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One Life to Live Q&A
Getting to Know Melissa Archer (ex-Natalie)
Former "One Life to Live" actress Melissa Archer (Natalie) appears alongside
Tom Pelphrey, Christopher Lloyd, Wayne Knight, Robert Vaughn, Jerry Stiller and
a host of others in the new film "Excuse
Me for Living."
The morning after its premier, Archer spent a few moments chatting with me
about her exciting new film. She also shared some memories and moments of her
time spent in Llanview. And keep reading to learn who Archer's favorite redhead is.
Q: I read you're a big Lucille Ball fan – what's your favorite "I Love
A: Absolutely. It's so hard to pick – I go back and forth a lot. I still
think my favorite is the "Vitameatavegamin" one. I also love the one where she
bakes her own bread. (Laughs)
Q: What do you miss the most about "One Life to Live?"
A: I miss the people. I was around the same people for ten years…. It was
kind of like a family.
Q: How emotional were the final days of filming for you?
A: At the time when we were ending, we were still under the impression that
we were moving onto Prospect Park. So it was more of a "I'll see you in three
weeks" kind of thing. It was kind of like a vacation. I think that's
where a lot of our heads were…. So at the time, it didn't seem like
something to be upset about.
Q: What about when you got the official word that the show was over – that
must have been difficult?
A: It was a weird day. It wasn't what I expected to hear. After the
meeting I went back to the studio…. I looked around at all the faces, and it was
all these people I adored and that's what got me upset.
Q: Who would you say mentored you during your time on the show?
A: Erika Slezak (ex-Viki). She was my "go-to" person. Having her as an
on-screen mom was awesome. Sometimes I felt like I could treat her like a mom
off screen too. She was fantastic – a great person to go to for advice. She
always welcomed me with open arms. It was fantastic to watch her and learn from
her and have her be such a comfort.
Q: You're the female lead in "Excuse me for Living" opposite Tom Pelphrey
– what was it like working with him?
A: He's fantastic. I adored every minute of it. We had so much fun
together. It was a blast. He's a great person to work with.
Q: What was it like to work with comedic icons like Jerry Stiller, Wayne
Knight, and Christopher Lloyd?
A: It was amazing. It was a very fun experience to work with them. I didn't
actually get to work with Jerry – I didn't have any scenes with him. Robert
Vaughn was amazing. He was so much fun to work with. And Christopher Lloyd!
He's just so down to earth. They were all great. It was wonderful. How lucky
Q: How was the premiere last night?
A: I had actually seen the film once before. I was so excited, I
didn't even remember it. Last night there was an audience. I was so nervous … until
after it was over and people were talking about it.
Thanks to Melissa Archer for spending some time with me. Her film, "Excuse
me for Living" is in theaters now.
Read all of Laurie Bedigian's celebrity interviews:
Sean Kanan (Deacon, Y&R) 11/20/11
Greg Cipes (JT, GH)
Colin Egglesfield (ex Josh, AMC)
Brad Maule (Dr.
Tony Jones, GH) 12/13/09
Tim Gibbs (ex-Kevin, OLTL)
(Rae Woodard, Ryan's Hope) 10/23/09
Tobias Truvillion (Vincent,
Brian Gaskill (Rafe, Port Charles;
ex-Bobby, AMC) 7/24/09
Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) 4/12/09
Senta Moses (Winnifred, GH) 2/15/09
Blake Gibbons (Coleman, GH) 12/5/08
Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones, GH) 11/23/08
Graham Shiels (Cody, GH) 11/19/08
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) 4/5/08
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) 1/11/08
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