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The Ricky Paull Goldin, Lindsay Hartley & Jordi Vilasuso Interview – All My Children

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All My Children’s February Sweeps, kicked into high gear today when the ambulance carrying Kendall, who is in need of urgent and risky heart surgery, gets into an accident, thanks to Annie!  Meanwhile, three doctors band together (with another one in the wings) to try to save her life, and in the process sparks seem to fly between two pairings, Kendall and Griffin, and Jake and Cara, or do they?

As everyone knows by now, the powers-that-be who preside over Pine Valley, decided to finally reveal Jake Martin’s back-story, and in the process fans get to see Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake) back where he belongs, front and center.  Add to the mix, the casting of sexy soap spitfire, Lindsay Hartley, last seen on Days of our Lives, as his former flame, the beautiful Dr. Cara Castillo (She was known as Cara Finn there for awhile) and Jordi Vilasuso as heartthrob newcomer Dr Griffin Castillo, her brother, and stories are set to explode, relationships are about to be tested, and fans of the show are about to see if they like the new and surprising arc of Dr. Jake and Cara’s story, and if they will accept a Griffin/Kendall pairing.  Hard for many to do considering that Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew (Zach and Kendall) were the soap’s power couple.  But now with Thorsten gone, Vilasuso has the difficult task of being the next romantic interest for the heart of Kendall Hart Slater. But he tells us he is up for the job.  But what of Dr. Jake and Dr. Cara?  First off, Jake is happily married to Amanda and they have a family.  That truly complicates things.  Second, there is so much baggage with these two and so much left to be uncovered from their past, that only time will tell which
way this may go.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Pine Valley’s fictional medical team and hottest threesome, Ricky Paull Goldin, Lindsay Hartley and Jordi Vilasuso, just after they finished taping the episodes that you, the viewers, are seeing play out on-air now.  Funny, refreshingly honest and insightful, are just a few of the words we came away with after talking with these three soap veterans (Remember, the charming Mr.Vilasuso used to be on Guiding Light, too!), about their thoughts on the direction of their storylines and the lives of the characters they play.  Here’s our very special interview while hanging out with this dynamic trio!

MICHAEL:

Ricky, it seems there is a repositioning going on at All My Children with the character of Jake. They have laid the groundwork for major story for him by bringing in Lindsay and Jordi, as Cara and Griffin.  Do you feel there is refocusing of the character of Jake Martin happening?

RICKY PAULL:

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We are an ensemble, but here is what I think. I think audiences of daytime drama are very much in love with their families and stories and history.  Once I was here long enough to be a viable, plausible Jake, and a Martin brother, who marches to his own little beat, and once they feel comfortable and have gotten to know him, do I feel now they have come to the table with big story?  I am referring to the writers and the powers-that-be who say, “Let’s go to the table and create the back-story, and let’s find out what has been bothering and plaguing him, and what is the real story.”  So to answer your question, in many ways, yes, and I am thrilled.  So that makes me the luckiest guy in the world if they cast these new players and I get to see that come to fruition.

MICHAEL:

Lindsay, when you got the role as Cara, you had just been let-go by DAYS.  And then you got this gig at AMC.  It all happened really quickly! What went down?

LINDSAY:

I was devastated of course, losing my job at Days of our Lives.  It’s hard to get a job as it is, and I liked the job, and then it was over and you’re stuck with, “Am I ever going to work again?  What am I going to do?  Should I just be a full-time mom?”  Those questions pop up, but I love working.  Right when I found out they were going to end Adrianna’s life in Salem, they had two options.  Option (A) is not the option they went for, which would have been fun, but they decided to kill her.  So they give me six weeks notice and that was a blessing.  DAYS co-executive producer, Gary Tomlin, I love him. He brought me in and apologized. And he said he couldn’t believe this is happening, but the good news is, you have six weeks and you are going to be very busy, but go do what you need to do. You know my feelings were hurt, but I called my manager within five minutes and I said to him,” Here’s the deal. I’m over.  Let’s call everyone you can in Los Angeles, as I am not sure I am ready to leave L.A. for a job.  So All My Children wanted to see me that week for a meeting.  I went in for a meeting and a long conversation with Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers, and Judy Blye Wilson the casting director, and it was lovely and I fell in love with them.  They are exceptional women.  Julie has it all together – she is a strong woman; a mother, a businesswoman, she is calm, and she is everything I would love to be.  After that meeting they called me and said, “We would like to have you test with this guy, Ricky, and see how or if you guys have any chemistry.” And, I actually did not know “The Ricky”! (Laughs) But, I heard about his reputation.

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MICHAEL:

So what happened in the test?  Did Ricky Paull treat you well?

LINDSAY:

So they had me test with Ricky Paull and I had my sides and I learned them.  I went in to read with him and we had a blast.  I got a call the next day that I was hired.

MICHAEL:

Ricky, did you have any input into this?  Did you say to them, “I really like that Lindsay girl”?

RICKY PAULL:

I would like to say that I had input.  I thought she was remarkable and great and she nailed it, and everybody there knows she nailed it.

LINDSAY:

But Ricky was amazing as a person. You hope when you are trying to get a job that your partner is going to not only be there as an actor, but he wanted me to know that we are on the same team, and that we are in this together.  And this was the first impression I got of Ricky, and so I thought, “This guy is great.”  You only pray to get somebody like that when you are auditioning for a job.

MICHAEL:

But the real question now is: What do you think of him after working with him for a while?

LINDSAY:

Oh, my God!  I can’t stand him.  He is a jackass and not talented!  Just kidding!  I am so enjoying it.  Ricky is incredible and his work ethic is incredible.

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MICHAEL:

I was on the soundstage watching you guys work and seeing the care Ricky took in getting the most out of these upcoming key scenes, caring about the camera shots, speaking with the directors, and making sure all of the minutia was taken care of.  This was the first time in my career I had been able to see Ricky at work, and it was simply amazing how on top of it all he was.

LINDSAY:

I would say even one better than that, he did that under pressure.  It’s really difficult to be that way when there is so much going on in these big types of disaster scenes.  But he was right there being a hero.

MICHAEL:

In some pivotal scenes coming up during February sweeps, Jake sees a ring around Cara’s neck that seems to have significance!

RICKY PAULL:

The truth is, my character came to town, and I don’t know if people out there who are watching keep copies of shows, but I had the same secret when I came to town or the same secret close to my heart.  In fact, it was the identical scenario when I came to Pine Valley, and I was with Doctors without Borders and I had a ring around my neck on a chain.  And I played it at that point in time, I knew what the story was and it was made up for me.  However, now I am watching it come through on camera, so that is kind of cool.

MICHAEL:

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Jordi, being a newbie at AMC, are you enjoying your Pine Valley experience thus far?

JORDI:

I am enjoying it, and it is exhausting.  I get to work with some great people and I have a lot of great material and they have given me a lot of great story to play.  I am proud to be part of such a great show that has been on forever.  In terms of production and the acting, the quality here is very high.

MICHAEL:

You were specifically brought in to be a love-interest for Kendall.  Had you met Alicia Minshew (Kendall) before shooting AMC?  What are your thoughts on her?

JORDI:

I met Alicia eight years ago in New York.  Actually, Ricky Paull and I met her around the same time when we were going to an event.  I feel like our personalities mesh.  She makes me laugh and she can be very dirty and raunchy, and I like that. (Laughs)  She is a breath of fresh air.

MICHAEL:

How are you guys playing the adversarial relationship of Griffin and Jake?  They have to now work together to save Kendall!

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It’s not the type of adversarial relationship like a Jake and David Hayward. With my ex’s brother, I just didn’t understand.  I think once Jake understands where Griffin is coming from he gets it.  I think he respects him on a professional level as a doctor, and I think to play it the same way would not be right at all. There is a hatred there that my character feels for David Hayward.  Jake had misinformation about Griffin, and everything was an untruth anyway, and as that gets unmasked and pulled away, I can do nothing but respect the man, the doctor.  I don’t have to like the guy, but you can respect somebody and not like them.  When Cara ran off with Griffin, no one knew they were related and no one knew the story or the reason.  So now, as opposed to him being her lover, he was her brother somehow protecting her.  Jake to this day still does not know everything that happened there, but he and the audience are finding that out.

MICHAEL:

So give me the set-up Jordi, as to what happens when the ambulance crashes, thanks to Annie, with a desperate Kendall in need of heart surgery?

JORDI:

Kendall is having an aortic abdominal aneurysm.  And since Kendall has had a heart transplant previously, she is a patient of high stakes already.  She has not been treating herself with a disciplined fashion that you would expect with someone with a heart transplant. Health is number one with that, and you got to show up at your doctor’s appointments, and she is kind of living her life and having a not-letting-it-hold-her-back attitude.  She is suffering with this crisis of her husband just dying, and I as Griffin, kind of try to be as understanding as possible.  But, I am also a surgeon and I think they have written me that I don’t really want to care, but in reality I think this girl piqued his interest early on.  I think he gets off on what a non-conformist she really is and how she does what she really wants.  I think in our first meeting she had stolen something, and Griffin thinks, “Oh, my God.  I want to get to know you. Will you be my friend?”  This incident happens, and just before that I am telling her to go fly a kite, you are a pain in the ass, and I don’t want to work with you anymore. I can’t help you, and go find another doctor!  And what brings me back is my sister, Cara.  She makes me realize it’s okay to be vulnerable and to care.  It’s a great dynamic with Lindsay.  I feel very comfortable working with her and feel very paternal with her where we can kind of get along and have some fun with our lines, which is a departure from the heavy drama of soaps… which is life and death.  So it’s a lot more comic relief scenes with her, and lets me settle in more where I don’t have to be in fifth gear all the time.

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LINDSAY:

We are exact opposites… that’s how we are.  But Cara and Griffin are both doctors, but chose to do so for completely different reasons.  Cara is a tough doctor, but fun.  Griffin is always serious.  Cara always wants to break him down.  So, whenever or however she can get through to him she does by trying to get his attention and then going, “I gotcha.”   Like Griffin likes to eat, so Cara is always giving him food.  It’s a constant thing and it’s crazy.  I think that is the mother in her, and she is very nurturing that way.

MICHAEL:

So, Lindsay and Jordi, what do you think of how Ricky Paull plays a doctor?

JORDI:

What am I suppose to say to that?

RICKY PAULL:

Should I leave the room? (Laughs)

JORDI:

I will say this…I think Griffin respects Jake as a doctor, but does not necessarily want him hanging around his sister.  I have these women in my life who just do what they want and I just have to say it’s exhausting, and Griffin can’t really control anything.  So that is part of my evolution of the character; to be able to let certain things go, especially for someone like Griffin, who is such a know-it-all, and has such expertise and really appreciates highly skilled stuff.  Even myself personally, it’s something I understand and can bring to this character… that a situation will either work itself, or if not, you have to deal with that, too.

MICHAEL:

Finally, do you think come Valentine’s Day, we will know certain things about Jake and Cara, and why Cara truly left Jake in the first place?

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RICKY PAULL:

There is a lot more than meets the eye.  I’ve got to say this for Donna Swajeski and David Kreitzman, our head writers:  Kreizman was the youngest head writer in daytime at the time when he wrote for Guiding Light and Donna knows her stuff.  I think she knows how to weave story and unfold story, and David Kreizman just goes for it.  So I like the combination, I’ve got to tell you.  I am bringing them up because this story is unpeeling and when you think you’re done, it’s still going and you find out more.  We obviously know more as actors, because we are ahead of the audience, and I actually love what I am reading. This is the first time in a long time that I have loved reading a script and look forward to reading what is coming next week.

MICHAEL:

How is Chrishell Stause (Amanda) taking all this?

RICKY PAULL:

(Laugh) Well, she is pissed! (Laughs) She is the consummate professional, and she has walked through the hair and make-up room sometimes while we are running scenes, and she has pretended to be miffed.  But, Jake and Amanda’s love is a pure love. There haven’t been any lies, and there hasn’t been any cover up, there haven’t been many half-truths and half-baked stories, and nobody left anybody in the lurch and hurt them.  Half the life we fall in love and it’s pure, and the other half of life we are like, “How do we forgive and forget or not.”  So it’s like that.  You have this pure unadulterated vase that isn’t broken and can hold water, and this other vase that has fallen off the shelf.  Can we put it back together again and can it hold water again?  It’s a silly analogy, but makes sense.

MICHAEL:

Lindsay, what do you want to see happen for Cara?  She has both Martin men in her life, Tad and Jake.

LINDSAY:

I think Cara has feelings for both Jake and Tad, and I love working with Michael Knight (Tad).

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RICKY PAULL:

It’s like waking the giant within, if you put Michael Knight in with us.  For me personally, he is so much fun to work with as the Martin brothers, and we are really alike in a way here on set, too.

MICHAEL:

Is Cara going to marry Tad?

LINDSAY:

That is something she might actually consider doing, and then she will flaunt it! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

But Tad’s last wife, or shall we say his beloved wife Dixie, died from eating pancakes!

LINDSAY:

Well, I don’t want to eat any pancakes on this show!

MICHAEL:

Jordi, had you seen Lindsay before working with her at AMC?

JORDI:

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No, but she called me before we began working together.

LINDSAY:

Yeah, I wanted to hear his voice and kind of get his vibe and feel out how he was going to be before I actually got to work with him.  And… he was great.

MICHAEL:

After the big crash, even though you were driving the ambulance (laughs), will Griffin feel some sort of desperation to save Kendall?

JORDI:

I think that you see Kendall near death, but she shows some spunk and fire, and that is the part Griffin is interested in.

MICHAEL:

How did you feel when they brought you in and were told you were going to be the love interest for Alicia?  And, you knew Thorsten Kaye (Ex-Zach) was the big deal around there!

JORDI:

I did not know about Zendall being a big deal before I came to the show, but I had seen Thorsten on television or something, and I saw what a great presence he has.  I met him on a fluke when I was here at the studio.  I think I had a wardrobe meeting and I met him and I just liked him.  I did not realize that was Alicia’s on-screen partner, and then later I realized he was nominated for all these Daytime Emmys, and then I went, “OK, I get it.”  I then knew they had a huge fan base as Zendall, and I knew I had huge shoes to fill.  There has been a lot of pressure, tons of it, but I think as an actor you have to take it upon yourself to assert yourself, and not in an egotistical way, but a professional way.  If you need time to do this or that, or something is going on that you didn’t feel comfortable with that day, you need to be able to fight for something.  I am becoming more familiar with it all, and I think it will ease the pressure, which I think a large part of that is all in the head. They have written Griffin as a very strong character and I feel I am up for the task.

MICHAEL:

What is Jake feeling now?  He loves his wife, Amanda, and here he is now getting closer or feeling a pull to Cara!

RICKY PAULL:

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It’s very hard to ignore this woman, Cara.  She has ingratiated herself into your life, your work, and your family. You can’t erase the past, and it is definitely a huge tug of war, but really my job is showing that we would like to be able to see a person in this position do the right thing. You have a wife and you have a baby, and she has never done anything to him…well she has done a couple of things.  I think that is the measure of a man, isn’t it? You start weighing it all, and that is where the fun will be…a man torn.  Can you be in love with two women at the same time?  I don’t think that scenario can last forever.

MICHAEL:

If you are really drawn to somebody and have that pull towards him or her, nothing can truly stop it. We have seen this happen in real life, when the perfect families are torn apart because of an enduring love with someone else.

RICKY PAULL:

I think it has a lot to do with how your spouse deals with the information and you see their true colors come out, or how they play it.  I am not saying that this is happening, but you have to be careful.  If somebody keeps pushing you and pushing you, and you are guilty of some thing, I have seen it happen where you are getting blamed for stuff you haven’t even done, and you actually end up pushing someone into somebody else’s arms.  I don’t know how much of that we are going to get to play out, but that is the human condition.  It is a very human thing to see what would happen in that situation.  I mean, the only thing that would have broken up Jake and Amanda, if anybody were going to, would be somebody from his past, not somebody he met at a bar!

MICHAEL:

Fans are always upset if things are not plausible stories to them, and when characters are shoved down their throats. From a viewers’ perspective, you also have to understand where they are coming from.

RICKY PAULL:

Silly as it might sound, the only thing that this couple may have to face that would break them up, is something that has to be very powerful, with the ex showing up and maybe still having something in her heart and having a different story than when she left.  That might be it.  I don’t know, but it might be the thing that takes them apart.

MICHAEL:

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Lindsay, you are the spoiler in this, did you feel any pressure taking that on and being responsible for driving a wedge between super-popular couple as Jake and Amanda?

LINDSAY:

First of all, I am a big fan of Jake and Amanda.  I saw them and went, “Oh, my God! They are hot!”  They are both hot and sexy.  I am having a blast though, and you gotta come in and be one of the players.  I like working, talking, and looking at Chrishell Stause.

RICKY PAULL:

We all like looking at Chrishell!

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lane
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lane

Based on what I saw today I’m sorry but Jordi is not up to the task.

deedeelady
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deedeelady

I like Jordi, I know that a lot of people don’t, but I think that’s because they aren’t ready for Kendall to pair up with anyone right now. I could be wrong but imo some of the Zendall fans, will never be ready for Kendall to find a new love.

I would like to see tptb to at least give Kendall (when the time is right) and Dr. Griffin a fair chance to see if they could be a couple.

edasmom
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edasmom

Why does anyone not liking Jordi and/or Griffin have to automatically have anything to do with Zendall or Zendall fans? Lane’s reply didn’t reference Zendall at all, and many people who are not particularly Zendall fans don’t care for him, from what I’ve seen. Perhaps they just don’t care for his stilted delivery or “I can’t catch my breath” way of talking. Maybe they think that “hot” only goes so far, or that he’s not even really all that hot. Or maybe they just don’t think the character goes beyond one-dimensional and cliche, or want new characters to be eased… Read more »

Sadie
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Sadie

Amen, lane. Amen.

JV…which is it? You had no idea about Zendall being a big deal? Or you knew Zendall had a huge fan base? Lil’ contradictory, there, hon.

Lucille
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Lucille

Actually, if you read his comment, JV didn’t know going in that Zendall had such a following, but after he met Thorsten and realized how many daytime Emmy noms he’d received, he said “I then knew they had a huge fan base as Zendall”.

Liz Rogers
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Liz Rogers

It would behoove Mr. Vilasuso to concentrate on his own shoes rather than trying to fill the shoes of Thorsten Kaye. The “death” of Zach has put an irreparable hole in the fabric of AMC for many fans. We waited patiently for the show to realize that Zendall had the ability to be the power couple of the decade, only to watch a succession of writers destroy them and discount their audience. It’s also a terrible thing for many to realize that the magnificent Alisha Minshew isn’t enough to keep us with Kendall. And that her new story with Dr.… Read more »

KathyNYC
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KathyNYC

All this talk about filling TK/Zach’s shoes is a waste of time IMO. Zach had shoes that cannot be filled and AMC and JV would be smart to remember that. JV should be trying to develop his own talents and his own fan base before he tries to latch on to Zendall’s. I am a long time soap opera watcher – I get that any character can’t mourn forever and will eventually need to move on.. but putting some time and distance between the force of Zendall and any new pairing is a no-brainer. Bringing in a new actor before… Read more »

Femina
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Femina

Long before the Internet, fans were able to determine which characters to like (or dislike) based on what appeared on screen. Now, we are subjected to endless interviews by actors, writers, and executive producers who attempt to influence viewers. While I appreciate Jordi Vilasuso’s commitment to his craft, I have to take real exception to his characterization of Dr. Griffin Castillo as a “strong character.” A strong character emerges over time, not instantly. Dr. Castillo has not experienced any adversity on screen that I would characterize as evidence of his strength. Griffin’s history in the DWB program occurred off screen.… Read more »

Abby Smew
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Abby Smew

I found some of Jordi’s comments to be confusing. I’m not sure I understood what he was saying all of the time. However, I did understand that he’s feeling alot of pressure (“tons of it”) because he’s being paired with a great leading lady like Alicia and because the show seems to be depending on him so much. JMO, but when I watch Jordi, I can see that pressure. His acting seems labored to me, like he’s forcing the pairing, while Alicia seems more relaxed and laid back. If you’re told from the start, before you even walk onto the… Read more »

Leigh
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Leigh

Perhaps the best thing that AMC could do for Mr. Vilasuso is to gag him. As if his incredibly bad acting, the ridiculous storylines are not enough to keep me from watching or caring about this actor/character. Alicia Minshew deserves so much better than Dr. Dull. I can only hope that his character fails miserably with enough fans to send him packing.

Erica
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Erica

I Love her so much she’s the best!!! and I think she can take over very fast!

KathyNYC
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KathyNYC

To those who suggest I won’t accept any actor if it’s not TK, let me just add that I just can’t see JV with AM…period. It has nothing to do with my love of Zach/TK, which I admit I have. But I have seen AM work with many actors over the years- Jeff Branson, Colin Egglesfield, Ian Buchanan, etc. She had wonderful chemistry with all of them. No, they were not written as her love interest – but there was a connection there. They sparkled on screen and the screen came alive. Jordi and Alicia have no sparkle at all… Read more »

lane
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lane

DeeDeelady please don’t make assumptions. I’m not even a Zendall fan. I am however a fan of good acting and chemistry and thus far I have not been impressed with JV’s acting nor his chemistry with AM and from reading the internet neither are a whole lot of others. I think Jordi needs to take a step back from thinking this couple will be a long lasting one.

KathyJ
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KathyJ

I will freely admit to being a rabid Zendall fan whose bias will not allow me to accept any pairing with Kendall–especially this soon. But trying to be as objective as I can, even if I were ready for a pairing it would not be with Griffin/JV. He’s just all wrong for Kendall on every level–from acting considerations to chemistry to character. And JV is not helping with these self-serving interviews that do not respect the feelings of the fans–particularly the Zendall fans who are still mourning the loss of our couple. And I agree with the question–did he know… Read more »

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zachfan01

SIGH, I don’t even know where to start. First, I apologize to Michael F. because I really didn’t read this interview. I skimmed through. I’ll tell you why. The last interview I read given by JV infuriated me. If I ever thought about turning AMC on again . . . that interview sealed the deal. I won’t!! Not unless they get Thorsten Kaye back. He was my sole reason for even watching the show. Even after years of being abused as a viewer, I stuck in there, purely for Thorsten Kaye. He was so worth my time and effort. And… Read more »

edasmom
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edasmom

Deedeelady, let me add that I believe TPTB ARE giving Kendall and Griffin a fair chance right now to be a couple, and if you read the internet at all you will see that the pairing is flopping. Badly. As many have said, the two have absolutely no chemistry whatsoever. Jordi is woefully miscast as a love interest for Kendall. He should be tried out with different women (or girls, really, since he seems to have this thing about age, if you read his recent interview in another mag) to see where actual chemistry exists, instead of being forced into… Read more »

KH
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KH

Geez, I wish the Thorsten Kaye fans would lay off this guy. Thorsten Kaye left, GET OVER IT. Jumping all over Jordi V. and finding insults where none were intended seems petty to say the least. It’s not like it’s his fault the other guy left. Anyway, thanks for the interview Mr. Fairman. It was interesting to hear from Ricky Paull Goldin and Lyndsay Hartley about their characters. I’ve been enjoying Jake and Cara very much, and their take on the characters’ past, present, and possible future was fun to read. I also liked hearing from Mr. Vilasuso about his… Read more »

Sueman G
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Sueman G

Oh Geeze! Poor JV! I happen to like Griffin. I feel he is doing a okay job! However, he immediately (ala: Reese style) was hated and all because he was interviewed and fans were told he was a love interest to Kendall! I am sure some hate him because of his acting but a majority, if admitted, do not like him because he the romantic pairing for Kendall!
TK left and may or may not be coming back! I wish the people would just let it go or stop watching!

Betty
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Betty

I’m happy to see RPG front and center again. I just wish it was a story with his wife Amanda. This whole story seems to center around newbie Cara. HW DK seems to love writing for her. No offense to LH but I’m so sick of Cara already and this story hasn’t even really begun. Both Cara and Griffin are being forced at the viewers at record speed!

Libby
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Libby

I had never seen Ricky Paul Goldin before he showed up on All My Children, but I love him now. And love reading his interviews. It is not right that Chrishell Stause wasn’t invited to be a part of this interview since she is Ricky’s leading lady, not Ms. Hartley. I have watched All My Children for more then 20 years and this is the first version of Jake Martin that I have loved as a favorite character, and it was his dedication to Amanda and the way he refused to let David Hayward break them up that made me… Read more »

Sherrick
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Sherrick

I’m not completely sold on Griffin/Kendall as a romantic pairing, not at the moment. This is from someone who was a RABID hater of Zendall. I just think they need to write it at a pace that is believable and right now? It isn’t. I’m sick of seeing Kendall spreading eagle for everybody during her moments of ‘grief’. JV is not the best actor in the world BUT I like him. *Shrugs* Jake and Cara? I’m loving them. Jake and Amanda, even while being husband/wife/with child are boring and reduced to that sleazy couple that need sex and compliments to… Read more »

Doe
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Doe

It’s really too bad that Thorsten Kaye left. But his reasons are certainly honorable. I liked your interview very much,Michael. I am not a steady viewer of AMC, so I can’t be involved in their story. But, I do like Ricky and hope all the new cast will do well…

Minh
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Minh

It’s good to see Ricky feature more but I feel Jake/Cara are so force and contrive and there isn’t a lick of chemistry between the two characters at all. It’s ridiculous that they have barely let Jake and his “wife” share any meaningful airtime together but we are subjected to endless scenes of him with Cara. Yes CS is recurring but that’s really not good enough of an excuse. If they want to use her and write for Jake/Amanda they would but instead all they can do is concentrate on a newbie like Cara. Which from what I’ve seen from… Read more »

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Jenny

I have mixed feelings about this interview. While I enjoyed hearing from RPG I was very disappointed that Chrishell was not included. I hope these writers understand and appreciate how popular Jake and Amanda are. The writers have all but igored these characters since they came on board. Many of us fans don’t like that HW DK’s new creation Cara is taking over the storyline that many were hoping was going to be for Jake and Amanda. Please writers don’t mess a good thing with Jake and Amanda!

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kj44

Fell in love with RPG when they matched Jake with Amanda. As a longtime AMC viewer and have always rooted for Amanda (CS) and was glad to see her finally get a good guy. Both Jake and Amanda are legacy characters, so I am disappointed the two new characters (the Castillos) are immediately front and center and interlopers with the established PV residents. I don’t need to be “sold” on liking a character, it needs to evolve organically. Hopeful tptb don’t trash Jake or Amanda in their attempt to provide story to Cara. As a viewer I am hanging on… Read more »

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Dee

Loving Cara:-) .Refreshing new character.

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pat

For what it’s worth, as a devoted viewer/ardent fan of AMC since the first episode (seriously – far more than 1/2 my life! ), I find the character and actor Griff/Jordi to be heavenly eye candy and a skilled actor, transitioning in a new role under daunting circumstances. Please consider giving this man a chance to create his own core dynamic as part of this ensemble and back off on the critical eye with comparisons to my (all time) favorite actor, Thorsten. If you recall, in creating the role of Zach, he was not by any means an instant hit,… Read more »

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Pavarti

No, Pat. I’m not giving him any chances, and neither should ABC. JV isn’t bringing it in, and this sad, dying show can’t afford weight it can’t carry. JV is part of that weight. February sweeps were so dismal that predictions of cancellation are now racing around the boards like a wildfire. AMC needed a hit with Griffin, needed a character that would take off with Kendall in such a manner as to make the loss of Zach less painful. It hasn’t worked. The numbers aren’t there. Most Zen/Zach fans are waiting for TK to return, they’re not accepting this… Read more »

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zachfan01

After reading some of JV’s comments I decided I would NEVER give him or his character a chance. Sorry, its just the way I roll. But I must disagree with you about TK coming in and not being an instant hit. TK come to AMC with 2 enormously popular roles under his belt . . . Patrick and Ian Thornhart. He brought with him his own fans. I hight doubt JV did that. And, at first, they made Zach the interloper in the very popular coupling of Edmund and Maria so that turned some off. But for many, they wanted… Read more »

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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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