AE: How much are things like the writing and the storylines influenced by the feedback you’re getting from fans?
CC: The whole inspiration for the series came from my experience on Guiding Light and the story that I played with Jessica Leccia [Natalia]. The day that we were canceled, I called Kim — Kim is my writing and producing partner — and we were working on another project and I said let’s just table that for now and let’s create a web series and have the lead character be an out lesbian, and very comfortable with who she is.
I don’t want it to be about her sexuality, I want it to be about who she is as a person, and what her struggles in life are.
So Kim jumped on it, and she came back with just great characters. And obviously it came from the feedback that I got from the Otalia fans. They were so completely passionate and vocal and specific about what it is that they liked about that story. And the underlying message was “That’s us. That’s our normal life, raising children, paying bills.” And it was really a big moment for me of “OK, there’s a need for this.”
So when I heard that we were cancelled it seemed only natural — well, for me only natural — to go to the web. Because that’s where I spend a lot of my time. I spend more time on the computer than I do in front of my television set. That’s the sad truth, or the happy truth, or whatever truth it is. That’s what it is.
Looks as though Guiding Light's loss is Chappell's financial gain.