An Interview with Jessica Leccia
Ah, Jessica Leccia. She's one of the most beautiful soap opera stars out there.
Recently, Soap Opera Digest caught up with this Guiding Light actress. Here are excerpts of the interview:
Soap Opera Digest: The last time we spoke, you were reveling in the bliss of GL's big Emmy wins. Are you still riding the wave of excitement?
Jessica Leccia: I still get giddy to go in [to work]. I'm still very grateful to be there. I'm not sure that'll ever go away. I try to stay humble, you know. I'm so happy to be there and it's really a joy to go to work. I'm getting to know everybody more and more...and loving them!
Digest: This is your first recurring daytime role. Did anyone help you learn the ropes on the set?
Leccia: Kind of everybody. I actually thought it was strange how friendly everyone was [laughs]! You see the same people every day and you get kind of warm and mushy with everyone. Everyone was very, very helpful.
Digest: Do people recognize you from the show?
Leccia: No, not really. [At] the few fan events I've been to, obviously I'm recognized because those people are looking for me, but I've had some comments on how different I look from Natalia. I think that's part of what it is. I maybe spend a little more time on my hair or wear more makeup than Natalia does. She's exhausted, that one!
Digest: Do you think "Gush" fans have warmed up to Natalia?
Leccia: I think so far, people are still up in the air about it. This is a major couple we're dealing with. I expect people to be up in the air for a while.
Digest: Do you fear she'll always be viewed as an interloper?
Leccia: There's no way of getting around that. There's two people in love and there's all this other business. It's hard to be objective about that.
Digest: What's it like playing a mother?
Leccia: Once I met E.J. Bonilla, I told him right away I have an 18-year-old brother. I was like, "Oh, my God, he's exactly like my younger brother," who I'm very used to mothering. It came a lot easier than I thought it would.