Did you know that Brandon Buddy was 13 when his younger brother was born and he was in the room with his mother for the birth?
Well, he was.
And he told Kara and me about it during our interview with him and co-star Kristen Alderson (Starr) at Super Soap Weekend 2008.
He calls the experience “the biggest rush ever.”
Brandon said he drew on those emotions as Cole, during his One Life To Live scenes, when Cole was told that the baby he fathered with Starr (Kristen Alderson) had died.
“I just tried to put myself in the situation,” Brandon said. “God forbid if that had ever happened to my little brother, I just couldn’t imagine….I’m kind of a softie, you know.
“When something that tragic happens, you hear so many incidents in real life, when a married couple loses a baby in real life, unfortunately many times they end up divorcing over it because they try to blame one another,” Brandon said.
Kristen told us that Trevor St. John improvises a lot. In their upcoming scenes this week, when Starr finds out that Todd was going to steal her baby, there were a lot times they deviated from the written lines, she said.
“Trevor St. John is so great,” she said. “He’s big into doing things in the moment. You always just have to be ready to ad lib and to react to whatever he does and that’s really exciting for me. A lot of people don’t like that, but I love it. Starr and Todd have a lot of scenes coming up where Starr confronts him about everything. We went back and forth and sometimes we said lines that were in the script and sometimes we said lines that weren’t in the script. We sometimes we do things really spur of the moment and I think it’s great.”
It struck me that Kristen, only 17, had the poise, manners and aplomb of someone far beyond her years. I was beyond impressed with the maturity with which she answered questions that would have challenged someone much older.
Kristen has been on the show since she was 6 1/2 after all. She grew up on the show with Kassie DePaiva as her mother Blair Cramer Manning, Robin Strasser as her aunt Dorian Cramer Lord and Erika Slezak as her aunt Victoria Lord Davidson.
So when Kristen was called upon for the teen pregnancy storyline, she was up for the challenge. But she only found out a week before taping the birth scenes that the baby would die – or at least Starr and her family thinks the baby died after Jess/Tess/Bess switched her dead baby with Starr’s live one.
“If I knew [at the outset] that I was going to have scenes that Starr was going to have scenes where she lost the baby, I don’t know how I would have reacted…I would have been ‘I don’t think I can do that.’ But ever since we started with the storyline, I feel like I have just grown with my character and really went through the experience with her. When I found out a week before taping the baby was going to die – or at least Starr thought that – I got emotional about it. We taped the delivery scenes a day before we found out that the baby’s dead. Just being in the bed about to give birth, it was so emotional and I had everyone that’s known me since I was 6 ½ years old around. Just the whole experience was so emotional than I ever thought it would be, so it was kind of easy to do those scenes because there was a lot of emotional build up.
“The good thing about soap operas is that you get to grow with your character if you’re on long enough,” Kristen said. “To grow with Kassie and Trevor and Erika and Robin, it just makes the scenes easier because you’re drawing upon other moments that you’ve had with each other in the past. In a movie, you don’t get to do that. You just have to make up the background.”
Brandon said he was a bit intimidated when he heard Susan Haskell was coming back to the show as his mom, Marty Saybrook, the role she originated and made a soap opera legend so many years ago. He had never acted with Haskell in the role of Marty, because when the character allegedly died in the car crash that Cole witnessed, Christina Chambers was playing Marty.
“She’s so good,” Brandon said of Haskell. “She continues to impress me every day. The first day we worked together, we had 65 pages of us two back and forth. I was so nervous, but the time just flew by. She’s such a great lady.”
On Cole trying to smother Todd with a pillow, Brandon said, “When we were doing the scenes I was like – a pillow? Really? Can I carry a bat in or something?”

It was just a couple of short weeks ago that I couldn’t wait to get home and turn on One Life To Live.
I LOVED the 40th anniversary plotlines….the Mendorra one was iffy – but I loved the ending with Carlo and Jonas in bed together. That was just so entertaining!
Well, here.
Watch for yourself. Tina’s reaction is so funny!

I also LOVED the 40th anniversary Viki in heaven s/l when she was reunited with Ben.
And I really LOVED the 1968 plotline the most – although not everybody did and it did go on a wee bit too long.
But, hey, nothing’s perfect and not everyone is going to love everything.
Let’s get back to what’s happening now.
The only s/l that I’m interested in is Gigi/Rex/Brody and the John/Blair possibilities.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those who is going to stop watching OLTL.
Not gonna happen.
It’s my favorite.
Always has been.
HOWEVER, and notice that big however, there are so many things that I don’t like about it right now and I’m starting to wonder how head writer Ron Carlivati could go from so good – to so bad.
Let’s start with the Bo/Lindsay jail scene.
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Bo (Robert S. Woods) walking away from Lindsay (Catherine Hickland) was just ludicrous to me.
First of all, it’s plain stupid that she’s in jail at all, because her defense should have been that she killed Spencer Truman to protect Blair, who was about to be raped.
Put that aside.
I would have thought that the fact that Bo saw his past, looked at how he lived his life and settled things in his head regarding his father – it would have given him the peace of mind to allow him to forgive Lindsay and stand by her.
All of his broken relationships in the past were because he’s been unable to forgive.
And, yes, it was because he always wanted to be the anti-Asa, which has endeared him to everyone (including me).
But here’s the thing, you can be a good person, do the right thing and also forgive those you love for mistakes that they’ve made.
You would think that looking back on the fact that he survived Vietnam might spur him to live life to the fullest.
Okay. You get the picture. I hated that Bo walked away from Lindsay.
Let’s move on to Todd (Trevor St. John) and Marty (Susan Haskell).
That s/l just gets creepier and creepier.
The idea that the man who raped her is basically holding her prisoner, because she’s an invalid who can’t remember her past – well it kinda makes my skin crawl.
It’s basically Stockholm Syndrome at it’s worst, because she doesn’t remember that she has a son and a life.
And she doesn’t know that John McBain was devastated by her “death.”
All she knows are the lies that Todd is feeding her.
And now he’s planning on getting a hold of Starr’s child and raise it with his captive.
The whole s/l is just icky.
And let’s not even talk about that kiss.
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Then there’s Tess.
Paging Jessica!
Bree Williamson, portrayer, of Jess/Tess, is so talented. Those scenes of Nash’s death as Jess – well she certainly deserves an Emmy for those.
Now, as her alter Tess, she does such a great job being evil that it’s scary. And that’s why I hate Tess.
I HATE the fact that she locked Tina and her poor little dog in the sound-proof cellar room.
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And now she drugged Natalie…..Hate that too!
It’s no wonder Tess and Todd struck a deal – devil to devil.
Getting back to Todd, there’s one more thing that I hate and it’s the fault of the writing.
I hate the fact that Todd has become this monster.
Since, Trevor St. John took over the role, he showed a kinder, gentler Todd, which is what I really liked.
Now, Todd has reverted back to being a monster, like he was written back in the Roger Howarth days. So maybe the writers are trying to appease the Roger fans. I really don’t know. All I know is I want the nicer side of Todd back.
I have to say, TSJ is so talented he switches from evil Todd to nice Todd so deftly that one minute I love Todd and the next minute I hate him. That’s a tribute to TSJ’s acting.
I hate the Marcie and Michael split. They belong together. And I hated that Marcie was sad when she watched Michael dancing with Layla.
And what about the Vince/Layla split? Talk about that coming out of nowhere. I was stunned and saddened by that one, because I like Tika Sumpter and Tobias Truvillion together.
Regarding the Clint/Nora split, I wasn’t a big fan of the pairing in the beginning.
Now, just as I’m starting to like them together – WHAM – they split up.
What???
Just as fans start to get invested in the pair, they go bye bye as a couple? I hope not.
And what about Christian being knocked over the head and kidnapped.
What the h*** is that about?
Christian has been through the wringer. He really has.
And now, just as he and Sarah are about to find happiness, he’ s kidnapped?
OLTL need a serious writing makeover – STAT!

I’ve been noticing for months that there’s been this good chemistry going on between One Life To Live‘s John McBain and Blair Cramer.
And now that they’re finally together, I’m liking what I’m seeing.
Now I don’t really know where this will go or how long it will last.
Let’s face it.
The two are…..well…..complicated at best.
They don’t have the best track records at relationships.
How many times has Blair (Kassie DePaiva) married Todd?
I think even the best OLTL statistician has lost count.
And John?
There was Natalie, which didn’t work out – twice.
Then Evangeline.
Then Marty.
Although, she doesn’t really count as a failed relationship because she died….although, not really, because we now know she is alive, but HE doesn’t know that……..yet.
The major theme in John’s doomed relationships is his failure to communicate his feelings….
And his demons.
Demons like the death of his fiancee, Caitlin, and the death of his father.
But I think he may have rid himself of those demons.
Which may have cleared the way for Blair.
Blair and John
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I like them together.
And this is why.
Blair brings out the lighter side of John McBain, wearer of all things black.

How about that yellow Hawaiian shirt with Tucans on it?
Too Funny!
Only Blair could get him to put on that shirt.
And John?
Well, he’s been my favorite since he came to Llanview.
I just love the brooding, do-the-right-thing, Detective McBain.
And what I like about him is much more than those big blue bedroom eyes and his gorgeous good looks.
It’s his honesty, integrity and loyalty…..qualities that are rare and wonderful in this day and age.
I love the fact that amidst the chaos of Llanview, John McBain (Michael Easton) is the one constant you can count on when the chips are down.
And I’m wondering.
What’s going to happen when he finally finds out that Todd has deceived everyone and that Marty is alive?