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Nicholas Rodriguez talks on being the spoiler for Kish!

Photo: Annette Tanner

Photo: Annette Tanner

Nicholas Rodriguez talks about his time at One Life to Live as the spoiler for Kish,and being part of the important same-sex storyline.  Also telling is Nicholas admits his big emotional exit scene was originally cut down to a few lines, but at the last minute he went and performed it for the OLTL brass and they put it back!  It was spectacular as many remember and even his acting partners, Brett Claywell and Scott Evans had detailed and commented on his performance in several recent interviews.  Rodriguez is currently turning heads in his performance in the play A Light in the Piazza in Washington D.C. at the famous Arena Stage.  Here are a few excerpts below from his new feature!

Nicholas on getting the opportunity to be a part of  the gay storyline: “It was a surprise — and a blessing. There was an overwhelming fan reaction and from the media about that storyline, and it’s been great for me to see how the gay community is longing for these non-stereotypical characters. In a lot of ways, I felt like Nick was very similar to me. He was in the forefront of gay activism, and I relate to that. That’s why I thought I couldn’t lie about being gay while I played someone like him. It all happened so fast, I didn’t have time to be worried about being typecast as a gay man. I guess if I had time to think it through, I might have been scared.”

Nicholas on his feelings that Nick turned into a villain at the end of his run: “I was getting scared towards the end about how they were going to write him off, and I was afraid that he was getting too malicious. So I chose to play him as scared; he was the victim of this gay bashing — and that’s why he did what he did. They wrote this great final monologue for Nick, and I worked on it for weeks, and then, when I saw the script, it had been cut down to two lines. So I went to the writers and I showed them my work and they put the whole thing back in. I was so happy I stuck up for myself.”

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Megan
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Megan

actually i didnt like the character of Nick and hated the way he deceived and manipulated Kyle and i dont believe for one moment that he ever loved him but just used him to fulfil his own agenda….he was never a viable love interest for kyle so just took away valuable airtime that belonged to Kyle and Oliver and I was glad to see him get out of their lives….

Jeri
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Jeri

I, too, think that Nick should have only been on the show for the 4-5 episodes he was originally supposed to be on. Carrying the Nick character over into a whole “gay bashing” storyline turned viewers off, especially following on the heels of the whole Dorian lesbian wedding fiasco. (That’s where you saw ratings start to dip). Kish should have been allowed to stand on their own and keeping the Nick character around so long took too much time away from the Kish love story. Very few viewers cared about Nick and most viewers just wanted him gone as soon… Read more »

Poirot
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Poirot

Nick should have been on the show longer.

Margaret
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Margaret

I couldnt stand sleazy Nick and he didnt belong in the Kyle and Oliver love story and far too much time was wasted on him…..even in his final scene with Kyle he tried to manipulate him to gain sympathy by using the excuse that he was scared to be alone as the reason for his actions in trying to split up him and Oliver….obviously he gave no thought to Oliver being alone if Kyle had fallen for his schemes….right to the very end he tried to cover by blaming everything on Oliver’s jealousy and pretending that he didnt realize how… Read more »

Denise Robinson
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Denise Robinson

Thank you, Michael for posting up this interview with Nick. As a “Kish” fan, I was able to separate my need to see Kyle and Oliver together RIGHT NOW, in order to enjoy and appreciate Nick Chavez’s role and place in the storyline and Nick Rodriguez’s contribution in helping to bring this storyline to life.

I was saddened that his role was cut short in the show. He didn’t have to be only involved in the KISH storyline after they finally reunited, but hindsight’s a definite you-know-what.

Now, by mid-April all of Llanview’s gays will be off screen.

Honeysuckle
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Honeysuckle

BION I’m iempsrsed! Cool post!

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Soap Alums: Helgenberger, Bonilla, and Ilonzeh Cast in New Drama Pilot ‘Getaway’

Three very familiar faces to daytime fans have their new potentially new nighttime gig!  E.J. Bonilla (Ex-Rafe, Guiding Light) has been added as as series regulars opposite Annie Ilonzeh (Ex-Maya, GH) along with former Ryan’s Hope favorite Marg Helgenberger (Ex-Siohan) to the NBC drama pilot, Getaway.

In Getaway, the loglines for the series read that the proposed seriescenters on a destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort that quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female Army vet (Ilonzeh), will do everything they can to stay alive.

According to Deadline: Helgenberger will play Sen. Charlotte Pierce. As a senior Democratic senator from New York, Charlotte is used to calling the shots. She’s happy to see her son, Jack (played by Matt Long), settle down with his bride, Grace (Jasmine Mathew), but there are darker forces at play she has yet to fully understand. Charlotte will soon have to choose between her family and the political career for which she’s worked so hard.  Bonilla will play Rafi Salinas. Rafi claims to be a fisherman on the run with his friends from a gang of cartel members, but he’s hiding a dark secret that will put everyone at the resort in danger.

So, what do you think of the concept for this new drama pilot for NBC and the cast? Comment below.

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Chrishell Stause and Her ‘Selling Sunset’ Boss Jason Oppenheim Make Relationship Instagram Official

There’s a new man in soap veteran and Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause’s life.  And it is … none other than her boss at the Oppenheim Group, a real estate company, in Los Angeles which is at the epicenter of the Netflix reality series.

Stause who is also a real estate agent at the firm, made her relationship with Jason Oppenheim Instagram official when she posted a pic of the two of them while the cast of Selling Sunset were in Italy.

Oppenheim told PEOPLE: “Chrishell and I became close friends and it has developed into an amazing relationship. I care about her deeply and we are very happy together.”

Previously Stause was married to This is Us star, Justin Hartley and following their divorce, was briefly dating Dancing with the Stars pro dancer, Keo Motsepe.

So, what do you think of the love connection between Chrishell and Jason? Comment below.

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‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ Remake Lands at TBS

Another soap opera gets a reboot, and as we previously reported this one is starring former Schitt’s Creek star, Emily Hampshire.

The remake is of the satirical, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman ,that developed quite the cult-following back in the 70’s and was a look into American media and consumer culture which starred Louise Lasser as Mary Hartman. In the original, Mary was a small-town Ohio housewife who reacted to the bizarre goings on all around her. The cast also included Greg Mullavey, Dody Goodman, Norman Alden and Mary Kay Place.

In the updated version of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, the loglines reveal it’s: “about a small-town woman who feels like a nobody in every aspect of her life until she suddenly becomes a ‘verified[ social media somebody after her nervous breakdown goes viral.”

According to Variety, “After being shopped by Sony Pictures TV to buyers this spring, the project has landed at TBS.”  That means that it will be in development for the cable outlet.

In addition, it was a welcome birthday present for its creator, the iconic Norman Lear who is celebrating his 99th birthday.

Hampshire not only will star as “Mary” but she will also serve as an executive producer and will co-write the script with Jacob Tierney (Letterkenny).

So, do you like the concept of the updated version of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman? Did you watch the original version? Comment below.

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