Interviews: One Life To Live Stars Celebrate 45th Anniversary image


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After all this time.

In honor of the upcoming 45th Anniversary of "One Life To Live" on July 15, 2013, asked some of the shows biggest stars to share their favorite memories from their time on the show, as well as the one storyline they are dying to tackle now that the show has been revived. Here’s what they had to say.

Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan):
My favorite memory was the total camaraderie and professionalism that surrounded the rape/mistrial storyline. It was the romance of Bo [Robert S. Woods] and Nora. It was beautifully written. The acting was riveting from everyone. We watched Roger Howarth [Todd Manning] turn Frat Boy No. 1 into a force. Susan Haskell [ex-Marty Saybrooke] transformed the town bad girl into a sympathetic victim. It pitted exes Hank Gannon and Nora against each other in the courtroom. It was six months that made everyone hold their breath.

I would love for Nora to have a major disability. I am a technical actress and would love to have that challenge. Maybe dementia, early onset of Alzheimer's or maybe people just think she is demented ‘cuz she's being poisoned or something. Is Lindsay [ex-Catherine Hickland] out of jail yet?

Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado Lord):
I have many favorite acting moments but my favorite all time memory is mooning Bob Woods and Nathan Purdee [ex-Hank Gannon] on the steps on the old armory on 66th street as they drove away in a cab, after getting very drunk with Hillary B. Smith and Crystal Chapell [ex-Maggie Carpenter] in the make-up room. I also really loved doing the live week and seeing Bob Woods give me the thumbs up behind the set when I was done chewing out Roger Howarth on live TV.

I am dying to play my own evil twin, who seems angelic on the surface but in reality is a sadist who has no mercy and is hell bent on destruction.

Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks):
My favorite memory is probably the first time my character had to be confrontational with Viki [Erika Slezak]. But there are so many to choose from I can't swear that's the only one [laughs]!

I'd love to see my character become bad again on the reboot. Not evil, just bad!

Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer):
My memories are made by the incredible friends I've made over the years. The scenes that stand out are the ones that I felt worked best as a collaborative effort by all. I've loved my job since day one.

I’d love to live happily ever after as Mrs. Todd Manning, kicking butt.

Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan):
My favorite memory happened on my first day at work on "One Life to Live." First of all, upon my arrival at the "OLTL" studio there was Kassie DePaiva with open arms saying ‘Welcome to the A Team!’ Mind you this was 6:00 AM. Later that day I entered my first scene, boots preceding me. Then had a wonderful scene with Phil Carey [ex-Asa Buchanan] and some other Buchanans. They made me feel so at home.

The one thing I'm dying for my character to experience? I've already shot it and it should air soon. Delicious.

Robert Gorrie (Matthew Buchanan):
I feel honored to be telling a story that is 45 years in the making. It's such a privilege to be part of the Buchanan legacy. "One Life to Live" has entertained generations and will continue for decades to come.

I want Matthew to take over Buchanan Enterprises and have a huge family.

Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning):
I am and always will be honored to be a member of the "One Life to Live" family. The show has so much history, and I compare it to the Yankees or Manchester United, two teams that always have great starting line ups and will always be on top. To be part of the Manning family and part of the "One Life to Live" family tree is exciting.

I would love to see Jack Manning make a good decision that doesn't negatively impact him or others. He wants to be a positive role model for Sam [Patrick Gibbons Jr.], who at this point has no father in his life, and Sam might give Jack an opportunity to show that Jack is capable of selflessness.

Patrick Gibbons Jr. (Sam Manning):
I have been on "One Life to Live" since I was 5 and I was so lucky to work on the original network and even luckier to work on the reboot. I can’t believe I’m on a show that’s almost as old as my parents! Now the show is on the computer and I love watching things on my iPod. I’m a very lucky little boy.

I’d like to see Sam experience playing ice hockey or playing the guitar, because these are things I like to do in real life.

Read our interview with Laura Harrier of "One Life To Live" and interview with producer Jennifer Pepperman.

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- Hollie Deese