July 28, 2019
Marla Adams has opened up about being a mother in real life.
The actress, who plays mother Dina Abbott Mergeron in “The Young and the Restless” series, shared about her experience with motherhood off-screen.
“There’s no such thing as a perfect family or perfect marriage and anybody who tells you that, there’s something not quite right."
“My kids put up with me,” she said. “They’re my best friends and I feel so blessed. Thank God they chose me as a mom.”
Her son, Trip, lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Renee, and their two children. Adams’ daughter, Pam, lives in Washington, running two restaurants.
“There’s no such thing as a perfect family or perfect marriage and anybody who tells you that, there’s something not quite right. My kids and I went through all of our traumas together,” Adams said.
Adams said playing the self-centered Dina Abbott Mergeron is her greatest career achievement.
“I’m just thrilled to be able to play this character again,” the actress enthuses. “It’s the most challenging, daunting role I’ve ever had the privilege to portray. When you play someone who’s mean, there has to be a vulnerability and the reasons why that person is the way she is because that’s what keeps her balanced.”
For Adams, being an onscreen mother has been a joyful experience.
“God, I produced gorgeous children, didn’t I?” she said. “They’re so special. I don’t know what else to say about them, except I adore them and we just play so well together. I love Peter [Bergman, Jack]! He’s unique in his own special way, and Eileen [Davidson, Ashley] is wonderful. And then when Beth Maitland [Traci] comes in, she’s just the cat’s meow. They are marvelous actors and they inspire me every day.”
“Y&R” first came on air on March 26, 1973. The series has been syndicated internationally.
In 2018, Elizabeth Sung, one of the stars of “Y&R” passed on at the age of 63. The starred on the show as restaurant owner Luan Volien, from 1994 to 1996.
An activist, Sung joined groups that promoted gender and racial diversity in the entertainment industry. In 2016, she was one of 683 new members to join The Academy as part of a push to broaden the diversity and gender mix.