Jill Marie Jones: “I’m just a blessed little girl from Texas that gets to live her dreams.”
Jill Marie Jones is best known as the sassy and sexy Toni Childs from the hit UPN show Girlfriends, which also starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks and Persia White. Booking the role of Childs was huge for Jones since it was only her third audition. Now, you can see her in the unapologetic role of Amanda Fisher on the popular Ash Vs Evil Dead show kicking butt and shedding lots of blood. MillionaireMatch got the inside scoop to how she landed the role and what life has been like since Girlfriends.
MillionaireMatch: How has it been working on Ash Vs Evil Dead?
Jill Marie Jones: It’s been incredible. I really love the blood.
MM: How did you get the role of Amanda Fisher?
Jill Marie Jones: The role came through my rep. The script was tightly held, because they didn’t want the script to get leaked. I only had the sides for Amanda. When I saw ‘comedy’ on the appointment sheet, I thought it was a typo. I thought, ‘there’s no way.’
MM: Have fans received you well?
Jill Marie Jones: The fans have been so supportive of me since day one. I mean Girlfriends has the most amazing fan base and followers. Now, I have this other huge fan base as well. I mean, those are loyal fans with the Evil Dead. It’s scary entering into something that’s so iconic. It’s definitely a lot of fun.
MM: Tell us about being on set.
Jill Marie Jones: We shot in the beautiful, beautiful New Zealand. It’s literally a backdrop to a postcard. I mean it’s just that gorgeous. One of the benefits of shooting away from your home is that you really get to bond with your cast and crew. So, we are like family. You’re spending weekends together that we don’t talk about in the press. Like, that’s our secret.
MM: What has changed since being on Girlfriends?
Jill Marie Jones: Girlfriends was a shock for me. I never studied comedic acting. I didn’t know I was funny. I kept thinking that first season, they’re (executives) gonna find out I’m a fraud. Like, I’m really not funny. They’re gonna figure it out. With Ash Vs Evil, I found out I love physical combat, shooting guns and fighting people.
MM: Do you think television has gotten better or worse?
Jill Marie Jones: I’m so in love with television today. In the last five or six years, there’s some great television out there. There’s some meaty stuff you could just chomp your teeth into.
MM: What is your ideal role to play?
Jill Marie Jones: I’m just a blessed little girl from Texas that gets to live her dreams.
MM: Would you consider doing theater?
Jill Marie Jones: I did a play once. I was so nervous, but one of the best experiences I have had. I would love that. It’s like running with bulls.
MM: Has social media changed the way you do business or get work?
Jill Marie Jones: I guess, maybe. What I love so much about social media is that I have my arms around those who support me. It helps for sure. I love it, because I get to really have a conversation with the people who supported me for years.
From Days of Our Lives to Guiding Light, daytime soaps have been known to have some of the sexiest men on this planet. Though their on-screen lives are filled with love triangles and family drama, they may be a great match in real life.
Last month, Soap Opera Digest celebrated its 40th anniversary and we are happy to say MillionaireMatch got up close and personal with a few of the hottest men on television.
Vincent Irizarry (Days of Our Lives) took charge of the red carpet in a dapper looking black suit and his beautiful smile. Reminiscing on one of his favorite storylines, he says it was "probably about a baby I thought was mine. I thought the baby was mine for a long time and then I found out it wasn't. It was emotional and intense." I imagine this zapping the energy out of a person. To detach from the emotional draining, Irizarry says he chooses to "relax with my woman right here, Donna." That's the perfect way for a man to relax.
As far as a real-life love triangle, Christian LeBlanc keeps it pretty simple. “Me, my ego and soup was the last triangle I had,” he explains. Playfully joking on the red carpet with guy pal Tyler Christopher (General Hospital), LeBlanc sounded like he may be catching baby fever. He says while pointing at Christopher, “He has babies and I see pictures of babies all the time. Michelle Stafford’s baby, Jessica Collins’ baby, I’m surrounded by babies right now. I see him [Christopher] with his little baby and I want to get me some.” The actor has had over 30 years working in daytime television. The only thing missing is a love story where he plays the main character in real life. Maybe this will be the year of switching things up and making major changes.
Not too different from how the industry has had to change. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called insanity, and the soap opera industry has taken note. The Bay, a soap web series created by Gregory J. Martin, has changed the game. Last year, the internet-based soap became an Emmy Award-winning show. “It was surreal for me because I grew up watching soaps,” he said remembering his first day shooting The Bay. “To see all those icons in one room was great. Like, wow, this is amazing. This is exactly what I imagined the show would be,” Martin said.
In addition to fans now viewing their favorite daytime stars online, they can give their opinion faster than you can blink. Lawrence Saint Victor (The Bold and the Beautiful) says that social media has made a huge difference in connecting with fans and hearing what they have to say. “Fans, I think their voice is heard way more than when I started back in 2006 on Guiding Light. Twitter and stuff, they let you know right away and they also talk about it with each other. It's more of a community. People chime in on what they love and hate,” says Saint Victor. Good thing his character “Carter” is one of the good guys. On what he has learned from playing the good guy, he says, “Work out a lot.” We are sure fans are grateful for that.
Last week, Soap Opera Digest celebrated their 40th anniversary bringing together past and present stars of all the daytime shows at The Argyle in Hollywood. Soap Opera Digest is the number one soap magazine providing the inside scoop, breaking news and interviews for thousands of viewers. This event was soap opera heaven. We were lucky enough to score an interview with the lovely Terri Ivens, who is currently on The Bayas Orchid, a spicy call girl. Ivens is best known for her role as Simone Torres on All My Children.
Millionaire Match: How do you feel being here tonight to celebrate the 40thanniversary of Soap Opera Digest?
Terri: I grew up with soaps. I had my stories. My first job when I started was on Days of Our Lives. Mrs. H, who is no longer with us, and Patch when he use to wear a patch was in the make-up room. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. Mom! Look who I worked with today.’
MM: What has been your favorite story line?
Terri: Any one with me in it. [Laughter] With a nice arc. Hopefully landing in bed with a not too early call time. [Laughter]
MM: With all the drama and love triangles, how do you detach from that once you leave the set?
Terri: It’s called children, right. [Laughter] I have one daughter. She’s 11-years old. She grew up on the studio floor in New York City of All My Children. They don’t know how famous you think you are. They don’t…they are hungry, they need this and they want that. ‘What about me?’ Right. And that’s the beauty of it. That’s the best thing that ever happened was to have this wonderful creation help me take my eyes off myself. I’m a better person for it.
MM: Is it hard dating as a celebrity?
Terri: Yes! I haven’t dated in over two years. [Laughter] I noticed that…I don’t know if men are intimidated. There are certain age categories, right. I need mature so I’m actually attracted to the older man which is probably more fitted for my age. But, I like the 30-hunking, you know, six-pack abs, but I freaking scare them. I have a house. I drive a nice car. I have a kid. I like to go out and have dinner. So, I noticed that the guys 40 and under, unless they are successful, they can hang with me for a little while and then they start feeling guilty. Cause they are not suppose to take from a single mom. [chuckle] If they were raised right, they suppose to be paying.
MM: Somebody is waiting for you.
Terri: I hope so. I hope he’s inside. [Laughter]
MM: Would you ever do online dating?
Terri: You know, I toiled around with it. My sister signed me up for Tinder. It’s hilarious. I got really scared, because you’re suppose to left swipe, left swipe. But I’m like, ‘Oh, he’s okay!’ My sister’s like, ‘But he’s just okay.’ And I’m so lazy. You have to be location attractive, desirable. If you aren’t in a 5 mile radius, good luck, because I am not sitting in traffic. [Laughter]
Well, we hope Terri finds that lucky guy soon. The Bay was created by Gregori J. Martin. To see more of this beauty, tune into The Bay online at www.thebayseries.com or the stars’ on-camera radio show, “Going to Bed with Terri Ivens”.
"The Next:15" and "Born Again Virgin" Stars graced the red carpet at TVOne’s show season premiere on February 3rd at the posh Beverly Hills venue, H.O.M.E. The event was sponsored by Hip Hop Weekly and Armadale Vodka. The event was attended by stars Danielle Nicolet and Eva Marcille of "Born Again Virgin", Claudia Jordan, Karamo Brown, Benzino, Jennifer Williams and Laura Govan of "The Next:15" and Andra
Fuller, Travis Winfrey and Wendy Raquel Robinson of "Here We Go Again"
MillionaireMatch.com was able to catch up with a few of the stars and talk about love and relationships.
Millionaire Match: “Do you think it’s spiritually beneficial for a woman to abstain from sex?”
Danielle: “I think it can be spiritually beneficial for a woman to abstain from sex. It serves as an opportunity to pick substance over style. When I went through the phase in my life, my mom said to me, "You have to start saying yes to the nice ones. You never say yes to the nice ones."
“When I took sex out of the equation, it made it a lot easier to say yes to the nice ones. I figured, well, I’m not sleeping with them anyway. Then I found out what it was like to be treated properly. I started finding myself attracted to men who treated me with kindness and respect rather than men who just looked good with their shirt off and called when they felt like it.”
MM: “Do you think sex is overrated?”
Danielle: “No, sex is awesome. It’s so great. It’s not overrated at all. But I think sex is over publicized. I think sex is great when you’re having sex with someone you are super into.”
MM: “How do you feel about online dating?”
Danielle: “I think online dating is right for the right people. I have several friends who met their spouses online. I think it’s a matter of what your personal lifestyle is. If you are a person that works from home and you don’t have the opportunity to get out and socialize a lot, it’s probably for you!”
MM: “Is love overrated?”
Benzino: “That’s a good question. I never use to think that. I don’t think love is overrated. I think the concept of love is amazing, but there’s a lot of factors going into keeping that concept amazing and that’s why I think, maybe, we lack at it. I just think love is...especially when you see it on television and the movies, you hear about it and...it’s just so many factors that come into keeping love as beautiful as you want it to be. That’s the struggle. That’s the fight. So I don’t think it’s overrated.”
MM: “What can we expect to see on "The Next:15" ?”
Claudia: “You’re in for some treats and surprises. Someone actually tries to perform a musical number. That’s interesting. But I will say, you’re going to see a softer side of Laura [Govan] that you haven’t seen. You’re going to see Benzino become a dad and how he handles all of his emotions and outbursts. People think New York is a certain way, but you’ll see a softer side of her.”
TVOne is sure to be interesting this season with the ups and downs of relationships, love and fame. Be sure to tune in Tuesdays at 8pm/8:30pm ET for "Here We Go Again" and "Born Again Virgin" and Wednesdays at 10pm ET for "The Next:15".