We Love Soaps had the profound privilege of attending the Broadway Cares Equity Fight AIDS benefit concert in New York back on March 21, 2010, and speaking to many ABC stars about their reasons for participating in this event. Please enjoy this series of interviews spotlighting the commitment and devotion of these talented stars.
BRADFORD ANDERSON (Performed the song, “That’s All," with his right leg in a cast)
We Love Soaps: Bradford! What a trooper!
Bradford Anderson: I’m a bit of a mess, but I’m here, and happy to be so. I was saving a baby from a burning building...no I was actually playing basketball on the Soap Cruise. David Beckham has the same injury, us supreme athletes have a tough life.
We Love Soaps: We are so grateful you are here despite your injury.
Bradford Anderson: I wouldn’t miss this. This is an event that is very special to a lot of us. It’s fun to be here, it’s fun to participate with the great Broadway Cares people, it’s fun to be able to perform for the viewers we love dearly, and doing it in the name of a great charity.
We Love Soaps: They sure love you! Those fans are loud.
Bradford Anderson: They were. It was so nice. I walk the down the street and everyone pities me. I get on stage and everyone builds me up. That was really nice.
We Love Soaps: What might you to say someone who feels like HIV doesn’t not affect them?
Bradford Anderson: Well, luckily people are living with HIV. You see examples of people that are thankfully living longer fuller lives. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not still there. Unfortunately, there is misinformation out there with people assuming that the risk has gone down. That’s not the case. I think the practices that we were talking about in the 80’s and early 90’s—safe sex is what it is. You can talk abstinence as much as you want but safe sex is what you have to push at the end of the day. I hope, I hope those are lessons are still being taught.
We Love Soaps: I hope so too. On a much happier note, you have a very positive event coming up in a few weeks.
Bradford Anderson: [Sings] Yes indeed, I am getting married!
We Love Soaps: How is that going? Is it lots of planning and stress?
Bradford Anderson: There have been a couple of obstacles along the way, ie, not being able to walk. But I’m going to be placed at the end of the aisle, not walking down the aisle. We’re in the final countdown, I can’t wait!
We Love Soaps: That’s good to hear. Any butterflies? Nervousness?
Bradford Anderson: Just excitement. We’ve been engaged for almost a year. I’m damned ready to be married! Let’s get hitched!
We Love Soaps: Anything you can preview for us about what’s coming up for Spinelli?
Bradford Anderson: This coming week is more Maxie in the hospital, we get pretty close to losing her, and pulling some heart strings. We have some very good material, I’m looking forward to seeing that air.
We Love Soaps: The fans have taken a loving to Spinelli right from the beginning. What is the connection that fans feel for him?
Bradford Anderson: I think relatable characters are the characters people attach themselves to. As much as people see Steve Burton, I’m not sure how many relate to him. Not all of us look like Steve. But I’m kind of quirky looking. I think there are a higher percentage of quirky looking people than Steve Burton looking people. I don’t brood. I’m not sure regular people brood anyway. So I think it’s the fact that Spinelli is a little off the cuff, a little off the center. And he’s an outsider in Port Charles. No matter who you are, you’ve felt like an outsider at some point. Even the most popular kid in high school has felt like an outsider at some point. So I think his experience in more Port Charles is a very relatable experience.
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to learn more ways to take action against the spread of HIV/AIDS, and want to learn more about the current HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials, please visit Hope Takes Action, or contact Damon at Jacobs@welovesoaps.net.
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