Three Questions: One Life to Live's Ilene Kristen Says NOH8!
One Life to Live's Ilene Kristen (Roxy) is speaking out against the ban on gay marriage in California by participating in photographer Adam Bouska's NOH8 Campaign. The campaign has featured several soap faces, including The Bold and the Beautiful's Brandon Beemer, Days of Our Lives' Nadia Bjorlin and Michael Muhney of The Young and the Restless. I recently caught up with the Ryan's Hope alum and asked three quick questions about her involvment in the campaign, her character's relationship with OLTL's gay hunk Kyle (Brett Claywell) and both Kristen's and Roxy's beliefs on gay marriage. Daytime Confidential: So what made you decide to participate in the NOH8 Campaign? Ilene Kristen: I'm a straight, unmarried woman, but I very much believe that if a gay couple really loves each other and want to get married, why shouldn't they have the same rights as straights? It is ridiculous at this point in time that this should even be an issue. Come on America, get hip already! This campaign is great. Get the word out, in a big way!
Daytime Confidential; On One Life to Live, Roxy has become pretty chummy with openly gay med student Kyle (Brett Claywell), even encouraging gays in Llanview to let their "freak flags fly." What would she make of Adam Bouska's NOH8 campaign?
Ilene Kristen: I think Roxy would say to Kyle, 'I like men, why shouldn't you?", and let's get as may people as we can to pose!
Daytime Confidential: With so many soap stars, who come into our living rooms every day, taking a stand for same sex couples to be allowed the right to get married, do you think it is helping American TV audiences become more accepting of gay and lesbian couples?
Ilene Kristen: Yes, I do, but it's a big country, and a lot of people have views about this kind of thing that are very foreign to me. I always ask the question, "Why do you care if same sex couples get married? Does it infringe on your life?"
Check back with Daytime Confidential.com next week for a lengthier interview with Kristen, who will be performing as the musical guest for ACME Saturday Night in Los Angeles on Oct. 17!