I was delighted to have lines when they came - learning lines for film isn`t a problem, but television is a little different, because we shot those shows the whole way through.
Right right, because up to that point I had not been a viewer, and I didn`t know alot about the show, it was all new to me and the cast members were wonderful!
The movie, if I recall, didn`t have to do with the television show because there were concerns from everyone that they didn`t want it to be like the TV show.
One of the reasons I think Dark Shadows still runs is that it`s dependent on nothing else other than a story.
You know... the wonderful thing about Dark Shadows, the thing about going and looking back at it. It was so sucsessful at creating its own world.
When you succeed at creating your own world, whether it`s in any realm - like Tolkien was able to do - and people are able to enter that world, it`s a special thing.
And I haven`t met too many actors along the way that haven`t told me how much the show has meant to them. It`s one of the reasons they say they are doing what they`re doing, today.
That`s the reason support for the National Endowment of the Arts is so important. It enables those ventures that aren`t viable commercially to be done.
All I could think of was we were about to start filming for the last final weeks of the TV show and here I am in the hospital, so I missed the final weeks, and a couple days later, sore stomach and all I got on the horse we started filming.
And it was so special, and to tell you the truth that`s how I feel about the whole thing, I mean when I meet someone that has watched the show, and it has brought such joy to them, it just makes you feel so good.
We knew that the show was in trouble, because it was expensive and that they wanted to do game shows instead, because they were much cheaper.
We have to provide good teachers, good environment, community involvement with schools.
I think family is very important in West v*rginia and has long been so because the mountains made travel difficult in the past, and family members had to depend on each other.
When I entered college, I wasn`t sure what I was going to do. My advisor happened to be from the theater department, and he encouraged me to take some classes there, which I did.
We need to produce students with strong self-esteem, patience - all those things needed for the creative field, as well as any other field.
The movie wasn`t really derived from Dark Shadows - they developed a whole new script for that particular one.
I did a lot of personal appearances because I was under contract to ABC.
I may have been lucky with some sort of intuition, but I believe in training a great deal.
But I had no idea that they were going to pull the plug so quickly.
I never found it frustrating not speaking.
The thing of it is though that`s the only way people know you, they see you in that roll and they see you in person and they only know the perception of what you are.
The only thing I wish I had kept were all the peace beads, because in the 1960s people made these and hung them at protests and it was a wonderful thing.
We would change out of costume, then we would read the next days script.
Oh I am trying to remember, we would read the script after we did the show.
Students need to feel that their ideas count for something and that they are part of something exciting, something worth participating in.
I don`t think they knew exactly where they were going with the character, but they lay those stories out ahead of time, so they had some idea where they wanted it to go.
When I was younger I decided I`d hop on the train to New York.