In a new interview out today from TV Guide, the on-screen brother/sister act of All My Children’s Jordi Vilasuso and Lindsay Hartley, (Griffin and Cara Castillo) opened up about the about-face in their storylines once ABC announced that they canceled the 41-year-old ABC Daytime legacy soap opera.
As fans are witnessing now, some very strange changes have been made on the canvas regarding Cara and Griff! First, Cara fell into bed with David Hayward! And somehow Griffin has just disappeared thanks to of all people, Zach Slater, who is acting kind of weird himself!
Here are a few excerpts from the piece about these actors trying to get their footing when they have been thrown curve ball after curve ball!
Lindsay and Jordi speak to how once the cancellation was handed down of there were conversations about what that meant for their characters.
Hartley: “Yeah, as you know Cara had gotten involved with [Jake's brother] Tad. They were going to try and incorporate me having feelings for Tad in a different way than I did for Jake. That was going to be another love triangle, or rather, an obstacle to keep Jake and Cara from being together too soon. The episode where Jake and Cara kissed, they were actually supposed to sleep together, but when the show got canceled the writers turned it into a kiss so it would be easier to make future adjustments. They switched me to Tad altogether when Dixie was coming back. They said to me that Tad and Dixie are the supercouple. I wasn’t aware of David though! I thought that Tad going back to Dixie was the end of my story, and that Cara would just go back to Doctors Without Borders. I don’t think the producers knew at the time either that I was going to have this relationship with David. I figure they would have told me.”
Vilasuso: ” At first, I was weird about it. I had a kind of blasé attitude about it. That was probably a defensive thing. I guess when it really hit me I did get upset about the whole thing because there was nothing I could say or do about it. We had discussions with [executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers] about what we were going to do to wrap Griffin up, and I think they’ve done what they can do. They have so many people coming back, and they want to fulfill so much of what they believe the fan base really wants … But I think it’s become a little diluted in terms of what the real arc of Cara and Griffin should be.”
Lindsay and Jordi if after seeing the final scripts, do they think longtime fans of the show will be satisfied.
Hartley: “We hope so. That’s what they’ve been trying to accomplish. Hopefully that will be what happens.”
Vilasuso: “I hope so too, but it’s out of our control at the end of the day. I think it’s hard to wrap up 42 years in 40 minutes. Susan Lucci threw a lunch yesterday and she talked about how she did a interview for some Internet radio show and after she agreed to do it, the guy had 500,000 people write in, excited she was going to be on. I think the fans are part of the reason we’re staying alive. I think a great number of them are going to come along.”