"I Was Shocked!"
Imagine announcing the names of the Emmy nominees for Best Talk Show only to find out that you are nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Well...that’s exactly what happened to Crystal Chappell (Olivia) of Guiding Light.
“I was standing behind the flag when my name was called, and I was amazed,”
Chappell said. “Actually you can say, I was shocked. I honestly thought other actors should win, but it does make me feel special. The feeling is unimaginable to describe, but you know, the other actresses are all great.”
Chappell has been playing Olivia since 1999, but has been doing soaps for over fourteen years. Many may remember her from her days as Dr. Carly Manning on Days of our Lives, a role which garnered her a Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star. She also appeared on One Life to Live as Maggie Carpenter. She wants to continue working in the industry because of her love of the genre.
“I refuse to leave. I’m staying. I really love the soaps and this community,” Chappell said. “I’ve been watching them since I was a kid, but I never thought it would go this far, but as a kid, I knew I wanted to be on one.”
Chappell’s nomination came from a clip that she personally picked and sent to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences showing when Alan (Ron Raines) locked Olivia in in Ravenswood and took his grand daughter Emma in exchange.
Chappell said that the stories this year on Guiding Light were excellent. And with good story, usually comes fine acting.
“You know if I win this year, it’s really for everyone,” Chappell said. “This is such a team effort, and a real iffy business. We all support each other.”
Chappell won an Emmy Award in 2002 in the category of Best Supporting Actress and said , “Even though I will be nervous, I won’t be as nervous as the first time. After all, here I am again in the same category, but still I know that all eyes are on me.”
Chappell said that being nominated is great, but it’s also a pat on the back from your peers, and that’s what really makes the nomination, even the win, very special.
Soapdom wants to know, how will you feel if you win? “Like I said, thrilled,” Chappell said. “You know that I’ve been through this before, and my career will go on either way.”
Chappell’s real life husband, soap opera veteran, Michael Sabatino, is also proud of his wife. She said, “When Michael found out I was nominated, he was thrilled and just laughed.”
Chappell enjoys playing Olivia, and said that she is happy with status quo, and she never gets bored.
“I really don’t. I think when you love what you do is what it’s all about,” Chappell said. “I find my work very satisfying and rewarding.”
One change she would like to see is for the shows to grow less violent, and she believes that they have become darker with stories then in years past.
“I really miss the romance and the love triangle,” Chappell said. “Even give me a story with battling a drinking problem. I think many of the soaps lost their luster of being a show about love and romance, what soaps are known for. Given the state of the world, there should be more light.”
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