Soaps.com Chats With AMC’s Laura Koffman
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She’s only been around for a few days, but already a new character is taking Pine Valley by storm. Laura Koffman debuted in the role of Rebecca, Jesse’s old flame, this week – and boy were fans surprised.
Many expected not to like the character but one scene between Rebecca and Angie changed their minds; in that scene, Rebecca was both in love and ready to let go, in control but obviously hurting inside. With those first few scenes, the character – and the actress – won over Pine Valley fans.
Soaps.com had the chance to catch up with Laura just a few days ago. Here is her take on the character.
“Well, she and Jesse lived together, raising Natalia for 18 years. They fell in love because she was Jesse’s psychiatrist – that is what I’ve been told. [Rebecca] always knew about Frankie and about Angie but loved him anyway!”
Wow! That sounds like a heavy role to play. Laura is working heavily with Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan so I asked what it was like to be thrust into the middle of their 20-year romance.
"It's so fun being 'the other woman'! And they are such professionals. They just adore each other. I've never watched their work, though! They are so warm and so welcoming but it's so uncomfortable because I am the other woman. Rebecca has such a big heart, though, that it's okay to be uncomfortable. As Laura, I so get where Rebecca is because they are so together. . .it's a very warm and loving tale, I don't think it will be more than that! I think what you'll find is that she and Angie take good care of each other. That is where the story is going to go. What's lovely is that I get to play somebody who has a really big heart, for me, I couldn't have asked for a better role."
Just how long will Laura – and Rebecca! – be hanging around Pine Valley?
"Well, there is a limit but I don't know exactly! Debbi whispered to ask me how long I was staying and I whispered back the time limit and said, 'I am inoperable!' and she whispered, 'I'm a very good surgeon!' So, it depends on how well-received the character and the story is."
Right now, Laura is on as a recurring character but, we all know that characters jump from recurring to main characters all the time. In the meantime, Laura is having fun getting her feet wet in soapland again.
She took a layoff in acting for a while to raise her two children – a boy, 9, and a girl, 7. But, the acting bug bit again last year when she did an off-off-Broadway play. You can read about "The Rise of Dorothy Hale" by visiting Laura's website.
What advice does Laura have for beginning actors?
"I always suggest that people work as much as they can. I used to work, and I still work for no money. I've done 2 voiceovers in the last 2 months and done 2 newsclips in the same timeframe for free because they were really important to me. My little play, we did for no money. Follow what you love to do, keep your eye on the horizon where you want to go but also keep our eye on the bottom line because nobody will hire you if you're desperate."
Sounds like sound advice, doesn't it fans?
We'll have a little more from Laura – including her advice on helping the environment – in a few days.
Welcome to Pine Valley, Laura!