Up Close and Personal with AMC’s Amanda Baker
Amanda Baker has only been a resident of Pine Valley for a couple of weeks but her character, Babe Carey Chandler, has been loved by the fans for several years now. Stepping in to the role may have been daunting for some but Amanda is simply excited to be part of such a great role!
I had the chance to do a question and answer session with her a few days ago and learned this Southern beauty has plans to keep Babe on the front-burner for a long, long time!
Kristi: “Let’s start at the beginning Amanda, tell us a little about yourself – where did you grow up? When is your birthday? How/when did you first become interested in acting?”
Amanda: “I grew up in Mt. Pleasant, SC, it’s basically right over the river from Charleston. My birthday is December 22nd, I’m a Capricorn! I first became interested in acting in the 8th grade. I did a musical called, “How to Eat Like a Child” and the thrill of performing was like nothing I had ever experienced. It was so exciting!”
Kristi: “Before winning the role of Babe, you were Jolene on “Night Shift”, talk about the differences between the two roles.”
Amanda: "Jolene was a troubled young woman. She lost her father due to hospital negligence and basically acted out by trying to get revenge on the hospital. She had a darkness inside of her that allowed her to kill. She also was vulnerable enough to allow herself to be brainwashed by MedCam, the company that was trying to take General Hospital over. Babe would never kill anyone! Jolene was a very interesting character to play.
I feel that she did have some similarities to Babe, though. She wasn't completely heartless. She did have feelings toward Spinelli and in the end you could see that she saved his life by risking her own. She did care for people and that's initially why she became a nurse. She liked pulling for the underdog."
Kristi: "The character of Babe is a fan-favorite, were you a little intimidated about taking on this role?"
Amanda: "Of course! I think with any new role there is a level of intimidation. You just want to do the best possible job you can."
Kristi: "How are you planning to make the role your own?"
Amanda: "I just plan on staying true to who Babe really is by keeping her sweet with an edge. She has come really far in the last couple of years. I will put my own personal spin on the rest."
Kristi: "You've been thrown right on to the front burner with the Richie/Annie storyline. Has it been fun?"
Amanda: "It has been a lot of fun to jump right into this storyline. It's never a dull moment!"
Our thanks go out to Amanda for spending a little time over here at Soaps.com. Stay tuned, I'll post part two of my interview with Amanda later this week! You'll find out a little more about Babe's new storyline, and get some inside scoop on a few of Amanda's AMC co-stars!