OLD FRIENDS, new lives RAT­TLING THE CAGE

An­drea Evans (Tina, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is mak­ing waves, both on screen and off

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Ama­zon’s THE BAY THE SE­RIES has added yet an­other beloved soap vet­eran to its ros­ter: ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Tina, An­drea Evans. In the just-re­leased sea­son, she plays Mickey’s kid sis­ter, Patty Walker, whom Evans ex­plains, “has taken over Pa­trick’s Road­house.”

While Mickey is a no-non­sense nur­turer, Patty’s some­one that peo­ple should hes­i­tate to trust. “She hears all the gos­sip,” Evans ex­plains. “As she’s go­ing from ta­ble to ta­ble, she picks up this and that.”

Re­mem­ber­ing Tina’s Evo­lu­tion

While it’s yet to be re­vealed what Patty will do with all that in­for­ma­tion, Evans is pretty sure that it won’t be any­thing good. “Typ­i­cally, if I’m play­ing [some­one], she’s prob­a­bly not a very nice per­son,” the ac­tress ad­mits with a laugh. “That seems to be my thing, so I think we’ll see some sur­prises from Patty!”

The OLTL alum was very proud of the growth that Tina showed over the years, es­pe­cially when she turned over her in­her­i­tance to Todd dur­ing that last re­turn to Llan­view. “She be­came a much fuller, more in­ter­est­ing per­son, and her heart came through in the end,” Evans re­calls, “mak­ing her much more grounded in that she re­al­ized what’s im­por­tant.”

A Cau­tion­ary Tale

What’s im­por­tant to Tina’s por­trayer is help­ing the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try grow in such a way that it be­comes a bet­ter place for women. To that end, she’s been work­ing as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on a project

called Rock­ing The Couch (catch the trailer at: vimeo.com/289123858). “I started talk­ing to my friends in the [biz] — every­one has #MeToo sto­ries — and gen­er­ously, sev­eral soap stars were will­ing to come on cam­era and share theirs.

“Tonja Walker (OLTL’s Alex),” Evans con­tin­ues, “gave some re­ally heartwrench­ing de­tails.”

True Hor­ror Sto­ries

While many rec­og­niz­able names con­trib­uted, Evans con­fides that “the most hor­ri­ble sto­ries are from those who are peo­ple try­ing to get into the busi­ness.”

How­ever, the jump­ing-off point for ev­ery­thing is a look back at the 1992 case in which tal­ent agent Wal­lace Kaye was ar­rested for nu­mer­ous sex­ual as­saults. “I spent six months re­search­ing and track­ing down every­one in­volved,” Evans says, “and was present for each in­ter­view.

“Now we have dis­tri­bu­tion,” she adds, “so we’re de­bat­ing whether it’s go­ing to be a stand-alone doc­u­men­tary or per­haps a do­cuseries.”

The Next Gen­er­a­tion

Evans had thought long and hard about al­low­ing her teenaged daugh­ter, Kylie, to join the project as a pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant be­fore even­tu­ally de­cid­ing, “If she wants to be in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, she has to know how to pro­tect her­self. And the only real way to know how to pro­tect your­self is to be aware of the prob­lem.”

— Kelli M. Lar­son

Evans had last shared scenes with THE BAY’s A Martinez on THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL when he was play­ing a doc­tor, and she was play­ing Tawny.Re­call­ing Tina and Cord’s re­la­tion­ship on OLTL, Evans sug­gests that “when you’re in love with some­body who’s clearly de­fined as the good guy, thatcre­ates a lot of con­flict.”

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