INTO THE GROOVE
Taylor Miller (Nina, ALL MY CHILDREN) has found the secret to wellness
There was a whole generation of fans whose addiction to seeing the life of Pine Valley’s Nina Cortlandt unfold made ALL MY CHILDREN a smash. So when Soaps In Depth recently ran into her portrayer, Taylor Miller, it did indeed feel like reuniting with an old friend. “It was one of the happiest times of my life,” she reflects. “I was so sad to hear of [AMC creator] Agnes Nixon’s recent passing. She was so innovative, and in a time when women weren’t working as much, she was creating. She was brilliant!”
Life Goes On
Miller has made such a different life for herself since she and Nina parted ways that it’s hard for people who know her now to even imagine her past as half of a soap supercouple. “I never thought that somebody would say, ‘What did you do?’” she laughs.
“‘Oh, I was on a soap opera.’ ‘What’s that?’ ‘What’s that!?! What do you mean?’”
Truth be told, the actress is very happy with her current career, even if it did come to fruition as a result of a scary time in her family. “I did voiceovers for about 20 years and some theater,” she shares, adding that she’s based in Chicago. “Then my son be- gan showing signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and we fixed it nutritionally.”
When Miller’s kids went off to college, her fascination with harnessing the power of food led her to become a trained holistic
health coach specializing in the very issues now affecting many of her longtime soap fans. “I work with middle-aged women who’ve never learned how to eat for their body — which is pretty much all of us, right?” she says, alluding to stubborn belly fat that affects pre- and postmenopausal women. “You have to re-set the hormones in order to get rid of the weight.
“I mean, look at me,” she adds. “I’m 63 years old… I can wear skinny jeans!”
Word To The Wise
Via her business (taylormillerhhc.com), Miller is also working as a life coach and helping clients discover what is holding them back from having what they want. If only Nina had known someone like that when she was breaking up and making up with Cliff (for the umpteenth time!) while simultaneously trying to make sense of her family. “The story that unfolded before that first wedding was phenomenal. It turned out that Nina’s best friend, Monique Jonville, was really her mother [Daisy] and the housekeeper [Myra] was her grandmother,” Miller recalls wistfully. “Do you remember? It was ABC Daytime at its best!”
“Remember when Palmer was in the stables with the dobermans and he was screaming, ‘Daisy! Daisy!’?” asks the AMC alum, with Kate Dezina (Estelle), Gillian Spencer (Daisy), Elizabeth Lawrence (Myra) and Mary Fickett (Ruth).
Miller says that seeing Peter Bergman (Cliff; now THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Jack) for the first time in a decade at the taping of the HOME & FAMILY AMC reunion was “really nice.”