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Cady McClain's Latest Blog: Let's Talk About The Kids (Of All My Children)!

Photo Credit: Chapman Baehler

Photo Credit: Chapman Baehler

We did not think it was even possible to find Daytime Emmy winner, Cady McClain (Dixie Martin) more endearing than she already is …  but in her latest blog on her website, Cady makes us love her even more with her honesty mixed with humor that cuts to the chase.

In her writings, McClain deals with the issue at-hand that has been of concern for long time viewers of All My Children.  That is, that when AMC returns on April 29th there will be a host of new faces who have joined the series!

Cady reveals just how exciting the new additions to Pine Valley truly are including: Eric Nelsen (AJ), Ryan Bittle (JR), Sal Stowers (Cassandra), Robert Scott Wilson (Pete(, Jordan Lane Price (Celia), and Heather Roop (Jane) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda).   She also reminds the viewers that All My Children had always been about exactly this at its core – the children of the residents of Pine Valley in some shape or form – and the veteran characters who are beloved staples of the iconic series.

Here now is an excerpt from Cady’s blog:  “I want to talk about the new young people on All My Children, and why I think (and hope) the audience should give them a chance.  I am not known for blowing smoke up anybodies hoo-ha, right? Let’s just start with that as a baseline for this conversation!

Before you totally freak on me, let me tell you that I TOTALLY understand what happened to AMC during the ‘oughts of 2000-2010. The show lost heart (in my opinion) and it’s way.  Franz and company dominated and upended the show during that time, throwing old favorites into the fire and overwhelming the fans with too many new faces.  I can totally get why someone might say, “Oh please, not again!” or “Stop ruining my show!”

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Here is why I think, no scratch that, I KNOW that is NOT going to happen.  First off: lets look at the COMPANY of actors on the list.  On the classic side, there are: Julia Barr (Brooke), Jill Larson (Opal), David Canary (Adam), Ray MacDonnell (Joe Martin), Debbie Morgan (Angie), Darnell Williams (Jesse), me (Dixie), Eden Reigal (Bianca), Vincent Irrizary (David), Francesca James (Evelyn), Jordi Vilacuso (Griff), Lindsay Hartley (Cara), and Thorston Kaye (Zack)… that’s THIRTEEN veterans of the show in place from the START, and you can bet there are more to come.

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On the newbie side there are: Eric Nelsen (AJ, son of JR), Ryan Bittle (JR), Jordan Lane Price (Celia, can’t tell you who she’s related to… YET!), Heather Roop (Jane), Sal Stowers (Cassandra, daughter of Angie and Jesse), Robert Scott Wilson (Pete Cortland, son of Opal and Palmer), and Denyse Tontz (Miranda, daughter of Bianca)… that’s only SEVEN and almost all of them are related to long standing, beloved core characters!

Then lets consider that Agnes Nixon was not allowed to give hardly ANY input when Franzie was running things. He REALLY threw her to the fire!  NOW she is back in FULL FORCE and is totally and completely respected by the new bosses of the show. I have personally heard Jeff Kwatinetz talk about how blown away he is by her and her genius.  Not only that, but Ginger Smith, who was an associate producer under every regime since I started, oh 25 years ago (lets not talk about that number, shall we?) is AT THE HELM.  In all my years, I have never known ANYONE who LOVED and UNDERSTOOD All My Children at it’s CORE like Ginger.  She is the MAIN reason I returned. I love and respect her so much.

Now let me tell you about my experiences with these young people.  I don’t know if you’ve heard me talk about this yet, but you will.  The short version is: when I came to the set the first day, I COULD NOT LEAVE IT.  Even though I wasn’t shooting until the end of the day, I stayed on the set for HOURS.  Guess who sat next to me all that time? Eric Nelsen who plays “AJ.”

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We sat and watched the monitor and I talked to him about the show, it’s history, how to work with cameras, everything that came into my mind on that very special day. He was a total doll, respectful, grateful and attentive. He studied at PCS, aka Professional Children’s School for Actors, and I could tell he is very passionate and committed to his work.  As a child actor myself, we had an instant bond.  Later, I got to watch him do his thing on set. He is totally committed, adorable, and incredibly talented. I can’t speak highly enough of this young man. I totally adore him.”

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For more of Cady’s thoughts on the other new kids on the block, make sure to visit her blog here!

So what do you think of the point that Cady is making? Will you give the “newbies” a chance and kick back and enjoy the story and just let it play out before making any judgement?  Which “New Kid” are you looking forward to seeing the most?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This is fantastic to hear especially coming for a seasoned veteran like Cady. It is wonderful to know that the powers that be respect the history and core of our shows and value the vision and talent of Agnes Nixon. It is clear the alphabet network and their hatch man had no respect for or interest in AMC or OLTL or their audience. Everything we’ve heard about Prospect Park, including these comments from Cady, seem to indicate that narrow minded attitude is history. Good riddance. Thank you Cady.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Great post I completely agree!

Beth
Beth

Love Cady!!! Love her writing and acting and can’t wait to embrace the show once again!!!

su0000
su0000

Looks like Prospect Park is giving the soaps their all and are giving Agnes great respect and letting her do her thing/magic..

Some people were terrible and cruel when PP could not make this happen last year, but the investors were not on-board and then unions could not be won over for them..

Now, seeing how much time and effort has gone into launching the 2 soaps there was no way back then that PP could have done this in 3 months, no matter how much they wanted to..
PP did say they would keep trying and they did, and now thankful to PP we will have our soaps back… They had no intentions of failing us ..

And to all who were so very terrible, mean, and cruel to PP, hang your heads and big nasty mouths in shame 🙂

jim
jim

But PP did crush a lot of hopes when in Nov. 2011 it did announce it wasnt able to relaunch both shows so i for one can understand the fans anger. PP shouldnt have said anything unless it was a guarantee go. Even many actors thought it was the end and moved on. So i dont feeling any fan should feel ashame at all. Besides many of us didnt feel these shows were coming back until almost a year later so it was easy to give up on PP which hadnt really been established yet. No, they shouldnt feel ashamed because it wasnt their fault to feel that way. But now that PP has got their act together and the show is on the road we should move ahead instead of backwards and all be grateful that they are back.

su0000
su0000

Sorry, there is absolutely no excuse for the terrible behavior of some of the fans..
They were grownups acting outrageously towards PP who promised them nothing nor owed them nothing.
They were so out of control that through this past year while PP was still working to launch the soaps it was done in complete secrecy so not to have to deal with the terrible actions of out of control fans who caused them problems/damage with their tentative investors the first time around from their boycotting and whatever other threats to PP ..
Everyone one them should be ashamed for their neurotic behavior
No excuse for that type of behavior.
Just saying …

It is wonderful that PP kept on with their project to give us our soaps back and awesome that they did succeed !! Many of the stars are back and a new beginning along with Agnes is back!!
We have to remember this is an enormous groundbreaking undertaking and has never been before, a new frontier for the internet and hopefully many other soaps will eventually follow suit to keep the network soaps living on into the future!! … awesome ..

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Hey Jim, Yea some hopes got crushed however they did say that they were not giving up on bringing them back and most fans stayed behind them doing all we could to try to help………

Su0000 you really need to quit, you were all over the Micheal Easton thread bashing PP up down and side ways, so you should be ashamed for your “neurotic” behavior!

jim
jim

I feel ill split it down the middle…50% 4 PP for not letting the fans know at first they were still working on bringing them back which could have avoided their childish reaction and the other 50% for the fans 4 being childish. Dang, i hate my honesty because i was one of them, and i cant lie about it. lol. But now its time for all those fans to put the anger behind them and move forward with happy thoughts that their favorite shows are returning.

su0000
su0000

Joliefan Forever, that was not me bashing in any ME thread, I’m not a basher, not mtything..
I am all time total supporter of PP , never said a bad word about them/PP..

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Hey Jim,
The day they announced that because of Financial Backing out due to no fault of their own, they could not put the shows on at that time they did say that they were not giving up on bringing them back, and it didn’t deter SOME fans from acting like little kids then and now…..See I wasn’t, me and a group of AMC and OLTL fans dedicated pages and sites to bringing back them shows and promoting PP etc, ya know the phone calls and what not LOL…..I agree all the fans should be happy that the shows are back and the ones that bash them and hope they fail IMHO were NEVER TRUE fans of the shows I don’t care how mad they were……

OLTLFANBRUCE
OLTLFANBRUCE

I am happy these shows are back and I WILL support both!

Beacon
Beacon

I just hope the teens on New AMC are not isolated amongst themselves and have storylines with the veterans. I also hope the teenagers will have psychological depth and not be vacuous and materialistic.

jim
jim

The vets and newbies work for us fans of Dallas and i see no reason why it shouldnt work here. There is enough vets to satisfy long time fans and the newbies are playing characters with connections to the vets just like Dallas has successfully done. Its starting to feel more like the AMC i remember than that last year it was on ABC so i dont see any reason fans should complain. Besides if one of your missing favorites isnt there when the show starts, it doesnt mean they cant come back later. Im sure PP will always leave the door open for them. Plus you got to remember these are 30 minute shows now and you cant fit in as many characters as you could when they were an hour. But if someone does eventually quit that will open up some room for a returning vet unless there is a recast. And they could also make guest appearances and do short story arcs that works over at GH. See, there is endless possibilties so dont give up your wishlist just yet and be grateful its coming back at all. Maybe you dont like it now but that could change later. I stopped watching GH and now im back again. I always have this love/hate relationship with my soaps.

Jenn
Jenn

Great post! I’m looking forward to the new and improved AMC.

su0000
su0000

The soaps now are around 30 minutes actual run time..
So, having them on the internet now at 30 mins is near the same..
When watching the soaps on-line they around 36 minutes including the commercials.
So, there is really no difference in run time of the actual soap..
The soaps run an hour on network TV because of all the commercials ..

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Hey Jim, They did say that the shows could go to one hour each, But like I said before on another thread even tho GH Is on for an hour the show is actually about 35 minutes long because of the commercials, and AMC and OLTL are supposed to have very little to No commercials. I don’t think the writers will have any problem blending in the newbies as they are only newbie actors not newbie characters they just aged the kids that are already apart of the show. And they have the Queen of Daytime and all her experience Ms Agnes Nixon I don’t see it being a problem 🙂

jim
jim

Out of all the returns mentioned, Agnes Nixon was the best one of them all! Long live the queen!

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Jim Long Live the Queen LOVE IT!!!!

jim
jim

I dont feel i was really mad at PP like some of those others were, i was kinda depressed more and i didnt see anything on line about PP park because of lenghty health issues but now im feeling better about what im hearing about PP and feeling somewhat better healthwise as well. I couldnt respond to your last reply so i did here. Thanks 4 reply.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

So sorry to hear you were not well but glad to hear you are feeling better!!

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

You are right again Jim.

jim
jim

I like to think im always right. LOL! Thanks!!!

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

You are very welcome Jim

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Beuaitful, beautiful writing by Ms. Cady McClain! She has such a beautiful way with her words. And let’s think about it: isn’t everyone a “newbie” anyway? Cady was, Julia was, Lindsay was. It’s how soaps grow. And that’s how AMC is going to grow. Without the new actors, how is the show expecting to grow and more forward with its history. These actors won’t be alive forever, so “newbies” will forever be coming in.

I think it’s beautiful that the show is evolving and that they are being accepted and welcoming by the returning veterans of the series. It’s so fantastic. I cannot wait to see the relaunching of AMC. It’s going to be brilliant.

Ron
Ron

I am so glad that Agnes Nixon is behind the scenes. I have the utmost faith and confidence in her and look forward to the first episode.

Michael
Michael

What story lines do people still remember from the first days of All My Children? Erica’s scheming to break up Tara and Phil (and Chuck woven in their as well). And consider some of the most beloved current vets: Angie and Jessie (started out as teen characters), Dixie (was pretty creepy that Adam hit on her when the actress herself was that young) and Tad (who will eventually make his way back), Brooke came on as a teen. Eden Riegel’s turn as Bianca was a teen subplot. Agnes Nixon knows how to plot teen stories that become life long favorite characters. It was only in the Frons era that the teens became totally forgettable. And the teen/later generation should be strong as well (remember: Erica/Mona, Phil/Ruth, Tad, jenny, angie and jessie being intertwined with their parents and surrogate parents)–whatever is going on with Kendall and Zach needs to be resolved so Thorston Kaye can be in the intergenerational mix as well–lots and lots of potential here.

AbbyS.
AbbyS.

I agree with all you said, and I’d only add that I hope whatever is going on with Kendall and Zach is resolved so that the Slaters are back together where they belong. Like Cady, I have alot of confidence in Agnes Nixon’s storytelling and I’m looking forward to seeing the veteran actors interact with the newer ones. This should be good.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

Cady is my favorite! She’s such a cheerleader for soaps and we need more like her. People like Cady, Jordi, Kassie and Jerry who promote their shows on websites and blogs are what help keep the fans excited.

WingsStef
WingsStef

I am excited to watch too. I am sure one or two of these SORAswill be a bit much (age wise. Bianca didn’t have Miranda as a teenager for example) but I can learn to overlook that (not like something like that hasn’t happened before). Still it’s going to be an interesting ride, and like was mentioned All My Children is about family. I can’t wait to watch next month.

su0000
su0000

Yes, the SOAR characters will be a bit different..
But, in order to keep the core families alive they needed to have older children..
Without the SRARed the stage would be a bit empty and the stories empty lol ..
I’m looking forward to the new adventures!!!
I feel the grownup children now young adults, will have a lot to offer, story wise, for sure.. exciting!

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Miranda was born in 2004 that makes her 8 years old they are going ahead 5 years that makes her 13. I think what makes it so weird is that Bianca hasn’t aged……

MK
MK

Just hearing about the concept and how it will be just like the AMC of the 70’s and 80’s that told me that Agnes is in total control. She used to own the show at the beginning and is what CLASSIC AMC is all about. I knew that ABC wanted Agnes out, that is reason why both AMC and OLTL got the ax. For GH, The creators are dead, and ABC controls the show. Even Bridget Dobson, Frank and Doris’ Daughter has no control.

jim
jim

Aging soap kids is a lot like how quickly real life kids seem to age. 0ne day they are these sweet adorable little moppets your listening say their first words, taking them to see Santa, and watching them go off on their first day of school. Then b4 you know it they get older and our talking back at you, lieing cheating and stealing, and going off to jail for a crime they did commit. (Ok not all kids are bad! lol) Im just saying that childhood is very fleeting in soaps and in real life!

jim
jim

…meant to say 4 a crime they did or didnt commit. But im sure you get my point and the humor.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

O.k., let me start by saying I love Cady and respect her as an actress. And I know how much the returning actors want this to work, so do I! But in her blog, she states ” its ONLY 7 new faces of aged rolls.” There are 20 actors in the new cast photo. Thats one third of the cadt that are newbies, unfamiliar and untried to fans. The show already has enough walls to climb, a new firmat to watch, web and not tv, 30 minutes each show and 4 days a week, and 1/3 new faces?
Come on, how can we NOT be skeptical? If the 4 soaps on right now: Y and R, B and B, GH and

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Days, recast 7 actors all at once, u think that wouldnt be a huge problem?

jim
jim

Whats the big deal? Most of the vets were unfamilar newbies and untried to us fans when they first started on these shows. Most of the recasting is 4 the aging of the children because the show takes place 5 years later after it left ABC. Recasting adult characters cant be helped for a because their previous potrayers are committed to other things. This is called a reboot for a reason. We should be grateful the show is coming back in any form. Give it a chance first then decide if you like it or not. I did with Dallas who did the exact same thing…mixed vets with newbies…and a lot of us like it. Those who didnt simply dont watch it. We can do the same here.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

I agree Jim Great Post!

jim
jim

Whats the big deal? Most of the vets were once newbies who were unfamiliar and untried to us fans when they first started on the show. Many of the newbies r for the aging of the children because the series takes place 5 years after its original run on ABC. The teens feel like a nod to the shows original beginings, and i mean that in a postive way. The recasting of any adult character cant be helped because their previous potrayers are mostly committed to other projects. They dont call these reboots for nothing. We should be grateful that there are people helping to keep the soap genre alive. Dallas was a reboot with a mix of vets and newbies just like they are doing here and i gave it a chance and now i like it. Those who didnt simply dont watch. The same can be done here.

jim
jim

Sorry if your seeing double…i thought one of my replies got cancelled when i pushed the wrong thing to edit!

Stephanie
Stephanie

I can’t believe that people have the nerve to complain when they are lucky enough to be getting their show back. What I would do to get ATWT back – ugh! Be grateful, not hateful!

jim
jim

Atwt is missed by me too. I play that special Upstairs/Downstairs Christmas episode every Christmas season.

jim
jim

Im beginning to wonder if some of the complainers are related to Brian Frons and hope these reboots fail just to prove him right.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

I wouldn’t put it past him! Frons already looks like the ASS that he is!!! This Reboot has got to be a MAJOR SLAP in the face to him and his “Knowledge” of the “Common Housewife ((FANS))” & what they want to watch on TV……Actually the SLAP is going to be felt By him, ABC and Disney! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

jim
jim

Agreed…i just wish Micheal could interview Brian and get his opinion on all this but i dont Brian would have the balls to do it!!! lol

jim
jim

meant doubt…

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Hahahaha That would be awesome! But your right Brian ain’t got the balls to do it! 🙂

jim
jim

Are any of these complainers of the reboots related to or are friends of Brian Frons and are hoping the revivals fail just to prove BF right? I plan to tune in b4 i judge what i havent seen and then ill decide if i like what i see or not. Hopefully ill like them but if i dont( of course i might not like it at first and then i might later. Ive often gone back and forth liking and dislking my soaps) im still gratefull that the soaps may still be around for many generations to come.

jim
jim

Another one! I thought i cancelled the first to do a rewrite!

aline robichaud
aline robichaud

I can’t wait to see all my children sometimes fighting for what you want works because this was part of my family as for many more I know and can’t wait to see my friends again .Il’s like the unemployment everybody is fighting for what they want and it’s not easy hope everyone will get at lease some of what they want thank you for being there All my children

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)

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: Getty Images

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.

Photo: Hallmark Channel

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.

Photo: JPI

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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