THE GOOD FIGHT
If you thought that Y&R’s Chelsea forgave Chloe and resumed their friendship a little too quickly, you’re not alone. “Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea] and I personally always love a good fight,” chuckles Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe). “We would’ve loved to maybe just throw it down at least one more time. But on the other hand, I do love their friendship. It’s very rare that you see these supportive female relationships in daytime. Soaps just kind of skip over the regular girlfriend camaraderie.” Hendrickson shares that her on-screen bestie is on the same page. “As much as Missy and I really wanted to fight, we also just love to love each other,” she smiles. “Chelsea and Chloe both work really well together. At first I was a little bummed that they weren’t kind of going toe-to-toe for a bit, but then as they fell right into their friendship, it really did feel natural. I think that it’s just moving along the story. They’re two grown women. I love nothing more than playing Chelsea’s best friend.”
Donna Mills (ex-Abby, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Madeline, GH) has made a move into sitcoms, starring as the on-screen mom of Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT) in MOOD SWINGS for the streaming service Pure Flix. “About three years ago, Crystal and I did a reality show called QUEENS OF DRAMA,” Mills reminds. “On that show, the premise was that these girls were trying to create a nighttime show, and [MOOD SWINGS] was her idea for the show. We didn’t choose it on the show, but she couldn’t give up on the idea. Crystal kept at it and kept at it and finally ended up writing it herself with somebody else, and getting it produced. She’s an amazing girl. When she wants something done, boy, she goes for it. I give her all the credit in the world! Crystal and I actually remained friends after QUEENS OF DRAMA, probably more than any of the other girls. When she gave me the script, I was like, ‘Wow, it’s really funny,’ so, I signed on to play her mom and we did it.” To create her flamboyant character, Mills says, “I decided to just go all out, you know, just be big. It was fun to do. If the series goes forward — and Crystal, of course, hopes that it does — I think Mom will be continuing to make trouble.” To check out the first season, visit www.pureflix.com.
Michelle Argyris (ex-Kendra) got a chuckle from GH fans who picked up on a continuity error that was born out of some impressively quick thinking by her scene partner, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis). “There was a moment in one of our scenes where Nancy and I had to open up the supplement that Kendra was giving to Alexis [that she had poisoned],” the actress recalls. “And you know, we only get one rehearsal and one take — two if you’re extremely lucky. So this one time, Nancy and I had to open the container and then pull the [scooper] out and then put it into cups of water, but we never actually practiced with the cups, and I didn’t know where to flip the cup open or how to twist it! There was so much dialogue — but we ran out of dialogue before the cups were open! We were still trying to open the canister, so Nancy said something like, ‘Ooh, is it chocolate?’ because the color was brown, and I said something like, ‘Yeah, it’s delicious!’ But fans noticed that on the canister, it says it’s vanilla! I was laughing so when I saw that [being discussed on Twitter]. These are the kinds of little things that are hard to catch in the moment!”
B&B alum Tracy Melchior (ex-Kristen et al) is enjoying her recent success playing bad girl Roxanne Wood on BET’s GAMES PEOPLE PLAY. “First off, it’s always great to book a job, but I’ve gotten so many compliments,” she beams. “People always seem to like the character of Tess on SUNSET BEACH, and I loved playing her because she was also a bad girl. But since then, I’ve played a lot of sweet characters, like B&B’s Kristen and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Kelly. I still remember when [Digest Contributing Editor] Carolyn Hinsey said she got a cavity because I was just way too sweet on BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL one year. Hopefully, it was just a cavity and not diabetes or something worse [laughs]. But Roxanne could have been my favorite character because she was a Hollywood madam and ended up being a suspect in a murder case. How much fun is that? It was such a blast. I got to work with a fantastic cast and I don’t know if it will get a second season yet, but it is definitely worth a binge-watch. It’s juicy!”