Here Come The Brides
By Nelson Branco
T his just in: On February 13 and 16, All My Children's gay super couple, Reese and Bianca will tie the lesbian knot. It's a historic milestone for daytime TV as no other gay soap couple has ever walked down the aisle -- until now. The story is already getting major coverage and snagged the coveted cover of Soap Opera Digest. SOD's editorial director Lynn Leahey tells Out.com, 'When we learned about the upcoming wedding, of course we wanted to feature it on our cover. It's a big moment for All My Children and a milestone for daytime.'
Unfortunately, we have to deliver some bad news as well: we've been told Emmy and Spirit Award winner Eden Riegel (Bianca) will be leaving the soap shortly. However, our sources tell us that Tamara Braun (Reese) will be sticking around for "a while longer." Could her bisexual "tendencies" be the reason? We're betting on it.
We thought with this historic and joyous news now was the perfect time to rerun our interview with Eden Riegel and Tamara Braun that ran earlier this year:
A couple of months ago, Emmy winner Eden Riegel reprised her popular and groundbreaking role as Erica Kane's lesbian daughter, Bianca Montgomery, for a four-month stint on All My Children. Tagging along with her is one of daytime TV's sexiest and most talented stars, Tamara Braun (ex-Ava, Days of our Lives; ex-Carly, General Hospital), playing Binks' Parisian fianc'e, Reese Williams.
Ironically, as Proposition 8 made it illegal for gays to marry in California, daytime TV is fearlessly diving into uncharted waters with Bianca and Reese's historic engagement. Here come the brides, indeed! And the baby carriage, too, as when Binks returned to Lesbian Valley, viewers were stunned to learn that the Sapphic heroine was nine-months pregnant! Then, a tornado hit (don't you just hate when that happens). Luckily, Bianca survived and gave birth to her new daughter, Gabrielle. Her sister, Kendall wasn't so lucky: she landed in a coma. Now, Binks, who came back to town to inform her sister that her hubby, Zach donated his sperm to give Rianca a mini-me, is suffering from a terminal case of the guilts.
Out spoke with the two daytime superstars regarding their sizzling sex scenes, whether or not was daytime ready for two lesbians to walk down the aisle, and if there's a ABC kissing ban a la As The World Turns.
Out: Welcome back to soaps! I can already tell Rianca is going to be a huge super couple.
Eden Riegel: I love working with Tamara! She's incredibly multi-dimensional.
Tamara Braun: Awww'
ER: We're having great fun. We're also becoming fast friends. Tamara's an incredibly truthful actor. In fact, I believe she is bringing out the best work I've ever done in my career.
TB: I feel weird now'
Out: Get a room, girls! [Laughs]
ER: My husband Andrew warns me each day not to fall in love with Tamara! 'Did you fall in love with her yet?' he'll ask me when I get home each night.
Out: Tamara is a big hit on AMC -- perhaps you should watch your back Eden! She's going to steal your thunder'
ER: I take back everything I said! [Laughs]
TB: Who can't resist these beautiful chocolate eyes of mine, right? [Laughs]
Out: As you know, earlier this year As The World Turns reportedly banned its gay super couple, Luke and Noah from kissing due to pressure from certain political and religious groups. Will Rianca swap a lot of spit on-screen?
ER: There is plenty of kissing, I promise!
TB: There is no lack of affection here.
ER: It's a demonstrative [love]. Having played Bianca for a long time, I will say this is the most demonstrative relationship she's been in because Binks is in a committed romance for once. So, there's no holding back in the physical realm. We've never been told to hold back. ABC is allowing us to trust our instincts.
TB: These characters are in love, and people in love show affection. Eden told me in the past each time she had to kiss someone in scene it was a big deal, which I wasn't aware of. When she told me that, every time there was a kiss it was a big event.
ER: It had to be scripted, and it had to be cleared. It was a different time.
TB: I was shocked. I don't know if I could have played Reese back then with those restrictions.
Out: What's the best part of working with a same-sex co-star?
TB: We get to wear each other's clothes!
ER: The soft kisses and lips!
TB: Finishing each other sentences.
Out: Eden's last on-screen relationship was extremely popular with fans, the Bianca-Maggie love story. In fact, I spoke with your other girlfriend Elizabeth Hendrickson [now Chloe on The Young and the Restless] yesterday.
TB: She's never been in love before me! [Laughs] Eden's never had another girlfriend before. Whatcha talkin' about Willis?
Out: So, who would win a lesbian smack down: Reese or Maggie?
ER: Don't underestimate Maggie. She's little, but she's feisty. Once, I had a pillow fight with Elizabeth, and I was confident in my abilities that I would destroy her. Somehow, that little whippersnapper completely destroyed me!
TB: Um, you had a pillow fight before me?
Out: Yes, Tamara Eden's had a life pre-Reese!
ER: I'm sorry!
TB: I don't know who would win, because I don't know yet if Reese fights dirty. Having said that, as a last resort, Reese would probably use her high heels if she had to!
Out: Elizabeth proclaimed Eden as the best kisser partner she's ever had on-screen.
TB: I have to tell you, I agree.
Out: Jeesza' now I want to kiss Eden! I want some of that love! [Laughs] So, Eden -- who's the better kisser Elizabeth or Tamara?
TB: She can't answer that! [Laughs]
ER: They're the same, but different -- how's that for an answer?
TB: Good answer! Wait -- Eden's only ever kissed women on TV, right?
ER: I've kissed Josh Duhamel on AMC -- that was fun.
Out: Didn't you kiss a transgender person on AMC?
ER: No, Nelson -- he was a woman, remember? [Laughs] She was a woman; I just thought she was a man!