Melrose Place‘s Jamie Luner Gets Personal
The new All My Children star talks Susan Lucci, aging backwards and onset pranks
Jamie Luner, best known for her role on Melrose Place as Lexi Sterling, has signed a contract this spring to appear opposite sexy Thorsten Kaye on All My Children. Jamie has replaced a character well older than her 38 years. I sat down with the actress at St. Jude’s Chocolat au Vin Gala at Capitale , while Tony Bennett performed just feet away from the awe-struck charitable crowd. The evening was sponsored by Godiva. She dished on the boys club at AMC and her favorite character to play.
Gossip Betty: So your AMC character seems to have Benjamin Button disease. The former actress that played your role from 1983 to 2005, Marcy Walker, is 10 years older than you. How did it come about?
Jamie Luner: I didn’t choose where people at ABC Daytime wanted to go with my character, Liza Colby. They were really interested in seeing what new energy and spirit I could bring to the character. We took a big leap with age here, but my goodness, on soaps, they take so many leaps that age is the least of our worries! Why not?
Gossip Betty: What were your first days like?
JL: My first few scenes were with Thorsten and he was right there in my face. [They were making out.] We had to get to know each other fast! I love working on a soap opera – it’s like working in the theater. I’m blessed to work at such a fun place!
Gossip Betty: Who popped by your dressing room first to wish you well?
JL: Everyone was really welcoming, but of course, Susan Lucci came to me – she is so sweet and kind. Susan is exactly as you imagine her to be. Bobby Eakes, Ricky Paull Golden and Michael E. Knight also made a point to really stop and make me feel comfortable.
Gossip Betty: What are all those gorgeous men like on set?
JL: Michael is really funny, but Thorsten and Cameron Mathison are also hysterical. The boys of the show have a great sense of humor … and they’re all great looking!
Gossip Betty: What makes them funnier than the other gentlemen you’ve worked with in the past?
JL: Really, the thing that sets them apart is their banter together. It’s like a brotherhood. The boys get together and it’s just something to sit back and watch.
Gossip Betty: Of your many roles, including Melrose Place, Savannah and the Profiler, which character is closest to your heart?
JL: Savannah was great because I got to do the southern accent. I love that southern style. I have to say Peyton is my favorite role. I got to integrate the accent into my life during filming.
Gossip Betty: Can fans find you among the Twitter elite like Kirstie Allie and Demi Moore?
JL: No … no Twitter. [Laughing and embarrassed.] I’m not on the Internet as much as I should be and I would need help doing it!
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