Pop Confidential Interviews

EXCLUSIVE: Under The Dome and True Blood Scene Stealer Dale Raoul Dishes Summer TV Hits




If it's summertime and there's a smash hit serial on the tube, you can place your odds Dale Raoul is a member of the cast. I recently caught up with the True Blood scene stealer, who this summer added the CBS ratings juggernaut Under the Dome to her impressive list of credits.

What exactly is in store for Andrea Grinnell, the suspicious, hoarding, Chester's Mill eccentric, Raoul plays in the adaptation of Stephen King's best seller? How have Raoul and her fellow Dome dwellers reacted to the serial's impressive viewership? She answers those questions and more.

Of course we couldn't end our chat without talking about her True Blood alter ego, Maxine Fortenberry. Will the vampire-hating harpy make an appearance before this explosive season of the HBO supernatural sudser wraps? Keep reading to find out!

Daytime Confidential: You have a knack for being cast in blockbuster summer TV hits. First HBO's True Blood and now the CBS adaptation of Stephen King's Under The Dome. What's your secret?

Dale Raoul: Wow, I wish I had a secret!  I think it is really mostly luck and being well prepared when I went in for the auditions. I feel so lucky to be in two hit shows, especially at this time of my life when there isn’t really as much work for character women.  I am very proud to be representing older women, although my characters on both shows are exceptionally weird!  READ MORE

Comic-Con Interview: Beauty and the Beast Supercouple Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan Offer Insight on CW Hit




It's a tale as old as time — a monstrous, tormented beast and the ravishing beauty determined to save him. In 2012, The CW put a fresh spin on the Beauty and the Beast mythology with a new serialized drama starring Smallville alum Kristin Kreuk and New Zealand's Jay Ryan. Daytime Confidential caught up with the equally-beautiful pair this weekend at Comic-Con. 

Kreuk and Ryan delved into the psychological underpinnings of their characters, police detective Catherine Chandler and Vincent Keller, a former doctor transformed into a mutant super soldier with murderous rage by a government experiment. Do the talented actors believe in the kind of predestined, star-crossed love their characters share? Keep reading to find out.

Daytime Confidential: Congrats on the show. After doing so many years of series television, what brought you back?

Kristin Kreuk: That’s a good question. It really was Sherri [Cooper] and Jennifer [Levin]. I met with them, and I loved them so much. I know that being on TV for a long time, it’s about the people that you’re working with. They are wonderful and collaborative, and they wanted to work with me, and I liked that a lot, so that’s why I did it. I was a little scared to get back into a full TV show again.

DC: What makes her a beauty, and what makes him a beast?

KK: I really think that a lot of what we’re exploring is that no one is one or the other, but everybody has beauty and beast within them, that we make certain choices in our lives to behave in one way or in another. Catherine’s journey in part is really to come to understand that there are no bad guys, and there are no good guys, that people make decision, and that humanity is blind, so I think that’s a big part of it. READ MORE

PC #60: EXCLUSIVE: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives Author Josie Brown Talks Upcoming Primetime Soap Adaptation

She's a writer who has everyone talking, and Hollywood making deals! On today's Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens goes one-on-one with Josie Brown, whose steamy novel Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives is being adapted by mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer for NBC.

Find out what Brown makes of Bruckheimer, known for producing action-charged procedurals and big budget blockbusters, transforming her novel, about oh-so-desperate housewives in a posh gated community, into a primetime thriller/soap. She also reveals which of her other fiction tomes has Hollywood salivating.

Brown, who has also written non-fiction extensively, goes on to share the differences and similarities between writing truth versus fiction. This chat is a must listen for all aspiring writers!

Visit Josie Brown at www.josiebrown.com. Check out her blog at www.authorprovocateur.com and find her on Twitter @JosieBrownCA.

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EXCLUSIVE: Brian Gaskill Keeps It Real About Soaps and Giving Back to Children


Daytime vet Brian Gaskill recently held an event for a good cause.  This past May, he was named the director of Garden State Players’ (a non-profit theater company in New Jersey) inaugural summer theater camp.  Celebrating his new spoken word poetry album, Make It Real, Gaskill held an intimate reading at Keyport’s luxe Trinty Resturant, a staple of the quaint Bayshore town.  Proceeds from this night of poetry went to help fund the company’s production of  Footloose.  The musical’s profits will then go towards benefitting a local children’s hospital.  
 
I chatted with the Models, Inc., All My Children, Port Charles, Guiding Light, As The World Turns and The Bold and the Beautiful alum before he took the stage to perform the material in front of an audience for the first time. Gaskill shared the details of his new gig, as well as what he thinks about the current state of television, and the fan efforts to resurrect daytime soaps.
 
Daytime Confidential:  How did you become involved with Garden State Players?
 
Brian GaskillLauren [Raad], who runs it, is somebody I went to high school with.  She was actually a freshman when I was a senior at the performing arts school at Red Bank. I had started posting stuff on Facebook of these pamphlets that I made up in trying to pursue teaching.  ‘Cause I’ve done it at Red Bank Regional, and other places; I’ve had other workshops at places. When she saw this thing in this organized fashion, and I started to put it up there, she said, “Hey why don’t you come back home to New Jersey and teach for the summer?  We want to start a school for the theater company,” and I was just excited about it.  I wasn’t sure I was going to come at first, but then I decided that [I could] continue [to] do what I’m doing, and could pursue my career, but also broaden my life.  In the sense that when I’m waiting for other jobs, I don’t want to be a waiter, who’s you know, it’s okay to do that, but I’m 42 and I have other things to offer the world, and I love working with kids. I just always wanted to make it [teaching] a part of my life.  Even when I just did it—showing up and helping places, being there for kids, especially for high school—it is something that I’ve always been drawn to.  So, it’s just being part of an artistic community, and starting with her company at the ground floor and helping build it up to do more.  Right now they’re doing Footloose, but then in the future to do more original productions, and make it a real theater company, and help be a part of it. 
 
DC:  You grew up around here, right?
 
BG:  I did.  I grew up in Neptune and Ocean Grove, and I was bussed to Red Bank.  READ MORE