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    In our 'Days Of Our Lives' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Interview: Days Of Our Lives’ Meredith Lynn Scott.

    Friday, March 01 2013


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    "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.


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    Soaps.com: Characterize Anne a little bit for us. Who is she?

    Lynn: Who is Anne? That is going to be the name of my autobiography. Anne is a really shut-down, bitter woman who has worked very hard to get where she is, only what she really wants is Jennifer’s job. And Jennifer, in Anne’s opinion, hasn’t had to do a damn thing other than be a Horton to get what she has. Anne doesn’t see Jennifer as anything deserving of the role that she plays at the hospital. So as far as Anne is concerned, Jennifer is lucky. Anne had to work her ass off to get there and that is just not okay. So Anne’s mission in life, for now, is to destroy Jennifer in any way she can, other than hurt her physically. Which, I don’t know, she might be open to that too.

    Soaps.com: How does she know Chloe [Nadia Bjorlin]?

    Lynn: The truth is, I could make something up, but I don’t know how we know each other, nobody does. She hears me in the hospital talking crap about Jenn and so she realizes we could have a new friendship.

    Soaps.com: Do you think she should have a love interest? A paring with Lucas [Bryan Dattilo] would really stick it to Jenn.

    Lynn: Here’s what I think. I think Anne would date or have sex with anyone if she knew it would upset Jenn. That’s what I think. It hasn’t happened yet, but my fantasy, Meredith’s personal fantasy, is that Anne has too much to drink one night and makes a hardcore play for Daniel [Shawn Christian] and creates some scenarios where it looks like Daniel, like any guy, will go there if pushed too far. But that is my crazy fantasy and nothing that happens. I just think Shawn is so hot and I am always flirting with him in the halls. So my dream is that there is some dream sequence where Anne has a dream, she gets drunk, she passes out and she has a dream where Daniel takes her and I have to make out with Shawn.

    Soaps.com: We saw the Twitter account set up for the character. What has the fan response been like?

    Lynn: I didn’t set that up! I don’t know who that is. I am learning to Twitter. Missy Reeves is going to teach me to Twitter. But online people say things like, "Go Anne, Jennifer is such a bitch, the writers must have been reading our posts all along because Anne says things that we have been saying forever. You tell her." It is weird how much they hate Jennifer online. And now that Anne is airing more I will be in some random place and someone will run up to me and tell me to leave Jennifer alone. So online, they seem to love Anne and hate Jennifer, and in life they seem to love Jennifer and hate Anne. As long as you love to hate Anne, we are okay.

    Soaps.com: We love Anne. How long will she be in town?

    Lynn: I have no idea, but I hope it is a long time because I am having the best time ever. But I have no idea because there are many of us who are not contracted like Shawn and Missy, but it is kind of exciting not knowing what is coming. I kind of like it.

    Catch up with the new Cameron in our last "DOOL" interview with Nathan Owens. Then find out when Patrika Darbo returns as Nancy.

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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by dedee at Friday, March 01 2013 01:55 PM

    WOW! TODAYS SHOW WAS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED, ALL I LEARNED FROM IT WAS IT IS OK TO GO AHEAD AND HATE, IT THOUGHT THE HOMOPHOBIC WORLD IT IS OK TO BULLY, IT IS OK TO HARASS, AS WELL AS DISTROY SOMEONES LIFE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT LIKE THEM. WOW WHAT AN IMAGE. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO SOAPS HELPING STOP BULLING? THIS IS ONE THAT ENCOURAGED IT. I REALLY LOST MY INTEREST IN THIS SHOW, IF NICK DO NOT GET WHAT HE DESERVES SOON, THAT WILL BE IT FOR ME. I HAVE WATCHED THIS SHOW SINCE IT STARTED, BUT AND DISGRACED AT TODAYS SHOW.

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Friday, March 01 2013 02:05 PM

    Great interview. Anne has been entertaining and this actress does a bang up job!

    Posted by Doris JJ at Saturday, March 02 2013 10:20 AM

    Loved reading Anne's interview. I like her because she does't like Jennifer. In real life, relatives of higher ups get jobs they can't do and you have to train them.
    I'm getting tired of all the negative vibes coming from this show. Don't know what is wrong with the writers but it is only evil and hate coming out of the screen. I started watching this in 1965 and it was fun and could hardly wait for the next day. But since they brought Stefano on, it has been dark and evil all the time. Didn't watch as much with his holding Marlena hostage not into that but then it had a year or two of family and happy scenes then back to dark. Is this Corday's idea or is this coming from the writers because I'm not anxious to watch anymore. To me it started with the DiMera's; Stefano, EJ, Kristen, Andrew, Chad and many others. I'm just over all of that.

    Posted by Florentine at Saturday, March 02 2013 08:35 PM

    Nice interview,
    I for one have enjoyed watching Ann,
    she is the kind of person you can find out in the work place...bitter at times, and many times rightfully so...
    like with Jenn... the girl is hardly ever at work, comes and goes as she pleases, has a personal problem every time you see her...etc, etc.
    Why wouldn't Ann be ticked, that Miss Horton gets away with everything, really now.
    I know this is a soap, but in real life Jenn would have been shown the door a long time ago... I think... but then again, who knows.
    The character of Ann is a Breath of fresh Air, at times she is so spot on, and then again, she goes a little to far, like trying to put Laxative into Jenn's drink.. LOL Just picture this happening....
    However in spite of all this, I think Ann must be a good worker, and she seems to have a good heart and a sense of humor, in spite of all the plotting with Chloe.
    I think all Ann wants to accomplish, is tick of Jenn and get Chloe and Parker back with Dr.Dan, make them a family again.
    Well, I sort of see it that way... might be wrong in the long run, but no matter what, I like watching Ann on the screen...What you see, is what you get... better than some of the "Elite" ones, that think their poop does not smell, like Marlena, Maggie, Kate etc...
    Not Maxine, she also is The Real Deal, and of course a little bit nicer than Ann, but then again, Maxine can let "you" really have it....when she feels the urge...

    Posted by Florentine at Saturday, March 02 2013 08:41 PM

    P.S. Love to see Ann have some sex scenes, for real or in her dreams... whatever, that could be great fun if done right.

    Why not team Ann with Roman, they could be great together... just what the Doctor should order for our "Lone Roman".
    Doesn't need to be forever, just get some sparks going,
    look at Kate and Rafe right now, Old and young..
    I vote, get Ann and Roman together.... young and old...why not if it does the job...for as long as it works for them...

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