Tuesday, November 11, 2008
You have to understand that it's like getting adopted into a new family and already some of the cast members are changing. I was sorry to see Amanda (Babe) leave, because I think she's quite a good actress and not typically daytime. But I do believe you will see her again very soon. And I will be sad to see Rebecca Budig leave, because I was looking forward to a possible Jake-Greenlee story.
But instead of reflecting, let's talk about the newest cast members. JR who plays Brot Monroe is a real life Iraq veteran and a hell of a great guy. Spiritually we could all learn something from this gentleman. Being burned over 40% of your body might lead some to feel like their life has stopped and their master plan destroyed but this guy has risen above it and does motivational speaking across the country, has landed himself a gig on a national television show playing what, an Iraq war vet and is actually bringing it to the table when it comes to performance. This type of human being, this type of spirit makes me want to be a better person and I feel honored to have met him and now have him in my life.
Changing subjects, let's take a poll. or rather, let's hear your ideas when it comes to the soundtrack of All My Children. If you could hear any type of music for any couple on the show, what couple would it be and what music or band would you choose? Right now, for Jake and Taylor, in my mind at least, I'm going through my Snow Patrol and 'The Fray' period, but I'd love to know what you think.
I've decided that Jake Martin is going to stay in town for a while. So I'm going to have him take off his pants and black t-shirt under the scrubs and dress like a normal doctor. I'm done with trying to funk it up. I think the end result just looks stupid. Opinions??? Hello is this thing on??? Anybody??? If there's a piece of jewelry you want me to wear, send it into the show, it doesn't have to be expensive, I'll try to wear it for you. Also, we're about to set up a fan event for the week that AMC throws their fan club event, but I'd like to make it exciting for all that attend. If you're not familiar, when I was over at CBS, we did a big event every year, on a bus, or even a yacht. Next thing I was going to do was charter an airplane for a mystery flight but before we set it stone, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
How are you liking the beginnings of this Jake and Taylor storyline? I promise you I do read the responses because ultimately you are the end user so to speak. And I want to see you happy.
Changing subjects, last month, I went to sing with the Bradley Cole band and had a blast. A lot of the Guiding Light cast and crew was there. Although I have my favorites, I do believe there were several people there that were not thrilled to see me. Because I left the show when I did, perhaps fingers can be pointed or I can be blamed at least in part for whatever Guiding Light's fate will be. Or perhaps it's because when I hosted the red carpet for the Emmys for ABC, I interviewed several members of the Guiding Light cast and foolishly said it was the "little show that could". When you are hosting a live show, you are under a certain amount of pressure, with an ear piece in your ear, and producers barking out commands. but let me go on record as saying that I did not mean that to hurt any body's feelings or slam the show in any way. I love that show, it was a huge part of my life. As long as was there, CBS was very good to me. I would like to think that I gave that show some of the best years of my life. And not for nothing, the story of "The Little Engine that could" was an inspirational story, one of hope and desire and strength to move forward against any and all obstacles. It's not a secret that the show is struggling along with most of the other daytime shows. But again if I offended, I apologize.
I'll shut up now. Thank you for your continued support. And I'll check in again before Thanksgiving. I have a lot to say about Super Soap weekend, so stay tuned!
All my love,
PS Please write me with your ideas!!!
Ricky Paull Goldin
All My Children
320 West 66th St
New York, NY 10023
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
One of the first things I wanted to do when I got to All My Children was change the carpet in my dressing room. And if you've ever dealt with any type of corporate business, you understand when I say the word, "red tape". If I called a certain extension on a certain day at a certain time, and put in a work order, and had that improved by somebody's higher up, maybe at that point, it would be brought before the board where it would be decided upon at a later date like maybe when my contract is up, LOL. So I sneakingly called Empire Carpet, but it didn't sound like Empire Carpet that everybody else gets on the phone, you know, fancy operators that put you on hold, where you listen to the built in advertisement for themselves, and you press 1 for carpeting, 2 for window treatments, 3 for tile. Instead, I got some guy named Ace, who had a thick Israeli accent, he assured me that this was "the" Empire Carpet that everybody knows and loves on the phone. I made an appointment for them to come to ABC. Two days later, three guys in a beat up white van show up. I tried to explain to security that no, they are not hit men, but rather carpet guys. I got them through security. Ace proceeded to show me the carpet samples. And it seemed more expensive than I remembered Empire Carpet being, but I thought what the hell, you are only Jake Martin once. So I proceeded to pick out a luxurious burgundy carpet for my dressing room. Right at that moment, Debbi Morgan walks up and decides she wants carpet. And since I had the samples, I helped her pick a flavor. So at that moment, Darnell Williams walks up and he wants carpeting. And don't forget I'm trying to play this low key, discrete, under the radar, flying low. Then Jacob Young walks up and he wants carpeting. Rebecca Budig, Bobbie Eakes, Denise Vasi. Beth Ehlers came over to visit at that moment and she wants carpeting too. Now it's like a town meeting. We're picking out tile, colors, berber or not, industrial vs. commercial. When all was said and done, a dozen actors had put in their order. And don't forget, I'm spearheading the organization at this point, I'm the Empire Carpet president, and I'm not only the president, but I'm also a member. All the ladies in hair and makeup, and wardrobe, are gawking. I tell everyone I will handle it from here on out. To handle any further disruption, I put thousands of dollars on my credit card for Ace, who says he will be back two weeks from Thursday. All week long, all the actors have been knocking my door like I'm an Amway distributor. In two weeks.....Ace shows up with a mountain of carpet strapped to the white van, along with the padding, it seemed like enough carpet to cover the upper west side of New York City. At this point, I had a conflict. I needed someone on the inside, and don't forget I'm still the new guy, so this is very tricky business. I bribed one of the teamsters (which NEVER happens, *wink*) that maybe, possibly he might carry a blind eye if he didn't see a certain particular crappy white van back up into the loading docks. There was so much carpet coming into the building at this point that it took both freight elevators (that move entire sets by the way), to make this possible. There were golf carts and fork lifts flying by, cherry pickers (one man crane) flying around, people screaming. And every five minutes they call for a lunch break. I'm talking chaos. So we managed to get the carpet into the elevator. All this time, I'm told I'm supposed to be on the set, acting or something, but instead I found myself in the middle of a covert operation. Just at that moment, I get the word that there are inspectors going through the actors dressing rooms, taking notes on what we need and do not need, six guys with clipboards. Long story short, we got the freight elevators shut, and Ace and team went to work. You've never heard so much banging, scraping, tearing in your life. I was technically done shooting by 11am that morning, but I didn't leave the building until 9 o'clock at night, making sure everybody got the carpet that they ordered. At one point, they had made a mistake with some of the carpeting and brought too much deer hunter green and not enough amber jack, but I knew this would be a big problem, until I ran into Jacob Young. I was like, "Look Jacob, see this beautiful green carpet, you too can have this!" I don't know if Jacob liked it or he was being nice to the new guy, but Jacob Young has gone green!
Now let's get serious for a minute, did you all hear about the goodbye party for Gus and Harley? The response to their departure has been sad, but I'm really looking forward to seeing you there. It has a Greek theme, we have invited all of the Cooper family and of course the Spaulding family. We can break bread, and plates together. You don't know what fun is until you've broken a plate with Justin Deas (Buzz, my ex father in law from GL), and Ron Raines (my Dad from Guiding Light), but they will all be there. It will be our last time together on this planet as Gus and Harley. I hope you can make it. You can find more information and book your reservations on my website at:
Do you remember the last words spoken between us? It went something like this:
"We almost got it right. Let's try it again in another lifetime."
Well maybe now you know what we were talking about. So I really hope you can join us.
Next order of business. The Emmys. You should know that I have been asked to host the Red Carpet for ABC's SoapNet, which I believe airs from 6-8pm EST. This time, I'm not going to let anyone off the hook, and I'm not going to ask a single person who or what they are wearing, because people don't care about that stuff. It's all about people and what is going on in their life. Also, you should know that there will be a special announcement during the Emmys regarding All My Children. Certain NEW characters that may or may not be joining the show, you know what I'm "not" talking about, *wink*. So tune in.
Last but not least, I just got back from the CMA festival in Nashville, which was an amazing experience. There were thousands of faithful watchers, with lots of people telling me how much it affected them when Gus died. It really touched me. On the plane ride home, I thought a lot about how much my life has changed.
Tell a family member that you love them.
From my heart,
Thursday, May 15, 2008
It's so funny when I hear people using blogs, with a negative tone. I try to use the principle that my mother taught me when I was five years old, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. You know who you are! Ok, so here we go. Since I last reached out to you, so much has happened. I had to do something that is very rare in daytime, but one day will be the norm. ABC flew a small group of us out to Hollywood, for what I might consider one of the most exciting experiences I've had in a long time when it comes to show business. They did this one other time on our sister show, General Hospital, but never to this magnitude. I'm talking about a tremendous green screen action adventure sequence. I've been in this business since I was three years old, and have never gotten to do a stunt like this before. And when it comes to daytime television, no show or television network has ever put in this amount of time, money, and effort into an action sequence like this. I can't tell you everything, but what I can tell you is that it involves a huge shootout and helicopters, all on top of a skyscraper. I mean honestly, I've never seen anything like it, and I'm very excited for you all to see it.
By the way, have you been watching the show? I know some of you who I've heard from are watching the show, but I'm curious about the rest of you. I am also dying to hear your comments and storyline ideas. You'd be surprised, I do read them, and every now and then, somebody has an amazing idea that will make me march downstairs to the producers. And in my own way, let your ideas be heard.
I will tell you this, I've really loved working with this cast. I now understand someone like David Canary's success. First of all, he's a great guy. Charming, funny, witty...but the thing that impressed me the most is how committed he gets in a scene. He is so fully engaged and present, that in one scene, when he was playing Stuart (the more gentle easy simple minded twin), while we were all sitting around, Adam's name came up and the characters were nervous that Adam was going to show up in the room and I actually started looking around to see if he was coming, forgetting that there's only one actor. My point is, when David walks on set as Stuart, he is Stuart, and believe me when he walks on set as Adam, he is no doubt Adam. He is kinder to the cast and crew when Stuart and more devilish when he's Adam. I think this is as close to method acting as a daytime actor can get. I'd like to give him the RPG Performer of the Month Award.
For all you ladies out there, I did my first scenes with Cameron Mathison last night. And yes he is a sweetheart and a very giving scene partner. I want to give him a shout out, because I had all this hospital medical jargon to spew, but I f****d up a few times, thank you for putting up with my cursing in between takes! Let me tell you something people, playing a doctor but doing it well, ain't easy. I'm actually going to silo some doctors through the ER as part of my research and due diligence on this character. One thing I can't stand is for any of that stuff to look or sound fake. My job just got ten times harder.
Last but not least, I spoke to Beth Ehlers last night and we have agreed to have one final bash as Gus and Harley. It will be a goodbye party for all of you, our friends, family, and loved ones. Val had the wonderful idea of having a greek theme, so the entire Cooper family will be there ( I will personally make sure of it ). We will break plates, have tons of Greek salad, wine, baklava, and fabulous Greek music. Maybe I'll even get Beth to sing a song. So it would mean the world to us to see you there. Because for that one last afternoon, we will be Gus and Harley. I would love to see you there, please check my website and the magazines for the upcoming details. For your convenience, it will be during the Guiding Light fan club weekend. And for those of you who get seasick, don't worry it won't be on a boat. It will be in the Times Square area of the greatest city in the world, New York City. Val says to book early because we expect it to sell out quickly.
All my love,
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Hello loved ones...it's me. Since the last time I did this, I have had a ton of interviews, lunch meetings with reporters, a couple of photoshoots, wardrobe fittings, meetings with lawyers, accountants, agents, managers, all not necessarily the most fun but definitely necessary.
Last night, which was the night before my first day at work, I went to a benefit for the Heart Share Foundation, honoring amongst others, Cameron Mathison. I went with Jill Larson, Rebecca Budig, Alicia Minshew, and Melissa Claire Egan, Cameron, and his wife. It was the first time that I took pictures with my new television family. It was strange for me, but I don't know whether it was because of the new show, or because I've never been that comfortable with the paparazzi. Anyway, I went because Linda Dano asked me to, and I love Linda dearly. If Linda were 5 years younger, or I were 5 years older, she would be Linda Goldin, because I adore that woman. She said the most beautiful things as she presented an award to Cameron Mathison. I also had some really good bonding time with the ladies of All My Children.
I have to say that everybody told me that the cast of AMC is very warm and loving, and all I can say is that first hand, one by one, I'm seeing just how right everybody was. Walt Willey called me the other night to welcome me aboard. Michael E. Knight was already acting like a big brother when I interrupted his haircut at the studio. Jacob Young gave me a big old bear hug today (my first day) in the hallway as I went down to do my first scenes on the studio floor of All My Children.
Now, I would definitely go into telling you everything that I shot today, but I am sworn to secrecy. I don't know what is in the magazines or isn't, but the story will unfold rather quickly I'm sure. All I can tell you is that I think it is a really good re-introduction to Pine Valley for this character. I'll give you a clue, it took me 20 minutes in the shower to wash all the blood off after I was done shooting. And that's all I can say.
So, I noticed that they did a magazine cover on CBS Soaps In Depth, because I have a big mouth, remember? Supposedly I gave an exclusive interview? I saw the TV commercials they were running on CBS and you gotta love how they showed the cover that says "Gus Dies". The woman announcer said, somebody lives and somebody dies, who's it gonna be? I watched it over and over and laughed.
My first airdate for All My Children is May 2. I came out of the studio door yesterday to a bunch of fans and for the first time in my life, I signed Jake Martin instead of Gus Aitoro. That was surreal. But the good news is they said they had never watched All My Children before, and now they are going to start. Can I tell you something? For me, that's what it is all about. Not all those meetings and showbiz stuff, but the fans. I would not have been able to make this move without all my extended family and fans.
By the way, what did you honestly think of my death on Guiding Light? Was it what you expected? Did the producers live up to your expectations? How was the funeral? I haven't seen it yet. Are you still watching the show?
I had a nice talk with Cady McClain (Dixie) in the makeup room. I'll tell you all about it next time! Until then, I am signing off, I love to hear your comments, your thoughts, your wishes and dreams. Let me know who you would like to see Jake hook up with first in Pine Valley!
Write to me at:
Ricky Paull Goldin
All My Children
320 West 66th St
New York, NY 10023
All my love,
PS: If we have a fan event, would you prefer the AMC weekend or GL weekend?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
One of the best things about being an actor is meeting my fans. I have met so many over the years and it was always great to hear what you think, what you like and don't like, what you want more of. That's why I did a lot of appearances and events in my seven years at Guiding Light. I'd like to do the same with All My Children.
I'm thinking about teaming up with Beth Ehlers during Guiding Light's fan club weekend and inviting all of our "Gus and Harley" fans to meet us somewhere, for a lunch or drinks. To chat about what fun we had creating one of the top super couples of soaps. And there's no one better to do that with but all of you! So what do you say, are you interested? Do you have any ideas? I've been told it's in September this year, so mark your calendars and if I get enough responses, it's a date...
I'd also like to do something during the All My Children weekend in NYC. I have heard that is in August? Anybody been before? Are there any special events? If I were to put on one at night, with some of the other cast members from the show, who would you most like to meet? I've also been invited to join the "Soap Star" cruise in January 2009, so keep your eye out for details on that...
I've just been informed that my first official tape date for AMC is April 8th. I should be airing at the end of April, beginning of May. I don't know when my final air date is for Guiding Light, but I am going to find out! In my final weeks of freedom before I start my new journey, I plan to take my mother to Europe for a little shopping and relaxation. It won't be long before I'm thick into storyline and can't get away so easily.
That's it for now, let me know your thoughts on getting together, I want to spend some time with all my fans, old and new, very soon.
All my love,
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
This afternoon I went hiking to the top of a mountain, to sit up there and do some thinking. The name of the mountain was Squaw Peak. When I got up to the top, all I could think of was, How the f**k am I going to get down from here? Let's put it this way, I should have used sunscreen, I got burnt like a lobster. In all seriousness though, it is beautiful...I'm staying at the base of Camelback mountain.
Tomorrow, I'm jumping in the car and driving towards San Diego, and Capistrano, going to head up the coast finally towards Los Angeles, and end up in Hollyweird. I'm going to LA to see some old friends, and say goodbye to a few CBS executives and hello to a few ABC executives. I do have plans to have dinner with my agent and management team, to thank them for all their hard work these last few months. And I also have plans to sit down with a few ABC execs while in town to talk about other ways that I can bring value to their network. We'll discuss a few new show ideas, and although I'd love to tell all of you (my extended friends and family) what those ideas are, we have a few spies reading this blog.
Recently, I was told off by the publicity department from whence I came that I said too much in my blog last time. All that has done is make me want to tell you more. No disrespect to a certain magazine that I promised an exclusive to, because what I promised was not to talk about how I left Guiding Light, or what exactly happens to my character (although it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out), but as usual they always underestimate you, our audience. For example, continuity, character history, storytelling, ALL very important, good story and good writing being the most important of all. But getting back to what I was saying about the exclusive interview, I never not once ever spoke about or hinted about how I depart Guiding Light. I only talked about the future, the new show, the new network, the new gig, the new character. I only talked about the endless possibilities and my excitement, highlighting my new cast mates. So as far as I'm concerned, I really don't know what they're upset about. I honored my gentlemen's agreement because all you have at the end of the day is your word.
On that note, I will reach out to you next weekend, on Easter Sunday and check in with all of you. For those of you that watch The Young and The Restless, I am planning to have dinner with Christian LeBlanc tomorrow night in LA. And by the way, before I left New York, Beth Ehlers and I popped into Martha Byrne's (As The World Turns) going away party. Apparently she's going on to new adventures herself. By the way, I saw Michael Park there, and he was hounding me about our next gig, definitely something to think about.
So I'll talk to you all next weekend. I'm going to sign up for a gym in LA, so I don't show up looking like a porker in Pine Valley!
All my love,
PS: Check out my new official fan site at http://rickypaullgoldinfans.yuku.com!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Hello my faithful friends and extended family,
This is a time of great change, it feels like everything is changing, but only for the better. Last Thursday was my final episode of Guiding Light, my final scene as Gus, saying goodbye to Harley forever. Lunchtime at CBS felt like the last supper. All of our crew, production staff, cast, and security all gathered together in the rehearsal hall to break bread and say goodbye. It is hard to believe that I won’t be walking back into the Guiding Light studio or my old dressing room again, but life goes on….
I was and have been a fan of ABC Daytime Television for a very long time, they really seem to do an amazing job, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to become a part of the ABC family. I’ve actually been watching all of their shows. This will be the first time that I will be re-creating a character as opposed to creating him from scratch, but I’m excited by that challenge. I have never seen any of Jake's previous portrayers and he hasn’t been on the canvas for over half a decade, so in actuality, the only thing that I will be working with that I’m not used to…is his onscreen history created by others before me. It’ll be my job to erase all those memories and "de"construct him in my own image. If that was hard to follow, what I’m saying is…he won’t be like any Jake Martin you’ve known before.
But I can’t and I don’t want to do it without YOU. I don’t want to go to Pine Valley by myself. I want to take you all with me. It’ll be like a road trip, it’ll be like us all jumping on a bus together or a ship, I just want us all to take the journey together. So I’m going to ask that you search within yourself, and start watching ‘All My Children’, so you can learn the history. Personally I think it’s a great show. There is an actor on there named Michael E. Knight who plays Tad Martin, my brother. It’s obvious that he is quick, witty, and makes the dialogue his own. I get the feeling that he does a lot of improvising, and I love that about him. I have a good feeling about working with him. There is another actor on that show named Billy Miller, who plays Richie, probably my favorite character to watch, he’s very inventive. Thorsten Kaye plays Zach Slater, who seems to be the rock of the show, and I’m looking forward to getting into the perverbial ring with him. Cameron Mathison who plays Ryan is probably the nicest, most genuine guy I’ve ever met and that comes through in his character.
When it comes to the women of ‘All My Children,' they are all quite beautiful and charming to watch. Alicia Minshew plays Kendall, the daughter of Susan Lucci, and has all the beauty and grace of a Jane Eyre heroine. Rebecca Budig who plays Greenlee is sassy, feisty, and has the sexiest bedroom eyes on television. She called me the night I accepted the offer to congratulate me and it was at that moment, that I realized that I was really moving over to ABC. I would be proud to work with either one if these talented ladies.
So I consider myself lucky to step onto their set. If you take this journey with me from the beginning, I’ll be able to share all of my experiences with each and every one of you. Everything from ‘All My Children’s’ rehearsal process to their extravagant sets, from their high production values to their Super Soap weekend at Disney, who knows, maybe eventually I’ll be able to take you on a studio tour. Now I know that for those of you who don’t watch ‘All My Children,' to ask you to start watching is probably asking a lot, but look at it this way, now you have somebody who is working on the inside and can fill you in on any and all of your questions. This is going to be the first installment of my weekly blog, I will log in every Sunday to do another, so check back every week!
I start filming on or about the week of March 31st, which means I will be airing towards the end of April. So start watching as soon as possible, tape it, DVR it, TiVo it, whatever you have to do. I know you won’t be disappointed. Weekdays 1pm ET/12pm PT or check your local listings!
ABC does not have an email system for its actors, so I need you to write to me via snail mail at:
Ricky Paull Goldin
All My Children
320 West 66th St
New York, NY 10023
Tell me all your thoughts and ideas and I will respond as fast as I can. You will be added to my mailing list. Who would you like me to get into a relationship with first and how would you like to see it happen? For viewers that already know this show, I’d love to hear everything you have to say about Jake Martin, what you loved, hated, missed about him, and what you wished would have happened with him. It’s going to be fun bringing him back to life for you. So that’s it for now, I look forward to all of your input, I’ll see you in Pine Valley.