One of the best actresses we know, Tamara Braun, is currently starring in Tennessee in the Summer, a new play about the life of prolific playwright, Tennessee Williams at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank California now through May 20th!
Braun caught up with TheatreMania for an interview discussing the play and her time on the soaps including her various roles as Carly Corinthos on General Hospital, her Daytime-Emmy winning role as Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives, and then returning to the NBC soap in a different role as Taylor Walker. She also discusses her important time as Reese Williams, who was part of soaps’ first same-sex wedding on All My Children. Here are a few interesting excerpts!
Tamara on which of her daytime roles she identified with the most: “I identified with all of them on a human level. I must find a common human thread with all the characters I play; otherwise, I fear I would be playing a caricature. Carly and Ava were the most dynamic and colorful. Reese was the most normal, yet she had the most historic impact. The storyline I was in with Eden Riegel (who played Bianca Montgomery) was nominated for a GLAAD Award, and I feel very proud of the work that Eden and I did portraying the first same-sex married and parenting couple. We tried to bring honesty and integrity to the story we were given. I was so proud of the show for bringing the issue to the forefront and for being a part of it.”
Tamara on if she misses being part of a daytime soap cast: “I miss being able to work every day in a role that I love. But what I don’t miss is the pace at which the soaps are now moving. I think that a certain quality gets lost when you have to shoot 120 pages every day. Everyone’s work gets compromised. But they are still fighting for their rightful place on television. General Hospital just got renewed after a lot of concern that it wouldn’t! Congrats to them.”
Tamara on if she would do another soap, should an offer come: “Daytime changed my life and taught me to become a better actress. If the right role and situation presented itself, then I would be open to it.”
What soap role of Tamara’s was your favorite? Let us know! And if you are in the Southern California area make sure to check out Tennessee in the Summer!