Thursday, July 1, 2010

NEWS: Shelly Altman, Eric Roberts, Stuart Damon, Redford

New career for Stuart Damon - Realtor
The Emmy-award winning actor is following in his son Christopher’s footsteps selling homes. The pair, known as The Damon Group, has joined Joyce Rey, executive director of Coldwell Banker Previews International in Beverly Hills.

“My son is also my best friend, and this was a logical opportunity for me,” said the Windsor Square resident.

EDITOR'S NOTE: From We Love Soaps friend and contributor Nelson Aspen - "All these years I've lived in Hancock Park, I never knew Mr. Damon was a neighbor of mine! (Other locals in our neighborhood include Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith, Patricia Heaton, Monica Horan, Janet Charlton, ex-AW's Anne Heche and ex-SFT star Sheryl Lee Ralph!)"

OLTL writers Shelly Altman first WGAE member blogger
The Writers Guild of America, East recently re-launched their website and for the first time we have a member-written blog, Write On. Today’s post is by a soap writer, Shelly Altman (currently at OLTL). Shelly will be the resident blogger for the next 4 weeks. Her first blog is about the start of her soap writing career and ANOTHER WORLD.

"I was entrusted with the shooting of one such beloved character, Ryan Harrison. It was an important episode and after I wrote it I was informed that my contract had been picked up, that I would be writing for a soap for the next 13 weeks. That was 15 years ago and I’ve written for daytime dramas without interruption ever since. Incidentally, Ryan was really dead when I “killed” him. Unlike many soap opera characters, he did not come back to life. I am happy to report that I, however, did."

INTERVIEW: Y&R guest actor Eric Roberts
"I was very embarrassed about my work on [AW]. I was playing this rich-kid playboy who ran rampant all over town getting the babes and I was very unimpressed with myself. I was horrific! But it was the soap that kept me from starving during those early years and slowly led me to a movie career. Years later, that would make things much easier and smoother for my sister, who went on to become the biggest star in the world, and for my daughter."

Gordon Mulholland dies, aged 89
Gordon Mulholland, the actor who gained fame through the television soap opera THE VILLAGERS and the movie Jock of the Bushveld, died in East London on Wednesday night.

Former PASSIONS actor Blair Redford joining 90210
Redford, who played the third Miguel, is joining the CW soap in a major recurring role. Redford will play Oscar, a handsome, charismatic, and charming Brit that a show insider describes as “one part Talented Mr. Ripley, one part young Johnny Depp, and all parts sexy.”

Teen Trans Man Character on UK Soap HOLLYOAKS
The soap Hollyoaks is about to introduce a challenging new storyline about Jasmine, the girl who wants to be Jason. Can it help change attitudes to transgender teens?

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