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Tamara Braun on Her New Play, and Her Soap Life as Carly, Ava,Taylor & Reese!

Photo Credit: Helen Watson

Photo Credit: Helen Watson

One of the best actresses we know, Tamara Braun, is currently starring in Tennessee in the Summer, a new play about the life of prolific playwright, Tennessee Williams at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank California now through May 20th!

Braun caught up with TheatreMania for an interview discussing the play and her time on the soaps including her various roles as Carly Corinthos on General Hospital, her Daytime-Emmy winning role as Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives, and then returning to  the NBC soap in a different role as Taylor Walker.  She also discusses her important time as Reese Williams, who was part of  soaps’ first same-sex wedding on All My Children.  Here are a few interesting excerpts!

Tamara on which of her daytime roles she identified with the most:  “I identified with all of them on a human level. I must find a common human thread with all the characters I play; otherwise, I fear I would be playing a caricature. Carly and Ava were the most dynamic and colorful. Reese was the most normal, yet she had the most historic impact. The storyline I was in with Eden Riegel (who played Bianca Montgomery) was nominated for a GLAAD Award, and I feel very proud of the work that Eden and I did portraying the first same-sex married and parenting couple. We tried to bring honesty and integrity to the story we were given. I was so proud of the show for bringing the issue to the forefront and for being a part of it.”

Tamara on if she misses being part of a daytime soap cast:  “I miss being able to work every day in a role that I love. But what I don’t miss is the pace at which the soaps are now moving. I think that a certain quality gets lost when you have to shoot 120 pages every day. Everyone’s work gets compromised. But they are still fighting for their rightful place on television. General Hospital just got renewed after a lot of concern that it wouldn’t! Congrats to them.”

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Tamara on if she would do another soap, should an offer come:  “Daytime changed my life and taught me to become a better actress. If the right role and situation presented itself, then I would be open to it.”

What soap role of Tamara’s was your favorite? Let us know! And if you are in the Southern California area make sure to check out Tennessee in the Summer!

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Ce'Ron
Ce'Ron

She is phenominal! I need her back on General Hospital stat! She was such a great Carly!

Mark F.
Mark F.

I agree!! If not as Carly, then as a new character!!

barbara t
barbara t

A new character.

carlos
carlos

She should go over to the young and the restless as a new Victoria or maybe Samantha (Cane’ sister) Tamara call Maria Anna Bell!!!

aria
aria

tamara, don’t call maria, call Frank, you and sarah brown can return to gh playing sister, now there’s an idea!

barbara t
barbara t

I agree with you Aria,I would love for sarah brown to come back as johnnys mother this time around ,there are a lot of stories to tell with the zacarras that dont have to be mob related. tamara make that call to Frank like Aria says.

SallyV
SallyV

I loved her as Carly; thought she was OK as Reese. I’l like to see her back on daytime…as a Victoria re-boot on Y&R.

Jess
Jess

Hands down…Carly Corinthos!!!! She was GREAT!!!! I wish she’d come back to GH as another character…

RJ4
RJ4

Loved Tennesse Williams and all his plays. Sounds like an interesting play. I am sure that Tamara will be great. She was good as Ava on Days. I know that this is uncomfortable and awkward to talk about,but best be said because she is a good actor – the Taylor role in Days was a tough role for her to come into – the character and story line development was not there, and the casting was not right, so it did not go well, but that was not her fault. It was not the right situation. I have seen her be great in roles. Wish her the best. If I were in the CA area, would love to see her in Tennesee in the Summer – can totally see her as a character in a Tennessee Williams type play and role. Wish she could do this in Boston/New England Area – would love to see her in it. All the best to Tamara – an excellent actor!

RJ4
RJ4

Just want to add – Tennessee in the Summer (with Tamara) should be done in the Ogunquit playhouse (in Ogunquit, Maine) – think it would go over great there! Sorry if the is off topic.

Allie
Allie

That’s a tough decision. Have to say Carly Corinthos, because she had to prove herself to Sarah Brown fans that she could be a Carly Corinthos. She should have won Emmys for Carly, too! The amazing storylines she had,

Sean
Sean

Tamara is desperately needed at General Hospital. As of now, I could only see her returning as Carly. I just dont think Tamara or the show wants that. They are content with a complasent actress(Laura Wright) and Tamara just doesnt want to play ring around the rosie with the Head Honchos of ABC..

Do i think in the end it will be either Vanessa or Tamara returning for Sonny… ABSOLUTELY…Laura will only be the final carly if Vanessa does not return.. If they decide to pursue Carson as his FINAL COURTSHIP… Tamaras phone will be ringing…

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‘The Masked Singer’ Runner-up, Ex- AMC’s Jesse McCartney, Recalls Working With David Canary

If you caught the finale of The Masked Singer this week, you know that “The Turtle” was revealed to be none other than former All My Children star and recording artist, Jesse McCartney.

While McCartney came in as the runner-up, losing out to Kandi Burress, he spoke to Digital Journal about his latest single, “Friends’ and recalled his time working with the one and only David Canary (Ex-Stuart/Adam) on the now defunct ABC daytime drama series.

As a young JR Chandler from 1998-2001, that put him sharing on-screen time with Canary, who played his father.  Jesse remembers all of the lines of dialogue thrown at him at a young age was not fun.

When speaking of his time with Canary, McCartney shared: “He was one of the sweetest guys on the planet and he was such a kind soul. He played my father, Adam Chandler, and not only was he the star of the show but he played his own twin brother, Stuart. He had double the lines of any character on the show, and in my three years on the show, he never messed up a line even once. There was a time when David helped me when I was having a moment and I struggled with remembering my lines, so as a result, the soap world for me is very sentimental.”

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So, do you remember when Jesse and David were in Pine Valley together? Share your memories via the comment section below.

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All My Children Cast Reunites For #UnitedAtHome Series In Week-Long Event

Missing the best, the baddest, and the sexiest of Pine Valley? Well, they are all coming together in Entertainment Weekly’s #UnitedAtHome series beginning next week on May 26th.

The five-part series goes through Friday, May 29th, with new live episodes premiering at 10 a.m. ET and two on Friday. You can watch it here  on EW.com and PeopleTV.com.

The All My Children zoom series will feature the likes of :Kelly Ripa, Billy Miller, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Susan Lucci and many, many more.

The weeklong event is also for a cause, with the AMC cast choosing to support Feeding America, which is putting food on the tables of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Cast members that will be appearing throughout next week are: Jennifer Bassey, Tamara Braun, Justin Bruening, Rebecca Budig, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Ricky Paull Goldin, Alexa Havins, Michael E. Knight, Jill Larson, Eva LaRue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Billy Miller, Alicia Minshew, Sydney Penny, Kelly Ripa, Leven Rambin, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause, Walt Willey, Darnell Williams, and Jacob Young.

So, what do you think of this AMC upcoming series with the former stars of the beloved soap? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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