|EMMY 2007 ~ SOAPnet's "Night Before Party" Red Carpet|
...call it, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Her brother-in-law suffers from it and she’s trying to create as much as awareness as possible. Fans of Kate and/or Esther and everyone else, don’t let her down.
Three of General Hospital: Night Shift’s young nurses, Angel Wainwright (Regina), Amanda Baker (Jolene), and Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla), arrived arm in arm, almost as if they needed to support each other through the long line of photographers and writers. They bonded from the very first table read, Baker told us, “Whether or not our characters were going to like each other, in the end, off-camera we were going to be good friends. The chemistry on set has been great. We’re using that to our advantage.” Boniadi and Wainwright were in complete agreement, knowing what a big family GH was. But the trio was welcomed with open arms to the ever evolving General Hospital family!
Young Darcy Rose Byrne (Abby, B&B and Y&R) has been acting since she was three, and her parents are both actors. A seasoned vet, this is the second time she’s attended the party. When Soapdom asked about her plot developments, she responded like a true soap actor, “I can’t tell you anything that hasn’t happened.
When we asked Christina Chambers (Marty, OLTL) about her character's recent marriage to Miles, she burst out laughing. “He isn’t playing with a full deck at the moment.” Chambers was familiar with One Life and knew the Vicki story line, but hadn’t watched in ages. “I was unaware that Marty had been a character for years. I think the saying of ‘ignorance is bliss’ seriously applies to me. In my head, I was creating Marty from the history the producers gave me, who she was, where she came from, how she’s progressed since she’s been off the show. But once I found out, I had a little panic attack. I said, ‘Susan Haskell, fabulous actress!’ Of course, it was hard. You want the audience to be open-minded and accepting of you.” Ever since she started on One Life, the feedback’s been great. Stepping into the shoes of much beloved and well-remembered actress is in a word, impossible. “You want the audience to be open-minded and accepting of you.” As for a John/Marty romance, Chambers is reluctant to commit. “I think it’s out there. Like When Harry Met Sally. It’s out there. You can’t take it back. They both need a lot of therapy right now, before they should try to have a relationship.” And, did Marty really kill Spencer Truman? “Yes and no!”
Norway’s gift to daytime, Ewa Da Cruz (Vienna, ATWT) believes her character is in for some changes. “Let’s just say that Vienna is ready to work real hard. She comes from a very healthy family and hasn’t worked – ever. But now she’s opening up her own business and I guess you’ll have to wait and see what will be.”
Annie Wersching (Amelia, GH) never imagined she’d be attending a party like this two years ago. “Amelia was only supposed to be in Port Charles for 2 or 3 months and she’s been around a couple of years. I came in as a villain and now I think I’ll have another side.” She loves playing evil, “It’s different. It’s fun to start trouble. I can be as mean as I want and take out the frustrations of real life.”
It’s been a long time since Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL) has had a good steady, healthy love story. And, she wants one. With the new head writer, she’s not sure what direction the Emmy-nominated show is taking Natalie’s love life. “I think there’s another guy coming onto the show. I don’t know exactly what that means, but you never know.” Stay tuned!
All of One Life’s teen-aged stars, Kristen Alderson (Star, OLTL), Brittany Underwood (Langston, OLTL), Brandon Buddy (Cole, OLTL), Portia Reiners (Britney, OLTL) and Alderson’s real life younger brother, Eddie Alderson (Matthew, OLTL) traveled together, just like most normal teens. They were talking on top of each other, each one more excited than the next about landing in LA, attending the parties and the Emmy broadcast. Kristen Alderson is showing them the ropes. “I’ve been on the show for nine years. And, this is the first time Britney and Porita have been in LA.” All five of them are very close and think of the LA outing as a field trip. If they can get ten minutes, they all want to sit by the hotel pool and relax.
Accomplished singers and dancers they couldn’t believe One Life was producing an extravaganza for them, Prom Night: The Musical “A little bit like High School Musical from The Disney Channel,” Buddy told us. “Everybody should check it out, all original music. It’s really neat how they did it. You’ll have to watch. It’s intertwined with the story line.”
The youngest of the pack, Eddie Alderson doesn’t intersect much with the older teens. His story line is the complete anti-thesis, white supremacists terrorizing Llanview. “I didn’t deal with the story line when it first started. Now it’s popped up again. It took some time to get down and understand it.”
Bree Williamson (Jessica, OLTL) and Beth Ann Bonnor (Talia, OLTL) walked the red carpet together. We wanted to know what's going on with the men in their lives and they played along as if they were in character. Williamson snidely remarked, "And the fact that she’s after my man!" But Bonnor didn't let her get away so easily, "Your man. You left him. You dumped him for a Hollywood Blond boy." Giggling just like Jessica, Williamson couldn't hide the truth, "I know I did." Where these love affairs will end up is anyone's guess, but Williamson believes she's going to wind up with Nash. "It’s a soap opera. I’m assuming they’re going to write me and Nash forever and ever and ever." That would leave her ex-husband, Antonio, ripe for the picking. Bonnor doesn't have any concrete answers, "I don’t know if I’m going to wind up with Antonio. I hope I do. Talia’s definitely attracted to him."
Bonnor's character is actually half-Syrain, a real breakthrough in daytime. "I did a lot of research on Syria, once I found out where Talia’s father was from." She loves Talia and hopes her character reaches across all ethnic lines.
Murray Bartlett (Cyrus, GL) has only been on the show for three months. "Cyrus has a dark past. He's come out of prison to blackmail Dinah." Beyond that, Bartlett was mum. A native Australian, he's been in the US on and off for five or six years, trying to get the right visa. "Now I have the right visa. So now I can work more easily."
"My character’s always getting into trouble!" Rachel Melvin (Chelsea, DOOL) told us. And, she told us more, "This summer, Chelsea’s getting involved with...
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