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The Paula Garces Interview – All My Children and Devious Maids

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Latina spitfire, Paula Garces is pulling double-duty these days on-screen!  Fans of the revival of All My Children can see her as tough and sexy FBI agent, Lea Marquez.  And, fans of Marc Cherry’s highly–anticipated follow up to Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids, features Garces as the most devious maid of them all!  Right now, Paula is everywhere on Hulu and OWN with All My Children and on Lifetime with Devious Maids (Sundays at 10PMEST), but this weekend she is at Comic-Con in San Diego promoting her Latina superhero, Aluna who is quickly becoming a video game star!

So, with all the success, and juggling multiple projects, the ambitious and talented Garces is also an expectant mother!  That’s right!   This gal has superpowers! As she tells On-Air On-Soaps in this revealing, candid, and lively interview, she kept this pregnancy a secret to her family and almost everyone at All My Children. You will find out why!  But what will the AMC writers do now that she is showing in real life? Write it in to the show, or keep it hidden?  Paula shares her thoughts on the matter.

Now for a big question on soap fans minds, what has it been like for Paula to get to work with the one and only soap heartthrob Thorsten Kaye, Pine Valley’s Zach Slater?  How is she fairing when she knows many fans are hoping for a Kendall (Alicia Minshew) and Zach reunion down the line?  Paula definitely has an opinion.  Plus, Garces opens up about how she landed her role as Flora on Devious Maids, chatting with Maids’ co-star Susan Lucci about a possible return by the soap icon to AMC, and she gives us a glimpse into the reaction on set when Devious Maids filmed its shocking season finale cliffhanger!

Here now is the spirited, sexy, and oh so smart, Paula Garces on her whirlwind year thus far, and what is yet to come!

MICHAEL:

In recent scenes on All My Children, Lea puts the brakes on with Zach, in part due to the fact that he is still wearing his wedding ring to Kendall.   Does Lea feel he is still carrying a torch for her?

PAULA:

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I think she doesn’t know what to think.  I think the way the writers have been writing our story is that they really want to take time with it, and really want to make sure that the fans fall in love with not only Lea for the first time, but all over again with Zach.  I know the fans were really adamant about his past relationship, and they loved that.  I think the writers are being very careful that I just don’t become like a home-wrecker.   I was adamant about that, and so was Thorsten.  We both really agreed.  We love working with each other, and if there was going to be a love story for the fans to support us.  Lea is career-driven and intelligent, but she is a little taken aback by Zach because he is so charming, sexy, and she has seen that he is so intelligent.  Sometimes he could be very loyal, but then again, Lea is still on cop mode.  She is on FBI agent mode, so she has to be careful, because she knows criminals can be very manipulating.  So she did not know if he was just being a manipulative criminal, or if he is just someone who is just being really hurt by his past love and can’t let it go, which is also not good for her.  There are a lot of layers to his character, and a lot of layers to our story together, which makes it very interesting.  I hope the fans agree, because it’s lovely for us to play.

MICHAEL:

During the recent broadcast of TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman featuring All My Children’s executive producer Ginger Smith, the fans in the chat room were saying they don’t want Kendall with Zach, and they don’t want Lea with Zach, either!  I guess they want Zach for themselves! (Laughs)

PAULA:

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Oh, no!  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

What has it been like working with Thorsten Kaye?

PAULA:

I met him the first day on-set, and he was the loveliest person.  Thorsten is a jokester.  He has this very cool, dry humor, and you really have to be an intelligent person to get it.  I love that.  He is challenging off-camera, but on-camera, as well. Thorsten brings a lot of himself into the character.  When I first met him in-person I though we had chemistry.  But then, I immediately worried that I hope it translates to the screen, because if it doesn’t this is not going to work out, and it immediately did.  Thorsten was like my tour guide.  I was the new kid in school, everything from behind the scenes and on-screen.  I was a fan of All My Children before, but I wasn’t necessarily watching every single episode the last two years the show was on ABC.  I had to get recaps and learn from Thorsten.  On all levels, Thorsten is a great actor.  I have learned a lot from him, because AMC’s schedule is even faster now.  I was used to doing soaps before when I was on Guiding Light.  We now really have to be on top of our game, because of the budget and production.  We have to communicate behind the scenes.  We run our lines, and Thorsten is adamant about making every thing make sense for us first, and then making sure it translates on screen so the fans like it, and continue to follow the show, and not be like “What the hell is this coming out of left field?“

MICHAEL:

This is a medium where the actors have a lot of control over how their characters are perceived in some way, and you can infer things in scenes between your scene partners, and bring it on to the set.

PAULA:

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Well, with Thorsten there are a lot of rewrites!  (Laughs)   I will come to a dry rehearsal and he will go, “I am cutting this, and I am cutting that.”  He does not let anything go.  He cares about his character and his storyline, which is lovely for me, because then that means my storyline will be that much better.  I learned very quickly I have to be on my toes with him.  He changes everything on the day we shoot.  There are some days I will say, “I don’t agree with that,” and the Latina comes out in me.  But I have to make sure I have a good argument behind it.  And sometimes I change his mind, and sometimes he is like, “Look, the reason I am saying this is because this and this happened with Kendall, and this and this happened to Zach three years ago.”   Then, I will be like, “Oooh. I did not know that. Why don’t the writers know that?”  (Laughs)  And then he goes, “No. We have to really take care of ourselves and our own.”  So, you are right.  This is a medium where if the actor does not really care about their work, it’s not going to be that good on camera, and it’s going to show right away.  All My Children is very appropriately titled, not only for what you see on the show itself, but behind the scenes, we are a family!

MICHAEL:

What did you think of the sex-trafficking storyline?

PAULA:

I was completely enthralled in it, and I loved it.  I was just so amazed that they were willing to dive into that, and do it so well.  All the actors, especially Darnell Williams (Jessie) and Debbi Morgan (Angie) are just amazing!  Sal Stowers (Cassandra) is so great.  I just think that storyline is really cool, and it gave me the opportunity to introduce Marquez in a very cool and sexy way.  Not only she is an FBI agent, but she is Sinnamon!  It was very soapy at first, but a cool way to make a splash on a show that I have never been on before!  I was grateful for that storyline. 

MICHAEL:

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Have you had the opportunity to meet Alicia Minshew?  If she were to come back do you see Lea and Kendall fighting over Zach?

PAULA:

No, I have not met her.  I know there had been some conversations about Alicia returning, but I am not sure where that is going.

MICHAEL:

Let’s talk about your hot new primetime soap role in Lifetime’s Devious Maids!  I heard you had some initial hesitancy about the script?

PAULA:

I got the pilot sent to me by my agent, and at first glance looking at the script I did not know what to think of it because of the title … the title threw me off.  All I had to go on was the fact that it was called Devious Maids, and they were looking for five Latina leads and it was created by Marc Cherry of Desperate Housewives.  I thought, “Why do the five Latina leads for the first time ever have to be maids, right?”  So it took me awhile to even pick up the script and take a look at it.  Then my agents were like, “Are you crazy? This is a Marc Cherry show!”  So I read it and after the first three pages I was like, “Oh, my God!”   I was laughing out loud.  I could now see how cool and interesting he was handling the maids’ storylines.  After I put it down, of course, I wanted to audition for it.  But, I felt very guilty.  I was like, “Should I like the fact that they were maids?”  Because, I did like the fact that they were maids!  I already knew there was going to be some controversy and backlash over it.  I immediately called my mom and my grandmother.  My grandmother then very quickly reminded me, “How very quickly you forget my history in this country. When I first came here to the U.S., it was in the early 60’s, and the first job I was able to do was be a maid.  I was very grateful for the job.  I did it with dignity and respect, and was able to provide a very good living for my entire family.  And, that is the reason you are here in this country.”

MICHAEL:

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So, when you went through the audition process you did not know which role you would ultimately end up with?

PAULA:

I went in for different roles; I went in for the Marisol role, which was Rosalyn Sanchez’s from the very beginning, and then I went in for Edy Ganem’s role, which was Judy Reyes daughter on the show.  But then the network found out my real age and did not feel I could play a 20-year-old, or whatever.  Marc was like, “I don’t really care what role you end up doing, you just have to be on my show.”  And so, when he said that, I thought he was just being nice to me because I had been turned down for the other two roles.  But he was not just being nice, he was being very sincere and seemed to like my work, and he made it a point to get me on the show.  I am so grateful that it is the role of Flora, because it ended up being the role I am really into it.  I love all the other girls, and I think they are doing an amazing job, but I am in love with my character.  Now that I finished the season, and it’s unfolding, I know the audience is going to love her and follow her.

MICHAEL:

What can you tell those who watch, or those who may check out Devious Maids for the first time, about your character of Flora?

PAULA:

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People know that Flora is the maid that gets killed in the very first episode. That is why the hash tag #whokilledflora is becoming really popular.  They can expect from Flora anything and everything!  She is completely the devious maid on the show.  She is the devious one who got killed off, but the reason why I love Marc Cherry so much, and his writing, is that he really thinks about every single piece of the puzzle.  Flora wasn’t just evil because she is evil.  She was a very complex character who was extremely possessive, and she was a woman with a mission.  She definitely wanted to come to this country to make something of herself no matter what.  I like that she is unapologetically driven to be who she wanted to be, which was rich and famous, and head of a household, no matter how she had to get that achievement done, honey!   She was maybe not the most gorgeous one of all the maids, but she damn well knew how to use what she had! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

We will see more of her, right?

PAULA:

Everyone will dream about her, and remember her.  There will be flashbacks and dream-like sequences of wishes they could have done with her, or conversations they could have had with her.  So she really affected everyone else’s character on the show.  Not only because of her murder … but what she was doing before she got murdered.

MICHAEL:

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Did you get to work with Susan Lucci at all?

PAULA:

I did not!  But we had a lot of conversations on set about All My Children.  I have been a fan of Susan Lucci for a very long time.  I had read all the scripts so I knew what her character on Devious Maids was going to be like.  She is actually one of my favorite characters on the show, and I knew she was going to rock it.  I made it a point to see her. She was lovely, and when I told her I was going to be joining the online version of AMC she was giving me pointers, and tips, and wishing me well.  And of course, I asked her, “Are you going to come back?”  And she said basically, “I would love to.  It’s one of my favorite roles, and I am just having conversations about it.  Right now, I am just concentrating on my other businesses, and Devious Maids, but I am not forgetting All My Children.”   I think they are still in conversation about her return.

MICHAEL:

What do you think about All My Children now getting a summer television home on OWN?

PAULA:

Everyone at OWN is very excited, and has high expectations, but we are just thrilled that not only are people going to be able to watch it anytime they want online basically, but they can also go back to the way they were used to watching it, which was on TV at a certain time, and have that anticipation for the next episode, because it is going to be on their television in the afternoons.  I know Oprah has expressed she has been a fan of the soaps for years, and she is very happy that she can bring the shows back on TV.

MICHAEL:

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So, not only are you in two major shows right now, you also have created a comic book character who is a Latina Superwoman!  But she is now even more than that!

PAULA:

Aluna is a comic book character I created along with my creative partner three years ago. It was just my reaction to my visit I had to Comic-Con.  So four years ago I was doing some work there with Knight Rider and The Shield, and of course, at that time was also the second movie of Harold and Kumar which I was in.  And so, there were a lot of people interested in me, and I had no idea what Comic-Con was about.  I basically went into this convention going, “Oh, cool! Everyone is in costumes and obsessed with video games and graphic novels, and I love it!”  I saw I was getting all this love from those fans that knew all about my previous roles, and were sci-fi oriented, which I love.  I saw all these Latino people walking around and spending money, and I was really taken aback.  I did not see any Latino superheroes, and the Latino people that were being represented in comic books or video games were not being presented in a very good or positive light, per se, or even cool.  It struck a chord in me.  So, I began to create this Latina superhero based on an alter-ego of mine, and making fun of myself on what I wish I would look like and what powers I wish I would have.  So through my production company, we started to discuss what this character would be, and what would she be like?  I wanted it to be a Latina superhero, but all-inclusive and with a storyline that would be universal.  It took me back to the 1500’s when Columbus discovered South America and the Americas.  I fell in love with some ancient tribes of South America, and what their beliefs were.  They still believe today that they can do these kinds of things.  I translated that into super powers for the Latina superhero.  So, three years ago we went back to Comic-Con with this little comic book, and people were into it, and because the comic book was successful we were able to license the character out to an online video game.  Now she is one of the favorite heroes, and she gets picked over 70,000 times a day worldwide. This weekend I will be at Comic-Con in San Diego July 19th and 20th at the Allegory Booth – 1621.  I will be there with new Avatars for the online video game.  So we are unveiling those, and we are unveiling the fact that she is going to have a revamped trilogy.  We are going to do a graphic novel.  I am grateful from this little idea of all of that is coming.  Now she is known in the comic book world, and slowly growing in the video game world.  We are hoping to some day make a movie or a TV show out of it.

MICHAEL:

What are Aluna’s superpowers?

PAULA:

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She has this gem around her neck, and it’s an emerald where she harnesses power from the moon, and when she is fully charged it becomes red, and she basically can kick-ass, and go to the past, present or the future all at the same time.  She is one with the earth, and so she is able to communicate with animals, and is able to take on some of their forms at times.  The list goes on and on.  She kicks ass, honey!

MICHAEL:

Well, maybe Lea needs to turn in to Aluna to get Zach Slater?  Thoughts? (Laughs)

PAULA:

(Laughs) Zach seems to be digging Lea right now.  Lea is putting on the brakes, not only so she won’t get heartbroken, but like any good Latina she is playing the game.  She can’t be too easy … you gotta make them want you!

MICHAEL:

So where do you think we are in the public consciousness, and the mainstream media, of portrayals of Latina women in television and motion pictures?

PAULA:

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I have been acting now for 20 years, and within that time it took me 18 years to play a maid.  I also took time to look at what I have played in the past.  I have played everything from: doctors to veterinarians, to astronauts, cops, to FBI agents, assistant to a lawyer, to a very rich powerful woman, to poor, drug-addicted, to conflicted, to the “it’ girl, to the wife, to the geeky student.  I have played it all!  I was struck by the fact that people don’t remember that Latina women on television have played everything.  There should be more available.  I am always going to think that.  I think Latina actresses are fighting the good fight.  Look at Selma Hayek, to Jennifer Lopez, who is her own empire and is a forced to be reckoned with, to Sofia Vergara, who is very much using who she is and what she is, and what you think is a stereotype to the best advantage, ever.  I think people should embrace the fact that Devious Maids is talking about these stereotypes, and is not just sweeping it under the rug.  The maids are the heroes of the show. 

MICHAEL:

Do you know the cliffhanger at the end of this season for Devious Maids?

PAULA:

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Absolutely! Oh, it’s amazing.  And just to give you a little insight: at our final table reading of the season of the last episode, we were not given the last two pages until that day.  This is how dramatic it was … we were not given those last two pages until we got to the last chapter, and it was given to us folded.  So, when we got to the last two pages we unfolded them, and there was mayhem!  Cast members were gasping and people going, “Oh, my God!” Seriously! Not even the cast members knew where it was going, and how it was going to end.  People are going to be like going, “Why?” or, “Oh, my God!”   There are going to be lots of reactions.   But that is what you want from a show, and the reason Marc Cherry was so successful with Desperate Housewives.  I think he is going to be even more successful with Devious Maids, because he is not afraid of going anywhere with it.

MICHAEL:

You seem to gravitate to playing strong and sexy women.  Do you think of yourself as strong and sexy?

PAULA:

I never saw myself as strong and sexy.  I still don’t see myself as that, but every time I see someone strong and sexy on television, or women with balls on TV, I am attracted to it, and I want to see more of it.  That just happens to be the roles I am interested in.  Do I think I am necessarily the best at those roles?  Not all the time.  I am as insecure as any other actor you will ever meet, which is every actor. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

One of the happy bombshells that happened in your real life recently is you discovered you were pregnant!  Now you are five months along!  Did the cast and production at All My Children know about it?

PAULA:

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When we got the hiatus for All My Children, it was a bit needed for me, because I am five months pregnant now.  It was a nice pregnancy pause.  When I got AMC, I did not know I was pregnant, and when I was working I was feeling horrible on set.  I just thought it was the grueling schedule, and was nervous.  I threw up a couple of times on set, and in my dressing room.  I went to the doctor and got the amazing news I was pregnant.  Just to give you a little bit of the history, I had already had two miscarriages in the last four years.  My husband and I were really coming to the point where we were going to need medical help to conceive.  So we had given up the idea for a while, and gave ourselves a rest, and by some miracle of God, we got pregnant.  But, because I had those miscarriages in the past, I really did not want to tell anyone, not even my family. We wanted to keep it to ourselves until I was three months pregnant, because it was so heartbreaking in the past.  But I felt really bad, because I was keeping this big secret from production at AMC.   But of course, since I worked so closely with Thorsten, he noticed right away, and so I came clean with him early on.  He was extremely supportive.  So right away he gave me so many tips, because he has two beautiful girls with his lovely wife, Susan Haskell (Ex-Marty, OLTL).  Thorsten was my on-set guardian guarding the secret I was pregnant.  Then after the first trimester, I told everyone at AMC.  Everyone was so happy and elated for me.  I really thought when I said it they would say, “Great! You’re fired!”

MICHAEL:

Well now the question is: will they have Lea wearing big winter coats in the summer, or hiding behind planters, or counters, or never getting up from her desk to hide her pregnancy on-screen?  Or, will they write the pregnancy in to the show?  Do you have an update, or knowledge of what the writers of AMC plan to do?

PAULA:

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I am supposed to have a writers meeting, and I don’t know whether they are going to (A) hide the pregnancy, or (B) have Lea be pregnant.  The last I heard was that they were going to hide it, and they have done this in the past with other actresses and were not worried about it, and they think they can pull it off, and told me not to stress about it.  But it could go either way, because with the break they have had a little bit more time to think about it.  I know they have reworked some scripts and storylines to give the fans the best show possible, so that may be up in the air.  My boobs are huge right now, so there may be some great boob shots of Lea, and some of the fans won’t mind!  If she did show up pregnant, it could throw a monkey wrench, and maybe Zach would be trying to figure out if he is the father or not!  Let’s say he decided to go back with Kendall for a while.  It would just be so heartbreaking for Lea if it was his baby.  So, it could be very soap opera, if they do include the pregnancy.  We shall see…

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Mary
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Mary

I love Lea & Zach & do NOT want Kendall coming back. I was never a Zendall fan, in fact I really couldn’t stand them. Zach is such a happier person now, he was always depressed & brooding w/Kendall. Kendall, Greenlee & Ryan ate up the whole storyline at the old AMC & I don’t want ANY of them back (unless Greenlee was w/Leo & we know that’s not happening)! Go Zach & Lea, they’re beautiful together & fun too 🙂

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Elisabeth

I fail to see how Zach is so much happier now than he was before. He was NOT always depressed and brooding with Kendall, in fact, they were frequently flirty and sexy and light with each other, unless the storyline called for them to be otherwise. But regardless of one’s opinion about his past relationship, I don’t understand how anyone can say Zach is now “happier.” If you’ve watched him talk about Kendall or his boys, seen his reaction to Cassandra’s plight and how he feels he put his family in a potentially similar position, seen him struggle with the… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Well that’s your opinion & I happen to think he seems much happier. Yes he misses his kids, but he seems to be joking more & a lot more relaxed. I was never a Zendall fan, love him w/Lea. So yes I do think he’s “happier. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

Celeste
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Celeste

I totally agree Elisabeth.. I am a Zach and Kendall fan though and want her back with him.

Torrey
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Torrey

Agree with u on that one…..and I must say I find it odd that Susan Lucci couldn’t work our a schedule to where she could do both show, but Paula was able to do both.

Mary
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Mary

I agee with you, I’d love for Susan to come back & am not quite sure why she hasn’t. Maybe she’s busier than Paula on Devious Maids? Really don’t know, but she has said she wants to come back.

Johnny
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Johnny

The reason that I think that Susan “couldn’t make time to do both” = contract negotiations primarily around Salary demands have not been met. You know, I’m sorry, I think some of the fans get too caught up in “why doesn’t she come back, why doesn’t he come back” and I often feel that way too, especially since I am not thrilled with AMC On-line and the old familiar characters not present, but unfortunately I really think it often boils down to money, meaning, the more well-known soap stars have representation people asking for monetary requirements that right now just… Read more »

Elisabeth
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Elisabeth

Of course you’re entitled to your opinion. No one said you weren’t, and that’s why I didn’t get into whether Lea or Kendall is the better partner for Zach. In fact, I never mentioned Lea at all. I did, however, take issue with you saying that he was “always” dark and brooding with Kendall. That is factually not correct. The fact is that the Zach who came to Pine Valley WAS dark and brooding. It was Kendall who, in his own words, put the light in his eyes. It was his love for her that saved him and made him… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Agree to disagree. Now I have better things to do with my time than beat a dead horse. Bye bye!

Megan
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Megan

I agree that Zach does seem different this time around, but I don’t think it’s Lea that’s making him “happier”. I think Kendall made Zach very happy & his whole personality changed when he met her. What I think I’m seeing is TK himself just being more relaxed and having more fun off camera than when he was at ABC. That being said I would never tell you your I had “issue” with your opinion or that your opinion is “factually incorrect”, lol. I also think that if AM decided to come back, Zendall would get back together, there’s no… Read more »

Meghan
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Meghan

Congratulations to her and her husband! I must say, I’m not feeling Zach and Lea at all, too much of a mismatch for many different reasons, and he still clearly loves his wife…..but I think Lea and Griffin would make for a really good pairing. Hey-They could bond over falling in love with one half of Zendall .

Laura
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Laura

WOW, PG sure does have an over inflated ego if she thinks that her character is smart, sexy and well received. It’s none of the above. Lea has zero sex appeal and it’s so obvious that her character is not working well being paired up with Zach. Heck if it wasn’t for Zach’s character Lea would still be doing lap dances instead of investigating a sex slave ring. As for AMC writing her being preggers into the story line I sure as hell hope they don’t. Fans still hate the thought Zach was Ethan’s father not to mention still resent… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Just because you don’t like Lea doesn’t mean PG is wrong in saying she is well received by fans….myself and several of my friends happen to find her a fantastic addition to the show.

Also, for the record, not all fans want Zendall back together either.

Holly
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Holly

ITA with you Lisa. I happen to love PG & Lea/Zach too. I was never a Zendall fan & am very happy with him moving on. Also don’t think Pete/Celia are a “forced” couple, I happen to love them too. Very happy with AMC all around!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

This is another fan who clearly does not care if Kendall & Zach ever get back together.
I have no problem with the character of Lea either.
I am also with Holly – I don’t think Pete & Celia are ‘forced’.

AbbyS.
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AbbyS.

I’ll be honest. I don’t see where Lea fits in in Pine Valley. She’s related to no one, she has no friends, and Zach is still in love with Kendall. Paula sounds like a nice person and I wish her well with her pregnancy, but we can’t exactly sit around and watch Lea talk about the first time she met Myrtle, or her relationship with Palmer, can we? She’s also a wet blanket. This girl has no fun and has no sense of humor. I’m thrilled to hear Thorsten is making edits and changes to respect his character because I… Read more »

Jodie
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Jodie

But we have no way of knowing what those changes were that TK made . From what Paula said it sounds like he has been editing and making changes from the start, making sure he is happy with what Zach says and does. It also sounds like they have been working co operatively from the start ensuring a love story is built that makes sense and that the fans can support. According to Paula anyway. Imo that enthusiasm is transferring across the screen and it looks to me that they really enjoy playing off each other. Loved loved when they… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

I think we have a good idea, since both actors don’t want Lea to be a homewrecker, that the changes (which PG said often were done because the writers or PG herself didn’t know Zendall’s history, but TK did) were more positive for Kendall/Zendall than not. If they weren’t, then Lea and Zach would be in bed right now. We’ve seen Colby and David hook up, we’ve seen Colby and Pete hook up, and heaven knows Lea spends all her time with Zach–why aren’t they a couple? Because TK is trying to speed their love story along? I saw the… Read more »

Pav
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Pav

True, Jodie. We don’t know what changes TK made-but the interesting thing that he said to pg was that there were things done with Kendall that remained with Kendall. Did that mean they were sacrosanct? Probably not. But it’s still interesting that anything to do with Zen wasn’t copied. I also believe-and this is just my opinion-that due to the fact TK said AM was returning, that this is why the scene with Kendall was done as it was. Kendall is in trouble again, and wants to save Zach from having to deal with it again. Does she think he… Read more »

Pav
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Pav

Well, I was always a Zen fan, and I always will be, so, no Zach and Lea for me. Through no fault of her own, PG was put into an unenviable position-pimped as Zach’s new love before the show even started. Talk about uncool! The writers and the show didn’t give the audience who loves Zach and Zen a chance to get to know the character, and for many people, that stunk of Pratt or K&S-you know “you will love this pairing! You will love this girl with Zach!” It was disheartening for fans of Zen, people who had supported… Read more »

Jodie
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Jodie

Thank you Michael and Paula for a refreshingly candid interview. Have to say I am dismayed at some of the less charitable comments here and I’m so glad Paula has been surrounded by love and support from her cast mates …AMC has always seemed a close, and happy family behind the scenes. Good for TK protecting his new co star so kindly. I think Lea is perfect for Zach. He needs someone strong, independent and intelligent to match his snarky comments and irreverent comments. Love their verbal fencing and their quiet , caring moments when I can see them start… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

ITA, I can’t believe some of the rude comments on here. Zendall has run their course & I have no interest in them at all. Lke the show so much better without them & Ryan/Greenlee.

Elisabeth
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Elisabeth

Ironic, since you’re the one who started the rude comments with your slam at Kendall, Greenlee, and Ryan. For the record, I have nothing against Lea. I just happen to prefer Kendall, and don’t see a Zach on my screen who is happier without her.

Mary
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Mary

Excuse me Elisabeth, BUT I wasn’t talking about YOU! And I meant that some OTHER poster was attacking Paula PERSONALLY. I said NOTHING about Alicia, in fact I like her! I was talking about the CHARACTER Kendall, who is FAKE by the way & SO is Zendall! Wow, I’m sorry I even commented on this interview, I learned my lesson. God forbid someone disagrees with some ppl. Can’t even have a civil discussion.

Grace
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Grace

Mary ITA with you, not liking a character is one thing but attacking an actor personally is another thing. And you didn’t even “slam” Kendall, just said you didn’t want her to come back LOL. Some ppl need a life & not take soaps so seriously BTW, I happen to love Lea/Zach and also love Celia/Pete who I think someone said was a “fake” couple! If you don’t like DON’T WATCH!!

AMC fan
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AMC fan

I agree with you Mary & Grace! I like Zach so much better this time around. I’m not sure if he’s really more happy, but he’s different, maybe more relaxed. I didn’t even like Zach much before. So happy for PG joining the cast & for a try with Lea/Zach. Maybe they’ll work, maybe not, but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens w/them!

Pav
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Pav

I think that’s spec on your part, Jodie. We don’t know if the show thinks Zen has run their course since the writers no longer have jobs. And let’s not forget -TK himself said AM is returning.

Celeste
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Celeste

I love this article but don’t want to see Zach and Lea. I want more of the old cast to come back and get rid of all these new people who have no connection to Pine Valley. There were more than enough of the old characters that could have come back but they chose a small few. Love that Dimitri is back and enjoy him being paired with Brooke. Pete Cortland is an ok character but I just don’t like his storyline and AJ and Miranda UGH. Don’t like the casting there. Also don’t like the casting of JR. Glad… Read more »

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

You don’t know that ‘there were more than enough of the old characters that could have come back but they chose a small few”. There are many who have other obligations and could not drop those to work for five weeks on and five weeks off.

You sound like you don’t like any of the newcomers….(even though they were all newbies at one time!)

Celeste
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Celeste

I honestly don’t like many of the new comers. I really miss what it was. I can’t imagine that they could only get these few to sign back on. I think they only went after a small group because they couldn’t fill story line. The only new comer I really like is Cassandra. I don’t even like all the new people who are on OLTL.

Amelia
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Amelia

Fabulous interview! I really like Lea, and I can tell Paula is a smart, interesting person. I think no matter what happens—if Alicia comes back as Kendall, or not–the character of Zach will be a lucky man, and we will be lucky viewers. Zendall is such a great couple–so much history, two beautiful sons together, intense chemistry…I would love to see them back onscreen together. But I also think Lea and Zach could be a nice romance too–maybe a little lighter and not as drama-laden as Zendall was. I think if Alicia comes back full time though…..nothing could stand in… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Great interview and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Lea/Zach, one of my favorite new couples on the show. Never was much of a Zendall fan, didn’t see much chemistry there, but the sparks are through the roof with Zach/Lea. Hopefully Alicia does return at some point though, would be great to have the Kendall/Griffin pairing get another shot.

Now to wait and see what the Devious Maids season finale cliff hanger is 🙂

AMC fan
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AMC fan

Yes, would love for Kendall/Griffin to give it another shot, also nvr liked Zendall.

Didi
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Didi

I’m just going to chime in & say I’m totally loving PG and Lea/Zach & I used to be a Zendall fan! I don’t think AM wants to make any long term commitment to AMC, so Zach has to move on eventually. Also I’m loving AMC so far, besides Lea/Zach, I love Pete/Celia and Cara/David, waiting for both to get back together!

Great interview Michael!!

Janice
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Janice

Not at all interested in the pairing of Zach/Lea. As someone mentioned prior, she might make a good couple with Griffin (I could see the chemistry between those two if it would happen).

Mary
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Mary

I fail to see the chemistry. That is bad since TK has chemistry with everyone else – Angie, Jessie, Bianca, Miranda, AJ. Lea is a horrible F B I agent. I hope AM comes back and Susan Lucci, the show is not AMC without the Kane women. I was hoping she would go off on maternity leave and not come back.

Ann
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Ann

That was a good interview and I loved what she had to say about Thorsten. Thorsten is one of those actors that other actors love to work with. He is very accommodating and he also is like a teacher to the new stars. I have read that a lot, in many articles. I won’t comment on Zach and Lea because they are one of those forced couples that Soaps show us that we should like. I will talk about the character of Zach and what I have always loved about him. Zach is a anti hero character who goes to… Read more »

Pav
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Pav

Happily and eloquently put, Ann.

Alda
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Alda

Ann, thank you for an excellent review of who Zach is…..a man with his own code of Honor, who will bend the rules and the law to protect his family and friends. There is no way that he could be friends with a hard-nosed “by the book” FBI agent. An attempt to pair these two characters by keeping them glued to each other is not working in my book. Alot of their scenes seem forced and awkward. The audience must feel that the pairing makes sense and is natural and has chemistry. I don’t see it all with Lea. I… Read more »

Lisanne
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Lisanne

Paula Garces may be a very nice lady and I wish her a safe pregnancy, but her character of Lea is lifeless. I don’t care about her large breasts and frankly I found that statement to be rather crass. I’d like to ask what layers could there be about a relationship with Zach when the character of Lea is such a one dimensional card board cutout? There has been no character development here. There was more life in the dead body she played on Devious Maids. The character of Zach needs a vivacious fire cracker like Kendall, not a serious… Read more »

Elisabeth
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Elisabeth

I love PG and am also loving Lea/Zach. Was never a Zendall fan myself so have no interest in that anymore. I also think TK & PG do have chemsitry, unlike others here. Right now her character is a bit reserved though. Anyway, great interview & much luck to PG & her family!

RachelM
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RachelM

Agree Elisabeth, love Lea/Zach!

Lisanne
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Lisanne

Bottom line here is that there is no reason to care about Lea other than wanting her gone …. and the writers have given us nothing to go on. Who is she? Why should I care about her and why would I want her with Zach? Maybe she’d be a good match for Dr. Joe? No one gave the audience a chance to decide. With so few of the cherished legacy characters ( and this does not include Cara and Griffin) on board the writers did a grave disservice to the longtime fans by pairing Lea with Zach, a beloved… Read more »

Chr
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Chr

Agree Elisabeth & Rachel, love Lea/Zach!

Sydney
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Sydney

Paula hope you’re not too discouraged by some of these comments but I just wanted to say I’m loving Lea so far & look forward to seeing what’s in store for her, whether she’s with Zach or not.

Jodie
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Jodie

I agree. Really don’t understand this desperation to prove Zendall are ” better “. AM is not even on the canvas. Let’s wait until AM can commit long term and we see what kind of writing she gets and how she interacts with Zach. Imo writing is all. The Zen that was written in 2009 bore no relation to the one that had that slow build in 2005. The new writers had the opportunity to reset the canvas the way they felt would generate more story. They can’t honor every single facet of every character or every detail of a… Read more »

Sydney
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Sydney

WORD Jodie!!!

Pav
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Pav

It’s not desperation, Jodie. It’s confidence. PP needed to pay attention to Zen fans if they wanted their loyalty, and they didn’t. Does this mean that Zen fans didn’t tune in? Nope, of course we did. We supported the show and TK just like everyone else did. But the show made a tactical error when they ignored us and expected we would drink the kool-aid per their plans for Zach. We weren’t given the option to like Lea. As I’ve said before, we were essentially told we were going to like her, and Zen be damned. Zach would go back… Read more »

Rosemarie
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Rosemarie

Very well said Jodie I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Jodie
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Jodie

Thank you Sydney and Rosemarie. Surely Zach coming back on the canvas at all a cause for celebration amongst Zach fans, particularly after the way he was dismissed by the network during AM’s maternity leave. Isn’t he an independent character in his own right, worthy of a place on the canvas , no matter who he is paired with? Is his only value with Kendall to appease one set of viewers? Thank goodness Ginger Smith, EP seems to realize his appeal is wider than that. The show not casting Spike and Ian isn’t a slight to any fan base; everything… Read more »

CM
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CM

Good post Jodie! A lot of differing opinions here, but everyone has a right to their own & it doesn’t make them right or wrong. I like PG & am willing to give Lea/Zach a chance. Of course they’ll never be Zendall!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

my goodness Pav…PP didn’t ‘ignore’ zendall fans. They never said that I was going to like Lea & Zach together. PP is writing story for the actors they could get back and moving them all forward. Even if Alicia brought Kendall back to Pine Valley permanently – that doesn’t mean Zach & Kendall will be together.

Pav
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Pav

Of course they did, CT. Had they had any knowledge of or ability to attract Zen fans, there wouldn’t have been the horrid opening with lea grinding on Zach. We waited almost two years for some slutty lap dance on our favorite character? What a way to win fans and influence people. Only not.

Vivian
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Vivian

Zach and lea, as a pairing, have been shoved down my throat since the opening credits of the first episode of AMC on April 29th. Introducing lea as Sinnamon, the FBI Super Agent in Charge lap dancer was comparable to Liza’s first day in Pine Valley when she laid eyes on Zach at the casino, he laid her down on the pokher table, stripped her panties off, she straddled him, and he took her to the wall for sex..That was a disgusting introduction of Liza to AMC and the lea lap dancing agent, where lea straddled Zach’s lap and “gyrated”was… Read more »

Margriet
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Margriet

I like PG as a person and Lea has potential but that will take time. Of course PG has chemistry with TK. TK has chemistry with every women he meets that just who he is. On screen Lea and Zach have no chemistry what so ever she always looks annoyed at him. You can see TK having fun in his job because the PP people are very accommodating with the actors and he is glad acting again, but Zach being happy now no, you can see he is in pain and missing his family but he will never say that… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

I do believe Alicia will be back and not just short term . Then Zendall will be the story as they should be–a genuine super couple whom AMC would be crazy not to reunite. I see no chemistry with Zach and Lea which is odd since TK usually has chem with everybody. I love that TK is protecting the history . To me that is code for he is protecting Zendall because he knows what a great thing Zendall is for the show. I would put Lea with Griffin. I wish PG good luck with the show –just not with… Read more »

Cin
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Cin

Thanks for posting the article it is very interesting to hear the behind the scenes stuff. I wish Paula all the best with her new family. I find it interesting to see all the differing of opinions on how this story is playing out. I find it even more interesting at how people perceive Zach as happy and hasn’t been this happy before. I guess I will have to say that doesn’t speak well for the actor or the storyline, because I can’t imagine that is what Thorsten is trying to portray in this story. If he is happy, he… Read more »

Jodie
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Jodie

To me Zach constantly flirting with Lea, to the point that Jesse wonders what is going on between them , his complimenting her ass, lol and recently , turning back into the room to plant a kiss on her, does all point to their being more than friends ; perhaps even becoming romantic but that’s just my humble opinion.

Cin
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Cin

But that isn’t flirting. That was Zach being snarky. If he was able to talk like that to Erica that is the type of things he would say. How can anyone think he is being romantic when he is talking to an FBI agent like that. She is doing her job and he is saying stuff like that. He didn’t even say it in a loving flirting manner. He said it in a derogatory manner. Now the kiss I admit was out of the blue, but that wasn’t Zach trying to fall for her that was Zach trying to move… Read more »

Vivian
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Vivian

PG is delusional and sounds desperate in this self propping interview with MF.. There is no chemistry between PG and T.K….Zach (TK) acts happiest with Kendall (AM) and their chemistry visibly HOT! in every scene they are in together. When PG said “Their story” I wondered what she was talking about..TK has carried her character every scene she has been in. She is emotionless and hard to read when her facial expressions and body language don’t give any clues as to what direction and where she fits in the story .They don’t have a story. And “..their chemistry translated to… Read more »

Jodie
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Jodie

By it’s very nature, romantic chemistry is subjective. It can’t be stated categorically to be there or not. I see it in spades ;evidently others do too.

I see that you do not which is fine as well! Sorry you are so angry about the lack of Zen and I can understand your frustration at his sizzling ( imho) with someone new and luckily , on the canvas!

It is perhaps a shame , that you have to trash a lovely actress in the process of supporting a fictional Daytime couple who are divorced .

Vivian
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Vivian

I don’t care for the statements PG is making in her self serving interview about “Our story”..lea’s rebound bait ,if anything, for Zach..Sorry if you don’t care for Zen, which is obvious . I don’t see any sizzle coming from Zach to lea..I see the exact opposite..A man wearing his wedding band he can’t seem to take off and wanting his family and settling, for now, for a lap dancer with a pulse he is written into every scene with..Looks like he doesn’t have much of a choice who he “moves on” with…Alicia will be back . And yes, she… Read more »

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Alicia isn’t coming back for the time being-I wish people would get it through their heads that ABC’s AMC is gone. What’s TK supposed to do, walk around like a monk until Alicia decides what to do-especially if TK is as sexy as people say he is? Once again, people just can’t handle that soap stars needed to put food on their own tables, and they just can’t come back because YOU want them to. That attitude makes me embarrased to be a soap fan, honestly

Cin
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Cin

You would be wrong on her not coming back..I would love for people to get through their heads that they don’t KNOW what she will do. There is a very strong possibility she is coming back! She is very vocal about the fact she wants to. I would LOVE LOVE to know where people think she doesn’t want to come back and where they are getting their information from. It’s like when People said Thorsten didn’t want to travel 3,000 miles to work with AMC when it was found out that ABC didn’t want Thorsten they wanted a cheaper replacement.… Read more »

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

I never said Alicia was NEVER coming back-just that she’s not coming back right now; however, you’re still missing the point of what I said. People want EVERYONE to return to AMC RIGHT NOW-and for real life reasons-that’s just not possible. This isn’t ABC’s AMC anymore-and the sooner people get that, the better

Cin
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Cin

Troy I don’t want to quibble about this..what do you mean “right now”? No one is taping “right now”, which means even PG isn’t coming back RIGHT NOW or anyone. So you can’t make that statement. Do you mean in August when they start taping again? If so again I need to ask how do you know that, since nothing has been announced, in relation to your comment about Alicia. Unlike ABC, PP is very closed lipped on anything pertaining to who is coming back and who is not. We will see in August. I suspect IF Alicia isn’t willing… Read more »

Crystall
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Crystall

Lea is the dumbness FBI I ever seen. She ‘s better in lap dancing she has mor personality. Zach is already boring character and pair him with another lifeless character it just like watching a paint dry.

Kathy
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Kathy

If Zach is boring I’ll take some of that boredom any day of the week. But yes Lea is boring .

Delta
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Delta

I think Paula G is lovely & talented; and I think the character of Lea has great potential. She has a certain amount of chemistry with Zach – but then Thorsten’s Zach would have chemistry with a post. Zach is obviously still carrying a torch for his wife. If Kendall were to suddenly die, then I would expect that Zach might try to move on & build a life with someone – after a long time healing & grieving. While Kendall breathes, Zendall lives in Zach’s heart. I’m OK with Zach having a playful, flirtatious interplay with Lea. The man… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

I think the problem with Lea being created “for” Zach is what happens when she is not with Zach? I would like to see Lea be developed as a character on her own, not for the benefit of any man, whether his name is Zach Slater or anything else. So far we have no backstory on her, and no real clue to who she is, what she wants, or why she is so removed from anything outside of her FBI work, which, no offense to the actress because it’s all due to the writers, she hasn’t done very well so… Read more »

Cin
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Cin

perfectly said. I equate this to all the pairing PP-AMC has. Pete and Celia are a prime example. This couple is also. Look at the opening credits. You have all the other characters in family or in nice hugs. No they give Lea a LAP DANCE on Zach as the opening credit. They might as well had put a sky writer out there or a banner at the bottom of the show……”you will like this couple of Zach and Lea” I’m sorry for me to accept a couple it has to be organic. You can’t create soap couples. They are… Read more »

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I hate to break it to you…but the vast majority of soap couples are created.

Pav
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Pav

Exactly. There was koolaid to be drank, and the writers wanted us to do it. In the same way Pratt wanted Zach to be a Prattian kind of guy! Attempting to shove things down people’s throats is a mistake.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I completely agree Anne. We need Lea to have more story and interactions with other people to see who she really is. When they start developing her character we will see more than the tough FBI chick….

Cin
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Cin

I get that CT but they don’t advertise it the first day and expect you to be ok with it. They introduce them and let the fans get use to them before they decide if they should be a couple or not, based on fan reaction. Lea and Zach were force fed to us based on the bumper and Pete and Celia were force fed to us the first day. Couples like that are a dime a dozen and never work. Hey the perfect example was Ryan and Erica. Now that was a disaster, but yet because the actors had… Read more »

Jodie
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Jodie

I think she will interact with more characters soon. Ginger Smith did talk of more umbrella stories with the characters not being in islands. I do think though that Lea was brought on the canvas with a romance with Zach in mind . Rumors were that Zach was brough on with a romance with Erica in mind and he became a character in his own right so I’m not too worried for Lea. Maybe she might fill the Chief of Police post with the events of today removing Jesse , at least temporarily. I do like The FBI element though… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

Funny you bring up the possible Zach/Erica pairing from way back when, a pairing that never even happened. I’ve been trying to think of a single AMC character that was brought on specifically for another established character where the relationship actually lasted, and I can’t think of one. I can think of a lot who moved on and became part of a much better pairing after the fact though. Once she starts interacting with other characters and we get to see who Lea is in her own right, then I’ll decide if I like the character or not. Right now… Read more »

Pav
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Pav

I think it’s correct that the show was thinking of Zach and Erica. But the intense chemistry between TK and AM wiped that off the map, didn’t it? As well as the less interesting Kendall and ryan.
I wonder if lea is about to take another hit with her making Jesse step down as COP. DW is one of AMC’s more popular actors of all time. lea doesn’t have the right to make him do anything.

Jodie
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Jodie

Well not everyone saw it as intense. We have to remember chemistry is subjective. Some viewers never took to Zendall, some went off them after they got together officially and some were put off later by bad writing . Chemistry is all in the eye of the beholder. I loved the spiky relationship Erica had with Zach and thought it all got a bit bland when she loved him too. Yes but Lea, the character made Jesse, the other character step down as he had broken the law…tried to hinder the FBI’s investigation. I don’t see how support for actors… Read more »

Pav
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Pav

Ah, but more than not did, as was noted by more than one columnist ala Mara Levinsky etc. I’m perfectly satisfied with my definition of the chemistry between Zach and Kendall, seeing as it became something of a phenomenon.

As far as Jesse and lea are concerned, I am waiting to see if her interference in Jesse’s life will bring her kudos or crumbs. I don’t think lea has the back up to go against one of the more idealized men on AMC. People love Jesse no matter what. Lea? Not so much.

Lindy
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Lindy

I am only glad to see that Zach, some of the old Zach is still there. It is there in every comment which he has done more than once now clearly stating “Family is the most important thing to me” (which he always did when with Kendall) He is there in every sad look like when Bianca told him Kendall was moving on and he should too and he replied yes “someday” very sadly. And the Zach we know and love was totally there when he fingered his wedding ring after talking with Lea and you know who he was… Read more »

Jodie
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Jodie

Love Kendall. But while AM is off doing her own successful thing and while Lea is on screen, on canvas I’m enjoying her story with Zach and savoring the build up of the relationship.

It really doesn’t have to be either or or at this point.

I don’t know C. It’s almost as if some viewers would prefer Zach off screen with Kendall than on screen without her. An illustration of why popular couples can be a double edged sword for the actors.

Pav
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Pav

Knowing that I’m probably speaking for people who are able to speak for themselves, I just want to say that I’d have been much more happy with Zach ON screen had he not been saddled with the FBI agent. It didn’t mean I wasn’t interested in seeing him, it means I didn’t like his sidekick.

Cin
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Cin

I will speak for myself. I LOVE that Zach/TK is on. Thorsten doesn’t need to have a love interest to have a story. That is what people seem to miss. WHY does he need a sidekick FBI agent who is suppose to be his love interest??? He doesn’t. He and Jesse were doing fine on their own. Zach has done many things like this previously on his own. With Jesse’s help it would have been that much better. They didn’t need LEA. Even if Leas was there it could have been Lea and Zach working together in a professional manner… Read more »

Jodie
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Jodie

You are absolutely entitled to think that but Zach is a romantic leading male lead . On a romance driven genre. How many males, single or married are not either flirting with or having a relationship with a female on that show?

B.C.T maybe ……..and even he adores Dixie.

Pav
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Pav

I don’t know. How many men have women sewn into their suits, as Zach apparently had with lea? Yes, I’m a Zen fan. But like others, if AM was unwilling to return, I would have most certainly given another pairing a chance, had they not been forced on me. People are always (me included) talking about how cavalier Pratt was about stories and couples. I would say he had nothing over McPherson as to the inability to read an audience.

C
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C

What exactly were people expecting the actress to say? “My charater is a total homewrecking and I am a terrible actress, I’m clearly just keeping the seat warm for Kendall, you should riot in the streets til they force Alicia back at gunpoint!” She acknowledged the fan base was against her, complimented her co-star, and spoke about her opinion of the character. What exactly is the harm? Granted, I’m not into Zach and Leah personally (I agree that they and particularly her need to interact more with the full canvas), but I understand the reality that TK wanted to do… Read more »

Pav
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Pav

It’s an assumption on your part that people didn’t understand. That’s not the issue. Honestly, this is about Zen fans versus non-Zen fans for the most part. Never the twain shall meet.

Cin
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Cin

IMO this isn’t really about Zen vs Zach and Lea..It’s about a s/l that makes sense and seriously a romance between Zach and an FBI doesn’t make sense. Given the storyline and given who the character of Zach is. Ann above talked about that. Zach didn’t need a romance to have a story. He had a story until he got a sidekick.

C
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C

I wasn’t even talking about the story, I’m talking about the attacks on the actress, calling her delusional and full of herself and the like for expressing what is her opinion about Lea and about Lea and Zach.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Nice interview Michael, thanks.
I am looking forward to see where the writers take Lea and to see Paula bring her to life.
I may even have to watch Devious Maids now too…

jams
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jams

Lol…well didn’t take long for the Zendall bullies to show up. This is the main reason I cannot stand Zach/Zen….his/their fans. I’ve never seen such a group of entitled rude bullies. Everything has to be their way or they rip and tear bash and complain! Like little babies! I sometimes wonder do they ever stop to think that maybe all the negative energy they put into the universe is why they are so often not happy with the story for Zach/Zen? Perhaps they are reaping what the sow…..the karma wheel is getting them etc. Or they are just unhappy in… Read more »

Pav
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Pav

Take your own inventory, Jams. Hate us at will, ist mir egal to me. Just know that we’re not leaving anymore than you are. I suspect we will also not shut up, despite the best attempts of others to encourage us in that direction.

Nadafinga, LOL!

jams
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jams

I have taken my own inventory Pav. And the records show your bunch is filled with mean spirited, bitter, selfish bullies. NOTHING is or will ever be good enough for you. Even when you get your way you’ll find a way to complain about it and it’s never right or accepted. Character after character has been railroaded and decimated for your sucky gross father daughter duo “Zendall” and all along any character or ACTOR that dared to (by no choice of their own) be a inserted into their vortex of suck had to be bashed and abused by you and… Read more »

Janice
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Janice

I for one love Lea and Zach together. PG is a wonderful addition to the cast! Thorsten is very obviously enjoying working with her and taking care of her. I was sick of Zendall years ago so to have Zach and Lea now is fantastic. Reading some of the nasty comments just adds fuel to my Zendall dislike.

Mell
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Mell

I am in the same sentiments to of all those who said Zach/Lea has no chemistry. I wasn’t a Zach/Kendall fan but Zach/Lea is not working for me. I really don’t see any spark . I am really trying to like any new couple in the show but so far the only spark I saw was between David and New Colby.

Marceline
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Marceline

What a wonderful interview. I think Lea is a very nice addition to the AMC canvas and I look forward to seeing more of what she does regardless of the couple stuff.

Paula’s comic book character sounds utterly fascinating. I love how she just took it upon herself to create one.

Lastly, I congratulate her on her pregnancy, especially in light of her past experiences. I’m glad to hear how supportive the show and especially Thorsten have been to her. I hope she knows that plenty of us in the audience are sending her good thoughts.

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I don’t see any chemistry between Thorsten and Paula, and that’s saying a lot since the man usually has chemistry with anything and anyone in the room.

Nor do I get the vibe there’s any real flirting going on because I don’t think Zach is over Kendall. In my opinion, Lea is filler until Alicia’s schedule better suits Kendall’s return to Pine Valley.

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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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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