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Catching Up with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ Max Ehrich (EXCLUSIVE)

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It would be every bride’s nightmare to find her groom cheating on her wedding day, which is why no one can blame AMERICAN PRINCESS’ Amanda for running off on fiancé Brett, played by Max Ehrich (ex-Fenmore,   THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS). “I think we can all relate to planning for something and then having a crisis that leads you to reevaluate,” the actor suggested to Soaps In Depth. “But you’ll find out a bit more as to how and why that happened… Brett is not just a cold-hearted [jerk].”

The Lifetime series, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST, follows Amanda’s subsequent exploits when she finds herself at a Renaissance Faire where nothing makes sense, but everyone embraces the weird. Ironically, it’s there that she attempts to find peace while building a new life. “Brett’s heartbroken,” Ehrich explained, “because as much as he knows he screwed up, people also don’t just get married on a whim. They really thought they loved each other.”

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“Brett genuinely loves Amanda, but he made an unforgivable mistake on the day of the wedding,”Enrich said. “So, ‘I do’ becomes, ‘Like hell I do!” (Photo Credit: Lifetime)

Having previously played Fenmore, this new character was easy to slip into. “Fenmore almost went off to be an attorney — that’s what his dad wanted him to do — and they both also grew up having pretty privileged lives,” Ehrich revealed. “Brett is not as edgy or dark as Fen [was], but they’re both finding themselves and making mistakes along the way.”

The character that Ehrich played in his latest film, Netflix’s Walk. Ride. Rodeo., however, is someone to aspire to. In it, he plays a man who encourages a recently paralyzed female barrel racer not to give up on her dreams. “He’s constantly hitting her up to just speak [at conventions] because he’s very intrigued by her story,” Ehrich revealed. “Then when they end up Face Timing, it’s like love at first sight.”

Not only did Ehrich contribute to the film the song “Ride” (co-written with Amberley Snyder, whom the movie is based on), but he’s also been making music his primary focus of late. “I started working with [the publisher] with whom I made ‘Ride,’ and I ended up going there and doing a writing camp,” he revealed. “Music has been really therapeutic for me since I was a teenager because it’s a way of processing life. I’m excited to share things I’ve gone through, the things I’m going through and things I want to go through via my music.”

Look for the performer to release a record this year before hitting the road. “I want to be traveling, playing my music and exploring the different cities and countries I go to,” he said. “That’s my plan.”

For more Y&R news on stars past — and present, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.

This story originally appeared in our print magazine

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