CENTER STAGE: Will Colin’s Return Lead to the Ultimate Demise of ‘Y&R’s’ Cane and Lily? And How Does Victor Fit In? Daniel Goddard Discusses! - Soap Opera Network
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They say a happy couple never lasts long on soaps, and yet “’” Cane () and Lily () have endured for over half a decade. The pair hasn’t exactly been happy the entire seven years, but the two seem to share a love and strength within their relationship that is rarely seen in the soap opera genre. However, the saying “all good things must come to an end” is something that always lurks in the background, and some viewers can’t help but question just how much staying power Cane and Lily have left — especially with Cane’s dastardly father, Colin (), trying to worm his way back into the picture! But just what’s going to happen from here? Soap Opera Network caught up with Goddard himself to find out!

Love in the afternoon is a former slogan for daytime dramas, and there’s a reason why: Matters of the heart usually take center stage. However, there’s a lot of bed hopping involved in the romantic aspect of soaps, a phenomenon that has yet to destroy Cane and Lily’s relationship. “Nick [] will leave Sharon [] and sleep with Phyllis [] and then leave Phyllis and sleep with Avery [] and then go back to Sharon, or Neil [] will be in a relationship that falls apart and will end up with another lady, another lady, another lady,” the actor explains of “Y&R” in particular. “You see it happen, and I think the writers and producers recognize that there are no other couples like Cane and Lily on the show, and they keep it strong for that reason.”

Some would argue that having a couple stay together through thick and thin potentially limits the characters storyline wise, and though Goddard admits that that may be the case with Cane and Lily, he says the couple’s unique situation may also challenge the writers into thinking a little outside of the box. “I think you could say from a story point of view that [the fact that they stay together and haven’t cheated on one another] may limit a certain amount of drama, however, I think that they writers have managed to find drama outside of the couple, like with Cane and Victor [], or recently Lily and the fashion show, or even Hilary [],” he explains. “They’re looking for drama in other ways. So I think it has a lot of benefits, what the writers have been doing, thinking creatively… Because it’s easy to write for Billy Abbott []. ‘Oh, well, he’s gonna start gambling again this week. Oh, he’s losing everything. Oh, he’s drunk. Oh, he was drunk and he slept with someone else. Oh, he wishes that he didn’t do it, and now he’s got to deal with the fall out. He says I’m sorry, and he gets forgiven.’ Technically, it’s easy to write for a character like that… [and] going back to Cane and Lily, I think you’re going to find it difficult to come up with story to break them up. I don’t know, I think organically, the characters kind of play themselves. And we’ll see what happens moving forward with the story with Colin and Jill [] and if Cane leaves and goes back to Chancellor and see how the relationship fares, because I think that’s where the beauty of their relationship lies. That you can look at that and say, ‘Ok, where would that naturally, organically go?’”

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

If anything is outside of the box writing wise, it’s definitely Cane’s dad, Colin — who happens to be the next major challenge Cane and Lily will face. “Lily is very cautious about allowing him back in their lives, and so is Cane, because last time we saw him, he tried to kidnap [their twins],” Goddard reminds. “Colin says he’s changed, but Cane is wary. Though, it would be very important to him [if he has changed] because his mother is out of the picture, his brother is dead, his sister is dead, and really, that’s all that is left of Cane’s family, is just his relationship with his father. So I think to have his father in his life and to have his father trying to make the changes so that he can be a part of his life and the twins’ lives, it’s important to Cane. Which is another reason why he holds Lily in such high esteem, because she represents the family and stability that he never had in Australia. So I think Cane hopes very much that Colin has changed.”

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

And Goddard himself hopes that Colin has changed, as well, if it means longevity for the character! “When Tristan came on the show a few years back, it completed a lot of Cane, and I think now he’s come back, and it’s what Cane needed,” he explains. “Cane needed his own family, because it’s a different dynamic. Everybody else seems to have a history of their own and their own family, and I don’t think you really know everything there is to know about a character until you meet the parents. Because you meet the parents, and all of a sudden, you see the traits and you see the characteristics that one person has, and you go, ‘Oh, that makes sense! I see it, where that comes from now.’”

While the actor is hoping that Colin’s presence will shed more light on how Cane came to be who he is, he’s simultaneously hoping that his alter ego’s recent business with Victor will shed more light on who Cane can become. “I think it would be interesting now, which they seem to be doing, to allow Cane to pursue whatever it is that he wants,” he explains, adding that the character’s relationships with both Victor and Colin may be able to achieve that. “I don’t think Cane is intimated by Victor, nor do I think he’s intimidated by his father. Eric and I have a good relationship working with each other. We have a lot of respect for one another, and we play our scenes together where we both realize that there’s no adversary. We don’t want to be adversaries with each other. What we want to do is find a way to realize that Cane can enhance Victor, and Victor can enhance Cane, and they can be working for a common cause.

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“Most of Victor’s relationships in the past have always been ‘I’ll take you down because you were trying to take me down, and we’ll see who does it first,’” he explains. “I think there’s a different dynamic that they can play with Cane and Victor. It would be interesting down the road if Cane and Victor actually had a better relationship than Victor has with his own kids or that Cane has with Colin. I think that could create drama and dynamic between Victor and Colin and Cane and Colin. And I’m always looking for ways to try and create the drama, assuming that the writers haven’t planned it out to the point where they have their own ideas without watching what we’re doing as actors, because we’re always trying to show them something that maybe they haven’t thought of or maybe they haven’t written yet, a story that has possibility. So we’ll see how it goes. I’m really looking forward to it.”

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  • It’s LANE (Lily and Cane)

    Don’t you EVER interview Khalil for these LANE articles? Jeez

    • LisaJ

      Please, NO. All she does is yammer.

      • Kelsey

        This couple is legit the biggest joke in soaps now. Aside from their fanatics everybody and their mother rolls their eyes at them. The coddling is incredible. Its beyond time for them to get busted up with cheating. Why are they so damn protected while every other pairing has to go through hell? Enough of them.

        • Laurel Twist

          ROFLMBO! They are ignored…not “coddled”.

          • LisaJ

            Only a Lane fanatic would say something so idiotic. Bitch, whine, complain. Never happy unless they are on every single day in every scene.

          • Laurel Twist

            Only a person with the intellecutal proclivity of an amoeba would make such an asinine statement. Please show where any statements made by this poster intimate indirectly or state directly what your previous post proposes.

          • Runningmouth

            Why do you want to put down ameoba’s…more like the intellect of a cat..

  • Bexx

    Is it too much to ask that Colin kills Lilly?

    • Laurel Twist

      Yes, it is!

  • Heidi

    Nice!! I love that Lane are a couple that have managed to stay together without cheating . They LOVE each offer and face obstacles together.,

  • Lisa

    Good interview! Love Cane & Lily on Y&R! Hope they continue to stay strong together and fight whatever obstacles that come there way. They have a special kind of love that viewers like me love to watch.

  • Laurel Twist

    #1 No Lane fan is wondering if they can survive Colin. We know they can. No true Lane fan would ever welcome Cane and Lily being written out of character.
    #2 What should be written for this couple is what the writers promoted late fall of 2013, which was Lane building a business of their own. The writers reneged on a fantastic idea, an organic idea. #3 Colin, Jill, Cane, and Lily comprise a family with amazing chemistry, and they ARE the 3rd power family of GC. Sadly, no one in authority wishes to acknowledge or write this. They are a 21st century family, and should be acknowledged and written for accordingly. #4 YR made a huge mistake when CI was given to Victor. We ALL know that Victor is not above stealing CI from Jill and Cane. Does it not make organic sense to write this? It would be a welcomed and exciting storyline. #5 Colin, Jill, Cane and Lily should be running CI. Cane and Lily should start their own company, The Houise of Lily, under the auspices of CI. #6 Cane and Lily have broken the mold of soap coupledom. This is ONE couple fans do not want to see separated. THIS is the uniqueness of this couple, and for a talented team, this presents amazing opportunites to put your own stamp on the show. But no, Lane are seen as a liability, and it is insulting and ridiculous. Wake up people, you have your 21st century soap couple, in Cane and Lily. Write for them. You have your 21st century family in the AshbyAtkinsons, write for them, and STOP insulting fans. Talented creative writers and a competent EP with would welcome the opportunity to write for this couple and their family.

    • Bexx

      Oh, lawd.

      • Laurel Twist

        Thank you for your support! So happy you agree!

        • Bexx

          :-)

      • Kelsey

        LOL Right? Fans don’t want to see them separated? Speak for yourself there. They are tedious, horrible and so beyond played out.

        • Laurel Twist

          Feel free to use the FF button.

  • Emily Terry

    Great interview

  • Emily Terry

    Oh and sexy picture of daniel goddard. Cane and lily are the it couple of Daytime tv. Can’t wait to see what the writers will do with colin cane lily and jill. And with Victor in the mix I’m a happy camper !

  • Kelsey

    They are so freaking boring and coddled and the fact that Sony won’t do anything about this boring couple because they’re scared of the fan campaigns is just a joke. They are so terrible now.

    • Laurel Twist

      No actually, they are not boring. There is a lot of stories left for them if the writers would WRITE them. FF them, feel free. That’s what I do for folks I don’t like.

  • semaj debose

    Team lily and cane