It has been a very transitional year for One Life to Live fan favorite, Kassie DePaiva. After still grieving the loss (as we all are) of the beloved 43-year-old soap that was misguidedly canceled by ABC, DePaiva has found some recurring guest stint arcs on General Hospital bringing her Blair Cramer over to Port Charles to deal with the drama and trauma of her daughter, Starr (Kristen Alderson) and her ex-hubby Todd, (Roger Howarth). Yet with all the fan requests, DePaiva is still not on contract at the now lone ABC Soap.
Soap Opera Uncensored chatted with DePaiva to get her thoughts on why she is not on GH long term, how she is coping with life post-One Life, and if she would like to be the actress and character that brings Victor Jr. on to the Port Charles canvas, if the powers-that-be should ever play that card. Here are some excerpts from the interview with Kassie below!
Kassie on coming to terms with the cancellation of OLTL: “Every day that goes by it becomes a little easier for me. It was really hard for me to join GH and play Blair the first time. It got better the second time. Actually, I turned down GH the second time because it was just too painful because everyone had signed a contract with GH — but me! I said, “Forget that; I’m not going there because I felt like I didn’t want to diminish a brand I felt I had developed for almost two decades — and it was too hurtful.” Also, the fans were so emotionally invested in Blair that I didn’t want to disappoint them with these short stints… but then Frank convinced me to come back. Listen, I love the work. I love working with Roger Howarth (Todd) and Kristen Alderson (Starr). But each time I visit GH, it’s less emotionally painful for me. The reality is that they are not going to ask me to stay permanently because they already have a Blair-type character on the canvas — and her name is Carly — even though we’re very different but, if you look at the palette of our characters, we are the same shade.”
Kassie on what it must be like for former OLTL Actors, such as Erika Slezak (Viki) to watch One Life continue in some way on another soap: “Llanview and Port Charles are totally different. On One Life, you wanted to watch Cristian paint in Angel Square. On GH, you have to watch your back or you’ll be shot! (Laughs) They are two different types of shows: one survived and one is missed, which is ironic since almost all of our One Life writers are penning GH so it’s not like they don’t know how to write the One Life characters. GH is just a different show and head writer Ron Carlivati has a new audience he has to write for — and that audience is not a One Life audience.”
Kassie on if Blair should find Victor Jr. and bring him to Port Charles to shock the heck out of Todd: “Of course. I mean, that was the tag of our final moment on our show. That was the biggest cliffhanger of all. It would be fantastic to play out the Victor storyline on GH, but I’m not the writer. I don’t know what’s in store for GH. They have a huge cast of characters. I do know that Ron is bringing a lot of old heroes and villains from GH’s past, which I think will be fun to watch. But I have no idea if ABC is even going to continue to invest in GH. But I adore Trevor St. John (Victor Jr.)! I’ve probably laughed harder with Trevor and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin Buchanan) in my 19 years on the show than with anyone else. We’d sit in the dressing room learning our lines and laugh our butts off! We were just silly. I love both those guys. I think Trevor is a movie star. He’s so talented.”
So soapers, what do you think of Kassie’s comments that GH has their Blair-type in the character of Carly Corinthos Jax (Laura Wright)? Do you think there is room for Blair on the PC canvas? Would you like to see Kassie and Trevor come to GH to finish the mystery of Victor Jr.? Weigh-in!