Wednesday, April 12, 2017

~MY INTERVIEW WITH CADY MCCLAIN-APRIL 12, 2017~

                MY INTERVIEW WITH CADY MCCLAIN 

Hi Cady and welcome to the Spiel once again.


You have started the "Seeing is Believing" campaign. For those who are not aware, please tell us about it.

The campaign is over but people can still contribute to the Indiegogo page and get fun perks like t-shirts and a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens!
The project is a series about women directors: interviews with amazing women who direct films and television. We talk about why they decided to be directors, the process of their creativity, and leadership skills that are important, especially when you are a woman!



What are your thoughts on ABC regaining the rights to the characters from AMC and OLTL?

Good for them! They invested the most into those shows, they should own them. Hopefully they will find a place online or on cable to make them available to all the fans who so want to relieve those stores. They are playing “Dark Shadows” on Hulu, so I don’t see why not!



Would you ever go back to daytime?

I look at it like “Never say Never.” Because something always happens. But I am focusing on directing now. I was just nominated for an Emmy for my directing work on Venice the Series, which is a soap, so who knows? I think the future is friendly.



Who is your dream actor to work with that you have not yet?

You know I never had that thought. Ever. I didn’t look that far down the road. I look just ahead of me. I wanted to work with Michael Knight, and I got to. David Canary, Peter Bergman, and of course my favorite, Jon Lindstrom. I have been very lucky.




Thanks again for being here. All the best to you!














Monday, January 9, 2017

~MY INTERVIEW WITH INTERNET RADIO HOST EMILY CORBETT



                                                             EMILY CORBETT



You co-host Weekdays with Murph, how long has it been and what is it like for you to do an internet show?

I have co-hosted the show nearly three years. It will actually be three years in March. It's great, I love it. I like that we can just get on the phone with people and do the show, and that makes scheduling interviews a little easier, because we don't have to physically go anywhere. We can do the show anywhere, and I've done it in some strange places... the tanning bed, the grocery store, in my car on a road trip. You name it, I've probably done a show from there at some point. I will actually be leaving Weekdays at the end of the month to focus on my own new show!

You're starting a new show?
Yes! I'm so excited. Cathy Chandler, who has helped us at Weekdays a few times, has agreed to co-host with me. We named the show Talk Daytime after going back and forth on names a while. We've been planning it and working on it about six months so finally premiering is exciting!

You and Cody recently interviewed Genie Francis. What was that like?

It was amazing. Seriously. Ever since my first day on the show, I have said that my dream interview would be with Genie. It took me a really long time to get there, but I did. I have been actively pursuing it on and off for about eighteen months, and we finally worked it out. I was the one working on it, but Cody was always encouraging and supportive of my dream and he let basically stepped aside and let me do my thing, which was so sweet of him. I appreciate his support on it, for sure. As for Genie herself, she  was very kind and genuine and I enjoyed getting to know her a little bit. I can't say enough nice things about chatting with her. We also got to make a longtime friend of mine, Nancy's, dream of "meeting" Genie come true, which is something she'd wanted for about 35 or so years. While I was excited for myself, I was also really excited to make someone else's (who has wanted to meet Genie longer than I've been alive) dream come true. It was a great day for all of us.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love to record a bunch of episodes of General Hospital, like an entire week, and binge watch them all at once. I also love watching Gilmore Girls reruns. I sing to Martina McBride's old records, too. I also secretly love watching episodes of Bob Ross' TV show, and I love the super romantic, sappy Hallmark Christmas movies, even the ones that are really unrealistic like "A Prince for Christmas".

Is there anyone you would like to have on your show in the future?

You know, I said for nearly three years that Genie Francis was my dream guest. Now, I feel like I can retire happy at the ripe old age of 19 (LOL). But, no, seriously, I would love to interview Laura Wright or Nancy Lee Grahn. I'd like to have Mary Beth Evans on the show sometime, because she was my first real interview on Weekdays. But, my dreams have come true as cheesy as it sounds, so honestly, I'll be happy no matter what happens in the future.

You attend college. What is your major and goals?

Well, until recently, I was a nursing major. I was completely miserable but scared to tell anyone. I finally told my family I wanted to change my major and everyone was really excited and supportive, and happy that I made the decision to do what I always wanted to do. My major is now communications with a minor in political science. I might pursue law school one day, but my goals for now are just to get good grades and do as well as possible. I used to joke and say that I wanted to be like Hillary Clinton, because I admire her a great deal, but who knows?! I'm just very excited to be pursuing something that makes me happy.

Thank you so much for joining me!

Thanks for having me back on the blog! I just want everyone to know that they can find me on Twitter @ emilyc0915 or Instagram @ emilylaurencorbett and catch Talk Daytime in 2017. Very exciting things happening in this new year, so everyone stay tuned!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

~~MY INTERVIEW WITH LIZ VASSEY (EX-EMILY ANN SAGO, AMC)~


                                                           MY INTERVIEW WITH LIZ VASSEY








It's such a pleasure to have you here! Thank you and welcome to The Soap Spiel.



LV: Absolutely. Thanks for inviting me.



 What can you tell us about your time on AMC?



LV: Wow. How many pages do I get for this thing? I’ll try to keep it to a paragraph or two. It was, hands down, one of the best times of my life. I was 16 when I got the job, and I moved to New York with my mother and grandmother. We’d been living in Tampa, FL so it was a hell of an adjustment -- but from the second I stepped into Manhattan it felt like home. This many years later and it still does. 

As far as my actual time on the soap, I think it was unparalleled training for being on TV. I had only done theater for the most part before I booked AMC, so getting used to having a camera inches from my face was a skill I had to learn. I also got to watch the best actors and, quite frankly, try to copy what they did. I’d love to say I’m lying. I’m not. David Canary, Cady McClain (who is still a dear friend), Michael E. Knight -- I mean…come on. It was a terrific class in not only how to act, but how to act like a decent human being on set. 

And I met some wonderful friends during that time. I can't overstate how much fun Kelly Ripa and I had being young and ridiculous in NY.  We shared a dressing room in the studio and hung out a lot outside of work. Bill Timoney and I weren't on AMC at the same time, but we met through castmates and ended up doing a cabaret act together at a bar downtown.  He's now like family to me. Honestly, I can’t say enough about my time on that show. It was magic for me. 

 We lost the creator of AMC, Agnes Nixon last month. What was your experience like with her?



LV: Honestly, I didn’t know her well at all. I was very sorry to hear she’d passed because by all accounts she was a lovely woman. I am in awe of the sheer amount of television she created. She was prolific and inspiring beyond words. 

I met you in NY while you were on AMC. I was 19 and a friend of mine and I went to see you sing. Do you still sing?



LV: I do! I’d like to sing more, but I have done some charity events like “What A Pair” in which I got to get up and do songs with other TV actresses. Marg Helgenberger and I did it together one year and it was huge fun.



What is your favorite storyline as Emily Ann Sago? 


LV: Basically anything involving Candice Earley and Vasili Bogazianos (Donna and Benny). I loved them dearly as people and had so much fun anytime the three of us were together. 



What is your guilty pleasure?



LV: That’s a great question! Hmm. I’m not a guilty person by nature, so that’s tough. I love single malt scotch, but I love it proudly. Oh! I know. “Grease 2”. I’m not lying. I LOVE that damn movie. My friend and I quote it far more frequently than you’d ever believe. I feel that “Let’s bowl, let’s bowl, let’s rock-n-roll” should go down as one of the all time great song lyrics. And YES, I’m kidding. But that movie does make me smile. Each and every time I’ve watched it. Which has been a LOT. I mean, baby- Michelle-Pfeiffer singing “Cool Rider”? That’s gold!



What projects are you working on now?



LV: I have switched my focus from acting to writing for the time being. I wrote an episode of CSI in my last season and absolutely fell in love with it. Since then, I’ve sold four TV pilots and I’m waiting to hear if a TV movie I sold is going to be made. At the moment, I’m adapting a book series into a TV show, I’m working up a pitch with producers for another show, and in January I’m going to start a crowdfunding campaign for a documentary about long distance runners between the ages of 50-100. The athletes I’ve met have been incredibly inspirational. One of the reasons I wanted to make this was because I am an avid runner myself and a huge fan of not only the physical benefits, but the mental ones. The other reason was this: the entertainment industry is without a doubt ridiculously ageist and I want to show people of this demographic in the badass light they deserve. 

Here’s a link to the Facebook page: 




Who would you like to work with that you haven't already?



LV: Another good question. I would LOVE to work with the director of “La La Land” and “Whiplash” – Damien Chazelle. Speaking of “La La Land”, I think Emma Stone is just about the most talented actress out there at the moment, so let’s throw her in the mix. I love pretty much everything Danny Boyle has directed. I think Dan Fogelman is an incredible writer. And I would do anything in any “Star Wars” movie ever. 



Such a pleasure! Thank you again for being here. Love and all the best to you!



 LV: Thanks again!!

 

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

~~~MY INTERVIEW WITH JEN LILLEY~~~~



                                        MY INTERVIEW WITH JEN LILLEY

                                         (EX-THERESA DONOVAN BLACK)








                                                          PHOTO BY BRAD EVERETT YOUNG

I just watched today's and it was pretty epic. Congrats! 


When you saw the scripts leading to your exit, what do you think? I was so overwhelmed by the exit.  It's EXCELLENT.  I think it's some of the smartest writing I've ever seen.  It's tragic and classic, a true modern day version of Romeo and Juliet.  Some fans have found it to be unbelievable, but if they understood how dangerous certain mafias and cartel leaders are, they would realize it is VERY believable.  I am so grateful Theresa went out like a hero.  She went out fully developed, with a full arch.  It was beautiful and selfless, and I think they tied so many lose ends up in a full and perfect bow.  It's flawless.  



Would you ever do daytime again?


 I would happily return to Days of Our Lives on a recurring basis.  That's my family.  I'd go back recurring tomorrow if they'd have me.





Have to ever been "star struck"? 

 Absolutely.  After I did The Artist, I got to go to Weinstein's Oscar party, and I saw Meryl Streep.  It took me 45 minutes to muster up the courage to say hello to her.  She was incredibly gracious and kind.  I made her cry (happy tears)...but that could have just been a performance.  She's THAT good.  That same night, I saw Tony Bennett perform for the private party.  I started crying. I love him so much.  I called my mom in the car on the way home and told her if I died now, my life would be complete.  She was horrified.  haha, but seriously.  Can you ask for more?




"Its Tinsel Time" again...any plans for another Christmas CD or regular?


 I'm currently selling Tinsel Time again on my website and itunes and all other digital platforms.  I will definitely do another Christmas CD in the future, just not this year.  I'm currently working on a regular album, but I don't want to give any details on that yet.







Congrats on being a foster parent!!! I'm so happy for you. Can you tell us what led to this decision?


That's a LONG story.  And something to do a complete article on.  But in short, I have found the foster care system in the United States to be a road paved with good intentions, but leading to hell.  It's the most broken system in the U.S.  And I figure, none of us can take on the world, but if we do our part, and do what we have the power to change, we do actually change the world.  So Jason and I became foster parents to change a foster kids experience. So many foster homes are horrible, dangerous places.  Ours is happy, safe, and full of love.  We're doing our part to love on abused, neglected, and at risk children.  And our love will have a ripple effect.  (seriously, we can chat more about it, but on phone.  I could never type fast enough).





Any other projects in the works? 


Yes! I've shot 3 movies and 2 TV shows since I left Days in June.  And on Saturday, I fly to Vancouver to shoot another movie.  I'm the lead in a Romantic Comedy :) More details on that later.

The others are 
Mommy, I Didn't Do It premiering on Lifetime Jan 1
Galileo (in post production)
The Wedding Do Over (in post production)
Grey's Anatomy (aired in October)
Encounter (a new original series for Pureflix) that is available on their website.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

~MY INTERVIEW WITH BILL TIMONEY~


                                                            MY INTERVIEW WITH BILL TIMONEY
                                                (EX-ALFRED VANDERPOOL, ALL MY CHILDREN)



                                           taken after Bill's performance on Broadway in "All The Way"


Hi Bill! Welcome to The Soap Spiel!

Hi Lisa -
Thanks again for inviting me onto The Soap Spiel. 

You are known for being Alfred on AMC. Tell us what that experience was like?


I had an extraordinarily good time working on AMC. Casting director Joan D'Incecco gave me my Big Break when I was still in college; she auditioned me to be Devon's new boyfriend "Wally" in '78. I didn't get the role, but the show put me to work as a background extra, U-5 player, stand-in (for young "Tad" when he had exams at school) and audition reader. They auditioned me for "Greg," too. In '82, they decided to bring back Tad (the boy had run away), only this time he'd be a savvy street-hustler. I read for the role, got a callback, but the job when to the brilliant Michael E. Knight. AMC's new producer was Jackie Baban; after seeing my Tad callback, she said "why doesn't Greg have a college roommate yet? Let's make him a preppy nerd, and have Bill play him." And we were off to the races.....! I was delighted to receive the opportunity of my first professional role, and I'm grateful to Jackie, Joan, and all the writers and directors with whom I worked. I had So Much Fun!


Tell us what you have been up to since we last saw you on AMC?



Susan Lucci urged me to "go west" and try my hand at LA prime time sitcoms in '86. I made the move, but was not successful. I returned to NYC for some lean years - bartending, graveyard shift paralegal, etc. I then swore that any non-acting jobs I took would be industry-related. I worked as a stunt coordinator for cheesy horror flicks, a stage combat coordinator for university Shakespeare stage productions, stand-up comic, etc. I did a nightclub act with the late great Perry Stephens (Jack Forbes, "Loving"). In the early '90's, I worked my way into a kind of voice-acting called "ADR looping." My voice is in hundreds of movies and TV shows, from HBO's "Sex & The City" to Showtime's "The Affair." I also specialize in dubbing foreign language programming, especially Japanese animation. I've voiced lots of roles on "Pokemon," and I'm best-known in the anime community as Parn, the hero of "Record of Lodoss War," otaku club president Madarame in "Genshiken," and naughty cat Setora in "Queen's Blade." For many of my anime-dub titles, I adapted the scripts, cast the other voice actors, and directed the recording sessions.


Would you ever go back to daytime?


Only a very few actors can afford to turn down a job, so I would go back to Daytime in a heartbeat. AMC brought Alfred back on a cameo basis from '98 (Michael Knight tracked me down in the California desert where I was working on the Bryan Cranston movie LAST CHANCE with news that AMC was looking for me) to 2007. I had a blast each time I returned. I have a strict policy of always saying "yes" to work, regardless of the role, the salary, the location or the schedule. I firmly believe that "works begets work."

We lost so many in the daytime community this past year. Agnes Nixon most recently. What has Agnes meant for your career?

Ms. Nixon once met a friend of mine in a social setting. He identified himself as a pal of mine. Agnes said"you tell Bill that, even though the Erica's and the Opals get all the attention, the show wouldn't work without roles like Alfred and the performances that he delivers." I really appreciated her saying that.


Do you still see or talk to any of your former castmates?


I'm close with Liz Vassey ("Emily Ann Sago"). When Liz joined the show, she was sixteen. She and her Mom took an apartment on 8th avenue. My girlfriend at the time and I would go up to their place with Chinese food and videos of classic movies. I like to think we helped them adjust to the big city. I'm enormously happy for Liz and admire all she's achieved, from her successful acting and writing careers, to her fantastic marriage to David, to her work mentoring under-privileged girls. She is an amazing woman! I stay in touch with Carmen Thomas ("Hillary") via emails and Facebook. She met for lunch in Los Angeles last year - we hadn't seen each other in many years - and she said "there are no lines on your face? How come you don't have any wrinkles?" I answered "probably because I don't have any children."   And I try to see Mr. Wonderful Peter Bergman ("Cliff") whenever I'm in LA; Peter and his wife are friends with our best friends, actor Bryan Cranston and his wife Robin. My wife Georgette and I do projects with the Cranstons whenever we can - the four of us did the Neil Simon play CHAPTER TWO on the Jersey Shore (where we live) some years ago, we worked as voice actors on Bryan's movie TRUMBO, I was a producer on the film Bryan made with Robin LAST CHANCE.... when Bryan booked the play ALL THE WAY, he hired me to help him learn his lines as LBJ. The director then put me in the show; in March 2014, Bryan and I made our Broadway debuts together! He won a Tony, the show won a Tony, and I played a role with Bryan in the HBO film version that aired earlier this year. Some of our adventures are chronicled in Bryan's memoir "A Life In Parts," which hit the stores a few weeks ago. Some people from my AMC saw the show, and they came backstage to meet Bryan. Susan Lucci greeted me warmly, which I appreciated. When Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos came backstage, he introduced himself. I told him that the two of us had played a scene together on AMC in the late '90's - as Pine Valley's banker and Adam's flunky, Alfred had denied an indignant Mark a loan. He didn't remember, and I didn't expect him to (Marcy Walker once said of me, "Bill remembers EVERYTHING!" And it wasn't a compliment!). When Mark started to introduce me to his wife, Kelly pushed him aside and loudly announced "I KNEW BILLY TIMONEY BEFORE I KNEW YOU!!!" I've always dug that woman, and I couldn't be happier about her supremely impressive success as a professional and as a Mom.


What projects are you working on now?

 In the past few years, I've acted on episodes of PERSON OF INTEREST, BLUE BLOODS and MR. ROBOT. I played the recurring role of "Senator Royce" on the first season of the SyFy Channel TV series 12 MONKEYS. When I'm not acting, I'm writing (Nickelodeon hired Bryan and me to write a script for a TV movie some years back, but then other writers changed it so much that our names aren't on it. The finished film is titled JINXED). I did a scene with Bryan in his movie THE INFILTRATOR, but the scene got cut for time. When I'm not acting or writing, I coach other actors. I also do workshops for corporate clients showing their employees how to use improvisation exercises to improve creativity, listening and speaking skills. I get to travel to places I would never see in my acting career ] have a "blink and you'll miss me" bit as a homeless man in the beginning of Bryan's new movie WAKEFIELD....I have a nice scene with Melissa Joan Hart playing her TV news producer "Max" in the Hallmark Channel's TV movie BROADCASTING CHRISTMAS (which begins airing on November 23rd), and I'll be seen in the indie feature film DELENDA (starring Shirley MacLaine's granddaughter)next year. Currently available on downloading sites is the animated feature film THE STAR MAKER, about a little boy who rides his rocket sled into the galaxy to save the stars. I voiced the role of the boy's robot sidekick, and it's one of my all-time favorite jobs. It's a kids' flicks, but there' lots in there for adults to enjoy. I imagined the robot to be a bit like Alfred Vanderpool, which helped me find the character. I hope AMC fans will check out THE STAR MAKER.









What advice would you give to up and coming actors?


 Study. Take class in a very specific acting discipline....then take another one that contradicts that previous approach. Acting is all about your own creative process, not about adhering to any one philosophy. Don't take things personally (easier said than done), and perceive of mistakes and disappointments as healthy learning opportunities. Learn to cook - going out to eat all the time kills a young & hungry actor's budget. And read the Bryan Cranston book "A Life In Parts" - his insight into craft & career and his generous advice is essential! I now coach other actors as a side business, and anyone who wants to engage my services can find me on Facebook. Finally, find something else in your life that fulfills you, something completely separate from your acting pursuits. It grounds you. Georgette and I are passionate about animals; we share our lives with dogs and cats... and we choose to live next to a forest so we can look after the deer, raccoons, opossums and foxes that share our territory. We cured our local alpha female fox of mange last year, and she rewarded us by permitting us to observe her young pups from a fairly close distance. It was glorious!


Thank you so much Bill! It was a pleasure to meet and talk with you!!

 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

*SPECIAL FEATURE*

                     

                                              MY INTERVIEW WITH TC WARNER
                                                (ex-Kelsey Jefferson, AMC)








Hi TC! Thanks so so much for joining me again! Welcome!!



I want to start with the passing of Agnes Nixon. Tell us what that meant for you.



Have you ever been "star struck"?


            Actually with Agnes herself I was very star struck... 
            
           she has accomplished so much more than all of the cast combined.

            The creator, driving force and main reason why "All My Children " survived. 

            She created something that will be the continual thread for many years... a family.
            Agnes wrote me  a letter in 1997. I will share the whole letter another time; but this 
            quote will tell you the beauty and determination that is Agnes Nixon:
    
           "I understand and respect deeply your reasons for leaving, not the least of which 
            being the severe ABC budget crunch from which we are all suffering, but I wanted 
            to give you my word that if you should decide to stay, we shall try very hard
            to make you glad you did."
             
            
                    


Would you ever go back to daytime?
I would go back to daytime! In a heart beat!






What actor would you like to work with that you never have?
Jodie Foster




What is your guilty pleasure?
Sleeping.... and more sleeping... then when I can't get enough sleep... coffee!!!


You have recurring roles on NBC's The Night Shift and AMC's Better Call Saul. What are those characters like?

           Interestingly enough they are both nurses! 

           I love getting to put myself physically and emotionally into this type of role.

           It's always exciting and full of self revealing surprises.











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           It's been a pleasure TC as always!



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

~~~special feature~~~~





My interview with Cody Murphy from Weekdays With Murph



Hi Cody and welcome! Thank you so much for joining us again!

Absolutely.  Thank you for having me.

For people who do not know, what is the name of your show and how did you start doing it?

The name of the show is Weekdays with Murph, and I started it in August of 2012.  I had (and still have) several friends who host their own shows online, and I would sometimes call in and get to talk with their celebrity guests, etc.  One day, I thought to myself, "You know what? If they can do this, so can I", and the show was born.


what is your favorite part about being a radio host?

Oh, gosh...what's NOT my favorite part of being a host?  From the incredible guests we have on, to the listeners (I hate the term "fans", makes me uncomfortable), to getting to hopefully help some super talented people reach their dreams...there's really not a bad part about doing what I do.


http://blogtalkradio.com/weekdayswithmurph



Who would you like to interview but have not yet?

The past couple years, I've been getting into interviewing independent country music stars, and have made some awesome friends, who I'll keep for a lifetime, but to answer your question, I have my "big three" that I'd like to interview, and I've gotten one of them on already.  I'd love to have singers Brooke Eden or Lindsay Ell on.  Check them out...you won't be disappointed.




You have spina bifida. What would you like to share most about what it's been like for you and what people people should know for awareness. 

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month, and just today, actually, me and my co-host, Emily, did a show on this exact topic.  She basically interviewed me about Spina Bifida.  I always say this: "I can do anything any able bodied person can do, it might just take me a little longer to accomplish it".  I want people to know that Spina Bifida, even though it's a birth defect, doesn't affect a person's ability to lead a normal life.


What is your most memorable show?

There's been two so far...one in soaps and one in music.  As far as soaps go, it had to be when I got a chance to talk with basically Daytime royalty, the lovely and talented Maura West.  I was physically shaking during that interview, but, Maura was, and still is, so incredibly sweet and such a pleasure to talk with.  The other interview that I will remember for a long time was with singer Dana Marie.  Her story is so inspirational, and she's just a super inspiring woman, that's all I'm going to say.




It's such a pleasure to have had you here Cody! All the best to you!




Thank you so much for reaching out to me again, Lisa!  It's always a pleasure to be asked to do this.