|Debbi Morgan & Darnell Williams - Photo: TOLN|
WE LOVE SOAPS: You both watched the premiere last night in a big theater surround by cast, crew, press and fans. What was that like being in that surrounding? And what did you think of the first episode?
DEBBI MORGAN: The surrounding was so different. [Laughs] I don't think we've ever had a premiere for ALL MY CHILDREN before or walked a red carpet.
DARNELL WILLIAMS: [Joking] We kind of felt like real actors there for a minute.
DEBBI MORGAN: It was exciting and I was impressed with the first show. I think the fans are really going to love it. I loved the whole intro and being able to show the exteriors of what would be Pine Valley. That whole introduction I thought was really great.
DARNELL WILLIAMS: I was completely impressed, bowled over. To see your face up on the big screen is pretty exciting.
WE LOVE SOAPS: The premiere was quite a 'big' episode for Jesse and Angie. Have you noticed a difference in the writing for the new ALL MY CHILDREN versus the last few years on ABC, specifically the dialogue? It seemed more playful, racy, fun to watch.
DARNELL WILLIAMS: I think they've been able to raise the bar in terms of the racy element, and then they had to pull it back a little bit. We've been freed up a little more in a way.
WE LOVE SOAPS: Every actor I've talked to from both soaps seemed really excited about [taping] five weeks on and five weeks off schedule. Then I spoke with Vincent Irizarry last night who had a different take on it. He liked it but said his brain gets used to memorizing and then he has five weeks off and has to readjust his brain again. I'm wondering what you think about the schedule?
DEBBI MORGAN: [Laughs] My brain needs a break! And also the way we always taped before, and especially when you've done a heavy storyline, and we shot 52 weeks a year, you just get burned out. You can't really have a life or plan a vacation. You ask for a vacation and, even though its in your contract, it's at the producer's digression. So depending on what your character is involved in you might get the vacation or you might not. Now, you can always plan stuff during those five week intervals. I don't know about anybody else, but it just works perfectly in my life.
DARNELL WILLIAMS: I think it's going to be great. It's going to be a financial adjustment, and an adjustment in terms of geographic location because I'm still out in California. We don't have the whole five weeks to let our brains rest because two weeks before we get back to the studio we've got maybe three to five, or six, seven, ten scripts we have to start prepping. We can't go unplug for the entire five weeks. Maybe one or two weeks then it's back to studying.
DEBBI MORGAN: Everything is still new. We're still trying to get grounded in all of this. Who knows, once the show is a big success and they are steamrolling ahead there may be some adjustment to the intervals. There may be some changes that happen down the line.
DARNELL WILLIAMS: There could be. Especially if it becomes a huge success I absolutely see them modifying the schedule. On another note, and this is a nod to new technology and new media, someone pulled me aside and said, "You're trending all over the world right now." I was like, "YES!!!" And I turned around and said, "What's trending?"
WE LOVE SOAPS: Jesse and Angie have always been trendy.
Don't miss the premiere of ALL MY CHILDREN on Monday, April 29 on Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes.
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