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Meet Crystal Chappell

September 15th, 2009
05:27 PM ET

LONDON, England - Emmy award-winning actress Crystal Chappell, aka Olivia Spencer on “Guiding Light”, joins us Wednesday to talk about her hotly anticipated new online drama.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/15/art.chappell.gi.jpg caption="Watch the show for an exclusive peek of Crystal Chappell's new series, Venice."]

"Venice," a California-based Web series, was born from global fan support for her popular same-sex love story in the long-running American soap opera which comes to an end this week.

With "Venice" set to pair Crystal once again with her "Guiding Light" co-star Jessica Leccia, the show is already causing a huge stir on the Web.

We'll have an exclusive - and eagerly awaited - photo from the first episode featuring Crystal and Jessica as their new characters Gina and Ani.

Send your questions and we'll put them to Crystal on the show.

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  1. Dahlia

    Hi Crystal:

    As a longtime fan of yours and the soap genre we all see that its slowly dying out with your new venture of creating "Venice" do you see Web based dramas being the new medium of dramatic storytelling in the future?

    Do you plan to create other projects beyond Venice?

    Did you ever expect that your role on Guilding Light to have such an impact with fans or such a new found admiration that has happened?
    how you feel about that??

    Many Thanks and all the best!!

    September 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  2. Vania A. from Norway

    Crystal, there are no words that could possibly describe how talented you are or what a big beautiful heart you have. Thank you for being so giving to your fans. We heart you!

    My questions are : What is going to be the dynamic of the relationship between Gina and Ani ? What broke them apart and what is going to bring them together ?

    September 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  3. Karin

    Wow. Questions to Olivia, err, I mean Crystal. Well, the obvious one of course since it hasn't been posted yet (I think, I'm a slow typer):
    -How do you feel about the lack of romantic kissage between Otalia? (Fans are outraged! As I'm sure you know.) I read an interview where you said that you respect "their" (TPTBs') decision, even if it's not the one that you would have made. Is that really how you feel? I mean reaally.
    -How soon will we get to see Venice? Will it be US only?
    -Will Venice heal all those wounded souls that Guiding Light has left in its aftermath? How much alike are Gina & Ani, Gani? Ana? and Otalia?
    -Can Becky please be on Venice?

    That'll be all thank you.

    September 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  4. Dede McDermott

    Hi Crystal!
    I watched *every* episode when you were on Days.
    When I was 13, I remember having to go on a family trip to Ireland. And this was right before your "death". I was so taken by your character, that my sister made a joke about how we would come back from our trip and you would be dead. Well, sure enough I get back... and there you are... lying in a coffin. I *freaked* out! But then I found out you were still alive... thank god!!
    Anyhoo, my question is... Were you hesitant about starting Venice? Or was it a yes right away?
    Can't wait to see Venice!!!! YAY!!


    September 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  5. Leslie from Texas

    While I'm not expecting Otalia 2.0, with all this talk of titillation and panties, I'm getting concerned Venice may be LWord 2.0. Not that there's anything wrong with sex, but a lil' romantic build up to the sex would be appreciated. So can we expect more depth from Venice then the male fantasy version of lesbians hitting the sheets that we normally get?

    September 15, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  6. Sam B from UK

    Dear Crystal,

    Many thanks for your continued commitment to the gay community, not to mention your initiative, to put together Venice. I for one am looking for to seeing a genuine reflection of our lives and not the non-kissing bs shenanigans GL have been portraying.

    Questions: Do you have any concerns, however, that you have had to use an alternate media source in order to show Venice- (i.e) that it's okay to show gay on the internet but not on tv? Would that not further marginalise the gay and other alternate communities, while tv executives gets to portray what they consider "normal" on mainstream tv? Or do you think any coverage is good coverage?

    September 15, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  7. Raz

    Hello Crystal from Sydney, Australia and thank you again for reaching out to fans.

    I've got a couple of questions.

    – With the rising success of web series', in particular soap opera web series', does the 'Venice' team hope to use the web as a platform for cable networks to pick up the show or is it a hope that 'Venice' will remain exclusively on the web? If the former, how will that affect the international community whose access to the show (and their ratings potential) could be restricted?

    – Concerning the actual episodes, will the show feature certain characters (and their plotlines) in alternate episodes, but have Gina involved in each episode? Or will we have a consistent story played out each episode, like a regular television show, featuring most, if not all, the characters in almost every episode? Will there be several stories being played out simultaneously, or will we see a main plotline and minimal subplots, with all the characters involved in that main plot, much like 'Imaginary Bitches'?

    Again, as a member of the large international community, thank you for reaching out to us. Very much appreciated.

    – Araz

    September 15, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  8. Francesca

    Hi Crystal,

    Thank you for everything you've given us! You took SO MUCH care with the Otalia storyline and touched so many hearts! I believe you commented once that you're a big fan of love...my question is:

    1. What is you're favourite thing about falling in love?


    2. If you could describe the relationship between Gina and Ani, in 3 words, what would they be?

    Thanks Crystal, you're a star!

    September 15, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  9. Isabel

    Memorable performance on GL, Ms C, endless thanks!
    'Venice' sounds lika a great success waiting to happen. Looking forward to it.
    I'm curious: As of yet, Ms Turrisi appears to be the head writer for this project. When the success kicks in, as I'm sure it will (and who wouldn't rely on the opinion of a complete stranger from cyber space...right!)
    are you and your TEAM Venice/Own It planning on incorporating some willing (and possibly able 😉 sidekicks in the writing team?
    While I'm sure you wouldn't need the help, I'm even more certain that you and your team's enthusiastic efforts concerning
    this project make for a potentially great learning experience for aspiring writers.
    This is the impression I am getting from your dedication to everything 'Venice'.
    I wish you, Ms Turrisi, Ms Royaltey and your outstanding cast much success and a great time together!
    Cheers for being such a classy lady.

    September 15, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  10. Amy Sheldon

    First I want to thank you for the wonderful years we have been able to enjoy Olivia on GL, it is truly sad to see it go off the air.

    My question:

    Were you surprised at the response to the storyline of "Otalia"? More specifically at the response from the tons of lesbian viewers who have become "addicted" to this storyline? I am on your facebook page every night and it's amazing that in the past few months your page and Venice have snowballed with fans. Does it help you realize how many of us are out there waiting to have their story's told?

    September 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  11. C.L.Murillo

    Hello Crystal,
    In the course of my life I've watched many actors on both screen and stage and can appreciate quality performances. I know it takes a tremendous amount of talent for someone to reach into themselves and channel emotion to create a character. I've only recently starting watching Guilding Light and I'm astonished with your level of acting ability! Truth is you've ruined my objectivity because now I compare all other performers (dramatic & comedic alike)with you.
    I also admire your initiative in producing your own web series and look forward to subscribing.

    My question are... How much industry support have you received for Venice? Have you been approached for other projects, i.e. movie or prime time roles? How does your character Carly on Days of Our Lives compare to Olivia from GL?

    September 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  12. Juliet

    Hi Crystal, you rock! I have been a fan of your amazing acting ability since you first played Carly on Days of Our Lives. My question is in regards to the whole Otalia phenomenon. The chemistry between your character Olivia and Jessica Leccia's character Natalia has memorized so many viewers (both gay and straight) of Guiding Light. I was wondering if both you and Jess have felt the amazing chemistry as much as the fans have.....and best of luck in all of your future endeavors!

    September 15, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  13. Leyton

    Crystal – you ROCK. My question:

    Do you like spicy food?!

    September 15, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  14. Amy

    Hi Crystal~

    Who or what circumstance brought you to writing? I know you write poetry but what need developed for your creativity to embark on this area?

    Congrats on your new adventure & much success ahead.

    September 15, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  15. cataudo

    Crystal Chappell you truly are an amazing actress. The talent you have shows up in everything you do.

    My questions are: When does Venice start airing? What was your reaciton to all the fan base on the Otalia storyline? and how has it changed you and Jessica Leccia\?

    September 15, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  16. Dominique

    Hello Crystal,
    You are a truly talented actress and very open with your fans.
    My question is:
    Do you think that moving around so much when you were young and attending so many different schools has had a positive impact on your ability to empathize with and be tolerant of people from all walks of life?

    September 15, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  17. Kat

    What a gem you are to start up this series! It's Brilliant! Will miss GL!

    My question is product advertising seems to be a great way to support your series. Have you gotten any products? Or what product would you like to support your series?

    Can't wait to watch! 🙂

    September 15, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  18. Maksam3


    I'm quite possibly Crystal Chappell's biggest South African fan. She hasn't been on S.A. television screens since the mid nineties.

    The internet has been brilliant. I prefer spending time on the net rather than watching television so when Crystal Chappell embraced the internet so thoroughly, I was thrilled. (Thanks for the tweets C.C.).

    My question to Crystal:-

    If you could go back and change a decision that you made in terms of your career, what if anything, would you do differently and why?

    Looking forward to the show. Going to be a treat.

    September 15, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  19. Jessica


    First off – you're awesome. Thanks for taking time to answer questions!

    My question is: will you be offering more ways for the audience to be involved/interact with Venice? So far there's been the logo contest, music submissions, polls, clues, etc.(all great ideas).

    Anything else planned such as feedback forums once the series airs? Deleted scenes and extras? Fan events? Etc?

    This has been such fun so far. Looking forward to it!

    September 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  20. Aquila

    I'm really excited about Venice, and have been delighted to see how open the Venice team have been in interacting with their potential audience. Thank you for being so enthusiastic about creating this show, and for being committed to making it easily available to an international audience (I'm in Auckland, New Zealand).

    You've said you are delighted at the creative freedom allowed by webseries, but presumably there will be tradeoffs and limits to what you can do within this format. What are you finding those to be?

    Also you've said Gina and Ani's character's are exes. How is Ani connected to other characters on the show?


    September 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  21. Rashmi

    Crystal, I am a new fan and among the legions who blame you and Otalia for turning their brain to mush. Thank you.

    Venice is wonderfully enticing and my question regarding this endeavor – 'Is one of your goals to make Venice financially successful so that the networks can see the web as a viable medium? If so, what is your strategy?'

    Thank you!

    September 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  22. DJ Shiva

    Thanks again for your commitment to good storytelling!

    My question: Seeing a series (web or otherwise) with an all female production crew is always refreshing. Have you thought about this dynamic as being a positive influence toward seeing more programming showing REAL women's stories, and not just those as seen through the eyes of male network executives and advertising agents (who still seem to view women solely as targets for beauty and domestic products)?

    September 15, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  23. Rhonda

    Thank you Crystal Chappell for this Venice series.

    Are you prepared for the inevitable responsibility to represent the lesbian community by being the lesbian lead character, Gina on Venice?

    September 15, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  24. Lisa

    What do you think will be the main theme for Gina the character? Will she be more focused on career or finding love or reconciling with family members? I can't wait to watch the web series, hope it's subtitled in English for the deaf viewers.

    September 15, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  25. Nina

    Since so-called traditional soap viewers are not necessarily seen as the most tech savvy demographic, how do you propose to reach potential viewers, especially internationally? Does an international model make sense in terms of gaining sponsorships?

    And where do we sign up help? Team!Venice FTW! =)

    Greetings from Germany

    September 15, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  26. Kate

    Hotly anticipated is right. Venice comes with a great pedigree from a woman who knows how to tell a story!

    I'm wondering how Mc Chappell envisions the new media/genre of web series will affect the way she and her colleagues tell stories?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  27. Johanna from Paris, France

    Bonjour Crystal. Thank you for answering our questions.

    I was wondering if Venice will be available for international viewers? Either by sponsorship or subscription? Or will there be any limitations for us? (REALLY hoping not).


    September 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  28. Keira

    VERY excited about Crystal being on. Have been a fan since her One Life to Live days (and Silk Stalkings prior to that).

    My question is what can WE the fans do to help 'save' daytime? Other than writing, calling, campaigning, going to the internet, etc, what can we do to get the right people to listen? Nothing worked to save GL and it seems to me it's the networks and executives are the ones killing daytime.

    Looking forward to "Venice". Crystal & Jessica are MONEY!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  29. Lisa

    I've been a fan of yours for quite a while, am looking forward to you on Days of our Lives as well as the web series. Are all the actors contracted for the length of the series or will they come and go as needed for storyline reasons? You rock Crystal!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  30. Nicole

    You are the executive Producer, star and co-creator of a web series. All of this while coming full circle by starting a new job as the original character that put you on the map in daytime. Why take on such an ambitious project like Venice?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  31. Destini

    Love you Crystal and can't wait for Venice.

    Television, not just the soap opera genre, is changing. New media platforms, digital methods of delivery, changing demographics and expanding viewer habits all contribute to make current ratings systems, among other things, antiquated at best and woefully wrong at worst.

    Is this where you see daytime production, as well as primetime, headed? To the web?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  32. Lisa

    Hi Crystal – Has having your fanbase/audience be such an integral part of the show (logo, music, etc) been something that you have always wanted?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  33. Vensila

    Hi Crystal ... Thanks for giving us this joy. We see that GL incomplete left us many things.
    I hope that Ani and Gina if they are given partner or end event together is the way we see our dream come true.
    Are you happy? Why you should, you are helping in some way to most of us that we fail at something pretty compact sentimental sense. But thanks to this kind of work is a complement to our lives.
    Do you think Jessica may be if the series for the duration? Where is recorded speaking city?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  34. Melissa H from Australia

    Hi Crystal,

    Where do you see the genre of Soaps in 5 years from now?

    Is this the start of the Exec Producer Crystal Chappell?

    And do you think ratings are an accurate measurement of popularity given the Net is a primary method of delivery especially for international fans?

    Thanks & good luck – Melissa

    September 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  35. Sarah (Yorkshire, England)

    What has been the most positive aspect of being involved in Vence?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  36. Raven

    How far do you anticipate the success of Venice?
    In what ways (if any) will playing an out lesbian be a challenge for you?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  37. Lynn Bushor

    As an avid fan, I know many of your likes. Can you share with us some things you dislike or things that anger you?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  38. Michele Rebbeck


    Longtime fan and admirer of your work! excited for Carly 2.0 on DOOL to see what a mature Carly will be like.

    Question is: Will there be any topic or subject off limits for Venice since it won't be under any censors (thank god!)?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  39. Terry

    Hi Crystal I've followed you since the first day of Days. I will be following Venice.

    I am a straight Christian, that was drawn into Otalia with the care and slow pace, and awesome acting of yourself and Jess. With this said, How will Venice attract and keep fans like myself?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  40. paula pagliano

    Hi, Crystal I have watched since your first stop on days of our lives when I was 14, and followed you since then. I saw early on where Guiding Light was going with your character, but thought, no, they wont do that...to my enjoyment and countless thousands also, they did, minus the physical side of the Otalia paring. My favorite ever storyline ANYWHERE!! TU VUGLIO TANTA BENE!!!

    my questions are..

    1. How much grey goose did you have to consume to help alleviate the frustration of no physical relationship between you and jessica leccia throughout the storyline..lol?

    2. How has your husband responded to the outpouring of devotion of your character and you as an actress?

    3. Would you ever consider any network offers for production of Venice such as Logo or showetime?

    4. Its a rainy night at home, your guys are out doing "guy" things, what do you do?

    5.Why are you absolutely beautiful , and put the rest of us girls to shame??

    6. Do you and Jessica Leccia speak outside the work spectrum?

    7. With Venice almost around the corner, are you starting to feel the stress crunch and crazy happy anticipation?

    8. The fact that you are global, and have hundreds of fans sites devoted to you, does that interfere at all on the set of days of our lives?

    9. Has red always been your favorite color?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  41. Maggie (aka Muggles42)

    I don't know if you have any idea how inspiring you are to women of every generation and persuasion.

    Other than your family, and simply wanting to make a difference – Who and what inspires your drive and makes you want to stand up and do something different?

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent, inspiration and drive and big thanks too to Kimmy and Hope and all the Venice team for working so hard on this upcoming project

    September 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  42. Andrea

    Given the International exposure (thank you CNN) that Venice is getting, how can International fans interract with the show and show their support? What will having a show like this mean to fans in other countries where they can't be openly gay

    September 15, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  43. Ute

    Crystal, you seem to have a huge international fan base. Are you girls planning on having subtitles for the show and if so, will German be one option?

    You guys are doing an amazing job! Berlin can't wait to see the show!

    Ute, Berlin Germany

    September 15, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  44. Trina from Michigan

    Hi Crystal,

    Very excited to see Venice and very excited to see you back on Days! You are a phenomenal person and actress.

    My question: The business model for Venice, did your production team research existing web series and learned from them as far as what did and didn't work and build on that or did you start from scratch creating a plan of your own making?


    September 15, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  45. OGJ

    As producer of VENICE, what aspects do you find most exciting and which are most intimidating/daunting?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  46. Viveka

    Hello Goddess thank you for making us feel like we are in such a breathtaking high...

    I can sense an immense change in you since you got involved in the Otalia storyline... how did this new experience affect you?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  47. RazorB

    Is there any thing that Kim would write that you WOULDN"T want to portray? In other words, are you game for anything that would be asked of your role as Gina on Venicetheseries.com? Thank you!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  48. J.L. Thomas

    Let me first say I am so very proud to be one of your fans!

    It is so impressive to see that you are working so hard to do a project for the sake of telling a good story that needs to be told!

    **My question ** Do you think it will be more of a challenge to tell a story in the shorter time frame that a web base story has, which is usually 5-10 minutes?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  49. Prettian Pink

    Question for Crystal: Did anticipate such a huge response from not only the fans but the press, regarding your highly anticipated webseries? Also, did this added publicity affect the Venice staff? Is there more pressure to fill expectations?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  50. Karista Pelts

    I just wanted to say thank you for this series. My question is what is the biggest difference between LA & NY.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  51. Desiree Pernaselci

    Well as one of the many Chappelled fans, and avid Venice devotees I am anxiously awaiting the anticipation of Venice. However as an Olivia Spencer fan, due to her snarkiness and outrageous hilarity, I wanna know what we if any resemblance we can see of her in Venice?

    I know that you happen to be naturally hilarious, will you, and if so what will you translate into Gina from your personal personality and if at all your character on Guiding Light?

    much love, Desiree

    September 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  52. Lindsay Flint

    Crystal, Thank you for your generosity with your fans and for your amazing portrayal of Olivia, especially in the Otalia storyline. Do you see the web becoming the primary medium for non-reality and game shows given the cost of producing dramas and comedy shows? Do you think that is a positive thing or just reality?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  53. Diana

    Crystal, thank you for your dedication and talent. My question: Will Gina and Ani be onscreen in the majority of the shows? How many stories will be explored in each show with the various characters, and how many of the characters will be in a given show?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  54. Sasha Mote

    Crystal, when did you realize the global impact your story line on Guiding Light was creating? How did that grow into your idea for Venice and the idea to use social networking sites such as twitter and facebook to promote it?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  55. Lisa

    Much has been printed in the media that VENICE is a "lesbian-themed drama" is that true? How much a part of the show is the lesbian aspect/focus?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  56. Rashida (from The Netherlands Antilles)

    I just started watching Guiding light 6 months ago when I discovered the Otalia s/l on Youtube. I really Loved the writing then suddenly a lot of us (Otalia Fans) started to feel like there was some kind of censorship going on. It felt like someone put the breaks on this s/l. The girls weren't kissing and even the hugging became less or wasn't there at all.

    Question: Can you tell Us why this happened? Or Do You know why this happened? & How do we know that Olivia and Natalia are really in love and not just confused friends?

    P.S. I LOVE YOU!!!! You are an Amazing Actress & Can't wait for Venice

    September 15, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  57. Maudette

    Hi Crystal,

    I want to thank you and your team Kimmy and Hope for bringing to the fans what I'm sure will be an amazing webseries.

    I must say I think it was a brilliant move to get fans as involved in this series as you have. I know for myself it just makes me want to do more for it's success.

    My question, As you three were preparing to bring us this series, how did you come to the decision that it would be as interactive as you've made it?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  58. Ladina

    Hi Crystal,

    September 15, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  59. ronnie

    Do you think that you will have any difficulty in keeping Otalia fans engaged with Venice?

    What are the main difficulties that you have experienced/are experiencing in developing a web series?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  60. Michele Horton

    I miss Olivia Spencer already, but I am anxiously awaiting Venice and Gina and won't miss an episode! I would definitely be willing to pay a subscription if needed. I also understand sponsorship is one way to bring income to a show, as with P&G and Guiding Light. What types of companies do you see as potential sponsors for Venice?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  61. Petra

    Hi Crystal.

    First I wanna thank you for being sooooo extremely kind to your fans. Thank you.

    Since when did you have the idea of making a webseries like Venice? Is it because of the huge impact since the Otalia storyline or was it sometime earlier even before the Otalia storyline aired?

    Somewhere I read, that Kim wrote the charakter of Gina for you?
    Do you feel honored?

    Greetings from Austria.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  62. Heather from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Crystal,

    I will so miss you on Guiding Light. You and Jessica Leccia were amazing together as Olivia and Natalia, which brings me to my question, how does it feel to be able to work with Jessica Leccia again on Venice and how is the Gina and Ani relationship going to be different than the Otalia relationship?

    Thanks and really looking forward to Venice!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  63. Kamili Johnson

    Hiya, Crystal..

    My Question is, Do you see Venice growing to something "BIG" such as a HBO series? or even on a Daytime Network?

    2nd Question where do you see Venice in 5 years?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  64. Karen Collins

    I would like to thank you for your dedication to your fan's. You are an amazingly versitile actress and i believe Venice will be a huge success.

    Q. What is your upmost aim of Venice?

    Q. If you could choose which actress to play your life story who would that be?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  65. Shadhavar

    There are a plethora of web series and new media ventures out there now that have set a sort of online paradigm for viewers. How do you plan to improve upon the development & presentation of "Venice" in order to stand out against those that have come before it?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  66. Sharron from England

    Hi Crystal

    As you have such a big fan base over in Europe would you ever consider coming over to meet your fans?


    September 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  67. S-thur, The Netherlands

    Hi Crystal! (or shall I call you by your soon to be title; Ms Twitter of the world? 😀 )

    My question is more a personal one. If you could make a movie from a book. What book would you choose and why?

    Thank you so much! For all you do!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  68. Ladina

    Hi Crystal,
    Will you,Kimmy and Hope create other projects for the web other than Venice?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  69. Rita from Pennsylvania


    You have said in other interviews that you and Team Own It are making the webseries Venice interactive, how exactly will that happen? Will the interactivity shape how storylines are written?


    Rita aka @ramzeee68

    September 15, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  70. Courtney S.

    Hi! Crystal!

    You are a phenomenal actress, I've been watching you since I was 8yrs old. You are so great and dedicated to your fans, its heartwarming to know you care so much!

    My question for you is:
    What are your hopes and goals for Venice? Is there any one particular thing/or reason you could tell us that would sum up why you chose to do this project?

    Thank you so much for being so lovely, and gracious!!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  71. Mia, Finland

    First of all, thank you for giving us Olivia, will miss her so much after this week. I'm glad there's something else to look forward to. Venice!

    You have lots of international fans who adore you. How can we help you to bring us (and everyone else) Venice? Do you take checks? lol. I'm planning to buy 100 Venice t-shirts if that helps and write http://www.venicetheseries.com everywhere! I wish you all the best!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  72. Samantha Ryan, UK

    Crystal, thanks for all the love, especially on Twitter (you've made addicts out of th best of us!) and for you, Kim and Hope creating something so amazing and anticipated! Is your ultimate goal for Venice to be picked up as a full-blown TV series, or is it more of a personal reward for th legions of fans who've embraced the Otalia storyline and were disappointed with the lack of physical intimacy?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  73. Jane

    I am fascinated by new media, I find the most interesting and challenging entertainment via the internet. You are going this route with your new web series Venice. Traditional media uses the Neilson ratings which ultimately affect advertising rates to determine how popular a network television show is.....your cutting new ground, you are creating a new business model...what method will you as Executive Producer use to determine whether Venice The Series is a success or not?

    Saint Paul, MN

    September 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  74. Erika aka roxmaniac

    Hi Crystal
    I am one of many international fans (from Sweden) who found you because of Otalia. Thank you so much for giving us so much entertainment with your role as Olivia Spencer on Guiding Light and the Otalia storyline.
    And thank you for being so connected to the fans with your twitter account. I love that and have become totally addicted.

    Could you tell us abut how you approach a role and how you prepare for it. Do you write down back story, research…
    What’s the process like.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  75. Donna Swan

    We've heard that Gina is a wounded soul and it will play out in her relationships. How will that dynamic be shown? Does Gina have bad relationships, superficial relationships – does she get involved with women and sabatoge the relationships? What are we going to see as her defense mechanisms?

    I have to say, I am very excited about Venice and cannot wait to see it come to life! You're always so honest and generous with your time – it is very much appreciated.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  76. Maggie


    First of all, I'd like to say that I admire you for your dedication to your fans and family. You truly are a modern day superwoman!

    Were you disappointed at the way the Otalia story line resolved? What was your reaction to the lack of "physical displays of affection?"

    By the way, I'm a high school senior in PA, and I've written some songs that you may or may not find would work well on Venice. Can I send you some stuff?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  77. Mary Caldwell

    Crystal, as a relatively newly 'crystalized' fan, I am in awe of your work, especially how natural and comfortable your on-screen relationship with Jessica seems.

    As a heterosexual woman, is there a certain amount of 'awkwardness' to overcome, given the amount of physical closeness and touching that was portrayed between the two women in GL and potentially (read 'hopefully'!) how close your characters will be in Venice? Does the working relationship almost need to become platonically flirtatious?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  78. Neixa

    Hi Crystal!!

    Venice is a success already...

    My question is: What a viewer can expect of the series?
    : The series is for a just a group or for everyone?
    Gay or straight?
    : What is the heart of the series.. the main theme?

    Best wishes... see you in Venice!!!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Reply
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  80. Raqui

    Hello Crystal

    I'm part of your facebook group, I follow you on twitter needless to say I'm a BIG FAN.

    Web series, wether they are comedies or dramas are quite popular and are becoming quite popular with the masses. They are free and they allow total creative freedom and I'm so happy you will be making a foray into this new venture. My question is

    The state of daytime (particularly soap opreas) seems to be going be "dying" so to speak with soaps ( aka. Guiding Light) going off the air and ratings going down. With cable shows and webseries becoming the craze, do you feel that soap opreas can surivive network daytime televesion or is the soap opera becoming an antiquated industry? Can soap opreas still fit with the our modern times?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  81. Estelle G.

    Hi Crystal,

    When the character "Alan" was written, did you straight away think that Michael Sabatino, your husband, would be the perfect guy for the role? How hard was it to convince him to join Team Venice? What was his reaction?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  82. Daisy Buchanan

    What are your expectations in reaching an audience beyond your existing fan base or that of the daytime soap genre? I for one do not know if the show is for me, but I am keeping an eye on it as I want this model to succeed more than anything. Television without borders... make it so!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  83. Jill USA

    Have you decided how viewers can watch the episodes?

    Also, since generating "word of mother" seems important. and you guys are really good at tracking how people hear about the show...are you going to have an on-line contest to see which fan can get the most people to join Team Venice?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  84. Penelope

    Hello Crystal! I think you are incredibly talented and so brilliantly innovative!! I especially love the collaborative nature of Venice and the way that you and your team have embraced social media so effectively. What you consider to be the benefits and challenges of using social media in this way? Does using new media merely increase exposure and viewership, or do you feel it can result in a genuinely better product that will resonate more with the audience? And on the negative side, have there been any challenges such as pranks, privacy concerns or intellectual property issues?

    Thank you, and good luck with Venice – I know it will be a great success!!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  85. Sarah from Canada

    Crystal you are a force of nature! Thank you so much for including your fans in the development process of this new series.

    I would like to know as this is a web based series do you plan on pushing beyond the boundaries of what is permitted on American television in this alternative medium?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  86. Sylvie L. Canada

    Crystal, do you think a web series like Venice could interest a cable station like HBO and would you be able to transfer from web to cable?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  87. Jewel

    Crystal, you my dear have a gift! I am thrilled that you are willing to share it with us in this new format.

    Thank you for embracing your fans the way you have. You, Kimmy, and Hope make us feel important and special.

    My question is: In the still of the night when your body is quiet, what makes you shake your head in disbelief about this journey to Venice?

    Hoping your today is filled with sunny skies that are spiked with love and laughter!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  88. Danielle Tulgar New Jersey

    Hello Crystal!

    Thank you for taking the time to answer some of our questions. I've been a fan for as long as I can remember.

    I can't tell you how excited I am for Venice. I was wondering when we can expect to see the first webisode?

    I also wanted to know how you feel about all the international buzz Venice has received? Does it surprise you? I have family in Istanbul and they can't wait to see it.

    Having no doubt in my mind at all that Venice is going to be a massive success, where do you see Venice 3 to 5 years from now?

    Thank you and all the Best.
    Danielle Tulgar

    September 15, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  89. Mary Gallagher ( Air Force)


    Where do you think daytime soaps will be in 10 years? Do you think they will move to the web or cable?

    Did you get the idea of putting Venice on the web from Eden Rigel (Bianca from AMC) web series?

    Thank you!!!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  90. Wendy (DV8ByDesign on Twitter or FB)

    Hey Stan . . . . As a new fan of yours (middle of June 09) you have knocked my socks off–I won't admit to any other absensce of clothing!) I have been a life long fan of GL (third generation) but had dropped back the last 10 years or so because of real life (I really hate it when real life gets in way of my TV viewing!! LOL) I really never, ever thought I would see my life story (or close enough to it) on Guiding Light of all places!! Just never thought they would go there and do it so well (won't go into the negative parts . . . Like lack of physical stuff) But the story telling ROCKED! Hate that it is ending! Will miss it!!

    But glad to hear about Venice! Also glad to hear that Gina & Ani are NOT Otalia. That story is done and time to move on . . . . Also LOVE that it is not a "lesbian only" series. To me, that is NOT real life! In fact, I'm a lesbian who happens to have (or used to have) more straight friends than gay friends. Having been in closet for 30 years will do that.

    QUESTIONS: What kind of photographer is Ani?? Group behind Venice seem like a blast–Is that real?? Any more information available on Hilary B Smith's character?? How many dogs in cast?? (LOL Or has the cast gone to the dogs?? LOL) Sorry trying to find humor today! Bad pain day! Last question: How long do you see this web series running?? And would you let it go to cable or pay cable (Showtime or HBO) if they wanted it?? Or (like I have read) too many cooks can ruin the dish or web series in this case??

    Thanks for including fans in this adventure–It really is an adventure & a fun one!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    From the bottom of my heart: Thanks for the embrace and love you have given to the gay community & your fans in general. Never got back from a "star" before! You rock this world and that is a good thing!! LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 More love less hate works! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    PS. Dogs are also very good & a life saver for people like me!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    September 15, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  91. yesiam1

    Hi Crystal

    Thank you for entertaining me on the internet with the Otalia-story, Twitter and now the whole Venice-Buzz that's starting to get me very excited.

    My question: Am I gonna be able to download the webisodes on my computer or are they only avaiable to watch online?

    I am an international fan from Switzerland and am really looking forward to Venice. Greetings from across the Ocean.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  92. Tina

    What is your fondest memory of your time with Guiding Light and wil you be watching the finale with friends or castmates?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  93. Sharon

    Wishing you exponential success with this and every venture you pursue and for your team with Open Book Productions.

    Please explain how long you anticipate an episode lasting and how many episodes will make a season and how often we will see new episodes? Do you anticipate more than one season in a year?

    At this time, your friends are donating their time for this venture. In your business plan, how much do you anticipate the first season costing? And what do you think it will take to make this a personal and financial success?

    With a family dynamic, what messages will Venice be bringing to the forefront?

    I want to assure you that your fans care as much about you, as you do for them and we are invested and want to do what we can to make this a success in every way! Give us some specifics of how we can help?

    Thanks – heart you.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  94. Sue

    Hi Crystal!

    Given network tv shows have a few things to measure weather they are 'successful' – ratings for the business side , or Emmy nominations, critical acclaim for the artistic side, what criteria will you use to measure the success of Venice?

    What would make you feel the web series was successful?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  95. Joni


    Having full creative control of the content and material of your story is very important to you and Kim and Hope, and being on the web will allow you to not have to work under the censorship and constraints of sponsors or networks. That being said, what kind of rating would you give your new masterpiece Venice.... a PG, an R or an NC17??

    Doubting a G rating would be in the mix (got our fill of that on GL)

    September 15, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  96. Raqui

    I’m part of your facebook group, I follow you on twitter needless to say I’m a BIG FAN.

    Web series, wether they are comedies or dramas are quite popular and are becoming quite popular with the masses. They are free and they allow total creative freedom and I’m so happy you will be making a foray into this new venture. My question is

    The state of daytime (particularly soap opreas) seems to be going be “dying” so to speak with soaps ( aka. Guiding Light) going off the air and ratings going down. With cable shows and webseries becoming the craze, do you feel that soap opreas can surivive network daytime television or is the soap opera becoming an antiquated industry? Can soap opreas still fit with our modern times?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  97. Diane

    I love your Idea of "Venice The Series" I can't wait!!!! I love all the actors and Kimmy and Hope you have involved in it. I also know you are a working mother and just started back to DOOL.
    My ? is if each episode is going to be 5 min a week, 12 episodes a season that is like one hour in 3 months. Will that be enough to keep the fan base tuned in?
    I will even if it is 1 min. because I love you and your acting. I worry about others getting bored.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  98. Lorri B from Texas

    Hi Crystal! I am a Huge Bo and Carly Fan. I'm sooo excited you are returning to "Days" !
    My question is... Have you kept in touch with Peter Reckell over all these years or do you all have ALOT of catching up to do?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  99. mckinney

    Ms Chappell,

    Two (or even more 😉 thumbs up for both your extraordinary work on GL and your commitment to 'Venice'!
    Very much looking forward to the undoubtedly enjoyable
    end result.
    Speaking from an international point of view, I would like to know your thoughts on dubbing/subtitles? Would such a practice be a real possibility and if so, have you and your (very cool!) Team Venice already found all the help you will need on that front? My not so subtle way of offering myself on the 'silver platter of possible interpreters'...
    Keep up the great work and enjoy your time on Venice with the fantastic cast & crew. Cheers for making this happen.
    Your enthusiasm is inspiring. Thank you.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  100. Auska Lovett

    Most shows start out small and gain fans/popularity, eventually hiting the big time. Venice the sereis expectations are high and the fan base seems enormous. Success can't go to your head so to speak because you have such a legion of devotees, your web series won't fail. How do you handle the pressure?
    PS Goose and RedBull not withstanding.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  101. Rita

    Hi Crystal,

    We know that you will be selling "Venice" merchandice. Was wondering if you could confirm what type of merchandice will be sold and if I'm correct in presuming that it will be sold through the website: http://www.venicetheseries.com? Also, when do you expect the merchandice to be available from?

    Thank you,

    Rita, Galway, Ireland

    September 15, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  102. Ebonie Massey

    HEY CC,
    I'm a big fan and my questions are: When you were in high school which group did u classify yourself in, prep, jock, nerd, cheerleader,etc.?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  103. Sonya

    Hi, Crystal!

    First of all thanks for taking these questions. I'm really looking forward to Venice. There seems to be an overwhelming amount of support from soap media as well as some mainstream media and the fanbase is there with 100% loyalty to you, Jess and the Venice Team.

    My question is: Both personally and in objective terms, at what point will you consider Venice a success?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  104. Mira, Finland

    Hi Goddess!

    Is Venice going to be on you tube or another channel? Can I buy the dvd later?

    Is there any kind of pressure that Gina and Ani will have to be Otalia 2.0? I know lots of fans who wish they would be the supercouple. I know we have to meet them first and it's not the same story, but the Otalia memory is still so fresh. ...But you know, I will trust you with all my heart! And I trust the story 🙂

    September 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  105. Melissa

    We the fans are so excited about Venice! What is it that you are most excited about embarking on this new chapter in your career?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  106. Matie

    once you're embraced by the gay community you have our lifelong support in all endeavors personal and professional, so my question is:

    what's immortality like?

    September 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  107. Alicia T.

    Hi Crystal! It's been very cool to be able to follow you, Kimmy, and Hope on Twitter and get a little behind the scenes look at Team Venice. What for you have been the most difficult and the most enjoyable parts of getting the series up and running? Also, what about the show itself are you most interested in seeing?

    Thank you for all that you do.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  108. Laurennb From Dominican Republic

    Hi crystal, i always wonder how do you manage to have a great husband, kids, DOOL, Venice and still have the strength to share and care for your fans? You really show genuine care and that is felt by us your loyal followers.

    Ps. You are doing a wonderful job representing us! Cheers!~

    September 15, 2009 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  109. Julie W

    Hi Crystal,

    I think you're a wonderful actor. You'll be great in anything you pursue. I'm really looking forward to your return to "Days" and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for "Venice".

    If you could act with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?
    Best of luck!!

    September 15, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  110. Ebonie Massey

    Also to continue I also wanted to know your opinion on converses... I love them...do you, if so what color?

    September 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  111. brandyandemma

    Crystal you are such an amzing person all around! You are always giving to your fams and sharing so much of yourself with us thats why your such a likeable and loving person! i could go on and on about how great you are but you no how wonderfull you are so heres my question for you! Do you think that you could get Kim zimmer on Venice and cc i ask you this all the time but would you ever come to Canada and where would you go because us canadians love you to cc? Also cc how long is Venice going to be around for?

    Love you crystal and keep up the great work and never forget your fans we love you and will support you no matter what so dont forgewt the little people cc!

    September 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  112. Emily, Washington, D.C.

    Do you think coming from the soap world where a character may only appear on screen for 5-7 minutes in a given day gives you an advantage in a web series because you are used to moving a story along in such a small amount of time?

    Thank you for the character of Olivia Spencer. One of my all-time favorite television characters.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  113. Sylvie P. from Paris, France.

    Hi Crystal!
    First of all, thanks for allowing us to have a real "life" story on the net.
    It's a new way to tell stories, but it's accessible to everyone.
    Did you expect that the Otalia story would give such a worldwide enthusiasm?
    Be sure that your huge project Venice would be a worldwide phenomenon too.
    All the best for Venice!
    And a kiss from France.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  114. Shawna


    I'm excited about this new series but wondering what types of safeguards your team has taken to prevent the website crashing the first day from the likely massive traffic it will get. Are you hosting the videos yourself or using a site like YouTube (like Eden Riegel's "Imaginary Bitches" web series did) to help alleviate the stress on your hosting company? I'd hate to miss those first 30 seconds due to the site crashing! 🙂

    September 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  115. Maggie (aka Muggles42)

    Oh.... another question.....sorry.... its late here in Ireland..... and I have a head like a sieve.

    If you and the Venice team have ONE goal with Venice.... if you can achieve only one thing by bringing it to your audience... what would that be?

    Thank you again Crystal (and Michael, and Kimmy and Hope and all the rest of the gang!) Please know that we love and appreciate you all!

    September 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  116. Trina from Michigan

    Hi Crystal,

    Very excited to see Venice and very excited to see you back on Days! You are a phenomenal person and actress.

    My question: The business model for Venice, did your production team research existing web series and learned from them as far as what did and didn’t work and build on that or did you start from scratch creating a plan of your own making?


    September 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  117. Cat StJohn

    You are now considered a lesbian icon. How do you really feel about having women fantisize about you?

    September 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  118. Hilde from Norway


    I've been following your story in GL threw youtube and fell completly in love with the story between you and J. I live as your caracter Olivia and found out after beeing married and having two children that I loved a woman...... Now we live together and after several years my family starts to feel ok about it.....but it's been a long time and lots of tears. But who cares now – my life is infront of me, with my kids and my
    love. 🙂

    Making these stories that you do – means a lot to us and will also make life easyer for a lot of people.

    But....how can I watch your new serie in Norway??

    Lov, Hilde...

    September 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  119. Lisa Tritico

    Congratulations to you on a successful run the Guiding Light especially with the Otalia storyline. As an actor you are very interesting to watch. You are never predictable in your acting style and you can do anything. You have really good timing with drama as well as comedy.
    With the popularity of the Otalia storyline with the loyal fan base it has do you see all web series having to develop and court their particular fans on an on-going basis? Open Book Productions roll out of Venicetheseries is an example of a successful business model that is courting, engaging and maintaining the fan base interest.. It has been very impressive.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  120. noelle pflum

    I love your take on Gina and her "normal" life in this series, especially in a time when people spend a lot of time judging others based on who they sleep with. So my question is, with gay marriage being such a hot topic, do you think that showing characters like Gina, in a everyday family light will help understanding and generally help the cause of human rights?

    September 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  121. Melanie from Germany

    Hi Crystal,

    I love that I can be part of team venice and I'm just getting slowly! into the twitter mania. But I'm nearly never online when you are. 🙂
    Can be difficult because of time difference and language.
    So feel free to aks the questions in the proper way...

    When season one is over and after that I watch the whole season every day once... how often can I watch it online till the second season starts? 🙂

    What kind of photographer will Ani be? Magazine? Art? Nature?

    Will you, Kimmy and Hope allow the fans to watch when you film outdoors part of the episodes? Will you announce on facebook something like... public filming dates?

    Thanks and I hope Venice will be a big success so we can see a lot of seasons.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  122. Bren

    You seem to be everywhere, on Days of Our Lives, Producing and starring in Venice, all over the social media of Twitter and Facebook and forums and podcasts and blog interviews and ... and jumping into everything with both feet. Can you comment a bit on what kind of personal commitment that takes?

    Oh, and color me thrilled that you're attending to the needs of an ignored international market that is starved for content.

    And thanks again for ... blowing up my summer.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  123. Brenda from Normal

    Hello Crystal!

    I am so excited that you are sharing your talents with us in Venice and I am thrilled to hear Gina will be a lesbian! Thanks for representing the gay community so well on Guiding Light and Venice!

    What impression would you ultimately like for viewers to take away from watching the show about Gina and what part her sexuality plays in her life?

    September 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  124. Judy B

    1st of all, thank you (and Jessica) for the beautiful portrayal of the Otalia characters. They touched my heart.
    I was wondering what kind of research and/or preparation you do to raise the characters from the page and give them life. From the subtle looks and gestures to the bigger dramatic moments, it's wonderful to watch.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  125. Nena

    Firstly I'd like to give a huge thank you to Venice team for making Venice accessible to all of us international fans. For the question: since I think Ms Chappell has perfect comedic timing, and she really shines in scenes in which humor is brought forward, I'd like to know if we'll be able to see more of that side of her in Venice?

    September 15, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  126. Jenna

    I was telling my sister the other day that in a year everyone is gonna know who Crystal Chappell, Kim Turrisi, and Hope Royaltey are, not just because Venice is going to be a hit, but because how you all went about it. All of you, including the other cast members and crew, are currently working for free, you never once had something bad to say about CBS and it's POSSIBLE influence in doing this show, and your proving that actors do care about what they put out there, that it's not all about a paycheck.

    Where do you see yourself and Venice in a year? What sort or impact would you like to make with the show?

    September 15, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  127. Susanna

    Crystal, as a good business person, you no doubt have a business model and a plan to monetize the new Web series. What is that model and your plans in that regard?

    As a follow-up . . .

    When can we expect a book from you?

    Thank you and best wishes with the series and your new career move.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  128. Kerri Tierney

    I am so going to miss GL. Not sure what I am going to do with my 82 yr/old mom who's been watching GL for 50 + years.. and myself and my sisters for 30 +. We will all need therapy after Friday. What a wonderful run! I guess the times they are a changing.

    Thank you for Olivia. I loved her character as a mom and really enjoyed her attitude and humor. Will Gina have some of her attributes?

    Looking forward to Venice.
    Best of luck to ya!
    If you need a Paramedic to standby on your set feel free to call on me.

    From Colorado

    September 15, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  129. Lynn from MD

    Ms. Chappell,

    As a longtime fan of yours and GL, I have to admit that I harbor some anger towards CBS and Proctor & Gamble for not finding a new home for GL, including rejecting your wonderful ideas. With that said, is there a part of you that deep down would absolutely love to prove them wrong with a successful launch of Venice?

    I am really looking forward to Venice. Thank you for all of you do for your fans!

    Lynn from Maryland

    September 15, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  130. Donna

    Thank you for the way you give your all to a role and for sharing so much of your heart and soul with your fans. As a mother, what do you hope your children learn or experience that you didn't learn or experience at their age?

    September 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  131. Patricia from the United Kingdom

    Hello Crystal, I've been well and truly 'Chappelled' since earlier this year thanks to the kind peeps who post on you tube.

    I've fallen head over heals in love with the characters of Olivia and Natalia (haven't managed to break this news to my beautiful husband yet!) and am overjoyed that you and Jessica will be working together again on Venice.

    I know Ani an Gina are exes but I really, really, really hope they end up together!!!

    Anyway, my main quesion is whether there is an address fans can send donations to in an effort to assist with production costs etc... Don't get excited, I'm not wealthy but I really appreciate what you are trying to do for your fans worldwide.

    Lastly, you are without a doubt one of the finest actors I have had the pleasure to watch on either the big or small screen.

    Good luck with Venice.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  132. Nickie

    Will the actors have input about the storyline?

    How many episodes have been filmed?

    Do you try to tweet all your fans?

    September 15, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  133. Valerie


    1) How did you manage to do 3 jobs at once – finishing GL, beginning DAYS and developing VENICE? This in addition to maintaining your marriage and raising your boys. You must be an iron woman. What was a typical day like for you in the throes of it?

    2) I know that everyone is trying to figure out how to make the web work financially. I've read that the VENICE team is very cautious about what sponsorship manes. You surveyed your fans about a fee structure for VENICE. What did you learn? Were you surprised at all by the results?

    3) Can you tell us a little about Gina's relationship to the Colonel? I've read that they have a very complicated relationship.

    Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.


    p.s. I've always thought your were a wonderful actor but you business-sense is pretty awe-inspiring!

    September 15, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  134. Tammy

    Crystal, with everything that you have on your plate (DOOL, Venice, the interviews, and especially your family) how do you keep everything together? How do you balance your work and still keep your personal life separate? What is your secret?? LOL!

    You never say no to an interview, you keep us all entertained with Twitter, you are acting full time on a soap, you are creating a web series, you have a family that you obviously give 100% to...I will quote you in one of your scenes with Jess from December of 2008 "You're a freakin' super hero!"

    September 15, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  135. Drala3912 (Kelly)

    I imagine Venice the Series is going to be a great success, and I already see the creative venture and it's media attention received as a success of it's own, let alone inspiring.

    There has been considerable discussion about panties, but I hope we get to see you in lots of jeans as well.

    I know this isn't a series about gay people, but it seems the passion behind Team Venice has truly tapped into an intrinsic pulse of the daily lives of a diverse group of people. Do you see yourself, Hope and/or Kimmy building on that passion in other ventures which includes bringing awareness to LGBT life with such integrity?

    If anyone can do it, I have great faith the three of you can.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  136. teeptmn

    Crystal what lead u to venice and what and who is involved in its making and did the beautiful storyline of Otalia on Guiding Light and growing fan base love for Otalia help with the evolution of Venice.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  137. Eleanna

    Hallo Crystal!

    I am an international viewer from Greece and a big admiror of your work in Guiding Light.

    My questions are:

    Will I be able to watch Venice on internet from my country?
    Will the episodes be avaluable on the Venice site so we can rewatch them whenever we want?
    Are there going to be subtitles in english?
    Will I have to pay for subscribing to the series?
    Are there going to be characters and storylines from other countries and ethnic cultures as well besides american?

    Thank you very much and good luck!

    September 15, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  138. Nadine

    Here's a question from a wife and mother from 'middle America' that's short and direct:

    Who killed the 'Otalia' storyline on GL – was it the GL writers/producers; the network; the owners Proctor and Gamble, or a combination of them? It's important for viewers to know where the homophobia lies since other GL couples were given the 'right' to kiss at opportune moments, however, Natalia and Olivia did not.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  139. Royal Xanadu

    Okay, I have two questions;

    1) With all the dour predictions around about the future of soaps what do you think needs to or has to change for soaps to be around in the future.

    2) Have you watched any other web series? Imaginary Bitches with Eden Reigel is awesome.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  140. Hope

    This Australian fan is super excited for Venice! Yesterday I sprained my ankle, my question is...Would you kiss it better? Love your work!

    September 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  141. Frances W. from USA

    Hi Crystal. My questions are: How will get sponsor for ' Venice' and how long do you plan to be on Days Of Our Lives.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  142. L.J.


    Thanks for creating "Venice" with Hope and Kimmy, for all your energy and enthusiasm, and for caring so much.

    How do you balance working full-time on "Days of our Lives" with creating and starring in "Venice"? What excites you most about playing Gina? My partner's mother disowned her when she 'came out' to her 13 years ago. Will Gina's father, the Colonel, be as cold as that?

    What can your fans do to help ensure that "Venice" is nothing but a success, a show that continues for years?

    You rock, Crystal! Thanks for Otalia and "Venice"!

    September 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  143. MsEscape09

    Ms Chappell a deepest admiration for your unlimited talent as an actress. Thank you very much, We Love You.

    My questions are:

    What kind of response have you received from your Family/Friends/Fans/Colleagues to the idea that you producing Venice the Series??

    Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  144. Avalynne

    two questions:

    what have you left undone professionally you are wanting to do ? (not connected to venice)

    what have you left undone personally which you would like to do ?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  145. Emma

    Hi Crystal!

    As and actress, how do you prepare for a really emotional scene and how long does it take to "turn the feelings off" after the scene is done?

    You're an amazing actress, Thank You for all your great work!!


    September 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  146. Jackie S. from Mansfield, OH

    Hi Crystal,

    I can't begin to tell you how much the Otalia story line has meant to me. You are so beautiful and I think about Otalia all the time, whether it be at work, home, even the treadmill. Thank you for the respect and appreciation you have showed your fans too. I will never forget you.

    1.) I can't wait for Venice to begin. How hard has it been to raise a family, star in a soap opera, and start a new web series that includes helping to write and produce that series?

    2.) Thanks, also, to Michael for the support he gives you.

    September 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  147. Stefanie from Germany

    Hey Crystal,

    Just saw this opportunity to ask questions on twitter at http://www.venicetheseries.com and thought: why not?

    As to questions regarding the storyline on Venice: i'll just watch and enjoy, cause i know i'll really like it !
    Come on, with those two leading actresses, what could go wrong?
    (by the way: hearts to both you and Jessica! 😀 )

    so my question is: will the season(s) be published and avaiable as a dvd-box? (with region 2 code?, or on itunes europe?)

    And thanks for letting my prejudices about actresses on soaps who can't play dissappear forever: they were gone the moment i saw you act!

    Greetings from a new fan from Germany !

    September 15, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  148. helen fitz. from bristol, england

    How do you feel about the outpouring of appreciation, support and adoration that has come to you from the Otalia fan community?

    How do you react / feel when someone calls you a goddess?

    With your talent for witty one liners and ad libs, will you be contributing to the script of venice?

    What are you and jessica most looking forward to in your new venice roles?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  149. Brenda

    Blessed Crystal,
    I think that you are a very talented actress. I enjoy watching your work very much. Thank you for entertaining me with such style.
    To whom do you attribute your talent?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  150. Bill Q from Sydney, Australia

    Dear Crystal, First of all my compliments to you on your new web series! I have followed your career for 19 years and I have to say that you deserve a Emmy for every single year. My question is this. As a pioneer you have selected a chalenging genre to explore. How do you plan to stand out from the current soap operas being run on network television today? Best of luck to you in all your future endevors!

    September 15, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  151. elizabeth Cerda

    how long will the episodes be? because other web series only run 8 minutes.
    Will Venice be filmed in NY or CA?
    How long are you commiting to the series.? ONe season?
    Did you ever compare your same sex storyline to others on daytime? Bianca/Breese on All My Children?
    Besides your talent what has given you longevity in daytime?
    Thank you for your work and may your family be understanding if it takes you away from them.

    September 15, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  152. Alina

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for choosing to be a part of this fabulous couple who is "Otalia."

    Your work and that of Ms. Leccia has made such a positive contribution to the diversity of daytime television. I can't even begin to express what a difference you have made for...everyone.

    My question is:
    Will there be any mention of Guiding Light at all in your new series? I figured that there wouldn't be, but I thought I would ask.

    September 15, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  153. helen fitz. from bristol, england

    oooooh PS: do you have a part for eddie izzard?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  154. Olivia and 24

    Hi Crystal,
    24 here. I first want to say Congrats to you and everyone involved with getting Venice together. Looking forward to seeing it.
    My questions for you are:

    Do you think that Venice will have a bigger impact on the audience than the Otalia storyline from Guiding Light and if so, why?

    If Venice succeeds your expectations, will you then add more characters to the web series?

    Thank you for all you do for the fans and Olivia Spencer will forever live in my heart!

    September 15, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  155. Jennifer

    Hi Crystal,

    I have been a huge fan of yours and of Guiding Light [since I was a little girl]. The storyline they presented for yourself and Jessica was phenominal and very realistic, for the most part [much of it I can relate to personally]. OK...OK...so my question is: How can we, as viewers, help you and the Venice crew promote the show? My partner and I work out of our home, in FLORIDA, and have an extremely flexible schedule and we want to assist in any way that we can.

    We wish you all the luck with this series!!!

    Thank you for YOU...and the Venice CREW and the CAST!


    September 15, 2009 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  156. Rebeca Perfecto - Puerto Rico

    Crystal, the webseries genre is dominated by a comedic blog style, is Venice going to follow that same format or is it going to create it's own in order to stand out?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  157. Seth Kramer

    Hi Crystal, You have created more online buzz for a new web series than I've ever seen before. Are you surprised at how highly anticipated "Venice" is?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  158. Jeanette from Maryland

    Crystal you are an amazing actor. I am in awe.
    Question: Were you good friends with Jessica Leccia from the start of the Otalia storyline or did your friendship grow as the storyline?
    Thanks for answering! (I hope).

    September 15, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  159. Patricia (The Netherlands)

    Crystal, first of all I have to tell you how I'm excited I am about Venice! I can't wait for it to hit the web and I sincerely hope it becomes a huge succes!

    Now my question: You have gained quite the loyal international fanbase through the Otalia storyline on Guiding Light, who will all happily tune in to Venice. This, however, is for the most part a specific crowd of gay and bisexual women who found out about the story through websites that cater to this audience. It's been said before that Venice is NOT a gay webseries, but how do you plan to get attention for Venice from international straight audiences, who might not even have heard of you or the other actors involved? (due to the fact that, unfortunately, a lot of countries don't air Guiding Light)

    September 15, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  160. SiBeL from Turkey

    I'm so excited for Crystal's Venice project and I´m so glad to see Crystal Chappell get the attention she deserves. Crystal Chappell YoU Rock.
    You have made us proud!!!

    Are you Ready for the huge fan base that comes with Venice because of the International viewers???

    September 15, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  161. Kathy C

    Hi Crystal,

    You have smooched with an awful lot of people during your career. Besides your husband, who is the best kisser you have ever worked with?

    Thanks for all you do for your fans. Looking forward to Venice!

    September 15, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  162. Kim

    Hey Crystal,
    How excited are you about Venice???

    September 15, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  163. Mindy

    Hi Crystal! I just recently started watching Guiding Light and I am really sad that it is coming to an end! I am also really excited about this new up coming series! My Question for you is..... I have noticed that Olivia and Natalia haven't really kissed on Guiding Light. Is this because the writers didn't think the fans were ready to see that ? Are you comfortable with kissing another female on screen?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  164. Rockie

    Questions for Ms. Chappell

    1. How long are the segments going to be?

    2. What do you think the future of Soap Opera will be on the Web?

    3. How will Venice make money?

    4. You have a job in a Network Soap Opera. Why do you want to start another Soap Opera on the Web?

    5. If the Soap Opera is dying what can bring it back to life and should it be brought back to life?

    6. You are seen as a advocate for Lesbian rights. Do you think it is an actors responsiblity to champion causes .... why or why not?

    7. You have your fans sending in Orginal musica and designing logos for Venice... why?

    8. How are the fans involved in the production of Venice?

    9. Daytime has always had fan events and night time drama do not have fan events and yet they are more popular... Is fan interaction important?

    10.Would you have launched your WEB soap Venice if it hadn't been for Otalia and the non-kiss?

    11. Do you think more shows will be made for the international audience in the future?


    September 15, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  165. Cyn from Canada

    Hi Crystal, first off your an amazing actor. Cant wait to see u back on Days. I was just wondering where you think the Otalia story would have gone to next if Gl wasnt ending so soon. Marraige...break up...some other woman trying to steal Natalia away from Olivia??

    September 15, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  166. Veronique

    First of all, like every others, thank you for every moments you've given us, fans of Otalia.

    My question is simple : What were your motivations on doing a serie based on a gay female character? Did the primary idea was yours?

    Thanks again for all the joy you've given us with your guiding light character

    September 15, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  167. Mia


    I have loved watching you as Olivia. During one of her particularly villainous phases I remember thinking it was incredible how much I could enjoy watching someone being so bad. For that reason, I'm glad they ended the show with the audience hoping for Olivia's happiness and redemption. My question is, what is more fun to play – the villain or the hero?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  168. ann marie

    I love the background idea for Venice. Everyday people dealing with life and all its intricacies and craziness. I hope the characters are as complex and complicated as real human subjects can be. I know the main character is openly gay, but will Venice touch on other sensitive topics that mainstream television might shy away from and push the boundaries since a web series is not subject to same standards? Also, if given the opportunity for a major network backing , would you three ladies relinquish your control based on a project that came from a labor of love?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  169. Kate from Chile

    Crystal, thanks to your role on Guiding Light and to the wonderful romance known as "Otalia" you have become a lesbian icon for many of us. How do you feel about your newfound status?

    Regarding Otalia, can you share (or maybe hint) as to whom was responsible for the obvious censorship in regards to the physical relationship between Olivia and Natalia?

    Thank you for your commitment to your fans. It's truly refreshing!

    September 15, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  170. Carol from New Zealand

    It looks like Venice is part of a growing trend for web drama series. What are the main differences between production using a TV drama/soap format and that of a web series?

    People say there is more creative freedom with a web series, in comparison with TV. But you still need to attract sponsors and/or advertisers, so how much creative freedom do you expect to have with Venice?

    What influence (if any)has the international dimension of your fan following had on the creation of Venice?

    What preparation will you need to do in order to portray the character of Gina in Venice?

    Will it be difficult switching between playing Carly 2.0 on Days & Gina on Venice?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  171. Mary

    Just want to say I have loved your previous work, especially the Otalia storyline on GL. I really loved the dynamic between you and Jessica Leccia.

    How are you dealing with the last week of GL, especially since you are no longer on the East Coast and able to commiserate with your fellow castmates?

    How do you think the seasons of Venice are going to be set up? How many episodes over what time period for a season and how often will seasons come out?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  172. Umeko

    Hi crystal,

    I have to say that u are truely an amazing person and I think its great that u decided to venice. I love how nice u are to all of us fan on twitter.

    My question is: what do u hope to gain from venice?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  173. marcia "burg21" twitter

    thanks for being so welcoming to all of us, can't believe u have not run and hide from us YET!! i heart u so much
    my question is:

    how long are u going to be on days? and what will u do after days? and who would u like to work with next?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  174. Melanie

    First off I just want to say how much of an amazing job youself and Jessica did on Guiding Light as Otalia, espically you when you were starting to loose your marbles when Natalia was M.I.A., excellent acting! How many episodes are you planning to do the first season and how long will each episode typically last, I am asking since most web series are 5 minutes or so but I was hoping Venice would last longer. =)

    September 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  175. Estelle G.

    Hi Crystal,

    About a month ago on venice website, fan were asked how they would prefer to watch the series. 48.9% said they would watch for free with ads to support the production, 48.4% would pay $10/season for ads and 2.7% would watch for free.

    Has any decision about the delivery of Venice the series already been made? If yes, when would it be announced?

    Thank you

    September 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  176. Mary

    Hi Crystal!

    I've been a fan of yours since Dool. You are an extremely talented individual with a generous heart. Thank you so much for all that you do.

    My questions:
    Will you be directing any of the Venice episodes?
    Will Gina have any of the same characteristics as Olivia?

    Much love and respect.

    September 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  177. Tori from NE a.k.a. @NotoriousTori

    Hi Crystal! You're a wonderful actress, one of the best, unquestionably. What process did you have to go through, if there was one at all, when transitioning from Olivia, a character you've played for the last 10 years on Guiding Light, to Carly, a character you've picked back up after about a decade and a half on Days of Our Lives, to Gina, a character you've created with your writing partner Kim Turrisi on your upcoming web series, Venice?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  178. Corinne

    Hi Crystal,
    First of all I wish to tell you that I find you absolutely fabulous. And thank you for taking on the good cause. I am looking forward to Venice.
    My question is where do you film Venice and is it possible to watch??
    Curious girl from the netherlands who now and then visits LA and NY
    With regards Corinne

    September 15, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  179. Mary

    Hi Crystal

    September 15, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  180. Tinna from Iceland

    For some asinine reason I caught pneumonia this May, and instead of being outside enjoying the weather and playing soccer, I was stuck inside for 2 weeks recuperating. During one of those very long days I happened upon the Otalia storyline on YouTube (via afterellen) and having all the time in the world, I curled up in bed with my laptop and watched every episode available. Turned out to be the best sick days ever! I didn't even notice the coughs and the disgusting phlegm any more 😉 Otalia-itis cured me. So thank you for that!

    But anyway, my question is: Do you have any aspirations of moving to the big screen or do you maybe prefer the slow-burning/dramatic storytelling that soap operas/series provide?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  181. Sofie

    Hi Crystal,

    Greetings from Toronto, Canada.

    First of all, thank you for everything you do for your fans, we love you for it.

    You and your partners have called Venice your labor of love – with the cast and crew being friends of one, or all, of you. With regards to Venice and keeping it on the web, what will you need to do to keep it sustainable? what strategies have you considered to extend its longevity? What plans do you have for season 2?


    September 15, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  182. Janet

    Hi Crystal:

    I have been watching GL since the days of Bert Bauer, Mike and Ed, etc. Sad ending to a great run. But, looking forward to Venice.

    I know that you and the producers enjoy the prospect of having alot of creative license in the direction of the show, but has there been any approach from Showtime after the end of the L Word? They seemed to be able to do quite a bit that the core networks do not allow, but I surely don't know the ins and outs of that. Any thoughts there?

    Could Venice be a stepping stone for that prospect? Also, will viewers be able to download the webisodes of Venice? Perhaps a way to make some money for the show?

    September 15, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  183. Diana

    You have a couple more characters to add to Venice for its 1st season. Since we know the series is going to be a sensational hit do you anticipate adding additional characters the 2nd season and/or (hopefully) keeping most of the original cast?

    Will the series be available on DVD at the end of the season?

    What "hook" will keep the new Venice audience that was expecting Otalia 2.0 (personally I'm very excited at getting to know new characters)

    Best of luck

    September 16, 2009 at 12:02 am | Reply
  184. Melissa from Pittsburgh

    On Venice, you get to wear a few different hats. you get to help create, produce, recruit actors/actresses, and you get to star as the main character, Gina. What has been the most challenging part of your new role and what do you look forward to the most regarding the series?

    As always, I can't thank you enough for all that you do both on and off screen. Crystal, you truly are a remarkable person and I am honored to be a fan of yours.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:02 am | Reply
  185. Ellen from Connecticut

    First, I'd like to let you know that I think you're the best actress I've ever seen on daytime television! Thank you for your portrayal of Olivia Spencer and thank you for rewarding your fans with Venice.

    My questions: What will you miss the most about working on Guiding Light and what are you looking forward to the most about working on Venice?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:03 am | Reply

    First of all send a big greeting from Costa Rica!
    I admire very much!

    My question:

    What was it that inspired you to Venice and you like the role of gina ..

    which by the way so my friends call me .. jaj

    A hug!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:05 am | Reply
  187. Maureen


    Hello from upstate New York!

    Three questions for you...

    1 – Can you tell us...besides the United States, what country or countries do you hear the most from when it comes to mail from fans looking forward to your upcoming web series Venice?

    2 – No matter what country these fans reside in, have you noticed any universal themes to what they write to you? And if yes, what are those themes? And are those real life themes influencing where you and your partners are taking the show?

    3 – For viewers watching Connect the World but so far not familiar with your work...what can you tell them about your show Venice to pique their curiosity enough to watch it online?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:05 am | Reply
  188. Tracy Price

    What is your reason for doing venice the series?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:06 am | Reply
  189. Mary

    Hi Crystal, You have three of your co-stars for Guiding light {Jessica,Jordan,and Danny} with you on Venice, will we see any of your other co-stars from GL on Venice?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:07 am | Reply
  190. Jennifer Z

    Hi Crystal. My grandmother listened to GL on the radio, my mother watched it on TV, and I picked up and watched it in TV, on CBS.com and even caught it via podcast on occasion. You have been one of my favorite characters on GL for many years now and I absolutely loved the Otalia story line.

    My question – what do you think old media can learn from this venture? Do you think they will be slow to adapt...perhaps too slow and end up someday and end up like the newspaper industry?

    I look forward to seeing you and the other old GL cast members in Venice!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:07 am | Reply
  191. Cara

    When is the next Venice cast member going to announced? Can we get a hint in the mean time male or female?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:08 am | Reply
  192. Hope

    Firstly, I'd like to say that I instantly became a fan of 'Otalia' from the very first time it was suggested that I watch from a friend of mine. I had to catch up on the story and have been watching ever since. So congratulations on being one half of this very endearing couple!

    My question surrounds the make up of the pertinent cast and crew of Venice. Who are some others who will be involved in the project?

    Also, what are some of the logistics of the series (i.e. how frequent, how many planned webisodes, when is the series premiere, etc.)?

    Finally, where, concisely, can we get more information about the series?

    I am looking forward to watching this series and continuing to follow your career beyond Guiding Light. I appreciate your comittment to telling a story to the best of your (extremely talented) ability.

    By the way, thanks for your freqent tweets! 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 12:08 am | Reply
  193. Lina

    Thank you so much for your impassioned portrayal of Olivia Spencer on GL. You and Jessica Leccia did a fantastic job breathing life into one of my most favorite daytime couples, despite the constraints that were put upon you.

    With regards to Venice, do you plan on releasing the show on dvd as was done with the web series Imaginary Bitches? It would be a treat to be able to watch the show on my tv as well as on my laptop!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:12 am | Reply
  194. Anna Bibeau

    First I would like to say that I am a married working mother of three children and am totally in awe of your tremendous energy and vigor that you have for your profession and for your fans. That being said my hat is off to you for being able to "juggle"all that goes with being wife, mother and professional and still are able to make your fans feel important. When will Venice officially air and how many episodes can we look forward to?? With So much publicity and attention to this project, if you were approached by a network would you ever consider in the future going that route? So looking forward to Venice........

    September 16, 2009 at 12:14 am | Reply
  195. Sheila Avant from Philadelphia, PA


    How will the plot of Venice play out? Is the focus of the show about the path Gina takes to find her way back to her true love and ex Ani? Do we get to take her journey with her and see the ups and downs of finding your way back to your one and only? Or is it about losing love and realizing that you can do it on your own when you thought you couldn't live without someone; is it about finding your own way in the world when you didn't know your own strength?

    Thanks for all the fantastic years as Olivia Spencer!


    September 16, 2009 at 12:17 am | Reply
  196. Mia McKenzie

    Ms. Chappell,

    With Venice, you are setting a new standard in terms of representation of same-sex relationships on soaps. In what other ways will “Venice” break the mold? Specifically, how important is racial diversity, both in front of and behind the camera? And, can you promise me there will never be a rapemance?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:20 am | Reply
  197. Lia

    Crystal, aka Dr. Carly Freaking Spencer-Rivera Manning, aka Stan.

    Have loved you since your years on DAYS, and am anxiously awaiting your return in October. I will surely miss you and your cast on Guiding Light as well.

    Question: Do you see long-term plans to buy and produce additional web series for your production company–therefore, to keep it web-based. Or are your long-term goals to remain on the web and then go to television once the industry is ready for some honest to good story.

    Sidenote: Whoever thought up the idea to create an interactive brainteaser to reveal actors in your cast was brilliant.

    Major kudos to you and your partners in crime.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:20 am | Reply
  198. Emma (OliviaRocks)

    Hi Crystal,

    As a Guiding Light viewer from the UK and a member of the Big Purple Dreams board initially brought to the show by the Olivia and Natalia story, I would like to ask if you ever expected Otalia to become such an International phenomenon and when did you realise just how far spread it was?

    I would also like to thank you so much for the continued support you have shown us as a fan base. I have never known a celebrity give so much back before. It means more than you could ever know. So very sad this week as we say Goodbye to everyone at Guiding Light, but very much looking forward to Venice.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:21 am | Reply
  199. Christa from Baltimore Maryland

    I have heard actors talk about using different methods/techniques for different acting mediums (ie. stage vs. screen) . Do you think a web series will present different challenges, and if so what would they be?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:23 am | Reply
  200. Mary

    Has your understanding of the relationship between an actor and fans changed over your career? What do you think actors and fans need from one another?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:25 am | Reply
  201. Jamie Anderson

    Crystal, thank you for putting a face to lesbian relationships. I find it near impossible to turn on the tv and find a story line that reflects my lifestyle. But more importantly, thank you for fighting for it!

    My question, Is there any chance we may find the new series making it say the LOGO network?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:26 am | Reply
  202. Monica

    Crystal, You're an amazing actress and a great person.

    Your husband Michael Sabatino will be playing Alan who has a fetish. Who decided what the fetish would be and did any suggestions come up that Michael wouldn't play?

    Thanks to all of you for creating Venice.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:26 am | Reply
  203. Michele Rebbeck

    My previous question still hasn't gone thru
    Longtime fan and admirer of your work! excited for Carly 2.0 on DOOL to see what a mature Carly will be like.

    Question is: Will there be any topic or subject off limits for Venice since it won’t be under any censors (thank god!)?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:27 am | Reply
  204. Julie Mango

    First off, congratulations on your work on Guiding Light and on the new gig on Days!
    I am however most excited about Venice and have a couple of questions:
    It seems obvious that the model of network soaps is in deep crisis and not quite able to adjust to changed times – do you think it can be revived on the web, and if so, what changes need to be made?
    So far, success for web series doesn't necessarily mean attracting as many viewers as possible but creating a committed fan base by targeting a specific group or market section, e.g. gamers for The Guild, often offering additional content etc. – are you following this model with Venice? If so, what is your target group?
    And related to that: network TV seems unwilling to give lesbian storylines anything close to equal treatment, even though the success of Otalia shows that there would be an enthusiastic audience – do you think web series, and Venice in particular, can build a sustainable business model around filling this void?

    Thanks and good luck!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:28 am | Reply
  205. Latasha

    Hi Crystal

    I am a new fan and becoming a big huge fan. Thanks for being so genuine and open with us fans.


    You said that in the beginning you choice to do this project because of the fans reaction to the Otalia storyline and your need to represent those fans that you felt were being underrepresented but as an individual what do you hope or expect to get from doing this project? (i.e. values, goals, long term fulfillment)

    Will the Venice episodes be posted on You Tube or the Venice Website? If not on You Tube will it be okay to post them on You Tube or do you, Kimmy, and Hope want it all filtered from a central place?

    What is it like being a producer on your own project and how is it different for you than acting?

    How does it feel having such a wide coverage on this new project that you are trying to start?

    How long do you expect the Venice episodes to be? And how long would you want them to be compared to what they will be because of the production model and budget?

    As a fan I would like to say I just love how you engage and interact with the fans and get us excited about the series. Was that always the plan? And why did you decide to engage with the fans in such a way? Meaning, through the clues, pictures, Q&A videos, chats, and twitter and was it always important for you to do and why?

    Compared to the experience of Guiding Light, being an actor, and an individual in the arts what do you hope Venice to be artistically? And what do you hope to bring to it and make it respectable?

    In the first Q & A with Kimmy you said that it was a show that you would want to watch what makes it a show that you would want to watch and a show that you hope to get our viewership?

    In interviews You, Kimmy, and Hope (the producing partners) said that Venice is a show about people and not straight people, gay people, or sexual people just people and the human experience and people’s lives as a result of the human experience. So how would you as a producer, actor, and audience member describe the show or what it’s about to people to who may decide they don’t want to watch it because it has a gay character?

    How is Olivia different from Gina? What do you hope to bring to the character of Gina? What did you learn from playing the character of Olivia and other characters the last 25 years that you hope to bring to Gina? Is Gina a hard character to play compared to the other character roles you have played and where would you rate Gina on that Scale?

    Your husband will be playing the role of Alan. How excited are you to be acting with him again and was it difficult to get him to take on this role?

    How do you want people to describe the show?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:28 am | Reply
  206. vanessa g.

    Crystal, you are so amazing. You bring such raw emotion to your scenes. You have moved me to tears on many occasions. My questions are: Would you like to ultimately move Venice to television or do you feel that the web is better suited for it? How disappointed were you with the lack of intimacy displayed between Olivia and Natalia on Guiding Light?
    Thank you so much for sharing yourself so much with your fans. We love you so much!!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:28 am | Reply
  207. Chris Cody

    Seriously, how do you have time to be a mom to two young boys, do your Days of our Life gig and produce/act in this webseries? Do you just not get much sleep or very, very organized?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:28 am | Reply
  208. sandra gonzales

    I think you're a FANTASTIC actress & thank you for all you have done .....

    1. my question is do you still see Venice on the web in 5 years or at some point would you like to see it on T.V either network or cable..

    2. will anymore of your Guiding Light castmates be added to the Venice cast

    September 16, 2009 at 12:30 am | Reply
  209. Jennifer (from Montreal)

    I think it's so timely and important that you are doing this, given the social-political climate surrounding gay rights in America and around the world today.

    I'm wondering whether your idea to do this show emerged as a result of the response from your fans who seemed to want and need more than they were getting, or if you have always been pulled to reach out to the gay community and have now found the perfect medium in which to do it?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:31 am | Reply
  210. Jennifer D

    Hey Crystal,
    I have recently rediscovered Guiding Light after a 7 year hiatus. Sorry it was too little too late...I look forward to seeing you in other projects including Venice the Series. The whole birth of the series is a very exciting model and I think that you are utilizing the tools of the internet in a terrific way.
    How long are you predicting the run of Venice and what will you do if it becomes a huge success? You already have a "Days" job and I wonder how much boundless energy you have to continue the multiple projects and being a wife and mother?
    Please make it accessible to everyone on the internet (as we have archaic copyright laws in Canada and I have YouTube to thank for letting me experience the last few weeks of Guiding Light)
    Good Luck! Go Team Venice! Will follow you on Facebook and Twitter.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:32 am | Reply
  211. Sharon MacDougall from PEI Canada

    Crystal, Goddess Stan, our leader. You, Kimmy and Hope have helped heal a broken heart over the Otalia *no real kiss* and the end of Guiding Light with your Venice series.
    Will the series be broadcast outside of USA?
    How will we be able to receive it? Pay per view, free with advertisements?
    Crystal you are quite different than Olivia, how is the character of Gina different than Olivia?
    What do you like most about Gina's character?
    Do you like to be kissed or be the kisser? Does Gina like to be the kisser or be kissed?
    Your fans love you, support you, and will do whatever it takes to make you happy because you give so much of yourself to your fans. I hope @venicetheseries gives you gentle breezes with an occasional gale, special sea glass and seashells with walks to enjoy.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:32 am | Reply
  212. Brigitte Schwartz

    Will"Venice"have some characters that are gay guys who are in Gina's or Ani's circle,such as family,friends or business?Think besides straight men this would make it more interesting. Thanks for all the great stories and acting on GL! Been listening and watching for over 10 years,will miss this hour of my life. Best wishes for success and happiness on your web venture!You have "guts" !

    September 16, 2009 at 12:40 am | Reply
  213. Denise M

    You have a have a great sense of comedy is it written or do you ad lib?
    Either way you carry it off really well -all the way down to facial expressions.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:40 am | Reply
  214. Trina from Michigan

    Hi Crystal!

    First off I'd like to say that I will miss you as Olivia because you are such the embodiment of that character. But I am also looking forward to Venice and Days.

    My question is: The business model for Venice, did your production team research existing web series and learned from them as far as what did and didn’t work and build on that or did you start from scratch creating a plan of your own making?

    Thanks aand take care!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:40 am | Reply
  215. Bev

    Crystal, thank you for what you are doing!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:41 am | Reply
  216. Mari SanGiovanni

    If you could do a feature film, would you want to do one that capitalizes on your new fan base developed from the same sex coupling of Olivia and Natalia on Guiding Light?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:42 am | Reply
  217. Libby

    Dearest Crystal,

    Never have I seen such kindness and compassion from a straight ally toward the lesbian community! We are so accustomed to being treated as 2nd class citizens, that receiving such ongoing respect from you is a big, beautiful, WONDERFUL shock! We are so honored to have you in our corner.

    Where do you think your deep reservoir of love and compassion stems from? You are healing many hearts.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:42 am | Reply
  218. Alexis


    There has already been a tremendous amount of attention focused on Venice; it seems that there is some mention of it in about every magazine and newspaper out there, with the exception of Popular Mechanics. I am impressed by how you have generated all this energy and focus toward your series.

    My question is why did you choose to market Venice the way that you did? Was it always apart of the business plan or was it some idea that suddenly came to you while you doing something mundane like driving your car?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:43 am | Reply
  219. Caretta Oneal

    Hey Crystal, Just wanted to say first that you are very talented and i watch everything you do. Im one of the million #1 fans you have we all heart you very much. Ok my Question is that through your Soap Career which Character you played best reflexes you in your real life..

    September 16, 2009 at 12:44 am | Reply
  220. Heidi

    Hi Crystal,

    So amazingly sad to see the end of Otalia. It seems like you took on this storyline as if it were a personal mission. Was Venice created out of a sense of mission? Why do you think you are so passionate about this particular social issue? Whatever the reason, this is one viewer who is so very grateful!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:45 am | Reply
  221. Rachel

    First and foremost, you are an amazing actress!!!! The passion and heart you put into every performance is breath-taking, and purely inspirational 🙂

    Have you ever found it difficult to disconnect your personal life from the characters you play? You seem to be so dedicated to portraying these characters in a "true-to life" manner! Have you ever felt as if you have "lost yourself" in a particular character?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:46 am | Reply
  222. Debbie Moorehead

    Hi Crystal,

    Just want to say Thank You, for including your fans in your new web series. That is a huge gesture on your part and more than we have ever seen from any other celebrity, in daytime or primetime. What a big heart you have. My question is, what is it in your life, present or past, that has kept you so down to earth? Your such a big star and so talented, not to mention, extremely busy; but you have made yourself so accessible and so open to your fans around the world. What has kept you in such a real place? Thank you again, for all you are and all you've done for us.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:47 am | Reply
  223. Shari from PA

    I just want to start out by saying what a wonderfully talented actress you are. You pull the audience in and make us feel what your character is going through. I am looking forward to your next adventure.

    My question is in regards to VENICE. What will the dynamic be between Gina and Ani? Will we get much backstory? Will Jessica Leccia have a large role in the webseries?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:47 am | Reply
  224. Diane M.

    Crystal, because of your work on GL and DOOL you have managed to attract a diverse number of fans from around the world. When I listen to your interviews or watch you on screen, I feel like I am watching someone who has truly found their "passion". What is your secret to finding the energy and balance needed to manage your life?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:49 am | Reply
  225. Gloria

    Do you foresee a time when you, Kimmy, and Hope might welcome private investors in your endeavor?

    What I really want to know is are you presently taking over the World? 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 12:53 am | Reply
  226. Shelly Ortiz

    First of all I want to say that you are the most amazing actresses ever. I swore I'd never be a soap fan and then I saw you and Jessica Leccia and was instantly hooked.

    My question is, is there any projects that you have with Kim that you'll be bringing to light to us dedicated fans like you're doing with Venice??

    Thank you for being you-can't wait for Venice!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:54 am | Reply
  227. Kelly

    I have to be honest, when Olivia first appeared on GL she was not one of my favorite characters. I just wanted her to go away. I never thought I would ever feel sorry for Olivia, but I did. Thank You for putting your heart into this S/L! I will miss Guiding Light.

    My question is: How does it feel to go from being one of the most disliked characters, to one of the most beloved and adored characters?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:55 am | Reply
  228. Debbie

    What do you find the most challenging about creating a webseries?

    How did you convince your fellow actors to work for free?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:56 am | Reply
  229. Karma

    were you aware that you were working for such a homophobic station (CBS) and company (P&G)? Why was CBS so intimidated by 2 women kissing that they couldn't show it? Between your popularity and Jessica's, why didn't you believe you had enough clout to go to the bosses and say "Olivia and Natalia WILL kiss because the fans demand it and they deserve it"?
    You're a lovely human being. Thanks for Venice.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:57 am | Reply
  230. Stephanie

    Venice represents a slice of American culture. How and why will Venice appeal to international audiences where language and sometimes culture can be a barrier?

    How are you engaging and interacting with your ever growing international fan base?

    Thanks and much success!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:58 am | Reply
  231. Jennifer

    Love the fact you are doing Venice, and have loved the GL story (up until the lack of physical contact between Nat and Olivia became downright absurd). Selfish question on that front ... how far are you guys going to go on the Web when it comes to the physical stuff?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:00 am | Reply
  232. Renee Bailey

    Hi Crystal.. May i just start with, i think you are superb..My question for you is. Will Jessica Leccia's character of Annie be apart of evey episode of the 1st season,or is she just in the beginning???

    Cheers Renee

    September 16, 2009 at 1:01 am | Reply
  233. Tracie


    Thank you for being so open to a same-sex storyline and being so nice to acknowledge that glbt people do indeed have a voice.

    My question is, with the freedom that you have with a web series, how do you and all those in the creative clawfoot tub with you (with bubblebath of course!) plan on bringing the stories together if you only have one character with Gina per webisode? Also, are the webisodes only once a week? I'm trying to wrap my brain around this....

    Thank you so much!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:01 am | Reply
  234. Mickey

    Ms. Chappell, After 10 years will it be difficult to let go of the character of Olivia? Has the recent story line influenced your life and decisions? And what has touched you most about our life, loves, and commitments?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:03 am | Reply
  235. Critha Franse aka Critter from Tennessee


    This has always been a hard question for me to answer so I pose it to you:;)

    If you could pick just ONE super hero ability (eg. invisibility, flying, enormous strength, laser eyes to see through anything, breathing under water,etc) what would it be?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:03 am | Reply
  236. katherine

    how happy are you to now have creative control over a storyline involving you and jessica leccia?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:04 am | Reply
  237. Tina

    Crystal, thank you SO much for sharing your heart, talent and amazing career with us! I've seen you as Carly and Olivia and thru all the years continue to be impressed!

    Your storyline on GL has taken us up, down and back around! Your final scenario has generated a huge following!

    Since you have DOOL to go to and a family at home, what led you to do Venice? As a heterosexual woman it's great to see that you're open minded enough and have enough love for your fans to do this.

    Thanks again for being so fabulous!!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:04 am | Reply
  238. jenniebomb

    Crystal, obviously you're amazing and totally rock.

    What's it like being the latest lesbian icon?!! Any plans to be on a float at the Sydney Mardi Gras next year?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:05 am | Reply
  239. Stephanie

    What has surprised you the most about the reaction to the Olivia Natalia storyline?
    We assume all outdoor filming will be in Venice but where will the indoor shots take place?
    With Jessica not in Cali how will filming work for her scenes?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:05 am | Reply
  240. Cindy

    Hi Crystal,

    When Venice takes off for the production company financially, will you find yourself just doing the web series and will there be dvd's for each season?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:08 am | Reply
  241. Lynda W. from Ireland

    As an actor you have imbued your roles with such peerless heartfelt realism, how have approach these roles? Specifically, do you draw upon personal experience or do you try to engender the thoughts and emotions of your characters...

    ... Thank you for looking after your fans. I hope Venice excels and exceeds even that which you wish for it.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:09 am | Reply
  242. Lucy

    Hey Crystal,
    I have heard that Venice episodes will be 5 minutes long. Is there any chance that this wil be expanded – like soon? In any case, if anyone can make 5 minutes worth 60 minutes in entertainment value, that would be you, you're a tremendous actor and a brilliant presence.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:11 am | Reply
  243. Beth (Washington, DC)

    Hi Crystal:
    My question is: Given the international interest that is being generated by the debut of Venice, are there any plans to bring any Venice characters that are non-American? I just love a girl with an accent! ::wink::

    September 16, 2009 at 1:12 am | Reply
  244. Carla H.

    Hi Crystal,
    I first want to say thank you SO MUCH for doing such an excellent job as Olivia. You are talented beyond words! You and Jessica have shown through your characters that love has no boundaries. Why do you think there was such a huge fan response to the characters and their love story?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:13 am | Reply
  245. Nicole

    With Venice you are an executive producer, star and co-creator of a web series. All of this while coming full circle by starting a new job as the original character that put you on the map in daytime.

    Why take on such an ambitious project like Venice?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:14 am | Reply
  246. Cat St John

    How do you really feel about becoming a lesbian icon? Do you realize that playing another lesbian role will increase your lesbian fan base and thousands of lesbians are dreaming of kissing you? I am asking this question because I was in a fan chat room and some of the younger women were really fantisizing about you and some of the straight women were really insulted. Does this offend you in any way?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:15 am | Reply
  247. Ellenesque

    Hello Crystal– I adored your work as half of the Otalia storyline but was outraged at the restraint put on the sensuality between the two women. I'm very, very eagerly awaiting Venice! Am I hopefully correct in assuming that this series will be very sensual?

    My other question: You've been on TV for years and now the web... is there any chance that we'll ever see you on the big screen? I truly feel in the right role you could give Meryl Streep a run for her money! And now that you have a world-wide, loyal lesbian fan base, would you do a lesbian movie role? Any fear of type casting?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:18 am | Reply
  248. Cathie

    You have touched me like no other actor has. What is your fondest hope for Venice and for Gina's story with regard to the effect it may have on the gay community around the world?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:18 am | Reply
  249. Linda Keen

    Crystal, I must say I have been a fan of yours for a very long time and never have I witnessed such an admiration and support from an actor/actress to his/her fan base. You certainly know how to make it "real" with everyone who reaches out to you. Your talent is beyond words.
    My question is: How many episodes do you anticipate to make this first time around? Will they ever be available for DVD in the future?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:19 am | Reply
  250. Suzanne


    Thanks for your great performances and the care you took with the Otalia storyline.

    In thinking about the reciprocity of the relationship between you and your fans, it seems that your and their interests are aligned with respect to the success of Venice. We want to see you and it succeed by having a great and long run, but we realize it also needs to be a financially viable endeavor for you and your partners. What business models are you considering for Venice? Have you thought about using microcap investors? I suspect your fan base would be willing participants.

    Best of luck with Venice and Days of Our Lives.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:19 am | Reply
  251. T. Thayer

    The soap opera is unique in the world of theatre for the volume of material treated, the pace of production, the constancy of characters and story lines that never really end. You have been immersed in the soap production model for 15+ years. Does this model and your experience working in soaps lend itself to the production of your web series or are you having to learn a new way of doing business?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:20 am | Reply
  252. Jennifer M.

    Will Ani be important to Gina in the first season?

    Captivated by your work! Really excited about VENICE!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:20 am | Reply
  253. Maude H.

    Hi Crystal , thanks for always being there for your fans, you are a class act. My question is : Will Venice be a 20 minute episode or more?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:20 am | Reply
  254. dk marshall

    Once Venice takes off and I know it will be a success-Is it possible we could see this as a Night Time Soap in the furture or maybe on the Bigsrcreen...LOVE CC

    September 16, 2009 at 1:21 am | Reply
  255. critha Franse aka Critter from Tennessee


    What one thing would you wish for your character, Olivia Spencer, to say to the world on her last day on network telelvision?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:21 am | Reply
  256. beth singer

    Hi Crystal. you are truly the goddess.....so gorgeous!!! ok now that i got that out....loved the storyline on gl, just like all the girls.....wanted to thank you for doing venice, your so smart, the otalia storyline took on a life of it's own, so i'm sure you will have a very successful run with venice.
    question: Are you going to be filming venice at venice beach? I want to come and watch....or just places around LA?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:26 am | Reply
  257. ria507

    Hi Crystal

    Have you ever gotten turned on filming a love scene with a co-star? be honest, now. 😉

    September 16, 2009 at 1:26 am | Reply
  258. Bridget from South Carolina

    Hi Crystal – I've been a fan of yours since your original stint on Days of Our Lives. Congrats on returning!

    I have loved the Otalia storyline between you & Jessica. Here's my question:

    Once enough time has sufficiently passed after the end of Guiding Light, will you & Jessica be allowed to tell your fans why CBS, Proctor & Gamble, or others chose not to allow Otalia to have a more intimate relationship on the show?

    Thanks so much,

    September 16, 2009 at 1:27 am | Reply
  259. Cassidy

    Hi Crystal, just wanted to say that you are an incredible actress and im am really looking forward to both your upcoming projects but would you ever consider leaving your full time job at days of our lives to work on Venice full time? Also was Venice an idea before sadly Guiding light ended?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:27 am | Reply
  260. cookson

    Hey Crystal!
    Just want to say that I think you are an incredibly talented actress. Not sure why you are not on the big screen.....
    My question: Is it true that web series are only about 15 minutes long? Is there a chance that Venice could eventually have longer air time per episode?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:29 am | Reply
  261. Ellen

    Because of the Web, the Otalia story line drove a global following. What excites you most about moving from a North American television format to a global online format?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:30 am | Reply
  262. Melvina

    Hi Crystal,

    I am one of your newest fan...It was Otalia that drew me to GL...Than I start watch more because...I love some of the other SL too.

    My Question is ...I know that you love your Red bull...but will you be having it in a napkin on Days...Big Smile,,love you

    September 16, 2009 at 1:31 am | Reply
  263. Avalynne

    its been mentioned that you intend to take over the world.... when you do??? what do you intend to do with it???

    what makes you laugh , really laugh,, the type of laugh when you think about it sometime later, what caused it, you can still smile or chuckle??

    what really pisses you off, really makes your blood boil??

    September 16, 2009 at 1:38 am | Reply
  264. Christina Fisher from NC, USA


    You are awesome. Your role as Olivia Spencer on the Guiding Light playing opposite Jessie Leccia has been phenomenal to follow.

    My question to you is "Do you feel that the script for the first season of Venice is as well-written and has as much character development as the story of Olivia and Natalia aka Otalia?"

    Thank so much and keep on keeping on. You have a unique voice, talent, and personality. We love you!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:38 am | Reply
  265. Linda, South Carolina

    Having found GL only 2 years ago, I really enjoyed trying to figure out the connections between characters. I was definitely drawn into the story of Olivia and Natalia. At some point I had to kick myself and say what great acting and chemistry between the two of you. Getting people to believe in the story you are telling, comes from talent and hard work.

    How has your life changed because of the attention your role has garnered? Even though you are married to an actor, how does he feel about the crushes that some gay women have expressed? And, what do you remember of your days in South Carolina?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:39 am | Reply
  266. Katherine

    You're a great talent and I really enjoy your work.

    As a busy working mom, how do you maintain a work/family balance?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:43 am | Reply
  267. TammyF. from Alabama

    Hi Crystal,Ive been a long time fan of yours since you started Guiding
    Light and have joined your fan club within the last few months.I appreciate so much what you do for your fans and the time you take with us.When did you decide to bring Venice to the web or how long has it been in the works? I know your friend Kimmy has written it and
    then there is hope helping produce it.Has this been a longtime dream of yours or a spur of the moment thing since Guiding Light is going off the air?By the way,I will greatly miss it. I've been a fan since I was a teen in the 80's.But, since it want be around and Olivia will no longer be around I am looking forward to seeing you in Venice and also Im going to start watching you on Days of Our Lives.Again,thank you so much and all the other cast and crew from Guiding Light for such a wonderful ride.I also have enjoyed getting to know Kimmy and Hope on Twitter and Facebook and the phenomenal cast that will be featured on Venice,As a "straight" woman I dont realoy know what to expect,but I cant wait to find out.. Im in for the ride,Thank you so much,Tammy

    September 16, 2009 at 1:44 am | Reply
  268. Laurel

    Hi Crystal,

    Thanks so much for you advocacy for the LGBT community–it means a lot!!

    Have you always had an interest in producing/creating your own projects, or have you become more interested in production over time? If the latter, what do you think drove your desire to do so? Any interest in directing in the future? Why are you so passionate about the soap opera genre?

    And finally, have you always been a tech nerd, or are you a recent convert?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:47 am | Reply
  269. Magel in Minnesota

    1st off, gotta say I love you Crystal Chappell!! This storyline made me love soaps again...thank you so very much. Thank you for showing my "love" on TV. Yeah there have been gay characters and storylines, but this was unlike any other. I hope you know that...it seems that you do and it seems you appreciate it. I love the way you stay connected to the fans. You are one of a kind, and you are THE GODDESS!!

    Question(s): So, what do you think of your "Dykon" status? Enjoying it? I have so been wanting to ask you that...lol. Are you going to watch the GL finale? If so, will you be crying in wine or Goose? 😉 I haven't decided what I'm going to cry in yet...lol

    September 16, 2009 at 1:48 am | Reply
  270. Kay Nelson

    Hey Crystal...Thank you so much for a wonderful 10 yrs on GL....I have been watching you since DOOL and you are brilliant actress....Thank you for taking such a great interest in what your fans want/have to say about Venice and the end of GL

    MY QUESTION....Do you think a 6-10 min episode of Venice will be long enough to portray a story and to keep the viewers interested? There are quite a few characters and it seems that would be hard to have them all involved in a 10 min episode. I have never watched a webseries before so just not sure how everything works....


    September 16, 2009 at 1:50 am | Reply
  271. Sil

    Thank you so much Crystal for your dedication to telling solid, compelling stories. You and Kimmy seem to be hard working, serious professionals who are interested in quality output and it's a shame how rare a thing it is to get these days.

    My question is: will international fans of Venice be able to watch the series? I'm guessing you have thought of this...I'm not an international viewer myself, but I always worry about international peers not being able to access certain content that I have the privilege to access most of the time.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:54 am | Reply
  272. Kim

    Now that you have your production company in place and when Venice is a hit (I know it will be) are you planning to do other projects
    down the road.

    You are so tremendously talented and creative that I think you would also make an excellent director...any thoughts about doing that in the future?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:55 am | Reply
  273. Lisa H. from Maryland

    My two teenage daughters and I didn't start watching soaps until you and Jessica Leccia had your recent storyline on Guiding Light. We are proud of both of you for being brave enough to tell the Olivia/Natalia story. Now, I am very interested in your Venice web series.

    How do you balance such a busy career and your family life so well? And do your sons understand how important you have been to an entire population of people?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:55 am | Reply
  274. Sarah K

    I am looking forward to this web series launch far more than the return of any show on television.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:55 am | Reply
  275. Cindy Hinsch

    Hi Crystal, When I am honest with myself, I have to admit that I am a selective Lesbian follower. I love Ellen, Bette and Tina from the L word, and now I am pretty obsessed with Crystal Chappell after discovering Otalia on Guiding Light. Before vowing to remain single myself, my personal romantic life only included women. Now I take great pleasure in experiencing romantic
    situations vicariously through attractive couplings. So Crystal, for the
    venice series , have you thought about the different female personalities to invite to the set that you may want to be romantically involved with when you are no longer exclusive with Jessica (Ani)? I'm looking forward to finally gaining some satisfaction seeing Olivia and Natalia become more physically romantic on Venice, but Crystal, You have infered that Gina (you) and Jessica (Ani) won't be exclusive on the venice series.The attraction to Jessica seems so authentic. What will it require from you personally Crystal, to generate this with another female?
    Thank you, Cindy

    September 16, 2009 at 1:56 am | Reply
  276. Cindi

    You are the best! Any of the following would be great!

    – What is the 1 character trait you insisted Gina have (i.e. intelligence, sense of humor...) & why

    - I know you're aware of the disappointment "Otalia" fans, like yourself, have towards the lack of physical intimacy between the 2. It's been suggested that lack of intimacy was because the powers that be did not want to alienate its fan base... Now, given that, how is Venice going to reach audiences beyond the gay community... say to the GL fans who are now looking for a new show?

    –Setting aside the obvious difference between web/cable, how will Venice differ from The L-Word?

    –SInce Web Series, what few there are, are not required to give viewer ratings or warnings, will Venice stay within, or very close to, the overall FCC guidelines or do you plan to make use of the freedom the web delivery allows? (i.e. language, nudity, subject matter) and how do you think that will impact your intended audience?

    Thank you!
    Can't wait to watch Venice!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:57 am | Reply
  277. Hannah

    I have a vision of what the web model for entertainment delivery can be. I'd like to see art cleanly divorced from advertising dollars. I believe the pay-per-view model can be successful on the web. Is this important to your production company? Do you think pay-per-view alone can eventually sustain Venice?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:57 am | Reply
  278. Deb H

    Thank you for creating and attracting the team who will make this series great. I am thankful that you will be playing the part of Gina.

    What are some of the "issues" Gina has that keeps her single?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:02 am | Reply
  279. Silver

    Thank you Crystal for sharing your creative acting talents and your "muse" with all your fans.

    My question is this: What part of the process of creating Venice did you find the most titilating?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:05 am | Reply
  280. Sheila Clarke From Woodville, Ontario

    Hello Crystal:

    I have been a huge fan of yours since you first aired on Days! I followed your entire tenure on there! Then I started to follow you on Guiding Light since the announcement of the end of the series! You are amazing! Use to watch GL in my teen years in the eighties! LOL! By the way I mentioned your name to my mother (who hasn't watched a soap since Another World) and she turns to me and said isn't she from Days of Our Lives! LOL! Had to explain that you been there, done that, and are planning to do it again! Even though she never really followed it she did remember the Carly story because her two daughters loved Carly and Jennifer from the nineties! I filled her in on your roles on OLTO and GL, and she remarked the playing Olivia sound the sanest! LOL! I am lucky that mom is so funny and open minded!

    Anyway I was wondering a couple of things?

    1) How is your niece enjoying Hopkins U?
    2) Have you, your boys and Mick settled in, in L.A?
    3) Ever visited Ontario?
    4) Any chance Melissa Reeves will cameo, now that you are back to Days?
    5) Is there going to be a fee to watch your web cast? I hope not! If there is, will we be able to watch it though facebook or youtube?
    6) Will there be easy access for fans from different countries to watch you and your friends on Venice?
    7) Are the Three Musketeers (You, Kim, Hope) planning on a DVD release of Venice, Like Eden and Andrew have done with Imaginary Bitches?

    Us Canadians have a bitch of a time accessing episodes from Networks if you are not American! They all want zip codes and we have postal codes! We are shit out of luck if you are not a resident of the U.S!

    It is the same for certain fan clubs and special offers! The don't allow things in Canadian funds or access for us through the internet systems!

    Thanks For Keeping Us Excited and Happy To Follow You Where Ever You Go! I follow you on the Otalia Site, Twitter and Facebook! Not to addicted but love to catch up when I can! Thank goodness for laptops and blackberries! Thanks for always caring for your fans and friends, your a very smart woman! Good Bless! Sheila! Aka! Chelly!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:06 am | Reply
  281. Edie S. From C.C., TX

    Hello CC!
    You are naturally funny and enjoy making people laugh. I love that about you.
    Will Gina have a witty sense of humor, playfullness and passion that you brought to Olivia?
    You are so incredibly good at this. I can't get enough!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:07 am | Reply
  282. Andea

    Dear Crystal,
    I have the greatest respect for your acting abilities and I only became aware of "Guiding Light" and it's progressive storyline in February. You brought such elegance, maturity and normalcy to a very loving relationship (between Natalia & Olivia) and I have since fallen in love with all characters on the show.

    Questions below:

    Kindly elaborate on the personality, heritage, age etc. of your new character on "Venice", Gina.

    Have you and your production team decided on a suitable business model that "Venice" should follow so that it will be sustainable?

    What will the schedule/frequency of the web series be, and what is the length (minutes) of each episode?

    Thanks – I wish you the best in your endeavors!!

    Forever Crystallized,

    September 16, 2009 at 2:07 am | Reply
  283. Cindy

    Hi Crystal;

    Have been a fan since your 1st years on DOOL.
    I however, like most people caught on too late to the GL magic and only when the Otalia storyline started taking shape.

    In true soap fashion where would Otalia be in 5 years? 10 years? Still together?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:12 am | Reply
  284. Sheila from Bmore

    Crystal, I became a fan of yours due to your role as Olivia on Guilding Light. Some might say that your role in the same sex couple love story on Guilding Light has taken your career to new heights, but I would say that your ability to take a role and just completely become the character makes you an amazing person?

    Question – Do you feel that your role on Guilding Light as Olivia in the same sex couple love story has set a standard so high for you as an actress, that it will be to much to expect the same or better performance from you in your role as Gina in the Venice series?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:14 am | Reply
  285. Cathy

    Hello Crystal,
    You're one of the few celebs I follow on Twitter that actually tweet back. Thanks for that!

    I have great admiration for Soap actors as I imagine they have a rather enduring schedule to keep. No hiatus, and a show that runs five days per week as opposed to one. Throw in emotionally charged scenes and you have to be spent. How do you decompress and recharge?

    Your GL storyline intrigued me. I might be one of the few heterosexual, married Catholics that struggles with the church concerning its doctrine on homosexuality (hope my pastor's not watching, lol). Even though it was touched on, do you think the issue would have been explored more thoroughly had GL remained on the air?

    Your entrepreneurial spirit is exciting. You knew you wanted to do a web series, but diid you have any idea what that would entail? What has the been the most challenging aspect?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:15 am | Reply
  286. Kamili

    Hiya Crystal,

    Where do u see Venice going in the next five years?? Also do see Venice leaving the web and making it to TV such as HBO? or any other cable channel?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:15 am | Reply
  287. Natalie Kulcsar from Australia

    Crystal, Venice is being promoted as truly global and you have stated that your global audience is very important to you (thankyou because what you are doing with Venice is very important to us too). Can I ask how you are (or intend to) promote the series through means other than through US sites and mags, which attract global fans anyway? Seems like there are still some major untapped opportunities to explore (must be kind of overwhelming!)

    September 16, 2009 at 2:15 am | Reply
  288. Allyson

    Ms. Chappell,
    Thank you for all you have done and are doing for your fans, and your wonderful performance as Olivia. We love you for all you do.

    In the soap world, the 'big romantic payoff' allows viewers to overlook the sometimes unrealistic drama that happens to keep couples apart while building up to that 'big payoff' – that overthetop first kiss or fantastic roamantic first love making scene. Then the couple is together, and together fight against outside forces, whatever they be, that try to tear them apart. The classic example is Luke/Laura on GH that fought the Casadine's after they went through the drama to get together.

    This has been an accepted norm, and it is a pact between producers of a show and their viewers. We viewers know the payoff is so much sweeter when it happens like this! However, no matter the reason, this 'big payoff' has not happened very often with same-sex couples, not just in soaps, but any drama. It is considered very rare and precious in the lesbian community when it does actually happen. This has led to the gay community being very skeptical when viewing same-sex storylines. So many straight people were attracted to the Otalia storyline, and could not understand during all the build up drama how gay fans could be skeptical because they had not previously followed any same-sex couples.

    As GL did disappoint in this regard (after such a ground-breaking, wonderful, drama filled build up) once again, and now even straight viewers are a little jaded by it, how do you plan to combat this skeptism so that fans, both straight and gay, will allow themselves to become 'invested' in Venice and go through the drama that we all want in order to get to the big payoff?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:16 am | Reply
  289. Steph C.

    Hi Crystal! I am so sad to see GL end but I am thrilled with your return to DOOL and the start of Venice! The thing I've love most about you is your FANTASTIC sense of humor! That's why I thought I would ask a different type of question:

    Any thoughts on a good Halloween costume?

    Best wishes to you, your family & friends, and all your endeavors with Venice!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:18 am | Reply
  290. Julia


    Your performances throughout the years have made me laugh, cry, scream at the TV and given me goosebumps.

    With the Emmys that just passed, are you thining to next year yet? Have you thought about what your reel would be? I am sure a lot of your fans have their ideas.

    Also for Venice, even though it is set in Venice,CA, Gina being a hotel designer can really take her anywhere, any plans to take the show on the road for upcoming seasons?

    What characteristics do you bring to Gina from Crystal, or Carly, or Olivia, or Maggie?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:20 am | Reply
  291. Suzanne

    How do you define on screen chemistry? When working, how do actors experience it? All the best to you and your team!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:24 am | Reply
  292. Betsy

    Hi Crystal! I love the work you have done on daytime TV and only watched Days when you were on it for Carly and then Guiding Light for you as well. Thank you so much for being so open with your emotions and embracing your roles. I can't wait for Venice, thank you.

    My question is this: Since you are by far the best actress on Daytime, do you have any desire to work Primetime or feature films? I think you would be wonderful in both!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:24 am | Reply
  293. Paula from São Paulo, Brazil

    Otalia has got an enourmous international fan base that will certainly follow you through Days of Our Lives and Venice. Were you taken aback when you found out that you had fans all over the world?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:25 am | Reply
  294. Kim

    Hi Crystal,
    First of all you are an incredible talent.(and your hilarious sense of humor cracks me up) . I am very excited about continuing to see you and a few other GL actors on "Venice". You all have incredible chemistry. I understand that everyone involved with the show will be working for free. That says a lot about all of you. I know you have other commitments so how will you balance your family, working at DOOL, and your new venture?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:30 am | Reply
  295. Mary

    I absolutely loved your work on GL, Crystal, and watched solely because of the "Otalia" storyline. Thank you for that incredible performance.

    My question: You've drawn some very renowned peers to join you on "Venice." Obviously, that speaks in part to their respect and affection for you, but what else do you think draws established performers to this new genre?

    And if I may be so presumptuous as to ask another question: any interest in stage work? If so, what would be your dream role?

    Thanks again, and color me there for "Venice"!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:30 am | Reply
  296. dianna edwards

    Hi Crystal,
    I have been a fan of yours since your first stint on Days. I am so sad that GL is ending, but it has been so frustrating to watch . I am so looking forward to the premier of Venice and finally be able to watch your amazing talent unencumbered by censors.

    My questions are : When is the estimated premier date? Are you planning a premier viewing party in the L.A. area or elsewhere? If not how are you planning to launch and celebrate the premier of this groundbreaking show?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:31 am | Reply
  297. Cyn from Canada

    Hi Crystal....I was just wondering if u have always wanted to play a lesbian on tv, or the web. Did it ever cross your mind in the past, or something that you fell into and embraced with your experience from Guiding Light. BTW cannot wait to see Venice!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:32 am | Reply
  298. zeta marie

    Hello, gorgeous. Whose idea was it to let the fans give you input as to what they want to see on Venice? Great idea and I admire you for your efforts. Thank you and blessings.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:34 am | Reply
  299. Halle Richards


    Other than Redbull...how on earth do you manage being a successful career woman and raising two children? Do your boys watch you on TV and what are their thoughts on some of the work you have done.

    ps. Whether sometimes scripted or ad libbed, I find myself laughing out loud at some of the witty lines you have had as Olivia...love u as Olivia and looking forward to your return as Carly :))


    September 16, 2009 at 2:34 am | Reply
  300. Cat F

    Hi, Crystal! I've loved all your roles & am really looking forward to seeing you as Gina on Venice. I'm excited about the potential for creativity with a webseries like Venice. When will Venice start? How often will we see episodes – once a week?

    Thanks, and best of luck with DOOL and Venice!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:36 am | Reply
  301. Dana

    Is season two of Venice being written yet or will you wait for fan feedback on season one?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:37 am | Reply
  302. Natalie

    What are you looking forward to most with Venice?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:39 am | Reply
  303. leslie

    Crystal, I have to tell you the story of Otalia has touched my heart, there are no words, as a mother of 2, and a gay parent it was refreshing to see a love story, simply that a true love story. My question is how long to you see Vence to run if it has a huge following? With it being a new web series, the road is untraveled, so will it be deicided by viewers, sponsors. Thank you for your time and much love,, love the tweets btw.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:41 am | Reply
  304. Joanne from Maryland

    Hi Crystal,

    Thank you, Jessica and the whole Venice Team for going above and beyond for your fans. I totally agree with Kimmy when she said that you and Jessica undeniably have on screen chemistry. You both are truly blessed with your wonderful talent.

    My question is: Was the first episode taped in New York while you were still taping Guiding Light or did you tape it while Jessica was in CA for the daytime emmys?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:42 am | Reply
  305. Deb

    From what do you draw to seemingly so easily bring the tears on screen; is it some event or experience from your life which allows the tears to flow on cue or from your emersion into the scene you are in at the time?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:44 am | Reply
  306. Kim from TN

    Hi Crystal,

    Thank you for delivering such an incredible performance each and every day. Your ability to convey such a wide array of emotions and feelings with just your facial expressions and body language make you the quintessential soap actress. Your work is so deserving of an Emmy Award. I hope your efforts will be recognized next year.

    Thank you for such a thoughtful and believable portrayal of a woman coming to terms with a part of herself she never knew before.

    Also, thank you in advance for Venice. I can't wait to see it! I'm also looking forward to seeing you (and your husband and Louise Sorel) on DAYS!!

    My questions--

    What are your short term and long term goals for Venice?

    What needs to happen, from an audience perspective, for you to consider Venice a success?

    What can your fans and supporters do to help to make Venice a success?

    Thank you and best wishes!!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:45 am | Reply
  307. Avalynne

    i'm not asking the venice questions i'm sure someone will ask what i would have asked about venice...

    when you were looking for your prince charming ( who you found) , you would have kissed a lot of frogs.... when you were looking for your prince did you kiss any girl frogs..???? or are you the kind of girl that doesn't 'kiss and tell'.?

    is there one meal/recipe/ food that you would like to cook really welll, so friends would say ... crystal cooks that really well?? or words to that effect.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:48 am | Reply
  308. Kris Bradburn (aka Beecharmer)

    As you look forward to the future of the soap genre, declining network domination, and increased interest in webseries, do you see yourself shifting more into the new media?

    I recall you saying that you loved working in soaps. Do you see it as a dying genre? As an actor, what about soaps do you love?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:50 am | Reply
  309. Linda

    Will Gina & Ani be the love of each other's life like Otalia on GL?
    Will they struggle to be together or will they be paired with other people?
    I'm watching Venice because of the possible Gina/Ani pairing hoping I see that amazing chemistry you & Jessica shared on screen as Otalia.
    A special thanks to you, Jessica, & all the cast & crew of GL for all the hard work & enjoyment you all brought to us GL fans. GL will be truly missed.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:51 am | Reply
  310. Jo

    Ok, Stan. Question about "Venice". Olivia's one liners were such a part of her and GL, providing a bit of comic relief and I dont recall (if I can remember back to my High School Days) Carly ever being relaxed enough to make a side comment about sleeping her way through a phonebook. So we get the incredible, fierce,serious Carly during the day but will we see the amusing, less intense humorous side of Crystal in Gina?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:51 am | Reply
  311. Tammy from Houston

    I have followed Guiding Light and Olivia for many years and I do not think the character, the show or even you, yourself, have ever received as much attention as you all have received this past year do mostly in part to Otalia – what does your family think about the Otalia storyline and attention you are getting from it and with the work you will be doing on Venice? Are you comfortable being a sex symbol even to the hetero’s out in the world? I feel we might be missing out on a lot of the fun stuff for sure lol!

    Best of luck – GO VENICE!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:55 am | Reply
  312. Sandy

    Can we expect an on screen love scene? Or is the production model going to hinder a possibility of one? Is the production values the same as what we seen on Guiding Light?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:57 am | Reply
  313. Abby from Ohio

    Crystal, first of all, I want to thank you profusely for your work in a storyline that has been so significant for me, as well as thousands of other gay (and straight) people all over the world. You are exactly the kind of ally our community needs, and I cannot express to you how much your continuing to represent me and tell my story means to me. I know you have received hundreds of letters from people whose lives you have changed from the Otalia storyline. What if anything do you have to say to other straight people out there about the role and power of being an ally to the GLBT community?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:57 am | Reply

    Hi! First of all I want to send a big greeting from Costa Rica!

    I love the way you are with the fans always willing to talk to them.

    My question: What inspired you to make the new series Venice and calling you for more attention to intrepretar Page?



    September 16, 2009 at 2:59 am | Reply
  315. Katherine

    Hello Crystal!

    How many episodes will Jessica appear in?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:59 am | Reply
  316. Elizabeth

    How did your husband respond when you first dicussed Venice?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:05 am | Reply
  317. paula paglian

    ok i have another i just thought of cause i am a HUGE fan.....

    The internet buzz on Venice is incredible, and looks like it'll be a sure fire hit from the get-go, how are you currently and in the future handling the onslaught of fame here and abroad and incorpating it into everyday life?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:06 am | Reply
  318. Beatriz from Atlanta

    Hi Crystal,

    I admire you a lot.I

    I have two concerns or questions for you about Venice.

    1) Why did you you say that Gina and Ani do not finish together?
    A lot of fans have thought that it will be a BIG mistake.We deserve and want a happy ending.Remember, it was a big concern all the time with Otalia. (Guiding light)

    Olivia was vey different that Natalia,what is the problem if Gina is different that Ani? That is not problem.They need to finish TOGETHER. Do not forget it!

    2) Will be possibe to have close caption ,because there are a lot of fans like me,that ESL. I enjoyed Guiding Light a lot,but cc is a great help for us. I do not want to lose any word.Please,let me know.It is very important.

    Thank you so much for your great and professional job. You are amazing and of course,your co-star Jessica Leccia,too.Both did a wonderful job.
    Congratulations and good luck!


    September 16, 2009 at 3:06 am | Reply
  319. kiki999

    Going forward in your future roles, will you bring any of Olivia's characteristics with you? If so, which ones and why? i know your choices will be character-driven, so I guess, ultimately, I'm asking what did you learn about people/yourself from Olivia?

    And thank you for the work you are doing.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:14 am | Reply
  320. Amanda

    Hi Crystal – Love your work and looking forward to Venice! My question relates to the fact that you and Michael have two young sons who probably ask about the work that you do, yet your alter-egos have often dealt with pretty intense issues, such as murder and rape. In the era of YouTube, how have you prepared them for what they might see your characters do or go through on Days, Guiding Light, Venice, etc.?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:16 am | Reply
  321. Peggy- Florida

    Crystal- Just want you to know how much your fans appreciate you! Also, you keep talking about how much "freedom" you're going to have with a web series as opposed to network Tv, that why your husband joined "Venice"– to keep an eye on you?!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:19 am | Reply
  322. Trina from Michigan

    Hi Crystal,

    Very excited to see Venice and very excited to see you back on Days! You are a phenomenal person and actor.

    My question: The business model for Venice, did your production team research existing web series and learned from them as far as what did and didn’t work and build on that or did you start from scratch creating a plan of your own making?


    September 16, 2009 at 3:20 am | Reply
  323. marelys from Madrid, Spain

    Hello Crystal,

    Thanks of us, THANK YOU very much for all you do, how much time you devote your friends and how much passion you put into your work and into everything you do. You are an amazing actress, I do not have words to describe what you mean and how extraordinary it is to watch you bring characters to life. I am your fan for life, and I am grateful for the online community and tools that allow me to follow your work from Spain ... I am soooooooooo excited for Venice.. I will support that and all of your endeavors.. count on me to watch you Always – You are amazing..!!!

    I know how much your fans mean to you and how you embrace them – therefore, My question is, can you describe or share what it means to you to have followers in so many countries, where they dont even speak English, like here in Spain. Would you consider coming to visit us here in Madrid?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:21 am | Reply
  324. Melissa Harrell

    Hi Crystal,
    First of all, thank you for all your many years at Guiding Light! I have enjoyed all of your storylines, especially the Otalia storyline. Thank you for taking it seriously and listening to your fans. We love your dedication! I am eagerly waiting for all things Venice!!

    Have you, Hope, and Kimmy thought about being involved in the Dinah Shore Weekend events in Palm Springs, California? It would be wonderful to see Venice being represented at this event! It is scheduled for the end of March/ beginning of April.

    Thanks Again. By the way, I LOVE all of the tweets! You girls are the BEST!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:24 am | Reply
  325. Octavia from Charlotte

    Crystal, I have truly become a fan, you have been blessed with an awesome gift of truly making us believe the make believe. I will never tire of watching you and how you're able to tell a story with such depth.

    Thank You (smile)

    Now that you have added the "hat" of producer to the collection of hats you're already wearing as a wife, mother, actor, friend, not to mention your loyalty to your fans who absolutely ADORE you, how are you able to juggle all of these hats and maintain a balance? Does the "S" on your chest stand for Superwoman or Stan? :0D
    Inquiring minds want to know.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:25 am | Reply
  326. Angelica

    My question.. What do you intend/wish to accomplish by doing Venice? Other than giving back to your gay fans, a better gay representation..

    What would you say is your greatest personal and professional acheivement?

    and Finally....
    How do you do it?? How do you keep it all together? family work..soaps..venice....TWITTER??

    Just wanna say... your just AMAZING!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:25 am | Reply
  327. Darleen

    If you had a "crystal" ball would have ever believed the kind of ride your are currently having if your were told – that GL would be off the air – AMC would be moving to CA and the over all state of the soap industry but your career would be "booming"?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:26 am | Reply
  328. Julie W.

    Hey Crystal

    I'm a new fan and even came in late to the GL Otalia storyline but have since fallen for the characters and their story. I'm sorry to to see that story end but am looking forward to seeing what you will be coming up with for your web series and the new characters of Gina & Ani.

    My questions about the series are:

    Can you tell me is Ani the love that went wrong and has colored all the rest of your relationships?

    Gina - Butch or Lipstick?

    Ani - Butch or Lipstick?

    What can you tell us about Ani's character?

    In closing thanks for doing this web series. From everything I've read about you on the web you seem like fun loving generous person. Awesome! 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 3:27 am | Reply
  329. Laurie

    I don't really have a question, I'm just excited to see a lesbian story line that won't be censored.

    I actually have a question for CNN. Why don't you do a story on CBS's censorship of gay affection? Compare networks or something.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:29 am | Reply
  330. Julie

    Love, love, love you. Thanks for using your power for good.

    Not an acting question, just a silly one: If you had a time machine, when and where would you visit?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:30 am | Reply
  331. Kathy

    It looks like "Venice" is going to be a big hit and we'd like to see you guys full time on the web series.

    How long is your current contract with "Days of Our Lives?"

    September 16, 2009 at 3:30 am | Reply
  332. Darleen

    If you had a “crystal” ball would have ever believed the kind of ride your are currently having if your were told – that GL would be off the air – AMC would be moving to CA and the over all state of the soap industry but your career would be “booming”?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:31 am | Reply
  333. Sadie

    Crystal, a huge thank you for creating Venice and for embracing your fans, you are such a special person and your talent is unmatched!

    My question: I love that you are involving fan input into Venice, from designing the logo to submitting music and voting on polls. Are there any ways that the average fan can donate money or time to help get the show on the air? I couldn't afford much, but would gladly contribute enough to buy a case of Red Bull for the cast and crew!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:38 am | Reply
  334. Heather

    I want to say first of all I admire you and love that you love your fans!

    My question is Why do you feel the need to do Venice other than the fact that you have gay friends and were a part of the great Storyline Otalia?

    My other question is do you plan to have other web based projects in the future?

    Again thank you so much for everything. Much love to you!!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:40 am | Reply
  335. Beth Q

    Hi Crystal,
    Congratulations on your successes and thanks so much for all that you give back to your fans. You are certainly a special actress and person.

    In an interview with Jessica Leccia, she implied that Ani will be extremely different from Natalia. Can you describe these differences? Additionally, how will Gina differ from Olivia? Will the relationship of Ani & Gina (Anna?) appeal to us romantics that loved the slow forming, trust-centered, caring love story of Olivia & Natalia (Otalia)?

    Thank you for your time and I wish you, Kimmy and Hope much success!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:40 am | Reply
  336. Pillowtalk

    I'm curious about the production model you've chosen for Venice.

    The new production model for GL garnered a lot of criticism, but I actually preferred it – once the camera guys mastered the art of zoom.

    I think the new production model led to some really lovely outdoor scenes. Of those, the GoL scene following the WoD stands out as just breathtakingly beautiful.

    I also think the the new production model allowed the actors to inject some spontaneity to the scenes. Ms. Chappell in particular has revealed a gift for physical comedy over the last few months which I found most engaging.

    I have really enjoyed the almost improvisational quality that the new model seems to have encouraged. It draws good acting from good actors.

    By contrast, the old production model used by many of the current soaps appears atrociously lit. It also seems to encourage a very specific acting style which is at times extremely stilted, at other times lazy, but often just plain bad.

    So, what's the word on production?

    Thank you

    September 16, 2009 at 3:43 am | Reply
  337. Yuki

    Hi Crystal,

    You are a really charming actress.

    Can you tell us any interesting incident that happened onset during the shooting of Venice?

    And will there be any gag reel or blooper video show on the website? I love watching those video.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:46 am | Reply
  338. Roxanne

    Crystal, For starters you are absolutely drop dead gorgeous! Luv U

    I believe every woman whether they admit it or not has fantasized about being with another woman. So, my question to you is

    1st Would you be my girlfriend? Had to throw that out there ha ha
    2nd. Are you living out your fantasy through Venice?
    3rd Do you mix your grey goose in with your red bull?

    Thank you so much for caring about us, your fans. And thank you for all the time you give to us. You have become a lifeline, a true idol!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:48 am | Reply
  339. Bree S.

    Hey Crystal,

    I have loved seeing the 'Otalia' storyline develop on Guiding Light, and I feel like it really shows how complicated love can be. The relationship between Olivia and Natalia is beautiful, and I think the background is really interesting.

    In "Venice" are we going to get a lot of background about Ani and Gina's relationship and will there be a lot of character development? It seems like it could be hard to do in such short episodes on the web.

    You are wonderful!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:59 am | Reply
  340. Zazatronic

    CC, (think you're amazing at OS) I think the way you are using Facebook and Twitter are brilliant. How did you arrive at using them as a main media focus to get the word out about 'Venice'?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:02 am | Reply
  341. Moni M from Sydney Australia

    Hi Crystal,

    I've loved your work and your talent since your Days of Our Lives early days.

    The Otalia story line was good but it's your acting is what made it GREAT. People liked the story but fell in love with YOU. And I don't think that was just me 🙂

    Question: International viewers embraced you & the Venice the Series Team because you guys feel so real and you have embraced us back and give so much back to us. has this been overwhelming to you to be available on your time off with your family to tweet & talk to us? is this sustainable?
    We love you more for doing this.


    September 16, 2009 at 4:02 am | Reply
  342. Annie


    Thanks for all the years on GL, looking forward to Venice and Carly revisited. Is Venice a finite project or are you going to just see how it goes and continue indefinately if its feasible?

    I once met you in your early years at DOOL and it so cool that all these years later we all get to follow your work. The time and attention you give your work is rivaled by the time you devote to your fan base.

    We will be there to support this new venture with all the loyalty we gave Otalia and Carly.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:04 am | Reply
  343. Terri

    Crystal – Since Gina and Ani are x's and not together, will Gina have other love interests?

    Thanks much!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:09 am | Reply
  344. Diana Ch.

    What are the things that move you to do anything? or what are your priorities when embarquing in any project or endeavour? I am very interested in what you deliver as an actor and person. Much respect to you and appreciation.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:11 am | Reply
  345. Beverly

    Hi, Crystal 😀

    I was wondering if you could tell us a bit about how the storyline will develop on Venice. Will a season take place over a span of a couple days, weeks, months? How fast will events unfold?

    Thank you for the countless hours of wonderful Olivia, Otalia!

    Beverly, TX

    September 16, 2009 at 4:12 am | Reply
  346. Ellen Greco (Houston)

    Hey Crystal,

    I along with legions of other fans have jumped on the Crystal Chappell / Otalia / Guiding Light / Days of Our Lives / Venice / Facebook / Twitter bandwagon with both feet and am in awe of your talent and spirit.

    My question is...how will you and the Venice Team (Kim, Hope, and of course Leslie Penny) market to both the straight and gay communities? There has obviously been a huge impact on the gay audience...which I applaud...however...I really liked how Kim spoke in a recent article (Mindschmootz) about the importance of blending the two...how will this be approached?

    I truly believe projects such as Venice are going to make history...and at the very least, a huge difference...they already have!

    Thank you for all you do,

    September 16, 2009 at 4:14 am | Reply
  347. Moni M from Sydney Australia

    Hi Crystal,

    Did you realise that by doing the Venice Web Series you are reaching a large number of people around the world who can not have access to such material that represent them in any other way due to sensorship not even through print media? places such as the Middle East & even places in America where folks can't be themselves.

    Thanks for all you do for us Crystal. we love you.

    Moni from Sydney Australia

    September 16, 2009 at 4:18 am | Reply
  348. Cindy Tingley

    Hi Crystal,

    I just have to say that watching you perform your craft is absolutely spellbinding. You are nothing short of amazing...simply incomparable! Even more importantly, on top of that talent, you possess such an amazing and loving spirit that shines through in everything you do. From the loyalty you show friends and fans, to your passion for your family and your work, you are a true inspiration!

    My question is about your overall vision for "Venice": What would be your dream come true in relation to the success and longevity of this project?

    Much love,

    September 16, 2009 at 4:18 am | Reply
  349. Pillowtalk

    A second question.

    I'm curious as to how Venice will be structured.

    I've read elsewhere that the Venice team is anticipating five seasons over the course of the coming year.

    Will Venice be structured in the manner of a traditional American soap? One continuous story line which can be broken down into story arcs centred around individual characters or groups of characters? No end, per se, just an endless reshuffling of the deck.

    Or will Venice be modeled more along the lines of a telenovella? Each season having a beginning, a middle, and an end? Each season constituting one 'volume' of the larger series?

    Has the fact that Venice is to be a webseries (at least initially) influenced how the series will be structured?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:21 am | Reply
  350. Julie

    How in the world do you keep up the energy to do all that you do both personally and professionally?!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:22 am | Reply
  351. Kathy

    Now that your kids are back in school, how are you surviving fifth grade math homework?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:25 am | Reply
  352. Danielle


    My question stems from the stigma pertaining to actors/actresses playing gay in Hollywood. Have you ever worried that playing a character with a same-sex love interest could harm your career? What are your thoughts on those who avoid playing queer characters?

    Best of luck to you with "Venice" and "Days of Our Lives"! I've grown up watching Olivia's antics on "Guiding Light" and have always been a fan - I can't wait to see what's in store for us!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:26 am | Reply
  353. Holly

    As a straight woman, do you worry about being idolized/idealized as a convincing, sensual lesbian? I hope you're not, but are you concerned about becoming pigeon-holed in your career?

    You're tremendously talented- thanks for taking seriously the portraying of Olivia and Natalia's romance – and making it all really beautiful to watch. Best wishes!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:28 am | Reply
  354. Rita

    Crystal thank you for the gift of being such an amazingly beautiful person with many talents.

    You and Jessica Leccia will be working together again on Venice.

    What do you look forward to doing together that you both couldn't accomplish as Otalia on Guiding Light?

    Will Venice be a daily or weekly show? And how will the episodes be?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:30 am | Reply
  355. Patricia

    Hello Eddie Lizzard questions for Crystal Chappell....
    I hope this where we post questions for you on Venice ?

    My question: What will draw my attention to watch Venice Beach on the web ?
    My next question: Gina & Alan will do business together Will we see the same soap story line, the love hate thing between you and Alan, then fall in love ?
    My final question : Why is Gina life turned upside down with a

    You are a wonderful actress Crystal fan for ever...( Patricia )

    September 16, 2009 at 4:31 am | Reply
  356. Michelle chavez

    Hello Crystal! I just wanted to say that your beautiful and an amazing actress...you tell so much just from your eyes and I love that.I came across Otalia 2 months ago and im glad i did.Whatever you do,make or in,ill be 100% backing you up and supporting.

    1)Has it changed your views or help realize just alittle bit more of what its like to be a lesbian or gay since playing one half of Otalia? If so,what have you learned or realized?

    2)Do you think you could be with another women in real life if you werent married?And would someone like Natalia be your type?

    3)Have you shot your kissing scene yet with Jess for Venice?If so,Are girls really a better kisser? lol

    Thank you! and you had more time i would have so much more to ask and talk about.lol..Keep Rocking and thank you for supporting our community and rights.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:33 am | Reply
  357. Marie

    What are you finding most intriguing at this point in launching your own web series?

    What do you hope viewers – regardless of sexuality – take away from this venture into web story telling?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:33 am | Reply
  358. Lily


    Are there any other gay characters on the show besides Gina and Ani?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:37 am | Reply
  359. Marie

    For those viewers coming in expecting (or quietly hoping for) Otalia 2.0, what would you say to them to nourish an open mind?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:39 am | Reply
  360. Kathy F

    First off Crystal, thank you, and the entire cast and crew, for the many years of dedication to Guiding Light. I will miss the show and the entire cast. Olivia was a great character. For someone who only knows your work on GL, I look forward to your return to Days of Our Lives and getting to know Carly 2.0.

    In addition, all of your fans, no matter their orientation, cannot wait for the premiere of your new web project Venice. Thank you for going ahead with this idea.

    My questions: While I think that web-based series are the wave of the future, if Venice caught the eye of a network for a primetime series, would you consider this option? Or would you rather have the support of sponsors to keep it on the web, and have the creative control?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:39 am | Reply
  361. Pillowtalk

    There is a general sense among many GL viewers that the Otalia storyline has been subject to censorship.

    In particular, criticism has been directed at the lack of any physical intimacy or of anything remotely suggesting a sexual relationship between the characters of Olivia and Natalia on GL.

    Even some among the straight audience have begun to notice the lack of intimacy, and to wonder why.

    Obviously, I understand that, as the owners and producers of the series, the Venice team are free to represent whatever relationships they wish in whatever manner they wish.

    I am curious, however, as to the issue of content and the Internet as a medium. Are there really no rules about content? No laws, domestic or international?

    On a related issue, will the Venice team take it as a mark of honour if Venice should be banned in China, Iran, Saudi, Texas?

    Have to admit that, after the disappointment of Otalia, I'm rather hoping that Venice will be racy enough to be banned in Boston.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:41 am | Reply
  362. Jill

    With most of the roles you have played, you seem to have the ability to convey such realism in your characters without the necessity of a lot of dialogue or "acting" the part. How much of that is a part of your earlier teachings with Sanford Meisner? What was the greatest lesson he taught you?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:42 am | Reply
  363. Carrie from Chicago

    What is the most important thing you have taken away from the Otalia experience that you will channel into Venice?

    Is there anything you didn't know about the LGBT community that you have learned now that you have been a part of the Otalia storyline and now as an actor and producer on Venice?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:43 am | Reply
  364. Sapphiclounge

    Hi Crystal

    How will this series be different from other lesbian series we have seen such as: the L Word and Exs and Ohs?

    How will this series be new and different?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:44 am | Reply
  365. Gisel

    Hi Ms. Chappell, Im a fan from México. As an international fan I can´t begin to tell you how grateful Im for the power of the web. That´s how I got to know you. That´s why I just want to know, are there going to be any actions, strategies adopted to attract more international audience? The web for itself is a powerful tool, but my questions goes to other matter´s like the different languages. Is Venice goal to achieve an international fanbase? How do you plan to do that?

    I hope that my english doesn´t suck too much. Good luck, be well and thank you for your kindness.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:51 am | Reply
  366. Kirstie From London, England

    Hey CC, only just discovered your amazing acting chops via YouTube watching Otalia at the beginning of this year. Your comical timing is impeccable! If you could work with anyone from the 'big screen', who would it be? And do you have any plans to transition to the 'big screen'? Thank you for all that you do & good luck with DOOL! Can't wait to watch Venice! KJ x

    September 16, 2009 at 4:52 am | Reply
  367. Alex @triplestripe from Sydney, Australia

    Hi Hope and Crystal

    Firstly I want to thank you both, and Kimmy for letting us all be a part of the journey towards Venice. It shows a generosity of spirit that is greater than we as fans could have ever hoped for.

    When you started this process, having seen the reaction of fans to the Otalia storyline, did you expect the outpouring of love and support that you have received from fans? You've got to give a little to get a little, and you guys have given us more then we could hope for, and we are excited about the opportunity to give back in any way we can.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:54 am | Reply
  368. Deanna Denis

    Hi Crystal

    How do you find time to balance family time, working on Days and also working on Venice,I find you to be amazing at that, Iam a chef and single I cannot find time in my 10 hour day sometime, how do you do?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:00 am | Reply
  369. Deanna Denis

    I meant how do you do it...lol

    September 16, 2009 at 5:01 am | Reply
  370. Debbie S


    First, I would like you to know I enjoyed you as an actress even before you were involved with Jessica. Being gay myself, I liked you even more when the two of you got together. I'm looking forward to Venice.

    My question is have you ever had a lesbian encounter or are you strictly gay friendly?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:06 am | Reply
  371. kim

    Hi Crystal,

    Love the show. Looking forward to the web series. My question is would you in the future be adding Orlagh and Liz to the web series?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:11 am | Reply
  372. Meg Schmidt from Dallas, Texas

    you are not only one of the most beautiful but an amazing talented actress! you rock my world girl!

    My question is how did u feel when this otalia storyline began and how did it affect your life? bc recently my friend laura and I went our separate ways bc i told her i had these feelings for her and she said she was flattered but now i think shes a little freaked out. shes about 20 years older than me but she is someone who i talked to everyday on the phone and now that friendship has come and gone i just feel lost and totally confused. any advice?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:14 am | Reply
  373. Win

    With both Venice and Day of Our Lives, plus an active family all on the go, how do you manage to balance your time between your professional and personal life? Is it a struggle, or do you find it all runs pretty smoothly?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:25 am | Reply
  374. Jonni Gibson

    Hi Crystal Chappel

    I first heard of the Otalia line through the music videos on youtube. It was interesting to watch the different interpretation of the storyline. Do you believe the creation of these videos increased the popularity of the storyline? If so, do you see it as an advertising venue for your new webseries once it airs or will there be a standard copyright that will prohibit the use of the venice clips on youtube?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:30 am | Reply
  375. Myra Crisologo from Murrieta, CA

    Hi Crystal!

    First of all, I want to say that you are a beautiful person both inside and out. Your commitment to your fans shows how big a heart you have. And in return, we love you for that! Continued success to you. My question to you is, and I hope it's not too personal: Are you and Michael planning on having more kids?

    Myra Crisologo
    Murrieta, CA

    September 16, 2009 at 5:32 am | Reply
  376. Mary

    As a gay woman, I cannot thank you and Jessica enough for the work you have done on Guiding Light. To find representation on a soap opera, a medium that has traditionally been, well, traditional, is truly inspiring for someone struggling with these very same issues. The love story between Olivia and Natalia was told in such an honest and meaningful way, touching old and new fans (me!) alike. Many many thanks. As for my question, how has it been working with Jessica and the rest of the Venice cast in this new medium as compared to your experience on daytime television?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:33 am | Reply
  377. Fran in the UK

    I'd never heard of Guiding Light until April this year. Otalia has been fabulous and I'm really looking forward to Venice! Could our expectations be any higher??!!!

    What freedom with you have with a web series – what possibilities does it open up that you may not have with a network series?

    Why do you think fans of Otalia and Venice feel it is so important that a physical side to same-sex relationships is portrayed on screen?

    To what extent have you been / will you be able to draw on your own experiences in portraying Olivia and Gina – have you ever fallen for a woman?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:33 am | Reply
  378. Denise

    Hi Crystal,

    My questions are:

    1. Web based programming is a direct way for an artist to reach an audience. How important is it for you as an actor/artist to be able to have the artistic freedom to communicate directly with an audience that the web allows?

    2. You are playing the character of Gina in Venice. How are you similar to the character of Gina and how are you different from the character?

    3. Would you like to direct at some point in your career?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:35 am | Reply
  379. Amy

    Crystal, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a fierce advocate for your fans. And thank you for being so open to interacting with us. You are an amazing person and an extremely talented actress.

    My question is, did your experience with the Otalia storyline compel you to pursue the "Venice" project (because of the problems with the way Otalia was portrayed) or were you thinking about going down this route prior to your involvement with Otalia? I don't necessarily mean the webseries aspect of the project, but the idea of featuring a gay woman as the main character. Basically, I'm wondering if the Otalia experience led you to want to portray gay characters (specifically gay women) in your webseries?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:51 am | Reply
  380. Amy Arnold


    You seem like a hilarious thoughful woman. Otalia has been a great journey to be a part of as a viewer and I follow you on Twitter, etc. Thanks already for Venice.

    Q: Will Gina have any faith/spirituality issues or hangups?


    Q: Will she love dogs?

    Amy Arnold (@revamy on Twitter)

    September 16, 2009 at 5:55 am | Reply
  381. Lily

    RE: http://www.cbs.com/daytime/guiding_light/video/video.php?cid=1168641587&pid=VMIeV87OrMtmVpEm4LTpnfGX2na_CPen&play=true

    Is CBS purposely trying to rub salt in our gaping wound by featuring your kissing Christian LeBlanc on their website, while Otalia fans hit F5 day after day in hopes of progression beyond headbutting? Recognizing fully that this was YOU and not Olivia, it is nonetheless bizarre that CBS posted this knowing full well the frustration of Otalia fans in the sterilized asexual Otalia relationship, juxtaposed with every other character on the show making out and even engaging in a kissing contest.

    Why would CBS feature your kissing LeBlanc other than vicious homophobia and to say a giant FU to Otalia ?fans.??????????????????

    September 16, 2009 at 5:57 am | Reply
  382. Rain

    Do you feel the Otalia storyline took a homophobic turn?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:58 am | Reply
  383. Katharina

    Hi Crystal, I want to thank you so much for the way you and Jessica Leccia brought Otalia to life. It was real, warm, respectful and highly entertaining. I appriciate it very much. Thank you!

    From the Q&A on the webpage i understood Venice being about families, love relations and friendships. Are there other topics that going to be adressed, such as diffrent ethnic herritage, taking care of nature or others?

    I really loved that Olivia Spencer and Natalia Rivera had quite strong opinions and values of independence and equality that they passed on to their kids.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:00 am | Reply
  384. Moni M from Sydney Australia


    We all know that all persons involved with Venice are doing so without any pay.

    Q: How did you manage to get such a wonderful cast where noone is getting paid?

    Thanks Crystal we love you from Sydney Australia


    September 16, 2009 at 6:03 am | Reply
  385. Beautiful Stranger Bulgaria

    Otalia story is the best story I have seen lately – very enticing and addictive, not only because od the story, but because of the acting of those two wonderful actresses. I would love to see Venice soon. So my question is: Crystal, did you feel any chemistry between you and Jessica and do you think such falling in love is possible in real life? Did you want to kiss Jessica :))) Thanks

    September 16, 2009 at 6:04 am | Reply
  386. Karen

    You're really into this new venture. As am I. You are such a convincing actor on Guiding Light. Has anyone ever questioned your curiosity or have you ever questioned it in your mind? Maybe I'm being too personal?

    Good Luck to you on both, Days and Venice. I can't wait any longer.

    You found yourself a new fan. ks

    September 16, 2009 at 6:05 am | Reply
  387. Moni M from Sydney Australia

    Hi Crystal,

    Working on Venice the Series – pre filming – is taking quite a bit of effort and time from yourself & your partners in crime Kimmy T & Hope R.

    How is your family, specially Michael feel about your fan adoration & the time you're investing in Venice & your fans?

    ps: we so appreciate the time that you, Kimmy & Hope are spending with us and FOR us.

    Thanks again guys.

    Lots of appreciation from Sydney Australia

    September 16, 2009 at 6:08 am | Reply
  388. xamanthe

    xo! Luv U Crystal. So looking forward to 'Venice'.

    Traditional soap operas seem to be dying. Why do you think this is happening? What do you think can be done to save soaps? Will 'Venice' address any of these issues?

    Can web based scripted stories generate enough revenue to survive? I ask this because I see TV going to cheaper "reality TV" type stories. I personally don't like this at all. I love serials and scripted shows – especially if the stories don't talk down to audiences. Can scripted entertainment generate enough revenue to give crews and actors a decent income and live on the web? How can we as viewers help scripted serials on the web be successful?

    September 16, 2009 at 6:16 am | Reply
  389. JCF

    What do you think is the biggest distinguishing factor between Daytime and Primetime Drama? And will "Venice" have more the feel of the former, the latter, or (perhaps befitting its new status online) something new altogether? Moreover, as an online production, "Venice" will have an international viewership from the *start*. Will not (necessarily) being held to US television conventions have an impact, and how so?

    Can't wait to see it-thanks, Crystal!

    September 16, 2009 at 6:19 am | Reply
  390. Alice B.Johnson

    Crystal, of the two best-known characters you've played up to now,
    Carly Manning and Olivia Spencer, how do these women compare to the character Gina you are currently introducing to to audiences who will be watching you on the web series Venice, in terms of their personalities and their ambitions or drive to succeed in a given set of circumstances?

    September 16, 2009 at 6:24 am | Reply
  391. Anneloes

    Hi Crystal,

    Will your business model specifically aim to include international fans?
    And should Venice be a success and a network would want to have it, will it still be accessible to international fans?

    The Netherlands

    September 16, 2009 at 6:41 am | Reply
  392. Sharon

    To the moderators: Did we break CNN's website too – there are no questions showing up and we have posted many?

    September 16, 2009 at 6:47 am | Reply
  393. Raeanne Cook

    Hi Crystal,

    I watched you years ago when you were on One Life To Live and again recently in the Otalia story line. Congrats on telling an amazing story!

    What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming an actress?

    Thanks, good-luck, and looking forward to watching "Venice"

    September 16, 2009 at 6:52 am | Reply
  394. Alice from NJ

    Tell us how you will select the logo and music for your new web series "Venice".

    September 16, 2009 at 6:53 am | Reply
  395. Revolos55

    First, I have to say, as a relatively new viewer of Guiding Light, I've absolutely loved watching you and the rest of the cast these past few months. I'm crushed that GL is ending, but very excited for Venice.

    I was wondering why you chose to pursue a career in television, and daytime television specifically, as opposed to theatre or movies. Do you have any desire to work in those mediums in the future?

    September 16, 2009 at 7:02 am | Reply
  396. Skye

    Crystal!! First, let me start by saying you are just so incredibly beautiful and talented. You could be reading the back of a cereal box and I would tune in to watch it.

    My question for you is, how long is your stay in "Salem" going to be? Do you plan on staying on as Carly for awhile or is it short term? As a huge fan of Bo & Carly many years ago, I am looking forward to seeing the two of you together again. But must admit, OTALIA will now be #1 for me. Thanks to you & Jessica for that amazing time.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:05 am | Reply
  397. jacqueline Thompson


    You and Jessica have such amazing chemistry on screen and that is something that is very rare. What made Otalia so compelling from the very beginning was that "little spark" between Olivia and Natalia.

    Having said that, can you talk a little about your co star Miss Leccia and what it was/is like working with her. Were there any actor techniques you passed on to each other? If another network came to you with an opportunity to recreate Otalia... would you do it?

    Thank you, and congratulations on 10+ years with Guiding Light
    I wish you all the success you and your team deserve with Venice.



    September 16, 2009 at 7:12 am | Reply
  398. Petra

    Hi Crystal,

    first I wanna thank you for being soooo kind to us – your fans out there.

    My question:
    What is more exciting to you? Work as an actress or as a producer?

    Thank you.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:32 am | Reply
  399. Candela

    Hi Crystal from Spain!!

    I love Otalia story, and all your job. Can’t wait to see Venice!!

    Will Venice be able to buy on DVD in the future?

    Thank you Crystal for being there

    September 16, 2009 at 7:46 am | Reply
  400. Sam B


    Are you surprised at the international support your portrayal of Olivia on Guiding Light and your current project Venice has received?

    Venice is clearly a labour of love – none of the creative staff or actors are being paid. Have you managed to obtain sponsorship or funding for Venice in the corporate world?

    When will the Venice on-line store for the show open?

    You've got your fans helping design the show's new logo and posting their own music for the show. Will you be writing an interactive story with the fans – changing the flow depending on fan's views, or is the plot set?

    Do you think interactive shows like Venice start a new genre?

    September 16, 2009 at 8:07 am | Reply
  401. Kylie - Australia

    Hi Crystal

    I've enjoyed your work in GL and previously in DOOL. I'm looking forward to actually getting to see you on my TV, as opposed to my laptop, as DOOL is one of 2 Amercian Soaps still shown on Australian TV.

    My question is a bit random; I'm wondering if, with the growth of your use of the social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter etc.) to bring yourself closer to fans, it does your head in that over 7,500 people, throughout the world (most of whom you'll never meet) know that you love Grey Goose, Velveeta cheese, and the gutter amongst other things?
    Or if, as a type A person (your friend Kimmy's description of you both), that you love it?

    Thanks & looking forward to Venice

    September 16, 2009 at 8:09 am | Reply
  402. Valerie

    Hi Crystal

    Long time fan from your first run on Days. GL/Olivia is so going to be missed but the tributes have been wonderful.

    How long are the segments of Venice going to be, how often will they air and how many in a season? Do you have more than one season planned?

    Best of luck with this venture.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:16 am | Reply
  403. Elena

    Wigh Guiding Light ending as it will, and the Otalia storyline ending too in a not completely positive light, what can we do to let them know how we feel about it, that it wasn't right? Is there even a way?

    And on a more positive note: how will you balance your work at Days and your work for Venice?
    Thank you!

    September 16, 2009 at 8:21 am | Reply
  404. beth singer

    Hi Crystal, you r the goddess!!!.....i had never watched gl before till my other half was going crazy over you and jessica 'aka' otalia....i started watching and was hooked from the 1st time i watched you. i've been following you on facebook, venicetheseries etc...you r just gorgeous ...wooooow.....ok to my question. will you be having any fan functions where your legions of adoring fans will be able to meet you? i know you have your fan club luncheon in sept or oct in NY. but it was filled up....it would be incredible to have something in CA so your fans could all be together and celebrate you and venice......thanks for doing venice for your fans, you are one class act.....much love, Beth

    September 16, 2009 at 8:30 am | Reply
  405. navygirl


    Why were you compelled to start a web series focusing on a lesbian character rather than a straight character? Was it due to the large LGBT response to the Otalia story line?

    September 16, 2009 at 8:30 am | Reply
  406. Nina

    Will Venice be available for everyone to see or only people with an american ip?

    September 16, 2009 at 8:56 am | Reply
  407. Lara from France

    Hi Crystal,

    it's an honour for me to be able to talk to such an amazing actress and human being.

    I have a question that I think is stimulting fans brains all over the world.You know that every popular pairing on a show HAS to have its own nickname.As I have no doubt Gina & Ani will become quickly a huge favourite pairing, what would be the nickname you'd prefer for them ? Some already suggested Gianni, Gini, Gani, Ana or even Angina 🙂 Is your favourite among them or do you have another idea ?

    Thanks for being you 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 8:59 am | Reply
  408. Sarah

    Gimmie a C-r-y-s-t-a-l! My question is: Will Jessica Leccia be appearing in more than 1 episode? Thanks.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:16 am | Reply
  409. Patricia from the United Kingdom

    Hello Crystal, I was well and truly 'Chappelled' earlier this year when I discovered the 'Otalia' storyline on you tube, thanks to the wonderful peeps who upload.

    I've fallen head over heals in love with the characers of Olivia and Natalia (I haven't managed to break the news to my beautiful husband yet!) and was overjoyed to hear that you and Jessica will be working together again on Venice.

    I understand that the characters of Gina and Ani are exes, but I really, really, really hope they end up together!!!!

    It's a real shame that the characters of Olivia and Natalia weren't afforded the same level of intimacy on the show as the other heterosexual couples. In the UK it's not really a big deal to have two women kissing on screen and we've had some wonderful dramas with very positive, happy endings. My point is, I've waited for Olivia and Natalia to kiss for such a long time that I don't think I could cope with Gina or Ani kissing any other women!

    Getting to my question – Is there anyway fans can send donations to help with production costs? Don't get excited, I'm not wealthy but I really appreciate what your are doing for your fans worldwide, and I hate the thought of you all working for no pay.

    Lastly, I'd just like to say you are one of the finest actors to grace the large or small screen. Your performances are breathtaking and your ability to deliver humour ...PRICELESS.

    Good luck with Venice.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:20 am | Reply
  410. Tiffinee

    You have a remarkable body of work from over the years. Thank you for your commitment to the character's stories and to the fans of the shows that you have been a part of. What attracts you to the genre of daytime television versus primetime television or movies? If you had the opportunity to do anything in life, other than acting, what would it be and why? I wish you a success filled future. Thanks.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:21 am | Reply
  411. Carla

    Hi Crystal,

    You are an amazing actress and a wonderful human being. Your devotion to your fans is truly admirable and received with much heartfelt appreciation.

    My question is, being as involved as you are with your family, career, and your fans, do you ever feel overwhelmed by it all or any pressure from trying to please everyone? Do you ever take some time just for you? You're awesome, take care.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:27 am | Reply
  412. Eva

    Hello Crystal,

    thanks for reaching out to the international fans like this. This in itself basically already answers my question of whether you'll be taking us into consideration in planning for "Venice".

    Little concerns like, will you take into account that not every European has a credit card. So while we would be willing to pay for "Venice", we might not be able to – and getting scared to be left out.

    By the way, is there anything an outsider should learn about the real town of Venice Beach before watching the show?

    Thank you again for Otalia. And good luck with all your future projects.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:27 am | Reply
  413. Clementine

    Hello Crystal

    Also from me a big thank you for telling the Otalia storyline the best you could. The things they didn't show, were felt by you and Jessica's acting skills. it has been one hell of a ride and I will miss it.

    The fact that you as a well known straight woman, stand up for the visibility of gay people is very important. We need each other so all voice's can be heard. Thank you for being my voice.

    I have two questions for you:

    1. How do find the balance between your family life and career?

    2. If you could rewrite one Otalia scene, which one would it be. And how would you have done it.

    I wish you all the luck and love in the world.
    Warm greetings from Clementine (The Netherlands)

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am | Reply
  414. diana

    Hello Crystal, my question is do you find it difficult to work on DOOL where you have no say in the production and to work on Venice where you are one of the creators and producer?

    Thanks for your time and have fun.
    PS if you need help with the dutch translation for Venice i offer my help

    September 16, 2009 at 9:35 am | Reply
  415. Johanna

    Hello Crystal. Living in France and having discovered your work through the Otalia storyline, I would like to congratulate you for your amazing talent as an actor; as well as to thank you for the many, many hours of great entertainment.
    Looking at the Otalia clips, I get the feeling that you improvised/ad-libbed (with great success) a lot (please correct me if I'm wrong). Is this something that will be encouraged as well in Venice? Or will the actors be more constraint by the script?

    Also, could you please tell Jessica Leccia that she rocks too? 🙂

    Many, many thanks and best of luck!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:41 am | Reply
  416. Gittan

    Hi Crystal,

    Can't wait for Venice! I was wondering if more actresses/actors will starr in Venice than the ones listed on the Vencie site? I would love to see Orlagh Cassidy and Liz Keifer on Venice. Blis for the win!

    P.S What did you think of Jemanda?

    September 16, 2009 at 9:59 am | Reply
  417. Lee Sha

    Thank you for ten amazing years of Olivia Spencer. Your incomparable talent made her a truly unforgetable character. With a legion of fans hanging on your every word via Twitter, a new webseries to nurture and promote, Carly 2.0, countless media interviews, and a family who loves and needs you, how do you keep your focus, sanity, and energy? What do you do for yourself to when "the world is too much with us"?
    You're the best actress on television, so I'm really looking forward to following Carly, "Venice," and anything else you'll do. Best wishes always.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:10 am | Reply
  418. Emmie from Norway

    From an international fan that have falling in love with Olivia.

    What was the hardest part about saying goodbye to Olivia?
    What is your first memory of soaps?
    How was it to be back on DAYS?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 am | Reply
  419. soaprookie

    Crystal...greetings from upstate New York!

    Here are my questions...

    1 – Outside the United States...what country or countries do you hear the most from in regards to the fan mail you receive...who know about Venice and are looking forward to the debut of your web series?

    2 – Across the board, what seems to be the universal theme or themes you hear from your fans in regards to their correspondence with you...and are there plans to incorporate what they are sharing with you in terms of some of your web series' storylines?

    3 – For viewers of Connect the World who have not seen you and your talent in action...what can you tell them which would convince them want to watch your online series?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am | Reply
  420. Katina Choovanski

    Howdy Crystal!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to interact with us.

    1. Is this your first time venturing into behind the scenes work? In the future, do you see yourself continuing to both act and produce, or do you think you'll move to producing full-time? I for one hope to see you in front of the cameras for a long, long time!

    2. Do you anticipate that Open Book Productions will one day oversee an empire of multiple series, or do you all plan on focusing on Venice and its following seasons only?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:49 am | Reply
  421. Jerri Marks

    With such heavy censorship still existing on daytime soaps, and with the advent of cable and teh web, do you thinks soaps are becoming more and more irrelevant to the real world and do you think they will survive?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:54 am | Reply
  422. Kris

    Hi Crystal. I think you're wonderful for too many reasons to list.

    1. How similar do you think the transition from TV to the web is as compared with the transition from radio to TV? Are there lessons to be learned from the latter?

    2. Will Venice support other LGBT issues? For example, the issue of marriage equality is huge in the U.S. (not just an LGBT issue) – will Venice be "present" for this issue and others?

    I wish you the best in all your ground breaking endeavors. Thanks.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:57 am | Reply
  423. D. Fischer


    How will sucess be measured for the webseries Venice?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:00 am | Reply
  424. Nermina (Sarajevo, BiH)

    As a straight Muslim woman who looked up Guiding Light just to check out the mentions of Bosnia a friend pointed out, I was surprised by the way Otalia storyline captured me and got me to stay with the show. I was wondering if you were surprised by the diversity of people who felt drawn to this story?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:07 am | Reply
  425. Maria from Portugal

    Hello Ms Chappell.
    I have no doubts that you are the most talented actress I´ve ever seen. It seems to me that you are also a fine business woman.
    Do you want Venice to be the begining of something big on terms of a new model of entertainment? Or it is only a gift from you to your fans all over the world? Or both?

    Thank you and thank God for your talent and generosity.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:08 am | Reply
  426. Linda Mendola

    1. Producing this series for the web and having complete creative control over it's content, will "Venice" push the limits that TV has long censored and will it take us to places that have been long been considered taboo, or even controversial? How will Venice intrigue audiences and keep them coming back for more?

    2. One of the major problems that producers have when creating a web series is that they are unable to attain a dedicated and steady audience base. What sort of business or advertising model will you be use to draw audiences? Would you consider viral marketing, that is, advertising actual episodes on other well-trafficked sites such as Youtube, Faceboook and MySpace in order to spread the word and lead them back to the original website to watch the rest of the series?


    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am | Reply
  427. Mari SanGiovanni

    Hi Crystal,
    Thanks for having the courage to go forward on this project when you could be doing just about anything else you choose. Have you recieved any negative feedback about the same-sex love story, or do you feel it not even worth mentioning?

    Would you consider doing a feature film someday that would appeal to your new fan base?


    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am | Reply
  428. Amanda aka kissmychakram

    Hi Crystal,

    My question: "alcohol-free beer – genius or work of the devil?"


    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am | Reply
  429. Lynn

    Ratings determine the success of a television show and box office receipts determine the success of movies.

    Web series tend to target a niche audience and money doesn't appear to be a driving force for web series makers so what measurements are appropriate to determine the success of failure of a web series or do we not yet know how to qualify a web series success.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am | Reply
  430. Lisa

    You and Jessica work great together. My question is
    will Jessica be a regular on Venice or will she only be
    in a few webisodes???

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am | Reply
  431. Ann

    Hi! As a former actress, I'm amazed at what you've been able to do on GL, in particular, under what must have been less-then-great conditions (ie few or no rehearsals, etc). I think you'd be great for the stage, doing challenging work like Chekhov. Ever thought about it?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:49 am | Reply
  432. Patricia (The Netherlands)


    Got a couple more questions 😉

    A lot of promotion for tv/movies is generally done by actors visiting talk shows, giving interviews to magazines etc. Now that you're creating a webseries, will you use that same media to promote Venice, or will you be likely to focus on promotion through the web? If the latter, just how do you plan on doing that?

    One of the things that drew a lot of people into the Otalia storyline, was the fact that it focused a lot on family. Right now there have only been adult actors cast for Venice. Do you think it's likely that, in the future, there will also be kids added to the mix, not specifically for Gina, but for any of the characters?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  433. Tiffinee

    You and I are the same age. When we were kids little girls not only watched their parents, but movies and TV, particularly daytime TV to learn about relationships. What were your biggest influences?

    I recently learned that "Dynasty" star Linda Evans was on the British TV version of "Hell's Kitchen." If you had the time, aside from all of your work projects, family and friends, which reality show would you most like to participate on?

    As a kid watching Star Trek, Lost In Space, the Jetsons and other futuristic shows like that...did you really think that we'd be talking to each other through a little box when we were adults? Now we need to work on the teleporter!(smile)

    September 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  434. Lynn from Baltimore

    CC, Huge fan from your hometown. I know you already do a lot of charity work, but I was wondering if you have any specific plans for giving back to the community. Perhaps something in the Maryland area?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  435. ana

    Hay Crystal!

    First, i want to thanks you very, very, very much for all you do!!it's just so great really!

    So questions 🙂 : i would like to know if jessica will be a regular character (i really hope...!!) on the show?
    And will you make bloopers or/and behind the scenes?( that's so fun!)

    Love from france to you and to the Venice team!!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  436. Doreen,Berlin,Germany

    my Question would be:
    "Is there anything you need?"
    With Venice, I mean.:-)
    Cheers and thank you SO much for what you do.
    It is very much appreciated.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  437. AnneMarie

    Hi Crystal, You have worked with alot of talented actors which one you liked working with the most?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  438. Roxanne

    Crystal, Guess I will start with you are absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for the time that you take out of your busy family and work life to give to the fans. You have become a lifeline a idol!!! Much love to you.

    Question: Do you mix your grey goose with your red bull?
    Question: When are you picking the logo and when will you have the venice tshirt and mugs on the website?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  439. Karen

    Dear Crystal,

    You're really into this new venture. As am I. You are such a convincing actor on Guilding Light it's crazy. Has anyone ever questioned your curiousity or have you ever questioned it in your mind? Maybe I'm being way to personal.

    Good Luck to you on both Venice and Days. I can't wait any longer.

    You found yourself a new fan.


    September 16, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  440. annabelle


    the work you are doing is great. If feels like you are celebrating lives of women, who have been silent for so long ,all over the world.

    Im happy you are using Web for your storytelling and as the current which will pull more of us together to share our own amazing stories

    Thank You

    September 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  441. Theresa

    An indisputable fact of daytime tv is that you are the sexiest woman in soaps today. You are so sexy, in fact, that I believe you can arouse a bowl of breakfast cereal. I also believe this is organic and not something easily pushed aside; even for an actor of your talent. Pondering CBS's decision to censor a kiss between Natalia and Olivia the conclusion I reach is you are not capable of delivering a pedestrian kiss (what the censors would require) and this is the reason CBS pulled the plug on a consummating smooch. True or false?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  442. Gigi

    Crystal, I have watched you forever it seems on GL. 10 years. Thank you 4 putting your heart and soul in all that you do and to embrace your fans as you have. You made "Olivia" seem so real .The otaila story was off the charts. Will Gina have some of Olivias qualities ? So excited for Venice.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  443. Joy Argento

    Would you have any work...freely donated work...for an extremely talented artist (oil painter, drawing, pastels) that would like to help out with Venice in some way. 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  444. Veronica

    Crystal -

    Do you ever feel self-conscious and if so, when?


    September 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  445. Elena

    Crystal hello I just a few lines ....!! I adore you!
    The question is this: is it true that your children go to school for the deaf? Like the language of the deaf communicate? Thanks

    September 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  446. Sadie

    Hello Crystal ....... I was wondering if you pray?

    You are so blessed and I am thankful for you!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  447. Kirsty, Sydney Australia

    Hey Crystal,
    I have not been moved to write to an actress since falling in love with Deborah Winger in Terms Of Endearment at 13! Like many other fans, I am moved by your talent and ability. You have converted this Soapy TV hater, into an addict! You and JL are just fantastic.

    Q) With the rise and rise of your career and international success, you are certainly kicking some big goals. How much are you enjoying your life right now?

    Q) You have a big fan base here. Would you consider a fan visit to Australia in the near future and perhaps bringing Venice to Sydney for an episode arc? Bond Beach? Mardi Gras 2010? Biggest Gay Party in the World...? Tempting isn't it?

    Thanks for your time and for your support of our community. Can't wait for Episode 1 of Venice.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  448. Patricia

    Saludos desde España. No se nada de ingles,asique escribo en castellano. Creo que la historia de Olivia y Natalia es maravillosa, muy bien contada hasta ahora porque estamos viendo un final flojo. ¿Los personajes de Gina y Ani seran una continuacion de Natalia y Olivia? PD: Por favor Crystal no te lies con ningun hombre en la serie de Dool, tu dura y piensa en JL, porque no lo soportaria. Muchos besos.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  449. Melissa

    With all the hype surrounding venice do you think that the series could get picked up by a TV channel and if so is that something you would be willing to do?

    Also, Is there a way I can get the otalia story on DVD?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  450. Syed Raiyan

    hi.do you believe in same sex marriage & what effect do you think it has on family values?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  451. Alexandra

    Hi Crystal,

    how can fans get involved in Venice? Apart from buying merchandise, that I am actually dying to purchase, will fans be involved in the dirction the stories have? How they develop etc. i guess I'm asking if venice will have an interactive storyline.
    by the way, i can't wait for it to finally show up on my laptop screen so to speak. Finally I can choose what to watcg and when to watch and with the cast you have and the great team behind this (you Kim and Hope) I am actually able to view quality entertainment. Yay!

    Last question: I will miss Olivia like anything – what about you?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  452. Sherry

    Congratulations on all your success. Seriously, if I were called Goddess on a regular basis, (and I will talk to my husband about that) it would be hard to stay humble. You seem to have found such great balance in your life...how do you stay humble and keep that balance when there is so much attention?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  453. Tallis

    You were a major player in the ground breaking Otalia storyline in Guiding Light that really excited a fan base (which I am proudly a part of) that deeply respects you as an artist and person. I genuinely appreciated Jill Lorie Hurst's vision and the depth and time taken to develop the story of the two ladies – Olivia and Natalia. The great attention to story- it was about far more than the physical relationship- won my respect as a fan. I wouldn't have been offended by a bit more pysical intimacy, but I was proud that the center of the story was about FAR more. It was rich.

    Now you are preparing for Venice and the buzz is epic already! Realizing that there's no perfect solution for every person's ideal, how important is “story” for Venice?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  454. jennibin

    Hi Crystal!:

    First off, I am SO excited for you, Kimmy and Hope for getting so much positive buzz on Venice, but I'm also really excited for myself, because I trust you guys will give us an honest story from beginning to end.

    My question is: Given how it seems that GL started something wildly promising only to have it fall flat story wise, how important is the follow through on the story (for Venice) for you?

    Should Venice ever get picked up by a network, how would you handle network standards and practices when they conflict with the story you want to tell, or the part of the story you feel is necessary to make it complete?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  455. snuffff in DC

    Hey there! Huge fan of yours since your first Days... days. 🙂

    Quick Question: The Human Rights Campaign used to sponsor viewing parties for the yearly premiere of "The L-Word" and they were hugely successful. Has any organization approached your team about possibly doing something similar? It's a great way to bring fans together, plus it could be used to raise funds either for your project or a worthy cause. (Not to mention, who wouldn't want to watch this anticipated series with a full bar accompaniment?!)

    Thanks again for always showing fans the love!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  456. Clare Tracie lee St Clair

    Hi Crystal
    I started looking at ur program guiding light a couple of months ago and i must say that it was because of ur character and Jessica Leccia's that drew me too the show. Im a straight woman and i jus wanted to say i have never seen too character played with so much passion before, you guys did great work.
    My question is would we see the same chemistry with Gina and Ani as we did on Guiding light? I jus wanna end by saying may God continue to bless u in all that u do. Love from Trinidad.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  457. Anne

    Here's a trivia question I've always wondered about- WHEN and HOW did you get your nickname, The Goddess?!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  458. Therese

    Crystal, you and Jessica have unbelievable chemistry together. For you two to reunite in VENICE it is the best thing that could happen to us who love you together. Thank you for giving us VENICE and Jessica.

    Tell us about Ani as a character and how she will be involved in Gina's life?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  459. Ali

    Hi Crystal, You rawk!

    Questions are for the first episode of Venice:
    1. What characters are in this episode?
    2. Where does it take place? Location?
    3. Will the promised kiss within first 30 secs be more then G/PG rated?
    4. What is your own gauge for success for this first episode?

    Other questions:
    5. As a tech savy business woman, how do you see yourself taking advantage of "new media", such as the whole social networking explosion, for your career?
    6. As an older woman in the entertainment industry what do you see as your main challenges in staying successful?
    7. Overall how do you measure success for yourself?
    8. As the "head" of the Venice effort how do you effectively lead and motivate the people that are working with you?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  460. BBK

    hello Crystal!

    Thanks so much for producing Venice the Series and airing it on the internet! In the face of increasing competition for people's attention in today's entertainment marketplace, it's terrific to see new technologies and modes of distribution used to bring such interesting and distinct shows to a large audience that may not otherwise have access from more mainstream distribution points.

    You and your business partners are are helping to pave the way in showing this can be a very successful business model that will hopefully inspire a whole new generation of artists to bring their dreams to life on the internet!!

    I am very much looking forward to Venice and watching you and your incredible cast entertain us in this exciting new venture!! Good luck to all of you!!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  461. Mia

    Ms. Chappell,

    With "Venice" you are setting a new standard in terms of lesbian representation on soaps. In what other ways will "Venice" break the mold? Specifically, how important is racial diversity behind, as well as in front of, the camera? And, can you promise me there will never be a rape-mance?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  462. Indigo

    Hi Crystal,

    Thanks so much for taking the time and energy to develop Venice. I know it is close to your heart (and mine too).

    During the filming of GL, where scenes are filmed out of order, was it difficult to maintain the emotional continuity of the storyline?

    Will Venice be filmed in a more continuous progression or will it be filmed out of order as well?

    Which style do you or would you prefer?

    Have you any plans to jump to primetime or the big screen?

    Thanks again, Much Love.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  463. Agata aka ACC from Sicily

    Hi Crystal,
    first of all i wanna say thank you for being so amazing with us!!!
    As a member of your international fanbase, i appreciate that "Venice" can be seen all over the world without regions restrictions.
    I don't know if you can realize how much we love you and how much we need to thank you in some way!!
    So, my question is:
    What can we do for helping you in this new project and in all your future project?

    Thank you Stan!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  464. Kelly from Newport Kentucky

    First of all, I'd like to say , thank you for being such a strong advocate for the gay and lesbian community. We can't get equality, tolerance, or acceptance without the help of members of the straight (but not narrow) community like yourself. I applaud you for that every day.

    Q. Although Venice is right now a labor of love, at some point cast and crew needs to be paid, for this to be viable enought for it to continue, what can the invested fans like myself do to help? Would you be willing to take donations from those who can afford to do so? Maybe an incentive to donations, would be autographed pictures , or mugs or t-shirt from Venice, for example?
    I just don't want to see Venice go into the dark like Guiding Light, so let us help you help us. Thank you so much !!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  465. LJ

    Hi Crystal,

    First of all I'd like to say I'm excited to see your new adventure take off and I'm really looking forward to this new drama medium.

    My question though is cost. Are you going to be able to find the backers and advertisers to keep your online drama free for the public or will we have to subscribe?

    Personally, I wouldn't mind watching ads during the online show if it means keeping it free. Another thought could be to offer it both ways, like some of the online gaming companies do. Have ads for those who don't mind and for those who do, let them subscribe for ad free episodes and possibly additional perks.

    Congrats again for the launch of this exciting drama!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  466. Beautiful Stranger Bulgaria

    to: Debbie,
    about your question – How did you convince your fellow actors to work for free?
    If Crystal asks me I would also do it for free :)))) Who can deny to her....

    September 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  467. M Mejía

    ¡Hola desde México! No te conocía en ningún sentido hasta que encontré la historia de "Otalia" en internet y comencé a seguir y admirar tu trabajo como actriz (¡Eres asombrosa!) Internet es un arma muy poderosa, ya lo has visto.
    Aún no empieza "Venice" y ya muchos esperamos una historia que no termine con un final absurdo como en "The L Word" o las chicas "Pepsi" de "Los hombres de Paco", y hasta el mismo final que darán a "Otalia" en GL, sin un beso... mi pregunta es, ¿de verdad tienen una línea argumentativa sólida en "Venice" para satisfacer a un público tan diverso e internacional y otorgarle esa carga de visibilidad tan necesaria que exige la comunidad LGBT?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  468. Karen

    Hi Crystal,

    What is your favorite thing you ever did to Jessica Leccia to get her to crack up and break character in a scene and vice versa?

    Your ad libs are legendary and rightly so! What is your favorite ad lib and what would you have liked to ad lib but held back? We won't mind if you say it now!

    Best wishes,

    September 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  469. AnneD

    I am 47 and I have not watched a soap since high school. They were too over the top and ridiculous to spend time on – HOWEVER, I inadvertently stumbled onto Otalia while on YouTube and I have devoured every episode of GL that I could find online since that relationship started. I even stayed up to 3am one workday because I could not get enough. I kept trying to find the beginning and went back to 2007. THAT is how powerful your and Jessica's relationship affected me. The chemistry between you two was amazing and kept me watching the show. It was not overacted or contrived. Thank you for that. The story line covered issues I have struggled with from religion to the "Rafes" in my life. I love your humor ( coffee? Latte?) and the easy way you two laugh – it is beyond acting – it is seamless. Fantastic. Again, thank you both.

    Question: WHEN is VENICE going to launch? Any idea?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  470. Preeni J

    Hi Crystal,
    First of all, a Big Thank You to you and Jessica for doing such a marvelous job with the Otalia story line. It will stay in our hearts forever. You are one of the few that excel at your craft. Wow!

    My question for you is,
    Why are the Venice episodes going to be so short? I read somewhere that they would be around 7 minutes per episode. Is this because of limitations faced by a web series or just a practical decision made by you all, the producers?

    Thank you for taking the time Crystal and all the very best to you.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  471. Jannie (The Netherlands)

    Hi Crystal, you are so talented! I love you and God bless you!!

    Question: Do you like to use perfumes?? What's your favourite? Thank you.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  472. wine baroness

    One of the reasons blamed for the demise of daytime soaps is that more women are in the work force and not home in the afternoons to watch...I think it's because of the poor portrayal of women in the soaps...Who wants to watch the silly triangles..maneaters...baby switching...get pregnant to keep a man...UGH...terrible images of women..

    Why do you think women have stopped watching soaps??
    What kind of changes do you think the soap opera industry needs to make to draw women back into watching soaps??

    September 16, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  473. dirtysoapbox

    Crystal, Congratulations on your stellar work throughout your career. THANK you for giving so much back to your fans. My question? Have you filmed that first kiss yet on Venice? I'm guessing you haven't since the world hasn't exploded. I'm sure CBS was right about neutering your character – else the whole world exploding would have been on them...

    best in ALL your future endeavors. out of the park. out. of. the. park.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  474. dilynn

    You have gained a legion of lesbian fans through Otalia. Have you ever had so many people comment on how great you look in a pair of jeans? That should be a requirement when filming Venice, at least on nice butt shot every episode, LOL

    September 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  475. Gina

    Looking forward to this – thank you, CNNi!

    Question for Crystal: From the little I've read about you wanting to do this series after the storyline between Olivia and Natalia on Guiding Light – what exactly do you hope to accomplish on Venice that has yet to be seen or given proper treatment?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  476. Mary

    It's so good to see Crystal interviewed on a channel I can view in the UK!

    My questions:
    Does it bother you that Guiding Light's Olivia and Natalia appeared to end up as friends sharing a home and childcare responsibilities (a la Kate and Allie), instead of the actual romantic couple they were expected to become?

    The homophobia is quite apparent in American TV networks, particularly as demonstrated by Guiding Light. Are you concerned that your career will suffer because of your involvement with Venice, and your portrayal of a believable lesbian character?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  477. Sharon Stocker


    You just recently received permission from NBC/Days of Our Lives (DOOL) to play the character "Gina" in "Venice." I have several questions about that.
    Did you know that you were going to do "Venice" before you signed your contract with DOOL and if so, why didn't you have permission to play "Gina" written into your contract?
    You are the main draw for fans who are going to follow "Venice." What was your Plan B if NBC/DOOL hadn't given you permission to play "Gina"?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  478. Germana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


    What you're doing is generous, courageous and vanguardist. Congratulations for such an amazing initiative, and thank you for caring so much for your fans.

    Here is my question: if you had to define Gina in one word and 'Venice' in one line, what would they be?



    September 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  479. Anneke

    Hi Crystal,

    As a lesbian-media-freak and genderstudies/queer studies-student I could not stay behind on Otalia and obviously like so many I got captivated and pulled in like a crazy person. However, as I always do, I use things that keep me occupied in my studies and therefor written two essays (including my graduating thesis) on or using Otalia.

    My question is, did you know that you are part of something that is academically studied and how do you feel about that?

    Also, would you like to read my thesis? (just kidding on that last one).

    September 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  480. Olivia and 24

    Hi Crystal,
    Thanks again for everything you do for us.
    I know everyone is asking questions about GL and Venice, but I'd like to know,

    Do you have a Question for us fans you'd like to ask?

    Funny one here:

    Is one of Gina's Favorite foods gonna be MUFFIN'S? lol's

    September 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  481. Roxanne

    First of all thank you for your amazing part in opening the eyes of viewers to the beauty of a vlove story, in all forms.

    My questions is what are your benchmarks to define Venice as a "successful" show; propelling you to continuing the series to the next season?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  482. Kim

    Hi Crystal-

    I've heard that actors take a little part of their characters with them when the show/movie is done. If true, does this mean that Carly and Gina will have a little of Olivia in them? I mean, you evolve. The characters must evolve too. Carly won't be the same person she was when she left Salem.

    I've enjoyed watching Olivia. I will miss her.


    September 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  483. Tina

    Dear Crystal,

    You are truly an amazing woman. I am in awe of you. My question is how do you keep up with everything, mother, wife, actress (on 2 shows), producer, writer & all the time you give your fans? How do you do it? Any suggestions to help this overwelmed mother, wife, fulltime job, twitter & Facebook addicted me?

    Wishing you, Kim and Hope tremendous success with your new adventure, Venice The Series.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  484. Maybelle (aka twitter=mfof25) from Alaska

    As a long time soap viewer I've been disappointed by the lack of character versus plot driven storylines so I was very happy to find just the opposite on Guidling Light with the Otalia story. I found that as a straight woman I connected with the slow building romance & a couple I could root for, something that had been definitely lacking in recent soap storylines. As a result I've been happily connecting with others who've loved the storyline as well. Some have questioned my nvolvement or love of the storyline and don't seem to understand why I as straight woman would love it too. My question: with Venice I'm assuming that to be successful, it will have to reach out to all populations of people – gay, straight, families, singles, couples, etc. What are the plans for addressing that on Venice and/or do you personally see it being an issue since it will reunite yourself with Jessica Leccia, who played your partner in the same-sex story on GL?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  485. Sarah

    Hi Crystal,

    Bless you for Venice! Will the cast of characters continue to grow and change, like most soaps, as it progresses?

    Can't wait to see Venice and you on DOOL. Mucho love coming at ya!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  486. Ketz G ,UK

    Hi Crystal,

    Having been only recently introduced to your acting talents in March of this year I have sat and watched hours and hours of youtube catching up at the expense of my poor hubby who has had only the dog for company but I can say it was worth it the Otalia storyline and the character of Olivia Spencer have been fantastic.

    Now to the question

    Music has played an important role on Guiding Light using new and unsigned artists will the music be as important on Venice and will you be introducing us to some new artists?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  487. Rachel

    Hi Crystal

    Music played such an important role in so many pivotal scenes in the Otalia storyline. Several independent artists were used that most viewers such as myself were unfamiliar with. While you have asked fans to submit original music do you plan to continue to use independent artists in Venice as was done in Guiding Light.

    Prime time programs have adopted and modified the typical soap opera format. Will Venice follow a similar format with all the drama/humor, angst, leveling off, resolution? Will Venice be a continuous open-end narrative?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  488. Sheila

    Hi Crystal,

    Hope you're having a great time in Days and wanted to wish you great success on your web-series venture, Venice.

    Question: I've read that you spend a lot of time in front of the computer. What are your "must visit" website(s)? And have you always been computer/tech savvy?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  489. Susi

    Hi Crystal,

    You've said that you've alway wanted to play an alcoholism storyline, why is that? Is there a particular reason you think that makes for good television or good soap? Or is there another reason you find that kind of storyline interesting? And is it a storyline that we can expect to see told on Venice?

    PS. Thank you so much for everything that you brought to the Otalia storyline and for all the effort you're putting into creating Venice.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  490. Debbie/New Orleans, La.

    Thanks for all the great years of enjoying your talents. Thanks too for bringing some hope to all of us with your Venice Series.
    Any chance that this could go to the networks-like Showtime or HBO?
    Would you want that to happen??
    The more of you and your talent the better.
    Keep us alive in your talents!!

    September 16, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  491. Bella

    Is Venice going to have no group scenes at all with the whole cast are you guys just going to stick with a 2 actor at the same time ratio?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  492. MAK23

    I'm just gonna put it out there...


    All jokes aside, I appreciate everything you do for the gay community. You were meant to do the things you do. You are changing the world...I'm just thankful to get to watch it all. Much love to you!

    September 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  493. SAGE

    Obviously, with the number of questions you have gotten, you will not be able to answer them personally, but there is a theme running through them, so hopefully you will be able to aggregate them and answer them all in one fell swoop.


    September 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  494. SAGE

    oops clicke on the wrong thing...

    Obviously, with the number of questions you have gotten, you will not be able to answer them personally, but there is a theme running through them, so hopefully you will be able to aggregate them and answer them all in one fell swoop.

    MY QUESTION: Are you planning on releasing a "trailer" to maintain the momentum you have? And/or promotional materials? Given that GL is in the final days, it seems you may lose a little steam. A good trailer may ramp up the "viral" nature that you are looking for.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  495. Gaby from Germany

    Hi Crystal, thanks for sharing your power and spirit with your fans. It's amazing to fallow all your projects and the work you are doing. So here are my questions:

    – Will we be able to see VENICE in Germany, pleeeeeeeeeaaaasse?
    – How do you "reload" your energy with all the work you are doing?
    – How can we support you on VENICE?

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

    September 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  496. Kati

    Hallo Crystal,

    you are a wonderful woman and a great actress.
    My sister and me love you.Hearts from Germany.

    When do you open the Venice Fan shop?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  497. Oz

    Crystal !!! You rock, girl!!

    Can you explain how Venice, the series will be different than any other soap opera on t.v.? Production, shooting, sponsorship, etc.... Sooooo looking forward to it!! Keep rocking it!! Thank you for being so good to your fans!!! We love you!!

    September 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  498. Audra

    No question, but a big thank you for doing Venice. Can't wait for it!

    September 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  499. Jamie

    Hi Crystal,

    You make me laugh and you make me cry. You are just the most amazing person to watch on screen. I can't get enough of you. Looking forward to all of your future projects. Good luck with everything you do!

    September 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  500. Nicky

    Having only just been introduced to the Otalia story, I just want to say thank you for an excellent story and performance.

    My question is really based on some of the learnings that you will take from the perceived mistakes made by GL with respect to the lack of physical intimacy. In some quarters this has upset fans of the storyline including some in the gay and lesbian community.

    How will you do it differently?

    September 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  501. Karen

    I was wondering... since the interactive element of Venice has thus far proved a raging success, will you be extending this to fit in with the design element of Venice? May there come a time when you will be able to showcase work from new designers or artists on the set of venice? ...and if so where can I send some work, lol 😉

    September 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  502. Athena

    Hi crystal,
    My question is did u expect that participating in a lesbian storyline on GL would mean becoming big in the lesbian community and having such a huge gay following? Have u seen the fan vids and fanfiction dedicated to your character on GL?

    Much luv and respect!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  503. Vesla

    Hi Crystal after my brain melted the other day watching you and JL on GL all my brain could come up with to ask was:
    If your ever been to Europe? 😀

    September 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  504. Athena

    Hi Crystal,
    I sadly, wasn’t introduced to the guiding light or your character until the OTALIA story line came up. I learned of you from lesbian websites that had gotten excited about another portrayal of gay women on daytime TV. I’d only had AMC for years.

    Considering u weren’t the first “gay " couple to be on daytime, did u expect your character to develop further, Such as kissing or to be shown in the same bed, Things that were being put on TV, just on another network?
    Have u ever at any point in time, the very beginning or the very end seeing how OTALIA was handled, regretted the turn that your characters relationship with her best friend took?

    I wish u much success with Venice

    September 16, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  505. Nancy

    Crystal-Have loved you as Olivia, look forward to Carly and really look forward to Gina. And truly enjoy your teasing on twitter!

    As your character's level and manner of affection/sexual interaction towards the character of Natalia were stifled on GL, Gina will very much be a new experience for you. Do you envision having a "how to be a lesbian on camera" ala the L Word or do you all plan to just go with the flow?

    September 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  506. Seneca

    Many fans blame the executive producers and writers of Guiding Light with sanitizing Olivia's relationship with Natalia. Is the criticism misguided?

    September 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  507. Elle Ray

    First of all, congratulations on all your success.

    While at a college internship, someone asked me, "What do you really want"? I pose this to you, now that you've had success in your acting career and a beautiful family... aside from "world peace", what is it that you want?

    As a follow-up question, in your pursuit to attain "what you want", how do you get the energy (Red Bull not included) to accomplish your goals?

    Thank you and best wishes in your future.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  508. Deborah from Belgium

    Hi Crystal,

    If Venice becomes a huge success on the Net (which I’m sure will be the case) and caught the attention of some TV producer, would you and your team think you would sell it to turn it into a TV series and if yes under which conditions?

    Wishing you all the best and thanking you for being so close to your fans.

    Love from Belgium,


    September 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Reply

    Hello! Crystal first of all hello from Costa Rica!

    I very much admire the way ta be special is the fans.

    My question: What inspired you to make the series VENICE and that's what you like about both interpret the role of Gina. Excellent work.


    September 16, 2009 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  510. Jorgelina

    Hi Crystal,

    In the future will you and your team focus also on true story's or only fiction? keep doing the good work you'and your team are tremendous


    From Amsterdam Holland

    September 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  511. iva

    hi crystal,

    i just want to know a title of your autobiography book?

    September 16, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  512. Katja

    Hello Crystal, hello Becky,

    today it will be the first time that I can watch Crystal on my TV because everthing I have seen from her so far I had to watch on You Tube. Many thanks to Destini and all the other committed internet bloggers!
    But happily I can watch CNN here in Germany. YEAH!!!

    Many greetings from Berlin

    PS: Sorry that I have no question, I´m just so excited :))

    September 16, 2009 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  513. E Rosa (Toronto, Canada)

    Thank you for being such a strong advocate for the gay and lesbian community. We need more allies from the straight community, like yourself, to stand up and take a stance with us.

    Thank you for all you do, I am amazed at how much of yourself you are willing to give. Truly inspiring.

    You're vision for Venice, taking it online and using the web like your team does, is truly visionary. I believe this is the future of entertainment – the web.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  514. Esther (London, UK)

    As a complete newcomer to American soaps via youtube I have been impressed beyond words at your commitment to the character of Olivia Spencer, especially in these last few months. Your appreciation and dedication to your growing fan base is wonderful and I am looking forward to Venice immensely.

    I wanted to ask to what extent do you put personal decisions and your belief in the way a character progresses into your performances? How much of Olivia Spencer and other roles, is from you and your journey with their characters?

    September 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  515. lp

    hi crystal i dont really have a question i just wanted 2 say thank u 4 everything the otalia sl changed my life nd i really hope the best 4 u nd JL the both of have changed my life nd i cant wait 2 see u on dool thanku!!

    love norway

    September 16, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  516. PR

    Hey CC,

    Three questions? As the old hall and oats song goes

    1) How does it feel to be back? On days that is.

    2) Is it true that Michael (your husband) was born and raised in Venice?

    3) Do you see Jess staying with Venice after the first season ends or do you think that'll be it for her?

    September 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  517. Anne

    What is your ultimate goal with Venice the Series?

    September 16, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  518. Pooneh F.

    Hi Crystal. Love you and the Otalia storyline! You did a great job with what I'm sure were lots of challenges and limitations placed on you and the storyline with regards to showing affection between the couple. How will Venice be different in its portrayal of gay/lesbian characters? Will the emphasis be more on their general day to day lives or their love lives/dating relationships? Hope that we get a balance of both because I don't want to see a rehash of the L Word, which to me focused too much on being sexually provocative. Love you for doing Venice for your dedicated fans! You are indeed the Goddess! This purple soldier from the BPD army will follow and support you in whatever venture you undertake! Good luck to you on both DOOL and Venice!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  519. Mel

    Crystal – You’re a fantastic actress and an amazing human being. Kudos to you and your producing team for seeing a need and attempting to fulfill it. Here’s wishing you the greatest success with “Venice.” It deserves its moment in the spotlight…and so do you.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  520. Donna

    Hi Crystal!'

    HOW MAY I HELP YOU RAISE $$$$$$$$$$$ FUNDS TO PRODUCE VENICE??? WE NEED TO GET GOING!!!!! email me or find me on Twitter!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  521. Patricia (The Netherlands)

    Just wanted to say Thank You Becky and Crystal for a wonderful interview. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  522. Zillie


    Too late for questions, I know, but I just wanted to thank you, CNN and Becky Anderson, for having Crystal Chappell on the show. She is a good woman blessed with talent, grace and perseverance and I know she will go far with not only Venice and Days of Our Lives, but any other endeavour she sets her mind to. This woman is a powerful force and I think it was very smart of you to put her on the show.


    September 17, 2009 at 12:01 am | Reply
  523. happykt

    Your portrayal of Olivia is been THE MOST WONDERFUL performance of a woman loving women I have EVER seen in ever. Thank you for all you do. I will be your fan forever.

    I simply adore you Crystal!!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 12:31 am | Reply
  524. Cheri

    You're such an amazing actress and a human being! I respect and admire you so very much, Crystal!! I'm going to miss GL and all the other actors from the show! I loved the Otalia storyline and you and Jessica were both so good.
    Are you and Jessica going to have a relationship together on Venice and when will Venice actually start? Also, will Carly get to wear jeans on DOOL since you do look so good in them, Crystal?! 🙂
    You're beautiful inside and out and I've always loved you and your acting abilities!!
    Thanks for being so wonderful to all your fans and for just being the Goddess that you are, Crystal!

    Wish you lots of happiness with Venice and DOOL!!

    September 17, 2009 at 12:52 am | Reply
  525. Jenny Maher

    Crystal you are amazing!!! Thank you for your beautiful portrayal of Olivia and Otalia! It was the best love story I have ever seen on television.
    I am so looking forward to Venice! I am a fan of yours for life!!! Love ya!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 1:06 am | Reply
  526. Amber

    Really great interview with Crystal Chappell. She is truly an extraordinary, smart, and savvy person. I can't wait to do all I can to ensure the success of the greatness that is Venice.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:08 am | Reply
  527. Nina

    Very nice interview. A favourite of the day. =)

    September 17, 2009 at 10:21 am | Reply
  528. Win

    Many thanks to Becky Anderson for bringing us this wonderful interview with Crystal Chappell! It's very gratifying to see how much interest Crystal's recent projects are generating in the media, and the numbers of people who are being drawn into following all facets of her career. As a nearly 20 year admirer of her work, it's lovely to see her not only doing something that she loves but also receiving the acknowledgement and praise she deserves for doing it.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  529. helen fitz. from bristol, england

    fantastic interview, made my day – thankyou Crystal and CCNi

    September 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  530. ped

    Brava! Well done Crystal. You just keep on doing what you're doing right now. WE WILL support you. You have attracted so many people from all sorts of background. You will have what you need, just ask : )

    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Reply
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