kate Linder) and,
sensing the opportunity to play a joke,
Jill made-over an ex-con she found in the
park and introduced him to Katherine as
Rex Sterling (Quinn Redeker). Although the
start of their relationship was dubious,
Katherine and Rex shared a tremendous joie
de vivre, which made Rex's death at the
hands of an intruder, an extremely painful
loss for Katherine. Jill's fiery
relationship with patriarch John Abbott
produced a son, named Billy. Jill felt she
might finally heal the wound she suffered
when Phillip III died as a result of a
drunk driving accident. Her relationship
with John soon ended and Jill was suddenly
faced with no place to live. She laid
claim to the Chancellor estate and in an
unusual ruling, the judge ordered a bitter
and devastated Katherine to share
ownership of the property she and Phillip
had shared so many years ago. There has
never been a dull moment since -- two
queen bees in one hive.
This new story gives two outstanding
actresses an opportunity to revisit some
really rich landscapes dramatically. With
Liz Foster (Julianna McCarthy) on the
canvas, we will likely see a more
vulnerable Jill, a Jill who still loves
and needs her mother -- who, as we will
discover, not only has disturbing news to
deliver about Jill but alarming news about
herself. Jess offered, "I think Liz is the
only person that Jill truly respects. She
holds Liz in the highest esteem. Jill can
be totally real with Liz and wants her
approval and because of this, she has
power over Jill in a way no one else has."
And yet there is another person who also
has power over Jill in a way that Jill
would undoubtedly deny. Jeanne commented
on the longevity of Jill and Katherine's
feud. "Actually, we are like a couple. We
have gone through as many adversities as
any married couple has ever fought about.
The secret the writers know so well is
that the audience wants to see Jill and
Katherine react to each other. The
audience wants us to top one another but
they never know which way it's going."
When it's pointed out that neither
Katherine nor Jill is ever victorious over
the other for very long, Jeanne,
"absolutely agrees." She pointed out these
characters deeply respect each other but
both deny it vehemently. "They basically
know they only have each other," Jeanne
added. "Jill will always be there, if only
to kick me in the teeth and I will always
be there to point out her stupidity."
Jess had a different take on their fights.
"I think Katherine wins the war, every
time -- but Jill gets to win a couple of
battles here and there. The crux of Jill
and Katherine's relationship is that in
the beginning, Jill was very fond of
Katherine. I felt sorry for her. Then I
did her dirty and she did me dirty which
provoked tremendous anger -- but before
that there was love. So you have huge
conflict between love and hate in these
Jess notes that once all the facts are in
and Jill discovers what is at the heart of
this matter, "Jill will likely blame all
those involved. Then I think the
interesting part of the story will be
watching how Jill comes to terms with it."
Fans don't have to wait long to discover
the devastating truth about Jill. Make
sure to tune in on Monday, Feb. 3rd, for a
not-to-be-missed episode of, The Young
and the Restless.
By Victoria Curea