Monday, November 08, 2004

November 8, 2004

It’s Monday morning and I am sending this next entry in from the comforts of my family’s home in Virginia. Man, it feels good to be home! Although this is supposed to be a short vacation for me, my family is also in the process of moving to a new community about ten minutes from our current residence. It’s a nice area; bigger home and it’s situated on an eighteen-hole golf course. But I grew up in this house and I have so many memories of this place. I’m not sure how easy it will be to let this place go and see someone else move into the house that represents my youth. On the up side though, with the holiday season rapidly approaching, I have so many other things to look forward to.

My little nephew (who will be referred to as the "little guy") has his baptism coming up in two weeks and there will be quite a few people coming to see this event. Of course I’m happy to see the "little guy" but yesterday (Sunday the 7th) as soon as I walked in the door from the airport and put my bags down, he was thrust into my hands and proceeded to drool all over my clothes. Now, although I was a bit put off by the sight, babies have a way of getting away with it using the maneuver I’ve come to call the "Smile and gurgle" technique. Yup, the S&G technique works and we’ve all seen it. Babies look at you, smile, and get you all warmed up then gurgle up some crud in their mouth and just let it hang. It wasn’t the most exciting image to come home to, but that's how it goes, I guess. This whole being an uncle thing is a total wake-up call for me, I wasn’t ready for this. Oh, and I can’t forget that my little niece ("little girl") was there too. I wasn’t about to get drooled on twice so I went and found the quietest and darkest room in the house to take just a few minutes to settle in and relax. I will admit though that I am really honored that I will be the Godfather to the "Little Guy". My sister and her husband asked me if I’d do it and if I felt up to being his Godfather? And I said "Um... sure". Something tells me that I didn’t get the full story of exactly what a Godfather has to do…..please fill me in if you know the job requirements, LOL!!!!! So this is what I get to look forward to this week, a whole lot of baby bonding, pre-baptismal stuff, and packing up boxes for the move….fun, fun, fun!

As far as the "Guiding Light" goes, November is going to be a big month for Coop and Lizzie Spaulding. They had us working so much together with the pending danger that’s building with the Spaulding conflict (Phillip mostly). I have to say that watching and working with Grant (Aleksander; Phillip) was such an amazing opportunity for me. His calm and cool delivery of lines and the aura his character gives off is so commanding that it can overwhelm you as a beginning actor. Off screen, he is just one of the nicest and most sincere individuals I’ve ever met. To give an example of this: I was passing by the dressing rooms and he was about to shoot a scene that required some day-players to get a bit physical with him. Now some people would just say, "I’m going to do this action, so just let me control how far we go with it, and just hold on." But Grant asked their input and thoughts about what they felt was natural and then he gave his and they combined the two and rehearsed it several times to really feel it. By the time they got to set and shot it, people couldn’t believe how realistic it looked. That's Grant’s character, he truly cares what you think. I wish that I had the opportunity to work with him some more. If you all have any favorite "Phillip Spaulding/Grant" moments, I’d love to hear about them as well as your thoughts about the whole "Coop and Lizzie" situation (where you’d like to see it go or not go).

All in all, this month is going to be really great as far as the plot of the show. Not just with my character but overall with the building danger that’s being created. The writers are really pumping on full tilt, putting out some great material, I think. I can’t wait to see what happens.

P.S.- thanks for all the Music suggestions; I’m in the process of downloading a few now. I think that my next entry is going to be a bit different, LOL! I’m sure ya’ll will love it. All the best!


Blogger Brittany said...

Hey, just wanted to say that I enjoy reading your blog! I'm excited to see where things with Coop and Lizzie go. I wasnt a big "Lizzie fan", but lately I've been feeling sorry for the girl ... I think a relationship between the two of them could be interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing what's ahead. You and Crystal are great in your scenes! :)
Hope you continue having a nice and relaxing time in Virginia! Happy baptism to your little nephew!

November 8, 2004 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hey John,
Glad to hear things are going well. Its always nice to come home for a few days, I know its going to be tough seeing your family move to a new place and leaving all the memories behind. My parents are talking about moving, and I just can't imagine calling a new place "home."
I have a niece (5 years old) and a couple of newphews (3 and 1) of my own, whom I love to death! They are definately fun. Its always so cool to see how they look at the world so innocently. I don't know exactly the job description of "Godfather" is, but I know if anything happens to my brother and his wife, I'll probably be the one keeping the little ones (which is scary because at age 20, I don't know how I'd deal with 3 kids!) But I know you'd be great at it.
I'm loving the Coop/Lizzie thing, I loved how you called her Lizard, thats so cute. I've never been a fan of Lizzie either, but you two are fun to watch. What happened to the scruff? Is it a requirement that if you work for Spaulding you have to be clean shaven? Don't get me wrong, you're very cute without it, but I liked you with it too. Anyway this thing is getting way to long, so best wishes.

November 8, 2004 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Cynn said...

Glad you're having a good time at home! I'm sure it's great to see your family. Moving is hard--trust me on that one. You leave behind everything you thought you ever knew. But you'll make new memories in the new house. And think about it this're not the only one that has memories of that house! As far as being a Godfather (congrats by the way) the job entails ( least for a Godmother) making sure the "little guy" is safe and teaching him all all about the world. And technically, if anything ever happens to your sister and her husband--they trust that you would be the man for the job. Hope all is well!


November 9, 2004 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger ~ said...

Hi John,
As Godfather, your role is to be there for the "little guy" should anything ever happen to his parents. There's the whole spiritual guidance aspect of it also, but I think most people don't worry too much about that. Maybe spoiling him a bit, buying him lots of chocolate! Wait, now I want a Godfather!

My favorite memory of Grant Aleksander on Guiding Light would have to be any of his scenes where he's pissed off and ready to blow up, as broad as that is, especially lately. I can't imagine the show without him (have been watching for, roughly, fifteen years), but at the same time I'm really excited to see what's going to happen. As for Coop and Lizzy, I really hope they become good friends, maybe Coop could be the one person that Lizzie can be her true self around, without any limitations. From what I remember, I don't think Lizzie has ever really had a true best friend on the show, poor gal. Be her friend!

Anyway, have a peaceful vacation and take care.

November 9, 2004 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger lynn said...

Congratulation on being the Godfather! I have three godchildren, 1 boy (my nephew), and 2 girls. Aside from the spoiling them all you can, the godparent duties are really to instuct the religious aspect of their lives. Although most people think that also includes becoming the legal guardian if something should happen to the parents, that's not the case. Alhought for 2 of the 3 kids I am godmother to, it was stated in the parents' will I would become guardian.

I've been watching Guiding Light for about 33 years now. I started watching with my grandmother when I was 10. I can't imagine this show without Philip. He's been such an integeral part of the show. I've always loved the Christmas scenes with the Santa guy who'd show up every year. It's just an "awwwwwwww" moment.
I think some of the best Grant moments have been when Philip first found out he was Alan's son, Bradley Raines told him. Grant and Chris Berneaus's scenes were so explosive and heart wrenching.


November 9, 2004 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

That is too bad about your family is a nice feeling to go "home" to where you grew up (even if your little brother has taken over your room...LOL). But as they say, it is the people that make the house a you can still be at home with your family, even if it is a new house. And at least its still Virginia ;) <--I love my state...

Congratulations on being a Godfather...quite an honor! And I think the fact that the "little guy" drooled all over you is an even better honor. I don't know much about the obligations involved in "Godfathering" but I would venture to say that you'll be successful as long as you love him and are there for him, providing a good example.

As for "Coop"...I really enjoy the scenes with Lizzie, and I think this storyline has a lot of promise. Shakespeare knew what he was doing with that whole "Romeo and Juliet" thing, and I can see that happening with Coop and Lizzie (minus the suicide part, please). The Capulets and Montagues have got NOTHING on the Coopers and the Spauldings.

When it comes to favorite "Phillip" moments...that is a touch choice. Seems like I grew up with Phillip. Grant is good at anything...I love to hate the evil Phillip, but the flip side is nice too. I guess my favorite memories are of Phillip and Harley, but most any storyline that involves Beth gets a gold star from me. I also get a good laugh out of those Phillip/Rick scenes...particularly when Rick imitates Phillip's mad face. Hahaha....good times. Give Grant my love.

Till next time,

November 9, 2004 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger CandiceMack said...

Hey John,
Okay I am going to give you the requirements for being a godfather since I am a would think it's two different things but guess what it's not.Okay here's the deal with the godparenting take care of the child when you can..for me I see that little brat (lol)6 days a week but that kid is so sweet and has me wrap around her finger..she got that from me I swear lol.You just being there helps with their growing pains..(I am recalling when my friend told me)and also if something bad happens to the parent (god forbid)you will have a bigger impact on that kid's life.

Now onto my "Cozzie" hee,I hope they do get together and make the puppy happy because to me that pup seems to be happy with only Coop and Lizzie.

Now onto the most upsetting news for me..I dont want Grant to go and here are my reasons both personal and because I watch the show:

In 2000,my greatgrandmother who I lived with since I was a baby had breast cancer and she was a huge GL fan..I mean since day one,so when I heard Grant would be in our hometown of Baltimore,MD at Eastpoint Mall I made it my business to go and see him and I did..he was there infront of the JCPenny signing autographs and of course I was freakin out but not to much so I got three autographs one for my greatgrandmother who he told me he hopes would get better (sadly she died in June of the same year),one for my great uncle Michael another GL fan..and this is what shock me..I heard he was only to give two autographs for each person but since i was the only person at the time he gave me one! Then we chatted abit..which is funny because it was around the time Lizzie shot her stepdad and I said "I think Lizzie might need somebody professional to speak with" Grant was amazing.

Grant is an amazing actor who lately has made me feel exactly what Phillip is feeling..he is a father who is protecting his child..something Alan does but not over the top.He just wants things to be normal..but what is normal in that town? He is so confused but yet he is trying to solve it...what can I say..he's good and I dont think I will be able to watch his last scene..

November 9, 2004 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hi John!
Congrats on being a godfather... sounds like you get to spoil the kid rotten! :) I'm sorry to hear that your parents are moving, it is tough leaving a place that you'd known your whole life.

I am saddened to hear about Phillip... Grant A. will be a hard replacement (you never know with soaps)... he's the only one I can see that would fill the shoes of Phillip. It is making for an excellent storyline though. I am so excited to leave work and get through everything just so I can watch GL!

As for you and Lizzie, its an interesting match. I really like it. I will admit that I had hoped to see a Coop and Tammy pairing in the beginning. I would also like to see Coop more with the Cooper family. You need more screen time! But I'm really liking the bickering and I see potential in the pairing.

November 10, 2004 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Shanna said...


Hi there... Glad you're enjoying your time at home. I know how hard it is to move, I've moved 5 different times. I know it will be hard to leave the home you are used to and it may not be easy at first but you'll get used too it.

Congratulations on being a Godfather. I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews of my own. All I can say is enjoy the time you spend with "little girl" and "little guy."

I love your scenes with Crystal (I've told ya that before lol) Now normally Lizzie is not one of my favorites; but lately when I see her with Coop I can't wait to see the relationship between them. In your latest scenes, even though there is the Cooper/ Spaulding feud going on I get the impression that Coop sees she needs a friend. I can't wait to see their story played out once Phillip is gone and Lizzie will need a friend more than ever.

Keep up the great work!!

Take Care,


November 10, 2004 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Guiding Light was really awesome this week! I was really excited to see you on-screen more! The scenes with Lizzie, Phillip, and you were awesome. Keep up the great work, and when you get a chance check out the pics of you and me from the St. Judes Benefit!


November 10, 2004 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Lizi said...

Let me start off by saying that moving really does suck. I've been there, and it's not a fun place to be. Let us know how that goes?

I've never been a godparent, but let's just hope you don't have to start talking like a mobster and stuff. (Man, I'm so weird. I have no idea where I got that from.) I'm sure it'll be great, spoiling little kids rotten and all that.

I, for one, am really digging the chemistry between Coop and Lizzie. You guys pull that off so well. I like Crystal's portrayal of Lizzie, and I love Lizzie's character. However evil or misguided she may be, she definitely brings something interesting to the show, lol. And I love your portrayal of Coop, and the return of Coop (old news, but whatever), brings a lot of still unfolding possibilities to the show, definitely.

As for 'Philip Spaulding/Grant' moments? I'd have to say, mine happened in the episode that aired today, when he and Harley seemed to be connecting, and then Philip kind of whirled around and became 'SuperJerk' again. I've loved his character lately (I love all the evil/weird characters. Maybe that says something? Worth thinking about, eh?).

And before I go, I just thought I'd throw my hat into the 'music suggestion' ring, since I have pretty ecclectic music taste, too. Have you ever heard of a band called Finch? I think they're one of the best bands I've ever listened to. Anything by them, but I highly reccomend 'Perfection Through Silence.' That is one of the most amazing vocal and guitar tracks I've ever heard.


November 11, 2004 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I am adding yesterdays Phillip/Harley scenes to my favorite Grant scenes. I sobbed through them the first time so I went back to re-watch it and sobbed through them again. And I just KNEW the one thing Phillip wanted from Harley had something to do with the fact that she never forgave him for cheating on her and their marriage ended because of it. I actually felt Phillip's sadness over that lost relationship for a moment before he switched back into psycho mode. And in case I haven't mentioned it....Beth Ehlers is FREAKIN' AWESOME!

I am irritated b/c CBS cut in with one of their famous "Special Reports" right in the middle of GL. SOOOOO, I missed the scene where apparently Coop got a little roughed up and the scene where Phillip sent Harley on a wild goose chase to the pier, not to mention something with Danny and Marina. I need to send a letter or ten to CBS and Uncle Dan and let them know that I don't appreciate them interrupting GL time and time again. Figures I would miss a Coop scene. I'd much rather watch you than Dan Blabber anyday...

November 11, 2004 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I am so loving Guiding Light right now. Seriously, I am always looking forward to watching that day's show after work!

Amber, has the "missing" scenes with Phillip/Alan/GusH from yesterday. :)

November 11, 2004 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Hey...first off I thought you were really cute and then hearing about you w/ your nephew makes you even cuter!..I have this soft spot for guys and children....I just got done watching GL and I have a feeling that Coop and Lizzy will be the next Cooper/Spalding relationship....With the episodes coming up I bet she'll be needing a shoulder to cry on and I bet Coop will be there.....I was reading the other blogs about the Fan things...but you guys have fans on the West Coast too....You guys need to do some fans things over here in like the Sac area....we want to meet you too....I was just wondering what can I do to get an autograph pic? my email is

November 11, 2004 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger AnaPaula said...

Hey John!

Glad to hear that you're enjoying time with your family. I recently moved from the house I grew up in so I know what you mean about the memories. But, don't worry, they'll always be with you. :)

Awww, it's an honor to be someone's Godfather! The little guy will definately have a great person to look up to. You'll be the guy that sneaks him a toy when he's on time out when mom and pops isn't lookin. LOL!! Seriously though, I've got one Godson, and there's nothing sweeter than hearing his little laugh, or seeing his smile. I love that little guy to death (do we all refer to nieces and nephews as "little people"? lol)

Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and you return to NY safe. :)

Ana Paula

P.S. How are the music downloads going? I wanna know what you think! :oP

November 11, 2004 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger John C. said...


I was great hearing from you again. Sorry I had to run off to class, but give me a call some time. David can get you my number. Tell your your brother and sister I said hi.

Great blog site, I will have to check it often.


November 12, 2004 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I hope you are having fun visiting home...nothing is better than going home for a few days! Sorry about your parents moving; that really sucks, but at least its not to a different town!! :)

Congrats on being a Godfather...sounds like you are going to have a lot fun spoiling the little guy rotten!

I'm absolutely loving the show right now!! I cried my eyes out on the last 3 gets to me everytime!! I'm a big Mindy Lewis fan so I'm really looking forward to tommorrow's show! I think Coop and Lizzie are such a cute little pair! I used to not like Lizzie alot b/c she was always causing troube...but boy has she been through a lot in her life; she deserves to be a little messed up! I hope Coop is there to help her get through this really hard time in her life!

My favorite GA/Philip there are so many to chose from...
1. I started watching the show w/ my mom during the 80s for the 4 musketeer stuff w/ Beth, Philip, and Rick. I loved all that...particularly when they ran off to New York.
2. I loved the shows when Beth and Philip were stuck in the plane and they thought they were going to die.
3. I loved the storyline when Lizzie was sick with cancer...the little girl who played Lizzie (Hayden P., the little girl from Remember the Titans) was such a great actress.
4. I loved when Beth was married to the "evil" Edmund and he locked her up, but Philip was there to save her!
5. I actually like Harley and Philip together as a couple a lot...but nothing was better than Philip and Beth. They were destined to be together, and there love was so strong!! Even though they were not together in the end...they still loved each other...they will always love each other!! I'm so sad that there love story is over, but I am interested to see how it plays out!

I really excited about the show right now! It is fantastic...cannot say enough how great everyone is doing!!

God Bless,

November 15, 2004 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger MrKing said...

I just wanted to tell you I've been watching GL all my life (20 years) and you are doing a great job. Alot of actors are just good looks but you have the talent to go along with your looks and I think you will go a long way on GL and in show business. You, Crystal Hunt, Tom Pelphrey, Stephanie Gatschet, Mandy Bruno, and Scott Bailey are all doing a great job and add alot to the show and it's nice to see good characters around my age on the show. You guys show the fans that GL has a bright future. And I don't know if you know this but you look alot like the actress that played Coop's mom on GL (Fiona Hutchinson), very good casting.

Congarts on becoming a Godfather. I know I was glad to have a Godfather because I could talk to him about girls and growing up. Things that I didn't feel right talking to my father about.

I'm sorry to see Grant Aleksander leave GL, my mother was upset to see him go to even though she watches As The World Turns more the Guiding Light. If you ever get a chance to go into GL's old archives watch the tape of the one when Phillip found out Alan was not his father at Mindy's birthday party (1983 I think). That I believe was some of his best work and he did it when he was only in his 20's.

November 16, 2004 at 8:57 PM  

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