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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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Carole Ann

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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Cicely Tyson Recalls Her Time On ‘Guiding Light’ & Her Mother’s Obsession With Soaps In Final Interview on ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’

The world is mourning the loss of legendary actress Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96.   On Wednesday, Tyson had taped what would be the final interview of her life with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the morning show, Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Today on Friday, the show aired Tyson’s interview which was filled with so many moments made all the more poignant by her passing yesterday.

As soap fans know, Cicely was the first black actress to appear on the soaps, and on Guiding Light, back in 1966 in the role of Martha Frazier.  The character was married to Dr. Jim Frazier played first by Billy Dee Williams and then James Earl Jones.  Tyson’s role was eventually taken over by Ruby Dee.

 

During her interview with Kelly and Ryan, the hosts asked the Oscar-nominated actress and icon, best known for her roles in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, and A Trip to Bountiful about her time on Guiding Light.  Cicely revealed that her mother was a huge fan of Guiding Light and the daytime soaps, and was obsessed with the characters and what was going to happen next.  As it turns out, according to the interview, Tyson’s mother’s favorite role of her daughter was Martha on Guiding Light.

Watch the clip from the interview below.

Then, share your remembrances on the extraordinary work of Cicely Tyson via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Role In ABC Hit Drama, ‘Big Sky’

David E, Kelley’s new drama, Big Sky has been a captivating hit series for ABC in its freshmen offering.  Former One Life to Live star, Ryan Phillippe (Ex-Billy Douglas), who was one of the leads of the series, was seemingly killed-off early on and the show has had more shocking twists and turns in the crime thriller.

For those who don’t know, Big Sky, follows private detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) who join forces to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. After a winter break, Big Sky returned with new episodes this week.

Now, another soap alum has been added to the cast in the back-half of the first season.  Enter Michelle Forbes (Ex-Sonia/Solita, Guiding Light).  Michelle will take on the role of a mother named Margaret.

According to Deadline on Forbes’ Margaret: “She seems to be the picture-perfect ranch wife who knows her place, likes to bake and loves all of her children equally, but scratch the surface and there’s real steel beneath.”

So excited to see Michelle on Big Sky? Did you love her as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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This Week Mark Guiding Light’s 84th Anniversary with Grant Aleksander & Beth Chamberlin in Virtual Chat

On Monday, Guiding Light turned 84!  The historic soap opera started on radio before moving to broadcast television which count for the astounding total.

Guiding Light began its journey back on January 25, 1937 on NBC Radio, then moved to CBS Radio, and then eventually to CBS Television on June 30, 1952 (although it also continued on radio for a few years also till 1956).

So many fans mourned the cancellation of the series, and had to say goodbye to their beloved characters of Springfield when it went off the air on September 18th, 2009.

To mark this week’s 84th anniversary of the soap opera, The Locher Room is set to welcome two fan favorite stars, Grant Aleksander (Phillip  Spaulding) and Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), as they share their memories of working together and portraying one of Springfield’s favorite couples with former GL show publicist and now host, Alan Locher.

Circle this Thursday, January 28th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to watch the livestream of the chat with Grant and Beth.

So, do you have a favorite Phillip and Beth moment?  Are you missing Sprinfield on GL’s anniversary week? Let us know via the comment section below.

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