Daytime Confidential Interviews
Student nurse Sabrina Santiago barrelled into Port Charles General Hospital, a mess of hair, thick-rimmed glasses and nervous energy. However, at the recent Nurses Ball, this quirky duckling transformed into quite the magnificent swan, securing Dr. Patrick Drake's (Jason Thompson) heart in the process!
Being gorgeous both inside and out is a trait the new R.N. shares with her portrayer Teresa Castillo. I had the pleasure of chatting up the break-out star at the Paley Center's recent celebration of General Hospital's 50th Anniversary. Castillo shares how much she is enjoying her time in Port Chuck, the friendships she's developed, and dished on what she and best pal Felix (Marc Samuel) will be up to in their battle against Dr. Britch (Kelly Thiebaud).
Daytime Confidential: This all has to be pretty exciting for you?
Teresa Castillo: I feel like I’m dreaming right now.
DC: General Hospital’s 50th Anniversary, all of this and this is your first role on a soap opera, right?
TC: It is, it is! I had seen soaps before, but I had no idea what I was getting into with the shooting schedule. It’s challenging, a little bit, to get the hang of it, the flow of it all, but I feel like I finally settled in.
DC: Well you’re not just settled in, you’re in a great love triangle! Pretty great for your first soap role?
TC: I’m having a blast; I really am.
DC: It’s wonderful when you love what you’re doing. It shows on screen with you.
TC: Thank you, you couldn’t ask for anything more, right? To be able to do what you love for a living and have other people enjoy it as well. It’s just so fulfilling and I’m so thankful. READ MORE
Few characters on television right now are better with the turn of a phrase than Felix Dubois, R.N. on General Hospital. I spoke with Felix's potrayer, Marc Samuel, at the recent Paley Center event celebrating General Hospital's 50th anniversary. I quickly learned the man behind Felix is just as fierce and funny as the character he plays.
Samuel shares how Felix will continue to have his girl Sabrina's (Teresa Castillo) back, as she battles evil Dr. Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) for Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) and addressed questions surrounding Felix's own love life. Could a new man be on the horizon for the fabulous Mr. Felix?
Daytime Confidential: We're loving Felix!
Marc Samuel: I gotta tell you, it’s awesome. You’re allowed to say what you want. Well, what’s written, but the way you want to… You know what I mean?
DC: A little improvising never hurt anybody.
MS: That’s true and they seem to like it, they’re ok with it.
DC: I just spoke with Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) and it looks like Felix is going to be helping his girl out; proving that Britt is a liar.
MS: Oh, absolutely! Felix has Sabrina’s back. They’re as thick as thieves; that’s his girl. READ MORE
Let's get one thing clear, hot-bodied, young thespian Robert Gorrie isn't trying to replace Eddie Alderson. The One Life to Live newcomer drove that point home several times while I chatted with him during a recent set visit. What Gorrie is trying to accomplish, is successfully navigating baby daddy/bad boy Matthew Buchanan's twisty journey into adulthood on the TOLN soap.
Will that journey involve controversial, new story arcs for Matthew and Destiny (Laura Harrier)? What role with Matthew's old flame Dani Delgado-Manning (Kelley Missal) play in his baby mama drama? Don't forget about new hunk in town Jeffrey King (Corbin Bleu). Gorrie reveals how Matt will be interacting with all three, not to mention the extended Buchanan family. To borrow from one CBS soap, OLTL is about to get hella young and very restless!
Daytime Confidential: What made you sign onto One Life to Live?
Robert Gorrie: I particularly liked the challenge of this new media platform. Internet television is the future and I felt like, to be a part of something that’s just on the cusp of becoming the norm in the industry, and to be on the first soap to do it, I just thought it was a really unique opportunity. I think a lot of eyeballs are going to catch it. READ MORE
He's b-a-a-a-c-k! One of the most insanely-funny soap characters ever—David Vickers Buchanan—will be front and center when One Life to Live returns April 29. I caught up with Tuc Watkins during a recent visit to the Connecticut set of OLTL, where he dished about the scene-stealing toy boy he plays so well.
What exactly will Watkins' alter ego be up to in fictional Llanview, Pennsylvania? Could David find himself caught in the middle, as his wife, Senator Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser) goes to war with his pal Viki (Erika Slezak)? Not if he's careful!
What made the in demand primetime star of such hits as Desperate Housewives decide to sign up for the online version of OLTL? His answer will warm the heart of every diehard soap fan.
Daytime Confidential: How excited are you to be back at One Life to Live?
Tuc Watkins: I really didn’t think that we were going to have a revival. It’s very exciting, and what surprised me is it’s not very much different. I thought it would be different when we shot it. It’s all very similar. I don’t think that the viewers will bombarded with too much new stuff. They will have the stuff they liked in the past, moving into the future.
She made television history when she was named the first black person to serve as head writer of a daytime drama. On today's episode of the Daytime Confidential podcast, Michele Val Jean joins Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr and Jillian Bowe as that soap opera, ABC Daytime's General Hospital, celebrates its 50th anniversary on April 1.
The veteran scribe, who also wrote for Generations, Santa Barbara, Port Charles and currently pens scripts for The Bold and the Beautiful, dishes about her historic career and so much more on today’s Daytime Confidential podcast!
Cameron Mathison's work schedule might even make Ryan Seacrest ask how he does it all. The in demand actor and TV personality has more projects going than a New York City urban planner!
Tonight the All My Children alum guests on TV Land's smash hit sitcom Hot In Cleveland; then in February he will appear on the premiere episode of TV One's new laffer Belle's. Currently, he's in Toronto shooting a rom-com with Jennie Garth and has another flick coming out soon for GMC! Is it any wonder he and Prospect Park experienced scheduling difficulties when it came to booking him on their continuation of All My Children?
Don't be too bummed, Ryan Lavery fans. I recently caught up with Mathison for Daytime Confidential and The Good Morning America correspondent is still hopeful he'll turn up in Pine Valley at some point.
Daytime Confidential: What can you tell us about your character?
Cameron Mathison: First of all, he’s written very funny. Right from the beginning, he cracked me up. He’s the best friend to Valerie’s [Bertinelli] boyfriend’s character. He’s a little bit cocky; he’s a little bit excited about getting named Cleveland’s most eligible bachelor. He’s got a little bit of a quirky thing about him. He’s a word shortener. He kind of does one of those cheesy words like, delicious is now “delish”, and expeditious is now “expidish”; he’s one of those guys. He’s also got an interesting characteristic, he’s only got one testicle! So his nickname is “One Ball Bill” and it becomes a bit of an issue with the girls and the guys. He doesn’t want anyone to know, but they’re talking about it behind his back. It’s kind of funny. READ MORE