Since their days together as lovebirds Remy and Christina on the beloved Guiding Light, Lawrence-Saint Victor and Karla Mosley discovered they are two peas in a pod. Together, they have created memorable moments for soap fans, and gone on some intriguing creative adventures together. While both stars are now firmly ensconced on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, (he as Carter, and she as Maya) behind the scenes they are working on reviving their web series, Wed-Locked first born back in 2009 on the heels of the cancellation of GL.
Wed-Locked which at its epicenter is about two young-marrieds with a comedic twist is now on its way back some 8 years later. To get the series up and running and on its feet, Lawrence and Karla have been hard at work promoting their crowdfunding campaign, and prepping to shoot more episodes of their series. CBS Daytime fans recall that since Wed-Locked, Lawrence and Karla also starred in a brief series Room 8, which once again captured their undeniable chemistry.
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the talented twosome to get some insight into their funding campaign, what perks are available for fans who donate, what their plans are once they shoot the new episodes, and more. In addition, Guiding Light fans, make sure to check out their thoughts on the final episode as we said farewell to Springfield favorites.
Tell me about your crowdfunding campaign for Wed-Locked, which is unique as opposed to others like it.
LAWRENCE: We are doing a crowdfunding campaign through Seed and Spark that is geared towards filmmakers and it ends on June 14th which is my birthday. We are trying to raise $12,000 which will give us the money to shoot the show, get us the crew, equipment, the ability to feed people who work on the project … all that jazz!
Which came first, your online series Room 8 or Wed-Locked, for those who don’t know the back-story of your collaboration?
KARLA:Room 8 was after Wed-Locked. We had met with Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, The Bold and the Beautiful) and he had the idea for Lawrence and me to do Room 8, because he saw Wed-Locked. That was something we created after Guiding Light, because it was sad to say goodbye to our characters. I think it was my mom at that point who suggested, “Do something for the fans!” Lawrence was saying back then, “There is this thing happening on the internet with Crystal Chappell creating her web series, Venice.” So we thought, “Sure! Let’s put something out there!” Wed-Locked is a show that over the years people have wanted to see more of, and so we are doing more!
What is the premise to the story of Wed-Locked?
LAWRENCE: The premise of Wed-Locked is about this young, married couple stumbling through their first year of marriage. And as far as black or diverse couples on TV, you either have them single, or they have a family, but you don’t usually see that sort of “Mad About You” trying to do life together show, and what they go through in a relationship. We felt that back in 2009 and it’s now 2017, and we are older and have lived life more, so we want to load it up and take the romanticism, off of marriage. However, it is still very romantic and loving, but it also shows it can be awkward and real.
But … as we know … the two of you love doing comedy, right?
KARLA: For sure, you know! (Laughs) Even with Remy and Christine on Guiding Light, I don’t think they quite knew how silly, fun, and light-hearted Lawrence and I would be and with those characters. As they discovered that about us, they started writing more towards that. We have a comic sensibility after working with each other, and it’s really fun to be able to play on all of that. The thing about the internet is that you can be more edgy. You can say things you can’t say on network TV. That’s the fun of it and the challenge for us too, because we are both polite people in real life and so to get a bit dirtier is … fun! (Laughs)
That happens a lot on soaps that once the writers know you, and see how you work with the material, they tend to write more in-line with who you are.
KARLA: It’s the gift that happens after playing characters for so long, and having the writers get to know you where they then start to write for you and your strengths.
Wed-Locked was written by the two of you. How did this concept all begin?
LAWRENCE: We sat down and thought about topics in our personal lives, and our friend’s lives of what we heard, and what we could take out of that, and then we got a little giggly with it. We knew we were on to something.
Lawrence and Karla, you have this enduring collaboration between you since your Guiding Light days. What has contributed to this chemistry the two of you have with each other?
LAWRENCE: The moment we started working together we had this banter, and this sense of humor, and this chemistry sort of popped up. The cool thing about Guiding Light was I don’t know if they had long terms plan for Remy and Christina, but they sort of left us to our own devices and our chemistry sort of was popping out more. Karla could finish my sentences, we never really rehearsed, and it was like that from day one. It was just easy with us. When you work with Karla, you know she is a ray of sunshine.
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KARLA: It’s really rare that you find someone you connect with creatively and on a friendship level. So it is fun to work together. We both have the same work ethic as well. We are both motivated and push each other. We have a fun competition with each other too, and we both want to do the same kind of content as well, which is; we want to do content that makes people feel good after they watch it.
How many episodes of Wed-Locked will you produce if you get the funding?
KARLA: We are shooting five, but we have endless episodes written, and endless scenarios!
How long are each installments?
LAWRENCE: The episodes will range from 5 to 8 minutes. Our thought on the production from the viewers’ perspective is, “What is it like to be a fly on a wall?” We want to give the audience this sense of peering in on what really happens when two people can’t agree about anything, and things like: should you be friends with your ex-boyfriend? That will come up.
OK, let’s dish. I can’t be friends with any of my exes, can you?
LAWRENCE: No, and no!
LAWRENCE: And you see … that is where improv starts to take place! (Laughs)
How would you describe your characters, Robert and Denise, in Wed-Locked?
LAWRENCE: It’s interesting. In the original, Robert was a bit more naïve and Denise was more experienced in some ways, but Robert was more experienced in long term relationships. We made this so they are as opposite as they can be, but still attracted to each other.
KARLA: The baseline is always love, and we always want to feel their love, even though there are challenges and they are working through them.
Where can your fans look forward to finding the new episodes?
LAWRENCE: After we shoot them then we will try to look for the right place for them, and if nothing else, it will go on our You Tube channel. So we are keeping all of our options open.
There are some important milestones you need to reach in your campaign, tell us about them.
KARLA: First, I want to say every little bit helps. The beauty of crowdfunding is it does not have to be a huge donation. Also, by following the page, if we get 500 followers then we get this incredible package to help our project look its best. Seed and Spark is this amazing platform and are so helpful. They are creating this community for film and TV.
What happens if you don’t make your financial goal and you have donated? Will donor’s money be refunded to them as in other crowdfunding company campaigns?
LAWRENCE: If we don’t meet 80% of our goal the money goes back… but we are well on the way.
KARLA: Anyone who donates will get a shout-out on social media, and on another donation level there is also an acting coaching session from Lawrence and I, and the largest incentives are if you come out in L.A. you will have dinner with us.
LAWRENCE: They also get a workout with me, or get pampered with Karla!
KARLA: Right! Then we go to dinner, so it’s pretty cool!
Have you received support from mostly the Guiding Light fan base or the B&B fan base since you announced your venture?
KARLA: The Guiding Light fans were there the first week donating and pushing our crowdfunding on facebook. Guiding Light fans are no joke… they are the best!
LAWRENCE: B&B’s Carter and Maya are very different than how Karla and I are in real life. I think on Guiding Light we were more us. The Bold and the Beautiful fans, who have not seen Room 8 probably are thinking, “Carter and Maya from B&B are going to be funny?”
Let’s reminisce for a minute about the final episode of Guiding Light. I remember, Remy and Christina were in the park scene living happily-ever-after. Did you like how they wrapped up your characters?
LAWRENCE: It was a fast-forward to a year later. I think for them it was how do you end something that is not supposed to end? So on Guiding Light, you got to see where everybody landed. Now on All My Children’s ABC finale they ended with a gunshot in the dark!
KARLA: For us, they wanted to give a lovely farewell. They wanted to get nostalgic and tie-up loose ends. I liked the ending for our characters. It was sweet.
LAWRENCE: I loved it! Remy and Christina were married, and they had a kid.
KARLA: Yup! They did that after all of the back and forth.
LAWRENCE: With all of the characters on Guiding Light, I was just happy to be in the finale. I would have been happy for us to pop up and go, “Hey, guys!” I am just so happy that they believed in our characters to be part of this historic moment in television.
Watch Lawrence and Karla’s funding pitch for Wed-Locked below! Then, let us know if you would love to see their series get off the ground and online? Want to be part of the #WedLockedTribe? What do you think of Lawrence and Karla’s long-running collaboration? The ending of Guiding Light? Comment below!
The couple had confirmed their relationship this past May and recently attended the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards in September where they both were nominees; Cuoco for The Flight Attendant and Pelphrey for Ozark.
Tom and Kaley actually met back in April, and it has been noted in the press as ‘love at first sight’ when Cuoco attended the premiere of Ozark.
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Jerry verDorn Tribute on Tap During Virtual 18th Annual ‘Stars and Strikes’ Charity Event
September 20, 2022
Daytime lost one of its most beloved veteran actors in Jerry verDorn (ex-Ross, GL, ex-Clint, OLTL). The two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star passed away earlier this year on May 1st from his battle with cancer.
In celebration and remembrance of his life and career, the 18th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes fundraiser which has always been a staple event helmed by verDorn and his former GL co-star Liz Keifer, is having a livestream special on You Tube’s The Locher Room on Sunday, October 9th starting at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST.
Participating will be former colleagues and cast members of Jerry’s from both Guiding Light and One Life to Live including: Kristen Alderson,Terrell Anthony, Grant Aleksander, Bryan Buffinton, Jean Carol, Beth Chamberlin, Crystal Chappell, Justin Deas, Mark Derwin, Frank Dicopoulos, Ricky Paull Goldin, Melissa Hayden, Rick Hearst, Crystal Hunt, Vincent Irizarry, Liz Keifer, Maeve Kinkead, Wendy Moniz, Robert Newman, Michael O’Leary, Denise Pence, Ron Raines, Sean Ringgold, Peter Simon, Erika Slezak, Tina Sloan, Krista Tesreau, Gina Tognoni, Bree Williamson, Laura Wright and Kim Zimmer.
75% of the proceeds from the event will go to The Autism Society of America and the remaining 25% of proceeds will go to the newly established Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund which will help send individuals with Autism to theater camps and other educational programs.
So, glad to hear that Jerry’s friends and former cast members will be gathering on a livestream to share their special remembrances of him while raising awareness and funds for a good cause? Comment below.
PRIMETIME EMMYS: Soap Alums Murray Bartlett and Amanda Seyfried Take Home Acting Honors
September 12, 2022
The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were handed out Monday night during a three-hour telecast on NBC and streaming on Peacock.
When the dust settled two former daytime stars, who have gone found much success in television and film, took home the gold in their respective categories.
Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) won the Emmy for his role as Armond in The White Lotus in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.
In his acceptance speech, Murray expressed many thanks: “To my P-Town family, I love you, to my partner Matt, thank you for being my sanctuary .. and finally I want to thank my mom all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love and inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other.”
Later in the evening, Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, ATWT and ex-Joni , AMC) won the Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout. In the Hulu limited series, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, Seyfried portrays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
In a major moment during the ceremony, Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy ever for her role in Abbott Elementary in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.
Ralph became only the second black actress to win in the supporting actress category in 35 years – the first being none other than Days of our Lives’ Jackée Harry (Paulina) who won for her performance in 1987 for 227.
After Sheryl sang when she hit the stage to accept the award, she clarified what she was singing about adding: “I’ve been singing that song for years because I think of myself as an artist as a woman, especially as a woman of color … I’m an endangered species. I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist, and I know where my voice belongs. And there’s so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life, find your voice and put it where it belongs.”
In an historic Emmy-win, The Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae became the first actor in a non-English series to win iLead Actor in a Drama Series category for his work in Netflix’s South Korean smash hit.
Other Emmy highlights included a moving and emotional speech from Lizzo after Amazon’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls won the Emmy for Best Competition Program.
Lizzo shared: “I’m very emotional. The trophy is nice, but my emotion is for these people who are on the stage with me. The stories that they shared, they’re not that unique. They just don’t get the platform. Telling stories, let’s just tell more stories. When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media, someone fat like me, Black like me, beautiful like me. If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I’d be like, ‘You’re going to see that person, but Bitch, it’s gonna have to be you.’”
In the top show categories: Succession won Drama Series, Ted Lasso, Comedy Series and The White Lotus, Outstanding Limited Series. You can check out the full winners circle in all categories here.
Now, let us know, who you were most excited seeing take home the gold statuette during the 74th Primetime Emmys via the comment section. But first check out, Murray, Amanda, Sheryl Lee and Lizzo’s winning moments below.