DC EXCLUSIVE: Eden Riegel and Elizabeth Hendrickson Dish Going From Kissing on AMC to Clawing on Y&R and Doing ACME Comedy Theatre Back-to-Back!

They don’t grow them any cuter or multi-talented than Eden Riegel and Elizabeth Hendrickson. We first fell in love with the duo when they were getting all sapphic and sweaty on All My Children as Bianca and her twin loves Frankie and Maggie (that is when Mainstream America wasn’t looking!), then they made our sides almost split clean open from inappropriate laughter on the best web series ever, Imaginary Bitches. Now the real life friends with the benefit of combustible chemistry are squaring off as very hetero rivals Heather and Chloe on daytime’s number one sudser, The Young and the Restless.

As if all those shared IMDB credits aren’t enough, Riegel and Hendrickson will be appearing back-to-back this weekend at the hottest spot for sketch comedy and improv in Los Angeles, ACME Comedy Theatre (135 N. La Brea Ave
Hollywood, CA 90036). Tonight at 9 pm PST, the Riegel-icious one returns to ACME in Unscripted Dream Role. Then tomorrow night at 7 pm. PST, Hendrickson will host ACME Saturday Night. (Watch the shows streaming live here!)

I recently caught up with the two crazy, sexy, silly sirens to dish their ACME gigs. I also wanted to find out if they ever get sick of working with each other, the probability of them letting me produce an update of Laverne and Shirley starring them and, most importantly, who gets first dibs at getting to yell out the name "Ronan Malloy" (Jeff Branson) in the throes of unbridled passion in a suite at the Genoa City Athletic Club.

Daytime Confidential: I tell you what, you two just can’t seem to do anything by yourselves! First you played star-crossed lesbian lovers on All My Children. Then you portrayed besties who talk to imaginary people (Well, at least one of you did!) on my fav-or-ite web series ever, Imaginary Bitches. To follow that up, you recently reunited on The Young and the Restless to scratch each others’ eyes out over the same man. And NOW (takes breath), you’re doing ACME back-to-back. Do either of you ever get sick of the other one? We certainly don’t get sick of seeing you together!

Eden Riegel: That’s really what we’re going for. We like each other way too much, and we figure eventually we’ll hit that saturation point. So far though, it hasn’t been working so great. I still like the little whippersnapper, gosh darnit!

Elizabeth Hendrickson: Well, there aren’t a lot of jobs available for actors these days soooo….

DC: Ha! Lizzie, your girl, Eden hosted ACME Saturday Night awhile back and now you’re doing it this Saturday, July 17. Did Eden give you any pointers?

EH: Now that you mentioned it, no! I’ll be calling her first thing tomorrow because im getting nervous!

DC: Ms. Riegel aka Mrs. Andrew "Da Shiz" Miller, you are back at ACME in Unscripted Hollywood Dream Role this Friday night. I know you have been participating as part of a sketch comedy/improv troupe, but are you at all nervous about your upcoming performance, or are you an old pro at improv by now?

ER: Ugh, just the thought makes my stomach turn. Standing out there with no script to be your safety net has to be the scariest thing I ever do, and it never gets easier. But the gang at ACME is uber talented and I know they’ll be there to catch me if I fall. We’ve done the trust exercises and everything. And I only bonked my head a few times, so we’re good.

DC: Lizzie, Eden taped a hilarious You Tube clip as a fairy tale princess, who proved to be a girl after Sarah Palin’s heart when she hosted ACME Saturday Night. Will you be doing anything that could possibly go viral?

EH: Oh no! Unfortunately yes. This is why the Internet bothers me. It will haunt me for the rest of eternity!

DC: Or at least untl Al Gore finally invents something to replace it. As I mentioned, you gals were lovers on AMC. Now Liz, your character on Y&R,  fashionista Chloe wants to put the smack down on legal eagle Heather, played by Eden, for sneaking around Chloe’s man Chance (John Driscoll). Was it weird shifting gears from kissing and cuddling to clawing?

EH: Not at all. I enjoyed smacking her around. In fact Eden may seem all sweet and innocent on the outside, but that girl likes to get down and dirty. We always make sure to kiss and make up right after we get ugly, off screen of course.

ER: What’s really amazing to me is how easy it is to flip that switch and turn lovey-dovey chemistry into, "I want to kill you!" chemistry. We used to get hot and bothered and now we get nasty in a different way, but it’s still that same smoldering temperature. Thank goodness it’s just as easy to switch back, so we can go back to besties off screen again when they call cut.

DC: In another weird-yet-wonderful twist of deja soap. Jeff Branson, who played Jonathan, Lizzie’s character, Maggie’s abusive boyfriend on AMC, is now solving crimes and wetting, er lips, in Genoa City as Ronan Malloy. Have you guys pinky wrestled over who has first dibs on getting to call out the soapiest name for a character ever during a Y&R love scene?

EH: I think i should get dibs, only because Eden’s character has gotten way more tail then Chloe has this year. However, I think I’ll call out "Heather" instead of "Oh, Ronan" just to spice things up!

ER: We’ve already had the best on screen lovers in each other, so anything else pales in comparison. He’s got a good name, but no one has lips as soft as Lizzie’s after all!

DC: You ladies are primarily known for your dramatic work on soaps, but I gotta tell you,  you’re both as funny as hell! If I convince DC readers to donate money to help me buy the rights to Laverne & Shirley, will you star in a remake? Please? Pretty please, with an imaginary bitch on top?

ER: Leave the imaginary bitch out of it, and you got yourself a deal! I’ve got plenty of those already!

EH: Im in!

Don’t forget to catch Eden Riegel in Unscripted Hollywood Dream Role tonight at ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. Then on Saturday night, head on back over to ACME to watch Riegel’s BFF, Elizabeth Hendrickson host the hottest sketch comedy show in LA, ACME Saturday Night. Not in SoCal? Watch both shows at www.acmecomedy.com.

19 Responses

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    hah, who cares……
    these two are no longer whatever their names were from AMC.
    time to move on from the past and into the future.
    now their storylines in Y&R is completely crappy.
    so again, who cares…………

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    I care! I think they are both amazingly talented and one of the few things I enjoy about “The Newmans and Billy Show.” Anyway, I always enjoy ER’s interviews, she’s very charming, plus with EH it’s doubly great, they have great banter.

    Jamey, if you do get that updated version of Laverne and Shirley you better cast them in, and whatever you do, don’t let Catherine and Heather get their paws into that, before you know they’ll run the place!

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    Loved ER in IB, but think she is NOT well casted as Heather!

    Sorry but she is NOT VB and she does not have the sexy, take no prisoner ADA that is needed to pull off this storyline!

    Why not address the fact that she is NOT well received in that role, THAT would be the journalistic thing to do!

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    Jamey Giddens

    timepass, if I agreed with you, then that would be the journalistic thing to do, but I don’t. I think Eden is doing a great job as Heather. I haven’t spoken out much, since it’s no secret that I am friends with Eden, but I remember a bazillion pot shots about how wooden, stiff and one-note Vail Bloom was, and I only made 900,000 or so of them

    . Then the moment she was recast, suddenly  Vail Bloom is the Second Coming of Judith Light. I believe Eden is 10,000 times stronger an actress than Vail, and given a decent story arc to sink her teeth into, she will kill on Y&R. Did I want her for Heather? No, I thought she would have been the perfect Mac, but I am actually glad the brass gave her Heather, because Mac is basically a Bianca who likes boys. A sainted heroine. Eden has the chops to play a schemer, and that’s why I watch soaps, not for smoky voices or blank stares. I am sorry, when it comes to acting ability, IMO there is absolutely no comparison. 

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    I agree about the acting ability, BUT ER is NOT selling Heather. She is not sexy in that role and does not look like she could have got after Victor, the way VB did.

    She look and sound like a scheming weak clueless little girl!

    I am the first one surprised by wanting back VB, but she looked the part and ER just does not!

    For me Chance and Heather are boring and they both need to be out!

    As for EH at last, I like her, it took all that time but away from Billy Miller and Chance, I just love her!

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    I’m no Vail Bloom fan… I will even go so far as to say that she was more window dressing than actor. But, recasting Vail Bloom for ER was just stupid. VB at least looked like a combination of April Stevens and Paul Williams. (And she was easier on the eyes, too.)

    WHY are they insistent on trying to recreate AMC when Y&R consistently won the ratings war over AMC over and over and over again. If I gave a rip about Biana and whats-her-name, I would’ve flipped the channel when they were on THAT show.

    MAB – stop with the stunt casting already. It’s not working.

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    I think that people were simply infatuated with Vail Bloom because she was pretty, had nice hair, a LOT of sex appeal (and this is coming from a GAY man!) a sultry voice and played a pretty convincing bitch. She also had a lot of chemistry with Doug Davidson and Michael Muhney. I am sure that if given the time she would have formulated that same chemistry with John Driscoll. The truth is, there are THOUSANDS of Vail Blooms out there, and Vail didn’t make any HUGE contributions, actingwise, to the show. Yet, strangely, I find myself missing the unique take/imprint she put on the character, but I would have much rather seen someone like Katie Cassidy or a similar type of actress come in and pick up where Vail left off. Not that Katie would be available or interested, mind you.

    I agree with the consensus. I am simply not buying/feeling Eden as Heather. This is not a reflection on Eden’s talents, of course, but simply an observation that not every character is made for every actor, and vice versa. I am not seeing her as a convincing bitch, and I think it has a lot to do with that Suzy Sunshine voice that she has. I also hate to say this, but Eden doesn’t have much sex appeal, at least not in my opinion, even though she’s a beautiful woman. Of course, Eden doesn’t have any control over that, but I am just not convinced that she has the attributes to play the sultry vixen/bitch, and those qualities made Heather INTERESTING in the first place. Without them, we just have Bianca 2.0 in Genoa City. Again, having seen (and loved!) her as Bianca Montgomery for so many years, perhaps I subconsciously want to typecast her, and don’t want to see her playing a “bad girl”?????

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    I don’t even care about this anymore. The writers totally ruined a good character in Chance today. WTH?! A man with his morals and standards, who remains a virgin as long as he did because it was important that his first time be with someone special, and now he just falls into bed with the first desperate idiot to make a pass at him? Yeah, way to go writers. Y&R is a sinking ship.

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    You are exactly right. Maria Bell is the master of overnight character assassination. Her madness has no rhyme or reason behind it, other than shock value. I really liked and respected Chance, even when other people were calling the character boring and unappealing. I guess they thought that the best way to make him interesting was to make him a cheating dog???? Hello, there are other ways to incite drama and conflict without turning good guys into liars overnight!!!

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    Jamey – Think you’re great and normally agree with you, but you’re letting your personal friendship cloud your view here. Eden is totally miscast as Heather. With all due respect, she doesn’t have the sex appeal or charisma to be a credible rival for Chloe. (In contrast, I’d buy sex kitten Vail Bloom in such capacity.) She doesn’t have the presence to play a trial lawyer – her courtroom scene prosecuting Adam was laughably bad. Physically, she doesn’t look anything like Paul. She simply isn’t right for the part. Why she wasn’t a Mac recast is beyond me, but DC is doing its readers and podcast listeners a disservice by not objectively criticizing this misfire recast for Heather.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Soapstalker, again, we would be doing our listeners a disservice if we felt the same way you feel, but we don’t. I’m not letting my friendship cloud my judgement at all. I have been watching daytime for 30 years, and this recast is really not all that odd. If Eden had been cast as Carly Corinthos on GH, then yes, I would be saying it was a miscast. The role of Heather was a fresh canvas in my opinion. Vail failed to make a mark, and Eden has the free reign to make the role her own. Vail Bloom was not someone I would say who is difficult to recast at all, and this isn’t the first time this has happened.

    Another World recast Cali Timmons, who originated the role of Paulina Cantrell, with Judi Evans, because Evans was a bigger name. Like Vail, Cali was seen as "sultrier" than Evans, who up until that point, had only played tragic soap heroines, but Judi made the role of Paulina her own. AW adjusted their writing for the character to Evans’ enormous strengths and Paulina went on to become one of the most popular characters in the show’s history. I feel the same thing can happen here. Vail Bloom was a Cali Timmons. Sure, she was sexy and everyone liked her raspy voice, but come on. She was not unrecastable.


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    I see your point Jamey and i don’t fully disagree but you can not not deny that the majority of the Y&R fans on all the message boards just don’t feel her as Heather.

    I think that was what timepass meant by saying that she was not well received. You enjoy her in the role and i’m sure some other viewers do (Jillian & Luke lol) but tons of people, me included, think that she’s miscast and brings nothing to the character or the show in general.

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    I agree with everyone who says that Eden is simply miscast in this role. I mean no disrespect to her fans, but she is just not selling me on this role. This past week with her in court and at the jail with Adam was the last straw. I don’t think she is the second coming as some people do, but I was waiting to be proven wrong. I have been extremely underwhelmed and just plain bored with everything she has done since she got there. Does it help that she is paired with Chance who is equally boring-no, but even her scenes with Chloe, her dad, DA Pomerantz, and Ronan there is nothing there that I like. I saw nelson Branco on twitter talking up her “emmy worthy” and “show stealing” scenes, I thought maybe she had finally clicked in the role, but then I saw them and like soapstalker said they were laughable. She was unconvincing as a tough prosecutor, and she had no chemistry with Muhney. I did not believe for a second that those two had a romantic past. Granted Vail and Muhney did not have much romantic chemistry either, but they had good adversarial chemistry, so I bought that he had betrayed her.

    On a purely superficial level a lot of the problem is her voice and the fact that she does not have the sex kitten look that Vail has. No matter how good of an actress she is, she can’t give something she doesn’t have. I do not mean to imply that Eden is not a pretty woman, but I don’t buy her as some seductress enticing a man away from Elizabeth Hendrickson.

    I also think that part of the problem is that they put too big of a star into too small of a part, and then they tried to adjust the role, but it is just not working.

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    One can be a great actor or actress and still be miscast. It doesn’t mean anything bad about ER. I’m sure she’s a fine actress (not that I’ve seen her work).

    I kind of look at it like this: Peanut Butter goes great with Jelly. PB&J is an all-time classic sandwich. But Peanut Butter and Tuna… eh… not so much. I love PB and I love Tuna – just not together.

    Vail Bloom was the Jelly for this Chance/Chloe Sandwich.

    (I probably shouldn’t have written this post while I was hungry. LOL)

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    I know right =). I don’t really like Chance at all. He’s too good for Chloe. I think Chloe and Billy made a much better couple. If Chance HAS to be with someone, I guess Heather possibly? I don’t know. I just don’t like characters that are too nice. They bore me. Same thing with Cane and Lily, too nice and BORING!!!

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