Call Redialed: NEW Terri Ivens Interview: "All My Children", "Tainted Dreams", "The Bay", & so much more
It's been a few years since Terri Ivens & I last chatted, so I'm thrilled we are getting to catch up! From web series to films to Daytime Emmy nominations, Terri has kept herself busy! I'm not even sure how she had time to do this interview, but Terri made it happen because she's that amazing!
1. Our first interview was in 2013 when you were filming Tainted Dreams and now Tainted Dreams has streamed it's two seasons on Amazon. What was it like finally having this show out there for all to see? Tainted Dreams has been the gift that keeps on giving with multiple Emmy nominations! This was the first year I was not allowed to vote as I made Blue Ribbon round in both Best Actress (Tainted Dreams) and Best Supporting (The Bay) categories. I love this series. I love my character "Kassandra" because she is an Emmy winning actress on a Soap Opera! [Laughs] I am thrilled for Sonia! It is an incredible accomplishment to get a series on air. My fingers are crossed that we can find an audience and get green lit for a new season.
2. In re-watching the series, did you wish you did anything different? Yasssss!!! I wish I could have done something that would lift this project to the next level of distribution. Well, I mean, you know…on camera! [Laughs]
3. You are currently filming psychological thriller/horror film The Last Exorcist. What can you tell us about this film & your character of "Maddie"? We are close to picture wrap! Distribution is slated for fourth quarter 2018. "Maddie" is a troubled soul having endured an abusive childhood. There is a reckoning. This film has stretched my abilities beyond what I was comfortable with. I am a stronger actress for it. This is a love story between sisters. It’s like Frozen went to hell! [Laughs]
4. What is something you would like to exorcise from your life? Doubt, Fear, and Self-Consciousness…these three are not useful to any of us.
5. What is it like to film a psychological thriller/horror film? Do the scary scenes really get you? What are some fun creepy stories you can share with us about making this film? We filmed a demonic possession scene in a working prison in Oklahoma. We were underground. The heebie-jeebies were full blown. I walked the perimeter outside praying God’s covering over everyone and anyone who would hear my dialog in this scene whether crew or prisoner. I believe there are dark forces in this world and I understand the responsibility I have when playacting especially within this genre. I work to be believable and real. I did not want to grieve the Holy Spirit!
When the scene was concluded, you could have heard a pin drop. I heard someone call out, “What were you saying when you spoke in tongues?” I responded without hesitation, “Blessings upon all who hear.”…It was quite emotional.
6. You are also back filming Season 4 of The Bay. What can you share with us about this upcoming season? What do you love about being on this show? Yes! I actually filmed days before the Emmys too! And I can’t share a darn thing!!!! I even posted a great sneak peek and within five minutes Gregori wanted it deleted! Yes, I can apparently still get into trouble! [Laughs]
7. One very exciting result of being on The Bay was that you just received your very first Daytime Emmy nomination for "Best Supporting Actress." What went through your head after learning of your nomination? Who will you wear to the awards ceremony & who will be the 1st person to call you if you don't thank them in your acceptance speech? (See Reenactment video) [Laughs]
I always wear Heidi Abra on a red carpet! I have worn Heidi Abra since my first Emmys in 2002! She’s my favorite designer and one of my BFFs. This business gives some wonderful perks to promote your friends!
During the Emmys, I sat next to Jade Harlow, my Bay co-star and treasured friend. Upon her return to her seat with the coveted statue, she hugged me and apologized for my loss. That’s a woman with a heart of gold! And just between you, me, and the world…I did want to win. But, I’m the kind of girl who wants to hear my numbers called during a raffle too! [Laughs]
8. Another project you have coming out is Vows of Deceit, a Lifetime movie in which you play a detective. After making this film, do you think you have what it takes to be a detective? If so, what crimes would you like to solve? Detective, Doctor, Hooker, Emmy Winning Actress…yeah, I’ve played one on TV! [Laughs] I stand in awe with the kind favor I have received in my career. And I still want to be a Super Hero!!!
9. Since the film is called Vows of Deceit, what's the most deceitful thing you've had done to you by someone you loved? When you practice forgiveness 1% more every day, you tend to forget those things slowly and surely.
10. I feel like anytime we chat, we must talk about All My Children because it's where we first met. With so many reboots happening, any talk of an All My Children reboot? What is the one thing you would have liked to change about "Simone" that didn't get changed during your time on the show? I wish Chrishell’s crazy mother didn’t blow up Pine Valley and kill my soul mate of a hunka-hunka James Scott and we lived a sexy, fanciful, happily ever after daytime life forever on an uncancelled ABC’s All My Children! Now, there’s a reboot idea! It was all a dream just like Dallas! [Laughs]
More on Terri:
Terri Ivens is a Daytime Emmy nominated actress best known for her portrayal of "Simone Torres" on ABC's All My Children. She is also recognized for her roles on Tainted Dreams & The Bay, both streaming on Amazon. Her television credits include roles in The Barefoot Executive with Jason London, There Was a Little Boy with Scott Bairstow, and Breast Men. Terri also had guest appearances in Roseanne, Boy Meets World, Coach, Melrose Place, Baywatch, Married... with Children and Highway to Heaven. She has also done voice work for the classic Lucas Arts adventure game, Grim Fandango, as "Lupe." Her feature film credits include; Jimmy Hollywood with Joe Pesci, and Marked for Death with Steven Seagal.