I have been involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for many years now. They are such a wonderful organization and are on the leading edge of incredible research. Especially since I became a parent, I have looked forward to participating in any way I can to help their cause.
Last week I did some on-camera spots to help promote their latest fundraiser. It's a really cool concept too - it's called the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. It's kinda like a raffle, where people reserve a ticket for $100 and there are tons of prizes they are giving away, the best being a Dream Home. You should go to www.stjude.org and check out all the details for yourselves.
I was asked to do these commercials for the local LA Giveaway with a beautiful little 8 year old girl named Elizabeth. She is a part of the St. Jude family and was so sweet and brave! She had no trouble being in front of the camera, and she did a great job. I really loved meeting her and her lovely family. With patients like her at St. Jude it's no wonder that the volunteers and staff are so dedicated to doing everything possible to find cures for these horrible diseases. I was so glad to be a part of this project, and I am so excited about participating in another event they sponsor next month as well.
On another note, Days has been really exciting lately, hasn't it??!! I was absolutely glued to my tv during the Jennifer/Frankie/Jack stuff. Ashley (Abby) was so fantastic in those scenes at her dad's bedside, wasn't she? She is such a talented young actress. And, as always, Missy and Billy are so fun to watch.
I mentioned on my website how fun it was to do those scenes with Bryan (Lucas) and James (E.J.) in the hallway outside Sami's apartment. I think it was the first time James had seen Lumi in action... ha ha ha. Bryan and I always have to let new actors know, that when Sami and Lucas get to fighting - there could be an earthquake and they wouldn't hear it. The other characters have to remind them there are other people in the room! Sami isn't anything if not one-track-minded. Am I right? Hee hee.
James has definitely fit right into our Days family. He's such a nice guy and a really good actor. I so enjoy our scenes together. I think E.J. is a v. interesting character and I can't wait to see where this story goes.
I briefly met our new head writer, Hogan Sheffer, last week. He was so nice and definitely enthusiastic. I had to tell him how thrilled we all are to have him on board. He's just begun writing for us, so we won't see his scripts for a few more weeks. We are all anxiously awaiting his material!! It's such an exciting time at Days - wondering where this new writing will lead us.
p.s. Ben is fantastic - growing so quickly. He was at a super fun birthday party this weekend, and has not been able to stop making train noises since. I guess we're heading towards a Thomas The Train birthday party too, in February.
p.p.s If you notice me limping around the set in upcoming scenes - ha! I just had the toughest workout ever and I am so sore. I am dreading putting on high heels. Yikes!!!