Kelly Ripa speaks with TV Guide Magazine about her return next week to All My Children to the role that made her soap-famous, Hayley Vaughan Santos! Ripa’s, Hayley returns to Pine Valley as talk show host extraordinaire who is doing a documentary on everyone’s favorite US town! Here are a few excerpts on Kelly’s return with hubby, Mark Consuelos (Mateo) in tow for the two day special! Don’t miss it. Monday and Tuesday January 4th and 5th!
Ripa on coming back to the rigors of daytime: “Trust me, there was no time for complaints. The writers wanted to add some controversy so they have Hayley getting into an argument with Erica Kane. Erica thinks that maybe Hayley is disapproving of her relationship with Ryan, and that she’s going to get all scandalous and gossipy and tabloidy with her documentary. When we were running through the scene, Susan Lucci and I are looking at each other, like, where the hell is this coming from? Neither of us could remember our characters ever having a fight with each other. I was afraid to say anything but, thank God, Susan stops everything on the set—because she’s Susan Lucci and she can do that sort of thing—and she says “This is so combative. I don’t remember these two women ever having a problem. This seems totally out of nowhere.” And the producers are like, “C’mon, c’mon, ladies, just say the lines, please! We got boxes to pack!” [Laughs]
Ripa if she misses getting to show her serious acting chops on a daily basis: “Naw. I like comedy. Serious to me is very hard, very painful, and it takes a lot of energy to get me there. Comedy is a dream. It’s where I like to live. It’s where I feel comfortable. But I love watching the serious stuff! When I returned to AMC, I still got that old thrill watching David Canary [Adam], who makes every scene so incredible. I got to see Jill Larson [Opal] in action again. She was always one of my favorite actresses and still is because she’s just so effortlessly great. Going back really re-awakened me to what I’ve always known and said a thousand times—nobody works harder than soap people. And that’s why it’s so damn sad that soaps are having a bad time. But I do believe it’s cyclical. Soaps have survived every sort of turn and change in the industry. They’ve always been around. I mean, there are cave etchings of All My Children! Hopefully, the remaining soaps will be able to ride the wave. The entertainment biz is not for the weak. You have to tough it out.