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Sonia Satra Talks Her New Venture MOTICISE, The Cancellations Of GL & OLTL, and Playing Phoebe Hearst!

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Many former daytime stars have added some additional career paths and interests to their resumes!  One such is Sonia Satra, who once played Lucy Cooper on Guiding Light, and Barbara Graham on One Life to Live.  Now, while still delving into acting, Satra has cultivated a unique motivational exercise and revolutionary new fitness program that can help rewire your brain for success in the real world and to achieve anything you set your mind, and look and feel good about your body at the same time.  It is entitled Moticise!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Satra to not only find out about the transformational new exercise program now available on DVD, but her thoughts on the cancellations of the beloved Guiding Light and One Life to Live, her upcoming role as Phoebe Hearst in the National Geographic Channel Series, American Geniuses,working on-stage with B&B’s Heather Tom (Katie) and more!

What were your thoughts when you found out Guiding Light was cancelled?

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SONIA:  For awhile, I could not believe it was true, and even when I was working on it, they kept saying it was going to be cancelled and it never was.  This time when it happened I thought surely they are going to save it, and then when it did happen, I felt sad.  It was an end of an era.  It had been on so long; first on radio, and then on broadcast television.  So, for it to actually end, a show with that much history was just a bummer.  Then, knowing so many people personally who were now out of work was sad, too.  And then from the fans perspective, a lot of them had been very loyal for such a long time!  I knew when Guiding Light was cancelled it would feel like a giant hole for them.

And then a few years later, the other soap you were on One Life to Live is axed by ABC!  That was also heartbreaking!

SONIA:  I think it was so bad, because it was like this is the beginning of the end, for real! I thought ABC had more money and was standing behind their shows. I couldn’t believe when All My Children went.  I think once OLTL and AMC went down, I thought, “This is it.  It’s done.”

Tell me when you got into the mind and body connection and experience that eventually led you to create your new exercise program, Moticise?

SONIA: I did the soaps, and then when I got pregnant with my daughter, I took a pseudo-forced hiatus from acting, and I got certified to be a life coach.  I had always been really interested in mindset. I got really into Tony Robbins.  I started working with his head trainer right before I got onto Guiding Light.   I am sure it had a lot to do with it.  At the end of the day, it’s all about mindset in our lives.  If you have all the talent, but don’t walk into the room showing it and confident, it’s all going to go to crap! (Laughs).

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So, you have always been into working out?

SONIA:  I was always into fitness.  I used to be an aerobic instructor, and I have always been interested in the mind/body connection.  It wasn’t until two years ago, and I have been coaching for a long time, and then I got into the speaking world, and became the president of the National Speakers Association of New York City.  So, I had been doing some motivational speaking and some “perspective” workshops.  Honestly, one day I was running on a treadmill and this TV show I am watching was really bad.  I said to myself, “I wish I had my vision board with me!” (Laughs)  And that was really day that it came to me – what if you had a class that would guide you through things and help you envision it?  That is when I came up with the name … Moticise!  Next, I developed a process you can go through without or without exercise, but it’s best with exercise – it’s a mindset/reset technique.

People can now purchase the DVD of the exercise program! What will they see when they watch it?  Are you leading the video with a willing group of participants? (Laughs)

SONIA: (Laughs) I will be leading a group of four other people … and it’s cardio, and it’s an interval exercise program. So, you are going to sweat!  We start with a journey walk, which is a unexercise moment of a chance to expand your mind, and that anything that is possible. Then, we start warming up and we get into exercising – and then there is some boxing as well!  The DVD goes for $14.99 and it comes with a free workbook.  I would love the fans to get behind it and try it.  I love when people find that courage, and take that step and do what they want to do, and that is what makes me excited.  I hope that is what this will inspire people to do.  There is only one chance in life as we know it.   I would also love fans to share their stories, and what is happening along the way, and how they are doing on the website. www.moticise.com.

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In addition to the big launch of Moticise, you have been busy shooting an episode of the upcoming mini series American Genius on the National Geographic Channel! You are playing none other than Phoebe Hearst, the son of William Heart! What more can you reveal?

SONIA:  It is a mini-series and it follows a series of geniuses and their rivalries.  The episode I am in involves the rivalry between the Hearts and the Pulitzers, and the advent of reporting in magazines and newspapers.

I hear Phoebe is quite the controlling mother!

SONIA: She is so controlling and a tough-cookie and she did some incredible things in women’s rights! She made Berkeley University and funded it. She did a lot for charity and a lot for education.  Even though she has walked in high-society circles, she was about the common man.  She did not come from money, she married into it.  When the father died, the son had to always come and ask his mother for money!

You have also, at times, been working at time with five-time Daytime Emmy winner Heather Tom (Katie) of The Bold and the Beautiful?

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SONIA:  Yes! I did Vanities this past March with Heather Tom and her sister in Fort Lauderdale. Heather is amazing, and a really talented person and she is so good.  She has an unbelievable memory!  She had done this show on and off for ten years, and I have done it on and off for about 7 years. Heather remembers everybody’s line! I remember, I went up on a line in the middle of this huge monologue on stage, and sure enough, Heather chimes in, and figures out how to save it all.  I have never been on stage with someone who has made me feel so safe!  I am happy for all her success.  Heather deserves it!

What do you think of Sonia’s thoughts on the end of Guiding Light and One Life to Live?  Will you check out Moticise?  What do you think of its concept? Weigh-in below!

To check out free videos, mini-workouts and tips, you can also check out the Moticise You Tube Channel here!

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Thanks for the interview Michael I always enjoyed this actress so much it is fun to find out where they are now. Lovely lady!

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Also you helped her sell her DVD just bought one and ordered one for my sister for Christmas. 🙂

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Thanks k/kay – I hope you enjoy it. Check out moticise.com/moti-boards…we’ll be doing some scheduled chats there to help you with all your fitness and life goals!

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Hey Sonia miss you so much on our screens in 1991 we had a business in a shopping mall in Akron,Ohio and the actor who played your brother Frank on Guiding Light use to walk the mall with his Dad and visit with all of us. Great fun times! Good luck to you hope someday we shall see you back on daytime.

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I loved this actress as Barbara Graham, never saw her on GL, and always hoped GH would snag her as a long-lost unbalanced sister of Felicia Jones. She did crazy so well as Barbara…

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Thanks David – I think being Felicia’s unbalanced sister is an excellent idea! Playing nurse Barbara was great fun but I think my mom was concerned that I
could be so crazy 🙂

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Thank you Michael for posting this great recap of one of my favorite soap stars! I was a huge fan of Guiding Light because of Lucy Cooper. Sonia was awesome in that soap! I follow Sonia religiously on twitter for her daily inspirational messages – @soniasatra and I also love her Facebook page where she offers great tips and takes you through her new Moticise program – facebook.com/soniasatramoticise. Keep doing great things Sonia – thank you!

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Great interview, though I was hoping to read more questions about Guiding Light. Like the Marian Crane story and what she thought of that, etc.

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Tom Pelphrey and Kaley Cuoco Expecting First Child Together

Congratulations are in order for one of the finest actors we know, Tom Pelphrey (ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light) and his girlfriend former ‘Big Bang Theory’ star, Kaley Cuoco!

The couple each shared a series of photos on their Instagram accounts, announcing that they are expecting their first child, a baby girl!

Cuoco shared: “Baby girl Pelphrey coming 2023💕 beyond blessed and over the moon… I 💓you”

Pelphrey expressed: “And then it was even MORE BETTER. 🎀🎀🎀. Love you more than ever @kaleycuoco ♥️🙏♥️”

The couple had confirmed their relationship this past May and recently attended the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards in September where they both were nominees; Cuoco for The Flight Attendant and Pelphrey for Ozark.

Tom and Kaley actually met back in April, and it has been noted in the press as ‘love at first sight’ when Cuoco attended the premiere of Ozark.

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Daytime lost one of its most beloved veteran actors in Jerry verDorn (ex-Ross, GL, ex-Clint, OLTL). The two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star passed away earlier this year on May 1st from his battle with cancer.

In celebration and remembrance of his life and career, the 18th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes fundraiser which has always been a staple event helmed by verDorn and his former GL co-star Liz Keifer, is having a livestream special on You Tube’s The Locher Room on Sunday, October 9th starting at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST.

Participating will be former colleagues and cast members of Jerry’s from both Guiding Light and One Life to Live including: Kristen Alderson,Terrell Anthony, Grant Aleksander, Bryan Buffinton, Jean Carol, Beth Chamberlin, Crystal Chappell, Justin Deas, Mark Derwin, Frank Dicopoulos, Ricky Paull Goldin, Melissa Hayden, Rick Hearst, Crystal Hunt, Vincent Irizarry, Liz Keifer, Maeve Kinkead, Wendy Moniz, Robert Newman, Michael O’Leary, Denise Pence, Ron Raines, Sean Ringgold, Peter Simon, Erika Slezak, Tina Sloan, Krista Tesreau, Gina Tognoni, Bree Williamson, Laura Wright and Kim Zimmer.

75% of the proceeds from the event will go to The Autism Society of America and the remaining 25% of proceeds will go to the newly established Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund which will help send individuals with Autism to theater camps and other educational programs.

To watch the livestream on Oct 9 click here.

So, glad to hear that Jerry’s friends and former cast members will be gathering on a livestream to share their special remembrances of him while raising awareness and funds for a good cause? Comment below.

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PRIMETIME EMMYS: Soap Alums Murray Bartlett and Amanda Seyfried Take Home Acting Honors

The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were handed out Monday night during a three-hour telecast on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

When the dust settled two former daytime stars, who have gone found much success in television and film, took home the gold in their respective categories.

Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) won the Emmy for his role as Armond in The White Lotus in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

In his acceptance speech, Murray expressed many thanks: “To my P-Town family, I love you, to my partner Matt, thank you for being my sanctuary .. and finally I want to thank my mom all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love and inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other.”

Later in the evening, Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, ATWT and ex-Joni , AMC) won the Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout.  In the Hulu limited series, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, Seyfried portrays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

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In a major moment during the ceremony, Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy ever for her role in Abbott Elementary in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

Ralph became only the second black actress to win in the supporting actress category in 35 years – the first being none other than Days of our Lives’ Jackée Harry (Paulina) who won for her performance in 1987 for 227.

After Sheryl sang when she hit the stage to accept the award, she clarified what she was singing about adding: “I’ve been singing that song for years because I think of myself as an artist as a woman, especially as a woman of color … I’m an endangered species. I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist, and I know where my voice belongs. And there’s so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life, find your voice and put it where it belongs.”

In an historic Emmy-win, The Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae became the first actor in a non-English series to win iLead Actor in a Drama Series category for his work in Netflix’s South Korean smash hit.

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Other Emmy highlights included a moving and emotional speech from Lizzo after Amazon’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls won the Emmy for Best Competition Program.

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Lizzo shared: “I’m very emotional. The trophy is nice, but my emotion is for these people who are on the stage with me. The stories that they shared, they’re not that unique. They just don’t get the platform. Telling stories, let’s just tell more stories. When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media, someone fat like me, Black like me, beautiful like me.  If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I’d be like, ‘You’re going to see that person, but Bitch, it’s gonna have to be you.’”

In the top show categories: Succession won Drama Series, Ted Lasso, Comedy Series and The White Lotus, Outstanding Limited Series. You can check out the full winners circle in all categories here.

Now, let us know, who you were most excited seeing take home the gold statuette during the 74th Primetime Emmys via the comment section. But first check out, Murray, Amanda, Sheryl Lee and Lizzo’s winning moments below.

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