IS­LAND fever

Crys­tal Hunt (Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) has a new soap in the works

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Fea­ture In­ter­view - — Kelli M. Lar­son

Hav­ing worked in soaps since she was a teen — first as GUID­ING LIGHT’s Lizzie and then as ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Stacy — it’s safe to say that Crys­tal Hunt has the genre in her blood. Now she’s star­ring in Pure Flix’s up­com­ing drama, HILTON HEAD IS­LAND.

“Trisk-y” Busi­ness

“It’s about the wealthy Trisk fam­ily — they own a tele­vi­sion sta­tion,” ex­plains the ac­tress, who stars as neu­ro­sur­geon Elisha. “The lovely

Donna Mills (ex-Made­line,

GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL) is play­ing my mother, An­to­nio

Sabáto, Jr. (ex-Jag­ger, GH) is my broth- er, and Michael Swan (Dun­can, AS THE WORD TURNS) is my dad.” In ad­di­tion to be­ing thrilled to share scenes with Mills (with whom she worked on the re­al­ity se­ries QUEENS

OF DRAMA), Hunt is elated about the chal­lenges that her char­ac­ter brings. “For the first time, I play a nice girl!” she says with a laugh. “She’s strong, welle­d­u­cated and a good judge of char­ac­ter — she doesn’t let her­self get duped.” When the sudsy saga kicks off, the fam­ily will be grap­pling with an emo­tional si­t­u­a­tion. “Elisha comes home be­cause her fa­ther had a stroke,” Hunt shares,ego has adding strong that ideasas a doc­tor,about the her al­ter best course of treat­ment. “Of course, not ev­ery­one is gonna agree about that be­ing the right way to go — it def­i­nitely shows their true col­ors.” In ad­di­tion to feel­ing an im­me­di­ate con­nec­tion to her cast­mates due to their shared back­ground, Hunt says that they also bonded over their ex­cite­ment about the show’s unique pro­duc­tion model. “It’s the first soap opera to be done com­pletely via green screen,” she re­veals. “It’s un­be­liev­ably seam­less and ef­fi­cient. Ev­ery­one was like, ‘Why haven’t we done this sooner!?!’”

Into The Woods

Hunt is also ex­cited about the re­cent the­atri­cal re­lease of Ly­can, the thriller for which she served (for the first time) as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. In it, a project as­signed to six col­le­gians sends them into the Ge­or­gia back­woods, where they re­dis­cover the leg­endary true story of Emily Blunt — aka the Tal­bot County Were­wolf. Hunt goes back a long way with the movie’s lead­ing lady, Da­nia Ramirez (ONCE UPON A TIME’s new Cin­derella). “We met in act­ing class when we were 12 and al­ways said that when we grew up, we were go­ing to start mak­ing our own movies,” Hunt re­flects. “I learned so much — there’s a lot of un­ex­pected things thrown at you, and you re­ally have to think on your feet.”

Since she’s em­braced the joy of try­ing new things, might Hunt be up for re- turn­ing to day­time tele­vi­sion in a new role? “If [I was] ap­proached with a char­ac­ter that’s fun and in­ter­est­ing and if there’s some­thing I think that I could bring to it, then sure,” she says with a smile. “[But] you never know un­til that op­por­tu­nity arises.”

In HILTON HEAD IS­LAND’s Trisk fam­ily, “there are some peo­ple that you’re like, ‘How on earth are they re­lated?’” of­fers Hunt, with on-screen folks Swan and Mills.

OLTL cast­mate John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) “is still one of my good bud­dies,” Hunt says. “He’s re­ally one of a kind.”

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