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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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Lauralee Bell On Her 35th Anniversary With Y&R: “My Hope For Cricket Is To Smile The Way She Used To & Chill Whenever Possible.”

Congratulations are in order this Sunday to Lauralee Bell who is celebrating her 35th anniversary with The Young and the Restless.  Hard to believe, it’s been 35 years since the perils of a young Cricket became front and center and those young love stories with Danny (Michael Damian), Phillip (Thom Bierdz) and eventually, Paul ( Doug Davidson).

As Cricket matured, so to was the decision to now call the character by her birth name, Christine.  After all, she became quite the legal eagle! For over three and a half decades with time-off in between, Lauralee has shared memorable storylines with the amazing Tricia Cast, and the late Jeanne Cooper as Nina and Katherine, and let’s not forget Michael Baldwin, played by Christian LeBlanc, to name just a few/

In a few tweets on Sunday, Lauralee acknowledged the day stating: “We all couldn’t do what we love to do without the viewers so thanks to them!”  She followed that up with a tweet filled with photos of herself and her co-stars throughout the years ,and some self-effacing humor stating: “Wasn’t going to post for YR anniversary, because I’m not one to put attention on me but no denying these people have made my life better. Thanks to crew & fans and my hope for Cricket is to smile the way she used to & chill whenever possible”

As viewers know, Lauralee is the daughter of Y&R creators, the late, great Bill Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell.  We are sure Bill is smiling today for Lauralee and proud of this accomplishment.

Share your congrats for Lauralee on this milestone via the comment section below.  Then let us know your most memorable or favorite Cricket/Christine moment on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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