Sailing with the SANTA BARBARA 2019 Reunion Cruise — INTERVIEWS with the Cast


Thirty-five years ago, NBC launched Santa Barbara, a daytime drama revolving around the eventful lives of the wealthy Capwell family.  It aired in over 40 countries around the world, won 24 Daytime Emmy Awards and has the distinction of being the longest-running series on Russian television.  With a $30 million budget and unique blend of romance, melodrama, and black comedy, the show truly encapsulated the Golden Age of Soap Opera throughout the 1980’s.  Even Ronald and Nancy Reagan were enthusiastic fans!  Although Santa Barbara ended in 1993, it still enjoys a strong and passionate international following to this day. So now, for the first time ever, fans may enjoy a reunion cruise setting sail on November 4 – 8 from Miami to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas.  Six of the original cast members — Lane Davies (Mason), A Martinez (Cruz), Judith McConnell (Sophia), Nicolas Coster (Lionel), Louise Sorel (Augusta) and Harley Kozak (Mary) — will be on board to mix and mingle with passionate fans.  There will be plenty of photo ops, autograph sessions, and face time planned, along with a tribute to veteran actor Jed Allan (C.C. Capwell) who passed away this March.  Enjoy this interview as these actors share their thoughts about the upcoming cruise and memories of their time on Santa Barbara.  [Editor Note:  Due to scheduling conflicts, A Martinez could not participate in this interview.]

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Talking with Hollywood’s Bad Guy JASPER COLE



One of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood, Jasper Cole has over one hundred television and film credits to his name, more often than not being cast as the villain.  Along with his acting, Jasper hosts his own successful podcast, One on One with Jasper Cole.  Jasper joins OutTakes to discuss his career in acting, radio and more!

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Exciting times this year for Marie Wilson who has been nominated for Best Lead Actress for her role as “Morgan Firestone” in the Indie Series Awards for the Amazon Prime series, Ladies of the Lake: Return to Avalon.  Daytime drama fans will remember Marie for her roles on Days of our LivesAs the World TurnsPort Charles and General Hospital.  The 10th Annual Indie Series Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019.  Ladies of the Lake (Season One) and Ladies of the Lake: Return to Avalon (Season Two) are both available for viewing at Amazon Prime.

OT:  Congratulations for your Indie Series Awards nomination for Ladies of the Lake:  Return to Avalon

MW:  Thank you!  I’m so excited for me and for all the actresses in my category.  There’s some good talent there; and I’m so proud of them.



Andrea Evans, producer of ROCKING THE COUCH

Andrea Evans is well known in daytime for her work on One Life to Live, PassionsThe Bold and the Beautiful and The Bay. Now as a producer, she joins OutTakes to discuss her latest project Rocking the Couch.

We are all aware of the #MeToo movement in the news brought on by the scandals of Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. But sexual harassment and abuse have actually occurred in Hollywood ever since its beginnings. This documentary explores the history of the “casting couch” and asks why it has taken so long for Hollywood to learn from the past. Produced by Andrea, Minh Collins and Jerry Sommer, this documentary stars Tonja Walker, Alana Crow, Carrie Mitchum, Lauren Anastasi-Peter, Sadie Katz, Kim Johnston Ulrich, Tiffani Fest, Pritesh Shah and Ikon Barenbolm. Rocking the Couch by Avail Films is available now on demand through Amazon Prime.

See the official trailer here!

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NEW DOGS OLD TRICKS — Interview with Candice T. Cain, Cody Calafiore and Paulie Calafiore

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Spinning off from the 2016 feature film “What Happened Last Night”, writer/director Candice Cain’s half-hour dramedy series “New Dogs, Old Tricks” centers on the life experiences of a group of college friends in a small town.

The core cast is comprised of Shelley Regner (Pitch Perfect franchise), Alix Kermes (Gilmore Girls), Clayton Snyder (Lizzie McGuire franchise), Cody Calafiore (Big Brother 16 & 18) and Brian Tyler Cohen (Independent’s Day). ​  Many other well-known guest stars are featured throughout the first season, including Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, WWE wrestler-turned-commentator David Otunga, Jessie Godderz (Big Brother 11) and Paulie Calafiore (Big Brother 18 and MTV’s The Challenge).

See preview below.

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STEPHEN NICHOLS and MARY BETH EVANS at “Reach for the Stars Fan Events”


REACH FOR THE STARS FAN EVENTS — Radisson Hotel, Hauppauge NY, June 23rd and 24th, 2018 benefiting the Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation.

No question when you hear soap opera fans mention the word “supercouple”, Steve and Kayla from Days of our Lives fit that description.  For decades, Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans have acted out one of the most romantic and enduring love stories in daytime drama.  Not only do these two actors have a large fan base…but they have several sectors of fan bases, including the original fan club founders who attended the event as well as the S&K Twitter fan group.  Mary Beth even mentioned several times how she loved to see how such lasting friendships have continued on over the years because of their work on the show.

Enjoy this video recap of the event by OutTakes‘ Angela Trupiano!

Here are some “Days of our Lives” related answers from the two different Q&A sessions with the actors which happened throughout the weekend.

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In My Seven Sons and How We Raised Each Other, veteran soap actor Don Diamont takes us on a journey through his daytime television career; but foremost, this is a poignant and hilarious memoir reflecting his love of family. We go along with Don, discovering just how he has managed to become father of the sons to which this book is dedicated. Also, with brutal honesty, he tells of the personal devastation he suffered after the deaths of his father, brother, and sister. Ultimately, this piece is an inspirational tale of triumph over tragedy.

Soap opera lovers will enjoy the recounting of his roles as “Carlo” on Days of our Lives, as “Brad Carlton” (the first major Jewish character in daytime drama) on The Young and the Restless and as “Bill Spencer” which he currently plays on The Bold and the Beautiful. My personal favorite tale is how after Don was let go from The Young and The Restless after working there for over 20 years, he literally walked across the hall at the CBS studios and landed a role at The Bold and the Beautiful which has led to a successful 10 year run and counting. Throughout the book, Don drops tidbits of philosophy. About this particular transition from one television show to another, he writes:

The best part about the entire experience was that my boys witnessed all of it. What an extended teaching moment. A life lesson illustrating every positivity cliche imaginable. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” “You’ve got to pick yourself up, and dust yourself off.” And of course, “When one door closes, another one opens.” You’re goddamn right! The word “cliche” has a negative connotation, but I see all those “cliches” as truisms. I want my boys to do the same. Failure isn’t failure at all. It’s opportunity. They saw their forty-five-year-old father fired for something totally out of his control. More importantly, they were witness to my response to it. I was shaken. Knees a little wobbly. But I gathered myself, and came out swinging. Effort and attitude, boys. Effort and attitude!

Love that advice, Don!

Enjoy this shout-out that Don gave us at OutTakes Interviews for his fans at The Bold and the Beautiful!


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WALLY KURTH and JUDI EVANS at “Reach for the Stars Fan Events”

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REACH FOR THE STARS FAN EVENTS — Melville NY, May 5th and 6th, 2018

You know you are in the company of two MAJOR stars of daytime at a charity event when you have such a mixed variety of fans. Diehard fans of “Justin and Adrienne” from Days of our Lives who have shirts with AJ Construction Logos (the construction company that Justin and Adrienne had in 1990). Music lovers who attend concerts of Kurth & Taylor all over the country. Classic soap lovers who remember Judi Evans from her roles on Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and more. “Ned Quartermaine” fans from General Hospital applauding Wally Kurth’s Daytime Emmy nomination this year as “Outstanding Supporting Actor”. At Lisa Marie Campanelli’s latest soap opera charity event in Long Island, these two soap favorites continue to amuse and inspire.

OUTTAKES INTERVIEWS — Wally and Judi talk DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL, Daytime Emmys and more…

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JADE HARLOW (“Lianna Ramos”) — THE BAY Season Three Interview Series


JADE HARLOW (“Lianna” of THE BAY) talks with OutTakes Interviews…


Jade:  It has been a crazy journey.  We went from when nobody knew what a web series was to this little engine that could…that just kept growing and growing.  I’m really proud of being part of something that pioneered a new medium.


Jade:  When anyone feels invisible, whether it is their peers or their family that make them feel that way…when people feel isolated, they start to feel like they don’t matter.  When they start to feel like they don’t matter, they hurt themselves because they can’t see a reason not to.  Lianna could have been very different if a little more kindness and a little more inclusion had been shown to her early on.


Jade:  Will has been a staple in her life.  Everybody else has been distracted or has come and gone.  They were focused on everything else; and she was forgotten.  The one person who hasn’t forgotten about her has been Will.  The one real friend in her life; and that friendship blossomed into a romance.


Jade:  I love the moments where Lianna gets to be a little lighthearted and we see her awkwardly joining the group.  This romance with Will has been very tender and sweet.



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