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Victor Alfieri on debut of new role of Ciro on AMC!

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Victor Alfieri is debuting this week on All My Children in the role of a photographer named Ciro.  Alfieri no stranger to daytime fans from his role on B&B and DAYS, chatted with We Love Soaps to give fans a sneek peak as to what is behind this mysterious new character and how will it affect the lives of the women of Pine Valley!

Victor Alfieri on this role of Ciro: “He lives in his own world.  He doesn’t follow any rules, he doesn’t respect anybody, but in a good way.  He’s a very famous photographer.  He thinks he is The Man and that people should just go to him.  It’s funny to play because he’s a little cocky, but I’m playing him likable.  He will make you laugh.  He’s fun to play, and I think he’s fun to watch.  He provides that comedic relief that every soap needs.  So I read the material, I called my agent and manager said, “Yes, I want to do this, this is crazy, this is fun.”  It happened very quickly.  I accepted the first week in March, and started working March 10th.  I met with the producer and the casting director, and both ladies are super nice.  I felt right at home.  I felt good inside.  Like, “Wow this is a good family.”  I showed up on set and all these ladies were so beautiful.  I figured, “I’m going to stay here awhile.” 

Victor Alfieri on which of the ladies of fusion or women in Pine Valley that Ciro will take a liking to:  “I shot a lot of episodes with the character of Natalia, Shannon Kane.  I don’t know where they are going with that, but it’s obvious Ciro has a thing for her.  She is beautiful.  Sometimes I become speechless. Like, “My God.”  They are all beautiful.  On the first day I was working with the character of Randi, played by Denise Vasi.  She has those beautiful eyes and that complexion.  I asked her, “Are those real?” And she said, “What? The eyes?” Yes, they are so blue, so beautiful.  Also the girl who plays Amanda is so beautiful.  I feel like I’m in the candy store.  I’m very happy.  There is beauty on the outside, but they are very beautiful on the inside.  I have to say, with all honesty, they are really nice people.  I got to know the girl that plays Madison [Stephanie Gatschet].  We have all hung out already.  And with J.R., who plays Brock, we’ve gone to dinner a couple of times already, and it’s like wow, I’ve never done this before on other soaps.  They are very nice nice people.”

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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