Sean Young on 'Skating With the Stars': 'I'm surprised I am the most famous person'

sean-youngImage Credit: Rick Stephens/PR PhotosSean Young was busy playing a scheming heart-breaker named Meggie on The Young and the Restless when she got the call to join ABC’s inaugural Skating With the Stars. It wasn’t the first time the net’s reality suits had attempted to recruit the No Way Out star: Young was approached in 2007 to participate on Dancing With the Stars, but she didn’t make the cut. “They picked the lady with the one leg over me,” Young tells EW, in reference to the ex-Mrs. Paul McCartney, Heather Mills. “I couldn’t quite understand. I was like, ‘What?’ You can understand my confusion. But that’s show business for you.”

So when Young got the call to do SWTS, she was understandably reticent. “I said, ‘You have to give me Skating With the Stars, but you couldn’t give me Dancing with the Stars?'” Young says, laughing. It took an hour-long training session with Randy Gardner (who was offered up by ABC) before Young would commit to the six-episode run of SWTS that begins Nov. 22. She joins musician Vince Neil, reality star Bethenny Frankel, All My Children‘s Rebecca Budig, Olympic skier Jonny Moseley, and actor/rapper Brandon Mychal Smith.

“This has been a very challenging and really rewarding experience so far, and that’s the God’s honest truth,” says Young, who began rehearsals with her partner (whose identity she’s not allowed to divulge) two weeks ago. “I haven’t fallen. I’m pretty coordinated, I’ve got the knee pads and all that kind of stuff. I meditate. I don’t call it prayer, I call it living in the attitude that I’ve already accomplished what I’m here to accomplish. So I use that type of meditation to prepare myself for practices.”

Not that she’s imagined herself performing a double Salchow during her first week on the show. (Each participant is expected to complete a 90-second routine.) “I’m open to the possibility that miracles can occur, but I’m not placing any stress on myself. The whole competition element is not where my consciousness is. I look at competition as sort of a TV gimmick. I’m approaching this in terms of learning something.”

One thing she’s learned: She’s certainly the biggest household name among the first group of SWTS victims contestants. “I’m surprised I am the most famous person, but I guess it’s relative,” Young says. “Reality TV is a different animal than show business. I told them I need poodle care on this. I want to be treated like I’m a cute little poodle that needs special food, a special leash, everything to make me happy. And they have.”

Meanwhile, Young’s six-month run on Restless finishes up this week.

More on Sean Young from the EW archive:
Sean Young: ‘I’m a comeback waiting to happen’ (Sept. 2007)
Sean Young extends her stay on The Young and the Restless (July 2010)

More on Skating With the Stars from EW:
ABC schedules ‘Skating With the Stars’ and ‘V’
ABC to air ‘Skating With the Stars.’ Whose double Salchow are you dying to see?

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  • Trixie

    She’s kind of delusional. I’m embarrassed for her.

    • Larry David

      Agreed. The only reason I know her name is because my mom commented on her bad reputation a few times when I was a kid. She’s as irrelevant as they come. Wonder how long it took to convince her to slum it on a soap?

    • Em

      She’s FAMOUSLY delusional.

    • Chris

      Who is she? I know the other skaters but not her. Why is she saying she’s the most famous?

      • Fi

        I have to agree, she was the only one I didn’t know. I had to look up who she was.

    • Frankie

      I only know her from one of the Ace Ventura movies and her diva behavior off screen. Too bad she still has such a big ego! But this is pretty much like the last SWTS, D- list stars with little known Pro skaters. I’m shocked Vince is doing this, must need the money!

    • Henry

      I’m actually horrified one of the 80s best actresses is still being vilified by Hollywood over that James Woods incident….okay, and handcuffing herself to Tim Burton in a bid to play Catwoman in ‘Batman Returns’. The woman is talented. All be it, a little cooky, but what actor isn’t. The day she broke her arm in a scene cut from Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ and was replaced with Kim Basinger, it’s been downhill ever since. Yes, she was cast as Vicky Vale, first. Sad.

      • tracy bluth

        AGREE. People seem to forget that she had talent.

    • Nerak from Chicago

      Talk about EXTREME EGOISM! Get real Sean and eat a lot of humble pie.

    • Aimee Rogers

      I have never heard of Sean Young. If she is the most famous cast member then that is news to me. I know who Bethenny Frankel and Rebecca Budig are. Perhaps Sean Young is famous from an earlier generation than mine. And this article is awful. She sounds like the most self-obsessed narcissist who ever existed. I am glad I didn’t know who she was.

  • Candice

    Famous?! Umm, who is she?!

    • nodnarb

      Sean Young is the female lead in only the best movie ever made. EVER!!! Of course, I haven’t seen her in anything since.

      • Chris

        What movie would that be?

      • Yab

        BLADE RUNNER.. Although NO WAY OUT is good too.

      • Tim

        She also played the character Chani in the 1984 movie Dune. The movie was passable but not quite so good as the novel.

  • Cris

    I’m NOT surprised that she THINKS she’s the most famous among the contestants.

    • enolam

      Well…she really is the most famous contestant.

      • jodipo

        in her own mind anyway. I would say Vince Neil is arguably more famous than her.

      • Brenda Barrett

        I’m with jodipo…I think Vince Neil’s record sales and tour grosses over the course of his career would indicate that he’s the more popular star.

      • Em

        I think Vince is more famous too.

      • Karate Pants

        This is hilarious. I bet most people, shown her picture, could not name her. She’s easily less recognizable than any of the others mentioned. What an ego!

      • Diggity

        Bethenny is more famous!

  • furiousk

    Sorry, Bethenny and Vince kinda beat you out there, Crazy Catwoman never-was…

    • Leithen

      I have no clue who this Bethenny is.

  • Donna

    The good news is: This means the horrible and cartoon-like character of Meggie will soon exit the Young and the Restless set! She’s been a real drag to endure, and I’m thrilled that she’s leaving Genoa City!!! Yay!!!

    • bootsycolumbia

      I just posted before I saw your post! I think they’re going to recast Meggie. How can they just write her character out when she’s just revealed that she’s a black widow out to marry and murder Victor?

      • Donna

        Not sure why I’m unable to post a response to this–perhaps because I was critical??? This is my third attempt to respond to your post. I respectfully disagree, but appreciate any fan of The Young and the Restless! I hope this is tame enough to get through!

      • Flip

        Why would they recast? She finishes FILMING this week but Meggie will continue to air into next month. I love this story, it’s doing wonders for Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki).

      • The Black Knight

        Nobody can take down Mr. Moustache!

    • Barbara Phipps

      I couldn’t agree with you more. She’s the most boring character Y&R has evey had …. I don’t know that they were thinking

  • bootsycolumbia

    I’ve got to defend her about one thing: she’s still a hell of an actress. She’s been great on Y&R and I’m sorry her contract is up.

    • Donna

      My post above should be a response to this comment. I have no idea what’s going on. I give up.

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  • Sara

    Bethenny…really? I think you’re above this, girl! :::which tells you how absolutely horrible I think this show is going to be::::

    • Em

      Wait – Bethany? Above something? Errr…

  • Josh

    Wow, those are the “stars”. Wow…

  • This is going to be absolutely awful and I cannot wait for the hilarity that comes from it. That being said, I’m not surprised either that she thinks she’s the most famous person on the show. I think more people know who Vince and Bethenny are, plus somebody like Jonny is well known in his field.

    • Marc

      How can you say that the Bret Michaels wannabe and the other nobodies on this joke of a show are more famous than a big movie star like Sean Young? I can understand why some people under the age of 30 don’t know Sean, but anyone over 30 who thinks she’s not the most famous is just ignorant and uninformed.

  • tracy bluth

    To me she will always be Rachel from Blade Runner. Or Gordon Gecko’s wife.

    • Em

      Who woulda thought that Gordon Gecko’s real-life (now-ex) wife would turn out to be more crazy than Sean freaking Young! Yowza.

  • caryn

    I think way more people that will watch SWTS will be following Bethenny. Sean sure displays her reputation for being a bruja.

  • Cameron

    I see age hasn’t mellowed her any.

  • Cameron

    Now I can’t get the image of Vince Neil in skater pants outta my head. Thanks, EW. [shudder]

  • Shawn

    Enough with this stupid “with the Stars” stuff, bring back V now!!!

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