|B&B's Maya, Nick and Rick.|
"As a woman of color I understand how important it is that we be given the opportunity to write and tell our own stories," says Mosley (Maya Avant). "One of the first things I had to do was acknowledge my own privilege as a cisgender person to be in the position to play this role. I felt it was important that our show include trans actors in this story line and I'm happy to see that's happened. I'm also excited to see more trans actors and stories starting to be included in TV & Film."
"His pull is stronger to her than any business or any other relationship," adds Young (Rick Forrester). "As far as this role affecting me personally. It absolutely has, I have always believed in equal rights. I have and always and will be a strong advocate for the transgender community."
|Michael Hawkins and Christian Slater|
Christian Slater (D.J. LaSalle on Ryan's Hope) recently opened up about mending his relationship with his father, actor Michael Hawkins (original Frank Ryan), after an estrangement that lasted for years.
The actor had a candid discussion with his Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier in the June-July issue of Interview magazine, in which he said that he has recently reconciled with his dad, now 79, a "manic-depressive schizophrenic."
"He's always had trouble – he was a fantastic actor and extraordinarily charismatic and very, very good looking, but he had a really difficult time working with directors, collaborating with people," Slater told the director, also noting that his mother was his father's agent.
Slater also reflected on his first TV role. My mother became a casting director and she cast me in a soap opera called One Life to Live. I was, like, 8 years old, playing a kid who had hurt himself on a skateboard. I had, like, three lines. I did the lines and everybody in the studio applauded—I was immediately hooked after that. I was like, "This is the life for me."
Marvin Gaye's son plans to sue Empire for stealing his idea
Marvin Gaye III claims he registered a treatment on a show called Diamonds & Ballads with the Writers Guild of America back in 2010. Gaye says the treatment describes a family in the music business -- "a music based 'black' and 'hip' version of Dynasty ... with a little Sopranos." Gaye shopped the treatment around to TV execs and said it was loosely based on the lives of his legendary family and the Berry Gordy family.
Gaye insists the people in the industry with whom Lee Daniel's associates received emails pitching his treatment. Gaye feels Daniels unwittingly fessed up in 2014 after Empire hit big, when he said, "I wanted to make a black Dynasty." He also said it was similar to The Sopranos.
Days of our Lives casting new role: Summer
Days is seeking a Caucasian woman in her early 40s to play the short-term, contract role of Summer. She is described as a passionate loner who has been in and out of institutions and is a small-time thief. The show is asking for experienced actors only, names preferred, to begin taping at the end of the month.
Days of our Lives star Jen Lilley is a fan of Jeff Striker's new novel, "The Last Recruit"
Lilley (Theresa Donovan) said, “Jeff’s tale weaves shreds of truth into fiction, making for a strong and compelling read … in fact, the storyline is compelling enough to cause even the most serious [of] readers to become immersed in the story.”
One Life to Live alum John Brotherton joins Netflix's Fuller House
Brotherton, who played Jared Banks on OLTL, tweeted the news: "New gig 😎 So honored, so pumped! #FullerHouse #TGIF #90s #blessings 🙏🏻"
Arrow star Stephen Amell gets a match at WWE SummerSlam after challenging Stardust in the ring
Stephen Amell did not fail WWE Monday Night Raw fans when the Arrow star appeared on this week’s episode. But it looks like viewers will have to wait a couple of weeks before the main event.
Amell was standing off to the side when Stardust interrupted a match between Neville and King Barrett. But winning for Stardust had little to do with the match going on – once he spotted Amell, Stardust made his way toward the star and incited a quick throwdown. Watch the brawl above to see Amell wail on Stardust until security gets in the way.
Guiding Light and The West Wing alum Allison Janney loved played Niblett on the summer's breakout web hit Break a Hip
For Janney, there was absolutely no hesitation when she was asked to join in on the fun with the cast of Break a Hip. "I wanted to be a part of it because Cam [Watson], who has been a friend of mine for a very long time, is an extraordinary actor and director and writer and friend and I would do anything for him," she shared. "I was really happy when he told me he was writing this part for me: Niblett. I was like, 'Niblett?! What kind of name is that?!'