Thursday, September 3, 2015


                                         MY INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY GAGNIER
                                          (EX-CASSIE CALLISON, OLTL, JENNIFER SMITH, GH)

                       Welcome to the Spiel, Holly!!

                       What was your experience at GH like?

My GH gig was FAST, way too fast!!! I got the role the night before, and the next day I was at work. There were conversations with casting, and the writers regarding the direction they wanted the character to go in. I didn't sleep a lot that night, was up learning lines and trying to do a little research on the back story.
When I did get to work the next day, Frank Valentini, who knew me from OLTL saw that I was now blond. he said "no way, we need your hair BLACK!'. So it was off to hair where they put black colored mousse in my hair to make it dark, wardrobe found me the BEST Jennifer clothing and we kind of all created this very funny, edgy, trampy character!! It really was a collaboration.
When I finally met Tony and Genie, they could not have been more lovely. We worked and practiced and they made sure I was comfortable. There really isn't a heck of a lot of time in daytime to prepare, and I had even less time than most. Everyone was incredibly supportive, I saw some old friends and I truly felt at home. That really surprised me, because having not stepped foot on a soap stage in 20 years, i was expecting it to be far more terrifying!!
When that first day was over I was so bummed. It goes by so quickly, I wanted to be able to have another stab at my scenes!!

                       Thoughts on the cancellation of AMC/OLTL 

Any time a show gets cancelled, and you have that many people out of a job its devastating. seeing so many shows give way to reality, and talk shows is pretty rough. Especially since some of the acting in daytime is as good as you will see. When you see the scenes between Tony and Jonathan Jackson, you will be blown away, and those were shot in ONE TAKE. Daytime is incredibly hard, and when you see people like Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak, Kim Zimmer and Susan Lucci, David Canary...the list just goes on and on, day in and day out so EXTRAORDINARY work, its sad to see it go. Sad for the fans too!

                       What are you currently working on? 

I currently am in a play in Los Angeles. I teach acting at a well-known acting school in-between jobs, and you always find me popping up in something. Now that my daughter is older I would LOVE to be back on a soap!!! I took time off to raise her.

                       What is your challenging role to date?

I have had many challenging roles. Crazy enough the most difficult one I did was a CD rom called Wing Commander IV. It was REALLY hard because you had to live out ALL the various scenarios of the game take after take. So one take your partner is killed, one take he lives. I was the master mind of the tech portion of the ship, LOTS of memorization and it took several months to shoot.

                      What is your fave thing to do when not working?

When I am not working I am always with my daughter. I also enjoy gardening and working on my house. I am a REAL DIY person!!! I also spend a significant amount of time with my siblings and their families. I am very lucky we all live in L.A..

                       What advice would you give to up and coming actors?

Advice??? Oh man, if there's anything else you THINK you might like better than acting go do that instead! hahaha Actually work hard, the journey is as important as the actual work you procure.

                       What actors have you never worked with, but would like to?

I would LOVE to have the opportunity to work with Eric Braeden, Kin Shriner and Justin Deas, I think Jane Elliot and I could REALLY go after each other hahaha. Tony was on that list, so I at east got one in there!
Those guys are amazeballs in the daytime world......Other than that Robert Duvall, Anthony Hopkins and Diane Keaton would be IT for me.

                       What made you become an actor?  
My father was a cinematographer. In fact he was Donna Mills DP on Knots Landing ( so it was great to run into her as well). I did my first commercial at 3 years old for Mattel. I was also a professional dancer, I did all of my own dancing in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Dance led to many roles for me which ended up with me acting and training full time.

Thanks for the interview. I would love for Jennifer to make more trouble in Port Charles, if the fans would continue to voice their support, that would be great!

                        I agree!! Tweet GH, write. Do whatever you have to. Let's see Holly and Jennifer back                         on GH! Thanks for being here Holly!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


                                         MY INTERVIEW WITH KIRA REED LORSCH
                                                               (JO, THE BAY)

You have a fan club! Congrats! Tell us more about it.

Yes I am thrilled to have a new fan club at 

Simply go to the Fan Info Page and sign up. You’ll get my newsletter, invitations to personal appearances and special events, plus signed photos and of course a personalized birthday card. Most importantly, you’ll get exclusive Behind The Scenes news from my shows including The Bay The Series I’ve partnered with Debby O’Connor to run my fan club. She is savvy, sophisticated and organized - my kind of woman.

What can we expect from Jo in the upcoming season of The Bay?

Jo is the coolest person I know. I relish getting to be her. She is being set up to be the Olivia Pope of Bay CityShe is up against a lot, attempting to keep Matthew Ashford’s Steve Jensen in line, while balancing the above board politics of the city’s elite. On The Bay Season 4 (#TheBay4) you’ll get to see Jo unfiltered, uber-opinionated, and unequivocally pissed off. You’ll also see her forgiving, funny and doing what she does best: fixing. I love Joand am grateful Gregori J. Martin created her for me. She has many sides and layers… just like every smart, strong woman in the world.

What actor would you like to work with in the future?
I hope to conspire with Ronn Moss’s John Blackwell on The Bay. I have been a friend of him and his wife Devin DeVasquez for years. Yet, I have never acted opposite him. Lilly Melgar is amaze balls! She would our course be thrilling to work with. I hope I get a chance to work with Jade Harlow as well. She is a Force. Beyond The Bay, I am drawn to off beat, charismatic, quirky actors. Pablo Schreiber, Jason Schwartzman and Jack Black are some of my current favorites. When I grow up I want to be like Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon continuing to produce great work beyond the Hollywood starlet years.

                                                      What is your favorite food?
That depends. On a “good” day I am vegan- esque. Lot’s of veggies and healthy stuff– yay! On a “bad” day I want nothing but cheese covered, breaded, buttered everything. I try to have more good days than bad days.

Would you consider doing a network soap?

The right role. The right people. The right time… Of course!

Have you ever been "star struck"?

Evey day day in L.A. you live among movie stars. Last week I was seated in a restaurant next to Arnold SchwarzeneggerMark Wahlberg was with his daughter in line getting frozen yogurt with me yesterday. I got a pedicure next to ChloĆ« Sevigny today. Plus, being a working actress and a member of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, I am around my celebrity peers all the time. They are people just like you and me. I used to feel awkward like: “what am I gonna say??” Now I just smile and say hello. Usually the biggest stars are the nicest. After all, you don’t get to the top by being an ***hole.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


                                            MY INTERVIEW WITH JOSH THROWER

                                            (COLIN WINTERTHORNE, WINTERTHORNE)

Hi Josh, thank you so much for joining us on The Spiel.
Thank you for having me, Lisa!

Tell us about your character on Winterthorne. 
Well, I can't give away too much just yet, but I can tell you that I play Colin Winterthorne. All other details are hush-hush at the moment, but what I can tell you is that my character definitely plays an integral part of the story! You'll have to wait until August to find out more! :-)

Would you ever do a network soap?
Absolutely! I worked on "The Young & The Restless" earlier this year, and it was an absolute pleasure. I got the chance to work with Peter Bergman, Jessica Collins, and Gina Tognoni. They were all so welcoming and so genuine. I definitely hope to continue working in the soap world as much as possible though! I'd love to work on all four major soaps in some capacity - General Hospital, The Bold & The Beautiful, and Days of Our Lives being the other three!

What do you like to do when not working?
I'm a big runner, and typically run anywhere from 20-40 miles per week, depending on my schedule. I'm actually running a race next weekend just outside of LA. Other than that, I love camping, hiking, anything outdoors. I'm from Colorado originally, so getting out into nature is one of my favorite ways to escape the madness of Los Angeles!

What actors or directors that you have never worked with, would you like to?
Well, there are so many actors I'd love to work with. Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Matthew McConaughey, all the usual suspects. From previous generations, I would have loved to work with Jimmy Stewart and William Holden. Director-wise, I'd love to do a huge blockbuster Spielberg film, as those were the kinds of movies I loved when I was a kid. I would have loved to have been in a Frank Capra film. Late 30's-early 50s Hollywood is probably my favorite period of film. Honestly though, I'm open to working with anyone who takes their craft seriously while still having fun in the process.

What has it been like working on Winterthorne so far?
Working on Winterthorne has been an absolutely amazing experience. I have learned so much, especially working alongside actors like Gordon Thomson, Martha Madison, and Michael Caruso. Gordon has so many phenomenal stories about acting and his life, so getting to know him has been unreal. Martha is such a great actress, and she is just a genuinely sweet person, which really goes a long way in this business. And Michael Caruso did such a fantastic job with DeVanity that when he decided to cast me in a major role for his new show, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only is he a great guy and a pleasure to act with, but he is working unbelievably hard to bring soap fans a different twist on the genre - something new, something fresh. He truly loves the genre, and I definitely think he is doing it the justice it deserves. I'm so excited to be a part of the show!

Any other projects we should be looking out for that you are in?
Aside from Winterthorne (which begins August 27th), I am starring in a suspense thriller called "1108" which is slated for a fall/winter release this year. It was my first lead role in a feature, and I'm really proud of the work we did on it. I just shot a print ad for Residence Inn by Marriott, and I have a commercial running for Waste Management right now. Actually, I just signed with a new agent (Beth Stein and Associates) for commercial and theatrical, and I anticipate amazing things to come. Stay tuned!

Thank you so much again for joining us Josh!
It was my pleasure! Thanks again for inviting me, and for your support with Winterthorne! People can check out the trailer at as well as check out for updates on all my projects!