Alicia Minshew and Sarah Brown dish on their “Beacon Hill” chemistry, amazing soap fans


AE: It really shows on screen.

AM: We were together for just a short period of time too, like a week! And so much intense stuff happened in that week, it’s crazy. You go through all this emotional stuff and at the end of the week it’s like, “Bye!” I found myself missing them and going, that was a tease. That was almost a tease. Like ,”This has been great—let’s do more.”

SB: It’s really different, but in a way, it’s similar. In daytime, if you took each storyline and you added up the time onscreen that that storyline played out for a day, it might only be eight minutes. In some episodes they’ll give you those cliffhangers.

AE: Right, then it takes another week.

SB: Yeah, and you’re waiting for this couple to have a resolution and they keep you hanging all week. That’s how they get you to come back the following week, and so forth. In a way, it’s kind of condensing that and yet every storyline has been condensed. It’s eight minutes of our entire cast, so everybody has one or two scenes. I think that in season two, what will be really interesting, is shooting it in a way that will make it seem like the audience is truly eavesdropping in the lives of these people. And then the shortness of the time, the brevity. I know that obviously the episodes will be longer in Season 2. It won’t seem, I don’t think, to bother anyone. They’ll just be left going, “Oh my god, what’s going to happen next?!” just waiting for the next bit. They are really well put together. The next season is just fantastic, and one of those things where I couldn’t put it down. I don’t know how many pages it is, it’s really long, but I could not stop reading until one in the morning, so I know the audience will respond that way.


AE: Sarah, you have been such a fixture on soaps for nearly two decades, so I want to know, how has it been for you as part of this community, part of this world to watch that original format struggle so much in recent years?

SB: I was really young, yet I wasn’t as young as Amber Tamblyn, but I was coming right out of having done a kids show when I started in daytime. I didn’t know anything about daytime television, and very little about the television medium in general. But from the time that I was there until now, what I’ve seen is that television in general has changed. People have changed. Women are working all the time now. That’s probably more common than not, whereas when soaps started that was not the case. I think the formats are changing with television, and as women are a huge contributing factor to the workforce, things have to change. Watching it struggle wasn’t fun. I think I came in at a time when it was already starting to struggle because I did hear a lot of stories about the heyday when I came in, like “Oh we use to have 75 million people who would watch Luke and Laura get married.” That’s outstanding. Television just doesn’t do that anymore in any form. It’s just changed. That’s been difficult but kind of expected. It’s been changing since I started and nothing stays the same. It’s got to change and keep up with changing formats. Maybe soaps become digital, maybe that’s the future. I don’t know.

I think that’s what Crystal is trying to explore; how to keep the genre alive that people love. I’m not sure, but I feel like there’s a really huge audience for soaps and the few left on the air have a dedicated, loving, loyal fanbase. I feel that the networks recognize that it’s valuable to keep that fan base happy and keep our soaps on the air, so perhaps they’ll tune in to watch all the other shows. Because you do not want to mess with soap fans! [laughs] You know when you’ve only got four shows, all four shows have to be running at the top of their game with the best people and out of that, new shows will be created.

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