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BIG AMC & OLTL Casting Updates! Thorsten Kaye, Melissa Archer, Hillary B. Smith & MORE!

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This was the news that One Life to Live fans have been waiting for and a big update for All My Children fans too!

This afternoon, Prospect Park has issued two press releases confirming the names of those thus far that will be part of the two series reboot and it includes a spectacular list on the OLTL side, and a giant addition on the AMC side.

Prospect Park announcmnet stated, “It has closed the following deals with cast members and production executives, with more deals expected to close in the coming weeks, for The Online Network’s production of  All My Children.” Now take a look at the official cast as of today!

One Life to Live Cast List:

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Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan
Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord
Tuc Watkins as David Vickers
Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan
Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer
Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan
Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado
Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks
Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan
Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning
Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth
Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning
Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans
Shenaz Treasury Rama Patel
Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel

All My Children Cast List thus far:

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Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard
Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard
Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward
Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin
Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo
Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt
Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater

In addition, One Life to Live has hired Jessica Klein (EX-ATWT writer, former showrunner of Beverly Hills 90210, Alex Douglas (Royal Pains),  and Jeff Wilber to their writing team! Carol Shure has the title of Production Executive for both shows.

So soapers, what do you think of the cast of One Life to Live?  The addition of Kaye to All My Children?

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Robert Coplin
Robert Coplin

I hope they can get a few more members of the cast of both shows as the cast right now looks a little thin on All My Children.

Ina
Ina

I was thinkg the same in regards to AMC! it doesn’t seem as many want to return and Susan Lucci is STILL MIA! I don’t think they can afford her.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Susan is doing a TV show. She can’t leave it as there is a contract for her, which she did before all of this coming back alive came about.. I wish she could come back though!!!

sarah
sarah

i agree about amc am glas thor kaye will be on but hope they bring am as kendal
hopefully

and susan lucci needs to come on board also tad

pv will not be same without erica kane and tad

Patrick
Patrick

Thin? It’s two pounds away from organ failure lol! It so upsetting and it’s because AMC was in the wrong hands for too long. The show was hastily moved to the west coast and ABC never supported It the way it should have. Now So much time has passed since ABC was a beautifully told storY about people we loved. Let’s hope it’s not too late. Tune in tomorrow!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

O M G!!!! I literally have goosebumps. I am doing the happy dance! Woo Hoo! 🙂

Jules
Jules

High fives all around!!!!! It’s happening!!!! It’s really happening!!!

FrogProd
FrogProd

SO EXCITED!! CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

Em
Em

Love this news!!! One Life to Live really is alive again!!

boes
boes

The news just keeps getting better every day.

Rose
Rose

I am so thrilled by all this news………I waited and never gave up hope that AMC and OLTL would really return. Really happy to see the cast of OLTL really are coming back together!!!!!! Can’t wait for the return!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

AMC’s list is looking so sad. But that’s because most of the actors located to LA for the series’ move. And unlikely that a lot will once again re-locate. So getting original cast members is going to be harder. So I’m expecting a good bunch of recasts to that series or a complete re-vision of what’s happening on it. I hope more sign on like Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca), Sarah Glendening (Marissa), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee) and people like that!

Dixiemartin
Dixiemartin

Let’s not forget the main players too. Tad, Dr. Martin, Kendal, and Jr. What about Erica and Jackson. Remember the last scene before it ended someone was shot and it looked like Erica

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I could care less if Erica or Jackson returned. Both characters were bore for me. JR/Jake got annoying for me, too.

Patrick
Patrick

this is the biggest surprise…. why no word on Tad…. ?

Brooke would make an excellent grand dame… along with Opal.

Mark F.
Mark F.

I could do without Rebecca Budig, to be honest. Couldn’t stand her character or Cameron Mathison’s Ryan, but I would love for Christina and Sarah to sign on!! And of course, Susan Lucci!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I could care if Susan returned to the show. Not a fan.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

If Susan came back; great. If not, won’t be watching. Hard to imagine Pine Valley without Erica Kane…

nessmess50
nessmess50

I couldn;t stand Ryan and Greenlea either,i hope they do not come back…I liked OLTL better than AMC anyway….AMC was very boring with the storylines they had…

Patrick
Patrick

I sincerely hope Christina and Sarah come back…. it took some time… and took awhile… but, THESE TWO, MADE THEM THEIR OWN. It was so loving, moving, and familial… A treat to watch.

Bianca and Marissa!

Alan
Alan

The OLTL cast is fantastic! The writing staff on the the other hand…

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Exactly. Carlivati would be a hard act to follow in any case, but I am unimpressed so far with the writers who have been selected. Neither Klein nor Bedsow Horgan made much of an impression when they were (separately) headwriters for As the World Turns.

Patrick
Patrick

Your right Alan. Oltl had the best writers who truly understood these characters. Any new writers will need some luck , support, and talent! I hope they have it all!

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I need Michael Easton back as John McBain – then my soap world would be complete!! Excited for OLTL!!! Can’t wait for it to start. Hope the writers have Natalie giving birth to John McBain’s little red headed girl! One day maybe he (ME) will be back.

Mary H
Mary H

Agree I need Michael Easton back on OLTL also!

Emily
Emily

I agree too!!! Fingers crossed for Jolie!!!:)

terri
terri

My last wish would be for a Michael Easton return!!!! Please please please soap gods!

Michael
Michael

He is under contract at General Hospital.

rebecca
rebecca

I prefer him with Sam on GH…that story is just getting started and their chemistry is great…

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Totally agree.

JOLIE LUV
JOLIE LUV

Definitely want John back on OLTL.

Cassie
Cassie

I will be surprised if ME returns to OLTL. Love him on GH & hoping he stays, even if it is as Caleb (which indications point to)

Michael
Michael

That’s awesome!

Kimberly T.
Kimberly T.

I was shocked and beyond thrilled at that “Prospect” of Thorsten joining the AMC Reboot. I thought there was no way they would get him. Prospect Park has done a fantastic job thus far of getting some of the great actors of AMC past to really make the future one successful. Each actor chosen has had a key role on the show in the past.

Tracy
Tracy

I agree completely! So glad to hear of Thorsten Kaye and Tuck Watkins, wasn’t sure if either would sign on. I hope OLTL also grabs Trevor St. John and that GH keeps Roger Hawarth. There is so much story to be told about the Lord twins and crossovers between the two shows would be mutually beneficial. I also hope OLTL signs Ilene Kristen as Roxy. Her humor, like Tuck’s is amazing.

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

Very happy the actors that signed so far I can’t wait to see what the stories are going to be. I want to wish everyone good luck . Michael thanks again have a great day.

Alan
Alan

…has me less than enthusiastic. Really wish Ron Carlivati could be doing OLTL and GH to create a real shared universe between Llanview and Port Charles.

Paul
Paul

I completely agree. That would be the best case scenario.

Patrick
Patrick

it would be pretty amazing…. if RC could DO BOTH… helming both shows… would ensure… credibility… and SOS…. save our soaps.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I’m doing the happy dance! Keep the good news coming!

su0000
su0000

Me too! Petal’s are back! .. Main khushi hoon!!!
I feel being all the big stars are signing on that it is hush hush that a cable deal is in progress..
That is what I think, they know , we don’t.. 🙂
This is going to be sooo much better than we imagine it will be!

Wanda P
Wanda P

But what about Walt Willey aka jackson Montgomery? I guess Erica isn’t coming back, so she must be the one shot. I know Walt has posted that he has not been contacted. Hmmmm.

Johnny
Johnny

You know, that’s a good question. I did not know that Walt Willey was not approached ~ either they are allowing his character of Jackson to exit, as he did on the last show, and let it go at that – I don’t know. But if Susan Lucci chooses not to reprise the character of Erica Kane, which somehow I suspect since she is busy with other projects, then where will the storyline of Erica and Jackson go? Maybe this new inception of the show will go in many directions, but they need the basic characters to at least get it going one way or another. We are accustomed to smaller and supporting roles being recast (I mean there have been several Bianca[s], each of the good in different ways) but can we accept the major characters being portrayed by an all new cast, I don’t know – is it better to “write around” them until they come aboard?

Max
Max

Ok love this so far for OLTL but still need Jessica, Kelly, and Victor.

Bobby
Bobby

That’s right!!

Jennifer Janeiro
Jennifer Janeiro

Kind of a confused, how can the age Matthew and Destiny and not age Danielle or Jack. Otherwise the cast looks great. I just wish they woudl bering back the original actors for Matthew and Destiny.

Elhu
Elhu

Jennifer, my EXACT thought as well !!!! I am thrilled with all of those already signed on to return to each show, but why on earth would they not want the original Matthew and Destiny, since they are bringing Danni and Jack back. I know they will now be parents of an infant, but I can see Eddie Alderson and Shenell Edmonds playing those parts quite well. I know Eddie moved to the West Coast, and if it were the decision of both actors not to return, then I will be disappointed, yet would understand, as it is their choice, but I did not read anything about either of them turning down an offer to return, so I am guessing they were not asked back. I guess time will tell. I would also enjoy seeing little Sam Manning return too. He was so adorable.

Elhu
Elhu

I am also keeping my fingers crossed that Trevor St. John can return as well, even if it is for short stints, since I know he is involved in other endeavors!!

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Matthew; yes. Destiny; no. Her acting was as bad as Jack’s (and HE’S coming back?!)

Jennifer Janeiro
Jennifer Janeiro

I find that a bit rude. Shennell’s acting improved alot. She was better then some others who I will not name.

Bricaer
Bricaer

We need Trevor St John so that the cliff hanger can be solved.

Bobby
Bobby

That’s right it would be great for everyone to know that Todd never really killed him….and it would give tea a great love story.

Kris
Kris

Plzzzzzzz tell me Bree Williamson will return as well!! She needs to be there. Awesome awesome actress!!!!!!!!!!!

rebecca
rebecca

she moved to California and is starring in Deception…

Debra Bardani
Debra Bardani

Bree’s stint on Haven is wrapped up. She only had the pilot episode in Deception. I too hope she’ll come back.

Kris
Kris

Yes,I saw her on Deception last week but I dont think she is committed to anything right now so she can come back if they ask her and if theyre smart they WILL!!!!

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Bree wasn’t just in the pilot. She also does flashbacks in future episodes to explain her past, leading up to the character’s murder. But, I hope she comes back to OLTL; she was one of my favorites.

Colene M
Colene M

glad to see the soaps coming back to life just like in the movies… What channel will they be on…

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

http://www.toln.com at first; they’re still working on what cable channel…

Annette H
Annette H

Super excited! Can’t wait for the shows to start. I’ve really missed OLTL !

KenJ
KenJ

Looks like a good cast so far, but where are Rex and Gigi? I hope they show up at least once in a while, Langston also.

boes
boes

Farah Fath doesn’t seem to want to come back, and it appears she wasn’t asked either. She indicated she was pretty much done with soaps when she left.

It also appears that JPL wasn’t asked back. At least not yet.

Patrick
Patrick

I hope she hasn’t “gone” HOLLYWOOD… it’s a shame….

these actors certainly deserve more than?

Farah Fath… SUCCESSFULLY ACTED IN TWO SOAPS…. days & oltl. that’s a rare feat.

Hopefully, she hasn’t turned her back on the genre.

She’s a likeable actress.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

They were asked – but both said no! That was on here last week or so.

rebecca
rebecca

I’m just wondering how much airtime we’ll actually get. If the show’s are going to be only 30 minutes…with time out for commericals…what do we get? Fifteen minutes of show?

su0000
su0000

it will b much the same..

I watch the soaps on the web, they run are 36 minutes with the commercials..

The reason they are an hour on network TV is because of all the commercials ..

rebecca
rebecca

yes but I’m assuming there’ll be commercials on their site as wel. there are on Hulul…not just 30 minutes straight. so it will probably be much shorter…hope I’m wrong because that would be really minimal.

boes
boes

I think that will all depend on what platform PP uses.

The soaps that are rebroadcast on the web – all of the current ones which are accessed either directly or indirectly via the networks are dependent for their online viewing from the network broadcast, with the network formula for ads.

The online only soaps do it differently and in fact aren’t always following a strict halfhour format. They usually have only a few – up to 4, usually – commercials, never more than 60 seconds long.

I think we’ll be seeing more show than commercial in a big way.

Emily
Emily

So happy, thrilled, the whole 9 yards:)))!!!! I hope AMC gets more sign ons. Would like to see Tad, Brooke, guessing David Canary is retired, so no Adam. Waiting to hear about the GH3. Very curious about that, would like to see John/Nat again, FINALLY.
Still very great news, thanks Mr. Fairman:)

Debra Bardani
Debra Bardani

I’m hoping since David Canary lives in Ct. he’ll be back even if part-time. I hope MEK comes back. I do see this as an opportunity to bring back core families like the Cortlands with recasts. I would love Nina , Pete, Bobby and the clan come back to PV. Cliff can be re-cast since its been so long. He could come back to PVHospital. So many possibilities

Patrick
Patrick

Wow…. The Cortlandts’…..

Amazing memories…. I LOVED NINA.

Trapper
Trapper

You have made my day!! I miss all of them, but especially my heros, Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith!! Woo! Happy Dance indeed!!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I’m really excited and happy to hear that PP has gotten so many of the original OLTL actors to come back and reprise their characters on the reboot! Sounds like it will really be recognizable as OLTL with the main nucleus of the old show coming back!
The only thing missing is the John McBain character and Starr and Todd and/or Victor.
I just hope something can be worked out withABC/GH to keep those characters on GH and maybe have them make occasional appearances on the PP OLTL show..
Trevor St John could come back as Victor! Now that would be Great!!

jp
jp

Wow! I am so happy with this big casting news for OLTL. With this new endeavor on the internet, I would never imagine so many big time players signing on to do OLTL. Thank you, PP and to the performers who have signed on thus far. I can’t wait for April.

Annie
Annie

Best. News. Ever.

meg
meg

WE NEED TREVOR ST JOHN /VICTOR,I LOVE VICTOR N TEA , AND SAM /PATRICKI’ GLAD ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE BUT I’ DISAPPOINTED THAT SHENEL AND EDDIE, MOST OF ALL I WANT TSJ ,PP GIVE HI WHATEVER HE WANTS,PLEASE.

Lynn
Lynn

I’ve been jumping up and down we almost have the whole OLTL cast back minus the three on GH and Jessica! Now if they could just work out a deal where they are on OLTL then visit GH and not the other way around LOL the way it was for the last 9yrs or so!!!!!! Happy happy day!

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Agreed Lynn!

brian
brian

With Thorsten Kaye on AMC, I hope Susan Haskell (Marty) will be back on OLTL, given they are married in real life.

Aria
Aria

Hey Mr. Fairman, isn’t time to take oltl and Amc off the R I P mark?

brian
brian

I recieved my first email from The Online Network ! confirming the return of OLTL, so I second the above question.

brian
brian

or maybe you could put “returning this April”

rob
rob

I hope they bring Jessica back. She’s my fav. Loved her and Ford.

B Tripp
B Tripp

Yes even if Bree can’t come back they need Jessica. Jen Lilley from GH or Martha Madison from Days would be great! Also where is Brody?

Bricaer
Bricaer

They could bring back the old Jessica, Erin Torpey, since Bree Williamson is in California.

Blake
Blake

Love the additions to OLTL!!! So glad that it’s official that Viki, Tea, Bo, Nora, David, Blair are definitely back. And I’m glad to see Vimal back, even if it is recurring. I always thought he was so entertaining and funny. I’m glad to see Cutter back too, I hope he’s shirtless often like he was before lol.

I’m glad to see Melissa back as Natalie, I always liked her. Can Brody come back for her since John will likely stay on GH? He was man candy too! And I actually liked Bree as Jessica, she could always come back sometime, never know.

And I’m happy to see the girl returning as Danielle. She’s very pretty and a good actress. Jack I’m not so sure about. I hope the actor has gotten better in the year they have been off. He definitely has the looks, just has to bring the acting!

And I hope the boy who played Sam comes back also, too bad he can’t stay little and cute like that but for so long! Hope to see Roxy, Tina, and Gabrielle, even if it’s recurring.

At AMC I’m glad to see Jessie, Zach, and Opal coming back also. But AMC needs a lot more vets to come back!!! I’d love to see Tad and Dixie back!

Patrick
Patrick

OLTL… what with Cutter, David… and hopefully… Trevor St. John…

these three… are serious, major, eye candy… and/or beefcake…

not to mention… they are incredible actors.

Blake
Blake

Oh I forgot to mention Trevor! Yes, he needs to be on OLTL also! If they won’t have Todd and John they need a male lead in the 40s and he’s perfect for it! And yes he is definitely beefcake and eye candy too!

Bricaer
Bricaer

Definitely need Ilene Kristen as Roxy!!!! She made the show have comedy too. Also the Buchanan butler!

Blake
Blake

I swear you guys are reading my mind, I seriously meant to include TSJ as Victor, Roxy, and Nigel in the people I would like on OLTL also. There are so many favorites to want to bring back!!!

Lisa Postles
Lisa Postles

The oltl cast looks great!!! I am so excited for the show to start up again. I have missed it so much!!!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Susan Lucci.

mike
mike

AMC needs Michael E. Knight more than anyone else.

Bricaer
Bricaer

Definitely, he was major part of show.

Pam
Pam

Who is Griffin Castillo?

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Cara’s doctor brother, once Dr. Hayward’s biggest booster until he realized what a louse he was!

B Tripp
B Tripp

He’s the cute Latino doctor who fell for Kendall when Zach was presumed dead. His sister is Cara and she was married to Jake.

Pam
Pam

So, how is this going to work…will this be broadcast on Hulu or the like. Will we be able to watch on TV, or only on a computer?

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Probably computer, phone, ipad…

mo
mo

I think it’s only available online and you’ll have to pay a fee to watch.

Torrey
Torrey

They need Tad, Dixie, Greenlee, they can recast Kendall (maybe even bring back Sarah Michelle), Brooke would be nice to see, Amanda, Jake and a few new faces would be nice to add to the list. Also, I hope and pray that PP is looking to take AMC & OLTL to a cable network. I will be watching the online venture, but I really would like to see both shows make a return to television…..if for any reason, to just stick it to ABC…LOL

AJ
AJ

Without some kind of TV deal to share the costs, this has very little chance of getting off the ground. And without Susan Lucci, AMC might as well stay cancelled. It wasn’t exactly drawing in crowds when she was still on toward the end on ABC. This has “FLOP” written all over it.

boes
boes

Unless you’ve some inside knowledge we don’t, then I can’t imagine what you even mean. PP isn’t new at this, they’ve got other series up and running. And they’ve got the financial backing to put both shows back up and running. There aren’t that many numbskulls around with tons of money to lose, so it’s very safe to say that the people who are backing this believe it will work. Not only hope, but believe, with a sound basis. Unless you’re in the industry yourself, and based on what you wrote, you’re not, then you’re only blowing smoke because you like the smell.

Nothing makes some people happier than raining on a parade without the facts to back it up.

There isn’t always a cloud in every silver lining.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Thanks for the endorsement.

Bricaer
Bricaer

Why don’t they COMBINE the two soaps!

emtk
emtk

This sounds fantastic! You just need to make Michael Easton/John McBain a definite! I need more John and Natalie!!!

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

JOLIE = Awesome!

Delphine
Delphine

Please bring back Roxy!

B Tripp
B Tripp

Yes we need Roxy! Rather have her then Sean (Destiny’s brother)
Also think they need Cutter’s mother Alex Olanov to cause trouble. Maybe a recast Adrianna too so Dorian has a daughter to deal with.

susan M.
susan M.

I second that!!!!!!

Tali (not Smith)
Tali (not Smith)

Stunned by the list of actors reprising their roles on OLTL. This is just the best news. Bring back the GH3, Roxy who was so wonderful at the end and little Sam. Practically weeping tears of joy.

Patrick
Patrick

It’s Stunning to even comprehend….

it’s calming to realize that what we’ve loved for YEARS…. and for A LOT of US!!!!

I’ve never cared… what people have said about soaps…. I love this stuff….

High Five!

B.J.
B.J.

Just thrilled with the latest additions especially Thorsten! It seems too good to be true. Now all we need is for Alicia to return for Zach & Kendall to carry on. 🙂

OLTL is looking great!!! All we need here is Kassie and Trevor to sign on, and maybe Ted King for Blair. 🙂 Can’t wait to see Tea & Victor together if they can get Trevor back.

brian
brian

Kassie is in the above list. 🙂

B.J.
B.J.

Thanks, I can’t believe I forgot that, because she is so important to me, in the overall cast.

Things are really looking up for the OLTL fans! 🙂

Susan
Susan

With the signing of Thorsten Kaye hopefully Alicia Minshew will sign and Team Slater will be back on my screen. AMC definitely needs the return of the core families. Happy for OLTL fans getting so many cast favorites returning.

Patrick
Patrick

Krystal… and her daughters…. at the very least Marissa…..

Bobbie Eakes.

MK
MK

The Core Family on AMC so far are the Castillos and Hubbards. Where are the Martins and the Kanes and the Chandlers? AMC is about Multi class and Multi generational families. When that changed in the late 90’s the show went down hill.

OLTL is Rock Solid! Happy the Vatel’s are added. (the first hindu family in daytime)

Daniel
Daniel

AMC needs several shots in the arm if the online venture is going to work: a matriarch busybody character like Phoebe Tyler Wallingford to add some fun (while giving more meaningful storyline to Opal), a character we the audience could relate to as our beloved grandmother like the Myrtle Fargate character, and of course Tad and Dixie to add heart and focus to the show. Above all, I hope some INTERESTING AND INTRIGUING STORIES are on the way. I’ve loved AMC since 1975 but for many of the recent years it was on the air, the storylines were dull and repetitive and characters thin and one-dimensional. I would appreciate stores that are relatable, real, heart-felt (a la Knots Landing) with a dash of mystery rather than so much emphasis on beauty and glamour.

I am *so* happy for OLTL as it appears it has the ingredients to be interesting and successful. Hooray!

Johnny
Johnny

Your points are very well made ~ ALL MY CHILDREN got a little repetitive towards the end with too much storyline around the Ryan and Kendall and Greenlee trio –
and no disrespect intended but they need stronger actors and not just pretty faces to keep the action moving along. I am not really sad that the actor who is known for portraying Ryan may not return for the online presentation. I hope the writing is interesting and I hope they do some respectable recasting of important roles.

All My Children

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.

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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.

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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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