From her first scenes as Josh and Reva's hellcat daughter, Marah Shayne Lewis on CBS Daytime's Guiding Light back in 1999, Laura Bell Bundy has had people paying attention. Not only did the striking blonde look like she could be Kim Zimmer's real life daughter, she also possessed the same fiery, emotive acting style which made La Zimmer a daytime legend. It's no wonder the two bonded for life.
After leaving Springfield in 2001, Bell Bundy— who has been appearing on stage since she was a kid— found fame and immense popularity on the Great White Way, starring in such Broadway hits as Hairspray and Legally Blonde: The Musical, the latter in which she made the role of Elle Woods, first played by Reese Witherspoon on the big screen, her very own. Now, with soaps and Broadway conquered, Bell Bundy is poised to take the world of country music by storm, releasing her first major label CD, Achin' and Shakin', onMercury Nashville (relase date: TBA). I recently caught up with Bell Bundy, as the video for "Giddy On Up" (see the making of below), the first single from her new dual CD, became the most streamed video at CMT.com, even making a fan of the likes of Perez Hilton!
The multi-talented starlet shares with Daytime Confidential.com who some of her country music "sheroes" are. She also talks about how her love for movie musicals informs her entertaining music videos. The singer/actress then opens up about why Guiding Light's 60 Minutes special and final episode made her "bawl like a baby", what it was really like working with Zimmer and Robert Newman (who played her dad Josh on the soap) and if she would have returned for the sudser's finale.
Daytime Confidential: You're primarily recognized for your amazing work on Broadway. After doing show tunes for so long, what made you decide to go country?
Laura Bell Bundy: Honey, I’m from Kentucky! I’ve been loving and singing country music since before I ever did a Broadway show! This is actually the second country record I’ve released. The first one was released in 2007. It was an independent country album, and before that I was in a country duo band with my friend Amber Rhodes that began in 1999, before I did my first Broadway show. I have been singing, writing and seriously pursuing county music for over 10 years, since prior to Hairspray which was in 2002. This is just the first time that I have had major label support and thank God for it! I have finally made the record I’ve always wanted to make! READ MORE
Whether she's working a con, protecting her kids or reinventing sex in the afternoon, Blair Cramer does it all in style. At the recent Cramer Women's Luncheon in NYC, I got the chance to talk to Kassie DePaiva, the Southern bombshell, who as Blair, has been scheming and loving her way through the fictional town of Llanview, PA since 1993 on ABC Daytime's One Life to Live.
DePaiva revealed to Daytime Confidential why she thinks Blair will never stop meddling in Todd (Trevor St. John) and Tea's (Florencia Lozano) relationship. She also discusses the explosive chemistry Blair has with brothers Ross (Michael Lowry) and Elijah (Matt Walton), and why Ross's personality shift "bummed her". DePaiva also talks about the cancellation of her first soap home, Guiding Light and shares once and for all what a man like Todd Manning has that keeps Blair and Tea so hot and bothered!
Daytime Confidential: Blair has given up Todd, who many would say is the love of her life, though personally, I always thought Max was; is this the last of Blair mixing it up in Todd and Tea's relationship?
Kassie De Paiva: Blair will never stop mixing it up with Todd and Tea. I do believe that she's just taking a break for a while. READ MORE
A little birdie just landed next to my laptop and whistled a nice, little song about famed General Hospital executive producer Wendy Riche being thisclose to inking a deal to return to ABC Daytime. Sorry GH fans, we're hearing it isn't the soap she successfully helmed from 1992-2001 that Riche will be assigned to. Instead she would fill the second-in-command producer slot at All My Children, recently vacated by Lisa de Cazotte, who decided not to stay with the sudser once it made the move to La La Land.
Move over Kish. Make room Nuke, there's a new gay soap opera supercouple in the making, "Treliot" aka Truth and Eliot played respectively by Damien Wigfall and Preston Davis in Buppies, the hot-like-fiya web sudser about the life and times of a group of well-heeled African-American socialites, currently airing on BET.com.
In Buppies, Eliot (Davis) is a quiet, slightly meek sports agent, dating Priscilla (Robin Thede), a sistah even Whitney Gilbert would have called sadity, whose life is rocked to the core when Truth (Wigfall), a hot shot NFL star, shows up at a birthday party held for Priscilla's best friend Quincy (Tatyana Ali), and quickly makes it known that he still has power over him. The final shot of episode 4 of Buppies saw the manipulative Truth (think a black, gay JR Ewing-in-training) leaning in to kiss a stunned Eliot.
I caught up with Davis and Wigfall to chat about what it's like going gay for BET.com's premiere, scripted web series. After you read the interview, be sure to check out today's episode of Buppies at 3 pm ET atBET.com!
Daytime Confidential: Preston, in Buppies, you play the role of Eliot David a sports agent, dating snobby magazine editor Priscilla, played by Robin Thede; Eliot also shares a secret past with sports star Truth (Damien Wigfall). What attracted you to this character?
Preston Davis:I think what attracted me to playing Eliot was the same thing that I was most afraid of. In this industry there’s still a stigma attached to playing gay characters, and a lot people advise against it. But I didn’t become an actor to support other people’s fears and insecurities. That’s just not who I am as a man or an artist. So, even though I was hesitant at first, I took a couple steps back and really thought about the kind of career I wanted and what I’d be compromising if I walked away from such a beautifully written piece of work. My goal is to be a true artist and part of that for me is helping reveal the endless realities of the young black male. READ MORE
In honor of the Daytime Confidential podcast's 500th episode (okay, this is actually 497 but who's counting?), Luke and Jamey chat with One Live to Live head writer extraordinaire, Ron Carlivati. In his first podcast interview, the George Washington University graduate, who left a career in law to pursue his dreams of writing for his favorite soap opera, shares with Luke and Jamey how his then-employer, former attorney David Baldacci selling his first novel, Absolute Power, inspired Carlivati to move to New York and follow his true passion.
Carlivati talks in depth about what it was like to go from being Dorian (Robin Strasser) and Viki's (Erika Slezak) biggest fan, to creating their storylines day in and day out. He shares what it meant to him to see the first confrontation he ever penned for the legendary duo air on television.
Carlivati also reveals why it was so important for him to restore Llanview's rich history and how he managed to return the soap opera to the diverse landscape creator Agnes Nixon first envisioned over four decades ago.
The talented scribe also explains in great deal why he felt the payoff of having Todd Manning (Trevor St. John) romance his amnesiac, one-time rape victim Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell) made the controversial story worth it in the end. He also shared how it made him feel to see Haskell win her second Emmy earlier this year for the storyline's climax, and explains why he feels two smart, flawed women like Tea Delgado (Florencia Lozano) and Blair Cramer (Kassie DePaiva) are drawn to Todd.
Carlivati also talks about his love for great sitcoms growing up and how that influences his storytelling. He then provides Daytime Confidential listeners with a sneak peek of what's next for his soap's top couples like Bo and Nora, Rex and Gigi and of course Kish. Will daytime's most realistically-drawn gay couple get a real love scene? You'll have to listen to this episode to find out. It's an interview you don't wanna miss!
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The Internet is abuzz with speculation that former soap opera diva Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, The Young and the Restless) is set to join the cast of the smash hit Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, possibly replacing either Nene Leakes or Kim Zolciak, who are rumored to be causing Bravo distress by constantly asking for more cash.
I have to tell yall, the entire ATL is going crazy to find out who is going to be the Next Atlanta House Wife. Several sources have told me that the one and only queen of day time television Victoria Rowell is going to be the newest wife to be added to the show, but nothing is set in stone just yet. She is best known for two high profile television roles: Drucilla Winters on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless, and her primetime role as Dick Van Dyke’s medical examiner, Dr. Amanda Bentley, on Diagnosis: Murder. I have been told that Bravo is looking at Victoria because she is full of drama and loves to fight. I have to tell yall, after working with people that have worked for her, “She would be the right one for the job”. They say ”she’s crazy, funny, and made for TV”. My only question is I didn’t know she lived in Atlanta.
After hearing about this from my ever-tweeting homegirl Jillian Bowe, I decided to find out myself. I called up Ms. Rowell, make that Mrs. Bailey, since she is now married to Radcliffe Bailey, a famed artist, collected by the likes of Elton John, who is based in Atlanta, where Rowell, the mother of two, and a stepmother to Bailey's children, does in fact divide her time between her fabulicious home in L.A.