Friday, May 29, 2009

Days: Such a Tease!


*Arianna blames Sami for Rafe giving up his dream to be a FBI agent.

*Chloe talks to Maggie about coming clean with Lucas.

*Owen implicates the DiMeras in Stephanie’s kidnapping.

*Lucas tells Will to stay away from Mia.

*Melanie fears that she and Brady (Eric Martsolf, pictured) are going to die.

Thursday – Stefano tells Nicole he knows everything about the baby switch.

Friday – Stephanie has a nightmare about her kidnapping.

Interview: Paul Leyden - Workaholic

(Paul Leyden and Sarah Chalke in Maneater. Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Lifetime Networks)

Paul Leyden is perhaps best known to daytime audiences for playing the charming rogue Simon Frasier on As the World Turns from 2002 to ’07. Since leaving the show, he has been working nonstop — acting and writing — and he is thrilled to be so busy.

Paul’s latest project is the Lifetime original miniseries called Maneater, which also stars Sarah Chalke, Judy Greer and Gregory Harrison. Paul plays another character named Simon, and they seem to share similar qualities with one another.

Paul explains: “Simon is a bit of a playboy. But he’s a playboy with a heart of gold. He’s very much in love with Clarissa (Sarah Chalke), but I don’t think he’s able to express his emotions very well, like most Australian men.”

Paul was happy not to play the main “love interest” character. “Simon is more of a foil, so he could get away with more stuff. He could be a bit more cad-ish, but at the same time, he’s lovable. I like to play rogue characters; they are usually the most fun.”

A main draw for Paul’s interest in this latest project was the cast and the script. “The cast they were getting together was so fantastic, and the script was really funny. This is something I would normally not watch myself, but my wife read the first part and she thought it was terrific. It’s very smart, very shrewd and very insightful. I am a writer myself, and I responded to that.”

He has nothing but praise for his cast, especially Sarah Chalke and Judy Greer, who are known for their smart, biting wit. “They are just terrific people and very smart in real life. That kind of razor-sharp wit that they have on screen is who they are in real life. We had a lot of fun. We’d all hang out, and I felt like one of the girls. I was like the fifth girl in Sex and the City or something.”

Most of Paul’s scenes are with Sarah, and her dedication and talent really made it easy for him to excel in his part. “Sarah is a phenomenal actress. Her character is very different from the one she plays in Scrubs. She’s gorgeous, funny, self-deprecating.

“Every time I went on set, she was always smiling. She worked her butt off on this movie. There’s not really a scene that Sarah is not in. When you turn up, and hers is the first smiling face you see, even though you know she worked 20 hours the day before, it just shows she’s a real pro.”

Paul is very grateful to the folks at ATWT for giving him his first acting job here in the States. Paul recalls his time on the show and reveals: “I enjoyed every bit of it. It brought me over from Australia to work in America, and I’ve worked ever since. I’ve been very lucky that every person I’ve had the chance to work with has become really good friends of mine. The folks at ATWT are fantastic actors, true professionals.”

Paul also has a few things in the pipeline, writing-wise. “I am sort of concentrating right now on my writing. I am working on one thing right now, but I can’t really talk about it yet. I have another thing in the mix with Michelle Monaghan, a movie called The Blonde (based on the book of the same name by Duane Swierczynski).” Paul also wrote the screenplay for the movie The Factory, which stars John Cusack and is set for release in October 2010.

Don’t miss Paul in Lifetime Television’s Maneater, airing Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chris Engen Fires Back

Chris Engen, who abruptly left the role of Adam on The Young and the Restless, has made a statement on his MySpace page, explaining his decision and defending against the accusations made against him in the media.

May 26, 2009 - Tuesday

Good Day. This is the first time in my life that I address an audience so vast and varied. There are a number of heated topics that have become entwined with my recent decision to quit my job, and I feel there are a number of truths that deserve to be stated, a number of untruths that deserve to be rectified, and a few of my own ideas that, by way of circumstance, I am compelled to inject into the debate. This is the only statement I intend to make regarding this subject. I would like first to apologize, as I feel I owe a great many of you at least that. I know that a choice like this appears weak and impulsive. Honestly, it was the last thing I ever thought I’d do - the absolute LAST thing I ever wanted. The job has been a great challenge, and my hat is off to all my fellow actors who have mastered it so gracefully. I know a great many of you have endured far worse than what you perceive to have been my circumstance, but I do not believe that just because you have suffered a particular injustice, so too must everyone else in order to understand that injustice. I want to apologize to any of my fellow actors who I may have disappointed. I would also like to apologize to those of you who feel slighted by this choice, as I have been branded a "homophobe" by several members of the press. This is, of course, absurd and many of my dearest friends are homosexuals who would be more than happy to speak on my behalf. My decision had nothing to do with religion, or anything I learned at Bishop Montgomery High School. Bishop is a great institution of learning that encourages tolerance and acceptance of others. I do not ascribe to any one religious ideology but do value the truth that exists in them all. I think the unfortunate assumption that has been made is that Catholics are intolerant of homosexuals on the basis of their Catholicism. Intolerance of anything is a product of one’s underlying belief system as an experience of limitation. It is the line we intellectually draw within ourselves that prevents us from understanding those things we reject, because it defines the boundaries of who we are as individuals. We are what we are, but we are also NOT what we are not. Intolerance is a natural reaction that, I believe, we must understand in order to defeat. It is not a fire to be stomped out by an angry foot or extinguished by a inundating stream of media exposure. Homosexuality is a quality of beingness: one of many qualities that make up the rich diversity that humanity expresses.

True -- I was not comfortable with many of the challenges they presented before me, but I put my head down and did my job. The fact that I had an opportunity as ostensibly attractive and lucrative as this, particularly in difficult economic times and with so many talented actors and industry professionals out of work was, of course, more than reason enough to be grateful. I considered it part of the challenge and within my job description to do the best with whatever storyline was being written for me, as I was very fortunate to be getting a storyline in the first place. I understand that the writers have a very difficult task. They accomplish more in a week than what other shows do in over a month. I never stormed off the set, nor have I stormed off any set in my 18 years of struggle as an artist. I felt generally unhappy about my contribution to the show, and had greater and greater difficulty making any sense of the challenges they were asking me to face. If that makes me a limited actor, then so be it. I was allowed ONE meeting with Maria Bell, and I called in sick ONCE in my 16 months on the show. In the end, I didn’t feel that decisions were being made in my best interests, personally or professionally.

I learned a great deal in my time there and I am eternally grateful for the challenges that enriched me as an artist and as a man. As a single father, with sole custody of a 10 year-old boy, this was neither a practical decision, nor was it an easy decision to make. I believe that as an actor, and as a human being, I deserve better than to be forced to do something that I don’t feel is right on many levels, and that should have nothing to do with the choices that other people make. My visage and my craft were being utilized to tell a story that I wasn’t inspired to tell. I have a great deal of respect for the show in general and all those hard-working people who make it possible, and it is out of respect for them and a sense of duty toward them that I asked to be removed from my duties. I know this doesn’t conform to contract stipulations and it is regrettable that my personal feelings came into conflict with that precedent, although I don’t think that would have ever been the case if what was being requested of me was not unprecedented. Ultimately, the producers were very understanding and amenable and I, in fact, worked until they told me they didn’t need me anymore. I am sure that more of my colleagues would speak on my behalf if they too weren’t afraid of the possible consequences, and I don’t blame them for that. It has been a difficult journey for me, and many others, on the road to understanding the nature of artistry and what it takes to succeed. Strength is measured by what we are willing to stand for, not by what we are willing to lie down and take. I want to thank everyone who has voiced such tremendous support and encouragement. Much love and gratitude to you all. God Bless. Namaste

Chris Engen

Sunday, May 24, 2009

B&B: Such a Tease!

•Katie learns that Nick (Jack Wagner, pictured) has moved on.
•Stephanie tries to recruit Ridge to help her.

•Donna goes to bat for Eric.

•Owen names his price.

•Bill strikes a new deal with Stephanie.

Y&R: Such a Tease!

•Jack learns the truth about Sharon and Billy's betrayal from an unexpected source.

•Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson, pictured) makes decision that could destroy her family forever

•Ashley is rushed to the hospital, what could this mean for her and the baby?

•Phyllis demands to know what Nick is going to do about Sharon's pregnancy

GL: Such a Tease!

•Reva gets arrested.

•Shayne (Jeff Branson, pictured) tells Marina the truth.

•Natalia and Olivia realize what is best for them.
•Phillip tells James he will take the blame.

ATWT: Such a Tease!

•Alison and Casey take their relationship to the next level.

•Rosanna (Cady McClain, pictured) issues Paul a stern warning.

•Carly is furious when Craig goes to Jack for help.

•Katie keeps a secret from Brad