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Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods Interview – One Life to Live Farewell

In an emotional final video interview with On-Air On-Soaps as cast members of One Life to Live (taped at the series final press junket), Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods talk with Michael Fairman about the legacy of Bo and Nora as one of soaps most iconic couples, their love for the fans, and their sentiments on working together, and saying goodbye to the 43-year old soap.

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Doe
Doe

Loved Bob Woods And Hillary B. Smith interview. Bob Woods is one of the most natural actors on soaps. I will miss him. Hillary is Nora in my book. Their story has been up and down, but they always belonged together.. Thank goodness we will be able to see them ride off into soap stardom for all time… Thanks Michael for another great interview….

Shirley Westerhuis
Shirley Westerhuis

Bo & Nora are the consummate soap couple. I’m SO gonna miss being able to watch my FAVORITE soap! I can’t believe ABC cancelled AMC & OLTL, in favor of STUPID shows, like The Chew & whatever the new one will be. I won’t be watching either, as I find them boring & ridiculous. ABC SCREWED UP BIG TIME, in my opinion. Nothing more to say, is there!?!?

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Susan
Susan

I am devastated that OLTL has been canceled. I feel as if part of my family has died. With the exception of TiVoing GH, ABC is now banned in our house. I watched ABC faithfully for 45 years, if my husband would let me I’d sell our Disnet stock and DVC membership, too. I love Llanview like my own town and am not sure what I will do every afternoon for the rest of my life. I wish the entire crew and cast the very best, and I wish ABC a continued decline until it’s demise. Maybe then the CEO will move on into oblivion like so many of the others that have brought down the best of the companies.

Deb
Deb

I agree with everything you have said
The CEO of ABC has messed with what is and has been the core of ABC the soaps! Is ABC aware of all the complaints or do they just not care about what the people want that pay their salaries???? Is Frons should be fired!!!!!

Joyce A Joblonski
Joyce A Joblonski

I have been a fan of One Life To Live since 1973. I have been fortunate to meet and greet most of you at fan luncheons, baseball games in Brooklyn, One Life/Many Voices. I also particpated in Daytime Encounter I and II where I had the pleasure of working directly with some of the cast. By having this experience it put a new perspective in watching the show.
I just want to thank all of you of being part of my life all these years. I wish you love and peace to all of you and again THANK YOU.

Linda Dowell
Linda Dowell

Well, damnit, it made me cry…this is so unbelievably sad……

Jim
Jim

I remember Bob from the Waltons. Hilary was wonderful no matter what implausible storyline they gave her. Well done, you two. Well done.

gloria
gloria

I remember him from the Waltons too! I loved him even then!

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Tara Karlowicz
Tara Karlowicz

I loved this interview Hillary made me cry they both made me laugh and brought me down memory lane i have bee watching the show since 1992 and remember every moment of the show since then. I am going to miss the show and Bob and Hillary the most they are my only reason for watching this show. Thank you for all the memories love for both.

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Beverly Salhany
Beverly Salhany

PLEASE COME BACK ON LINE OR ANYWAY YOU CAN OLTL
WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO YOU GUYS HELP US DO IT TELL WHAT WE NEED TO DO

amanda
amanda

i agree what do we got to do to keep you guys atleast online

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Lisa Campbell
Lisa Campbell

we lost GL and ATWT, now that I have been watching OLTL, its going off the air also. its not fair that the networks are doing this to the fans. its very sad, knowing our shows will no longer be on the air. At least we will have Youtube. I wish all of the actors the best of luck. I will miss you!!

Tahine
Tahine

I have loved these two from the first time I watched them back in 1997 and thanks to YouTube I got a chance to see all the stuff before 97 . All I can say is the chemistry between these two is electric I loved watching them dance play and love I’m so sad to see them go what a waste of talent . I wish them the best of luck I will love bo and Nora till the day I die!!!!!

MONA JOHNSON
MONA JOHNSON

I LOVE THE INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT S. WOODS AND HILLARY B. SMITH.. THEY ARE MY FAV COUPLE ON 1L2L.. I’M GOING TO MISS THEM ACTING OUT GREAT SCENES 2GETHER… YOU ALL ARE GOING TO BE TRULY MISS… :-)) XXXOOOO

Linda
Linda

I absolutely LOVE Bo and Nora and the wonderful actors, Bob and Hillary who portray them! I will miss so much seeing them. Thank goodness for youTube! I started watching them right after they divorced, and loved their chemistry even when they were not together. Watched for 10+ years waiting for their reunion. My all time favorite Bo and Nora moment is the dancing in the warehouse during Y2K! That’s when I knew they would always LOVE each other! Will miss, miss them so much!

Bina
Bina

Thank U So Much Michael for sharing this interview with the Bob & Hillary fans . Hillary brought me to tears during the 1st part of the interview. I am so sadden that OLTL is going to done with in just 2 weeks. It really breaks my heart. I am a huge fan of these 2 beautiful people. I am going to miss them cutting a rug on the dance floors, fishing trpis & just their love story as a whole. After watching the interview amost 50 times already, I went on you-tube and watch the very scene “Ice Cream Sundae” My all-time favorite scene is “The Beach House” scenes. I absolutely loved how Bo was so tenitive to Nora after he rescued her from Todd. Of course I love all there scenes, even the angst ones but that one sticks out for me. I’m just so disappointed that we didn’t get more dancing & fishing trips the 2nd time around. I am truly going to miss them on screen together. They have such great chemistry and it really showed when they were performing together on the show. Bob & Hillary brought Bo & Nora to life for me. I started watching OLTL right around the time of their 1st wedding. I missed out on them dating but Thanks to You-tube I am able to watch them from the beginning, Bo & Nora’s love story is what I wish for, for myself one day. I really hope TPTB don’t disappoint us fans that have waited 10 looong years for our favorite couple to get back together, Give us our Happy Ending for Bo & Nora (The Super Couple) of Daytime. 🙂

pamala
pamala

Frons said he would cancel the two shows and he did, he left after ‘a job’ well done’ IMO. These shows should never have been canceled and the ending for AMC left me embarrassed. It looks like OLTL will be doing the same, the HW and others have had it ready. No one will forget the elephant in the room and OLTL no matter what is said, is leaving me with a bad taste in my mouth and horrible writing which equals only a permanent STAIN to a one time glory day.

gloria
gloria

Are you kidding? Will we miss them? OMG-I GUESS SO! I remember when the Bukes came riding into Llanview & I have totally adored Robert S. Woods ever since. He is precious! I love Nora too but honestly have loved Bo with every love he’s had on the show & he’s had plenty! I cried all weekend the Friday in January 1986 I think when Bo was “killed” at the end of the episode. My husband asked what the hell has happened? I cried “Bo is dead, they killed Bo!” He knew exactly who I meant & was as shocked as I was! Bo is wonderful with everyone! I just love Bo & Rex’s relationship-Bo & Clint, Bo & Viki, Bo & everyone. The expressions on his face without saying a word can crack me up especially when Nora is on a rampage, ha! Life as we have known & loved will end on the Blackest of Fridays, January 13, 2012. Just sick every minute of the day over this.

Sharon
Sharon

I LOVED your interview!! Thank you Bob/Bo and Hillary/Nora for the wonderful years that you’ve shared!!!! OLTL would not have been the same without you both!!! I feel like I’m loosing half of my family now. 🙁

carrie lynn porterfield
carrie lynn porterfield

I no longer will watch abc I loved One life to live there family . Abe doesnt think of us or them the People of One life to live or family thats a big Mistake they are making in deed. very saddened Carrie

Sue
Sue

I have watched OLTL since it’s beginning. I left only when Roger Howarth left. So glad he came back after 8 years. I will miss OLTL, of course; but I hope I can still see Roger on TV somewhere.

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Tom655

After the final episode of OLTL, I will be deleting the ABC station off my cable. I wish all the cast and crew of One Life to Live the very best and thank them for 43 years of memories.

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Maya S. Anderson
Maya S. Anderson

Truly enjoyed this interviewed. Very sad that OLTL has come to an end. Bo and Nora are the super soap couple. I was very happy to see the two back together! Their breakup should have never happened. HBS and RSW chemistry on screen is one that legends are made of! BO and NORA FOREVER! Best to all at OLTL. Happy New Year to all! Moving forward – no looking behind! Only one who should have regrets should be ABC for cancelling OLTL! I am thankful for the years that I was able to be apart of the OLTL family!

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Thanks A Million For This Michael.

We OLTL Fans In Evanston, Illinois Love You, Bob, & Hillary A Whole Bunch! 😀 😀

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Julie
Julie

Shame on ABC for cancelling OLTL! What are they thinking! Their are thousands of viewers! and to replace them with some reality crap shows like” The Chew” ! I have fb, tweeted, sent letters, petitions, etc.. no response from ABC.. I have watched this show for years! taped and dvr’d while at work, my family and friends all calling each other after a long day at work to talk about what happened on OLTL who did what, etc.. OLTL is like family. I will not be watching ABC! This is unforgivable and I am a very forgiving person, but ABC is not listening to the People! the CEO’s are greedy and only care about money! To replace OLTL with these stupid reality cook and home over shows is just crazy!! Not to mention that they don’t care about the actors being out of work! I am ashamed for ABC! I even asked Oprah’s OWN network along with alot of people to pick it up.. If a network were smart they would say” OLTL has thousands of daytime views for 43 yrs!! duh! no brainer! I just don’t know why ABC does not care about the viewers ! I wish all the actors would get together and and say we can do this ourselves!! I will miss you all so much! Thank you Michael for these interviews I hope you have more actors from OLTL on .. There are no words to express how badly I feel about the decision to cancel OLTL! I will watch The View for the last time when they air in January and dedicate one hour to OLTL !! Shame on ABC!! you lost a ultimate viewer!! and my friends and family etc! Good luck to all the cast of OLTL God Bless!!

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amanda
amanda

my question is why? why take off the best of the best and leave the worst? I just want to say this stinks that oltl is leaving the air it is by far my favorite show and i am truly disappointed that it is going.

amanda
amanda

and must say thank you for the interviews, all of you will be missed here and thank you for the years of drama and excitment

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esther britstone

I cannot believe that after 43 years this show will be over. I have been watching One Life To Live for 35 years! There has never been one episode that I have not enjoyed. This show has been a daily routine for me for so long and I cannot believe that the network could not give it a go. I think they will regret their decision and any new show that they replace it with will not compare. Please, I have seeing one episode of “The Chew” and will not see it again! What a loss!

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Leanne
Leanne

I have watched One Life to Live for over 30 years. It may sound strange, but the characters on this show became my “dysfunctional” family. I have been alone for most of my life and it made me feel good to know that every evening I would be able to watch Todd, Blair, Vickie, Asa, etc. The show was great and I am sorry that such a wealthy network such as ABC/Disney cannot find the money to budget for this production. All of the cast will be missed. It is almost like a death in the family.

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barbara t
barbara t

Its not strange at all,I know how you feel,I dont know what Im going to do at 2 oclock weekdays one life to live has been on my tv for 43 years,I watched all my children to ,and miss it ,I try to watch dool.but its just not the same ,abc had the money to keep these shows on ,they choose not to its creed,more money in their pocket s Daytime tv will never be the same,and one life to live is the best soap ,I will miss my dysfunctional family to.

Jan Phipps
Jan Phipps

Thank you Michael for this lovely gift! It was the best interview with RSW and HBS ever. I so cherish it because I don’t know when I’ll be able to see them again. Thanks for all you coverage of OLTL over the years.

Vicki
Vicki

Michael, this was a great interview! Bob and Hillary are so natural together and this is what I’ll miss about them the most in their performances. I will also miss them. I met them both a few times and I will never forget what great people they are!

I still cannot believe that ABC has done such a horrible thing to this show and that all these people will no longer be on my soap!

Debbie N
Debbie N

I’ll miss “One Life To Live” so much!! ‘Bo’, ‘Nora’, ‘Viki’, ‘Blair’, ‘Roxy’, etc., are the best!!! They are such talented people.
ABC made a huge mistake…they say people want “information shows” ?? NO WAY, we like entertainment. It’s helped me get through so many hard times I’ve had.
I was hoping some cable station would pick it up. After OLTL ends, it’s bye-bye ABC. -Crash and burn!

Vicki
Vicki

Loved the interview with Bob & Hilary. I love them as Bo & Nora. I remember when Bob came on as Bo, I had such a crush on him, and I still do. Nora is Bo’s soulmate, but he has had great chemistry with all of his wives. Next to Nora, my favorite was Didi. Barbara Treutelaar was gorgeous, and she and Bo were my favorite couple at the time. I cried when she died. Hilary is fabulous as Nora. Love how natural she is with Matthew. You can believe she is really his mother. Hilary has chemistry with everyone, but Bob and Hilary are dynamite. I own an oldies record store on LI and was in heaven when Bo & Nora got married by Little Richard. I love that they were into the oldies. It definitely helped our sales. I wish them luck in whatever they do next. I just wish that OLTL was not being cancelled. I will not watch ABC after Jan. 13.

W. Harris
W. Harris

OMG Hillary had me crying. I just Love her and Bob they were my sole reason for tuning into OLTL all these years. I am going to miss them. I have been following fumbling the pieces online with Hillary and, I LOVE it! God bless you Bob and Hillary for just being the best and giving us your best every time You and Bob are amazing!!!! 🙂

Amy
Amy

I just love Bob and Hillary as Bo and Nora!!! I have watched the show for years and they are by far the BEST. I have been watching some Bo and Nora (the early stuff) on you tube and it was hard to watch them split up, what a great love story!! I am so glad the writers put them back together a few years ago!! The last scene at Asa’s house, and when Bo said, “I love you Red” all choked up, was the when tears started flowing….OMG. How can you not love them!!!!

Judi
Judi

I still miss OLTL!! and it is not going away… I still won’t give up.. I emial, Twitter, fb, mail to ABC, etc. Even ask other networks. I think some network should breath life back into OLTL and make the viewers and fans happy again! I Love Bo,, and Nora.. what a team… and Vicki, Asa, Clint, Dorian… OLTL was always my favorite soap, the acting, the energy.. I loved to run home from work and watch everyday for years and get on the phone with my family, friends and co-workers and we would talk about the characters and if was like family … “Did you see what Nora or Bo said today ,, great acting!!! the best!! I will not give up,, I still write and fb, twitter hoping some network will wake up and realize the money they can make bringing back the best show OLTL… I will be watching for you both Bo and Nora… because your fans don’t give up on you… I wish you both the best and you are still in my heart….

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Alum Kevin Spirtas Chats On His Heart-Tugging Series ‘After Forever’ & Love and Life In Your 50s

Filling the void in the digital drama series arena, the eight episodes first season of After Forever (available on Amazon), tackles the journey of a two middle-aged gay men in their 50’s in a deep romantic relationship, and looks at it through its various stages of love, loss, and moving on with one’s life when suddenly your world is turned upside down, when one of them has died.

While the LGBT community has seen other love-centric and dramatic web series, none have really taken a deep dive into the difficulties of starting anew in your 50’s or even older.  Leave it to former Days of our Lives alum and Broadway producer, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley), along with another DAYS alum, writer, Michael Slade, and the two put their shared experiences, and dramatic ideas into this emotional series, that is not limited to anyone who is gay, but touches on the universal themes that anyone may have, or will experience, at one time in their lives.

Spirtas, brought along with him none some notables for his passion project.  First, none other than former Prospect Park One Life to Live EP, Jennifer Pepperman, to bring his vision to life, and some amazing co-stars: Mitchell Anderson (Ex-Party Of Five), MIchael Urie (Ugly Betty), Cady Huffman (Ex-OLTL), Anita Gillette, Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) to  name just a few.

While the series bowed a little over a month ago, if you haven’t taken a look, check out our interview with Spirtas for some juicy insight into the making of and the construct of, After Forever.  Following that, check out the teaser for the series, and the video for the theme song, “My Forever” by Lio Nicol which becomes available tomorrow June 4th on Amazon and iTunes.

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What was the genesis of the idea for the series?

KEVIN:  Patrika Darbo, came to New York close to 7 years ago. She had called me ahead of time, and said, “I was asked to present at the ISA Awards, and you’re coming with me.”  She was getting very involved in the world of the web series. I looked at this amazing presentation of content that was being shown at the ISA’s.  I was blown away. It was better than half the stuff on TV, theater, or film. At that point, I made a mad rush for a gentleman by the name of Sebastian La Cause.  Sebastian had won several awards that night and his material was so well presented, and beautifully shot, and his acting was very unique.

Sebastian La Cause was the star of the web series Hustling, right?

KEVIN:  Yes, it was Hustling, the first season.  I went up to him and I said, “I’m Kevin Spirtas. I’m an actor, I did a soap …”  He goes, “Kevin, I know who you are.” I was starstruck, and impressed, and inspired, because he is exactly the kind of person I want to work with.  He is talented, and creative and I want to work with those kind of people. I said to him, “If you do a second season, I’d love to be considered for anything you might be doing.”  Wouldn’t you know? He wrote me in. I fell in love with the story. I was very clear to me, that you have to start creating for yourself, because creating your own content in this industry now is king.  The third season of Hustling then crossed me over to appearing in Winterthorne.  That was also the first year that NATAS opened up the judging to the digital world.  I got nominated for an Emmy. It inspired me to start thinking about, ‘What do I know?  What do I have in my life that I feel is worth sharing and putting out there to help heal, or inspire?’  I had been producing in New York City for 3 years at this point.

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It becomes every performer’s concern, as they get older, that they can still be considered for the roles they would like to play.  Sometimes, actors can grow into the types of roles, and sometimes they’ve expired past those types of roles. Was creating After Forever also a way to re-enter being part of the conversation?

KEVIN:  Well, I was hoping to write something for myself … because I just didn’t see the roles coming toward me anymore.  My name wasn’t on them as I imagined them or had seen them in the past. I was worried about that. I thought, “If I have a chance to keep working, I’ve got to keep current.”

And somehow, you and Michael Slade ran into each other, and thus, a collaboration began that would eventually turn into After Forever?

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KEVIN:  Then, I ran into Michael Slade at a gym… I had never met him before, he was a writer on Days as I was leaving the show.  And I remember saying to myself, “wouldn’t it be great to work with somebody, and see what kind of story we could come up with?”  Unbeknownst to me, Michael, at that particular time in his life, was working on the very same type of story and idea about what it’s like to be who he is, at his age, where he’s at, and what he knows.  I pitched him this idea: “I think there’s some really funny ideas I could express to the world about my experience as a single gay man at this point.” He said, “Call me.” In short, he was living life as a single gay man, and I was living life as a single gay man, and that’s how After Forever was born.  Michael had the experience of losing his long-time partner of 25 years.  There’s a part in the story where Brian and Jason are going along and they have everything in their life that they could possibly want, and then they don’t, because Jason is diagnosed with cancer and it takes him away.

Do we see Jason die in this?

KEVIN:  You just might! … It’s how we incorporated him in the story…

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After Forever bounces back and forth in time, obviously, that was part of the unique structure of the storytelling?

KEVIN:  It does do that.  It tells the story through a lot of present, and a lot of flashbacks.  There is also the present with Brian, and his memory of Jason. As Brian is going through the next chapter of his life as a single man, he has to look at his life and learn how to continue to love even though the person’s not there.  When someone dies, the love doesn’t die, the relationship doesn’t die, it keeps growing on a certain level. So, if he turns around, and he sees him, is it real? Is it him working it out in his own mind? It’s a tool to tell more story …

Tell me about casting Mitchell Anderson?  He had retired and moved to Atlanta, and he ends up playing the love of Brian’s life.

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KEVIN:  When Michael and I were writing, we threw out, “Who do you think would play this part?”  One day, I just dropped the name “Mitchell Anderson” I said, “I just see him as Jason.” Michael said to me, “Kevin, he’s retired.”  I just knew Mitchell and I had great history in the business. We started off as actors together in class. He went one direction, I went another, then he left the business, but I just felt there was something about his persona – not to mention his talent – his unique humor, his sensibility, and style, so I said, “I think we should ask him.”  We did. Mitchell said, “Okay, Kevin. Let me read the script.” He called back immediately after receiving it, and said, “I would love to do this!” I have not stopped thanking him every day. He’s so good in it.

The main character of Brian goes on this journey: he meets other guys, some appear younger than others! (Laughs)

KEVIN:  It’s a year after Jason is gone, Brian is trying to settle into his new life, but he’s guilty that his partner has died.  He has sadness, grief, and so much love for Jason that he’s having trouble moving forward, and everyone is trying to push him forward.  Brian is not necessarily ready, but sometimes his body is ready, while emotionally, he’s not. It’s how we deal with all that navigation of seeing good-looking guys.  He meets a guy in the middle of the series, and it starts to open up the doors. That’s the beauty of what happens when he starts to let himself open up to the possibilities.  There are some great rollercoaster moments that you’ll see.

Would you do another season of After Forever?

KEVIN:  Oh, my God!  Michael and I have already started to script out seasons 2 and 3.

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Middle-aged gay men do have it rough in the relationship department, if they’re not already partnered up by this point in their life.  Younger guys think they’re over the hill, older guys aren’t necessarily interested either, and unfortunately, the LGBTQ community is unforgiving to community if you’re not young and pretty, and not in your 20s or 30s. There aren’t a lot of LGBT-oriented shows out there like this.  On that level, I think the concept of the show is an important story to tell.

KEVIN:  We were absolutely committed to writing not just another gay story.  We’ve seen those. I think the beauty of After Forever is that it’s not just a gay story- even though it’s told through two gay men… but, it’s a story about love … it’s a story about loss.  Everyone is going to have to deal with this in their life.

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Dealing with loss is part of the circle of life, whether it’s a parent, a child, a lover, a friend, or your longtime partner. Many in the LGBT community succumbed to AIDS in the ‘80s and ‘90s, which was a pivotal moment in the gay movement.

KEVIN:  We lost half of our community.  We lost half of our brothers. To jump back to that history with Mitchell, he and I had so many mutual friends who aren’t here anymore.  We would look at the scene that was at hand, take a breath, look at each other, and they’d say “action” and we’d step into these people. Yes, it’s gay themed, because it’s told by two leading male characters who are gay.  But, I have heard more people in the last two months since this has come out, who have not only stopped and said, “Thank you for writing such a wonderful story about love and loss, and new beginnings, but also, what it’s like to have to confront that loss.” They also went on to say, “For so many years, gay people have had to watch the heterosexual world. People are trying to fit themselves into our world now, into our story, and how they would feel navigating it.”

Michael Urie is in it too? And you have some pretty accomplished people in your cast.  

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KEVIN:  Yes, there’s Michael Urie, Cady Huffman who sings in one of the episodes.  Tere is a scene in episode 3 that it still floors me, I can’t watch it without losing it.  Then, there’s Anita Gillette, Lenny Wolpe, David Dean Bottrell. Everyone is perfect, and everyone was able to show up, and everyone delivered a million percent.

What’s the response you’ve been getting from people who have watched After Forever?  You mentioned it’s been very positive.  

KEVIN:  Everyone has been touched.  The majority who have seen this, are just moved to tears and full of excitement.

I saw that Jennifer Pepperman, ex-executive producer of One Life to Live, directed your series.  What was it like working with Jen?

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KEVIN:  We had a lot of people who we could have pulled from.  Jennifer came up in conversation, because she had sent Michael an invitation to go see her new short film that she had done with Austin Peck (Ex-Austin, Days) and his wife, Teri Conn (Ex-Katie, ATWT).  I said, “Maybe if I go see the show and I like it, I can introduced myself to Jennifer.”  I called him right after and I said, “If we don’t get her, we’re crazy!” She’s so good. What she did is perfection.  We shot the whole thing like a movie. It was shot in 12 days. She knew everything she wanted to do and it shows in the edit.  And, this extraordinarily, talented girl named Colleen Kwok, who was the director of photography. She’s the real thing. She got it.  She got the style we were going for immediately.

So, we want to tell people to binge watch the series on Amazon.

KEVIN:  Binge it, or make it last for 15 days…

How many hankies will I need for this? 10? 5?

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KEVIN:  I say Kleenex is not included … Anybody who has ever loved, anybody who has ever lost, must see this show, because it unifies all of us, it shows us that we are the same.  It shows us that we still have love in our lives, regardless of if that person is gone, the relationship never ends, it never dies. That’s what people are getting from this.  That’s what people are taking away from it. You and I were raised with the symbols of a straight world and how we had to fit into that certain way of life. That’s changed now.  We have Will & Grace … we have RuPaul … all these great things that are illustrating our diversity.  Now, people are going, “it’s just a story being told.”

What was Mitchell’s reaction when he saw the final product?

KEVIN:  We saw it together…We just sat there and cried.  It’s hard. Especially, the first two episodes and the last two episodes.  We served it up, Michael, we served it up!

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I think you spoke to a greater issue, as you move through this career, you have to remain relevant as things change.  So, you’ve dipped yourself into this pool and now you can do more.

KEVIN:  I hope so.  You and I talked about this along time ago, when I first started on Days Of Our Lives, it was still a different world.

It was so different back then.  Actors couldn’t be out. There was still that stigma that if the audience at home knew they were gay, they wouldn’t buy into what they were portraying.

KEVIN:  That’s where I kind of worked it out, because I didn’t pretend not to be me, I just wasn’t very open about everything in my life.  Not that I still am. There’s certain things that I don’t talk about, because it’s not relevant, or it’s no one’s business.

So, do you get the obligatory question, “What’s a guy like you doing being single”? (Laughs)

KEVIN:  Michael said to me one day, “How come a guy like you is single?”  I made a joke out of it and said, “Have you seen me eat? Come on!”

So, intrigued to check out After Forever? What do you think about its central theme looking at what happens when one loses their partner at middle-age and more?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Talk Their Love Connection & The Demands Of Daytime

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After presenting for the first time together, at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys since they’ve been a couple, Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter aka Henrik) of General Hospital have certainly been in the throes of a romantic, fun, and cherished relationship. The two former stars of Guiding Light reconnected last year at Emmy time. Now, sharing their over one year anniversary, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Laura and Wes to get some insight into what makes their relationship work amidst the hustle and bustle, and pace of both being on a network television daytime drama series, and with the pressures of Hollywood where often relationships between two actors seem to start hot and heavy but then fizzle out.

If you caught this week’s GH, you witnessed that the town of Port Charles has found out that Peter is the notorious Cesar Faison’s son, and the ramifications that will be felt for weeks and months and potentially years to come. Meanwhile, Carly is in all sorts of trouble, thanks to naughty Nelle (Chloe Lanier). Nelle is making Carly look awfully unstable and what happens next could change Carly’s life forever.

So, what do these two lovebirds have to say about their relationship and their passion for working on the soaps? Check out what they had to share below. 

Wes, you had met Laura originally years ago on Guiding Light.

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Wes: Yes, 15 years ago in New York.

And what did you think of her then?

Wes: Well, I was smitten, but I had to keep it to myself.

You had to keep it under wraps, huh?

Wes: Yep!

Laura: I was married then.

Wes: She was pregnant with her second child.

Laura: And he’s a good Kentucky boy.

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Wes: Uh-huh! But we would run lines in the green room and I would try very hard to make sure she didn’t catch me staring at her… too often. But we laughed, and had great conversation.

Laura: I would always say, “Wes, will you run lines with me?,” because I would want to run my lines.

Wes: We never had story together, but she always knew I was game to hang out with her for a moment.

It’s good when you’re in a relationship with someone and you can laugh with them. You seem to be able to do that a lot!

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Laura: Oh, gosh. I think that’s all we do.

Wes: Yes, yes, yes, yes…

Laura: Like, we belly laugh. It gets to the point where people would think we were ridiculous. We’ll say things and just think it’s the funniest thing ever and people would be like, “You guys have a problem …” and we’re like, “Yeah.” (Laughs)

Laura, and then he comes back into your life years later…

Wes: That’s right, it was Emmy weekend 2017.

Laura: I totally was not expecting it at all. Even when I gave him my number I walked away going “huh…”

You mean you thought he wouldn’t call?

Laura: No, I didn’t feel that… because he hit on me hard. He’ll tell you that.

Wes: I still am hitting on her.

Laura: I remember I walked away quick after he got my number. I was like, “Oh, my God … I gotta go.”

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Wes: There was an assertiveness on my part that was for sure 15 years in the making. I did not expect to run into her. I also did not expect for her to tell me that she was recently single. In that split second, it was one of those, “stop the presses!” moments. Like, you need to give me your number, I’m taking you to dinner.

Laura: I go, “Oh, be quiet! Are you like, 32, because I can’t do that.” (Laughs)

Wes: And I said, “Far from it.”

Laura: He’s like, “I’m getting ready to be 40.” And I’m like, “I can do that!”

Then, on top of all of this, Wes, you land a primo role on General Hospital. That of Henrik aka Peter, Cesar Faison’s son.

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Wes: Yes, a dream come true.

Laura: I’m going to jump in and say it’s a role that he worked all on his own for. He had to screen test against 8 plus guys, 3 different auditions, 2 different days.

Wes: That’s true.

Laura: I can’t say strong enough that the best actor got the role. Meaning, Wesley is so talented and has the ability to give this character the depth, and emotion, and layers that it needs to tell the story that needs to be told. I just think he’s incredible.

So, did you know from the get-go who you were going to be playing?

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Wes: I did not.

Laura: I did! (Laughs)

Wes: I’m thrilled that the writers have been giving me such incredible material to dive into.   Each month that goes by, it becomes more and more complex, and more and more layered and intense. I love the depth… I love the conflicts… I love the humanity… I love the desperation… I love the psychology behind it. It’s a very interesting story and a great journey to tell.

Laura: I was getting ready to say, where you mentally have to go to be the son of Faison and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)! To blend that together is amazing. It’s incredible to watch.

You used to run lines together on Guiding Light. Do you run lines together now on GH? It’s like a full circle moment.

Laura: We do, and we carpool.

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Wes: Something we were trying to manifest together. We thought it would be a lot of fun to work together one day.

Laura: The last week we worked, we didn’t. He worked all afternoon. I worked all morning. I was like, “Are they doing this on purpose?” I was so mad! I was like, “Why are you in the afternoon everyday?” (Laughs)

Wes: She lost her chauffeur. (Laughs)

Laura: I did! He always drives us to work. I also love when we both have afternoon calls, because we love having mornings together. So, I didn’t get my morning, nor did I have my chauffeur!

So, two actors can have a good relationship? You see so many Hollywood relationships with actors and they go bust. But that’s not always the case …

Wes: Oh, my God, yes.

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Laura: I’m going to say this; I think I can see it being more difficult for daytime actors, because the work we do is so intense. I know the weeks he’s getting ready to go into, and I’m getting ready to go into. Where we go emotionally and psychologically to tell these stories, on the level that we tell them, as quick as we tell them, you kind of have to become really in a headspace. The fact that we can …

Wes: … the long hours …

Laura: Yes, and exhaustion! You really have to go, “Wow! It’s not about me right now. It’s about us individually as actors.” Thank God, we know the workload. I know what he’s getting ready to go through.

Wes: I have always had so much respect for Laura’s work. On Guiding Light, I’ve always been in awe of what she’s capable of doing. So, the level of respect is obviously there. But also, the understanding whatever it is that you need from a personal assistant in one moment… or a life partner in another moment … or a best friend in moment … or whatever it is in order to get through the day-to-day and the week-to-week, so we can do what we love to do. We know we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love.

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Laura was such a great co-host on my Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nomination Specials, in particular when she talks about acting. It’s so rewarding to hear the other actors who are guests on the show listening to what Laura has to say about her craft and respecting the hell out of her.

Wes: Without a doubt. You can’t watch her work and not be in awe. It speaks for itself.

Laura: I just love the journey of going to the places that we go; to bleed for it.

Wes: Leave it all out on the floor.

Laura: I know that process. So, when I see another actor that’s bleeding, I just bow to them, because I know what it takes to go there. I know the work that Wesley does. When I see that he’s spent at the end of the day, I’m like, “Babe, I so get it.” So, I can see where it could be really difficult for people that haven’t been there, because it’s a lot of work and you’re spent. It’s hard! For us, that works.

What do you think of Laura and Wes’ love connection? What do you think of the latest developments for GH’s Carly and Henrik? Comment below.

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EXCLUSIVE: 45th Annual Daytime Emmys Winners & Backstage Video Interviews!

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The 45th Annual Daytime Emmys are in the record books.  And as previously reported, it was a big night for NBC’s Days of our Lives taking Outstanding Drama Series, Writing and Directing in a Drama Series Awards, plus top acting nods to James Reynolds (Abe) and Greg Vaughan (Eric).

Behind the scenes while the ceremony continued on-stage, and as the night’s big winners and several presenters were whisked away backstage following their victory, they took to the Winner’s Walk and chatted with Michael Fairman who got their reactions to winning the gold, or presenting important moments of the night during the live-stream broadcast.

From DAYS Deidre Hall (Marlena), Dr. Oz, The Ladies of The Talk, and GH’Chris Van Etten to DAYS head scribe Ron Carlivati, to Y&R’s actress winners: Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Camryn Grimes (Mariah), and GH’s Chloe Lanier (Nelle, Vernee Watson (Stella) and more now you can watch the complete backstage series of conversations on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  Make sure to “subscribe” for these and more celebrity interviews.

After the jump, check out some of the winners and backstage interviews with Michael.  You can also go directly to the video you are looking to view, by clicking on the blue hyperlink on the interviewees name. (more…)

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