Thursday, January 1, 2015

Serial Scoop's 20 Most Popular Interviews of 2014

Happy New Year from the entire Serial Scoop staff.
In our first full year of operation, Serial Scoop far exceeded expectations, in large part due to the overwhelmingly positive response of our readers. Thank you! Throughout the past 12 months we spoke with some of our favorite past and present artists about their lives, careers, dreams and much more. Check out our 20 most popular interviews of 2014 below:

Mishael Morgan - Photo Credit: Wendy Hall
* Mishael Morgan Shares Insights on Playing Hilary Curtis on the Soap Opera She Grew Up Watching, 'The Young and the Restless'
(Published August 11, 2014)

On how Y&R's Hilary looks at Neil versus Devon: "The fact that Neil is standing in front of Hilary all of the time is a reminder of all of the bad things she's done to him, the bad person that she was. With Devon, Hilary hasn't done anything evil to him. Being with him is like a cut and dry relationship, where it can start from the beginning."

Mike C. Manning - Photo Credit: Brian To/WENN
* Mike C. Manning on His 'Youthful Daze' Character and Producing 'Kidnapped for Christ'
(Published June 21, 2014)

On whether he feels pressure to maintain his sex symbol image: "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't more self-conscious living in Hollywood than I was growing up in Colorado. Every time I take a picture and it ends up online people have something to say, sometimes good and sometime not so good. Oh well."

Chris L. McKenna - Photo Credit: Neil Jacobs/NBC
* Chris L. McKenna on Playing Det. Harding on 'The Young and the Restless' and Revisiting 'One Life to Live's' Historic Coming Out Storyline
(Published August 4, 2014)

On the importance of One Life to Live's 1992 coming out story: "I was told. It was talked about a lot. We went and visited the AIDS quilt. I was aware but didn't appreciate it. I wasn't able to. It took me awhile. In fact just last week, a fan wrote a letter telling me how affected they were and how they were gay and didn’t know it, and didn't know they were normal and it was okay until they saw that storyline. I was teary reading it. The impact it had on people I couldn't appreciate it as much at the time, I was kid, and I was 14 years old. It's only since that I've come to realize how proud I am of that."

Patsy Pease
* Patsy Pease Remembers Kimberly Brady 30 Years After Joining 'Days of our Lives'
(Published August 4, 2014)

On the chemistry between her Days character, Kim, and co-star Charles Shaughnessy's Shane: "Who can really describe chemistry? I don’t know what that is really. With us it was respect for each other. You will find a lot of couples will have the hot 'hubba hubba baby baby' for each other but If the respect is not there, it's not a tender story."

Sharon Rose Gabet
* The Sharon Gabet Interview: A Journey From 'The Edge of Night' to Understanding 'Spiritual Magic'
(Published November 13, 2014)

On her iconic Edge of Night character: "Raven Whitney was a combination of Scarlett O'Hara and Kate Hepburn. She was totally self centered, loved the good things in life and hated anyone who got in her way or crossed her. But deep inside she was an insecure child who wanted someone to love her for who she was. Sky Whitney did that. She started out a spoiled brat - almost evil at times, but over the seven years I played her, she developed into a more complex character who could be quite funny and endearing."

Jen Lilley
* Jen Lilley on 'Youthful Daze,' and What's Ahead for Theresa in 'Days of our Lives'
(Published August 30, 2014)

"From the time she hits John (Drake Hogestyn) up until the end of December there is a complete unraveling of Theresa. Honestly, by December people are going to be up in arms for her which we never thought would happen, so I'm loving it."

Martha Byrne, Daryn Strauss, Anne Sayre, Elizabeth Hubbard, Michael Park
* 'Serial Scoop Now' #1: 'Weight' New York City VIP Party & Screening with Martha Byrne, Daryn Strauss, Elizabeth Hubbard, Michael Park & Anne Sayre
(Published October 9, 2014)

On the inspiration for Weight: "I'm very inspired by the things that make people act totally crazy. I wrote a series called Downsized not too long ago and it was about how money makes people act crazy and desperate and do really crazy things. Weight is another one of those things. When weight is involved, people act a little nuts." (Strauss)

Billy Flynn
* Billy Flynn on 'Days of our Lives' and Taking on the Role of Bad Boy Chad DiMera
(Published September 25, 2014)

Joking about his great calves: "I have great legs. I missed my calling as a leg model."

Dylan Neal
* Dylan Neal Previews the 'Cedar Cove' Season Finale
(Published October 4, 2014)

Reflecting on his time at The Bold and the Beautiful: "Certainly the stripping is still vibrant in my memory. I can’t say it was probably my fondest memory because I was so paranoid about that whole story line. I’m not a dancer. And I’m not like one of these beefy Chippendales kind of guys to start with in terms of physiques. I was pretty stressed during that time period. Fortunately, I worked really closely with a choreographer who kept the routines as basic as possible and The Bold and the Beautiful editors did their job to make me look better than I probably actually was.."

Patrick J. Adams
* Patrick J. Adams Talks Playing Mike Ross on 'Suits' and the Secret to the Show's Success
(Published August 6, 2014)

On the secret to Suits' success: " I don’t know how anything succeeds without a group of really passionate engaged people. You need everybody to care, come to work and put their own crap aside and get down to work. That’s what everybody on Suits has really done since minute one."

Lisa Rinna
* Lisa Rinna on 'Sing Your Face Off' and Transforming into Dolly Parton and Justin Bieber
(Published June 7, 2014)

On transforming into and performing as Justin Bieber: "I was horrified because I do 14-year-old Justin Bieber. It was really scary but the most fun I've ever had doing anything probably."

Kit Williamson, John Halbach
* Kit Williamson and John Halbach Revisit 'EastSiders' Season One (Out on DVD!) and Preview What's Ahead
(Published August 15, 2014)

On why EastSiders has touched so many people: "I think it's a show that I would want to see." (Halbach)

"I give a lot of credit to the actors because I feel they bring as much seriousness of purpose to the production as they would if it was a television show where they were getting paid a $1,000 a day. It's clear to me that everybody involved in this project is in it for the love of it, and I think it's really powerful." (Williamson)

Daniel Polo
* Daniel Polo on Bullying, 'The Young and the Restless' and Enjoying His First Daytime Emmy Nomination
(Published June 23, 2014)

On whether he has experienced bullying like his Y&R character: "I think everyone was bullied at one point or another in there lives. Though I based Jamie off of a friend of mine from second grade, the only time I think I've ever really experienced anything close to bullying was on the Internet when I was 11. I had put an animation video that I made on YouTube. I spent hours on it, trying to get it just right and perfect, and when I put it up, I got some really harsh comments. I kept deleting hateful comments, until finally I just figured there was no point and the best thing I could do was walk away and let it be. Now my experience is nothing close to what I saw my friend go through or what Jamie went through. Compared to some of the stories viewers have shared with me, I got off easy."

Brittany Underwood
* Brittany Underwood on Playing Bad, and a 'One Life to Live' Reunion on 'Youthful Daze'
(Published October 12, 2014)

On why One Life to Live fans will enjoy Youthful Daze: "One Life to Live fans are definitely going to enjoy the soapiness of it and the drama because it has a lot of elements from the daytime soaps."

Jade Harlow - Photo Credit: Pascal Payant
* Jade Harlow on 'Youthful Daze,' Jen Lilley and 'Lush'
(Published August 29, 2014)

On meeting Days of our Lives co-star Bryan Dattillo: "On my first day of meeting Bryan Dattilo, I high-fived him across the table and said, 'Yo, indispensable super couple over here!'"

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