Tuesday, July 14, 2015

~TALK TO ME TUESDAY-JULY 14, 2015~


  • MY INTERVIEW WITH HIRA AMBROSINO
                                                                (TORI NARTIA, DAYS)






  • Hi Hira! Welcome to The Soap Spiel!! Thank you for joining me!

  • What has it been like to be on such a legendary show?




  • Hi, Lisa! It has been absolutely wonderful being on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. The cast & crew are the best group of people. A show does not stay on the air for 50 years accidentally. DAYS OF OUR LIVES has stayed on because of the enormous talent in front of as well as behind the camera. I feel so fortunate to be a part of it.

  • Are you currently working on anything?


  • I am always working on different projects! I will be on the season finale of CW's JANE THE VIRGIN. I will also be in the new Jared Jewelers commercial. I am in a current Wells Fargo commercial. I am on a couple of other projects I cannot tell you about, yet!



    What is your guilty pleasure?

  • My guilty pleasure is good wine. Good wine with good dinner. Hmmmmm.
  • Not "Hmmmmm." I meant "Mmmmmmmm.

  • What do you like to do when not working?


  • I have SO many things I love to do when I am not working! I love to cook. I love to play classical piano. I love talking to friends. I love talking to my kids. I love watching good comedies and dramas. I love museums. The list goes on & on...


What advice would you give to up and coming actors?

  • It is difficult to give advice to young or up & coming actors, because there is no rule or advise that works for someone else in Hollywood. But what does work is studying your craft and pursuing what you love. You can't go wrong by doing that.




  • What made you become an actor?

  • My inspiration to become an actor goes way back to when I was a little girl growing up in Japan. I was always so fascinated by people on the screen -- both television and movies. I thought it was fascinating that the viewers could "feel" something just by watching actors act.



       Thank you so much for being here. It was such a pleasure!



Thank YOU so much, Lisa! xoxo











Tuesday, May 26, 2015

~TALK TO ME TUESDAY-MAY 26, 2015~




MY INTERVIEW WITH CARRIE GENZEL
(EX-SKYE, AMC)

PHOTO CREDIT: ROBIN ENTAGE BUNCH






Hi Carrie! Welcome back to the Spiel! Always a pleasure!


Thank you for having me back Lisa!


What are you working on now?
Well, I'm just about to start a film called THE LAYOVER, a comedy which stars Alexandra Daddario and Kate Upton and is being directed by William H. Macy. I'm really excited to be working with Bill, I've admired his work for many years, and can't wait to get on set with him. I'm not sure what I am allowed to say about my role and the plot, so we'll save that for another interview. I also have a thriller/horror film that hopefully will be out at the beginning of next year called THEY'RE WATCHING. We shot that in Romania and it's about an American TV film crew who goes on location to do a shoot and things don't quite go as planned. I'll keep everyone posted on that one.



What character that you played did you most identify with?


I think the character I've played that I most identify with is Skye Chandler. It's funny because I wouldn't have said that while I was playing her, but looking back I see a lot of similarities in her and myself. Skye, to me, was always misunderstood, and I feel that happens in my personal life. People seem to have a perception of who they think I am or what I'm about based on the characters I've played or just based on my outward appearance, and that usually brings them to the wrong conclusion. Skye got herself into a lot of trouble, going about things in the wrong way, I don't find myself in those situations, but I feel I do get misunderstood because people think they already know me and where I'm coming from without finding out who I really am.


If you were not an actor, what would you be?


If I wasn't an actor I would probably work in the fashion industry. I LOVE fashion, always have, and would love to work for a fashion magazine or as a buyer for a great boutique or store...ha, that's funny, I just realized as I was saying that that is the role I'm playing in my next movie, it's the best of both worlds! But, fashion has always been a passion of mine, I still to this day subscribe to 10 different fashion magazines and read them all cover to cover each month.


What made you get into acting?

What made me go into acting was the fantasy of it. As a little girl my Dad took me to the movies and I would sit in the audience and think I want to be a part of that, it just seemed magical, and it can be. I always had a very vivid imagination and would make up whole worlds in my head and act out the characters, and once I hit high school and joined the drama club, I knew I had found my tribe. I still get as excited today to go to work as I did the very first time I stepped on set, I just love the escape of it and telling stories.

Thank you for joining us once again Carrie. All the best!
Well, thank you Lisa for having me once again, you are such a supporter of mine and I appreciate it and you so much, you are one of the people who really make what I do so much more fun, so thank you!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

~TALK TO ME TUESDAY-MAY 19, 2015~

                                                           


                                                            MY INTERVIEW WITH LUCAS KERR
                                                        
                                                            (CLINT, DAYS)

                             

                           Hi Lucas, Thanks so much for joining me on the Spiel! Welcome!
Thank you very much! I'm happy to be with you today. I enjoy getting out and saying hi to the fans. So, thank you for having me. It's literally my pleasure... Ya know, I gotta say, DOOL fans are the best fans I have had yet! I'm really happy to have had the opportunity to experience the whole soap culture. It's been memorable!

                           What was your experience like on Days? 

My experience had it's ups and downs. There's a lot of work to do in a short period of time so I had to stay disciplined and focused. Working with phenomenal talent made my life much easier. Most of my scenes were with the super talented Jen Lilley and Molly Burnett, so that was really fun. Jen Lilley was awesome! She really showed me the ropes of the soap world. Being an outsider, that made a big difference.


                           Is that the last we saw of Clint? 


You never know! I guess it depends on how badly the fans want to see me back! Again, I'm thankful for the amazing run I had with Days. I take life one step at a time. So, if it comes back around, I will evaluate where I'm at and the opportunities at hand. It would be a pleasant surprise though.

                          Would you consider doing another soap?


Sure! I would consider it. It just has to be the right fit for me.


                         Are you working on anything now?


I'm set to film a new Sci Fi Thriller called THEM, sometime in August. I landed the lead villain role so that should be really fun. I'm also guest starring on CSI Cyber May 13th which I'm looking forward to checking out myself.

       
                          What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?


I feel like I'm always working! But when I'm not, I like to try new things. For example, I went formula 1 race car driving and I think that was one of the best experiences of my life. It was euphoric!

                           What made you go in to acting?


I just feel in my heart this is one of the things God made me to do. Growing up, my dad called me a superstar more times then I could count. So, when it came decision time to really chase after acting, I think my father naming me "Superstar" all those years was prophetic for what I would become. Many actors inspired me growing up like Tom cruise, Will Smith, and Brad Pitt. As I grew in my acting career that list has grown quite a bit.



                          Thank you once again Lucas for being here! 


I loved it! Take care and thanks for having me!

Twitter: @thelucaskerr
Instagram @thelucaskerr



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

~TALK TO ME TUESDAY-MAY 5, 2015~


                                    MY INTERVIEW WITH MARIE WILSON










Hi Marie and thank you so much for joining us on The Spiel!
Tell us about your appearance on Days as Bree.


It’s been fun portraying such an ambiguous character, and working with Daniel Cosgrove and Kristian Alfonso has been an amazing experience. EVERYONE at the studio has been so welcoming :)


What else are you working on at the moment?

I just wrapped on a short called “The Last Word” which is about how one family dealt with a deaf child and society's different opinions on how to deal with it in the ’70’s.


What made you become an actress?

It was a natural progression from modeling into commercials into television….I just did what I enjoyed and ended up where I did.


Favorite and least story line that you have ever worked on?

There were so many favorites!!!!…..I really enjoy storylines where there is a lot of action/mystery and the storylines that involve being outside when it’s below freezing are a little challenging for me :)


Guilty pleasure?


.always chocolate….


Favorite thing to do when you are not working.

Depends how intense my work schedule has been…..always like to escape into nature on hikes or read a good book or get a relaxing massage…..just some time to myself.




Thank you Marie!! It was a pleasure to have you here! All the best to you!! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

~TALK TO ME TUESDAY-APRIL 28, 2015~

                    ~MY INTERVIEW WITH THE BEAUTIFUL CADY MCCLAIN~







PHOTO CREDIT: COURTNEY LINDBERG


Hi Cady! Thanks for joining us and Welcome to The Soap Spiel! I have read your book, "Murdering My Youth". Congratulations on it. I am enjoyed it whole heartedly and highly recommend it. Thank you for sharing your story. Here is a link for those who have not read your book. http://www.amazon.com/Murdering-My-Youth-A-Memoir/dp/1497356946



 Thank you for reading my book!


 What has your experience been like so far on Y&R?


 working on Y&R has been a blessing so far as I've got to work with all the heavy hitters and been able to hold my own. Even Eric Braeden who said, "You're good!" What is your favorite thing to do for fun? my work is actually my fun. Writing, making films, acting is all very fun work to have. I also am a home cook, and enjoy cooking for my husband for fun and as a way to relax.


 Do you still speak to your castmates over at AMC?


 I do keep in touch with Jill Larson, James Patrick Stuart and Michael E Knight. We all get together every once in a while and "do lunch."


 Would you ever consider writing for a soap because you are a natural!


 I've thought about writing for a soap but it's a very specific ability with various levels: script writing, breakdown writing, etc. It didn't turn out to be something I pursued but I sure have a lot of appreciation for it.



   Thank you so very much for joining us Cady! All the best to you!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

~TALK TO ME TUESDAY-JANUARY 27, 2015~





                                                MY INTERVIEW WITH THE BEAUTIFUL BARBI CARUSO
                                                            (PRODUCER, PHOTOGRAPHER)






Hi Barbi and thanks for joining me on The Spiel!

Hi Lisa, thank you for inviting me.




Tell us a little about what you are working on at the moment.

We just started pre production on our new soap opera Winterthorne.






What is your guilty pleasure?

I love a great meal! When Michael and I can get a day off together we love to go out for Greek food. I also love random things like watching Law and Order Criminal Intent and Charmed reruns. I'm also a notorious sucker for taking selfies with my dogs. 





What do you like doing more? acting, producing, directing, photography?

I'm not an actress, I enjoy the behind the scenes more. I love photography. That's  my passion. Also I love producing. It's kind of my everyday life. I like to organize things and make things happen. Most of all I love that I get to create with my husband, Michael. We're a great team. Some husbands and wives aren't able to work together, but in 10 years we have never had that problem. I always look forward to working as a team!





Congrats on Winterthorne! How much will you be involved ?

Michael and I are the executive producers. Once he writes the show, just like DeVanity we go into production mode. We share many different hats. Set design, costume design, talent coordination and sound are all things I am involved in during production.






What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?

I'm a huge animal lover and advocate, I spend my time with volunteering at a dog rescue called Love That Dog Hollywood. I help with the adoption events and most of all I take photos for all the dogs needs homes to help them get adopted faster. I also go to shelters and take photos of the dogs that needs most of the help. In a perfect world I wish they wouldn't need my help and there would be no homeless dogs. 








Thanks Barbi! Pleasure to have you here!

Thank you so much for having me

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

~TALK TO ME TUESDAY-DECEMBER 2, 2014~




                                   




                                       MY INTERVIEW WITH SHARON GABET
                                                  (EX-RAVEN, EDGE OF NIGHT)







Hi Sharon!


Thank you so much for joining us on the Spiel. Congrats on the birth of your new grandchildren. Tell us about that.

I'm in Seattle as we speak with my daughter, Jasmine and her husband Mike. The twins were born at 32 weeks and have spent 5 weeks in NICU. It's been so hard on Jasmine going back and forth to the hospital to see them. One of the twins, Abigail, is coming home tomorrow! The other, Vivien, hopefully will be home Friday or Saturday. They are both about 5 1/2 lbs. So precious and sweet! I've gone to the hospital twice to help with feedings and to hold them. I was a mother-baby nurse for 10 years and can definitely help my daughter with these babies. I'm staying for a couple more weeks to help her get a routine going and teach her what I know about baby care. I wish I lived closer, but I don't know about Seattle... It's cold and wet. I'm a California girl now. 



Are you currently working on anything?

I'm finishing a play called The Night Shift about my nursing experiences and dealing with autism. I plan to submit it to a few play write festivals next year where I would get a chance work on it with actors on stage. This play will be a chapter in my next book called A Wounded Healer. It includes some fiction - short stories - and poetry. I am planning on getting certified as a Kundalini Yoga instructor to add to my Yoga certification next year. 






How would you compare the soap genre now from when you first started?

I think soap opera, as I knew it, is pretty much dead. Daytime, anyway. Night time TV has taken soap opera, put a lot of money on production values and continued the "story telling" with some wild, futuristic or horror flavors. Zombies, vampires, multiple dimensions, resurrected dead... but still our stock soap characters and relationship dramas continue.




What is your advice for up and coming actors?

Learn your craft. Go to school. Take classes and get experience. Have a way to support yourself so you aren't stressed out looking for acting work. Then know that you are special and unique and don't let anyone tell you different. Everyone gets a shot if they hang in there long enough. Be ready for your shot. You want to take it and run.




How can your fans keep in touch with you?

I have a Facebook page. Sharon Rose Gabet. I post a lot of pictures and interact with my friends.





Guilty pleasure?

I do love good red wine. Really good red wine. It can get pricey, but I savor every sip! And now it's supposed to be healthy. Dark chocolate and red wine. I could live on that.




Thank you so much again Sharon! It was certainly my pleasure to have you here!





SHARON AS RAVEN WITH LARKIN MALLOY WHO PLAYED SKY WHITNEY