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(WATCH) Andrea Evans, The Iconic Tina Lord, Remembered In Heartfelt Tribute From One Life to Live Co-Stars

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On Wednesday, several of the stars of One Life to Live participated in a special tribute honoring the late Andrea Evans (ex-Tina), who passed away last month from cancer at the age of 66, on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.  Andrea’s passing came as a shock to many who were unaware that she was battling cancer for yet the second time.

In the world of soap operas, Andrea’s portrayal of One Life’s Tina Lord Roberts encapsulated what made people tune-in every day – the high camp, the vixen, and machinations of a villainess. Through it all, no matter what Tina did, fans still loved her and couldn’t wait to see what she would do next. While Andrea appeared on other soaps including, Passions, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless and the digital series, The Bay, it was her role on One Life to Live that will remain a part of soap history.

Joining Michael Fairman to honor Andrea were: Erika Slezak (ex-Viki), Fiona Hutchison (ex-Gabrielle), John Loprieno (ex-Cord), and. Robert S. Woods (ex-Bo).  Later, the actors were joined by the former head writer of One Life to Live and now the head writer of Days of our Lives, Ron Carlivati.  In addition, James DePaiva (ex-Max) and Barbara Luna (ex-Maria) sent special messages that were read on-air in tribute to Andrea, since they were unable to participate on the livestream.

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Fiona detailed her friendship with Andrea, and being one of the few people who knew she was ill, plus insight their time together on One Life which included the now classic Iguazú Falls storyline.  Bob Woods spoke with great sadness at losing Andrea at such a young age, while John Loprieno talked about his screen-test with Andrea which led to him becoming Cord Roberts.

Erika Slezak spoke on how Andrea made the character of Tina all her own, sharing, “Tina grew into a very complex character, that she herself created. I mean, they wrote it, but she created all the ins and outs and the different aspects of that character. She had to create everything from scratch and boy did she ever. She was very smart.”

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In addition, Erika addressed the challenging life Andrea lived when she became the victim of a stalker, and how because of it, Andrea stayed away from show business for years and left the show.  “I was just so sorry she went through this just terrible period in her life where she was being stalked by somebody who literally wanted to kill her.”  The six-time Daytime Emmy winner, added, “Andrea was afraid to walk the streets alone because he found out where she worked. He would show up at the front door of the studio. To live like that for so many years, to the point to where she had to hire security guards to help her walk the dogs, to pick her up from the studio and to take her home, check the apartment, and then, she couldn’t leave after that. Then, they had to pick her up in the morning and bring her to work, that’s no way to live. She finally said, ‘I can’t do this anymore. I have to leave.’  She moved, and no one knew where she moved to. I knew she moved to California, but that’s all I knew.”

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James DePaiva sent this very touching message: “In December 1986 I was brought to ABC to NYC. There in the early morning I was introduced to Andrea Evans for my audition as Max Holden. A few weeks later I moved to New York and began my work with Andrea. Two weeks after that I was whisked away to Argentina with Andrea, John Loprieno, Marcia Cross, and Fiona Hutchison. A sweltering heat wave and dangerous conditions, Andrea stayed cool, calm and collected. Back in NY I became aware that Andrea was the young star of OLTL. I was blessed to be working with her as she showed me the ropes of working on a Soap, but also the business and publicity savvy that it took to maintain a career. I remember John and I being eye candy bookends for Andrea at my first Emmy award show. She was wearing the most attention getting dress I had ever seen up to that point in my life. Andrea always knew how to make a splash.  Andrea was always generous, kind and helpful to this “green” actor from California. I can honestly say, if not for her I would never have had this wonderful career and life I’ve lived and for that I am grateful to her. I’m sorry I can’t be there to share in this tribute. She was always one of a kind and is dearly missed.”

One of the most outlandish storylines that Fiona, John, Erika and Andrea were all a part of was the underworld city of Eterna.  Fiona shared on that time, “It was great fun to go on the Eterna set every day. It was a whole other world and it was across the street.  It was very believable stepping into it. It was out of left field but that was, what One Life was at the time.”

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John Loprieno said he was intimated when he first came to One Life to work with Evans, expressing: “Andrea was well-established and to kind of step into her light was very intimating. She was very thoughtful and kind during those first few couple of days.”

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Former OLTL head writer, Ron Carlivati joined the tribute and shared why Andrea as Tina Lord Roberts made such an emotional and pivotal impact on his personal and professional life: “My love of soaps is so tied to that time with Tina, Cord, and Gabrielle, and Tina being presumed dead and going over the Iguazú Falls.  Tina is such an iconic, emblematic part of One Life to Live and such a part of why I loved soaps in the 80’s. There was just something about that character that as bad as she could be, or as evil she could be, you loved her. I think it was the warmth of Andrea coming through.”

You can watch the One Life to Live tribute to Andrea Evans in full below.

After you have been able to check it out, let us know what your favorite part of the tribute was, and your favorite memories of Andrea as Tina in the comment section.

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Thank you so very much for the beautiful tribute to Andrea Evans. I loved all the wonderful stories her cast mates shared about working with her. It was absolutely super seeing everyone again. It was a special treat to see Loyita Chapel again too. They all look wonderful. I miss all of them so very much. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss One Life to Live!!!!!!!!!!!!

Erica, you haven’t changed a bit . Still as beautiful as ever! Longtime OLTL watcher. Glad we get to watch you on Blue Bloods. Take Care❤️

I worked as an extra of the show. One day there was a fire alarm. Everyone went out to the street. I can still see a glamorous image of Andrea in a huge fur coat holding her dog or two.

This should be a required listening for an OLTL fan from the 1980s. Great hearing the cast reminisce and give insights about Andrea. Nice that JdP and the amazing BarBara Luna sent touching tributes.

Two of my fondest real life soap star meetings involved John Loprieno and Fiona Hutchinson. In the 80s, John would come into my place of work with some of his kids. Not only was he courteous, but he was just as handsome in person as on screen.

About 10 years ago, I talked with Fiona for a few minutes at a coffee house near where she was performing in a play. We chatted about OLTL and she tried her darnedest to get my sister and me to come to the play. If we didn’t have other obligations, I would’ve definitely got tickets. And yes, still stunning in person too!

General Hospital

General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Interviews

A week ago, at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of your favorite soap opera stars took to the red carpet prior to the telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount + and posed for pictures for the paparazzi and several spoke to the media before going inside and taking in the ceremonies and rooting on their castmates and shows.

While on the red carpet, Michael Fairman TV interviewed those who stopped performers who stopped by and those we could catch on the action-packed bustling arrivals. All of the video interviews are now posted and complete on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Look for conversations with Days of our Lives, Tamara Braun (Ava), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) with Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Paul Telfer (Xander), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Greg Rikaart (Leo), and Eric Martsolf (Brady) with wife Lisa and their twin sons, Chase and Mason.

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Stopping by to chat from General Hospital were Maura West (Ava) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and from The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and his daughter, McKenna, Annika Noelle (Hope), Kimberlin Brown (Sheila) and John McCook (Eric) and his wife, Laurette.

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From The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman (Jack), Courtney Hope (Sally), Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman (Michael and Lauren), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michael Mealor (Kyle), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon), and making their first appearance on a Daytime Emmy red carpet were Neighbours stars: Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones and Georgie Stone.

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Below is the complete playlist of 2024 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Make sure to check them out. Then let us know who you loved seeing and hearing from the most via the comment section below.

 

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General Hospital

GH’s Evan Hofer Talks Life for Dex After Sonny’s Beatdown, Giovanni Mazza, and If Josslyn is Love Endgame

General Hospital’s Dex Heller (Evan Hofer) has been at the epicenter of Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) paranoia, which led to the beatdown of Sonny’s former right hand man.

Now, Dex is licking his wounds, and trying to move on with his life after joining the PCPD; following attempting to move away from working for the mob and under Sonny’s thumb. Problem is, Dex has a soft spot for Sonny. Meanwhile, looks like there still may be a future for Dex and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) as the two are trying to mend their once-fractured relationship.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Evan Hofer at the 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmys (in which Hofer was a presenter during the ceremonies), to discuss the current life and times of his Port Charles alter-ego.

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Evan has now gotten to see and feel first-hand what is like working in soaps and television, when you have to wear prosthetics on your face after Sonny accosted Dex at Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding reception.

Hofer recalled the experience. “Our makeup team is incredible. Priscilla, my makeup artist is just so talented. She layered silicone every day so she could control the swelling, so that way, she would have control over how it looked as it progressed and, you know, decreased, increased,” Hofer revealed. “She was incredible and very, very detailed.”

Paying a nod to actors who have to take on TV or movie roles where they have to wear complete facial prosthetics, Evan shared, “I do not envy people who wear full face prosthetics. I think my longest tape day was probably seven hours in it. I got a little claustrophobic. It does cause you to have a lack of of depth perception, which is a rough one.”

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Hofer weighed-in on if he thinks Dex will ever turn in Sonny and press charges against him for his character’s recent beatdown. “I hope he doesn’t. It’s hard though, because he loves him (Sonny) and that’s the problem,” stated Evan. “That’s what we do with people we love. It’s almost an abusive parent relationship, isn’t it? I have this theory that Dex almost feels like he deserves these things.”

Now might be the time for the GH writers to explore more of Dex’s backstory which could include a backstory of abuse. “I really would love them to. I think it’d be incredible,” hoped Evan. However, he added, “I’m just grateful for whatever I get to do every day and excited for whatever story we get to tell.  Something like The Departed – undercover with the mob- would be cool (for a storyline), and then everybody’s wondering which side I’m on the whole time.”

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Is there hope for Dex and Josslyn fans that they will still may be each other’s love endgame? Hofer teased, “I think they start spending a little more time together, but who knows what’ll happen. You never know on a soap opera. Maybe Dex’s evil twin will show up and steal Josslyn away.”

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A few months back, Evan shared some major scenes with the one and only Finola Hughes (Anna). In story, Dex admits he was going to kill Cyrus on Sonny’s orders. Hofer shared it was a big moment for him since his time being on GH. “What an honor to get to do those scenes with Finola. I had only worked with her once before and that was when Dex broke her out of prison and he got shot the first time,” recalls Hofer. “She’s all about working the scenes ahead of time, which I am, too. We got to get a lot of reps in and when we get up there on stage, she’s incredibly affecting. I’ll kind of have an idea of maybe of how the scene will go, and then I’ll just look in her eyes and suddenly I am just so in a different space that she’s pulled me into. In those scenes, having Dex feel like someone cares about him was really beautiful.”

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Recently, Giovanni Mazza premiered as Gio. In Hofer’s first on-screen scenes with Mazza, the two talk about Gio’s dad having been in the military and Dex’s experience in the Army and serving in Afghanistan.

This raised some GH viewers eyebrows to what if the two characters could somehow be related? Perhaps, brothers? Evan responded to those inquiring minds, “Oh, I don’t know. We look pretty alike. There is the military connection. I think it’ll be interesting. Those first scenes we had together were incredible. I was so excited to work with Geo. He couldn’t be any nicer really. He’s an incredible person. He’s so easy to be around. We hang out outside of work all the time, already.”

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Does Evan think there will come a day where Jason (Steve Burton), Dex and Sonny will all be working together on the same side, and thus, Sonny will have both his former henchman at his disposal?  While Hofer doesn’t know what’s coming down the pike, he expressed, “It’s been incredible to have Steve around. He’s a really wonderful man. I’d only met him on Zoom previously to him coming back.  I hope we get to work together more. We got one batch of scenes together and I hope we get to do more soon.”

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As to what GH viewers should be on the lookout for in the weeks ahead, Evan teased, “We’ll see what Joss and Dex get into, and we’ll see what happens within the police department.”

So, are you rooting for Dex and Joss? Do you want Dex back working for Sonny, or hope he stays with the PCPD? Would you want to see more of Dex’s backstory explored? Comment below.

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