With filming scheduled to begin in and around New York City on Monday, July 29, “Tainted Dreams,” the new web series from the creative mind of “All My Children” supervising producer Sonia Blangiardo and provides a rare, realistic view behind the scenes of producing a daily scripted drama, has added three more daytime stars to its cast and they are all formerly of “One Life to Live.”
NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS, which is producing the online series, has announced Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy Balsom), James DePaiva (ex-Max Holden) and Tonja Walker (ex-Alex Alinov) have all signed on to the soap within a soap.
Kristen, best known for her role as Delia Reid Ryan on “Ryan’s Hope” and most recently, her two-time Emmy-nominated role as Roxy Balsom on “OLTL,” will play Vivian Park, the estranged mother of of Liza Park played by Natalia Livingston (“General Hospital”).
About Ilene Kristen
Kristen is also no stranger to the Broadway stage appearing in the original Broadway cast of “Grease.” She is credited on the original 1972 Broadway cast album (along with Adrienne Barbeau as Rizzo and Barry Bostwick as Danny). A talented singer and songwriter, Kristen frequently performs a catalogue of her own original music on the New York City cabaret scene, and she has made numerous guest appearances in primetime and independent films.
James DePaiva, who played sexy, heart-throb Max Holden on “OLTL,” will play Eddy Parish, an honest, hard-working New York City cop married to a high-profile, powerful network executive.
About James DePaiva
In real life, DePaiva is married to his former co-star, the inimitable Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer, “One Life to Live”). James began working at age 15 as a professional musician, a bass player. Eight years later, DePaiva back-burnered his musical career to focus on acting, and he quickly landed a recurring role as a waiter who tried to romance Holly Scorpio (Emma Samms) on “General Hospital.” Not long after his short stint on “GH,” DePaiva auditioned for the role of Max Holden, and for the next 15 years, he was one of daytime’s hottest hunks. After leaving the role of Max, he took up directing for both “OLTL” and “As the World Turns.” In 2006, James directed the suspense thriller Undone starring many of his former “OLTL” cast-mates, including his wife Kassie, Heather Tom, Forbes March, Roy Thinnes, Dan Gauthier and Timothy Stickney.
Tonja Walker, known for her portrayal of two volatile, dangerous women Olivia Jerome on “GH” and Alex Olanov on “OLTL,” is slated to play Eddy Parish’s (DePaiva) domineering sister-in-law, high-powered attorney, Tina Scott.
About Tonja Walker
Walker has starred in a number of pilots for television, episodic TV and films. She is also an accomplished singer; during her 15 years in Daytime television, Walker made singing tours across the country opening with national recording artists and in her own one-woman show in LA, New York and Las Vegas. Her first venture into production, earned her a Tony nomination for Best Play, as the associate producer of “Enchanted April.” Her production company, TWD Enterprises produces film, literature, television, music and theater that uplifts, entertains and inspires the public. In 2005, Walker successfully produced her first film – The Derby Stallion. Tonja discovered Zac Efron and cast him in his first lead role in film in the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Derby.
Kristen, DePaiva and Walker join what Blangiardo has refers to as her “Dream team,” which includes Alicia Minshew (“AMC”), Terri Ivens (“AMC”), Grant Aleksander (“Guiding Light”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As the World Turns“), Walt Willey (“AMC”), Natalia Livingston (“GH“), Marnie Schulenburg (“ATWT”), Michael Lowry (“AMC,” “One Life to Live“), Austin Peck (“ATWT,” “Days of our Lives“, “OLTL”), Colleen Zenk (“ATWT”), Larkin Malloy (“The Edge of Knight,” “All My Children”) Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and the new “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”), Lisa Marie Varon (“IMPACT WRESTLING”) and “Mr. PEC-Tacular” Jessie Godderz (“IMPACT WRESTLING” and “Big Brother”).
There is no information at this time on where fans can view the new series or when it’ll make its online debut..