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OLTL's Corbin Bleu & Robert S. Woods Talk Jeffrey's Dark Side, Clint's Meltdown, Erika Slezak, Phil Carey & More!

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

On Monday night, after the season finale of One Life to Live, the Blog Talk Radio series TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman played host to a special One Life special featuring series favorites; Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King) and Daytime Emmy winner, Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan).  During the broadcast, Corbin and Bob answered several questions from Michael, and then fielded numerous questions from callers.

Hot topics of the night included: Jeffrey’s turn to the dark side, if Jeffrey is really into Destiny or just faking it to integrate himself into her life, and the Buchanans life, as part of his mission orders from the Organization, what made Bob Woods decide to return to One Life to Live for the reboot, after he said he was retired and done with the show, how much he missed Phil Carey (Asa), what both Corbin and Bob thought of  the one and only Erika Slezak (Viki), and what they both thought of the performance of Jerry verDorn (Clint) who goes ballistic in the season finale at the Man of the Year Gala!

Here are some excerpts of some of the night’s most popular questions and Corbin and Bob’s responses.  However, there is much more contained in the entire TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman OLTL Season Finale Show! You can listen to the player below to hear the broadcast!

What did they think of being on set watching Jerry verDorn in the scene where Clint had his meltdown in Club Shelter?

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CORBIN:  Man, was that scary! Being in the room, that moment when he tosses the table over, and everybody goes over there to grab him, the reaction from everyone in that room was 100% real.  He was completely in it, and when he started losing it, you could feel the heat coming off that man, and everybody backed up, because no one wanted to get hit! (Laughs)

ROBERT:  It was a lot of fun.  I was like a member of the audience, because he was on a roll. He was driving the ship and taking it some place. As Corbin said, he threw everything into it.

Corbin, the rumor has been that one of the main reasons you wanted to take on the role of Jeffrey King, was that you knew from the outset that he was going to turn out to be bad?  True?

CORBIN:  Exactly! It has been funny to see the reaction from the fans! Of course, a lot of them are extremely shocked and I knew about this from the get go, so I was ready for it.  Before I even signed on, that was one of the conversations I had … what Jeffrey’s arc was going to be.   There is so much more to come about too.  It just got revealed, he is part of the cult and that there is going to be a lot of changes from him, and who his character is linked in with. But beyond that, there is so much more that is going to be shown about his character.  I really love where Jeffrey is going to be going. You have to understand, whether or not what his intentions have been up to this point, he has still been there in this town with these people, and the experiences he has had are real. There has been some beautiful and wonderful moments with characters that he has encountered. So those experiences are going to take a toll on him as he goes about his mission.  But they did tell me from the beginning, “What we have in mind is for you is to eventually become a villain! And I said, “Really? And then, my ears perked up and I was all ears!

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What does Jeffrey really feel for Destiny (Laura Harrier), since he is on a big date with her the night of the Man of the Year gala, and these two seem to have a very apparent attraction for one another?

CORBIN:  Jeffrey does like Destiny and his feelings for her are real. Now, whether or not his intentions with her, and where those are going with her, is still up in the air, and how that continues. But he definitely has feelings for her.

What can you both say about working with six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak?

ROBERT:  Well, I screen-tested with her, and it was really cute because she was pregnant at the time, so we did the test in the Banner office, and she never got up. (Laughs)  But she helped me tremendously in that test and went to bat for me. So I owe Erika a lot. I am eternally grateful to Erika Slezak.

CORBIN: I am in love with her and I love that woman. She is the epitome of classy and she is so talented. The first day I met her, it was just like, “You are a beautiful person.” I learned every day from her on set.  She is just one of those peoples and stars who you look at across the room and she just has such poise. I feel like there is always a wind fan blowing on her hair, (laughs). She has that elegance going for her.

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Bob, what made you decide to return to One Life to Live after you had retired and said you were done with the show when ABC cancelled it?

ROBERT: When the show ended with ABC, I said, “That’s it. I am burnt out. I am gone.” But when Jennifer Pepperman (EP, OLTL) called me a year or so later, and I had some rest, I just wanted One Life to Live to keep living. I owe a lot to that show, and I want to go on… and on… and on. I always thought it would.  I was shocked when ABC cancelled All My Children and One Life.  We are so fortunate on One Life because the first question I asked when Jen asked me to return was, “Who do you have?” She said, Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser (Dorian), Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Jerry verDorn.  So then, the old fans can turn on the show, and go, “There they are. This is it.” And then you add the whole great company of young actors who have come in with all their energy and talent, and I think we are in good shape.

Bob, who do you miss the most from the cast of One Life to Live and wish they were with you today?

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ROBERT:  Phil Carey, I don’t think a day goes by where he does not come up.  He was like family. Recently last March, I was at his daughter’s wedding, this gets me. (tears).  We were very close friends. I learned so much from him. He was one of the last of those actors who were put under contract to a studio.  He was in that old studio system.  He worked with John Wayne, Patricia Neal, and then he worked with Gary Cooper.  He was not a big fan of Henry Fonda, but he thought the world of Jack Lemmon and Jimmy Cagney.  He just had stories that were fun.  And he would tell me stories about John Wayne, “The Duke” and I would say “Philly, you’ve got to realize … you’re The Duke to me!”  I love him dearly.

What do you think about Corbin and Bob’s comments on Jerry verDorn, Erika Slezak, Phil Carey? And, Jeffrey’s turn to the dark side? And Bob Woods deciding to continue with OLTL after it had been axed by ABC?  Share your thoughts!

 

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THanks guys for the great season…. see you soon?

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Amen!!

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both corbin & robert seems so down to earth – the show was awesome!

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I so enjoyed the OLTL season 1 and the finale
and I’m anxiously awaiting Season 2.

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Me too!

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I miss ASA!!!!! He was such a good actor !!!!!!! He was the whole package all in one!

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I totally agree with Bob & Corbin with what they said about Erika Slezak. But Michael you know she is my Idol. Jerry VerDorn was fantastic in the finale. So glad though that they will find out that he was drugged. I still want a Viki & Clint wedding. Asa-Phil was superb. All the cast said such wonderful things about him. & Bob Woods was needed on the show. Just been watching back shows of OLTL & when Bo went back to save a friend in Vietnam it just wasn’t the same without him. I am oldie so I need… Read more »

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Irene Cara, Best-Known For Smash Hits ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’, Dead at 63

Oscar and Grammy winner, Irene Cara has passed away.  The singer/songwriter/actress, known for her memorable vocal performances to the theme of the hit movie, Fame, and singing the title track to another 80’s blockbuster, Flashdance, apparently died in her Florida home yesterday. The cause of death is not yet known.

According to her publicist, Judith Moore on Twitter, the rep shared: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.  It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.  Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

A little known fact is that Irene’s first acting gig was on the daytime drama, Love of Life from 1970-1971 in the role of Daisy Allen.   She later appeared in TV roles on: What’s Happening, Kojak, Roots: The Next Generations, and in the film, Sparkle and many more.

Later, Cara first rose to prominence when she was cast in the 1980’s musical film Fame, where she sang the title track and starred in as Coco Hernandez.  Her vocal performance in Fame earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female in 1981.

Two years later, Cara not only picked up two Grammy Awards for her performance, but also an Oscar for  co-writing, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from another 80’s pop culture smash, Flashdance.  At the Grammys in 1984, Irene won for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Album of an Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.  She took home the Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1983.

Cara’s rep added, that at the time of Irene’s death they were working on new projects: “Working on amazing projects that would have made her  and her fans incredibly happy. Her manager and I will finish them. She’d want that.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances on the passing of Irene Cara via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Damian Drops New Single ‘Must Be Christmas’

Michael Damian, who is reprising his role as Danny Romalotti on upcoming episodes of The Young and the Restless, has also been very busy producing films including Netflix’s new holiday hit, Falling For Christmas.

Falling for Christmas stars Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet, and was directed by Michael’s wife, Janeen Damian.  In the film, Lohan plays a newly engaged and spoiled heiress who finds herself living away from the luxury she’s used to after an accident at a destination proposal gone wrong leaves her suffering from amnesia.

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On Black Friday, Damian revealed that his new single from the soundtrack of the film is out and dropped on Spotify and all music streaming platforms.

The track is titled, Must Be Christmas, and for all of Michael’s fans from his singing days as rock star, Danny Romalotti, you will enjoy getting to hear him sing all these years later.

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So, will you be adding Michael’s ‘Must Be Christmas’ to your holiday playlist? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley Stars in Netflix Holiday Movie ‘The Noel Diary’ That Drops Thanksgiving Day

Look for former Y&R and This Is Us star, Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, ex-Kevin) in a holiday film bowing tomorrow, November 24th on Thanksgiving Day.

In Netflix’s The Noel Diary, Hartley takes on the role of Jacob Turner, a successful novelist who gets a shocking phone call from his estranged mother’s lawyer. He informs Jacob that his mother has died.

Now, returning home to settle his mother’s estate, ‘Jake’ meets a young woman named Rachel (Station 19’s, Barrett Doss).  We find out she is searching for information on her birth mother, who she believes worked as the Turner family’s nanny many years ago.  As Jake and Rachel set out together to confront their pasts, an old diary may hold the key to unlocking their connection, while opening up their hearts to an unexpected future.

The Noel Diary also stars: Essence Atkins, Bonnie Bedelia, James Remar, and Treat Williams.

Hartley posted some pics from the film on his Instagram adding, “Sending out a few images from my upcoming film, #TheNoelDiary! Coming to @Netflix on November 24th.”

You can check out the trailer below.

Then let us know if ‘The Noel Diary’ may be on your watch list for Turkey Day via the comment section.

 

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