Eden Riegel on 2009 Exit From All My Children: "It Was Not The Story I Was Told They Were Going To Tell"
All My Children star Eden Riegel is finally setting the record straight regarding her short return to the series back in 2009. Fans may recall, former AMC head writer Chuck Pratt attempted to blame Riegel's schedule for the storyline bombing in an interview with TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan. Four years later, Riegel explains to SheWired.com why she really left:
You left AMC for a while. Did it have to do at all with the turn that Bianca's storyline had taken?
It was not the story that I was told we were going to tell. Obviously, marriage equality is still a big issue -- unfortunately. It was during the Prop 8 time and it was the first time I felt the tide was turning and we could actually get some marriage equality. It was a really exciting time and I was debating whether or not to come back to the show and then they pitched me this beautiful story about Bianca being in love and getting married, a real same sex couple on daytime. It kind of felt like the coming out story all over again, or the next generation of coming out story. I was immediately on board, and the fact that this beautiful actress Tamara Braun was playing…
We got annulled by text message less than 48 hours after we've been married. It was all very messy, and I thought, weirdly, and argument against what we were fighting for. It was very upsetting. At that point I just didn’t feel listened to. There are so many regimes in these soap operas because people get burned out. It’s grueling work. That particular writer who was involved -- I think he just thought my input wasn't really, you know, welcomed. I understand. If I were a writer I’m sure I wouldn’t really want an actor talking off my ear about what they feel their character should be doing. Actors, for the most part, maybe don’t understand the more broad perspective. But, it was tough for me to watch my character going through that when I thought we were telling another story.
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