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?