DC EXCLUSIVE: Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff Dishes A&E Docusoap, Her Sister's HUGE Role and Young and Restless Debut
She isn't a nurse, but she played one of TV. On the Wed., June 16 episode of The Young and the Restless, a returning hero was desperate to use his medical prowess to save the life of his dying mother, amid shocking family secrets. When his physician's assistant almost gave his mother the wrong medicine, Dr. Snapper Foster (superstar David Hasselhoff, reprising the role that made him a household name) understandably went ballistic, yelling at the nurse until she burst into tears.
This could have been any number of scenarios playing out on any of daytime's seven sudsers, save for the fact that the incompetent nurse in question was portrayed by one Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff—David's daughter. I caught up with the beautiful, young starlet to get the dish on what it was like appearing with her Pops in Genoa City. We also chatted about the Hasselhoffs' upcoming, untitled A&E docusoap, which will feature Taylor-Ann and her sister Hayley Hasselhoff (who also stars in the upcoming ABC Family soap, HUGE) pursuing their career aspirations, while dad keeps a watchful eye.Daytime Confidential:You made your soap opera debut today! What was it like working with your dad on The Young and the Restless?
Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff: Working on The Young and the Restless with my dad was an absolutely surreal experience! He is my mentor, best friend and inspiration, so being able to act and perform with him allowed me to really get into character. I felt comfortable around him and he brought out my confidence as an actress. He is such a blast to work with!
DC: When you were a kid, did he ever talk about his time on the soap?
TH: Yes, my dad has talked to me about this soap many times growing up, always telling me the funny stories of him staying up all night learning his lines, because they gave him a script filled with 40 or more pages of dialogue a night! He has some other great stories that really gave me the inspiration and encouragement to follow my dreams.
DC: On Y&R, you play a nurse, whom Dr. Snapper Foster, as played by your dad, has to yell at in a scene. Was that a fun scenario to have to act out?
TH: Such a fun scenario because it gave us a more challenging scene than I thought we would have together. My dad and I never fight, so being able to do this on camera was really fun! My dad is the funniest guy I know. I kept telling him before the scene, "Dad, now don't go cracking a joke in the middle of the scene." We had such a great time acting this scene out!
DC: You will be appearing with your dad, and sister Hayley, in an upcoming A&E docusoap, which focuses on the younger Hasselhoffs pursuing your career dreams, while David lends a hand. Is acting something you want to pursue full-time?
TH: Yes, acting has always been a huge passion of mine since I was a little girl, as well as singing. I love to perform, sing and act as its a way to escape reality and go into this dream world where I feel most at home. I will be continuing to act and sing for the rest of my life!
DC: What are some of the other career paths we will see the Hasselhoff girls pursue on the upcoming series?
TH: Besides the acting, auditions and seeing my sister get the role on the new ABC family series HUGE, A&E follows our journey to becoming a sister band together. You will see our ups and downs, disappointments and accomplishments as we work hard together to try to make it in the business.
DC: Would you ever do a soap for a lengthy stint?
TH: Yes, I would love to do a soap for a lengthy stint! Soaps are so much fun and everyone who works on them are just great people to work with and be around all day long! Soaps are also great training and the hardest to do in the business.