Jump to content

Kate Collins: People Magazine Article


Recommended Posts

  • Members

July 14, 1986

Soap Sleaze-Pot Kate Collins, An Astronaut's Daughter, Is Shooting for the Moon

By John Stark

Soap Opera Digest, the arbiter of such things, recently noted that All My Children's Natalie, played by Kate Collins, 27, is "fast becoming one of the most interesting characters on daytime." This, of course, is a decorous way of saying that Natalie is a bitch—nasty, scheming, pure soap scum. Since her debut last fall, the tawdry blonde has attempted to kill her elderly husband (told he had a weak heart and mustn't be excited, she walked into the bedroom in a black negligee), picked a vicious catfight with Erica (the redoubtable Susan Lucci) and, once widowed, quickly married her stepson (who was formerly a celibate Tibetan monk). As All My Children now grapples for the lucrative school's-out summer ratings, Natalie is threatening to have an abortion—one of the remaining soap taboos. The character and her controversy are two big reasons why All My Children draws nine million viewers each day and has become (according to ABC) one of the most videotaped shows in America.

Run-of-the-mill soap vixens rarely last. As their one-dimensional personalities burn out, the shrews are either killed off or, like Lucci's Erica, redeemed. But thanks to Collins, appetite for Natalie hasn't dulled. A witty, intelligent actress, Collins has struggled to give Natalie—what's the word, Mr. Stanislavsky?—motivation. "I won't play her as a bitch," Collins says adamantly. "I try to give her some justification for the things she does." The audience is buying the act. When Collins started on the show, most of the letters she got warned: "Stay away from Erica, you bitch!" Now half of her voluminous mail reads: "Go after what you want!"

No relation to Joan Collins, Kate does have famous kin. Her father is former astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted Apollo 11's command module to the moon with Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin in 1969. "I gave my first press conference when I was 10," says Kate. "I talked to the reporters on our lawn about the need for a woman in the space program. I served them coffee with all the good silver and demitasse [cups]. Mom got a real kick out of that."

Dad had a similar reaction when he saw Kate's high school production of A Streetcar Named Desire in Washington, D.C. His stagestruck daughter, the oldest of three kids, was playing love-starved Blanche DuBois. "We were enjoying the show until Kate came out in a slip," says her mom, Pat, a real estate broker. "I had to hold Mike in his seat. He said he was going up there and throw his coat over her."

"All fathers are a little conservative," says Mike, now an aerospace consultant in Washington. "But a 17-year-old Blanche? That was the first time I had to separate the real Kate from the stage Kate."

After graduating from Northwestern University in 1981 as a drama major, Kate moved to New York, where she got her share of rejections from theater and TV producers. "They were looking for cheekbones, which I don't have," she says. To pay the rent she worked as a sales rep for a clothing manufacturer and as a free-lance secretary. The breaks came in 1985, when she was cast in Broadway's Doubles and hired by All My Children during the play's seven-month run. "The casting people asked me what I thought," says Jean LeClerc, who plays her soap stepson-turned-husband, Jeremy. "I said she was it. Well, what I really said was that anybody would want to go to bed with her." Though her All My Children salary brings her roughly $100,000 a year, Collins is still haunted by her lean days. She stopped taking secretarial jobs only three months ago.

Unlike brash, lavish Natalie, Kate is a shy, sometimes self-deprecating woman with simple tastes. She wears cowboy boots and jeans, and likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and frozen lasagna. Home is a one-bedroom apartment in a fourth-floor walk-up on New York's West Side. On one wall are photos of family and friends. "These photos keep me sane," she says. "It's nice to come home and see all of their faces." What's missing is that picture of one special guy. With her 12-hour daily work schedule, she says, "all I do is go home. If I'm lucky I might cook, have a glass of wine and read my script." Scotch the rumors that she and LeClerc are having an off-camera affair ("We're only buddies," says Collins) or that she and Lucci are having off-camera altercations. "Our catfight onscreen was a ball," says Collins. "If we disliked each other or didn't trust each other, it would never have worked."

And don't expect Collins to start trashing the nefarious Natalie. "It makes me laugh that people think my character is such a bitch," she says defensively. "Natalie's guided by love and by her need for love. I see her as being, well, terribly misguided. I mean, she does do nice things. Let me think of one. Um, give me a minute, okay?"

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

Scrolled down and you'd already taken the words right outta my mouth. :lol: I can't believe she was four years younger than I am now, wow, I guess everyone seems much older when you're a kid. She definitely had an older, patrician bearing about her though, I thought she was at least 34 doing that catfight.

I've always thought Montana Morehead from Soapdish was inspired by her. I remember another interview or perhaps it was in the AMC scrapbook where she said that with her first paycheck she went to the Mens department in Bloomingdale's and bought a cashmere sweater.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

So she was still working as a secretary while she was on AMC. Can you imagine walking into an office and seeing Natalie.

Kate made Natalie such a complex, fascinating character, neither good nor bad, and that drove story for years. You really can't have a character like that on a soap now, as everything is so dumbed down.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

She had a quality about her that reminded me of Angela Lansbury.

angelalansburylowfat01.jpg

They looked old when they were young and looked younger when they got old. I could see KC playing Lansbury even.

I used to get a kick out of Natalie. All the major players on the show hated her with a passion and it always made me laugh because she couldn't get out of her own way.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members
I used to get a kick out of Natalie. All the major players on the show hated her with a passion and it always made me laugh because she couldn't get out of her own way.

It seems like Donna was Nat's only friend before Ross Chandler was found guilty of her rape. I guess Donna related to another PV outcast (since she was an ex-hooker).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

I adored Natalie in the early years. Like Carl said, she was neither good nor bad, which gave Kate Collins so many more levels to play on. Plus, KC herself seemed to have poise and sophistication coming out of her pores; she wasn't just some "hair model" who got lucky.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

^^ :lol: , I miss those days, can't remember the last time I saw somebody do that. That and the way Erica used to whip her head around with lips parted and run her hands down her sides whenever the doorbell rang.

Yes! I remember Erica doing that too! I always assumed it was to smooth down her super-tight dress to its full length so it wouldn't ride up too far as she walked to the door. :lol:

Erica always used to do this thing with her shoulder, especially with Jack. She still does it on occasion, but much much less.

Speaking of KC, I was a little out of the loop during the writer transition. What was the purpose of having KC come back as Janet? Did D&D choose not to pursue something Broderick started? And what was the end result? Is Janet back in Oak Haven?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

I realize Melody Anderson wasn't working out and that KC was unlikely to return permanently, but...did AMC really have to kill off Natalie? Couldn't they have left her comatose until some sort of arrangement had been worked out with Collins (who obviously has no problem popping in from time to time)?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Recent Posts

    • Damn Andrew Ridgley did not age well.
    • Please register in order to view this content
    • The song that got Sondheim his Oscar.  
    • DAILY CAST CHART: Review each day's cast list from November 2021 at http://www.jason47.com/days/castcharts2021.html   2021 Episode Rankings. Here's how many episodes each actor has appeared in this year (1/1/21-11/30/21), out of a total of 221 episodes. http://www.jason47.com   Rank. Actor (Character) # of Episodes 1. Deidre Hall (Marlena Black) 86 2. Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) 84 3. Arianne Zucker (Nicole Brady) 83 4. Paul Telfer (Xander Cook Kiriakis) 82 5. Camila Banus (Gabi DiMera) 78 6. Lindsay Arnold (Allie Horton) 77 *. Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez) 77 8. Brandon Barash (Jake DiMera) 76 9. Emily O'Brien (Gwen Rizczech) 75 10. Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) 74 11. Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) 72 12. Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip Kiriakis) 71 13. Sal Stowers (Lani Price Grant) 69 14. Victoria Konefal (Ciara Weston) 68 15. Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) 65 16. Lamon Archey (Eli Grant) 64 17. Tamara Braun (Ava Vitali) 63 18. Lucas Adams (Tripp Johnson) 62 *. Isabel Durant (Claire Brady) 62 *. Jackee Harry (Paulina Price) 62 21. Stacy Haiduk (Kristen DiMera-50/Susan Banks-23) 60 *. Drake Hogestyn (John Black) 60 23. Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) 58 *. Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Johnson) 58 *. Lauren Koslow (Kate DiMera-56/Kristen as Kate-7) 58 *. Marci Miller (Abigail DiMera) 58 *. James Reynolds (Abe Carver) 58 28. Alison Sweeney (Sami DiMera) 56 29. Dan Feuerriegel (EJ DiMera) 51 30. Brandon Beemer (Shawn Brady) 48 *. Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton) 48 *. Martha Madison (Belle Brady) 48 33. Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) 46 *. Stephen Nichols (Steve Johnson) 46 35. Josh Taylor (Roman Brady) 37 36. Raven Bowens (Chanel Dupree) 35 *. Cameron Johnson (Theo Carver) 35 38. Carson Boatman (Johnny DiMera) 33 39. Precious Way (Chanel Dupree) 30 40. Mike Manning (Charlie Dale) 28 41. Judi Evans (Bonnie Lockhart) 26 *. Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) 26 43. Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) 22 44. Linsey Godfrey (Sarah Horton) 19 45. Heather Lindell (Jan Spears) 18 46. Cady McClain (Jennifer Deveraux) 17 47. Michael Lowry (Dr. Clay Snyder) 15 *. Thaao Penghlis (Tony DiMera) 15 49. Tina Huang (Melinda Trask) 14 50. Leann Hunley (Anna DiMera) 11 51. Linda Dano (Vivian Alamain) 10 52. John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis) 9 53. Jason Downs (Allan Rhodes) 8 *. Cady Huffman (Calista Lockhart) 8 *. Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Kiriakis) 8 56. Marla Gibbs (Olivia Price) 7 *. Ivan G'Vera (Ivan Marais) 7 *. Brock Kelly (Evan Frears) 7 *. Vanessa Williams (Dr. Valerie Grant) 7 60. Jaime Lyn Bauer (Laura Horton) 6 *. Victoria Platt (Dr. Amanda Raynor) 6 62. George Del Hoyo (Orpheus) 5 *. James Read (Clyde Weston) 5 *. Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady) 5 65. Eileen Davidson (Evil Kristen) 4 66. Kyle Lowder (Rex Brady) 4 67. Blake Berris (Nick Fallon) 3 *. Remington Hoffman (Li Shin) 3 69. Vincent Irizarry (Deimos Kiriakis) 2 *. Chandler Massey (Will Horton) 2 *. Finley Rose Slater (Rachel Black) 2 *. Chrishell Stause (Jordan Ridgeway) 2 73, Clyde & Nash Gunderson (Henry Horton) 1 *. Angelo Tiffe (Angelo Vitali) 1 *. William Utay (Dr. Wilhelm Rolf) 1 *. Dan Wells (Stan) 1       November Episode Rankings. Here's how many episodes each actor has appeared in this month (11/1/21-11/30/21), out of a total of 21 episodes. http://www.jason47.com   Rank. Actor (Character) # of Episodes 1. Deidre Hall (Marlena Black) 15 2. Stacy Haiduk (Kristen DiMera-4/Susan Banks-12) 13 3. Brandon Beemer (Shawn Brady) 9 4. Raven Bowens (Chanel Dupree) 8 *. Tamara Braun (Ava Vitali) 8 *. Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Johnson) 8 *. Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez) 8 *. Drake Hogestyn (John Black) 8 *. Martha Madison (Belle Brady) 8 *. Stephen Nichols (Steve Johnson) 8 *. Arianne Zucker (Nicole Brady) 8 12. Jackee Harry (Paulina Price) 7 *. Victoria Konefal (Ciara Weston) 7 *. Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) 7 15. Lamon Archey (Eli Grant) 6 *. Emily O'Brien (Gwen Rizczech) 6 *. James Reynolds (Abe Carver) 6 *. Paul Telfer (Xander Cook Kiriakis) 6 19. Lucas Adams (Tripp Johnson) 5 *. Lindsay Arnold (Allie Horton) 5 *. Camila Banus (Gabi DiMera) 5 *. Carson Boatman (Johnny DiMera) 5 *. Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) 5 *. Cameron Johnson (Theo Carver) 5 *. Sal Stowers (Lani Price Grant) 5 26. Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) 4 *. Brandon Barash (Jake DiMera) 4 *. Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) 4 *. Eileen Davidson (Evil Kristen) 4 *. Dan Feuerriegel (EJ DiMera) 4 *. Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) 4 *. Tina Huang (Melinda Trask) 4 *. Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip Kiriakis) 4 *. Lauren Koslow (Kate DiMera) 4 *. Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) 4 *. Marci Miller (Abigail Deveraux) 4 37. Blake Berris (Nick Fallon) 3 *. Marla Gibbs (Olivia Price) 3 *. Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) 3 *. Mike Manning (Charlie Dale) 3 *. Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Kiriakis) 3 *. Alison Sweeney (Sami DiMera) 3 *. Josh Taylor (Roman Brady) 3 44. John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis) 2 *. Vincent Irizarry (Deimos Kiriakis) 2 46. Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton) 1 *. Judi Evans (Bonnie Lockhart) 1 *. Clyde & Nash Gunderson (Henry Horton) 1 *. Leann Hunley (Anna DiMera) 1 *. Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) 1 *. Thaao Penghlis (Tony DiMera) 1 Credited guest stars appearing in less than 5 episodes: Noel G. (Jason) Richie Stephens (Carmine Merlino)   SET TOTALS: November 2021 Brady Pub...11 Interrogation Room...10 Horton Town Square...9 DiMera Crypt...8 Horton Living Room...8 Ben's Apartment...7 Detective Area...7 Nurses' Station...7 Basic Black Office...6 Kiriakis Study...6 Marlena's Townhouse...6 DiMera Mansion...5 Hernandez Kitchen...5 Nicole's Apartment...5 Paulina's Apartment...5 Bride's Dressing Room...3 Cabin...3 Eli & Lani's Apartment...3 Gravesite (Charlie/Deimos/Nick/Tom)...3 Xander's Salem Inn Room...3 Abe's Hospital Room...2 Belle & Shawn's Bedroom...2 Chapel...2 Horton Dining Room...2 Johnny's Bedroom (DiMera)...2 Small Bar...2 Small Park...2 Susan's Hospital Room...2 Ava's Bedroom (Hernandez)...1 Ben's Apartment (Bathroom Area)...1 Chad's Bedroom (DiMera)...1 Dr. Snyder's Office...1 Gabi's Bedroom (Hernandez)...1 Hospital Exam Room...1 Hospital Waiting Area...1 John's Hospital Room...1 Julie's Place...1 Kayla's Townhouse...1 Rafe's Office...1 Woods...1   DIRECTORS & SCRIPT WRITERS: 11/1/21: Scott McKinsey & Carolyn Culliton 11/2/21: Scott McKinsey & Richard Culliton 11/3/21: Scott McKinsey & Rebecca McCarty 11/4/21: Albert Alarr & Richard Culliton 11/5/21: Albert Alarr & Joanna Cohen 11/8/21: Sonia Blangiardo Goins & Joanna Cohen 11/9/21: Angela Tessinari & Rebecca McCarty 11/10/21: Angela Tessinari & Richard Culliton 11/11/21: Noel Maxam & Carolyn Culliton 11/12/21: Noel Maxam & David Kreizman 11/15/21: Noel Maxam & Carolyn Culliton 11/16/21: Albert Alarr & Cheryl Davis 11/17/21: Albert Alarr & Joanna Cohen 11/18/21: Albert Alarr & David Kreizman 11/19/21: Scott McKinsey & Rebecca McCarty 11/22/21: Noel Maxam & Richard Culliton 11/23/21: Albert Alarr & Richard Culliton 11/24/21: Sonia Blangiardo Goins & David Kreizman 11/26/21: Noel Maxam & David Kreizman 11/29/21: David Shaughnessy & Rebecca McCarty 11/30/21: Sonia Blangiardo Goins & Joanna Cohen   http://www.jason47.com
  • On Soap Opera Network

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy