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AMC's Jacob Young on Annie, Marissa, Scott & all things Chandler!

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In a new interview from Soaps.com, Jacob Young talks about all the latest plights and relationships facing his alter-ego JR Chandler. From the return of Scott (now being played by Daniel Cosgrove), to JR’s plot to get joint custody of little AJ with Marissa, to his tumultuous relationship with Annie, Jacob touches upon it all.

Here is an excerpt on Jacob’s thoughts on Annie being not-to-thrilled on how he is planning to keep his son, by getting closer to Marissa, and her spinning out of control because of it!  Jacob Young: “Well, you know, Annie’s unpredictable. She’s a ticking bomb at times, so to keep her under control is an understatement. I don’t think he really has full control over her. He’s caught up with the situation, but she can’t understand it. He’s trying, he’s making an attempt at all of it.”

So do you want JR with Annie or Marissa, or someone new? Let us know.

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sudsybee
sudsybee

Jannie is definitely the money couple on this show right now. We’ve seen the dynamic b/w Jarissa and it doesn’t matter that there’s a new actress. J.R. Chandler shouldn’t be with a milquetoast character like Marissa. J.R. has embraced his Chandler side and viewers don’t want to see a return of J.R. Martin. Marissa doesn’t have any place in J.R.’s life at this point besides being the “mother” of his child.

Unlike the miserably failed pairing of Jarissa, Jannie is so fiery and combustible on their own that they don’t need a rehash of Jarissa to make them compelling. Their angst can come from multiple sources. TPTB on this show have certainly made some funny choices when it comes to couples in the past, but let’s hope they see the writing on the wall with this one and don’t demolish one of the best things about this show in Jannie so that they can force a Jarissa pairing that absolutely no one asked for.

NO WAY, NO HOW, NO JARISSA.

Marley
Marley

JR belongs with Annie.
Of course they will be messy and dare I say dysfunctional but they bring the drama and nothing can rival MCE and JY’s chemistry which is explosive.

JR and Marissa were dull and boring and void of any actual chemistry. I’ll accept the travesty that JR has to co-parent HIS son with Marissa but if they ever decide to revisit Jr and Marissa’s “oh so epic romance” *snark* AMC has lost this viewer.

You don’t mess with a good thing and Jr and Annie is the best thing AMC’s got going for them.

rachel
rachel

Love JR and Annie. They are dysfunctional when put together but hey that’s why we all love soap operas. They are drama and fun. If it’s wrong to love JR and Annie together, then I rather be wrong than right.

I hope AMC gives them a chance to become officially a couple in PV.

If we are lucky enough maybe 2011 will be JAnnie year !

Team Annie and JR 🙂

Debbie
Debbie

I definitely want him with Annie. Jacob Young & Melissa Egan have the most combustible chemistry I have seen in ages!! And that’s any show (Daytime or Primetime). All My Children hit a goldmine with the JR/Annie pairing. It totally drew me back in to watching and is the ONLY reason I continue to watch the show.
I don’t think JR ever loved Marissa. I think he cared about her but it was mostly gratitude, wanting to replace Babe and wanting a mother figure for AJ. Not to mention needing someone to take care of him when he was dying of cancer. As viewers, we’ve watched JR fall in love with Annie since about April and to expect me to believe anything less now would be an insult to my intelligence. JR & Annie just “work”…JR & Marissa simply DO NOT.

diane
diane

JR belongs with Annie, and not just in the short-term. Jacob and Melissa have the most combustible, searing chemistry in daytime right now — it would be foolish to waste it by pairing JR with Marissa a second time. JR and Annie are the only reason I started watching (and taping) AMC regularly and if they are split up, there will be no more reason to watch! Their story is interesting, compelling and addicting. Watching the old-school storyline arc from hatred to love has been nothing short of magical with Jacob Young and Melissa Claire Egan playing the parts. And it has been evident since July that this couple is not just about the sex — they truly began to care for each other and their emotional connection was overpowering for both of them. The acting duo bring out the best in each other, as I’ve never seen either of them give performances that are of higher caliber before they were paired together. AMC has a goldmine here and they should use it to their full advantage!

Marissa doesn’t belong in their storyline. I understand couples need angst, but having JR even a little conflicted over his feelings for Marissa would be totally out of character at this point. He’s been clearly falling in love with Annie since that first cottage scene — having him regress by longing after a relationship that brought no passion would be a monumental mistake on the writer’s part. The fans tune in to watch JR and Annie in all their glory — fighting, sparring, making up and loving each other — most of us are completely uninterested in reuniting Marissa & JR in any capacity.

Claire
Claire

It’s JR and Annie, Marissa shouldn’t be nowhere near this at this point. JR belongs w/ Annie. And Annie belongs w/ JR.

theressa411
theressa411

I AM a JY fan, have been from the start, that being said iam also a MCE fan have been sinse she came to PV, and to have these two amazing charaters together is just the cherry on my sundae.lol it pains me to say this but i will, i ACTUALLY could not watch the JR/MARISSA storyline i did try but when he was parired with this charater something was always MISSING from the charater of JR that i KNEW AND LOVED, he was somewhat BORING, i love the CANCER SL they did for JR, but would have rather seen him with a STRONGER FEMALE LEAD, and that IMO was MCE, now AMC granted me a dream come true with JANNIE and they are the MAIN reason iam still holding on to this SHOW, to me JANNIE are FLAWED and i LOVE that about them, i will root for them faster than i will the goddy-two-shoes of the show, the ones that are always right and always come out smelling like a rose kinda of charaters anyday of the week……..JMO Thanks for you time,

felicity
felicity

Based on this interview, and last week’s AMC episodes, I think the writers are once again toying with the idea of putting a wrench in the JR/Annie relationship by having JR have conflicting feelings for Marissa. Basically, this is to provide Jannie with more angst, but primarily to give this new actress (Sarah Glendening as Marissa) a shot. They’re also toying with the idea of ending Jannie, at least for the time being, once the relationship makes one or both self-destruct. I can’t express how much I hate both potential story arcs — they are completely wrong for both JR and Annie, and are not making either one of them rootable. To have JR develop feelings, even slightly romantic/nostalgic feelings for Marissa is just hogwash. He never had romantic/passionate feelings for her to begin with, which is why he was so drawn to Annie. To have JR not admit, realize that he LOVES Annie is also completely untenable, and is not consistent with the way JY has portrayed JR since the cottage scenes. If you can watch 8-11’s episode at the cottage, where JR says to Annie, “Tell Scott he’s a lucky man” as his eyes well up with tears, and tell me that this man has NOT fallen in love, than I would call that person delusional. Everything about JY’s face, his eyes, his mannerisms, his gestures suggested — no screamed– that JR had fallen in love. He couldn’t get her out of his head, and the images that were popping into his head were NOT just the sex scenes, but more the LAST cottage scene, where they bonded, and he finally found out who Annie truly was. And to confirm this love, all you need to see is the confession on 10-6 — how could a man NOT love a woman when he tells her that watching her marry another man ‘PRACTICALLY KILLED” him? It’s just implausible on EVERY level, and is not written true to character. JR is not just ‘infatuated,’ he is head over heels in love. And to have him doubt his feelings for Annie now, and not to realize that he truly loves her, is a kick in the face to all the fans that have been following this hate to love storyline from day one. I also don’t like what they’ve done to Annie lately — making her a simpering, jealous, desperate ninny instead of the strong, feisty, confident, sassy woman JR has slowly fallen for. Annie was NEVER truly jealous of Marissa, even when she was married to JR — why should she start now? I can only hope that the writers will abandon this trajectory very soon, as soon as they get some fan reaction and backlash. I wonder if they truly understand or know how WILDLY POPULAR this couple has become. On a Soap Opera Central poll, they’re trouncing EVERY single couple in a chemistry poll, including Zach & Kendall, which has a larger fanbase…I don’t think fans are going… Read more »

ellyn
ellyn

Merry Christmas, Michael! Thank you for giving viewers the chance to respond.

I think Lorraine Broderick made a genius move in starting this pairing and I would hate for this writing staff to end it. Personally speaking, if the writers make the error of ending JR and Annie, they should be punished:) There aren’t too many pairings to root for on this show, JR and Annie are one of the strongest. Jacob and Melissa (whom I’d love if you could interview together- I know you did when David Canary was leaving when they got to LA, but I mean about their story) work fabulously opposite each other. they compliment each other with all of their strengths, and I think JR and Annie have met their match. the humor, the dysfunction, the chemistry, JR and Annie have it all, they’re interesting, they’re sexy and fun, none of which JR and marissa are. Jacob noted they probably wouldn’t last- well, that’s realistic, in daytime, not to mention this show, but I’m hoping the fans who have been invested in this for so long, are permitted to enjoy this pairing before anything is messed with. I just want JR to have his son, and then JR and Annie can be official. With regard to marissa as well, this whole custody story is making me crazy, because JR shouldn’t have to go through this. It’s dragged out much too long and I loved the part of Jacob’s interview where he addresses that AJ should be with JR.

thank you

Cheryle
Cheryle

Annie and jr belong together. They have amazing chemstry and passion for each other. Jannie is the only reason that i’m watchng amc. If amc destroys them, i won’t be coming back. I thnk amc will lose alot of viewers.

LISA FOX
LISA FOX

I love JR AND ANNIE together only reason i’m watching amc and if amc destroys them i’m done with this show .

jules
jules

I totally agree.. JR and Annie are the only reason I watch too, please writers put them together already and don’t break them up!!!

Kathy
Kathy

To be honest, I don’t want Jr. Chandler with neither Annie nor Marrisa. I pefer the writer bring back recast of Babe that was Jr’s True and only Love of his Life and son’s real Mother. Jr need to stay away from Annie, so she can be with someone else and the Writers need to write that Marrisa isn’t legally AJ adopted Mother which I hate very much like alot of Viewer don’t like either. The show need to find a Recast of Babe in Style Performance Between of Alexa Havins and Amanda Bake Form if they can’t get Alexa Havins back. I will not root for Jr to be with Annie or Marrisa

Marley
Marley

I have no interest in seeing the character of JR destroyed again as he was when paired with Babe just so that TPTB could prop her up.

Jabe should’ve ended after Babe had kiddiepool sex with Josh because big bad JR was too proccupied worrying about his sister lost at sea and not focusing on Babe for 12 hours.

There’s dysfunction and then there’s character destruction and Jabe was all about destroying JR so that Babe could come out smelling like roses.

Cath
Cath

I don’t know whose bright idea it was to have JR have feelings of gratitude/nostalgia/whatever for Marissa who was, not even two weeks ago, hellbent on taking AJ away from him.

JR has been in love with Annie since this summer, that’s how JY has been consistently playing it and the writing was consistently supporting it until two weeks ago.

JR & Annie have been the show’s most popular pairing in the fan polls for a while now and have the potential to bring in more viewers if they were more advertised so why try to fix something that ain’t broken?

Does AMC have a death wish or something? Frons should be fired and Lorraine Broderick should gain back full creative control of the show.

Rachel
Rachel

I agree, Marley. Babe was a poison to JR’s life. I’m glad she is dead.

I just want JR free from the Carreys i.e Krystal and Marissa and I want for him to embrace his Chandler inner instead of trying to morphing himself into a boring JR Martin only to please Tad who betrayed him when he helped Krystal and Babe kidnapping AJ.

That’s why I’m rooting for JR to be with Annie. Annie won’t ask him to be someone else, she will take him with his qualities and imperfections unlike Marissa or Babe or Tad or Krystal who always act or acted as if they were better than JR, when they aren’t.

semaj
semaj

jannie belong together they are two of a kind they have amazing chemistry made for the next amc supercouple jannie endgame

Luv2travel
Luv2travel

I stopped watching AMC about 10 years ago and was reintroduced last March by a friend. Once I saw the chemistry between JY and MCE I was hooked. I for one can say that they are the only reason I watch this soap. If the writers decide to destroy this story line in the next couple if weeks, I for one will cease watching this soap!! As far as I can tell AMC is hanging by a thread and need every fan out there. They have hit a jackpot with these two actors and story line, minus Marissa and Scott!

KIM
KIM

I tuned back in when the JR/ANNIE pairing really started, i saw chemistry between them when ANNIE frist moved into the chandler mansion, and she was friends with Babe, MCE/JY imo had smoking hawt chem even then, i knew the writers would not pair them unless Babe was gone,,and now i get my wish, now they are the REASON i watch, there are a few charaters on the show i still LIKE, Amanda, Liza, but the ones that hold me glued to the tv are JANNIE, if AMC keep trying to force JR/MARISSA down my thoart i will trun the channel so fast it will make their heads spin, they really should check the polls and ratings when JAnnie are on and see the FACTS, and that is JANNIE are THE IT COUPLE…….you can’t force CHEMISTRY like those two HAVE, so why fix something that is not BROKEN,,,,,,,, just WRITE for them STORYLINES that are WORTHY of them, and not THINGS like custody battles that should not be happening in the frist place..i understand that couples need ANGST, just make it ANGST we can belive .this that they are throwing at JANNIE is imo LAUGHABLE at best,,,…..This is kidde stuff, come AMC follow GH, AND Y/R they are on top of THERI GAME…….so what is STOPPING YOU………Thanks. a JANNIE FAN…….

Clarissa
Clarissa

I honestly don’t know what AMC is pulling here, they do realize they are on the same time slot as Y&R right? a show that gives fans what they want. I see JR and Annie who’s SL I admit I didn’t want to follow but it pulled me in. I didn’t think the Chandlers could be reborn or reconfigured, but they are. But then we have this custody battle and the continuous IDK when JY’s JR can finally move on from the “special” Marissa. A character that I have grown to loathe. I couldn’t watch his cancer SL b/c I couldn’t stand this Marissa character and the writing of JR into this good boy, it was literally the death of JR Chandler, he became FFWD material and I never have done that w/ him.

Annie and JR have everything it takes to be a supercouple but AMC wants to continue this game, All My Children you have no, I repeat nothing! you are risking losing more viewers, you want us to buy JR as this next powerful young man yet you regress him all by your own doing. At this point they deserve to lose viewers, you rope them for 8-10 mths. only to go this route? hey I can easily say 2011 I might start flipping to Y&R b/c I’m not watching the Ryan and Greenlee show as they get to be the only couple no one wants to see live happily ever after while everything else we like is burried. So yeh thanks for the lump of coal in my christmas stocking.

Whether or not they attempt to fix whatever they are doing here..hey believe it or not I have my limits.

jules
jules

The writers SHOULD NOT pair JR with Marissa again..because I will stop watching the show. Jr and Annie provide heat, passion, excitement, and so much electricity..I’ve been watching soaps for 15 years, and in all honesty, I’ve never seen a couple like JR and Annie who provide so much chemistry and thrill like they do!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JR and Annie all the way baby!!!!!!!!!!

drenee
drenee

I want Jannie, to fip the script right now is garbage. The kind of writing going on right now is what is wrong w/AMC

DIANNE
DIANNE

Hello jannie fan here, just wanted to say how much iam loving these two flawed charaters, they are real to me, they have more fire than any couple on AMC right now. IMO i just wish the writers would write for them meaty SL like they used to do for these types of couples back in the day. why don’t they do those anymore, is it to hard for them? i would like to know. instead they give us the same old tired repeats they always do, are they just LAZY? why do they never follow up on the things they write, instead they leave us wondering, what happened,? these are just some of the questions i ask when watching AMC as of late, take the JANNIE sl, this CUSTODY BATTLE for AJ has been done to DEATH and back, it makes me dislike the charater of Marissa even more, she acts like she is the MOTHER of THE YEAR to this child, yet all she did was use him as a BARGING chip against JR , imo the only thing that the writers are doing by keeping her in JRs and AJs orbit, is make me see her as a MAMA FIGURE to JR, always nagging, telling whom he can see, what he can do, and a NANNY to AJ, cause i will never veiw her as anything else….so i hope they do so re-writes soon. cause this is not WORKING for them. or the Charater of Marissa,,, JMO Thanks for your time……

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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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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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All My Children Weeklong Virtual Reunions Kick-Off With Ripa, Consuelos, LaRue and Penny

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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