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Interview with Ryan Carnes of "Mommy
Group Murder" on
"Mommy Group Murder" starring Leah Pipes, Helena Mattson and
Ryan Carnes premieres Saturday at 8/7c on Lifetime.
is the recording of the interview. Below is the transcript!
I will finish editing it later today...
Suzanne: Hi, how are you?
Ryan: Good, how are you?
you're busy today?
Ryan: Yeah, you know, there's-- I'm
talking a lot today. Lot of talking kind of things going on.
Suzanne: Well, that's good, I guess. So, well, let's get
right into it. How did this part come about for you in the
Ryan: You know, I got the audition
and I think everybody was down-- well, everybody except for
the director -- was down in Louisville already. So there was
no going into the room for the audition; it was just a self
tape that, you know, then Mick, the director, and everybody
from Stargazer, you know they watched the tapes, and so I
did the tape and got a call that they'd like me to do it. So,
Suzanne: That's great.
I read a brief summary of the movie, and you're playing the
husband of the woman that's doing the investigating, right?
Ryan: Oh, excuse me... yes, that's correct. That's correct.
Suzanne: This sounds like an interesting mystery.
Ryan: Yeah. It is. It's a really interesting mystery.
You know, this woman who is beautiful and lovely and
intelligent and seems to have it all, comes to town, and
makes all the other women jealous, but she's like the kind
of woman that I think the other women don't know if they ...
like, they don't want to hate her because she's so good, but
they also kind of hate her.
Ryan: But she's so nice that they can't hate her.
Ryan: But then Leah Pipes, who plays
my wife in the movie, ends up getting a little bit
suspicious, so she starts pulling on a thread that very
quickly unravels a sweater and leads to some shocking
Suzanne: Cool. And how was it working with
Kate Mansi (Who is in the movie... she's from "Days of our
Ryan: Yeah, it was great working with Kate.
Kate and I didn't have a lot of stuff together... I think we
had a couple scenes, maybe, but we shot the film in such a
short period of time, I think 12 or 13 days, so we were all
pretty much there at the same time. So I got to meet Kate,
and hang out with Kate a little bit, and she's great. She's
a very talented actress.
had fun with that, so yeah.
Suzanne: That's great.
Ryan: We had a good time.
Suzanne: And you-- I
think you know one of my site's workers, Nikki? She's seen
you many times in New York and New Jersey, taken pictures
with you. Nikki DiPietro...
Suzanne: Nikkikiki (on social media).
Ryan: Oh, yeah. Yeah,
yeah yeah. Of course. I know Nikki.
Suzanne: Yeah, I
figured... she's, yeah, she's always at, she goes to a lot
of events for us and takes photos, so...
Ryan: Oh, I didn't
know, I didn't realize that she took photos for you guys.
Suzanne: Well, I mean, she takes them for herself, but
then she lets us use them, that kind of thing.
Suzanne: But she's done a lot of work for our
site. Anyway, she wanted to know how shooting a Lifetime movie is
different from shooting General Hospital.
you know, in a way it's not all that different. Well, I mean,
shooting this particular movie wasn't all that different
than shooting General Hospital because we had such a short
amount of time to shoot the movie. You know, it's similar in
that regard to General Hospital because we had to move very
quickly and there wasn't a lot of time for second, third and
fourth takes, kind of thing, which is exactly how it is on
A difference is that we were
working with one camera, whereas on General Hospital, we're
working with four cameras at all times. You know, another
way that they're different is that General Hospital, like any
TV, really, unless it's like, a limited-run series or
something, or like a mini-series, it's open-ended. From week
to week -- or I should say, from episode to episode -- actors
typically don't know --unless they've had a conversation with
the show creator or the writers -- where
things are going with their character.
Ryan: Whereas, on a movie, you
do. There's a very definitive beginning, middle and end. And
that's one of the things that I really like about film. I
mean, I like both mediums, but it's one of the things that I
like about film, is that within that hour and a half or two
hours, or two and a half hours, you get to see, you know, you
get to start somewhere, and obviously, you're starting in the
middle of that character's life, you're not starting from the
beginning, but you get to start somewhere, and you get to end
somewhere, and I like that.
process, that I think allows for... it allows for the actor to
really take full advantage of understanding fully, just
what's at stake. And on the highest stakes possible from
beginning to end, because there is a container and a context
in which you know how to make that happen.
Ryan: Whereas, when it's open-ended, it's sometimes-- we
don't actually know where we're going, so it's harder to know
how to raise the stakes, right?
Ryan: Or how to take best advantage of what the
character is going through.
Suzanne: Right. That
makes sense,, they change things sometimes a lot on the soaps,
for the characters.
Suzanne: So when
you hear from fans, when you get feedback from fans about
General Hospital, do they-- what's the thing that you hear
Ryan: What's the thing I hear most about, about
Ryan: About my
Suzanne: Yeah, about your character, the
show... What do people say to you the most? (long pause) Sorry, was that a
tough one? [Laughs]
Ryan: I think.. Yeah, no, that's okay, I'm
trying to think what they do, what the answer to that is... I
think, probably what I hear the most is, "We want to see more
Suzanne: That makes sense.
I think that's probably the thing that I hear the most.
Suzanne: Okay, and they probably want you (Lucas) to find out
about the baby, or maybe they don't want you to find out...?
Ryan: Well, yeah, I'm not sure about that, I mean, I think
a lot of people want Michael to find out.
Ryan: I don't know how they feel about us
finding out, but I just think that, for whatever reason,
people, certainly not everyone, because there are opposing
opinions so far, but... a lot of people, you know, that talk to
me, or that reach out to me on social media, they-- there's
something about Brad and Lucas and that relationship that
they really respond to and connect with. And I think,
as a result, they just, they want to see-- they want to see
more into the lives of those two characters.
Yeah, no, definitely.
Ryan: On that canvas, there's a
lot of characters, and there's only so much time in any
given episode, so...
Ryan: Whether... I
know the writers, Frank-- they all do their best to serve all
Suzanne: Right, and I think it always
works well when you have one character who is pretty much a
good guy, and someone who is maybe not such a good person,
and yet they have this incredible chemistry. and it works,
and that's what I think works with Brucas.
Yeah, well, thank you. I appreciate that.
Yeah, because I mean, and you're good with all the
relationships really, but I mean, I think... I love your
relationship, Lucas's relationship with his dad, it's really
Ryan: Yeah, it's fun.
Suzanne: How is
it, working with Will?
Ryan: It's great working with
Will. I mean, I think Will is definitely one of the people on
the show that I've worked with the most, and my work
relationship with him dates back, I think... just about as far
as anyone's. Maybe Jackie, who plays Bobbie, I think... my
first scene back on the show was with her and Anthony. But
then, pretty shortly thereafter, I started working with Will.
So we have logged a lot of hours together. We had some fun.
Suzanne: That's good!
Yeah, he seems like he
would be funny.
Ryan: Yeah. He is.
Now, what's next for you besides this Lifetime movie? Do you
have any other things coming out that you can tell us about?
Ryan: I've got three movies that I shot last year,
that all should be coming out some time this year--
Ryan: I don't have dates for any of
those yet, unfortunately. But I can tell you that one of
them is a Dolph Lundgren movie, which is exciting. Because
you know, Dolph is, because of Aquaman and because of Creed
II, Dolph is very much, uh, he's really hot right now. And I
know that that movie, I think, if for no other reason than
because of Dolph, we've got a theatrical release for that,
so I'm excited to be a part of that, whenever it comes out
You know, we shot that one near the end of the year, so it
may be a little bit-- But I have a fun character in that. An
interesting, kind of plays an important role in an
interesting turning point in the movie.
looking forward to that one, and then I'm also working on a
few different projects on the creative end of things,
working on developing a couple of screenplays with some
partners of mine, working on getting another movie made that
I'll star in, and I'm helping out as a producer. A friend of
mine wrote that and was going to direct it. Really excited
So lots of, lots of stuff going on
behind the scenes, when I'm not busy on set. Trying on some
new hats and having fun in some different aspects of the
Suzanne: Cool. Have you done any directing
on TV, or do they let you... do you ever try to direct on GH?
Anything like that?
Ryan: No, I've never, no, I
haven't done any directing on any shows, yet, including
General Hospital. I mean, my gosh, I don't know, I don't
think I would ever even try to direct General Hospital. I
have so much respect for those directors because, I mean,
it's a massive job. To not only have to direct the actors,
but to also, I mean, the work that they have to do regarding
the cameras, right? And what camera is where, when, and what
camera is getting what, it is, it's got to be an incredibly
daunting challenge, so...I mean, I just have the upmost
respect for directors who work in that medium. And any
director in general, it's a tough job.
Ryan: I haven't done any of that yet. I do
want to at some point in the future; I do want to direct.
That will be a challenge that I definitely want to take on
at some point.
Suzanne: Okay. Great. Is there
anything else that you'd like to tell your fans?
Ryan: Yeah. For anybody who is in the LA area, I play in a
show Monday night
March 25th, at the Satellite in LA, and I'm playing a show
with my friend Vanessa Silberman. I'm sitting in for her
usual drummer on her set, so... if anybody is around, they
should come on down to the Satellite, have fun at a good
rock 'n roll show.
Suzanne: Oh, that sounds fun, I
wish I lived in LA.
Ryan: Yeah, yeah. I mean,
Vanessa's an incredible artist, and I've played with her a
couple times before, and I love getting the opportunity, so
it should be a fun night.
Suzanne: Alright, well
thank you, I really appreciate you calling me.
Yeah, my pleasure.
Ryan Carnes is an American actor who
is widely known for his role as Justin on ABC’s award
winning hit show “Desperate Housewives,” the most watched
television series in twenty countries; and the 2018 romantic
comedy film “La Boda de Valentina” (Valentina’s Wedding,
which in just the first month of its release launched itself
into the Top 10 highest grossing films in Mexican Cinema
history), in which he stars alongside Omar Chaparro, Marimar
Vega, and Kate Vernon. He can now be seen in the recently
released indie sci-fi-thriller “Beyond the Sky,” and leads
both Children of Moloch and The Perfect One, both set for
Carnes grew up on a farm outside a
small rural town of 4,000 people in Illinois. As an only
child, he spent much of his time in nature, exploring the
acres of woods that surrounded his family's property. Beyond
that, he dedicated his formative years to academics,
basketball, baseball and drumming.
Upon high school
graduation, Carnes left the Midwest for the Eastern Seaboard
and pursued a Public Policy major at Duke University. Behind
on fulfilling his "art" credit requirements, he enrolled in
an Intro to Performance acting class. A semester later, he
found himself on stage in a student-run production. From
that point forward, he never looked back. At the completion
of his sophomore year, he left Duke and headed west to Los
Angeles, pursuing his newfound passion.
entree into the Screen Actors Guild, a national print and
commercial campaign for Nintendo, led to his first major TV
role on ABC's “General Hospital.” After a very short time,
Carnes found himself with a burgeoning career, recurring on
TV's then number one show, “Desperate Housewives,” which was
soon followed by numerous TV appearances, independent film
roles, and the chance to work with one of his childhood
heroes, Clint Eastwood, in “Letters From Iwo Jima.”
Other notable roles include a two-episode arc on the
legendary British science fiction series “Doctor Who,” as
the popular character Laszlo, which lead to the creation of
an action figure in his likeness. He also played the title
role in the SYFY miniseries “The Phantom.” In 2018’s “Beyond
the Sky,” Carnes appears as the male lead opposite Jordan
Hinson. He also takes a turn as a troubled wanderer in the
2016 short film titled, “The Golden Year,” written and
directed by Salvador Paskowitz. Throughout his career,
Carnes has been fortunate to be able to step into a wide
array of roles which have earned him critical praise and
respect for his range and commitment to the craft.
Combining his passions for TV, film, writing and music with
his commitment to greater self-awareness, Carnes embraces
the vision that his creative endeavors help tell impactful
stories. He understands that the entertainment industry both
reflects and influences culture, and as such, is given great
power to not only entertain, but to also communicate the
incredible possibility of humanity.
A new mom joins a local mommy
group to help her deal with the stress that motherhood
is putting on her and her marriage. But she soon learns
that membership comes at a price. When a member’s
husband turns up dead, our new mom is convinced that one
of the other moms is responsible. Now she must discover
the truth before something happens to her or her family.
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