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DAYS Casting Switch: Rob Scott Wilson IN; Justin Gatson OUT!

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In the news this Monday morning is the fact that Justin Gatson is no longer playing Jordan’s (Chrishell Stause) brother, Ben on Days of our Lives!

Soap Opera Digest is reporting that none other than former All My Children reboot hottie, and current The Price is Right male model, Rob Scott Wilson (Ex-Pete Cortlandt) had indeed replaced Gatson in the role of Ben! Wilson was even on hand at DAYS on set celebration in late January for the sudser’s renewal by NBC.

And as fans know, DAYS tapes four months ahead of its airdates, so Wilson not appear on air till later in May, but obviously this switched happen sooner than later!

What do you think of Rob replacing Justin?  Let us know!

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  1. pspcindy

    April 14, 2014 at 10:38 am

    He is nice looking. But it occurs to me a lot of actors have come and gone for one character. Whatever could be the problem?

    • boes

      April 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      He’s only the first recast, right? The character just started appearing a short time ago onscreen, although I know he’s been filming for a while.

      It sounds to me like TPTB saw something not working and just decided to make the change sooner rather than later.

      I like Rob Scott Wilson. It took him a while to get up some steam as Pete Courtlandt in the AMC reboot but I think in the end he was doing a fine job. I’ll be happy to see him in the role.

      • Mama

        April 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

        I’m glad I don’t watch “Days of Our Lives.” I did watch “All My Children” and oh boy is he bad.

  2. jimh(leave it beaver)

    April 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Doesnt bother me one way or the other…both Jordan and Ben are boring mainly because Jordans story is moving at a snail pace(maybe if Eve turns out to be their momma might help)…Days, however, is still a good show!!!

    • Reagan

      April 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      I’ve been thinking Eve should have kids. Of course she dating Frankie at one time & I thought it would be cool if she had his kid & he didn’t know. I miss Frankie.

      • jimh(leave it to beaver)

        April 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        Id rather had the actor playing Liam play a recast Frankie instead!!!

    • Patrick

      April 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      I have to agree… they need to step up to the plate…

      forever, and a DAY

      what’s with all the ID’s… I’m still waiting this out…. I like Chrishelle’ Jordan

      she’s not wearing her glasses any more.. and when I first saw her… with straightened out hair… I immediately, thought of Carrie…. humm? w/Rafe

      what with Sheryl GONE TOO soon… and a recast for her brother… not that it much matters with him… as he’s just started….

      altho… when I watched this model…. act on nuAMC as Petey… for the most part I wasn’t taken in by him… so… another missing piece… with this Jordan mix

      at this point… she’s got to start having MORE connections… to the canvas… and characters for us to start caring… and at this point… starting all over again… with no Sheryl and recast Ben….

      I hope your idea that Eve… is somehow connected… should kick start this BIG

      • 4everDAYS

        April 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

        I’m guessing Jordan and Ben are twin brothers. Ben feels frustrated that he lost his brother. Sheryl dated male Jordan and kept his/her secret. Eve shows up and all hell breaks loose!!! Who’s their daddy?

    • jimh(leave it to beaver)

      April 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      This is further proof the reboots of AMC and OLTL arent coming back…PP would be better off creating a weekly one hour serial if it still considering doing soaps…anyway what happened to the studio and sets where the reboots were filmed? PP could reuse them for other future projects like the weekly serial i suggested…in any case this ‘new’ Ben looks like another actor who couldve been a recast Chad but whats with all the models…arent there any real actors in Hollywood, and remember when soaps hired stage performers instead?

      • James

        April 15, 2014 at 2:17 am

        Models transitioning to acting have been happening for a long-time, many turned out for the better especially if they have the passion and drive for the craft.

    • 4everDAYS

      April 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

      I think the pace is due to the nature of the story: Jordan and Ben are twin brothers!

      • jimh(leave it to beaver)

        April 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

        Jordans a man? Rafe didnt notice when he slept with him…i mean her…him…her?

  3. Mark

    April 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

    LOVE rob!!!

  4. Robert

    April 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I wonder what happened? but I should not be surprise because this happen all the time on Soaps.

  5. Nikki

    April 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I’m sorry, but like his wife (Melissa Ordway, Y&R), I don’t think Justin is that talented. This is a welcome change.

    • MAGGIE

      April 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      why do you have to be rude? i love melissa ordway on yr and i thought justin was doing a great job. he hasnt had much screen time but he’s great to look at and could really develop into the part. no need to be negative.

      • Adam

        June 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        I agree Maggie! Justin was doing a great job and I liked him as Ben. to Bad they replaced him. I enjoyed watching him.

  6. Mary SF

    April 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Not sure what happened– but I think he would have made a better recast Chad than Ben, but if they are going for a Chad like vibe for a pairing up with Abigail I guess this makes sense. Also he has a following that might come with him to DAYS, which I am sure play some part in their decision– also he looks more like her brother than the other guy did. I wasn’t too attached to the former Ben yet, so I am glad they are changing it now before I did.

    • 4everDAYS

      April 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      The problem is Ben could be Abby’s brother. Ben and Jordan can be twin brothers, but maybe they have different fathers. If the fans like Abby and Ben together, then Ben can be Frankie’s son and Jordan can be Jack’s son/daughter.

  7. Ed Larson

    April 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

    My GUESS would be that the new actor is just plain uninteresting in the new role. This happened on AMC a few years ago when the son of Erica Kane was quickly replaced by another actor.
    Sometimes the producers feel that there just aren’t any sparks happening anywhere and I knew it would be just a matter of time before Rob Wilson, who did very well on the short-lived Reboot of ALL MY CHILDREN would land another role. I figured he would eventually wind up in Salem on Days of Our Lives. The character of Jordan is played by an Actress also from AMC and even EJ is originally from AMC.

  8. Lily

    April 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Good choice! Looking forward to what hottie Rob brings to the role! I like the chemistry between Rafe and Jordan but Days has been dragging their feet on their story. It has all the promise of being good so why the hesitation in telling it? I’m hoping it’s because they were waiting to make this switch and now they have Rob in place as Ben the mystery story can finally unfold. I’m interested, so make things happen!

  9. MAGGIE

    April 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    sad, sad news… they don’t give people any time to warm up and get into the role.

  10. Mo

    April 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I never liked Justin from when he was on Nashville Star. I thought he was overrated and was getting by on his looks, which I didn’t think were all the great.

    I was okay with him on Days. Just wish Jordan’s story would move along faster. Maybe this new guy will be more likeable.

  11. Carol Welles

    April 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I feel kinda sorry for JUSTIN GASTON – he really wasn’t given a chance to breathe any kind of life into the character of the mysterious Ben. Surely it takes more than just a few weeks to get one’s footing into a role. It’s not his fault that the character has barely had anything to do other than to show up, get a bartender’s job and apparently annoy his “sister”.

  12. TNT 2.0 Forever

    April 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    So happy for Rob! I loved him on AMC. I wish him all the best!

  13. jeff

    April 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I was actually quite impressed with Rob Wilson on the AMC reboot. I really wasn’t expecting him to be as good as he was. Honestly, I only watched because he’s absolutely gorgeous and probably the most perfect male specimen on daytime. So, guess I’ll start watching Days again if he’s going to be on there, haha.

  14. Roseann Giuliano

    April 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Thank God , now get rid of Jordan please! !!!!!! !!!

  15. Chaz

    April 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Actually surprised the character will still be around come May. Ben and Jordan are one of the weak points in the show.

    • dmr

      April 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I agree.

    • 4everDAYS

      April 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I think Jordan and Ben are twin brothers. Jordan had a sex change.

      • Matthew Place

        April 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

        I liked the actor on AMC 2.0. That said, your SL about Jordan is unreal. I wonder if the writers could pull that off! (no kind of pun intended!) 🙂

  16. Jules

    April 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Justin was very wooden and bland in a role that isn’t particularly exciting to begin with. Maybe this casting change will perk things up in that area.

    • 4everDAYS

      April 15, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Justin was wooden and Jordan lost his wood!

  17. andrew hass

    April 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I wish Justin Gatson all the best but this isn’t the first time something like this happened on soaps.I’m sure when DOOL hired Justin they thought they hired the right actor for the role of Ben but things may have changed behind the scenes.Plus it could be better they do it now when the character is still new then later.

  18. Omar

    April 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I saw the AMC reboot and this young guy can actually act and has screen presence..Like someone mention before, this Jordan story is dragging on like there is no tomorrow. Hopefully we will find out what secrets this family are keeping..The show is once again getting good and heading into May sweeps, I have a feeling we are in for a great ride.

  19. lll

    April 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    If there was one person on the AMC/OLTL reboot that was going to find another job, it was Rob Wilson. He can actually juggle this role and his Price is Right role better since they’re both located in LA.

    • Carol Welles

      April 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Oh I think he might wave bye bye to PRICE IS RIGHT – probably not terribly challenging for him. This role on Days could be the break he was looking for.

  20. dmr

    April 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

    The first actor who portrayed Ben seemed very green, very uncomfortable on-air. Perhaps a new actor, not sure. I think this storyline of Jordan, her secret, her and Ben, and her and Rafe having the same conversation over and over again has run its course. Also, Kate trying to run Jordan out of town is a waste of Lauren Koslow’s (sp) talent. I think Ben and Jordan were abused and Jordan murdered her attacker-probably her father or step-father. At this time, I could really care less. Snooze-fest!

  21. Lia

    April 15, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I think he’s going to be a better Ben. Glad he finally got another soap because he was a good Peter Cortlandt. It’s a shame what happened to AMC. So many good stories left in mid-sentence.

  22. 4everDAYS

    April 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Rob looks more like his on screen twin brother, Jordan!

    • Carol Welles

      April 15, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      I doubt they are twins — but at least that would be interesting ~
      the storylines on Days are sooooo drawn out – good acting, good direction but they need to speed it up a bit. Enough already with Nicole shredding those stupid papers and just how many months do we have to wait until we find out why Jordan is running from her brother – now the storyline is Daniel getting sick because a Pharmacy Rep keeps spicing his morning protein drink with Dilaudid, a powerful opiate derivative which everyone on the show by the way mispronounces.

      • Patrick

        April 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        LOL

        Thank You, for the spell check

        I still can’t get over… how much the DOOL production… wears heavily… on and for… Daniel and Jenn

        I’m gobsmacked… to the gills

        would that Daniel should hook and imbibe some… geez! give us a break.. on the god like persona…

        EVERY one… boosting and equivocating Melissa Reeves’ Jennifer… is beyond repair…

        Daniel and Jenn continue to be the weakest links… on the canvas

        I was so over… and near livid… when… even “Father” Eric… lambasting.. and swearing… the death of Theresa.. at the Pub… come clean… if you know any thing… about : rescue Daniel…. thee Daniel… forever, Daniel… and tired Jenn

        Give me a break

  23. Mike Martinelli

    April 19, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Is he one of the gay couples on DOOL?

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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