Philip Moons Talks Y&R, The Reason He Had to Step Away from Acting and More! (EXCLUSIVE!)

Philip Moons Talks Y&R, The Reason He Had to Step Away from Acting and More! (EXCLUSIVE!) Check it out here--->>

 



Philip Moon, a graduate of Hunter College and Yale School of Drama is best known for his run as Keemo Volien Abbott on The Young and the Restless, a role he played from 1994 - 1996. With the character of Keemo currently being mentioned on the show, we saw it as a fitting time to have a chat with the actor about reprising his soapy role. Moon was so ecstatic to talk to us as he told us, “I’m honored and humbled to still be thought of after all these years. See what he says about that and so much more below!


We first started to talk about his background as sometimes information on the internet can be incorrect. He noted, "When I was in high school there was a program where I could go to community college. I was trying to figure out what courses to take. I saw there was an acting course. I thought this looks interesting and so I took the course not knowing anything about it. The teacher I had was really wonderful a woman named Barbara Finnegan and I took my class with her and at the end of my class, she asked if she could speak with me and she said what do you have planned after high school? I said I haven’t the foggiest idea and she said I think you should move to New York City and you should study acting and you should become a professional actor.



Moon didn't have much knowledge of acting but it didn't stop him from putting his foot in it. “I didn’t really know anything about acting. I was really a beginner and I’d never done any plays. I’ve never done any acting in high school like a lot of kids, they started acting really young. I didn’t do my first play until I moved to New York City. I started attending Hunter College and while I was attending Hunter a lot of the teachers came to me and said you should apply to the Yale School of drama so I did and I got accepted that’s where I landed for another three years of training so that’s how my beginning in acting started and all my training.



And now we had to talk about his time on a daytime soap opera. When he asked what led to him getting a role on Y&R, he shared, "I’m an actor and actors want to work so when I was in California I visited my agent here and my agents just said I should come out to California and look for work and the first job I got was working on lethal weapon three with Mel Gibson and my parents lived in Los Angeles also and I’ve been in New York on the East Coast for many years so I decided to move to Los Angeles and after I was here a couple of years I got an interview with the young and the restless and they hired me and I was thrilled to death I thought it was a terrific opportunity and I loved all the people I worked with. It was a really great time."


With Keemo being mentioned so much lately and the character now having a daughter, Allie (Kelsey Wang) we couldn't help but wonder what's the actor's take on it. "It’s been so many years it wouldn’t surprise me the Keemo probably had a family of his own. I’m not sure what happened on the show I think somebody told me that he died or something. When you guys called I was just thrilled that people were upset about the fact that my character died. I really am humbled and honored by that because it was so many years ago and if they still remember me from that long ago I’m honored really honored and I really want to thank the fans for that."


Then it beckons the question, would he return to the show. "I certainly would. It was one of the first really good roles I had here and I think that if the fans still would like to see me on the show I would not deny them that.“  But, would Moon be open to returning full time or just for ghostly visits? "Either way I think it would be fun. I think it would be fun either way it would be a great character and also not to mention Elizabeth’s son. You know we lost Elizabeth. I think it would be a lot of fun.“


Moon explained to us what he's been up to since leaving the show and the sad reason he had to step away fro acting, our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. "I did a lot of movies and television. I worked on a TV series called Deadwood and I did another series called True Detective. I worked on that but the problem was I had a lot of personal issues. My mother got sick with Alzheimer’s so I have spent the last several years taking care of her so I kind of had to step away from the business for a while to care for her. I cared for her for many many years and she passed away just recently. I literally had to stop working to take care of my mother. My mother and I were very very close. In fact, my mother came with me to the soap opera Digest awards when I was nominated. It was a thrill for her. My mother took such great care of me my whole life so when she got sick I wasn’t going to turn my back on her. I love this business but this business is not my family. I made the choice and I don’t regret it at all.“ He is such a gem and ensured to send out his love to others experiencing a similar loss, "To all those people out there going through what I went through, my prayers to them. It is a very difficult disease.”



Moon is ready to work again as he told us, “I’ve had some things come up here and there but nothing that’s been really interesting. I’d like to go back to work and that’s my objective to go back to work. Like everything in Hollywood the wheels move slowly.” Handling the pandemic, he noted, "My wife and I were both quite shocked about the pandemic, and like everybody else, we had to hunker down. We would just basically get in the car by ourselves and drive to the beach and sit by the ocean and then drive home. That was pretty much all you could do. You couldn’t eat at any restaurants nothing was open. It was a very tough time for everybody. I’m glad we’re seeing the tail end of it now.


He has big plans and for a good cause. “In the future, I would like to get involved with some type of Alzheimer’s charity. I’d like to do something like that." He also keeps himself busy outside of acting, "I’d like to get back to work and I have a lot of little projects to fix up around my house. We just got a new puppy so that’s been a handful. Because during the pandemic we wanted to get a dog but everybody was getting dog so we thought we would wait so now that the pandemic is almost over we decided to get a puppy but he’s a terror and he’s been keeping us pretty busy. It’s like having a newborn child. “

To conclude he left an important message for his fans, “To all the people who supported me and are my fans I’m thrilled I’m humbled and I’m honored that they would even remember who I was. I really appreciate that. When I started getting calls from people about the show I was shocked because after all these years… Who do you even remember on TV 25+ years ago? But I worked really hard on the role and it makes me feel good that I was able to make an impact on people's lives and make them happy so to all the fans I am truly truly grateful. I’m humbled and honored and grateful I don’t know what more to say. Sometimes I have people come up to me and say hey you were Keemo on young and the restless and I say wow you have a very good memory.”


So, would you like to see him back as Keemo Abbott?

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Soap Opera News: Philip Moons Talks Y&R, The Reason He Had to Step Away from Acting and More! (EXCLUSIVE!)
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