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MORE AMC: What Happened After The Cameras Stopped Rolling After Pete & Colby's "Computer Lesson"?

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On this weeks edition of MORE AMC, the executive producer of All My Children, Ginger Smith spoke with the Friday series about the decision to push the envelope in the now infamous sex scene between Pete Corlandt (Rob Scott Wilson) and Colby Chandler (Brooke Newton) in which Colby asks Pete to teach her about computer’s while they are in bed together after a romp.

Next think you know, Pete is being given oral sex from Colby, and in first for soaps, we see the moment from the man’s perspective.  Ginger reveals that the series intentionally left a lot to the imagine!

Later in the MORE Show, Vincent Irizarry (David) who was interviewed for a segment, praises Rob Scott Wilson, who he says really “sold” the moment to the cameras.  But what happened when they yelled “Cut!”?  Well, to see the exclusive moment and footage check out the MORE Show, but to suffice to say, you will see Rob Scott Wilson’s reaction after his on-screen performance of the “computer lesson”.

Watch this week’s MORE AMC episode after the jump! Let us know what you thought of the scene, and Rob’s reaction afterwards! And now that Colby has slept with both David and Pete, what do you think will happen next for the vixen? Weigh-in below!

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lanell
lanell

I AM 58 YRS OLD- AND I NOT ONLY LOVED THIS SCENE WITH PETE ( &COLBY) HAVING AN “ORGASM” FROM ORAL SEX- I ALSO DID NOT MIND THE CURSING –BUT I GUESS THE MAJORITY OF PPL ARE TOO OLD FASHIONED–LOL!

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

Im an old geezer(53) who isnt offended being old fashion…i cant help being a classy guy with morals…i was born that way. Well, i got to go…’Leave It To Beaver’ is on and its the episode where Ward talks to Beaver about the ‘birds and the bees’, then later Beaver learns his mother June got stung by a bee and tells his brother Wally that he thinks their mother is pregnant. lol

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

OOPS! that was from the 1950s when you couldnt say pregant…i should have said expecting…sorry about that.

Lisa M
Lisa M

I am a faithful viewer since returning and honestly the cursing and the sexual scene did not bother me at all. All I said was WOW!! I guess a lot are old school but times have changed.

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

Thats what we teach our young today…just hop in the bed with whoever you want…no love, no romance, no worry about sexually transmitted diseases or aids…times have changed-for the worse!!!

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

OUCH! I wouldnt want to be an actor doing that kind of scene and hear some director yell ‘CUT’!…it would give me nightmares of John and Lorena Bobbit!!! lol

su0000
su0000

Pete and Colby’s BJ scene broke through TO the way of 21st century soaps, it will go down in soap history !! AWESOME!!

Most all loved the openness of the reality that PP’s writers are giving us!!

PP is bring it home!!!!

and I’m telling PP …… BRING IT ON!!!

susan M.
susan M.

Too much openess in my opinion.. I wouldn’t let my teens watch that. It sends out the wrong message to our young people. Which is to follow the crowd and that it ok and everyone is doin it. You don’t have to follow the crowd to be cool!

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

Same here Susan…my families dont take their teens to r rated movies so theyr not going to watch r rated soaps together. if the tone it down just a tad to a more acceptable pg13 maybe they would watch together…some people 4get thats how soaps got more people to watch…people with their children…these types of shows need the next generation to continue into the future.

Kate
Kate

This will go down in history as a big mistake by PP. Why don’t you just watch porn? I don’t understand why you feel it is necessary to have those kind of scenes in our soaps. I wish PP would focus on good storylines and stop trying to “shock” the world. The most popular soap right now is Downton Abbey. Lots of story, few sex scenes which are tastefully done. Oh yea, PP just wants to attract the young immature high advertising dollar demographic. Quality has nothing to do with it.

ron
ron

I loved the Pete/Colby sex scene. It was sexy and just edgy enough. Some people say it was porn but they are being overdramatic. There is a difference between a scene being racy and being pornographic. A lot of soap fans are out of touch. The writers and actors should push the envolope and have more freedom to be bold with storytelling if they want even if they do ruffle some feathers.

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

I can agree that they should tackle certain storylines but a b.j. moment and showing the mans or womans reaction afterwards isnt a storyline and does absolutely nothing for the plot. Had Celia walked in maybe…but it isnt going to captivate more fans and make them tune in tomorrow. For me it was just a filler moment and all it did was drag things out.

Lin
Lin

I didn’t mind the scene but don’t like what they’ve done to Colby’s character. Also, I’m afraid scenes like this will keep parents from letting their kids watch. The problem is that we need those young ones to be the future generation watching.

Johnny
Johnny

I didn’t think the scene was necessary, sorry. We get that she is hot on the trail for Petey, it’s fairly obvious.
I also agree with Lin that I don’t understand what happened to the character of Colby. I thought she had matured and grown as a character, and now the writers have regressed her character to the town tramp – she used to have several layers to her personality and now she’s this vacuous self-absorbed young gal. Do the writers understand the past lives of these characters at ALL? It sure doesn’t seem like they do.

Lin
Lin

It also did not show anyone using birth control or concerned about “STD”s etc. I liked his after reaction that they showed us better than the scene. Did not particularly like the scene but the whole personality of Colby I don’t like.

Glen
Glen

The fact that I don’t care for profanity or simulated BJs on soaps does not make me “old fashioned” or a prude. I just think that certain things should be left to the viewer’s imagination. For me, soaps have always been about romance, mystery, intrigue and the complex relationships among family and friends. Stories told with class and elegance. And btw, if these shows are supposed to be so “current” and “realistic”, why isn’t the gay community being represented more prominently? So far, all I’ve seen is AMC’s Bianca. I think that that’s great, but from what I’ve heard, ER is only a recurring player, and in the interest of reality, there should be more of a gay presence in both Pine Valley and Llanview. PP should get their priorities in order.

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

Good comments…i feel the same way…to be ‘current’ and ‘realistic’ where are the Japanese American families or even an American Indian couples…not there at all plus to be ‘real’ there should be no more plotlines of people returning from the dead, sneaking in hospitals to switch paternity test(unless someone pays a dr. or nurse to do it…that could be possible) and characters who marry more than two or three times, especially those who keep remarring ex spousee…twice ok but more than that is just plain crazy. I dont mind any of that but im just saying if people want realism than stop the far fetched story plots. Soaps were meant to be fantasy and escapism…a time for us to escape the real world once or five times a week. If people want realism they shouldnt watch soaps, and just turn off the tv or laptop and go outside where the can get all the realism they want. i like using my imagination…it makes me see different outcomes any way i want and thats more fun.

Mary SF
Mary SF

ITA–Soap operas are not supposed to be about the real world. Another World use to begin with the saying ” we do not live in this world alone, but in thousand other worlds.” And when asked what that meant the creator of this soap said it represented the difference between ” the world of events we live in and the world of feelings and dreams we strive for.”
This lady knew soaps– it is about provoking emotion, letting us explore our feelings in fictional stories. We should laugh, cry, swoon and fume, and when the show is over we click off whatever device we are watching and go back to our real lives, feeling emotionally satisfied.
And for me that trouble with scenes like this one there is no emotion. I would like my emotions aroused not my genitals and that is why it is border line porn. But I could even over look graphic nature of it, if I actually was emotionally invested in these characters and their relationship- but soaps, not just this one, have forgotten about romance.
Romance allows us to get emotionally connected to the characters. Love scenes used to be about making love, now it is about hooking up. Soap writers treat us like we are children and we have to see what is going on to know, but the reason love stories used to work so well on soaps in the old days is they actually had them fall in love before sex and then when the sex came, they let us fill in the blank, which was ultimately a lot more emotionally satisfying and powerful that anything any writer or actor could show me. The world of fantasy.
And was the point of watching to have my emotions turned on by using my imagination to get sweep away — to live for hour in another world.

RIP — Another Word– fourteen years ago you were cancelled, but not forgotten.

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

Mary SF thanks 4 reply…i wish more people would see it that way…i so agree with you 100%. Having to see everything now (like we dont have brains to know whats happening) is just as bad as spoilers…it takes away the suspense and fun of using our imagination.

Johnny
Johnny

Yes you are all right, they need more diverse characters if they’re so interested in bringing the storylines into the 21st Century.

They need to do a story involving a Bisexual Eskimo.

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

Are there really bisexual eskimos, Johnny? Are there gay eskimos? i dont even recall any coming out of the closet…that sure would be a soap opera first…a bisexual eskimo…by the way do igloos even have closets?

susan M.
susan M.

I didn’t care for the scene between Pete and Colby. That story line didn’t impress me at all. Call me old fashion .. I hope that doesn’t happen again. Once was enough. Too explicit… Even if you didn’t see anything. It’s love in the afternoon not lust in the afternoon.

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

I agree…whatever happened to good old fashion romance…i want to see Luke and Laura dance once again in that empty department store.

Jovin
Jovin

Before or after he raped her?

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

Jovin, i was talking about types of scenes id like to see…i prefer romance over sex scenes and especially NOT rape!

lorenzo
lorenzo

i wish it was me on my knees. having fun with pete. lol. that was a good scene. hopefully we see alot more soon. pete is hot. i want him now. i will pleasure him now. oh i cant. i have a boyfriend. oh well it was a thought. ok maybe threesome will work. lighten up people. we live in 2013. if you dont like it. simply do not watch.

kim
kim

Just dont forget there is STD’s and aids is still out there Lorenzo, even in 2013!!!
And if these soaps are going this far they need to teach its young crowd both sides of the story…not only there is pleasure but there are many RISKS as well!

Sandy
Sandy

I thought the scene was vividly exposing a wonderful and aspiring actor in Rob. As for Colby, she’s a bit too much for me to appreciate. However, AMC is pushing the evnvelope , as they say, which will help their ratings; just tone down the sex expressions Rob and leave us wanting more.

Lisa M
Lisa M

Sandy, no disrespect to you but times have changed. Yes it was a 1st for the soap world but we have to follow change and besides we are all adults. I think everyone is just blowing it out of proportion.

BR
BR

I think it’s important to remember that the key to longevity with soaps (as opposed to other popular dramas that fade away after 5-10 years of going strong when their audience “graduates” from them, including every primetime drama ever…) is that “we” traditionally have NOT “all” been adults. We’ve been kids as young as 9 or 10 not even understanding 100% of what we were seeing (because it wasn’t too graphic) sitting watching with parents, babysitters, older siblings, nanies, and grandparents and growing into passionate viewers ourselves, who later will help pass it down to their children. When a show is “not for children” (and BJs, kids saying profanity to their parents faces, and too much profanity in general are not things parents voluntarily sit down to watch with their kids, no matter how “real” it is) then it’s not multi-generational. And it’s the multi-generational, adults and older teens getting kids hooked at a young age, aspect of soaps that is why the most successful soaps are on for 40, 50, 60+ years at a time. I have no doubt that AMC can get buzz with scenes like this (or OLTL’s onscreen drug use) and get a lot of heat the way primetimes shows like NYPD BLUE and SCANDAL do (and both are great shows). But even the edgiest, best, “hottest” primetime shows in this situation fade away in 10 or so years whilst soaps carry on with a new group sharing with a new group. That’s what you miss when you make soaps more profane, more explicit, or more vulgar–they becomes shows that moms love, but wait to watch until after their kids have gone to bed, ESPECIALLY when they are Web shows and especially when they are only once a week, instead of being shows that Moms watch with their kids and bond over.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I agree somewhat, because I do remember when Y&R first came on the scene it was considered pretty racy in comparison to the more traditional soaps of the day, like Guiding Light. As Y&R became popular with the younger set, which I was at the time, late teens, others soaps started adopted its more racy topics.

However, Y&R was a brand new soap, it had no former fan base to adhere to, it could break convention at the time without too much fuss. If this scene had happened on a new web soap, not based on a what a former soap I don’t think it or even the swearing would have stirred the pot. But when you got a former fan base that wants to pass their beloved soap to their daughters and sons, it becomes hard to do when said soap is almost a completely different product

I know PP did a good thing but saving these soaps, but they have to decide which audience they want– the more traditional soap fan base, or be like Y&R in its day and capture a whole new group and bring them on board. I think they tried to pleased both groups with mixed results.

Joffrey
Joffrey

I am perfectly fine with the sex scenes. This is a new era for soaps and not the 1970’s. The real credit for selling the scenes goes to Colby. She plays sexy, smart, manipulative and fun extremely well, and not just the sex scenes. All her scenes are acted well. She is a huge reason I am watching the show. It helps that she is a babe too!!

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

The 1970s was the last great era for the soaps with the best storylines and writers such as Bill Bell, Harding Lemay, Henry Sleazar, and so many more. There were dozens of soaps and ratings were extremely high for most. And people had sex and cussed back then but it wasnt needed on the soaps…they had compelling character driven storylines to draw us in…they didnt have to show a sex scene or say ‘shit’ to attract an audience. The shows even felt more real…when characters were killed off most stayed dead, weddings were weddings with few interuptions and families dealt with family drama like alcholism, rebellious children, illnesses and death. Some tapes that still exsists prove how so much better the 1960s to 1970s was compared to any other decade of soaps from the 1950s to the present. Many like todays more explicit content…i dont mind if others like it but i dont…i dont need a sex lesson and i dont watch others in reallife do things that are supposed to be private moments in their homes so i dont feel it belongs on soaps…soap people are like family and i dont watch my family in there most private moments. Thats not being prudish…im just an adult with morals and good taste.

richard
richard

This isn’t daytime’s first onscreen foray with orgasms, I can recall a sex scene with Deacon and Brooke on the Bold and Beautiful several years ago and that definitely was racier!!! I thought my TV was going to burst into flames!!!!!!!!!

Lisa M
Lisa M

Hello everyone! Let me reiterate my comment. I am not saying I approve of the sex scenes that I see displayed on the return of our fav shows. I am only saying that we are adults and if it is too much for you do not watch. Yes TV is a bad influence but if you don’t like the new age stay in Stone Age. Lets jeep it real everyone is making a big deal out of a sex scene.

takeitish
takeitish

I’m sorry but when have SOAP’s been without gratuitous sex? There has always been lots sex in soaps. There have always been people having sex with random people on SOAP’s no love or commitment involved. And to be honest we didn’t see anything all we saw was Pete the rest was left up to the imagination so if you are shocked and or embarrassed blame your own dirty thoughts LOL!. What we saw or didn’t see is a lot less than we see quiet often on SOAP’s during a normal sex scene. It wasn’t the sex that bothered people it was the kind of sex they were having that made people uncomfortable.

zoo
zoo

can somebody tell me in what episode that scene ?

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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.

Photo: Getty Images

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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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