Mario Van Peebles Dishes on All My Children

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All My Children fans are still excited over the news that their favorite show has landed longtime actor Mario Van Peebles in the role of Samuel Woods.

The veteran star recently chatted with Entertainment Weekly about the gig:

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Entertainment Weekly: People might not know this but you’re no stranger to daytime TV.
Mario Van Peebles: When I first started out, I did a lot of theater in New York and then I did One Life to Live with Agnes Nixon [creator of One Life and All My Children]. Her shows are pretty hip in terms of stuff that they’ve tackled. But when they approached me about this I didn’t feel that I’d do that again.

EW: What’s it been like to work with Susan Lucci?
Van Peebles: She’s really cool. She still has energy and sparkle for this. Still excited about her job. Still learning. And I think that has to do with how we age. And the fact that everything is not just a question of diet and working out, but it’s a question of intention and outlook. And she’s just got that sparkle.

EW: People have made a big deal of the fact that if your character and Erica become romantic, it would be her first interracial relationship. What do you think about that?
Van Peebles: I don't know. My mom's white. My dad's black. We've always been able to paint with all the colors in my family. So I'm not so color focused. That would be more a viewer thing. Even in the climate that we're in election-wise, I like to think that America is growing up. I like to think that we're getting past all that stuff and looking at the people. But maybe that's naive. The fact is it's an interesting dynamic.

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All My Children Quotes

Ryan Lavery: You want to tell me what the hell you were trying to pull out there?
Kendall Hart Cambias: Did you see Babe? Did you just see what she did? She has the nerve to offer a consolation prize, honorary mommy? What the hell is that? I mean, what could Bianca possibly do with that? Sit and watch Babe be the mother that Bianca will never get to be? It's stupid. It reeks.
Ryan Lavery: Babe was just trying to help.
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, Babe was trying to cover her own butt and make herself look good. She was trying to show what a big heart she has so no one will know what a liar she really is.
Ryan Lavery: What? Where do you get this stuff?
Kendall Hart Cambias: Oh, please don't tell me you can't see it, Ryan, come on. Babe is all about playing the bimbo matriarch of the Chandler clan. When really she a selfish, lying, stupid little bitch.

Erica Kane: You slept with Ryan's brother before you stole the company out from under him?
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, no, I didn't steal it, I didn't steal it. Adam and J.R. did. Ok, but here's the kicker - Ryan tried to convince me earlier today that he's completely over me for good, which, of course, that can't be. I mean, it's impossible, and we are going to prove that. And you know what's so great about you and I doing this together is that you hate Greenlee just as much as I do, so it's perfect! Plus, mother, you are the queen of creativity. You're so creative. I mean, the truth is i'm running out of ideas, but the two of us putting our heads together could be so amazing!
Erica Kane: Kendall, you have to stop. You're talking like a crazy person.