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Y&R's Cady McClain On The Ending Of Prospect Park's Reboot Of AMC & Being Peter Bergman's New On-Screen Love Interest!



Daytime Emmy winner, Cady McClain debuts today on The Young and the Restless as Kelly Andrews replacing another Daytime Emmy winner Cynthia Watros.  McClain had been quite the busy gal of late;  getting married to long time love Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH), writing a memoir of the early part of her life, Murdering My Youth, and directing her first short film, Flip Fantasia!

In this new interview from TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, she speaks candidly also about what went wrong with Prospect Park’s efforts to resurrect All My Children and One Life to Live, where Cady returned to her role as Dixie of Pine Valley.  Plus, being paired with former All My Children cast mate Peter Bergman as his new love interest on Y&R.  Here are a few excerpts below!

Cady on the end of the online reboot of All My Children:  “When you watch a beloved show come to an end and see the toll it takes on everyone with the production and the fans who have loved and supported it, it’s like the death of an entire family. The experience with Prospect Park was nightmarish and heartbreaking. I was a big supporter of the show and what they tried to do with it online, but the powers that be who held the purse strings did not have their plan in place. It was all rather sad. (Laughs) Now there is nothing to bitch about! I’m, like, ‘You people at Y&R don’t even know how bad it can get!’ Every time I drive on the lot at CBS, I say a big prayer of thanks and gratitude. I hate to say it — and I would never wish those soaps to have been cancelled ever — but the gift of that loss is that it put a hot fire under everybody’s ass.”

Cady on Y&R seemingly deciding to keep Kelly on the canvas for the purpose of being a love interest for Peter Bergman’s Jack Abbott: “Peter is an amazing actor and this is a soap opera, which is about love and romance. He needed somebody to play with and I’m thrilled to be the one.  In a way, it’s very special. When you’re dancing in a couple, there’s a leader and a follower, and there’s an art to being a follower. You have to be present and open and pay attention to the cues you’re given, and I love that. That’s a big part of why I worked so well with Michael Knight on AMC — we were great dancing partners. I think the same thing is happening with Peter. He’s very responsive, as well. He catches what I throw. But it’s fine with me to let him be the lead. I have no problem with this!”

So what do you think about Cady’s comment on the All My Children reboot and how it fizzled out? Do you think Cady and Peter will make a solid on-screen pairing as Jack and Kelly?   Let us know!

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  1. Ricky Ortega

    April 16, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Cady, is such a class act and such an immense talent! I enjoyed her for so long as Dixie on AMC and I must say Flip Fantasia was amazing too! AMC will always be missed but now I can start watching Y&R knowing Cady is there!

    • JJ

      April 18, 2014 at 12:06 am

      Please get ride of Chelsea character and Avery ZZZZ

  2. dinah

    April 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

    So happy to have Cady back in Daytime

    • Mama

      April 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Same. BTW, TV Guide magazine used a really cool picture of Cady, one I have never seen before. Pick it up. It’s on newsstands now (Simpsons cover).

      • Mo

        April 17, 2014 at 8:10 am

        RE the picture: her outfit looks like what she wore on Y&R yesterday so they probably took a pic of her and that’s why it hasn’t been seen before.

  3. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    April 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I am so happy Cady has joined as Kelly. She is refreshing and a terrific actress! Hope she stays for the long haul! Sad about AMC but Prospect mishandled everything. But at least fans got one final chance to see their shows, something not every fan has been given.

  4. Jack Welles

    April 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Well I’m a fan of Cady’s and I had high hopes for ALL MY CHILDREN as an On-line presentation – even though I thought some of the episodes were weakly written. Prospect Park REALLY did not have their ducks lined up and I truly believe they didn’t grasp the concept of soaps. To say that fans are dissapointed with the way things turned out would most certainly be a tremendous understatement.
    I wish her well with her new character and I’m sure she will do a great job with the role. As for ABC-TV, my opinion of them for cancelling AMC to begin with remains very low indeed –

  5. k/kay

    April 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I have never heard of one leading lady that did not enjoy working with PB the reason he is a professional!! Be very curious to see how their chemistry works

  6. andrew hass

    April 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I’m happy that Cady is on Y&R now but i think if she had a choice she would rather be on AMC again.

    • Angelo

      April 16, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Oh my, you sound bitter. Cynthia is a wonderful actress, she won a daytime emmy on Guiding Light as Annie Dutton.

      • andrew hass

        April 18, 2014 at 6:30 am

        I don’t think i sounded bitter.I was just a comment about how i thought if Cady had a choice she would rather be on AMC again.Plus i never mentioned Cynthia Watros and i do agree with you that she is a wonderful actress.However Cady had nothing to do with Cynthia leaving Y&R.

    • RIcky Ortega

      April 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

      I agree Andrew, we as fans of AMC would choose the same as well. Cady and Debbi were a strong vocal presence in Prospect Park’s efforts that it would indeed work for a second time revival and it’s fans in the long run. I can also agree with her too that it was a tremendous loss and a feeling that will always remain simply: sad. AMC was really a show that never should have been cancelled.

    • Ann

      April 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      I did not care for watros on GL nor Y&R. Cady will bring so much to part, she is an excellent actress.

  7. su0000

    April 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I can only hope Phyllis comes back and shoots Kelly dead ..
    I thank god she did not come to GH !!!
    Y&R is a lot FF and new Kelly will add greatly to it..

    There are the days I wish I owned the soaps, I would totally clean house LOL 🙂
    And get MM/Adam and BM/Billy and MS/Phyllis back .. they are the best of the best ..

    ((we all know PP did not have enough money to carry the soaps on; it is what it is ..
    they at least tried … I thank them for their effort ..

  8. Mary SF

    April 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Hoping she will bring some life into the character. I get the character is grieving for her son but the character was so drab and lifeless under CW’s portrayal that I am hoping Cady will give her an spark, something to make her more interesting, yet keep the I don’t give a damn because life is crap attitude Kelly had, which CW played well and the only part of Kelly I have liked.

  9. Timmm

    April 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Anyone is better than Waltros!

  10. KateA

    April 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Cady is perfect for this role. I really enjoyed watching her today. Still boycotting ABC. Very disappointed with PP. It is easier knowing that AMC is over than waiting for PP to do something. I don’t have to search the internet daily for news involving AMC.

  11. Lisa J.

    April 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    That is exactly how I felt, that it was like the death of an entire family. It still makes me cry. I am happy to see some of those actors on the last remaining shows. It’s like seeing an old friend. Good luck to her! Looking forward to seeing her on Y&R .

  12. aj

    April 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Cady started so young and always handled her work with deep layers; she is a soap survivor, and certainly still vibrant. She has respect for other actors and balances team playing with her stand-out moments. How exciting that she continues to be part of keeping the genre alive, now on Y & R!

  13. Barbara from Atlanta

    April 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I think that I’m definitely in the minority in my opinion and many of you will disagree but here goes………….

    I’ve never cared for McClain. I was a loooooooooong time viewer of ATWT and vividly remember Yvonne Perry, the actress who originated the role of Rosanna Cabot. I liked Perry alot in the role and was sorry when she left the show. I never warmed up to McClain in the part. It didn’t help that McClain seemed to come and go between her earlier role on AMC and playing Rosanna. I’m no insider but McClain’s shifting between the shows seemed to indicate a lack of commitment from her to either show. Moreover, McClain’s Rosanna seemed to disappear from ATWT at the wrong points in plots and it was jarring. I never invested in McClain’s Rosanna because I didn’t think the actress would on the show long enough to warrant it. She came, left, came, left so often that I think it seriously damaged the character. During the McClain tenure, the once interesting Rosanna became an irrelevant “tumbleweed” blowing through Oakdale.

    I associate McClain’s appearance with the serious decline that the once great ATWT took in its final years. Writer Jean Passanante and producer Chris Goutman didn’t seem to have a clue how to handle the show, downplaying its great history, introducing new/bland characters, and giving us plots that were boring and poorly executed. Moreover, there seemed to be a parade of ABC soap veterans parading through the show who were poor choices for recasts and did not match earlier actors in those roles (McClain = previously on AMC who came on as Rosanna; Marie Wilson = previously on Port Charles who appeared as Meg Snyder; Jon Lindstrom = previously on GH and Port Charles who appeared as Craig Montgomery) or who were introduced dull and annoying characters to Oakdale (Julie Pinson, previously on Port Charles who played the godawful Janet Ciccone).

    The new “ABC folks” on ATWT might have been tolerable if the overall writing was good but it was bad. Moreover, the writers focused on these new characters while long-appearing actors playing established characters were minimized and barely seen. (I vividly remember comments from 50-year ATWT veteran Eileen Fulton who, 2 years before the cancellation, stated that she wished the writers would simply give Lisa a fitting death on air if they could not use the character in a better manner). The situation was has tough to watch and, frankly, I think it killed the show. ATWT didn’t “lose” its audience. The poor writing and casting decisions drove it away!!!!

    Fair or not, I associate McClain with all of this and will never warm up to her. With Cynthia Waltros unavailable to play the relatively new character of Kelly, I wish the writers had simply written the character off of the show than bring McClain on board.

    From my experience watching the dying ATWT, I shudder to think what might occur to Y&R with Jean Passanante as a writer and folks like McClain coming on board. How long will it be before Y&R snaps up Julie Pinson take over as Phyllis Newman? If that happens, this 40-year viewer of Y&R will turn off the show for good. I’d rather not see what happened to ATWT occur to Y&R but, sadly, it sure looks like things are heading that way!!!!

    • Scott (ATWT Fan)

      April 17, 2014 at 5:51 am

      I’m no insider but McClain’s shifting between the shows seemed to indicate a lack of commitment from her to either show.

      Cady’s shifting between AMC and ATWT really wasn’t totally her; she did leave AMC originally to pursue other roles, but did ask to stay and/or come back as a recurring character. Instead, she went to ATWT as Rosanna, which was a different role for her, something she wanted. They then dropped her to recurring in 2005; AMC lured her back to the show later that year.

      Then, they killed her off with poisonous pancakes in 2007. So she returned to ATWT, but left because the writing left Rosanna as a weaker woman, something she didn’t feel comfortable portraying. So she alternated between AMC and ATWT, until she returned to ATWT full-time in 2009, while Maura West was on maternity leave, and left when she came back.

      She did several guest stints on AMC for storyline purposes. She came back to ATWT in 2010 for the final episodes, and then returned full-time to AMC for their final months in 2011 and for the final season in 2013.

      So it really was never her; it was the writers and the stories they were telling for the characters she was portraying, Dixie in particular.

    • k/kay

      April 17, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Agree with a lot you say but I don’t think they have any plans to recast Phyllis I think she is going to stay in that coma for a long time probably forever unless MS decides to come back which is very doubtful! A columnist friend of mine once said their are some characters that should just not be recast and MS owned the role of Phyllis. I think JFP knows that because I think she considered recasting Phyllis with Cynthia Watros and then said no do not think so and created Kelly.

    • jimh(leave it to beaver)

      April 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

      I agree with you…Cady is overrated…hated what ATWTs did with Eileen Fultons character who was one of daytimes greatest villianeses!!!

  14. Nanci

    April 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I did not like her today.
    She doesn’t speak slowly or softly like original Kelly…and
    other things about her, too, don’t seem similar.
    I guess I assumed the new actress would have taken
    her portrayal of Kelly on as more similar to the original.
    Would have helped ease the transition to yet another
    new actor/actress on this soap.

    • Mo

      April 17, 2014 at 5:48 am

      I kinda agree. Her Kelly is different and I found myself thinking, the other Kelly would have done this…I want to like Cady. Maybe over time I’ll get used to her. Cady’s Kelly doesn’t seem to have the easy-going vibe that Cynthia’s Kelly had. It was a bit jarring.

    • jimh(leave it to beaver)

      April 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

      The original Kelly had that wrong side of the tracks feel about her imo. NuKelly seems more like one of the wealthy Brookes sisters…like a young Chris Brookes from the 70s era…maybe they are related…her daughter perhaps?

      • su0000

        April 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        I want Cynthia/Kelly back.
        she was more drama like and had a mystery about her.. she played the roll much more intriguing than Cady..
        Cady comes off as a powder-puff, not intriguing, no edge, a whole different Kelly, I’m not liking it lol 🙂

      • Barbara from Atlanta

        April 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm

        If NuKelly is revealed to be the daughter of Chris Brooks (and, with this writing crew, something as inane as that is a possibility!!!), then she likely is also the daughter of Snapper Foster, Chris’ husband. This would make Jill the aunt of NuKelly as she was the adopted sister of Snapper.

    • andrew hass

      April 18, 2014 at 6:35 am

      Right Cady has only been on one episode i think.So maybe it’s a little too soon to really judge her as Kelly.As Cady is a very different actress than Cynthia Watros is and her trying to do what Cynthia did in the role i don’t think would work.Plus i’m thinking Cady’s first few episodes as Kelly was the writers thinking Cynthia playing her and writing to her strengths.So the writers may just need time to write to Cady’s strengths in how they write for Kelly now.

    • Michelle

      May 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      I agree. I do not like Cady as Kelly.. She talks and acts so harsh. I think Y&R should have replaced Kelly with someone similar to the last. Very disappointed .. I never would have considered her for the part.

  15. dmr

    April 17, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Isn’t that funny! I still remember Peter Bergman as Cliff Warner on AMC; and Cady got her daytime start on AMC! Best of luck, Cady!

  16. Mo

    April 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Just read her TVG interview. WOW! I had no idea she’d gone through so much stuff. I didn’t watch AMC, though I knew who she was and who she played. Have new respect for her now. Wish her the best. Hope she wins me over on Y&R. I’m rooting for her.

  17. Sue

    April 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I wish Cady the best but… hate to say I did not like her today.. maybe over time I will, sure hope so because sounds like she will be around for some time to come, CW is the best…IMO

  18. deltablues2

    April 18, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Considering the mountains that Prospect Park had to move (in record time) and the crap they waded through with ABC, I really don’t appreciate any of the creative people criticizing the company that tried to save these 2 iconic shows. They should be applauded for the effort.

  19. Patrick

    April 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I recorded… thee show

    not since January 31, 2014

    and I was left… lulling….

    the same ole

    will a veteran actor.. change my point of view

    NO! Y&R is in shambles

    neither Cady McClain… or Peter Bergman… will change that

    “I Understand” Serial… is in an influx… and change is imminent.. to further… and/or progress JFP point of view…

    that doesn’t change , my stance….

    Michael Muhney
    Billy Miller
    Michelle Stafford
    Jeanne Cooper
    Eileen Davidson
    Elizabeth Hendrickson
    character Delia

    the upheaval… and 180 is dead on arrival… each and every day

    I will give props… to … and, i’ve stated as much… Ray Wise… is thee standout… Steve Burton…had better thank his lucky star

    I watched the whole hour… and was left bereft

    where’s Genoa City… and that’s mild

    Love to Amelia Heinle and Sharon Case

    are Victor and Nikki rotting at the ranch

  20. Selena.C.

    April 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Loved cynthia watros!!! Ya she was creepy, but that’s what madee her so goood @ being the drifter/outcast/edgy/mysterious charaacter with realistic expressions. This Cady chick lacks something and for me, another huge mistaake o y&r :@ so pissed aat alll these changes.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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