Interview: One Life To Live’s Jerry verDorn
Jerry verDorn (ABC)
“I think it not only was fun to do, it made all the sense in the world.”
The Loving Llanview event will be held at the Theatre at Westbury in New York on January 21, giving fans a chance to celebrate “One Life to Live’s” 43 years with several of the soap’s cast. Soaps.com recently chatted with one such cast member, Jerry verDorn (Clint), to discuss the event, the “One Life to Live” finale and the future.
Soaps.com: So, The Loving Llanview event is coming up next month.
Jerry: Yes, we’ve got quite a group of people too. Several of them that usually don’t come out in public. Michael Easton (John) usually doesn’t do a lot of appearances. So, it’s going to be a good time. Have you ever been to that theatre?
Soaps.com: I have not.
Jerry: Oh, it’s great. A perfect venue for this kind of thing.
Soaps.com: What are you most looking forward to at the event?
Jerry: Well, seeing the people again. I haven’t seen them since our last tape day. November 18 or so. I’m going to catch up on what they’re doing and what’s going on. It’s going to be fun seeing the fans express what they feel about everything that’s happened and the end of the show on ABC. The way the storyline is going, it’s going to be a very…I think they’ll like it a lot.
Soaps.com: “All My Children” ended on a pretty big cliffhanger. Will “One Life to Live” end the same way?
Jerry: It’s not really a cliffhanger. It’s open ended and it’s very upbeat and positive. Several huge, years long stories are resolved in the last week. It’s a very, very clever ending.
Soaps.com: Are you happy with how Clint’s storyline is wrapped up then?
Jerry: Yes. Very much so. I think it not only was fun to do, it made all the sense in the world. If something does happen where we continue somewhere else, it’s very easy to continue.
Soaps.com: What was it like to tape the last few episodes?
Jerry: It wasn’t much of anything because we thought we were going to go on immediately into another venue, so we didn’t have any idea that it would be the last time we would be together. It still may not be the last time we may be together because Prospect Park has 14 months still of finding something to do with the shows. When Erika [Slezak, Viki] and I had the last scene at ABC, there was like about 350 people out there watching the last scene, which is very unusual. Usually it’s just the cameramen there. A lot of people who wouldn’t go with Prospect Park if it happens were there and they were kind of teary and everything because they had been with the show, some of them since it started on ABC. And of course everyone had cameras, so it was kind of tough for Erika and myself. [laughs]
Soaps.com: Speaking of Prospect Park, you think there's still hope "One Life to Live" will have another life?
Jerry: Yes. I think there's hope because according to their contract they have until, I think, 2013 in which to do something with it. Either sell it to cable or get refinanced and go online again. They discontinued it. They haven't ended it. They suspended it. So, yeah, I think there's a chance.
Soaps.com: Would you still like to be a part of it if they could make that work?
Jerry: If it's on the East coast. I wouldn't go to the West Coast or anywhere else, but if it's in the New York area, yeah, I would do it.
Soaps.com: What are your plans now that "One Life to Live" has wrapped for the time being?
Jerry: Well, I'm just going to lie low for awhile. I'm in the fortunate position where I don’t have to work if I don't want to. The older ones are kind of in that position. It's the people who are in the middle I feel sorry for, who still have kids and mortgages and stuff like that, because it's difficult to find jobs.
Soaps.com: Back to the event, it will be held a week after the finale airs, so the fans will no doubt be emotional. Do you think it will be an emotional time for the actors as well?
Jerry: I think it will. I know it will for Kassie DePaiva [Blair]. [chuckles] She was kind of teary all the last week I saw her at ABC. I think it's going to be kind of cathartic and people will…it will be a good time to get their feelings out about how the show ended and I'm looking forward to that being 90 percent positive because it makes sense. It's upbeat. Frankly, I think it's a much better ending than what "All My Children" had.
Soaps.com: That's good to hear. Many fans were upset with the way "All My Children" ended, especially now that it might never come back.
Jerry: I know. That's really too bad because they could have done it another way. It happened faster for them, so maybe that was the problem.
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