You better sit down, Erica.All My Children actress Eden Riegel Eden Sonja Jane Riegel (born January 1, 1981 in Washington, D.C.) is an American actress. Nominated previously on multiple occasions, she received a Daytime Emmy Award in 2005 for her role as Bianca Montgomery on All My Children. and creator Agnes Nixon Agnes Nixon (born Agnes Eckhardt on December 27 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.) is an American writer and producer.
She attended Northwestern University where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. discuss Bianca Monlgomery's historic daytime coming-out
Call it Eden Riegers crash course in Method acting. This summer, when the 19-year-old won the plum part of Bianca Montgomery Bianca Christine Montgomery is a fictional character on the American soap opera All My Children. She is portrayed by actress Eden Riegel; others who have portrayed this role include Lacey Chabert, Nathalie Paulding, Gina Gallagher, Caroline Wilde, and as a baby, Jessica on ABC's All My Children, she also won an experience in dissembling--the actress had to conceal her character's lesbianism lesbianism: see homosexuality.
also called sapphism or female homosexuality,
the quality or state of intense emotional and usually erotic attraction of a woman to another woman. from suspicious fans and the press.
Although this closet door will be blown open in December, when Erica Kane (played by daytime diva Susan Lucci Susan Victoria Lucci (born December 23 1946) is a Daytime Emmy Award-winning American actress. Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide. Early life
Lucci was born to Jeanette and Victor Lucci. ) finally discovers the truth about her teenage daughter, Riegel spent months struggling to keep mum Verb 1. keep mum - refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent; "The children shut up when their father approached"
be quiet, belt up, button up, clam up, shut up, dummy up, close up . "When I first got on the show, [the producers] said, `You can't tell anybody.' I was like, `Not even my mom?'" recalls Riegel. "So I was keeping this big secret!" The actress isn't gay herself but learned plenty from "people close to me who have had to deal with coming out to their parents [and] to themselves."
Daytime dramas have told gay-themed tales before--indeed, All My Children introduced soaps' first lesbian back in 1983, and the show won back-to-back GLAAD Media Awards The GLAAD Media Awards were created in 1990 by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to recognize and honor the mainstream media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. for powerful, affirming story lines in 1996, 1997, and 1998. But this story is particularly significant because it breaks new ground: Viewers have watched Bianca (played by a number of actresses) since she was born, which makes her the first long-standing character on a soap revealed to be gay. And Bianca's identity as the daughter of Erica--daytime's most legendary role, played by daytime's biggest star--brings an extra buzz to the story.
"I think the right word for Erica's reaction is denial," offers Agnes Nixon, the show's creator, who sees a parallel between her character and a real-life superstar. "I read Family Outing by Chastity Bono. Chef had loads of friends who were gay, but she wasn't able to deal with [Chastity's being gay]. In this prejudicial society in which we live, the first reaction from a parent usually is, `What did I do wrong?'"
Nixon, 72, known for her relevant story lines, says the germ for this plot began in 1947, when Nixon was Riegel's age and a college housemate house·mate
One who shares a house with another.
Noun 1. housemate - someone who resides in the same house with you came out to her. "Now, in a soap, if you want to do a story about a social issue seriously, the character has to be really well integrated," explains Nixon, who acknowledges that their original lesbian story in 1983, which lasted just two months, was imperfect. "Bianca's story is the result of that--with growth and maturity."
And it's that maturity that Riegel appreciates. "I'm enjoying the emotional story line they're writing for me," she says. "Promoting tolerance is a really exciting concept for me, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to influence people in a positive way."
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Behrens contributes to the Chicago Tribune and to gay papers nationwide.