38th Annual Daytime Emmy Interviews. Part 4.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

    Denise Vasi (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)

    On the red carpet.

    Welcome to part four of Soaps.com's 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Stars from "All My Children," "The Young and the Restless" and "As the World Turns" stopped by to chat on their way into the awards ceremony. Find out what they had to say about Las Vegas, the industry and their characters below.

    "All My Children's" Denise Vasi (Randi):

    Soaps.com: You look absolutely beautiful.

    Denise Vasi: Thank you.

    Soaps.com: Where did you find your dress?

    Denise Vasi: My dress was lent to me. Maggie Norris.

    Soaps.com: Are you having a good time in Vegas?

    Denise Vasi: [looking guilty] Ummm…yes.

    Soaps.com: I've seen on Twitter all the fun you've been having.

    Denise Vasi: Well, if you noticed, we haven't really been tweeting too much because we've been having a bit too much fun. No, we got in, most of us, yesterday and you know, we got into a little trouble last night and we'll get into a lot more trouble tonight I'm sure of it. And I can't wait.

    Soaps.com: Are there parties you're planning on going to afterwards?

    Denise Vasi: Yeah, there are two here, our after party, another party, clubs, after clubs.

    Soaps.com: Who are you pulling for tonight?

    Denise Vasi: Missy [Melissa Claire Egan, Annie]. I honestly cannot think of anyone who deserves it more.

    Soaps.com: Are you excited she's coming back?

    Denise Vasi: Yeah.

    Soaps.com: What are your thoughts on "All My Children" coming to an end?

    Denise Vasi: I mean, I keep using the same word, but it's bittersweet. Because tonight we're here to celebrate and we're celebrating something that's ending, but what an amazing run it was and has been. It's bittersweet.

    Soaps.com: Will we see a lot more of Randi and Frankie [Cornelius Smith, Jr.] before the end?

    Denise Vasi: I honestly don't know yet. I'm sure we'll have some kind of wrap up and I'm hoping it will be a happy one.

    "The Young and the Restless'" Kate Linder (Esther):

    Soaps.com: Are you having fun today so far?

    Kate Linder: It's fabulous. I'm so excited. I'm so excited for everyone and "The Young and the Restless" has 20 nominations and we've won a couple. It's a good thing.

    Soaps.com: Do you like having the Emmys here in Vegas?

    Kate Linder: I love it being here in Vegas. I think it adds a whole extra oomph to it. It brings back glamour…I really like that it's here.

    Soaps.com: Since you've been in the soap industry for awhile, what do you think about what's happening with shows getting cancelled and things changing?

    Kate Linder (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)

    Kate Linder: I think that it's unfortunate because I think the genre is alive and well. Just take a look around at all these people. There are thousands and thousands of people. And people are watching these shows. I don't think they have an accurate way of counting them because there are so many ways that people can see them. They don't really know. That needs to be fixed because they don’t know that. "The Young and the Restless," being the number one show, we have incredible people: Maria Bell, our executive producer and head writer, all of our writers, amazing, amazing story. There's a lot left to tell. We're not going anywhere. I think the viewers need to stand up, be strong and tell their networks how they feel. Believe me, they can affect change. They really can. I've seen it happen. I've seen it happen before. We have to be positive about it. Because then it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. That you're just making it happen. I'm sorry. I'm very passionate about this, but I've been Daytime Governor for four years. Head of Daytime Programming. I've been on the show for 29 years. I have huge love and investment for this genre and I am not gonna let it go anywhere.

    Soaps.com: Do you think there are other ways for it to move forward in different mediums or different ways to do it?

    Kate Linder: I think there are others ways of course. I'm always open to ideas and I think people are open to new ideas and just seeing what they can do. I know people are watching the shows. Not just here, but all across the world because I go other places and I know they are. I know they're watching our shows.

    Soaps.com: Aside from the people on your show, who else are you rooting for tonight?

    Kate Linder: I just love everybody here. I think they're just all so good. I'm so excited for Wayne Brady. I know he's going to be an amazing host. I know him. I did his show before. I danced on his show when he had his show. He's such a talented guy. I don't know if people realize how incredibly talented he is, but they're going to see it tonight.

    "All My Children's" Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin):

    Soaps.com: Are you having a good time so far?

    Jordi Vilasuso: Yeah, but I'm like hot though. I'm using my invitation to like fan myself. These lights. And it's hot in Vegas too. I was by the pool yesterday as you can tell.

    Soaps.com: Do you gamble while you're here?

    Jordi Vilasuso: I gambled last night. About two minutes in I lost 100 bucks. I was not happy. But, I recouped, put my underwear on, got my boots on and as Justin Hartley [ex-Fox, "Passions"], Lindsay Hartley's husband who plays my sister on "All My Children"…I can't remember her name. Cara, who I call Cara, but the first day I started working they said it's not Cara, it's Cara. I said, "I'm Spanish, we're Mexican. What do you want me to do?" So, we played yesterday. We had a good time.

    Soaps.com: What do you play?

    Jordi Vilasuso: Blackjack. And I still don't know what to play. I'm like, "What do you think? What do you think?" I've got like a 12 and the dealer's got a 14. He's like, "Dude you have to hit." I asked him that question like five times. I'm drinking. I don't want to think. I just want to see those chips rolling in. Justin really knows what he's doing, so we were sitting next to each other. I was up 20 bucks. He's like, "How'd you do?" I go, "Uh, I did alright. I recouped and made 20 bucks." I go, "How'd you do?" He said, "Yeah, I got back too." I said, "How much did you make?" He said "400 bucks." I was like, "Wow. Alright."

    Soaps.com: Well, you made 20. That's not bad.

    Jordi Vilasuso: I made 20, yeah. He was much more into it than I am. To say the least.

    Soaps.com: What are your thoughts about "All My Children" coming to an end?

    Jordi Vilasuso: It's terrible. It's too soon. These people have become my family from the little time I've been there. I've gotten really close to them. I love going to work. I love the character. It's just very sad. It's very sad for a lot of reasons. For the way the media is embracing reality television. I remember when reality television started. Of course, my opinion was very biased because I'm an actor and you take away jobs, but I can imagine the amount of jobs that are being taken away now because reality has taken over. Especially in Daytime. When I started there were ten shows and now there are only going to be four. It's a travesty. I hope America, audiences who appreciate this medium, can figure out a way for it to stay on the air. Embrace other forms of media whether it be Internet, iTunes, what have you and we can tell stories that people care about.

    Jordi Vilasuso (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)

    Soaps.com: As for your story, Zach's [Thorsten Kaye] coming back to screw things up a little bit.

    Jordi Vilasuso: I keep telling Licia [Alicia Minshew, Kendall], this guy must be so sexually frustrated. I am dying inside, because I'm not getting any action.

    Soaps.com: No, you're not.

    Jordi Vilasuso: I mean, he's in love with his patient. I'm excited about [Thorsten Kaye] coming back. There's going to be a little romance that will come through, but he's going to come in. He's a fan favorite. I totally get it. I've seen his work. I love his work and I'm looking forward to working with him.

    Soaps.com: When you first came on the show as Kendall's new love interest, fans were not thrilled.

    Jordi Vilasuso: You know, I got some hate mail. First time in my life. I never got hate mail before.

    Soaps.com: I think you won them over though. You guys have done a really good job of building that chemistry and making them a couple you really want to see get together.

    Jordi Vilasuso: I think so too. Fans have really turned around and I've gotten a lot of tweets, a lot of Facebook messages. I love the fans and I'm very grateful for them.

    "As the World Turns'" Colleen Zenk (Barbara):

    Soaps.com: Congratulations on your nomination.

    Colleen Zenk: Thank you.

    Soaps.com: Are you enjoying having the Emmys in Vegas?

    Colleen Zenk: You know what? I had never even been to Vegas before last year's Emmys. Never been here before in my life. I'm having so much fun, I can't even tell you. It's really been great.

    Soaps.com: How does it feel since "As the World Turns" had been on for…

    Colleen Zenk: 54 years. I was there for 32. We shut down production a year ago this week. It's been a year ago, I've been without my "World Turns" family and yet here I am, representing them and it's really overwhelming.

    Soaps.com: Are you having a good time seeing everybody?

    Colleen Zenk: Once I get inside I'll start to see people. Right now, I'm seeing all of you! [laughter]

    Soaps.com: Who are you hoping might win tonight?

    Colleen Zenk: My writers. My writers, who gave me an extraordinary last year and a half on the show. I'm so happy for them. They're the front runners to win and I want them to do it.

    Soaps.com: Are you happy with the way Barbara's story got wrapped up?

    Colleen Zenk: Yes. Are you kidding me? [laughter]

    Soaps.com: What have you been doing since "As the World Turns" went off the air?

    Colleen Zenk: I went right into rehearsals for a Broadway show in New York last year…And then I started working on my one woman show. I opened out of town in April. I open in New York a week from Saturday night at the Laurie Beechman Theatre! So, I've been a busy girl. I just shot a pilot called "55 and Over." I'm doing a film in the fall.

    Soaps.com: That's great. Good for you.

    Colleen Zenk: Thank you.

    Soaps.com: What are your thoughts about more soaps going off the air?

    Colleen Zenk: Well, we have to find a new way to do this. That's all. We just have to find a new way, because this way is not working.

    If you haven't already, read Part One , Part Two, Part Three and Part Five of Soaps.com's 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet Interviews. Also, don't forget to check out the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Photo Gallery.

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    - Lori Wilson

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