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Hamilton's Renee Elise Goldsberry On Her Time On One Life to Live: "It Was A Beautiful Experience"

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Tony nominee and former One Life to Live star, Renee Elise Goldsberry (Ex-Evangeline Williamson) sat down for a very special half hour edition of the one-on-one AOL Build interview series.

Goldsberry, who is wowing audiences every night on Broadway as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, may just take home her first Tony when the awards are handed out next Sunday night,  June 12th on CBS.   Goldsberry is nominated in the Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Category.

During her AOL Build interview, in which the host noted that the studio was packed for Renee, and one of the most highly-attended, Goldsberry discussed her time in Llanview and how important her daytime soap experience, and the fans, have been to her success.

Renee on what she learned from her time as One Life heroine Evangeline:  “I was on One Life to Live for four years and it was a beautiful experience, and another wonderful family of people  …  another dream come true .. and another really awesome opportunity to learn.  I learned so much about acting on a soap opera.  Fortunately, we get so much opportunity to fail – it’s trial and error.  When there are five hours of show a week, just the pace of that is fantastic and crazy.  So that was one of the great things about it, but one of the other great things about it was learning about ‘the rooting factor’.  Meaning, who is the audience rooting for?  It serves me in everything I do, whether i am Nettie in The Color Purple, or Geneva Pine in The Good Wife, or whether I’m Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton.   It’s always my job as an actor for you to understand what I am doing, because that is what ‘the rooting factor’ is, and I am always going to be trying to get that from the audience.  So that is another thing I learned from One Life to Live.  And then I have to say  … the fans.  I still have a lot of them and the medium of daytime knows that the currency is really the fans, and I am excited that we had Broadway-Con this year.  I’m excited that we are learning that the greatest resources we have in the theatre are the fans.”

When asked if the One Life to Live fans have been like, “Excuse me, Hamilton fans! We knew about her a long time ago!”, Goldsberry replied: “Back in the day, we had soap operas in New York City.  We don’t have that anymore and it makes me want to shed a tear.   So the actors were all theatre people.  It was not a stretch to go see your favorite actor on a soap opera at night in a Broadway show, or at an Off-Broadway show somewhere.  They have always been a very savvy audience the daytime people, and they will support you doing anything.  If you want to write a book … if you want to put a clothing line together … whatever you do they will support it, and that is what I feel about the theatre fans as well.”

Watch the complete AOL Build with Renee Elise Goldsberry after the jump! Then let us know what did you think of Renee’s comments about the soap opera fans?  Working on One Life?  Will you be watching the Tony’s with excitement to see if Renee takes home her much-deserved first Tony for Hamilton? Comment below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Miss her and OLTL…

Penny
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Penny

Me, too!

louisa
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louisa

Loved everything she said! I was always rooting for Blair, not Evangeline, but I’m still a fan. Hope she wins the Tony! And I sure wish they would bring back the NY soaps!

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Frank

I love Renee, great actress. Y&R need to recast the role of Drucilla winters with Renee. She would be terrific as the new Drucilla.

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Renee is a truly gifted actress and singer. I loved Evangeline on One Life to Live. I always felt Evangeline was a much better match for John McBain than flighty Natalie. I know. I’m in the minority there. I was so sorry when she left OLTL. New York theater actors brought the very best to daytime drama. I definitely miss their spark.

Have my fingers crossed that Renee wins her Tony award and wish her continued mega success in everything she does.

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rebecca1

I liked her with John too.

Harry
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Harry

I say recast the actress who plays GH’s Jordan with Renee. The current Jordan acts silly and ridiculous, like a primping schoolgirl rather than a serious and dignified police chief. Renee would be perfect. Moreover, she could be paired up with Michael Eastman again.

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Trophy Lady

You’re so NOT in the minority! There are PLENTY of us who wanted John with Evangeline. There were plenty of us who knew that John’s true love was Evangeline. We know that John settled for Natalie because she didn’t have any standards.

At the time, John couldn’t be the man that Evangeline deserved. Natalie, on the other hand, simply wanted John any way she could have him. She required nothing, and basically got nothing in return.

Go, Renee! I’m so rooting for her to win the Tony!

K-ren
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K-ren

I absolutely loved her as Evangeline and Jovan will always be OTP.
They had this magnetism that drew them to one another it was breathtaking. She challenged John and that chemistry… Damn! So pleased for her!!

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

Very, very grateful for your support for the daytime genre, Renee Elise Goldsberry. Good luck at the Tony’s. I hope you win!!!!!

Liz
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Liz

Towards the end of the interview Renee says that Phylicia Rashad is one of her theatre heroes. Coincidentally, Phylicia also played a strong black female lawyer on One Lofe to Live.

I really enjoyed this interview and am so happy that Renee is garnering the accolades we all know she deserves.

Boes
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Boes

She’s a class act and a major talent, and not enough good things can come her way.

And I surely do and always will, miss OLTL.

cj
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cj

I hope she wins!

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In a joint statement, Y&R’s EP’s Anthony Morina and EP and co-head writer, Josh Griffith said of the temporary swap:  “We’re grateful that Karla Mosley, a seasoned actor and consummate professional, was able to step in to the role of Amanda during Mishael Morgan’s temporary absence. Mishael is a valuable member of the Y&R family and will be back on air soon to continue her journey as Amanda.”

Mosley spoke exclusively with Soap Opera Digest where she shared she spoke to Morgan before taking on the role: “It was great that I could talk with her and say thank you for leaving me such a wonderful path to follow. I also told her, ‘I’ll be happy when you’re healed and able to return.’”

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In return, Mishael took to Twitter and said of Karla: “I am so grateful this beautiful and talented woman stepped in for me on such short notice and allowed me time to heal. I can’t wait to be back, but It comforts me to know that Amanda is in such great hands.”

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This Is Us will now be on a two-week hiatus until May 11th when it returns for all-new episodes as it heads towards its season’s end.

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