Interview: Alicia Minshew & Terri Conn Behind the Scenes of ‘Wholly Broken’
“The character I play, however, is not a stretch from my soap days.”
Soaps.com had the pleasure of catching up with former soap opera actresses Alicia Minshew and Terri Conn who talked about their joint venture in Tom Humbert’s “Wholly Broken.” The musical TV faith-based series takes viewers on a journey into spirituality and humanity.
The stories, developed from hot topics in the news today such as abortion, gun control, terrorism, gay marriage, bullying in schools, alcohol and drug abuse and unemployment, follow eight normal, imperfect people whose lives are intertwined and constantly intersected. The main character, an associate pastor named Tom Matthews (Tom Humbert), is a recovering alcoholic and a talented musician and singer who created the fellowship support group ‘Religious Rehab’, where all the characters meet once a month. When faced with problems, the characters must decide how to deal with them and what to believe, with the end results being inspiring, emotionally charged and triumphant.
Conn gave Soaps.com a look into her character, Kristen, and stated, “[She’s] a recovering alcoholic single mother of two, who lost her first husband in 9/11 and has recently divorced her second husband. She puts on a brave face, always covering her pain with a smile, but is desperately struggling to find meaning to all of this! She goes to church, but that peace that believers talk about still eludes her.” Of the film, Conn went on to say, “I’m so thrilled to be a part of an honest, yet inspirational look at modern day faith.”
Minshew wrapped taping as Kim last October and saw her experience with the project as a felicitous one. “I was so happy to be a part of this story. This is my second faith based show this year and I am enjoying being a part of a different genre. There is a strong fan base for these kinds of stories. Loyal and supportive – much like soap fans.” Of her character, the actress shared, “The character I play, however, is not a stretch from my soap days! She may be yet another one you love to hate. I play Kim, the self absorbed, headstrong, somewhat unhappy lawyer wife of Tom (the lead character). There is some serious conflict in their life and marriage. You will see how it all plays out. It was a fun role to play. I had a blast with Tom.”
Singer Martha Wash (The Weather Girls, “It’s Raining Men”) also appears in the series as Rose, a woman whose husband has Alzheimer’s. The project will be showcased at Proclaim 17, a NRN International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida, which runs Monday February 27 through Thursday March 2. Watch a teaser of Wholly Broken, featuring Minshew and Conn, and stay tuned to the official website for release details.
Minshew played “All My Children’s” Kendall Hart Slater from 2002 to 2011 and crossed over to sister soap “One Life to Live” from 2004 to 2005. She appeared as Robin Hunter in “The Funeral Guest,” which was released this month on DVD. Alongside her husband, Conn and Austin Peck starred in North of the City. Fans will remember Peck for his roles on “Days of our Lives” (Austin Reed), “One Life to Live” (Rick Powers) and playing Brad Snyder on “As the World Turns” opposite Conn as Katie Peretti Snyder (1998 to 2010). Conn also turned up on “The Young and the Restless” in 1995 as a model and played Aubrey Wentworth on “One Life to Live” from 2010 to 2011.
The episodes were filmed in the Hamptons and will include original songs. From the beginning of “Wholly Broken’s” production, both actresses shared their excitement about working together via social media and Minshew told Soaps.com, “I was so impressed with the cast they put together and I was especially happy to see Terri was on board. I knew she would rock that role!” She also shared a screenshot from the director’s view of her filming scenes, as well as a photo of her and the crew’s make-up artist Lisa Makowski clowning around on set.
— Terri Conn (@terriconnactor) October 17, 2016
— Terri Conn (@terriconnactor) October 18, 2016
A new faith-based TV movie and series coming soon!
— Tom Humbert (@tomhum1) January 3, 2017