Where to begin… let’s start with how INCREDIBLY LUCKY I feel to have been asked to come and work on this amazing show. The people are so nice, the sets are awesome, the writing is fantastic… I could go on and on…
I got up at 5:30 AM this morning (yowsa!) and after my new routine of hot water and lemon first thing in the morning (really, don’t knock it ’till you try it) I drove to CBS Television City, which is right next to The Grove. (When I was a kid it was only the Farmers Market. Now when I say that people ask “Which one?” as if I mean an outdoor fruit and vegetable market!) I drove into the Fairfax entrance and got my parking pass from the guard pinching myself to make sure it was all real.
Then I found my way up to the hair and makeup room where the lovely and talented Kathy Jones graced me with a face for television. The first person I can remember (hello, no caffeine) coming up to me is Amelia Heinle, who was on All My Kids but also on Loving back in the day. The Loving studio was right across the hall from AMC, so we got to see a lot of one another for a few years, waving across a crowded hallway!
Well, as you might have imagined, she was absolutely lovely. It was so nice to see her. I know she’s playing “Victoria,” “Billy’s” wife (for you who have not yet tuned in to the glories of Y&R my character, “Kelly,” had a one night stand with “Billy” and screwed up their marriage) so she and I will get to glare at each other now and then… or rather, she will glare and me and I will cower appropriately.
Then I met the delightful David Tom, who is the brother of Heather Tom and such a nice guy. Of course we laughed at his character’s terrible luck these days!
Suddenly, Peter Bergman flew into the dressing room and said, “Cady McClain!” swooping in to give me two big smooches! (Friendly ones, of course!) It was SO nice to see him after all these years… I think the last time was in 2004, when I was in Los Angeles for something-or-other. I reminded him what he said to me then.
“Cady McClain! You always land on your feet!”
I just loved that. Never forgot it.
We were soon all called down to the set to get dry blocking. The director today was Casey Childs, from All My Children. We knocked out his excellent blocking in a jiffy… and oh, I also got to see Kristoff St. John, who I have run into 100 times at various events, ever since we were kids… you know, back when the earth was cooling. SUCH a nice guy. He likes to give a lot of razz to one of the stage managers, Herbie, who is as cute as his name.
Peter was nice enough to fill me in on some of the details of “Kelly” and “Jack’s” history. I knew a fair amount from the producers and writers, but those little details that can only come from a fellow actor were so helpful. Then I had to tromp back up to hair and makeup to get my hair more fabulous, and then to my dressing room where, voila, my costume was awaiting me.
Back at AMC and ATWT (As the World Turns) we always had to pick up and return our costumes so I gotta say, I was feeling pretty damn fancy.
After I was all dolled up, Peter and I had some time to do some catching up about old pals we both knew and remembered fondly, as well as the wonderful examples actors like David Canary and James Mitchell set for us. We both felt so lucky to experience those golden days.
Soon we were called down to the set and I got an RF mike, which is a microphone that is attached to your body via a wire. It really helps when you are deep in a set where the booms (microphones on a long pole attached to a stand) can’t reach you. We had a very nice dress rehearsal and then some notes and then recorded our scenes for you all to watch! I don’t want to tell you too much about this process, but let’s just say it is GREAT to work with PETER and DAVID! Such PROS! I LOVE THAT!
Oh and they did a really nice thing for me: the stage manager announced my name to everyone and they all applauded to welcome me to the show. I mean, seriously. I don’t know if I’ve ever had that! WOW.
I had fun, what can I say? It felt soooo good to be acting again. Sometimes acting can be exhausting, but I don’t think that’s going to happen here. I think this is going to be a very fulfilling experience. I am so looking forward to sharing it all with you.
Thank you so much for the lovely and supportive comments on Twitter and FB. You really lifted me up today, and I appreciate that so much.