Tuesday, August 19, 2008

News Brief

HOLLYOAKS' Emma 'depressed' by anorexia role
HOLLYOAKS star Emma Rigby has admitted that playing an anorexic was really upsetting. The 18-year-old actress - who plays schoolgirl Hannah Ashworth in the Channel 4 soap - won the British Soap Awards for Best Actress but admitted the role was emotionally draining.

Emma told New! magazine: "I just threw myself into it, really. I didn't want it to be unrealistic or disrespectful to people who suffer from the illness and I didn't want to glamorise it, either. There was a time when I was feeling really, really tired at work and it was really upsetting. But afterwards, I'd have the support of my family. Actors who weren't in scenes with me would come up to me during the day and say, 'Oh my God! You look awful.' I had so many people saying I looked awful, I started to feel really tired and depressed."

INTERVIEW: PASSIONS' Hector Luis Bustamante
Of all the projects he has going on he admits that the daytime drama was a big challenge.

“Every actor has to do three scripts a day and you only have one take so it’s a lot of work! It made me a better actor and hats off to everyone who works on soaps everyday,” Bustamante said, saying that any job is a good job too. “As actors we have to be balanced and understanding and sometimes its just waiting, like going to the amusement park. Why stop in a line that takes two hours? Because there’s an amazing ride at the end and that’s exactly acting. You wait to get to the front of the line to get the ride of your life.”

Gays in "loved-up lather" over UK soap stars
A poll conducted by gay-PARSHIP.co.uk revealed how gay singles romantically rank kitchen sink stars. Results reveal that CORONATION STREET gets most lonely hearts fluttering.

VIDEO: Catching Up With Renee Elise Goldsberry
Soap Opera Digest's Bryan Beckley recently sat down with Renee Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline, OLTL), who is currently playing Mimi in "Rent" on Broadway. She is part of the final cast — the show closes September 7 — which performed hits from the show in Bryant Park in New York City on August 14th.

GL's Chamberlain loves her kettlebells
Beth Chamberlain (Beth, GUIDING LIGHT) started using her kettlebell a year ago February. Her triceps and abdomen were the first areas to show change.

"Six weeks after I started, I did not recognize my body," said Chamberlain during a phone interview. "My body had always looked the same. I was 44 and giving up on exercise, but then my husband started working out with kettlebells."

Chamberlain started with a 12-pound bell and has worked up to 18 pounds. The routine she follows, created by Indianapolis Colts trainer Anthony DiLuglio, consists of 14 two-minute exercises. It affords a total-body workout.

"I aim for three times a week," she said. "You don't need to do another thing. I had a very hard time sticking with weight training. Here, you don't have to switch weights. You use the same weight throughout."

Gay online soap has a serious message
From its opening scene, the online soap opera IN THE MOMENT pulls no punches -- because, its creators say, it cannot. The show, which has drawn tens of thousands of viewers in the last few months, is a racy, unvarnished portrait of gay L.A. It is also, at its core, about HIV and AIDS.

Kelli Maroney on her RYAN'S HOPE days
"I was a bad character [on RYAN'S HOPE]. I was evil. I was always the girl you love to hate on the soaps. So when I got out here, you know, the characters I’d play in the B-movies were much more sympathetic. So that was fine when I was a kid to be a character that people hated. You know, people used to come up to me on the street and say, ‘…you’re so bad, you’d better stop that right now.’ [Laughing] And to this day on those message boards… I mean most of them realize… they want you to drop by, you know, on the message boards. The things that they have to say about you are so unflattering that you don’t feel like going."

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