Some things are worth risking jail time for, and one of them is to watch Nurses Ball red carpet arrivals with your bestie! GENERAL HOSPITAL's Britt, who has been in hiding since late last year to avoid child endangerment charges, shocked the socks off of Brad when she showed up at his door. It was the perfect return at the perfect time!"It was good being back," portrayer Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) grins. "It was just a case of getting used to that [taping] speed again. I didn't have a lot of time to work on the material, so it was [a little] like the first time I set foot in there just trying to find my feet again." For Thiebaud's beau, Bryan Craig (Morgan), a Britt/Brad reunion was the way to go! "People like seeing Kelly and Parry [Shen, Brad] together," Craig says. "People really like them as a fun pairing. It was a good idea that they thought of bringing her back for that and that she decided to go back for a day." And it could be just the beginning! "It's like my family away from my family," she says, and one that she wouldn't mind visiting and working with again in the future! "I would love that. And I told them when I decided not to re-sign that I'd love to recur. But I don't know if they would do that."
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Timing is everything, as they say. The fact that April Fools' Day followed the announcement of the Daytime Emmy Award nominations had poor Chad Duell (Michael, GENERAL HOSPITAL) falling hook, line and sinker for a well-planned and executed prank!
"My brother is a producer on a radio station in Los Angeles," Duell sets up. "The main DJ called me and acted like he was the head of the Television Academy. He said there was an accounting error and I wasn't really nominated."
Apparently Duell didn't check his calendar to see that the date was April 1 because he bought it! "I was shocked," he says. "I said, 'Come on. Really? Alright. Wow, this is really going to be embarrassing to take me off the ballot.' Then they told me it was a joke. They did it really, really well." Duell laughed it off, but another family member took the prank much more seriously. "My mom got pretty angry at my brother," Duell grins. "The plan is to get them back!"
That annual holiday is upon us when we pay tribute to those wonderful women who brought us into this wacky world — our moms. In celebration of Mother's Day, the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth shines the spotlight on some of GH's most famous moms, including Vinessa Antoine. She and her character, Jordan, have one very big thing in common — they're both single parents raising teenage boys. "We're in a very specific bubble that we feel like a lot of people don't understand," she explains. Pick up the ABC issue for more from her and your other favorite daytimers!
Kiko Ellsworth (Jamal) played a vampire on PORT CHARLES, and now he's taking a bite out of CRIMINAL MINDS via a plum guest role in the Wednesday, April 22, episode titled "Mr. Scratch."
"I'm playing a man named Daniel Karras who, through an unfortunate event, is accused of killing a female member of his family that he'd been very close to," Ellsworth relates. "Only he doesn't remember doing it, and he's deeply broken up over what has happened."
In the episode, Daniel will actually be one of three people (another is played by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Thad Luckinbill [ex-J.T.]) implicated in the crime, and all of them claim to have been attacked by a clawed shadow monster! Can the Behavioral Analysis Unit figure out who or what might be controlling their minds?
For Ellsworth, the opportunity to be a part of this storyline was meaningful to him personally. For the last several years, he's been committed to the empowerment of women and bringing awareness to domestic violence via the charity Safe Passage, as well through teaching self-defense classes. "If I can prevent one man from hitting, raping, murdering, kidnapping or sex-trafficking a female," Ellsworth suggests, "Then hopefully the pain that my character goes through can prevent [what happens in the episode] from happening to one woman." Tune it at 9:00 p.m. EST on CBS to catch it!
Michael Lowry is slipping back into the kind of doctor duds he wore as Jake on ALL MY CHILDREN for his brief role in The Longest Ride. "It was quite the déjà vu experience," he tells In Depth. Based on the best-selling novel from Nicholas Sparks, the romantic drama is about a former champion bull-rider (Scott Eastwood, Fury) whose attempt to re-ignite his career hits a serious snag in the form of some ominous news. "I worked with Eastwood and the female lead, Britt Robertson (UNDER THE DOME)," Lowry reveals. "I basically delivered the 'heed-my-words-or-else' good doctor advice." The movie, which also features Alan Alda, is now in theaters.
For more from the actor, including details about his intriguing role on the new Sony PlayStation drama, POWERS, check out his Soaps In Depth Old Friends feature in the issue that goes on sale Monday, May 18.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Siobhan ruffled feathers with Elizabeth when she found her way into Lucky's heart. Now her portrayer, Erin Chambers, is the other woman again, this time on MTV's hit drama, FINDING CARTER. "I'm playing Hillary, a young lady who works at the college as the teaching assistant of David Wilson (played by Alexis Denisof), the [married] dad on the show," Chambers reveals of her recurring role this season. "There's lots of flirting and a definite attraction between the two of them. I don't want to give it away, but they like each other a lot."
Perhaps it's her spunky personality or maybe it's her flaming red hair, but Chambers appears to be a good fit to play a mischief-maker like this one. "I'm a good girl with an edge in real life, so these edgy characters are always kind of fun for me," she maintains. "I don't really get to play them all that often." The actress, who has been commuting from Los Angeles to the FINDING CARTER set in Atlanta for shooting, says that she'll appear in at least four episodes.
"I hope that people will watch the show and be interested in her," Chambers offers. "I'm curious to see what the reaction's gonna be like." Tune in to catch her beginning with the episode airing Tuesday, April 14, at 10:00 p.m. EST. For more from the actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, May 11.
Brandon Routh (Seth, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is bringing his Ray Palmer character from ARROW to THE FLASH tonight in an episode titled "All-Star Team Up," which will air Tuesday, April 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW .
In tonight's episode, Barry (aka The Flash, played by Grant Gustin) is surprised when Felicity arrives from Starling City along with Ray. The pair is visiting Central City (The Flash's home base) because Ray needs assistance with his super-powered suit he wears as The Atom. The heroes will need to leap into action after a villain unleashes scores of robotic bees on some unsuspecting folks!
This is, of course, Routh's second super-hero part having played the title role in 2006's Superman Returns. But how does Ray/The Atom differ from Superman/Clark Kent? "In their humanity, they're drastically different," Routh tells Soaps In Depth. "There are some similarities between Clark and Ray in that they're both 'geeked out' a little bit in their enthusiasm for life. They have similar moral standings, I think. Ray can live the life he wants to live but Superman can't only vicariously through Clark."
The Atom suit is also far different from the tights worn by The Man Of Steel, which Routh says will help audiences accept him as another super-powered hero. "They told me [this costume] wasn't going to be like anything I've worn before."
Maree Cheatham (ex-Charlene, GENERAL HOSPITAL/PORT CHARLES' ex-Marie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) was a hoot as Bettie Breeland, Zoe's snooty and oh-so-Southern grandmother on The CW's recently concluded drama, HART OF DIXIE. Now, she's landed a role on another primetime soap that not only took her to Atlanta for filming, but also promises to be every bit as much fun. "I've been cast in TYLER PERRY'S THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS," she tells Soaps In Depth. "Mr. Perry is wonderful to work for, and my role is pretty funny I'm the comic relief!"
When the highly rated drama returns for its third season on OWN this June, look for Cheatham to debut in the second episode and then return for at least five more. "I play Pearl, the nosy parker neighbor who gets into everyone's bidness!" the actress laughs. "She lives across the street from Candace (played by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Tika Sumpter (Layla) and hates her modern house and all the gentlemen callers she has... Pearl's family is on the police force, so she uses it as her private army!"
GH's Ava is an assumed dead, terminally ill fugitive from justice. Could things get any worse for her? In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, Maura West shares insight into her character's mindset during these most traumatic of times and how she tackles not one, but two "issue" stories -- cancer and euthanasia. And, of course, there's that little thing about the father of her baby being a Mob kingpin, who once had an order out to kill her! "Who knows? Ava and Sonny could be in love in a month!" West jokes.
Bryan Craig (Morgan) was at a speed shop with his father waiting for an engine when he learned via Twitter that he'd been nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in this year's Daytime Emmy Awards. And while he was also nominated in the same category last year, the actor went a different route with his submission this time around.
"I turned in the episode where I got to [Sonny] and confess to him that I've been working for Julian but I've quite for good and that Julian was forcing me to work for him," Craig explains. "I thought it was a different tone from last year's [submission]. Last year's was a big blowout. I thought this was a little more sincere and emotional and quieter.
"A lot of people wanted me to submit the crypt stuff," he adds. "That stuff was cool, but I felt like it was the same stuff that I submitted last year. A big blowout. I just wanted something different this year."
And while the stars always get dressed to the nines for the Emmy ceremony, Craig is one who wouldn't mind a more casual approach. "If I could wear a T-shirt and jeans to the Emmys, I would!" he declares. "I'm just a normal dude."
Finola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was actually on the East Coast, walking around Manhattan's Canal St. when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, and it was co-star Jason Thompson (Patrick) who was the one who let her know she was up for Outstanding Supporting Actress!
"I got this weird text from him about how he admires me and what he thinks of me as an actor," she recalls. "I thought, 'What's got into him?' Why is he talking to me like this?' I texted him back something like, 'Wait... What?' Then he said, 'You got nominated.' He was the first to tell me. It was a nice way to find out."
Although Hughes has previously been nominated four times in the Lead Actress category (taking home the trophy in 1991) for her work on both GH and ALL MY CHILDREN, this time she submitted for the supporting category. "I didn't really have the material to submit for leading," she confesses.
"I chose a scene that was Ian Buchanan's scene when Duke tells Anna that he wants her to stop rescuing him and that he wants to be the man," Hughes continues. "I really liked it. It was extremely well-written. It was nicely shot and edited. I felt that it stood on its own. It was very simple, to-the-point and connected. I felt good about it. I'm hopeless at choosing scenes, so I had to rely on the kindness of strangers to push me in the right direction!"
Kristen Alderson may have left GENERAL HOSPITAL, but her work as Kiki earned her another Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress. She learned the news when boyfriend Chad Duell (Michael) checked Twitter and reported that they'd both earned Emmy nods! It's pretty crazy that we can share in that, too," Alderson marvels. "I think we'll look back at this time and be, 'Wow ,how cool is this?"
And while Alderson is still eligible for Younger Actress, Duell graduated out of the Younger category this year. "I'm so proud of Chad," she beams. "This is the big league, now. Supporting Actor is a whole other ballgame. It's really tough to get into. It's a really big deal."
To earn the nomination, Alderson submitted the dramatic dissolution of Michael and Kiki's relationship. "When Kiki walked in on Michael sleeping with Rosalie and then he, basically, breaks up with her," she explains. "I just found a dress today, too, which I'm really excited about.
"I found it, but I still want to call and see if they'll lend it to me," Alderson continues. "It's $1100, and that's a lot of money to spend for one night Usually designers are willing to lend it out to you. So I have to call and make sure. It's floral and looks very spring."
Donna Mills was quite surprised to learn that she'd received a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Star category for her stints as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Madeline... mostly because she hadn't submitted herself, the show did!
"My daughter texted me," Mills reveals. "She saw a tweet from THE TALK. She said, 'Mom, what is this?' I went, 'Oh my God, I think it's a nomination!' That's how I found out. I couldn't believe it!"
The show biz vet found herself inundated with congratulations from everyone at GH and ABC, particularly from Laura Wright (Carly), herself nominated in the Lead Actress category. "I'm so happy for her," Mills declares. "It's funny. She and I have only had one scene together in the time that I've been on, and it was kind of a simple scene. It wasn't highly dramatic or anything. She is one of the best actresses that I've ever worked with. There's just something about her. She's amazing."
And Mills is just as happy to turn around and congratulate everyone else at the soap on their own nominations. "They work so hard and turn out in record time such good product," she marvels. "They deserve every nomination that they've gotten."
As for the episode that earned her the Emmy nod? "I have no idea," she admits. "I suppose I should find out!"
This is the first year that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences introduced the new category of Outstanding Guest Star In A Drama Series to honor an actor who has appeared in a limited number of episodes during the eligibility period. And GENERAL HOSPITAL's Elena Tovar (Rosalie) fit the bill!
"The ladies over at GH reached out and asked if I did want to submit something, what would I want to put in?" she recalls. "I had just done a scene with Chad Duell (Michael) where we're sitting together in a bar and basically getting smashed and having a conversation about life. I had a lot of fun shooting it, and I think that comes through. So I submitted that scene."
But the actress had forgotten all about it until her Twitter feed exploded with congratulations while she was at the gym when the nominations were announced! "The fans have been so sweet," Tovar enthuses. "It is really nice how excited they are and how much they love that character."
And Tovar knows she's in some pretty elite company in her category with veteran actors like Donna Mills (ex-Madeline) and Meredith Baxter (ex-Maureen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS). "It's crazy!" she says. "It's mind blowing!"
Carly had quite a year on GENERAL HOSPITAL, leaving portrayer Laura Wright with a difficult choice in picking the episode that led to her Lead Actress Daytime Emmy nomination! "I submitted the show after Michael finds out about Sonny and Carly where I lay into Franco," she reveals. "It was almost a whole entire show with Roger Howarth (Franco)."
She very nearly went with the previous episode with the strong scenes between her and Chad Duell (Michael), but went with the Franco episode after seeking the advice of her family and co-star Michelle Stafford (Nina). "I had a different opinion of everything," Wright says. "I had Michelle look at them. I knew it was between the two. I just wasn't sure which one to go with. My daughter, Lauren, and my husband were both, 'It's all you in the [Franco] show and the other show is all Chad.'"
Wright knows she's in good company with the other Lead Actress nominees, but feels there was one major omission: Stafford. "She's an incredible actress," she declares. "I know how hard she works. She goes to a place that a lot of people are afraid to go. Michelle goes in with both feet and kills it. She could've easily walked away with the statue."
But she's excited to support all the other GH nominees on Emmy night, and doesn't even have the pressure of having to find a gown for the evening! "I already have the dress because I bought it last year," Wright confides. "I bought two dresses last year. This year, I'm just going to wear the other one, because I love it. It's been sitting in my closet with tags on it for a year!"
It's no surprise that the talented Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was nominated again for Outstanding Lead Actor in the Daytime Emmys race, and it's no surprise that he's quick to give credit exactly where it's due.
Soaps In Depth caught up with the actor during his month-long vacation in Amsterdam. While the seven-time Emmy winner didn't expect his name to appear on the nominee list this year, he was happy that GH did rack up 26 nominations. "Congratulations to our entire production team," he declares, "and the hardest working cast and crew in show business!"
So while they might be pulling for Geary to bring home another Emmy, he's going to be rooting just as hard for all the other GH nominees!
We've seen ALL MY CHILDREN's Carrie Genzel (Skye) play lawyers, federal agents, love interests, mothers and femme fatales, but in the new horror flick, Dead Rising: Watchtower, fans will see her in a scenario much closer to her own personality: She's hilarious! "It's based on a really successful series of videogames about a zombie apocalypse," the actress relates. "I play Susan Collier, the newscaster whom you'll see a lot in the movie, and Rob Riggle [MODERN FAMILY, THE DAILY SHOW, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE] plays Frank West, the hero of the first videogame and one of my reporters."
While the fright fest continues in the outside world from which there are dire reports and updates about the flesh-eaters ("I have an exchange with Jesse Metcalf's [DALLAS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES] character, who's feeding me stories live from the quarantine zone," she reveals), in the newsroom, a totally different reality exists. "At the beginning of the film, when Frank comes in, she really thinks this is gonna be the interview that truly propels her career," Genzel previews. "But as they interact, he's a know-it-all, he's sarcastic, he's hitting on her... there's some really funny, candid moments where she just starts breaking down on camera."
Look for Genzel to begin reporting on all of the crazy zombie drama when the film begins streaming exclusively on Crackle beginning Friday, March 27, but you can watch a teaser trailer for it by clicking here. For information about the actress' other exciting projects, check out her upcoming Keeping Track feature in ABC Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, April 27.
ALL MY CHILDREN fans remember Cameron Mathison as Ryan Lavery, the guy whose hero complex frequently led him to try to fix situations. Now, the actor/GOOD MORNING AMERICA correspondent is fixing things again as the host of two new home improvement shows: GAME OF HOMES and CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES, both of which debuted on Tuesday, March 17, from Canada's W Network (and hopefully to US viewers later).
"On GAME OF HOMES, we took four rundown houses, lifted them off their foundations, and transported them to downtown Vancouver, where we assigned a two-person team to renovate each one," Mathison relates. "As the host, I present [assignments] like the living room challenge where I say you've got this much time, this much money, and this is what you have to incorporate." However, there's also a reality show element in that the contestants will also be seen living in the houses during the work. "The ultimate prize," Mathison reveals, "is that they winning team gets their house and a piece of land for us to move it to."
For Mathison, who studied structural engineering in college and who flips houses as a personal hobby, hosting the show wasn't enough; he wanted to get his hands dirty too! So the W Network is also launching an online, companion program called CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES that you can watch at this link, where Mathison will be given a challenge of his own to complete at his Spanish style home in Southern California. "We ended up turning my detached garage into a media room/game room for the family it's amazing!" Mathison reveals of the five-day project. "People that watch GAME OF HOMES may not know my connection to the design-build world, but they'll get to see me, the host, with my wife and kids and actually doing the work at my house."
For more about what Mathison's been up to, including details on his upcoming series of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries films opposite DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami), check out his Keeping Track feature in the issue of ABC Soaps In Depth that goes on sale Monday, April 27.
Los Angeles area fans of Kim Zimmer (Echo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) have until this Sunday, March 15, to see the actress in the musical Wicked, playing at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood! The four-time Emmy winner plays Madame Morrible in the popular, long-running musical that looks at life in the Land of Oz prior to Dorothy's arrival.
"Each performance is naturally fresh," Zimmer tells Soaps In Depth, "because we have other actors come in and take over when someone has a day off. Things happen all the time that keeps each show different." And what happens if she ever temporarily forgets a line? "I'll ad lib until something sounds familiar," she chuckles. "The kids in the show will look me and say, 'How did you do that?' There are only two spots I'm notorious about forgetting, but I've gotten to the point where I get through them."
Dorothy's journey to Oz was a surreal fantasy, part dream/part nightmare and believe her, Zimmer can relate! "I had the actor's ultimate nightmare being lost in the bowels of the theater and not being able to find my costume," Zimmer recounts of what happened one night when the show was playing in San Diego. "My dressing room was quite a walk from where I made my entrance." The actress, who was already fitted with a microphone, kept yelling out "Coming! I'm coming!" as she made her way to the stage while simultaneously getting (mostly) dressed. "I made it on stage, but my dress was wide open in the back. Another character was trying to help zip me up!"
The good news, Zimmer adds, is that ever since she went through that mini-ordeal, "I haven't had that nightmare since!"
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For the past two years, Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been fine-tuning a one-man play, American Moor, which he wrote and stars in. After performing the piece in smaller theaters and workshops, the actor will soon be taking his show back to where he began his career: the New York stage! "That's a big deal," he shares with Soaps In Depth. "It will be the show's Manhattan debut. That's exciting to me, to be doing some of my own work on a stage in the big city where I started to do this theater stuff!"
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Things are about to get even hotter on NBC's CHICAGO FIRE thanks to ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Bree Williamson (Jessica), who will begin a two-episode guest arc Tuesday, February 10, at 10:00 p.m. EST. Look for her to play Beth, a potential new love interest for Lieutenant Matt Casey (played by Jesse Spencer).
Much like OLTL's Jessica, Beth is said to be a beautiful, easygoing woman who's got some hidden baggage that could cause trouble for the hunky firefighter. "Everybody there the cast and the crew was so much fun. I loved it. What a great place to work!" enthuses the actress, who shot her scenes just weeks ago. "And I loved being in Chicago because BethAnn Bonner (Talia, OLTL) lives there, so I got to go and see her."
Next, Williamson will star opposite Jason Dohring (VERONICA MARS, RINGER) and Corbin Bernsen (ex-Durant, GENERAL HOSPITAL) in the Hallmark Channel Original, Portrait Of Love when it airs on Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 p.m. EST. For details about the romantic drama and everything else that's happening for the talented actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the Soaps In Depth issue on sale Monday, March 2!
On USA's GRACELAND, Erik Valdez (ex-Trey, GENERAL HOSPITAL) plays the son of a cartel member whose volatile behavior sends people racing for their lives. This weekend, Valdez is hitting the fast track himself in the International Motor Sports Association's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at the Daytona International Speedway.
Valdez, who was pursuing a love of racing long before taking up a career in acting, will be making his pro debut at this weekend's test race, The Roar Before The 24, when he co-drives the No. 88 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman with his partner, Grammy Award-winning producer, Jim Jonsin. "I've raced everything from shifter karts to Formula Fords to sports cars, which is what I'm getting back into now," Valdez reveals. "[But] I've never set foot in the race version of the Cayman, so it'll be fun to drive some test laps this week."
Just mention "Daytona" to any racing enthusiast, and they light up like Christmas Valdez is no exception. It's not a bad place to be making your pro debut! "I've never driven Daytona, either," he confesses, adding that he's thrilled to be going head-to-head with some of racing's greats there. "So yeah, I'm getting thrown to the wolves so to speak, but willingly so. Extremely willingly!"
Tune in on Friday, January 23, to catch Valdez's participation in the big event: the exciting, Rolex 24 race, and then follow him on Twitter (@erikvaldez) for news about the rest of his season. For more about the actor's other projects, check out Valdez's Keeping Track feature in an upcoming ABC Soaps In Depth.
Earlier this year, ALL MY CHILDREN's Cameron Mathison (Ryan) got the laughs as Joy's boyfriend on TV Land's HOT IN CLEVELAND. But when he returns to the network for a guest appearance in the Wednesday, December 3 episode of THE EXES, he won't be making friends. Rather, he's there to make a deal! "I'm definitely the straight guy [in this comedy]," Mathison acknowledges of his role as Haskell's lousy, long-lost brother. "He comes back seemingly to get close again, but ultimately needing a kidney!"
The former soap star says that working with the talented cast of comics, including SEINFELD icon Wayne Knight as Haskell, was the best part of the experience. "It was a whole week! We rehearsed for four days and then shot [live] it in a day," he relates. "It was so fun to watch these incredibly funny guys go through their own processes, and it was a very cool schedule. I loved it." Might Mathison turn up on the show again? "Yeah, anytime you're playing family of the regular cast there's always a possibility," he says. "Working for TV Land has been pretty good!"
The episode airs at 10:30 on Wednesday, December 3, on TV Land, but you can watch a sneak peek right here!
If you're a soap fan who's also fond of horror films, then Jill Larson (Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN) has got the movie for you! The actress stars in The Taking Of Deborah Logan, a thriller in which she plays the title role, a woman who's diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Alas, poor Deborah's situation gets even more complicated after she starts to experience strange things that aren't consistent with the debilitating illness!
"I'd never even seen a horror film before," Larson tells Soaps In Depth. Initially, the fan favorite actress was hesitant about taking on a character who has Alzheimer's because her late mother suffered from the illness. "I'm very glad that I ended up doing it. It was a great experience and the people I worked with are fantastic in it."
As you can see from the DVD art, Larson undergoes quite the transformation in this film! "There were four stages of makeup," she says. "They had prosthetics attached to my face. My skin was badly beaten up by the end! I spent many hours in the makeup chair."
The film is both a horror flick and an examination about the devastation of Alzheimer's. "The filmmaker made this film because his grandmother had Alzheimer's and he loved her dearly," Larson says. "There's a lot of love invested in this character and I brought my own experiences to my portrayal."
The Taking Of Deborah Logan, which also stars Anne Ramsay (A League Of Their Own), is available on DVD and VOD (Video On Demand) starting Tuesday, November 4. It's also available for streaming on Netflix. To order on Amazon.com, click here, and to watch a trailer, click here!
Soap opera veteran Brian Gaskill is no stranger to the world of vampires. As angel Rafe on PORT CHARLES, he battled a whole host of them! Now, he's stepping back into that realm in The Bloody Indulgent, a sexy vampire musical that's being released for rent this week on VIMEO and cityoffilm.tv before going to wider release.
"I play a quirky club owner/MC at a B-rated strip club," Gaskill reveals of the role that will pit him against former Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson as a randy (and not-so-sober!) vampire. "I'm surrounded by vampires and zombies." Not only does the actor play a pivotal role in the story, but he also gets to sing! "I'm a huge fan of not only musicals, but also cult musicals such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Gaskill explains of his interest in the project. "So it was a dream come true for me to be part of such a wild film it definitely falls into the realm of the cult classics."
The colorful film, which also features Diva Zappa and Danièle Watts (Django Unchained), is described as "a grungy morality tale that reveals the humanity of monsters and the inhumanity of mankind."
"Kevin Richardson was awesome to work with and Ken Roht, the director and writer, is a bit of an underground theater genius, so it was an amazing experience all around," Gaskill enthuses. "I am so excited that it's finally able to be seen, and it's perfect timing just in time for Halloween!"
In real life, Lacey Chabert, who began her career playing a young Bianca on ALL MY CHILDREN, is a happy newlywed. However, in her upcoming film, Christian Mingle, she'll play a career woman taking on the challenge of finding an honest relationship. "It's about a girl who's unlucky in love and decides to go online and try [dating Web site] Christian Mingle, even though she's not a Christian," Chabert reveals. "I've never done it personally, but I think it's a great way for people to meet. We do everything else on-line, why wouldn't we want to meet someone?"
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We saw Obrecht shoot Victor dead at nearly point-blank range. We saw him fall to the floor, only to later regain consciousness long enough to discuss their relationship and -- lest we forget -- detonate the explosives that destroyed Crichton-Clark. What we didn't see was a body, and you know what that means!
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Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has taken on two highly demanding jobs he's the host and active participant of the makeover show FIX IT & FINISH IT and he's learning to dance as a member of the celebrity cast of the new season of DANCING WITH THE STARS. Soaps In Depth couldn't resist asking the fan favorite hunk if, schedules permitting, he'd make time on his dance card (pun intended) for a return visit to Port Charles?
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Shouting Secrets, a film starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) as a former football player who finds himself trapped in his Native American community while his estranged brother (The Twilight Saga's Chaske Spencer) finds success outside, is debuting Friday, September 5, at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
The screening will also mark the picture's official DVD and VOD release. The slice-of-life drama is centered on the failing health of the brothers' mother, which forces them to reconnect. "Tyler's character resented his brother for writing a supposedly fictional book about them," explains director Korinna Sehringer. "He also deals with some marriage troubles because he's having an affair with a minor."
For a soap star like Christopher, playing that kind of intense family drama in the film festival winner came easily. "[My character] struggles with [the affair] and the legal implications it comes with, as well as the embarrassment and shame to his wife and to his child," the actor offers. "He's trying to find ways to forgive himself and to get the relationship back with his wife he once had."
The film also features Christopher's former GH castmate, Ted King (ex-Alcazar). "Ted plays Dr. Matthews [the physician treating the brothers' mother]," Sehringer reveals. "He's in love with Caitlyn (Tonantzin Carmelo), the Native American doctor at the hospital." Visit the film's official site for more information or to order your copy.
On ALL MY CHILDREN, Sydney Penny's Julia had her fair share of trouble and angst as a young woman. Perhaps that experience will help the actress relate to her new role as Leona, the mother of tormented teen Mona Vanderwaal on ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. But how much does Leona really know about Mona's disturbing activities? "Leona is aware to the degree that mothers are aware of things," Penny chuckles. "I think that she sees her daughter in the way that parents see their children: in the very best light and in a protective way."
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In the new Universal Studios Home Entertainment release, Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire, Josh Kelly (Cutter, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) stars in a role he was made for. The son of a Naval officer and himself a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq prior to becoming an actor, Kelly plays the team leader for a group of supply Marines that get put into a challenging combat situation.
"The movie is about Marines banding together, relying on their training, and discovering purpose behind war," he says of the sequel to the popular 2005 film based on Anthony Swofford's similarly titled book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in the Persian Gulf. "This one takes place in Afghanistan in modern time. It has a lot to do with the Taliban and restricting women's rights... it's pretty topical."
Although it's been a decade since Kelly was a man in uniform himself, he says that his own experience doing combat operations proved useful. "It was interesting I found my brain reverting back into team leader mode. I was becoming a lot more tactical as we were pretending to be tactical," he reveals of playing Corporal Chris Merrimette in the action-adventure film. "I pretty much became the tech advisor [on set] and made sure that everyone maintained tactical awareness."
Still being "in theater" is tough on everyone, even those who initially thought that they wanted to be in the thick of it. "Merrimette is a middle American, good guy who's got a pregnant wife at home. He's questioning whether or not he should be in the war and whether or not he's going to stay," Kelly previews. " So he is, I guess, kind of what I would've been like had I not wanted to become an actor and stayed in the military."
Look for the ensemble film, which also stars Stephen Lang (SALEM), Cole Hauser (ROGUE) and Esai Morales (CRIMINAL MINDS), to release direct to Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on Tuesday, August 19, and watch a trailer by clicking here.
Rafe's death may have been a bit of a shock for GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers, but it turns out that it was also a surprise for portrayer Jimmy Deshler, who learned of his character's tragic fate only a few days before they taped the episode! "I guess it was just confidential and they didn't want any of the story getting out," he tells Soaps In Depth, "so I found out the Monday of the week it was happening. I guess it was a surprise to all of us."
Though his time with the soap was brief, the young actor is grateful for the experience. "It's good to have something on your resumé like GH and I did a year and a half of it," he says. "I learned a lot from it. I've been on a set as a guest star, but I've never been a regular part of a show. It was a very good experience."
Deshler admits that he's next considering attending college, possibly at the University Of Southern California, but also auditioning with a focus on hitting the big screen. "I've done guest stars and little roles in films," he muses. "I've kind of set it as my goal to get a feature film and have that be my next project that I work on."
Give ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jamie Luner (Liza) a good piece of drama to work with, and she'll deliver! In the premiere episode of HEARTBREAKERS, Investigation Discovery's (ID) new re-enactment series (airing Wednesday, August 13, at 10 p.m. EST), she'll bring to life a real-life crime so outrageous it could have come from a soap opera! And fortunately for her, co-stars Jack Wager (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Rob Estes (both of whom she worked with on MELROSE PLACE) were also more than up to the task.
"It's about a woman [Teresa Stone] who was living in small, very faith-based town and unhappy in her marriage," Luner says of her character. "She got a lot of joy from listening to her pastor [David "Brother" Love, played by Wagner], and they sparked an interest in each other."
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Tonight's episode of CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP features a soap-star switcheroo, with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) swapping spouses with THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's ex-Ridge, Ronn Moss. For a preview of the drama, we went straight to Christopher himself to see how the week went!
"I had a blast," the actor reports to Soaps In Depth. "I just tried to be as zany and funny as I possibly could. I poked fun at myself the whole time and never took any part of it seriously. That was my approach to it, so I hope that comes across."
Although before this experience with the reality series, Christopher didn't know fellow soap star Moss well, he had five full days to really get to know his wife, Devin DeVasquez, who tried to loosen up some of his more rigid habits about fitness and diet. "Nothing goes in my mouth before I think about what it's going to do to me," he admits. "I tried to get the point across to her that it's more than about looks and my job it's about living a longer life and having more energy and being around for [my son] Greysun.
"She tried to get me to 'live' a little bit," he adds. "It's not like I'm so rigid about it that I'm a 'no fun' person!"
And while his wife, Brienne, was living with Moss, Christopher learned to appreciate his spouse even more. "Sometimes you love each other but you can't stand to live with the other person because you have different habits," he says with a laugh. "We're not cut from the same cloth. We're two completely different people and we were raised different ways. Thankfully, for us, it works!"
Watch Christopher and Moss' episode of CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP airing Tuesday, July 22, at 10:00 p.m. EST on ABC or on ABC.com beginning the following day!
DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Alison Sweeney (Sami) is heading to GENERAL HOSPITAL... to direct! Stepping behind the camera is nothing new for the fan favorite, who has directed many episodes of the NBC soap since 2011. "I'm really excited," Sweeney tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "I've been 'shadowing' some of the directors there."
And while the episode she's slated to direct won't feature former DAYS co-star Kirsten Storms (ex-Belle; now GH's Maxie), the actress is excited to work with some new faces. "I get to direct Michelle Stafford (Nina), which I'm really looking forward to," she enthuses. "I'm really excited to work with like Roger Howarth (Franco). I've just admired him from afar so I'm looking forward to working with him."
Sweeney is also exploring producing, acting as executive producer as well as star of the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie Radio Hype. "It's about a woman who is getting into being a female talk radio DJ," she previews.
Although ABC hasn't announced an airdate for Sweeney's GH episode yet, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop. Same with her Hallmark Channel movie as co-stars and an airdate are revealed!
If you want a quick glimpse at GENERAL HOSPITAL history, keep your eyes peeled today when Sam and Patrick meet up with a mechanic who has some vital info for the duo. Duncan Hursley, the grandson of GH creators, Frank and Doris Hursley, will be playing the role!
"With the 50th anniversary, I felt a lot of pride in, 'Wow. My [grandparents] created this iconic soap opera,'" Hursley says. "So I reached out to [executive producer] Frank Valentini. He had me come to the studio and said I needed to come back again and he'd get me on the show. I'm a product specialist for Mazda and because of my automotive background, they wanted me to play this mechanic. I had a blast!"
Hursley grew up watching GH, although, at the time, he had no idea of his family connection. "Before I had a consciousness of who my grandfather was, I would come home from kindergarten early and my mom's mom would fix me tea and a sandwich and I'd sit on the floor in the den in front of the TV. My grandmother got very concerned that my mother was going to be so upset because she was discovering that I was starting to follow all of the connections on the soap opera. She was watching GH."
Fast forward to 1990, when he was given a small role with less than five lines of dialogue in a scene with Decker and Dawn. "I didn't realize until I got to the set that they were taping the 7,000th episode," Hursley remembers. "They had a big cake, and the whole cast and crew was assembled. The producer at the time was Joe Hardy. He called me up to do a toast and cut the cake with Emily McLaughlin (ex-Jessie) and John Beradino (ex-Steve). It was so surreal."
Returning to GH after all these years touches Hursley deeply. "When I was at the studio that day," he says wistfully, "I saw my father and grandfather doing a jig."
Fans have lots of questions now that it's been announced that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are going to be broadcast not on a network or cable outlet, but rather streamed via the Internet at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Soaps In Depth spoke to David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards for The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, about what viewers can expect on the big day!
Soaps In Depth: Will the format be different? Will the show have a time limit?
David Michaels: As I understand it, the plan is for the show to go straight through there will be no commercial breaks. We're treating it like a live show. It'll run for two hours.
In Depth: There tend to be fewer rules on the Internet about what people can do. Might we see more of a party atmosphere for this show?
Michaels: I'm not sure. It's the same setting room and people, the same party. I don't know if people will feel that they can take advantage of the "no-holds-barred" rules of the Internet or not.
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Lacey Chabert the actress who, as a 10-year-old, got her television start playing Erica Kane's daughter, Bianca, on ALL MY CHILDREN takes on the challenging role of a grieving single mother in Hallmark Movie Channel's new feature, The Color Of Rain.
Based on the true events described in Michael and Gina Spehn's best-selling book of the same name, the touching film is about a man and a woman who find new love and a whole host of other challenges upon connecting following the tragic deaths of their respective spouses. Chabert was excited by the opportunity to play Gina (opposite MOTIVE's Warren Christie as Michael) in the film. "It came with a great responsibility because I wanted to make them proud of what we were doing," she says of the inspirational story. "I thought it would be something that people could relate to and hopefully also learn from. I was really honored to be a part of it."
Chabert, who happened to be preparing for her own wedding during filming, couldn't help but take a few lessons from the relationship of the couple that the movie is based on. "In getting to know them, I think I've learned that it's important to find the levity in life and situations," the actress concludes. "I was inspired by how they truly live their faith, and the hope and peace that that brings to their life."
Tune in to catch the world premiere of The Color Of Rain on Saturday, May 31, at 9 p.m. EST on Hallmark Movie Channel.
Kelly Monaco (Sam) isn't the only person who's appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL to win the coveted mirror ball trophy on DANCING WITH THE STARS! Dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who played Anton, the Metro Court handyman who not-so-coincidentally danced with Sam at last year's Nurses Ball, won season 18 of the reality dance competition series with celeb partner Meryl Davis, an Olympic ice-skater.
"I'm not as beside myself as I thought I'd be because I'm incapable of accepting gifts or awards," Chmerkovskiy told reporters last night after his victory. "Meryl's a fellow Capricorn she knows what I'm saying. This [victory] is special because of the people who dedicated their time for us. This is about the people who voted and called and stayed up overnight and voted [for us]."
Favored to win this year, Chmerkovskiy tried not to feel too confident that he'd be announced as the victor. "I was talking to my dad about it before the show," he says. "I said, 'If I have nothing else to give, then the outcome is irrelevant.' In my mind, there was nothing more I could have done."
Fortunately, what Chmerkovskiy had was more than enough to win! Alas, his DWTS schedule this year prevented him from having enough time to reprise his role as Anton for the 2014 Nurses Ball. "It was an awesome experience," he tells Soaps In Depth of performing on GH.
How did GENERAL HOSPITAL's Daytime Emmy nominees find out that they'd made the final cut? What episode did they submit? Read on to find out!
Jason Thompson (Patrick): "I had a hockey game [the night before]; I got home at 12:30 [a.m.]; I was restless once I got home and I stayed up and did some work. I went to bed at 2:30. I woke up to a bunch of text messages from friends, family and colleagues. It was very nice. It was definitely a nice way to wake up.
"I submitted the episode where Patrick tells Sabrina that he's going to go back to Robin, and then he goes back to his home and tells Robin he's home. It told its own story within the episode. It represents me and the show well. It's always interesting trying to go through those episodes and find the one to send in... I was very comfortable with the one I chose."
Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli): "I was still in bed when I got the news. I set my phone to airplane mode when we go to sleep; have a 2 ½ year old daughter who likes to wake up (early) and a Yorkshire terrier that loves to run around. When I took my phone off airplane mode it was lit up.
"I submitted the day Ellie told Spinelli that he was the father of the baby outside the nursery. It's not every day that you get a circumstance like that. One show does not a year make. Some years you don't get those heightened scenarios. You take the best work that you can think of. I think the Emmy shows that win have to be a combination of a good actor doing good work with heightened material; what sets this day apart from every other day? That was the most dramatic moment I had."
Daytime vet Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) confirms to Soaps In Depth that he'll be appearing on at least one upcoming episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL (like, maybe today)! He's keeping mum on exactly who he'll be playing and what he'll be doing in Port Charles, but the actor/musician (Moss is a member of the band Player) will be airing during the Nurses Ball so there's speculation that he'll be not just acting on the show, but singing, too!
How'd it all come about? "[GH's headwriter] Ron Carlivati came up with the concept," Moss reveals to In Depth. "He ran it by Frank [Valentini, executive producer]. Everybody loved it!"
The former CBS Daytime star admits that an offer from a rival network surprised him, but adds, "It shows me how savvy the guys are who are running [GH]. I think it's going to be a good payoff for them."
Moss and his new pals at ABC agreed to keep the casting coup under wraps for as long as possible. "We all chose collectively to keep it a secret," he says. "That was kind of the point of it."
It's a bit serendipitous that Moss has landed back at ABC. The actor started out his acting career there in a talent development program prior to landing on B&B. "It was myself, Robin Wright (Kelly, SANTA BARBARA), Arsenio Hall, Emmanuel Lewis (WEBSTER), Emma Samms (ex-Holly, GH), and Gordon Thomson (Mason, SB). We all started out together and then went our separate ways."
Moss didn't feel like a stranger in Port Charles. While he says Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH; ex-Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) hadn't started there yet when he shot his scenes, he did see on set many of his former B&B co-stars. "I saw Ian Buchanan (Duke; ex-James, B&B), William deVry (Julian; ex-Storm, B&B), Rick Hearst (Ric; ex-Whip, B&B) and other people I've known for years like Anthony Geary (Luke) and Finola Hughes (Anna)."
Although GH is only a brief appearance, Moss wants his fans to know that he loves being a part of the soap opera world and has no ill will towards the genre. "To blatantly say 'I would never go back to daytime' would be a slap," he declares. "I never said that. But people will read into things what they want to."