Exclusive Interview: Young and the Restless Star Thom Bierdz Honors Diana

thom-80s2I make it no secret that I am a major Young and Restless fan I have been since I was able to sit up and watch  tv. I remember when this gorgeous young man stepped on my screen to portray Phillip Chancellor  III In 1986. Thom Bierdz took the show by storm when he came to Genoa City and then left us in mourning in 1989  when his character passed away after drinking and driving and having an accident.  Leaving behind his son Phillip The IV  and a legacy  that would change the show forever.  Little did we know that Thom had  a passion for artwork and is a artist in  his own right.   Shortly after the Murder of his mother  Thom found solace in his artwork and he has created a very telling portrait of Diana,  Like the Princess , Thom donates time painting live to bring both awareness and much needed funds to charities that are close to his heart. To date his art donations has raised over $100,000 for these important causes.

While listening to a Soap Podcast I came across his website and  I was lucky enough to find his email address and contact him today.Not only to  let him know that I was excited about seeing him on my screen again  reprising his role as Phillip III  but also I was able to ask him a few questions about his Diana portrait.  
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Interview With  Thom Bierdz 6/27/09

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Dani :What was the inspiration behind the Portriat of Diana and Charles?
 
 Thom B: she had a bigger than life story –  so unique a life
 
 
DANI: Is there a message behind the painting?
 
Thom B:She did not see the whole picture of what she was getting into. 
 
DANI:Would you consider your self  a Admirer of Diana, Princess of Wales? If So what was it that you admired Most about her?  
Thom: yes,that she learned to follow her instincts and not be told what to do and not do.
 
To see some of his awesome artwork you can  go to his Website:  ThomBierdz.com
 
Now  For those of you who  do not know Phillip III  will be returning,  so far we have only seen glimpes of  him  as “Langley”. His Costar Tricia Cast  who played his wife Nina  has returned  hopefully these two will reunite  soon. 
I want to thank Thom for taking time out of his schedule to do this interview. I will be watching for you on the small screen. 
 
     A Look at Thom as Phillip III  
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Phillip in Video
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Interview With Bluewater Production’s Chris Arrant

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I am very excited to bring  you guys a 2nd interview from the great folks at Bluewater productions  This one is done with  Chris Arrant the Author of  Diana’s Female Force book .

Dani:Can you share a little bit about your self and how you became involved in the Female Force series?

 Chris: I’m primarily known as a journalist specializing in comics, haven written
for Publishers Weekly, Newsarama.com, TOKYOPOP.com and Marvel’s ‘Marvel
Spotlight’ magazine. But I also write comics, up until this point focusing
on anthologies such as Tori Amos’ Comic Book Tattoo, 24Seven Vol. 2 and
Negative Burn.

I’ve been aware of Darren and Bluewater’s titles for quite some time, and
the recent Female Force series has been particularly interesting. I’m a
big fan of biographies — just ask my local librarian — so the idea of
writing a comic biography was particularly appealing. Focusing on a public
figure’s life as a comic book biography allows the reader to not only
read, but to see depictions, of particular poignant moments in their life.

Dani: When preparing for the Diana Comic book  what resources did you refer to  help write her book? 

  Chris: Books — lots and lots of books. I’ve read the Andrew Morton books as well as the Paul Burrell ones. What helped bring everything into focus was Jude Davies’ ‘Diana, A Cultural History’. That helped provide the full scope to
 allow me to cover the landscape of Diana’s life the best I could in 22  pages.

 Lastly, I watched all the interviews and read all the transcripts of
Princess Diana that I could. I felt that was the most important thing to
making this not just another biography but something more definitive and
perennial to accurately represent Princess Diana.

Dani: Will any of Diana’s celebrity  friends be making appearances in the book. 

 Chris:Diana was well-known for running in several different celebrity circles —
I particularly enjoy her dance at the White House with John Travolta early
on in her life. After she left the monarchy and began to fully immerse
herself in a modern life, she famously had connections with many
celebrities.

Short answer, yes! It was hard not to play favorites, so I had to cut some
pieces out… maybe Darren will let me do a sequel!

Dani: How much of challenge was it to fit Diana’s 36 years of life in to a  comic book? 

 Chris:Very difficult. As I said, the constraints of fitting it into 22 pages of
sequential art was the paramount challlenge in this. I could have wrote a
full-length graphic novel (or several!), but for this project we’re
limiting it to a 22 page comic book.

But that has its positives — the low page count equals a lower price
point, allowing it to be available to more people. Plus you can roll it up
and stick it in your back pocket or purse.

Dani: What was your favorite part of Diana’s life  to write about?

 Chris:Good question! Looking back, I got the most invigorated in my research andwriting at the time period immediately following her divorce with Prince Charles. At that point in time, she could have lived her life in a variety of different avenues; and what she chose to do, by eschewing the negative constraints of the monarchy and embracing a new role quite unlike anything we’ve seen before. The closest things I could compare it to is the
post-presidency life of U.S. Presidents — finding their own challenges
and making their own agenda, using the political capital they’ve accrued.

But getting into the personal side of it, that era showed her amazing
resiliency and ability to take what was given to her and turn it into
something positive. That took alot of courage for Diana.

Dani  If Diana was with us when this book was put together do you think she  would have liked how she was portrayed in the series? 

 Chris:I think she would. This biography isn’t a sterilized pro-Diana skewed
biography; My goal was to show both the positives and negative aspects of
her life, with the key factor is it being truthful.

Biographies of Diana began appearing early on in her public life, and she
was remarkably gracious to the biographers — even those who covered the
more controversial aspects of her life. She herself was not adverse to
talking openly about some particular injurous monents of her life — as
long as it was presented in an honest way.
And that’s what I’ve done with this book.

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