Wednesday, October 7, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: 'Young and the Restless' Star Joshua Morrow on His New Film 'Golden Shoes,' Available Now on DVD and On Demand

The Young and the Restless star Joshua Morrow plays
George Larou in Golden Shoes, available now on 
DVD and On Demand.
Joshua Morrow has starred in CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless since 1994 as Nick Newman, who navigates romance, children and a career in fictional Genoa City. His latest project is a wonderful new movie, Golden Shoes, featuring an all-star cast in the story of a young soccer player with big dreams.

As long as he could remember, eight-year-old Christian Larou (Christian Koza) dreamed of being a great soccer player like his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo. When his father (Morrow) is deployed to Afghanistan, his mother (Dina Meyer) is hospitalized and he's subjected to intense bullying at school, Christian pours himself into the game he loves. With the help of some very special shoes, can Christian lead his team to the championship, inspire an entire nation, and bring his family together again?

Golden Shoes is available on DVD and On Demand starting today. We Love Soaps spoke to Morrow about his role in the film, working on location, and his love for Y&R. We even got the avid sports fan to make a college football prediction. Check out our exclusive interview below:

WE LOVE SOAPS: How did you get cast in the movie as George Larou?
JOSHUA MORROW: My manager called me up one day and they offered it to me. I didn't even have to audition for it. I think they were pretty happy with what they saw on my show, and offered me the role of George Larou. It's not a big role but I loved doing it. I don't get a chance to do things like that very often, based on my work schedule, but it was fun and a really cool experience for me.

WE LOVE SOAPS: Where did you shoot your scenes?
JOSHUA MORROW: In Michigan. It's a kid's soccer movie and I told the director and producer beforehand that I had two young sons that also play soccer, and they let them be extras in the movie as some of the soccer players. So I went out there with my two sons and I flew my dad out from Oklahoma. We just spent the week hanging out and shooting the movie and it was a really fun time.

Joshua Morrow (right) in a scene from Golden Shoes
WE LOVE SOAPS: Your sons are in the movie?
JOSHUA MORROW: They are soccer players on the opposing team when they play the championship game. It's pretty brief. I watched it with them the other night and they were beyond excited to see their faces, literally, for like a second.

WE LOVE SOAPS: Was it nice to be on location? I know you shoot mostly in the studio at The Young and the Restless.
JOSHUA MORROW: It's a cool experience to go on location and do things. The downside to that is the time. You forget how quick we do our show until you go out and do something else. You're out there for hours and hours to get a couple of minutes of footage. It's great to be out in that environment, and in the soccer field one day. Most of my scenes were the military stuff in like a bunker, and they built this really cool bunker out in the woods. You don't get quite that experience on my show. We build everything—oceans, jungles, airplane crashes—right there with our incredibly talented crew. To go outside and do it onsite, it's a much better experience.

WE LOVE SOAPS: You had a scene near the end of the movie with with Eric Roberts. Did you work with him when he guest-starred on Y&R a few years ago?
JOSHUA MORROW: We did. He played a prosecuting attorney. He got to cross-examine me on the stand. He's a really interesting, smart guy. I loved talking to him on the set. I wish we'd gotten to do more scenes because I thought he was quite good on our show, but he's off doing movies pretty much every week. We did get a very brief scene in Golden Shoes, and reminisced about The Young and the Restless. It was fun to work with him again.

The Golden Shoes cast includes Dina Meyer, Eric
Roberts, David DeLuise, Christian Koza, Montel
Williams, Aedin Mincks, Vivica A. Fox, John
Rhys-Davies, John Wesley Shipp and Joshua Morrow.
WE LOVE SOAPS: Why should people watch Golden Shoes?
JOSHUA MORROW: It's a great family movie. It's about chasing your dreams and beating the odds, and keeping your hope alive. I love the message it has for kids: that you can anything if you set your mind to it. Children will love this movie, and it's got some really talented people it. They put together a really nice cast. My kids loved it. And if you're a soccer fan, it has a lot of cool soccer action. It has a guy from Lord of the Rings in it (John Rhys-Davies), what more could you want? [Laughs]

WE LOVE SOAPS: Are you interested in doing more films?
JOSHUA MORROW: Sure, I'd love to do it. I've been pretty blessed, shooting about one a year for the past three or four years. Obviously they're small movies. With my schedule, I can't go off and do any big projects. I'm very content doing my job but any chance I get, be it once a year, to go out and shoot a movie, it gets the old juices flowing. I shot a movie last year called Loyalty, and I got to be a bad guy in that one. It will be out later. Anything to do something other than Nick for a while.  But I can't stress enough how much I love playing Nick. I love being on my show, and it's the greatest blessing that ever happened to me. I wake up every day and I'm glad I get to go to that studio.

WE LOVE SOAPS: Only in daytime soaps would 21 years not make you the longest-running person.
JOSHUA MORROW: I've been on 21 years but I don't feel like an old salty veteran. There's probably 5 or 6 people that have been around longer than me, and been through so much, doing this job, grinding it out, and still bringing it. I love our cast; they're such talented people. You can learn a lot. I do a scene with Peter Bergman (who plays Jack Abbott) or Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) and, after 21 years, I'm still learning things. I get to have this crash acting class with people I admire and respect so much.

WE LOVE SOAPS: [Working in a college football question] You're an Oklahoma guy, so does Oklahoma have any chance of winning the Big 12 this year against TCU and Baylor?
JOSHUA MORROW: I don't love our chances. Baylor and TCU are unbelievably good. TCU has got [Trevone] Boykin at quarterback, and he's just a freak of nature. And Baylor, I don't know how you stop them. I actually think Baylor is the best team in the nation right now. I think it will be very difficult for Oklahoma get to get out of the Big 12 right now but I have my fingers crossed. Our national championship is this Saturday when we get to beat up on Texas again in the Red River Rivalry. After that, it's on to TCU and Baylor. If we could just beat one of them, I think we have a shot to get to that final four playoff, but it's going to be tough sledding. You have to go through the Big 12 to win the national championship this year.

WE LOVE SOAPS: Soaps and sports are my two favorite things, so thanks for some of your time today!
JOSHUA MORROW: No wonder we get along so well. Those are my two favorite things, too, and heavy on the sports. [Laughs]

EDITOR'S NOTE: Watch the trailer for Golden Shoes below. For more information on the film, visit


Roger Newcomb is a producer and writer in New York City. He has written and produced a full-length indie film, Manhattanites, and two radio soap operas. He founded and produces annually the Indie Series Awards, which honors the best in independent entertainment on the Web. He was executive producer on the indie short May Mercy Lie and, from 2009 to 2013 he created and hosted We Love Soaps TV. He has also made acting appearances in shows such as Imaginary Bitches and Empire. Recent film appearances include the documentary Soap Life—ruminating alongside Agnes Nixon and Eileen Fulton—and James Franco's indie feature, Francophrenia. He currently co-hosts entertainment talk show Serial Scoop Now.

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