Danny's Boy

Michelle Stafford, who plays his on-screen mom, Phyllis: “Unbelievable. She is one of the most amazing actresses I’ve ever gotten the chance to work with. She’s always putting a different twist on things. I love doing scenes with her, just to see how they’ll turn out. I TiVo the show and watch the scenes at home. I think she’s amazing.”Keith Hamilton Cobb, who plays Phyllis’s boyfriend, Damon: “He’s awesome. When I met him, I remember starting at his feet, then going all the way up [his body] until my head was cocked all the way back, looking up at him. He was quiet when I met him, but he has opened up more. He’s very friendly to me. I really like him.” An ironic comment because the men have an adversarial relationship on-screen. “I think that works very well. I like having scenes with him, especially when I get to be a little prick. That’s just fun!”Ashley Bashioum, who plays Daniel’s ex-girlfriend, Mackenzie: “It would be nice if they brought that relationship back, if she changed her mind about dating him [because Daniel is 16 and Mac is 20]. She’s another one who is very easy to work with. And she’s gorgeous. I had somebody ask me, ‘Oh, you’re doing this thing with Ashley. Is it hard when you have to do a relationship?’ I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Look at that girl! It’s not that tough. Trust me.’ “Greg Rikaart, who plays Daniel’s new best friend and partner in crime, Kevin: “He’s so different from real life when he is onstage. I love it. I hang with him outside of the show, so you really get to know the person. Then, to go in there and see that transformation is really cool, watching the different things that he puts into the character.”Michael Damian, who plays Daniel’s father, Danny: “I love Michael Damian. When I started, he said, ‘If you have any questions, you come to me. If you need anything, come to me.’ He was always there: ‘Let’s run lines. Let’s make sure we’ve got this down.’ He’s a great guy. There’s just something about him. I think we kind of look alike, too. And he does the music thing. I have a bit of a musical background. I’ve been playing the guitar for, like, 13 years. I would like Daniel to keep having a relationship with him. He was pissed to learn that Danny wasn’t his biological father and was lied to all those years, but I think he can get past it. The guy was there for him. Even though he might not have been there physically, he took care of him. He provided for him. There’s definitely more there to be played.”

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