Sunday, May 10, 2009

News Round-up: Jess Walton, Daniel Goddard, GLAAD

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Jess Walton (Jill)
“Our writers have remained fairly faithful to the characters that Bill Bell laid down, and they’re still around. I always think that soaps are popular because they are a family replacement. So many families are split up, and people move across the country.

“There’s a way of turning on a little box in your living room and checking on family members, and they almost become like family. It is inherent in every human being, this desire for family, and soaps are like a substitute family. Because our writers keep their characters on – it’s not like other soaps that get rid of theirs and change theirs – we have the same ones. We have the same core families and core characters that people grew up with and have grown with.”

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Daniel Goddard (Cane)
"I really enjoy where I’m at right now. I have a 3-year-old; I also have a 4-month-old son. I have two boys. It allows me to be based in LA. Like, 10 minutes ago I was laying in bed with my 3-year-old who woke up early, and I was just laying there telling him a story and then I came down here to talk to you. It allows me to do that. It allows me to be with my family, and I think at this stage in my life and in their life and in this economy especially it’s lovely to have stability."

NIGHT SHIFT's Chad Allen receives GLAAD Award
Chad Allen was honored with the Davidson/Valentini Award at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony in San Francisco last night. Robert Gant presented the award.

Deep Soap: Soaps Best Moms
In honor of Mother’s Day, Sara Bibel takes a look at eight of soaps best moms.

INTERVIEW: Soap vet Mark Pinter, Part 5
"It was a great treat to be a part of the ANOTHER WORLD family for almost ten years. I was very, very lucky. I got to work with some extraordinary people. I made life-long friendships from that show. Two of my best friends are Charles Keating (Carl) and David Hedison (Spencer). Charles lives ten minutes from me, I see him two, three times a week. Hedison was really my mentor. When I met him, we clicked immediately. Again, it was a case of me moving towards an actor who’d been around longer than I have. I see him as much as I can. David is 82 years old now and he wouldn’t mind me saying he looks extraordinary. He’s in great shape, great health. I love him dearly. As I do Charles. Charles is a one of a kind actor. Extraordinarily passionate, a beautifully gifted actor. And not just an actor, a writer, a composer. And then Vicky Wyndham (Rachel) lives in my town up here. All of these people, I took away from my time at ANOTHER WORLD. It was a huge gift for me, more than just monetarily. It was a very important part of my career, and a very rich time in the history of ANOTHER WORLD. I took away great memories."

Shanelle Gray welcomes daughter Skylar
Former OLTL and B&B actress Shanelle Gray and her husband, actor David Barry Gray are first-time parents after welcoming their daughter last weekend! While details including the exact date, time, and weight have not been released, Shanelle reveals on her official website that the couple have named their baby girl Skylar Gray.

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