EXCLUSIVE: Carolyn Hinsey Dishes Her Tainted Dreams Acting Debut! (VIDEO)


For eons, the phrase, "it's only my opinion", has had the power to cause a struggling soap starlet to shake beneath her extensions and falsies. Now it's Carolyn Hinsey's turn to be a dreaded newbie!

I caught up with the Soap Opera Digest columnist as she preps for her acting debut on the highly-anticipated soap-within-a-soap Tainted Dreams. Is Hinsey ready for her closeup?


Daytime Confidential: You've served as the go-to soap expert on numerous countdown specials, celebrity magazine shows and on SOAPnet's talk shows. Is it different to play a scripted version of yourself?

Carolyn Hinsey: Yes, because I had to remember lines written by someone else, although I did tweak them to sound more like me. It's much easier being a soap expert: I just have to spin the soap rolodex in my brain and try not to swear. 
 


 

Binge on First Three Episodes of Tainted Dreams (VIDEO)



Tainted Dream—the soap-within-a-soap featuring Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, All My Children), Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip Spaulding, Guiding Light) and Kelley Menighan Hensley (ex-Emily Stewart, As the World Turns)—has released the first three episodes for fans to binge on. Watch them after the jump!




Natalia Livingston Joins Tainted Dreams


Former General Hospital and Days of Our Lives actress Natalia Livingston has joined the upcoming web dramedy, Tainted Dreams. Livingston is set to play Liza Park, who is described by creator Sonia Blangiardo as:

a woman in transition, making all the wrong choices in her personal life until she finally learns to listen to her heart and then finds strength she never knew she had.

Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander Joins Tainted Dreams


 
Guiding Light fan favorite Grant Aleksander is heading back to soaps. Aleksander has landed a role on the upcoming web dramedy Tainted Dreams, as Adam Clark, the executive producer of the fictional series, Painted Dreams. Sonia Blangiardo, the mastermind behind Tainted Dreams and supervising producer of the online version of All My Children said in a released statement,

In a bit of art imitating life, Grant has been focusing behind the scenes honing his directing skills, and we are thrilled he has agreed to step back in front of the camera to play the executive producer of Tainted Dreams fictionalized soap 'Painted Dreams'.

Kelley Menighan Hensley Nabs ‘Reality Show’


As The World Turns' Kelley Menighan Hensley  is back on TV! The actress has snared a role in Showtime's new scripted satire Reality Show. The project focuses on Mickey Wagner (Adam Rifkin), a washed up reality TV producer, who makes a desperate attempt to return to Hollywood by creating a reality series centered on a real family.

Unfortunately for the family, they aren't aware of Wagner's plans, and have no clue he's placed them under 24-hour surveillance. Hensley plays Katherine Warwick, the family's matriarch, who according to Hensley's blog is:
 
 insanely vanilla, crafty, sex deprived, and happy as can be.  Or is she?

Take a peek of the show after the jump!

Wishful Casting: Finn Wittrock as JT; Jon and Kelley Menighan Hensley as Glen and Barb on DAYS


I can't believe the brass at All My Children is going to let one of the best reasons to watch the sudser, Finn Wittrock (Damon), walk out the door.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, Damon and Liza's (Jamie Luner) combustible chemistry had me soapgasming all over the place last week. Well, I say Pine Valley's loss should be Salem's gain.

I would love to see Wittrock head over to Days of Our Lives as JT Rieber, the child Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) raised as a baby, before realizng he'd been switched with her now-deceased son Zack. I've been clamoring for a teenage JT to show up on Bope's doorstep in rebel mode for years, and now would be the perfect time.
 
The supercouple is going to need a new crisis to contend with once this prison story wraps. Why not have them deal with a surly JT, who resents Hope for not fighting Glen and Barb harder for him, because of his disastrous childhood with the pair?