Dear Suds Buds:
Happy summer everyone! Have you all planned your vacations yet? If not, you're in luck. We've asked ABC, CBS and NBC soap celebs where they are heading this summer. Both this week and next in Top of the Week we'll share with you just how the stars intend to spend their summer vacations. Maybe you'll get some ideas!
What's more, Turtle-Run partied with the soap stars last week at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. We've got all sorts of juicy tidbits to share with you regarding the festivities including who was there, and who said what. So, without further ado, sit back, relax and scroll away!
Soap Stars Rock the House of Blues
by Jessica Radloff
Sure, the temperature was hot and the late afternoon sun was beating down hard, but nothing could shield the star power that was out in full force at Seventeen Magazine's "Hollywood Spotlight" Party on Thursday evening, June 14th. Held at the Sunset Strip's House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, the teen magazine 's VIP party celebrated Summer 2001's hottest young singers and groups.
But aside from such celebs as Mandy Moore, Evan & Jaron, 3LW, Ray J, Nelly Furtado, Hanson, Brandy, and the Olson twins, NBC's daytime line-up made quite the splash with a slew of actors from "Days of our Lives" and "Passions." Turtle-Run was there to cover all the red-carpet arrivals, VIP room happenings, and of course, to have a little fun as well!
"Passion's" Bruce Michael Hall (Reese) was one of the first to arrive and graciously took some time out to dish up some of the latest gossip in Harmony. "Everything's awesome. Actually, today was a fun day, but my booty kinda hurts, and in four weeks you'll know why!" Hall teased. Aside from what Hall has already taped, Turtle-Run inquired as to what he would like to have happen on the show. "I would love to have a musical version of Passions! Everything done with a song! Very Moulin Rougish. I think that would be a blast!"
As far as storyline goes, "Passions" newcomer, Chrystee Phariss (Simone), doesn't seem to care what happens as long as she's acting and living out her dream. "Let me tell you, this is a dream come true," she revealed. "It is everything that I have ever dreamed about since I was four years old. I couldn't ask for a better cast or group of people to start my first time on a series with, and it's been great," Pharris exclaims. In reality, "Passions" is not Chrystee's first soap. It's her third!. She was an intern at "The Young and the Restless" and later had a recurring role on "General Hospital." In the midst of her biggest and juiciest role to date, the third time is definitely the charm!
Looking very dapper in a leather coat and jeans, "Days of our Lives'" Kyle Brandon Lowder (Brady) echoed Pharris' sentiments. "We just found out that Days got the highest ratings of all the soap operas for the 18-49 demo group. The show is really dominating--it's better than ever. I'm so happy to be a part of that," Lowder said. Aside from TV ratings and shares, Lowder was just thrilled to be participating in the evening's festivities. "Actually, I just got to see the Olson twins for the first time and I think they're so hot! I grew up watching 'Full House' and even though I'm so much older than them, it's really cool to see them here tonight!"
Co-star Farah Fath (Mimi) also couldn't wait to meet up with the Olson twins. "I had no clue as to who was going to be here, but I've seen a lot of cute stars like (Mary Kate and Ashley) Olson and I was excited about that," Fath shared. But aside from the twins, Fath wanted to talk about some more serious matters: like who her character should be paired with romantically! "I believe Belle and Shawn are meant to be together, and Brady and Chloe, so I'll take Phillip! Bring him on!"
Fath's on and off-screen pal, Kirsten Storms (Belle) was also sharing in the fun. "The highlight of the evening is running into all my friends. There are a lot of cute guys!" Storms said. The evening's festivities were a nice break from her otherwise non-stop, crazy schedule. "Oh my gosh, it's so crazy. We've been working like 15, 16 hour days and that's on set, all the time. I mean, we're working a lot, but we're certainly enjoying it."
Before you think NBC Daytime dominated the evening's fun and festive atmosphere, "Bold and the Beautiful" co-stars Adrienne Frantz (Amber) and Jennifer Finnigan (Bridget) made sure they were on tap to share in the fun as well. Turtle-Run couldn't wait to congratulate Frantz on her recent Younger Actress Emmy win. "It was awesome. I'm still on a high from that night," she said. "It's amazing. You know, every time I look at it, I'm like, oh my gosh! It's an Emmy!" Frantz exclaimed. Since winning her first Daytime Emmy, Franz has had her hands full with more than just the statuette. "It's (been) very hectic and very busy. I've been doing a lot of work and basically tons of interviews. I don't have a moment to breathe."
One of the evening's other highlights was catching up the very talented and spunky Evan Rachel Wood of ABC's "Once and Again." Much taller in person than you'd might expect, 13-year-old Wood is quite excited that her critically acclaimed series will be back for a third season. "The last episode I was balling my eyes out on the set and I was like, 'this show HAS to get picked up!' And when I found out (that it did get renewed), I was crying again I was so happy!" Wood enthusiastically told us. As far as her character is concerned, Wood shares that Jessie will be faced with numerous guys vying for her attention come the new season. But with all that attention, comes trepidation. "She's not quite ready for that yet," Wood remarked. "It might overwhelm her a little bit," she said.
All in all, the evening was full of great food, good music, screaming and devoted fans, and endless excitement. Hope you've got a pool nearby--Summer 2001 is going to be nothing short of a scorcher!
Where the Soap Stars are Headed for Summer Vacation
Speaking of summer fun, Turtle-Run asked tons of stars how they would be spending their time off this summer. If they even get any time off this summer! Here's what we found out!
JASON COOK (Shawn, DAYS)
"No, they don't give us vacation time! They don't give us weekends! But I'm going to try and spend some time outside this summer. Last summer, I was indoors the entire summer and I got really white. I'm usually really dark since I'm Italian, and so I got the whitest I've ever been last year because I was indoors like almost all year long, working on the show. I was like, Damn! I was almost as white as this shirt (points to his sparkling white shirt that he's wearing). That's like not normal! So I want to spend some more time outdoors, but no trips. There's no time for trips, so I'm just going to be working. It's good because we love it. They may even send us on location, so I may even be able to work outdoors which is like the best of both worlds."
DARLENE VOGEL (Melanie, One Life to Live)
"I'm going to go to Europe with Erin Torpey (Jessica, OLTL) and Mark Derwin (Ben, OLTL) and we're all going there, and (then) the latter part of the summer, going out to the Hamptons. We're going to Milan for a couple of days just to go shopping, Erin and I. Then we're hooking up with Mark Derwin in the south of France. We all have the Fourth of July week off."
BILLY KAY (Shayne, Guiding Light)
"I'm going to go to Vancouver to shoot Halloween 8 with Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks. Very exciting, I can't wait! I'm also writing a script of my own and that's taking up a lot of my time, a lot of recreational time. But other than that, I'm just going to relax and see what hits me. I'm auditioning, just working hard, that's about it. I'm not a beach boy. I was just in LA for a while, and I'm so not the beach person. I'm such a New Yorker--I'd rather sit on the concrete and burn up!"
REBECCA BUDIG (Greenlee, AMC)
"I'm going to Disneyworld. [laughs] I know, I sound like I just won the Superbowl. I'm going to Disneyworld! I'm going with my entire family and their significant others, nieces, nephews. We're staying a few days."
MARISA RAMIREZ (Gia, General Hospital)
"I don't get a summer vacation!" I've been told the kids get to work a lot during the summer, so it's a good way to spend the summer. Making money! I don't have any complaints about that. I have time on the weekends to go to the beach and do my own thing. We're (she and her significant other, Jack) pretty much homebodies. We stay home and play dominoes and darts and we just got furniture, so we're rearranging everything right now. We have a little puppy and I love spending time with him."
RYAN MCPARTLAND (Hank, Passions)
"Basically I go home every chance I get, so that's Chicago. I have a new niece who came about a few weeks ago--Kendall is her name--so I'm going to spend some time with Kendall."
JULIANNE MORRIS (Greta, Days of Our Lives)
"I feel like every weekend there's something going on like a P.A. (public appearance). I'm going to Rhode Island, I'm going to the Hamptons for a week. I'm going in July. I'm going with some girlfriends, so wherever they take me I'll end up! I have no idea, I've only been there once and it was a couple of years ago."
DAVID TOM (Billy, Young & the Restless)
"I've never been to a tropical island, so a couple of friends of mine and I are going to go maybe to Tahiti or something like that. Yeah, take some time off from work and chill."
BEN MASTERS (Julian, Passions)
"I'm going up to Oregon and staying on the Oregon coast. I grew up in Oregon. I'm going to go up there and stay in a little beach condo. It's so beautiful. Yeah--that's all, eat some fish and drink some wine and relax."
KYLE BRANDON LOWDER (Brady, Days of our Lives)
"Working! I'm serious, all summer long. We've got a huge storyline!"
CATHERINE HICKLAND (Lindsay, One Life to Live)
"Michael (E. Knight, Tad, AMC) and I are going off to Santa Barbara on a vacation that I desperately need, just so I can get my sanity back. I'm very excited about that. It's hard to coordinate the time off to take vacations together."
BRUCE MICHAEL HALL (Reese, Passions)
"I plan to work a lot. Actually, I do have a week off in July and I'd love to go home and see Mom. Hi, Mom. I miss you, I love you!"
ADRIENNE FRANTZ (Amber, Bold & the Beautiful)
"They're giving me a little time off to go to Hawaii on Tuesday, so I'm excited. I'll be there for a week. I'm also going to Australia in July, so I'm excited about that."
NADIA BJORLIN (Chloe, Days of our Lives)
"No, actually we're all working the entire summer. There's no stop to us. Not even a hiatus. I know I'll be doing a personal appearance in South Carolina, so hopefully we'll get to other places like that for a weekend. I love doing that, so that should be fun, but so far, just basically working the entire summer."
PETER BERGMAN (Jack, Young & the Restless)
"My family and I are going to Italy in June and we have a 14-year-old boy and an 11-year-old daughter who have never been to New York, and so we're very excited about sharing that with them."
KIKO ELSWORTH (Jamal, Port Charles)
"Spain! I'll probably go for 8-10 days. I'll probably check out Madrid, Barcelona and travel the train over there and check out some things. By the time I get back I'll be fluent in Spanish. I know a lot of Spanish right now, but I'm just really rusty because I never talk it or have anyone to talk it with. But I'll come back fluent!"
Stay tuned to Turtle-Run's Top of the Week next week for more soap star summer vacation plans!
Are you Tuning into Port Charles' "Tainted Love?"
If not, you might want to give it a shot. "Tainted Love" skirts the edge of darkness with a timeless tale of true love fighting against the forces of good and evil. The citizens of Port Charles will be galvanized into action when an unstoppable force enraptures them with sweet promises of the future. Jack (Brian Presley), Livvie (Kelly Monaco), Alison (Erin Hershey) and Jamal (Kiko Elsworth) suffer great consequences that propel them to value, as well as to question, what is true and real in their lives. While on the other side of town, Dr. Eve Lambert (Julie Pinson) and Dr. Ian Thornhart (Thorsten Kaye) begin a new life, only to have an accidental discovery threaten to destroy t heir family. "Tainted Love" promises to be full of surprises. Tune in and let us know what you think by posting your comments on the Turtle-Run MessageBoards in the Port Charles forum.
Meet Port Charles' Brian Presley
Brian Presley (Jack) is a former college quarterback. However, he left football behind at the University of Arkansas to pursue a career in acting. From the time he was eight years old, until the present, he has had an affinity for musical theater and sports. Following his true passion, Presley arrived in Los Angeles without any contacts and quickly familiarized himself with the area. Within weeks, he began auditioning and earned membership in the Screen Actors Guild.
Presley's television credits include "Seventh Heaven," "Moesha," "Any Day Now" and "Beverly Hills 90210." He also performed in regional stage productions of "A Lie in the Mind," "Private Wars," "A Few Good Men," and "Beyond Therapy." As a favor, he recently returned to his alma mater for the sold-out production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in which he portrayed Pharaoh.
Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Presley enjoys most athletic activities, including golf, cycling and running. He still finds the time to play guitar and frequently works with various outreach programs that help enhance the lives of disadvantaged children.
Meet DOOL's Eddie Velez
Eddie Velez will be joining the cast of DOOL in the contract role of Paul Walker. He will impact the lives of several Salem residents.
Velez recently appeared in the critically acclaimed feature film, "Traffic," and was featured in the NBC mini-series, "Drug Wars," and several primetime series such as "Just Shoot Me," "Profiler," and "JAG."
For the past year and a half, Velez has been appearing as Detective Garcia on "General Hospital" and "Port Charles." His first airdate as Paul Walker is July 16, 2001.
Last week I mentioned that Galen Gering (Luis) received the Latino Media Arts award. Opps. He was actually on hand at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, along with Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar), and accepted the Latino Media Image IMAGEN Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama for the show "Passions" on behalf of James E. Reilly, the producers, and the cast and crew of "Passions." "Passions" was up against veteran soap "Guiding Light" for this honor, and is thrilled to be named the winner.
And on "Sex in the City..."
Airing this week is episode #53 titled, "Ghost Town," where Carrie and Miranda are invited to the opening of a bar that is co-owned by some old friends. As a result, they can't help but ponder the question: When a relationship dies, do we ever really give up the ghost? Meanwhile, Samantha looks to bolster her flagging relationship and Charlotte's battle with her mother-in-law reaches a startling climax! How will this effect her relationship with Trey? Tune in to "Sex in the City" next Sunday to find out!
Premiering On Soap Center Friday, June 22, 2001
The Unforgettable Weddings of All My Children's Erica Kane In keeping with SoapNet's salute to some of the more "Unforgettable Weddings" of one of soap's most married characters, Erica Kane, SoapCenter talks with superstar Susan Lucci about three of Erica's marriages: Tom, Travis and Adam. "Love is the main thing Erica Kane is looking for in her life," Lucci shares. "She keeps looking. She's very hopeful."
Summer Preview Series: NBC Daytime Take an inside look at the dramatic events unfolding on the NBC soaps. "Days of our Lives" Executive Producer, Ken Corday and "Passions" producer Mary Kelly Weir tell viewers what surprises are in store for them this summer. "Great things to look forward to is the reveal of the paternity of Bo and Hope's baby," Corday teases. "Will Bo find out who the father of JT is?"
At Home with: Guiding Light's Laura Wright The actress, who plays stripper-turned-princess Cassie on the CBS soap invites SoapCenter into the duplex Manhattan apartment she shares with her husband, John, and their two young children. The biggest surprise? Wright's favorite room. "I love my bathroom," Wright laughs. "It's my favorite room in the apartment. Isn't that sick?"
Spotlight: Gabrielle's Back on OLTL After ten years away from "One Life to Live's" fictional town of Llanview, the volatile Gabrielle Medina has returned and Max, her former lover, will have plenty to worry about! "She's full of anger and resentment," Hutchinson reveals during a break in taping. "Oh yeah, she's going to get him back and good."
Behind the Scenes: The 8th Annual Nurse's Ball This annual event to honor the Day of Compassion started on ABC's "General Hospital" and now includes "Port Charles." Revealing their singing and dancing abilities, the talented actors from both soaps spent two days taping the spectacle, which this year takes place on the roof of General Hospital. "The fun of the Nurse's Ball with the sparkle dresses and the clothes and the singing and dancing is so completely different from what we normally do in daytime," says Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie).
And Don't Forget -- Erica's Weddings of a Lifetime on SoapNet!
6/25/01 Erica & Tom, AMC (originally aired 9/6/78)
6/26/01 Erica & Adam, AMC (originally aired 3/8/84)
6/27/01 Erica & Travis, AMC (originally aired 2/16/88)
6/28/01 Erica & Travis, AMC (originally aired 5/21/90)
6/29/01 Erica & Adam, AMC (originally aired 12/13/91)
All My Children: JackScalia has been cast in the contract role of Chris Stamp. His first airdate is Thursday, June 28, 2001. Susie Kuiken will play the role of Glory beginning July 3, 2001. Isiah Washington will play the recurring role of a cop beginning July 5, 2001. Amelia Heinle has been cast in the contract role of Mia. Her first airdate is Thursday, July 19, 2001. BBMak appears as themselves the week of July 13, 2001. Louise Sorel returns to daytime in the recurring role of Judge Campobello. Her first airdate is Wednesday, July 25, 2001.
Days of Our Lives: Jennifer Gee continues in the recurring role of Salem High student, Susan Adamson.
General Hospital: Ingo Rademacher begins airing the week of July 30-August 3, 2001.
One Life to Live: Keith Tisdell plays the recurring role of Mr. Pickens. His first airdate is Wednesday, June 27, 2001. Kortney Kayle joins the cast as herself in a recurring role. Her first airdate is Monday, July 2, 2001. Melissa Archer joins the cast in the contract role of Natalie. Her first airdate is Monday, July 16, 2001.
Passions: Luz Briseno, Felipede la Rosa, Arturo Armas, Fred Herrera and George Llanes, members of a real-life mariachi band "Guacamole Miriachi" will play on June 27, 28 an July 16 --20, 2001. William Hull and Evan Moore appear July 2, 2001. Bradley Wright appears on July 3, 2001. Michael McDonald (Stuart, MAD TV), joins the cast in a mystical role. His airdates are Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3 and 4, and Monday, July 9, 2001. Cristina Saralegui has been cast in the recurring role of Tia Cristina, and Emiliano Diez has been cast in the recurring role of Tio Francisco Lopez. Their first scheduled airdate is Wednesday, July 11, 2001.
Port Charles: Veteran actor Newell Alexander appears as a Sheriff on Tuesday, June 26, 2001. Vanita Harbour crosses over to Port Charles on Tuesday, June 26, 2001. Scott Berman has been cast as Kibble. He first appears on Monday, July 2, 2001. RuPaul, Andre Charles, has been cast in the role of Madame Alicia who will appear in two episodes beginning Wednesday, July4, 2001. Secrecy surrounds the return of Kimberlin Brown who reprises her role as Dr. Rachel Locke on a recurring basis beginning Tuesday, July 24, 2001
AMC: On Saturday, June 30,2001 join Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Josh Duhamel (Leo), Vincent Irizarry (David) and J. Eddie Peck (Jake) at Greystone Manor in Freehold, NJ from 7-11 PM. Tickets are $90.00 per person and includes a 4-course meal, dj, celebrity auction, autographs, raffles, and more stars. Call 732 2941682 for info.
As the World Turns: On Saturday, June 30,2001 join Terri Conn (Katie) at Greystone Manor in Freehold, NJ from 7-11 PM. Tickets are $90.00 per person and includes a 4-course meal, dj, celebrity auction, autographs, raffles, and more stars. Call 732 2941682 for info.
General Hospital: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 27, 28, & 29, 2001, it's GH/PC Fan Weekend!! On Saturday, July 28, 2001 it's the Kurth & Taylor Concert at Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, Studio City, CA Tickets are $50 - no refunds - limited seating. Concert begins at 8 PM. To order tickets, and for further information call Elana Boneventura at 661-395-1193 or visit [members.aol.com/usoapboutique]
One Life to Live: On Saturday, June 30,2001 join Jason-Shane Scott (Will) and Don Jeffcoat (Joey) at Greystone Manor in Freehold, NJ from 7-11 PM. Tickets are $90.00 per person and includes a 4-course meal, dj, celebrity auction, autographs, raffles, and more stars. Call 732 2941682 for info.
Passions: On Saturday, July 7, 2001 at Borders Books in Coconut Grove, FL meet Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar) as she signs copies of "Hidden Passions" beginning at 2 PM. Call 305 447-1655 for info. Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will be racing in the 2nd Annual Ronald McDonald House Celebrity Mini Grand Prix on Sunday, July 8, 2001 in San Bernardino, CA. For ticket info call: 909 558-8334. The Second Annual Passions Fan Club event will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2001 from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Universal Studios, Hollywood. Confirmed cast members include Andrea Evans (Rebecca), JoshRyan Evans (Timmy), Galen Gering (Luis), Bruce Michael Hall (Reese), Jade Harlow (Jessica), James Hyde (Sam), Brook Kerr (Whitney), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar), Ben Masters (Julian), Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel), Juliet Mills (Tabitha), Tracey Ross (Eve), Travis Schuldt (Ethan), Dana Sparks (Grace), Molly Stanton (Charity), Donn Swaby (Chad), Kim JohnstonUlrich (Ivy), Rodney Van Johnson (TC), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan), Deanna Wright (Kay), Natalie Zea (Gwen) and newcomers, Justin Carroll (David), Chrystee Pharris (Simone) and Ryan McPartland (Hank). Your paid ticket gets you full admission to Universal Studios Hollywood Themepark for the Day! For ticket info and instructions on how to purchase tickets, call: 818 655-5135.
Port Charles: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 27, 28, & 29, 2001, it's GH/PC Fan Weekend!! See General Hospital Seeing Stars above for details on this year's events!
Bubbles Busted? Snail Mail TPTB!
All My Children: Audience Information, ABC TV, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
As the World Turns: CBS TV, 51 W. 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
Bold & the Beautiful: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
Days of Our Lives: NBC TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91523
General Hospital: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Guiding Light: CBS TV, 51 W 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
One Life to Live: ABC TV, Audience Information, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
Passions: CBS Radford Studios, 4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Port Charles: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Young & the Restless: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
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