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The elusive Jane Elliot gave her only exit interview to her longtime friend, and noted soap journalist, Michael Logan of TV Insider.
As Jane will wrap up her run as Tracy Quartermaine next week on the May 4th episode she opened up about a myriad of subjects in her farewell chat including: her final story arc, her decision to leave, what her dear pal DAYS Deidre Hall (Marlena) had to say about her departure, and even talked about her favorite soap role of her storied career. Here are some excerpts below:
As to her on-screen send-off Elliot related: “Well, it’s the first time Tracy has left Port Charles not in disgrace. (Laughs) That’s a big win! The first time she left, it was after she tried to kill her father, Edward. The second time she fled with a bag of money and baby Dillon. The third time, she came back to town with Dillon but Edward sent her packing again. She also got kicked out in 2003. Can’t remember why. And, now, it’s by her choice. She’s leaving because she is determined to be a better person.”
As to her final storyline, Jane cxpressed: “Oh, I think it works well enough and that the audience finds it relatable. Tracy is a woman who was never approved of by her father and has spent a lifetime trying to measure up, trying to be who she thinks he wants her to be. That’s why she fell for Luke Spencer. He was always Tracy’s drug of choice. She couldn’t get Luke to commit to her the same way she couldn’t get her father to commit. So you see a repetition in her behavior. To now learn that she really did have her father’s love is satisfying, as is the freedom that it now gives her.”
As to what Deidre Hall had to say when Jane announced she was exiting and retiring from acting as of now: “She had a really hard time with my decision, but it’s more about me moving away. I have always been amazed watching Deidre negotiate the business. I believe certain people come into our lives because we’re woven from the same cloth, we’re in the same tribe, we’ve known each other for many, many lifetimes and can finish each other’s sentences.”
As to her finest role, Elliot says it’s: “No question about it. Guiding Light. The story (head writer) Doug Marland created for me was just so good and so rare. Thanks to Doug, I learned who I was as an actor. He stretched me. He pulled me. And I rose to the occasion. He made me look good and I made him look good. Playing Tracy Quartermaine is fairly easy. You don’t have to dig deep. But, to play Carrie Todd, I had to go very, very deep. And it wasn’t just because of her madness. She was a fully fleshed out, fully realized character living a really rich life. It was a very complete role. And I loved playing opposite Jerry verDorn [Ross], the most generous actor I’ve ever worked with. It was a once in a lifetime thing and I knew it at the time. No 20/20 hindsight necessary.”
So what did you think of Jane’s comments? Did you love her as Carrie Todd on GL the most?, What do you think of Tracy’s GH exit story thus far? Weigh-in below!