B&B, Days, GH and Y&R Stars: Where are they now? Ashley Benson nominated for People’s Choice Award, as Rick Springfield films Traces
People’s Choice nominee.
The week’s column brings new primetime, film and web series roles, a special sneak peek, a People’s Choice nomination and more for “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” alums.
Mykel Shannon Jenkins in The Last Heist.
Mykel Shannon Jenkins first turned up in daytime in the late 1990s as Office Byron Murphy on “General Hospital” before landing the role of Detective Charlie Baker on “The Bold and the Beautiful” in 2007 (to 2012). He’s appeared in numerous films and primetime series, including “Anonymous,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Containment,” and will take part in the 2016 film “The Last Heist.” Directed by Mike Mendez, Jenkins plays Washington as a group of professional criminals take on their next quest, which involves a bank security vault and the serial killer connected to it. Henry Rollins (“Con Man”) and Victoria Pratt (“Heartland”) star. The actor is also working on two other 2016 projects titled “Sunny” (Riggs) and “Same Kind of Different as Me” (B.B.) and plays Dr. Orson in his latest project “Teleios,” starring “The Young and the Restless” and “All My Children” alum Michael Nouri (Elliot Hampton; Caleb Cortlandt).
Ashley Benson up for People’s Choice Award.
“Days of our Lives” alum Ashley Benson (Abby Deveraux, 2004 to 2007) has played the role of Hanna Marin on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” since 2010 and has been nominated for Favorite Cable TV Actress for the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. Fan can vote for Ashley Benson, who’s up against her “PLL” co-stars Lucy Hall (Aria) and Shay Mitchell (Emily), as well as Hilary Duff (“Younger”) and Sasha Alexander (“Rizzoli & Isles”). Tune in on Wednesday January 6 at 9:00 PM on CBS for the winners and read Soaps.com’s Pretty Little Liars spoilers to find out what’s ahead when the show resumes from its mid-season break on a new night, Thursday January 12 at 8:00 PM. Also, Benson recently celebrated “Days of our Lives” 50th Anniversary at an event at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California on November 7. Hear what some of her former co-stars had to say about the soap’s milestone by watching Soaps.com’s Day of Days video interviews.
Miranda Wilson in Beneath the Water.
Miranda Wilson (“Days of our Lives'” Megan Hathaway DiMera, 1984) stars as Sue in the new short film “Beneath the Water,” which was released online on Monday November 16. Directed and written by Charlie Manton, the story follows a sixteen year old girl named Daisy who tries to get through to her mother on the first anniversary of a very traumatic event. Fans can watch the award winning film through Wilson’s tweet below, where she took home a Best Actress Award at the Queens World Film Festival.
— Miranda CA Wilson (@MirandaCAWilson) November 16, 2015
Wilson also played Kate Wells on “Capitol” (1986 to 1987) and Sandra Mills on “Santa Barbara” (1989). The actress tweeted a photo of her and her former castmate Josh Taylor (Roman Brady):
— Miranda CA Wilson (@MirandaCAWilson) November 13, 2015
Leslie-Anne Huff goes hunting on The Vampire Diaries.
Leslie-Anne Huff played Michelle, a waitress at the Brady Pub, on “Days of our Lives” in 2009 and will soon be heading to primetime on the CW. The actress landed the role of Rayna on The Vampire Diaries. Keep an eye out for one of the latest vampire hunters to turn up in Mystic Falls in episode twelve when Rayna appears to seek revenge on her enemies. Tune in Thursdays at 8:00 PM.
Ian Buchanan in horror flick, The Temple.
Ian Buchanan left daytime when his character Duke Lavery was murdered on the Port Charles docks on “General Hospital” earlier this year. Aside from his “GH” role, which he played on and off since 1988, the veteran actor appeared on soap operas “Port Charles” (Joshua Temple, 2002 to 2003) “All My Children (Dr. Greg Madden, 2005 to 2006), “The Bold and the Beautiful” (Dr. James Warwick, 1993 to 2011) and “Days of our Lives” (Ian McAllister/Lord Sheraton, 1997 to 2012). Fans can look forward to seeing Buchanan next in the horror film “The Temple” as Wayne, where a number of murders take place during a policewoman’s trip to the Himalayas to investigate the robbery of a temple.
John Stamos will not do jail time for DUI.
Back in October, Soaps.com reported that John Stamos was charged with DUI and faced possible jail time for his June 12 arrest. On Tuesday November 24 the former “General Hospital” actor (ex-Blackie Parris, 1982 to 1984) faced a Los Angeles judge and pleaded no contest. TMZ is reporting that Stamos will not do any jail time and instead will serve three years probation, receive two hours of drug and alcohol counseling and complete fifty-two AA meetings in 2016.
Rick Springfield stars in musical film, Traces.
From his hit song “Jessie’s Girl” to his role on “General Hospital” as Dr. Noah Drake/Eli Love (on and off from 1981 to 2013), Rick Springfield has been a mainstay in the music and acting industry since the early 1970s and in recent years became an author with his autobiography Late, Late at Night: a Memoir and his fiction novel Magnificent Vibration. In his latest endeavor, he’s been cast alongside Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the new Black,” “The Brink”) and Kevin Bacon’s daughter Sosie Bacon (“Scream”) in the film “Traces,” which is taping in Los Angeles. The musical drama follows a one-hit wonder artist named Damien Shea (Schreiber) who loses his job when a record store owned by Carl (Springfield) closes. It isn’t until he meets a new artist named Sierra Jones (Bacon) that he gets the chance to step back into the music industry by producing and recording her first album. Stay tuned for its release date. Springfield appeared in Ricki and the Flash with Meryl Streep this past summer.
Eva Longoria’s Telenovela sneak peek.
Back in September Soaps.com reported details surrounding Eva Longoria’s NBC comedy Telenovela. Fans of the former “The Young and the Restless” actress (Isabella Braña, 2001 to 2003) will get a sneak peek preview of the show following “The Voice” on Monday December 7 from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM. If you like what you see, tune in for the NBC premiere on Monday January 4 at 8:30 PM, where Longoria plays Ana Sofia, the non-Spanish speaking star of a Telenovela opposite her ex-husband. Let’s just say, there’s plenty of drama to go around set! The actress also played a Brenda look-alike on “General Hospital” in 2000.
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) November 12, 2015
Eden Riegel to Youthful Daze.
“The Young and the Restless” alum Eden Riegel (Heather Stevens, 2010 to 2011) is one of the latest actresses to be cast on the web series “Youthful Daze.” Fans can expect to see her as Natalie Cardin, previously played by Jen Lilley (“Days of our Lives'” Theresa Donovan) from 2014 to 2015. Get a glimpse of Riegel in the trailer below, as well as various other soap stars taking part in the online soap. And mark your calendars, as the new season returns on Saturday February 20, 2016. Riegel is most remembered for her role as “All My Children’s” Bianca Montgomery from 2000 to 2013.
Max Ehrich to recur on Hulu’s The Path.
Max Ehrich, who turns up on “The Young and the Restless” from time to time as Fenmore Baldwin, is keeping busy these days. He recently played Hunter May on CBS’ now defunct science-fiction drama “Under the Dome” and will be seen next in Hulu’s original series “The Path.” The story follows a couple named Eddie (Aaron Paul, “BoJack Horseman”) and Sarah Lane (Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”) who take viewers on a path exposing what happens when we simply live life or the life we really want to live. Ehrich plays the role of a drug-addicted teenager named Freddie Ridge whose wealthy family goes to great lengths in order to rehabilitate their son. Look for the series to premiere in March 2016. The actor can also currently be seen as Ronbie Martin in “100 Things to do Before High School.”
Also catch up on details in the lives of actors from canceled soaps, such as “Passions” alum (Gwen) Natalie Zea’s baby news, read who will be turning up on the Hallmark Channel and more.
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Photo Credit: Ashley Benson (Jill Johnson/JPI)
– Amy Mistretta