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Chappell & Leccia together again speak on Venice, GL, Emmys, & each other!

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Together again in a joint interview, soaps dynamic duo of 2009/2010, Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia speak with TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco.  First they are named by the TVC as Sexiest Couple two years running, and then the twosome discuss Crystal’s Emmy nod, Venice, Guiding Light, working together, and the demise of OLTL’s, Kish.  It’s great to read these two banter back and forth, like the perfect compliment to each other.  Something that first charmed audiences on Guiding Light and now with Venice.

Here are a few excerpts with the sensational and sexy Otalia or Giani, depending what soap you want to refer to.

Why Chappell, according to Branco was deemed “a sexual game-changer”, in reference to the actress’s sexual prowess that would make a previously straight woman, Natalia, be hot for her.  Jessica: “There had to be something about Olivia that was irresistible to inspire a seemingly straight woman to deny and turn her back on everything she’s ever believed in [laughs]! ”

The tables were turned when Crystal was asked why Jessica was sexy!
Jessica: “Um, is it because of the sexy rosary I wear every day [laughs]?” Crystal: I love that rosary! I wanted to wrap your beads around me every day! Jessica is a beautiful woman. She’s got this freedom and joy that simply radiates. Her aura is also very sexy. She’s inviting. If you walked into a room, you would immediately gravitate to Jess. She’s the kind of girl you just want to touch. She has a beautiful smile and soul. Just like her daughter. Her bright sense of humour is very attractive.”

Leccia on if Chappell made her a better actress during her time on GL: Jessica:  “Oh, please! Yeah! Of course. I was new to this medium so I was still trying to feel my way around. And in the beginning, Natalia was kind of a hot mess. She was all over the canvas. After working a little bit with Crystal, I was super-excited to learn we’d be working together more often. She’s amazing. I could work with her all day long. So, yes, I learned a thing or two from Crystal.”  Crystal: “Let me interject here. Jessica is a fierce actress. She’s a brave woman. She brings that to the table. She’s receptive. That’s all you want from an acting perspective. She’s not one of those actors who are trying to win a scene. Acting is a collaboration. You don’t want a competition when you come into work because no one can act by themselves. I needed Jessica. I learned a lot from her in the very same way. When it comes down to it, we’re just there to tell a story [and not inflate our egos] and honour our characters. You have to be of that mindset. I’ve worked with actors and actresses of that mind set who want to win the scene. It never, ever works! The story will fall flat every single time. I’ve never seen it work one single time. Maybe Jessica didn’t have a lot of experience on daytime TV, but she brought it regardless. She came to the table with commitment. That’s a great actor.”

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Biased branco is at it again. He’ll insult Wheeler’s production model on GL, yet Chappell defended GL from Branco’s diss. He’ll call out Wheeler, and blame her for GL. But he’ll say ABC WROTE kish out instead of saying headWRITER Carlivati wrote them out. And he’ll say ABC axed kish instead of saying Valentini fired them. He’ll even go after Catholics when he dissed Natalia, w/c is par for the course since he critiqued Wheeler being a Mormon in his columns.

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Lori Loughlin Returns To Acting; Set To Reprise ‘When Calls The Heart’ Role in GAC Family’s ‘When Hope Calls’

Former Fuller House, Edge of Night, and When Calls the Heart star, Lori Loughlin, has landed her first acting role since jail time and her part in the College Admissions Scandal; where she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid half a million dollars in bribes to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, accepted into the University of Southern California.

While, Jade is now also in this season’s Dancing with the Stars, now comes word that Loughlin has gotten her first acting gig since all the legal trouble, and while still on probation following her two months in jail.

Look for Lori to reprise her beloved role of Abigail from When Calls the Heart on its season two spin-off on GAC Family, When Hope Calls.

According to Deadline: Loughlin will appear in the two-part Season 2 premiere titled When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, to air on Saturday, December, 18th.  Lori was last seen on TV as Abigail in Season 6 of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart before she was let go over her involvement in the college admissions scandal.

Last week, speculation began that Loughlin may be back working after a report surfaced from Mercury News  that she had been granted permission by a Boston federal judge to travel to Canada for about a week in late September-early October for “a filming production project.”

So, what do you think about Lori’s return to acting following serving jail time? Will you be watching her as Abigail on When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas? Comment below.

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Guiding Light

30 ‘Guiding Light’ Stars Set for Virtual ‘Daytime Stars and Strikes’ Benefit for Autism Society of America

Circle, Sunday, October 10th when 30 stars from the beloved Guiding Light are set to participate in the the 17th Annual Daytime Stars and Strikes virtual charity event for Autism, live on You Tube’s The Locher Room.

The four-hour livestream begins at 2:00 pm ET/11am PST.  The event will be co-hosted by Guiding Light’s Liz Keifer (Blake Marler), Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler), and Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer) along with Alan Locher.

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Joining the foursome to help raise funds and awareness for the Autism Society of America are the following former Guiding Light cast members who are scheduled to appear including: Grant Aleksander, John Bolger, Jeff Branson, Bryan Buffinton, Jean Carol, Beth Chamberlin, Crystal Chappell, Jan Conklin, Ritchie Coster, Kassie DePaiva, Mark Derwin, Frank Dicopoulos, Aubrey Dollar, Beth Ehlers, Nicole Forester, Stephanie Gatschet, Ricky Paull Goldin, Melissa Hayden, Rick Hearst, Rebecca Hollen, Mart Hulswit, Crystal Hunt, Maeve Kinkead, Jessica Leccia, Fran Myers, Robert Newman, Sonia Satra, Tina Sloan, Rebecca Staab, Nancy St. Alban, Paul Anthony Stewart, Kimberley Simms, Michelle Ray Smith, Krista Tesreau, Gina Tognoni, Jordi Vilasuso, Michael Woods and Kim Zimmer.

You can watch the livestream here.   And to donate, and further information on the organization, click here.

So, excited to see this array of talent from Springfield come together to help raise awareness and needed funds for the Austism Society of America? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

Cheryl Burke Tests Positive for COVID-19 Ahead of Tonight’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke announced via an emotional Instagram video on her account on Sunday that she was not feeling well, and tested positive for Covid-19.  Burke had been vaccinated and is another breakthrough Covid case.  Burke had been fully vaccinated via Moderna.

Burke’s diagnosis means that she must quarantine for the next ten days and will miss tonight’s second episode of the new season of the ballroom-dance competition series.  She has been partnered with Pelonton’s Cody Rigsby.

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How will Burke’s departure affect Rigsby in terms of the competition? ABC says it will address it on Monday’s night’s show.  However Good Morning America” reported that Rigsby has been tested for COVID-19, and if he comes back negative he will perform with an alternate pro dancer.

It is now also most certain that Burke will miss next week’s show as well.

In her post, Cheryl shared to her fans she was on her way to get a Covid test, then she shared after getting tested: “I am positive which means I have Covid.”

She went on to say, “It’s so overwhelming because it’s Sunday and the show’s tomorrow. I figured I should let you guys know since I’ve been as open and as a real and as vulnerable as I could be here.  I just hope I didn’t spread it. For those of you who don’t think COVID is a real thing, it’s f–king real, dude.”

The pro dancer also related how upset she was to let her celebrity partner, Cody Rigsby, down by having to exit the show for now.

So, what do you think about Burke’s exit from the series and her emotional message? You can watch it below. Then, share your thoughts via the comment section.

 

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