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Susan Lucci Lands Plum Role in Marc Cherry's New Primetime Soap Pilot, Devious Maids!

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Now this seems like a fantastic role for soap icon, Susan Lucci! When we first read this we were grinning from ear to ear!  Lucci has been cast in one of the co-starring and primo roles in Desperate Housewives, Marc Cherry’s new ABC primetime soap pilot Devious Maids!

According to Deadline.com,  “Lucci will play one of the employers, Genevieve Delacourt, a beautiful, wealthy woman who is gently crazy.  Having spent her adult life attracting one powerful man after another, she’s reduced to seducing the Armenian pool boy, and the vertiginous drop in her sexual status has left her — well, the word is nuts.  Unused to having men walk past her as if she were as sexless as a mailbox, Genevieve is feeling suicidal. ”

Devious Maids follows four maids (Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes) with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills and one of course now being La Lucci!

What do you think of Susan’s new role?  Can’t you totally see her chewing the scenery with this part?  We can!

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Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

It sounds super exciting Michael! When is this going to air? Sounds very much like another Erica Kane! She will make the show perfect. Will be a delight to watch. To bad it’s on ABC. They don’t deserve her!

gloria
gloria

Yeah, chewing the scenery. Perfect for her.

barbara t
barbara t

thats funny,Its suppose to be funny,right?

gloria
gloria

yes, totally supposed to be funny. I mean when you think of Erica Kane you think of someone stomping her feet, flicking her hair back, waving her arms, gazing up adoringly at a man . . . and always, no matter the weather, even in an ice storm, she’s in at least a sleeveless top, but usually strapless. Everyone else is in turtlenecks & down coats but here comes Erica in a strapless ball gown. Lord knows Susan Lucci has been loyal & a good thing for daytime but I’ve always said her character is more “camp”, cartoonish-which is why I believe it was so hard for her to win an Emmy. I, personally have no desire to see Susan Lucci ever again if it’s gonna be another Erica character. I also think AMC could have gone along just fine without Erica.

susan m.
susan m.

Not my cup of tea!!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

well everything you said is true ,I wont be watching ,I dont like cartoons anyway ,and I dam sure dont like abc/disney.another show I hope fails .abc/disney said that people dont watch the soaps any more and It seems that every day they are coming up with another dumb prime time soap,and tempting me with soap stars is not going to work, not for me,I loved all my children and one life to live and I am fighting to get them back if you want to know the truth I feel insulted that the soap stars would chose to stay with the network that killed the soaps susan lucci was pissed off at abc and she said so,shes not lacking in the ,I dont have a job ,she has several projects going. I believe abc/disney is hiring the soap stars to suck us in again ,and its not going to work for me.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

@ Gloria: ” I, personally have no desire to see Susan Lucci ever again if it’s gonna be another Erica character. I also think AMC could have gone along just fine without Erica. ”

I never looked at her character of being cartoonish “camp”, but the example you provided gave me a good picture of why you did, and perhaps others. As my post below (plus my Feb 10th/ Gloria Estafan’s video post) I have been a STAUNCH
Susan Lucci supporter, but I am tired of seeing her play Erica Kane in every role! Go to the page of Gloria Estefan’s post. I’m the 3rd post, David responds to me, and then for an overall view of the situation, I write this compare and contrast statement. I then post a clip from Youtube of the best performance I have EVER see her do ANYWHERE…! David then looked at Susan in a totally new perspective (when U stroll done on that page U will see him offering her the benefit of the doubt, BOTH he and Ethel). Stroll 3 places below THIS page & he still holds true to it, (below) Ethel brings up something close to what U said about that Emmy. I think Susan should have won the Emmy for getting out her bed for 40 years, learning all those lines and entertaining us. But in 39 years of Emmy’s she COULD/ SHOULD of certainly won at least FIVE. There are a combinatin of many factor’s why that didn’t happen: that character/too close to Lucci in a physical nature, jealousy in the industry, the writer’s, and Susan Lucci herself picking the same type of roles in outide projects. And as I posted below, with AMC having ended, “one would think she should want to DISPLAY some other range in her acting chops & abilities in THIS next phase of her career. ”
Go to the Feb 10 Gloria Estefan page starting at the top and read. And check out the video, in my opinion is her best work anywhere….

gloria
gloria

I just saw the video & read all the related posts. To clarify, I have been a Susan Lucci fan since day 1. Watched AMC from the beginning (well, as best I could since I was 9 then). And I know that she has a reputation of being very kind & helpful to new actors & is just a good person. Fine. But over the years when everyone complained/wondered about her never winning the Emmy I really got to thinking about why. And that’s when I came to my conclusion of her being just “too Erica” all the time, if that makes any sense. One dimensional, I guess. I mean she changed some after Bianca was born but really right up to the last scene of AMC she was just the same, self-centered, overly dramatic, gushing glamour queen. And when you compared her performances to the other Emmy nominees you could see why she did not win. Yes, she was loyal to daytime, a huge champion for us but at the same time on her talk show appearances & interviews she always recites so cutely all of Erica’s names & then the darn scene of Erica standing down the bear, stating “Don’t you know who I am ? . . . ) and everyone laughs & it makes people think soaps are ridiculous & stupid. And yeah, sometimes they are but only soap fans should be allowed to say that! I hate when people make fun of soaps.

I think you mentioned Farrah Fawcett’s performance in the Burning Bed & let me tell you, I had read the book before I saw that movie-OMG-Farrah blew me away. That’s what I am talking about. Stretch yourself as an actor. ACT! Yes, Susan did some movies of the week a long time ago, I can barely remember but I don’t know if they were THAT much different from Erica. And really we should blame the writers of AMC for doing that to her & not giving her material to spread her wings.

And I really cannot believe she would take a job from ABC. She certainly does not need to & after the way they have treated everyone in the soap world, well I am disappointed.

And as for those who want to see Erika Slezak on a sitcom? I would rather remember her in the den of Llanfair & never see her again, rather than to see her on something unworthy of her. Most sitcoms these days are too stupid for words & she would never sink to that level. I can really only picture her in theater or a Meryl Streep type movie role. I really just want OLTL back with her front & center-problem solved.

susan m.
susan m.

miss oltl… can’t see Ms. Slezak playing anyone else but VIKI>>>>

barbara t
barbara t

gloria what you wrote march 12th at 1158 am,you are absolutely right ,I have been a fan of susan lucci till this new show she will be on,1love abcsoaps said it all a few weeks ago and now you,she was so pissed off at at abc/disney about killing all my children then she turns around and stays with the network she should still be mad at ,also she had a meeting with marc cherry before all my children ended so how long did she know about the soaps being cancelled ,I also agree with you ,erika slezak should never be on a sit com ,none of them are any good ,I would like her to be in a well written drama not on abc/disney.back to susan lucci,I am very disappointed in her ,no longer a fan.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

@ Barbara: “I am very disappointed in her ,no longer a fan. ”

Once again at mid-night, I am lmao! That’s it, Cut and dry, ” no longer a fan”.
PERIOD. Fade to Black.

Didn’t know she met with Marc Cherry before AMC ended. Where did you hear that? Susan is more like Erica than she would like folk to think.

Sheryl
Sheryl

She will great for this role, she is great in anything she does. I’am looking forward to this show even though ABC has not brought backAMC. I’m still hope one day AMC and OLTL will be back but, until then I will still look forward to seeing Susan on this new show.

david
david

I happy for Susan and for Brianna Brown, but what I wouldn’t give to see Erika Slezak or Florencia Lozano! How can people ignore the talent of OLTL just because it was between AMC and GH?

barbara t
barbara t

I agree ,If I had to choose who is the better actress my vote goes to erika slezak and florencia lozano,where are they?I hope not anywhere near a abc/disney contract,but somewhere else so we can see them.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Same ole Erica Kane role.
I know the guy and woman on this site I defended her against is going to post the same thing. It’s ALWAYS: rich and powerful men; men chasing/swarning over her; appealing to her Erica Kane ego; seducing men; she’s always wealthy; and having servants/ staff bow to her. Yawning…. It’s the same ole Erica Kane character.
Let me see her play a lawyer, or someone trying to figure out the bad guy, or a complicated case, a detective, investigator, or a victim that rescues herself without the need of a man. We ALL know Susan Lucci is beautiful, she was born that way. We don’t need to be reminded in everything she does INCLUDING Gloria Estefans video. I defend this woman like nobodies business and right on this site, and Gee…, ALL my life really being such a fan. But at some point, (and after 40 years on AMC and outside projects over the years playing rich and beautiful swarned by men) one would think she should want to DISPLAY some other range in her acting chops & abilities (ESPECIALLY with AMC having ended ) in THIS next phase of her career. Of course I will support, BUT for all of you that have shut ABC down (other than GH) will you?

david
david

I am sure Susan could do so much more than Erica Kane if people gave her the chance. Unfortunately, she is rigidly typecast. The limitation has nothing to do with Susan, but with stereotypes in narrow-minded people.

I don’t think Marc Cherry has any interest in creating a show reflecting real women. This is about satirical entertainment based on denigrating stereotypes of women–look at the title and plot premise. I think most women ought to be offended that this kind of cheap humor passes for entertainment at their expense, but it’s probably too early to accurately judge.

That being said, I am sure Susan will do a great job and will be an asset to the production. But I feel sorry her talent is wasted on portraying such an offensive stereotype. The idea that middle-age or older women are naturally undesirable sexually and would consider suicide isn’t funny no matter how it is played (but we can count on ABC making it as humorous as possible for ratings).

ethel
ethel

i could not agree with you more – lets see her tackle something besides being a sexy diva because anybody can stand there smile & play in their hair – i believe that’s why she only won one emmy………………jmo

barbara t
barbara t

susan is busy,shes on army wives ,the new I d channel gig in the fall and now this,I wont watch ,abc/disney is trying so hard to win us back ,for this soap fan it wont happen, she better watch out ,marc cherry may slap her to like he did niccoltte sheradan .you are right it is a erika cane role.how come ericka slezack cant get a job acting somewhere ?I would like to see her,and I hope it wont be on abc/disney,nice try abc ,I dont care if abc hires the whole cast of all my children,I made up my mind to boycott anything on abc except general hospital and I am sticking to it.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Now I know what U mean when U were saying in post about being stuck in time…. LOL The Recent Chatter finally changed over to new names somewhere after 7pm, but those names (some mine) have been there for the last 4 hours. Anyway, click on the web page and laugh Ur ass off. There are poster’s on there like U you, and poster’s on there like those on here. In other words, some are funny, sweet, or down right rude. When U go to THAT page and read THAT page, THEN click on the arrow on the right for the next picture to show and luao!

http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor/bachelorette-announcement/ThemeGallery/897383

( Dont forget to click the arrow to the right to view the next picture afterward and read comments) Folks crazy. Let me know.

Judy
Judy

Good for you! My sentiments exactly. I’ve stopped watching all things ABC except for GH. I am finding very entertaining programs on CBS and NBC. The Today show is far more informational/entertaining than GMA ever was! Let’s all band together and stick to this ABC boycott.

barbara t
barbara t

I know ,its never happened like it did today,wonder what happened ,maybe someone fell asleep on the job,I was board all day, I like to come here and see what is going on.did you hear that some people who taped general hospital last week for 2 days the tape didnt go through so they couldnt watch it ,some one thinks it was a way to bring the ratings down,I hope not,then again I dont trust the way they do the ratings ,so many people dont get counted.I hope that tomorrow isnt a slow day here like today was.

barbara t
barbara t

WHATS HAPPENING?this happened a while back ,doesnt it make you feel like your the only one left in the world,till my dogs started barking or my kitty runs across my key board,I keep forgetting to bring up kate,you really dont like her? I dont want her with sonny ,but I still think she is interesting,took a while for me to start liking her because she is so different from kate 1,what happened to her?I asked someone a while back and they never got back to me ,megan ward ,she just dropped off the face of the earth ,did she quit?did they get rid of her?I cant find out anything.WHAT HAPPENED TO HER,AND HERE?9:57

barbara t
barbara t

they were funny,I would never,ever put my self in a show like that and have people talk about me ,DID you go to soaptown looselips and read that ron is talking to your trevor st.john? I hope so.1:43 sunday.keeping track of my time .

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Gotta do that… Thanks. Thanks my baby!

Christine
Christine

I’m happy for Susan.

She stayed with AMC, it got canceled, sadly, but another door was opened for her. She deserves it!!

Unfortunately I have an everything-but-GH boycott on ABC and I in light of ABC/Disney’s recent shenanigans with the whole Tivo thing, I don’t see that changing any time soon. I won’t be watching.

barbara t
barbara t

from what I heard abc/disney owns her ,not the other way around ,so she might as well stay with the mouse house .I wont be watching ,Its abc/disneys way of getting the soap fans to tune in,they lost alot of viewers because they canceled the soaps ,they want us back.that will never happen with me .there dumb shows are getting really bad ,anything I see during general hospital,I dam sure dont want to watch,not because Im boycotting ,they look really bad ,daytime and prime time has gone downhill.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Hey, in Recent Chatter today on the Homepage, Dee’s post filled up all of Recent Chatter today, Saturday 3/10. (Ur post was last on Recent Chatter). What happens, does this site close down on the weeknds, bc noone’s name stays up on Recent Chatter all day for hours……?
Which means there were no new ” post ” showing elsewhere on the site! Although we all get busy on Saturdays with family and such, some of us find Saturdays the best time to catch up on here. So again, does this site close down on weekends or what? I’ve noticed things moving slowly before on weekend but never like today.

Rose
Rose

What’s the deal with the whole Tivo thing your talking about? I still watch GH and Housewives and some others on ABC. I don’t watch Army Housewives but heard she was going to be on it next week. Just went to my actor wishlist and viewed her upcoming episodes and all that came up was Soapnet AMC and a pilates thing. I like Susan Lucci and I am going to watch her new show. I’ll see how it is.

aria
aria

wow, sounds like a stereo typical /racist show, four maids, all hispanic, really? marc cherry, sounds like maybe Nicolette Sheridan is right about you.

Debi
Debi

Though I haven’t followed closely Susan’s career as I don’t watch AMC, I will say this sounds like a nice promotion for her career. I wish her the best!

Skater Boy
Skater Boy

Bravo for Lucci , tv, fans and entertainment. Yes, sad she is typecast and that’s life. Erica Kane is iconic and when you hire Lucci sadly people want Erica Kane. We know she can act if you have seen some of her movies but still the world knows her as Erica Kane and people who hire her hire that cachet. Come on, who really knows Erika Sleazak as great as she is an actress? But they know Erica Kane or the woman who took for ever to win an Emmy. Marc Cherry like Discovery, Army Wives and Hot In Cleveland hire Lucci to be Erica Kane – it is rare someone is that identifiable through a character. Note, even HIC writes Susan Lucci as Erica Kane but those who know Lucci know she isn’t close to Erica Kane – hence showing she can act. Too bad she is just a co star; wouldn’t it have been great to see her as a lead. But ageism does seem to exist. Hopefully some of those other out of work actors from the soaps will get jobs but there is a lot of competition out there. And ageism exists to this day sadly.

todd
todd

I only watch GH……because of the Mannings. I will never tune into ABC again…..nor will anyone in my house…..nor will I see a Disney movie…..or any of it’s other studios….nor will Disney gifts be purchased ever again for any of the children in my family. I think they are run by disgusting greedy misers without any respect for their loyal viewers. I stopped watching the View, Modern Family, and Castle. I never started Revenge…..nor will I watch any future drivel from the creative minds at ABC. It would take Erica Slezak being cast as the one of the wives for me to bend on this issue.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Another person that says what he means and means what he says.

Do you watch General Hopsital?
How do you know that your children don’t have on abc when not in your presense?

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

-Oprah will interview Bobby Christian on OWN tomorrow night, Sunday 3/11
-Finale of the Bachelor Monday night, heard he picked Courtney. 3/12

Rose
Rose

I won’t boycott ABC and still watch shows there. Yes I miss my AMC and OLTL alot but I also love other ABC shows. I wish Susan Luck on her new show and I will watch it. I may even record Army Wives just to see her next week.

TheDaysoftheBoldChildrenatOneRestlessHosipital
TheDaysoftheBoldChildrenatOneRestlessHosipital

I think for Susan Lucci to be her age, an ethnic female, and known mainly only for her work in daytime nonetheless, to even be offered primetime roles is incredible. And even moreso, as a lead! No matter what we may think of her versitility as a character, her range shouldn’t be questioned. As Erika, I believed she was genuinely disgraced and disgusted when her youngest daughter came out. I believed she hated her oldest daughter for showing back up in her life and reminding her of a past she’d rather have forgotten. Yet, in the end, you couldn’t convince me that there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for those two. She played weak damsel one scene, and jungle lion next. She gave you strung out during her intervention with her brother Mark, Jackson, and children. She could make you feel apart of a scene with that million dollar smile, or make you feel like she was coming after you with that angry glare. She gave you a over-bearing little girl from nowhere, and showed you what her life was like and how she turned out 40 years later. Good choices, bad choices, in both business and personal. She pulled off background, supporting, lead, comedy, drama……..the list goes on. Fact of the matter is, she became the póster child for the soap world. Soaps had been dying long before last years cancellations. And why? Because of “us”. The people who didn’t take the time to túne in. Or stopped watching simply because they’re favorite characters weren’t featured enough. Or because theyve didn’t like the writing at the time. Then, the ratings declined. And kept declining. Til finally some jerk felt like they didn’t matter anymore, and started cutting soaps left and right. And it’s only going to continúe if we keep up this ‘ I deserve what I’VE come to expect in just MY head and I want EXACTLY what I want, ALL the time’ kind of attitudes. Instead of actually just being TRUE FANS of not just the soaps, but the amazing actors who’ve made us love, hate, cry, bitch, and every other emotion or reaction caused by a classic soap scene. Marc Cherry has proven himself a soap fan. Look how many former soaps stars are/were/have been on Desperate Housewives. Or in cases like Tuc, were given the chance to do primetime as well as daytime at once, and shine a little light back on daytime soaps. AND also keep in mind, his characters are not always what they appear to be. To look at Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria, two former soap stars, (one even being from ABC at one point), their characters have gone leaps and bounds from the cliché characters they were defined as before the show ever premiered. So, I say bravo Lucci for still standing tall in the game. Bravo Cherry for casting more former soap stars and not the same old faces from other cancelled primetime shows. Or even the big thing now,… Read more »

Karen
Karen

Hollywood is always casting minority women as maids. No thank you, I will not watch this show. Hollywood is racist and will never change.

Tristan
Tristan

It is amazing how people have such differing opinions. Also, the dedicaton to AMC and OLTL is amazing. I know I cna’t convince people but I have seen Susan Lucci in Army wies and she was great in a non Erica role. In fact, she was great in a non erica role in The Secret of Anastasia miniseries. Still people wanted Erica Kane and thus her movie roles and probably Devious Maids. I do blame the writers for not giving Lucci more range. We have seen she can do it but they rarely wrote for her – it’s llike relied on Lucci to make crap look like gold. I think Lucci has great comedic timing; she has th emain problem that Erica kane is such an inconic role and she is identified with this role. You can’t say too many people are so identifaible with one role. Man of us cannot name Streep’s many characters sbut Lucci is Erica Kane though all reports are she isn’t Erica Kane in real life – which is a testament to her acting. Seh is needs casting agents to give her non Erica roles which she is more than capable ofhandling but I do think the world would have trouble of her playing an old grandmother fending for her children or fight some disease after seeing Hotel Nationel video. She looked like an amazing sultry cougar.

Gary
Gary

I have not watched ABC or Disney since the last day of AMC. Them giving Susan Lucci this role will not change that, death to ABC!

All My Children

Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

Photo: Getty Images

Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

Photo: Hallmark Channel

You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

Photo: JPI

I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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