While it’s hard to imagine daytime TV without All My Children, it’s even more difficult to picture the fictional Pine Valley without reformed badgirl Greenlee Smythe and the talented scene-stealing actress who plays her, Rebecca Budig. But with the future of the long-running ABC soap arguably still up in the air, it may be time to bid the two adieu when the broadcast finale airs on Sept. 23.
TVLine spoke in-depth with Budig about her future with AMC once it leaves airwaves, what she would have done differently with Greenlee’s 2009 return, and, ultimately, where she’d like to end up on the acting spectrum.
TVLINE | As of now, where do things stand with you, your costars, and Prospect Park [the media upstart aiming to take AMC and One Life to Live online]? Are deals in the works in order to move forward with production on All My Children?
I think they’re negotiating with the unions before they can even negotiate with [the actors]. I don’t know anything other than that.
TVLINE | It’s pretty common for actors to become attached to the characters they play over extended periods of time, so are you interested in staying with All My Children when — or if — it moves to the Internet? Or had you already accepted that this chapter in your life had ended when AMC‘s finale was set?
Yes! You are very intuitive. [Laughs] The truth is that in my head, I have moved on — and I think most of [the cast] had wrapped our heads around this. I’m a believer that change is good and that things happen for a reason, but I will never say never, because you never know. These [Prospect Park] guys are smart and I think they know what they’re doing. It’s super-ambitious and innovative and a new frontier — and I feel like All My Children is the perfect choice to start an online network.
TVLINE | Have you heard the latest reports that have Prospect Park courting cable channels to air the episodes after they debut online? If they locked in something like that, would you more seriously consider sticking with All My Children?
Wow. Gosh, I don’t know. I love the show and I’m so grateful for everything it’s done for me. I lived my twenties in New York and I had a great job — there’s no better way to grow up. But Greenlee hasn’t been written for recently the way she was written for when she was with Leo, and that’s what I really loved to do. It’s actually what I came back to do [when I rejoined AMC in 2009]. But it never really happened, and that’s a big factor to me. It’s not about the money, it’s that I want to sink my teeth into something. Greenlee was so funny before, but she lost her sense of humor. They do write funny stuff for her opposite Erica (Susan Lucci), I will say that. [Laughs]
TVLINE | What do you think your next step will be if the Sept. 23 broadcast finale of AMC marks the end of the road for Greenlee? I can certainly see you ending up on primetime television somewhere.
It’s fun to be on a soap, but at the same time…. Look, I’m not 20 anymore. [Laughs] I don’t know how easy it’s going to be to get another job. But it’s exciting to get back into the game. It takes time and I’ll have to be patient.
TVLINE | My dream scenario: You get snatched up by a cute sitcom. I hear ABC’s Cougar Town is looking for a girlfriend for Bobby Cobb… Just sayin’!
Are you kidding?! I would love to do a sitcom, especially something where I could be goofy. I love, love, love, love comedy.