Casey Deidrick (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)
Welcome to Part Two of Soaps.com's red carpet interviews from the 38th Annual Daytime Emmys. Read on to find out what stars from "Days of our Lives," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "General Hospital" told us.
"Days of our Lives" Casey Deidrick (Chad)
Soaps.com: Are you having a good time so far?
Casey: I'm having a blast. I mean, it's overwhelming it seems like. We got the whole "DOOL" family here. Everyone is just so supportive. We’re here for Chandler Massey [Will] and James Scott [EJ]. I'm just excited to be here and I’m looking forward to the show.
Soaps.com: What's coming up for your character that you can share with us?
Casey: Since the writers have been switching and people have been leaving and going, I don't know too much about what's going on. They haven't said anything to me really. I do know that it's going to be exciting. It's going to be different and it's going to potentially and hopefully get better ratings for our show.
Soaps.com: What do you think about all the changes happening in Daytime and the cancellations…
Casey: I think it's necessary. Absolutely. You've got to roll with the changes. It's unfortunate the past two soaps have been cancelled. Soaps are kind of a household name with our generation and it's sad to see that these shows are going. We want to keep them on the air because there are fans out there that love the show and need the show and watch it every day. They grow up with it, so we're doing our best to keep it on the air.
Soaps.com: What is the feeling like with the new direction the show is going in with paring down the cast and focusing on the core families?
Casey: I think it's great. I think they're going back to what essentially worked for the show a long time ago. I think it's going to gain back our viewers and gain new viewers potentially and we'll see where it goes from there.
Rodney Saulsberry (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)
Soaps.com: Is this your first Daytime Emmys?
Rodney: My first time being here? Yes and I'm hoping that tonight we walk away with our third in a row, Best Daytime Drama.
Soaps.com: There were some powerful scenes they submitted…
Rodney: I was in those scenes. I'm Anthony, the homeless guy, playing my guitar on the streets and someone finding me. Susan Flannery [Stephanie], her character giving me a wonderful job at the café and now I'm singing and playing and being a productive member of society.
Soaps.com: What else can we expect from your character?
Rodney: Well, I expect him to really get into talking with Daisy [Kristolyn Lloyd], who is starting to get into relationships and so forth. And just like I do with my own 22-year-old daughter, I think that I'm going to be talking to her about young men and so forth and keeping my eye on those guys. And we're going to be doing some more singing too. We did some great stuff around the holidays together with me playing the guitar and singing and we'll do more of that.
Soaps.com: Are you having a good time here in Vegas?
Rodney: I love Vegas. It's a wonderful place. You know, Daytime is glitz. This is the place it should be. I think it's the second year in a row?
Rodney: I think we should always do the Daytime Emmys right here.
Chad Duell (Soaps.com)
Soaps.com: Congratulations on your nomination.
Chad: Thank you. I appreciate it.
Soaps.com: How are you feeling right now?
Chad: Right now? I feel good. I wasn't expecting it to be so big here with all the fans. It's pretty awesome. I’m pretty calm, but if I win or something, I'm standing up in front of all those people, I'll probably get nervous. But I’m good right now.
Soaps.com: Do you have something prepared to say if you win or are you just going to wing it?
Chad: I'll probably end up winging it if I forget what I'm going to say, but I worked that out with my girlfriend. I tried for like thirty minutes, I tried to get it under thirty seconds to say it and I think we nailed it. Twenty seven seconds I think is my best time.
Soaps.com: What can you tell us about what's going to be happening with Michael?
Chad: He's going to be in a different environment, different scenery. He's going to be thrown into the Quartermaine ties a little bit. I can't get too into detail, but he's going to definitely get a change of scenery in his life. As far as jobs and stuff goes.
Soaps.com: Are you enjoying what's happening with the new writers coming in?
Chad: His writing is going to be on the week I come back to film from the break we're on right now, but I've heard a lot of good things about Garin [Wolf], the new writer. I liked where the writing was before too, but it's always exciting to see someone's fresh take on things. I'm excited to see where he's going to take Michael and the rest of the show.
Rebecca Budig (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)
Soaps.com: How long did it take you to pick out your dress for tonight?
Rebecca: Two minutes…I don't put that much thought into it.
Soaps.com: How do you feel about the Emmys being in Vegas?
Rebecca: It's okay. I'm not much of a Vegas person myself, but it's good. Except it's hot. It's very hot.
Soaps.com: What are your thoughts on the cancellation of "All My Children?"
Rebecca: You know, we're lucky it's been on as long as it has. I like change and instead of dwelling on it, I try to make the best of it. I'm sad. It’s bittersweet.
Soaps.com: Do you know how things are going to end for Greenlee?
Rebecca: No. Not so far.
Soaps.com: Is there anything that you'd like to see happen?
Rebecca: Ah, you know, a few things, but that never happens either. [laughs] I'm not going to count on it.
Soaps.com: What are your thoughts on Josh Duhamel [Leo] returning?
Rebecca: I got to work with Josh last week. It was like old times.
Soaps.com: I'll assume you can't share if he's dead or alive?
Rebecca: No. You'll have to see.
Soaps.com: Who are you pulling for tonight?
Rebecca: Oh, everyone. [Susan] Flannery [Stephanie, "The Bold and the Beautiful"], Alicia Minshew [Kendall, "All My Children], Debbi [Morgan, Angie, "All My Children"], our show. Everyone. Ricky [Paull Goldin, Jake, "All My Children"].
Ronn and Devin (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)
Ronn: What's going on? Are you enjoying this?
Soaps.com: I am enjoying it. How about you? Do you like the Vegas atmosphere?
Ronn: Absolutely. It's probably a little warm for everybody, but that's to be expected.
Soaps.com: Do you gamble or do you just enjoy being in Vegas?
Ronn: I just love seeing my friends from the other shows. That's what's great for me. If we win that will be like a homerun for us. Three in a row, so that'd be great. Otherwise it's just old chum week.
Soaps.com: What do you think about "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" going off the air?
Ronn: I think it absolutely sucks. I think they're negating millions and millions of fans and many generations that have grown up watching those two shows. I think the networks are getting where they don’t really care about the fans anymore. I hate to…it's very sad.
Soaps.com: Do you think there's anything the shows can do to counteract the networks?
Ronn: I'm hoping we can come up with another way to have them continue, another medium. That's what we need to do. Take it to the Internet, whatever we have to do. Those shows have a value. They always have. They wouldn’t have been on for 50 or 60 years otherwise.
Devin: Put them on Primetime.
Ronn: [in agreement] Put them on Primetime. It's a readymade show. It's already there...There's a way to do it. We just have to figure it out now. Different times.
Devin: I watch the shows, all of them, all of the four that are left because of our friends. I always TiVo them and go through the commercials. A lot of my friends that do watch, do the same think. We don't watch during the day. I think the networks need to understand there is an audience, but they should put it on Primetime.
Soaps.com: Right. It's not a conventional way of watching anymore. Do you think "The Bold and the Beautiful" has a secure future?
Ronn: I think we have a few more years and we may have a bit more because of our International audience. We've developed a much bigger following around the world than the other shows, but, it doesn’t guarantee anything. I’m hoping that even if we stopped here in the U.S., we'd continue with the rest of the world. It's a possibility, but I think we're going to have another medium to be able to do later.
Soaps.com: You think the Internet is the way to go?
Ronn: I really do. I think ultimately that's where we're going to watch everything.
Soaps.com: Is there anything you can tell us about what's going to happen for Ridge with Taylor [Hunter Tylo] and Brooke [Katherine Kelly Lang]?
Ronn: I get in big trouble whenever I mention either one of the girls. I cannot profess a favoritism to anything anymore. I get slammed. I've learned my lesson.
Devin: Can I say slam them?
Soaps.com: Who do you prefer Ridge with?
Devin: I really think they should kill Taylor for good and keep him with Brooke. That's what I think. That's just my opinion.
Ronn: I'll be hiring a bodyguard for my wife. [laughter]
Devin: I'm a viewer, so I do have an opinion.
Ronn: She's a viewer, but there are other friends who feel the opposite.
Soaps.com: What's the relationship going to be with Ridge and Thomas [Adam Gregory] now?
Ronn: I think it's kind of cool. It's kind of payback for Ridge in a way isn't it? Because he did the same thing to his father. Karma's a bitch, but it's fun to play it on the other side.
If you haven't already, read Part One and Part Three of Soaps.com's 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet Interviews. Also, check out the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Photo Gallery.
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- Lori Wilson