"Serials have been around forever. It's impossible to imagine life without them. Serial existed in newspaper form before it existed on the radio, and it existed when people sat around the campfire thousands of years before that and told stories. I can't imagine that soap operas won't continue in some form or another. It will be fun to see what those forms are."
About This Interview
In her two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Ellen Wheeler talks about her early years growing up in Utah, where her parents ran a local theatre. She speaks about her first jobs in television, culminating in her role as "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon" on the soap opera Another World. She recalls the rigors of working on a soap opera and her later role on All My Children as "Cindy Parker," one of the first characters on television to battle AIDS. Wheeler discuses her transition to directing soap operas, which ultimately led to her being named executive producer of Guiding Light. She concludes the interview by discussing a typical production day, the actors and writers she works with, and the legacy of the series. Karen Herman conducted the interview on September 15, 2006 in New York City, New York.