Turbo Talk: AMC’s Jamie Luner Chats With The Advocate

Boy oh Boy, All My Children’s new game changer, Jamie "No Ass Kisser" Luner, aka Turbo, sure is making the media rounds. The primetime superstar—she was on those last two years of Melrose Place no one watched—sat down with Michael Fairman for Advocate.com. Hmm, maybe in addition to now being a flame-haired lawyer, Liza will also turn out to be one of those angry lesbians who bounces back and forth like that Ann Heche? At any rate, here’s how she explains how and why she was woefully miscast in Marcy Walker‘s breakout role:

AMC head writer Chuck Pratt and you worked together before on Melrose Place. He wrote the prime-time soap, and you starred as Lexi. So, how did that figure into the equation of you getting the role of Liza Colby?

They say it’s cliché, but timing is everything. I had put a phone call into Chuck and he actually answered his phone at that moment, which was bizarre. I said, “It’s Jamie.” And he goes, “Oh, my God! How did you get my number and what do you want?” I said, “I was reaching out and wanted to see you and grab a cup of coffee.” He said he would call me back. So a couple of hours later he called and said to me, “You don’t know how weird your timing is. I was just on a pitch meeting phone call, and they were trying to figure out how to recast the role of Liza and you called!” It’s really weird. And then the people in the pitch meeting were like, “Oh, my God! She would be perfect.” So they asked me to lunch. I met with Brian Frons (president of ABC Daytime and SOAPnet) and Chuck. They told me the backstory, and it was certainly a character that was right up my alley. It certainly was a good fit as far as the timing in my life. I was certainly ready for a change and move. The timing was perfect all around and it was meant to be."

I wonder if Pratt has a long story planned for her? He certainly didn’t have one for Eden Riegel. Much like our podcast host Luke Kerr, Pratt likes to make things up as he goes along. While that can sometimes make for a fun podcast, it results in an absolutely shiteous (Perez Hilton TM) hour of television. I don’t care if Pratt books Heather Locklear in a dual role as Ruth and Bobby Martin, if Mr. Personality hasn’t bothered to sit his ass down in front of a laptop and pen a story for her, it won’t matter one hill of beans who he casts.

Seriously, this has nothing to do with Luner. I absolutely loved her as Savannah’s saucy Peyton, and think she would have made a killer Skye Chandler Quartermaine—Liza, no way in high hell— but if AMC really expects fans to jump up and down and pooh in our diapers because of Pratt’s cell phone casting coupe, while dissing the stars we already adore, they another thing coming. Like the ladies behind AMC: Pratt Falls say, a fan without hope, is a fan without fear.

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    Jillian Bowe

    *LMAO!* Oh God I’m just dying here. My screen is all jacked up now from me spiting up water. This fly by the seat of the pants writing is not for daytime especially when its on its last leg.

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    Seriously when is Frons gonna get his act together and let go of Pratt??????????? Jeez at this point I think they (ABC) should hire Ron C (of OLTL) to supervise the writers on all three in their daytime line-up!

    And I doubt it really played out like Jamie claims. Rumors are all over the web that Pratt pitched her to Frons for the role of SKYE and Frons said NO!… but Frons thought she shoudl play Liza!

    Maybe Frons would recast Viki on OLTL with Hayden Panettiere??????????? Zach Effron could be the next Bo of OLTL or maybe Luke on GH!!! I guess Frons’s mind set is out with the old in with the new… but lets have the younger person replace the older actor/actress in their role!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I really like Jamie Luner– but think this was poor casting. She should be playing Skye, Hayley, Laura or Julie. Julie Chandler (played by Lauren Holly) left the show to go off to Law School…….. so that would go along with the character history… rather then having us try to belive that Liza could not use her resume to get a job while on the run.. but she enrolled in Law School and is now practicing law under her real name! I guess Frons think the ABC viewers are stupid and we would realize that Liza is now 15 years YOUNGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO.. she graduated High School with Tad, ANgie and Jesse! I gave the show a lot of credit– I thought that maybe they would have her first scene with Jake, Tad, Liza or Jesse have one of them comment on how much younger she looks.. and then she would say something about “having some work done while away!”

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    This is all kinds of wrong! I actually watched her and she is not good. I saw no chemistry with Zack.

    Man I wish Marcy would have come back, well AMC should have used her before. I now wonder if we will see Brook come back 20 years younger?

  4. Profile photo of Dariclone

    Makes you wonder what the people at the so-called meeting were thinking, Jamie Lunar’s going to make a good *Liza?* Seriously? Who else thinks this was just Pratt and Frons? I really don’t think anyone else had anything to do with it.

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