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Eileen: A Long Career Is the True Award
Eileen talks about winning the Emmy and reestablishing a relationship with Lisa Rinna.
Please be patient with me, I've never written a blog before, but I'm happy and excited to be sharing my experiences on RHOBH with you all!
Let me tell you about how I landed on Housewives. Lisa Rinna and I have know each other since the 1980s. She was dating an actor that I was working with on The Young and the Restless, and I would see them socially on occasion. We became friends when we were both working on Days of Our Lives in the early 1990s. The show was much different in those days. Eighteen-hour days were not unusual, and Lisa and I spent a lot of time in our dressing rooms talking, rehearsing, and generally kvetching about the amount of work we were doing. We bonded during that time for sure. Our lives took us in different directions, but we still saw each other over the years. I was on her talk show Soap Talk, and we would run into each other on various red carpets. Seeing her for lunch was our chance to reestablish a friendship I treasure.
I also worked with Kyle briefly when she was on Days of our Lives a couple of years ago. I sat next to her in the hair department, and we talked about the fact that my husband worked with her sister Kim back in the day on Nanny and the Professor.
Yolanda's daughter, Gig went to High School with my stepson Vinny. She was actually at our house for a pool party a couple of years ago.
Winning the Emmy for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have said so many times that the true award is having a long career. Well, that's true...but now that I've won an Emmy, I have to say that there's something to be said for getting a trophy! Honestly though, I love playing the character Kristen Dimera on Days of our Lives (that's the show I was working on when I was nominated). She's out of her mind but so multidimensional. It's both a challenge and so much fun to portray her. I'm incredibly blessed that I get to play two completely different characters on two different shows at the same time. And now be myself on a third. Oy!
Wish me luck. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox