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THE RONN MOSS INTERVIEW – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Ron-main.jpgBy Michael Fairman

“On-Air On-Soaps” sat down with Ronn Moss this past week for a feature for TV SOAP Australia, where “B&B” is now airing on primetime! As the story heats up this week many lives and characters are on a collision course, thanks to Rick, Brooke and Ridge’s impending nuptials and Phoebe’s return. Fasten your seat belts for a rollercoaster ride . . . the Forrester way!

TV SOAP:

The Ridge/Rick feud and storyline is really heating up and getting interesting. Rick is doing some reprehensible things!

RONN:

Yeah, he is. Rick is getting obnoxiously devious, and he is a spoiled brat who needs to be put in his place.

TV SOAP:

What about when Rick fell over that very tall building and plummeted to the ground, thanks to seemingly, Ridge?

RONN:

People will go to any lengths to get attention, won’t they? (He laughs)

TV SOAP:

How is working with the reinvention of Rick as a ‘bad boy’, played by Kyle Lowder?

lowder1.jpgRONN:

Kyle is wonderful. I love it. He is a great combination of strength and whiny little tot! A whiny little snot-nosed, “Brooke’s son”!

TV SOAP:

Lest we forget, Ridge has been snot-nosed in the past?

RONN:

So I recognize it in others. Rick needs somebody to wipe his nose.

TV SOAP:

Recently, “B&B” fans were taken down memory lane with the Brooke and Ridge wedding from 15 years ago. In 2008, the characters went back to Zuma Beach, the place of the location, and met up there again for a significant moment in their
relationship. How was that to play?

RONN:

It was fun to go back to the same place to film. It’s nice because of its remoteness, and for the storyline. Just to go back and do it on our own with nobody else around, was nice this time. We had such a lavish wedding there before, so it was sentimental and all that stuff. It seemed like the most logical and economical place to go this time.

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In the Zuma Beach location shoot, how did you like the lush romance of it all? Did it at times seem corny to you?

RONN:

I did not really think that. Actually, I thought it was quite nice. They built these beautiful sets on the beach, and it was lovely that it was just the two of us.

TV SOAP:

The show had gone back and forth, and back and forth with Ridge, either between Taylor or Brooke. Wasn’t that frustrating for you?

RONN:

In the last few years I have always said, “I have got to move on to something else other than Brooke and Taylor. You are not letting Ridge and Brooke have a go at it here. You never have for 20 years.” They just tease the fans to the point where I don’t think the fans really cared if Brooke and Ridge got back together, because the tease was over. Now I find when we are back together, and the characters are actually married again, that I am actually enjoying it.

TV SOAP:

Do you think now the show will make a commitment to let Ridge and Brooke be a somewhat stable couple for a while and let them stay married?

RONN:

They don’t usually do it, but maybe the transition will be now. I am hoping, anyway.

TV SOAP:

Starting in December, there is a huge story point where Rick and Phoebe get into a car accident with Rick at the wheel and Phoebe dies! Oh, this will be juicy! Rick looks responsible for killing Ridge’s daughter.

RonWindsor1.jpgRONN:

We have a lot of great stuff coming up, and we will see how it goes. Even Winsor Harmon (Thorne) remarked to me on his way out of the set this morning, “Did you see yesterday’s show? It was really cool!” It’s just that we are getting back to three simultaneous stories on air. We were used to relying on one or two stories a day, but now it makes it more interesting, and adds more spice in the mix of “B&B”.

TV SOAP:

How do you see Ridge’s romantic stance, navigating between Brooke and Taylor?

RONN:

It’s always been Brooke for Ridge, for the last long while. With Taylor, I think Ridge just takes the time to consult with Taylor to let her know, “We had these kids together, and I will always be in your life no matter what… but I am going with Brooke.” It’s a destiny thing.

TV SOAP:

After the Rick/Taylor romance, it looked like Ridge might end up back with her, but then it didn’t. Did you know you were going to end up with Brooke at this point?

ridgetaylor.jpgRONN:

I didn’t really know, but I was hoping I would not ping-pong back and forth between Brooke and Taylor again. Fortunately, we are still going, and what we thought would happen did not. As characters we thought, “Well, that’s it for Kelly and me. It’s on to Hunter.” Then that didn’t happen and it got siphoned back to us, and I went, “Wow, that was unexpected, even for us!”

TV SOAP:

What would you say is your acting technique when rehearsing and preparing scenes?

RONN:

Mine is “flailing” from day to day, that’s how best I would describe it. (He laughs)

TV SOAP:

John McCook (Eric) said to me in a recent TV SOAP interview that you are the true icon of “B&B”. He went on to say, “You are so known for that square-jawed, good looking guy, and your acting has gotten better and better.” What would you say to that?

RONN:

I would say, “The payments I have been giving him all these years are working!”

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How is working with John, after all these years?

RONN:

I love working with John. He is a hoot, and we always laugh when we are together. It’s hard for us to keep a straight face, because we get each other laughing and can’t stop.

TV SOAP:

John and I also discussed how at times the men on “B&B” are portrayed as weak in storyline. How do you feel about that statement?

RONN:

I think John has always had an issue with that, because they always made Eric the wishy-washy guy. So, Stephanie seems to be the big matriarch of the show, when in fact, John has very much his own strengths. But yes, the guys in a drama series are at times made to be unconscious or a buffoon, which makes the other character a little more knowing. Well, somebody’s got to do it right!

TV SOAP:

Ronn, do you notice a difference in your portrayal of Ridge since you started on the show, and how the different storylines have affected him and shaped how you’ve played him over the years?

RONN:

I am kind of in a position, and so looking in the mirror everyday I didn’t see that. You would probably be a better judge of that than I would. I am too close to it to really know if Ridge had evolved or grown, or not grown.

ronfight1.jpgTV SOAP:

What can we say to your fans in Australia to look for down the line in the Rick/Ridge feud? Will there be a big showdown?

RONN:

I think there has to be an impending showdown because Rick is not finished. He thinks he is supposed to be in control of all things Forrester.

TV SOAP:

So, Rick’s whole demeanor and new attitude was partially spurred on by feeling he was second best, or even third best, in his father Eric’s mind?

RONN:

He thinks the whole world owes him everything, but he does not have the experience to back it up. He had not put in
his time to learn the business, and that is
Ridge’s big contention.

TV SOAP:

Do you see Ridge as the hero?

RONN:

Yes. I don’t know if that actually plays out on air, but in my own demented mind it does. (He laughs). I would like Ridge to be the hero, but it does not always pan out that way. I have had my ass kicked too many times on the show one way or another, and I have to bite the bullet and go, “Well, it is what it is.”

TV SOAP:

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), and you have worked together so very long. Does it get difficult doing the same sort of scenes over and over again?

wedding.jpgRONN:

It’s not that simplistic. We both love working with each other. I can speak for her on that, too. We are comfortable working with each other, so it makes things a lot easier that way. However, the one thing we both share is how hard it is to keep doing this and have our lives outside. Even though it’s a half hour show, we still carry the brunt of it, and Kelly has her own family and I have my own family.

TV SOAP:

Speaking of your family, how are your daughters? How is fatherhood going?

RONN:

My little Callie, just turned ten. Fatherhood is lovely, and one of the best parts of my life. I think it keeps me on my toes. I constantly have to rethink, “Am I doing this right?” I have to concern myself with my girls’ development, and how they perceive the world, and how they are thinking. I have to be subtle enough to encourage them in the right direction, because I very much take my job as dad seriously. I take it so seriously that I joke about it with them as much as I can, just so they don’t know I am taking it so seriously! It’s the number one job for me, more than anything else. I consider every action or raised eyebrow I do important, because it may affect how they perceive it.

realpulling.jpgTV SOAP:

How do you like the plot point where Ridge was pulling the plug on his own father in his hospital room? What did you think when you read it in the script for the first time?

RONN:

That was pretty amazing, actually. I was just feeling the scene as it was for real. Having Ridge feeling he was hearing that his dad talked to him, I can totally understand
how that could affect somebody.
Then, after the fact being told,
“No, you are hallucinating.”
We have all had a situation
where our reality gets blurred.

TV SOAP:

Do you ever get to work with Brandon Beemer (Owen)?

RONN:

I have not had that much of a chance to work with Brandon, but we have been hanging out more off set than working together. Brandon is a lovely human being. He is a true to heart kid, and true to spirit.

TV SOAP:

What do you think we can expect from Ridge Forrester in 2009?

ridge-brooke.jpgRONN:

I think Ridge is going to take more control than he has in awhile. That would be over the company, and his relationship. He seems more decisive now, and I am very much enjoying that.

TV SOAP:

What about how Rick manipulates things? How will that manifest itself in trying to destroy the newly found happiness of Ridge and Brooke?

RONN:

I don’t think so at all. I think Ridge will get smarter in how he deals with the amazing woman in his life, Brooke. He will get smarter to the things that are trying to undermine it, like Rick.

TV SOAP:

Did you ever vocalize to “B&B” head writer and executive producer, Brad Bell, any frustration you may have had with your character, in regards to the Brooke/Ridge relationship?

RONN:

I have never actually asked him anything about that. But years ago, I told him of my frustrations, that they never leave us together long enough to do anything. I leave it up to Brad to write the show. If I have a cool suggestion, I might take it to him. But I don’t usually have time.

TV SOAP:

What are your Holiday plans?

ridgebusiness.jpgRONN:

I just want to stay home and enjoy Christmas, and New Year’s with my family and friends around me, because traveling is just too much of a bitch….. and there we go!

TV SOAP:

What would you like to tell all of your fans ‘down under’?

RONN:

Give my love to my Australian fans. I am hoping we can work something else out in the future for me to see you, and at the very least, providing some new music they can find on my website, www.ronnmoss.com. I want to tell them to please keep in touch.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Alum Kevin Spirtas Chats On His Heart-Tugging Series ‘After Forever’ & Love and Life In Your 50s

Filling the void in the digital drama series arena, the eight episodes first season of After Forever (available on Amazon), tackles the journey of a two middle-aged gay men in their 50’s in a deep romantic relationship, and looks at it through its various stages of love, loss, and moving on with one’s life when suddenly your world is turned upside down, when one of them has died.

While the LGBT community has seen other love-centric and dramatic web series, none have really taken a deep dive into the difficulties of starting anew in your 50’s or even older.  Leave it to former Days of our Lives alum and Broadway producer, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley), along with another DAYS alum, writer, Michael Slade, and the two put their shared experiences, and dramatic ideas into this emotional series, that is not limited to anyone who is gay, but touches on the universal themes that anyone may have, or will experience, at one time in their lives.

Spirtas, brought along with him none some notables for his passion project.  First, none other than former Prospect Park One Life to Live EP, Jennifer Pepperman, to bring his vision to life, and some amazing co-stars: Mitchell Anderson (Ex-Party Of Five), MIchael Urie (Ugly Betty), Cady Huffman (Ex-OLTL), Anita Gillette, Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) to  name just a few.

While the series bowed a little over a month ago, if you haven’t taken a look, check out our interview with Spirtas for some juicy insight into the making of and the construct of, After Forever.  Following that, check out the teaser for the series, and the video for the theme song, “My Forever” by Lio Nicol which becomes available tomorrow June 4th on Amazon and iTunes.

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What was the genesis of the idea for the series?

KEVIN:  Patrika Darbo, came to New York close to 7 years ago. She had called me ahead of time, and said, “I was asked to present at the ISA Awards, and you’re coming with me.”  She was getting very involved in the world of the web series. I looked at this amazing presentation of content that was being shown at the ISA’s.  I was blown away. It was better than half the stuff on TV, theater, or film. At that point, I made a mad rush for a gentleman by the name of Sebastian La Cause.  Sebastian had won several awards that night and his material was so well presented, and beautifully shot, and his acting was very unique.

Sebastian La Cause was the star of the web series Hustling, right?

KEVIN:  Yes, it was Hustling, the first season.  I went up to him and I said, “I’m Kevin Spirtas. I’m an actor, I did a soap …”  He goes, “Kevin, I know who you are.” I was starstruck, and impressed, and inspired, because he is exactly the kind of person I want to work with.  He is talented, and creative and I want to work with those kind of people. I said to him, “If you do a second season, I’d love to be considered for anything you might be doing.”  Wouldn’t you know? He wrote me in. I fell in love with the story. I was very clear to me, that you have to start creating for yourself, because creating your own content in this industry now is king.  The third season of Hustling then crossed me over to appearing in Winterthorne.  That was also the first year that NATAS opened up the judging to the digital world.  I got nominated for an Emmy. It inspired me to start thinking about, ‘What do I know?  What do I have in my life that I feel is worth sharing and putting out there to help heal, or inspire?’  I had been producing in New York City for 3 years at this point.

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It becomes every performer’s concern, as they get older, that they can still be considered for the roles they would like to play.  Sometimes, actors can grow into the types of roles, and sometimes they’ve expired past those types of roles. Was creating After Forever also a way to re-enter being part of the conversation?

KEVIN:  Well, I was hoping to write something for myself … because I just didn’t see the roles coming toward me anymore.  My name wasn’t on them as I imagined them or had seen them in the past. I was worried about that. I thought, “If I have a chance to keep working, I’ve got to keep current.”

And somehow, you and Michael Slade ran into each other, and thus, a collaboration began that would eventually turn into After Forever?

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KEVIN:  Then, I ran into Michael Slade at a gym… I had never met him before, he was a writer on Days as I was leaving the show.  And I remember saying to myself, “wouldn’t it be great to work with somebody, and see what kind of story we could come up with?”  Unbeknownst to me, Michael, at that particular time in his life, was working on the very same type of story and idea about what it’s like to be who he is, at his age, where he’s at, and what he knows.  I pitched him this idea: “I think there’s some really funny ideas I could express to the world about my experience as a single gay man at this point.” He said, “Call me.” In short, he was living life as a single gay man, and I was living life as a single gay man, and that’s how After Forever was born.  Michael had the experience of losing his long-time partner of 25 years.  There’s a part in the story where Brian and Jason are going along and they have everything in their life that they could possibly want, and then they don’t, because Jason is diagnosed with cancer and it takes him away.

Do we see Jason die in this?

KEVIN:  You just might! … It’s how we incorporated him in the story…

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After Forever bounces back and forth in time, obviously, that was part of the unique structure of the storytelling?

KEVIN:  It does do that.  It tells the story through a lot of present, and a lot of flashbacks.  There is also the present with Brian, and his memory of Jason. As Brian is going through the next chapter of his life as a single man, he has to look at his life and learn how to continue to love even though the person’s not there.  When someone dies, the love doesn’t die, the relationship doesn’t die, it keeps growing on a certain level. So, if he turns around, and he sees him, is it real? Is it him working it out in his own mind? It’s a tool to tell more story …

Tell me about casting Mitchell Anderson?  He had retired and moved to Atlanta, and he ends up playing the love of Brian’s life.

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KEVIN:  When Michael and I were writing, we threw out, “Who do you think would play this part?”  One day, I just dropped the name “Mitchell Anderson” I said, “I just see him as Jason.” Michael said to me, “Kevin, he’s retired.”  I just knew Mitchell and I had great history in the business. We started off as actors together in class. He went one direction, I went another, then he left the business, but I just felt there was something about his persona – not to mention his talent – his unique humor, his sensibility, and style, so I said, “I think we should ask him.”  We did. Mitchell said, “Okay, Kevin. Let me read the script.” He called back immediately after receiving it, and said, “I would love to do this!” I have not stopped thanking him every day. He’s so good in it.

The main character of Brian goes on this journey: he meets other guys, some appear younger than others! (Laughs)

KEVIN:  It’s a year after Jason is gone, Brian is trying to settle into his new life, but he’s guilty that his partner has died.  He has sadness, grief, and so much love for Jason that he’s having trouble moving forward, and everyone is trying to push him forward.  Brian is not necessarily ready, but sometimes his body is ready, while emotionally, he’s not. It’s how we deal with all that navigation of seeing good-looking guys.  He meets a guy in the middle of the series, and it starts to open up the doors. That’s the beauty of what happens when he starts to let himself open up to the possibilities.  There are some great rollercoaster moments that you’ll see.

Would you do another season of After Forever?

KEVIN:  Oh, my God!  Michael and I have already started to script out seasons 2 and 3.

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Middle-aged gay men do have it rough in the relationship department, if they’re not already partnered up by this point in their life.  Younger guys think they’re over the hill, older guys aren’t necessarily interested either, and unfortunately, the LGBTQ community is unforgiving to community if you’re not young and pretty, and not in your 20s or 30s. There aren’t a lot of LGBT-oriented shows out there like this.  On that level, I think the concept of the show is an important story to tell.

KEVIN:  We were absolutely committed to writing not just another gay story.  We’ve seen those. I think the beauty of After Forever is that it’s not just a gay story- even though it’s told through two gay men… but, it’s a story about love … it’s a story about loss.  Everyone is going to have to deal with this in their life.

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Dealing with loss is part of the circle of life, whether it’s a parent, a child, a lover, a friend, or your longtime partner. Many in the LGBT community succumbed to AIDS in the ‘80s and ‘90s, which was a pivotal moment in the gay movement.

KEVIN:  We lost half of our community.  We lost half of our brothers. To jump back to that history with Mitchell, he and I had so many mutual friends who aren’t here anymore.  We would look at the scene that was at hand, take a breath, look at each other, and they’d say “action” and we’d step into these people. Yes, it’s gay themed, because it’s told by two leading male characters who are gay.  But, I have heard more people in the last two months since this has come out, who have not only stopped and said, “Thank you for writing such a wonderful story about love and loss, and new beginnings, but also, what it’s like to have to confront that loss.” They also went on to say, “For so many years, gay people have had to watch the heterosexual world. People are trying to fit themselves into our world now, into our story, and how they would feel navigating it.”

Michael Urie is in it too? And you have some pretty accomplished people in your cast.  

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KEVIN:  Yes, there’s Michael Urie, Cady Huffman who sings in one of the episodes.  Tere is a scene in episode 3 that it still floors me, I can’t watch it without losing it.  Then, there’s Anita Gillette, Lenny Wolpe, David Dean Bottrell. Everyone is perfect, and everyone was able to show up, and everyone delivered a million percent.

What’s the response you’ve been getting from people who have watched After Forever?  You mentioned it’s been very positive.  

KEVIN:  Everyone has been touched.  The majority who have seen this, are just moved to tears and full of excitement.

I saw that Jennifer Pepperman, ex-executive producer of One Life to Live, directed your series.  What was it like working with Jen?

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KEVIN:  We had a lot of people who we could have pulled from.  Jennifer came up in conversation, because she had sent Michael an invitation to go see her new short film that she had done with Austin Peck (Ex-Austin, Days) and his wife, Teri Conn (Ex-Katie, ATWT).  I said, “Maybe if I go see the show and I like it, I can introduced myself to Jennifer.”  I called him right after and I said, “If we don’t get her, we’re crazy!” She’s so good. What she did is perfection.  We shot the whole thing like a movie. It was shot in 12 days. She knew everything she wanted to do and it shows in the edit.  And, this extraordinarily, talented girl named Colleen Kwok, who was the director of photography. She’s the real thing. She got it.  She got the style we were going for immediately.

So, we want to tell people to binge watch the series on Amazon.

KEVIN:  Binge it, or make it last for 15 days…

How many hankies will I need for this? 10? 5?

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KEVIN:  I say Kleenex is not included … Anybody who has ever loved, anybody who has ever lost, must see this show, because it unifies all of us, it shows us that we are the same.  It shows us that we still have love in our lives, regardless of if that person is gone, the relationship never ends, it never dies. That’s what people are getting from this.  That’s what people are taking away from it. You and I were raised with the symbols of a straight world and how we had to fit into that certain way of life. That’s changed now.  We have Will & Grace … we have RuPaul … all these great things that are illustrating our diversity.  Now, people are going, “it’s just a story being told.”

What was Mitchell’s reaction when he saw the final product?

KEVIN:  We saw it together…We just sat there and cried.  It’s hard. Especially, the first two episodes and the last two episodes.  We served it up, Michael, we served it up!

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I think you spoke to a greater issue, as you move through this career, you have to remain relevant as things change.  So, you’ve dipped yourself into this pool and now you can do more.

KEVIN:  I hope so.  You and I talked about this along time ago, when I first started on Days Of Our Lives, it was still a different world.

It was so different back then.  Actors couldn’t be out. There was still that stigma that if the audience at home knew they were gay, they wouldn’t buy into what they were portraying.

KEVIN:  That’s where I kind of worked it out, because I didn’t pretend not to be me, I just wasn’t very open about everything in my life.  Not that I still am. There’s certain things that I don’t talk about, because it’s not relevant, or it’s no one’s business.

So, do you get the obligatory question, “What’s a guy like you doing being single”? (Laughs)

KEVIN:  Michael said to me one day, “How come a guy like you is single?”  I made a joke out of it and said, “Have you seen me eat? Come on!”

So, intrigued to check out After Forever? What do you think about its central theme looking at what happens when one loses their partner at middle-age and more?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital

GH’s Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Talk Their Love Connection & The Demands Of Daytime

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After presenting for the first time together, at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys since they’ve been a couple, Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter aka Henrik) of General Hospital have certainly been in the throes of a romantic, fun, and cherished relationship. The two former stars of Guiding Light reconnected last year at Emmy time. Now, sharing their over one year anniversary, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Laura and Wes to get some insight into what makes their relationship work amidst the hustle and bustle, and pace of both being on a network television daytime drama series, and with the pressures of Hollywood where often relationships between two actors seem to start hot and heavy but then fizzle out.

If you caught this week’s GH, you witnessed that the town of Port Charles has found out that Peter is the notorious Cesar Faison’s son, and the ramifications that will be felt for weeks and months and potentially years to come. Meanwhile, Carly is in all sorts of trouble, thanks to naughty Nelle (Chloe Lanier). Nelle is making Carly look awfully unstable and what happens next could change Carly’s life forever.

So, what do these two lovebirds have to say about their relationship and their passion for working on the soaps? Check out what they had to share below. 

Wes, you had met Laura originally years ago on Guiding Light.

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Wes: Yes, 15 years ago in New York.

And what did you think of her then?

Wes: Well, I was smitten, but I had to keep it to myself.

You had to keep it under wraps, huh?

Wes: Yep!

Laura: I was married then.

Wes: She was pregnant with her second child.

Laura: And he’s a good Kentucky boy.

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Wes: Uh-huh! But we would run lines in the green room and I would try very hard to make sure she didn’t catch me staring at her… too often. But we laughed, and had great conversation.

Laura: I would always say, “Wes, will you run lines with me?,” because I would want to run my lines.

Wes: We never had story together, but she always knew I was game to hang out with her for a moment.

It’s good when you’re in a relationship with someone and you can laugh with them. You seem to be able to do that a lot!

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Laura: Oh, gosh. I think that’s all we do.

Wes: Yes, yes, yes, yes…

Laura: Like, we belly laugh. It gets to the point where people would think we were ridiculous. We’ll say things and just think it’s the funniest thing ever and people would be like, “You guys have a problem …” and we’re like, “Yeah.” (Laughs)

Laura, and then he comes back into your life years later…

Wes: That’s right, it was Emmy weekend 2017.

Laura: I totally was not expecting it at all. Even when I gave him my number I walked away going “huh…”

You mean you thought he wouldn’t call?

Laura: No, I didn’t feel that… because he hit on me hard. He’ll tell you that.

Wes: I still am hitting on her.

Laura: I remember I walked away quick after he got my number. I was like, “Oh, my God … I gotta go.”

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Wes: There was an assertiveness on my part that was for sure 15 years in the making. I did not expect to run into her. I also did not expect for her to tell me that she was recently single. In that split second, it was one of those, “stop the presses!” moments. Like, you need to give me your number, I’m taking you to dinner.

Laura: I go, “Oh, be quiet! Are you like, 32, because I can’t do that.” (Laughs)

Wes: And I said, “Far from it.”

Laura: He’s like, “I’m getting ready to be 40.” And I’m like, “I can do that!”

Then, on top of all of this, Wes, you land a primo role on General Hospital. That of Henrik aka Peter, Cesar Faison’s son.

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Wes: Yes, a dream come true.

Laura: I’m going to jump in and say it’s a role that he worked all on his own for. He had to screen test against 8 plus guys, 3 different auditions, 2 different days.

Wes: That’s true.

Laura: I can’t say strong enough that the best actor got the role. Meaning, Wesley is so talented and has the ability to give this character the depth, and emotion, and layers that it needs to tell the story that needs to be told. I just think he’s incredible.

So, did you know from the get-go who you were going to be playing?

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Wes: I did not.

Laura: I did! (Laughs)

Wes: I’m thrilled that the writers have been giving me such incredible material to dive into.   Each month that goes by, it becomes more and more complex, and more and more layered and intense. I love the depth… I love the conflicts… I love the humanity… I love the desperation… I love the psychology behind it. It’s a very interesting story and a great journey to tell.

Laura: I was getting ready to say, where you mentally have to go to be the son of Faison and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)! To blend that together is amazing. It’s incredible to watch.

You used to run lines together on Guiding Light. Do you run lines together now on GH? It’s like a full circle moment.

Laura: We do, and we carpool.

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Wes: Something we were trying to manifest together. We thought it would be a lot of fun to work together one day.

Laura: The last week we worked, we didn’t. He worked all afternoon. I worked all morning. I was like, “Are they doing this on purpose?” I was so mad! I was like, “Why are you in the afternoon everyday?” (Laughs)

Wes: She lost her chauffeur. (Laughs)

Laura: I did! He always drives us to work. I also love when we both have afternoon calls, because we love having mornings together. So, I didn’t get my morning, nor did I have my chauffeur!

So, two actors can have a good relationship? You see so many Hollywood relationships with actors and they go bust. But that’s not always the case …

Wes: Oh, my God, yes.

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Laura: I’m going to say this; I think I can see it being more difficult for daytime actors, because the work we do is so intense. I know the weeks he’s getting ready to go into, and I’m getting ready to go into. Where we go emotionally and psychologically to tell these stories, on the level that we tell them, as quick as we tell them, you kind of have to become really in a headspace. The fact that we can …

Wes: … the long hours …

Laura: Yes, and exhaustion! You really have to go, “Wow! It’s not about me right now. It’s about us individually as actors.” Thank God, we know the workload. I know what he’s getting ready to go through.

Wes: I have always had so much respect for Laura’s work. On Guiding Light, I’ve always been in awe of what she’s capable of doing. So, the level of respect is obviously there. But also, the understanding whatever it is that you need from a personal assistant in one moment… or a life partner in another moment … or a best friend in moment … or whatever it is in order to get through the day-to-day and the week-to-week, so we can do what we love to do. We know we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love.

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Laura was such a great co-host on my Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nomination Specials, in particular when she talks about acting. It’s so rewarding to hear the other actors who are guests on the show listening to what Laura has to say about her craft and respecting the hell out of her.

Wes: Without a doubt. You can’t watch her work and not be in awe. It speaks for itself.

Laura: I just love the journey of going to the places that we go; to bleed for it.

Wes: Leave it all out on the floor.

Laura: I know that process. So, when I see another actor that’s bleeding, I just bow to them, because I know what it takes to go there. I know the work that Wesley does. When I see that he’s spent at the end of the day, I’m like, “Babe, I so get it.” So, I can see where it could be really difficult for people that haven’t been there, because it’s a lot of work and you’re spent. It’s hard! For us, that works.

What do you think of Laura and Wes’ love connection? What do you think of the latest developments for GH’s Carly and Henrik? Comment below.

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EXCLUSIVE: 45th Annual Daytime Emmys Winners & Backstage Video Interviews!

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The 45th Annual Daytime Emmys are in the record books.  And as previously reported, it was a big night for NBC’s Days of our Lives taking Outstanding Drama Series, Writing and Directing in a Drama Series Awards, plus top acting nods to James Reynolds (Abe) and Greg Vaughan (Eric).

Behind the scenes while the ceremony continued on-stage, and as the night’s big winners and several presenters were whisked away backstage following their victory, they took to the Winner’s Walk and chatted with Michael Fairman who got their reactions to winning the gold, or presenting important moments of the night during the live-stream broadcast.

From DAYS Deidre Hall (Marlena), Dr. Oz, The Ladies of The Talk, and GH’Chris Van Etten to DAYS head scribe Ron Carlivati, to Y&R’s actress winners: Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Camryn Grimes (Mariah), and GH’s Chloe Lanier (Nelle, Vernee Watson (Stella) and more now you can watch the complete backstage series of conversations on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  Make sure to “subscribe” for these and more celebrity interviews.

After the jump, check out some of the winners and backstage interviews with Michael.  You can also go directly to the video you are looking to view, by clicking on the blue hyperlink on the interviewees name. (more…)

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This week, Nick lost temporary custody of Christian leading to a defiant and emotional turn by Joshua Morrow (Nick) as he has to say farewell to the little boy he has come to love as his own son, and give him to his father, Victor, who wanted and was granted custody of the child. Watch the hankie-inducing moment! Leave A Comment

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