There’s one co-star who Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R) would like to work with a lot more. “I think we’re a better show whenever Eileen Davidson [Ashley] is around,” asserts the actor. “It doesn’t mean that we’re not good without her, because we are great, but she just adds so much more. She brings a lot to the floor, not only for storyline but crew-wise. She’s the first person to say good morning to everybody in the morning. She’s a professional and a great actress, too.” Thompson marvels at the confidence Davidson exudes. “Eileen has a ton of history with the show so as soon as she comes on set, it just comes off of her in such a great way,” he notes. “You know you’re dealing with somebody that’s been around for a long time and definitely belongs here. She acts at a level that’s inspiring. Any time that she can be around here is a good day. At least we still get her every once in a while. Whenever I have worked with her it’s always been a good time. She’s one of our biggest assets.”
GRIN AND BARE IT
GH’s Brad and Lucas were recently depicted in bed, sans shirts, “for the first time in years,” notes Parry Shen (Brad). “I am always on high alert [for shirtless scenes], so the fact that these last few years, I haven’t had to take my shirt off, I’m kind of pissed off!” he teases. “I’m like, ‘I’ve been ready!’ I think the very first years I was on the show, when it would happen, I wouldn’t get much notice and I’d be like, ‘Aw, man!’ So, I’ve been keeping a good regimen. I’m not 100 percent, but I’m like, ‘I’m okay with where I am now.’ I have a friend who kind of helped me with my training regimen, and he used to be a body-builder and he said, ‘Before you’re about to go on camera, start working out just to get that pump, and eat a Snickers bar because that will make the blood flow and pop in your veins.’ I don’t necessarily think that happens for me, but I just eat the Snickers bar regardless! I’m like, ‘Okay, I’ll just do that part [laughs]!’ Before we shot the scene, I forgot something in Ryan’s [Carnes, Lucas] room, so I was knocking on his door and I see him on the ground, sweating, doing sit-ups. I was like, ‘What are you doing?! If you do that, then I’ve got to do that!’ Obviously, he is so ripped, you know? I was like, ‘Come on, man! You don’t need this!’ ”
THE CAT’S MEOW
B&B’s Scott Clifton (Liam) and his wife, Nikki, unexpectedly welcomed a new addition into their home who has a co-star connection. “Don [Diamont, Bill] called and said, ‘I know you and your wife are cat people and [wife] Cindy’s [Ambuehl, ex-Amy] dad, who has been a cat person his entire life, has this great cat that he can’t take care of,’ ” Clifton begins. “So, we said we’d foster the cat and find her a home. Bless his heart, Don came over to our house with the cat, which was cool because he’d never been to my house before, so he stayed and hung out. Then, we slowly introduced the cat to her surroundings. What’s funny is after Don left, I got acquainted with her and I immediately texted Don and said, ‘How did you miss this? She is a he!’ I guess he didn’t check under the hood. Anyway, the cat has just been wonderful in terms of temperament and personality. He gets along with [son] Ford. He gets along with our two other cats, Walter White, who just loves all living things, and Amy, who was a little more territorial, but it only took her a couple of days before they were napping together. We got very lucky because he’s an awesome little guy. And, we have a tradition of naming all of our pets after TV and film characters, so we tried out a couple of names and then Nikki was like, ‘Why don’t we just call him Bill?’ I loved it!”
Lacey Chabert (ex-Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN) traveled abroad to film her latest Hallmark movie, CHRISTMAS IN ROME, with Sam Page (ex-Trey, AMC). “I feel like this word is so overused, but it’s the best word to describe it: It was magical,” Chabert enthuses. “We filmed at the Trevi Fountain. We had to get there very early one morning. It was 4:30 in the morning, I’m going to get my hair and makeup done, and I just glanced around the corner and there’s the fountain. It just takes your breath away. I couldn’t believe it. There I was getting to do what I love — in Rome! It was truly a dream come true. And filming at the Colosseum.... The history is unreal. It was just a special experience. Whenever I have the opportunity to do the international movies, I get so excited about it. Not only because I know it will be an incredible life experience to do what I love in a beautiful place that I’ve never been, but I want to make the audience feel like they’ve packed their bag and gone with us. When we did LOVE ON SAFARI, I really felt that I got that response a lot, like, ‘That’s a place I’ve always dreamed to go. I don’t know if I’d ever have the opportunity and now I feel like I’ve gotten to see a real side of it through this movie.’ And I really hope people feel that way with CHRISTMAS IN ROME. There’s such a special feeling about Christmas, I feel, in Europe, but especially in Italy. And while we didn’t film it during Christmas, we tried to capture that same feeling.” CHRISTMAS IN ROME airs on November 30.
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