Soap Stars Father’s Day Interviews!
Eden Riegel (ABC)
A tie? Is that all your dear ‘ol dad gets each year on Father’s Day? Unless he asks for a tie, think of your poor ‘ol dad this Father’s Day and give him something special, tell him something special or spend some time with him! Anything but the tie, please!
In light of the upcoming Father’s Day, Soaps.com writers decided to ask the soap stars how alike their fathers they are and to find out some of their favorite memories they can recall with their dads. Soaps.com writers also decided to participate a little, and we encourage the readers to chip in, in our comments section!
I’m a lot like my dad. Not only do I love him but I really like him and consider him a good friend who always has good advice and makes me laugh hysterically! I get my artsy side from him, my music appreciation from him – he’s a musician, his stubbornness (grins), we both watch soaps (his favorite is All My Children), I take after him in looks, and yes, I still call him “Daddy”! How about you? How are you like your father? While you’re taking a moment to consider it, take a gander at how your favorite soap stars are similar to their own dads and what are the best memories they can recall from time spent with their father.
Julie Clark Robinson spoke with Carolyn Hennesy, (Diane Miller, GH). Diane says she and her father used to spend time fishing together. One time [she remembers] they got up about 3:30 in the morning and headed out for a fishing adventure, wearing a fishing hat and the whole works. Her dad would bait her hooks for her, and one day, she caught even caught a walleye, with the bait! Just sitting together with him was very special to her, she reminisces, fondly.
Julie spoke with Jason Gerhardt, Cooper Barrett, who says his favorite memories…”Were always involving athletics of some kind. Whenever we would be walking somewhere, for example, we would race and he’d allow me to get ahead just a little bit. I always looked up to him for that.”
Julie reminisces about her dear father. She tells us, “There are two things about myself that I treasure because I know that they are a direct link to my dad (who passed away just two months before my wedding). His sense of humor and his love of nature. To this day, every time I see a “V” of geese fly by I look to the sky and say, “Hi Dad.”
Kyle Lowder, (Rick Forrester, B&B), met Candace Young, in Toronto recently. He told her, “I learned a lot from my dad – still do. My dad is very successful and I learned from a very young age what it takes sub-consciously, consciously, and emotionally to be successful in terms of your drive and your commitments to your goals and your ambition and how hard you work and everything else like that. Also how to balance that – he was always at every one of my Little League games, he was always there. He was a great dad, and I learned a lot about how to balance your drive to be successful with how to be a successful dad on top of that.”
Jay Johnson, who portrays Philip Kiriakis, on Days, spoke with Soaps.com's Lori Wilson, about his part in the Second Annual Soap Cruise. She asked him in what way he was like his father and he joked a little and said, "That’s a tough question. I don’t want to piss him off (laughs). I guess I’m like my dad in the sense that we’re both family oriented."
Amy Mistretta spoke with Kerry Butler, OLTL's ex-Claudia Reston recently, about her Broadway play and Tony nomination, and they chatted about Father's Day. Amy wondered how Kerry and her dad were alike and what they do when they visit. Kerry tells Amy, I am like my father because we both are very positive people. We like gardening and we like money- investing, that is!"
Amy considers how alike her own father and she are. "When I think of how I am like my father, I'd have to say that I inherited all of my inner strength from him, as he's one of the strongest men I know. Although he's always taught me about the 'great values' in life, he's instilled in me that life's too short so we should take each day as it comes! Being that he's the jokester of the family, I'll admit, a little bit of that rubbed off on me as well!"
Kristi Knight spoke with Eden Reigel, (Bianca, AMC) in an Interview recently. They got to discussing Father's Day, and Eden had the loviest things to say about her dad. "I think he is truly one of the most loving people that I know. He's the smartest guy I know and when I was growing up, I wanted to be smart like him and have him think I was smart. He sees the world in such an enthusiastic way - he laugh is so loud that it would shake a house - I would like to have such pure joy like he does."
Kristi also spoke with Alicia Minshew, who plays Kendall, from AMC, regarding her attendance at Soap Cruise 2009. They also got to talking about Alicia's dad. She laughed and said, "My dad and I are alike because we're procrastinators! (she pauses and laughs again) When it comes to sending things to people - birthday cards, etc. - we're always late. He's a priest and he has to write sermons and sometimes he'll wait until the night before. So, we're procrastinators but we do get it done!"
Kristi joined in the fun and shared a little about her own father. "My dad and I are exactly unalike and I think that makes us the perfect father/daughter team! He likes corn, I like green beans, he likes being indoors and I live outside, he could spend a day studying a book I'm a get-to-the-end-quick girl. But that works for us and we always have fun together. Love ya, Pops!!"
Soaps.com wants to thank all the actors and writers who participated in our Father's Day theme interview. For those who aren't going to be with their Father for whatever reason, this Father's Day, we send out a big group hug.