DAYS' Sorel on Burying Crystal Chappell Alive: "I Didn't Murder Her! She Did Have Some Air"

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The magnificant Louise Sorel talks about her most famous soap opera storyline to date—burying Dr. Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell) alive— in Part III of her interview with We Love Soaps' Damon Jacobs.

We Love Soaps: And Vivian burying Carly alive during the summer of 1993 ended up being one of the most famous and beloved story lines in soap opera history. When you learned that Vivian was going to be responsible for trying to pull of one of the most grisly and cruel murders on daytime, how did you respond?

Louise Sorel: Well, I didn’t murder her! She did have some air. All I could think of was Stephen King. You know, I was constantly surprised. Particularly with James Reilly [head writer of DAYS from 1993-98], nothing was out of bounds. Anything went. Because Crystal [Chappell] committed to it, I just went in and did it. I tried to make it kind of Noel Coward-ish. I mean, I would dial her, I gave her a phone. I’d say, “Hello Darling, did I wake you from your nap?” It was just ridiculous. I thought, “What am I doing?” But then I thought, “Don’t think about it, just do it.” And I think that part of that is why it worked, because we committed to it. I mean, we thought it was funny, but at the same time when you’re doing it you have to do it.

After you read Part III, be sure to check out Part IV of We Love Soaps' interview with Sorel, where she talks about how the guy who is fast becoming my fav-or-ite show runner, Gary Tomlin, got her to return to Salem!