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Apr 15 2010, 11:20 AM
Why does Tomlin just randomly sneak in and whisper these story twists into the actors ears right before they're about to tape a scene? I hate that. Wouldn't it throw the actors off kilter? Why not tell them what's going on from the very start so they can adjust their performances to include a little subtext? It's a shame that the actors are just as in the dark about their characters motivations, etc. as the viewers are.
I think it goes along with what was done in the past on soaps, which is that in stories that involve shocking twists or reveals (ex. Salem Serial Killer, possession, etc) you don't tell the actor what is going on because sometimes they will tip off what is going on. They are usually let in on the big secret eventually but you don't do it right away. A few months ago, Crystal Chappell did an interview where she admitted it was hard to play out the whole story with her daughter because she knew who it was and had to try not to hint at it to the audience in her scenes with TS and MB and it actually did come off in her scenes that she knew. That is why you have to be careful when you tell an actor.

Deidre Hall didn't know she was the killer at the start either. I believe she was told along the way. She was never told she was going to be possessed either until the point where she had to. I could go on and on and this has been going on in daytime for years. It's a careful balance.

It is weird the way he did it. I've never heard of someone being told on set something like that, unless he felt it would help her performance which it may have. Maybe he saw something that wasn't working and whispered what he did to help her along to improve the scene.

Anyway, good interview. I'm very intrigued by her character.
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