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It's been four decades of Eric Braeden as Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless. Braeden loves his job and probably wouldn't trade it for anything right now but that wasn't the case when he just began his journey on the show. Thankfully, a legend played a major part in Braeden's decision making back then.
As Y&R continues to celebrate its milestone of arriving at 12,000 episodes, Braeden sat down to reflect on his time on the show. He recalled, "I said, ‘What is that? They have television during the day?’ I didn’t know," when he was asked by his agents if he was interested in taking a meeting with the soap executives.
After the meeting, he originally signed on for only three months and confessed, "I hated it. I couldn’t stand it. Because I played a bad guy, and I had burned out playing bad guys. I’ve played bad guys on over 120 television shows, and I was sick and tired of it.”
Speaking with Y&R's creator, William J. Bell changed his mind, however. "I asked Bill Bell to imbue this character with a background that explains why he became who he was,” Braeden shared. The result was an emotionally-charged scene in which Victor explained to Nikki how he was left by his destitute mother and alcoholic father on the steps of an orphanage at just 7 years old. “Once I played that scene, I walked in my dressing room and I called my wife. I said ‘I’m gonna stay,’” the actor admitted. “Because I could see it open all kinds of possibilities."
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