Y&R Interview: Get To Know Michael Roark (Travis), Victoria's New Fling

Michael Roark opens up about his role on The Young and the Restless.

Michael Roark opens up about his role on The Young and the Restless.

You know Michael Roark as the handsome and talented bartender who steals Victoria's heart on The Young and the Restless, but did you know he's also a licensed attorney? CBS.com talked to the actor about his time on Y&R, how he went from law school to television, and what it's like to play the new guy in town.

Read on to learn more! 
What's been your favorite part of working on The Young and the Restless?

What's been your favorite part of working on The Young and the Restless?

Michael Roark: "I'd say the people. Everyone here is great. It's a happy and vibrant community. It's a lot of fun to come in here every day, and you can tell everyone loves what they do."
How would you describe your character, Travis? Do you share any traits with him?

How would you describe your character, Travis? Do you share any traits with him?

Michael Roark: "I do share traits with him. He's got a lot of heart ... He's a guy who's had some struggles in the past, and he's trying to make the right moves. He's an open-hearted guy who wears his heart on his sleeve, he loves connection, and he really does care about people. That's one of the reasons why he's opened this bar. He wants to be around people, and he wants to be around the right kinds of people."
What do you like about working in daytime?

What do you like about working in daytime?

Michael Roark: "It's just different than everything I've done before. It's a refreshing change. I think it's good to change things up... It's challenging, and I appreciate that. I think anyone who can do this becomes a better actor." 
How did you go from becoming a licensed attorney to becoming an actor?

How did you go from becoming a licensed attorney to becoming an actor?

Michael Roark: "I think all of us, especially this day and age, have multiple sides to us; we all have things we want to do. I'm very much not just a one note person. When I was growing up, there were other things I wanted to do as well. I started doing theater in college, and when I left, I had that decision: What do you do after college? I could have gone either way, and I thought, 'I'm going to do both.'

When I went to law school, I went with the idea that I was always going to jump back into acting and into film at some point. When I got out of law school, it was '09, when the market was down, so it kind of just expedited my return to [acting] so I kind of juggled both for a little while. But not too long, because I was fortunate enough to get some early success.

Law still serves me in a lot of ways. I do things in real estate, I do things in producing, and what a law education gives you is a lot more than just the ability to represent someone in a courtroom. It gives you analytical ability, you discipline your mind in a lot of ways, so I don't think there's a day as an actor I work that my law education doesn't serve me in some way. It teaches you preparation, and preparation is everything." 
 
You play a bar owner and bartender on Y&R. Do you have a specialty cocktail you make?

You play a bar owner and bartender on Y&R. Do you have a specialty cocktail you make?

Michael Roark: "I used to be a bartender for a long time, actually. I bartended for about 8–9 years to put myself through school and early on in my acting career. What's funny is, you learn all these drinks—there was a time I could make just about anything under the sun—but, I was still just drinking whiskey on the rocks. You know how to make all this stuff, but sometimes you can't beat a classic drink."
How is it working so closely with Amelia Heinle? Is there anyone else you'd like to work with on the show?

How is it working so closely with Amelia Heinle? Is there anyone else you'd like to work with on the show?

Michael Roark: "[Amelia] and I work really well together, so I think more than anything, you just develop that trust. And I want to work with everybody. I think there's talent up-and-down here."
Would you be friends with Travis in real life?

Would you be friends with Travis in real life?

Michael Roark: "I think so. He's got a lot of redeeming qualities and he's a likable guy. We're not quite sure what he's about just yet, but the good parts of him are good. We haven't discovered the other parts of him. What are his motives? Are his motives genuine? We still don't know." 

Make sure to watch The Young and the Restless weekdays on CBS to see Michael in action.

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