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California Whirl

Ingo Rademacher was


thrilled to cross the
ocean to visit his old
GH stomping grounds.

59

In The Beginning
Four stars whove
done some soaphopping look back
on their first daytime
home.

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Time Capsule
The biggest soap
news from 1985.

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A look back at Jaxs
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Whats a mistake you


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started that you never
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DAYSs Kayla
Mary Beth Evans
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renaissance.

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B&Bs Caroline
Linsey Godfrey powered
through an emotionally
challenging year
on-screen and off.

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late- breaking
news
8 Y&R: Phyllis
Vs. Victor
9 DAYS: Steve
Catches
Kayla With
Fynn
10 GH Actor Out
10 Y&R Fave
Returns

10 Shocking
Family Drama
For The
Wagners
4

s we now know, Victors


mysterious cohort turned
out to be Chloe, which
means her portrayer, Elizabeth
Hendrickson, is back in Genoa
City and shell be staying
on indefinitely. The last couple of times were just for quick
returns, [because] that was
all that was available for the
character, she explains. The
last big storyline they gave me
[Delias death] was an awesome ride and I was ready to
get on the ride again.
Hendrickson is looking forward to the story in store for
Chloe. The little information
that I was given because
they also like to keep it a surprise for us assured me that
its a bigger storyline than I
had ever even imagined, she
enthuses. I am so excited
because I think fans are really
really going to love it.
The fact that both the
actress and the character have
remained an asset to Y&R is
special to Hendrickson. Its
the largest compliment Ive

ever received, she smiles.


The day I left, they said the
door would always remain
open, and standing by their
word meant more than theyll
probably ever know. Its like
leaving the nest: You fly away,
knowing that you can always
go home.
The last time we saw Chloe,
she ran down Adam, who was
responsible for Delias death,
and was led away by the police.
Even though she has been trying to set Adam up for murder,
Hendrickson previews that her
alter wont be all about revenge
and bitterness. You will still
see glimpses of that, but Chloe
is going back to work and will
be around other women, she
explains. You will really get
all of the great things about the
old Chloe. The humor is still
there, and a little bit of the conniving Chloe. Theres just a lot
for me to chew on and a lot of
fun stuff to watch.

JOHN PASCHAL/JPI

7 B&B: Ridge
Dumps
Caroline

Y&RS
ELIZABETH
HENDRICKSON
ON RETURN

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

Freddie Smith Back On Days


n Freddie Smith returns
as Sonny on July 26, and
enjoys a warm on-screen
reunion with Justin and
Adrienne, and Victor and
Maggie. I was welcomed
back with open arms,
reports Smith. I felt like
a million dollars. Everyone
was really happy to have me
back and it was reciprocated
on my end, as well.
DAYS contacted the
Emmy-winning actor about
returning last November, a
few weeks after he last aired
on the soap. It was a great
conversation, he notes. We
talked about storyline. It was
nice because not everyone gets
that call. I felt honored that they called
and wanted to have me back.
When Smith exited Salem last year, it
was with the understanding that the door
was left open for a return. I had a great exit
and soon after, an invitation to come back.
You cant really ask for anything better
than that, he enthuses.
Viewers can expect to see a change in
Sonny, whose husband, Will, was killed

last October. When I started


on the show [in 2011], I think
Sonny was in his early 20s.
Now, hes approaching his
late 20s, Smith points out.
So youre going to see a
mature side to Sonny.
Expect to see Sonny in the
hub of Salem happenings this
time around. Ive worked
with more people in a shorter
period of time than I did in
the four years when I was
first on DAYS, Smith shares.
Youre going to see Sonny
interacting with everyone. I get
to work with a lot of new peopeople. I also have scenes with Eric
Martsolf [Brady]. Thats nice,
because I didnt work with him that
much in the past. Erics really funny, so we
have to make ourselves get serious when
its time to go in front of the cameras.
Smith will also have scenes with former
on-screen love interest Christopher Sean
(Paul). Ive worked with him and we have
more scenes coming up, he teases.
Meanwhile, Smith confirms that hes
on contract and says, Ill definitely be
back for a while. Im excited.

XJ JOHNSON/JPI

Youre going
to see a
mature side
to Sonny.

Starting
Star
rtinng off hher
er latest
reprisal by working with
Eric Braeden (Victor) was a
thrill for the actress. I never
got to work this closely with
Eric and theres nothing
more exciting than sharing
a scene with the lead actor of
the show, she marvels. It
took me back to my first day
I was ever on soaps [as ALL
MY CHILDRENs Frankie]
and it was with Susan Lucci
[ex-Erica]. I was so ner-

vvous,
ous it was lik
like
ke I hhad
ad nnever
ever
acted a day in my life. So, I
really love Chloe and Victor
together because I think they
share a lot of the same traits
and the same passion for
family. I think that theyre
quite the duo.
There is another cast
member who Hendrickson is
anxious to work with, as well.
Ill be honest, half the reason why I said yes to coming
back was knowing that Jason

Thomppsonn [ex
Thompson
[ex-Patrick,
x Patriick GH]
is playing Billy because I
have always been his biggest
fan, she shares. Hes one
of, if not my favorite male
actor on daytime television. I
would really like to see Billy
and Chloe re-establish their
relationship, not necessarily
as a couple, but they shared
a lot together and they lost a
lot together. I dont think that
story has been developed as
much as it should have.
5

late- breaking news

VALENTIN
IS OUT FOR
BLOOD ON GH

Danger Zone:
Laura and
Kevin (Genie
Francis
and Jon
Lindstrom) are
in Valentins
line of fire.

Hes going
big or hes
going home!
just getting out alive.
Altman notes, Its devastating, partly because she
went through a mourning
process for Nikolas [when
he was presumed dead
after the Nurses Ball]. She
had the joy of seeing her
son alive, only to lose him
again.
Valentin, of course, is
unmoved by Lauras display of maternal grief.
According to Stuart, This
all just goes to show what
a nutjob he is. When the
show asked me if I wanted
to play him, they knew
that I like to do comedy,
and they said, This is
the guy who could abso-

XJ JOHNSON/JPI

n After seemingly doing


away with Nikolas last
week, Valentin remains
on the warpath, meaning
that the gaggle of Port
Charles citizens trapped
on Cassadine Island is still
very much in peril.
Though Valentin didnt
necessarily intend for
Nikolas to die, he isnt
sweating it too much. S--happens, James Patrick
Stuart (Valentin) shrugs
in character. He wasnt
that dismayed by it and it
certainly looks to Valentin
like he has expired
which for him, is good. It
solves a lot of problems
for him because he was
looking to get everything
Nikolas had, anyway! And
he is certainly able to keep
focused and keep on task.
According to Co-Head
Writer Shelly Altman,
Valentin remains quite
dangerous and he has more
plans for the future as far
as all those witnesses are
concerned. But once they
learn of Nikolass apparent
death, Valentins captives,
Laura in particular, have
more on their minds than

lutely have you laughing,


and then turn around and
shoot you in the back.
And thats the kind of soap
character Id like to play.
Who wouldnt? Hes been
denied a lot in his life.
He didnt get a chance to
have any of what Nikolas
had and hes pissed about
it. Hes going big or hes
going home! Hes going
to take everything Nikolas
has and if these other people are in the way, hes
going to improvise. And
for him, its gonna be fun.
Expect a shooting and
a major shocker (or two)
for Lulu. Altman previews,
Lulu makes a discovery
that affects many of the
people both here in captivity and back at home
but there is something
else waiting for Lulu on
this island, as well.

B&B SHOCKER: RIDGE DUMPS CAROLINE

n Believing Caroline
Caroline doesntt
would be better off
agree with his deci-sion at first, but Ridgee
with Thomas so they
is determined to step
can raise Douglas as a
aside. Being galfamily, Ridge dumps
lant is a good thing to
her. Who knows
put on your resum,
whats going on in
but this character is
Ridges head? quips
flawed and sometimes
his portrayer, Thorsten
he hits a wall when
Kaye. I get in enough
he doesnt know what
trouble with whats
to do, Kaye acknowlgoing on in my own
edges. He says,
head. I do feel that this
Well, if Im going to
time, Ridge is trying
hit it, Im going to do
to do the right thing
it by myself and let
by her. Its not that he
everybody else out of
has fallen out of love
the car before it goes
with her. Hes certainly
off the cliff.
not over her. Hes not Love Hurts: Ridge (Kaye)
Complicating matscared of the secret breaks up with Caroline
(Linsey Godfrey) for
ters is that Ridge
coming out anymore. I altruistic reasons, leaving
initiates the breakup
honestly believe that he her heartbroken.
so soon after he was
is trying to do the right
HOWARD WISE/JPI
forced to cede his
thing here.
CEO position at Forrester
Nevertheless, its a
Creations. There are levels
shocking move that takes
of hurt hes dealing with and
everyone by surprise. It
levels of change, the actor
may seem cowardly to
notes. Hes sad that Steffys
some people, but it should
hopefully come across it is whats best for the not happy with him, but his
as a huge sacrifice on baby. Caroline does care heartbreak is really havRidges part, Kaye con- about Thomas. She does ing lost the love of his life.
tinues. A huge sacrifice have feelings for him, espe- Thats the biggest deal, so
like this needs some time cially after she admitted the fallout is the fallout. This
to breathe. This sacrifice that she really wanted that guy is just trying to keep it
hurts. It has to, by defini- night to happen. It changes all together because hes lost
tion; otherwise, it doesnt things, but I really dont now. Hes lost everything.
mean anything. I truly want it to look like a cow- Sure, the CEO job is imporbelieve that Ridge feels ardly act on Ridges part tant to him, but the woman
that Thomas and Caroline but thats up to who- was much more important
than any job.
should be together because evers watching it.

He is trying
to do the right
thing here.

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

late- breaking news

late- breaking news


n Before Victors hearing
to ask for an early release,
his family assembles at the
GCAC, ready to present a
united front and anxious
to spring their patriarch
well, sort of. All of
them share a certain guilt
over how they testified
against Victor, sets up
Executive Producer/Head
Writer Charles Pratt, Jr.
Will this be enough, getting him out, allowing him
back in? Can Victor just
forgive and forget, no matter what they say? Victoria
and Nick know they have
no choice but rally to the
Victor cause, but fear they
may be unleashing a world
of hurt on all of them.
Phyllis approaches and
kills the Newmans fighting
spirit. Phyllis is disgusted
by the hypocrisy, Pratt
explains. Oh, yes, Victor
saved her and Nikki from
Ian, but would any of them
have been in this place if
it wasnt for Victor? The
jeopardy, the pain, the misery she has experienced at
Victors hand is unrelenting, and in her mind, they
are acting out of fear for
what he will continue to do
to them. Shes scared, too,
that Victors attack of her
will start all over again.
Later, Jack advises his
8

HOWARD WISE/JPI

Y&RS PHYLLIS VS. VICTOR

Red Alert: Phyllis (Gina


Tognoni) works hard to keep
Victor behind bars.

wound-up wife that the best


way to get back at Victor
is by living a happy life.
Phyllis wants to accept
Jacks suggestion, Pratt
shares. He makes perfect sense, and she seems
to accept it, but her pain

Victor sees an
unintentional
ally in Phyllis.
is deeper than even Jack
knows. There needs to be
an even playing field when
Victor comes up against
that judge. Unfortunately,
she cant control her rage.
The pain is too deep, too
festering.
At the hearing, Nikki
is extolling Victors heroics to Judge Gates (thats

right, Merediths father),


when Phyllis barges in
and demands to be heard.
Everyone wants her to go
away, especially Victors
attorney, points out Pratt.
But Victor sees an unintentional ally in Phyllis.
Her diatribe, delivered
with a poison tongue,
could do Victor more good
than bad.
And a diatribe it is, as
Phyllis rages about what
Victor has done to her and
why he should serve every
day of his 10-year sentence. What looked like
a sure thing for Victor will
suddenly have a huge question mark over it, teases
the scribe. It will all come
down to Nikkis words versus Phylliss, and may the
strongest woman win!

DAYS: STEVE CATCHES KAYLA WITH FYNN

RATINGS RACE:

NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

WEEK OF JUNE 27

The numbers listed after


each show are ratings
points. Each ratings point
represents 1,164,000
homes. These numbers
now reflect DVR playback
within the same day.

YOUNG AND RESTLESS 3.3


BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL 2.6
GENERAL HOSPITAL 2.0
DAYS OF OUR LIVES 1.6

Thats My
Girl: Steve
(Stephen
Nichols, r.)
bristles when
he spies Fynn
(Alexander
Bruszt) kissing Kayla
(Evans).

to Kayla and Fynn, Steve


witnesses their buss.
Though Steve is filled
with anger, he manages to
keep his feelings in check
and remains cool. Steve
doesnt ask Kayla pointblank about Fynn, shares
Evans. In that respect,
Kayla
y and Steve have a

Kaylas reality
is that she hasnt
really resolved
things with Steve.
very mature relationship.
Kayla addresses the kiss
with Fynn and makes it
clear that shes not ready to
step into a new relationship.
Fynn was enamored of
Kayla and didnt think there
would be a problem if they
dated, points out Evans.
But then it did become a

XJJOHNSON/JPI

n The week begins with


Steve and Eduardo bonding over the fact that their
violent history cost them
the loves of their lives.
Steve asks for Eduardos
help to win back Kayla.
Meanwhile, Fynn informs
Kayla that he doesnt want
to continue pretending
that he doesnt have feelings for her. I think when
the incident happened
between Kayla and Fynn
in the hotel room a few
weeks prior, she was swept
up by the attention, notes
Mary Beth Evans (Kayla).
She was also affected by
her head injury and the
medications she was taking for it.
To Kaylas surprise, Fynn
kisses her. Unbeknownst

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

late- breaking news

problem for him. Kaylas


reality is that she hasnt
really resolved things with
Steve and she also has a son
who is always getting into
trouble. Between that and
her work at the hospital,
there isnt space for Kayla
to even consider getting
involved with Fynn.
Later, Steve meets with
Kayla and tells her that he
has given up his work as a
private eye at Black Patch.
Instead, Steve says that he
has accepted a job that will
keep him out of danger.
Unfortunately for Steve,
his announcement doesnt
have the outcome he hoped
for that Kayla would
want to reunite now that
he is more on the straight
and narrow. Evans says,
For now, Kayla would
still like to keep it platonic
with Steve.
9

HOWARD WISE/JPI

whos
coming
BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL
Ed Begley, Jr. and
Rachelle Carson
(Themselves): Actor/
activist Begley and his wife
(ex-Joanna, FALCON
CREST) play themselves
when they bump into budding social activist Liam
(Scott Clifton) at the Spencer
Summit in Monte Carlo.
Monica Horan and
Jim OHeir (Matt and
Kieran): The stars of
EVERYBODY LOVES
RAYMOND and PARKS
AND RECREATION,
respectively, have a comedic outing on B&B as two
wacky travelers who sit next
to Quinn (Rena Sofer) on a
plane headed to Monaco on
July 26 and 27.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Ral Andrews (Hal):
The daytime vet makes a
return appearance as Jades
(Paige Searcy) dad on
July 29.
10

W lf M
Wolf
Muser (Dr.
Hochman): Muser first
appears on July 26 as
a doctor who Deimos
(Vincent Irizarry)
recruits to perform
surgery on Maggie
(Suzanne Rogers).
Freddie Smith (Sonny
Kiriakis): Smith, last seen
in Salem in October 2015,
is back on-screen this
week, and with a new contract. See page 5 for more.

THE BAY
Chad Duell (Adam
Kenway): The GH Emmy
winner will appear in
season 3. Adam comes to
Bay City with an ulterior
motive that will drastically

the
h
latest cast
changes

affect the lives of Sara


(Mary Beth Evans) and
Pete (Kristos Andrews).

YOUNG AND
RESTLESS
Michael Graziadei
(Daniel Romalotti):
The actor will return to his
former daytime stomping
grounds for a limited run
beginning on August 25.
Daniel was last seen in
2013, when he came back
to Genoa City to arrange
for his comatose mother,
Phyllis, to be transferred
to a facility in Georgia.

FINOLA HUGHES UPDATE

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

Monica and Jim take a wild


ride with B&Bs Rena (c.).

Co
Comings
GGoings

Finola Hughes, who was slated to resume


her GH duties as Anna after a four-week
summer break, has extended her leave by
a few weeks. In the 7/18 Digest, Co-Head
Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante previewed that when Anna returns,
she will come in contact with someone
from her past and will seek the help of an
old friend to unravel a mystery.

Thi will
This
ill bbe th
the fi
firstt ti
time
Graziadei will share scenes
with Gina Tognoni, who
started playing Phyllis in
2014.

whos
going
GENERAL HOSPITAL
Nick Stabile (Nikolas
Cassadine): Nikolas took
what appeared to be a fatal
fall last week during a scuffle with Valentin (James
Patrick Stuart), ending

Stabiles pinch-hit run in


the role normally inhabited by Tyler Christopher.
Christopher remains on
personal leave from the
show.

YOUNG AND RESTLESS


Alicia Coppola (Meredith
Gates): The actress (ex-Lorna, ANOTHER WORLD)
has wrapped her short-term
stint in Genoa City.

REAL-LIFE STATUS
n Wagner Family Faces
Struggle: On Twitter, Jack
Wagner (ex-Frisco, GH et
al) shared that his youngest son, Harrison, 21, with
Kristina Wagner (Felicia,
GH), went missing. I
fear for my youngest sons
safety, he wrote. Harrison has struggled w drugs
& alcohol just as I did
when I was younger. Hes relapsed &
is MIA 5 days. Shortly after that post,
Wagner updated fans: Harrisons been
in touch, hes 21 & in charge of his

life, [thank you] for the [love]


& prayers, please continue to
share your struggles, it helps us
all. Our thoughts go out to the
Wagner family.
Soap Alum Weds: Tom Degnan
(ex-Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et
al) married actress Erin Cummings over the Fourth of July
weekend at the Basilica of the
Sacred Heart at The University
of Notre Dame. The couple was introduced by Christian Campbell (ex-Bobby,
ALL MY CHILDREN) and his wife,
America Olivo.
11

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

n Obviously, we are very fond of the


actor, says GH Co-Head Writer Shelly
Altman of the decision to bring Jeffrey
Vincent Parise back to the show as
a new character, Joe, the heretofore
unknown twin of murdered Carlos, a role
Parise created in 2013. But it seemed
that with Sabrinas return, it would be
interesting to add another wrinkle in
the relationship between Michael and
Sabrina, and her having a child who is not Michaels.
We just kind of looked into her past and it made
sense. But Joe is not Carlos. He is a very different
man from Carlos. He actually even looks different from
Carlos sort of [laughs]! Adds Co-Head Writer Jean
Passanante, Its fun to see a different side of this
actor and to give the audience a chance to see him do
something completely different.

PHOTOS JILL JOHNSON/JPI


PHOTOS:
JOHNSON/JP

Nicks short-term
run is done.

PAUL SKIPPER/JPI

WHY GH BROUGHT BACK


JEFFREY VINCENT PARISE

Hot Plots Pr
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Victor Accepts Deimoss Offer

PHOTOS: HOWARD WISE/JPI

Deimos approaches Victor, hoping to


call a truce and make peace with his brother. He agrees to put the past behind him
and asks the same of Victor, previews
Vincent Irizarry (Deimos).
The Kiriakis patriarch is skeptical
of Deimoss motives. Deimos expected that reaction, notes Irizarry. So
Deimos intends to show Victor that he has
changed.
To that end, Deimos lures Dr. Hochman,
a surgeon, out of retirement to perform an
operation on Maggie that could make it
possible for her to walk again. Deimos
wants to make peace with Victor and isnt
above blackmailing this doctor to get what
he wants, notes Irizarry.
Deimos introduces the doctor to Victor
and Maggie, explaining that he wants to
help. For Maggies sake, Victor agrees
to the surgery, but he remains reluctant to
patch things up with his brother. Deimos
comes back with an additional offer,
teases Irizarry, one that Victor will likely
find hard to refuse.

Give Peace A Chance:


Deimos (Irizarry, l.) tries to
make amends with Victor
(John Aniston).

12

Traveling Companions:
Quinn (Rena Sofer) thinks
it would be a good idea to
surprise Eric in Monte Carlo.

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL


Quinn Sneaks To Monte Carlo
Eric is enjoying life right now, says
John McCook (Eric) of his characters
recent renaissance, both professionally
and personally. He has been with bad
girls before. In fact, he went through
the list! Eric feels no need to justify his
actions. He looks at Quinn and he listens
to her. He sees that she does want to
change. She wants a different life and he
wants to be the man to give it to her.
Quinn decides to surprise Eric in Monte
Carlo, but knows to steer clear of Steffy
who doesnt want Quinn anywhere
near her family. Steffy has a right to feel
the way she does, McCook notes. She
would be very upset and scared by this if
she knew. Eric knows how shed react and
hes protective of her, but at the same time,
he wants his own life, which is why Quinn
doesnt tell Eric what shes planning. Its
going to be impossible for Steffy to maintain her status quo if she finds out whats
happening right under her nose.

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

eview!

What Will
Happen

At the Chancellor mansion, Billy confronts Cane about his purchase of Brash
& Sassy. Jill shows up and confirms that
it was her idea to purchase the cosmetics
line.
Jill needs a foot in Brash & Sassy for
big reasons, hints Executive Producer/
Head Writer Charles Pratt, Jr. The best
way to do it was through Cane. If theres
a sibling rivalry at play here, she can definitely use it. Jills plan has several steps,
and this is but a first one. All of it has to
do with one thing, and one thing only;
to get Billys life going back in the right
direction.
Jill then announces that shes already
decided who will be running the line.
Billy and Cane are stunned when Jill
reveals that they will both be in charge.
Jill wants strife, disagreement, rivalry,
Pratt explains. She wants their blood to
boil, and boil over, so she can introduce
a savior into their midst, the one person
who can save the company and maybe
Billys life.

Mother May I? Billy (Jason


Thompson., l.) is taken
aback by what Jill (Jess
Walton) has in store for him
and Cane (Daniel Goddard).

Hot For Teacher:


Sonny (Maurice
Benard) discovers the
gender of Kristinas
(Ainsworth) crush.

GENERAL HOSPITAL
Sonny Finds Out About Parker!
After her night with Parker, Kristina
is on cloud nine, reports her portrayer,
Lexi Ainsworth. But her mood takes a turn
when Sonny who spies her sharing a
good-bye smooch with her professor
confronts her.
He is the last person she was expecting to see, Ainsworth says when Sonny
knocks on her door. He is the only person
who doesnt know about it, so of course,
that would happen! Shes definitely freaking out, but I think that because of what
happened the previous night, she has a
better understanding of how she feels
about Parker, so maybe shes a little bit
more confident in speaking about it with
her father.
For months, Kristina has been worried
about how Sonny will react to the possibility that she is gay. Shes still scared
about telling him, Ainsworth notes. Her
initial reaction is to try to cover it up and
lie about it. But her dad sees right through
that and he calls her out. At that point, she
has to fess up and tell him.
13

XJ JOHNSON/JPI

YOUNG AND RESTLESS


Jills Crafty Plan

!
A
R
T
EX !
A
R
T
X
E

Going Girl:
DAYS fans
are sad to
be losing
Jen Lilley
(Theresa).

nap
sPOLL

Which
impending
DAYS exit
are you most
upset about?

Marie
Wilson
(Summer):

3%

John-Paul
Lavoisier
(Philip):

Martha
Madison
(Belle):

Jen
Lilley
(Theresa):

14% 25% 58%

trend temperature

HOT
WARM
COLD

14

Kristinas
GH Lover

Brash & Sassy


Captain (Y&R)

B&B Virginity
Taker

Parker

Cane

Zende (Nicoles)

Aaron

Billy

Liam (Hopes)

Trey

Victoria

Amber (Ricks)

JILL JOHNSON/JPI
JIL

Readers of
soapoperadigest.com
g
weigh in.

Newlyweds Darin
Brooks (Wyatt,
B&B) and Kelly
Kruger (Eva,
B&B) shared a
sweet treat.

SOAP OPERA DIGEST


INSTAGRAM/KRUGER

) enjoyed some
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R
sar (r.) and co-star
quality time with hubby Matt Katro
ome real husband
Justin Hartley (Adam). My awes
I just need an aweand my awesome TV husband.
trifecta! #LuckyGirl
some ex-husband to finish the

Family time. #blessed, wrote Stev


e Burton
(Dylan, Y&R), with his clan: daug
hter Makena,
son Jack, wife Sheree and todd
ler Brooklyn.

Scott Reeves (ex-Steve, GH et al) and wife


Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS) got
in a couples workout.
INSTAGRAM/MANSI

INSTAGRAM/BURTON

GAN
M/EGAN
RAM/E
GRAM
NSTAG
IN
INSTAG

STAR SHOTS
OF THE WEEK

biigaiill, DAYS)
Kate Mansi (ex-Abigai
communed with nature. Ive
climbed these mountains since
I was a little girl. One of my
happiest places.
INSTAGRAM/REEVES

15

SNEAK PREVIEW!!

your handy
y
guide to
must-see
episodes

Bold And Beautiful


Monte Carlo, Here We Come!
HOWARD WISE/JPI

On Tuesday, July 26, Deacon warns Quinn


that traveling to Monte Carlo to surprise Eric
is a terrible idea.... Quinns commercial flight
to Monaco is bumpier than she bargained for
on Wednesday, July 27.... On Thursday, July
28, Liam vents to Eric (both l.) about Quinn
and what she did to him.

Days Of Our Lives

General Hospital
Naming Device

RICK ROWELL/ABC

Chaos ensues when shots are fired, and Naomi is shocked


to overhear a familiar name, on Monday, July 25.... Parker
writes Kristina a letter on Tuesday, July 26, while Josslyn
makes an emotional plea to Carly, and Nina thwarts Julians
plan.... Sonny paints a grim picture of Julians future; Lulu
has a realization about her whereabouts; and Maxie concocts a plan to humiliate Claudette on Wednesday, July
27.... On Thursday, July 28, Sam and Jason (both l.) make
a dangerous discovery; Nina congratulates Maxie on a job
well done; and Nathan gives Claudette a ride.
16

XJ JOHNSON/JPI

Not A Second Time


On Monday, July, 25, Hope is alarmed when
Ciara recounts an incident at Shady Hills with Chase;
Adriana disapproves of Rafes (r.) renewed interest
in Hope; and Eduardo (r.) asks Adriana to give Hope
a chance.... Deimos takes note of Nicole and Darios
bond, and Claire gets a job as Chloes assistant on
Tuesday, July 26.... On Thursday, July 28, Sonny
confronts Deimos.... On Friday, July 29, Jades
father freaks when he sees her kissing Joey.

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

Young And Restless

SEAN SMITH/JPI

Out Of The Blue


On Monday, July 25, an act of revenge
backfires.... Chelseas world spirals out
of control on Tuesday, July 26, while
Victoria and Nick fight for their positions
at Newman Enterprises.... On Wednesday,
July 27, Phyllis is forced to defend her
actions.... Kevin and Mariah (both r.) get
shocking news on Thursday, July 28.... On
Friday, July 29, Victoria receives a tempting proposition.

PRIME
TIME

ANNETTE BROWN/LIFETIME; TYLER GOLDEN/SYFY

On Monday, July 25, on DEVIOUS


MAIDS, Carmen (r.) finds herself
caught in the middle of the contentious
Powells; Genevieve meddles even more in
Marisols love life; Shannon makes a shockM
shocking confession that puts Rosie one step closer to
finding Peris killer; and Zoila and Kyle are both
on the receiving end of an unpleasant surprise....
Ian Ziering (ex-Cam, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Steve,
BEVERLY HILLS 90210) and Tara Reid (exAshley, DAYS, both below) are back for more in
SyFys SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS!
on Sunday, July 31.

Please Note: These are the scheduled air dates, released to us by the networks and TV production
companies at press time. Due to last-minute pre-emptions, actual air dates may vary.

17

star
tar

what theyre wearing...wh

all about me

What is a beauty product


W
t
that
you cant live without?
I have started using the Honest
brands beauty products, Jessica
b
Albas line, and I love it. Its crueltyA
ffree and has all-natural ingredients. She
has an eyebrow pencil that I love and a primer
that I love, but really all her makeup is amazing. You can get their Beauty Bundle for like
$50 that gets sent to your house with three
(Claudette, GH)
products.
How would you describe your personal
style of dress? Whatevers on the floor when I wake up in the morning, I put on [laughs]! I mean, not to make myself sound completely
unglamorous I think that I can pull it together, and I try to be as puttogether as possible, but in L.A., you spend so much time in your car,
its very much a sweatpants and T-shirts culture out here. Before I moved here, I never
wore sweatpants, didnt even own a pair. Now, somehow, I have acquired two pairs of
sweatpants!
sw
What is the hair color that you relate to most? I have rocked a
W
few different shades. I can pretend to have to think about it, but its
fe
an easy answer: Blonde. I tried brunette for a little
a
while and I felt like I was a blonde trying to be a
w
brunette, if that makes sense. Ive been going even
b
blonder lately. And I have been having more fun!
bl
H
NS
How would you describe Claudettes style? She
H
ON
/JPI
has some beautiful clothes. She is very put-together,
ha
very business chic, very sophisticated.
Do you buy any of your beauty products at the drugstore?
With cosmetics, I try to stay away from drugstore stuff because a lot
of drugstore brands test on animals. But dry shampoo, that Ill pick
up there. It is the most amazing product ever, ever, ever. Im not loyal
to any brand of dry shampoo. Whatever sounds good, Ill use.
What are your favorite shoes? Toms. Thats really easy.
Thats the brand that does the one for one [donating a pair for every pair bought]. I have these Toms XJ JOHNSON/JPI
wedges that are like a pair of boots that zip up the side. Theyre
amazing and I wear them all the time. The other ones I wear are these
sneakers that are really cool. I wear them every day.
What is your favorite accessory? I have a couple that I dont take
off. One is a necklace that my husband gave to me that has an M on it for Macs [her
son] name. My horseshoe ring is another one I wear all the time. BethAnn Bonner [exTalia, ONE LIFE TO LIVE] and I have matching ones.

Bree
Williamson

O
LJ
JIL

18

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

ere theyre going...what theyre doing

information
station
Q

HOWARD WISE/JPI; XJ JOHNSON/JPI

I never see questions


regarding mens wardrobe on the soaps. The
one character whose style I
love is Liam on B&B. He is
always wearing good-fitting
khaki trousers. Could the
show please share where
they typically shop for
Liams wardrobe?

Mark I., Graham, WA


The B&B wardrobe department shops for Scott
Cliftons Liam at all of the major department
stores, including Macys, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, and he wears almost exclusively Theory or
Hugo Boss for casual (khaki pants) or formal wear.

Y&Rs Sharon wore a great white sleeveless dress


with the laces on the side. Who makes it and where
can I buy it? Thanks!
Tracy W., via email
Rebecca Minkoff is the designer of Sharons (Sharon
Case) Drop Waist Crisscross dress, which retails for
$398. At press time, it was on sale at saksfifthavenue.
com for less.

Banus (Gabi, DAYS) gets often, Its


about my hair, which is really cool,
because I take care of it and spend
a good amount of time on it, she
shares. But everyone has a bad hair
day, and when Banus does, I have two
things I go for: a top knot or two little
buns. I call them head nuggets.

HOWARD WISE/JPI

HOWARD WISE/JPI

tress
success
n If theres one compliment Camila

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e all have our good days and our bad days, fashion-wise.
But not all of us have paparazzi to chronicle every misstep!
W
A team of experts weighs in on the chic and the shouldnt have.

squad
qu

Flach: Boy band suit.


Holman: This reminds
me of a bellhop.
McKinley: Who
doesnt love burgundy
and a peaked lapel?
This is such a cool
and relaxed look.
Jim DeMarco,
Emmy-winning
makeup artist

Hunter
King
(Summer, Y&R)

Rena
Sofer
(Quinn, B&B)

Joshua McKinley,
PROJECT
RUNWAY All-Star
@jmckinleynyc

20

DeMarco: Sizzling summer look. Love the color


and matching shoes.
Holman: I like this
clean and polished look
for her.
McKinley: I love when
a shoe matches the
dress perfectly. Bravo!

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

Matthew Holman,
Emmy-winning
hairstylist
@Matthewhairpro

James
Lastovic
(Joey, DAYS)

DeMarco: I am crazy
about the hair and
makeup. Very Katy
Perry. Im not even
looking at the dress!
Flach: Renas gown
is gorgeous, but the
hair and makeup are
over-the-top fabulous!
Holman: 100
percent! This is
everything.

D. GUIGNEBOURG/JPI
GU G
OU G/J

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

Christina Flach,
Celebrity
Makeup Artist,
www.prettygirl
makeup.com

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role, and they share some pretty
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Ziering), my first set visit (GUIDING LIGHT) and
the first time I realized this job was really cool (I got
to read KNOTS LANDING scripts. Scripts!). On a
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co)
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rth
Howa
Roger
Waldron on page 44. GHs
gave a rare interview to Mara Levinsky on page 38,
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VACATION
EDITION!

TWITTER/PENGHLIS

Leilas 10th #birthday serenade


through the canals of Venice:) Happy
Birthday has never sounded so good,
posted Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan,
ALL MY CHILDREN), with wife Vanessa,
son Lucas and the birthday girl.

My happy place,
trilled Jen Lilley
(Theresa, DAYS)
in Big Bear, CA.

INSTAGRAM/STAFFORD

INSTAGRAM/LILLEY

Between the Sphynx & Kafre,


Cheops Pyramids so desolate, even
the sounds of tourism has died.
Love the solitude, wrote Thaao
Penghlis (Andre, DAYS) in Egypt.

24
24

Kisses... Two million


kisses. These babies give
me life! enthused Michelle
Stafford (Nina, GH) of chilchil
dren Natalia and Jameson.

SOAP OPERA DIGEST


Michael Roark (Travis,
Y&R) posted this shot
in Breckenridge, CO.

Camelia Somers
(Charlotte, B&B)
strolled the streets
of Florence, Italy.

INSTAGRAM/CASTILLO

INSTAGRAM/ROARK

Teresa Castillo
(Sabrina, GH) went for
a hike in Maui, HI, with
hubby Shane and kids
Victoria and Sebastian.

25

INSTAGRAM/SOMERS

TWITTER/ANTOINE

Vinessa Antoine
(Jordan, GH)
hit the beach in
Tulum, Mexico.

INSTAGRAM/BANUS

Day 2 in paradise,
shared Camila Banus
(Gabi, DAYS) of her trip
to Punta Cana in the
Dominican Republic.

INSTAGRAM/VASI

Denise Vasi (exRandi, AMC)


and daughter
Lennox took in
the sights in
Portofino, Italy.

INSTAGRAM/M
CCULLOUGH

TWITTER/LOWDER

I could get use


to this... #Ojai
#sundayfunday, wrote
Kimberly McCullough
(ex-Robin, GH) on
Instagram.

Beach date, wrote Kyle Lowder


(ex-Brady, DAYS), with daughter
Isabella, whose mom is Arianne
Zucker (Nicole, DAYS).

26

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

Marie Wilson (Summer, DAYS)


got into the swing of things.

INSTAGRAM/JOVANNI

INSTAGRAM/BANUS

DAYSs Vivian
Jovanni (Ciara) got
contemplative in
Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland.

INSTAGRAM/LEBLANC

INSTAGRAM/MATULA

Y&Rs Christian J. LeBlanc


(Michael) visited co-star Jess
Walton (Jill) at her home in
Oregon. Way out WEST!!!
he captioned this shot.
#HighDesert #Horsies.

What an incredible day in


#athens! posted Kim Matula
(ex-Hope, B&B, with beau
Ben Goldberg). Thank you to
Georges Taxi for giving of us
the BEST tour of the city!
27

editors
Digest Salutes
The Best In
Soaps
Prisoners
Of Love,

ny trial involving Victor Newman is sure to


be filled with high-octane
theatrics, and even though
he wasnt in the hot seat this
time (Adam was being tried
for the murder of Constance
Bingham and his fathers
testimony would most likely
seal his fate), there were indeed fireworks aplenty.
Before Victors appearance, which everyone
assumed would be to publicly condemn Adam, Ian Ward
was scheduled to testify that
Victor had admitted to setting
his son up. That was a big,
fat lie, but true to form, Ward
reveled in the spotlight as he
strutted into the courtroom,
causing a disgusted Nikki to
look away.
After recounting Victors
jailhouse confession, Ian
stepped down and the state
called in Victor. His entry
alone was fraught with tension as a shudder went
through his family, underscored by an ominous drum
beat. Victor studiously
28

HOWARD WISE/JPI

Young And
Restless
Guess Again: Ian (Ray Wise, r.) mistakenly
believed that he had the upper hand with
Victor (Eric Braeden).

ignored his kin as he strode


to the stand, where Christine,
the DA, asked if the witness loves his son. Since
their acrimony was widely
known, the response he gave
was a stunner: With all my
heart, uttered Victor. My
son Adam is not a murderer!
Victor seemed so earnest,
so impassioned, that Adam
blinked with surprise, as if he
couldnt trust what his eyes
had beheld.
Meanwhile, Ian grabbed
his guards gun and, when
Nikki stepped out of the
courtroom, Ward took her
hostage. Moments later,
Victor emerged, also accompanied by a guard, who
drew his own gun. In taut
slo-mo, Victor shoved his
armed escort to prevent him
from firing in Nikkis direction, giving Ian the chance

to shoot. Victor was hit and


his assailant absconded with
Nikki. Pandemonium erupted as Victor was rushed to the
hospital.
At the Abbott cabin,
Phyllis was startled, to say
the least, when a gun-toting
Ian burst in with his hostage.
Lucky me, to go from a cold,
square cell of solitude to a
red-hot love triangle, Ward
crowed. The warped levity
of his zingers kept coming,
delivered with maniacal
mirth by the always entertaining Ray Wise. (Phyllis:
Put down the gun. Ian:
No, it goes with the suit.)
Ian tied up the ladies, then
gave instructions to a recovering Victor to deliver a $5
million ransom for Nikki.
After deducing Wards
location, Victor escaped
the hospital, but his rescue

Vinessa Antoine and


Tequan Richmond
(JORDAN AND TJ, GH)
n When the long-percolating
g
truth about TJs paternity
y
(Shawn is his bio pop, not the
e
late Thomas, Sr.) finally burstt
open, it produced mesmerizing
g
mother/son turbulence, thanks
s
to impassioned performances by
y
Antoine and Richmond.
Richmond was all the more
impressive because he essentially came
off the bench for these challenging scenes but his
long absence from the canvas clearly did not dilute
his emotional connection to his characters plight.
Blazing in to his mothers office to confront her, his
hurt, confusion and anger were obvious in his antsy,
defensive posture, the rough tone in his voice, the
agony flashing in his eyes. This young man is the real
deal, capable of sculpting nuances and layers that
many a veteran would envy; every exasperated sigh,
incredulous expression and explosion of indignation
provided a clear and stirring window into TJs outrage
and devastation.
Antoine offered a contrasting energy, the calm to his
storm. The day her character had been dreading was
suddenly here, and she would face it with dignity. TJs
harsh accusations chipped away at her composure;
when he called her out on this not being the first major lie
of hers hed uncovered (How many times are we gonna
do this, Mom?), shame flickered across her face and
her body quivered with the effort not to break down. Still,
Jordan demanded respect, both in as many words and in
her carriage, holding her head high as she spoke of how
she had tried to protect him, to preserve his memories of
the only dad hed ever known. I wont apologize for that,
she declared, strong and firm. Later, as she left a pleading
voicemail for the son who might never forgive her (Will
you just text me, let me know that youre okay?), we saw
a more vulnerable Jordan, and we felt every drop of her
desperation, despondence and self-doubt.
These actors made these scenes worth the wait
and that our hearts broke for the deceiver and the
deceived is proof of how strong their work was.

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

performers of the week

JILL JOHNSON/JPI
JOHNSON/JP

mission was thwarted att


the scene, adding one moree
captive to Ians hostage list.
Victor obediently accessedd
his bank account on a laptop, so Ian released Phyllis
and Nikki (You used to bee
a lot more fun, Nicole, hee
griped). Nikki turned backk
to look at Victor and theirr
steeped-in-decades passionn
was evident even in a fleeting
glance.
Next, Victor took pleasure in revealing to Ian thatt
he had alerted the authorities.
Its not checkmate yet, Iann
raged as he brandished his
weapon and pointed it, hands
shaking, at Victor. Instead off
shooting, though, he handedd
the gun to Newman andd
goaded him to fire. Face reddened, veins popping, Victorr
was poised to squeeze thee
trigger when he saw Nikkis
face in the window, relaxing
the beast within him andd
a good thing, too, becausee
the police soon burst inn
and handcuffed them both.
Before Victor was led away,
starry-eyed Nikki beamed att
her perennial hero, marveling, You sacrificed so muchh
to get here.
These edge-of-your-seatt
scenes made for gripping
drama, but in the end, thee
action really served to underscore Victor and Nikkis
timeless romance, which itt
did with aplomb. Thirty-fivee
years after Y&R first broughtt
these characters together, thee
show continues to strike goldd
by mining their complex andd
w
compelling bond.

thumbs up!
down!

Best Of Show Or
Worse For Wear?
W
Digest Decides.
thumbs up!

GENERAL HOSPITAL

It has been a real pleasure to see Nancy Lee


Grahn (Alexis) and Finola
Hughes (Anna) in such
close storyline proximity,
perhaps never more so than
in the scenes where Alexis

Applause,
Applause

s
Loved the sly reference GH
Heather made to ex-hubby
n
Jeffs portrayer, Richard Dea
e,
Anderson of MACGYVER fam
was
He
,
nco
Fra
told
when she
very handy around the house.
Give him a paper clip and a
ld
spool of thread, and he cou
at
gre
a
did
B
B&
.
!..
start a car
ini
job promoting National Bik
Day on July 5, with leading
ladies Jacqueline MacInnes
Wood (Steffy), Linsey Godfrey
(Caroline) and Heather Tom
ce
(Katie) sporting their two-pie
tts
swimsuits for Steffy and Wya
t
July 4th bash.... Its nice tha
DAYS is continuing to shown
case the warm bond betwee
,
Nicole and Parker.... On Y&R
rspa
bal
ver
kis
Nik
Phyllis and
es
ring while tied up as hostag
be
proves these ladies need to
sharing more scenes!
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GHs Alexis and Anna


(Nancy Lee Grahn, l.,
and Finola Hughes)

apologized to Anna for


staying silent after Julian
ordered the hit on Duke. I
married him knowing what
he did to Duke, and that
was wrong, Alexis told
her. Anna tried to give her
something of an out (Julian
probably convinced her to
keep quiet to protect their
family, she theorized), but
Alexis owned her actions:
I loved him.... I believed

Picky Picky

him, in him. There was


an emotional nakedness to
their exchange, a powerpowerful moment of reckoning
between the two women
that was played with great
effectiveness by two great
actors, in which they saw
each other and we saw
them in a new light.
They have had their difdifferences, but these scenes
highlighted that as women

For a supposedly
experienced grifter,
DAYSs Summer shows poor judgment when it comes to
discretion. She sat in the open with Dario at Club TBD
discussing Clarks death.... As much as we loved the
confrontation between GHs TJ and Jordan over his true
paternity, the momentum of this long-awaited moment
was spoiled by the distance between TJ sightings after he
overheard his mom and Curtis discussing the secret....
Why wasnt B&Bs Will with his parents and family members at his big brother Wyatts July 4th party?

HOWARD WISE/JPI

To Forgive, Divine

thumbs up!

DAYS OF OUR LIVES


Man Of Action

After wasting away in


prison for far too long,
Andre came roaring back
to Salem, and immediimmediately thrust himself in the
thick of things, which is a
delightful turn of events.
After drawing Aiden into
his web, Andre turned
his wily attention to half
brother Chad and exploitexploited their shared DiMera
heritage, hoping to elicit
sympathy and forgiveness,
but not without expecting
something in return. When
Abigail escaped from
Shady Hills, Andre leaped
upon the opportunity to
help in exchange for a
piece of DiMera real estate
he prized. Finally, theres
the new alliance that Andre
has forged with Kate. Both
characters are outsiders
with scores to settle, so
pairing them opens the door
to endless possibilities.
Portrayer Thaao Penghlis
is a master at nuance, doudouble entendre and tempering
Andres lethal nature with
sly humor, and its a boon,
indeed, to see him back on
the front burner.

thumbs
down!
YOUNG AND
RESTLESS

Love In Gloom

Stitch and Abbys


romance may have
made it to I do
despite his lingerlinger- Y&Rs Stitch and
(Sean Carrigan
ing feelings for her Abby
and Melissa Ordway)
mother, Ashley, but
XJ JOHNSON/JPI
his son, Max, has
certainly thrown a wrench gery. Now, he has physical
into their newlywed bliss. problems as a result, which
After morose Max moved has made a guilt-ridden
to Genoa City, he began Stitch distant with his
throwplaying mean pranks on bride. Were all for throwhis stepmom, which were ing challenges at a couple
entertaining at first until to keep them engaging, but
he caused Abbys miscarmiscar- Mrs. and Mrs. Rayburn
riage. From there, things deserve a break. Let them
turned even more serious, have some happy times, at
with the boy being diagdiag- least until Stitchs pesky
nosed with a brain tumor attachment to Ashley rears
w
and undergoing risky sursur- its ugly head.

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

and mothers whove given


their hearts to mob-afflicted
men, they also have a lot in
common. The dialogue and
performances were spot-on,
doing both of these comcomplex characters proud.

Second Opinion
Heres whats on our minds!

Im glad to see DAYSs Joey and Jade safely


back in Salem, but with her penchant for cults,
robberies and getting her loved ones into hostage situations and all, I have to wonder about their future.
I was hoping Joey would heed his parents warnings and
reevaluate his relationship, and it seems Joey is, in fact,
getting a clue that his girlfriends wild child behavior isnt
okay. When Jade visited Joey in the hospital, crushed that
her parents had officially kicked her out of the house, he
was appropriately sympathetic, but I also caught a look of
panicked realization cross his face when Jade reaffirmed
her reliance on him. Im all for Joey asking himself what it
means to be in this deep with a girl like Jade, especially
if it leads to some meaningful character development,
because he needs to mend, both mentally and physically,
from his recent troubles, and he can only to do so with
Jade out of the picture. Suzanne Herman
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CALIFORNIA

WHIRL
Ingo Rademacher Happily Crossed The
Ocean For A Short-Term Comeback
To His Old GH Stomping Grounds

ext week, Ingo Rademacher


returns to the role of Jax, the
wealthy white knight who gave
Sonny a run for his honey (Brenda)
when he blew into Port Charles in 1996.
Both character and actor have evolved
quite a bit in the 20 years that have, somesome
how, elapsed since then (I still feel like
Im 20! Rademacher professes). When
he first joined the show, I was in my mid20s, when you think you know it all, he
recalls. What a world of difference that
was! I was single and it was all about work,
putting my head down and working as hard
as I could. Now its [trying to] work as little
as possible and spend as much time with
my kids and my wife as I can.
As Jax, Rademacher was an immeimme
diate hit, as was the Sonny/Brenda/Jax
love triangle in which he quickly became
embroiled. At the time, he took his success
somewhat for granted. I had been a lead
on the Australian soap,
PARADISE BEACH,
By Mara
on which he starred from
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1993-94 before moving to the States, so I


was expecting to come on [to GH] and be
one of the leads, he explains. But now,
I can look back on it and go, Wow, that
was one of the all-time best love triangles.
It didnt last very long, because Vanessa
[Marcil, ex-Brenda] left and Maurice
[Benard, Sonny] left for a while, too. But
to this day, people talk about, Jax and
Brenda or Sonny and Brenda? People
are still rooting for one of them to sail off
into the sunset [with her], and who knows
what could happen if the soap stays on for
another 20, 30 years?
The passage of time and his own
passage through GH he left in 2000,
returned the following year and exited
again in 2011, visiting in 2012 and 2013
have given him a new appreciation for
that old Jax magic. Having been away for
really the last five years, I do kind of look
back and go, Yeah, I could have been
nicer, he admits. I
always easy to work
Levinsky was
with, I think, but now I
STEVEN BERGMAN
BERGM
MAN

(Jasper
Jax
Jacks)

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

Just The Facts

Birthday: April 22
Provenance: Born in Germany,
but moved to Australia when he
was 10.
Just The Four Of Us: He married
wife Ehiku on October 3, 2009,
and they are the proud parents
of two sons, Peanut, born on
July 11, 2008, and Pohaku, born
on May 13, 2012. We have a
really, really tight family unit.
Face First: When Rademacher
reunited with co-star Maurice
Benard (Sonny), The first
thing that he did was morph his
face onto mine and put it on
Snapchat. Why say hello when
were going right back to what
we were doing before?
Island Time: The Hawaii-based
actor loves hanging out with GH
pals like Kelly Monaco (Sam)
and Kimberly McCullough (exRobin) on their trips to the
island. Kimberly comes out
a bunch and my kids just love
her. After her last trip here, they
called every girl Kimberly.
Water, Baby! When the actor
arrived in L.A. to report to
work at GH last month, I went
straight to the marina, took my
board out, and went on a fivemile paddle. It keeps me sane.
Transportation Glitch: Rademacher has been rolling up to
the GH studio in the big Sprinter
van he keeps in California,
which has caused some concon
fusion at the security booth.
They always say, Sir, you
here for a delivery? I go, No,
I play one of the characters on
the show. This is my personal
vehicle!
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look at it and go, You know,


it really is a great job, to be
an actor on a daytime show.
You have a different attitude
when you step away from it
for a while. Sometimes you
forget how lucky you have it;
some actors lose sight of that
when they keep going to work
every day, year after year, so
its nice to kind of see it from
a distance, from a different
perspective, a more mature
perspective.
INSTAGRAM/RADEMACHER
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says
say
y
s Rademach
Rademacher,
her p
picic
mature seem like fitfitting descriptions for the sea tured with sons Peanut, l., and Pohaku, wife Ehiku and Sebastian
Rochs (ex-Jerry, GH) pup, Ziggy, of his close-knit family.
change in the actors personal
life since meeting, marrying and having two in September or October, and over Christmas,
high-energy boys with Hawaii native Ehiku. we took a trip to Europe. I pretty much said,
Their love story, he reports, did not kick off Youve gotta move to L.A., otherwise, this
very promisingly: They met on the beach after isnt going to work.
Rademacher bought a house in her home state
She did move and it did work.
but, he recounts with a laugh, I crashed and Rademacher says that he was more than
burned, pretty much, for like three months. I ready to give up the bachelor life. I was 35,
had kind of let it go, like, Bummer, because I think, and was probably ready sooner than
I was really interested, and finally she came that, he muses. Maybe I just couldnt find
around and agreed to go out with me. It went the right person or maybe I thought I was
pretty quickly from there. We started dating mature but I wasnt! Even at 35, I still had a
lot to learn about relationships. But when he
knew, he knew, and when he met Ehiku, he
says, I was like, My search is over!
n Rademacher is a competitive paddleWhen he wrapped up at GH in 2011, the
board racer. A couple of years ago I got duo by then married and parents to firstfirstborn son Peanut had a major decision to
double 18th place at a race that was
make. The choice would have been to either
out of 55 of the worlds best paddlers,
stay in L.A. and try to get something else or
he reports. I was pretty stoked to be in
pack up and leave and just see what happened.
the top 20.
We were definitely due to go back to Hawaii
n While in L.A. to do DANCING WITH
because she had been over here for so many
THE STARS in 2013, I pulled off the
freeway and I see this beautiful Triumph years. It was just a decision that we made very
Bonneville motorcycle next to me. I
quickly and then we kind of fell into startstarting our company, Mahiku Activewear. We
used to have the same bike, so I put
were smart and started off slow, with just a
the windows down and said, Hey, man,
pair of pants in a few different colors, and now
nice bike! The guy flips his helmet up
weve almost got a full line.
and goes, Hey, Ingo! It was Ignacio
Though his acting career is no longer his
Serricchio [ex-Diego]!

Did you know?

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primary
i
ffocus, R
Rademacher
d
h still
ill works here and
there (People ask me, Are you retired? and Im
like, No, not really, Im 45! ), but he prefers to
do it in Hawaii; and when he finishes his return
trip to GH, its back home to work on the new seaseason of HAWAII FIVE-0. I got on that as soon as
I moved there, and they dont allow you to come
back and play a different character, but they made
an exception for this role that Im playing now,
Robert Coughlin, a nice recurring role, which
was really cool of them to do. There had been sort
of a dry spell of shows coming through there, but
its kind of busy right now; all of a sudden, my
managers are getting phone calls.
So hes particularly glad that his schedule, and
GHs, worked out to accommodate a Jax comecomeback. Four episodes into his return at the time of
this interview, Rademacher can sum up slipping
back into the character in a word: Comfortable.
Ive known Maurice and Laura [Wright, Carly]
and Nancy [Lee Grahn, Alexis] and so many
producers and members of the crew for so long. I
got Nancy good; I said, Did you know its been
a whole year since Ive been here? She was like,
No way! I go, Actually, its been three, and
she was like, Oh, my God! It doesnt feel like
that at all; thats how comfortable it is.
He remains grateful to GH for setting him on
his current path. Being on the show for so long
has allowed me to do the things that Im doing
now, living in Hawaii and raising the family
there and starting a business, he says. Its been
w
my building block.

INSTAGRAM/RADEMACHER

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Origin
Story:
It was a great
storyline, says
s
Rademacher,
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p
on Digests
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cover in 1996
c
with love
w
ttriangle partners Maurice
n
Benard
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(Sonny) and
Vanessa Marcil
(ex-Brenda).

Brotherly Love

n Ingo Rademacher got a nice


job perk out of his GH run: a
best friend in on-screen brother
Sebastian Roch (ex-Jerry). It
was pretty much love at first
sight, Rademacher reports.
When he joined the show I
wasnt even there; I was on a
two-month vacation in Hawaii.
But everyone told him, Oh,
youre going to love Ingo when
he comes back. And when I
came back, he just came up to
me with his big, happy smile
and goes, Hey, man! I told
him, You know, you should
buy a house in Venice, and he
did he bought the house Im
sitting in right now, because I
stay with him when Im in L.A.!
I call him and say, Honey, Im
just leaving the studio, want to
go for a run [laughs]? Weve
been friends for a long time
now and I was the best man at
his wedding, which was just an
awesome experience. Were like
family, you know? We have a lot
of fun together.
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@PiersonFode (Thomas, B&B)

@Johnny_DeLuca (Aaron, GH)


Dropped my car key in the elevator and it
slid into the crack and down the elevator
shaft. Happy Tuesday.
@JacquelineMWood (Steffy, B&B)
I feel like I start my mornings so healthy and
then its just a downhill spiral after that....
@karlamosley (Maya, B&B)
I have a simple dream...8 hours of sleep.
#DreamBig #SweetSleepBoPeeps

TWITTER/FOD

Day:3 -No sign of civilization. Social


media withdrawals have set in.
Weve eaten the last member of
our boy band...

check it out!
@linseygodfrey
(Caroline, B&B)
Is anyone else watching the
new @BBCAMERICA show
Thirteen!? Its really interesting! Im excited to see whats
going to happen!

@crystalchappell (ex-Carly, DAYS)


Never a good sign when someone pulls
something out if the fridge and asks...
Whats that? #unidentifiablefood

@lldubs (Carly, GH)


Ok. Im going in for @Orphan
Black season finale. I dont
want a hiatus !! Im gonna
miss them all !!! Haa #Helena
#Allison #Favs

@SherriSaum1 (ex-Vanessa, BEACH)


I havent watched tv with commercials in a
very long time. Every ad seems like a new
pharma drug with a dippy name. Why are
we so ill?

@Marth27
(Belle, DAYS)
So, I just finished episodeone
of @UnRealLifetime! Dammit!
#hooked #bingewatching

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For Nearly 25
Years, Daytime
TV Has
Been Roger
Howarths
Professional
Playing Field

(Franco Baldwin, GH)

By Mara Levinsky

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Roger Howarths soap debut,
a few inauspicious days of work
on GUIDING LIGHT. He quickly
landed on LOVING, staying for a
few months as snotty frat boy Kent
before being cast in his breakout,
Emmy-winning role of ONE LIFE
TO LIVEs Todd, which he reprised
in 2011 after an eight-year AS
THE WORLD TURNS run as Paul.
Howarth, now in his fourth year at
GH (his third as Franco), chatted
with Digest about his life in daytime.
Soap Opera Digest: When you hit

the scene on ONE LIFE, you made


a splash in a way that was pretty
rare.
Roger Howarth: I was pretty lucky.
It was pretty great.
Digest: Does it feel now like that
whole experience happened to a
different person, or does it exist
way in the recesses of your mind?
Howarth: I mean, I was a totally different person and it was a long time
ago. If Im truthful, I have only vague
recollections of it.
Digest: But you feel lucky to have
had an impact on viewers, and on
the show?

Birthday: September 13
Hometown: Hastings-on-Hudson,
NY
Connected Four: The New York
City-based actor and his wife of 25
years, Cari Stahler, are parents to
a son, Julian, 24, and a daughter,
Langston, 14.
Soap History: Jory, GUIDING
LIGHT, 1992; Kent, LOVING, 1992;
Todd, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, 199295, 1996-98, 2000-03, 2011-12,
2013; Prof. Hetson, DAWSONS
CREEK, 2002-03; Paul, AS THE
WORLD TURNS, 2003-10; Todd,
GENERAL HOSPITAL, 2012-13
Girl Power: Toby, a 6-month-old
female puppy, is a new addition to
Howarths family. Shes awesome
mischievous and strong-willed
and complicated.
High Visibility: For years, the
only TV that I really watched was
the TV I watched with my kids.
Everybody else was watching MAD
MEN and I was watching THE
WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE!
I became a big fan of Spencer
[Jerry Trainor] from iCARLY. I
think hes a genius. Nowadays,
Im watching sports, pretty much
exclusively. Its a great summer
for soccer. His team of choice?
Arsenal.
Play List: Ive been listening to
The National and Kendrick Lamar.
I think hes awesome. And I listen
to Chopin almost every day. The
preludes, thats my jam.
Dawsons Peek: The actor enjoyed
catching up with former ATWT half
brother/stepfather Trent Dawson
(ex-Henry) when he popped in to
GH as Huxley. Im happy for him;
he seems to be enjoying his family
life. I hope they bring him back.
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SOAP OPERA DIGEST

Stadium

JUST THE
FACTS

Lead By Example:
The biggest help
I got from another
actor was definitely
Erika [Slezak, exViki], says Howarth
of his early days in
Llanview.

We Meet Again: It was great


to see her, says Howarth of
reuniting with former OLTL/
GH daughter Kristen Alderson
(ex-Starr) at a charity event in
Philadelphia in June. Shes such
a cool girl.
STEVE FENN/ABC; TWITTER/ROHE

Im totally grateful
to have a job!
Howarth: Totally.
Digest: When you were starting out

there, did anyone help show you the


ropes?
Howarth: Oh, sure! Yeah, absolutely. I got
a lot of help. I think the biggest help I got
from another actor was definitely Erika
[Slezak, ex-Viki], just watching somebody
who was totally committed and totally prepared and had a great sense of humor. Erika
was a champ. I dont think in all the days
that I worked with her that she ever had a
dark cloud over her. She was just positive
and committed and shes a terrific actor.
And also, her endorsement ... I had a process that was sometimes misunderstood.
I would just kind of keep to myself; that
was the only way I could manage to learn
that much material, because in that day,
there really was a lot more to learn, a lot
more to say, and so I had to practice it, you
know? So her stamp of approval kept me
employed there; the fact that she enjoyed
working with me probably encouraged
them to keep me around [laughs]. Im kind
of grateful for that from her, too!
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Digest: Thats definitely the impression

I had of you, that you kept to yourself.

Howarth: Yeah, I still do. I still do. I think

you only have so much energy. Just as a life


thing, its like, you have to figure out where
you put your attention. And I think when I
was in my 20s and 30s, all of my energy went
into trying to tell the story. If people thought I
wasnt friendly, it didnt bother me.
Digest: Several of your GH castmates
have singled you out to me as someone
who was really helpful to them when
they first started. Is it typical of you to
take an interest in the newbies and try
to help them get acclimated?
Howarth: Um, I dont know. The answer
to that might be yes, somehow, inadvertently! I mean, I think were supposed
to help one another. I think thats nice.
But I dont know how it happened, that
I got to be the veteran. The other day I
was talking to Matt Cohen [Griffin], who
is super-cool, just a sweet, sweet guy,
and Hayley Erin [Kiki], who is also terrific. We were talking about how much
we loved the show RUGRATS and we
agreed that Pigeon Man was the best
episode of HEY ARNOLD, and might be
the best episode of television that has ever
been made. And then I realized that I was

Tress Levels:
Francos hair
with Nina
(Michelle
Stafford,
above) in
2014, and
with Liz
(Rebecca
Herbst) in
2016.

THE LONG AND


THE SHORT OF IT
n Francos been rocking longer hair these

days, and the impetus for the switch came


from Howarths boss, Executive Producer
Frank Valentini. Frank made a comment like,
Dont cut your hair, because Jake is going to
want to grow his hair to look like you. But,
you know, he said that months ago, so I think
it would already have been in a script if we
were going to do that! So now Im just kind of
like, Here I am! I am sure there was truth to
it in the moment, but I think they might have
changed their idea. It may just be a product
of laziness at this point, because the woman
who for 25 years has cut my hair and my familys hair lives in New York, and I work in Los
Angeles. It could just be that!
At the same time, Howarth thinks Francos
new look makes sense in the context of his
current storyline as he transitions between
romantic interests. I do think that characters
should have different looks with different stories, that it helps to separate them visually.
[OLTLs] Todd with Rebecca should look different than Todd with Blair or Todd with Ta,
because those were all kind of different ideas.
41

HOWARD WISE/JPI; RICK ROWELL/ABC

talking about a TV show that I


had watched with my son and that
they had actually watched, themselves, as children. And I went
from being, like, one of the cool
kids to being one of the cool kids
dads [chuckles heartily].
Digest: If its any consolation, I
dont think that they see you as
a grandpa figure quite yet.
Howarth: Well, I am the guy
thats got to put the glasses on
before blocking. That happened!
But I like being the age I am, so it
doesnt bother me.
Digest: On-screen these days,
Franco is pursuing a relationship with Liz, but has some
unfinished emotional business
with Nina, I think.
Howarth: Yeah, I think theres a
really rich history between Nina
and Franco, and I think that everybody is really hopeful that the
writers will pay attention to that
and mine that and not just kind
of toss it aside because I think
as soon as those two characters
are in the same room, something
will happen, given the volatility of
both of their emotional lives.
Digest: What is it that you like
about working with Michelle
Stafford (Nina)?
Howarth: Her spontaneity and
her commitment. I think some of
the stuff we did was really good,
and I dont say that a lot.
Digest: What do you like about
working with Rebecca Herbst
(Elizabeth)?
Howarth: Theres an intelligence
to her choices and I think shes
really interested in finding deeper
emotional levels in things. Both
of those things are true of both of
those people. I have seen stuff in
Michelles performances when I

saw it on-screen that I hadnt noticed when


we were doing it, and that was pretty cool.
Digest: Wait, I know you dont watch
your work, so what do you mean you
saw it on-screen? By accident?
Howarth: Yeah, totally by accident! In the
makeup room, I saw the scene where Franco
is explaining to Nina, I dont want to have
kids with you. The reactions she had that
were without dialogue, they had real value.
Digest: But there is stuff youve done
where you can say, Im proud of that,
or That was good?
Howarth: Yeah, but its funny for me.
What Im hunting for, what Im looking
for, is the experience of leaving the set
knowing we all did a great job together. I
dont need to watch the show to confirm
that it happened. When it does, its great.
To watch the show and sit in judgment
and try to figure out whether it was good
or bad is a trap.
Digest: Since you dont watch the show
and youre not on social media, Im
curious to what extent you get a sense
of whether or not something is working,
like a new romantic pairing, say.
Howarth: Well, we actually do have an
audience when we work and I do take cues
from people in the studio. Like, if I get
to the set and Sonny and Carly are in the
Metro Court having a conversation and
everything is completely quiet, I know its
because theyre doing really well, that the
writing is coming together with these two
actors and the actors are committed. You
can kind of sense that as soon as you walk
on set, when theres a guy standing 10 feet
away from the scene that theyre shooting
with a panel of lights and hes watching.
Theres this kind of breathlessness to the
studio and when it happens, its really
exciting. And thats how you know.
Digest: Do your kids ever watch the show?
Howarth: No, theyve never seen any of
it. I mean, theyve been on set while I was
working. But my dad is a teacher and I
didnt go watch him teach class, you know
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DID YOU KNOW?

n GHs casting director, Mark


Teschner, attended a music and arts
camp as a teen where Howarths
father was directing a play, and
according to Teschner, he babysat for
a then-6-year-old Howarth. Howarth
remembers it slightly differently: He
was dating my sister. He did very
little babysitting!
n He has absolutely not done
anything to decorate or personalize
his dressing room. Its a storage
space, he shrugs.

what
h I mean??
Digest: Yeah, but his classes werent
televised, Im presuming [Howarth
laughs]. They would have easier access
if they were curious, is all Im saying.
Howarth: Well, if theyre curious, theyll
let me know.
Digest: You came to GH after living
through the cancellations of both AS
THE WORLD TURNS and ONE LIFE
TO LIVE. What was that experience
like?
Howarth: It makes me sad because there
were hundreds of people who worked for
those shows. I do think there must have
been a reason. I just dont know what it
is. You know, they canceled WILL &
GRACE, too, and that was a pretty good
show. They must have had a reason to do
it. I suspect that it wasnt making as much
money as they needed it to make.
Digest: For you as an actor on those
shows, was it like, Oh, well, the gig
ended and thats what acting jobs do?
Howarth: Yes. Yes, 100 percent.
Digest: Has that experience given you a
different perspective on your job at GH?
Howarth: Are you asking me if Im appreciative of having a job? Yeah, Im totally
grateful to have a job! In my life, I have
had years where I worked and years where
I worked less, and working is better than
w
not working.

Forget BABY DADDY!


Some Of TVs Funniest Lines
Are On Soaps.
BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL
(Bill and Wyatt are resistant to Liams new ideas
for Spencer Publications.)
Bill: We dont need to
change anything, Liam.
Except for maybe your tie.

DEVIOUS MAIDS
(Adrian asks Carmen for
her opinion.)
Adrian: Carmen, which
one of these canes goes
best with my golfing
attire?
Carmen: The black one.
The gold one makes you
look like a pimp.
Adrian: Gold it is.
(Carmen is terrified after
turning Evelyn away on
Adrians orders.)
Adrian: Thats just her

natural expression. Evelyn


has resting murder face.
(Peris sister, Shannon,
cant cope with little
Tuckers tantrum.)
Shannon: Find me some
Xanax.
Jesse: Do you have a
prescription?
Shannon: Not for me.
For him!

GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Finn examines Tracy and
checks her heartbeat.)
Finn: Well, whether you
like it or not, you have a
heart.
(Finn apologizes to Tracy
for getting her in trouble
with Monica.)
Finn: It wasnt my intent
to cause any discord.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS


(Spencer tries to convince
the Liars that Mary Drake
is not her long deceased
twin, Jessica.)
Spencer: When they
dug up Mrs. D in my
backyard, she wasnt just a
little bit dead; she was rotting corpse dead.
(Newlywed Alison discovers her husband is working
against her when she catches him drugging her.)
Elliott: Just like you,
Alison, karma can be such
a bitch.

YOUNG AND RESTLESS


(Chelsea comes downstairs to check on Adam
and Connors living room
camp-out.)
Chelsea: Who ate more
smores? You or Daddy?
Adam: Sweetheart, Im
10 times his size.
Chelsea: So you ate 10
times as many?
Adam: Well, its
simple math.

HOWARD WISE/JPI

Just Desserts: Y&Rs Natalie


(Mara McCaffray) assumed
Kevin (Greg Rikaart) wanted
sweet justice.

(Natalie is clueless
when Kevin confronts her because
he thinks shes the
Newman Enterprises
saboteur.)
Kevin: What have
you done?!
Natalie: Dont
judge. It was just
one doughnut. w
43

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

classic

Tracy: Oh, were


Quartermaines. We live
for discord!

XJJOHNSON/JPI

DAYSs Mary Beth Evans (Kayla)


likes where she is in her life today,
both personally and professionally
hirty years after making her debut as Kayla, Mary
Beth Evans admits she never expected to still be in
Salem. I have zero foresight, so never did I think
of that, she says. I dont know how 30 years has
gone by so fast. But my wish is that Kayla lasts until the
day I drop. That would be incredible.
Evans is experiencing a career renaissance of sorts
these days. In addition to being awarded the Daytime
Emmy for Outstanding Actress for her performance as
Kayla in May, Evans was named Outstanding Actress in
a Digital Daytime Series for her role as Sara Garrett on
THE BAY, and also nabbed an additional Emmy for her
work as a producer on the series. Im still overwhelmed
by the whole thing, quite frankly, she admits, adding
that the golden girls havent found a forever spot in her
home. I have an old house. Theyre jammed on a table
with my little lamp, next to the couch. Im going to have
to figure something out.
Being a permanent fixture in Salem again is also giving her reason to smile. Im so happy there, she says.
I was just standing on set yesterday and somebody was
talking and I looked out and there was the prop master,
the set dresser, and somebody else, and they were all
standing there waiting to organize something or do
something on the set and I thought, God, I just love this.

Birthday: March 7
Birthplace: Pasadena, CA
Married With Children:
She and husband Michael
Schwartz have three adult
children: Danny (born in
1987), Katie (born in 1990)
and Matthew (born in 1993).
Share And Share Alike:
Evans treasures the friendships she has made with
her DAYS co-stars. Several
of us, Kristian [Alfonso,
Hope], Deidre [Hall,
Marlena], Lauren [Koslow,
Kate] and Missy [Reeves,
Jennifer], have all known
each other for a long time.
We share a lot as mothers
and I think we respect one
another for that.
Keeping Fit: My husband
and I started paddle boarding. I also go to cardio barre
all the time.
Groovy Tunes: When it
comes to music, Im totally
a teenybopper.
Romance Theater: I
like love stories. I loved
the movie Far from the
Madding Crowd. The
Notebook is my favorite
film.
Premium TV: I like RAY
DONOVAN. I also enjoyed
the HBO movie, ALL THE
WAY, about LBJ.
45

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

BY
ROBERT
WALDRON

JUST
THE FACTS

Gregori J. Martin always has something


new up his sleeve. I look at THE BAY as
the little engine that could. It started out so
raw. We shot at a friends bar somewhere
on Hollywood Boulevard. Everything was
rough. I called Gregori and said, You
cannot put that out. He told me, We have
to put it out on this date. It was scary in
the beginning. Its fascinating to see what
it has evolved into today. The show is so
beautiful now. Gregori has such perseverance and steadfastness. I dont know how
he recruits so many talented people. I
could say a billion words about him. Hes
an amazing guy.
The real amazing guy in her life is
her hubby, Michael Schwartz. After 35
years together, he and I are super-happy,
she beams. The kids are grown and doing

This time in my life


is so wonderful.

I just love being an actor, doing this, and


I love all the people working together to
make it happen. I feel so lucky that I get
to work in this field that I love so much.
At this point, Im going to have to drum
up something else to do. I dont know how
to do anything else! I tell my husband Im
going to come work at his work or something; Ill be the official greeter.
Evans is thrilled about THE BAYs
new season premiering on Amazon
Prime. Its super-exciting, she enthuses.
Wendy Riche [former GH executive producer] has come on board, which is really
a coup. I love having her there. [Creator]
46

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

Still The One:


Thirty-five
years after
saying, I do,
Evans and
hubby Michael
Schwartz are
super-happy.

Listen Up: They talk pretty openly to


me, says Evans, pictured here with
children Katie and Matthew. You have
to earn being accessible, practice nonjudgment and really listen to them.
INSTAGRAM/EVANS

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

DID YOU KNOW?

well. Empty nesting has proven to be


a boon to their relationship, she reports.
When all of the kids moved out to be on
their own, a lot of the stresses that you
have about kids, disagreements, or a different take on something, dissipated. So
now its just very calm and sweet. We
live very well together. We enjoy doing
the same things. We go sailing a lot on the
weekends. We love that, and we have our
little routine, like we go to a certain little
restaurant on Friday night, and to the movies Saturday night. That sort of routine is
what brings you comfort when you get
older. At least for me it does.
The couples oldest son Danny resides
in Mexico, while their two younger children live nearby. Our house is in the
middle between Matthews home and his
job, she describes. We have a swim jet
pool, so he stops by a few times a week,
because he was a big water polo player
in school. Hell swim, and go through the
refrigerator and ask, Is there any turkey?
and then go to work. When he was a little
kid, he used to call me and say, So-and-so
wants to come and spend the night, but I
just want to check, what are you making
for dinner? If I was making something
good, he for sure came home. So hes
always been about the food. Hes cute.
With her personal and professional life
at a high, Evans knows she has a lot to be
grateful for. I think I was born with a positive attitude and that has taken me far,
she reflects. Sure, it would be great to not

HOWARD WISE/JPI

At 14, she got a job at a fast food


restaurant.
In fourth grade, Evanss classmates
voted her best actress.
Evans studied acting at the South
Coast Repertory Company.

Son Shine: He
lets me mom
him, says Evans
of on-screen son
James Lastovic
(Joey).

THE MOTHER OF ALL

n Evans and co-star Stephen Nichols


(Steve) share similar attitudes about
child care. Stephen is an extremely
caring parent, praises Evans. Hes
also adorable about his grandchildren.
We both really shoot from the heart.
We were so lucky with James Lastovic
being cast as Joey, because hes the
perfect fit for us. He lets me mom him.
Im always playing with his ears and
he just takes it. We both love James.
Evans is also a fan of her former TV
daughter. When Shelley Hennig was
on as Stephanie, my daughter had just
gone to college. So that was such a nice
time for me because I could put all that
love and longing into Shelley, who is just
the sweetest person on the planet.

age anymore, as far as physically, but this


time in my life is so wonderful. I have this
nice job working with great people. There
are just so many blessings, whatever you
want to call it, but I just feel so lucky and I
w
really say, Thank you.
47

roundup

Q Whats a smtaisrttaeked thyoaut


Scott Clifton
(Liam, B&B)
When I was [on
GH as Dillon],
I tried way too
hard, to the point
of overstepping
boundaries, to find
out upcoming story
for my character.
Now, I just trust
that the writing is
going where its
going, and Ive
never made that
mistake again.
DARREN MICHAELS/CBS

Mishael Morgan
(Hilary, Y&R)
I came to the set the first
day and I knew my lines,
but I didnt have any pages
in my hands. I found my
dressing room and I didnt
see the script of the day in
it. So, I popped my head into
hair and makeup and asked
about the script. They told
me, Oh, you bring your own
script in. Luckily, I knew
my lines, but from there, I
always bring in my script.
48

STEVEN BERGMAN

James Reynolds
(Abe, DAYS)
Back in the days
when we shot one
show a day, we
would sometimes
find ourselves with
two or three hours
of free time. One of
those times I decided
to go to the Y and
play an hour of
basketball. One wellplaced elbow later, I
returned to work with
a swollen eye. The
next day I bought
a treadmill for my
dressing room.
SEAN SMITH/JPI

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

made when you first ?


you never made again
Eric Martsolf
(Brady, DAYS; exEthan, PASSIONS)
Within my first week at
PASSIONS, the director
had instructed me in dry
block to take Gwen to the
bedroom. So for tape I,
of course, scooped up
Natalie Zea [ex-Gwen]
into my arms and carried
her into the off camera
bedroom. Unfortunately,
she was not aware that I
was going to scoop her
up. Since then, I always
double-check on
such choices!

Olivia Rose Keegan


(Claire, DAYS)
Martha [Madison, Belle]
saved my butt when I had
my shirt on inside out and
backwards during a scene.
Ive never done that again.

HOWARD WISE/JPI

Robert
Adamson
(Noah, Y&R)
I was taking
too many long
pauses in a
scene on my
first day. I was
told we didnt
have time for
that.

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

HOWARD WISE/JPI

John DeLuca
(Aaron, GH)
When I first started,
nobody told me that
we count down from
five instead of calling,
Action! before each
take. So for my first
scene, they counted
down, and I just stood
there awkwardly starstaring at Lexi [Ainsworth,
Kristina] waiting for
someone to say,
Action. Real solid
first impression!
KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES

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d
IN 1985...
ACROSS





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TER OF AN ALL MY
CHILDREN MURDER
MYSTERY (two words)
10. Early Peruvian
11. ___ fallen...
12. ... good witch __ _
bad witch? (two words) 
14. HARLEY KOZAK
CREATED THIS ROLE
ON SANTA BARBARA

15. ___ Aviv
16. Meister ___ (beer
brand)
17. Neils ex (Y&R)
19. HE MARRIED

CYNTHIA (AMC)
21. THIS SPY CAME

TO PORT CHARLES
WITH 27 ACROSS

(GH)
22. Breaking seating
capacity, briefly
23. Quarterback protectors; abbr.
25. DAYSs Sweeney
(ex-Sami), to friends
27. DAUGHTER OF
21 ACROSS
30. ___ Ramsey (ex-Sam,
GUIDING LIGHT)
32. DELILA GAVE BIRTH
TO THIS WOMANS
DAUGHTER ON ONE
LIFE TO LIVE
34. RACHEL TOOK A
BULLET FOR HIM ON
ANOTHER WORLD
35. HE WAS BORN
TO SOAPS BIGGEST
SUPERCOUPLE (GH)
37. Tracys son (GH)
39. Stinging insect
41. That hurts!
43. Surname for
44 Downs mother
45. JEAN LECLERC INTRODUCED HIM TO AMC

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48. Here, in Montreal


49. Brady pub servings
(DAYS)
50. Infomercials, e.g.
52. Sidewalk eatery
55. Cloak-and-dagger
organization; abbr.
56. How-___
57. Astute
58. SHE MADE HER
AS THE WORLD TURNS
DEBUT AS LILY WALSH
(two words)

DOWN

1. GLS KIM ______


TOOK HOME THE
LEAD ACTRESS EMMY
2. FALCON CRESTS ___
ALICIA
3. Bad Moon Rising band,
briefly
4. Surprise Symphony

composer
5. THIS SOAP ENDED
JUST SHORT OF ITS
FIRST BIRTHDAY
6. ___ Maria
7. Pound sounds
8. CHEERS regular
9. Michaels wife (Y&R)
13. Norma ___
16. BRIAN ____ PLAYED
DUSTY, WHO DATED
LILY (ATWT)
18. Biochemistry
abbreviation
20. Airport abbreviation
21. Now hold on __ _!
(two words)
24. D.C. college named
for a president, for short
26. GHs Buchanan
(ex-Duke)
28. Davids daughter
(AMC)

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grid so that
every row,
every column
and every 3x3
box contains
the digits 1
through 9.
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change the
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31. Lila Raes mother and
others (GH)
33. ____ REEVES
DEBUTED AS DAYSS
JENNIFER
35. HE DIED IN AN
EXPLOSION (GL)
36. ___ Kippur
38. DAYS nickname
40. HE MARRIED
CALLIOPE (DAYS)
42. Liams love rival (B&B)
44. MARLEY DISCOVERED THIS TWIN (AW)
46. Noah Drake look-alike
(GH)
47. Bunch of paper
51. Stupid me!
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SOAP OPERA DIGEST

Scene
Heard
Jai Rodriguez is hoping there will be more B&B
action for his new alter ego, photographer Sax, especially now that Sasha is single. I dont think Im
talking out of school by saying that Felisha [Cooper,
Sasha] is a very attractive woman, the actor smiles.
Jai is hoping for
She was one of the people Sax was shooting that day
more moments
and I thought they had incredible chemistry. Im gay
on B&B.
but anyone I can play opposite, male or female, if the
character is meant to be attracted to them and theres an
organic chemistry that just comes out, its all good. Its all about whether or not you can
sell a character, and Felisha and I got along great. Maybe it was because we hung out all
day, even when we werent on set, but I genuinely dig her. We became fast friends. She
is so cool, so yeah, if Sasha needs to make Zende jealous, Sax is just a phone call away!

Y&Rs Christian
(l.) and Kristoffs
friendship goes
back decades.

52

PHOTOS: HOWARD WISE/JPI

PICTURE THIS

Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) made some lasting


memories while on a trip to Washington, D.C. back in the
early 90s. We went on a USO tour of the White House when
Clinton was president, and I was lugging around my big, huge
video camera, he recalls. I was sneaking through the entire
first floor and the conceit was that I was looking for Socks, the
presidential cat. This was before extra security, but Im sure
I was caught on surveillance cameras, crawling under the
Truman piano and through the Dolley Madison room because
I was determined to get Socks on video for my nephew. Im
surprised I wasnt handcuffed and taken away. Even more
memorable for LeBlanc during the trip was that he officially
met Kristoff St. John (Neil). I had started on the show shortly
after him and I just assumed he had been on for a while
because he was so professional but comfortable, LeBlanc
explains. After that, we started doing lots of personal appearappearances together and hes just one of those people who is a joy
to be around. Hes so honest and fun. When I started to work
with him more at Y&R, he and Scott Reeves [ex-Ryan] used
to kill me during rehearsals because they were so funny. Ive
thought Kristoff was amazing for many, many years.

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

SNAP SHOT

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

CELEBRITY JEOPARDY

Having grown up on GH, Matt


Riedy had to shake off being starstarstruck by some of his scene partners
while playing the doomed Dr. Mayes.
When he was working with Leslie
Charleson (Monica) and Jane Elliot
(Tracy), he reports, Theres a moment
where you have to pause as youre
rehearsing or sitting in the lounge area
running our lines, where you have to
get past the fact that youre looking
at a person youve been watching on
television your whole life. Your brain
sort of makes you step out of yourself,
look at the situation and go, Watch
this and appreciate it. Now get back
to work. Both women lived up to his
high expectations, he says. Leslie
was just absolutely wonderful. She
couldnt have been more supportive.
Jane, same thing. She was terrific
to work with. Unfortunately, Riedy
didnt get the chance to mingle with
two actors he remembers quite fondly
from GHs heyday. I did not get to see

Matt admits to being


a fan of GHs Jane
(c.) and Leslie.

Genie Francis [Laura], he frowns. I did


see Scotty Baldwin [Kin Shriner] in the
hallway, but he had a bead on getting to
the studio and there was no stopping him
to say, Hello, Im a fan. Those were the
two that I shared my childhood with, but I
didnt get a chance to talk to them.

FULLY COMMITTED

Galen recalls the physicality


of these DAYS scenes with
Kristian Alfonso (Hope).
JILL JOHNSON/JPI

Even though it was nearly six months


ago when DAYSs Galen Gering filmed
the scenes where Rafe was shackled to
a wall, they still remain vivid in his
mind. Those scenes can be pretty bleak,
explains Gering. You have to put yourself in a position where you are convinced
that this is potentially the end, and find
a way to survive. Also, despite potential
obstacles in the staging or set, time constraints, whatever, you have to make it
look and be realistic for yourself.
The episodes stand out for the actor for
another reason. After I left the studio, I
had crazy bruises on my arm from having
pulled on the chain and trying to escape.
I really jacked myself up, as one would if
he were in that situation.
53

How B&Bs Linsey Godfrey Powered


Through An Emotionally Challenging
Year, On-Screen And Off By Tom Stacy

GILLES TOUCAS/COURTESY OF BELL-PHILIP TELEVSION PRODUCTIONS, INC.

54

ts gone by in a blink, reflects Linsey Godfrey oof the


four years that have passed since she made her B&B
debut. But I feel so at home that its like Ive al
always
been there.
Finding her way with her ever-evolving alter ego has pr
proven
fulfilling for the actress, who relishes the opportunity to explore
x
Carolines many emotions. When she originally got brought
gh on,
they werent really sure what they wanted to do with her, Godfrey
o
recalls. She was almost like Hope Lite, you know? It wasntt until
Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer] made the decision,
c
Lets make her bad, that I was called upon to make her funny.
y She
was like a bratty woman/child, but then she became a woman
a and
now shes becoming even stronger, and I love that. Shes been
e like
six different people in the four years that Ive been on and I love
v still
finding new layers for her.
Godfrey feels that she stepped up to the big kids table once
Thorsten Kaye (Ridge; ex-Patrick, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al)
entered her orbit. Thorsten was somebody Id watched outside
sii of
the show and I was so excited about him coming on, she recalls.
e
I was a huge fan of his prior to this, and was so grateful ffor
o the
opportunity to show what I was capable of doing alongsidee him,
and I loved all of it. It was exhausting and draining, and there
re was
a period there where I literally cried every day for a month but I
was happy on the inside [laughs].

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Just The Facts


Birthday: July 25
Hails From: Stuart, FL
My Girl: Godfrey welcomed Aleda
Seren with her ex, Robert Adamson
(Noah, Y&R), in June 2014.
Must-See TV: GAME OF
THRONES.
Chef Tell: I make a really great
Chilean sea bass.
Elder Statesmen: Of her co-stars, she
cracks, Were all grown-ups! Scott
[Clifton, Liam] and [now-wife] Nikki were
already together, though not married, when
I started. Adam Gregory [ex-Thomas] just
welcomed his second child. Darin [Brooks,
Wyatt] and Kelly [Kruger, Eva] just got married.
I joke with the new kids on the show, Be careful. Youre going to catch it [laughs]!
Step By Step: When Jacqui
[MacInnes Wood, Steffy] and
I go out, people ask how
we know each other, and
I tell them that shes
my stepdaughter. Same
with Pierson [Fod,
Thomas]. I say Piersons
my stepson and they go,
Stepbrother? And I go,
No, stepson [laughs].
Get REAL: Godfrey is an
avid viewer of BFF Kim
Matulas (ex-Hope) Lifetime
series, UnREAL. She looks
stunning. I like the cast and
I think shes the best one on
it, personally. Shes exceptional. The role [of Tiffany]
is such a departure from
Hope. I think its just the
start to a really exciting,
very long, great career for
her. Im excited to see
what happens next.

(Caroline Spencer)

55

Ive had so many bad things


happen in my life that I really
appreciate things that would
be considered mundane.

STEVEN BERGMAN

INSTAGRAM/GODFREY

INSTAGRAM/GODFREY

Godfreys alter ego isnt the only one who


has seen her fair share drama over the last
Her Best Foot Forward: Bad things hapyear or so. In February 2015, the actress was
pen so you can truly appreciate the good
hit by a car that jumped a sidewalk in Los
things that happen, says Godfrey of the
Angeles, breaking both of her ankles. She
2015 accident that shattered her ankles.
battled back to make a B&B return that April.
My dad calls it the Godfrey black cloud,
quips Godfrey, who is also a cancer survivor.
Apparently, we have things that follow us
like a black cloud, but I dont look at it that
way. I stand firm in the belief that bad things
happen so you can truly appreciate the good
things that happen. Ive had so many bad
things happen in my life that I really appreciate things that would be considered mundane,
like getting up and cooking in the morning,
or taking the stairs when I get to work. Even
when my daughter has a 2-year-old fit, I love
that! I love that I can walk over to her and
Mothers Say: Its such a faraway thing,
put her little tiny butt in time out. With great
she states of life before daughter Aleda.
tragedy comes great joy and thats the only
All I can remember is I used to be able
to get out the door a lot faster.
way you can look at those things. Sometimes
these things happen in your life
so you can inspire other people
to get through them, and I hope
that thats what I can do moving forward.
Not surprisingly, Godfrey
prefers not to dwell on the more
difficult times, or credit herself
for coming through them so
well. The human body is spectacular and the human mind
is even more spectacular, and
I think anybody is capable of
doing it if they put their mind
to it, she shrugs. I think that
It Takes A Village: Godfrey and Y&Rs Robert
I was just really fortunate to
Adamson (Noah, c.) successfully co-parent their
come from a woman who herdaughter with help from their respective partners,
self had a troubled upbringing
Marco James Marquez and Teri Andrez.
and a rough life, and is quite
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RD WISE/JPI

possibly the most positive, lovely woman ever.


Between her and my father, whos a little more
pessimistic but very based in reality, I feel like
I found a happy balance of optimistic reality.
Six months after her accident, Godfrey
and then-fianc Robert Adamson (Noah,
Y&R) announced that they had called off their
engagement. Both have moved on to new relationships, and have found the happy balance
she mentions with regard to co-parenting.
It comes from a concept in this book calledd
Happiest Baby On The Block, explains thee
actress of the tribe life path theyve taken.
n.
The book talks about how in indigenous
us
tribes, all the women in the tribe take care of allll
the babies together, so they pick up the slackk
when a person needs a little help. If the careetaker needs to sleep, other people watch thee
baby, or they go out and forage for food andd
water. Everybody takes care of everybody.
Shes well aware that their inclusivee
approach may not be for everyone. I know,
w,
even in our lives, its hard for people to underrstand how we got here, but for me, theree
are worse things in the world than havingg
Roberts girlfriend, Teri [Andrez, ex-Robyn,
n,
DAYS], love my child, Godfrey points out.t.
She and I have gotten very close. I talk to her.
r.
I hang out with her all the time. She and I sit onn
the phone for hours. I keep her son, Sawyer,
r,
once a week. You have to do whats best for
or
your children, and children dont deserve too
be subjected to petulant or petty adult emootions like jealousy or insecurities. You havee
to be bigger than that for them. They didnt
t
choose this. [Aleda and Sawyer] just love each
other, and wouldnt it be great if they become
lifelong friends? We should all be so lucky.
New beau Marco James Marquez, an actor
(VAMPIRE DIARIES), is on board with the
blended clan, and Godfrey shares, Aledas
got Marco wrapped around her finger and
hes so good with her. The duo met at
Camryn Grimess (Mariah, Y&R) birthday
party. We spotted each other, and now were
inseparable. Hes quite possibly the kindest
person Ive ever met and he is seriously the
funniest person ever. I dont usually think that

Best Of Both Worlds: Godfrey loves the on-screen


and off-screen dynamics of the Ridge (Thorsten
Kaye, r.)/Caroline/Thomas (Pierson Fod) triangle.

Three Of Hearts
n As the Ridge/Caroline romance
morphed into a triangle, Godfrey
welcomed newcomer Pierson Fod
(Thomas) into the mix. Im older than
Pierson and Ive been doing this longer,
so I think of it like when I began working with Thorsten: Its like jumping off
a cliff and just knowing that you have
a parachute, she explains. I knew
Thorsten would catch me and I wanted
to be the net for Pierson. Im a lot more
gruff and opinionated with Thorsten than
I ever would be with Pierson [laughs],
although I have to still be very gentle
with Thorsten because even though he
pretends that hes a rough guy, hes
actually a super-big softie. It has been
two very different work experiences, and
yet theyre both my best buddies.

boys appreciate
apprecciatee my humor
humor, bu
but
ut hee riv
rivals
vals Ki
Kim
im
[Matula] to me. Thats super-high praise.
With her darker days in her rearview mirror,
Godfrey is focusing on the present and being
thankful for her B&B gig. Anybody who tells
you this isnt a dream job is ungrateful, she
declares. At B&B, you have the nicest group
of people you could ever ask for showing up to
work with you every single day. Of course, in
this business, you make the decision to move
on and try other things, but I think anybody
who has ever been on a soap will tell you that
w
this is just the best job ever.
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You
d It Here
Hear

Chances are if youve read a funny,


insightful or inspirational quote from a
daytime actor, you read it here first.

Madison
HOWARD WISE/JPI

BEAUTY AND BRAINS

PICK YOUR BATTLES

Sometimes I walk down


the streets and people say,
Smarten up, sweetie, wise
up! I want to say, Im intelligent, its the character, please
give me some credit!
Meg Ryan (exBetsy, AS THE WORLD
TURNS), 12/4/84

Ive only had maybe


two or three incidents in
my career where someone crossed the line with
me. If it was some big
guy, no problem but
its always little old ladies
with umbrellas who want
to attack me! What do you
do? How would I look:
Hank Gannon Smacks
Grandma?
Nathan Purdee
(ex-Hank, ONE
LIFE TO LIVE) on fan
interactions, 11/14/00

PAYING YOUR DUES

Ive been doing this


for 10 or 12 years now,
and the last award I won
was in high school for the
best characterization of an
animal by an actor.
Doug Davidson
(Paul, Y&R) on his 1990
Soap Opera Digest
Award, 7/24/90

TWO LEFT FEET

If you watch some of


the episodes and you hear
me make a noise like I
smacked into something,
that actually happened
and it hurt a lot. Im pretty
clumsy.
Molly Burnett
(Maxie, GH; ex-Melanie,
DAYS), 2/23/10
CAUGHT OFF-GUARD

This group of girls in


front of me turned around
and said, Oh, my God!
Youre Belle! And all I

Davidson

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JILL JOHNSON/JPI

could think was, I look


like crap and Im holding a
big box of tampons!
Martha Madison
(Belle, DAYS) on her
most awkward fan
encounter, 1/9/07
METHOD ACTING

I tell [my husband] I


cant fake cry because Im
proud to be an actress, so
if I fake it, Ill be unhappy,
and which would he rather
come home to: puffy eyes
or a wife in a bad mood?
Katherine Kelly
Lang (Brooke, B&B),
11/15/05
ODD COUPLE

Brad Maule [ex-Tony,


GH] plays such a sweet
character and Lucy is
such a slut. We thought
it would be funny if they
got together, so we started
doing scenes where wed
look at each other a little
bit.... Then we ended up
married.
Lynn Herring (Lucy,
GH) on whether
she can influence
her storyline, 12/7/93

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

In The

FOUR ACTORS WHOVE DONE


SOME SOAP-HOPPING
REMINISCE ABOUT THEIR
FIRST DAYTIME HOME.

BARRY MORGENSTEIN

KENNETH BANK

Beginning

59
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DANA BELCHER

Pop Star:
Budig gives
rave reviews
to Peter
Simon
(ex-Ed).

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Rebecca Budig
(Hayden, GH)

First Soap Role:


Michelle Bauer,
GUIDING LIGHT, 1995-98
find out where she is now, I would be so
happy! I have tried tracking her down because
I adored her.
First Mentor: Kim Zimmer [ex-Reva].
She used to call me her DID, Diva In
Development. You see how I did this, DID?
This is what you do! She was so down-toearth and so real. Shes balls to the wall and
I loved her. She was so, so kind to me. She
First On-Screen Father: Oh, Peter Simon [exEd]. I cant even put into words how much I
enjoyed working with Peter. I love that man.
He could make me laugh without even saying
a word. He was so funny, had the best attitude
and he took me to New York Rangers games.
He was such a great dad in real life and would
tell me about his daughter [Kate Simon Hall,
now a Y&R script writer]. I love my dad, but I
wanted Peter Simon to be my dad [laughs]!

STEVEN BERGM
BERGMAN
MAN

First Audition: I actually auditioned on tape


and booked it off of that. After I sent the tape
in, I auditioned for ALL MY CHILDREN.
They flew me to New York for a screen
test, but while I was in my hotel room, Judy
Blye Wilson [then AMCs casting director]
called and said, Im so sorry, you booked
GUIDING LIGHT, so you cant come in to
test for us.
First Reaction To Booking The Role: I
screamed! I was so happy, are you kidding
me? I was really excited to be doing a show in
New York because my sister was living there
and it was closer to home, Kentucky. I had
been living in L.A. since I was 19.
First Day: I remember working with
Michael OLeary [ex-Rick], who couldnt
have been funnier or nicer. I grew to love
him like a brother. And I remember having to
wear a goofy backpack, like an animal backbackpack, and a super-short skirt.
First Dressing Room: I shared it with
Sharon Leal [ex-Dahlia] and Toby Poser
[ex-Amanda] and it was really small that
shows you what kind of clout I had! I loved
both of them. We got along really well.
First On-Set Pal: Amy Ecklund [ex-Abi[ex-Abigail]. I had to learn sign language to work
with her, but she could read lips super-well.
We were really good friends and we socialsocialized a lot. We used to bake together and she
made the most amazing chili. If you could

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and her husband, A.C., had me over for New


Years Eve once. She was awesome.
First Love Interest: Bryan Buffington, who
played Bill before they aged him up. Hed
played Bill as a child, and I think that when
I started, he just seemed so much younger
than me; I dont know this for sure, but I think
thats why they aged the character. Ryan
Brown, who took over, was really sweet.
First Executive Producer: It was Michael
Laibson, who was very kind. He got a
flu shot and had a bad reaction
and was paralyzed. He ended
Cover Girl:
up getting through it, but I
Budig and thenleading man Paulo
do remember that! It stuck
Benedeti shared the
with me. After him came 9/30/97
cover with Grant
Paul Rauch. You could smell
Aleksander and Beth
his cigars everywhere and I
Ehlers (ex-Phillip
First Soap Opera Digest Cover: It
and Harley).
hated smoke. He was a trip.

was me and Paulo [Benedeti, exJesse], right? It was probably the best
day of my life, doing that shoot [laughs]. I
never really enjoyed doing photo shoots,
but I think I was better at them back
then. My mom bought, like, 10 copies.

Visions In Red: The actress with


co-stars/pals Cynthia Watros (c., exAnnie) and Amy Ecklund (ex-Abigail)
at the 1996 Daytime Emmys.

RON GALELLA LTD/GETTY IMAGES

First Daytime Emmys: I went with Amy


and Cynthia Watros [ex-Annie] and we all
wore red. I remember walking down the
red carpet with Michael OLeary and he
made me howl with laughter imitating the
fans who would be like, Oh, my God, oh
my God, when they saw some star, and
then theyd look at us and go, Eh. He
just had us in stitches because we were
not the rock stars; the people from GH
and Susan Lucci [ex-Erica, AMC] were!

First Exit: I knew I was going to leave


GUIDING LIGHT. That was a no-brainer;
I was like, Im going to do three years,
then leave and do pilot season. The only
time I ever really had an, Oh, my God,
what should I do? [debate] was when I
was on ALL MY CHILDREN as Greenlee.
Josh [Duhamel, ex-Leo] was leaving and I
really, really struggled. The practical side
of me having a job and making money
and the character made me stay, but it
was a really, really hard decision. With
GL, I was young and there was other stuff
I wanted to do and I wasnt making any
money. None! My dad had to help me
because I was living in New York and there
were weeks that I wouldnt work at all. It
wasnt like it was with AMC, where I was
working a lot and had a great character. It
wasnt like, How can I walk away from
Michelle Bauer?
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First Audition: When I auditioned for


Lujack, it was only supposed to be for
three days. They hired me. I did the three
days and it was great. Then they gave me
three more days.
First Contract: We negotiated down to
two years. I didnt want to do any more than
that because I didnt want to be tied down.
First Time Seeing Yourself On TV: It was
odd [laughs]. I had never seen myself in
that way, or even heard my voice. It was
strange to even hear myself talk.
First Wardrobe: I remember it was the
period of Michael Jackson and the Beat It
music video. Since Lujack was in a gang,
the Galahads, the costume designer had us
in fedora hats, suspenders and pastel colcolors, looking like we were right out of the
video. So we werent the most ominous
(Deimos, DAYS)
looking street gang.
First Love Interest: That was Judi Evans.
First Soap Role: Brandon
After I did my first six episodes, I think
Lujack Luvonaczek Spaulding,
their plan was to put the leader of a street
GUIDING LIGHT, 1983-85
gang with the girl next door, Beth, who was
with Phillip. The scenes that I had
with Judi were always great. We
ple, so at first, the audience didnt
worked very well together.
This Old Gang Of
want to see Beth with Lujack.
I really loved the way they
Mine: Irizarry shared
his first scenes with
One day, I was walking down
developed that story.
(from l.) Krista Tesreau
the street in New York, and this
First Encounter With An
(ex-Mindy), Michael
one woman came up to me and
Angry Fan: Beth and
OLeary (ex-Rick) and
said, Stay away from Beth! It
Phillip were the supercousupercouJudi Evans (ex-Beth;
Adrienne, DAYS).

First Day: I had a lot of


fun. My first scenes were
with Judi Evans [ex-Beth],
Grant Aleksander [exPhillip], Michael OLeary
[ex-Rick] and Krista
Tesreau [ex-Mindy]. I
was with two other guys,
Scott Plank and Ramon
Franco, who were in
Lujacks gang.

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H
OWARD WISE/JPI

Vincent Irizarry

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

First On-Screen Mother: Beverlee


McKinsey [Alexandra]. About four
months after Id been on the show,
they hired Beverlee to play my mother.
I had never watched soaps. I didnt
know Beverlee. Everybody was saying,
Beverlee McKinseys coming on to
be your mother! I said, Okay, great,
and people said, No, you dont underunderstand. Shes a big deal. The first day
Beverlee came to work, we hit it off
immediately. I loved her. I remember
she came on in either April or May.
It was right before Mothers
Day. I gave her a bouquet
Fan Favorites:
of roses for Mothers Day.
Beth and Lujacks
popular pairing
Her son, Scott, who directs
made Irizarry and
GENERAL HOSPITAL,
Judi Evans frontand occasionally comes over
page
news.
First
Fi
irst Digest
Diigest Cover:
Covver: It w
was
as w
with
ith
to DAYS, first started traintrainJudi. I can remember the picpicing on GUIDING LIGHT as
ture. I also did a cover with Judi and
a director. Ive known him
A Real
Beverlee, and another one later on
Kinship: Beverlee
for years, and Scott has
McKinsey (exwith Krista Tesreau.
always known that I was
Alexandra) and
her favorite son [laughs].
Irizarry hit it off
right away.

wasnt playful. She was really angry.


I was standing on the corner waiting for
the light to turn green and I thought, Oh my
gosh, this lady thinks its real.
First Daytime Emmy Nomination: I
was already off the show. I was doing
the movie Heartbreak Ridge in Camp
Pendleton, outside of San Diego. Clint
Eastwood was the director. I knew I was
nominated [for Outstanding Younger
Leading Man]. I was scheduled to film durduring the week of the Daytime Emmys, which
were in New York. Clint Eastwood heard
that I was nominated and he came up to me
and said, So are you going to the awards
next week? I told him that I wasnt and
he said, No, youre going to the awards.
Well make it work. It was amazing. They
moved the production schedule around. It
was great being at the awards. I was there
for a few days, and then I flew back to concontinue work on Heartbreak Ridge.

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CBS

(Victor), was an
early mentor.

Heather Tom
(Katie, B&B)

First Soap Role: Victoria Newman,


YOUNG AND RESTLESS, 1991-97,
1997-2003
and of course, all her wonderful and hilarihilarious stories of working in Hollywood. I can
honestly say, to this day, I still learn from
her and I have no doubt I always will.
First Love Interest: Victoria and Ryan
was a big, adult storyline that they really
trusted us with. Now, Scott [Reeves, exRyan et al] wasnt my first real kiss, but he
was my first TV kiss. I had not been kissed
on-screen yet and he was 10 years older

First Scene Partner: Since I was working a lot


by myself, I was very excited to finally have a
scene partner [laughs]. The first person I actually
worked with was Eric Braeden [Victor]. I rememremember Ed Scott [then-executive producer] coming
out of the booth and telling me in his incredibly
booming voice and nurturing way of his, Just be
prepared and pay attention to these people. You
can learn a lot from them. He was absolutely
right. I did watch and learn and Im a lot betbetter at my job for it.
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RODRIGUEZ/GETTY
UEZ/GETTY IMAGES

First Day: Victoria was in boarding


school when I started, so I did a lot of starstaring out the window and writing letters and
talking to myself. I watched soap operas
when I was a kid with my grandmother
but I wasnt a real big watcher after that.
I was so happy to be a part of YOUNG
AND RESTLESS. The part was exciting
and also, I didnt know that it was going
to last that long. I was not under contract
right out of the gate, so I had no idea what
to expect.
First Dressing Room: I floated for a
long time and I always loved being in
Jeanne Coopers [ex-Katherine] room.
Then, I finally got my own room upstairs.
It was 41-H, which I remembered because
it was my initial. I was upstairs then for a
while. Nobody ever wanted to be in my
room because I did a lot of home schoolschooling and Id have science experiments in
there and all kinds of stuff.
First On-Set Pal: Melody [Thomas
Scott, Nikki] was my earth mother when
I first started on Y&R. She was a mentor,
a teacher, a confidante and a friend. She
still is. She taught me so much through
the years about acting, about fashion,
about how to handle yourself in this crazy
business. You know, she also started
acting when she was very
young and she graciously
Dad Tidings:
shared with me the wiswisToms on-screen
dom of her
her experien
experience,
dad, Eric Braeden

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

The Shape Of

RON GALELLA/GETTY IMAGES

First Photo Shoot: I had


Things: Toms
love triangle with
worked quite a bit before I
Scott Reeves
had done Y&R, so I was not
and Tricia Cast
totally unused to doing things
made our cover
in 1992.
like that. I want to say my
first shoot was the Digest cover
with Scott and Tricia Cast [ex-Nina].
I know it was definitely among my first
covers, period. It was at [photographer]
Jonathan Exleys house. How do I
remember this stuff? I dont remember
what I did yesterday! We used to have
so much fun at those cover shoots. They
were always super-fun. They were an
all-day excursion.
Golden Girl:
Tom nabbed
Emmy No. 1 at
the age of 17.

Fi t EEmmy Wi
First
Win: Th
The
first one [in 1993 for
Outstanding Younger
Actress] was a blur. I was
17, and you always feel like youve just
lit yourself on fire. You get off the stage
and youre like, What did I say? Did I
thank my boss? That went through my
head. Did I thank [Creator/then-Execu[Creator/then-Executive Producer/Head Writer] Bill Bell? And
now its, Did I thank [B&B Head Writer/
Executive Producer] Brad Bell? They
are really the only people that matter
[laughs]. Always thank the boss!

than me!! H
He was my fi
firstt llove iinterest,
t t first
on-screen kiss, first love scene and first
wedding all rolled into one. The love scene
was incredibly awkward because it took
place in the front seat of his characters
car. It was supposed to be awkward and
it was!
First Exit: It was such a hard decision
to leave [in 1997] but I felt like it was
something that I needed to do. I was territerrified, really, because I loved where I was so

much. I walked away for what turned out


not to be that long a period it was about
six months or so and I think I came back
with a different perspective. Im glad I took
that time and Bill Bell was so amazingly
gracious and understanding. He said to me,
You will always have a home here, and he
meant that. In fact, that made it even more
difficult to leave but when I came back
[eight months later], it really felt like it was
the right thing to do.
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First Day: I worked with two nurses. Cliff


was a young intern, so I wore a lab coat. Id
never worn one before and I felt awkward
because it was small for me. Plus, they were
just made of flat cotton. Eventually we got a
costume designer who wanted to bring textexture to the show and I got a linen lab coat that
was tailored to me. It looked like a million
bucks but I would have to tell [actors playplaying] patients, Please stay on the other side of
the room. Blood. Dry cleaning, you know.
First Piece Of Advice From A Veteran:
Kay Campbell played Grandma Kate
Martin. She was sitting in the makeup chair
when I was introduced to her and she said,
May you have a long and troubled life
here. I thought that was fantastic advice for
a soap opera.
(Jack, Y&R)
First Dressing Room: I shared my dressing
room with two other actors, Ray MacDonnell,
who played Joe, and Bill Mooney, who
First Soap Role: Cliff Warner,
played Paul. It was roughly the size of a
ALL MY CHILDREN, 1979-89
phone booth and it was unbelievable that
three men were in there. This was my introintroduction to the real glamour
whenever we were shooting a big gala thing,
of daytime television Come Together: where the entire cast was in, three men were
[laughs]. Luckily, we Bergman found his sharing that room and we could barely
werent always on the
Pine Valley family
stand in there at the same time.
when Taylor Miller
same schedule, but
First On-Screen Kiss: Was with Taylor
and James Mitchell
were cast as Nina
Miller. We did a lot of kissing after that and
and Palmer.
Taylor was a very, very good kisser. In 10
years our characters were married four times,
so there was a lot of kissing in between.

ABC

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First Paycheck: I had been cast a month


before Taylor Miller and James Mitchell were
cast [as Nina and Palmer]. I had gone in and
the script said, Chuck, so I thought I was
replacing somebody when, in fact, they didnt
want anything to get out about Cliff. They
paid me my minimum for a month to do nothnothing while they found a Nina and a Palmer. I
loved Taylor and James right away. It was
a very sad day in our house the day he died
and Im still in touch with Taylor.

JILL JOH
JOHNSON/JPI
HNSON
N/JPI

Peter Bergman

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

First Time Recognized: Thats among one


of my favorite stories to tell. The first time I
was recognized was when somebody asked
me for my first autograph. No one had ever
asked for my autograph and I actually couldnt
give it. I was going east on the 86th Street bus
and when I got out at 3rd, a woman came
up and said, Excuse me. Could you
Heal Thyself:
please sign this for me? I was taken
Surgical scenes
a little aback and I said, Im sorry?
were not the
And she said, Youre on ALL MY
actors favorite
part of playing
CHILDREN, arent you? When I
Dr. Warner.
said yes, she asked, Can you sign
this? and she handed me her Bible.
She pleaded but I said, I just cant write on
First Time In The Operating Room: Im
your Bible. Instead, I shook her hand and said
not proud of this: I dont do very well
good-bye. So, my first autograph request, I
around blood, even fake blood. And to
couldnt fulfill.
play a surgeon, one has got to be around
First Fan Event: It was in Long Island [NY]
lots of blood, even pools of blood. The
and I was rushed there late because I had to
first time I was in a surgery scene, I
work that day at ALL MY CHILDREN. As I
looked down at the fake blood on my
remember, I was actually replacing someone
hands and, although I didnt pass out, I
who couldnt make it, so when I arrived, I had
felt very queasy. Luckily, I had a surgical
to walk through the audience to get to the stage,
where Candy Earley [ex-Donna] was waiting,
mask on, so you couldnt see my face.
and I dont remember my feet touching the
ground the last 10 feet. It was weird, the
Isnt It
Romantic?
power of the crowd. Theres a certain
Bergman and
energy in crowd situations where perperMiller went to an
fectly normal people will act strangely. estate
in Connecticut
That day, I learned to respect security
to film Nina and
Cliffs 1980
people who are at these things. I did a lot
nups.
of fan events after that and had a lot of fun
at them. It was fun meeting the people who
watch the show.
First Contract Talks: Went very smoothly.
I was very lucky at ALL MY CHILDREN.
Those were the days.
First Remote: Far and away, the most memorable location shoot: Cliff and Ninas wedding at
a place called Waveny House in New Canaan,
Connecticut, that served as Palmer Cortlandts
estate. It was stunning. My favorite moment
was watching Taylor showing up in a white
carriage pulled by four white stallions.
67

TIME
CAPSULE:
ULE:
The Biggest Soap
News In A Year-ByYear Nutshell

Ellen Wheeler began playing Marleys


twin, Vicky, on ANOTHER WORLD, which
also hired Tom Eplin (Jake) and Barbara
Berjer (Bridget), while Charles Keating
was out, then in, then out again as Carl....
Sam Hall and Gillian Spencer (ex-Daisy,
AMC) became co-head writers, succeedsucceeding
ng Richard Culliton and Gary Tomlin....
Catlin and Sally wed.... Vicky fumed over
Jake and Marleys romance.... Cass
wooed Kathleen.... Rachel was shot by
Carl, whod been aiming for Mac; Carl
was then presumed drowned.

Vicky and
Jake (Ellen
Wheeler
and Tom
Eplin)

AL LEVINE/NBC

68

Brooke
(Julia Barr)

ABC

ALL MY CHILDREN marked its 15th


anniversary.... Original cast member
Kay Campbell (Kate) passed away
in her sleep; Jean LeClerc (Jeremy)
and Kate Collins (Natalie) debuted;
Laurence Lau (Greg), Hugo Napier
(Mike) and Mark LaMura (Mark) exited....
Palmer divorced Daisy and tied the
knot with gold digger Cynthia; Donna
wed Benny; Erica mourned Mike Roys
apparent demise; and Jesse cheated on
Angie with chanteuse Yvonne.... Baddie
Zach Grayson was murdered (by Marian
in self-defense, though Daisy went to
jail for a time).... Reporter Brooke went
to jail for refusing to name a source in
a sequence shot at Sing Sing prison....
Darnell Williams (Jesse) won the Lead
Actor Daytime Emmy, and the show
took home the writing prize.

1985

CBS

Lucinda (Elizabeth
Hubbard, c.) with
daughters Sierra (Finn
Carter, l.) and Lily
(Martha Byrne)

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

An AS THE WORLD TURNS casting


bonanza saw the debuts of Martha
Byrne (Lily), Finn Carter (Sierra),
Benjamin Hendrickson (Hal), Jon
Hensley (Holden), Julianne Moore
(Frannie), Margaret Reed (Shannon),
John Wesley Shipp (Douglas), Steven
Weber (Kevin) and Kathleen Widdoes
(Emma), while Christian J. LeBlanc (now
YOUNG AND RESTLESSs Michael) and
Marisa Tomei checked out as Kirk and
Marcy.... Douglas Marland began his storied run as head writer, replacing Susan
Bedsow Horgan.... Lily dated Dusty and
made the acquaintance of Lucindas
new stable hand, Holden; Craig and
Sierra fell in love; Bob and Kim finally
said, I do, and a mysterious admirer
began harrassing her.

John Aniston (Victor), Stephen Nichols (Steve),


Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) and Michael T.
Weiss (Mike) began their DAYS OF OUR
LIVES runs, while Bill Hayes (Doug) returned,
and Joseph Mascolo (Stefano) and Andrew
Masset (Larry) wrapped up.... Ken Corday
joined his mother, Betty Corday, and Al Rabin
as a co-EP.... Bo and Hope wed in England,
while in Salem, vows were swapped by Tony
and Anna, and Eugene and Calliope.... Kim
Bo and Hope
and Shane fell in love.... Bo rescued wee
(Peter Reckell and
Sami and Eric from kidnapper Stefano....
Kristian Alfonso)
Hope became a cop.... The show swept the
daytime categories at the Soap Opera Digest
Awards; Peter Reckell (Bo, Lead Actor), Deidre
idre Hall (M
(Marlena,
Marlena Lead Actress)
Actress),
Charles Shaughnessy (Shane, Male Newcomer) and Arleen Sorkin (Calliope,
Female Newcomer) were among the winners.
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GARY NULL/NBC

Catherine Hickland joined CAPITOL


as Jenny.. . Trey divorced Sloane
y while Sloane hooked
and wed Kelly,
up with Zed. Mark was shot on
y..
his and Clarissas wedding day.
Jarrett turned out to be a backfrom-the-dead Baxter.

ABC

Robert and Anna


(Tristan Rogers and
Finola Hughes)

Finola Hughes (Anna) and Kimberly


McCullough (Robin) joined
GENERAL HOSPITAL, which saw
the departures of Peter Hansen
(Lee), Susan Brown (Gail), Tristan
Rogers (Robert, now Y&Rs Colin)
and Emma Samms (Holly).... Anne
Howard Bailey exited as head writer,
replaced by Pat Falken Smith and
Norma Monty (sister of EP Gloria
Monty).... Scorpios marriage to
Holly was challenged by the arrival
of his ex-wife, Anna, and their
daughter, Robin.... Luke and Laura
welcomed son Lucky (whose name
was not revealed at the time)....
Bobbie nearly went down for the
death of her husband, Brock, but his
true killer (Ginny) was outed; she
also bought the brownstone with
Jake.... Tony married Tania.... Jimmy
Lee wooed Celia away from Grant....
After Alan bedded a nurse, Sean
caught Monicas eye.

writer,
LOVINGs original head
position
his
Douglas Marland, ceded Cranston
an
Bry
....
on
to Agnes Nix
(Mike)
(Doug) and James Kiberd he was
t
tha
d
rne
lea
k
exited.... Jac
ond and,
the bio son of Dane Hamm Ava, who
d
we
,
cey
Sta
despite loving
red a still-lwas pregnant; she delive other tot
an
off
d
sse
pa
t
born baby, bu
returned
an
ath
Jon
il
Ev
....
ks
Jac
as
r the life
ove
k
too
d
an
from the dead
r, Keith.
the
of his mild-mannered bro

Charita Bauer, who began playing


GUIDING LIGHT matriarch Bert in its
radio days, succumbed to complications from diabetes; Lisa Brown
(Nola), Michael Tylo (Quint) and
Vincent Irizarry (Lujack, now DAYSs
Deimos) left; Gil Rogers debuted as
Hawk; the part of Phillip, vacated
by Grant Aleksander, was recast
with John
Bolger.... Eds
fling with
Claire resulted in baby
Michelle....
Billys birth
mother was
revealed to be
H.B.s former
mistress,
Sally, making him Kyle
Sampsons
Bauer
half brother.... Mindy
became Mrs. Kurt Corday, and
Kyle wed Maeve (spurring Reva
to attempt suicide).... Lujack was
killed in an explosion after getting
engaged to Beth.... Kim Zimmer
(Reva) nabbed the Lead Actress
Daytime Emmy, and Larry Gates
(H.B.) was honored as Supporting
Actor.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE said good-bye


to original cast member Ellen Holly
(Carla); Andrea Evans was back as
Tina and Roscoe Born began terrorizing Llanview as Mitch.. . Learning
that Tina was her half sister sent
Viki into a tailspin (and sparked the
return of her alternate personality,
Niki).. . Delila gave birth to Rafe and
Samanthas daughter, Sammi.. . The
show shot on location in Venice, where
Asa was kidnapped.

SOAP OPERA DIGEST


Max and
Siobhan (Daniel
Pilon and Marg
Helgenberger)

SEARCH FOR TOMORROWs Hogan


and Liza fell
in love.... Sunny attempted suicide..
.. Gary Tomlin
was back as head writer..... The sho
ws
relocated to EDGE OF NIGHTs form production
er studio.

Marcy Walker (Eden, l.), A Martinez


(Cruz, now DAYSs Eduardo) and
Co-EP Bridget Dobson celebrating
the shows 200th episode.

ANDREA WAGNER

JILL LESSARD/CBS

SANTA BARBARA welcomed Nancy Lee Grahn


(Alexis, GH) and Robin
Mattson (Heather, GH) as
Julia and Gina, respectively; Tricia Cast (later
Y&Rs Nina) made her
daytime debut as Christy;
Harley Kozak joined as
Mary.... Mary-Ellis Bunim
replaced Jeffrey Hayden
as co-EP.... Kelly and Joe
tied the knot.... Sophia
was revealed to be alive
and Channings killer; C.C.
learned that he was not
the bio dad of Channing
Lionel was.... Cruz and
Eden had multiple broken
engagements.... Serial killer
Peter offed a string of Kelly
look-alikes and Kellys
hubby, Joe, before dying
himself.... C.C. divorced
Gina, who had bedded his
son, Mason.... Julia came
to town to look after sis
Augusta, who had been
blinded.

Yasmine Bleeth (Ryan)


and Christian Slater
(D.J.) joined RYANS
HOPE, while John
Gabriel (Seneca), Scott
Holmes (Dave) and
Corbin Bernsen (Ken)
exited.... Pat Falken
Smith was replaced as
head writer by the team
of Millee Taggert and
Tom King.... Siobhan
and Max married, as
did pregnancy-faking
Maggie and Tom.... Ryan
fell for Rick, then D.J.

ABC

RITUALS aired
its last episode
on September
6, four days
before its first
anniversary.

Don Diamont
(Bill, B&B) joined
Y&R as Brad....
Ashley reeled
from the discovery that she was
sired by Dinas
lover Brent
Davis (who died
from a liver
disease), not
John; Katherine
showed John
incriminating
pictures of Jill
with another
Victor and Ashley
(Eric Braeden and
guy (but docEileen Davidson)
tored them so
that he couldnt
identify the fella Jack!), which
prompted John to divorce Jill.... Nikki and
Victors marriage was tested by his bond
with Ashley and hers with Jack....Y&R
nabbed the Outstanding Daytime Drama
Emmy.
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RANDY HOLMES/ABC

A LOOK BACK AT THE


ROMANTIC INTERESTS
OF GHS JAX (INGO
RADEMACHER).

In 1996, Jaxs first Port Charlesbased crush was Lois, but he


ended up eloping with her best
friend, Brenda (Vanessa Marcil),
after a whirlwind courtship.

CATHY BLAIVAS/ABC

J DATES

The Jax/Brenda
union was quickly
declared invalid in
1996 when Sonny
produced Jaxs
presumed-dead
first wife, Miranda
(Leslie Horan).

ADAM LARKEY/ABC

MITCHELL HAASETH/ABC

In 1999, Jax was besotted with Chloe


(Tava Smiley, r.), but entered into a
marriage of convenience with Alexis
(Nancy Lee Grahn), while Chloe wed
Ned (Wally Kurth).

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SCOTT GARFIELD/ABC

In 2002, Jax
said, I do to
Skye (Robin
Christopher); it
was short-lived.

Courtney
(Alicia
Leigh
Willis) and
Jax tied
the knot in
2005.

Carly (Laura
Wright)
became the
latest Mrs.
Jacks in 2007;
they formally
divorced in
2013.

RON TOM/ABC

TOM QUEALLY/ABC

Newcomer
Sam (Kelly
Monaco) had a
fling with Jax
in 2003.

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October 2007

STEVEN BERGMAN

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

LISA ROSE/JPI

December 2004

August 2009

BEST OF THE
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HOWARD WISE/JPI

June 2010

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

ARLENE RICHIE/JPI

June 2010

June 2011

The hottest ever red carpet looks


of Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS)
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June 2012

November 2015

BEST OF THE BEST


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JILL JOHNSON/JPI

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

June 2012

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calendar

Who: DAYSs Brandon Beemer (Shawn),

Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas), Mary Beth


Evans (Kayla), Billy Flynn (Chad) and Eric
Martsolf (Brady)
What: Dual Coast New York Fan Event
When: Fri.-Sat., Sept. 9-10

Where: Sheraton New York Times Square

Hotel, 811 7th Avenue, New York, NY


How: Tickets range from $70-$915,

depending on event/package/pass pricing.


On Friday night, there will be a free event
from 9-10 p.m. On Saturday, theres a
photo shoot from 9:30-11 a.m., followed
by a mix and mingle from 4-6 p.m., and a
cocktail party from 8-11:30 p.m. Tickets
can be bought separately and the Ultimate
Fan Pass is available for those who would
like to spend additional time with the stars.
To get complete details and to purchase
tickets, visit https://www.dualcoastevents.
com/new-york-city.html.
Who: Roger Howarth (Franco, GH)
What: An Afternoon With Roger Howarth
When: Sat., Oct. 1, 2-5 p.m.
Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James

Street, Syracuse, NY

Linsey Godfrey
(Caroline, B&B) 7/25
Lang

Katherine Kelly Lang


(Brooke, B&B) 7/25

Eric Martsolf
(Brady, DAYS) 7/27
D. GUINEBOURG/JPI

Bryan R. Dattilo
(Lucas, DAYS) 7/29

Wally Kurth
(Justin, DAYS; Ned,
GH) 7/31
78

STEVEN BERGMAN

Who: GHs William deVry (Julian) and


Y&Rs Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan) and
Sean Carrigan (Stitch)
What: Soaps In The South Fundraiser
When: Sat.-Sun., Aug. 27 28
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport
North, 3437 Bobby Brown Pkwy, East
Point, GA
How: Prices begin at $100 for the four
events. Saturday: From 9:30-11:30 a.m.,
there will be a private breakfast with
Branson; from 1-4 p.m., there will be a
Q&A session, photos and autographs with
all the actors, plus silent auctions and raffles;
from 7:30-10 p.m., there will be a cocktail
party. Sunday: From 10 a.m.-noon, there
will be a private breakfast with all the actors.
Visit www.campdreamga.org/events/ to
order tickets or contact Lisa Lynch at
770-634-0620.

Southern
n
Exposure:
e:
GHs William
m
deVry (Julian))
will be visit-ing Georgia
a
for a good
d
cause..

How: Tickets are $60 for


general admission, which
include a meet and greet with
photo opportunities from 4-5
p.m., and $90 for VIP tickets,
which include a mix and
mingle with Howarth from
2-4 p.m. in addition to the
main event, plus autograph
opportunities. There is a twodrink minimum and photos
will be for sale at the event.
To purchase tickets, go to
www.rogerhowarthsyracuse.
eventbrite.com.

BACK IN TOWN

Hot Date: Dillon


(Robert Palmer
Watkins) got busy
with Darby (Jesica
Ahlberg) on GH.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES


Summer Townsend

SOAP OPERA DIGEST

SCORECARD

Digest
Keeps You
Up-To-Date

YOUNG AND
RESTLESS
Chloe Mitchell
XJ JOHNSON/JPI

BOUGHT
COMPANY
YOUNG AND
RESTLESS

Cane Ashby

HELD HOSTAGE
GENERAL
HOSPITAL

Kevin Collins, Ava


Jerome, Dante
and Lulu Falconeri,
Laura Spencer,
and Jason and
Samantha Morgan

MADE LOVE

NEW IN TOWN

Darby Collette and


Dillon Quartermaine
Morgan Corinthos
and Kiki Jerome
Kristina Corinthos-Davis
and Parker Forsyth
Sabrina Santiago
and Michael
Quartermaine

Joe Rivera

GENERAL HOSPITAL

GENERAL HOSPITAL

PRESUMED DEAD
GENERAL HOSPITAL
Nikolas Cassadine

RELEASED
FROM HOSPITAL
YOUNG AND
RESTLESS

HOSPITALIZED

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL


Nicole Avant and Zende
Dominguez

Hilary Winters

Hope Brady

MOVED OUT

YOUNG AND
RESTLESS

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

IDENTITY
REVEALED

GENERAL HOSPITAL
Valentin Cassadine

MADE DATE

GENERAL HOSPITAL
Franco Baldwin and
Elizabeth Webber

YOUNG AND RESTLESS


Phyllis Abbott

SENTENCED
Adam Newman

FLASHBACK TRIVIA
To whose murder did Y&Rs Ashley
make a false confession in 2006?
Turn to page 86 to find out.
79

bold
beautiful
LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Realizing that Zende


is unfulfilled in his work,
Nicole has a change of
heart and rescinds her
request that he not work
with Sasha. Sasha spies the
two sharing a kiss. Later,
Nicole receives a special
gift from her grateful beau.
That evening, Nicole and
Zende finally make love.

OH, MOTHER!

Wyatt assures Liam


that Quinn is abiding by
Steffys wishes and keeping her distance, but Liam
confidently predicts that
Quinn will be the downfall
of his brothers marriage.
Liam, Steffy and Wyatt
discuss their upcoming
trip to Monte Carlo. Steffy

and Wyatt decide to ask


Eric to join them so they
can publicize his return as
Forrester CEO. After spotting Quinn at FC, Wyatt
asks his mother why shes
sneaking around.

COUPLES THERAPY

Ridge checks in on
Brooke.... Caroline and
Douglas visit Thomas at
his new place but things are
awkward. Thinking shed
be better off with Thomas,
Ridge makes a heartfelt
sacrifice.... Vivienne and
Julius work on repairing
their marriage.

WHAT
WILL
HAPPEN
Eric, Steffy, Liam
and Wyatt all have
announcements
to make at the
Spencer Summit.
Eric and Quinn
bask in their
secret Monte
Carlo reunion.
Wyatt is taken
aback by Steffys
admission.
and demands that he allow
Katie into his office to talk.
A confrontation ensues
when Katie arrives and finds
them together. Katie is determined to get her son back.
When Bill suggests they let
the courts decide, Brooke
takes a stand for her sister.

SISTER ACT

Brooke vows to help


Katie get custody of Will.
Brooke gets tough with Bill

QUINN POSSIBLE

You bet she is! This would have happened sooner


if she hadnt been a surrogate for her sister, but
the wait actually makes it even more special.
80

HOWARD WISE/JPI

Is Nicole ready to take things to the next level


with Zende (Rome Flynn)? Reign Edwards says:

When Steffy grouses to


Eric about Quinn, he plays
along to protect his secret
fling. After their chat, Steffy
persuades Eric to join them
in Monte Carlo and suggests he bring along his
new lady friend.
Deacon arrives at Quinns
and she fills him in on her
latest shenanigans.
On the Spencer jet, Liam
opens up to Eric about his
troubles with Steffy, Wyatt
w
and Quinn.

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lives

UNBROKEN CHAIN

EX FILES

Hope works frantically


to free Rafe from the
basement before the bomb
goes off. She cant break
the chains so she draws
her gun and shoots them.
Shawn arrives outside just
as the house explodes.
Distraught over losing
Hope, Aiden returns to his
hotel room and trashes it.

FAMILY DIVIDE

Doug, Julie and Claire


catch up at the pub. They
fill in Claire about the
custody situation with
Thomas. Doug worries
because he cant get in
touch with Hope.
Chad tries to talk to
JJ about Jennifer and the
custody battle but JJ shuts
him down and leaves.

VEGAS, BABY?

Brady and Theresa are at


odds with Tate gone. Mag-

At Club TBD, Dario fixes Blanca and Adriana a drink.


Adriana informs Blanca that her sister is trying to get
ahold of her because a guy named Guillermo from
Mexico was asking about her. Blanca explains that
Guillermo is an ex-boyfriend. Adriana notes that Blanca
seems uncomfortable discussing him. Blanca downplays
Adrianas observation. Later, Dario and Blanca lament
over their respective unrequited loves.... Adriana tries to
reach Rafe, to no avail. She is upset when she hears that
he was not only hurt, but with Hope when it happened.

TUNNEL VISION

gie is shocked to learn that


Summer is a prime suspect
in Tates kidnapping. John
gets a lead that a woman
fitting Summers description hopped a flight to Las
Vegas. Paul confirms that
Cindi (Summers alias)
has checked into a room
there. Brady races off to tell
Theresa that theyre catching the next flight to Vegas.
In Vegas, Summer
changes up her look and
books a flight to Monte
Carlo.

Taken: Stefano
(Joseph Mascolo, r.)
and EJ kidnapped
Rafe (Galen Gering)
and stashed him
in a secret room in
the basement of the
DiMera mansion.

PAUL SKIPPER/JPI

flashback to 2010

Shawn runs into the


bombed-out basement but
theres no sign of Rafe and
Hope.
Aiden tells Andre that
theres no point in harming
Rafe now that its over
between Aiden and Hope.
Andre informs Aiden that
its too late hes already
killed both of them as
payback for what they did
to Stefano. Andre adds that
he made it look like Aiden
is responsible.
Rafe manages to get an
injured, unconscious Hope
into a secret room off the
DiMera tunnels. When she
comes to, he promises to
keep her safe. Hope then
spikes a fever.
The search is on for
Rafe and Hope. Eduardo
suggests to Shawn that
they may have escaped into
the DiMera tunnels from
the abandoned safe house.
Shawn consults Abe and

Brady is staying on track. Hes extremely emotional about it, but he does seem to hold it together in
most aspects, with the exception of his crumbling
relationship with Theresa [Jen Lilley].

asks if he has a working


knowledge of the tunnels.
Abe says that the only
people who would know
are Stefano, EJ or another
DiMera.

CALL WAITING

Brady and Theresa


confront Summer in Las
Vegas. She swears that she
didnt kidnap the boy, but
someone did pay her to
do it. Brady demands the
number of the person who
contacted her but when
he calls it, the number has
been disconnected. Brady
calls John, who learns that
the number is associated
with a dummy corporation thats been shut down.
Summer wonders if Victor
could be involved because
of his hatred of Theresa
and Summer.

DREAMSCAPE

Hopes condition wors-

ens. Rafe, who is in pain


from a leg injury, falls
asleep and has a nightmare that Hope is dead.
In the bad dream, Rafe
is confronted by Aiden,
Andre and Eduardo. Doug,
Shawn, Ciara and Hope
also appear in the dream.
Rafe bolts awake to discover that Hope is alive, but
fading fast. He redoubles
his efforts to get help and
manages to get Hope to the
hospital.
At the hospital, Hope has
a medical crisis but Kayla
reports to Rafe and Jennifer
that she will make a full recovery. Rafe shares a warm
moment with Hope, then he
and Shawn warn a lurking
Aiden that hes going to pay
for what happened to Hope.
Aiden insists hes innocent.
Later, he sneaks in to see
Hope. She tells him to leave
town or shell make him
regret staying.

HOWARD WISE/JPI

What effect is Tates kidnapping having on Brady?


Portrayer Eric Martsolf responds:

Aiden visits
Chase.
Blanca overhears
Rafe say he will
never date her.
Claire tells her
parents that she
isnt going to
college.
Steve joins the
search for Tate.
IT WASNT ME

Brady, Summer and


Theresa return to Salem,
where Brady angrily
confronts Victor. Victor is hurt by Bradys
accusations and tells his
grandson that hes wrong
about him. Maggie tries
to defend Victor to Brady,
but Brady brings up all the
reasons he has to doubt his
grandfather.
Summer makes an emotional appeal to Theresa
about why she never would
have kidnapped Tate. Summer then gives a statement
to Roman, but doesnt admit to killing Clark. After
a tense run-in with Victor,
Summer and Theresa meet
up with Brady. Summer
declares that the only way
to prove her innocence is
to help Brady and Theresa
w
find Tate.
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WHAT
WILL
HAPPEN

ge e a hospital
general
osp a
UNFUNNY VALENTIN

EX FILES

Griffin has a near


miss with Nathan and
Claudette. Maxie tells
Nathan about finding his
wedding photo, convinced
Claudette wants West
back. Claudette realizes
that Maxie was in her
room. Griffins responses
to Curtiss questions about
chastity strike him as odd.

ACCORDING TO PLAN
Lucas and Olivia rail
at Julian; Liv cuts off
Julians access to Leo and
Lucas tells Julian that he
is dead to him. With help
from an underling, Julian
manifests an irregular
heartbeat, and Griffin
must revive him. Julians
ploy succeeds in delaying
his hospital release (and

Kevin lands on Cassadine Island, his blooming feelings


for Laura apparent. Nikolas makes a failed bid to bribe
Theo. Nik, Ava, Jason and Sam are then surprised by
the entrance of Laura, Kevin, Lulu and Dante. Laura and
Lulu share an emotional reunion with Nik. Gun in hand,
Theo stops the group as they are poised to leave, and
they realize that they are his hostages. Theo orders
Jason and Sam to be removed. A lightbulb goes off for
Nik when he spies Theos tattoo, and Theo confirms
that he is actually Valentin Cassadine, Mikkoss son.
Valentin forces Nik to sign over his assets. They
struggle over a gun and Nik is shot, then plunges from
a window to his apparent death. Unaware of this, the
other hostages search for an escape.

hence his arraignment).


Alexiss pregnancy test is
negative. Diane questions
Alexis about how over
Julian she truly is. Indeed,
she is concerned when
she hears about Julians
cardiac episode. Sonny is

skeptical about Julians


health woes until he sees
the patients condition
for himself. A medicated
Julian declares his love to
Alexis, who is affected,
but leaves behind the divorce papers nonetheless.

LETS GET
PHYSICAL

flashback
to 2009

On a date, Morgan and Kiki run


into Darby, who
is out with Dillon,
and its clear that
Kiki and Dillon
harbor feelings for
each other. Dillon
takes Darby to bed,
and Kiki sleeps
with Morgan (and
regrets it). Kristina
and Parker make
love after Parker
divulges that her

The Bastard: Helena (Constance


Towers) warned Nikolas
(then-Tyler Christopher) about
Mikkoss secret, disowned
son, claiming he was the most
dangerous of all the Cassadines.

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Why does Nina take Curtis (Donnell Turner) off the


Claudette case? Michelle Stafford explains:
Nathan told her to stop [the investigation] and
she stops because she loves Nathan. Thats why.
Its for him.

marriage is over. Ditto


Michael and Sabrina, after they are thunderstruck
to encounter Carloss
identical twin, Joe, a doctor, who wants to be part
of Teddys life.

INDIAN TAKE-OUT?

Tracy and Hayden


seek Naomis help getting drugs for Finn from
India. Naomi gets intel
about the drugs that convinces her that Finn is an
addict and using Hayden
(which Finn denies).
Finn is desperate for his
medication and somewhat reluctantly strikes a
mutually beneficial deal
with Sonny.

KIDDO STUFF

Jordan thanks Curtis


for helping her reconcile
with TJ. Andre overhears
and is upset that Jordan
didnt confide in him.

He leaves a message
for someone he calls
kiddo. Nina tells Curtis
to stop investigating
Claudette. Nina wonders if hes interested
in Jordan, which Curtis
denies. Curtis meets up
with Valerie.

ORGAN GRINDER

Carly meets with


someone who claims
to be Josslyns organ
donor, but quickly figures
out that the individual
is a fraud. Despite yet
another setback, Carly
remains resolute in tracking down the donor.

TANGLED WEBBERS

At the Metro Court,


Scott and Lucy light into
Naomi, blaming her for
their financial losses.
Franco approaches
and mentions Heather,
causing Naomi to have

RICK ROWELL/ABC

Claudettes
scheme appears
to be working
like a charm.
Liz has
misgivings
about a
promise made
to Franco.
Amy makes
a horrific
discovery.
heart palpitations. She is
taken to G.H. Liz treats
her; Naomi fishes for
info on her family, and
has a big reaction when
Liz says that her father
is Jeff Webber. Hayden
arrives and kicks Liz
out. Naomi makes a
cryptic comment about
Haydens dad. Back
at the restaurant, Lucy
accuses Franco of being responsible for the
hospital murders.
Franco offers to fund
summer camp for Lizs
kids; she says no and
puts him off about going
out. She bumps into Ric
and is offended when he
expresses his disapproval
of her involvement with
Franco. After, she calls
Franco to schedule their
date. He is delighted. w
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young

restless

BITTER PILL

OIL AND SLIME

MOVE ON

Victoria informs Luca and Summer of the upcoming


protest and walkout over the safety of the Newman
Enterprises oil facility. After Luca leaves, Summer
declares her allegiance to Victoria and promises to find
out what her beau is up to. Luca later admits to Summer that he had been using her in order to undermine
Victoria in the media to secure a future with Newman
Enterprises, but explains that his feelings for her
became real along the way. Still, Nick orders Santori to
pack his bags and leave town as hes no good for Summer. Summer pleads with Luca to stay, but he tells her
that hes going to follow Nicks advice because its for
the best. Summer then asks Luca to move in with her.

At the hospital, Jack


visits Hilary and apologizes for accusing her of
faking her illness. Devon
advises Jack to focus on
Phyllis.
Stitch meets up with
Abby on the GCAC
rooftop deck and they
join Dylan and Sharon
for a drink. Sharon relays
a humorous story about
Sully to Abby and Stitch,
which reminds them of
their current problems
with Max. When Sharon
apologizes, the Rayburns
try to brush it off.

TIME TO GO

Sharon lets Mariah

SHES BA-A-ACK!

know that shes doing much


better and suggests that her
daughter stop worrying
about her. After pondering
her options, Mariah decides
that shes going to move
back in with Kevin.

Chelsea informs
Dylan that Victor admitted that the missing
pages of Sages journal
are out there somewhere.
Dylan hightails it to
the hospital, where he
confronts his stepfather about the evidence
that could exonerate
Adam. Victor denies any
knowledge of the pages.
Meanwhile, Chloe
who is back in town and
secretly working with
Victor holds a lighter
to the journal pages.

In His Place: Since


John (Jerry Douglas)
didnt remember
killing Tom Fisher,
Ashley (Eileen
Davidson) claimed
responsibility for the
murder to save her
fragile father from
going to jail.

AARON MONTGOMERY/JPI

flashback
to 2006

CUTTING EDGE

Dylan goes to the coffee house and asks Kevin


to pull security footage
at the bus station.
Chelsea updates
Michael that Victor isnt

Are Simons drugs really responsible for Hilarys


personality change? Mishael Morgan (with Bryton
James, Devon) responds:

fessing up to the missing


pages. At the courthouse,
everyone is shocked
when Adam receives his
sentence.
Chelsea goes to the hospital and threatens Victor
with a scalpel, demanding
that he reveal where the
missing pages are. Victor
claims he doesnt know,
so Chelsea instructs her
father-in-law to help Adam
some other way.

KISSING UP

Erroneously assuming
that Phyllis chose him over
Jack, Billy shows up at her
suite, ready to start their
relationship. Before Phyllis can correct him, Jack
arrives and Billy is forced
to hide. Jack confesses
that Phyllis is constantly in
his thoughts. She informs
her husband that she still
needs time alone.

JET SETTER

I CONFESS
HOWARD WISE/JPI

I like to think that Hilary is aware of her motives.


Shes been trying her best to get everything shes
ever wanted. She may have to use different tactics,
but at the end of the day, Hilary is going to get
what she wants.

Simon laments to
Ashley that Dr. Shelby
wont let him anywhere
near Hilary. Ashley then
berates Hilary for refusing Simons treatment.
Hilary is released from
the hospital and Devon
invites her to come home.
She accepts. Meanwhile,
Simon apprises Ashley
that he called the FDA
and confessed to falsifying his report so that she
wouldnt have to take the
fall for something she
w
didnt do.

Jack returns to Jabot


to do some work. While
looking over the monthly
expense reports, he notices that Phylliss trip to
Montreal isnt listed. Jack
checks with the pilot of
the companys private jet,
who confirms to his boss
that Phyllis never
flew on those
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out from under him and


soon deduces that Cane
was the buyer. Billy
confronts Cane, who
explains he made the
purchase to consolidate
Billys debt. Billy realizes that Cane is working
for Jill. Lily is thrilled
about Canes new business venture.

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into Mickeys office. Mickey thanked


Trump for his generous donation to the
Horton Foundation. On Trumps way out,
Nicole tried a different tactic and ticked
off her extensive resum as CEO of Titan,
but he wasnt interested.

I know that Y&Rs Jack Abbott has been married and divorced many times, but has he ever
been a widower?
J.T., via email
A Luan Volien was Jacks wartime ro-

I it true that Donald Trump


Is
was on DAYS? My sister insists
w
he w
h
was on the show.
S.J., via email
A Your sister is right! Trump appeared as

himself in a DAYS episode that aired on


October 24, 2005. When Nicole stopped
by Mickeys office to discuss her divorce
from Victor, the receptionist said Mickey
would be unable to see her because of an
appointment with another client. Before
Nicole could complain, Donald Trump
arrived for his meeting with Mickey. Nicole became giddy and threw herself at
Trump, stammering that she was about
to be divorced. Trump glided by her and
Generous Donor: Donald
Trump had Salem
business with Mickey
(John Ingle) in 2005.

mance when he was serving in Vietnam.


The lovers were separated when he was
shipped home, unaware that she was pregnant with his baby. Luan gave birth to a
son, Keemo, then immigrated to America,
where she coincidentally settled in Genoa
City. Thanks to Christine and Pauls efforts,
Jack and Luan were reunited and he met
his 20-year-old son. The couple married
in 1995, but she soon became terminally
ill with an unnamed disease. Luan passed
away in the Abbott home in 1996 and a
grief-stricken Keemo returned to Vietnam.

What was the song that


played when Franco and Nina
had sex for the first time in January?
They are my favorite couple on
GH and I hope they get back
together!
A.M., via email
A The tune titled, Tell Me One

Thing, is an ABC original by Rie


Sinclair.

Was that GHs Molly I


saw on an episode of
RIZZOLI & ISLES recently?
G.M., via email
A It wasnt the actress who plays

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Molly. It was Lexi Ainsworth, who


plays Mollys on-screen sister,
Kristina. She appeared in the episode titled, Shadow of Doubt as
Clair on the TNT series.

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My mom was recently watching Y&R and saw the actress


playing Meredith. My mom is wondering what shows she was on before
Y&R?
Nycole, via email
A Actress Alicia Coppola (Meredith)

got her first big break on the MTV show


REMOTE CONTROL in 1989. She then
joined ANOTHER WORLD in 1991 as
Lorna Devon. After leaving Bay City in
1994, the actress snagged a slew of film

JILL JOHNSON/JPI

I love Ximena Duque


[Blanca] on DAYS she
looks like Sofia Vergara
on MODERN FAMILY. She
could play Glorias sister
on that show. Please
include them in your Twin
Peeks. Thanks.
Bobby E., Fayetteville, NC

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remix of Every Breath You Take, a

huge hit for The Police in 1983. The other


song is called No Sleep To Dream, by
Zella Day.

HOWARD WISE/JPI

I am so happy that PRETTY


LITTLE LIARS is back for the
summer. Can you please answer
these questions about music? In the
first episode, they played a remix of
a song that had the lyric, Ill be
watching you. Can you tell me who
sings it? Then, in the second episode, what was the song that played
when Hanna flashed back to her first
meeting with Jordan? I loved that
one, too! Thank you.
H.B., via email
A No problem, H.B. The first song is a

Duque

Flynn

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Prime Gig: Heres Alicia


Coppola with Jon Cryer
in a 2005 episode of TWO
AND HALF MEN.
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and television work, including National


Treasure: Book of Secrets, JERICHO,
AMERICAN DREAMS, BULL and
NCIS, in addition to numerous episodic
appearances. She appeared in 2015s
We Are Your Friends with Zac Efron,
and appeared in an upcoming episode of
Showtimes hit series, SHAMELESS.

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SOUND OFF
SEE MORE SHELLE

As a DAYS fan for


almost 30 years now, I
was extremely disappointed to hear about the
recent firings of Martha
Madison [Belle] and
Brandon Beemer [Shawn].
They were a bright spot
among all the 50th anniversary returns, only to
be let go again within a

XJ JOHNSON/JPI

I was extremely
disappointed to hear
about the recent
firings of [DAYSs]
Martha Madison
[Belle] and Brandon
Beemer [Shawn].
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year. This show already


lacks balance in terms of
storylines and character
age ranges. Belle and
Shawn are the ideal core
couple to lead this show
into the next generation
while also maintaining a
connection to the previous
generation by way of their
parents and other Salem
relatives. Both characters

have a lot of ties to the


Salem canvas and have
tons of storyline opportunity via their respective
careers as an attorney and
a detective. Martha and
Brandon also have amazing on-screen chemistry
with each other and with
Olivia Rose Keegan,
who plays their daughter,
Claire. Again, tons of

Kay L., Granite City, ILL

We need some Charlie


[Dick Christie] and
Pam [Alley Mills] back
in the picture [on B&B];
they are such a cute
couple and funny, too!
storyline opportunity here.
I urge the powers-that-be
at DAYS to please reconsider their decision to fire
Martha and Brandon again
and rehire them both to
long-term contracts immediately. Salem needs their
Shelle!

Heather A., Roslyn, NY

PLAN B

If B&Bs Liam wants to


get Steffy back, all he has
to do is pretend to actually
find someone and move
on. Steffy feels Liam
should love only her and
if he finds someone else,
shell drop Wyatt so fast
he wont know what hit
him! And shell walk all

over him to get to Liam!

Sarah, Columbus, OH

LETS GO TO THE
VIDEOTAPE

It is about time that


B&Bs Liam found out
about the parking lot video
on the security tape! We
need some Charlie and
Pam back in the picture;
they are such a cute couple and funny, too! Please
dont let Liam be the
underdog again he does
such a good job but its
time Wyatt lost some of
his smug face. I cant wait
to see Dollar Bill get his
too; such a backstabber on
marriage, right? Good for
Liam for standing up to

HOWARD WISE/JPI

BAD ADVICE

Why is DAYSs
Chad asking advice from
Ciara and confiding in
her? Shes a messed up
18-year-old. Ive known
plenty of 18-year-olds,
including my granddaughter, and I wouldnt
confide in any one of
them. I think the writers
are making her too wise
and mature. Not realistic.
And she shouldnt even be
pining away for Chad. She
should be with a boy her
own age.

Lena, via email

AT LAST

Finally, Katie on B&B


learns the truth from
Brooke about Brookes
shenanigans with Dollar
Bill, the stud of L.A.!
Katie now knows she isnt
crazy! Bless her heart, in
more ways than one. The
way Katie told Brooke off
was absolutely right on
the mark. I loved every
minute of it. Brooke really
needs to find a man of her
own, someone who will
be able to keep her on the
straight and narrow. Okay,
B&B writers, please find
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his dad; he should tell him


where he could put the
dagger, too!

HOWARD WISE/JPI

The
performances
from [GHs]
William deVry
[Julian] and
Nancy Lee Grahn
[Alexis] were
brilliant, but I am
angry and sad.

someone to fill the bill


and not Bill Spencer, ever
again!
K.D.H., Reedley, CA

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I usually never get around

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to sending comments
and/or complaints about
the soaps I watch now
(taped while Im at work
every day) GH, Y&R
and B&B, which took
the place of my beloved
ALL MY CHILDREN
and ONE LIFE TO LIVE
but I had to write in
about the Twin Peeks
comparison between
Nathan Fillion (ex-Joey,
OLTL) and Senator Ted
Cruz in Digests May 30
issue. No way in the world
does Nathan bear any
resemblance to that man!
I certainly hope he doesnt
find out about this and
take it to heart. Most of the
Twin Peeks comparisons
are pretty good, but this
one was a definite headscratcher. Nathan is a
million times better looking than Ted Cruz. Thanks

for letting me gripe!


Janie M., North Hills, CA

HEARTBREAKER

GH broke my heart
today, and not in a good
way. I loved Julian and
Alexis beyond reason. For
years, I looked forward to
GH because of them. But
what I just saw Julian
suddenly threatening to
kill Alexis with a dagger at her throat was
brutal and inexplicable.
The performances from
William deVry and Nancy
Lee Grahn were brilliant,
but I am angry and sad.
Angry that the writers
thought this is something
I would find entertaining,
and shockingly sad about
how much GH (and I) lost
when Julian and Alexis
were destroyed like this.
L.C., via email

THE SHAPE OF THINGS

DAYSs Rafe/Hope/
Aiden story has people
talking on Digests
Facebook page. Hope
should [have] seen what
Aiden was doing from
the beginning to her, trytrying to love her not for
her but for her money,
says Heather S. I think
it would be good if she
dumps his butt and goes
back to Rafe. They would
be a better couple. Rafe
still has a lot of feelings
for Hope that Im sure
wont change. Stacie L.
gripes, Im having such
a problem with DAYS
lately ... I just cant underunderstand why Hope would
have anything to do with
Aiden after his son raped
her daughter. Mary R.
points out, Rafe should
have someone who truly
loves him, and not plays
him. Sami played him,
Nicole isnt good enough
for him, Hopes playing
him. Just get someone
new and who is worthy
of him he deserves it.

Marilyn S., on Facebookk

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it Th
The
only reason I guess they
brought Aiden back is
to expose his dealings
with Andre. Lets move
on from this. Kristian
[Alfonso, Hope] deserves
better story.

YOU SAID IT!

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people are never happy
with the way a storyline
is going, but it is
a soap opera, not real
life. Sometimes I get
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In the 6/13/16 issue


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Frisco Jones serenaded
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Frisco actually sang Ladyy
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Felisha
Cooper

(Sasha, B&B)
n What movie can you
watch over and over
again? The Wedding
Planner with Jennifer
Lopez. I love that
movie. Thats one of
my dreams, to be in a
rom-com like that
or one of those cheesy
Christmas movies
thats just ridiculous
and features a love
story that could never
happen. Oh, I want to
be in one so bad!
n What do you like
to do on a day off?
Ride a horse and
be outdoors.
n Whats your favorite
candy? Skittles.

HOWARD WISE/JPI

n What word or phrase


do you overuse?
Awesome. Ive
developed this
California lingo.
I never said awesome
until I moved out
here [laughs].
n What is a Cooper
family tradition?
Karaoke. Horrendous
karaoke.
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