'The Young and The Restless' star Kate Linder reveals why even after 46 years of the show fans still love them
In an interview with Meaww Linder spoke about her character in 'The Young and The Restless' and shared her insights on how it has remained the no 1 show till date.
Kate Linder is best known for her portrayal of Esther Valentine on the hit CBS daytime drama series, 'The Young and The Restless', which she has been playing since 1982. It makes her one among the longest-running characters till date. She is not someone who has taken time off work and is a familiar face that one can’t get enough of despite all these years.
Apart from her role as Ether Valentine on one of the longest soap opera series, Linder is also a flight attendant for the United Airlines, she's also one of two Daytime Governors at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, who present the Emmys. She is also a woman with a really huge heart, She’s actively involved with the ALS Association, with TV Cares, ATAS’ AIDS Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and even the March of Dimes. In the year 2008 Linder also received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.
In an interview with Meaww Linder spoke about her character in 'The Young and The Restless' and shared with us why the show has remained the no 1 till date. Though many soaps have come and gone, 'The Young and The Restless' still remains relevant to the audience. The actress herself revealed that even though years pass by the show has evolved in a way that it appeals to the modern audience.
"People have been there for a long time. So, when you watch the show for a long time and then you see a character like Nikki Newman or Victor Newman who has been on the show for years and years, you've seen them grow as you grow up and they are still there," she revealed. "Esther is also still there, she has grown evolved and moved forward. And I think the show itself is even great because it deals with real-life situations," she explained and it is this part, which according to her happens to be the best part of working in a soap opera.
Talking about how the show is connected and relevant to the situations that even common people face, the 70-year-old star says, "In the show, you see that Esther is a single mother and there are people who deal with that every day. And now we have a storyline with Alzheimer's and you see people who are dealing with that every day too. So this is what I mean when I say people can relate to the stories that are going on."
When asked why is the daytime drama series still reigning at the top of TV's most-watched lists over the world, the actress says, "Our main role is to entertain but if you can learn something and grow while you are being entertained that is fabulous and that is what makes 'The Young and The Restless' the no 1 show for all these years. It is known all over the world, it is a great show it has been running for 46 years now, I have been in it for 36 years myself and it just keeps getting better."
She followed her comment by adding that they all work really hard as well, and it is not just one or two people putting in all the effort, it is the entire team. Hence the reason why the end product is amazing.
Talking about her character Esther who she has played for 36 years now and how she has grown over the years, the soap opera star reveals, "Esther had grown immensely over 36 years from the time I started. In the very beginning she used to drive me crazy because she seemed so out of it and not that bright. But, as time went on I realized that she is extremely bright and she has the gift of working things out and not letting it happen the way they should. she is a great character I love playing her."
The much-admired actress also spoke about how she finds similarities with herself and her character Esther. "Well you know Esther is very different from me. But if you go to see if we have similarities, we both wear the same kind of clothes. She is also very loyal and I myself am very loyal as well. She likes to help people and so do I and we both like to give back. We are alike in that way," she concluded.