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OLTL's Kim Zimmer interview! That sound you hear is an… ECHO!

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On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Kim Zimmer today to preview her return tomorrow, Friday, October 1st to One Life to Live as Echo DiSavoy, the role she last played way back in 1983, and before she landed in Springfield and played Reva on Guiding Light.  In this “quickie” interview with Kim, we touch upon the secret that facilitates Echo’s return to Llanview, and the question that everyone is asking; how can you fit three of the biggest female talents in daytime history (Zimmer, and castmates Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser) all in one scene, in one room, on one set?   Kim fills us in.  Check out the interview below!

Do you remember when you and I were sitting together at the Daytime Emmy gift suite, at the 36th annual Daytime Emmys at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A?  I said to you, I think it would be great if you could come back as Echo on One Life to Live.  And then shortly after that you ran into OLTL EP, Frank Valentini.

KIM: I ran into Frank at the airport at a rental car shuttle.  Frank and I were giggling about it; that wouldn’t it be great if Echo came back, hahaha, hahaha. And then, I remembered our conversation, and lo and behold a year and half later… ringy dingy dingy… and it’s Frank Valentini calling.  So it was kind of cute.

Just to set the record straight, One Life initiated calling you.  You were originally coming out to L.A. when I last saw you to look for work.

KIM: Well, I was trying to get on The Bold and the Beautiful. A lot of good that did me! (Laughs) Frank is my savior and I miss doing daytime so much. I have been kind of enjoying my retirement, but not that much.  So, I was ready to work.  When Frank called I think he did not think I would have any interest at all.  And I go, “Oh, my God.”  And then he said, “Wouldn’t it be great?  We are throwing around the idea of having it be Echo.”  And I go, “Well, what else would you have it be?  I already played three other characters on that show.”  I was a terrorist at one point on OLTL named Bonnie Harmon!  So I was like, it has to be Echo.  You already have history built in there.  Frank’s secretary called on a Tuesday to set up a meeting with him.  I think I was in Frank’s office later that afternoon talking with him.  Then, he called a few days later and told me he had run this by the powers-that-be, and then he said, “We are all excited. Can you start next week?”  And I have to tell you, I am having the time of my life.

And I love that for you.  And let’s not forget, you get to play on real sets with real cameras and real lighting!

KIM: I know, I know!  They stopped the scenes the other day because the lighting wasn’t right and I screamed, “WHAT?” (Laughs) I said “Oh, my God.  Bring on the lights!”  It was unbelievable, and they come in and touch up your make-up. (Laughs) I can’t even tell you… I feel like I am thrown back into the heyday of daytime television.

Echo departed Llanview after the botched 1983 scuba diving plot, where Echo and her brother Giles (Robert Gentry) tried to get back at Clint.  For fans that need a refresher or for newbies to One Life, what happened there?

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KIM: We were going to set-up the demise of Clint Buchanan.  So we were setting up an argument on the bridge that was going to result in getting Dorian to show up at that bridge.  And, we were going to make it look like Clint pushes Echo off this bridge to get him accused of murder, because we held him responsible for the death of our mother.   That was what the scuba stuff was about; so Giles could find me in the water under the bridge and he could meet me with a tank of air, and then I can safely make it back ashore. So Echo was indeed alive, and of course that Viki, being the crack investigator that she is (laughs) figures out it was a set-up and they arrest Giles, and they tar and feather Echo and run her out of town.  For her, it was either get out of town or go to jail, and so she left town.  So now, when she comes back, it’s knock, knock, knock.  She is on Viki’s doorstep and Viki is like, “You were told never to come back.”  But then, she realizes that Viki’s new husband, Charlie, had a history with Echo.  So instead of making her leave right away, Viki wants to find out why Echo is in Llanview, and if she has every intention of stealing another husband of hers. The scenes are just wonderful.  So Viki goes, “You already tried to steal one of my husbands, and tried to ruin my life.  Are you planning on doing it again?” And I am like, “NO. Why would I ever do that?  That is not at all my intention. I have other things to do.”  (Laughs)

I hear Echo dresses quite well?

KIM: Oh, yes.  I have a wonderful wardrobe with a lot of leather again.  The last time I was on the show, Linda Dano dressed me.  Now, I adore Susan Gammie, the costume designer at One Life and she has pulled together some fun stuff for me.  It’s not haute couture though, because Echo is not supposed to have a lot of money.  In fact, she is broke and needs money.

My God!  Every one is saying, Erika Slezak (Viki), Robin Strasser (Dorian) and Kim Zimmer in one room, in one scene!  There will be so much scenery chewing going on.  How is that ever going to work?  I mean, was that ever a consideration for you and the thought process of, “I am a big heavy hitter here, and these are two other power women in daytime?”  Or, were you thinking this was going to be just fantastic?

KIM: When you have Erika Slezak calling you at home going, “Please, please, come play with us,” you know this is what it was.  And so I knew as far as Erika is concerned, she had an open door policy, and had no qualms having me back.  And can I tell you something?  Echo is not Viki Buchanan, and she is not Dorian Lord.  She is a supporting character and she is there to facilitate storyline for other people.  I am an actress first, and a diva second. (Laughs)  I am just there to have fun.  It’s such a freeing experience for me, because I don’t give a damn about carrying the show, and that is not my job there.  It became such a burden for me at Guiding Light, because people expected it from me.  Now I am just an actor on this soap opera called One Life to Live.  If people want to be afraid that I am going to steal the limelight, then let them be afraid.  That is not my intention.  I consider myself as ‘guest-artist’ there.  That is all I am going to say about it.

Can we then expect to see you on the show for a while?

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KIM: Well I don’t know.  I am not under contract.  But, they do tend to use their off-contract people a lot at OLTL.  I told Frank, I am open to whatever you want to throw my way.  I love working in daytime and I love working in this genre.  I love the fact that the show is in New York City and you are the last one there.  If you want to keep me around three months, six months, nine months, a year…whatever you want to do, I am game as long as it works out for everyone I will be there.  It’s kind of nice because it’s a juicy role, and if a theatrical show comes up or regional theatre, I can say, “I am going to be gone for a month and they have to deal with it.”  It’s the best of both worlds!

So since Echo knew Charlie somewhere in her past, how was working with Brian Kerwin (Charlie)?  Had you met him before?

KIM: No, and what a doll he is.  And you know, I never really worked with Jerry ver Dorn (Clint) before either.  I am like a pig in mud!  It’s so much fun.  Jerry and my story never crossed at Guiding Light, and now I have a lot to do with him.  Brian could not be sweeter.  I am surrounded by goodness.

So Echo has an agenda for returning to Llanview?

KIM: She has an agenda and she is missing something in her life.  She is in Llanview to find it, whether it be an ex-lover, or a future lover, or whatever it may be. There is something in Llanview she needs, and it needs to be tied up, and that is her secret.

So she is not there for payback of those citizens who “wronged her”?

KIM: Well, no.  But, if the secret results in Viki being knocked off her pedestal, then that is just going to have to happen! (Laughs)  It all depends on how Viki handles the information. (Laughs)

And where does Echo stand with Dorian? Last time out they were sort of gal pals!

KIM: Dorian was Echo’s champion when she was in Llanview 27 years ago.  Dorian loved the fact that Echo was screwing around with Viki’s life.  I think you will find she gets a surprising reaction from Dorian when she meets up with her.

Ok Kim, do you know the secret?  And if you know, do you like the secret?

KIM: I know what the secret is.  And when I learned about the secret, it made me a little nervous for reasons we will discuss at some point after it’s revealed.  But, I am hopeful after it is revealed, that it could be a really, really wonderful fit for this person and myself who are involved in the secret.

When you came to OLTL this time, were there any actors you had never met before?

KIM: I do have to say, I met Florencia Lozano (Tea) for the very first time and she was just lovely.  I had never met Trevor St. John (Todd), and I met him in the hallway.  Michael Easton, (John) I met briefly at a personal appearance before, but I never really chatted with him.  And, Melissa Archer, (Natalie) is just a doll.  I was reconnecting with Bree Williamson (Jessica) who is now on maternity leave.  I got to be there on her last days on the show until she comes back, and that was fun.  It’s a great bunch and I cannot wait to mix it up with them. I could not be happier.

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i’ll certainly be DVR’g One Life to Live from now on! Gotta love Kim Zimmer!!!!!

I love her so much she is up too something not good

LOVE me some Kim Zimmer! I’ve never watched OLTL before, but that’ll change tomorrow.

Welcome home, Kim! Daytime has missed you!

that is right she is so evil

I love me some Reva, so i sure am gonna love me some Echo. Bring it on Kim do your thang.

me too she is so good being evil

Michael, where did you find that video from 1983? It’s a hoot! Just seeing all those actors again, even briefly, brought back so many memories. And, Phil Carey,(Asa) how young does he look and handsome? Kim Zimmer was so cute and that hairdo was so funny. Burt she will be back on OLTL tomorrow and I can’t wait to see her do her Kim prowess. She is unique in whatever role she plays. Loved her interview with you also.She is a go for it actress, and usually exceeds.This should be good!!…..

Nice, fun interview. Looking forward to seeing Kim and how this effects the vets in terms of storyline.

I’m betting that Echo is Rex’s mother…and perhaps Charlie or Clint is the father which, of course, neither scenario will sit well with Viki

I’ll definitely watch Miss Kim do her stuff! 🙂

I am just thrilled Kim Zimmer is back on daytime. I have missed her.
She is a great asset to any show.

Guess I’ll have to do my research to find out what this show is about.

Ruth

In this clip, Scott, the golden-haired gentleman talking to Michael Zaslow’s David Renaldi, is played by actor/singer Brian Davies, the real-life hubby of Erika Slezak’s Viki. Ah, Memories! 🙂

welcome home kim zimmer back to daytime finally

KIM ZIMMER is amazing!! Why no promo of her on ABC? If i hadn’t seen your tweet, I wouldn’t have any knowledge of her return. Seems ABC is relying on social media to spread the message that the best soap actress in history has returned to daytime television……..

I hope that OLTL gives KZ an amazing storyline, even though KZ could turn a substandard sl into something amazing anyway.

The Queen of Daytime is back!!!

This is great! Kim Zimmer is an A rate actress and it will be good for OLTL for her legions of fans to follow her and tune in to what is already a great show that has been made better with her arrival.

I just got why she is back…they have been laying the leg work for weeks now and we should have all saw it coming…can anyone guess?

REX…

He will turn out to be Eco & Clint’s son! How could we not see that….

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Kim Zimmer Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Last night the stars of daytime came together for a one-of-a-kind three hour-plus virtual event Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit For Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story.

Towards the top of the show Daytime Stands Up co-hosts Michael Fairman and Alan Locher welcomed former Guiding Light stars, Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva) and Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian).

During their segment both actresses initially discussed playing breast cancer storylines for their character on the beloved soap opera and the impact it made on them and the viewers at the time. However, later in the conversation, Kim made a heartfelt admission that she is currently battling breast cancer in real life.

 

Kim expressed, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6th. And if it wasn’t for a wonderful circle of friends that I have, and not to mention my husband AC Weary, and my family Rachel Max and Jake, who call me every day, I would’ve fallen apart. But because of my circle that I had, including fabulous doctors, early detection (was possible).

“I did have a mastectomy and I have my last infusion on Tuesday,” Zimmer added. “I would say to anyone that may get a diagnosis like I got. It’s so important that you find a support system.”

On how she is coping with her battle, Kim shared, “I’m a tough broad. But again, if I didn’t have the friends that I have, the support system that I have, the fabulous doctors, a fantastic plastic surgeon, I would’ve fallen apart. And I’m here to say early detection. Early detection. Early detection. Get your mammograms, get them soon.”

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Earlier in the segment, when Kim talked about Reva’s breast cancer battle and how her character would not tell the love her life, Josh Lewis (Robert Newman), which maddened fans of the GL. Kim related, “The fans were like, ‘Why are you not telling Josh?” It made for great drama, though, It bonded Billy and Reva again in life.  We brought in the wonderful character of Colin, who was Reva’s by the book, cancer Doctor.”

“There were a lot of wonderful things that came out of the storyline,” recalled the four-time Daytime Emmy-winner. “I actually went back and watched the (standalone show) that they did on Reva finding out she had breast cancer. And I was like, ‘Wow. I can’t imagine not fighting that story today. But it ended up being written beautifully.”

Share your well-wishes to Kim on her recent medical battle with breast cancer below and check out the livestream below of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer.

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GL Alum Nia Long Set to Play Michael Jackson’s Mother, Katherine Jackson, in Upcoming Biopic

Since her early days on Guiding Light, actress Nia Long (ex-Kat Speakes from 1991-1994), has made quite a name for herself with a list of credits that are very impressive. Now, Long can yet another when she has signed on to portray Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson clan and mother to superstar Michael Jackson.

Michael, the title of the upcoming biopic from Lionsgate and Universal Pictures is said to be working towards an April 18, 2025 release date. Director Antoine Fuqua is set behind the camera.

In a statement on the casting of Long, Michael producer Graham King expressed: “Beyond Nia’s incredible talent, I was deeply moved by her connection to the material and her commitment to honoring Katherine and the love she had for her son. Nia has delivered iconic performances throughout her career. I’ve been a fan for a long time because her characters stay with you. I’m excited to now work alongside her as she pours all of that into Katherine Jackson: a woman who was the glue, the rock, and the heart of the Jackson family during its best and its most turbulent times.”

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Long echoed the sentiments of King, sharing: “Katherine Jackson is an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the entire Jackson family. As a mother, she was selfless and endured forces beyond her control yet still managed to help build a legacy beyond measure. I am honored to bring her voice to the screen and share Michael Jackson’s story with audiences everywhere.”

Nia will be in great acting company for the film that includes Best Actor Oscar nominee Coleman Domingo who will play Katherine’s husband and Michael’s father, Joe Jackson.

Looking forward to seeing Nia taking on the role of Katherine Jackson in the Michael biopic? Remember her early days on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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2023 Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Fashion: Women In Glam: Who’s Got the Look? (Photos)

The 50th annual Daytime Emmys Awards brought out the women of daytime in sequined gowns, classic black, looks with an edge, and more as the stars gathered together for daytime’s biggest night of the year.

Prior to the two-hour ceremony airing on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday, many previous Emmy winners, nominees, and fan favorites walked the red carpet showing off their fashion sense to the numerous paparazzi in attendance.

The following morning on Saturday, more nominees and presenters took to the red carpet for the 50th annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Awards. Scroll below and take a look at some of the pics of the ladies as they made their way down the red carpet.

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2022 Lead Actress Daytime Emmy winner, Mishael Morgan (Amanda, Y&R), who was a presenter on this year’s telecast in yellow.

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General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) intro’d the GH 60 retrospective package during the telecast, but a blue-sequined dress was the order of the day on the red carpet.

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Y&R Lead Actress nominee, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) wows the carpet.

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Y&R’s Melissa Ordway (Abby) sleek in black.

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GH’s Katelyn McMullen (Willow) gives us old Hollywood with a modern twist in red.

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GH’s Tabyana Ali (Trina) in dark red sequined gown.

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The Talk co-host, Amanda Kloots, in silver and white.

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Six-time Daytime Emmy-winning star, Heather Tom (Katie) of The Bold and the Beautiful, truly in old Hollywood glam.

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Daytime Emmy winner from Guiding Light and current star of General Hospital Cynthia Watros (Nina), in teal dress.

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Eventual Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Younger Performer, GH’s Eden McCoy (Josslyn) in creme colored slip dress.

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Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane, All My Children) should also win a Lifetime Achievement Award for all the red carpets she dazzled over the years, and this year was no exception.

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Grammy Award-winner, Jennifer Nettles. took to the morning Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmys in yellow. During the Emmy telecast, she performed during the In Memoriam Segment.

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General Hospital nominee for Supporting Actress, Brook Kerr (Portia).

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The fabulous Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) who represented Y&R for their tribute during the ceremony, took to the carpet in this sequined print pantsuit.

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A Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, now with Y&R, Hayley Erin (Claire), took to the red carpet in alternative modern fashion.

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GH’s Jophielle Love (Violet) was ready for the carpet with patterned-bowed dress and matching black shoes.

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Another nod to old Hollywood, B&B’s Jennifer Gareis (Donna) in white and silver with matching silver earrings.

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Paige Mobley, a Daytime Emmy nominee at the Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony for co-hosting Instant Dream Home, took to the carpet.

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Talk show host, Sherri Shepherd making a ‘statement’ at the Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards with this modern number.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) took home the gold for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the third time in her career. Here, Jacqui walks the red carpet prior to the start of the telecast glammed in black.

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Also dressed in black, but in velvet, GH’s Tanisha Harper (Jordan).

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Talk show host and EGOT winner, Jennifer Hudson, was the final performer to arrive at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards and turned it out in sequins.

So, who do you think wore it best on the red carpet at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards weekend? Let us know your pick via the comment section below.

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