The times, they are a changin'. Soap vet Terri Colombino (ex-Katie, As The World Turns) previews her new One Life to Live character Aubrey for TV Guide's Michael Logan. One interesting factoid in the spoilerific chat is that despite Colombino's insane popularity on CBS, she had to do a mini cattle call to get the gig!
TV Guide Magazine: Was this in the works for a while?
Colombino: Just a couple of weeks. They called my agent and asked me to test. At first things weren't working out. My agent was, like, "Why didn't they just offer it to you? Why are you auditioning with 10 other girls who've never done anything before?" Nothing against them, but I did put in some solid years at ATWT, not for nothing. But everything's changed in the business. You can't go by the way things used to be, so we worked it out and I tested with Erika Slezak [Viki] and David Fumero [Cristian] and they both went totally out of their way. I really appreciated their kindness.
TV Guide Magazine: So, then, this test wasn't about you having chemistry with the new Joey? It was just to see if you could act? Wasn't your nose outta joint?
Colombino: No. I didn't really see it that way and I didn't mind. I was, like, "Whatever you need, I'll prove I'm it!" I think Aubrey is going to be very different from Katie and they didn't know me at ABC — they needed to see what I could do. I don't have a problem with it.
I guess with so many soaps dropping like flies in recent years, not to mention the lack of primetime gigs in Gotham, it's hard out there for an actress, even one with a built-in fanbase. I sure am glad OLTL had the horse sense to go with a proven cutie with chops to boo! Hello, Brad's (Austin Peck) death storyline anyone? For more of Logan's chat with Colombino, where she dishes Aubrey's upcoming rivalry with Kelly (Gina Tognoni) over Joey (Tom Degnan) click here.