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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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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Circle (Photos)

Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Peter Bergman Signs 5-Year Deal with The Young and the Restless

Some of the hottest news on Daytime Emmy night was the reveal that 23-time Daytime Emmy nominee, and 3-time Emmy-winner, Peter Bergman is staying put at The Young and the Restless for quite some time to come, in fact, at least five more years.

Bergman, who plays Genoa City staple, Jack Abbott, has inked a new five-year deal to stay with the CBS daytime drama series, which is a significant contract in the world of soaps.  The usual contact for actors is somewhere between one and four years, with thirteen-week or twenty-six-week cycle, if the show were to not pick up an actors option.

While Y&R has been renewed thus far through the 2024 TV season, it would seem this move to ensure Bergman is sticking around as the show moves past its 50th year on the air, is a vote of confidence by Sony Pictures Television and CBS that the top-rated daytime drama will live on.

Deadline first reported the contract news.  Peter joined Y&R back in 1989, after first successful soap foray on All My Children as Dr, Cliff Warner.

So, what do you think about Peter signing on for five more years at Y&R? Comment below.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Exit Days of our Lives

Coming up on Days of our Lives, both Lani and Eli Grant will be written off the canvas to facilitate the departures of Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Archey who stepped into the role in 2017, has made the decision to leave the long-running NBC soap opera, and will last air the week of July 4.

As for Stowers, she will last air on Friday, July 1st, and given her current storyline, it looks like Lani, who has confessed to murdering TJ (William Christian), will either be sent to prison, or will exit Salem with Eli.

This would not be the first-time that Stowers has departed DAYS.  After her debut in 2015, she was off the Salem canvas for a six-month break in 2016, before returning to the show through 2022.

We will share more information on Lamon and Sal’s exits as it comes to light.

For now, how do you feel about Lamon and Sal leaving Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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