Today - January 29th, 2017, Justin Hartley is celebrating his birthday. Hartley is a very popular actor who is known for his roles as; Fox Crane on 'Passions', Adam Newman on 'The Young and the Restless' and Kevin on NBC's 'This Is Us'.
We here at Soap Opera News wish for him a very fun filled day, filled with life long memories. Check out the amazing pics of Hartley and his former daytime co-stars below!
Today being the 29th day of January, 2017 - 'Days of Our Lives' and 'General Hospital' alum Matthew Ashford is celebrating his birthday. Ashford is well known to 'Days' fans as Jack Deveraux - he was a very beloved character and a part of the supercouple pairing, Jack and Jennifer [Melissa Reeves]. He is also known for his role as Dr. Tom Hardy on 'General Hospital' and Drew Ralston & Dr. Stephen Harver on 'One Life to Live'. Ashford can be seen on 'The Bay' as Steve Jenson. We wish for him a day that's filled with lifelong memories - check out his super-amazing pics with his former co-stars below!
After a lengthy absence in Salem, Shelley Hennig will finally make a return as Stephanie Johnson on 'Days of Our Lives'. She is current a "Teen Wolf" fan favorite who is expected to be back on screen on February 14th and 15th for her parent's wedding according to Soaps.com.
Steve [Stephen Nichols] and Kayla's [Mary Beth Evans] long awaited wedding will begin on Valentine's day [February 14] and both of their children will be in attendance. Hennig's visit is a short one!
Fan favorite, John Schneider from 'The Haves and the Haves Nots' has released a new album. Schneider plays the role of Jim Cryer, a character we all love to hate but did you know he was also a talented singer?
On January 24, 2017 - Schneider released his new album titled "Ruffled Skirts". The new album was produced by Maven Entertainment, under the John Schneider Studios label and contains 10 new tracks, see the full tracklist below!
Too Much Rain Going With The Flow How Do you Stop The Water Five Feet High & Rising The FEMA Song An Act of God Every Friday Night Sweet Rose of Sharon The Cajun Navy In The Shelter
Grant Aleksander is best known for his role as Phillip Spaulding on ‘Guiding Light’, a role he played on and off from 1982 – 2009. He is also known for his role as Alec McIntyre on ‘All My Children’. Currently, he plays the role of Adam Clark on Amazon Prime’s ‘Tainted Dreams’. Soap Opera News caught with the talented actor as he dished about his daytime roles, his role on “Tainted Dreams”, the rumor that he was joining ‘Days of Our Lives’, If he would do another daytime soap opera and more. Read the full interview below:
I am so proud of your series "Tainted Dreams" and I'm sure you are too, how did you became a part of the show?
Grant: Sonia contacted me and told me about the project and the people participating. It all sounded great so I said sign me up.
What can you share about your character Adam Clark?
Grant: Adam’s not a bad guy but he’s got commitment issues. The arc of his story ultimately forces him to confront them.
Your daytime roles include; Alec McIntyre on All My Children and Philip Spaulding on Guiding Light - What storylines were most memorable for you on both soap operas?
Grant: My favorites were the Phillip /Beth love story and the Four Musketeers on Guiding Light and the work I got to do with Kelly Ripa and David Canary on All My Children.
And, you previously had a mini reunion with some of your former Guiding Light co-stars last year - did it bring back any Guiding Light day memories?
Grant: Oh yes. Anytime a group of us gets together its like a family reunion.
It would be nice if there was ever some form of Guiding Light reboot, possibly online - if so, would you be apart?
Grant: I would welcome any opportunity to work with those folks again. We just had so much fun together.
Have any of the current daytime soap operas reached out to you? Could you see yourself on another daytime soap opera? If so, do you have a character in mind that you would love to play? Grant:
Grant: I’d love to. I’m based on the East coast but the way the shows are produced these days that’s much less of an impediment than it used to be.
Have you kept in touch with your former Guiding Light co-stars and who?
Grant: Michael O’Leary [ex-Rick], Ron Raines [ex-Alan], Justin Deas [ex-Buzz], Robert Newman [ex-Josh]…the list goes on.
What has life been like since the cancellation of the show?
Grant: Great, But different! We were all lucky to have a “regular” job in Show Biz for so many years. That just doesn’t happen very often. When it finally comes to an end there’s a real period of adjustment.
After a photo was shared with you on the set of Days of Our Lives, the rumor began that you had joined the NBC daytime soap opera - what was going on there?
Grant: I was visiting a dear friend in the commissary who directs on Days. It just happened to be the day the Show was celebrating a big Anniversary. So I joined him in the Studio to say hi to some old friends and say congratulations.
Wouldn't it be nice if there was a Beth, Lujack and Philip reunion on Days?
Grant: Stranger things have happened!
Outside of acting, what keeps you busy?
Grant: I have been doing a lot of teaching and directing lately.
It's a new year - What's on the horizon for you (Career Wise) this year?
Grant: I have a couple projects in development and a book that my wife and I are editing for publication.
So fans – would you like to see Aleksander back on Daytime? Which show would you like to see him on? Share your thoughts below
'General Hospital' alum Natalia Livingston, who is known for her roles as Emily Quartermaine and Rebecca Shaw on the ABC daytime drama spoke with Soap Opera News about her roles on Tainted Dreams, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. Livingston also shared what her current 'GH' connections are, working with Tyler Christopher [Nikolas Cassadine], If she would return to daytime and more. Read the full interview below:
First of all, Congratulations on your marriage to Matt Aldag, can you share how you guys met?
Natalia: Thank you! We met in college at Emory University in Atlantag (where we actually had mutual crushes for each other) and reconnected years later via FB.
How has marriage life been?
Natalia: It’s been wonderful. I love being Mrs. Aldag. Matt is the sweetest husband a girl could have. He’s kind, supportive, thoughtful. He makes me laugh.
It's so good that Tainted Dreams was picked up by Amazon, what can you share about your character, Liza Park?
Natalia: I think you know about as much as I do. I’m excited to get our new scripts! I love the character of Liza. She has a lot of heart. It’s easy to feel for her. I’m rooting for her and hoping she finds her daughter. I absolutely love working with Grant Alexander and hope they continue to unfold that relationship. Perhaps, there will be a future for them?
What's it like being a part of such a (Soap) star-studded cast?
Natalia: It’s been a great experience so far. I’d always wanted to work with Alicia Minshew [ex-Kendall, All My Children]. Playing her best friend on Tainted Dreams is such a joy. She’s truly lovely. And, Sonia Blangiardo our director is fantastic. She’s so easy to work with and is dedicated to the success of Tainted Dreams.
Your character, Emily Quartermaine was pretty big on General Hospital and still remains a household name to this date - what can you share of your time at the ABC daytime sudser?
Natalia: I loved every minute of it. It was a beautiful chapter in my life. I feel honored to have been a part of such a talented cast and crew. I hope General Hospital continues for years to come.
How was it doing Emily's rape storyline, preparation and all?
Natalia: It was a grueling and challenging task. I wanted to make sure I did the storyline justice. I did a lot of research, spoke to victims and visited sexual assault centers to prepare. So many women deal with the aftermath of this horror. I hope we helped victims in some way. If nothing else, I hope they felt they were not alone.
You even played Emily's twin sister, Rebecca Shaw in 2009, what was that like?
Natalia: I enjoyed playing Emily much more. Emily was the center of the Quartermaine Family. I still think it’s such a shame that she is not on the canvas anymore. Rebecca was fun but I wish they had developed the story a bit more.
How did you find out Emily was being killed off? Do you feel like there's more story to tell for her?
Natalia: I was told she would return and that the character was not gone for good. Emily returned as a figment of Nikolas’s imagination. I think there is definitely more to tell in Emily’s story. I always hold hope that GH will bring her back. I know the fans would love it. There are so few central characters on soaps. Characters with real history. Emily was certainly one of those characters. She was so young. There were endless possibilities for her.
Your character and Tyler Christopher's Nikolas Cassadine was a big thing back in the day - do you guys stay in touch? Do you stay in touch with former General Hospital co-stars?
Natalia: Tyler and I say hi every now and then. I feel grateful to have worked with him as much as I did. I have many dear friends from my General Hospital days - Tamara Braun [ex-Carly], Cynthia Preston [ex-Faith Rosco], Alicia Willis [ex-Courtney] and Rick Hearst [Ric Lansing] are still very close to me to this day. I talk to them all quite regularly. I’m also so fond of Becky [Rebecca Herbst - Elizabeth], Maurice [Sonny], and Steve [ex-Jason] though I don’t see them very often. It’s hard to name just a few. I made so many friends during my time on General Hospital.
What would it take for you to return to General Hospital?
Natalia: A great storyline. Maybe Emily somehow being Rebecca when she was killed that day. Helena up to her evil tricks. Something like that!
And then you also played Taylor Walker on Days of Our Lives in 2011 what was it like joining the cast of DAYS?
Natalia: Days is a great show. I was happy to be a part of it. I don’t think the character and how she would fit on the canvas was well thought out but I did my best to play it.
If the story was right and timing, would you consider going back to DAYS?
Natalia: Probably. There are some truly lovely people on that set.
Would you do another soap - possibly B&B or Y&R or even a primetime series?
Natalia: I think so. I don’t have any immediate plans to return to soaps. I’m very happy and busy in this new chapter of my life but I’d definitely consider returning to soaps if the role intrigued me. We’ll see!
So, what's on your horizon for 2017? Any new projects? or personal life objectives?
Natalia: I’m enjoying being a wife and a business owner. Family and friends are everything. I’m trying to focus on that for now and take one day at a time. I feel very grateful for my life so far and look forward to what’s to come.
So fans - would you love to see Natalia return as Emily on 'GH' or Taylor on 'Days'? Where would you like to see her next? Share in the comment section below!
'The Bold and the Beautiful' actor Lawrence Saint Victor teases more Carter scenes to come. When asked where's Carter, Saint Victor replied, "I'll be back soon to play some more" and Soap Opera News is thrilled to learn we'll soon have Carter back. Last we saw Carter, he was a part of the storyline where Ridge [Thorsten Kaye] and Steffy [Jacqueline MacInnes Wood] tried to keep Quinn [Rena Sofer] from learning she was Eric's [John McCook] power of attorney.
So, what brings Carter back now - will we finally see him back as a front burner in a heated romance, possibly with Katie [Heather Tom] or Sasha [Felisha Cooper]. Fans will have to tune in to B&B weekdays on CBS to see what happens!
Have you ever wondered if Passions and All My Children alum, McKenzie Westmore would return to daytime? - In a recent discussion with Soap Central, Westmore revealed that she's open to returning to daytime!
Well known to daytime fans as Sheridan Crane on 'Passions' and Dr. Riley on 'All My Children', Westmore tells Soap Central, "You know it's funny, I didn't think I'd be open to returning in the past, but lately... I've been talking and hearing some rumblings about some shows, and I would do it in a heartbeat. Especially if it were a recurring role, I would love to come and jump on another soap. I miss the people, I miss the fast pace, I miss the world. And we shoot Face Off so fast, so I have the time to do it. And I would absolutely. Get it out to the producers, and I'll come join a show tomorrow!"
Given how popular Sheridan and Luis [Galen Gering] aka 'Shuis' were on Passions and the fact that they still remain loved by fans, Soap Opera News would love to see Westmore join the cast of 'Days of Our Lives' as a love interest for Rafe, what do you think fans? Would you like to see her join one of the other three daytime sudsers or Days?