All My Children 2010 Fan Event!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

    Walt Willey (Lori Wilson/

    Fans of Pine Valley gathered at the Sportsmen Lodge for the All My Children Fan Club Weekend from September 23 – 26. The weekend was filled with individual actor events, as well as the Main Cast Event, which attended on September 25.

    After the fans enjoyed lunch and some beverages, Walt Willey (Jack) emerged to emcee the Q&A. He introduced each member of the cast in attendance, who all came to the stage to answer questions fans had submitted.

    Jacob & Melissa (L Wilson/

    Notably missing from the panel were Susan Lucci (Erica), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake), Debbi Morgan (Angie) and Darnell Williams (Jesse). Recently fired actors Brittany Allen (Marissa) and Adam Mayfield (Scott) were also absent. No word on Brittany, but Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) told me in the greenroom that Adam was filming a movie in Texas. In addition, a couple of the ladies, Bobbie Eakes (Krystal), Jamie Luner (Liza) and Natalie Hall (Colby) had to leave early to attend rehearsal for The World Goes Round benefit.

    Cameron & Stephanie (L Wilson/

    While no one on the panel could come up with an answer to who really killed Dixie when asked, another important question was answered during the course of the afternoon: Just where the heck is that park the residents of Pine Valley are so fond of? The answer to that is Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, CA.

    With that out of the way, Walt asked the cast how they handled the move across country. Cameron Mathison (Ryan) answered, "It seemed to be a bigger deal when the news hit and once it sort of got into motion, it all sort of came together." Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Frankie) followed that up with, "There's no place like New York." However he's enjoying living on the West Coast declaring, " I love looking at the mountains, they love looking at me."

    AMC Cast. (Lori Wilson/

    Walt asked his own question to Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca) wondering how she felt taking over such a beloved role. She admitted it was scary at first, but she shared that her predecessor, Eden Riegel, sent her flowers during her first week and that the cast has been very welcoming. She also thanked the fans for supporting her.

    After asking one fashion question from a fan, Walt Willey decided to ask all the ladies where they like to get their clothes off-screen. Stephanie Gatschet (Madison) admitted she shops at Forever 21 and Target because, "I'm a huge bargain shopper. I border on cheap actually." After this line of questioning went on for a bit too long, Michael E. Knight (Tad) put a stop to it, as he couldn’t believe what they were actually talking about.

    It was then learned that aside from Finn Wittrock (Damon), who went to Julliard, most of the cast didn't have much training before joining All My Children. Walt noted that classes will help, but since Daytime moves so fast these days, all you really need to become a soap opera actor is, "A good memory for lines and the ability to spit them out and move on."

    As he moved on with the questioning, Walt asked the cast about most memorable fan encounters. Cameron recounted how one fan bought their pet horse to a mall signing and Chrishell Stause (Amanda) told a story from her early days in Pine Valley. It seems a fan verbally attacked her for stealing an autistic Lily's boyfriend. She recalled, "At first I thought it was a joke and I laughed and said, 'Hi, I'm Chrishell I play Amanda,' and then I quickly realized she was not kidding." Walt quipped, "So the lesson here folks is, you're all crazy."

    As for favorite storylines, J.R. Martinez answered first, explaining his favorite so far has been his recent stuff with Debbi Morgan. He marveled over her ability to portray Angie so convincingly as a blind person. "The way she plays it, it's unbelievable to see that she can actually play that so well."

    Alicia & Walt (Lori Wilson/

    Cameron Mathison admitted his favorite storyline was the fans' least favorite: The Fight Club arc, which the crowd groaned over for emphasis when he brought it up. Alicia Minshew (Kendall) was happy to share a favorite scene with the crowd as she recounted, "It's with Rebecca and it involves a wedding dress, a wedding cake and the two of us scrapping it out and throwing it on each other. That's when Rebecca and I became friends."

    After more tidbits and amusing anecdotes were shared, the fans got a chance to visit with the actors for photos and autographs. Michael Nouri (Caleb) showed up in time for this portion of the event, much to the crowds' pleasure, and Jacob Young (J.R.) broke out in song when he was presented with a guitar.

    Even the youngest cast members Jake T. Vaughn (Spike), Danielle Parker (Emma) and Tate Berney (AJ) had their own table where they greeted their fans. When not at their table though, these little ones could mostly be seen hanging around Jacob Young or Finn Wittrock.

    For more coverage, check out photos from the 2010 All My Children Fan Event and get some character scoop and loads of spoilers at AMC 2010 Fan Event Green Room Interviews.

    - Lori Wilson

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