September 15, 2011 9:27am PT by Jethro Nededog
'All My Children's' Alicia Minshew Is Ready to Move On (Exclusive)
Alicia Minshew has played one of the most popular characters on ABC’s All My Children since 2002. As Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) daughter, Kendall Hart, fans have gone from hating her devious ways to loving the woman she has become. With the broadcast end of the daytime soap approaching next Friday, Minshew reveals to The Hollywood Reporter exclusively that she wouldn’t return fulltime to Prospect Park’s online continuation of the series.
“I know they are starting to approach people now,” Minshew tells us. “If they were to come to me and ask me to do it [and] if I could work it out where I could maybe be recurring, I could pop in every now and then, I could work with these people that I love and still be a part of this. I would be open to that.”
Otherwise, the actress tells us that she’s ready to do something fresh. “Something funny. Something light,” she says.
“I'd love to do a sitcom,” she adds. “You know, but I don’t really get a chance to do stuff like that when I'm on a soap, because it's a daytime drama, so everything is very dramatic. So, I'm really open to kind of whatever the universe is going to lay my way, whatever it is… but I'm leaning towards doing something funny in life, because I enjoy that and because I know I can do it. I’m craving something that's completely the opposite of what I've been doing.”
Meanwhile, her TV mom and close friend, Lucci, has been making recent headlines resulting from rewrites to her memoir that reveal she isn’t happy at all with ABC brass for canceling the show. She writes among other critiques that the head of the network’s daytime unit, Brian Frons, has "that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance." Minshew says even she’s surprised by her cast mate’s fury.
“I knew that she did not like it, but I did not know the level at which she was… I mean, she was really pissed,” she tells us. “ But, you know what? Good for her. I mean, for God's sakes the woman has been on that show for so long. It has been her life. And she should feel free to say however she feels.”
On the other hand, Minshew says she understands the business reasons for canceling the show. “If talk shows and reality TV is cheaper to produce,” she says. “And you have to do it to save money, then you've got to do it. It is kind of changing with the times.”
And as for the big question of whether Lucci will be returning for the online incarnation of the series? “As far as I heard, Susan said no,” Minshew tells us.
Minshew is represented by Newman-Thomas Management.
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