Soap Opera Digest: Your first soap gig was on ANOTHER WORLD in its final months. What stands out to you about the time that you spent in Bay City?
Alicia Leigh Willis: It was pretty unforgettable! I was 19 years old, I had to move to New York from L.A. when I got the job and it was one of the most incredible experiences I think a girl could have. I developed some really amazing friendships. Taylor Stanley [ex-Remy] and I were roommates in New York back on ANOTHER WORLD. When the show was canceled, Taylor and I ended up getting jobs at a bar, the bar that the movie Coyote Ugly was based on. And it was a blast. A little too much fun, back in the day! We were so young, I was maybe just turning 21 at the time. It was pretty crazy when the movie came out because it was very similar to our life! We were there six months before we decided to move to L.A. to do pilot season.
Digest: In 2001, you returned to daytime and joined GH.
Willis: When I joined the cast, Maurice [Benard, Sonny] really took me under his wing. He and Steve [Burton, Jason] were always there for me when I needed any kind of help or if I felt I was struggling with a storyline. It was a really good feeling to have that support system. I was still so young. I made mistakes at times, but I think I developed that character over the years and she became a really interesting person to play.
Digest: Let’s talk about some of the men you worked with there over the years. Tell me about being Steve’s love interest.
Willis: Steve was great to work with. I think the chemistry with Courtney and Jason, right off the bat, was really great. We had some great storylines, too, and they were so much fun to play. I was going through photos the other day and I found one from our wedding — or we may have had a few weddings, I can’t remember [laughs]! There are times I see pictures of things that I don’t even remember filming!
Digest: And what about Billy Warlock (ex-A.J.)?
Willis: Billy was my first love on the show and we had such a cute little relationship in the beginning. Of course, Courtney didn’t really see him for who he was, but that’s part of being young, right? But I loved working with Billy.
Digest: What about Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas; exStefan, DAYS)?
Willis: Tyler! That was such a great storyline and when I screen-tested for DAYS OF OUR LIVES a couple of years ago, I got to have lunch with him and Greg Vaughan [ex-Lucky; ex-Eric, DAYS]. We picked up right where we left off. I adore Tyler. He’s such a good guy.
Digest: And then there was Ingo Rademacher (Jax).
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