In the Soap Opera Spotlight: BethAnn Bonner

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BethAnn Bonner parlayed a third place finish on I Wanna Be a Soap Opera Star 3 into a recurring role on One Life to Live.

Portraying Talia on the show, Bonner has become close friends with Bree Williamson and is thrilled to be living in New York, where she's been residing since October 2006.

"I'm so glad my character is from New York because I love it here. I love the people; I love the energy," the actress told Soap Opera Digest.

BethAnn Bonner Photograph

Here are a few more fun facts about the relatively new One Life to Live cast member:

  • Growing up, Bonner and her sisters, Megan and Kelly Ann, weren't allowed to watch television, so she hadn't seen a soap opera before her Soap Star audition. "I watched one episode of All My Children and I was like, 'Okay, let's do this.'"
  • Bonner studied musical theater at Emerson College in Boston, where she played two male roles in a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • At age 5, Bonner sang "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, NE, thanks to her father, a retired Air Force Band director. As a teenager, she recorded an album, Born of Love, with two songwriters from her church.
  • Bonner has a serious passion for shoes. "I love going to the shoe department in Saks [Fifth Avenue]. It's so beautiful; it's like a museum."

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