Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Grant Aleksander Joins TAINTED DREAMS

Grant Aleksander, who played GUIDING LIGHT's Phillip Spaulding on and off from 1982 to 2009, will play another deeply conflicted, complex character, Adam Clark, in TAINTED DREAMS.

"In a bit of art imitating life, Grant has been focusing behind the scenes honing his directing skills, and we are thrilled he has agreed to step back in front of the camera to play the executive producer of TAINTED DREAMS' fictionalized soap PAINTED DREAMS," said Sonia Blangiardo, creator of New York Brand Productions first dramedy.

"With more than 30 years in daytime both in front of and behind the camera, I have experienced many executive producers, and now it will be fun to actually play one," Aleksander added with a chuckle.

TAINTED DREAMS is the brain-child of two-time Emmy-winning producer/director Sonia Blangiardo who is currently serving as Supervising Producer of Prospect Park’s reboot of Agnes Nixon’s iconic soap ALL MY CHILDREN.

"Sometimes what happens behind the scenes is juicier, funnier and more dramatic than anything on the screen," Blangiardo revealed. "TAINTED DREAMS provides a rare look, warts and all, at the realistic interaction of the executives, cast and crew involved in producing a daily scripted drama."

While Grant Aleksander is best known as GL's Phillip, he also directed episodes of AS THE WORLD TURNS, and in the mid-1990s created the role of Alec McIntyre on ALL MY CHILDREN. He also played the bartender at "Mickey's Bar" in the 1986 movie Tough Guys, starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. In 2006, he appeared in two motion pictures, The Big Bad Swim and the American Civil War film Fields of Freedom. He has also been featured in a variety of episodic television series and made-for-TV movies.

Aleksander is also a man of his word. In the early 1980s he attended Washington and Lee College in Virginia where he met his wife, Sherry Ramsey, doing a school production of "Hamlet" in which he starred as Hamlet to her Ophelia. He left Washington and Lee in his sophomore year when his acting career started to take off. Almost 30 years later, Aleksander told Washington and Lee News, "Education was important in my family and my parents were upset when I left school, although they understood and supported me. I told them I would absolutely finish my degree at some point and I intended to fulfill that promise. They passed away 20 years ago, and it's become even more important to me since then." After GUIDING LIGHT left the air, Aleksander returned to his studies at Washington and Lee where he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre in May 2012.

Aleksander is also a widely respected, well-known animal rights activist, as is his wife, Sherry Ramsey, an attorney and Director of Animal Cruelty Prosecutions for The Humane Society of the United States. They live in New York City and New Jersey with their collection of rescue animals.

TAINTED DREAMS boasts a unique combination of high profile soap stars, reality stars, sports figures, singers and theater actors. To date, casting announcements for TAINTED DREAMS include Dina Manzo (DINA'S PARTY and REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY), Alicia Minshew (ALL MY CHILDREN), Kelley Menighan Hensley (AS THE WORLD TURNS), Walt Willey (ALL MY CHILDREN), Marnie Schulenburg (AS THE WORLD TURNS), Michael Lowry (ALL MY CHILDREN), Austin Peck (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Colleen Zenk (AS THE WORLD TURNS), Anthony Wilkinson ("My Big Gay Italian Wedding" and the new "My Big Gay Italian Funeral"), Lisa Marie Varon (IMPACT WRESTLING) and “Mr. PEC-Tacular” Jessie Godderz (IMPACT WRESTLING and Big Brother).

TAINTED DREAMS begins filming in late July.

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