Soap fans are an amazing bunch.
A little excessive at times….maybe.
But there’s nothing wrong with being passionate about something.
One of the best things that I found at Super Soap 2007 was the other fans who I met along the way.
I’ve already mentioned some of them in previous blogs and I would say, on the whole, that soap fans are really friendly people.
In this category: Tina, Theresa and Kelly from Delaware as well as mother and daughter soap fans Bonnie from New Jersey and Christy from Tampa.
We met them all in the General Hospital line at 5:50 a.m. on Sunday. That was the time we got to the MGM gate and found that the Disney people had already cut off the line and was sending people up to the turnstiles to form a second line.
But there was no line…..It was many lines all squished together by the time they opened the gates. So basically, people who got there an hour after us ended up in front of us.
And that was what we were all predicting as we stood there for two hours waiting for the gates to open, only to be herded like a pen full of cattle up to the General Hospital line.
The girls from Delaware were a fun bunch, giving us tips on where the actors hung out, who they had already seen and who they wanted to see.
When the Disney people opened the gates and we were all getting pushed along in a huge mass of people – we lost the Delaware girls, but were able to stay with Christy and Bonnie.
Click here to view my photos from SSW.
Christy and I ended up pulling standby FastPasses for GH’s Bradford Anderson, who plays Damien Spinelli, the computer geek with the heart of gold.
Bradford has only been on the show about a year, but I would venture to say he is one of the most talented – and by far the most enjoyable – to watch. He really is a gem and, by watching him, somehow I knew he would be really fun to meet.
I absolutely love Spinelli, who calls himself The Jackal (of cyberspace).
I so admire his honesty and his loyalty and I just love Spinellispeak – like The Blonde One (Lulu), The Bad Blonde One (Maxi) and The Maternal One (Elizabeth).
I really didn’t think that I would be able to even get a standby pass for him because, as I predicted, he was the most popular ticket of the weekend. I was lucky enough to pull standby number 28, banking on the fact that I thought he would take all his standbys – and he did.
For one thing, he’s attractive – and sexy.
There is something really sexy about a guy who is kind and sincere – and that’s the way he appeared when interacting with each fan.
For another thing, he was so enthusiastic to see his fans. He was extremely attentive to each and every person.
When it was my turn to go up and meet him, Bradford greeted me with a big smile and a really nice hug….really nice.
While he was signing a picture for me, we chatted briefly about Spinelli. We posed for a photo and then I handed him a flier for Soapbox, asking him to check out our site. He gave me a big smile and said it sounds great – and then ended our visit with another big hug.
In that very short time, I came away feeling that he really cares about his fans.
So maybe, just maybe, he really will check out this site.
One can hope.

4 thoughts on “Meeting Bradford Anderson and other Super Soap Musings

  1. Ro
    November 15, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Michele – wonderful pics at SSW! Isn’t it fun to meet the actors? Most of them really love the fans and you come away with a warm fuzzy feeling. Your column is lovely and fun to read! Love, Ro

  2. Michele
    November 17, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Hey Ro! SSW was GREAT! Although the crowds and the logistics of getting the one-on-one FastPasses are getting more difficult.
    But all of the actors I met this year were simply incredible!!

  3. Christy
    November 18, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Hi Michelle, it was fun recalling the SSW events on your blog. We sure went thru some crazy situations, but the long waits all seemed worth it in the end after my mom and I got to meet 4 stars on Sunday. It was fun meeting you and bumping into you throughout the day. We’re not sure if we’ll go back next year but most likely will again in the future. I hope Disney learns in the meantime how to control the crowds so that people like the special young girls that you guys met on standby will be crying tears of joy next time. See ya next time, Christy

  4. Michele
    November 18, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Hi Christy,
    I’m so glad you stopped by and said hi. Talking with you and your mom helped keep me sane in the aftermath of that insane herding experience during the early morning hours. Yeah, Disney needs to get its act together regarding how to handle the early crowds.
    And you are so right about meeting the actors – it *did* make it all worth it in the end…and, yes, let’s hope those young girls are crying tears of joy next time.
    Visit us here often. We write a lot about the ABC soaps.
    Keep in touch,