Sunday, October 11, 2009

News Round-up: Bregman, Sweeney, Serpico, Bierdz

Tracey Bregman endures on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
"I did my first commercial at 11, then another at 14, and then DAYS OF OUR LIVES at 14," she says. "I really wanted to be a surgeon, and then DAYS came up. My grandfather was one of the founders of Kaiser Permanente. Fun for me was learning muscle growth and bones. I had the great opportunity to live with my grandfather from 10 to 21. I lived with two generations, which was extraordinary. If one was off their rocker, I could do the other. I did 'Days' and loved it and at 17 ended up in Montreal, shooting a series."

Still, she wasn't sure about acting.

"I am not sure I really wanted to do it until the executive producer of YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS drove up my driveway and said, 'Hey, do you want to do another soap?' I had guested on everything. GENERAL HOSPITAL brought me in for a meeting, and I had turned that down. I just wasn't sure. 'OK, but not for very long,' (she replied.) 'How about for the summer?' And of course I am sitting here 26 years later, and somewhere in there I decided this is what I wanted to do."

Thom Bierdz Announces Winners Of The AA Awards
Bierdz (Phillip, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) founded the American Art Awards, which honors the work of unknown and budding artists each year. “Being a self-taught artist without a resume or schooling, years ago I found it very difficult to get my paintings in galleries. I know many other self-taught artists still have the same problem. It is almost impossible for galleries to take their art seriously. That’s why I co-created so that all artists could have their art judged by gallery eyes on the merit of their composition and image, not resume. Some of my 25 national galleries want to represent art they see through this online competition, and even if they don't, the artist can now approach galleries on their own saying 25 galleries judged their piece as first place in a specific category, or fourth place, or finalist. It is a win/win situation,” said Bierdz.

INTERVIEW: DAYS' Alison Sweeney (Sami)
"DAYS is so good right now! I shouldn't tell you this, but when I got my scripts, I was sitting in traffic on my way to BIGGEST LOSER literally tearing through the pages. It was like, 'Don't look down, don't look down -- Ah, but what does it say?' So dangerous, and my husband is a cop. I was like, 'I'm going to be in so much trouble!'"

The Downward Soap Spiral Accelerates
Marlena De Lacroix writes: "For years, we’ve watched and believed plots that would be unlikely or even ridiculous if they actually happened. But the secret of great soap opera is that the best and brightest writers knew how to craft and pace storylines so that they were EMOTIONALLY believable. Not any more. Not now!"

INTERVIEW: ARMY WIVES' Terry Serpico (Frank)
"I think Frank is a bit of an interesting character for television because you do get this sense of his code of honor, of his sense of decorum and protocol, but by the same token he can be very emotional and very loving. I think that's something that is lost as people interpret Frank. They don't read between the lines, they don't see past his gruff exterior and lose sight of the fact that he is a deeply sensitive person who so very much loves his family."

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