Walt Willey (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)
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/Soaps.com)
Cameron & Stephanie (L Wilson/Soaps.com)
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/Soaps.com)
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/Soaps.com)
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