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    In our 'One Life To Live' 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.

    Soaps.com Talks to One Life to Live's Shenell Edmonds!

    Thursday, September 24 2009


    Shenell Edmonds (Jeania Davis)
    Since February 27 the character of Destiny Evans has brought a strong presence to Llanview High School and has proven to be a cherished friend to Matthew Buchanan (Eddie Alderson). Soaps.com recently chatted with actress Shenell Edmonds about her young career and what it's like to be a part of the One Life to Live family.

    Soaps.com: Your character has been like a breath of fresh air in Llanview, and you've really stood out from the rest of the teen scene. Destiny's feisty yet caring attitude was immediately welcomed by fans. Were you able to sit down with the writers and incorporate some of yourself into the character or was it already set as to how they wanted Destiny to come across?

    Shenell: I actually was not able to talk with the writers about Destiny. I would interpret it as being handed a clump of clay, and as I go along I mold her into what I believe Destiny to be.


    Soaps.com: Before your current role, you appeared in the family film "Couples Only," as Casey. Can you give us a little insight into how you set out for the One Life role?

    Shenell: I did not set out for the role of Destiny. I was told I had an audition for a soap opera so when I got the callback I was extremely happy and very shocked.


    Soaps.com: At what age did you realize that you wanted to become an actor and was Daytime always something you wanted to get into? Have you auditioned for any other Daytime roles?

    Shenell: Well, it was not really a conscious decision. I began doing theatre at the age of eight or nine and really enjoyed it. Since then I have just gone with the flow. I’d never really put much thought into Daytime TV because everybody is usually at work or school when it airs. I haven't auditioned for any other Daytime roles.


    Soaps.com: Were you and your family fans of the show before you landed the role?

    Shenell: I had actually never seen One Life to Live before my audition because I’m usually in school when it airs. Now that I am on the show, I now realize how many family members watch OLTL and the number of people who have started watching since I’ve been on.


    Soaps.com: Now that you've established a place in Llanview, can you share with us any struggles or challenges that you've faced when starting out?

    Shenell: Surprisingly I didn't have any struggles other than realizing that I was acting for national TV rather than my family.


    Shenell Edmonds (Robin Platzer/Twin Images)
    Soaps.com: Is there anyone special in the cast who has taken you under their wing? Anything you've learned from them?

    Shenell: Everyone on One Life including production, electrical, and so on have been so nice to me, I feel as if they were my own family. They all showed me the ropes, and the secret passages to get to where I need to get to easier.


    Soaps.com: If Destiny could have her own storyline, what would you like to see her involved in?

    Shenell: I would keep Destiny in the same predicament she is now. I believe that the story of Destiny and Matthew, and Destiny and Shaun would keep her on her toes at all times.


    Soaps.com: What do you do for fun? Do you ever get the chance to hang out with any of the other teen actors?

    Shenell: I like to listen to music, get on the computer, hang out with my friends. Whenever I get the chance I also like to hang out with my family and travel.


    Soaps.com: Are you home schooled or do you attend school and when do you study?

    Shenell: I do attend a performing arts school, and I study whenever I get the chance or the extra time to do so. There is a tutor on set that helps all the actors when they have homework or schoolwork to make up. I don't really have a scheduled time for studying so I just do it when I get the chance.


    Soaps.com: Can you give us a few sneak peeks at what's to come for Destiny?

    Shenell: Well, Destiny is trying to find ways to confess her love for Matthew but there is never a clue as to whether he feels the same way about her.

    One of our Soaps.com readers, Lovenoah, wanted to know if Shenell wanted a teenage love story for Destiny and Matthew or if she wanted them to remain just friends? "I would like for Destiny and Matthew to have a teen love story but I actually wouldn't mind if there wasn't one."

    Whether Matthew and Destiny take that extra step, like Shenell, Soaps.com is just enjoying the great scenes that Shenell is delivering to her fans, and we hope to see many more in the future!

    - Amy Mistretta


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Thursday, September 24 2009 05:31 AM

    She's a cutie. I liked her answer regarding Matthew! Take it or leave it. Nice to see a young girl who isn't all about the boys!!

    Posted by justwatching at Thursday, September 24 2009 06:21 AM

    She is so sweet and so sassy, AND a great addition to the canvas! You could just eat her with a spoon! Keep up the fabulous work, Shenell -

    Posted by gulla at Thursday, September 24 2009 06:38 AM

    she nice,kind,sweet and i love her too death...keep up the good work shenell...

    Posted by jorie at Thursday, September 24 2009 10:26 AM

    I loved Destiney from the miniute she sat down beside Matt, Shennel has alot of talent and she sound like a great person that you would like your kids to have for a friend

    Posted by HipHopGrandma at Thursday, September 24 2009 10:39 AM

    It's a pleasure to have a teen on a soap who isn't a snot-nosed brat. The character Destiny has always been up front, honest and open to the point (sometimes) of being insulting. But only to those who needed the insulting. It was always nice to see her take up for Matthew when he had the crush on Becca, and now that Destiny and Matthew are so close, it's a real relief. Shenell is to be complimented and praised for bringing a whole new attitude to daytime. Thank you Shenell.

    Posted by bonairebound at Friday, September 25 2009 06:19 AM

    I can't imagine anyone NOT loving Destiny.
    bb

    Posted by Norma Iris at Thursday, October 08 2009 06:21 AM

    Keep with that flow and you will fly very high. You have great potentials. OLTL has a beautiful new gem. Good wishes and blessings in your many new 'adventures'. Keep showing that beautiful smile...

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