Iconic Soap Operas Resurrected Online
I remember it so clearly; I was 14 years old, my sister and I were sick and could not go to school. I walked into her room and she was watching some television show. I asked what was going on and hours later I had sat through All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital. There began a love affair that lasted more than a quarter of a century. Although in the last many years I couldn’t watch it daily I still kept up on what was going on in my towns of Pine Valley, Llandview and Port Charles. I was heartbroken 2 years ago when I heard they were cancelling my beloved AMC and OLTL, but was ecstatic last month when I heard that Prospect Park, the online Network, was bringing them back. How are Erica, Vicki, Dixie, Nora, Adam, Bo, Jesse, Angie, Adam, Zach, Clint, Brooke, Todd, Blair and all of the rest of the characters that I love?
It was a pleasure to sit down with Cady McClain and Hillary B. Smith who played Dixie and Nora on AMC and OLTL respectively for this exclusive Hotspots interview.
How did you get into show business?
Cady - A girl in my tap class was doing commercials and I wanted to do a commercial also because that’s where all the happy people were...in the television. I was 9 years old when I got my first commercial.
Hillary - I just always wanted to do it. I went to Sarah Lawrence because of their theater program. I got cast in a show there and a producer saw it and the rest is history.
You have been in show business since you were a child, but you keep coming back to the role of Dixie. What’s the attraction to this character?
Cady - I think that the core of Dixie is that she really loves her family. I really enjoy being a part of this big family as both my parents died young and I have a small family. I enjoy getting to live through her.
I remember Bo & Nora’s first dancing scene like it was yesterday. How did this come about and did you and Robert take lessons or did it come naturally?
Hillary - We always danced together. Robert had taught Ballroom dancing and I went to dance school. We danced around the studio all the time and finally they wrote it into the script. It made them a real couple that people could relate to them. The dancing is what made them magical.
How exciting was it for you when you won your Daytime Emmy for playing Dixie/Nora?
Cady - It was incredibly beautiful. I never felt like a natural actor as I had to work at it very hard. It proved to me that I could act and it was a beautiful moment. I was grateful for the actors around me that helped me become a better actor (David Canary, Julia Barr, Michael Knight, etc).
Hillary - Oh my god. I had never been nominated before nor did I have Emmy’s on the radar. To get nominated was a big honor as you are nominated by your peers. When I won it was shocking as it was a really good roster of fabulous women who were nominated. I heard them call my name, but at first thought I was the only one who heard that. Then I looked at my husband and he shook his head up and down and said "You Won" and I realized that they really did say my name.
What has been your favorite storyline on All My Children/One Life to Live?
Cady - In the very beginning when Dixie thought she was in love with Adam and her naiveté and then her falling in love with Tad. I will always look back at those days as being magical.