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Y&R's Genie Francis on set of movie talks having soft spot for Lohan & Spears plus the soap biz!

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Photo Credit: Arnold Lim

The Young and the Restless, Genie Francis (Genevieve Atkinson) who is taking a break from the trials and tribulations in Genoa City as everyone knows is off filming a movie in Vancouver, The Note 3: The Heart Healer.

The Times Colonist caught up with Francis in between taping some scenes with her co-star, Ted McGinley to get her thoughts on her career and her fast rise to stardom in her heyday of Luke and Laura on GH, plus flashing forward to coming back to work on daytime on Y&R.

Genie stated when being robbed of her adolescence, (due the enormous popularity and demands at a young age being part of a cultural phenomenon) she likened it to the perils of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears!  “My heart breaks for those young women. Sometimes I wish I could be in touch and be there for them and talk to them because I think I understand what they’re going through.  It  gets incredibly lonely when you’re surrounded by people with ulterior motives who want to be close to you. You’re in a fishbowl. Our youth, for most of us, is a time when we figure out what group of people we belong to, right? In a natural setting those people become like family. But there is no natural setting.”

As to why Genie is back in soaps after her huge success with GH, and then moving to the number one soap in daytime, Y&R, Francis simply stated. “It’s definitely not just because I earn well. I’m treated with a lot of respect and kindness because of what I’ve achieved. And it’s essentially a part-time job. Often I go in two or three days a week, and work from 6 a.m. to 10 or 11 a.m., and the rest of the time I’m free to be a mom to my kids. I can pick them up from school by 3 o’clock.  It’s a darned good job.”

And as for her staying power in show business, Francis added, “I think I’m a survivor. I just want to go on, and I don’t think of myself as a star. I think of myself as an actor who wants to work. I think that’s grounding. You’re a craftsman.”


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kay killgore
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kay killgore

Well, I guess those rumors about her leaving soon are false. I still like Ms. Francis I am just having a hard time enjoying her character on Y&R.

aria
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pleeeeeeeeasssssse Genie, return to GH, the Y&R is not a good match for you. plus GH is rocking now, and your sourly miss playing Laura.

Sean
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Sean

Laura, come home.

ethel
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i have so much respect for genie! i loved her on gh even though during her final years there i feel her character was not treated very fair. i also love her on y&r…………………

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I just love Genie’s new charactor on Y&R, I miss her as Laura but love seeing her back on TV and back on a soap. I hope she is around for a long time. I really am liking her with Jack, I hope they make them a couple and her fighting with Jill is awesome keep it up, they are so fun to watch. I think her charactor is evil and a little crazy but I love that she has a soft spot too, especially towards the subject of her daughter. I hope they go more into detail surrounding her… Read more »

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B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang in Film ‘The Christmas Dance’ Premieres Friday

In another Christmas in July movie that is making its way to on-demand and theatres near you, comes one featuring The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) as well as notable soap vet Scott Bailey (Ex-Sandy, Guiding Light), called The Christmas Dance.

According to the film loglines: Traumatized by her past Christmas is not at the top of Sarah’s list this time of year. However, waltzing through life’s unexpected emergencies, she is taught the Christmas dance.  Briana White, Katherine Kelly Lang, Richard Karn, star in the feature.

Lang shared with SOD on the film working on film while continuing her role on B&B as the iconic Brooke, “It’s wonderful because as an actress, you always want to spread your wings and try new parts and new characters. It’s all a learning process, and all about growth, which is great!”

Check out a trailer for the pic below.   The film drops tomorrow on July 23rd.

So, will you be checking out Katherine Kelly Lang in this Christmas-style film? Comment below.

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Korean Dynasty Soapy Drama ‘American Seuol’ Headed to Hulu

Here’s a soapy drama on its way to a streaming service for fans to devour.  Writer Lana Cho has secured a deal with Hulu for her soapy drama, American Seuol, which definitely has a ‘Dynasty’-vibe to it from what we can tell.

According to Deadline, the hour-long drama is about a young Korean-American adoptee who moves to Seoul for a job opportunity and discovers that she is the heir of a dynastic Korean family.

Cho will write and also be one of the executive producers on the project, which will also EP;d by Sebastian Lee and David Kim, who’s other notable shows right now are ABC’s The Good Doctor and Apple’s Pachinko.

After the announcement on Friday, Cho tweeted,I’ve always wanted to write my own K-drama. Now I get to – but with Korean-American lead.”

It would appear that Cho is on a hot streak after she also sold her adaptation of her K-pop rom-com, Somewhere Only We Know to Netflix.

Previously, Lana wrote Hulu’s reboot of Four Weddings and a Funeral as well for the TV series Arrow and Timeless. She is serves as co-executive producer on Amazon I Know What You Did Last Summer.

So intrigued to see how American Seuol will ultimately do as some new soap opera fare? Comment below.

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Eileen Davidson, Judith Chapman and Kim Waltrip Talk Plans & Launch Campaign To Make ‘Dial Emme For Murder’ into a Series

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, and soap opera favorite Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R and Ex-Kristen/Susan, Days) is bringing one of her soap opera mystery novels to life with a proposed six-part series for the soapy and hilarious mystery, Dial Emme For Murder.

Joining Eileen in the cast will be none other than Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) , Knots Landing favorite, Donna Mills (Ex-Abby), and primetime TV and film actress, Nancy Valen.  More cast members will be announced in the future.

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In Dial Emme for Murder, Davidson plays actress Emmanuelle “Emme” Peterson, a successful soap star who finds herself smack dab in the middle of a  whodunit.

Now, in conjunction with the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television (PSWIFT), and its president and director/producer, Kim Waltrip, Davidson is launching a fundraising campaign to get the series made.

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In an exclusive interview on the Michael Fairman Channel, Eileen, Judith and Kim exclusive reveal key Intel on the project, campaign and working together.  The proposed series has also launched its official website here.

About PSWIFT:  PSWIFT (Palm Springs Women in Film & Television) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001 dedicated to promoting our members, both men and women in the Entertainment, New Media Creative arts community. In 2020 Palm Springs Women in Film & Television created and launched a Filmmakers’ Lab to teach members how to make a film, by making a film, hands-on.

PSWIFT is currently seeking donations through their non-profit – which are 100% tax-deductible – to fund the Filmmakers’ Lab’s next venture Dial Emme for Murder.  You can find out more on the different perks and packages if you donate to the project here.

Watch the interview with Michael, Eileen, Judith, and Kim below.

Then let us know, if you think Dial Emme for Murder featuring powerhouse actress, Eileen Davidson, Judith Chapman and Donna Mills, will be a must-see for you via the comment section.

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