"I think Anne would date or have sex with anyone if she knew it would upset Jenn."
Meredith Scott Lynn has one of the most impressive resumes in the business, working on movies like "Legally Blonde" and shows like "CSI" and "American Horror Story." But it wasn’t until just a few months ago when she created the role of Anne Milbauer, the mean hospital lady gunning for Jennifer [Melissa Reeves], that she ever acted on a Daytime set. She talks with Soaps.com about Anne's beef against Jenn and how long she hopes to be in Salem.
Lynn: This is my very first interview ever for this show. You are popping my "Days of our Lives" interview cherry.
Soaps.com: We are very honored. You have done so much Primetime. Is this your first time doing Daytime?
Lynn: It is my first time and it never occurred to me in a million years that anyone would ever cast me in a soap, so I am thrilled.
Soaps.com: How did it come about?
Lynn: You know, I did a play written by Elizabeth Sarnoff who is a producer of "Lost" and "Deadwood" and a million other shows. She is a big writer in town and she did a play called "Slow Dance in Midtown" that we did a reading of 12 years ago. I have wanted to put this play up since then because this part is written for me and I wanted to do the play. So we did the play in this weird little theater in the valley, and Marnie [Saitta], the casting director for "Days of our Lives," is probably the only casting director in the city who came to see the play. But she came and had never really seen me do my thing, and that was that. And it was a tiny little part. Like five lines in three different episodes. It was really small at the beginning. And the truth is I thought I was going to be the first really truly Jewish chick on a soap, and then you find out they are all Jewish! They are all just blonde, blue-eyed Jews. So that is how it happened and it has turned into this whole thing.
Soaps.com: We have loved watching you.
Lynn: Can I be honest? I have only watched myself on it maybe twice. There is something about doing, and being, and not watching that feels right to me that I can’t explain it.
Soaps.com: Is it really different doing Daytime and Primetime?
Lynn: It is a completely other world. I have always had enormous respect for actors who were on soaps. I knew someone who was on one and I had heard over the last 20-something years that it is a really hard gig. I just never thought they would cast my type. And these actors are brilliant. They go from zero to 60 in three pages, in one take. Everyone rehearses on their own. The amount of time and commitment and respect that they have for the material – which a lot of people who aren’t big soap fans have lot of opinion about – is really impressive. What I learned when I got there was that I have to approach this material like its Shakespeare. That’s what they all do. I learned that from watching them. At first I didn’t have that much to do. But one take, that is new for me. In Primetime you will do it 6-7 times because they will keep moving the camera around. And this, you are learning it in the hair chair, you better be good, you better get it in one take and get out. And it is an awesome experience. There are moments I blank. I absolutely blank and I look at the camera and I apologize. Someone just told me just a few weeks ago that the TVs are on throughout NBC and affiliates offices. Everyone is watching us rehearse all day long, and that was eye opening. I am a New Yorker and I am blunt, much like Anne is. But I am much nicer than Anne Milbauer.