‘True Blood’ Star Ashley Jones: Don’t Diss the Soaps!

Ashley Jones may have landed a plum role on the hit HBO series True Blood, but don’t expect her to say she’s “graduated” to big-time TV.

Interviewed on Stardish Radio, the actress – who concurrently stars on CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful – wants the world to know that her soap-opera work has been no cakewalk.

CAPTION: "It gets a bad rap," Ashley (above) tells us of starring in daytime dramas.

"It gets a bad rap," Ashley (above) tells us of acting in daytime dramas.

“People say, ‘Wow, soaps! That’s such a great stepping stone.’ Or ‘Wow, that’s where a lot of people stared out.’

“And I understand they don’t really know what they’re saying, and they’re not intending to be malicious,” Ashley, who plays Daphne – the new waitress at Merlotte’s diner – in True Blood, tells host Joann Kubasek.

“However, it’s not what it used to be. It’s not like, Oh, anyone could get a job on soaps. Or it’s just for someone who has a pretty face.

“In order to get a good role on a soap now, you really have to be at the top of your game. There are so many veterans out there that are looking for work. And it’s not like you can always go back to soaps.

“The level of talent is exceptional. You can’t be lazy. You can’t come to work late.

“In the ’80s, I used to hear crazy stories about people that were doing drugs, or they would be drunk on-set, or they would come in having not even gone home the night before.

“None of that now. None of that.”

To hear Ashley’s full interview, click here.

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