Interview: Sean Ringgold On One Life To Live Cancellation
Sean Ringgold (S. Ringgold)
Actor Sean Ringgold (Shawn Evans) called Soaps.com today to talk about the cancellation of One Life To Live.
“I don’t know, I’m speechless. There’s no way to make sense of this. Don’t we already have enough cooking shows?” Incidentally, since Sean hadn’t been in the studio at the time the news broke, he received a text from a stagehand. When asked how the actors who were on set received this news, Sean replied, “I’m sure the actors who were working were called in the office.”
We all have our own ideas of why the show was canceled, along with “All My Children.” Wondering if the actors were given a more enlightening answer as to why, Sean admitted, “I’m in the dark. I don’t ask, I don’t seek out answers. What’s done is done. I wish I could know, but it’s not going to change things. I thought we would’ve at least had a year. I’m trying to stay positive, it’s very sad, but I’m moving on to the next thing.”
Though very saddened, as we all are, Sean went on to say, “I’m still grateful and think about those who simply get fired. At least we have time to prepare for our future, to go out on auditions, and for that I’m grateful. It’s not so much about the money for me. There’s a special energy at “One Life To Live.” It’s not a common workplace. I love what I do.” It’s no secret that Sean has kept busy with film and Primetime gigs, but in terms of those who have always done “One Life To Live,” Sean stated, “I think about the actors who have only done this. Will they go on to something else or just stop?”
Sean reminded us that there are so many others in the world, a huge group of our military over in Iraq for one, who are going through worse than this. Fans still hope someone else will pick the shows up. It's very unlikely considering ABC owns there soaps and might not be willing to sell the rights, along with the characters, to someone else. "Could you imagine if Oprah picked it up?" Sean asked, in light of the fans' outpouring at the thought.
On a final note, Sean had a special message for his fans. "I love you and thank you so much for your continued support. I just hope the fans stay connected. Their words have touched my heart. Their appreciation for my character gets me pumped. They have no idea how they've been therapy for me when times have been too much."
Final Llanview tapings are set to end in November, but Sean assured us he'd be back in the studio taping sometime in May. If you'd like to read what some of the other Llanview actors had to say when they first found out read One Life To Live Quotes: Actors Take To Twitter On Cancellation.
- Amy Mistretta