Jill Larson has posted a very special and heartfelt message to her fans and followers on her facebook page where she shares some of her personal thoughts and excitement at seeing that production of new episodes of All My Children is just a few days away. Larson, who plays Opal Gardner, related that the whole experience of seeing the new studio, the sets being built, seeing all friends from the crew and production associates, and new dressing rooms, really hit home that this is really happening!
Here is Jill’s post: “I just want to share with all of you some of my thoughts and experiences from the last few days. There is something quite miraculous about this whole thing. Some of you have likened it to the resurrections of characters who have been killed off and it’s true. But whereas my job as an actor was to feign amazement for something that is rather hard to believe in in real life, this experience is a gradual realization that this is indeed happening…in real life!
Like several people I’ve talked with since we started hearing about this project, we’ve wondered what it could be like… it’s for the internet, afterall, we associate the internet with homemade videos and stuff made on a shoestring, how will this be for our shows, will they look anything like what we saw when they were on a broadcast network? There is a certain trepidation and of course risk when trying something completely new.
But when I walked into the new studio on Thursday I knew right away that something big was happening, something I could recognize as professional quality, even though it’s all still just being built. But there are real dressing rooms, real offices, a REAL studio floor with sets and a props room, set decorators, it hit me THIS IS REAL, this will happen and it will be good!
THEN I started seeing so many familiar faces, people we were forced to leave behind when we moved to LA. I thought of our last night in NY, our “party” if you could call it that, saying goodbye to people we’d worked with for decades, feeling guilty and worried for them and their families as they stayed behind without work, figuring we’d never be together again, possibly never even see them again. And then, there they were! Howie and Penny and Fritz and Sonya, Jason and Brenden, Maggie and Jim. And our directors, Steven and Conal, Angela and Chris, and of course our visionary leaders, Ginger Smith and Agnes. We all just kept looking at each other saying, “I can’t believe this is happening!”
Going to LA was presented as a last desperate attempt to save our show. It required sacrifice, eliminating, deprivation and hardship. This feels like a true New Beginning, in true soap opera style. It feels exciting, expansive and full of possibility. It feels like a miracle!! -Jill”
OK soapers, we all fought long and hard … but AMC is on its way back! Give yourselves a hig- five and share your thoughts on Jill’s post!