"It is a very, very good job, but it takes a lot of work, and it takes responsibility. You are responsible to the audience for who you're playing. You're responsible to your writers and your producer for the character, And you are extremely responsible to your fellow actors. There are people who don't realize that."
About This Interview
In her two-hour Archive Interview, actress Erika Slezak talks about her early years and describes her father, screen star Walter Slezak, and her grandfather, a famous opera singer. She discusses her own training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, shares early stage experiences, and speaks in great detail about the role for which she is most associated, that of "Victoria Lord" on the daytime soap One Life to Live, a part she's played since 1971. She recalls her audition (she was not told she was reading for "Victoria" until later), establishing her character, and her first storyline. Slezak describes her relationship with initial series producer Doris Quinlan, then-current producer Frank Valentini, and longtime One Life to Live director David Pressman. She recounts working with cast members Ernest Graves, Robin Strasser, and Roy Thinnes, and speaks of her six Emmy wins. Barrie Nedler conducted the interview on April 28, 2006.