Donna Svennevik/ABC

Donna Svennevik/ABC

Last week, Soap Opera Network featured a CENTER STAGE interview with “One Life to Live’s” legendary veteran, Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord). She opened up about the future of “OLTL,” working with the fresh, young faces on the show, and what it’s been like to have show creator Agnes Nixon back at the helm. And this week, we’re revealing how she feels about Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), what it’s like working with Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) versus working with Trevor St. John (Victor Lord), and who she’d like to see return to Llanview!

Sure, Slezak is thrilled that “OLTL” has found a new home online. But the one aspect of the show’s return that warms her heart the most is reuniting with each and every one of the show’s cast and crew members. “It’s my family,” she states matter-of-factly. “I probably spent more time with them than I did my own family over the years. We’re very fond of each other. There was a real bond there… and seeing everyone has been so joyous.”

Donna Svennevik/ABC

Donna Svennevik/ABC

That also goes for Strasser, a woman who has played Slezak’s onscreen rival, Dorian, on and off for the past 34 years, and who has also signed on with TOLN’s version of the show. “The super couple!” the actress jokes of how she views Viki and Dorian’s tumultuous onscreen relationship. “I will tell you this, when I was talking to Jenn [Pepperman, executive producer], right in the very beginning… I said, ‘Jenn, we have to have Robin. You have to get Robin… There cannot be a show without Robin. And I don’t care if you recast; there can’t be a show without Robin.’ Because you need Robin. You need her.”

And the Emmy winner says that also goes for Howarth, who is returning as Todd. “He is such an interesting actor,” she raves, adding that the first time they worked together back in the early 90′s, they quickly clicked. “I immediately assumed the role of the older sister [with things like] ‘Don’t play with your fork and knife!’ and ‘Put that down and listen to me!’ And he went with it immediately, and it established a wonderful relationship that unfortunately, I never had with Trevor [St. John]. Trevor didn’t want to play.”

ABC

ABC

“I was so excited when Roger came back,” she continues.  “I love him. And the character of Todd, as played by Roger, is so deep and so vulnerable, and he so wears his heart on his sleeve, and everything is just right there under the surface. It’s a pleasure to work with him. Just a pleasure.”

But being just as greedy as the fans, there are several actors the six-time Emmy winner would love to see join her, Strasser and Howarth in their new online home. “I’d like Charlie to come back. My Charlie, [played by] Brian Kerwin,” she begins. “And Kim Zimmer [as Echo DiSavoy], because there’s nobody better than Kim… and I would love it if Bree [Williamson] came back, but I don’t think she will. But I would want my Jessica. And I want my Kevin and Joey back [Dan Gauthier and Tom Degnan, respectively].”

Joshua Zuckerman Photography

Joshua Zuckerman Photography

In addition, Slezak wouldn’t mind seeing Michael Easton (John McBain), which is a possibility now that “General Hospital” is reportedly set to exit the character — along with Starr and Todd Manning — from its canvas due to licensing issues with Prospect Park. “He’s such a good actor,” she states. “And he’s such an interesting character.”

Whether or not we’ll see the return of the actors Slezak would like to see — which also includes John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom), Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco), January LaVoy (Noelle Ortiz) and John Rue (Moe Stubbs), among others — the actress says great things are in store for the future of Llanview. “It’s fantastic,” she teases of what’s to come. “And hopefully we’ll pick up a new audience around the world, which would be super.”

“One Life to Live” resumed filming today at the Connecticut Film Center in Stamford, CT. New episodes of “OLTL,” along with sister soap “All My Children,” will premiere on Monday, April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.gearling Robin Gearling

    I have missed this show so much.Cant wait! To bad abc is to stupid to realize AMC and Oltl were its bread and butter,millions of people watched these shows for generations ,I know my own family had 5 Generations watching, sad to say now were are down to to 4…. I got my grand daughter hooked, just as mine got me hooked….GOD BLESS ALL WHO MADE THIS SHOW POSSIBLE ….

  • Deb v.

    I watched oltl from it inception, this is such a wonderful idea bringing back all the great chatacters we / I love especially “Erika “…she is the light of the show

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1508044821 Tonja Walker

      It is great that Erika came back. It will be fabulous!

  • christine

    I can’t believe she prefers Howarth over Trevor St John, what is she thinking? I’ll take Trevor ANYDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/meg.reddekopp Meg Reddekopp

      ME TOO

      • RHONLYTODDEVA

        I think this 6x emmy winner knows a little bit more about talent & skills when it comes to acting than some fan girl viewer.

  • Kyle

    Erika is the heart and soul of OLTL, there couldn’t be a show without her IMO. I so get that with Roger Howarth, he’s so hilarious on and off screen, and TSJ I get the vibe just wants to do the acting and leave. Counting down the days to April, 29!!!!

    • cindercity12

      Yeah, but TSJ was dedicated to that role. He played that role for 8 solid years and played the hell out of it. Howarth abandoned it 3 times because he was either unsatisfied with it or wanted to pursue primetime or other acting opportunities beyond daytime.

      • RHONLYTODDEVA

        If he had gotten a better offer he would have left sooner. This “dedicated” crap is a nice twist though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/meg.reddekopp Meg Reddekopp

      YOUR VIBE IS WRONG.TSJ IS MUCH FUNNIER BUT HES NOT A FOOL LIKE ROGERS TODD. AND U ARE SO WRONG ABOUT HIM JUST WANTING TO LEAVE AFTER ACTING ,THATS RH .

      • guest

        Just off the top of my head….The bunny hopping was not foolish to you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edna-Jackson-Barefoot/100001583833964 Edna Jackson Barefoot

    I will be glued to my computer on April 29th. Love my VIKI.

  • Terry

    Can’t Wait! I can see that connection with Erika and Roger, and it definitely works. I would love to see January LaVoy (Noelle) return. She was awesome in that role. I’m hoping as the programs prove themselves, more of the old cast will be returning. Erika, you are a classy lady, and thank you for pushing for Robin’s return, too. You two are great together!!! Happy 1st day back in Llanview!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/meg.reddekopp Meg Reddekopp

    I CAN’T STAND THE BUFOON TODD PLAYS ,I LIKED TREVORS MUCH MORE AND WANT HIM BACK ,ROGERS TODD CAN STAY IN PC

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dina-Vargia/100001786471704 Dina Vargia

    So happy that its back!! I also hope that our Canadian friends will get
    to watch it too. My cousin who lives in Canada told me that Canadians
    don’t have access to Hulu, and therefore won’t be able to see either
    OLTL, or AMC. In a way it won’t be a true celebration, until all fans
    on either side of the border get to see our beloved shows.

    • http://www.facebook.com/meg.reddekopp Meg Reddekopp

      I BELIEVE WE IN CANADA WILL BEABLE TO SEE IT AT LEAST FOR NOW ON ITUNES.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1508044821 Tonja Walker

        I heard they are coming to Canada.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meg.reddekopp Meg Reddekopp

    TREVOR ST JOHN WAS WHY I BECAME A FAN OF OLTL ,B4 I JUST WATCHED B/C I LOST AW ,BUT ONCE TSJ CAME I LOVED IT.THEY WILL NEED HIM ,IT WOULD BE A GREAT MISTAKE IF HE DOESN’T RETURN .

  • Annette

    My Son is turning 40 this year and I have spent all those years raising him and watching OLTL. I have felt lost without my afternoon fix but now I will be able to enjoy my days again.

  • emtk

    OLTL really needs Michael Easton as John McBain! I hope they can make it happen!!

  • Guesty

    No surprise. She has always made it clear who is the real Todd. ITA with ES! Roger Howarth is a good actor.

  • Guesty

    I hope this means there will be no more of that Victor Jr. crap storyline. Or was he recast?

  • http://twitter.com/SaveOurSuds SaveOurSuds

    I don’t get why some are surprised that ES and RH liked working with each other. You could tell it whenever you watched their scenes together. As for TSJ, he was never really my cup of tea but I respect that some enjoyed his take on Todd. His version of Todd just never had much of a relationship with Vicki which was the actor’s choice.

  • CTwildheart

    I like her list of actors she’d like to work with again! I second many of them, but would like to add Ilene Kristen, love Roxy. And Farah already said she won’t do it, so.

    Erika is so nice, she brought us doughnuts and hot cocoa because it was cold outside. :)

  • Daniel

    Having watched OLTL since 1974, there is only one Todd and that’s Roger. I hope everyone on Erika’s wish list comes back.

  • Tsunshine

    Roger Howarth OWNS TODD MANNING he is the only one who ever played the character that Malone created and the only Todd who actually had a relationship with ES’s Viki as Todd Manning’s “big sis” Viki. Together they created the best sibling relationship in daytime.

  • RHONLYTODDEVA

    I just saw the trailer & the 1st BTS photo of RH & ES at Llanview hospital. I’m so happy for all the cast, crew & US, the long time viewers who have stuck with the shows even when Frons started dumping on them. So excited!

  • http://twitter.com/GayAtheistLH GayAtheistLeftHanded

    It’s unfortunate to hear that she doesn’t think Bree will return as Jessica. That would be a hard one to recast.

  • peggy

    this is wonderful having all three soaps back.I grew up on watching One Life To Live, All My Children, General hosipal..Ive not heard of Tina and Cord coming back. These two people just made the show back in the day……I love you all…..and Susan Lucci

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1508044821 Tonja Walker

      It’s because of fans like you that the shows are back!,,, congratulations!!!

  • OLTL fan

    Beautiful photo of Michael Easton! Those blue eyes….