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AMC's Vincent Irizarry on David Hayward through writing regimes & more!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Vincent Irizarry makes being bad a whole lot of fun to watch! As Dr. David Hayward on All My Children he causes havoc for most everyone in Pine Valley.  And that havoc paid off when last year he won an Outstanding Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy!  TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco Spoke to Vincent about AMC’s move west, his time as David Chow on Y&R,  Vince’s idols, and the change in writing regimes in Pine Valley.  Here are some excerpts below!

Irizarry on Lorraine Broderick’s scripts:  ” I love Lorraine! I don’t think a lot of people know this but Lorraine created my character. David was originally intended to be on the show for only three months. Six weeks into working with Lorraine, Megan McTavish came in. Every time I see Lorraine, I run up and thank her for creating this character but I haven’t spoken with her since she has come back. Any time our show was struggling with bad writing, I’d always ask [executive producer] Julie Hanan Carruthers why she wasn’t trying to seduce Lorraine into coming back to AMC. Just like Agnes Nixon, Lorraine knows the history of the show. As you know, Lorraine handles AMC with respect and affection. It was odd. Lorraine is an artist. I was lucky to work with her on GL for a period of time as well.”

Irizarry on how Chuck Pratt wrote his character of David: “I know people had issues and problems with his writing but I can’t complain. Chuck wrote David very well. So, personally, I can only talk for myself and not for anyone else. And I’m grateful to have worked with Chuck. As a result, I won an Emmy Award with his writing, so you’re not going to hear me bash Chuck.”

Irizarry on working with Beverlee McKinsey on Guiding Light and his other acting idols: “Oh my God. I love, love, love Beverlee McKinsey. That’s why I mentioned her in my Emmy acceptance speech. She was at the top of the list. She had such a significant effect on me as a young actor. I was 23! When they told me GL was bringing on McKinsey as my mother, I had no idea who she was because I didn’t know the medium. Everyone came up to me and said, “Oh my God — you’re so lucky. Beverlee is an icon.” We clicked immediately. I adored her. I respected her professionalism. In fact, to be honest, she defined that term for me. She knew her lines, was always prepared. As I grow older, I realize it’s people like Beverlee who have had the biggest impact in my life. Angela Lansbury is another hero in my life. I did a guest spot on Murder, She Wrote. I learned from Angela that you have to make it fun for the crew to come in to work. And they did have fun! Oh, they did. Show business is a team effort. I don’t understand why lead actors have to be jerks on set. Remember when Lansbury explains everything at the end of the episode of Murder, She Wrote? She did it all in one take. And the crew appreciated that, let me tell you. James Mitchell was another hero of mine.”

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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