Sara Bibel always has a great take on soaps in her Fancast column Deep Soap. It’s no surprise, since she was a former staff writer at Y&R.
Sara was part of the group of bloggers who went to NYC in December for Guiding Light, and she was also in Orlando last week to cover GL. If you haven’t seen her reports from Orlando, check them out here.
Her report included this mindblowing piece of information from Crystal Chappell:
Sara: When you first found out about the storyline, what did you think? Were you surprised that Olivia was going to develop an attraction to a woman?
Chappell: I’m a soap fan, so I think that most characters can do just about anything. People walk through paintings. Deciding you have feelings for a woman is not that big of a stretch. I was thrilled.
This story’s been talked about for years. Jill Hurst originally thought about it for Maureen Garrett (Holly) and myself. It’s nice that people are open to us actually doing it. I think they’ve handled it very well.
OMG!! Not that I don’t love Otalia, but I think seeing Holly in that story would have been amazing. Or maybe I just want to see Holly in ANY story! (Well, no, I’ve got to be specific – any good story.)
Of all the characters we don’t see any more on Guiding Light, Holly is the one I miss the most. Maureen Garrett is so much a part of the tapestry of GL that it’s hard to think of Springfield without her.