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Lindsay Hartley Dishes Playing The NIGHTMARE NURSE, Her Upcoming Evil Horror Film Role, And Desire For A Passions Reunion!

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Daytime fans know her work as Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald on Passions, Arianna Hernandez on Days of our Lives, and Cara Castillo on both the ABC and Prospect Park versions of All My Children, but now get ready for actress Lindsay Hartley’s turn to the dark side in two juicy new roles, the first airing tonight … Nightmare Nurse!

Premiering on Saturday, March 5th, on Lifetime (8PMEST/7CST), Hartley stars as Chloe, an attractive in-home care nurse who is assigned to take care of Lance (Steven Good) after his car accident.  Lance has sustained a leg injury that requires him to be bedridden with at-home care. When Chloe (Hartley) is recommended for the job, she seems so perfect for the task.  However, when her troubled past comes to light, it becomes apparent to Lance and his fiancée; Brooke (Sarah Butler) that someone is out to destroy their lives!

Taking on the role of the Nightmare Nurse was a welcome change for Hartley, who along with her real life boyfriend, Jason-Shane Scott (Ex-Will, OLTL) have found their niche playing some not-so-nice, good looking individuals of late.  But that’s not all, Lindsay is also getting ready to shoot her first foray into the horror film genre, and it’s a doozy of role as one of the five evils of hell in Death House.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the beautiful and talented Hartley to get the lowdown on her frightening medical role, her upcoming horror flick, and if a Passions reunion should be discussed with so many TV shows about the supernatural becoming very successful on primetime, that a return to the town of Harmony might just be what the doctor, err, nurse ordered.

How did the role in Nightmare Nurse come about?

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LINDSAY:  I did not audition for this one.  My agent called me over a weekend, and said they made an offer for me to play this part in this movie.  They wanted me to read the script in like two hours and get back to them since they started shooting on Tuesday.  So, I really quickly read the script and thought it was fantastic, and I loved it.  It kind of reminded me of Theresa from Passions having a bad day!  (Laughs)  It’s like her, but where she went dark, and where she really went down the wrong path.  It really reminds me so much of that character.  So I got back to them and said I would do it.  I ended up finding out, and this was so crazy and random, that my daughter’s girlfriend in her sixth grade class, her dad is the director of Nightmare Nurse!  So, I had known the dad and been over to their house before.  Then even crazier was I actually knew the executive producer.

So this was a bit of trial by fire in the shooting process of playing Nurse Chloe in the film?

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LINDSAY:  Here I am on Tuesday morning, and they had re-written the script, the night before we started shooting.  I got to set and I basically had to learn as I would go throughout the day.  It was insane.  I was working on set, and then sitting on the floor and memorizing and going through the scenes.  Movies don’t shoot in order.   It was really hard to know: what I was doing, where was I coming from, because it’s a little convoluted what happens with my character, and trying to track that.  I think my soap opera experience helped me 1000% in this instance.  I don’t know how I could have pulled this off, otherwise.  Absolutely, the quick-thinking that you get from working on soap operas, and how they train you helped me get through this one.  I had an amazing time.  I loved working with the director who is a friend of mine, and the cast was such a great group of people.

So just what is Chloe, the Nightmare Nurse’s, problem?  Clearly, she must be off-kilter! It’s a Lifetime movie for God sakes! (Laughs)

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LINDSAY:  There is a twist as to why she is there within the movie, but she shows up to take of Lance (Steven Good), and then things go wrong.  She starts going a little nuts.  In the teaser clip they released for the movie, you see that the nurse is thinking about overdosing Lance.  You think she wants to murder him and the movie is set-up in a certain way.  She is the ‘Nightmare Nurse’ though, and she does become unstable.  She legitimately has mental issues that she has been treated for in the past, so she has got some problems. Why she is still allowed to be a nurse?  I don’t know! (Laughs)  She is mentally ill and bad things happen with her, and the happy couple.  At the beginning, she is super sweet and hides it all very well.  But when she goes home, she is like a whole different human being.  Then she goes back to work, and she gets a little too close for comfort and gets more inappropriate.  However, she is the perfect nurse, but then she starts doing things that are pretty disrespectful, and then she has a breakdown, and things go awry from there.

So is there an attraction being played out between her patient Lance, and Chloe?

LINDSAY:  I think he likes her, but he loves his fiancée, but he sees the nurse as this amazing person, which is all part of the story.

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Your real life boyfriend, Jason-Shane Scott (Ex-Will, OLTL) also has been appearing in some Lifetime movies and such of late.  He has also been playing some creepy characters.  So are the two of you putting out there, “Hey, if you want any scary roommates or lovers, call us!” (Laughs)

LINDSAY:  Jason just had a Hallmark movie air over the Christmas break, and it broke ratings records when it aired for the channel, something like 4.3 million viewers watched it.  He was the one you were not supposed to really like, which now thinking about it just runs in our gang! (Laughs)   And then he was in the Lifetime movie which has been airing a lot called The Wrong Roommate, and he was the wrong roommate.  Jason was the bad guy in that one and tried to kill people.  Ironically, Jessica Morris (Ex-Jen OLTL), who had a part in The Wrong Roommate, is also in Nightmare Nurse.  Now Jason and I are writing something together that fits that genre, and it’s kind of fun playing these types of characters. (Laughs)

I posted picture of you, me, and Eric Martsolf from the Soap Opera Digest 40th anniversary party just the other week.  Fans commented, “Passions Reunion!” Would you love to see a TV special or movie of a return to Passions? Do you think it could ever happen?

LINDSAY:  I would love that.  Everyone could come back and be in the reunion, wouldn’t that be fun?  If we could get the money and the funding, I think it would be great if we could do some type of TV movie.  I kind of feel like Passions was ahead of its time.  Looking back on it, I wish Passions would have started its run a few years later.  Now, there is so much supernatural stuff going on with primetime television, especially on the CW, and of course motion pictures are coming out left and right with superheroes and supernatural stories.

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What do you think Passions’ Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald is doing now?

LINDSAY:  When I saw Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS, Ex-Ethan, Passions) at the Soap Opera Digest party, I was thinking about that.  I guess she would have to be with her 4,000 children, and maybe living in the same house as Alistair and Julian.  They are all living together as one big unhappy family.  We would have to have Mrs. Crane (Kim Ulrich) and Andrea Evans (Rebecca) doing their thing.  Maybe everything has been hunky dory in the past, but now they reveal they have been plotting and planning to ruin Ethan and Theresa for the last decade.  They are coming in full steam ahead with Gwen to destroy everybody!

And on Days of our Lives, they have completely beefed up your former clan, the Hernandez family!  The series has brought in both A Martinez (Eduardo) and Jordi Vilasuso (Dario).  It’s unfortunate that your character of Arianna was killed-off back in 2010, and not around to be part of this.

LINDSAY:  I know, and all the people I have loved working with are there.   I love Jordi Vilasuso so much, and worked with him on All My Children.  He and his wife are pregnant with their second child!  Time flies so fast.

This has been a busy time for you.  You are also getting ready to shoot a horror film, called Death House!  You play one scary badass in this one?

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LINDSAY:  Yes.  I am shooting my part in April.  They are saying the film will be released in 2017.  My character’s name is Balthoria, and she is one of the evils of hell.  There is this prison nine levels down into the earth, and the last level is where these five evils of hell are. This facility is a way of taking prisoners and bad people to retransform their brain to not think negatively, and to be more balanced.   It’s really torturous.  When I read the script I had to keep walking away and then coming back to it, and then continuing to read it, because it is so gruesome.  There was a scene that featured my character that just got me.  When I read it, I went, “Wow!  I would like to experience that on camera!”  Throughout the movie they talk about the five evils, but you don’t meet them really till later, but you do see them through the use of flashbacks.  They are the worst of the worst, and they are supernatural.   However, then the audience meets us at the end of the movie.  The plan for this is to do six sequels of Death House,  and each sequel is to have a movie based on one of the evils and how they became who they are.  Right now, it is my understanding that my character would be featured in the third movie, and that is where you will meet her, and learn all about her.

Do you have any trepidation doing a major part in the horror film genre? 

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LINDSAY:  I think it’s a great idea to do a horror film!  I love how dark and powerful this character is.  She is a heavy hitter in this. I am shocked that this happened.   One of the things I have personally always wanted to do was be in a horror movie, because they scare me!  I can’t watch bloody things in movies, but I also thought, what would happen if I get cast in one of these?  Will I be able to handle it, or will I still be the same going, “I can’t watch it?”  Ironically, Freddy Krueger haunted me for so long when I was a kid, and he is in the film Death House!  What they have done is bring in all of these iconic and amazing actors from the horror film genre, and grabbed them and put them in this movie.  They are promoting as The Expendables but of the horror genre. Dee Wallace from E.T. who was on General Hospital last year, and who has done a lot of roles in the horror genre is also in this.  It’s very exciting.

So, will you be checking out Lindsay on tonight’s premiere broadcast of Nightmare Nurse? Looking forward to seeing her playing some villainess roles? What do you think of her role as one of the five evils of hell in Death House? Would you like to see a Passions reunion special? If so, what would you like to see happen to Theresa and the gang in it?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below, but first check out the trailer for Nightmare Nurse.

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Passions: The Return!…On Lifetime Channel-?

Lindsay Hartley is perhaps my favorite actress to have ever worked in soaps. I adored her on Passions and followed her to Days, AMC and Queens of Drama. Her upcoming projects sound interesting, especially since I’m a pretty big fan of the horror genre. I’ll definitely be watching.

Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald Crane Crane Casey Winthrop was a hot mess in the best possible way. A PASSIONS reunion would be awesome.

At least it’s not that NIGHTMARE of a show with ex soap actresses again Queens of drama. .it was more like Queens of the mundane lol what a bore

Loved her on AMC too!! The soda landscape has changed so much…sniff! Happy to see she’s busy and working!

Crap… Soap!!! Soap landscape 🙂

I like Lindsay Hartley. I actually liked Passions, I actually liked it better when it moved to cable (I think it was DirectTV). Andrea Evans and Susan Lucci’s daughter (sorry her name escapes me at this moment) were awesome together, and of course Timmy and Tabitha.

Liza Huber?

Yes, thank you!

I always thought she would have been a good choice for a recast of Robin on GH…. Hope shenreturns to daytime (just not B&B, it’s a mess there)

I also loved Lindsay Hartley. and I loved the movie now that is my kind of movie.Also a huge horror movie fan so I will be on the lookout for that and yes I would love to see Passions again.they should have never cancelled it.

When is her reality show Queens of Drama returning?

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

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Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.

 

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