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Recording Artist Jessie Malakouti Cast As "Aspiring Musician" On One Life to Live!

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Here is some great cross-promotion for Prospect Park, as well as great for One Life to Live’s burgeoning new music scene with the online reboot of the series premiering on Hulu.com on April 29th! Recording artist, Jessie Malakouti of Jessie and the Toy Boys has been cast to play “an aspiring musician” on the soap opera, and is taping scenes in One Life’s Connecticut studios this week!

Malakouti (and her “band”w hich features mannequins as band members) is  signed to Prospect Park Records, and her single “Push It” reached number #7 on the dance charts in 2011!  She has also opened for Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj.

Malakouti tweeted her excitement at heading to Llanview yesterday when she posted, “Packing for CT… About to film my television acting debut!! #Excited #OLTL

One Life to Live‘s associate producer, Jared Kaplan also tweeted the news of Malakouti joining the cast stating, “Everyone welcome @JessieToyBoys to the cast of One Life to Live! She’s pretty awesome.

Now One Life fans, what do you think about Malakouti playing an aspiring musician?  Will Malakouti follow in the footsteps of the characters of Sarah “Flash” Roberts and Starr Manning who were aspiring performers and songwriters as well in Llanview?  Let us know your thoughts and check out Jessie’s video, “Push It!” after the jump!

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Tali(not Smith)
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Tali(not Smith)

A star to play Starr? Could be very cool!

Tali
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Tali

Again I agree, was thinking the same thing that she is the new Starr Manning. She’s really pretty and it would be awesome!

su0000
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su0000

It’s about time soaps came into the 21st century!!!!!

((and she stole my body, I just wanted ya’all to know that 🙂

jim
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jim

her body or the dummy she is leaning on?(im joking but i had to ask…lol

Jaesun
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Jaesun

Looks like the new Starr to me.

jim
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jim

Thats what im thinking…

Tali
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Tali

Agree!

scott
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scott

Id prefer her to be sarah

Derek
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Derek

Very cute but not the brightest girl. “About to film my television acting debut”? It’s on the Internet dear, not television.

jim
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jim

But for me its on television…i get my internet through my tv!

OLTLover35
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OLTLover35

I don’t like her it seems like OLTL is trying to put too much of the shows stories to the youth. I don’t want OLTL to try to become something different they need to sick to the families. Hiring some singer who probably can’t even act just because she is almost famous is a really had move. I am still supporting OLTL and Prospect Park though and I am still eagerly awaiting April, 29.

jim
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jim

It looks like they are sticking to the families from what iv read on who is returning. This singer might b the new starr but whoever she is im sure she’ll be connected to the families in some ways. But she just better know how to act.

jim
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jim

She looks like a more badass, no-nonsense Starr who could keep bratty younger brother Jack in his place. But as Starr or not im just hoping she can act as good as she can sing. ill give her a chance b4 i judge. But will this all work out…? What sounds good so far doesnt mean a thing. its more about the stories than anything else. And like all soaps some of these stars can still quit, or be fired. So ill wait and see how it all comes together April 29th. Now once again there will be 6 soaps… Read more »

jim
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jim

Replayed video: Song not as good as i thought the first time but she might appeal to the younger teen crowd. As 4 acting i cant tell…so ill judge after i see the first few episodes…

Edwin
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Edwin

Not good news at all this woman looks like she is a bad actor and has been brought on to help with ratings. I can already tell I’m going to hate her.

Scott
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Scott

They should reveal that Irene was behind Cole and Hope’s disappearance too.

GayAtheistLH
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GayAtheistLH

A producer from OLTL is on Twitter and says that Jessie is NOT the new Starr Manning. Since she’s supposed to play an aspiring musician could she be Tina & Cord’s rock star daughter Sarah aka “Flash”?

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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