I am so excited to share with you that All My Children, the iconic soap that ran for 41 years on network television…. is back!
Not only that, but I am graced to have been asked to be a part of it’s wonderful cast that includes 17 original members along with a few wonderful new, young actors.
It is so thrilling to be a part of this moment.
Tomorrow, April 29th, starting first thing in the morning, running ALL DAY you can join us in Pine Valley on Hulu.com for FREE, or watch us on your smart phone or tablet on the Hulu + App for $7.99 a month. You can also purchase each episode to watch as much as you want on iTunes! Each episode is only .99 cents to OWN FOREVER!
People have asked me many times, how does it feel to be a part of the show again? It’s so hard to describe. I feel like it is a time of miracles, and I feel deeply grateful.
So come join us! There will be a new episode every day, Monday through Thursday. On Fridays we have an exciting “Behind the Scenes” show called “MORE All My Children” and “MORE One Life to Live” hosted by the gorgeous and funny Leslie Miller.
It’s here. We can’t deny it. 9-11 wasn’t just a single, tragic and horrible event. It was one in a series of events that has been visiting and continues to visit our country.
When I watch the images of the bleeding bodies on the streets of Boston, the photos of women praying on their knees at the blockades, the face of the eight year old child, Martin Richard, that was suddenly and savagely ripped from his parents lives, I feel like I am looking at a war zone. A war zone in another country, but it’s not another country. It’s the United States. Only two hours from where I am shooting All My Children.
I first heard about the bombing from a news app I have on my phone, via the Huffington Post. Then I got a text from my fiancé, Jon, who asked me if I had heard. Perhaps because I went through 9/11, living only 20 blocks from the towers, I tend not to follow war news too closely because the images are still upsetting, but I had to find out more. I went to see Darnell and we quietly watched the news videos about it on my iPhone. I texted my sister to make sure she was okay because she had just been in Boston visiting a friend. In 2005 she just missed getting on the subway in London that was bombed. Thank god she and everyone she knew was okay.
Everyone began to gather in the hallways when they had a break to listen to the news on a production assistant’s computer. We heard they shut down cell service (bombs can now be set off with a cellular device) and knew would cause a lot of distress for the families trying to reach their loved ones. We felt helpless.
This can happen now anywhere, to anyone.
Who did this? Why did they do this? There must be a message that the person who set those bombs is trying to convey or why would they do such a thing? Bottom line, I imagine they want us to feel pain and fear. I think they wanted people to suffer.
If it is an American, we need to talk about mental health like never before, as well as access to bomb making material. If it is someone from another country who is trying to get back at America for perceived aggressions, then we need to talk about homeland security like never before.
I have the strangest feeling that no one is going to take credit for this bomb which could make this even more terrifying, because we will have an invisible enemy. It’s hard to fight someone you can’t see, and it puts people in a state of fear and panic. However, we must not allow that person or persons to take our strength from us.
As I watch the news I also see the incredible human spirit. I see dignity, strength, grace, and resolve. People who were running and innocent bystanders alike, people who came to Boston from all over the world, Americans and local Bostonians, all drawing on their faith and deepest resources to come to the aid of those in distress.
Terrible things may happen, have happened, will happen. I think it’s important to remember there are things we can do. We can comfort those in need, support those who are left without resources with food and shelter, and not let ourselves be put into a state of fear. We are strong. We are resilient. We will not be cowed by this weak and pathetic act of cowardice.
If you are suffering today, I pray for giant angels come down to wrap their wings around you to give you love and strength. I pray that Martin Richard and his family and all those who have been hurt or affected by the Boston bombing also be deeply and tenderly comforted, whether by angels, or strangers, or by neighbors. Because right now, we can all be angels to one another.
Thanks to the lovely writer (and soap fan) Mark Rosenberg, my thoughts on the new All My Children, and the story that led up to this amazing moment in time, are chronicled in the au-courant Huffington Post! Check it out HERE!
I was sorry they did not use the photo I sent, but in honor of the attempt to use it, I am sharing it with you. Perhaps it was a bit too risqué for their mag? I don’t know. Whatever!
This pic was a part of the photo shoot I did a few months ago. One I did just for me, to celebrate being 43. YEP forty-three. I do not lie about my age because it would make me feel bad and I don’t want to propagate any myth that it isn’t cool to be in your 40’s. It’s WAY COOL. I can’t do anything about what YOU think 43 is, but in my mind, it is nothing to feel apologetic about.
That said, this was not the message I received growing up. I was told that after I turned 40 I should hang up my hat on all things sexy, romantic, or beautiful. That I should put on my mom jeans and forget about it. Well I decided this was bullshit, and this photo shoot is one expression of that decision!
I also realized that in the three years I have been writing my book, I wore my fuzzy robe and slippers far too far into the day. I would occasionally get some workout clothes on, but often didn’t make it to the gym. I was, I think, struggling with the content of my book and just needed to comfort myself as much as possible. I also put on some pounds and drank too much. Ah, the writer’s life. I still love me a martini… Mmmm.
As the book neared its completion point I realized had to start shaking it all off. I had to start letting go of the past and embracing the present. To me, that meant treating myself better. This didn’t mean I’m was going to give up my fuzzy robe and slippers anytime soon (because they are damn comfy) but that when I got dressed (and it is an effort, believe it or not) I would try more and more to put on something decent, do my makeup, and wear my nice jewelry.
Sometimes I think that they had it right in the 1950’s. What you wear matters, but only because it is an expression of who you are. It shows a respect for life, and for the people in your life. Trust me, I’m not putting on stockings and heels and a girdle every day (HELL NO) but putting on pretty underwear, clean jeans and a nice sweater can really make a difference in how I feel about myself.
There is nothing wrong with being nice to yourself, which is also not what I was taught growing up. I was taught I was selfish for asking for anything, that I should be grateful for what I have, that I should take care of everybody else and keep my real feelings to myself. I realized that is WAY WRONG. It is not nice and not cool and it doesn’t lead to anything like happiness.
It’s important for you to know when I talk about self-improvement, I’m not trying to be a teacher or tell you what YOU should think or how you should be. I’m no guru nor do I want to be one. I’m just saying this is MY experience. If you get something from it, that’s AWESOME.
I hope today you can be a little nicer to yourself, too.
I was reading Dr Jessica Wu’s daily newsletter, the Daily Glow, when I ran across a recommendation for Aerin Lauder’s makeup brushes. I just had to take a look, as my mother used to use Estee Lauder religiously.
I really love her packaging. So pretty and classic. Her spring colors are just lovely. Check out the illuminating powder. Such a pretty floral design!
In less than a week I return to Stamford, CT to continue shooting the Internet “reboot” of the long running soap, “All My Children.” I am excited and a bit nervous, but mostly excited! I love all the ‘behind the scenes’ people and am thrilled with all the wonderful promotional material that Prospect Park and their company The Online Network have been doing.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here is this amazing video they made for the show’s return, narrated by Debbie Morgan.