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INTERVIEW: Lunch With Louise Sorel, Part Two
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Posted by Damon L. Jacobs
In Part One of my lunch interview with Louise Sorel, the actress discusssed her early career, her relationship with Dame Judith Anderson, and the unfortunate (yet ambivalent) fate of Laken Lockridge's pet pigeon. In this part, Ms. Sorel shares receiving a letter from President Reagan, the end of Augusta Lockridge, and the beginning of Vivian Alamain.
We Love Soaps: SANTA BARBARA debuted in 1984, became critically acclaimed, and Augusta Lockridge had a certain fan in the White House.
Louise Sorel: Albeit demented. I mean, Alzheimer’s you know.
We Love Soaps: So you actually received a letter from President Reagan [in 1985] wishing Augusta to get well soon. Any idea how that came about?
Louise Sorel: I nearly fell on the floor. I thought my friends had done it. I have friends in Washington. I thought it was a joke. I called them and said, “Very funny.” They said, “What?” “You sent that letter, that was very hysterical.” My friend’s husband was Reagan’s photographer. I said “Come on you guys.” They said, “We didn’t do anything.” And they didn’t. So it’s a mystery.
We Love Soaps: Did you ever hear from him or anyone from the White House again?
Louise Sorel: No, but I went to NBC and I told them about it. I said, “You can have it, I don’t know what you want to do with it.” They said, “We don’t want to embarrass the White House.” But it did get out there.
We Love Soaps: And then you left SANTA BARBARA and went to ONE LIFE TO LIVE. What was that like?
Louise Sorel: I can’t go into a lot of it. I was there a year. The character didn’t have any humor. And I can’t function without humor. I felt it just wasn’t right for me. So I went off to France and studied French. Then I thought, “Oh my God, what am I going to do, I have no work.” Then my mother called and said, “They want you back on SANTA BARBARA.” So I went back. And things changed a bit.
We Love Soaps: What had changed when you went back?
Louise Sorel: Again, the turnover in writers, producers, too many chefs. And then it had been sold to New World. Then New World got all involved which was a big mistake, except they sold it to Europe, and that was a huge thing. It was a bunch of guys running New World. They decided they should have their “bunnies” there [a lot of cute girls]. There were too many hands in the pot. Then there was a problem with the Dobsons. They left the show, to put it nicely, and I was heartbroken over that because I thought these are the people who created the show, they should be there. And then someone came to produce and direct the show who told me he was getting rid of the Lockridges, which was frankly a lie. Because they were in the midst of bringing my husband back, Nicky [Nicholas Costner who played Lionel Lockridge], and Jack [Wagner who played Warren Lockridge]. But he said he’s getting rid of the Lockridges. So you can imagine how I felt then.
Louise Sorel: Anyway, the character was suddenly turned into an alcoholic. And I was enraged. That part I don’t mind saying because it was very obvious. My only fun out of that was that every time they would say “Augusta is drinking,” I refused to drink. So they would say, “She’s becoming an alcoholic,” but nobody ever saw her drink. It was the only thing I could do to save my, you know. I thought it was terrible they made her an alcoholic and I told them so.
We Love Soaps: What did you see as problematic about that?
Louise Sorel: There’s no justification. It was to get rid of me. I’m a theater person, so I was brought up to really care about your work, to do it justice, and to really protect it. I spent my whole young life doing that. And you can’t always do that on soaps, everybody is rushed. But I do believe in protecting characters. I think that’s why, as crazy as she was, Vivian [Alamain on DAYS OF OUR LIVES] worked. Some of it I really questioned, but I would commit to everything they would ask me to do. And the audience bought it.
We Love Soaps: My understanding was that your reason for leaving SANTA BARBARA the last time had to do with a story line twist for Augusta where she would get involved with a certain character.
Louise Sorel: Yes, that was part of it. But that’s because I was up there [in the producer’s offices]. I did question it. It was a story where my sister Nancy [Grahn, who played Julia] had been raped by Tim Gibbs [playing the character of Dash Nichols]. She comes home, she falls in my arms, she’s sobbing. And now I’ve seen that I’m now going to go out and do the rapist as a romance. I could not believe this! I was supposed to be sitting on a boat, in my bathing suit, with my binoculars, eyeing him, finding him very seductive, and I just said, “There’s got to be a limit, this isn’t right.” I went up to see Bridget [Dobson], I still hadn’t learned that I’m just the actress and have to keep my mouth shut. So I said, “Br-Br-Brigdet? I don’t know how this wonderful character that I have could turn to the rapist of my sister. I don’t think a character could do this. “ “Well, we like it” [was her response], but we’ll think about it.” What happened was “Snip, snip, snip,” they took it out.
We Love Soaps: They cut the story?
Louise Sorel: I wouldn’t back down on that. But that wasn’t the end of my character, by the way. Another producer came in, the one who told me he was cutting out the family, which was not true.
We Love Soaps: One of the things that has been hard for me as a soap viewer over the past decade or so is to constantly see these decisions being made that we don’t agree with.
Louise Sorel: You just don’t know what’s going on. A lot of politicking. In my case, [pause] I know what the reason was. Let’s say it was not a professional reason. And I don’t respect that. If you really come to blows with somebody, and they’re doing awful things then that’s whatever. But this had nothing to do with the show.
We Love Soaps: And of course after you left, the show really started sliding in the ratings, and was canceled not long after.
Louise Sorel: I will never forget what an arrogant moment at the end of SANTA BARBARA [the last episode] when Paul [Rauch] threw the cigarette down and stomped on it. What the hell was that? How dare he. That’s the kind of stuff that is just so unprofessional. I mean, he is a very good producer. He’s not stupid.
We Love Soaps: So soon after you were hired on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
Louise Sorel: It was six months later. I thought, “Oh well, where do I go now?” And my friend who was producing on SANTA BARBARA and then on DAYS OF OUR LIVES called me and said, “There’s a role coming up,” and I said, “Oh NO!” Because it was right next door, on the same fucking stage practically. She said, “Well, it’s work.” So I went over to meet with them. And they were testing seven women. They said, “Would you test?” I said “No.” I was right next door. They could see what I was doing. And then they called.
Stay tuned for Part Three in which Ms. Sorel describes her experience on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, burying Carly alive, and life as a box of a french fries.
INTERVIEW: Lunch with Louise Sorel, Part Three
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Posted by Damon L. Jacobs
In this part of my lunch with Louise Sorel, the actress shares her experience working on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, burying Carly alive, and a day in the life as a box of french fries.
We Love Soaps: When Vivian began on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, for the first year she seemed pretty down-to-earth, well grounded in her motivation, and clear about what she wanted and didn’t want. And then came Dr. Wu and the herbs.
Louise Sorel: It got a little wacky.
We Love Soaps: And Vivian burying Carly alive during the summer of 1993 ended up being one of the most famous and beloved story lines in soap opera history. When you learned that Vivian was going to be responsible for trying to pull of one of the most grisly and cruel murders on daytime, how did you respond?
Louise Sorel: Well, I didn’t murder her! She did have some air. All I could think of was Stephen King. You know, I was constantly surprised. Particularly with James Reilly [head writer of DAYS from 1993-98], nothing was out of bounds. Anything went. Because Crystal [Chappell] committed to it, I just went in and did it. I tried to make it kind of Noel Coward-ish. I mean, I would dial her, I gave her a phone. I’d say, “Hello Darling, did I wake you from your nap?” It was just ridiculous. I thought, “What am I doing?” But then I thought, “Don’t think about it, just do it.” And I think that part of that is why it worked, because we committed to it. I mean, we thought it was funny, but at the same time when you’re doing it you have to do it.
Louise Sorel: Then they wrote this thing on the script, “Vivian does a jig on [Carly’s] grave.” And maybe it was just me being belligerent, but I just said, “Vivian doesn’t do jigs.” So I went up to the office, and I sad, “Tom [Langan], I don’t do jigs.” “What would she do?” he responded. And at this point he was like, “Oh my God, here she comes” [laughs]. I said, “I have no idea.” He said, “Fine, what are we supposed to do?” I said, “I don’t know, I’ll work on it at lunch.” And I stayed on the stage at lunch time, while everyone was gone, and thought, “What would I do, what would sort of catch every body off balance?”
And I started remembering the character of Ophelia [from Shakespeare’s "Hamlet"], “She loves me, she loves me not.” And I started doing that with the flowers, I started walking around the grave, thinking of her [Carly], like kind of in a twisted way I really did love her. And then I said, “Okay, I think I’ve got it.” They said, “What are you going to do?” And I said, “I’m not really sure.” So they brought the cameras back, the director was Phil [Sogard]. I think I annoyed him, but he trusted me. He said, “Just pull the cameras back, we don’t know what she’s gonna do.” I thought, “I’d better do something.” So I walked around the grave, “She loves me, she loves me not...” and then I threw myself on top of her, and then rolled around and just laughed. I do not know where that came from. And I heard dead silence on the set, it was like a freeze. Even when they called “cut” it was very quiet. The crew came over and said, “Jesus Christ! That was very scary.” I guess it worked.
We Love Soaps: Why do you think fans look back at Vivian’s run on DAYS and love her and relate to her so much?
Louise Sorel: I’m not sure. I hadn’t watched soaps until then. Soaps in their original form were wonderful. They just told quiet stories about relationships, and that’s what I thought they were about. And then James Reilly, I think, was one of the first who came in and went to the moon. Maybe soap audiences hadn't seen those theatrics before.
We Love Soaps: So you weren’t ever consulted ahead of time as to where the story was headed?
Louise Sorel: No.
We Love Soaps: Was that ever hard for you as an actress not to know what was going to happen or where things were going?
Louise Sorel: Yes, and you know what? That’s when you say, “I’m the actress, I do what I’m told to do.” Not that I didn’t question. But when I was told I was going to be a box of french fries, I said, [pause], “Fine.” I mean, that has been a really funny long running joke. Ivan and I, he was a hamburger, I was a box of french fries. And we played the whole show like that! I mean, I thought I was a pretty damn good sport. And then they were afraid to tell me, the costume guy would say, “You don’t want to know what you’re doing, do you?” I said, “No, don’t tell me.” He said, “Okay here’s your costume.” I said, “WHAT? A box of french fries?”
Louise Sorel: One day, the producer Tom [Langan] came down, I was in the make-up room, and pulled up his chair really close and I thought, “Oh no, Oh God.” He said, “I just want to tell you something about the new story. It’s gonna be really interesting. However, there’s a little catch. You will be bald.” And I’m being made-up and I’m thinking, “I have enough problems. I’m going to be bald.” I said to him [enthusiastically], “Really?” I thought, “Whatever.” [Laughs] The next minute I was Elvis Presley. Then I was a bag lady. And then I was Carmen Miranda. And I thought, “You just do it.”
We Love Soaps: Did you enjoy that part? Did you like being able to be spontaneous and wacky?
Louise Sorel: I have to admit I did. The only issue I had, and this also drove them mad, was that I wanted to do it right. And it’s not their fault, there’s just no time. There’s so many people in so many scenes. And things would happen and they would say, “Now you’re French.” I said, “If I’m going to do a French accent then I have to do it right.” I need somebody to work with,a dialect person. And they got me a dialect coach [because] I wanted to do it right. It’s not that I was trying to get something out of them at all. It’s just hard on a soap to try to accommodate all that because of the time frame. They knew I just wanted it to be better. I wasn’t gaining anything, except, perhaps allowing me to go through a thought process to make it work. I’ve decided I’m going back now and I’m just to going to do it. I’m going to surprise them all. I’m just going to go back and say, “Oh sure, fine, no problem.”
We Love Soaps: Did it ever feel like just too much? Did you ever get a script and think it’s just too out there?
Louise Sorel: Not really. You know, you get into that crazy head of James Reilly. I got that first soap award [in 1994] and said...I thought it was funny, it just comes out of my mouth, I can’t help it, “I don’t know what they’re smoking up there, but keep smoking it.” [Laughs] I meant it. And he had a good sense of humor so I knew he would get it. Because it did look like someone was smoking something. And it worked, otherwise I wouldn’t have been up there.
We Love Soaps: So Jim Reilly left DAYS, and after a few years you were excused from the show [in 2000].
Louise Sorel: That’s a way of putting it.
We Love Soaps: Okay, you were fired.
Louise Sorel: I was fired.
We Love Soaps: What was it like to be fired after all those years?
Louise Sorel: Horrible.
We Love Soaps: Did you have any idea that was coming?
Louise Sorel: Well, what happened was, usually they ask you, they would call your agent in September to start negotiating for next February. And it was September, and I was thinking, “I’ve been on the show eight years, let’s find out what’s going on.” So my agent called two or three times. And I get all up in arms because I feel like we both deserve more respect than that.
Louise Sorel: And I went to Ken Corday and I just said, “My agent is not getting a call and I feel I deserve better consideration.” He may not have known my agent had called, I don’t know. He said, “Well we talked about it and, no, we’re not picking it up.” It was like “AGH” [makes a stabbing gesture to her heart]. But I know they didn’t want to say anything because I still had six months to go, and they’d rather an actor be happy. And he was paying me very well. He’s very generous. Things have changed because of the economy, but Ken was perhaps maybe the most generous producer that I know of. So I was being well paid, and, it could have come from a source that I don’t even want to think about. Whatever it was, it was too bad because I thought Vivian and Ivan were really the Laurel and Hardy, they were fun. So it was a shocker for me. I felt hurt. And I miss those people. The day that ends it’s like a deadening sound. Deadening.
We Love Soaps: How did you cope with a such a significant change in you life?
Louise Sorel: I went to Greece, France, which was good for my head because that’s always helped me keep balance. But it was really hard. You wake up and you’re going to ...no you’re not. Everybody has had this experience. It just gets in your blood, eight years. They’re your family, I had a lot of those people in my home. I’m a crew person, I loved the make-up and wardrobe [people].
We Love Soaps: Did you keep in touch with any of the actors after that?
Louise Sorel: Not really, [pause] I needed to separate. John Aniston [Victor] is a friend. Even though I haven’t seen him in a long time I’m sure as soon as I see him it will be like no time at all. But I was in New York a lot, and I pretty much just stayed away.
Stay tuned for Part Four where Ms. Sorel shares her experiences working on PORT CHARLES and ALL MY CHILDREN, writing her memoirs, and her celebrated return to daytime.
INTERVIEW: Lunch with Louise Sorel, Part Four
Friday, August 14, 2009 Posted by Damon L. Jacobs
How does a strong, dedicated, and opinionated actress come back to the show that fired her eight years earlier? Read on in Part Four of my lunch with Louise Sorel to find out!
We Love Soaps: Your role on PORT CHARLES came soon after DAYS OF OUR LIVES?
Louise Sorel: Immediately.
We Love Soaps: What was that role like for you?
Louise Sorel: Oh, I don’t know, I think I was trying to make her blonde or something. I don’t know if it was funny. I tried to make it funny. She was in bed the entire time. And frustrated all the time. It was like a salve for me, because I went from a place where I felt rejected to a place where they said, “Oh, it’s so wonderful to have you here!” And I thought, “Oh, that feels so good.” You feel like you need a little stroking. And they were very sweet. I got to bring my dog. It was a nice ambiance.
We Love Soaps: And then on ALL MY CHILDREN you played a slightly amoral judge.
Louise Sorel: Yes. I think that was first done by Holland Taylor [on THE PRACTICE]. It’s funny, you know, you go away for awhile, which I’ve done a lot, and I’ve been doing with my writing. What I’d love to do is get help with a website, maybe with the fans or the people that I talk to so that I can get my writing out. So I can share my writing, that is so important to me. It’s not about soaps. It’s about my life, sort of a memoir. Not that I think I’m that interesting. It’s not so much me, it’s the places that this person ends up. When I was doing a play on Broadway, in 1963, in November, on the day of [John F.Kennedy’s assassination]. My anger was so profound. And I had to get to the theater that night, it had happened too late in the day for the theater to go dark. I was on stage with Charles Boyer. I’ll never forget it.
We Love Soaps: How did you go on?
Louise Sorel: With his hand. There wasn’t anyone who wasn’t weeping. These are stories that have poignancy not because of me but because of the time. I’ve been writing a lot of it.
We Love Soaps: When you talk about it you look very excited.
Louise Sorel: This friend of mine said, “You should see what you look like when you read your writing and when you talk about it.” It’s really my passion.
We Love Soaps: How did this return to DAYS happen for you?
Louise Sorel: The producer called me and said, “Hi Louise, it’s Gary Tomlin calling.” And I said, [reluctantly] “Hi.” And I thought, “Oh my God,” because this man has never called me. We knew each other, we both had wheaten terriers. So I said, “How’s your wheaten?” I was saying every thing I could say, because I knew what was coming. [Laughs] He said, “So where are you?” And I said, “I”m in New York. I gave up my apartment in L.A.” He said, “Well, you know, Crystal is coming back.” I said, “I heard that!” Then he said, “Well, so, we’re thinking about bringing Vivian back.” I was so shocked. Truly. I know Gary, which is nice. He was saying “John [Aniston] is still here,” and I said, “Yes, John’s a sweetheart.” [Laughs] I mean, I didn’t know what to say. He said, “Well I’m going to get back to the writers, then I’m going to call your agent.” Anyhow, that’s how it happened.
We Love Soaps: Are you excited?
Louise Sorel: I am, but I’m nervous. I don’t have a place to live. I want to put things in order so when I walk in it’s peaceful and in control and know what I’m doing. I’ve never been caught off guard like this.
We Love Soaps: Any thoughts on what you would like see Vivian do this time?
Louise Sorel: See this is where I usually get myself in trouble. So this is when I say, “Whatever they want.” We’ve done so much on that show, I don’t know what I could do. What more could I do?
We Love Soaps: The one thing that seems very different from now than for most of the 90’s is the more reality based stories. It’s still out there, of course, but the conflicts are more grounded in day-to-day issues.
Louise Sorel: Then what are they going to do with me?
We Love Soaps: Well, during your first year on the show, Vivian was quite grounded. She had a larger than life personality, but she was pretty down-to-earth before she went the science fiction herbal route. Maybe we’ll learn more about Vivian and who she is.
Louise Sorel: See, I don’t know what the relationship with Carly is anymore because that was long gone. And that was only because of Lawrence, my nephew. Then I heard something about Michael [Sabatino] coming back. Is he?
We Love Soaps: According to Crystal Chappell’s Twitter entries, he is. I don’t know if that’s going to be long term or a few appearances.
Louise Sorel: I don’t know, but that’s the connection I have on the show. And then with Drake [Hogestyn], somehow I ended up being related to Drake.
We Love Soaps: You were his aunt. Vivian turned out to be John’s aunt. But later even that was rewritten.
Louise Sorel: I just don’t know how I hook in. But you know they’ll come up with something. I had had an idea. Now they’ve done this on every show, but I just know what I can do, which is the other character, Vivian’s sister, who comes from England, and is her conscience. They kind of did it with somebody else. So I don’t know, those are fun things to think about.
We Love Soaps: You have always been someone who has been known to speak her mind, and as you said, have gotten in trouble for that. How do you decide when to speak out for what you believe in, and when to hold back?
Louise Sorel: That’s a good question, because sometimes I’m not as savvy as to when I should speak out. I get on my high horse and [makes a sound of frustration]. I try not to make it about petty things. I really try to make it something that will make a change that will improve things. But that doesn’t mean that everybody is going to agree with me on that. At this point I think I’m back peddling even more so that...I don’t know. [Pause] You get sort of lessoned in this process as you work on soaps. It is so difficult, and people have so little time, and it’s not their fault. The director is under pressure, everyone is under pressure. Terrible pressure. More so because they have to cut back now.
Something happened when I first went on DAYS. And I wouldn’t do this now. But I was not used to the way they worked. We read the scene at six in the morning. I got onto the set and this director said, “Now sit down here, stand up there, make a left, turn your head to the right when she says that...” And I said, “Come here. I can’t do this. I can’t work like this.” I said it very quietly, with a lot of respect. I said, “I don’t know when I’m going to turn my head. We haven’t read, I don’t know.” So I went upstairs, and said to the producer, “You’re probably going to hear about this...” I tried to explain that it’s very hard for me to automatically do things He said, “Well, take him out to lunch.” And maybe I should have. But I just said, “Why?” [Laughs] You just have to find a way to make your little fights historic moments when it isn’t so difficult. It’s hard.
We Love Soaps: Do you think you’ve paid a price in your career for being so outspoken?
Louise Sorel: [Pause] No, I don’t think you could say, but see the thing is the reasons. For instance, on SANTA BARBARA it was not about that. They knew that what I was doing was right because I cared. So I don’t see that as paying a price. I’d say you pay a price for being someone who is fighting for animals. You pay a price because it takes so much out of you. It hurts. And all the stuff I do trying to save animals has quite frankly made me sick at times. So I pay a price. But I don’t think I paid a price. I don’t think anybody punished me for that. They might have thought “Oh God, here she comes,” [laughs] but then I usually do that for them. I say, “Look who’s here, oh boy, aren’t you happy?”
We Love Soaps: There were rumors that you were admonished at DAYS for referring to James Reilly smoking something in your acceptance speeches.
Louise Sorel: I think I may have said that. One person, I won’t say who, but I think he was a troublemaker who said he was my friend, said, “You know, Jim didn’t think that was funny.” I said, “He didn’t? How could he not think that was funny? I don’t believe that.” But Jim didn’t speak to the actors. That was his thing. So I will never know.
INTERVIEW: Lunch with Louise Sorel, Part Five: Dessert
Saturday, August 15, 2009 Posted by Damon L. Jacobs
This is the “dessert” part of my lunch with Louise Sorel, and the end of the interview we did together. I was impressed not only with her ability to entertain as an artist, but her with her dedication and passion as an animal rights activist. In this part we talked more about the causes that are near to her heart, and some hard life lessons learned.
We Love Soaps: Does it surprise you that after nine years off DAYS OF OUR LIVES that people are so thrilled to have you come back?
Louise Sorel: Yeah, I guess it does. I’m not surprised they liked the character. You know, I’ll tell you a story. I had to get an endoscopy done. And I’m lying down, and they’re trying to find my vein, and the doctor says, “I’m so upset that Hope left.” And I said, “Hope didn’t leave.” And I’m engaging in this insane conversation while he’s jamming a needle in my arm. And he says, “I didn’t like that new Bo who came in, I liked the old Bo.” And I said, “Could we not have this conversation right now?”
We Love Soaps: As we have said on our website, we have been celebrating the 25 year anniversary of Santa Barbara starting on the air. If you could go back and give yourself any kind of advice, what would it be?
Louise Sorel: “Keep your trap shut.”
We Love Soaps: But why though, I’m curious why you would say that?
Louise Sorel: I guess it’s a combination of my sense of humor, which is really warped. Any my view of life, all of this plays into everything you do. And you do have to learn how to keep things separate, and I sometimes do crossover. As an example, someone said the other night to me, “So! You’re looking forward to this?” And I said, “No, I’m looking backward at it.” That’s how things come out of me. I mean, that’s actually based on a truth, I am going back. But if you use those lines, if you twist things like that with someone who is writing an article, then sometimes it’s taken the wrong way and that’s where I kind of have to zip it. I’d say I would give myself a note to zip it on occasion. Although, the part of me also feels like you want to be true to yourself. And you don’t want to sell yourself at as just this clean-slate nice-thinking pleasant person, which is boring. It’s not that I’m trying not to be boring, it’s just that I see things in a way that amuses me. And it doesn’t always amuse the other person so much.
Louise Sorel: There is a guy who came on Santa Barbara. John Conboy. I liked him. He had a lot of style, a lot of panache. He fixed up his office, he loved beautiful sets, and he had a certain kind of ability to laugh. He had a problem with that story line that I was telling you about with the rapist. I went into his office one day and he had just had a big explosion with an actress. He was beat red, and I said, “Never mind, I’ll see you later.” He said, “Get in here, get in here.” So I said, “John, how do you feel about this rape story line?” He said, “Look at this, look at this,” and he had a sheet of paper that said, “Augusta’s rape story line—bad taste.” The Dobsons were at the other end of the hall. He said, “Go down there and talk to them!” But I was right. I felt I was right. And then finally they did pay attention, they did soften it. So, you have to pick your moments. I’m not always good at that.
We Love Soaps: I don’t think I am either.
Louise Sorel: It’s hard. I have an actress friend, Marj Dusay. She gets frustrated with this stuff all the time, and she’ll just say, [in a deep voice] “Oh honey I just go in there and do it.” She just has a way. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t upset her. But she’s grounded, and she just says, “Well, Hell. If that’s what I’m supposed to do I’ll go do it.” And then she doesn’t get into it. And I think that’s great. Deidre Hall once said to me, “Louise, could you ever just take a check, do your job, and go home?” I said, “I don’t think so.” Because she just did was she was...you know. And I said, “I guess you’re right, I just can’t.”
We Love Soaps: Maybe there’s a peace in that. I’ve tried at my job just going in and doing what I’m told...it’s not working.
Louise Sorel: Well you can’t give up yourself. That’s the thing. You have to know when you’re giving up who you really are, and what feels right to you. The things is how you make it not about your ego. It’s about what your gut is saying and that you know you are genuinely trying to make something better. Sometimes people come in and they make a lot of trouble so they can just get attention, but that’ s a waste of time. It has to be because what is in your hand is what feels valuable. And then you’re just giving it and say, “Look I think this would help.”
We Love Soaps: In an interview with Soap Opera Digest in 1992, you said you are looking forward to “the gracious days, that time when you’ve had a particular kind of life and you move into a state of grace where it all makes sense.” Are we there yet?
Louise Sorel: I said that? No. That’ll happen when you’re right at the edge of the [makes a jumping gesture]. That sounds good, I’m still looking forward. They come and they go, but every once in a while when we’re talking about the world and what’s going on, friends of mine will say, “Where can we go? Where can we not have computers and phones and mail and pettiness? The South of Italy or France of some place. Cut off communications and be.” It doesn’t mean you have to go that far away. I meet people who seem to be able to do it in this insane city! So I go to meditation class and try to do some things that help. And I don’t manage all the time, particularly like now when I have an animal who is having problems. That really undoes me like nothing else.
We Love Soaps: Your dog?
Louise Sorel: Yes. If I could go down and close Ringley & Barnum Bailey circus I would. Because they are abusive.
We Love Soaps: If someone wanted to get involved and stand up against the abuse of such animals, what you recommend for them?
Louise Sorel: There’s so many of them. Defenders of Wildlife is excellent [http://www.defenders.org]. There’s IFAW [International Fund of Animal Welfare, [http://www.ifaw.org]. A group of which I’m on the board, with whom I went to Africa. They’re working very hard in Meru, helping to bring trucks and equipment because of the poachers there. They take their lives in their hands there because the poachers will kill the guards. And they’re still poaching elephants there. We orphan elephants in Nairobi that need taking care of because their mothers have been killed. The whales, the battering of baby seals in Canada. It is one of the most grotesque acts of human being—beating down a baby seal. It’s inconceivable. Really, that’s what I’m more about. And maybe after this year I’ll feel free enough to go off and do those trips.
We Love Soaps: So are you saying in a year you’ll be available for that?
Louise Sorel: I don’t know, it could extend on the show. But at some point I’d like to do the hands-on [work]. I don’t know if I have the clout. It takes a kind of importance to do that.
We Love Soaps: But you’re a human being and you’re passionate.
Louise Sorel: Yes, you can do it in smaller ways, any little thing helps.
We Love Soaps: There are so many of our readers who admire you, have followed your career, and are so excited you are coming to DAYS. Is there anything you would like to say to them?
Louise Sorel: It’s such a cliché. The thing is you are so grateful to people who like watching you or you wouldn’t be working. So I always thank them because if they don’t care about you, nobody will. I’m suddenly looking on the chat things [online] and they’re tough. [Laughs] So I have to stop reading. I got a really sweet call from the stage manager Franny who told me everyone said, “Oh goody, Louise is coming back.” That’s so sweet!
About the interviewer: Damon L. Jacobs is a Marriage Family Therapist practicing in New York City, and the author of "Absolutely Should-less: The Secret to Living the Stress-Free Life You Deserve."
P.S. Ой, девочки, а напишу-ка я этому интервьюёру!!! Вот кто нам может разговорить Джудит и Джеда!!!
Было бы здорово!
Суок (Четверг, 03 декабря 2009, 19:40:41) писал:
В принципе, я не против допереводить, так как а) мне очень нравится это интервью и б) часть у меня уже переведена и заброшена в дальний ящик. Только не обещаю быстро, в перерывах между боями буду делать. А так доделаю, хорошо.
Однозначно! Это объясняет, почему она носила некоторые софийские шмотки потом в жизни. Это их общая с ЭнБиСи собственность тоже была. Я думаю, все актрисы СБ так делали.
Сообщение отредактировал voila: Пятница, 03 сентября 2010, 21:12:17
Voila я могу помочь в переводе,если не против,т.к Августовский персонаж мне очень даже интересен и ее интервью тоже
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