Interview

Linsey Godfrey (Sarah, DAYS) reflects on the gig that launched her soap career

First Audition: “I was absolutely sure I wasn’t going to get the part. I called my manager and said, ‘They hated me.’ He said, ‘You’ve got a callback.’ I had never really auditioned for a soap. There’s a cadence with soaps and I was scared that I couldn’t figure it out.”

First Day On The Job: “I was so nervous. I was walking into a show that was a year older than me with people who had been on it the entire time. You want to be respectful of that. It’s their home. I didn’t know any- thing about soaps or soap actors. What I remember most was Joanna Johnson [ex-Karen], who played my mom, literally took me by the hand and walked me everywhere I had to go. I didn’t even go in my own dressing room, except to get changed. I stayed with Joanna the whole day.”

First Dressing Room: “For a while, I floated around. The first time I got a dressing room I was pregnant. I had a room that was on the stage, but up some stairs. I tripped going down the stairs and kind of slid. When Jacob [Young, ex-Rick] heard that happened, he immediately made me switch rooms so that I wouldn’t have any stairs. I ended up in a lovely room down THE PRICE IS RIGHT hallway, which I turned into a nursery for [daughter] Ledy. It stayed like that until my time at B&B was over.”

First Friend In The Cast: “Kim, Kimberly Matula [ex-Hope]. She walked into the makeup room the first day and said, ‘You’re Linsey. It’s so nice to meet you. I’m Kim.’ We were on set later and she made a super-obscure FAMILY GUY joke. I started dying laughing. Since then, we’ve been inseparable. My kid calls her Auntie Kimberly.”

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First Mentor: “John McCook [Eric]. He took me aside and explained things to me. He really put things into perspective and always gave solid advice.”

First Love Interest: “Adam Gregory [ex-Thomas]. It was funny, because we were instantly like brother and sister. We messed around like little kids. We’d harass each other. We’d make fun of each other. It was always, ‘Who can do the bigger joke? Who can do the better insult?’ ”

First Kiss: “That was with Adam. We had to do multiple takes because we kept laughing and pulling away from each other. Doing anything where we had to be anything other than buddies was weird for us because we had established this silly, great friendship.”

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First Love Scene: “It was with Jacob. It was my first love scene ever, and he couldn’t have handled it better. After we did blocking, he took me by the hand and said, ‘We’re going to go over this. I want to make sure you’re super-comfortable.’ He went bit by bit and was like, ‘Are you okay with this? What about this?’ I had on this super-tight red dress with pleather black sleeves. It was a process to get it down because you wanted to do it super-sexy and not just jerk it off.”

First On-Screen Rival: “Karla Mosley [Maya] was the first one my character had a rivalry with. She was after Rick, and Rick and I were married at that point. I remember I never called her by her real name. It was always, ‘Listen here, Myrna.’ I kept a list of ‘M’ names on my phone.”

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First Fictional Family: “I knew Crystal Chappell [ex-Danielle] — we had met before — and I was just obsessed with Joanna. When I found out they were going to be my moms, I was just ecstatic. I couldn’t have been happier. It was the same with Don Diamont [Bill], who was my uncle. I met him and was like, ‘Oh, you’re super-nice and you’re like a crazy good family man. Good for you.’ His dressing room was floor-to-ceiling photos of his family. Don and I clicked. He was so sweet. Scott [Clifton, Liam] and I became instant buddies. We still call each other ‘cousin’.”

First Fan Mail: “The first piece of fan mail I got was from someone who wanted a photo of me sitting on a couch wearing jeans. I was like, ‘Oh. Okay.’ ”

First Daytime Emmys: “I was super-nervous. They finished altering my dress literally two hours before the event. I had only been on a red carpet twice prior. I wasn’t used to getting that kind of dressed up. I didn’t know what was appropriate. I was like, ‘Are we wearing ball gowns? Are we wearing cocktail dresses?’ I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I remember standing in line and Alicia Minshew [ex-Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN] reached out and grabbed my arm. I turned and she said, ‘You’re from Stuart, Florida. I am, too.’ I said, ‘What high school did you go to?’ She said, ‘South Fork,’ which is the high school I went to. Then, I immediately said, ‘Oh, my God. Your headshot is on the drama class wall. Our teacher talked about you and how proud she was of you.’ It was really wild.”

First Time Leaving A Show: “When my time at BOLD was over, they had run out of story for Caroline. They had other stories they wanted to tell and focus on. Those things happen, especially in daytime. It was sad. It wasn’t super-expected, but I also very much understood their decision.”

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