Linda Gray Joins Web Soap

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■ DAL­LAS vet Linda Gray (ex-sue Ellen; ex-priscilla, B&B) re­turns to her sudsy roots in the sec­ond sea­son of the web soap HIL­TON HEAD IS­LAND, now stream­ing at www. pure­flix.com. “It’s fun; I’m chew­ing on this stuff,” Gray en­thuses. “I read the script, and my char­ac­ter runs a news­pa­per and is telling ev­ery­body they’re cor­rupt and I was just like, ‘Oh, I like her.’ I play Eloise Beck­en­ridge, and her name alone got me. I was ready to jump in.”

One of the other sell­ing points was the fact that the series is rooted in faith. “When they told me it’s a ‘hope opera,’ I started laugh­ing,” she re­calls. “I told them that this is so cool, be­cause that’s the word that’s miss­ing in our so­ci­ety right now. There’s a lot of neg­a­tiv­ity out there and peo­ple are fear­ful and they’re scared and they don’t know what to do. I said, ‘This is lovely!’ And be­lieve me, we need a lit­tle hope for Eloise. She needs help [laughs]. I love that they’re do­ing that. Any­body can watch it. You can watch it with grandma and the kids. With DAL­LAS, the kids were sent to bed, even though they some­times snuck down and watched it any­way. It’s one of those things that I think is just lovely to have. It’s stream­ing right now, so I hope peo­ple will ei­ther come back for sea­son two, or dis­cover it for the first time. Ei­ther way, it’s worth it.”

Work­ing on a web series was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for the ac­tress. “I love what’s hap­pen­ing with all of the ex­cit­ing tech­nol­ogy that we didn’t have back in the day, and the new av­enues that are open,” Gray notes. “When I was of­fered this op­por­tu­nity, I had no idea where they found me. They in­vited me to do this and I said, ‘Okay, I’ve never done [green screen] be­fore.’ For me, it’s new tech­nol­ogy. In­stead of 70 peo­ple around, it was seven peo­ple and three cam­eras. It was quite in­ter­est­ing. I was in this green room with an­other ac­tor and I said, ‘Where am I?’ and he said, ‘You’re in Hil­ton Head.’ ‘Green screen. Stream­ing.’ Those are words that were never in our vo­cab­u­lary be­fore as far as en­ter­tain­ment was con­cerned, but I love to work with new peo­ple and new en­ergy. I said, ‘Okay, let me do it,’ and I did and had a great time with lovely peo­ple.”

Other soap vets in the cast in­clude Michael Swan (ex-daniel; ex-adam/myles, B&B et al), Crys­tal Hunt (Elisha; ex-stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al) and An­to­nio Sa­bato, Jr. (Jude; exJag­ger, GH et al).

“I love to work with new peo­ple and new en­ergy.”

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