Passions Nabs Alisa Reyes in Contract Role

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Singer Syd makes beautiful music with producer Chad in LA

\"AlisaAlisa Reyes Joins the Cast of Passions in the Role of
Sydney \"Syd\" Valentine

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May 8, 2003, Los Angeles, CA… Actress and singer Alisa Reyes joins the cast of PASSIONS in the role of Sydney \"Syd\" Valentine, Executive Producer Lisa de Cazotte announced today.

Passions Creator and Head Writer James E. Reilly previews, \"Sydney, or Syd, as she prefers to be called, is a young, beautiful, talented and career-driven singer who wants to be on top of the Billboard charts and will do whatever is necessary to get there.  Hooking up with Chad Harris, the newest up-and-coming music producer in Los Angeles is a great career move…the fact that she finds him hot is just the icing on the cake!\"

The character of Syd is new to PASSIONS but Alisa Reyes is not.  She portrayed the role of \"Kelly\" in January and February of 2002. Reyes' other credits include series regular roles on \"Boston Public,\" \"Varsity Blues,\" \"One World,\" \"American Family\" and \"All That.\" She currently plays the voice of \"La Cienega\" on Disney's hit animated series \"The Proud Family.\" Alisa has guest starred on a recent episode of NBC's multiple award winning show \"ER\" and has also guest starred on \"N.Y.P.D.. Blue,\" \"Law & Order,\" \"VIP\" and \"Saturday Night Live. Her feature film credits include \"Batman III,\" \"American Dreamer,\" \"Malcolm X\" and \"The Super.\"

Reyes will first be seen as Sydney \"Syd\" Valentine on PASSIONS on July 22, 2003. Her first tape date is June 5, 2003. Alisa lives in Hollywood with her mom, Brenda, and her rabbit KiKi.  She is working on a new album and is a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.  Her birthday is February 3.

Since the series debut on July 5, 1999, PASSIONS' quirky characters and classic love stories have generated interest and critical acclaim from the daytime community (PASSIONS was nominated for eight Emmy Awards in its sophomore year as well as numerous Soap Opera Digest awards), as well as the press, TV Guide (Best Soap 1999 and 2000), Entertainment Weekly (\"...comedy, drama, camp classic, soap send up, 'Passions' works.\"), USA Today (\"..has a gift for head-turning plots.\") and Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly both named it (a “Hot, Guilty Pleasure”). Based on the rich history and mystery of the harbor community of Harmony, PASSIONS explores the lives, loves and losses of four core families: the Cranes, the Lopez-Fitzgeralds, the Bennetts and the Russells, each of whom have their own distinct and diverse challenges and desires.

PASSIONS, about to begin its fifth season, is the creation of celebrated daytime drama veteran James E. Reilly, who is considered by many industry insiders to be one of the most innovative and prolific writers of his time. PASSIONS is produced by NBC Studios in association with Outpost Farms Productions, Inc. and is taped in Studio City, CA.  Lisa de Cazotte is the executive producer.  PASSIONS premiered on NBC on July 5, 1999.