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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young Speaks On His Status With B&B & Prospect Park Concerning AMC's JR Chandler!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

CBS Daytime soap fans keep a keen eye in the coming weeks on Rick Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful! And while things are heating up for him at Forrester Creations, his portrayer Daytime Emmy winner, Jacob Young chatted with On-Air On-Soaps about his current status with B&B, after all the headlines that Prospect Park revitalized their efforts and will soon launch All My Children 2.0!

As soap fans know, while Young has played Lucky Spencer on General Hospital, Rick on B&B, he is most identifiable for his performances as the troubled son of Adam Chandler, JR on All My Children!  And, in the final episode of ABC’s version of the iconic soap, JR with gun in hand …  shot at someone!  It appeared to be Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci), or did the distraught Chandler possibly turn the gun on himself? Or, did it simply misfire?

When we caught up with Jacob, he filled us in on his future with The Bold and the Beautiful and if there was any way we might see him return as Pine Valley’s bad boy, JR!  Here is what he had to say below!

Jacob on his thoughts on AMC finally moving online, how he feels about it, and his status with B&B:  “I am happy for them. A lot of the people that I worked with have signed on and they will have a shot at it again and have a job. I hope that it gets on its feet and starts growing.  Obviously, I am here on The Bold and the Beautiful which is probably the best job to have, and best place to be at on daytime.  It is a fantastic place to work.  I could not be more thrilled.  As a man, and as a person with integrity and honor, I do in the back of my mind feel the need to express to Brad Bell, and to the producers of AMC, to give them an explanation as to why I can’t do it.  Obviously, I am under contract.  I cannot lie, Prospect Park did come to me and they said, ‘Jacob, obviously you are under contract, but where would we be if we weren’t asking you to come over?’ I said, ‘I understand. If there was anything I could do, and if it was in my power, I would absolutely, but ultimately I am here at B&B.’   It’s not my way to rock the boat.  I am very lucky to be surviving in this industry, and be airing on television.”

Jacob on what he thinks will happen to the character of JR post-ABC cliffhanger, and what he has heard in terms of a recast for the role:  “From what I understand, they are going to be moving the show forward a year, so they can get past that point.  They told me every time they try to write the story, JR obviously would come into the picture.  They also told me whether I could, or could not do AMC; they were going to continue on with the character regardless. I said, ‘I understand.’  But then I had a couple of friends tell me that they are up for the role of JR! They called and said, ‘Hey dude, I am up for your role!’ And I would go, ‘Yeah? Good.’   If it means another one of my fellow actors I know gets the job, than I am very happy for them.  It’s a special character and always will be.”

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So soapers, since Jacob will not be part of the AMC reboot, who would you suggest to the casting director to play JR Chandler?  Are you disappointed Jacob cannot join AMC?  Are you enjoying him as Rick on The Bold and the Beautiful?  Let us know!

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Mike
Mike

Very disappointed that Jacob will not join AMC online. Though, there have been others, he is the one I most identify JR with. Happy he’s doing well on B&B but it won’t be the same with a recast.

Sharon
Sharon

Interesting question bec JY is the reason I found AMC in the first place! I loved him as Rick Forrester – he was fascinating, gorgeous & very talented in more ways than one – so when I accidentally discovered JY playing JR on AMC one nite on Soapnet while flipping channels, I was thrilled! I ended up giving up B&B bec of finding JY on AMC & watched for the next 7 yrs! Became a huge AMC fan – all bec of him! So I have mixed feelings – I love RF, but I can’t really see anyone else but JY as JR. I guess we’ll see, bec I intend watching PP’s AMC!

Skyla
Skyla

I love Jacob Young & the character of JR but it makes sense for him to stay on at B&B, and frankly i’m hoping for a crossover with Y&R since Jabot is moving into the fashion industry, hopefully reuniting JY and Melissa Claire Egan as co-stars again if only for a story arc. As for JR, i think Forbes March could be great in the role, or Jay Kenneth Johnson. I think both those actors have the looks and chops to pull off JR Chandler.

Nia B.
Nia B.

I agree with you Skyla. I wish AMC well but without Adam Chandler, JR and Annie I will just keep my memories. Hey CBS! How about a YR/BB crossover with Chelsea and Rick?

T
T

There’s gotta be a reason they are writing Chelsea in the fashion business now right? Rick needs to visit Genoa City or Chelsea needs to go LA.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I be in favor for crossovers- anything to make BB more interesting- if visits from the folks from Genoa city help I say they should go for it- and if JY and MCE have previous chemistry to work off of even better- God knows both characters need something to get them out of Dullsville.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

Forbes March for sure! I never even thought about Jay Johnson from Days but I bet he is doing other things.

Mary T
Mary T

Forbes March created the role of Scott Chandler if am not mistaken.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

Forbes March played Scott after Daniel Cosgrove but I’m hoping Daniel Cosgrove is back as Scott along with Madison.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I’m like super sad he won’t be able to join the AMC Online show but I love that he’s on B&B instead <3

MK
MK

JY has been wasted on BB, and even more so then DM on YR. Rick should be the male lead, instead of Liam, he has earned and has the chops. Also Amber should also be front and center. I would find a story of Rick choosing Amber or Carolyn way more entertaining then Liam/Hope/Steffy. That little story obviously fell flat and was a wasted opportunity, and with Amber’s History with Thomas (She took his virginity) would complete the front burner quadrangle. If not JY needs to head back to AMC or GH. SC needs to head back to GH as Dillon.

Susan
Susan

I couldn’t agree with you more, MK. B&B revolves around 3 characters, the worst ones at that. His talent is totally wasted. There’s only one person to play JR Chandler, and that’s Jacob Young. Let’s hope that he changes his mind when his contract ends, and goes to AMC reboot.

Kristin
Kristin

I couldn’t agree more! I’ve tried watching B&B (post AMC) and just couldn’t do it. I grew up watching AMC, then later GH and eventually OLTL .. Jacob Young has been the best JR, period! I’m hoping that if & when the PP reboot of AMC takes off he’ll feel more confident in jumping onboard. Perhaps whoever they cast as JR could have a shortterm contact (say it ends when Jacob’s does with B&B)… see where the shows stand at that point in time & go from there?

Gillian
Gillian

I loved Jacob on AMC but don’t feel the same about his character on B&B. Jacob is an amazing actor but his storyline right now is just not interesting. Rick is one dimensional right now and I agree Jacob’s talent is wasted. The Liam/Steffy/Hope triangle isn’t interesting as two out of the three just seem so selfish. Oddly enough bad girl Steffy is the only one of the three which seems to have her act together. Hope can have Liam. Give Steffy a better storyline!

MK
MK

Actually the story that JY was pursuing Steffy was the only time when he shined and it had loads of potential and it was dropped for no reason.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Funny, because I did not care for JY as Lucky on GH, but absolutely LOVED him as JR on AMC!

Jules
Jules

I can’t say I blame him. He has a cushy job on a show, and a family to support, why would he risk that? Even if AMC does fantastic in its new format, how could anyone blame him for wanting that stability and certainty (as anyone can have on any given soap) that B&B is offering him? All the best to him in whatever he’s doing.

Vanessa
Vanessa

There have been a few JRs, I’m sure that the next actor will do a great job.

Hummingbird
Hummingbird

I totally understand Jacob’s position. He made some excellent points. The daytime job market is HORRIBLE. He was right to job onboard @ B&B, but the character of Rick can’t hold a candle compared his alter ego on AMC as JR. Jacob was absolutely BRILLIANT as JR & he will always be missed. I’m still keeping my fingers & toes crossed Jacob will return to the role of JR someday. I mean, if Roger Howarth can return to play his alter ego as Todd then never say never, right? 😉

Susan
Susan

No, I do not watch Jacob on B&B. I tried to watch it when AMC and OLTL went off the air, but I couldn’t do it. I think B&B is the worst show on TV. It revolves around 3 characters, and when those 3 aren’t on screen, they are being talked about or fought over by the other characters. I find it very hard to believe that a show with such poor story lines remains, when great shows like AMC and OLTL, with such rich history and great writing, were canceled. Personally, I think Jacob should bow out at the end of his next contract, and go play the character that only he can play. Come on, there’s only one JR Chandler….it’s Jacob Young.

Kristin
Kristin

Amen to that!!!

KathyNYC
KathyNYC

It makes sense for him to stay obviously but I personally preferred Kyle Lowder as Rick. I never cared for Jacob in that role…either the first time or this time out. However he does have the part so I wish him the best..and I wonder who will play JR for PP.

Barbara
Barbara

It will be sad not having Jacob Young in the role of JR, but it would be foolish for him to give up his role on B&B. Especially, since Jr is more than likely in prison, a mental facility, dead or in a coma depending on how the story is written. As to who should play the role if recast; if Daniel Cosgrove will be returning as Scott Chandler, then I suggest that Adam Mayfield (who has also played Scott) be considered for the role of JR. I always thought the resemblance to Adam and Stuart was there even though Scott is not a Chandler biologically.

Kristin
Kristin

Not true… since when have the Chandler’s ever gotten themselves into trouble and not been able to buy their way out of it? Adam will have undoubtedly lawyered him up and paid off the judge by now! lol

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Forbes March. He could pull off a JR.

mary
mary

He will always be the best JR but do understand when ABC dumped them he had to find another job and CBS seems more secure.AMC is my favorite soap.And relly love to see it come bak the same.But there are alot who have not been ask and I wonder why?I haqve read several would go if ask.Where are you PP.There waiting.

Pav
Pav

I wish him the best. What an honest, thoughtful interview.

T
T

He’s the only JR Chandler for me and that will never change but I undertsand where’s Jacob coming from. He’s got a family to provide for and BB is much more stable. Plus the AMC writers basically screwed him over with their writing of JR at the end.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

You didn’t like Jesse McCartney? He was my favorite, but Jacob Young certainly made the role his own.

nicole
nicole

I want Jacob Young back at AMC but if he wishes to be at B&B thats fine it is his decsion i just hope that when his contract is up he comes back to AMC

Melissa
Melissa

Atleast he’s honest with us unlike Steve Burton.
That whole thing still ticks me off.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

AMEN!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Get over yourself.

Shari
Shari

They should Tap Forbes March to Play J.R. Chandler

lenafreed
lenafreed

I agree with several other posters – Forbes March would make a great JR and please bring Daniel Cosgrove back as Scott.

Caroline
Caroline

Sorry he can not play JR…He was awesome…Hope David Canary has signed and Susan ?…..

Angela A
Angela A

While I think that no one could play “JR” like Jacob Young did, I think that a re-cast is in order. When AMC ended it left the viewer dangling with no answer to whom that bullet headed. We want to know. Also “JR” is vital to the storyline to continue the “Chandler” family stories that we all loved. Although the Chandlers were not original to AMC’s founding, they became an integral part of the storyline. If David Canary were to come back to the story it would make AMC the great soap it once was. I am so grateful for your bringing AMC back to us! Good luck to all involved! LONG LIVE AMC!

Rod
Rod

He was all ready leaving AMC to go to B&B anyway. Hate B&B that soap is a waste of air space!! Every time i watch its the same story and same 3 stars over & over. Has Liam picked one yet I mean that’s gone on for 3 years LOL. CBS is the channel for soaps you want to fall a sleep watching.
JR would be stupid to go to online versus TV sad but true. JR will be missed. He’s the best Chandler. Well and the chandlers aren’t even around anymore so what good is AMC online going to be?? We need Adam JR Liza & Annie !!!

Michael
Michael

He seems like a class act and I’m glad that he is honoring his contract.

ShaResa
ShaResa

Greg Vaughn, another former Lucky from GH, should play the role of JR!!! Lol

Teri
Teri

he’s nowhere near the depth JR has to have.

B.J.
B.J.

I won’t miss JY, and I am glad that he is happy back at B&B.

I’d love to know who they are considering for the role.

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

Sorry to hear he isn’t coming back, but it’s also understandable. Two years have passed. I wonder if they will be filling his spot with a new actor.

Darlene
Darlene

Loving him on B&B. Will watch AMC no matter who plays any part.

connie
connie

love his work on both shows…. keep up the GREAT work!!!!!!

MikeT
MikeT

Forbes March would indeed make a great JR

Nikki
Nikki

I don’t know why he stays on B&B. He’s hardly had the airtime he did as JR, much less the story material. The Hope/Liam/Steffy show does not deserve to have someone as talented as him. However, if he’s happy there then I’m happy for him.

T
T

It’s more stable than AMC online will ever be

Brett Bradley-Howarth
Brett Bradley-Howarth

Though I understand why he wouldn’t want to give that up, his role on that show is crap, but then again the whole show is crap these days. How about Justin Torkildsen or Kyle Lowder as JR, how ironic would that be??!!

jim
jim

the actor who played philip kiriakis on days would be the perfect replacement to play j.r. on amc.

Mary Bangs
Mary Bangs

I would love to see Jacob come back to AMC. I also love seeing him on B&B. Ok here is how it should go. Replace JR on AMC temporarily until his contract is up with B&B. Or let him do little short scenes on AMC until his contract is up. I like seeing him on both but know he should be on AMC. He does his best work at JR.

Karen
Karen

I have followed Jacob Young as he traveled to B&B and because of this I have learned to love that show. I am sad about the JR character as I have followed AMC for 36 years. I watched JR come into the story as a kid who was later recasted with Jacob. As long as the new character “looks” like Jacob I believe we will adjust (it just takes time) When they had a oriental woman turning into a white woman aka Blair. That was simply dumb. I love the flame Jacob brings to JR but he has brought that same flame to B&B. Either way I see him brightening up the screen. Good Luck Jacob in all that you do.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Sad for us he cannot portray JR, but I totally understand. (See how easy this is when handled maturely Mr. Burton?)

I loved Jesse McCartney in the role, loved Jacob in this role, look forward to the same with the next actor.

jim
jim

the actor who potrayed Philip Kiriakis is my choice to play J.R. on AMC. thats if the actor is avaiable and the show does a recast

Sarah
Sarah

I think they should cast Justin Hartley as the new JR. I have missed him ever since ‘Passions’ was cancelled, and I think he would do the role of JR justice (not to mention he’s very easy on the eyes!). I would LOVE to see him play opposite Lindsay Hartley (his real life wife) and pursue her character Cara romantically – those two have excellent chemistry on-screen!

Of course I will miss Jacob terribly, as he was the entire reason I started watching AMC in the first place! His man-beauty caused me to freeze in mid-channel-flip one day, and after that I was hooked!

mo
mo

Last I heard, Lindsay had filed for divorce so I don’t think she’d be too thrilled to have Justin on her show.

mo
mo

He’s got a job. And it’s probably a bit more secure than PP so I totally don’t blame him for staying put. If he were unemployed, it might be a diff story.

pamela eboli
pamela eboli

I am disappointed that Jacob young is not coming back to all my children

charlotte
charlotte

Love JR on the B&B I started watching the show when I heard that he was going to B&B I will miss him on AMC I watch the show when it was in black and white was so sorry when it was cancel now it is coming back to the internet I hope it will be the same as before and as good hoping to see all the cast or at least most of them as for who you should cast as JR Trey Mitchell from GH he gone from Gh think he be a great one for the roll or maybe Luke Perry or Johathan Lavery fr. The Y&R he would be a great J R Good luck to the show I will be watching hope you let us know who you pick for the new JR

Rachel Elisabeth
Rachel Elisabeth

I adore him as J.R. but he can’t simply break his contract… but damn whoever gets J.R. is going to have a hell of time filling his shoes.

Kathy
Kathy

I will miss Jacob as JR but I will get use to someone else. I tried watching B&B because Jacob was in it but his character doesn’t have the depth that JR had. Hope he is happy at B&B but he will always be JR to me.

Johnny
Johnny

JACOB YOUNG made JR Chandler on ALL MY CHILDREN an interesting character. Have to totally give him credit for that without a doubt. It would be great if he could reprise the character for the on-line presentation, but, if they have to recast the role, so be it. My primary concern is that there may be so many re-casts all at once, fans may wonder what show are we watching here anyway ~ so, I am sure that they will gently insert new characters here and there while transitioning over – there will be some new faces in Pine Valley for sure.

Renee
Renee

I really hope that they find someone wonderful to fill Jacob’s shoes as JR. He was not the original JR to me, Jesse McCartney was. Jacob was a hard sell to fill Jesse’s shoes. So these will not be easy shoes to fill, however I keep an open mind and heart understanding that soap stars do move on and we have to try and accept new. Just like when Sarah Michelle Geller left the role of Kendall and Alicia Minshew took over, it was hard to adjust but Alicia made the role her own.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Am I sad that he’s not returning to AMC as JR Chandler?! No. I feel like he’s fitting in better as Rick Forrester on B&B, and has a stronger story and more stability on CBS. I say recast it, and cannot wait to see who does get the role of JR Chandler.

Gary
Gary

You show a lot of class Mr Young, best of luck to you and as I watch the reboot of AMC
I do hope one of you friends does get the role of JR. Thanks for years of selling the role so well and BTW I enjoyed watching your concert. Pure Class My Man.

Teri
Teri

Jacob is and will always be JR Chandler to me. I am a diehard DIE TO THE HARD JR and Annie fan. It saddens me how AMC they literally threw them away, b/c there was a time where you could have kept the integrity of the couple but they crapped on it. I would advise CBS crossover Melissa Claire Egan and Jacob Young to the same show, those two are electric and would bring real love and sexyness to the afternoon soaps line. I’m pulling for Chelsea and Rick to find their way to each other, I need this.

Leina
Leina

It is on my wish list to. I can’t believe CBS hasn’t done this already. The paing of Rick and Caroline is a epic fail. I believe they already know this and are again chem-testing him with someone else. They have a for sure thing right in front of them. MCE and JY can both act and have explosive chemistry that happens rarely. After all the time that has passed the Jannie fan base is still huge. Teri, I also hated how they crapped on this couple. The soap world owes the fans their pairing.

zina
zina

If CBS does that, I would totally watch whatever show that pairs them!

Paula Byler
Paula Byler

I love him as JR but how about the original? Jesse McCartney!!!!

barbara
barbara

ok, im confused , jacob young said he can’t join the reboot of AMC ‘because he’s under contract with B &B, well ,isn’t john ,starr and todd under contract also with GH, if prospect park owns john.starr and todd ,even thou their under contract with GH ,doesn;t prospect park own jacob young too ??? just wondering ,

k/kay
k/kay

Barbara it is just the characters they can not force the actors to take these rolls that is how I understand it though their is some confusion with ME because he signed to do PP before they bellyed up but a good lawyer can blow that out of the water.

barbara
barbara

ok thanks , hope they do share the 3 characters,i love both shows OLTL AND GH, but id like to see them stay on both shows.

TJS517
TJS517

Why don’t they just hire Kyle Lowder to play JR on AMC??

mmc
mmc

I think he’d be smart staying with B&B….its established, its on tv & no one knows how AMC will fare on the web.This is such a bad time for actors.I wish AMC & OLTL the very best, but they are not a sure thing yet.

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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)

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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