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Erika Slezak interview: One Life to Live


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The larger interview is at the link to her website, it's in PDF format.

I like that she's sitting around watching old episodes of Doc Martin on Netflix. She's more like my mom than ever, except my mother is big on the Sharpe, Hornblower, etc. series.

I understand why Erika, who has always been a little traditionalist (including in the Linda Gottlieb days), would feel as she did about the new approach online, and I agree that there was a bit too much of the club and the music on occasion. But I don't think it got away from soap opera or from OLTL. I do think they did change it up, as she says, very fast, and I think she's right that that did throw people who were trying to tune in. But I also think change needed to be done - perhaps with a bit more moderation. I also think they did her right on the show.

I love her so much, and miss her terribly. She was and is my TV mom.

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If SONY were smart. they would find a role for her on Days (Laura Horton) Or Young & Restless ( Joanna Manning. Dina Abbott, Lydia Summers). She would be an asset to both shows.. Not sure how she would fit in at B&B, however, she needs to avoid GH.

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She probably should do some regional theater to keep her acting skills alive. I doubt we'll be seeing her on TV again. Let's face it, at her age, no one is going to fight to sign her.

I would sign her if I were EP at one of the remaining four. She is a great actress and a class act. They would be stupid not to.

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I find her comment about not landing gigs interesting. I don't see that changing any time soon.

She's a woman of a certain age who's done a soap for almost fifty years. She definitely doesn't need to work anymore, but she loves to work. I dunno if she'll get anything, but who can blame her for going out?

Brian Kerwin talked recently about trying to get her to do more NY theater. I would pay for that.

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I always wondered why she didn't do many side projects while was on OLTL. Tons of soap stars have a simultaneous theater/Broadway career or a guest-starring career in primetime. Her resume isn't very accomplished outside of OLTL, which is probably what's hurting her.

No one outside of daytime knows or cares who she is. She just doesn't have the name recognition.

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I always wondered why she didn't do many side projects while was on OLTL. Tons of soap stars have a simultaneous theater/Broadway career or a guest-starring career in primetime. Her resume isn't very accomplished outside of OLTL, which is probably what's hurting her.

No one outside of daytime knows or cares who she is. She just doesn't have the name recognition.

Because she loved OLTL & it took a lot of time to do that, so when she wasnt at OLTL she wantedc to be at home with her family

she spoke about this on Lifetime and the emmy legends interviews

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I always wondered why she didn't do many side projects while was on OLTL. Tons of soap stars have a simultaneous theater/Broadway career or a guest-starring career in primetime. Her resume isn't very accomplished outside of OLTL, which is probably what's hurting her.

No one outside of daytime knows or cares who she is. She just doesn't have the name recognition.

I'm sure she knows all of that. Still, I can't fault her for going out and trying. She has every right.

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I always wondered why she didn't do many side projects while was on OLTL. Tons of soap stars have a simultaneous theater/Broadway career or a guest-starring career in primetime. Her resume isn't very accomplished outside of OLTL, which is probably what's hurting her.

No one outside of daytime knows or cares who she is. She just doesn't have the name recognition.

That is the fault of casting directors & producers, not Erika. Its called google, do research

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I always wondered why she didn't do many side projects while was on OLTL. Tons of soap stars have a simultaneous theater/Broadway career or a guest-starring career in primetime. Her resume isn't very accomplished outside of OLTL, which is probably what's hurting her.

No one outside of daytime knows or cares who she is. She just doesn't have the name recognition.

She also isn't nearly as good as daytime liked to pretend she was.

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