Long before his fellow Pine Valley alum Sarah Michelle Gellar was playing a character who has her own Ringer on The CW, All My Children's David Canary was making the practice an artform as ruthless Adam Chandler and his sweet-though-slightly-off brother Stuart.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a poignant interview up with Canary—as well as TV Guide's Michael Logan—discussing both Canary's epic run on the series and the legacy of Agnes Nixon's All My Children — the first soap to mix humor with social relevance. Said Canary on his dual role:
"Playing twins on a five-day-a-week show was one of the best gigs of my life," Canary said from his home in Connecticut. "It forced me to stay in shape, both physically and mentally. I 'made believe' in more acute angles than I thought possible. I played two people at once, and I knew them both from their loftiest dreams to their nastiest schemes. It was a gas. And, man, was it fun."
Below Logan shares about the true legacy of AMC, and no, he says, it wasn't all of La Lucci's Daytime Emmy misses:
"The real legacy of 'All My Children' is that Agnes Nixon made her show about issues," Logan said. "She had an anti-Vietnam War story in the early '70s. Erica was the first character to have a legal abortion on television. It proved that the audience was willing to broaden its expectation of what a soap opera could do. It was not only the most adult, most relevant soap opera, it showed what soaps could be at their best."
For the rest of the interview click here.