Soap Opera Digest|July 6, 2020
Since the coronavirus pandemic forced GH to suspend production, Nancy Lee Grahn has been putting her free time to good use, creating online content for her fans and spending quality time with her loved ones. We checked in with the fan fave over email.
Soap Opera Digest: This is probably the longest you’ve gone without working on a soap since your maternity leave in 1998! Has it been strange to have this kind of prolonged break from
Alexis and the routine of life at GH?
Nancy Lee Grahn: Well, all of this is strange, to say the least. And my maternity leave was only three weeks, one-week bed rest before birth and only two after. So this has been the longest time off of my day job while on day time. The last two years of GH were not my most engaged there, story-wise, so not being there often wasn’t hard to get used to, but not being there at all was an adjustment. I got a taste of what retirement might look like, and I didn’t like the look at all. So I’m not ever going to retire. So there’s that revelation now.
Digest: What do you miss about going to work?
Grahn: A focused, existing, professional purpose where I show up and do what I know how to do and what I do well. I didn’t have to create or invent a purpose. There’s a big difference.
Digest: I’m so impressed with all the creative ways you’ve found to stay connected with your fans during this time. What made you decide to start up your YouTube chat show, SOAPS IN QUARANTINE?
Grahn: I am always looking for creative ways where I get to do what floats my boat. Where I get to be me outside of the appropriate rules of the soapbox (for which I’m forever grateful). But on my own, I get to be a little more unorthodox. I get to talk about what I want to talk about, write what I like, think my own thoughts, and swear. As some may have noticed, I like to swear. I also like the audience that has stood by me for 34 years a lot. I like our relationship. It’s very give and take, and creating some stuff that might be watchable to them, especially now, is a way I can give back a bit more freely. So essentially, I got a shelter-in-place order, a Zoom box along with nothing but free time, and just started producing stuff.
Digest: Your Zoom interview with Anthony Geary (ex-Luke) has racked up well over 70,000 views on YouTube. Do you feel like you learned things about Tony that you didn’t know before the candid conversation you had?
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July 6, 2020