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Day­time Emmy Award win­ner Eden Riegel (Bianca, ALL MY CHIL­DREN) has a new gig that al­lows her to turn her

work­day into child’s play

As hard as it may be for those of us who re­mem­ber ALL MY CHIL­DREN’s Bianca Mont­gomery as a shy teenager com­ing to terms with her sex­ual iden­tity, her long­time por­trayer, Eden Riegel, is all grown up now. What’s more, th­ese days the mar­ried mother of two — sons Jack, 7, and Henry, 4 — is work­ing on an­i­mated projects that even her kids can en­joy.

“I have a youth­ful voice, so I tend to play young, brave princesses and roles like Kira on THE LION GUARD,” says the ac­tress, who’ll al­ways be beloved by AMC fans for her run as the daugh­ter of Erica Kane and Jack­son Mont­gomery. “I also do a lot of video games.”

Find­ing Her “Voice”

Re­cently, Riegel took that ca­reer to the next level when she be­gan voice-di­rect­ing car­toons. “I work a lot for Dis­ney, but my shows are not yet on the air,” she con­fides. “I’ve ba­si­cally worked for ABC/Dis­ney my en­tire ca­reer. I feel so at home there.”

The job en­tails at­tend­ing record­ing ses­sions and bring­ing all of the char­ac­ters to life. “I love be­ing a part of the

process,” she shares. “I can use all of my own ex­pe­ri­ences on the other side to help the ac­tors give the best per­for­mance they can.”

Funny Busi­ness

That’s not to say that Riegel has given up her other ca­reer in front of the cam­era; rather, she’s just honed her fo­cus. “When I was do­ing the soap, Bianca went through so many life-chang­ing, hor­rific ex­pe­ri­ences, and I had to re­ally chan­nel all that pain, hurt, re­gret, loss and grief,” she re­flects. “Be­cause I have kids now and the stakes are so much higher in my per­sonal life, I re­ally like mak­ing peo­ple laugh.”

To that end, she ap­peared this sea­son on NBC’s new sit­com, A.P. BIO, and she can also be seen — along with DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ ex-Nick, Blake Ber­ris — in the re­cent Ama­zon Video re­lease Liv­ing Room Cof­fin. In it, a de­liv­ery sends her al­ter ego on a most un­usual jour­ney.

“I play the woman who had or­dered the cof­fin for her late hus­band,” says Riegel. “We have a pretty funny scene where I’m in hys­ter­i­cal tears the whole time. She’s try­ing to get to the bot­tom of the mys­tery, and I’m in­cred­i­bly of­fended be­cause I’m griev­ing.”

What La Lucci Taught Her

Riegel is en­joy­ing the place she’s at in her ca­reer and says that she def­i­nitely owes a lot to her AMC mom, Su­san Lucci (Erica). “In all her 41 years of play­ing that role, she gave it her all ev­ery sin­gle day that she showed up for work,” Riegel re­flects, clearly in­spired. “That’s some­thing that I try to do.”

AMC’s mother/daugh­ter duo “got along like a house on fire” in real life, says Riegel.

“I hon­estly can­not imag­ine my life with­out them,” of­fers Riegel, pic­tured with her sons and hus­band An­drew Miller. “They’re sweet and kind and have a lot of artis­tic en­ergy.”

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