In Part I of his lunchtime chat with the legendary Louise Sorel (soon-to-be returning to soaps as DAYS' Vivian), We Love Soaps' interviewer extraordinaire Damon Jacobs gets the grande dame to open up about how she landed the part that made her a daytime superstar— Santa Barbara's Augusta Lockridge. Sorel also shares what it was like to work with the late Dame Judith Anderson who originated the role of Augusta's meddling mother-in-law Minx, and shares which General Hospital diva almost ended up playing the iconic role of Augusta.
We Love Soaps: How did Santa Barbara come about for you?
Louise Sorel: Actually that came about because another actress was going to do it, who was on a show called General Hospital, Jane Elliot. I didn't know she was going to do it. I think I had read for the Dobsons, then they went away or something and months went by. Then I think Jane was going to do it, and then opted out. I can't remember why. Actually she was very sweet. I had only read once and then they called and said, 'Would you do it?' And I said, 'Sure!' I had never done a soap. I had never seen a soap. And everybody said, 'You don't want to do a soap. You just don't want to do that. It's not what you do.' And I said, 'Well, gee, it's continuous work. We have Dame Judith Anderson and Nick Coster. How bad can it be?' And the role was terrific so we made a deal. Jane and I spoke and she said, 'You should get such and such' because she was going to do the show and she was very sweet about it.
If you aren't reading Jacobs' interviews at We Love Soaps, you are missing out on quite the soaptastic treats! The marriage and family counselor/self-help author/diehard soap fan possesses an unimitable gift for getting straight to the heart of the matter, letting the story tell itself, to reveal the psychological layers just below the surface of his subjects' motivations for their soap opera career moves. Jacobs' chats have fast become the best daytime-related interviews I've found on the Web!