TERRI IVENS (“Orchid” of THE BAY) talks prostitution, leading men and more…with OutTakes Interviews…
HOW HAS THE EXPERIENCE BEEN FOR YOU BEING ON “THE BAY”?
Terri: I’ve been on The Bay for years now. It doesn’t even seem like it because we have so much fun. The Bay family is reminiscent with how I felt about All My Children. Everyone really truly loves and supports each other. I’m so happy and thrilled that Gregori and Wendy keep writing my salty character with more mischief.
DON’T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY, BUT YOU’RE REALLY GOOD AT PLAYING A PROSTITUTE!
Terri: At our Bay Family Thanksgiving, I suggested to Gregori that maybe Orchid could get to be a little more reputable…a little more clean. Maybe she’s getting too old to be a prostitute. And Lilly [Melgar, “Janice” of The Bay] joked that, “There are a lot of old prostitutes, and you are giving them justice!” It’s the oldest profession; and I will probably wind up being the oldest prostitute in television history.
ORCHID IS FLIRTY, BUT THAT UNDERLYING CONTEMPT FOR THE MEN SHE’S WITH COMES ACROSS
Terri: I wanted Orchid to be smart; and Gregori has been so kind as to not let her be a stereotype and give her a heart. Also, she is a problem solver for storylines. Somebody on the internet posted, “I love the way Orchid appears in everyone’s story to wreak havoc or mend the way.” I love that! That’s a really cool way of looking at it.
AND THERE IS A WHOLE UNDERSTORY TO THE CHARACTER. EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, SHE GOES BY THAT NAME “MARISA”…
Terri: I know! And we really haven’t gone into that. There are times when Orchid really is Marissa — when she’s alone with Nathan (Scott Bailey) and they’re just boyfriend and girlfriend. But when she’s with John Blackwell (Ronn Moss), she’s Orchid again. And with Jack Madison (Nicolas Coster), that’s a whole other thing! For me (Terri the actress), every time there’s a new guy added to our cast, I’m like “Whoa, hello, so when are we jumping in bed together?” (laughs)
IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
Terri: It’s like we used to say about Kendall on All My Children, she’s like a doorknob; everyone gets a turn.
HOW HAS THE EXPERIENCE BEEN FOR YOU SEEING “THE BAY” BECOME SO SUCCESSFUL?
Terri: Gregori J. Martin hasn’t just forged in this medium, but we now have our own category at the Emmys. And he’s in it to win everything! He forged that path and was really the first one. So kudos to him!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE SCENE OR STORYLINE?
Terri: I loved the car scene with me and Nicolas Coster (“Jack”) a few seasons ago. We put cameras that were suspended in the air so that they could get an aerial view inside the convertible. Because of the way they shot it, I love that. I also love every bed scene with Scott Bailey (“Nathan”) because he’s just so hot and kind and a great actor. My favorite bed scene with him is just a funny little no-nonsense scene where I’m bringing him breakfast in bed. But I still hope I get to jump in bed with all the new hotties that we have on our show.
AGAIN, IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME!
Terri: If Orchid is that great at doing what she does, than she could continue to get around.
WHAT OTHER PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
Terri: I’m on a film right now shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma called The Last Exorcist. I’m the lead. I’m just a really troubled soul. As an actor, that’s just a dream role. Basically it’s a love story between sisters…so it’s like Frozen went to Hell. (laughs) But love saves the day. I was more than happy to take the role; so I’m working on that as we speak. That will be released in the fourth quarter of 2018.
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