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Michael E. Knight On If He Will Return To All My Children!

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Long time All My Children fan favorite Michael E. Knight is sorely missed these days as Tad Martin on the revival of the series from TOLN and Prospect Park.  Knight is keeping busy though, and will be seen in a fantastic guest star role on an upcoming episode of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva on the July 14th episode!

TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan caught up with Knight to ask him not only about his guest star turn but if he plans on finally making a return to Pine Valley and All My Children, where the character of Tad has been recently talked about on new episodes!

Knight has this to say if a return is imminent to AMC:  “For sure I will be back. You know, the reason I didn’t want to continue with AMC when Prospect Park took over was that I had done the show for 20 years straight and one move cross-country in two years was enough for me. I was tired! Plus I felt I had done everything there was to do on the show. I came back from the dead. I was twins. I had amnesia. I did everything but give birth and marry Erica! But I’m definitely up for a visit so, yeah, Tad will make his presence known in Pine Valley. Maybe not really soon but someday. And I mean that. “

Knight on leaving Cady McClain (Dixie) solo on the new AMC :  “Now she knows how I felt. [Laughs] She died twice and was gone for ages. Now she knows what I had to deal with! I love Cady. ”

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So AMC fans, are you optimistic that Michael will be back as Tad sooner than later?  Do you think a big piece of life in Pine Valley is missing without him? Share your thoughts!

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CindyC
CindyC

I would be happy with Tad there full time but if he can’t just a few shows every month would really make me happy.

Dawn C.
Dawn C.

I grew up with Tad. I started watching AMC with my grandmother. My dad wasn’t a fan of AMC until Tad, and all his teenage antics. Ever since then my dad was hooked. I think I’ve been watching since 1973 or 1974 when I was 7, or 8 years old. I know in a perfect world everyone would be back, but its no, and abc saw to it that it couldn’t be. For right now ill take what I can get.

Melissa
Melissa

I certainly do hope that Michael E. Knight does return to AMC! He is a talented actor, and I truly miss Tad. He and Dixie are definitely a couple!

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

I sure do miss him very much. I am glad to hear that at some point he will visit Pine Valley. Now to get Greenlee, Ryan and Kendall back would be icing on the cake! How about Jack and Erika and please more Adam!

Beth
Beth

ICAM about Kendall, Jack and Erica, and Ryan and Greenlee are ok, too, but I especially want more Kanes back on the show! Hopefully Susan Lucci and Alicia Minshew will be returning to AMC soon for more than just one episode’s worth of scenes. As for Tad, MEK should always have a home at AMC. The show needs more veterans and more Martins, and I want to see a Tad & Dixie back together again, and I hope to see Zach and Kendall reunite onscreen, too! There’s no good reason for the Slaters’ divorce. None.

AJ
AJ

I believe it’s a BIG mistake for Alicia Minshew not to return ASAP. I know she has other things going on and what’s to explore her fame outside of soaps.. but this is her opportunity to seize power and become THE star of AMC, like Erica Slezak is of OLTL and Susan Lucci was of AMC.

Minshew has an opportunity to take on the role of the lead woman on a soap that could give her job security for decades. While there is still the perception that soaps are going the way of the dood.. I believe they’ll come back in a big way and prove themselves sustainable.

Sandy
Sandy

My sentiments exactly Lisa. Tad was the stable.predictable character on the show whereas Greenlee, Kendall, and Ryan were the fireworks of fantastic acting. I pray the day comes they all return even for short stints. Anything appearance is better than none and it would keep the storylines coming. My fingers are crossed!

Holly
Holly

Would love to see MEK return as Tad.

CathyC
CathyC

Ted used to be the fireworls back in the 70’s and 80’s. Now he’s the ‘stable old dad’ guy!!!

Lew S
Lew S

YES!!!!

Blinda
Blinda

Oh PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE hurry back!!!

con fern
con fern

come back tad

Deborah Fuller
Deborah Fuller

Would love to see Michael Knight back on AMC with Cady McClain. I love Michael’s character and sense of humor on the show. The show is lacking that now. Definitely the show needs him back. Miss ya

Johnny
Johnny

Have to agree Deborah the show really and truly is missing some humor. It’s also missing some stronger scripts but hopefully that is in the works down the road a tad. Speaking of Tad, yes I hope that Michael Knight returns to Pine Valley as TAD MARTIN because brother, they really need his presence. It’s like, he’s the link between Dixie being there and Opal and a close friend for years of Angie and Jesse Hubbard.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I would like to see Billy Clyde attempt to romance Opal…they together could add some humor to the show…they could be the next Phoebe and Langley…id come back and watch that…probably no agreements her to the pairing but i feel it could be comic gold if written right. But first Opal wouldnt be attract to him.

Kari
Kari

Yes he is missed so much!! I would love to see him back full time, but will take what I can get. I have to say that Micheal/Tad have been what I missed and still miss the most since the ABC/D cancellation.

Diane Dunn
Diane Dunn

I did catch Dixie’s mention of Tad this week and I got very excited that it could mean a return soon. Even if all we get is an occasional appearance, that is better than nothing. Thank you for posting about his upcoming appearance on Drop Dead Diva – will set the TIVO to record that for sure. I miss Tad, and Michael so much! Excited to be able to see him acting again.

mary
mary

Glad they did not kill the character off. He needs to come back and see Billy Clyde.

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

The show needs him…COME HOME TAD!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

DItto.

SteveS
SteveS

Yes, Tad’s presence is needed at the very least to explain where he was that Dixie couldn’t reach him. Tad & Dixie were one of the last super couples around and I hope he can come back full time sooner than later!

su0000
su0000

I would love Tad back as long as he is not with Dixie..
That terrible mess should end, needs to end..
I could not go one more round of them..
They both need to move on and give something different..
T&D have become tiresome ..

Hope Tad would have another love time with Carla , they were great together ….

DoeR
DoeR

Yeah, he did have a lot of different story lines but so did everyone else. I understand he is now established in LA (unfortunately thanks to ABC) but fans have been very vocal about wanting him to come back. A guest shot on Drop Dead Diva?? Sure, whatever. Sounds to me like his AMC fans aren’t really that important to him. And that’s sad because he was such a nice guy when I met him at the WDW Super Soap Weekend a few years back. So, IMO, if he can’t come back fulltime to be with Dixie then I would just as soon he not come back at all. And if you choose to cut me down because of my opinion go ahead, I really don’t care.

DoeR
DoeR

Oh, and footnote .. he doesn’t even have an official FB page where we can leave comments for him.

Alina Ross
Alina Ross

Michael is very missed and needed in Pine Valley. We desperately need him and want him back! He is one of the biggest part of AMC. I will keep praying that it works out for him and he comes back, because without Michael, there is no TAD.

Diane Todd
Diane Todd

I love Tad (Michael Knight) Please come back. It has alwys been Tad & Dixie. Tgether forever

Elhu
Elhu

I adore Tad/Michael E. Knight and would LOVE for him to return to AMC, as Pine Valley is not the same without him!!!!

Jewell
Jewell

Its funny, that he thinks Tad has been played out, yet Susan Lucci has been played Erica 41 years and she wants to come back, but she did movies and other shows, so that’s probably why she isn’t burnt out.

su0000
su0000

ME/Tad has done a few movies, also .

Pat Romero
Pat Romero

I hope Michael E. Knight (Tad) decides to come back full timel to AMC. He is my favorite character on that show, and the show definately needs Tad’s wit and wisdom. I would love to see him back with Cara again. Fights between Cara and Dixie over Tad. I would love that.

Kristie S
Kristie S

No, not with Cara. Please. They were not a good couple. No chemistry. Cara needs to be with David! They deserve each other! If Tad can’t be with Dixie, then I say put him back with Brooke again! I liked them together!

ethel
ethel

i have watched amc since the beginning and michael is such a big part of amc’s history – i love him & can’t wait for his return!

Terry
Terry

He needs to get back sooner, since AMC and OLTL will be returning to broadcast television via the OWN network.

Lisa M
Lisa M

I really miss Tad the Cad too. It has been mentioned he is away on a case. Where are his children? I think Dixie will soon have a new love interest in the doc at the hospital.

ricardo
ricardo

i miss michael knight so much. he is a terrific actor. hopefully michael will be back soon. also i want cameron mathison back and susan lucci. please come back erica cane. you have to come back. dimitri michael nader is back. i loved erica and dimitri. they were hot. lol.

Judy Tadders girl
Judy Tadders girl

There is not now nor has there ever been anyone on AMC that makes my heart jump. MEK is just the best. I’m a 41 year fan and have never missed an episode. I am struggling to get into the new version without him. So please MEK make my dreams come true, come back.

karen rivers
karen rivers

Miss you so much hurry back…..AMC not the same with out you…

Lin
Lin

from what Michael said, he sounds like is bored playing Tad and only wants to come back for short guest roles. I’m disappointed, but he gave us many, many years of great performances and I wish him all the happiness and luck in the world. I’d love if prospect park could give him a story that would persuade him to come bak long term. But it sounds like he will not be ready for some time for even a guest shot. I understand. Part of it is ABsleeze fault for moving AMC to the west coast and then canceling so quickly. Sounds like he’s be willing to guest sooner if he had never moved west. Michael, I love you and wish you all the happiness in the world. I miss seeing you on AMC and miss Tad.

Kristie S
Kristie S

I live in California. When I first found out that AMC was going to be moving out here, I had mixed emotions about it. As much as I would have loved maybe seeing one of the stars out here, I really didn’t want them to be here. I just had a bad feeling. I told myself, if they move the show out here, that was going to be the end of AMC. And I was right. I felt so bad for all the people that moved out here, only to lose their job a year and a half later. Maybe I’ll get lucky and see Michael out here sometime! They’re always filming things near where I live. You never know! I still miss him on AMC though. I do hope he’ll be back to stay!

Lin
Lin

I hope you get to see him, Kristie. I think it was very bad ethics to move everyone out west and then cancel the show. The economy was very bad so they probably lost money on their homes when they moved, and for those who moved back, probably lost again. I agree with you totally. If it’s the right thing for him, I hope he comes back to stay. They need to offer him an interesting storyline. I don’t think he and Dixie is it.

Jay in NJ
Jay in NJ

OF COURSE! I’m very optimistic that Tad will return and of course a big piece of him is missing considering that he has JR, AJ and Dixie in Pine Valley and of course there are the unanswered questions, what happened to Krystal and the little girls? are they with Krystal, are they with Tad or are Tad and Krystal both together and they are with them? Hey! I want to know and I’m sure everyone else does too.

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

Michael’s Tad and Walt’s Jackson are who I want to see. I was happy to see Dimitri back too. Now bring back Tad for Dixie and Dr. Joe and Jackson to complete my wish list. Erica and Kendall could pop in every so often but I don’t really care. Tad and Dixie are my favorite all time couple.

lynne albritton
lynne albritton

miss him want him back

Diane
Diane

I hope and pray that Tad (Michael Knight) will be back and I can’t wait. I think with the actors doing 5 weeks on and then 5 weeks off gives them a chance to do other things. I hope he realizes this and comes back because he is very missed. I also miss Kendall, Ryan, and Greenlee and I hope they come back too. I also hope that Oprah keeps picking up the soaps but I hope after this summer’s marathon that she buys more shows and airs them simultaneously with Hulu so those without computers or internet service can enjoy them too. Please come back MICHAEL KNIGHT.

Joan Brigham
Joan Brigham

It isn’t All My Children without Michael E. Knight. Tad was always my favorite character, and it is NOT the same without him. Not at all. Love you, Michael!! Please come back, we are tired, too, we fought like hell to get the soaps back, and then you didn’t come, I cried when you didn’t.

su0000
su0000

I do hope when hope ME/Tad returns he won’t be an old worn out man, and that he will be someone to be reckoned with and the ‘cad’ in Tad will once again be alive!!

For him to be vivid involved character once was..
And he needs to be Dixie free to grow into an awesome character befitting him.. and be a half of Dixie..

Liz
Liz

Oh I do hope he comes back! When he does, I hope that they can keep it a secret so I can really be surprised. They leaked TSJ’s return to OLTL. I found out on twitter that RKK was back as Stavros 5 minutes before he showed up. I was still glad but, it is so much better when it’s a surprise. Like when TSJ’s execution on OLTL, you REALLY thought he was dead until the next episode. Traumatic yes, but GREAT DRAMA!

Kim Wyatt
Kim Wyatt

We need Tad back and Jackson and Krystal .
And Erika? Kendall? Annie? Jake and Amanda? Greenlee and Ryan ? and bring back Janet too!

They are “All My Children” too! I love them all 🙂

Pat Romero
Pat Romero

I feel sad for the comment Tad made about coming back for a visit someday. He is so missed by tons of people, not just me, and I miss him so much on the show. I understand his feeling about the bad treatment by ABC, but it seems like Prospect Park is really trying to make the fans happy. But they are working too much with the young teens’ storylines and they really need some more of the veteran players for us longtime fans. I have loved watching Tad the Cad since he was first on AMC. Come on down, Tad, … give it a try … lots of your acting friends are there and they need you. Wish you would put up a Michael E. Knight website for us fans to find out what you’re doing and where you’re performing. I saw you playing in that play. I was in the first row and couldn’t take my eyes off of you. I am such a fan of your acting.

Kate
Kate

AMC needs to get a good storyline going. It needs to move past the Cassandra moaning and Angie crying thing. Has there been one day that Angie hasn’t cried? I do hope Tad as well as other original cast come back. David needs to get more evil. Love the Billy Clyde story. I am now fast forwarding through AJ/Miranda and Cassandra. I like Cassandra but this story is hanging around way too long. The only thing that has my interest right now is Billie Clyde. Glad AMC is back and hoping for some great story lines from the new writers. Krystal needs to be running the coffee shop! Of the new actors, I like Cassandra and Lea. Miranda, AJ and Jane…not so much. Haven’t decided about JR.

Johnny
Johnny

I have to laugh, because you are right Kate, I love Debbi Morgan but she needs to stop crying hysterically through every scene as Angie – it’s like, I get the feeling emanating from her “this script is nothing to brag about (which it isn’t) so let me act my socks off to make it work” – she is great but some of these scenes come across rather forced.
I don’t think there is tremendous chemistry between the young actress who plays Celia and the new Petey Corland. I don’t hear anyone asking questions about them as a couple here so I don’t think anyone cares. That’s a sign from viewers that the chemistry isn’t really happening there.
Yes, Krystal needs to be there – I agree. In fact, many people from Pine Valley need to be there, but sorry to say it doesn’t sound like Michael Knight is exactly dying to hop back into Tad Martin’s shoes. I don’t know if the viewers will accept yet another re-cast at this point – in the early days, Tad was played by several young actors prior to 1983 when Michael Knight took over the role but I don’t think today another actor would be accepted as Tad Martin.

Kate
Kate

I had forgotten about Celia. We haven’t seen her for awhile. Colby and Pete I liked until the sex scene. I fast forward them unless they are talking to David. These shows are becoming 5 minute shows for me because I fast forward through a lot. I am keeping my fingers crossed that more vets return and the new writers turn things around.

Johnny
Johnny

Yes, and when I watch the “More” Show, they made it appear that many people enjoyed the unnecessary sex scene between Colby and Petey. The truth of the matter is, most fans OBJECTED to it – but they didn’t say that. I found it personally, not needed – stronger writing is needed, not a hot sex scene with groaning and moaning. I mean, we get it, we know Colby is now being portrayed as a sexy trampy get outa my way bitch kind of gal, we have imagination, they could show her kissing Pete and do a fade out, we know how it goes, we don’t need a “blow by blow” depiction, pun intended. As for Celia, pretty gal, cute personality but not the most memorable character to walk through Pine Valley.

Carole
Carole

I want to see Tad back and I would also like to see Janet and Marion, too. These characters added humor to the show.

Treva Schlosshan
Treva Schlosshan

Of course Michael Knight (Tad) is sorely missed. He, Erica & Jackson were such a huge part of the old show that it’s not the same without them. Hope to see him back soon!

Joy
Joy

Miss him very much and his sense-of-humor on the show!

Teresa Blue
Teresa Blue

Oh my gosh, yes, he is certainly missed. And I remember his lovely speech in the fareweill toast. Sooner or later, if at all possible, they all return home to Pine Valley.
I, for one. will be ready. He could move in with Opal, because Dixie might be crushing on Billy Clyde. Hahahaaa. All My Children has brought so much joy!

Nicole
Nicole

I miss him as tad Martin and would love for him to come back, I know his story lines have seen just about everything but with the new writers I am sure they can provide even better story lines for him especially with billy Clyde so if he comes back (which I really want) then yay! If not I wish him all the best!

Sharrie
Sharrie

Please Michael come back soon! I know you have a life but AMC is just not the same without you!

Colleen
Colleen

a HUGE piece of life in Pine Valley has been missing and always will be, with Tad Martin not being here. Love him!!!

Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton

Let me say this…. Just as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west; Tad Martin will return. His character is an integeral part of All My Children. I am 100% possitive we will be seeing him one day. 🙂

aline robichaud
aline robichaud

THERE IS NO ALL MY CHILDREN WITHOUT MICHAEL KNIGHT I MISS THAT ACTOR SOOOM UCHHHHH pLEASE BRING HIM BACK AND ALL MY CHILDREM ON ABC

Susanne Pavlovic
Susanne Pavlovic

I’m sorry but I not only want Tad back but I want every-1 back. I Love the New show but we’re always going to miss the 1’s that did not return. Great job

AMALYN MOJICA
AMALYN MOJICA

HOPE TO SEE HIM SOONER THEN LATER……HE IS MISSED…….

TRACY
TRACY

I want Tad and everyone else to come back to AMC. I am glad we got our Soaps back!!!!!

Sue S
Sue S

Any one who is an AMC fan has to miss TAD. Like he said he was on for 20 years straight and was a big part of the show. I think he was truly the HEART of the show. Hurry back Michael….you are missed.

Sheryl
Sheryl

I Can’t Wait for Tad to come back, then hopefully Erica will join him, then Kendall and Ryan, Greenlee too? Heck, I want them all back!! Glad to see Dimitri after soooo long, and hopefully Adam will return again. I’m not really thrilled with AJ’s and Miranda’s acting, but give them time, they may grow on me. The new JR and Pete are okay, but Colby is too full of herself. Other than that, Jesse and Angie, Zach, Opal, David, Dixie, Dr Joe, Brooke, and Bianca, Griff (where did he go?)and Cara..even Billy Clyde, are all as great as ever, and I’m so glad to see them all back on my show!!!

Cindy Klingelhofer
Cindy Klingelhofer

Tad is definitely missed on AMC. I look forward to his return when Michael finds the time.

Kristie S
Kristie S

I miss Michael so much. He was the reason I watched AMC. I hope he does come back. It’s just not the same without him. Please, please, please Michael! Come back to AMC and stay. You are missed so much. The show just isn’t the same without you!

SUSAN
SUSAN

I have been watching AMC since it first started, & Tad has always been my favorite! I have been watching on Prospect Park, & I love that it is back, but just not the same without Tad Martin & Erica Kane!! Michael, please come back!!!!

Pat Romero
Pat Romero

Would love, love, love for Michael E. Knight to come back and play Tad. Wouldn’t it be great if he came back and continued his living arrangements with Cara, and have Dixie be upset that he was feeling love towards Cara? I would love it. Either way, when he comes back, I hope he loves it so much, he decides to stay. We need more of the main core characters back for all the fans who have watched them for so many years. I can hardly wait till I see Michael/Tad back on AMC. Yea!

Sue
Sue

I’ve been a loyal fan since the mid ’70’s and I AM SO HAPPY to have more AMC, even in this mini-version. However, the show is definitely NOT the same without Michael E. Knight’s “Tad”. Not only is he the cutest guy, but he & Cady McClain/Dixie are the best and belong together. Plus, I miss his humorous quips. Also, Erica needs to return, at least for a visit, ASAP, to keep everything grounded and give Brooke a piece of her mind. Glad to hear Opal mention her “bestest buddy.” BUT WHERE IS JACK??? He is my 2nd favorite guy and I miss him a lot. Zach is amazing and so hot, but he REALLY needs Kendall, as does Miranda. Alicia Minshew should come and rule the show!
SO LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ANGIE, JESSE and DAVID. They are pros and just great with each other!!

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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