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

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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.”

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
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Ce'Ron

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

Mark F.
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Mark F.

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

barbara t
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barbara t

A new character.

carlos
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jess

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

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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… Read more »

RJ4
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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
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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
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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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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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