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Josh Duhamel Raves About AMC's Jill Larson & Why She Is Inspiration For His New Project!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Now here’s an exciting quote for a woman we all know in love in the world of daytime soap operas!  Daytime Emmy winner and motion picture star, Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo AMC) had nothing but praise and raves for his former All My Children cast mate Jill Larson who is reprising her one-of-a-kind role as Opal Gardner in Prospect Park’s  reboot of the series!

In an interview with Glamour.com, Duhamel told reporter, Jessica Radloff about Larson, “She is one of my favorite people! Jill is part of the reason that inspired this show that I’m trying to develop. It’s based on my years on All My Children and the contrast with people of who they are on-screen and who they are in real life. And it goes both ways. Some people are despicable on-screen and then the most genuinely kind people off-screen. Jill is one of those people. She’s just the kindest person ever.”

What do you think of Duhamel’s raves about Larson? Are you interested to see his new project that is in the works based on  his time with All My Children?  Let us know!

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jim
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jim

I met her years ago…she is one of the most kindest persons iv ever met…wish there were more people in the world like her.

Keith Baughman
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Keith Baughman

I agree with Josh. I’ve met Jill and she’s so kind and sweet. Just a lovely lady.

Dorothy Ann
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Dorothy Ann

Jill is a lovely lady and great actor. Josh is a class act too. Two of my favorites from AMC

Renee
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Renee

I’ve never met either of them, but have heard wonderful things about Jill the entire time she has been on AMC. I really think this is a great idea that Josh has and can’t wait to see it.

Dinah
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Dinah

I’ll so proud of Josh always bring up his time on AMC

Dez
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Dez

Yes! I was just thinking the same thing. He’s a class act. I like the way he always quite fondly claims his connection to AMC. Unlike so many they pretend they never crossed the soap airwaves. Such as Demi Moore who spent considerable time on GH. Also Tchina Arnold (Pam from Martin)was on Ryan’s Hope for some years. Many more I can think of. AMC is iconic and Josh knows it. I’m looking forward to his new show. Totally! It sounds very interesting.

Terry
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Terry

I love Jill Larson and I love Josh Duhamel and I’m VERY interested to see his new project that he says he’s developing. Sounds Quite interesting. Love them both

Joanne McCabe
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Joanne McCabe

That is great what Josh Duhamel said about Jill Larson I also think she is such a nice person and yes I’d love to see what Josh is putting together for the show he is about to get together of the people of All My Children!!!!!!

Lew S
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Lew S

Doesn’t surprise me. She seems like a cool lady.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’ve admired Jill’s work since as days as Ursula on OLTL. She is absolutely perfect as Opal. I’m so glad she’s still with AMC.

Kim
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Kim

Love both Jill and Josh. I am always ready to see them!
Glad that Opal will be back with AMC.
Will be interested in Josh’s new project too!

Cathy
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Cathy

Nice idea but I never remember Opal being despicable.

Derek
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Derek

He doesn’t mean she was. He was just making a point that sometimes characters are very different than the actors who play them and Jill is very different from opal.

jane
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jane

Opal was never despicable!

Liz Arnold
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Liz Arnold

The original Opal was despicable. She won an Emmy for all her misdeeds. Jill Larson’s Opal is not what I would call despicable. She has had her share of schemes gone wrong, back in the day.

I am very intrigued and want to hear/see more about Josh’s project. It’s definitely something I plan to check out. I love him for being proud about his AMC roots. He seems like such a sweetheart.

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

She was never despicable, but let’s face it, Opal started out thinking only about Opal. The character grew into the wonderful lady we love now, thanks to Jill Larsen’s acting.

su0000
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su0000

Yes, Jill is a sweetheart..

But- nobody ever says a soap actor is a bad person, and one might be a nasty person in real life.. they all can’t be a sweetheart like Jill . lol ..

Carole Anderson
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Carole Anderson

Anything Josh does interests me. He is awesome, and it is so good to know how much he respects Jill Larson. Can’t wait for AMC to return, and see what Josh has going…..

Johnny
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Johnny

I love Jill Larson as Opal since she took the role over in late 1989 (!) – Time does move on, doesn’t it. The original concept of Opal was introduced as Jenny Gardner’s mom, a self-serving, vulgar and abusive parent but with a hint of sadness under the facade played at that time by Dorothy Lyman. When the character resurfaced as played by Jill she became more lovable and also brought humor to the show especially alongside Michael E. Knight as Tad. I am really glad that Jill is returning for the AMC reboot – what would Pine Valley be… Read more »

SoulKirk
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SoulKirk

I was fortunate enough to talk with Josh at the rise of his “AMC” light. Sincere, great, down to earth, funny, intelligent, and supercool. Hoping he’s still that way after moving from NYC to LA and film fame. Re: Jill Larson. Never met her but she’s certainly well-respected by me and her industry and everyone she meets, seemingly. Josh, contact me! LOL. Def interested in his project, even sounds like a little something I’ve been working on for awhile. (Mine isn’t “AMC” specific of course.) ~ @SoulKirk

terp0709
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terp0709

I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Larson last September – she was a part of the 25th anniversary staged reading of STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Poised, charming, funny, and absolutely a treat to work with!

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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