Walt Willey Chats with Soaps.com!!
It is always a pleasure to chat with some of the stars who have been around the block. So imagine my surprise when I opened my email last weekend and found a note from Walt Willey! He has signed on to host a beauty pageant in a few weeks and the lovely people at the pageant helped us hook-up via email. When Walt and I were chatting by computer, he was kind enough to answer some burning questions like: how does one prepare for a hosting gig? what have the past 20 years been like in Pine Valley? and just how does he balance everything?
Here are a few of those answers!
Kristi: “How did you become involved with the US Beauties Pageant?” (Note
to fans, you
can read more about the pageant here.)
Walt: "Well, if memory serves, Diane Wozniak attended one of my stand-up comedy shows in the Chicagoland area and approached me to do it. I have hosted bunches of stuff - Ford's Super Model of the Year (3 times), the Tournament of Roses coverage for ABC a few times, and a few things for Disney - so I guess she felt I was qualified."
Kristi: "You have done a lot of hosting in the past, how do you prepare for this type of event?"
Walt: "I go over the point-to-point script, try to get a feel for the tone. I don't try to lock things in too tight...I like a little "playing space"."
From chatting about the pageant, I asked Walt about his charitable endeavors - which are legion!
Kristi: "Would you tell us a little about the Willey World Endowment Fund?"
(Fans, you can visit the Fund by clicking here.)
Walt: "About my third year into the comedy tour, people were clamoring for merchandise after the shows. I figured this was a great opportunity to act as a conduit to funnel money to good causes so I set up the WWEF. Generally, we benefit children's charities and child services, but we're looking at extending our reach to the children of disabled veterans."
Kristi: "Between your hosting gigs, the stand-up act, the appearances for AMC and the show taping schedule you stay very busy. And we haven't even mentioned your family or the Crystal Mesa Farm (an inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico)! How do you balance everything?"
Walt: "Like a circus seal! It can be too much sometimes, but my family is extremely supportive. I think our kids have pretty much daily examples of how one can meld a career (or two!), family, and humanitarian efforts into a completely rewarding life."
Kristi: "You've just celebrated 20 years on AMC. How did you ring in the occasion?"
Walt: "Actually, I celebrated by going into work to kick off the next twenty!"
Kristi: "What are some of your fondest memories with the show?"
Walt: "I believe those might be yet to come. I'm not a big one for walks down Memory Lane. The entire experience at All My Children has been fabulous!"
Well, Soaps.com wishes you 20 more fantabulous years, Walt! And I would, particularly, like to thank you for taking the time out of a hectic schedule to chat about your very busy life. I wish you all the best!