soapcentral.com: Speaking of a younger audience and being attached to phones, have you felt a difference in the work now that social media and the Internet are such a huge part of it?
Knight: Yeah, I really think you have to be a master of it.
I find it funny that one of the first emails I got from the publicity team was, Michael, do us a favor and don't say anything on Twitter, because we would like to be in charge of the reveal.
soapcentral.com: It's really nice to see that so many people from AMC landed on their feet. And that was strange, because to me he'll always be my son. soapcentral.com: I always really loved AMC's David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) as a character, the evil doctor. Like, my God, I think Gina Tognoni [Phyllis Summers] is doing an amazing job in soaps, because when you take over a character that's known, a character that has a back story, it's a huge responsibility. So basically, in terms of just reacting to him, more than half of my job is done. But I've got to say, after being at home and in one place for so long, you really take something for granted until it's gone, or you have to start over again, which is kind of what I'm doing. That's the kind of character that keeps the lights on. I asked Rebecca, I asked Cameron [Mathison, ex-Ryan Lavery, AMC], and I heard that Josh [Duhamel, ex-Leo du Pres, AMC) worked with her at one point, and I said, I'd really like to keep my hand in, to keep my chops sharp, and I heard about Lee, so I started working very intensely in her class and just stayed with it.There are a couple of people we would like to put you with, that we can see you working with, and she named both of them. So when it comes to the niche, you never really know how it's going to move forward. soapcentral.com: Were you pretty nervous or were you more excited to take on a brand new character? I'd been out of the soap thing, away from that rapid turnaround, and one of the things that we always rely on more heavily in our corner of the business than in others is that... It's not an overly rehearsed medium, so what you're relying on is the relationships you eventually build with other actors. So there's a lot that I will know about where I fit or if I'm going to fit in Genoa City based on what these wonderful people do when they go to work.Well, actually there were three, but two of them really stood out and I was like, I would really, really like that to happen. soapcentral.com: So does that mean that if the character connects well with these three mystery characters, you could stick around long term? After two decades of working with Cady Mc Clain [ex-Dixie Cooney, AMC; ex-Kelly Andrews, Y&R], you could basically give us the phone book, and we'd give you something to watch. I also crept on set and I was watching Eric and Amelia [Heinle, Victoria Newman; ex-Mia Saunders, AMC], and there's so much texture in the way they work together.And at that point, I was like, you know, I'll sort of believe it when I see it. Neil as a character has a dark past and he's a very, very complex character and it's a very drama-driven story. The writers are doing an amazing job at giving me [material]. I am a piece of something larger with some very talented people who are breathing life into what they do, and I kind of get off on watching them do it.I think that's just the way it goes in this business, but sure enough, they came to me and said, Look, we have an idea. And they've done a really good job of keeping it the Abbotts and the Newmans, that ongoing story that they have. Because I'm in a new place, while I'm sitting there in the studio, I sometimes creep out and watch other people do what they do, and with Peter and Eileen, between the two of them, there's like 50 years of daytime experience, and they've been playing brother and sister in the Abbott clan, this dynasty on the show, for so long, and there's so much that these guys do without even knowing they're doing it.