Much to the dismay of countless Guiding Light fans, Olivia and Natalia never got to lock lips on the recently-canceled daytime drama.
And at least one of the actors who made up the couple known as “Otalia” was so distraught by the omission that she wished for a social disease—to make it ring true.
Next month, Crystal Chappell, who played Olivia, and Jessica Leccia, who played Natalia, return to the soap realm as yet another same-sex couple—Gina and Ani—in Venice the Series.
Only this time, they’ll be free from the constraints of network censors, because Venice is being produced exclusively on the Internet.
In anticipation of the digital serial’s launch, former Soap Opera Weekly editor-in-chief Mimi Torchin dishes with the ladies on her companion BlogTalkRadio show, V-Pod.
During the hour-long interview, Jessica discusses her character’s relationship with Crystal’s, which began in April 2008 and ran through Sept. 18 of this year, when the soap was booted after a record-setting 72-year run.
“I always thought there should be some kind of sore on their lips, so we could just avoid [the obvious lack of physical contact]. Like, ‘Oops! Can’t kiss!’
“At some point, I just started to assume that these were just two normal people with a, you know, normal love life, because it got skipped over.
“But we had to continue with the story as if it hadn’t been skipped over,” she continues.
Crystal, meanwhile, reveals that her Venice character—who reportedly will kiss Jessica’s on the debut episode—isn’t as emotionally stable as Olivia.
“Gina is very confident in who she is and comfortable with her sexuality, and has great friendships,” she says.
“But when it comes to being intimate with someone, she’s so far behind where Olivia was when we left the show.
“So she’s rewound a bit. She’s absolutely afraid to be too close to anyone who loves her that much.”
To learn more about Venice the Series, click here.
To tune into V-Pod with Mimi Torchin, click here.