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All My Children's Cady McClain on Susan Lucci, Poison Pancakes & Dixie and Tad!

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All My Children’s Cady McClain always has a lot of insightful things to offer up in an interview when discussing her passion for the genre, the online revival of the series, and her alter-ego, Dixie Martin’s past and present!

In an new conversation with Huffington Post blogger, Mark Brennan Rosenberg, McClain weighed-in on several topics including the MIA Susan Lucci as Erica Kane, Cady’s relationship with former AMC head writer, Megan McTavish which resulted in her being killed-off via Poison Pancakes, and where Tad and Dixie are now, with Michael E. Knight (Tad) still not a part of Prospect Park’s version of Pine Valley!  Here are some excerpts below!

Cady on how she thinks fans will react with an AMC sans La Lucci:  “Susan is obviously a big star, but in the bigger picture of the show, she was always a member of the ensemble that made up the cast of All My Children. I know there are a lot of fans who love her and want her back but I think it’s important to remember there are also die-hard fans of Debbie and Darnell (Angie and Jesse). From what I am getting, the fans are excited to have their show back and that is what comes first and foremost. I’ve heard that Susan is totally supportive of the return of the shows return, and she will always be welcome in Pine Valley!”

Cady on what went down when former head writer, Megan McTavish killed off Dixie via Poison Pancakes:  “I have to say it broke my heart when I was killed off because I had given so much to the show and I had cared so much and wanted the show to be wonderful. I have to say that instead of feeling sorry for myself I took the time to learn the Internet and began blogging and working on a memoir about growing up in show business, a book I hope to release later this year! Megan McTavish and I had some disagreement when it came to the storyline of Tad killing Greg Madden. I really would have liked to film a scene where Tad and Dixie explained to their children that Tad had done a very bad thing and that it wasn’t okay. I wanted Tad and Dixie (American soap opera characters mind you) to be able to tell their kids, “What Dad did was wrong.” Needless to say we agreed to disagree, even though it really sucked at the time. But when I think back, it all worked out for the best.”

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Cady on where the reboot is taking the story of Tad and Dixie without Michael E. Knight on board as of now:  “I’m getting great stuff to play. Relationships are what soap operas are all about. I can’t speak to the plot but I feel very fulfilled in what they have given me. In regards to the character of “Tad,” no one knows exactly what is going to happen with that, but just like when Dixie wasn’t on-screen, Tad is still “there,” an important part of the show. I feel like the writers are being very respectful to what is going on. But, it’s a soap opera for Chrissake, so you never know what’s going to happen, right? Anything is possible!”

So AMC fans, what do you think about a Susan Lucci-less AMC?  How the Tad and Dixie relationship will be explained? And about “death” via poison pancakes? Weigh-in!

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BTripp
BTripp

Cady is my favorite and I love how supportive she is of the soap genre. Megan McTavish can kiss my a$$ for the way she killed Dixie off. I honestly do not think that soaps should kill off the core family characters like Dixie and others. GH made similar mistakes and it takes a new writer to come up with ways to bring these characters back. The fans don’t care how it is done, they just want their faves on their screens. I am very excited to see what Marlene McPherson has planned for AMC 2.0

Tad
Tad

Well what do you expect AMC folks to say. They have to be positive. They have to say stuff that the show will go on, this lets other actors and characters to take the focus, if they want to be mean the show is aimed at a younger audience and Lucci is over 65, being could be cruel and say Lucci is a hasbeen, too skinny, can’t act, her character too much, too unrealistic etc. But the truth is Susan Lucci really was or is AMC. She was the one star who stayed true to the show throughout its tv run. She made daytime tv and the soap genre get noticed. AMC has wonderful characters like Dixie and Angie and Jessie but the truth of the matter is they need Erica Kane and Susan Lucci. They unite the show; give it foundation – love or hate her Erica or for that matter Lucci. And to be honest Lucci gets them the media attention. The proof is in this article. The woman isn’t even on the show and yet the first question with Dixie is what about not having Susan Lucci. Susan has always been gracious and kind and said she was part of an incredible ensemble but she is a large part if not the show. Even in the background a quick snip by Erica Kane gets noticed. Hopefully Susan will come back and make AMC AMC again. While I don’t want Devious Maids or Deadly Affairs cancelled I wish these shows would use AMC as a chance to further their cause AND maybe the public can give them some brownie points and viewerss for allow a soap icon back where she so belongs even part time. (I am sure some stars on AMC are glad Lucci isn’t there because she stole their thunder but others will be hinking Lucci is needed for the media attention and viewers.)

jimh
jimh

I agree with all your comments on AMC and OLTL…you said just about everything i wouldve said!

Tad
Tad

Oh and one other problem. I think OLTL has a much better chance of surviving though I note their actors are looking a little haggard (the older ones) What is with Robin Strasser’s hair – it looks like a wig from the dollar store. But I digress, AMC has a cast which while they have Dr. Martin back for a bit as well as David Canary they don’t have very good roots – the relationships aren’t the strongest ties. Miranda without Bianca and Erica regularly as well as Aunt Kendall and their families doesn’t make sense. Likewise Dixie without Tad, and Angie and Jessie withotu Greg and Jenny have always been kind of an add on story or sadly, let’s get the african american demographics included. David is a gerat villan but the brother and sister doctors are kind of a weak add on with weak linkages to the rest of the character though both are great eye candy. If relationships truly sell and last then this is not a good situation on AMC. It will have to be heavily manufactured.

The_HugoBoss
The_HugoBoss

I totally hear what youre saying and get it. But if you look at AMC and expect to get the same show that went off the air, you probably will be disappointed. All My Children started as a show about the lives of teenagers and their dealings within their own lives and the lives of their parents. The show is going back to that format.

I for one will miss Susan Lucci. I think her strength was in comedy and “divatude”. And no one could play that like she did! BUT, one of the reasons she is so big is because the audience got to see her “journey” through the years. As well as Dixie and Jesse and Angie and Brooke. That’s what theyre trying to do now. I love the characters of Bianca and JR because that’s sort of when I became a fan myself. So I’ve gotten to see them “grow up” and start their families. That was over ten, fifteen years ago. So now, someone on their teens, like I was, is going to watch, hopefully fall in love and relate to AJ and Miranda they way I did with their parents.
It’s a cycle. Eden IS in the cast, so Miranda will have her mom and sister and Uncle to interact with. And you can’t tell me Aunt Kenall and “whatever word they use to substitute for grandmother” Erica aren’t going to pop up for important events in the future.

I say, give it a chance. Just approach it with an open mind. After a month, it should be clear with the direction and flow of the show and people will probably be able to tell if it’s still the great show it always (even dispute the poison pancakes era) has been.

Jewell
Jewell

Robin’s hair looks cute.. I hope both shows succeed but I have a feeling OLTL will do better, because they are continuing where they left off.and have most of the original cast back, AMC is jumping ahead five years,they have some recasts which seems like new characters and they have hired new people for new parts instead of asking some of the actors they haven’t asked back yet.Like Walt Willey Bobbie Eakes etc.. Maybe if they showed new episode previews like they did for OLTL it would make me feel better..

su0000
su0000

I hope Tad never has to put up with that PH hillbilly Dixie again..
The woman was nothing but a pain in his butt, Tad was forever cleaning up her messes because she never had a brain in her head that worked.
That character was zeroed out without Tad, she was nothing, and when she was gone Tad finally grew, lived happily, found himself, and with Cara he was exploring life and living happily. Tad was a better Tad without Dixie defining him.
Maybe this time around she will get a brain and thanky that Tad is not cast to be stuck with her again lol ..
The Dixie character needed to stay dead.. she was killed off for reasons, more than once. (probably for being overwhelming annoying lol)

So, I am very pleased that Tad and Dixie are not together this time around.
Tad and Cara would be most welcomed ..

kim
kim

Your kinda like Dixie yourself…know what i mean! pmp!

Michelle
Michelle

I couldn’t disagree more, I love Dixie and I was really mad when they killed her off so abruptly and stupidly. I hated the forced pairing of Cara and Tad, the age gap was silly and Cara was always too heavily made up! I’m very much hoping MEK and Susan will return when they’re ready and they can, and I sincerely hope they didn’t recast Walt Willey and Bobbi Eakes, but no matter what I will be watching! dr Joe, Angie and Jesse and David and of course Adam make me happy!

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

AMC will survive without Susan. She can always appear. Love Dixie & Tad but if he can’t come back now maybe later. Love that Cady is so excited about the reboot. Thank you Michael for the article. Ready for The 29th.

El rizzo
El rizzo

I have said this before and I’ll say it again…with any great soap, there is always hope! I know in my heart that if these show are a huge success our favorites will come home!

ethel
ethel

i like the fact that amc will be 5 years in the future – it can be easily explained why every major character is not there right now. i watched amc from the beginning and it was based around mostly the teens so the show is just going back to how it originally started. as far as susan lucci goes yes she was a big part of the show but she was not “the” show because there was an entire cast and amc will survive with or without her being there……………………..

Jewell
Jewell

I just love Cady, I have met her a couple of times and talk to her on Twitter, she is a sweetheart.. I hope Michael decides to come back, I just have to have my Tad and Dixie, plus Michael adds humor to the show.

Michelle
Michelle

Indeed, Michael is really funny and multi-dimensional, heck we grew up and older together!

Moshane58
Moshane58

I had hopes for Tad and Jake because I love both of those guys together.But Ricky has went to Days and no one can play Dr.Jake like him and he and Tad really seemed like brothers.Even though I am sad about that I still am looking forward to the reboot.

jimh
jimh

Rickys not on Days…he went Bold&The Beautiful…but he would make a good Bo Brady on Days, i think!

Johnny
Johnny

I’m sure it will do fine, really. It would be nice if Susan Lucci could return as Erika Kane but I think the writers can write around her easily enough. I think the character of Dixie could branch out, and she was always fighting with Dr. David Hayward, and he’s back on board. I can see some scenes between Jill Larson as Opal maybe arguring with Dixie that she should be faithful to Tad’s memory or something along those lines. Surely it will be interesting to see how the storylines play out.

jas
jas

I cannot begin to tell you how enlightened I am…and it’s all due to being so well informed by the very intelligent (NOT) Cady McLain. Wow, what would we do without her opinions informing all of us. Like I said before, she is a dullard. Miss Sweetness and Light. In fact, she is like a glass of Crystal Light, you know, the drink that sticks in your throat and you GAG on it instead of refreshing yourself when you’re thirsty! It was her time to go and the lady who made her ‘gone’ should have gotten an Emmy for that. But no, they had to keep bringing Dixie’s ghost back. And no one really cared. Life went on and it went on for the better after she was gone. As I’ve said, this is a pathetic lot they are reviving for the re-boot. Here’s who I think counts (if anyone cares, I don’t really care if anyone does or not) and not in any particular order: Debbie Morgan, Darnell Williams, Vincent Irizarry, David Canary, of course our beloved ‘Opal’ and I think that’s it. Lucci cannot act, plain and simple. Never could, never will. They just needed someone to focus on and make a big ‘ta do’ about on AMC. Her daughter, Kendall, is absolutely wonderful. I think she shouldn’t return because this is going to be absolutely beneath her. The same for the above mentioned favorites of mine. But they are already added in so…too bad for them. I hope they can make some good money and run! Tad, you are most definitely the smartest of the lot. You see a pile of crap and are not biting. Good for you! I miss you, your sweetness and humor and very good acting, but for your sake, this is a dud.
I am, of course, going to give it a day or two. But I feel very confident that a day or two will do it for me!

Gloria E
Gloria E

Yikes,,,I have watched AMC from day one but have never had such animosity towards any of the characters..u r entitled to your opinion tho no matter how negative..

Michelle
Michelle

Wow, such a personal attack, hopefully “fans” (not) like you are few, I’m grateful AMC is returning and it looks much richer and fuller, they’re going to do it right! Susan Lucci is indispensable and has always been my fave, that lady can act and she’s so lovely and exudes grace and class.

Joshua
Joshua

I think we should all be rejoicing with the fact that Cameron Mathison, Rebecca Budig, Alicia Minshew and (gasp!, can’t believe I am about to say this), even Susan Lucci isn’t coming aboard.

Those four individuals hogged up precious screen time for too many years. I’m looking forward to the show delving deeper in the Hubbards, Chandlers and even the Martins (without Tad). I think Dixie will have some amazing storylines to go through before Michael E. Knight comes back. You know he will.

Chris
Chris

Wow some powerful comments by various posters. I do agree there are lots of good characters that “could” be focussed on but no Susan Lucci or Erica kaneis rather hard to take. Using Dixie and forging ahead new relationships is the best they can do because thelinks are not the best of the returning characters and thus AMC will lose reliance on the “old” or past boost as much as OLTL. Think about it obtectively the characters in order of power (or actor) would be Susan Lucci, Michael E Knight, Camerona Mathison, Alicia Minshew, Rebecca Budwig, vincent iszarry so of the power characters actors top five (it is debatable but you get my just well they got no one. You can’t include david canary as he was gone. It doesn’t make it easy; really this is almost a new show. I get it we should be thankful AMC is back and be open minded still AMC Erica is like well Fish without chips, A Big Mac without the special sauce, Bert without Ernie, it just “ain’t” AMC:( But still one hopes…Come on Propsect Park make a deal to get Erica Kane back. Be nice Susan, Devious Maids and Deadly Affairs – you owe it to allow an American icon to grace AMC once again – it is almost like you don’t have a right to stop Erica Kane from being in Pine Valley it is like a national disgrace, a scandal an outrage. Love her or hate her Erica Kane is AMC or a huge part of it.

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

Even if she’s not cast, Lucci should be opening the book in the credits and just say “Welcome Back” on the first show….She’s as vital as Viki on OLTL. As for me….I wan’t Tad!!

Kristy
Kristy

I am ok w/an AMC sans Erica. So many interesting and fun characters to watch!! I already miss Tad/Michael E Knight… LOVE him! I am hopeful he and the ptb can work out something so he can have some air time:D

Brett
Brett

As long as Angie and Jesse are on I’m happy!

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Our shows are back and I hope both are on air for another 40+ years!

Gloria E
Gloria E

Thank heavens for grateful fans or else the AMC & OLTL would have never made a comeback..

Michelle
Michelle

Agreed! Viva AMC, the fans, PP and here’s to the next 40 years!

Rapids
Rapids

I was sick of Dixie at least two ghost stories ago but without tad she and cady McClain are insufferable. Cady must be head public relations and marketing person of the reboot. Having read her blog several years ago I do not buy the Susie cheerleader role for cady but she knows this online reboot may be her last acting paychecks. I agree with the prediction one life to live has a better chance to survive. All my children had lost so much of the audience. I think Michael e knight is the glue that bound viewers to the show. Erica was not that important to the audience but Susan lucci has cache with the public and therefore will be missed. I do not blame some of the vets for staying away as this experiment in on line drama is a step down for many. For others it is a last paycheck.

jas
jas

AMC has had so many really fantastic actors in the ensemble over the years. And I think I’ve mentioned which ones ( who are returning to the re-boot) whose work I have enjoyed and admired and which ones are a big waste of time to watch (I will not). But when you see such horrid actors, i.e. Jordi V., posting himself all over the place, self-promoting ( so very desperate and full of himself is he), it goes to show how sad this re-boot is to hire such a terrible actor and throw him into the mix with really fine, well-seasoned actors. He is at the top of my cannot stand list (obviously) and I hope his career is a short one. The rest of the ‘old’ cast members who signed on are so very good at their craft. As I said, I hope they take what money they can, do the job and run. Run fast, run far and run upward – where you all belong. Too good to be wasted on this re-boot trash!

myri
myri

Susan Lucci is my favorite. SUSAN PLEASE COME BACK TO AMC!!!!!!

AMC
AMC

I was satisified with the happy ending AMC gave Tad & Dixie. Now that Prospect Park is about to begin, I’m nervous. If they start this show up again and MEK never returns, and the show doesn’t work out, they ruined my happy ending for T&D, I’m not going to be a happy fan.

Tad
Tad

Everyone is entitled to their opinions I am glad PP or anyone tried to save an iconic soap. I do understand the comments about Cameron Mathison and his looks versus acting skills. I will stand up for Susan Lucci though – the woman is an icon well her character. I am sick and tired though respectfully of those who say she can’t act or don’t like her character. Yes, she can be hard to take (Erica Kane) and yes Susan is hired to be Erica Kane – that is what she is known for when we see her in different roles which is rare ie. Anastasia wel she does a fine job but people want Erica Kane and she is hired to play that role whether we want to accept it or not. We know she can act because as we saw in dancing witht he stars she can dress sexy and all but when she is in her real life she is rather shy and not much of a diva – which shows she can really act. But beyond that, Susan has cache with publicity. TO be honest she was under used often and was given some bad stuff ie. the twin – she did a great job acting but the story line sucked and went too fast because of the soap’s demise. DIxie is a fave and she is outspoken – interesting most people or co stars always rave about Susan Lucci as a person – not Cady Cady looks great with the hair and few less pounds but she is not Erica kane; she cannot generate the interest or the oomph of Susan Lucci. Michael E knight is a great actor and agreat daddition, him and Lucci are key. Even without his looks as he has gotten older and heavier as many of us sadly do his character or acting like Lucci’s comes through. THe new sow really has issues – isn’t relying on the past? It now has relationships that are hard to fathom and people who you don’t know and mothers who look like daugthers and twins who come back as new charactes (Francesca James – great actress but she was a director for AMC in the past and actress maybe it is time to go. AMC is an ensemble cast but it is really hurting with Tad and Erica.

Tanja
Tanja

I will give it a try but I am a huge tad and dixie fan so I am not sure if i will continue the show if they kill off tad. I love dixie as well but can only see her with tad.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

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I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

Photo: JPI

I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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