Bradford Anderson has fond memories of going to Disney World every year with his family.
“Disney World is one of my favorite places,” he said. “It was the family trip. We all got in the car and drove down from New Hampshire each year and I looked forward to it so much. This year, I’m bringing my mom and my sister as well as my girlfriend. So coming back to Disney World in this capacity is strange but amazing.”
Anderson, best know as Damien Spinelli on General Hospital, is one of the 31 stars meeting and greeting fans at Super Soap Weekend 2008 – this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16. As Disney has announced, this will be the final year for the popular event and Soapbox will be the blogging live from SSW.
Bradford was the breakout star last year, with his FastPasses being the first to go each day.
He also surprised the fans camped out the Disney gates at 1 a.m. by visiting them and bringing them goodies to eat and drink. But Bradford says he won’t be doing the same this year, because he’s performing at the Street Jam for the first time – and he got the word from Disney not to.
The following is an interview I had with Bradford last weekend before his appearance with other daytime stars at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL.
As promised, here is my Bradford Anderson interview.
Michele: What are you looking forward to about Super Soap?
Bradford: It’s kind of hard to pick just one thing out. I’ve only been there one year and it was just a barrage of positive energy and fun. Seeing familiar faces. Seeing lots of new faces. Being able to perform in the Street Jam. Just the opportunity to meet people and run around and basically be as crazy as we want to be because that’s why we’re there. It’s kinda neat.”
Michele: What is it like to have Spinelli become such a breakout character?
Bradford: “I came from doing musical theater in New York. Not only did I never have a job that lasted more than two or three months, but the life of a theater actor is not necessarily congratulatory. Getting on a show like this with a job that lasts more than three months, those are the things that blow my mind on a daily basis. The things beyond that – like all the things I get to do because of it and the people I get to meet is just beyond anything that I could’ve imagined. I’m just glad to have a job.
“When I joined the show, I was only supposed to be on for two months. So the fact that I’m here two years later is the biggest blessing I could have asked for and all the things that come with it is the cherry on top.”
Michele: What do you love/hate about Spinelli?
Bradford: “I love his sincerity and the fact that he’s innocent enough to not quite know how to communicate without telling the truth. He’s so earnest and honest in everything he does. It pains him to not tell the truth. He never tries to put on anyone or manuever anyone.That’s what I love about him.
“What I look forward to improving on is his self-confidence in knowing that he is such a good person and therefore doesn’t need to become something that he isn’t. That is the struggle that makes him somewhat interesting. The more he allows himself to be confident in who he is, I think more adventures will ensue. I don’t think the confidence will take away from who he is, it will just enable him to have more experiences.”
Michele: How difficult is it to memorize Spinelli-speak?
Bradford: “It’s funny. When I go to work and put on my hooded sweatshirt, my mouth just figures out how to do it. People have asked me to go into Spinelli when I’m not at work and it’s hard. At work, I just kind of step into it and when I’m not at work, it’s out of me. Some soap actors, their characters are just a different version of themself and it’s hard for them to separate the two. You get kind of confused, because we live in our characters so often. But, for me, I never get confused.
“I grew up in central New Hampshire, we don’t have football, but I played sports. I was never the strapping young athlete, but I did okay. And my social skills are actually pretty good and I’ve always had a fair amount of self-confidence because of my parents. I do have much more confidence in interacting with people than Spinelli does and I know how to use a computer, but I don’t even know what hacking means.”
Michele: What do you hope for Spinelli”
Bradford: “To relax and to love, somehow. To find someone who allows that part of him to really come out. Being able to see how he reacts when he is loved in return and knows it.”

Can’t get to Super Soap Weekend Nov. 15 and 16 to meet the soap stars at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando?
If you live in South Florida – or if you can get there – four of daytime’s favorite stars are appearing for a meet and greet from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. The cost: $10.00.
Did you read my interview last week with All My Children’s Cameron Mathison (Ryan)?
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Scroll down below this entry and you can read it.
Well, Cameron is one of the four appearing at the casino.
The others are: Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, General Hospital),Winsor Harmon (Thorne, The Bold and the Beautiful) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael, The Young and the Restless).
Mathison, one of the busiest actors in daytime, is headlining Super Soap Weekend and he is also hosting the Soap Cruise, 2nd voyage, which departs Miami on Jan. 22.
There you can mingle with 16 soap stars while on a cruise with stops in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico.
Mathison, Anderson, Harmon and LeBlanc will all be on the cruise.
And more good news…You can register to win a trip for two on the soap cruise if you attend the meet and greet at the Hard Rock!
For more information, call (954) 327-7631. Or go to www.soapcruise.com for more info on the cruise.

I am officially loving Spixie!
For those of you not up on the lingo – it’s the pairing of Spinelli and Maxie on General Hospital.
The friendship between the always lovable, honest, trustworthy and loyal-to-a-fault Damien Spinelli and Maxie Jones – the formerly Bad Blonde One turned Maxinista – has totally redeemed Maxie’s character for me.
I so enjoy her now and really look forward to her scenes with Spinelli.
I really detested her after her fiascos with Logan (sleeping with him to hurt Lulu) and Lucky (feeding him pills, sleeping with him and breaking up his marriage with Elizabeth).
Not a real flattering picture when you look at her track record, eh?
But since she joined in grief with Spinelli over her sister Georgie’s death and formed a fast and wonderful friendship with someone so opposite from herself, Maxie (Kirsten Storms) really turned her life around for the better.
And she really has her friendship with Spinelli to thank for that.
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I just love, love, love Spinelli, who refers to himself in the third person as The Jackal.
He’s my kind of guy.
He’s so much more appealing than say…..Sonny – who women just swoon over and do anything for and forgive him over and over and over every time he cheats on them.
Let’s not even go there.
Getting back to Spinelli, he’s played by the wonderfully, talented Bradford Anderson, who does funny just as easily as he plays serious.
And Storms really shines in her scenes with him.
The two really work off each other beautifully.
And the reason for all of my ramblings are their most recent scenes together – after Maxie was forced to tell the jury – with Spinelli present – about her seducing Logan to get back at Lulu.
Now, he already knew this.
But having to relive one of her less-than-stellar moments in front of Spinelli, whom she respects so much……Maxie was so embarrassed and had such a low opinion of herself that she was going to sever ties with Spinelli for his own good.
Such a selfless act from such a mostly selfish girl.
Storms was so real. So moving.
For the first time in a really long time, I felt for Maxie.
“You’re much too good a person to waste yourself on me,” she said. “What is wrong with you? Why don’t you understand me? People who believe in me always wind up disappointed or hurt and addicted to pain pills or just plain angry and bitter and I need to leave before I do that to you.”
Spinelli answers, “Regardless of your opinion of your own unworthiness, the truth is you have been loyal and compassionate to The Jackal. His spirits have been uplifted by your angelic kindness. You have broadened my horizons and provided insight and advice…..If you think that watching you bravely facing your demons in a court of law could change my high esteem of you, then you don’t know me very well. I have never seen you more brave or more beautiful than you were today.”

Catch that hug at the end of their talk.
Awwwww. How cute is that?