EXECUTIVE [PRODUCER] SWEET
In her downtime as B&B’s Maya, Karla Mosley is working in film, on both sides of the camera. “My production company has been around for about three years now,” she explains. “We are really excited about this next piece, which deals with female relationships in the wake of sexual assault — but it deals with it in a comedic way. It’s obviously a very serious issue, but it’s a dark comedy. It looks at the different ways that women react and handle and support each other, and how it affects friendships.” Mosley recently wrapped a new short, Mommies: An American Parody. “It’s like a rap and it’s set to the opening music from Hamilton,” she shares. “It’s all about being a mom and all of the things that you have to do in a day. One of the women in it, who is also one of the producers, is Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith. She’s widely known for THE PRICE IS RIGHT, of course, but just recently was on GENERAL HOSPITAL [as Vick, the WSB agent who helped Sonny find Dante in Turkey]. She also did guest spots on Y&R [as a wedding planner] and B&B [as Evelyn]. She’s become a dear friend.” To view, there’s a link on Mosley’s Instagram page, and the video can be seen on YouTube. And yes, daughter Aurora does make a cameo, too.
LOUD AND CLEAR
As he observes his 41st anniversary with Y&R this month, Doug Davidson (Paul) will always be grateful to William J. Bell, who, as the co-creator and head writer, conceived the teen character Davidson was hired to play. Although they would forge a close and respectful relationship that spanned decades, Davidson remembers that it didn’t start that way. “I didn’t actually have my first face-to-face conversation with Bill until I was on for quite a while,” Davidson shares. “At that time, he was writing the show from Chicago and he would come out to L.A. for the anniversary parties. For the first couple of years I didn’t go up to him. I mean, he was the big dude!” Still, Bell would make his presence known between visits. “I remember [then-Producer] Ed Scott getting the phone calls from Bill after every air show to give notes. On a good day, you couldn’t hear Bill’s voice, but on a bad day, you could hear him through Ed’s other ear! It’d go right through his skull! At that time, we were two weeks ahead but that wouldn’t work today. You’d have to watch the taping but because we’re so far ahead, a note on an air show is like the train has left the station and is on its way back. But those were certainly interesting days.”
When Paulina Bugembe assumed the role of GH’s Valerie in March, she had a familiar face to greet her: Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan). “I had auditioned for the role of Jordan last year and when I did my callback, I tested the same day as Briana,” she explains. “It was really nice to see her again when I came back as Valerie. She is super-sweet. She was one of the most welcoming people to me, one, because we’d already met, and two, because she’s still on the newer side on the show herself. She kind of knows what it’s like, knows what the transition is like.” Bugembe found it equally easy to bond with fellow PCPD officer Josh Swickard (Chase). “Josh has probably been the closest to me because I’ve worked with him the most. He was so sweet; the first day I met him, he kind of ran everything down logistically. He was like, ‘This is a day in the life. This is when we rehearse, this is when you should think about going to get your makeup done,’ and stuff like that. It’s such a well-oiled machine and to have Josh there to introduce me to how it all works, in addition to having scenes with him, was incredible. I am so grateful to him because it allowed me to let go of my nerves and just focus on my work.”
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PAIR OF HEARTS
Peter and Maxie recently became lovers on GH, and Wes Ramsey (Peter) considers himself a lucky man to be developing their romance with acting partner Kirsten Storms (Maxie). “Kirsten is great,” he declares. “She is such a professional and has been doing this for so long. I asked her once if she could count up or remember how many different major storylines she has done with sparks flying with her character and a romantic lead, how many times she has done that, and it was hard for her to conjure them all up because you’re talking about 16 years of great storytelling! She said, ‘You know, obviously, you have your ups and downs. Sometimes you connect with some people more than others.’ She and I are really fortunate because we really do genuinely like each other and have a mutual respect and we love to show up and trust each other. I think we lift our game when we’re around each other and we put the time in to be prepared when we are working with each other because we both care about where the writers are taking this and we want to do a good job for the fans. That, I think, motivates us.”