INTO THE GROOVE

Tay­lor Miller (Nina, ALL MY CHIL­DREN) has found the se­cret to well­ness

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Readers' Poll - — Kelli M. Lar­son

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.”

Tay­lor-Made

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.”

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