Daytime Confidential Interviews
DC Exclusive: DAYS' Eric Martsolf on Carrying Drake Hogestyn's Torch and Comedy Being "Life on Steroids"By Jamey Giddens on February 26, 2010
"Comedy is basically life on steroids" thus says Days of Our Lives hunk Eric Martsolf. The actor, who is as good-natured as he is good looking, will get a chance to prove his theory this weekend, when he hosts ACME Saturday Night, L.A's hottest sketch comedy show, at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood.
I caught up with Martsolf to discuss his hosting gig. We also chatted about what it was like having to play "the wall" on Passions, while so many of his costars got to tickle viewers funny bones on the supernatural sudser. Then we talked about how skeptical critics (like me) were when news first broke that he and fellow Passions alum Galen Gering were joining DAYS. Does he feel vindicated now that the sudser is experiencing a creative and ratings renaissance?
We also discuss the legacy of his former boss, the late James E. Reilly; how he is "carrying the torch" for Drake Hogestyn; Brady's "addiction" to Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) and how Martsolf's amazing life adventures, including marriage to wife Lisa, with whom he shares twin sons, Mason and Chase, has brought so much comedy to his soap jumping life.Daytime Confidential: You're hosting ACME Saturday Night this week. How did the gig come about?
Eric Martsolf: Well, actually it was a through a friend of a friend through a friend. [Laughs]. No, coincidentally, Arianne Zucker had done it. I knew another one of the girls involved, I had done this crazy, little Christmas show called "Jingle Bell Rock", and she told them, "Hey, I know this guy who would be willing to make a fool out of himself for an hour or so on stage." So that's how it came about. READ MORE
In 2009 Yanni Gellman's boyishly-handsome face was splashed all over the pages of the gay press and online blogs (like this one) once it was spoiled Rafe Torres, the earnest, young attorney he portrays on daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, was set to be involved in a gay storyline on the sudser. Now it's primetime Gellman hopes to make his mark on.
On tonight's episode of ABC Family's hit dramedy Greek (10/9c), Gellman reprises the role of Pete, a nice, rich kid frat boy, who sparked an attraction with Ashleigh (Amber Stevens) in last week's installment of the serial. I recently caught up with Gellman, who shares what it's like woring with Stevens, as well as fellow daytime alum Spencer Grammer (ex-Lucy, As The World Turns), who plays Casey on the college soap. We also talk about his controversial Y&R storyline, and whether or not Rafe still has feelings for the dastardly Adam Newman (Michael Muhney).
Daytime Confidential: Tell me about your role on tonight's episode of Greek?
Yani Gellman: I play the character of Pete, who is from a rather well-to-do family, but he's pretty humble and doesn't like to show that off. He's a member of the Omega Chi fraternity, and in last week's episode he happened to meet the one and only Ashleigh, played Amber Stevens, at an interfraternity baseball game where sparks flew. Tonight's episode picks up from there. READ MORE
The Morasco Fiasco came to an icy end this past week on One Life to Live as Stacy (Crystal Hunt), the little sister from hell, delivered Fish's (Scott Evans) daughter Sierra Rose before ultimately drowning in a frozen lake. Now the question on everyone's mind is, with Stacy now turned into a stripper-cicle, can OLTL's once-star crossed couple, Rex and Gigi (played by real life lovebirds John Paul Lavoisier and Farah Fath) find their way back to one another?
I recently caught up with Fath, at the faboosh party OLTL threw to celebrate moving into their new digs and got the skinny on a possible Rex and Gigi reunion and so much more! I found out what's next for everyone in Llanview whose lives were ripped apart by Stacy's lies. I find out who wants to raise Baby Sierra Rose now that the "truth" is out about the baby's paternity. Does Schuyler (Scott Clifton) even stand a chance with Gigi, since his part in Stacy's monstrous lies have been revealed? Not to hear Fath tell it. In fact, all Sky has to look forward to from the once and future scrappy waitress is one helluva custody battle, which she previews for Daytime Confidential in this revealing interview.
Daytime Confidential: Now that Stacy's lies have been revealed, will viewers see Gigi reuniting with Rex?
Farah Fath: If they do it won't be for a while. She's very much heartbroken by Schuyler and his lies. Rex is definitely there for her through this situation and you can tell they might want to try to work things out.They have a very open, communicative conversation about their future, which is really healthy. They are very honest with each other about the possibility that they may or may not get back together, because they have so much to work on and they both have to start over and work on their trust issues. So far in the scripts they haven't even kissed. It's not like they are jumping back in the saddle together; they're not. They are rebuilding their friendship, which I think is great. READ MORE
DC Interview: OLTL' s Florencia Lozano on Kassie DePaiva, Todd Manning's Girls and Soaps and LatinasBy Jillian Bowe on February 17, 2010
Latina beauty Florencia Lozano is holding it down for Hispanic women on daytime television. As passionate legal eagle Tea Delgado, Lozano has been giving Blair Cramer (Kassie De Paiva) a run for her Manning (Todd that is, played by Trevor St. John) on and off since 1997. Lozano reprised the popular role in December 2008 and fans, new and old ,have been cheering ever since. In late 2009, Llanview lovers learned Tea had been keeping one whopper of a secret from Todd—his teenage daughter Danielle, played by breakout newcomer Kelley Missal.
I caught up with Lozano at the recent party One Life to Live held to celebrate moving into their new studios. We chatted about what it means for Lozano to represent Latina women on daytime. We also dished about why Lozano feels the Tea/Blair rivalry is so popular, what it's like working with her new TV daughter, as well as her fictionalized stepdaughter Starr (portrayed by Kristen Alderson, whom Lozano first started working with when Alderson was a small girl) and why Lozano feels Latina American telenovelas are doing so well, while U.S. soaps are seeing viewer erosion. I also threw Lozano the same question I asked DePaiva this past January— What is it about Todd Manning that drives Tea and Blair so crazy?
Daytime Confidential: As Tea Delgado, you are one of the few representations of strong, Latina females on daytime. Do you hear from a lot of fans who are inspired by your portrayal of Tea?
Florencia Lozano: Yes, it seems to have inspired people that One Life to Live has a strong, educated Latina. I think its rare, and I think its important to have that. READ MORE
DC Interview: Y&R's Kate Linder Chats about Chloe, Esther's Love Life and Hosting the First Annual Celebrity Charity GalaBy Mike Jubinville on February 08, 2010
One of daytime's busiest women, Kate Linder, is at it again. This Thurs., Feb. 11, from 6 pm-10 pm PST the actress/fight attendant/humanitarian will be hosting Emerging Magazine's First Annual Celebrity Charity Gala to benefit The ALS Association of Greater Los Angeles at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel, 225 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.
I recently caught up with Linder, who shared why her work to fight ALS is so important to her and what it means to have Esther Valentine's daughter Kate/Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) back home in Genoa City with her on The Young and the Restless.
Daytime Confidential: Your commitment to finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is strong. Please give us some background on how you became aware of ALS.
Kate Linder: I had heard of ALS and knew that Michael Zaslow of Guiding Light had the disease. When we learned that my brother-in-law Scott was diagnosed with ALS, my husband and I decided to commit to working for a cure. Over the past five years, our commitment has only grown stronger as we meet more ALS patients and families. I have had the fortunate opportunity of becoming the celebrity spokesperson for The ALS Association for the past five years and participating in national activities including testifying in Congress and lobbying on their behalf during The ALS Association's annual advocacy days each May. We also do fundraising for various chapters throughout the United States including the Walk to D'Feet ALS events. READ MORE
Get ready One Life to Live fans. The Cramer women are back this February and it’s going to be hot! ABC invited the soap press out to the OLTL studio in New York for a special event reintroducing the Cramers. On hand were: Robin Strasser (Dorian), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Gina Tognoni (Kelly), Kristen Alderson (Starr), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie), Brittany Underwood (Langston), and last, but certainly not least Melissa “Bitchy Bangs” Fumero (Adriana). Hilarity ensued when yours truly had to set everyone straight on the origins of Bitchy Bangs.
Daytime Confidential: Melissa, your character, Adriana went from a doormat to a love-to-hate bitch, coinciding with a new haircut for you. What did you make of the Bitchy Bangs phenomenon?
Laura Bonarrigo: I have to interject; I don't understand how any character in daytime can be called "Bitchy Bangs!" Can you explain this to me? Was this after me?
Melissa Fumero: It was so hilarious how everything happened at the same time. Basically, my contract was up and I had a little break before I came back as recurring to finish my storyline. I was there until June or whatever. So on the break, I got this feeling and all of a sudden, "I'm not under contract! I'm going to cut my hair. I'm going to cut bangs! I'm not going to ask permission!" So I did! [Laughs] READ MORE