Kim Zimmer returns to daytime on October 1st when Echo DiSavoy return to Llanview, and Zimmer to One Life to Live, and the role she got fired from in 1983. And, after that little blip , the rest was soap opera history as Zimmer captured four Daytime Emmy Awards as Lead Actress for her portrayal of Reva Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light for the last several decades up till the shows demise last year. Now ready to take the OLTL stage with greats, Erika Slezak (Viki) and Robin Strasser (Dorian), soap fans hope it will be storyline deluxe! TV Guide spoke with Zimmer about what prompts Echo’s return to the canvas. Here are a few excerpts below!
Zimmer on Echo’s return: “She comes to town with a juicy little secret I can’t talk about but it should shock a few people. She’s also flat broke and hasn’t been able to find another sugar daddy so she comes seeking employment. She used to be a fashion photographer, so she wants to shoot for The Banner and Viki says, “Are you out of your mind? Why would I ever hire you? You tried to convict my husband on murder charges!” Echo also claims she’s back to visit her old boyfriend, who happens to be Charlie Banks [Brian Kerwin], but she’s really doing it to make Viki bristle. And then she tries to get Dorian to side with her because, after all, Dorian hates Viki too — but Dorian tells Echo she has a newfound respect for Viki, which of course makes Echo laugh. Robin and I had so much fun giggling our way through our scenes. She calls me a slut, so that’s fun. Listen, if I’m only here to be a vehicle for these great actors to get some more good story, I’m fine with that. I got a job!”
Zimmer on her new look for OLTL: Zimmer: “Well it’s not the look I had at the end of GL, thank God! I’m wearing some very nice upscale clothing. It’s great to be on a show once again that actually has a wardrobe budget. I was laughing the other day because they wanted to stop and re-do a scene because the lighting wasn’t quite right. I’m like, “You’ve got to f—ing be kidding me! Are you serious?” You know the awful lighting we had on GL! I love that OLTL is still shooting with three big old-time cameras, and you don’t have to worry about staying out of the way of people holding their little goddamn lights and weaving in and out of the scene with their minicams. And we’re shooting indoors so I don’t have to wear special lipstick that takes away the purple when you’re outside freezing your f–ing b—s off. I don’t have to change my clothes in public bathrooms anymore. [Laughs] Logan, I’m tellin’ ya! This is luxury! I’m in heaven!”