Soaps.com recently spoke with Kelly Sullivan, who took over the role of Kate Howard in September 2011. Read on for her thoughts about playing Kate’s alter Connie, Kate’s future with Sonny (Maurice Benard) and what’s next for the emotionally conflicted fashionista.
First of all, with Kate stuck in a mental hospital and her only visible employee Maxie’s (Jen Lilley) recent stint in jail, Soaps.com wondered just who has been running Ms. Howard’s fashion magazine Crimson.
“We know it’s not Sonny,” Sullivan laughed. “That’s a good question. I do not know and I’ve been wondering that myself and wondering why there wasn’t something at least said about it. Maybe she has some international contacts or maybe she has some people that work from home. That’s my prayer.”
Sullivan was recast in the role originated by Megan Ward (“[She] did an amazing job.”) from 2007 – 2010. While Sullivan watched clips of Ward playing the character for background and history purposes, she wasn’t daunted by taking over for another actress.
“For me, I just looked at it as an opportunity to bring my own self into a role and knew it would be different,” she explained. “That’s all you can really do. It’s your version of a character. I took it as a really great challenge. I also became aware early on of the soap fans [laughs]. I don’t think I was really privy to that before. It’s all been a great learning experience. It’s a really fun character.”
When Kate reemerged last fall after a lengthy absence, she had an air of mystery surrounding her. That turned out to be her split personality Connie, but was that always the plan, considering there was a regime change midway through the reveal? read more