Tuesday, April 23, 2013

INTERVIEW: Melissa Archer Says 'One Life to Live' "Feels Like A Rebirth"

Melissa Archer - Photo: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
When ONE LIFE TO LIVE returns on April 29, Melissa Archer will once again be playing Natalie Buchanan Banks. We Love Soaps spoke with Archer about the return of ONE LIFE TO LIVE in a brand new interview from the set in Stamford, Connecticut. Read it below:

WE LOVE SOAPS: How does it feel to be back on ONE LIFE TO LIVE?
MELISSA ARCHER: It's fantastic. I'm having such a good time. They're doing a wonderful job with everything, and it feels so energetic and alive. It's very exciting.

WE LOVE SOAPS: Does this feel like the old ONE LIFE TO LIVE to you?
MELISSA ARCHER: A little of the old, and a lot of the new incorporated. It has a home feel, a comfortable feel, but it has an edge to it that we get to try now.

WE LOVE SOAPS: You did a film with Tom Pelphrey that was released in the past year.
MELISSA ARCHER: Excuve Me For Living, and it's still on demand!

WE LOVE SOAPS: Did you think about not coming back to the show, and pursuing films or or projects?
MELISSA ARCHER: For me, it's all about opportunity, timing, and things of that nature. When I heard about this it sounded exciting. I really love what Prospect [Park] is trying to do online and the network they're building. This is the new way a lot of people are watching television. And it gives us a chance to change the entire way the format is done. It felt like something I had to do.

WE LOVE SOAPS: Do you watch any web series or shows on the web?
MELISSA ARCHER: I watch a lot of television on Hulu and HBO Go. I actually have two Samsung internet TVs and they have the Hulu app on them. Now with this, I can get it on iTunes or get it on Hulu. I haven't had cable for almost a year.

WE LOVE SOAPS: After ONE LIFE TO LIVE left ABC, the character of John McBain moved over to GENERAL HOSPITAL, and there was a story written about him and Natalie, including Natalie keeping their son away from him. Is the new ONE LIFE TO LIVE going to use that story, or will the show pretend that never happened?
MELISSA ARCHER: They're definitely are addressing John and Natalie but I don't want to give away how and what yet. Stay tuned.

WE LOVE SOAPS: Are you happy with the story the writers have given Natalie?
MELISSA ARCHER: Absolutely. I think they're doing a fabulous. I'm really excited about my story and excited to see where it's going. I don't even know how to describe it except it's so much fun. I go to work everyday and think, "This is so great!"

WE LOVE SOAPS: Have you met the writers?
MELISSA ARCHER: Yes, they're really great. Obviously I knew some people from before but, honestly, everyone I've met here I'm thoroughly impressed with and I like the creative energy everyone is bringing.

WE LOVE SOAPS: What is the biggest difference between shooting at ABC versus shooting here in Stamford?
MELISSA ARCHER: That's hard to say. It's just a completely different beast in certain ways. ABC had their cut-out dressing rooms and it was a building that was there for so long. This is a film studio and it has a start-up feel. I love what they've done. It feels like a rebirth.

WE LOVE SOAPS: Why should people tune in on April 29?
MELISSA ARCHER: The first episode is going to be so great. It has a lot to it and we had so much fun shooting that. We're giving you a little bit of old and a little bit of new. And there are some surprises for the audience.

EDITOR'S NOTE: ONE LIFE TO LIVE returns April 29 on The Online Network, available on Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes in the United States, and FX Canada in Canada.

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- INTERVIEW: Jerry verDorn Has 'High Hopes' For The New ONE LIFE TO LIVE
- INTERVIEW: ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Andrew Trischitta On Playing 'A Pretty Bad Kid'
- INTERVIEW: Erika Slezak On The Return Of ONE LIFE TO LIVE
- INTERVIEW: Catching Up With ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Kelley Missal
- INTERVIEW: On the Set of ONE LIFE TO LIVE with Rob Gorrie
- INTERVIEW: ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Laura Harrier Is Excited To Be In Llanview
- Prospect Park/TOLN News Hub

Roger Newcomb is a producer and writer in New York City. Aside from co-hosting WE LOVE SOAPS TV, he has written and produced a full-length indie film, Manhattanites, and two radio soap operas, SCRIPTS & SCRUPLES and ROCKLAND COUNTY. He has also made acting appearances in indie web series IMAGINARY BITCHES and EMPIRE. He has consulted on numerous indie soaps, worked as a producer on the first two seasons of Emmy-nominated THE BAY, and is executive producer on the indie short May Mercy Lie, which is currently making the rounds at film festivals.  He appeared in FRANCOPRHENIA and the documentary SOAP LIFE in 2012.

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