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The Kim Zimmer Interview – Guiding Light Finale

Kim ZimmerAs the light fades this week on Guiding Light, I waited to post this interview with the most acclaimed actress in the shows 57-year television history, Kim Zimmer.  As Reva Shayne since 1983, Zimmer’s bravura performances have nabbed her four Daytime Emmys and a place in soap opera history as one of the most iconic, recognizable, and important actresses ever in the genre.

On-Air On-Soaps salutes the wonderful interview recently posted by Nelson Branco of TV Guide Canada, and all the coverage given to Kim around the web and in print over the last few weeks.
Just of note: a few quotes of this interview ran in my Soapside: Advocate column on September 4th but the rest was held back until now. I hope you enjoy Kim’s outspoken and honest comments, and will listen to the audio feature of our conversation held right after the Guiding Light Tribute rehearsal at the Daytime Emmys.

One final time, here is my last “GL” Kim Zimmer interview. I know there will be more features in our future, especially in lieu of the news that she is writing her memoirs about her time on Guiding Light.  But, you never know where Kim might pop up next.  Read below and find out her thoughts on this matter and getting closure in Springfield.

Listen to the audio:

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MICHAEL:

So, what did you think being up there on the stage for the tribute during rehearsal?

KIM:

It was fun. We did this once before for our 50th Anniversary.  The curtain came up and then we were gone.

MICHAEL:

daytimeemmys1.jpgShuffled off to Buffalo?

KIM:

Exactly!  In a way it’s a
little embarrassing, but its fun being on that stage and seeing everyone in the audience.  It’s emotional
to see the faces of all these actors I have known for many years. I am sure there will be tears.  Everyone is looking at his or her future.  Who knows how many soaps we will have left at this time next year?

MICHAEL:

It’s sad!

KIM:

It’s very sad. I was talking to “OLTL’s” executive producer Frank Valentini on the airplane yesterday.  I did pitch him coming back to One Life to Live, where I played Echo. I said, “I won’t sign a contract, but I’ll work cheap if you work me five days a week!” (She laughs.) But I also said, “Who is in more trouble, you or All My Children?”  And Frank said, “Oh, we are not in trouble.  Our show has had better ratings than them for the last five years.”  I was like, “Ok, hang tough boy, hang tough.” (She laughs)

MICHAEL:

How did you feel when you wrapped your last “GL” episode?

KIM:

I had a moment of, Thank God its over, because it’s been hard.  I was never a fan of the new format and production module, and trying to generate story was tough.  Thank God for Olivia and Natalia!  It was the only love story we had on the show, because every one of the other characters on the show seemed to hate each other, and it was nasty.  I think that is one of the reasons that story was so well received by people in the Bible belt, and everyone across the board.  It was because it was a love story. We were thirsty for something like that.  It was nice to have Grant Aleksander (Phillip) back.  I am just sad that I am not going to get to work with my two grown on-screen sons!

double_photo5.jpgMICHAEL:

Because those two on-screen sons (Branson and Pelphrey) are exceptional actors, and finally they got it right. Damn it!

KIM:

I know, I know, and the dynamics between Tom and Jeff is so wonderful.
I was so hopeful we were going to get to play with that some more, and that makes me sad.  I really was looking forward to the day Josh and Reva would ride off into the sunset together, only to see Jeffrey come back from the other direction.  That would have been an interesting dynamic, too.

MICHAEL:

Did you feel disappointed in the end, on how it wrapped up for you as Reva?

KIM:

Well, I was sad that they never brought a Marah back.  I don’t know why that never happened and that kind of pissed me off.  They could never really figure out which one they wanted to bring back, because each one had a different job on the show.  You could bring Lindsey McKeon back, but you could not bring Kimberly J. Brown back, because she would not have worked with Bradley.  It’s just weird.
So, I think that is why they avoided the whole thing.  I think the fans will like the last episode.  I think 60 percent of my fans will be happy and I think 40 percent won’t be. (She laughs).

MICHAEL:

When you saw the end story, were you OK with it?

KIM:

I am very much OK with it.

MICHAEL:

But this whole experience had been like a long mourning process for the fans and the cast. There have been multiple parties and tributes and tons of press.  Will you be happy when it’s finally over and you can move on?

KIM:

I will be happy when September 18th is over and the last air show has been on, because we can’t really move on.  We were all laughing on the last day. Rob Bogue (Mallet) and I were laughing with our on-going scenario. “Has your phone rung? Because I taped my last scene. Have you gotten the call from “Y&R”?  They said they were going to call.”  So, we were all kind of waiting for phone calls thinking, “OK, we are done.  We are available.” (She laughs)

kim_crying1.jpgMICHAEL:

You are so recognizable and iconic as Reva.  Do you think the producers will be able to see the forest from the trees and let you play something else on the soaps?

KIM:

I think it would be very narrow-minded of the executive producers of the shows, if they were to say, “She can’t do anything else.” …Unless, like a “Y&R” or “B&B” brought Reva in, because Reva is not connected to anything really. I would love to play a new character, like a Sally Spectra on “B&B”.  That would be a gas, but I could never replace Darlene Conley. (Ex-Sally)

MICHAEL:

But you really want to play a new character!

KIM:

I said my dream would be to do the same character on all the shows in disguise.  I dye my hair, put contacts in, and always have a different accent on all the shows.  On the last one it would be revealed I was the same character on all those shows.  Three months here and there. You need a little activity on a storyline… bring her in.  Wouldn’t that be a gas?

MICHAEL:

That is pretty brilliant!

bradley_kim1.jpgKIM:

I know.  I have not pitched it to anybody… get busy!

MICHAEL:

If you were to, in a few years, sum up Reva Shayne what would you say? “Reva was…..?”

KIM:

Reva was love.  She loved like no one else.

MICHAEL:

Passionately!

KIM:

Yeah, that is what I would say.  I agree.

MICHAEL:

When you look back, how did being on Guiding Light impact you?

KIM:

Oh, well, the dignitaries I got to meet and the athletes and actors…. I am not saying that is what it was about.  I had three children while I was on the show.  I had a job that enabled me the opportunity to be there for their athletic events and take pictures of them for their proms.  I did not have to pack a suitcase to go somewhere else to film a movie.  It was the perfect job to have to raise a family.

MICHAEL:

What did you feel about many who say Kim Zimmer’s Reva was the focus of Guiding Light?

zimmer_newman_pretty.jpgKIM:

No, I don’t feel that way.  Maybe in the beginning, but in the last five years we have really become an ensemble, which was hard for me to swallow, but I think that is what made our show good.  I know the show focused a lot of story on my character, but I never felt like the lighthouse of Guiding Light, not me.
Other people made me feel that way,
but I never thought I was The Guiding Light. I think that is why our show was so successful.  We had the nicest place to work, because we were family and there was no backstage backstabbing.
If we had a problem with somebody we all said it to his or her face.  We would bring it up. You put your shit out on the table and you dealt with it!

MICHAEL:

You must look back and pinch yourself knowing you won four Emmys and were the most lauded actress in the history of “GL”.  Where are your much-deserved four Daytime Emmys sitting?

KIM:

It is wonderful!  My Emmys are sitting on top of a cabinet of my living room.  And, I have my Soap Opera Digest awards, and the ones that looked like Emmys and looked like a Globe.

MICHAEL:

jim_zimmer_main1.jpgThe Soap Opera Update Awards?

KIM:

Yes, and they are a mess!  Those were fun awards and everyone was so drunk at those events.  It wasn’t timed.  Those Soap Opera Update awards are so tarnished and so disgusting.  I look at those awards and they make me laugh. (She laughs)

MICHAEL:

I can’t believe next time I speak with you it won’t be for a Guiding Light interview!

KIM:

I know, it will be weird, but we will
always have plenty to talk about.
Trust me!

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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.

Share your well-wishes for Tom, Kaley, and the bundle of joy on the way, via the comment section.

 

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Jerry verDorn Tribute on Tap During Virtual 18th Annual ‘Stars and Strikes’ Charity Event

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.

Photo: NBC

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.

Photo: NBC

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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