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News for the week of 04-Feb-2008

by Carol Banks Weber

Chrishell Stause (Amanda) wrapped work on the psychological thriller of a film Scaring The Fish in a small role as one of the dead guy’s wives, and will soon launch into a new film called Sometimes in a larger, more prominent role. Stause started off as an actress on the stage, in plays, then seguewayed onto daytime television in her first soap as AMC vixen Amanda. With so many mentors and role models to choose from on this legendary soap, Stause singled out on-screen mom Kate Collins (Janet) as one of the best. Michael E. Knight (Tad) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan) are two other AMC actors she singled out for a different purpose—to lighten the mood. Read more about Stause and plans to liven up the 4th annual Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, March 8th event in the all-female group musical segment, as well as her advice to aspiring actors in part 1 of Kristi’s Soaps.com’s January 16th interview.

Stause gave a more in-depth shout-out to her on-screen mom in part 2 of Kristi’s January 25th interview at Soaps.com. Collins isn’t just a great actress with great acting tips, but an honest-to-goodness mother figure for an appreciative Stause. Whenever they’re on together, even through some slow filming days, the veteran actress makes sure she takes care of Stause, inquiring about her life, her day, giving her hugs. Stause said she never tires of it.

Oftentimes, filming long hours all day and into the night can be tiresome. One way Stause deals with those long hours is by making sure she gets out of her character’s stilettos and into her own soft, comfortable slippers on breaks. She also derives a lot of camaraderie amongst her fellow AMC actors in group scenes, such as those involving the Fusion women.

Stause also took some time to reassure fans that as far as she’s concerned, she’d like to be around AMC for a long time, and to continue playing Amanda with mixed colors—neither pure evil, or pure saint. She said she thinks Amanda and friend Babe might mix it up a little bit, but in the end, Amanda will make sure to preserve that friendship, as friendship is important to her lonely character.

Alicia Minshew’s (Kendall) engagement ring turned outgoing Sabine Singh’s (ex-Greenlee) day around. According to Minshew, the day after her boyfriend Richie Hersch proposed to her, she went to work to share the joyous news with cast and crew. She first ran into Singh who was filming on her last day and very upset about it. But then Singh noticed the beautiful ring on Minshew’s finger and said, “Oh, my gosh, you just took the worst day for me and made it amazing. I am so happy for you.” Others joined in the gushing as soon as they were made aware of the engagement, Susan Lucci (Erica) in the hair and makeup department, Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Terri Ivens (ex-Simone), Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca), and even Thorsten Kaye (Zach), the man who made it happen in the first place. Kaye introduced best friend Richie to Minshew, so she made sure to give her actor friend props. “Then I had to go do a bunch of love scenes with Thorsten [laughs]. It was like, ‘I just got engaged to your friend – let’s go have sex!’” –Soap Opera Digest, February 5, 2008

When Colin Egglesfield (Josh) moved from Detroit to Chicago at age 10, he discovered a worthier football team to cheer on, the more winning Chicago Bears. If he lived in his hometown, he knows he’d be at their games live more often than two times. Even when he’s not at Soldier Field, for example, cheering the good moves and booing the lousy plays, he said he was lucky enough to witness a great football moment last year. He and a few of his pals were about to abandon the game—the Bears were down by two touchdowns closing in on the end of the final quarter—and head out of the bar when a roar erupted from inside, drawing them back. Good thing, ‘cause “Devin Hester ran back a punt for a touchdown and the Bears ended up scoring another touchdown and winning in overtime. We were all jumping up and down on the booth, high-fiving, I was doing the Heisman…. It was so awesome.” –Soap Opera Digest, “Sports Zone,” February 5, 2008

Rumors of Jeff Branson’s (Jonathan) drop to recurring (or even out the door) may have been exaggerated. A representative of the show assured the soap press that Branson still has a contract to speak of.

I think it was Soap Opera Digest, the Feb. 12th issue, where Rebecca Budig said she preferred to refer to herself as the “original” not “real” Greenlee, in deference to her recast predecessor, earning props from fans.

Gossip for the week of 04-Feb-2008

by Carol Banks Weber

Michael Easton (John McBain, OLTL) might cross over to sister ABC Daytime soap, AMC for February Sweeps, as his detective character. John will visit Pine Valley to follow up on an investigation related to Jesse.

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