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EMMY 2007 ~ SOAPnet's "Night Before Party" Red Carpet - Page 3

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...someone who’s not who he seems. Other than that it’s a typical teen-age drama for the summer. "

Michigan transplant, Michelle Ray Smith (Ava, GL), is a confirmed New Yorker.  She loves the Big Apple and she loves her job.  For the last two years, she's been playing the perfect good girl.  Not much in the way of shading or nuance. This summer, GL's exploring the darker side of Ava's personality and Smith can't wait.  "She’s learning a little bit more, what it means to be more like her mother. I think her fans will be excited about that. Bad girls are fun. I love that."

There must be something in the soap ethers.  Stephanie Johnson's (Shayna Rose, DOOL) is getting a bit of a summer time make-over, too. " Shayna’s a bit of a wild child, we’re not sure what she’s getting into, but I do know that she will be in Vegas, and soon."  Juicy story lines are bubbling over in Salem.  "I have a new boyfriend on the show and we might be getting into some trouble," she said with a wink and a smile as she sauntered into the party.

Darin Brooks (Max, Days of our Lives)It seems Salem is full of surprises. Darin Brooks (Max, DOOL) told us that the long arm of the law could be coming down in Max’s life.  "Illegal things are going on and somebody is not who they seem that they are." Now, that's a tease. 

Matt Ashford (Jack, Days of our Lives)One of Salem's most beloved actors, Matthew Ashford (Jack, DOOL) is on recurring status, going in and out of Salem.  But Ashford didn't seem particularly upset, "As long as there’s something good to do, then I’m there."  In the meantime, the busy actor is finding other outlets for his many untapped talents. “I’m producing a movie called, The Unlikely’s, which was shot in North Carolina."  He plays one of the most famous soap opera actors in the world.  "If only in his own mind.”  Initially he didn't want to play the role, but his co-workers convinced him to give it a shot. “People will laugh,” they said.  Now, he’s running around LA trying to sell it.  A whole new gig for the soap vet.

Dark and smoldering, Dominic Raines (Dr. Leo Julian, GH: Night Shift):  has not only taken off his shirt once --- so far.  “They keep me low key.”  He’s not sure why the production has kept him so chaste.  “Maybe they want to try something different with me, what the possibilities might be, before they throw me into that pit.”  He’a very grateful to be part of this new venture on SOAPnet.  Unfortunately, Raines couldn’t give anything away, plot-wise, except to tell us that there’s lot of racy stuff coming our way. He guarantees it will be more than we ever saw on love in the afternoon!

Brandon Beemer (Shawn, Days of our Lives)Brandon Beemer, (Sean, DOOL) only has three words for his fans, “Don’t trust Philip!”  It sounds cryptic, but DOOL watchers are probably wise to the ways of Philip. Beemer's high school girlfriend was a huge Days fan.  Just to please her, Beemer started to watch.  He’s been hooked on and off ever since. Even though they broke up years ago, his ex-girlfriend is very happy with Beemer’s new gig.   And, yes, they’ve kept in touch, but just as friends.

When Soapdom caught up with Ty Treadway (ex- Colin and Troy, OLTL) he was full of big news. After his stint on the Red Carpet show, he will be on-camera taking contestants through their paces on Merv Griffin’s Crosswords, a new game show.  “If you like Jeopardy and Wheel then you’ll love this!”  Hosting seems to agree with his outgoing personality.

Dan Gauthier (ex Kevin, One Life to Live)After living in NY for four years, Emmy nominated Dan Gauthier (ex-Kevin, OLTL) and his family moved back to LA.  One Life is part of his past. He's moved on.  But, his NY experience was more than he could have hoped for.  His son went to great schools and they got the most out of theatres, museums, and just walking down the street.  Every day was an adventure, but so is this new phase.  Check your listings for upcoming guest shots on shows such Supernatural.

Marcy Rylan (Lizzie, Guiding Light)Water works are Marcy Rylan's (Lizzie, GL) specialty! “My character lost a baby this year, and there's been a lot of crying, a lot of crying! I've heard a rumor that I may get hooked up with someone else on the show, an actual, possible love interest for Lizzie. That'll be very exciting for me.”  Weeping comes as easily to Rylan as laughing.  She was joking around with Robert Newman (Josh, GL) when the stage manager called places and the tears just poured out of her.  Newman couldn’t get over it!  If Lizzie has to cry for days on end, Rylan finds that only one eye works. She doesn't understand it, but it's very effective.

Jeff Branson (Jonathan, All My Children)Over in Pine Valley, Jeff Branson's (Jonathan, AMC) thrilled that Leven Rambin (Lily and Ava, AMC) is now playing a dual role. It gives him lots more to do on the show.  The past 8 or 9 months have been a little slow for him, but he sees endless opportunities with the new story line.  And, he thinks it will be extremely satisfying for the fans who love Jonathan and Lily.  In past years, Branson's date has always been his mother.  This year, she had to beg off, the young actor was flying solo.  We hope not for long.  He always makes time for Soapdom's readers.

Nathaniel Marston (Michael, One Life to Live)Nathaniel Marston (Michael, OLTL) wasn’t willing to give Soapdom any tidbits on Michael and Marcie, “I don’t know, you’ve got to watch."  Then the handsome young actor came clean, "The funny thing is I never know.  I ask not to know. That’s because I like to live it like you guys do."  Just like his many fans, Marston knows it's inevitable that he and Marcie will lose their beloved baby. "He is Todd’s son.”  But the question is, when?

We waited around just in case any more of Daytime's faves came running in late. Didn't happen.  Rumor has it, the party was jammin'. Yours truly headed home thinking about the Emmy's and what everyone would be wearing, as Soapdom’s Linda Marshall-Smith headed inside. Stay tuned for her tale of the partying soapers.

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