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....stick because they think it goes nicely with my character’s name. It’s a fun little nickname.  I’m not much of a meat eater, no carnivore.  I eat a lot of fish. So, maybe that’s where it comes from.”

Windsor Harmon (Thorne, B&B)

“He’s always in somebody’s side.”

Ronn Moss (Ridge, B&B)

“Just other than being the archetypical name for a show like this, it’s actually a name from our producer’s neighbor. They grew up in Chicago and one of their next door neighbors had a son named Ridge, so I was named after him. I met him a couple of times, actually.”

Lorenzo Lamas (Hector, B&B)

“Hector’s kind of a strong name.  I saw that movie ‘Troy.’ He was really good in it.  I like that name now.  I believe that in the Iliad he was a warrior of unmatchable strength and cunning. I like the fact that it’s not common.”

Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B)

“I always thought it was a play on words.  Being a dress designer’s wife and her name is Tay – lor!  I kind of thought that was the joke.”

Ashley Jones (Bridget, B&B)

“She was kind of the moral compass of the show for a while.  In a way it means innocence, however, now she’s coming of age and she’s made so many mistakes and she’s trying so hard to do what’s right and follow her heart, but she’s constantly falling in the mud. I think it’s a very strong name and it’s an empowering name.”

Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL)

“Antonio is a very common Latino name.  I have got nephews and cousins that are named Antonio.  The character is very close to my heart. I originated that character and I helped create that character.  Whether the powers that be admit it or not.  I guess that’s about it. I relate to him very closely.  I relate to his passion and his loyalty and yeah he’s very close to my heart.

Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth, GH)
On the evolution from Liz to Elizabeth

“Well, her sister used to call her Lizzie, but Lucky has always called her Elizabeth. That’s something from when Jonathan Jackson was on the show, always, always called her Elizabeth and we kept that a tradition with every Lucky that’s been on the show.  But you know my grandmother called her Liz and to most people, it’s Liz.

What do you relate to more?

“Elizabeth.  I think just because it’s what’s Lucky calls her. It’s definitely a more mature name.  Lizzie is when she was being a little punk.”

Galen Gering (Luis, Passions)

“A lot of times we have one stage manager who inadvertently will call me Louise.  I don’t know, he has some sort of speech impediment.  So that happens a lot, so I think of that.  Obviously Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald is a pretty funny name in and of it self. In fact, Entertainment Weekly voted it worst name in daytime.  So yeah I guess it conjures up a few things.  You know when I think of it, I think of a lot of great years with a lot of great people.  That’s kind of the bottom line and since I’ve had some time off it’s more pleasant you know?”  

Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus, GL)

“There’s a huge part of me that’s Gus all week long, for hours on end.  When they call us on the speakers at work they use our character names.  If someone screamed Gus, I’d probably look over my shoulder as quickly as I’d look over my shoulder for Ricky.  It’s like a nickname.  To me it kind of means a little sloppy.  It means a little bit bigger picture when it comes to anything -- the way he dresses, the way he shaves, the way that he tries to creep around the law, use the law to benefit something that’s more important.  Let me put it this way.  If he was to come to play Wheel of Fortune, he’d probably steal the money from the rich Wheel of Fortune people and give it to the needy people.”  

Corbin Bernsen (Durant, GH)

“I like that – Durant.  It’s strong, like a tractor. I’m a steel wall baby; you’re lucky if you’re still standing.”

Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC)

“The name Tad always reminded me of some kind of snack cracker.  Onion dip with tads anyone?”

Antonio Sabato, Jr. (Dante, B&B)

“Dante -- It’s a very popular name in Italy. We all know about it. We picked it together – myself and the producers. We like it.   They asked me about the names and I liked it right away.  Dante is very much an Italian name. It’s strong and short enough that you’ll remember very quickly. I like it.”

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