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