On the August 8th stunning season finale of TNT’s Dallas it was revealed that Christopher Ewing’s estranged wife, Rebecca Sutter (Julie Gonzalo) is really Pamela Rebecca Barnes! So that means, wait for it … all this time Rebecca is actually the bi0-child of the Ewings bitter rival, Cliff Barnes and his ex, Afton Cooper!
In a fun and interesting interview, TV Guide sought out Audrey Landers who portrayed Afton from the original Dallas to find out if this could mean a trip back to Southfork for Audrey who is now 56 years old! Landers admitted thus far she has not been asked back by the producers of the Dallas reboot for season two, but would jump at the chance to play with good ole J.R., Cliff, and the new boys, for sure! Here are a few excerpts from the TVG conversation with Landers below!
Audrey on what she thought of the final scene of the season one finale of TNT’s Dallas when Cliff Barnes emerged from the plane to greet Rebecca: “I thought it was very dramatic and powerful. A great cliffhanger and a shock to the audience, which was in keeping with the classic Dallas. Cliff was always trying to out due the Ewings any way he could. Back in the day, he would use Afton however he could as his tool, and now here he is using his own daughter for their collective benefit.”
Audrey on when Afton actually gave birth to Rebecca in the original Dallas: “There was a period that Afton left Dallas, and I left to do the movie A Chorus Line. When the character reappeared in the late ’80s, there was a very touching scene where Cliff was looking for Afton and he finds that she’s back in Dallas singing somewhere. He knocks on her door and this beautiful little girl answers and says her name is Pamela Rebecca. Afton would never tell Cliff that she was his daughter. And then in J.R. Returns, all the kids were hanging out.”
Audrey on if she feels Rebecca needs her mother to come and help her: “Oh I think she definitely needs her mother. And for different reasons. Afton’s character went through some amazing transitions during the run of the series. Afton started out as the gold-digger who would do whatever was necessary. I think early on she poisoned Cliff! But then somehow she finally fell in love with Cliff. He was pretty much a loser, but she stuck by him until he was impossible to put up with anymore. The audience really grew with Afton and they came to really admire her strength and how she was able to turn her life around. To this day I still receive letters from women who appreciated that she stood up for herself. It could be very interesting to see Afton show her daughter that she doesn’t need to follow in her father’s footsteps. She doesn’t need to be conniving and evil. She can make it on her own merits.”
So, would you like to see Audrey Landers return to the new Dallas as Afton in season two? Let us know!