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The Ricky Paull Goldin Interview – All My Children

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All My Children’s Ricky Paull Goldin, has seen much change in the daytime landscape in the past several weeks. First, his current soap “AMC” is heading west, and that move as reported, sent shockwaves throughout the industry as recently as this week, where the ABC soap has cut more of its current cast. (Including, as had been reported, Goldin’s long time pal, Beth Ehlers).  Second, Guiding Light, Goldin’s previous soap was sent to soap heaven a week and half ago, a very sad day for the popular soap star.

A few weeks back, On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Ricky Paull at the Daytime Emmys here in Los Angeles for a “quickie” interview.  And while we h

ave delayed posting it till now, its relevance and Ricky’s take on the latest happenings in Pine Valley and the soap world is always insightful.  As for Goldin himself, he is one of my all-time favorite interviewees! And yes, we do discuss if he will be joining the cast of “AMC” when it heads to Los Angeles.

Here’s…. Ricky!

Listen to the audio:

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MICHAEL:

At the Daytime Emmys you were part of the fashion show segment with your on-screen acting partner, Chrishell Stause (Amanda, “AMC”).  She wore a bikini and showed off quite the body, and you wore a classic tux.  How was that up there? Was it odd doing the moves?

RICKY PAULL:

I don’t know what I got myself into.  There was no escape hatch because I made Chrishell Stause work out all month to look like that. (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

And what is your idea of working out?  I believe you and Beth Ehlers (Taylor) told me this on the red carpet at the 2008 Daytime Emmys, but I wanted to check if it is still the same?
(Laughs)

chrishellbkini_martinidanc21.jpgRICKY PAULL:

My idea of working out is going to the gym; hit the steams, have some espresso (as it gets your heart rate up) and there you have it.  That is the European work out.

MICHAEL:

So, All My Children is heading west in a few months.  What can you tell me about your moving with it and continuing with the show as Jake?

RICKY PAULL:

I can say that I love this show, and we have a few logistics to work out, and I hope they make it possible for me to stay.

ricky_and_beth.jpgMICHAEL:

When you heard the news that “AMC” was heading west, what was the reaction from you and your cast mates?

RICKY PAULL:

We were shocked!  I was more shocked for everyone else’s feelings around me.  I am used to change.  All of us in this business have a bit of the gypsy in us.
I mean honestly, what show can you get nowadays, in this life, and stay on one show anyway?  And by the way, if I were to quit the show I would have had to get on a plane to LA to get another job.  So really, c’mon!  I feel as long as you are shooting in New York you are getting away with something.  You are pulling
a fast one, because you get to be in Manhattan, one of the best and most expensive cities in the world, and doing a show. There are a lot of new shows coming to town.  Ugly Betty moved there last year, and I believe there happens to be ten shows that shoot in New York now.  It just happens that All My Children is not going to be one of them now.

MICHAEL:

Your storyline with Chrishell Stause, as Jake and Amanda, has really had some legs to it.  I kept thinking they would not keep this couple going.  And many in soap land thought they would re-team you with Beth Ehlers (Taylor) who along with you, were part of the super-couple, Gus and Harley on Guiding Light. What are your thoughts on how this turned out?

RICKY PAULL:

You know, I have to hand it to “AMC”; they did not just do that.  They toyed with it in the beginning and you never knew what could happen, but eventually, Beth has been great with Michael Knight (Tad) and Chrishell and I have something that is great, and she is terrific. As Liza Minnelli would say, “She is terrific, really terrific.” We do have chemistry, and she is one of my best friends now.  I lucked out and we will see what happens.  She is not going to stay on the show, not because of this move, but because her contract is up in January.  Now I don’t know if she will really leave, but if she does, I will really miss her.  It’s hard to have that lightning strike, but we have something really cooking.  It’s been great, and when you are thrust into the forefront you know you are lucky, and you know you have been blessed!

gl_gus1.jpgMICHAEL:

Ricky tweeted the following on September 18th the airdate of the last episode of Guiding Light; Good night GL. I will miss you. Today was a very strange day. Guiding light is gone.
I am proud to have been part of TV history & such a wonderfully talented cast.  I just watched the last episode of GUIDING LIGHT as I’m running
out the door to ALL MY KIDS.  I had to sit down and take a deep breath.”
How was it for you seeing the cast of Guiding Light and watching them have to say goodbye at the Daytime Emmys?  You were a treasured member of that cast for years!

RICKY PAULL:

It’s terribly sad seeing the whole cast on stage saying goodbye.  I just want my friends to work on one hand, and I am spiritual about it on the other.  Everything has a beginning, a middle and end, and when you have a symphony and there is no crescendo…. and if you are having sex and you don’t have a huge finish…. you have to have a beginning middle and an end.  It’s a stupid way to say it, but you know what I mean.

ricky_with_baby.jpgMICHAEL:

Gus Aituro was such a beloved character on Guiding Light, and you were Emmy- nominated for your performance as him.  Of all the soap characters you have played, is Gus closest to your heart?

RICKY PAULL:

Gus is one of my favorite characters of all time and I miss him a lot, and Jake Martin is definitely different.

MICHAEL:

Is “AMC’s” Jake Martin a little more like you in this soap?

RICKY PAULL:

ricky_and_chrishell_emmys.jpgI think so.  I got some things I pull out when you go as fast as we do to make things work. When you are shooting 80 pages a day, and you are shooting 30 pages yourself with your co-stars, of course it can be very challenging.  But, I am always up for the challenge. I think it’s that I have been growing up.  This may sound a bit funny, but I was a late bloomer with my own personality, and I have been doing this a really long time.  So, it’s really about my comfort in my own skin type of thing.  Maybe I am dreaming, but maybe part of that role is in me now, that you see on camera.  I don’t really know.  But I do feel a big difference.

MICHAEL:

Who were you rooting for to win the Outstanding Lead Actor?  Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) is a good friend of yours and Thorsten Kaye is your celebrated cast mate?

RICKY PAULL:

Here were my thoughts: Christian is my boy and he will probably take it again.  I would like to see Thorsten get a salute.  He really is a good actor and I really did not know this till I came over here, because I really don’t get to watch these other shows.  Thorsten is really good and Shakespearean trained, and a beautiful guy.  He is really deep and no nonsense. I would love to see him get some respect, but he does get some respect with the nomination, but Christian is hard to beat.  He is a wonderful and present actor… and I think it will go to Christian!

MICHAEL:

And in the end the award did go to Christian LeBlanc!  And I agreed he should have won.  So Ricky you have excellent taste in actors and excellent taste in espresso!

For more on All My Children’s move west and the Beth Ehlers situation with the series, check out On-Air On-Soaps coming soon!

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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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