Vanessa Marcil AOL Chat
OnlineHost: Vanessa Marcil plays the immensely popular Brenda
Barrett on ABC-TV's GENERAL HOSPITAL. According
to Ms. Marcil, Brenda "is the black sheep of the
family. Brenda's really a sweetheart inside, but
her older sister, Julia, was always their
father's favorite daughter."
OnlineHost: Vanessa was born in San Diego, California, but
her family soon moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where
her father is credited with building the first
earthquake-proof structure in the state. The
youngest of four children, Vanessa and her family
later returned to Palm Desert, California, where
she began acting in local theater at age eight.
OnlineHost: After graduation from high school, Vanessa began
to study law, before she made the decision to
pursue an acting career. She has performed in
numerous theatrical productions, including
"Pygmalion," "Mamet's Women," and "Sweet Bird of
OnlineHost: Helping people is something Vanessa feels
strongly about, and in her spare time she
volunteers for various causes. Vanessa is also
an active runner and body builder.
OnlineHost: GENERAL HOSPITAL is Vanessa's first television
role. In fact, her popularity has made her a
late-night favorite, too, and she is now the
regular host for "ABC IN CONCERT," the fast-paced
music program now in its fifth season. We will
StarABCDay: Hi everyone! This is Vanessa Marcil. I'm in New York today and
I'm using the screen name
Question: You and Maurice Benard do wonderful comedy. Will we see more?
StarABCDay: Maurice and I do have a lot of fun and I think we have a natural
comedic quality that
StarABCDay: comes from our real relationship. I think that the writers see
that and we will always
StarABCDay: have a little element of comedy in out relationship.
Question: To: Vanessa : How has it been hosting your own rock 'n roll show
("ABC In Concert")?
StarABCDay: It's been a lot of fun. I've always been very interested in
music as well as acting.
Question: can you ask vanessa if she will be on any other shows today, saw
regis & kathlee & loved it
StarABCDay: Yes - tomorrow I will be on Good Day New York. You can see it on
FOX in the NY area!
Question: How did you get your start ?
StarABCDay: I started in theater and I was doing Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in LA.
StarABCDay: My manager swa me and signed me. One month later I signed with
Question: Do you still keep in touch with Crystal Carson and Antonio Sabato?
StarABCDay: Yes I do still stay in close contact with them.
Question: What is a typical day like for the actors
StarABCDay: Theres no such thing as a typical day at GH.
However, all days
have long hours!
Question: What are the fututre storylines with Brenda and Sonny?
StarABCDay: Many obstacles ahead for them - stay tuned!!!!
Question: You make a great "Brenda"! How far in advance are the shows taped?
StarABCDay: The shows are taped 3 weeks in advance.
StarABCDay: A lot of you have been asking me what it is like to work with
StarABCDay: Working with Maurice has been my best experince so far since I've
started on GH.
StarABCDay: He is a brilliant actor and I learn a lot from him.
Question: Vanessa, who has your favorite leading man been?
Question: are u a general user of aol?
StarABCDay: This is my first time in cyberspace and it's been a lot of fun --
Question: Do you get along with your co-stars as well as you do on-screen?
StarABCDay: Yes. We are like a big family on GH. We all get along very
Question: You use to be mean, lately you have mellowed out why?
StarABCDay: I think that Brenda has quite simply matured.
Question: Vanessa seems to have a true relationship with Rena Sofer. Are
they close off-screen?
StarABCDay: Yes - we are good friends off screen.
Question: Do you do sit ups to keep that slim stomach? or is it natural?
Tips please on slimming
Question: my tummy
StarABCDay: I do about 300 sit ups every once in awhile!
Question: Do you have any upcoming tv shows, movies, plays etc?
StarABCDay: Yes - I'm hosting ABC IN CONCERT for the rest of the year and
there are several movie
StarABCDay: projects on the horizon.
Question: What are you doing in New York?
StarABCDay: I'm on a promotional tour for ABC IN CONCERT & GH.
Question: Is is difficult to work on a soap, rather than other TV or plays?
StarABCDay: It's very long hours and it can difficult but it is definitley
rewarding and well worth it
Question: Vanessa, I loved your long hair, but it seems as though GH had you
wearing fake hair after
Question: you cut it. Why?
StarABCDay: Because they felt that Brenda's hair was important to the
storyline that was going on at
StarABCDay: the time.
Question: Hi Vanassa...I love you as Brenda...Will you and Sonny be getting
StarABCDay: I have no idea but Brenda would love to get engaged.
Question: Have you met Sonnys real family?
StarABCDay: I've met Maurice's beautiful wife and daughter.
Question: you looked great on Regis and Kathie Lee....how do you like New
StarABCDay: I love New York. I'd love to move here someday.
Question: I notice your wardrobe has become more "normal." Was that at your
urging? Must have been
Question: hard to wear some of those things...
StarABCDay: I think that Brenda is moving more towards the business woman
Question: What is the significance of your tatoo?
StarABCDay: It is Egyptian tribal and it means love and peace in the
Question: Not to be nosie or anything Vanessa,but how old are you?
StarABCDay: I'm 25!
Question: How did it feel being nominated for Best Couple at the Soap Opera
StarABCDay: I was very honored to have been nominated.
Question: Was the chemistry between you and Maurice immediate or take time to
StarABCDay: It was immediate from the moment we met!
Question: What's it like working with Rena? You two seem to have a genuine
StarABCDay: I have a lot of fun working with Rena. We get in giggling fits
sometimes and the whole
StarABCDay: production stops!
Question: ANy plans on visiting Miami
StarABCDay: We just shot ABC IN CONCERT in Miami. Next week I will be doing
ABC IN CINCERT in Orlando
Question: How is it working with one of your idol, Tony Geary?
StarABCDay: It's great!
Question: how was life like in Alaska
StarABCDay: I don't remember - I was too young!
Question: How open are the writers at "G.H." to input from the actors
StarABCDay: The writers are very open to hearing our suggestions and to
discussing story with us.
Question: What are your work hours like?
StarABCDay: From about 10 to 17 hours per day!
Question: What has been your most challenging roll you have played?
StarABCDay: The most challenging role was Maggie in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.
Question: to vanessa :, live in the S.F. bay area, so you will not do any
more national shows,
Question: why don' you go on the Conan O'Brian show, I love that show!!
StarABCDay: I am going to do the Conan O'Brian show but I'm not sure when yet.
Question: any plans to bring Kin Shriner back?
StarABCDay: I hope!
Question: How many shows do you film in a week? day?
StarABCDay: We tape five shows per week, one show per day.
Question: have you ever did any modeling
StarABCDay: No, I've never modeled.
Question: Vanessa- do you ever lose your keys- I heard that even famous
people lose their keys- I
Question: worry about this alot.
StarABCDay: Thank you for your concern I lose my keys about twice a week!
Very intuitive of you!
Question: Who kisses better, Jagger or Sonny?
Question: Hi Vanessa, do you miss playing a more mischievous Brenda?
StarABCDay: Yes - I think she will get mischievous again at some point.
Question: I saw your music videos with the artist formally know as Prince.
What is he like?
StarABCDay: He is inspiring, kind, shy and the most hard working person I've
Question: To Vanessa: how long does it take to memorize your lines? Where
do memorize line?
StarABCDay: I memorize my lines very quickly. It's the work underneath the
lines that take a long
Question: are there any characters that you would like to have a storyline
StarABCDay: Yes. I would love to have a storyline with Reginald!
Question: We have a GH chat every Sunday night at 8 PM EST in the GH Chat
Room. Last night, many of
Question: the people present at the chat were happy to hear you were doing
this today, but disappointed
Question: that they could not be here. They sent their highest regards.
Question: The real question is.... who is taller? You or Maurice?
Question: What is your favorite story line so far?
StarABCDay: The one we're involved now - Brenda moving in with Sonny and
their relationship becoming
StarABCDay: more realistic.
Question: Have you worked on any other Soap Operas?
StarABCDay: No, GH is my first.
Question: Vanessa, whats your sign?
StarABCDay: I'm a Libra.
Question: I heard a rumor that you once dated Bryan Datillo from "Days". Is
that true? If so, what
Question: was he like?
StarABCDay: We're just friends.
Question: Can you give us a sneek preview of what is up for Brenda and Sonny?
Y'all are great
Question: together by the way.
StarABCDay: Lots of turmoil ahead. Keep watching!
Question: what are your hobbies
StarABCDay: I like to read, work out and go snowboarding and studying the Big
Question: I saw you on Regis & kathi lee this morn, you mentioned a dog, what
StarABCDay: It's a Yorkie. Her name is Woof.
StarABCDay: We have time for one more question....
Question: What is your most memerable GH experiance?
StarABCDay: My most memorable GH experince was shooting the scenes with
Maurice and having
StarABCDay: Shelley Curtis direct in Puerto Rico.
StarABCDay: Thanks for joing me today. It was lots of fun and I hope to
make it back to cyberspace
StarABCDay: in the future!
StarABCDay: Thanks everyone!