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Kassie DePaiva and Kristen Alderson Interview – One Life to Live Farewell

In their final video interview with On-Air On-Soaps as cast members of One Life to Live (taped at the series final press junket) an emotional Kassie DePaiva (Blair) & Kristen Alderson (Starr) discuss playing the popular on-screen mother/daughter duo in the dysfunctional Manning family. In addition, they share their thoughts on working with Trevor St. John (Todd/Victor Jr.), and what the amazing fans of OLTL have meant to them personally and professionally.

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lorraine
lorraine

I am going to miss this show especially Vick and Clint. I always come home to see my favorite show and which that one day i can be a guest. Love you all guys and sorry to see it end.

Leslie Scott
Leslie Scott

I cannot tell you how it saddens me to see my favorite soap go off the air.i have gotten to know and love the cast of oltl for over 20 years and have watch the show for over 30 years.the cast and crew of oltl have become a family to me especially since i was diagnoised with stomach cancer.i breaks my heart to see the show end.

linda otey
linda otey

they are playing some of the episodes on soapnet (until soapnet goes off the air, I have heard) early in the morning 2am cst if you would like to watch them and this week in texas it will be on tues wed thurs and fri-hope that helps. Also don’t forget about 4 of the actors going to General Hospital in February, john,star todd and blair, hopefully maybe more as it continues. and nora is going to be on bold and beautiful. maybe that will help you some, and I wish the very best for you with your diagnosis. Linda Parris Otey

Mary
Mary

I’m going to miss OLTL too. I love the Mannings, especially Todd and Blair. ABC, don’t you see what a huge error you’ve made?!?!

Tammy Grzenia
Tammy Grzenia

omg i was smiling just so happy to see them in the interview ,also with tears running down my face . today broke me to pieces. today i just started screaming out i hate you abc so much how could you do this to everyone.we love this show and amc .this is not fair .

Debra
Debra

Totally agree!

gloria
gloria

Oh, me too. ABC is making such a big mistake. Why can they not SEE THAT??

Susan M.
Susan M.

Because thet have a thick head… One thing failed with Prospect Park… They refuse to try again….. ABC won’t lift a finger to help OLTL!!! Tey will be SORRY!! The interview is sad to me because you will never see these people again!! I’m recording the last five episodes on dvd this week… Again ABC will be SORRY!!1 THE REVOLUTION will BOMB !!! I mean this statememt!!! Another show I will never watch!!!!!! Only reason I watched ABC all these years was because of ONE LIFE TO LIVE!! THAT’s the only reason.. Now I have no reason to watch ABC!!! YOU STINK ABC in a BIG WAY!!!! No wonder CBS is #1…

MEG
MEG

I WILL MISS THEM SO MUCH, I’M SO HAPPY TO HEAR WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT TREVOR,

karen irvin
karen irvin

I am so sad to have to say goodbye to yet another one of my favorite shows. you were a huge part of my life for the past 40 some years. I’m 58 and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t watch One Life and All My Children. I actually mourned the loss and I’m sure I’m not alone. I wish the best to all the talented actors and especially to Kristin with her beautiful voice. Loved her song today of “One Life To Live”.

Debbie
Debbie

totally agree, I have watched OLTL from the first airing with Vicky, Meredith Larry Vince, Karen . It has been part of my life for 40 years, I am also 58 and I can’t remember a time when i didn’t watch OLTL and General Hospital. I started watching with my Grandma. The only show left to watch on ABC is GH.after that I will not watch ABC anymore, there is no reason, they have removed anything worth watching. Who needs more reality shows there is way too much information already. We are on information overload.
I have vcr and dvr the shows for years and watched at night when I came home from work.. I am so sad , the cast of OLTL has been an extended family and will be greatly missed. Thank you, cast of OLTL for your dedication to your fans and your great work.. you will all be greatly missed.

gloria
gloria

Agree, I am 51 & remember when OLTL first started. My mother watched & one day I got in trouble & put in the corner & remember sneaking down the hall & peeking into the living room when I heard OLTL coming on! I was 8 or 9. I too have gone to great lengths to keep up with all of my shows over the years. I’d be recording CBS on one VCR & ABC on another & trying to watch NBC live on a little black & white tv I had stuck under my desk at work! You said it-information overload is right & guess what? There is never any NEW information is there? Do I want to listen to an ob-gyn on January 16? What the hell is she gonna tell me that I need to hear?

Debbie
Debbie

That is exactly the way I feel.. Hasn’t all of this already been covered on OPRAH. DR OZ, Dr. Phil.. and all the other talk shows, enough talking……. been there done that..
Give us back our show.. OLTL..or bring it to primtime.
and get rid of some of the junk that is on.

Alice Angelis
Alice Angelis

It is so sad and depressing to see our favorite soaps to be going off the air, and being replaced with more talk shows and cooking , I watched these shows for over 40 years, its very sad , its like loosing my best friends, even though its just TV, it was my daily getaway to watch my favoite soaps…… I hope they have the show on the internet. or another channel,

Shauna
Shauna

OLTL’s cancellation is a major blunder by ABC. I must thank the cast and crew for one of the finest hours of entertainment in television. Kassie and Kristen are huge talents and I only hope they will find new ‘life’ on a TV or movie screen very soon!

hummingbird
hummingbird

Michael, I think it is FANTASTIC that like us OLTL fans, OLTL is your favorite soap as well. It’s comforting to know in OLTL’s final hours your grieving right along with us. Thank you so much for going out of your way, to cover OLTL with honor & praise the best way you knew how. Thank you! I enjoyed all your interviews especially your latest with Kristen & Kassie.
Long live the Manning’s!

audrey
audrey

I watched One Life to Live for years and can’t believe they canceled it.The cast will live on in my memory.There is some many ways they could have written it.I just hope they can get it on the internet with all the original casts that are currently with the show but I know better than to hold my breathe.I’d like to thank them for intertaining me all these years,it was a blast.Good Bye to all the cast and thank you for being so good at what you do.

Tonja Walker
Tonja Walker

Great Job…

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

To one of the genre MOST BEAUTIFUL women…been watching you since GH., breathtaking. Paying Homorage. Ok:

This is what WE as a soap community is doing about it. First of all (Lucille- see below on site) that is a valid point and GOOD suggestions you made about getting RID of comcast, to make sure you have NO DISNEY CHANNELS. YOU NEED TO COPY/PASTE THAT ALL OVER THIS SITE, and at abc.com. (We really have to take a stand and live up to the CONVICTIONS of it.)
SECONDLY: JOIN US….. We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s. PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, and ALL the other soap sites you know of. Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states. Do this: And PASS THIS ON
AND DON’T FORGET YOUR BRILLIANT IDEA to POST on sites too: Cancel Cable (that means Disney) and get a DISH instead. Brilliant!!!!!

krktoday
krktoday

In the past two year’s every show I love has gone. I watched ATWT’s and GL from the 50’s. I watched AMC and OLTL for all these year’s. Oprah, Desperate Housewive’s, Joy Behar, Regis, Larry King. I watched all these every time they were on. I practically dont even need a tv anymore. I will continue to watch GH but that will be the only show left on ABC worth tuning in to. I hope Cassie pop’s up on GH next. I wll really miss her. Roger too. Blair and Todd were by far my favorite’s on OLTL. Next Friday will be a very sad day for so many people ranging from us sitting home watching to the actor’s who will be out of work. HATE ABC

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

What we have to is:
We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s, (JOIN US)PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states.

krktoday
krktoday

What is a soap bar?

barbara t
barbara t

Thats funny ,I hope you are kidding and you know what a bar of soap is.It can come in liquid form to ,And I will say what 1loveabcsoaps ,go to the dollar store and you can get a few bars DIRT CHEEP.

Heather
Heather

A bar of soap

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

A (soap bar) is a bar of soap. I would get on you for that BUT since we are in this same quest together, and the stress of the matter, I’m going to show some love behind it. LOL
Get them at the dollar store if you dont have any extra’s in the house OR favorite brands of yours that you dont want to send off. That way (at the dollar store) you can send ANY OLD KIND- and send more than 1 since you can get up to 3 for dollar. I sent 6 bar’s. $2. Lol Let abc use them to CLEAN up the mess they have made with peoples jobs, and our hearts. : ( I bet abc. studio’s wont like a BIT being BOMBARDED with soap coming in across the United States anc Canada.

sheila
sheila

i am so sorry but i think they are so wrong for taking our shows from us this is all we have to watch i am a stay home mom and this was no where right to do this they need to put this show back on now what am i going to do with my day now nothing bc they took it
sheila

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

What we have to is:
We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s, (JOIN US)PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states. Do this: And PASS THIS ON

iluvssw
iluvssw

All I have to say is Thank You, Michael, Kassie and Kristen!

lucille mason
lucille mason

since the soaps will soon be gone,there will be no reason to watch abc or soapnet anymore.for christmas we have boycotted all disney products, since we have new baby now, thats quite of bit of money we spent elsewhere. and we are seriously thinking of getting rid of comcast. thats another 165 month,can get dish alot cheaper, we don’t need any disney channels now.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

First of all Lucille, that is a valid point and GOOD suggestions you made about getting RID of comcast, to make sure you have NO DISNEY CHANNELS. YOU NEED TO COPY/PASTE THAT ALL OVER THIS SITE, and at abc.com. (We really have to talk a stand and live up to the CONVICTIONS of it.)
SECONDLY: JOIN US….. We are sending soap bars to ABC studio’s. PASS IT ONTO…this site and abc.com’s blog and post on Facebook, and ALL the other soap sites you know of. Send soap bars to abc studio’s in nyc so the new shows and abc willl be BOMBARDED with soap from peeps all acorss the united states. Do this: And PASS THIS ON
AND DON’T FORGET YOUR BRILLIANT IDEA to POST on sites too: Cancel Cable (that means Disney) and get a DISH instead. Brilliant!!!!!

Julie
Julie

I’m a nurse and mother of two. I looked forward everyday to watching OLTL. I DVRd it and watched it every evening. This will be a big void. No more ABC for me

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Julie, go above your comment (and the one above that one) in THIS reply and read what Lucille decided to do and what ” WE” as a soap community is doing about it……

cloakes
cloakes

Can anyone tell me how to get a copy of the song that Kristen sang today. I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I have tried looking on Amazon but have had no luck. I thought it was titled OLTL. Thank you to everyone for the 40 + years I will miss the show greatly.

Nancy
Nancy

I thought OLTL would be seen on the internet, where and when??? I do not want to miss a single episode!!!

M
M

Unfortunately, One Life To Live will not be continuing on the Internet. The company couldn’t raise enough money to do it.

Heather
Heather

It’s not happening anymore. That interview was probably made before Prospect Park scrapped the project in November.

Lisa Boring
Lisa Boring

I am soo sad. OLTL never got old. It was the high light of my day, every day. I’m in a wheelchair & at home all the time. I get very bored. Now I have nothing to look forward too. I have been watching OLTL for so many years. I remember when Vickie had a sister named Meredith. I think the show was in black & white! I hate reality shows. ABC sold out for the almighty $$. I thought Soaps would be around forever. I thought someday if I ended up in a nursing home at least I’d have my Soaps. I also watched AMC. I remember when Erica was a virgin!! So this is very upsetting for me. Goodbye my friends……

Heather
Heather

OLTL is the best soap out there. I do regurarly watch the other four soaps because I don’t want them to suffer the same fate as OLTL, but it’s just not the same as OLTL.

RIP OLTL (1968-2012)

gloria
gloria

I thought soaps would be around forever too. You are so right-about someday maybe being in a nursing home but at least having your soaps. That’s the thing about soaps, they are (were) constant, always there day in & day out-you could count on that. I don’t have a large family anymore. My older relatives have died & the younger ones are scattered around. I particularly enjoy the holiday episodes on all the shows, it give you the chance to experience family holidays that you might not have anymore! So upsetting for me too.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Thanks So Much, Kassie & Kristen!! 😀 😀

BARBARA J
BARBARA J

Wow Kassie I am sure gonna miss watchin you on the show.Who would have ever thought as you were in the high school play Passionella that you would end up on a soap opera.Congradulations on a great career and your fans in Union County Ky look forward to see where you go next! Best wishes.

Lisa
Lisa

I will miss Pne Life to Live !I am deeply saddling that the show is coming to an end and deeply disappointed that the channel that has carried the show for years is canceling the show .Will miss you all kassie

Susan
Susan

I’m still in disbelief that OLTL only has 5 more episodes. I am 51 and I’ve been watching since I was 17 yrs old. I used to tape it on VHS and now I DVR it everyday. Theses people are like my second family, how do you say goodbye to them? I am in mourning already. ABC made a huge, huge mistake! I give these crap replacement shows less than one to be cancelled. I vow NEVER to watch anything on ABC ever again, including primetime. Boy did they get this wrong thinking we don’t want entertainment. I am a college educated woman who works in the software industry, but ABC thinks only stay-at-home moms or seniors watch the soaps. WRONG!!!! Goodbye to Llanview and all the exceptional actors & actresses whom shall live in my heart forever.

gloria
gloria

Gosh Susan-agree with every word! I am 51 too & could have written your post. My sentiments exactly. I manage a law firm but also manage to keep up with my soaps. They keep me sane!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Go Gloria, you are a POWER woman!

candace bigleman
candace bigleman

Love our Daytime!

barbara t
barbara t

This is so sad,abc let alot of people down,Looks like you watched these soaps for as long as I have,tuning into the abc soaps have been a very big part of my life,every day 5 days a week,started watching with general hospital,from the beginning ,do you think we can sue abc for mental distress?because loosing one life to live will be the hardest to let go of.abc put alot of people out of work ,that means more families going without.Never would I believe that abc would screw the soap fans and all the people involved with the soaps over money with cheep programing ,crap tv that I wouldnt want to be caught watching,and never will be caught watching ,except for general hospital goodbye abc.

gloria
gloria

Mental distress is right. I have been just sick over this since Nov. 23 when the announcement came that the show was not going online. I have had trouble sleeping & just feel very angry at ABC & SO resentful of these awful replacement shows. I cannot stand to see the promos for them. On New Year’s Eve I was sitting there enjoying OLTL with tears in my eyes one minute, laughing out loud the next when suddenly in the corner of the screen it says “Coming January 16, The Revolution” I nearly died. Does ABC actually think that ANYONE who is watching & loving OLTL would effing look forward to January 16 & that crap? They just pile it on, insult to injury every day. ABC hates soaps & I hate them.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

As someone stated aboves on this site, get rid of your cable (that takes care of paying for any Disney Channels stu), and get a Dish to get your channels., and send bar’s of soap tp the ABC studio’s in NYC, and let abc be BOMBARDED with soap coming in from all over across the U. S. They will surelly get the part. We are all doing it. Join us, and pass this along across any and all soap opera web sites, especially abc,com comment/blog area after the OLTL commentary. This had to be a JOINT effort.

Lisa H
Lisa H

I’m still in denial that OLTL is going off the air in one more week. I’ve watched all the ABC soaps off and on for about 40 years (since I was a little girl watching with my mom), and OLTL has always been my very favorite. I cannot believe that another station or cable network hasn’t snapped up OLTL and AMC. I’m still hoping and praying that one will come to its senses and that our beloved “friends” will come back to us… because that’s what the soap characters are to me… friends whose lives I’ve followed for most of my own.

Susan
Susan

Ditto, except I’ve never stopped watching OLTL. I gave up GH a long time ago (early 80’s) and AMC about 10 yrs ago but I’ve NEVER stopped watching OLTL. To me it has always been the best of the 3 and always the one thats been so under rated compared to the others. I am also holding onto a glimmer of hope that someone can save OLTL. I call it denial, because I have read the executive producer Frank Valentini has been asked to go to GH and he has already accepted that offer.

amy cornell
amy cornell

Kassie & Kristen, I will so miss you both. I wish you both all the best. i’m so sad OLTL is ending. I’ve been wathcing it for years.

Angela Riddell
Angela Riddell

What a beautiful interview! Michael, thank you for the interviews you’ve conducted with the fabulous actors from One Life To Live. Kassie and Kristen, I will be following your future endeavors as you are both brilliant! Bar none, OLTL has the most talented cast ever. ABC has lost many, many viewers as of Jan. 16, 2012, excepting General Hospital. What a huge mistake they made…thank you all for the years in Llanview…

mary jane berry
mary jane berry

This is truely killing me that the show is going off, I have watched oltl since day one.I have been to see them every year in florida for the soaps fest and now i feel like i am losing my family, they are not just characters to me they are friends and not to beable to tune in and see how their day is going is going to be very sad to me…. as for Abc i will never watch these new shows.. it’s not like we needed another reality show and the chew it wont last… shame shame on ABC they have ruined so many lives…………….r R I P One Life To Live

Dawn Gamboa-Nappi
Dawn Gamboa-Nappi

I also have been watching for 40 yrs. I am 53. i love cooking shows but will not watch the CHEW. At this time , when I watch my SOAPS, It is complete mind vacation from my day. I tune out everything else & this is MY time. I truly do not know what I am going to do. Thank you writers, producers & cast for giving my mind a vacation everyday for the last 40 yrs. I will miss you so…..

Vicki
Vicki

Great interview with Kassie & Kristen. They truly are like mother and daughter. I watched Starr grow up, and it is so nice that Kristen played the role from when she was 6 till the end. She is a talented actress and I wish her well, and will miss her as Starr. Kassie is amazing as Blair. She has chemistry with every actor she has worked with. When Roger came back as Todd, the chemistry was explosive. They were perfect together. I am looking forward to seeing Kassie at Loving Llanview on Jan. 21.

todd
todd

I just want to thank Kassie for all the entertainment she has provided for us for the last 19 years. Year after year she has delivered amazing performances…..that have largely gone unnoticed. I look forward to see what great things Kassie will be involved with next. Any project will be lucky to have her.

Beverly Salhany
Beverly Salhany

PLEASE COME BACK OLTL

Sarah Lindsay
Sarah Lindsay

All I can say is Lawd Lawd.What is wrong with ABC.I will never understand how you can take away something good and replace it with slop.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Someone on here requested the where abouts of this song, just found it, posted below.

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Heather Juarez
Heather Juarez

Wow I’m so shocked why is the show leaving I luv one life to live ,please don’t go if I wake up tomorrow will u still be here.

Doe
Doe

Michael, I loved the interview with Kristen and Cassie. They have represented a loving mother, daughter relationship so well on OLTL. And yes, Starr grew up fast because she had to. We all love Starr. And Kristen and Cassie are so talented . They should really put an act together They both are singers and could go on the road. The fans would go crazy for them. And they could play off each other and also make money at the same time. How about Vegas?..I say, go girls….

Robin625
Robin625

Saddest day approaching. Only soap fans can relate to the feelings of…what am I going to watch now? Why am I losing my friends? These brilliant people have had me on the edge of my seat every day for over 30 years. Change is good, but not this kind of change. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it! This show was not broken, the people behind the people are. They’ve made a huge mistake and they will be kicking themselves real soon. Hit me up on twitter @Robin625!

debbie
debbie

I am done with ABC

PattyJean
PattyJean

So very sad tonight about the lost of good-ol’ American entertainment; some of our SOAPS: Said goodbye to AMC, am in mourning for OLTL, stung by the end of SoapNet (come March), and hurt by the possibility of GH “going out of business” in the Fall . Today, I pledge my presidential vote to the candidate who brings back the Soap Opera to daytime TV, (particularly to ABC-Disney) !!! And I’m only halfway joking about that, Mr. Obama, etc. Maybe, Sir, Oprah could bring her forceful presence back to weekdays as Secretary Of Soaps, eh ?! AMEN.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Patty, loved………loved your comment. Very creative. Uh, “your presidential vote, Oprah’s forceful presense back to weekdays as Secretary Of Soaps”. Now that is creative, BUT makes ALOT of sense. Oprah NEEDS the viewership on her NETWORK, which maybe failiing BC people are TIRED OF REALITY TELEVISON. Patty Jean, STROLL down 4 places on this page, see Heather’s name AND my reply and JOIN our movement in fighting back. IMPORTANT.

barbara t
barbara t

GOOD IDEA, but she was already asked to take the soaps ,I think she should have taken the soaps and ran with them,would have improved her ratings,so im sorry, but if she wasnt bright enough to save the soaps the first time ,how can she become the secretary of soaps ?however Im sure there is someone out there,who we can trust and have obama appoint them as the top soap zar,Is that how zar is spelled?

barbara t
barbara t

OOPS its czar.

Rebecca
Rebecca

The soaps are a part of our tv history..Been watching since the 1950’s..Like saying good bye to an old friend..I wonder how long GH and The Bold and the Beautiful will last..I expect they all will be taken off eventually..

dominicsmythe
dominicsmythe

what?!! the saddest part of this interview is that kassie says blair is a “perennial loser at love”…. this SUCKS!!!!!!!!

Heather Juarez
Heather Juarez

I’m so upset ryt now I don’t want the show go off air, I have watching the show for 4 yrs now and it’s the best show on abc , I think days of our lives now that show is stupid but I know that comes on nbc I growed up with days of our lives bcuz my family liked it nd I did to at one point but it just don’t make since but I went on my own way and found my own show that I like and I reall y love the hot guy’s that are in one life to five rex, ford those are the two are mmmmm to me, and my son say’s mommy is one life to live is on he loves to to watch that show u are making a big mistkate I really falled in luv with this show, now what am I going to watch nothing is on like one life to live. I am crying bcuz I won’t see my cute men any more and jessica, starr, dani, blair, john,bo, nora, naty, ford, rex, gigi, james, nate, vicki, clint, todd if I left any one out srry I luv u all I hope u will neaver will the show I hate 2012 it’s not bringing me luck it’s bringging me back luck bcuz my show is going off the air . Like starr was singing u only have one life to live, please don’t let this one life to live go off air can u please think about it hard bcuz u already have a lot people don’t want the show go off the air thanks a lot Heather ps: I just had to say what’s on my mind u only have one life to live that’s true don’t mess this up for all the fans who watches the show and I’m one of them.

angela
angela

This is such a debacle that there are no words to express what abc has done. I am a faithful 41 year viewer and the void that I will feel come Jan 16 is overwhelmning. The first thing abc should have learned from this mess that the rating system needs a MAJOR overhaul. True not many people watch the show at 2:OO BUT they dvr it, record it, watch the many chances to catch that days episode on soapnet. There is hulu and abc.com. This show has many many viewers that just were not counted. Frons is gone? Big deal, too little to late. I think that abc may continue to suffer the consequences of their actions. It would be great if they would clean the egg off their faces, admit they made a HUGE mistake and reverse the cancelation. But we all know that the almighty money machine that is know as Disney would never admit to anything, much less a mistake. I think it’s ironic that the name of the show to replce our beloved oltl is called the revolution. Because the fans will have their revolution when all those tv’s go off at that time and abc suffers an even greater finanical loss then they claimed producing these shows cost them.

PattyJean
PattyJean

Our show DESERVES more than only ONE Life To Live !!!

meary
meary

glad starr and blair and todd(rh) are going to gh!!! taping at the end of this month!!! yayyyyy!!!

bree
bree

another network needs to pick it up and slightly rename it :ONE MORE LIFE TO LIVE

Susie
Susie

Today is one of the worst days in television EVER and one of the worst days in my life !! I have been watching for 37 years… OLTL is and always will be my favorite show. I’m devestated, disgusted and sick at heart… even the news of the GH crossover is not enough to keep my heart from breaking today!

Patricia Marino
Patricia Marino

I miss OLTL so much they were like a family to me I will never watch the crap that ABC chose to put on.

Judi
Judi

I still miss OLTL and it has been a long time now but watching Star and Todd and John McBain on GH,, I keep thinking about the great story lines on OLTL and how great it was! Shame on ABC for cancelling and not listening to the viewers. We all tweeted, fb, emailed, called to ABC,, to no avail… Kassie! ( Blair) I am so sad and angry that you did not go to GH, I know you were excited about it! The first scene with Carly and you having a drink to the men.. omg, I thought what a great story line beginning either cat fights or bff! would have been great…Alot of fans let ABC CEO’s know exactly how they feel about the cancelation of OLTL and then Blair not going to GH!! Thank you and Star for a long journey that I loved everyday!! I use to tape the shows, then DVR came out,,I am in my 40’s and for years I would run home after work and watch OLTL,, and call my friends family,and co-workers we would talk on the phone for hours about OLTL and who did what,, and it was like family.. I wish you The Best and hope and pray that soon, some network will wake up and bring back OLTL.. I mean we have 1000 channels! If any network out there was smart they would bring back the soaps! we don’t even have soapnet anymore it is Disney jr!! There is an out pour for OLTL.. if a network wants to make some money!! I miss you and wish you well, and have not given up on seeing you Blair (Kassie) on GH!! what a story that would be.. better yet.. OLTL back with all the actors I loved for years!! God Bless!

Grand Hotel

Denyse Tontz and Lincoln Younes Preview Forbidden Romance & Intrigue As ‘Grand Hotel’ Premieres

When Grand Hotel opens its doors to its audience tonight on ABC (10PMET/PT), it will have a very familiar feel to soap fans for several of its series regulars and its executive producer all come from the world of daytime or serialized storytelling.

Executive Producer, Eva Longoria (Ex-Y&R, Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids, Telenovela) brought to the screens a provocative drama with Miami Beach as its backdrop of the last family-owned hotel (by the Mendozas) with a contemporary take of an upstairs/downstairs story of 2019.

Former General Hospital’s Bryan Craig plays Javi, who is joined by two other soap notables; former All My Children reboot star, Denyse Tontz (Ex-Miranda Montgomery) and Australian-born actor, Lincoln Younes (Ex-Casey, Home and Away) who’s characters are interlocked in some very sexy and mysterious ways.

Tontz, plays Alicia Mendoza the strong-willed daughter of the Mendoza clan, who is fresh out of business school… and who will make a huge discovery about her dad, but is also set to embark on a romance with a new staff hire!  And that staff hire is Danny played by Younes, whose character Danny is not who he says he is at all … and he has one goal in my mind which brought him to the hotel … but things get complicated for him when he feels a massive attraction to the hotel owner’s daughter … Alicia!

Michael Fairman TV took part in a press roundtable discussion with Tontz and Younes to get some teasers of what’s to come when Grand Hotel premieres.  Here’s what they shared in some questions posed by us and others below.

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Danny and Alicia definitely have an instant attraction in the season premiere. Where can you tease that it might go?

LINCOLN:  Well, it can go in a number of directions, but hopefully towards a positive one.  They each have their own motivations for why they’re at the hotel.

DENYSE:  Alicia’s main goal, or at least from the beginning, is to prove herself, just having graduated business school and sort of step into her mother’s shoes a little bit. She’s had a lot of pressure on her for most of her life to sort of fill that role and keep the family together.  I think it’s really tough to have to juggle that and the desire to explore this potential romance with this person who is so intriguing to her.

LINCOLN:  I think with Danny, his reasons are kind of unknown as to why he’s at the hotel.  He comes in as a new employee, but there is something off about him.  It is complicated by the arrival of Alicia and the chemistry the kind of ensues between them.  I think that’s kind of the interesting thing to watch is them navigating their priorities and their initial motivations with the inevitable chemistry and dynamic that has appeared.

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The main family in Grand Hotel is Hispanic.  And what is intriguing about the premise is that their ethnicity is not the backdrop of the story, it’s just who they are.  Would you agree?

LINCOLN:  Eva is kind of a trailblazer in that way because this is about the story of a family, and a hotel, and the guests, and the employees, and the employers, and all of the different things these people go through.  It’s not so much the color of their skin and their background.  I think as soon as you take away the magnifying glass of how a person appears and really look at what is going on inside, that’s a step in the right direction.

DENYSE:  I think that even though we are really a diverse cast and crew, that really has nothing to do with the actual premise of the show, and I think that’s really cool even to just see that.  To just play a character who happens to be Hispanic, and that’s not the central theme of this character, I think there really are no stereotypes that are perpetuated in any way.

LINCOLN:  It’s the perfect melting pot of culture, and the fact that it is set in a hotel where anyone from any part of the world can come into, it creates this show that I don’t see anything like this on TV, and that’s very exciting.

Do you see Danny and Alicia as a duo to root for with their dysfunction and all throughout the series?

DENYSE:  I think there is this sort of allure to the forbidden romance aspect of it all.

LINCOLN:  They have these obstacles in front of them.

DENYSE:  But you want it to happen. (Laughs)

LINCOLN:  You want it to happen, and it’s just against all odds.  That complicates things.

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You have such a great cast to work with; chief among them Demián Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids)!

DENYSE:  Oh man, working with Demián and Roselyn and Eva Longoria was a dream.  They’re each so special in their own way.

LINCOLN:  Three powerhouses.

DENYSE:  Yeah, three powerhouses and very different.  They each have their own way of approaching a scene.  Demián is mostly a movie actor, and it really shows in the way he approaches scenes, and the way he is not glued to the lines, and it’s kind of cool to watch him and learn from him in that way.  He’s so funny too.  He makes it a really comfortable environment, and you feel safe to try stuff.   Eva … same thing.  She has a clear vision for what she wants.  She can direct in such a way that I think a lot of directors can’t, because she has been on the other side of the camera, and she has got a really good perspective.  I think she’s really great at articulating what she wants you to do.

LINCOLN:  Yeah, she’s very meticulous.  I think the thing about all of the people who you’ve just mentioned is that they all have levity.  They are all very specific, but they are all very authentic.  That carries through in both their acting and how they carry themselves off set.  That was really great to kind of learn from them.

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Many in the cast are from daytime dramas, or soap operas previously, including both of you!  Was that a coincidence in the producers casting choices, you think?

LINCOLN: I think, just knowing Eva so well now, and Brian and Ben, the creators behind it, they searched long and hard for the people they wanted to play the roles.  So, it might just be a happy coincidence.

When the scripts came out, how did the cast handle the twists?

LINCOLN:  There was a lot of speculation going on.  There was a lot of gossiping on set and off set.

DENYSE:  Lots of gossiping, stealing scripts… a lot of bombshells though.  There really is no shortage of plot twists.  A lot of these characters you think are going to start out a certain way, and then you find yourself completely changing your opinion of them halfway through the season. Without giving too much away, nobody is really who they appear to be.

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How do you both feel about the fact that the wait is over and Grand Hotel is finally premiering?

DENYSE:  It’s super exciting.

LINCOLN:  It’s very surreal.  This is my first American show, so I have no idea what to expect.  I just go to Denyse for advice.  I’m like, “What do I do?”  (Laughs).  It’s all very exciting.  I think when you love a project; there is another element when it is released to the public.  Everyone on the show loves it.  Everyone is so passionate about it.  So, I just hope that the audience feels the same and that we get to keep doing it.

So will you be checking out Denyse, Lincoln, Bryan, Eva and more on Grand Hotel?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this promo for the kick-off tonight!

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GH’s Cynthia Watros Talks On Taking Over The Role Of Nina & Ingo Rademacher Dishes Jax’s New Love Interest

Today on June 3rd, Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros is set to begin taping all-new episodes of General Hospital as she steps into the role of Nina Cassadine, last played by Michelle Stafford, who has left the ABC daytime drama series and headed back to The Young and the Restless to reprise her signature role of Phyllis Summers.

Watros, best-known for her delicious portrayal of Annie Dutton on Guiding Light, and who was last seen on daytime on Y&R, is back to the grind of the soaps taking on the complex Nina.  Add to that, it is clear that GH is setting up a potential love triangle, or new love interest for her, now that Jasper Jacks is back in Port Charles with GH fan favorite Ingo Rademacher returning to the show.

Last month on the recent GH Nurses’ Ball episodes, we saw Nina (then Stafford) lock eyes with Jax, and the two demonstrated an instant attraction to each other.  Add to that in story; Jax was revealed to be the new 50 percent owner of Aurora Media, which Nina’s Crimson Magazine falls under, putting them in each other’s path in more ways than one.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Cynthia and Ingo along with other members of the media at last week’s ABC Summer Press Roundtable junket, and here were some intriguing and insightful moments from the conversations below.

When we asked if Cynthia had a conversation with Michelle Stafford on taking over the role of Nina, Watros responded: “I did.  We had lunch together, and I have to say, Michelle is an amazing, lovely, giving woman.  Just to be able to sit across from her and talk about Nina and to talk about the show, I was just in awe of her generosity.  I will always be a fan of Michelle’s.  She actually reached out to me and said, ‘If you ever want to call or text…’ and I said, ‘Let’s have lunch!’  So, we found and afternoon and spent like three hours just talking about it.”

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Since Watros has brought the cray-cray to her best known role of Annie on GL and is so adept as an actress to go from that to playing grave reality, Cynthia weighed in on how she sees Nina and the challenges of being a recast in a soap role: “Nina has all of this stuff that I can’t wait to play.  She’s got stuff that she hasn’t explored for a long time because her life is going pretty well right now.  What happens though when your life doesn’t go really well?  You start exploring those things that you thought were sleeping a little bit, you know, that weren’t necessarily bubbling up to the surface.  So, I like it all: when a character’s life is going well and when a character’s life is not going well. Because I’m playing Nina now, it’s going to be different.  It’s going to be challenging.  It’s the first time I’ve ever taken over a role that someone else has played.  I don’t want to totally go off, so people go, “Wow.  Nina’s totally different,” but of course, I want to make it my own.  Again, I’m an actor who likes to use all of the tools.  I like it all … the funny, the not so funny, the playful, and the crazy.”

As to the timing of Watros returning to the soaps at this time in her life … and how it went down that she landed her new gig at GH, she revealed: “It sounds not very dramatic, but I got a phone call.  Just a phone call asking, ‘Would you be interested?’  Guiding Light will always be in my heart because I had such a good time doing Annie, and I was on Young and the Restless and Another World for half of a second.  So, daytime has always been in my life and in my world.  My last show was in Atlanta, and my daughters were in high school in LA, and it’s hard to go back and forth for them, for me, and for my life as a mom.  So, I kind of took my acting and said, ‘Well, I’m going to slow it all down until they graduate high school.’  They graduate high school June 2nd and I start GH June 3rd.  So, it just seemed like it just made sense.”

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As to what the future holds for Nina as she takes over the role, Watros shared: “I can tease that I get to play with this guy (Ingo) a lot, and Nina is trying to find a stronger role in the magazine where she is really going to step up in making that a success and her love for the magazine , and trying to navigate her relationship with Jax.”

Cynthia will also get to work with Nina’s present love interest, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), which the actress is also excited about:“I have to say, I have not met him, but I have been watching the show, and he is just phenomenal.  I love his character.  I love how he is this sort of like bad guy, but it seems like the women really dig him.”

Watros says she is excited to work with Maura West (Ava), Laura Wright (Carly), and Billy Miller (Drew) from the cast.  She has previously worked with Laura and Billy in her soap career. As to her nerves for her first week at the ABC studios where GH is taped, Cynthia shared that she is: “Less nervous, more excited. I feel like a 20-year-old back in soaps.  I remember Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, Guiding Light) back in the rehearsal room, and I was off script, and she was on the show for a long time before me, and I was new. I was yelling my lines, and she goes, ‘Excuse me! Can you tell this actress not to act so early in the morning?’ (Laughs) I feel like I’m going to do that again.  So, I’ve got to tone it all down.” (Laughs)

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For Ingo, he certainly has a view as to how Jax fits into the canvas of Port Charles: “Jax is to me, and I’ve only just been able to put it into words now that Captain America came out, but he’s ‘Captain America’.  He’s all about fairness.  If he sees a bully, he will stand up for the person who is being bullied.  So, that’s who he is.  He’s the white knight.  He’s the person who will always do the right thing.”

Now that Jax has big time ownership in Aurora Media and thus Crimson, does he see the sparks flying with Nina? Ingo reveals: “Yeah, basically he walks in, and she goes, ‘What are you doing in my office?’ and he goes, ‘Actually, it’s my office.’  When I heard about him doing that magazine, I was a little surprised because that’s usually much too small for Jax.  He’s more of a Richard Gere in Pretty Woman character, corporate leader, takes corporations apart, sells pieces … this is, I think really for his daughter, Josslyn (Eden McCoy).  He’s thinking about the future.  Also, to keep him busy in an actual job that he might be good at.   I think it’s a big change in lifestyle for him where before it was about businesses which were much more global.”

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As to what is behind Jax’s attraction to Nina, Ingo summed it up by sharing: I think Jax is attracted to Nina the first time he sees her.  I have a feeling he already knew who she was the first time he sees her at the Nurses’ Ball, because he’s been studying Aurora Media before purchasing it.  He’s done his background work, and to piss off a Cassadine is just a bonus.  Also, I think what is interesting for Nina’s character is the two different guys.  She’s engaged to this more mysterious character, and then, you’ve got this jolly, upfront one going, ‘Hey!  How’s it going?  Everybody having a good day?’ (Laughs)  He’s very confident as well, but in a different way.  I think it’s nice for the story for Nina to be tugged between two completely different men.”

So, excited to see the debut of Cynthia in the role of Nina? Are you up for a triangle between Jax/Nina/Valentin? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  But first, watch Cynthia’s Emmy-winning moment as Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Guiding Light.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk & Paul Telfer Talk On Masks, Villainy & Their Wildest Storyline Yet

Take three great actors, add a prosthetic mask into the equation, and let them have at it! That’s just what NBC’s Days of our Lives is in the midst of serving up to its fans with this latest plot device and twist.  Last week, it was revealed that the nefarious Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) is alive and well and pretending to be Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) donning a mask, a voice alternating device, and some other body tweaks!  The goal …  to be with Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and she will do anything to accomplish that!

Enter Xander (Paul Telfer) who has been in the thick of the plot being the only one we know of, so far, who knows that Kristen is parading around as Nicole.  They hatch their next moves inside a room at the Salem Inn.  They even went so far as to set it up to appear that Nicole’s daughter, Holly was killed, so she could blame Eric (Greg Vaughan) and cause a break-up of the long-suffering lovebirds and play it off as she needs to be consoled by Brady!

Michael Fairman TV chatted in an entertaining and wickedly funny interview with Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, and Paul Telfer to get the lowdown on what happened when they learned they would be wearing or working with a mask, how they pulled off the emotions in the storyline twist, and what to look forward to from here.  Under the clever pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati looks for the hits and twists to keep coming as this storyline continues to rock the world of Salem for some time to come.  Here’s what Arianne, Stacy, and Paul had to say about their latest on-screen predicaments and schemes!

Ari, at what point did you know that you really weren’t Nicole … and that you were Kristen playing Nicole?

ARIANNE:  I actually didn’t find out until a little bit after the van went off the road in the storyline; thinking it was Holly who was killed.  Sometimes, the less I know makes it fresher, and I think if I had known before those scenes, and the scenes with Eric (Greg Vaughan), and when I first came back, I would have had a little too much Kristen on my mind, and I don’t know if I could have been as raw as I felt in those scenes.  So, anyway that’s my long explanation.  I found out after I started back on the show! (Laughs)

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Additionally, did you have a conversation with Stacy about certain mannerisms hat Kristen has if you’re “masquerading” as Nicole?

ARIANNE:  Our co-executive producer, Albert Alaar had talked to me about watching Stacy because everything was happening fast.  Stacy and I really hadn’t had a chance to even talk to each other even from the last round of me being thereI remember Stacy was inundated with dialogue up the wazoo when I came back for that twelve-episode arc.  So, because of all of that, Albert said, “Watch Stacy! Watch her mannerisms, watch what she does,” and then I’ll throw a little Ari in it.  I just hope that I do as good of a job as Stacy does.

Paul, you and I talked about this on the NBC ‘Inside Salem’ podcast, when we played back for you (for the first time) the clip of Kristen taking off her Nicole mask.  Xander had the perfect set-up line for the reveal: “The part of Nicole Walker is being played by Kristen DiMera!”  Did you not have a good laugh doing that scene?  How did you get through doing that moment?

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PAUL:  Oh, yeah, I was laughing my ass off the whole time.  This is an insane storyline with masks and doppelgängers.  But, it looks great on-screen, and that way it’s edited.  So, I was really happy.

STACY:  There was one moment when Nicole would hold steady to unfold the neck.   So, Ari started that to the point where I’m pulling it off completely.  I think it’s cool.  It’s “Mission Impossible”.  How nice!

PAUL:  That’s what I going to say.  If Tom Cruise can make a hundred million dollars doing this stuff …

STACY:  … then, we can do it!

ARIANNE:  Right?  We can make a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of that.

STACY:  We’ll make it look good!

What is the real deal between Xander and Kristen?  They are conspiring and in cahoots, but there’s this underlying sexual tension between them.  I think Xander respects Kristen in a way, because she can one-up him!

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PAUL:  I think every character who Xander has interacted with who isn’t a member of his family, he’s trying to either get something from, or get into bed with, and he can’t really do either with Kristen, because she’s crazier and more dangerous that he is up until this point.  That’s certainly the way that it feels.  The way Stacy plays it, she is not to be messed around with. Honestly, I think that turns him on.

STACY:  Yeah, there you go.  That sounds good. (Laughs)

PAUL:  I mean, it makes sense.  Just like, “Wait a minute.  This is a bit spicier than I’m used to,” so, he’s excited, but at the same time he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and he doesn’t want her to murder him!  (Laughs)

STACY:  Well said.  I like that. (Laughs)

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So, what does Kristen think of Xander at this point?

PAUL:  That, he’s a useful idiot.

STACY:  She actually needs him to go out into the world because she can’t leave.  When she does, she has to leave as Nicole, and then it becomes a whole other storyline.

PAUL:  It’s fun because Kristen is actually the boss, and Xander is convinced that they’re actually partners and that becomes our whole dynamic where she’s treating him as her lackey, but he’s like, “No, we’re partners, because I know your secret.”  Then, it becomes kind of a bargaining chip between the mask and all of that.  It’s so crazy because certain evil characters when they come back, they have to come back in disguise; whereas Xander’s always quite happy to be just jogging through town square with his shirt off after holding someone ransom or kidnapping a baby like, “Ah, whatever.”

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Arianne, it’s been awhile since you got to play the villainess side of Nicole, and with this return to DAYS you get to play that side of her as well, even though it’s really Kristen. Do you enjoy playing the bad girl?

ARIANNE:  Stacy and I were just saying today that you have these conversations about the villain character, (and Paul, I’m sure you’ve felt a lot of this too) people hate you or they love to hate you, and you’re like, “Hey, it’s a good thing because I’m doing my job if you hate me,” but in order for the storyline to move, you’ve got to have a villain.  Nicole used to be kind of villain-ish but playing someone like Kristen who is such a valued villain on this show is just … oh, my God!

Stacy and Paul, what do you think is the most heinous thing your characters have done so far?

STACY:  The most heinous?  (Laughs). Wow.  You know what’s funny is that she’s done all of these things, and I don’t think she thinks what she does is bad.

PAUL:  It’s so funny because you totally would expect her to be like, “The other characters are evil.  We’re the good guys!”

STACY:  I mean honestly, so she kidnapped Nicole, and took her baby.  There’s Marlena and the window.  I mean, it’s hard when she’s done all of these crazy, horrible things.  I’ve just really enjoyed playing her because she’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s this brilliant, deviant person who just wants one thing, and there’s one thing on her mind, and everything else gets in her way.

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Is the one thing Brady?

STACY:  Brady, Brady, Brady, and I think even Xander has to repeat it over and over again.  We were playing in rehearsal, and I think I had him do that.  I don’t remember the line, but I said something, and he goes, “Brady Black,” and I go, “Say it again,” just because I want to hear him say it again.  That’s her driving force.

What did Greg Vaughan and Eric Martsolf say when they found out about what the twist was?  Did you tell them?  How did they find out?

ARIANNE:  Well, Eric Martsolf always has a great chuckle.  He has a great laugh, and I think Greg Vaughan just stared at me for a minute.  Then, I told him about the mask process … about making the mask …. and how I thought I was going to pass out and die.  (Laughs)

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Is putting on the mask an extremely weird experience?  How long does it take to put on? 

STACY:  About an hour?  It’s quick, and I thought we were going to suffocate when we were under that because I’ve never done my whole face before, but I’ve done body things. Make-up department is like, “You’re going to be fine.”  It was heavy too, really heavy.

ARIANNE:  Yeah, and because it’s so heavy, after a while, it starts to pull your skin down a little bit, and you’re like, “No, no!” (Laughs)

Did anybody else go running around with the mask on?

PAUL:  Oh yeah.  Everybody!

I knew it!

ARIANNE:  How could you not?

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So, what is the relationship between the real Nicole and Xander, which we saw play out before her death?

PAUL:  She’s my wife!

So, Xander sees Nicole as his wife?

PAUL:  I’m happy to give Xander’s perspective on Nicole, and then Arianne can feel free to correct it.  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  Alright, that sounds good.

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PAUL:  The way I’ve tried to handle it over the years in our ins and outs of this failed romance is that they’ve saddled poor Arianne with: this psycho chasing after her, and kidnapping her and her baby, and whisking her off to foreign lands – and also to Nashville.  When Xander first came into town, before they decided to make him a total psychopath, it was all working nicely, and Nicole wasn’t really on the up and up with Xander, and she wasn’t really honest about what her intentions were.  Meanwhile, Xander was involved in all of this chicanery with Serena, so once that metastasized into full-blown evil, and Nicole was aware of this, it shifted from, “I just really wanted to take this girl to the movies,” to, “Well, I guess I have to kill her now.”  (Laughs)  So, I think he’s just been playing that out ever since.  “Well, if I can’t date her, and if she won’t love me, then I guess I just have to torture her for the rest of her days.”  I think now on the other side of her supposed death, I think Xander has probably reconciled that his twisted romantic notions, or torture, or whatever he was doing with Nicole, is probably over, and he’s moving on to greener, more alive pastures like Sarah.  To be fair, I do think they’ve purposely made it confusing.  Not just for the audience, but for us.  There’s a real sense of, “Am I playing this to Nicole as Kristen, or do you want me to play this just to Nicole?”  Very often they just go, “No, just play it to Nicole,” because it’s funnier if for Xander it just occasionally slips his mind because she looks just like Nicole.  I’m kissing her… like he’s just enjoying the fact that he can.  “I never really got to kiss Nicole much, but this is Nicole’s face, so I’m going to.”  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  That’s hilarious.

Ari, what would you say is their relationship?

ARIANNE:  Well, I’m certainly not as long-winded as that.  (Laughs)

PAUL:  He’s a creep!

ARIANNE:  He is a creep.  What cracks me up coming from Nicole is, “Ew, what a jerk.  He’s so gross.  Yuck, yuck!”  Like, really?  You’re not going to make that one work, huh Nicole?  When you reach that far back to the history of Xander and Nicole, it doesn’t have a lot of depth for the two characters because the next thing you know he’s trying to kill her and Eric.  It’s like that scary online dating when you go on one date and it didn’t work out because that guy is going to kill you.

PAUL:  Xander is like the ultimate bad Tinder date.

ARIANNE:  Totally. (Laughs)

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That is classic.  The bad Tinder date.  That’s basically it.  Xander also apparently feels bad for Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as she is having her bout with alcoholism.  Is that correct?

PAUL:  Yeah, I’m actually excited to see some of that stuff.  It was great doing it because I love Suzanne to bits.  I was very afraid of ruining Xander by making him too nice, but at the same time when I was first brought on to Days, I wasn’t offered a villain role originally.  Xander morphed into a more severe villain than I’d been led to believe he would be, and it happened quite quickly.  So, I’m actually quite happy to right the ship a little bit back towards he’s bad but he has some occasional glimmers of goodness in him.  So, Maggie really represents that because she’s actually quite nice to him and nurturing in a way that no other character on the show is.  When she has her dalliance with alcohol, he’s one of the few people who doesn’t judge her for it, and we finally get a little bit of Xander’s back story.  I’m actually excited to see those scenes because they felt nice to do, so hopefully they come across well.

Stacy, how did you track this storyline, when Arianne would be playing Kristen as Nicole? 

STACY:  Well if I didn’t get the script, I didn’t know about it.  So, if I wasn’t in the script that time, then I would be looking at Paul going, “What are we talking about?” and then, Ari had obviously already shot those scenes, so they were written for me, so I’m like, “What did I do?  What did I do?” It’s just scenes between Xander and Kristen at the Salem Inn.  Occasionally, you’d get somebody knocking at the door, but then I’d have to quickly put on my mask. (Laughs)

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So, Ari did you ever have to go to Stacy to get tips about Kristen’s past or anything?

ARIANNE:  It was all about the future moving forward.  I think old, former Nicole had some crazy similarities with current Kristen because it felt kind the same as pulling some things from what she used to do … you know, just a couple of crazy chicks in one crazy character. (Laughs).

The other big part of this is Rolf’s diary that Xander has in his possession.  Is Kristen in cahoots with him on that?  Is she trying to get that from him?

STACY:  I think she is.

PAUL:  Yeah, that’s when she starts to get mad at him; when she realizes that he’s not just being her underling and he’s off scurrying around with his own agenda in the meantime.

ARIANNE:  He’s manipulating and doing his own thing.

PAUL:  I use it to start manipulating Eve (Kassie DePaiva).

So, what would you say to the fans to look forward to?  “You never know who you’re talking to on DAYS?” “Gird your masks?”

ARIANNE:  I definitely think fans know that’s not Nicole the way she is.  And, you never know who is going to give you a shot in the butt and turn you into somebody else.

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Well, that’s true.  You never know.  One day they’re going to tell you that you’re playing Julie today! (Laughs)

ARIANNE: “Today the character of Julie will be played by…”

STACY: “… you will never guess by whom!”

PAUL:  This was fun.  This is a fun way to do it.  Let’s all do all of our interviews together moving forward!

So, what have you thought of the plot twist? What do you think of the Nicole mask and the performances and comments made here by Arianne, Stacy, and Paul? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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  • Jennifer W.: “She's gorgeous and looks amazing in the intro. But I cannot understand why Michael Mealor (Kyle) is not in the…
  • MARGIE RIVERS: “Yes bring him back I love watching him on general hospital. He is a good actor.
  • TVJeff: “Tony Geary retired. Luke. Is. Gone. Forever.
  • TVJeff: “So agree with you about JJ. They FIRE GV to bring back a short term actor. GV is…
  • Shay: “Oh, I hear you, Violet! I’ve been unimpressed with Bobbie and Lucy from their debuts...both were nasty, conniving tarts when…
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Airdate: 7-2-2019

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