David Fumero, a.k.a. Cristian Vega, on what it's like to experience the first rush of soap fame while you're still finding your feet as an actor:
"It was the strangest, most awkward, most uncomfortable experience to go through, because I was horrible. Every time I’d watch myself on TV, I just wanted to cry. But then you’re a star: You go to events, you have fans. I was ashamed, because I had nothing to back it up. I was like, 'Have you watched my show? Have you seen me?' I had nothing to be proud of, and I felt like I was getting all this recognition for nothing."
One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon on her thoughts regarding the decision to make Viki's split personality, Niki, the result of incestuous sexual abuse by Viki's father, Victor Lord:
"I had a very, very difficult father, and I based my Victor Lord on him -- and he didn’t abuse me. [Laughs] He was very unpleasant, and he spent four years of my college life telling me I had no talent as a writer, and that I had to take over his business when I graduated. I just didn’t think the abuse story was a good idea. A father’s domination of a girl child is profound -- I know it personally. I don’t think the sex aspect...well, anyway."
Timothy D. Stickney on the way ABC's changing corporate culture affected One Life to Live during its later years:
"Once Disney took over, time was most important. The days ran out. We’d just run out of time, which would mean there were scenes we just didn’t shoot. Out of time, out of money, not gonna do it. In the last four or five years, if scenes aired where characters were talking about things and you thought, 'Wait, that never happened,' you were right."
Brenda Brock describes the surprising meeting that took her from a six-week appearance during the "1888" storyline to a contract role on One Life to Live:
"There was a writers’ strike going on when we got back from Arizona. Paul Rauch called me up into his office, and I knew he really liked what I was doing; he’d made that clear. He said, 'We’d like to keep you on the show for a little while.' I said, 'Okay, well, tell me about my character.' He had all these stacks of paper on his desk -- I wasn’t experienced enough to realize what he must have been going through with the strike, I just wanted to know about who I’d be playing.
I said, 'What’s her name?' And he said, 'Uh...Brenda.' I said, 'What does she do?' He knew I’d studied nursing in college, and he said, 'Uh...she’s a nurse.' Later, I realized he had no idea. [Laughs] I love that, in retrospect. He was just trying to keep things together while all that other stuff was going on."
Patricia Elliott on saying goodbye to Renee Divine after more than 20 years:
"I hadn’t worked in about six months, I think, and I came in to do these five or six lovely scenes with Bob Woods at Asa’s grave. They were wonderfully written, and we had a beautiful time shooting them. I left and I thought, 'I don’t really want any more.' I was kind of dreading being called back in for one last hurrah for some big crowd scene where Renee would have maybe one line, because I didn’t want to come back again. I felt like I had been able to say goodbye in the most beautiful way."
Brynn Thayer, a.k.a. Jenny Wolek, on meeting her future husbandGerald Anthony on One Life to Live:
"I was extremely intimidated by him in the beginning, because I was young and naive, and he had this crazy sexual energy. I was attracted to him, but I thought 'No way.'
"Then ABC put us together for '$100,000 Pyramid,' and he was not very happy about it -- he told me to go get the board game so we could sit down and practice playing. I thought, 'Practice playing? What are you talking about?' but I still sort of meekly went and got it, and we played that freaking game for two weeks.
"When we started out, all our answers were opposites; we were from totally different backgrounds, and we couldn’t relate to what the other person was thinking. But by the end of those two weeks, we fell in love -- and we won $100,000 for a charity."
Melissa Archer, laughing about the difference between herself and her One Life to Live character, Natalie Buchanan:
"Natalie is a bit more of a troublemaker. She would just say whatever was on her mind, and I’m not like that, so it was nice to be able to play that on a regular basis. Every once in awhile, I’d think 'Hmm, I wonder if I can pull a little bit of Natalie into Melissa?' but ultimately, it didn’t work as well if it wasn’t on paper."
Former One Life to Live executive producer Joseph Stuart, on one of the burdens of being the man in charge:
"You’re the hirer. You can give jobs. But unfortunately, sometimes you have to take them away -- and that ain’t easy. That’s the worst part of being any kind of boss, and it was a really crushing aspect of being a producer for me. I always insisted on letting people go in person, and that went all kinds of different ways; in retrospect, I wonder if that was a wise thing to do. Maybe I should have called their agent, rather than making it a personal situation. I’ve been fired -- I know the feeling. It’s the most unpleasant situation to be in, and I guess I came out of that feeling like I wanted to handle it the best way I could for others."
Jerry verDorn looking ahead to the new One Life to Live:
"I want the first scene to be Clint and Viki in the Lord library, and the first line to be 'So, where were we?'"
Original cast member Allan Miller, who played Dave Siegel, on what led to his departure from the show in 1972:
"Everybody came to my character with their problems. His wife got deluged with problems, but he stayed pretty much on top of things, until they decided to start giving him the same problems as his wife. That’s when I went to the producers and said, 'Why are you changing this on me?'
"The answer was 'What’s it got to do with you? We’re the writers.' I said I didn’t want to do it, and they told me I had to because I had a contract. I said, 'Well, you have a contract with my mouth, but not my heart, and if I’m not enjoying this, I’m not going to be doing it very well.' I threatened to muck up some scenes if they didn’t let me out, so they let me out."
Brandon Buddy on his unlikely journey from unknown actor to Cole Thornhart:
"My manager at the time was shocked that I’d even gotten the role. When I was was flying to New York to test for the part, he told me, 'Brandon, go have a good time, but know you’re not gonna get it. Just enjoy yourself.' So I just went out there and had fun, and once I got it, it was just an extreme rollercoaster."