Behind the Curtain: Daniel Goddard

Behind the Curtain: Daniel GoddardYou know him best as the dashing Cane Ashby, one half of one of daytime television’s most beloved couples, Cane & Lily – aka “Lane.” Who hasn’t loved watching Cane and Lily’s marriage grow and evolve and be tested and challenged and still always manage to always beat the odds on The Young & the Restless? And as devoted of a husband and father as his fictional counterpart is, fans everywhere will be delighted to learn that Daniel Goddard is even more so in real life. Like Cane, Daniel is a one-woman man with two little ones and a busy career. When we spoke, he was juggling driving his son to a tennis lesson, learning lines for a new scene at work, and picking up soup for his lovely wife, Rachael, who was battling the flu. “Never a dull moment!” he said with a chuckle, single-handedly putting to rest the age-old argument that men don’t know how to multi-task.

Growing up watching The Young & the Restless, I’ve been a longtime follower of Daniel’s on Twitter, and had really started to take notice of his tweets over the past few weeks. While he’s always been a positive, interesting person to follow, lately he’s been dispensing wonderful little nuggets of truth and power that made me curious to know more about the man behind them. As it turns out, Daniel has FAR more wisdom to share than can be contained in 140 characters or less. And when I approached him about doing one of my “Behind the Curtain” interviews, to shed light on some of the most burning questions us ladies have about dating and relationships from the male perspective…I was thrilled when he said yes. (I can also say that I had so many “Aha”! moments during this interview, I lost count).

Sometimes you peek behind the curtain of someone’s life who you admire only to discover in disappointment that the “Wizard” was just an ordinary man after all.

But every once in awhile, you peek behind the curtain and find that the truth of the person is even more beautiful than the image you had of them.

Here’s what happened when I went “Behind the Curtain” with Daniel Goddard.

The Single Woman: Okay, so you’re happily married in real life, you’re happily married on Y&R – CLEARLY you must know something that a lot of people don’t (LOL!)…what’s the secret to a happy marriage/relationship?

Daniel Goddard: Respect. Respect comes in many different shapes in sizes. You have to respect yourself, your partner, their family, etc. Any way you look at it, it comes down to acknowledging that it takes two people to make a relationship work. You have to have a conscious understanding of what the other person wants to maintain and nurture and keep the relationship healthy. Two people either grow together in a parallel or they grow apart. I’ve been with Rachael for 15 years. If I was the same person I was 15 years ago, then I haven’t grown at all. It’s not healthy to be in a relationship if there’s no growth. You as a person have to grow. You also have to choose a person who is growing with you on the journey, understanding that you both want to be in a relationship, the person you are with brings out the best in you, you bring out the best in them, and you both encourage each other to become better.  It’s an exciting journey.

TheSW: How did you and Rachael meet?

DG: I was working in Denzel Washington’s restaurant and Rachel came in. I was standing there talking to one of the other waiters and I said: “You don’t meet girls anymore that make you go WOW,“ and then I looked up…and I saw Rachael. She asked me where a table was and we started talking. She gave me her number, and I took ten days to call her.

TheSW: Wow! Ten days! I think some of my readers will be surprised to hear that. Typically if a guy waits that long, we think it means he’s not that interested…but your situation proves that theory wrong!

DG: I knew when I met her that she was ‘The One.’ But I waited ten days because I had to make sure that all my ducks were in a row and I was prepared to go into this and not ruin it. I knew that this was something that didn’t happen very often.

TheSW: People say that when they meet the one they’re supposed to be with, they just “know.” But how did you know?

DG: When I met her, first of all, I was in a mindset where I was ready to receive her. I was in a mindset before I met Rachael where I was willing and open to meet her, and when it came along I wasn’t expecting it and I wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t meet her going “I hope this works, I hope this works, I hope this works.” I KNEW it was going to work. And I knew after the ten days that it was going to work because I was in a place where it was ABLE to work. If you trace back the head space you were in when you met a person, you’ll generally find that there was a commonality in how open you were as a person in all aspects of your life when you met them. Openness allows people to come into your life. For example, I’ve gone to auditions that I KNEW when I read for it, I was going to get the job because I was open to the situation. I would leave that audition and I’d go to the supermarket to get something, and I knew when I walked in that there was an openness about me. People would ask me, “How are you doing?” The cashier would say “How was your day? How are you doing?” But then I’ve had horrible auditions, when I would feel that I wasn’t even going to come close to getting it. I’d leave the audition in a bad mood, go to the same supermarket, and it’s almost like the people would run away and wouldn’t even make eye contact. There’s a flow to having an openness about you as a person that attracts people. And with that, you find other open people as well, and that’s when you mesh. You have to be ready, you have to want it, and you have to be open to it when it comes along.

TheSW: You’ve taken a very positive approach with your tweets lately, so clearly you’re a positive person. Do you have a favorite quote or piece of advice someone has given you?

DG: My favorite quote is “Man cannot discover new oceans until he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” (Andre Gide)

TheSW: I love that one! Okay, one of the questions my readers always seem to have is: “How do I know if he’s really into me?” I tend to go by the He’s Just Not That Into You philosophy of: If he’s REALLY into you, you won’t be questioning it, you’ll know. From the male perspective – can you shed light on this for us? Are men REALLY that complicated, or are they pretty straightforward and women are just overthinking things & MAKING them complicated?

DG: My take on the whole He’s Just Not That Into You thing: I think it’s fantastic. If they’re not into you, it’s like “Fantastic! Thanks for letting me know now as opposed to making me think you’re into me, and then six months down the road I find out you’re not.” If he’s into you, he’s into you. If he’s into you, he’s going to want to call you and going to want to take you out. You won’t have to worry because he will be putting himself out there. To find a partner that you can raise a family with, where the man will be there and be a great role model for the kids, and the man will be there and love the woman, you have to find someone who’s into you. So if they’re not into you, say “Thank you and see you later!” As a woman, you have to have the confidence in yourself to know that you deserve someone who is into you. Don’t play the games. There are no games to be played here. It’s very cut and dry. If they’re into you, they’re into you, if they’re not, they did you a great service. If they text you instead of calling you, they don’t want a conversation on the phone.  Don’t play the games with the person. Be honest with yourself to know what you want as a person. Value yourself enough to know – they’re not going to play a texting game with you if they’re into you. At the same time, don’t make it so over-complicated that you scare the guy away. It should be simple. Like dancing.

TheSW: Which brings me to….the infamous question: Do men really ever get “intimidated” by a woman for being too smart or too confident or too successful, etc. etc.? Or is this just something us ladies tell ourselves to feel better about it if a guy isn’t showing interest?

DG: Only if the man is into the woman. Pure and simple. If a man is not into a woman, he couldn’t care if she is the greatest runner, jumper, baker, swimmer, knitter…it doesn’t matter. He couldn’t care less. It comes back to basic dating chemistry. You meet someone and there’s a chemical reaction that happens with that person. It’s inexplicable. People will say “I don’t get it,” but a couple gets it. My wife and I had a thing when we first started dating where I could smell a certain spot on her neck, and the first time I smelled that spot, it was very chemically pleasing to me. Now, I didn’t meet her and within five seconds stick my nose in her neck (Side note from TheSW: I died laughing at this). But we had an equal understanding of common sense, of different things that we found socially pleasing, intellectually pleasing, emotionally pleasing, physically pleasing, etc.

It goes back to – Don’t settle. Don’t say “I’m single, I wish I had a boyfriend” and then the first person that gives you the time of day say: “This is the one.” Believe in the fact that you will find the person that you’re meant to be with if you put yourself out there and meet different people. You have to leave the house to get a job, you have to leave the house to find food. You have to put yourself out there. If they say no, so what? Who cares? They’re doing you a favor. The last thing you would want is to be with that person. Why would you be offended by someone who said no to you? Be more offended by someone who says yes and then you go out on a date and they treat you disrespectfully . Believe in yourself. Believe you deserve to have great things happen to you and you will have great things happen to you.

TheSW: Along those same lines, are men really ever “afraid of commitment”? Or is this just another excuse?

DG: This would be comparable to the woman saying “I can’t go out on a date because I have to wash my hair.” For a guy to say “I’m afraid of commitment,” he couldn’t put it any clearer to a girl in saying: “I have zero interest in being committed to you.” Now if he’s saying “I’m afraid of commitment because I was in a relationship before and I had my heart hurt,” well, that’s a different conversation than if it’s a blatant “Nah, I’m not into commitment.” Why would you want to try and change a person who says he’s “afraid of commitment”? It’s like buying a car and the moment you test drive it, there’s a noise in the engine, but you liked the color of the paint, or the shape of the body. Eventually the engine will fail and you have two choices: Either park it in the driveway, or spend a lot of time and money trying to get it fixed. Either way, you wind up stuck with a lemon. If a man says he’s afraid of commitment, he’s just not that into you possibly, and if that’s the case, say “Thanks for telling me.” It’s better than going into a relationship and six months in the guy starts acting all weird and says: “This is too much for me.”

TheSW: It all seems to come back to communication. How important is communication in a successful relationship? Sometimes it seems like men just shut down and go hot and cold and refuse to communicate. What is the best way, from the male perspective, for a woman to handle that?

DG: You are going to find people and men in relationships that have their own things going on. Men are very complicated creatures. They’re also incredibly simple. Men like to live in their heads. We like to sit there and figure out how to fix things. We’re fixers. We like to fix things. A man is an accumulation of experience and moments of learned responses. So a woman needs to understand that if it’s a new relationship, don’t bring past experiences into the relationship. If the man is doing something that upsets you, and you want him to know, you have to say certain things. Men like to hear certain words: “Sweetheart, baby, I love you.” Men are very needy. We have very fragile egos. If he’s doing something that bothers you, tell him: “Sweetheart, I love you, but I need to tell you, this is driving me crazy.” And then you’ll have a laugh and he’ll go: “Okay!” Tell him. Explain why. The man doesn’t know it doesn’t work. He doesn’t always know what he’s doing wrong. If a man goes hot and cold, he’s either using bad information and trying to figure out why something’s  happened or what he did wrong – or he just might be in his head because he’s trying to figure out something for work. You’ve got to understand that we’re very different people Communicate. Communicate.  See if there’s something you can contribute to help him fix it. When you do that, I guarantee you the man will go: “I’ve got a keeper in this woman. She saw that I wasn’t feeling good and instead of thinking something was wrong with me, or wondering what’s wrong with me, she talked to me about it she cares.” The power of conversation and the power of listening and the power of communication – there’s nothing like it.

TheSW: Another hot-button topic in dating these days: The pursuit. I firmly believe that the man should be the one to pursue the woman, but in this day and age, that’s almost viewed as “old fashioned.” What do you think about this?

DG: Men are hunters and women are gatherers. Men hunt because it’s within our DNA to want to hunt. Men like to go out and conquer. You can always conform to the ideology that a man should pursue a woman. But if you look at nature, when a female cat is in heat she makes such a noise that every male cat in the area knows she’s in heat. When you look at a female baboon, when they’re in heat, the rear end of the female baboon changes color and every male baboon knows that she’s in heat. If you want to parallel this to men and women: the female has to give the man a clue that she’s attracted to the male to incite the male to pursue her.

TheSW: What final words of advice do you have for the single ladies?

DG: Embrace your singleness. Being single is a wonderful thing. When you are single, you are able to become everything that you want to be for yourself. Once you have become that, you are then able to give to somebody else. You’re able to give that time that you have put into yourself and the lessons you’ve learned and the experiences that you have gone through that will make you the best you can be. Being single allows for that. When you’re in a relationship, if you don’t nurture the relationship and the other person, it will suffer and it will die. You need to be able to appreciate being single because that is when you will grow the most, and with that growth, you’ll come to know what you’re looking for. You’ll know what you’re worth.  You’ll appreciate yourself and set standards for what you expect in another person. Then when you meet that person, you’re able to grow together as a unit and become a very successful partnership and eventually become great parents.  You have to appreciate that singleness is a great time in your life. Don’t hope it ends to be in a relationship. Don’t think that your worth is less when you’re single than your worth when you’re in relationship. You’re just as worthwhile in a relationship or single. Remember that you are a winner and you are here to be happy. Great things will happen to you when you respect yourself and embrace that you are here on this planet to do something wonderful. Find whatever it is that’s wonderful and do it. And with that you will attract someone wonderful.

You can see Daniel every weekday on The Young & the Restless on CBS. You can also follow him on Twitter @DanielGoddard. (You won’t regret it!)

About “Behind the Curtain”: The Single Woman’s “Behind the Curtain” series goes where no woman has gone before – inside the male mind – to reveal the answers to some of the most compelling and relevant relationship questions by some of pop culture’s most compelling and relevant figures.

If you LOVED this interview and have a burning question for Daniel, you can now ask for his advice in our new “He Said, She Said” blog series! Here’s how to submit your question!

36 Responses to “ Behind the Curtain: Daniel Goddard ”

  1. Darlene Wright
    September 20, 2013

    Mandy, what a great interview! He was a perfect choice!

  2. Diane
    September 20, 2013

    Great article! One of my favorite actors!

  3. Karen Ford
    September 20, 2013

    Wow. I’ve always liked and admired Daniel, but this interview makes me admire and respect him even more. It’s probably the best relationship interview I’ve ever read. He needs to write a book about relationships. Thanks for all the information, Daniel!

    • September 21, 2013

      Thank you Karen I’m glad that you enjoyed reading it! Would love to do a book one day!



  4. Trisha
    September 20, 2013

    This was a great interview. I liked how Daniel re-iterated one of the most important things that we all have to work towards respecting ourselves, appreciate who we are and where we are in this season in our lives so that when we are ready for the next season of our lives, we will know! Have a great weekend!

  5. Maevayolina
    September 20, 2013

    I love the final words of advice! Thanks to you guys. Great job!

  6. Rachael Flater
    September 20, 2013

    It is very refreshing to hear a mature man’s views on this topic. Often times as women we find ourselves re-playing a conversation or re-reading a text w/our girlfriends trying to figure out what the man is really saying. Why cant they just say what it is they are thinking! It is such a waste of time, energy, sanity for us, they don’t have to be rude about it but they definatly need to answer the question honestly & respectfully & not just never respond,

  7. September 20, 2013

    I enjoy your website and loved your interview with Daniel Goddard. I sure hope his wife appreciates the gem she has found in Daniel. He is a thoughtful, caring and a very nurturing individual. On the other hand, he can be the strong, virile & a ROCK of a man. I appreciate his talent as an Actor and I wonder why it takes Hollywood so long to find these talented young men. I am shocked at “some”of these men on Daytime TV and their amazing talent. They need to be offered roles like Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, and all of the guys we love on the Silver Screen! I hope he has a good Agent. Not someone that will sit back and take their 10-15% and be satisfied! He and Michael Muhuney from Y&R are phenomenal talent’s! If I were representing either one, well let’s just say we would leave no role unturned. Sorry stone, I stole that from ya’
    I would keep them working Daytime Drama’s while I was knocking on every casting directors’ door to get them in a major motion picture that would gross 80 mil opening weekend! Yes I know I dream big but it’s good to! Unless my client wanted to stay at their current gig & didn’t want me not to look elsewhere because they were happy where they were. That would be fine too. I guess I believe these guys can and would make more money and its not just about money, it’s about their career’s catapulting and then they become the “A” lister’s in Hollywood.
    Sorry for such a long piece in your comment area.
    I Just had to get that out.

  8. Brooke Parker Higgins
    September 20, 2013

    Best article and interview ever for The Single Woman. He is amazing, and wish more men were like this. It reminded me of so many things and answered some questions I have had. Thank you Mandy. Great job sweetie!

  9. Nolie
    September 20, 2013

    One heart warming interview, one great guy! I enjoyed reading it and it opened my eyes to many things i should know about guys! Thank you for sharing!

  10. September 20, 2013

    THIS IS AMAZING! I do not watch his show, however, after reading this, I will follow him on Twitter. “Openness allows people to come into your life.”

  11. taneise
    September 20, 2013

    Great point of view from the male perspective!

  12. September 20, 2013

    Great interview and questions! I did enjoy the insight into the “male mind”.

  13. September 20, 2013

    Lovely interview…..I enjoyed watching Daniel in “Beastmaster” and so glad he is doing so well today.

  14. Kathleen Jacob Iranzo
    September 21, 2013

    “You’re just as worthwhile in a relationship or single.” This was the most inspiring line for me. I truly agree, because God made us human beings as special & unique. We were gifted with our own talents & capabilities thus we should not measure our worth simply with a mere status.

  15. September 21, 2013

    Hey guys! Thanks so much for all the kind words! Mandy’s great isn’t she!



    • mona adejoh
      November 8, 2013

      You’re a great actor .God bless your soul 🙂

  16. Erica
    September 21, 2013

    This was a great interview. I appreciate his honesty. I like how he revealed that some guys are SO into a girl that they may take a while to ask her out, but that there is a difference: he wasn’t playing with her, he was preparing for her! He also confirmed that not all men are constantly looking for another woman – he’s still married to the SAME woman. And finally, we should show our interest in a guy but also reminded us we’re worthy of having a guy be totally into us and that we should respect ourselves enough to not take anything less than that. Thank you for asking him for us, Mandy!! 🙂

  17. Karen
    September 21, 2013

    I recently ended my 6 year relationship with my bf and this article really enlightened me and gave me positivity of enjoying my single was really a great ineterview,an eye opener for us single i’ll be following daniel goddard on twitter!great job,mandy!

  18. Gerry
    September 21, 2013

    Great article indeed such a breath of fresh air… Great advice but what if I meet this guy he takes weeks or even months to ask for my number after I’ve met him whereas I knew from like day 2 of meeting that we had something special. Then after he got the number he still doesn’t call, he starts using it after a month or so and I’ve been waiting all along. .. fast forward to few months later he finally tells me he’s scared of woman bcoz of what his ex did to her and tells how he went through a terrible separation a year ago but he’s really into me we should take things slow etc so my problem is sometimes he becomes too distant and act strange and he’s always fighting with the ex since they have a 4yr old… is this really worth it? Is he really into me considering his situation or I should just forget about him and move on? Mind u im falling for him more everyday, deep down in my soul my instincts are telling me he’s the one even though the situation is not perfect now… kindly advise?

  19. Lina
    September 22, 2013

    This is a very good interview and greta too having all the questions answered from a male perspective. The best advice for me is how single ladies need to have the confidence to realise that they deserve to be with someone who is into them. My motto has been and always will be ‘Never settle for less’,so I totally agree with this.
    What still baffles me with some guys is how they cheat on their partners with someone that will be considered a ‘bad girl’.

  20. Katey
    September 22, 2013

    That was a great interview it’s always nice to hear advice from the male perspective since at time’s men can get confusing. I really enjoyed reading this and it just gave me even more hope that their are wonderful men out there in the world and that being single is much better than settleing because in the long run it’s worth the wait.

  21. james jagiello
    September 23, 2013

    Great interview!

  22. Daphne
    September 25, 2013

    Prince Charming is a fantasy, just as Princess Perfect. Happily ever after does not exist. Having said that, I think Daniel’s last words are accurate. You attract what you are. If you, as a single woman, are looking for a solid man, then focus on becoming a solid woman. And carry yourself in that fashion. Men still want a certain woman to “play” with, and a certain woman to marry. This has never changed. Too find the man you would want to find you attractive, then BE the woman he would find attractive. Even then, you both will have too work very hard in your relationship. Marriage takes work, a lot of work. No matter how much you love your spouse, you are two flawed human beings working on being together. There ARE no perfect marriages. Never has been, never will be because people are imperfect….simple.

  23. Orora
    September 26, 2013

    Thank you for this! I am in a new relationship (long distance 3 hrs) and lately I’ve gotten annoyed bc my b/f always likes to text! I am not a fan I firmly believe the relationship will not grow without real conversation and not planned….like i’ll call you at this time. More like I’ll call you whenever I have something to tell you. Well I explained this to him in a text and his response was I don’t like being on the phone I like to talk in person I have a short attention span on the phone. I said since we can’t we have to talk on the phone or facetime bc texting is not going to last. He said I know. I’m being difficult about it. Well luckily the next day after texting bc we were at work he called me that night and we had great conversation. So I think he is trying to work on it, hopefully?! Maybe he just needed to be told what he was doing wrong…

  24. Grace
    September 26, 2013

    Great interview! Daniel’s first Word (respect) is the key. Lack of respect is one of our society’s main problems. So many of our youth do not have respect for themselves and therefore, no one else. But I guess that is another discussion.

  25. IFEOMA
    September 27, 2013

    I need to mention I read this twice and hoping to do again tonight! God BleSS you Daniel and I wish you Had a daily newsletter I could subscribe to.

  26. Shoane
    September 27, 2013

    Reading this from South Africa and we are the same all over the world. The same worries, vulnerabilities, hopes and dreams; the same wounds even. We want to love and be loved, to feel the worth that comes with being respected and cherished. We however, make the mistake of wanting a relationship to bring that worth, when we have it and should nurture it all along. Daniel in one interview has opened up a world of understanding for women by being honest, helpful, patient, trustworthy and inspiring in every word he said here. I am so thankful for these words, they come at a time my heart is broken into different little tiny shapes, each shape with its own energy such that it repels the other broken bits around it. I don’t say Daniel’s words will heal me overnight. I say they have provided a warmth and comfort that make me want to adopt a new energy, walk a new path, live a new life. The life of the worthy single woman, who soon enough begins to shine like a gem a good man wants to be with for ever. Even from my broken place, thank you for these blessed words, read at 1.47 in the morning when emotional pain and an ever-present sense of rejection keep beating me into consciousness no matter my physical weariness. Thank you for these healing words. I pray their work has begun in me.

  27. Brad
    September 28, 2013

    Daniel is so right on. The two parts that resonated most with me were about honesty and communication. It’s the same for guys: if you’re not into us, don’t pretend or be afraid of hurting our feelings–let us know! I’d much rather hear that up front than several months down the road (happened to me once, true story). And on the communication front, contrary to popular belief, men aren’t the best mind readers. ha Sometimes you need to lay down some bread crumbs or, better yet, open up with us about what’s on your mind. Like Daniel said, many men have a heart to fix the situation, they want to make it right (and if he’s the right kind of guy, he doesn’t mind admitting he’s wrong; he just wants the chance to make things better). It goes back to honesty. It’s really the best policy in a relationship. Thanks, Mandy, for doing this interview and thanks, Daniel, for taking the time!

  28. Jerri Saffin
    September 30, 2013

    Daniel is such a nice man, and gives very good advice for singles and married people. I’m recently single, and will definitely follow his advice. He most definitely should write a book. I’m looking for happiness , especially after the long abusive relationship I just got out of. Thank you Daniel for your inspirational words.

  29. Natalia
    October 3, 2013

    Loved it! Thank you Mandy and Daniel.
    Greetings from Holland,

  30. cj
    October 6, 2013

    Loved it! Thanks Mandy and Daniel

  31. Tammy
    October 21, 2013

    Great interview…my favorite advice from Daniel was if a guy is interested he will be INTO you. That makes so much sense.

  32. October 22, 2013

    AWESOME! THIS was EXACTLY what I needed to hear :o) Looking forward to he said she said!

  33. Annabelle
    November 7, 2013

    Wow… I absolutely LOVED this! Always great to get a man’s perspective on dating and love, and Daniel’s input she’d light on a lot of things that I had wondered about. I love the positive and inspirational message at the end. Great questions, Mandy!

  34. Natasha
    November 7, 2013

    :)….just stumbled on this and there were Aha! light beams going off, found confirmation in Daniel interview..There were were things that I could relate to or mostly did relate to. One being openness “open to it when it comes along” very true .One will discovers, explore and experience these pearls of wisdom the easy way 🙂 or hard way!.I was truly blessed …thank you so much

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