We are now less than a month away and counting down the days till the return of All My Children when it launches online at Hulu.com. AccessHollywood.com caught up with returning favorite, Eden Riegel who is reprising her role as Bianca Montgomery to help kick-off the online revival of Pine Valley.
During the conversation, Riegel addressed some hot topic and want-to-know questions, and was able to tease some story information which the savvy soap fan will try to detect. Here are a few interesting excerpts below!
Riegel on where All My Children picks up after the ABC final cliffhanger, which had J.R. firing a shot from his gun at the Chandler gathering featuring many Pine Valley residents: “By having a quick sort of fast forward you get the opportunity to restart things because things have changed a lot in these people’s lives and yet, they’re still struggling with some of the same issues, and, of course, that final cliffhanger has definitely affected — it’s ricocheted and affected people’s lives and Miranda and A.J. who were just little kids at that point are now teenagers and dealing with the fallout themselves. So I think it was a really, really smart move to do this time jump because then you just get so many more possibilities. You don’t have to quickly rehash and finish up old stories. You get to start fresh with the same people, but at a slightly different point in their lives.”
Riegel on if the reboot explains the absence of Eden’s on-screen mother Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci: “No. I think in a good way… there isn’t a lot of time on like, ‘Oh, where’s so and so?’ ‘You remember she’s out of town doing this…’ They don’t spend a lot of time on the exposition of that stuff so what you end up getting is the feeling that those people still are present. They’re just not featured. And soap audiences are used to there being a large cast and not every storyline can be dealt with every day so, it doesn’t have to be mentioned that Erica’s at the nail salon today. So I don’t know if it’s specifically mentioned where she is or what she’s doing… I don’t think that her absence is gonna be quite as palpable for the audience, which is good because I’m sure they’re gonna miss her enough and they can sort of believe that she is present.”
Riegel on if there is romance this time around for Bianca: “They’re being very secretive and I can’t reveal anything and some of it has to do with — Bianca was very affected by what happened at the end of the show — the big cliffhanger and her family is very affected by it, so if I tell you what’s going on with her romantically, it’s a big reveal.”
So soapers, how do you think AMC will pick up five years later after the shot was fired? How was Bianca affected by what happened at the end of the last episode of AMC on ABC? What do you think about not addressing where Erica is? Smart move? Share your thoughts!