In advance of the happy couple’s nuptials, the “Y&R” Instagram page shared a behind-the-scenes video of Hope asking her fellow co-stars for some marriage advice as explained from the perspective of each of their characters. “Since I am getting married soon in real-life, I thought that I would ask some of my fellow cast members what marriage advice their characters would give me,” Hope explained at the outset of the video.
First up was Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), who said, “So, Jack Abbott’s advice to Courtney would be ‘Don’t let your family be any part of this. You make your own decisions. You decided he was the guy and that’s all that counts.’” He added, “Oh, boy. It could be a problem,” to which Hope chuckled.
“As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money,” shared Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman Locke) whose character recently wed an ailing Ashland Locke (Richard Burgi) last week in Tuscany surrounded by their closest family and friends.
Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) went one step further than Heinle, saying, “Well, Ashley would tell you to make sure and be clear that your husband doesn’t have an evil twin.” She added, “Ashley married an evil twin and that didn’t work out well cause she had a hard time telling the difference. So, look for little tell-tale signs like a mole in a place that didn’t…wasn’t there before.” Hope responded, saying, “That’s important. I’ll get on that tonight.”
As for Christel Khalil (Lily Winters), she says, “Lily’s marriage advice would be don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost.” Yup, Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard) did that to Lily back in the day.
“I think that Chloe’s advice would be to not give your wedding away to your ex-husband’s new wife,” tipped Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell). When Hope had a stunned look on her face Hendrickson explained, “So, Chloe was supposed to get married, and then she said, ‘No, no, here Victoria and Billy. You can have my wedding.’” Working it out, Hope said, “So you planned it all and give it to someone else? Yeah, I won’t be doing that.”
After trying to figure out which of three would go first, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) stepped up and said laughingly, “Phyllis’ advice would be, at this time, don’t do it.” Hope laughed in response to Stafford’s advice as Phyllis, saying “perfect” before turning her head to Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair) and Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin), who both said, “Prenup.” Considering both their characters are lawyers their answers are not a surprise.
“Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars. A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking!” commented the ‘Y&R’ page.”
Watch the full clip below.
On Valentine’s Day, Duell popped the question to Hope. She shared the news on Instagram the next day, saying, “Yesterday was a good day.” Using a smiling face and ring emojis, she referenced being “happily engaged.” She further stated, “Forever with this man is a dream come true.” She used the hashtag “umHellyes.”
On his Instagram page, Duell said of engagement, “I’m one lucky dude.” He used the hashtags “shesaidyes” and “engaged” along with the “heart” and “ring” emojis.
Duell and Hope met at a party in 2015 courtesy of Duell’s former “GH” co-star Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos). We started talking about music, agriculture — real things,” Hope said of their relationship in a joint interview with Soaps In Depth. “And at parties in L.A., that’s not uncommon.” Duell said to the publication of their initial meeting, “I wanted to hang out with her but part of me knew I would end up dating her. I guess I was scared.” Thankfully, Hope gave him a final chance and now they’re on their way down the aisle.
“My parents always used to tell me love should be easy and with someone who’s your best friend,” Hope told Soaps In Depth. “Growing up, I didn’t believe that existed anymore. When I met Chad, it was the first time I ever saw what they were talking about.”
Congrats, Courtney and Chad. May your day be as special as your love.