A Closer Look: Marty
Soap Opera Weekly
June 17, 2008
By Gabrielle Winkel
Susan Haskell returns after basically a 10-year absence to explain
what's been going on in that attic.
WEEKLY: How was your first day?
HASKELL: Well, if you count the real first day, it was easy. I had one scene. This guy carried me down the stairs and Marty was out cold. So it was very taxing (laughs). But the other day, on-set, I had 30 scenes. I was like, "Okay! Now we're jumping in." It moves so much faster than it did when I was there before.
WEEKLY: Is it fun to be back?
HASKELL: So much fun. I was not worried about that,
but I was thinking, "Okay, what am I going to feel like walking in
there? Am I going to feel like, 'Ugh, I did the wrong
thing'?" It was definitely weird walking down those stairs
again. But, seeing people like Susan Gammie (costume
designer),[while] Hillary (B. Smith, Nora) and all the guys on the crew
were giving me hugs, I could not have felt any better. I was
feeling like I did the right thing.
WEEKLY: How did you enjoy meeting Brandon Buddy (Cole, Marty's son)?
HASKELL: I had met him at Super Soap; he seems adorable. I haven't worked with him yet, but it's kind of a kick that Marty has a 20-year-old son.
WEEKLY: What's happened to Marty?click
HASKELL: She's obviously been in this huge accident. Ramsey found her and nursed her back. She's been bedridden, and then a huge thing transpires. Marty is trying to escape but can't physically do it. Then someone finds her.
WEEKLY: Now you and Thorsten Kaye (All My Children's Zach, Haskell's partner) are back to being a two-ABC soap family?
HASKELL: Yeah! It's crazy. We talked about this for a long time. Frank (Valentini, executive producer) was ver patient. He was after me for a while to get back. I always told him, "I'm going to come back. I'd like to come back to One Life. I'd like to play that character again." A lot of it was just logistics, because we are in Connecticut most of the time, and we have two girls [McKenna, 5, and Marlowe, 1]. Thorsten's mom has moved close by, and she's helping out in a huge way. We have this great nanny that's been with me since the baby was born.
WEEKLY: Now for the big question: Is everyone a big Detroit Red Wings fan in your house?
HASKELL: He has such passion for this team and the sport. He got jerseys for McKenna and the baby. They high-five him when [the Red Wings] score -- it's great.