Technology can be a wonderful tool. It allows you to listen to music from your iPhone on the way to work, download new songs while enjoying a latte at your favorite coffee shop and receive instant tweets from damn near everyone in the known universe. This is no exaggeration, even Elizabeth Taylor (Yes, Dame Elizabeth) has a Twitter account and she uses it! We’re living in an age where you can chat with your best friend in Wales over Skype then switch over and check your Twitter account to see Dame Elizabeth’s latest tweet and then post to your blog about the conversation you had with your best friend about Elizabeth Taylor’s tweet’s, all from your slick new iPhone. Yes, I have a mild addiction to my iPhone…so sue me!
In all seriousness, it is amazing the ability we have today to reach out and touch the people in our lives in an instant. I’ve finally jumped on the Twitter bandwagon to keep in touch with our readers here at Eclipsemagazine.com and fellow writers who enjoy singing snippets from the soundtrack to Glee repeatedly (yes, I’m talking to you DuckyDoesTV) and mytakeontv). I’ve had “…the smell of wine and cheap perfume” in my head for a week now!
But I digress. So I was on Twitter yesterday setting up my account and searching around for people I wanted to follow when I came across a flurry of activity surrounding our friends over at Guiding Light. It turns out that one Ms. Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer) has also jumped on the Twitter train and has taken to it like a duck to water. Yesterday during what appeared to be a long shoot day on the set of Guiding Light, Crystal Chappell did want all soap fans could only dream of…she tweeted LIVE from the set. This wasn’t a media event with journalists doing a set tour. This was an actress connecting with her fans. And trust me; Crystal Chappell has fans…lots and lots of devoted fans. As of this morning her Twitter account was up to 1961 followers and I’ve been told she only started her page 4 days ago so yeah, the girls got fans.
The tweets consisted of the comings and goings of the visiting cast members present at the Bauer BBQ. From current cast mates Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding) and Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines) to past favorites Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle Bauer Santos) and Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny Santos). Crystal makes it clear that she and the folks over at Guiding Light appreciate their fans and want to stay connected in any way they can. But this is nothing new for Ms. Chappell. Recently she wrote a heartfelt letter to her fans on her blog stating:
“We at GL have been given plenty of pats on the back over the years, but the truth is it’s we who applaud you. For your dedication and on-going support. And for just being down-right great!
I have LOVED playing Olivia! Yes, she can be a bit whacked but I always knew there was a blooming heart underneath it all. I consider the Otalia story to be one of my proudest accomplishments. If, in any way, I’ve touched a life, a thought, or at least served as some kind of distraction for those who need to look away for a moment from a hardship they’re dealing with, I am grateful. It truly has been my privilege.
For those of you who have never written a fan letter but have started, THANK YOU! For you who have and continue, THANK YOU! Your voices are powerful. They’ve certainly touched me.” — full blog post
I’m hard pressed to find too many entertainers this invested in staying so closely connected to her fans in such a genuine way. It’s clear that she replies to those who take the time to send a letter or an e-mail. Her blog posts are most definitely her own which is obvious once you’ve read it in its entirety. It’s impressive to see that at a time when a genre is in jeopardy of fading away and a show is actually coming to a close on a major network, that one if its major players take the time to be so gracious and humble and loving. Clearly Crystal loves what she does and appreciates those who have supported her along the way.
Crystal Chappell on Twitter: http://twitter.com/crystalchappell
Tiffany N. D’Emidio on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TiffanyDEmidio
For more information about Crystal Chappell visit her site at http://www.ccandfriends.com/blog/. For more information about Guiding Light visit their website at http://www.cbs.com/daytime/guiding_light/