Big Choices, Vast PossibilitiesBy Posted: Jun 30, 2003
"I got another part literally the same week that I got the part of Lena," Sosnovska reveals. "This other part was going to be back in England. I had sent off a tape for an audition and I happened to get it; it was just one episode on a series."
She declined to name the British series, but admitted the decision was not a simple one. "I didn't know if I was going to do more than one episode in ALL MY CHILDREN, so I was very close to declining the Lena part just so I could do this one episode in England." But the-powers-that-be intervened on behalf of Lena.
"I was assured by AMC that this is going to be a longer-term thing, but there was nothing in writing," she remembers. "Having been in the business for a while, I was very skeptical. In the end, luckily, I went with this part. I'm delighted, because otherwise I would have just done a guest appearance in England, and that would have been it!"
In addition to not knowing how much she would be on, Sosnovska also wasn't clear on the details of what her character was trying to accomplish.
"I knew that she was in cahoots with Michael Cambias -- who hadn't actually been cast until the third month of me being on -- so I was kept in the dark for a very long time," the actress maintains. "I kept popping up in odd episodes, but I was not aware of any specific storyline. I just knew that I was there as a spy."By now, viewers know Lena's assignment was to seduce Bianca. "The tamest part was the fact that she was trying to seduce another woman," Sosnovska explains. "It was just part of a much bigger and more radical plan for this character."Sosnovska points out that Lena's sexuality offers some intriguing possibilities for triangles and jealousies. "Certainly more possibilities than for a purely heterosexual couple," Sosnovska suggests. "She certainly has no trouble getting physical with guys. She certainly fooled Boyd into believing she was after him. I don't think it's too much of an effort for her to be with a guy. So, knowing the ins and outs of these intricate plots, I'm sure that might get to be an issue later on. So far, Lena is very hard at work proving herself to Bianca."
Lena's path to acceptability got a boost from her mom. "Now that the character of my mother has appeared and I had a tender moment with her, that's a good step toward redemption for any character. I've had a few weeks of trying to be good and not wearing black anymore -- wearing a bit of white."