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    In our 'Fashion House' 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.

    Fashion House Star Erika Schaefer and a Dream Come True

    Friday, September 29 2006


    Erika Schaefer
    It's Monday, 09/25/06, and I have an interview scheduled with fan favorite Erika Schaefer (Lexi) from Fashion House. When I call the number, voice mail answers and in a most pleasant voice says that she is sorry that she has missed my call and to leave (you know the drill). I hang up without leaving a message and double check the phone number just to be sure I had it right. After I verified that, I got to thinking, hmmm would Lexi? I mean Erika be screening my call??? I wait a few moments and then try the number again. That's when a voice answers saying...

    Erika:
    "Hello"?

    Shannon:
    "Hi, may I speak with Erika"?

    Erika:
    "Shannon"?

    Shannon:
    "Yes."

    Erika:
    "Hi, I am so sorry. My phone rang once and then went right to missed calls."

    Shannon:
    "That's why I have to use the land line for these interviews, I tell ya!"

    Erika:
    "I know"!

    Shannon:
    "How are you doing"?

    Erika:
    "I'm doing Great! Thank you. It's nice to finally speak with you; I feel like I know you already from the message boards".

    Shannon:
    "Oh, that's Great! I want to thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today. As you can tell by the message boards, I am a HUGE fan of the show and am just THRILLED to have the opportunity to talk with you today".

    Erika:"Oh, you're so sweet! Well, we really appreciate that and I am thrilled to talk with you guys".

    Shannon:
    "Awesome! Well, I will try not to keep you too long, I know you're busy out there.

    How would you describe Fashion House to viewers that are just beginning to catch onto it"?

    Erika:
    "Oh Gosh, you know what? It Is what everybody says. It's a guilty pleasure and of course it's a secret obsession to many who won't admit to watching it.like my brother and his friends who say they don't watch it but they do! You get hooked with the characters and the story plots".

    Shannon:
    "Absolutely! I couldn't have described it better myself. What can you tell us about your character- Lexi"?

    Erika:
    "Well, Lexi is of course Bo Derek's (Maria) assistant, and she just gets walked all over all of the time".

    Shannon:
    Laughter..

    Erika:
    "I know it's awful, It's Awful, the remarks that she gets. But, you know what? Later on in the show she kind of realizes that she doesn't just wanna like, her main goal in life isn't to just be someone's assistant. She kind of takes matters into her own hands and um...kinda...Laughter...I don't wanna give it away. She...


    Shannon:
    "She does what she needs to do"?

    Erika:
    "Yes, she definitely does what she needs to do and stands up for herself".

    Shannon:
    "I'm glad to hear that. It gives me something else to look forward to on the show! What are some other reasons for viewers to watch the show"?

    Erika:
    "Other reason...The wonderful storylines, to see the beautiful actors ..and actresses and really because it is just a fantastic show. It's interesting and there really are no other shows like this on television".

    Shannon:
    "That is very true. What responses have you been hearing about the show so far from family, friends or.

    Erika:
    "Oh, gosh, of course my family thinks it's the best show on television; that just goes without saying. Laughter.But, what's really funny is that so many of my guy friends are calling me and they're trying to get the inside scoop on the characters. Like just last week a friend of mine (who will remain anonymous), was drilling me about William and his intentions with Maria. It's hysterical".

    Shannon:
    "I know, that is killing me too! We're just like, what is going on here?" Laughter.

    Erika:
    Laughter... "I know, even my brother (who refuses to watch anything but sports) is tuning in. It is really funny".

    Shannon:
    "If you watch 2 or 3 episodes, it will get you"!

    Erika:
    "It will, and that's why I think that some of the reviews that are negative, they are just not giving Fashion House a chance. I think that they are maybe watching one episode or just the recap episode, and if they tune in for a whole week, they will get hooked".

    Shannon:
    "I agree with 100%. I can speak for myself and others that I know. How do you think people are going to react to the new format of the show (nightly, 13 weeks, 65 episodes)..and then it ends"?

    Erika:
    "Well you know, this everyday format works for daytime soaps, and the fans are faithful viewers, and the fact that it is on every night gives you that instant gratification. As a matter of fact, people who can't catch it every night probably TIVO it. Some of my girlfriends in Arizona TIVO the weekday episodes and have a Fashion House marathon on the weekends".

    Shannon:
    "Well,there you go"!

    Erika:
    "Yeah, A Fashion House Marathon.there's a new concept"!

    Shannon:
    "Well, I can't really laugh because I watch all week long and still tune into the Saturday recap show just in case I missed something" Laughter...

    Erika:
    Laughter."Just in case you missed one little bit of the show".

    Shannon:
    "That way you only have to go 1 day without it, and that day is Sunday.I think we can manage 1 day".

    Erika:
    "I know, exactly".

    Shannon:
    "I was reading on your website, (and I will go ahead and say that here it is ErikaAshleySchaefer.com) that you moved to Hollywood in September of 2005. So exactly a year ago to chase your dream of acting".

    Erika:
    "I did. It's been a little over a year now".

    Shannon:
    "So, Fashion House marks your television acting debut am I correct"?

    Erika:
    "Yes, yes it is. Talk about just being thrown into it". Laughter...

    Shannon:
    Laughter... "What does it feel like to have your very first television show. What's going through your head'?

    Erika:
    "Oh my gosh, it is amazing! It's incredible to watch myself 6 nights a week on television. But it has been just such an amazing experience, and all the people that I have met from the show. Like Morgan said, "There weren't any divas", everyone was so kind. And seeing as though I was a newbie, there were so many people who were willing to help me and just really take me and guide me through the whole process. I think the most shocking thing was filming three and a half months in San Diego away from my friends and family.6 days a week anywhere from 10-14 hour days. Other than that it was a fantastic experience".

    Shannon:
    "So, would you say that it has been everything that you thought it would be and more"?

    Erika:
    "I would definitely say that! Definitely!"

    Shannon:
    "Well Erika, when did you realize that this is what you wanted to do in life"?

    Erika:
    "Oh, I was in a school play in fifth grade, and I was Sandy from Grease (my all time favorite movie). It was actually a variety show, but after it was over I told my mom, and she and my dad were always laughing, saying, you, know, "Okay, right, that's great. You're gonna go to school and you're gonna go to college that's the plan"! And then of course in middle school and high school I never had the guts to do theater or anything like that, I was always afraid of rejection. So, I didn't do it until I attended Arizona State for a year and then I realized that it was not what I want to do. I want to go out to Los Angeles and pursue acting. It was what I really always wanted to do, but I just never did it. So, that's how it kinda all happened. My parents were wonderful! They moved me out to L.A., and within (I would say about) six months, I booked the show. They were thrilled of course".

    Shannon:
    "I was gonna say, how did they react when you first told them - how did you even tell them that you had gotten your first part?"

    Erika:
    "It is so funny! I was with my manager in her office. She told me and of course I got all emotional. So, I called my mom and told her that I have to have her call dad on 3-way. The 3 of us were on the phone and I told them. They were just thrilled! They were so proud of me and it was just such a great feeling! Then I called my brother and it kind of went from there. It was like a chain of people that I called".

    Shannon:
    "You will probably remember that moment forever won't you"?

    Erika:
    "I truly will. I remember, I was kneeling by the speaker phone. My manager was so excited it was just great"!

    Shannon:
    "What piece of advice would you give to all of the people reading this that may have a similar dream to go out there and chase acting"?

    Erika:
    "I say go for it! Honestly, you can't be scared. You have to believe in yourself and just go out there and try it no matter what anyone else says. When I moved from Arizona, people thought that I was crazy. They were like, what is she doing? She knows 1 person out in Los Angeles and she's never really been away from her good friends. I left a ton of people behind and just went after it and it worked out".

    Shannon:
    "Well, just a little FYI for you. Luke and Lexi actually won last week's poll that I ran on Soaps.com regarding the couple that the fans would like most to see together".

    Erika:
    Laughter... "I saw that. My mom gave me a call and informed me of the poll turn out".

    Shannon:
    "Was that a surprise to you that you guys beat out Michelle and Luke"?

    Erika:
    "I was just gonna say that. I was so pleased, but I am surprised that the voters chose Lexi and Luke. I thought for sure they were pulling for Luke and Michelle. And of course, If you notice on the show, Luke never gives me the time of day! Even after I get all vamped up I spruce up the hair, spice up the make-up and loose the glasses He still just completely ignores me. So, it was interesting the way that fan noticed that on the message boards".

    Shannon:
    "It is crazy the way that the poll went. This was the first poll on there that started really generating some responses, and it was really from one extreme to another on there. I talked with Robert Buckley last week you know, and at that time Michael and Nikki were winning".

    Erika:
    "I know, people are rooting for them like crazy as well"!

    Shannon:
    "I know, but I tell ya what. Luke and Lexi snuck up and stole the whole thing"!

    Erika:
    Laugher...

    Shannon:
    Laughter...I was like Wow I've got to get Erika on the phone"!

    Erika:
    "Trust me, I was shocked! It came as a huge surprise to me, but it is great. First of all that you included Lexi on the poll since she's just the little assistant."

    Shannon:
    "Well, you can thank Maria (Bo Derek) for that. We saw it coming, so we know it's a possibility".

    Erika:
    "Good"! Well, if the fans want to see Luke and Lexi together, then they had better tune in this week".

    Shannon:
    "Uh oh"

    Erika:
    "There's quite a bit of stuff that unfolds between the two of them.But, I will say no more"!

    Shannon:
    "I'm gonna have to put a spoiler on the boards because this interview won't be posted until Friday that would be too late, and they of course would want to cut my head off"!

    Erika:
    Laughter... "Oh yeah well, I'm giving you the inside scoop Shannon. You gotta tell them".

    Shannon:
    "So, they need to watch this week right"?

    Erika:"Yes, this week".


    Erika Schaefer
    Shannon:
    "Well, I will get on that and make sure that it is ready to go".

    Erika:
    "That's too funny"!

    Shannon:
    "Well, we talked a little bit about you being Maria's assistant. Now, there are a lot of characters on Fashion House that are ruthless and down right mean".

    Erika:
    "I know, isn't it ridiculous"?

    Shannon:
    "Who have you found to be the most unlike their character"?

    Erica:
    "I would say..Mini Anden".

    Shannon:
    "Mini Anden plays Tania".

    Erika:
    "Yes. She is just the sweetest person! We stayed at the same hotel while we were filming and after the insane 10 hour days, we'd get together sometimes and just chat and have a great time. She's Not A Pill Popper." Laughter...

    Shannon:
    Laughter...

    Erika:
    "She's actually a great, great person. She was always so great when I was missing my friends and family. She's not completely ruthless at all in person"!

    Shannon:
    "You know, the thing about her character is sure, she is ruthless on there and everything, but the music that they play when she is shall we say "up to no good", doesn't help her character at all"!

    Erika:
    Laughter..

    Shannon:
    Laughter... "I even had to mention the music in one of the recaps because it was just so great! The only way I could describe it was a mixture between Jaws and Psycho and all these just ran together. It was just awesome the way it went with her character".

    Erika:
    "Yeah, like Friday the 13th music. Like she should be carrying a kitchen knife or something".

    Shannon:
    "exactly! Well that's the poll this week. Who they love to hate the most, so she is on there for that one."

    Erika:
    "Oh, I would say her for sure".

    Shannon:
    "Who have you enjoyed working with the most on Fashion House"?

    Erika:
    "Well, seeing as I play Bo's assistant, I spent a lot of time with her. I really, really enjoyed working with her. Like I said, this was my first show. The first week of production I was so intimidated. She was just extremely supportive and helpful. For example, the first day of filming, I wasn't familiar with all of the lingo at all I was so lost! She never complained at all and was super patient with me it was just really nice".

    Shannon:
    "Well, she is totally unlike Maria then I take it".

    Erika:
    "Oh, she is completely different. Super humbled and down to earth. She hung out with the cast quite a bit and that was nice. Although I don't really interact with a lot of the other cast members, we had a lot of down time together in our trailers and on-set. I got to know all of them on a different level, but I did work with her the most".

    Shannon:
    "What does the future hold for you after this Fashion House frenzy is over"?

    Erika:
    "Well, as of right now I am going out on auditions again (which for an actor is like a nightmare)! Laughter...

    Shannon:
    Laughter... "Well, at least now you have one under you belt though".

    Erika:
    "Yeah. It looks fantastic on my resume especially since I've only been her for a year! But, I'm also taking a break and spending time with my family - my friends - my boyfriend. Taking it easy after three and a half months of this huge project. Hoping later on to get into feature films and that whole field."

    Shannon:
    "Alright, well you are off to a great start! I have had a lot of requests from fans wanting to know all about the girl who plays Lexi, Erika Schaefer".

    Erika:
    "That is so sweet! That really is fantastic to hear that"!

    Shannon:
    "What is the one thing about yourself that you can tell those fans that they would probably never guess"?

    Erika:
    "That I didn't really graduate from Harvard"! Laughter... "I have the fake diploma to make myself feel better. But seriously, probably that I am just so new to the industry. This was my 5th audition and I was just super fortunate to land this role as Lexi, and I love playing her. We are similar in a lot of ways, but we're also so different. The clothes she gets to wear are just fantastic. The pencil skirts and the little suits you know, all that stuff. I would never wear that, but it's really fun to get to play dress up for all of those months."

    Shannon:
    "I bet! Do you support any charitable causes or work for the greater good that your fans could help out with"?

    Erika:
    "You know, I have always had a special place in my heart for kids. I have 2 little cousins that I absolutely adore. I have always loved the Make a Wish Foundation. They bring such joy to terminally ill children and their families. I just love being a part of that foundation. If anyone is interested in making contributions, they can visit them online at Wish.org and find out more information there."

    Shannon:
    "That is great! I will be sure and include that information and hopefully fans will go to the site and help you out with that great cause."

    Erika:
    "Hopefully"!

    Shannon:
    "Is there anything else that you would like to say to your fans out there reading this"?

    Erika:
    "Really, I am just so grateful for the support of my fans! It's incredible to me the amount of fan mail that I have been receiving on my website about Lexi and apparently that you've been receiving. It's always fun to read the message boards on Soaps.com (I know you guys don't think I go on there but I do) it's almost a daily thing. It is so much fun to read them. Oh gosh, I got a kick out of the Sexy Lexi message board because I don't think Lexi considers herself sexy at all, so it's really cute to go on there and see everyone writing about Sexy Lexi".

    Shannon:
    "I think it was that and the other night when you did the gorgeous glow segment."

    Erika:
    "Yes.."

    Shannon:
    "Well, they had a fit"! Laughter...

    Erika:
    Laughter... "Hans and Harold do a fantastic job but it's nice to see Lexi recognized also. I think there are quite a few more of those airing. I didn't actually get to see it, but from what I heard, it turned out really great".

    Shannon:
    "yes, it was great"!

    Erika:
    "Well, thank you"!

    Shannon:
    "So, obviously you go to Soaps.com and check it out. Can we get a quote from you regarding the site"?

    Erika:
    "I do, I really do. I am a fan".

    Shannon:
    "Keeping in mind that Robert Buckley said that Soaps.com is better than My Space".

    Erika:
    Laughter... "Which is so true. He and I used to both be addicted to My Space and it's a funny story. We canceled at the same time. We were going through withdrawals. Thank god we had each other for support! We were like, What do we do? We have canceled our My Space accounts?!?! It was really funny"!

    Shannon:
    "Everyone is going to love reading that part"! Laughter...

    Erika:
    Laughter... "How about this". "Soaps.com not only gives you the scoop of the day, but also the personal insight on the characters".

    Shannon:
    "Awesome"!

    Erika:
    "It's really amazing to me the recaps for the show. It's like "Lexi walks in and closes the door." Nothing is missed"!

    Shannon:
    "Well, I do the Fashion House recaps".

    Erika:
    Laughter... "Well you're doing a great job Shannon. I am so proud of you as well as all of the fans I am sure"!

    Shannon:
    Laughter...

    Erika:
    "I would like to thank my family so much for all of their support and encouragement. It means the world to me that they are sticking behind me and being so proud of me"!


    Erika and I talked for a few more minutes winding up the interview. We talked a little about my southern accent and how she used to have a bit of one when she lived in Georgia (of course, she has been able to leave hers behind)!

    Soaps.com and myself thank Erika so much for taking the time to speak with us! She has such a great personality that hopefully all of you can sense when you read this interview. We wish her continued happiness and success , and invite her to talk with us again, anytime she would like!

    Special thanks to Erika's Publicity team (Jennifer and Emily) for making this interview possible!

    Shannon Burrell
    Soaps.com Reporter


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by JJRock11 at Friday, September 29 2006 04:03 PM

    I love her even more then I did before! wow, great interview! I feel like I know her! Thanks Shannon!

    Posted by Beauty21 at Friday, September 29 2006 04:37 PM

    Best interview so far! She is adorable! Love how she shared personal info with the readers. Also liked how appreciative she was to her fans! I will definitely continue to support her!

    Posted by xtremJoe at Friday, September 29 2006 08:24 PM

    I am so glad to see that you chose Erika as the star of the week....was dying to hear more about her! Not only is she beautiful but well spoken, funny, and sweet! Love it!

    Posted by Lilyloo25 at Friday, September 29 2006 10:26 PM

    As an aspiring actress myself I respect Erika's courage and determination to make it in this industry! There is not a doubt in my mind that we will soon see her on the big screen! She going to break out from this show Best of luck Erika (if you are reading this message boards,ha!) Wonderful interview!

    Posted by derricknc at Saturday, September 30 2006 06:38 PM

    Great interview! I love hearing more about these stars and getting a little insight to their personal life! Keep them up!!

    Posted by triple at Saturday, September 30 2006 08:20 PM

    Excellent job Shannon! I can't wait to see who your next interview is with!

    I also can't wait to see what happens this week on the show!

    Posted by ImageGrl at Saturday, September 30 2006 09:10 PM

    Thanks for this interview Shannon! My girlfriends and I are huge fans of Lexi... she is great on the show! It's so nice to hear that she is not only gorgeous, but so sweet! Thanks for the inside scoop Shannon

    Posted by bondgirls06 at Sunday, October 01 2006 03:57 PM

    BEST INTERVIEW SO FAR! SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE
    AS ON THE OUTSIDE. SHE SEEMS SO DOWN TO EARTH. THANKS FOR
    INTERVIEWING HER, I FEEL LIKE I KNOW HER BETTER. LOVE HER!

    Posted by griffin74 at Sunday, October 01 2006 06:46 PM

    This girl is gorgeous. to bad she has a boyfriend. great
    interview. great pictures.

    Posted by RollingStn4 at Sunday, October 01 2006 07:54 PM

    Yea, I'm bummed about the boyfriend news too! He better be great, because she's pretty much perfect Love the pictures you chose Shannon! Great interview! Thanks!

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