'The Young and the Restless' Actor on How He Spends His Time Off-screen
'The Young and the Restless' Actor on How He Spends His Time Off-screen
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Eyal Podell, who was introduced as Colleen Carlton's university lecturer on The Young and the Restless is gradually building up his storyline as Adrian Korbel on the long-running soap.  Meanwhile, the 31-year-old actor has also been using his time to go on his international wedding season circuit.

“It's been great.  There's been a bit of a lull, but they've been setting up storylines.  Adrian's still writing the book about Brad and somewhere in the future that's going to blow up. Then this thing with Heather could blow up things between him and Colleen.  In the meantime, I've had a few months where I've been sporadically in and out.  It's given me time to be home, spend time with my family, finish my script which has been optioned…and go to acting class.  I wouldn't change it for anything,” the soap actor told Soap Opera Digest.

Podell, who became a dad last year with wife Ashley, says that he's making the most out of his “slower schedule” by spending time with his daughter who will be turning 1 this October 11.

“I'm enjoying getting to be as free as she is when we play together,” he said.

Like many soap stars, Podell's exposure on The Young and the Restless has made him a celebrity even at personal events.

“The grandmother of the bride is Armenian and doesn't speak very good English, but she's a fan of the show,” he said referring to a recent wedding event he attended.  “The whole weekend it was hyped: ‘You have to go say something to her because she's such a fan!'  I finally met her and I said, ‘Do you want to know what happens on the show?'  Someone translated and she nodded Yes. I said, ‘Victor dies!'  She turned ashen white, like she was going to have a heart attack.  She's in her late 80s, so I was like, ‘I'm kidding! Oh, my God.'  I was afraid I was going to kill the grandmother.  I told her I'd save a dance for her.  After we danced, the mother of the bride came over and thanked me, explaining the grandmother hadn't danced since her husband died four years ago.  That was nice.”

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Soap Opera Digest
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