All My Children Interview: Alicia Minshew Part One
Alicia Minshew (ABC)
After giving birth to her first child, Willow Lenora, with husband Richie Herschenfeld, Alicia Minshew went on maternity leave late last year. She returned as Kendall Hart Slater on AMC this past April for just a few episodes, but on August 9, she will be back on a more permanent basis when Kendall and Zach come home to Pine Valley.
Soaps.com recently talked with Alicia to find out what it was like coming back to work after having a baby and how things have changed since the show moved to Los Angeles.
Soaps.com: How does it feel to be back on All My Children?
Alicia Minshew: It feels great. It feels like I’m rejoining a part of my family. Everybody there I’ve worked with for about eight years, so it’s close friends, some of my closest friends – Rebecca [Budig, Greenlee], Cameron [Mathison, Ryan] – it’s been like I’m joining the party again. It’s different this time. It is a little harder this time because now I have the baby. It’s very hard to leave my baby, so as much fun as it is playing Kendall again and getting to work with everybody, there’s a different dynamic this time. I’m constantly thinking of my child. It is different, but good. You know, I’m still finding that balance.
Soaps.com: How is baby Willow doing?
Alicia: Willow is amaaaazing. She is amazing. She is almost nine months. She finally got her first tooth and she started crawling last week. She is a joy and a pleasure to be around. She is just a happy child. Richie and I have so much fun with her. We laugh with her all day. It’s just so fun.
Soaps.com: Have you officially moved to the West Coast or are you commuting from New York?
Alicia: We decided for now, while the baby is little and while I'm still under contract, let's go and do this move and rent a place and just be out here because flying back and forth with the baby is just not my cup of tea. I didn't want to do it to her; I didn't want to do it to myself. So, the three of us moved out here; we're renting a place. We've been here about a month and Richie will be flying back to New York every six to eight weeks to check on his restaurants and make sure everything is okay there. For now, you know, we felt this was the best way to do it, just to sort of stay together as a family. Flying back and forth, some people do it – I just couldn't do it. [I get] jet lagged and tired and stressed out. It's too much for me.
Soaps.com: How are you enjoying living out there?
Alicia: You know? We like it more than we thought. We're totally New Yorkers and I miss New York on a daily basis. I miss taking Willow for a walk in Central Park. I miss walking anywhere and everywhere I want. I miss the energy. I miss our families. I definitely lean towards New York, but this kind of feels like a working vacation because the weather is gorgeous, every day, and it's kind of like an adventure for us. We're exploring new restaurants. We're taking the baby to new parks. So, it's kind of fun for us because it's new.
Soaps.com: What are the major differences you've noticed working on All My Children in L.A.?
Alicia: Thank God the cast is the same, so I love everybody there. It's a different crew – different cameramen, different hair and makeup people. Another extremely nice crew. I loved the crew back in New York. I really loved those people. Different crew, but the new crew that they hired is an unbelievable group of people, so it's still the same in terms of the camaraderie and the friendly people. The sets are bigger. There's more space to shoot the show, so everything's bigger. It moves faster. We never work a five-day week. We only work four-day weeks so we cram in a lot more shows. It definitely moves at a faster pace because we have more shows to tape in one day. I'm still getting used to that pace. I've been in babyland, where I'm mellow, so I'm still getting used to, 'Hurry up. You have to tape eighteen scenes.' It's hectic. It's hectic, but I'll get used to it. Everybody else is used to it, I just have to get back in the swing of things. So slowly, I'm adjusting.
Find out what Alicia had to say about Kendall's return at All My Children Interview: Part Two.
- Lori Wilson