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NEW: "GL's" Jessica Leccia interview at Advocate.com!

jessicaLeccia.jpgJessica Leccia’s new interview by Michael Fairman at Advocate.com titled: “Natalia’s Curtain Call” addresses Leccia’s views on the lack of intimacy in the Otalia storyline that has frustrated fans of the duo and Guiding Light for months.  Also of concern, had been the way in which the show decided to faciliate the actresses maternity by making Natalia pregnant too!  Leccia also speaks about her upcoming role in the new web series by Crystal Chappell, “Venice” and more about the sad final tape days of the long running series.  Here are some excerpts below:

There has been much made about the lack of physical contact Otalia had throughout its run. Can we look forward to any show of affection between the two before we go off the air?
I think the whole thing was always an issue, but it was also an issue for the characters and it was something they had to talk about. It was something so out of their realm of what they were used to in a relationship, and as characters they did address it…the fact that they would function as a real couple meant intimacy and everything. To be honest with you, it depends on how you were looking at the story. If it were up to me, we would have been together in a physical way all the time, but we did not exist that way as a couple at the beginning. The beauty of it was, we did not have to be that way for people to get that we were in love. It was refreshing that people got it without all of that. However, if it were up to me, there would have been a lot more affection shown between the two characters.

So we won’t get the long-awaited romantic full-on kiss planted on one another, and then have the gals go hand-in-hand skipping down the street?
We don’t skip. I know that for a fact. [Laughs] I tried to skip at one point and I was told I looked ridiculous and that is a true story. You can ask Crystal about it. She said, “Don’t skip.” Basically, it’s going to play out in normal Natalia and Olivia fashion. There is not going to be some big heavy make-out scene.

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You have signed on to play Crystal Chappell’s love interest in her new Web series Venice. It’s so admirable that you have decided to continue what Guiding Light started with a same-sex romance. Obviously, if GL would have stayed on the air, it would have continued, but this is a great way to keep the LGBT audience engaged in soaps and with your work. Tell us your thoughts on Venice and why you agreed to be a part of it.
Honestly, Crystal and I have been touched by feedback we have gotten from the Otalia story line. I think this idea in part is due to that feedback. Crystal is an entertainer and smart. She realizes this is what people want to see, and it’s a really valid slice of life that maybe people don’t see enough of. And she has got this idea and she said, “Do you want to do this with me?” And I said, “I will do whatever you want,” because she is Crystal! She has got something really nice on her hands, and if she wants me to be a part of anything, I will.

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Crystal Chappell & Hillary B. Smith To Talk Soap Careers, Venice the Series, and More In Upcoming Virtual Chat

Look for former Guiding Light, Days of our Lives and One Life to Live star, Crystal Chappell (Ex-Olivia, Carly, Maggie)  along with former As the World Turns and One Life to Live mainstay, Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Margo, Nora), who are both good friends and business partners on several projects, to make an appearance next week on The Locher Room with host and former soap publicist, Alan Locher.

As daytime and digital drama fans know, both women have won Daytime Emmys, and both are in Venice the Series, Beacon Hill and more.

Chappell was at the forefront of the web series and digital drama boom, while later both Smith and Chappell produced and directed these series and more.

Circle next week on Wednesday, September 23rd for the virtual conversation.  You can watch the livestream here. 

It all begins at 3 p,m. EST/Noon PST.  So have your questions ready for these gals!

Now, let us know below, which of Chappell’s and Smith’s daytime soap  or digital roles rate among your favorites? Comment below.

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WATCH: Matt Bomer & Tuc Watkins in Official Trailer for Netflix’s Film Adaptation of ‘Boys in the Band’

Former soap alumni are featured in the highly-anticipated film version of the Broadway revival of the classic play Boys in the Band.   In the stellar cast are former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) and former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David).

Matt and Tuc join Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Robin de Jesús.  The actors reprise their roles for the film from the 2018 stage version.

Boys in the Band streams on Netflix; starting at the end of the month on September 30th

Joe Mantello directed the movie adaptation, based on the play by Mart Crowley, who passed away earlier this year.

The film centers around a group of gay men who gather together for a birthday party in 1968 New York. The night starts to unravel when a guest from the host’s past appears.

The film from Ryan Murphy released the official trailer today.  Check it out below.

Are you intrigued to see Matt and Tuc in Boys in the Band coming soon? Let us know via the comment section.

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Former AW, GL and SFT Star, Marcus Smythe Dead At 70

Sad news to report.  Marcus Smythe, who portrayed Dane Taylor on Search For Tomorrow, Peter Love on Another World, and Gordon Middleton on Guiding Light died at the age of 70 over three-year-long battle with brain cancer last week on August 20th, according to the Crescenta Valley Weekly.

Daytime fans remember Smythe in his heartthrob roles on the soaps in the 70’s and 80’s.  He also appeared on Port Charles in a short stint in the role of Dean Eldridge. Marcus died at his home with his family by his side in La Crescenta, California.

In addition throughout his career in film, TV and the theatre he worked with the likes of: Henry Fonda, Myrna Loy and Jessica Tandy.  Smythe was the recipient of Drama Logue and LA Weekly Drama Awards during his stage career in Los Angeles.

Marcus is survived by his wife, Suzanne Goddard, two sons, Harrison and Duncan, and brother Casey.

A memorial remembrance will be deferred to either electronic access or post-pandemic in-person service.  In lieu of flower tributes, the family respectfully encourages contributions to a favorite charity or Democrat in the upcoming election.  Snythe’s loved ones share they wish to reinforce to everyone that the pandemic is real and asks everyone to please wear a mask.    

Share your remembrances and condolences for Marcus via the comment section below.

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