9:31 am - 03/29/2011

Days of our lives: Carly's Downward Spiral

"I was so excited," enthuses Crystal Chappell (Carly) about when she was pitched the story. "I was hugging people I was so happy. It's just nice to play a character who doesn't have to be so together all the time, especially a doctor. I was happy they were willing to to really look at this woman's past and what she's been through, not just in the past year, but the past 15, and have that be a part of her unraveling. So, it feels like I am getting to know her for the first time since I've started playing her."

The trauma in her past catches up to Carly this week and she turns to drugs to help her through it.

What sets Carly off is losing a young patient. "It's the buildup of a lot of things," notes Chappell. "Carly has always been the type of person who has kept herself together and put on a good face-as many doctors do-and you're not supposed to see the cracks. So she loses a 14-year old boy who reminds her of her son who won't speak to her, and he wants her to save his life and she does everything she can, but she loses him."

Then there's the Bo factor. "She then walks out and there's Bo, who needs some information on the case, and he hesitates consoling her in any way," sighs the actress. "She realizes just how much she's lost. She lost not only this man she loves, but she lost a friend. And then she has to tell the mother, 'Your son is gone,' so she decides to get out of the hospital for a break. She sees Bo and Hope happy and kissing on the pier and she runs back. What comes out of her is that she has this mini breakdown, where she starts to remember her years with Lawrence and her abuse. She was held prisoner and these are all the things that are going to come out and she'll talk about, but in that moment, you all see it flashing before her eyes, including Bo telling her, 'I'll always be there for you.' And she happens to have a syringe that was left there for a patient and she just completely loses it and it's all too unbearable and she ends up stabbing herself in the thigh and taking the medicine. That's her tipping point."

The actress is excited about delving deeper into the storyline. "I have had the time of my life," Chappell raves. "It's been so honest and so true to who she is and where she comes from. It's been fun for me to explore it. They've written it wonderfully and given me a lot of rich stuff to play. I'm a happy actress."

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starfish 29th-Mar-2011 08:46 am (UTC)
at first i was like wtf, what a weird coincidence icarly had a breakdown immediately after that tween article was posted
deethy 29th-Mar-2011 08:51 am (UTC)
I wish they were exploring more of Chloe's breakdown tbh
violue 29th-Mar-2011 09:21 am (UTC)
I remember back when they did the whole "Chloe takes her glasses off and she's beautiful" thing, I wasn't used to the cliche yet and I was like "OMG WOW"
lenee91 29th-Mar-2011 09:25 am (UTC)
withoutyoursmil 29th-Mar-2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
hahaha! same here
peegilita 29th-Mar-2011 09:04 am (UTC)
duchello 29th-Mar-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Bo and Hope are indeed still on, but hope has pretty much turned into an annoying bitch tbh, well Bo too. Marlena was let go.
pacalissanctum 29th-Mar-2011 01:46 pm (UTC)

I stopped watching ages ago but never thought they'd let Marlena go!
westamp 29th-Mar-2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
They also let go of fake Roman, John Black. :(
browneyedguuurl 29th-Mar-2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Ew! Carrie/Austin were so much fail after Patrick Muldon left. Mike/Carrie FTW!
seadus 29th-Mar-2011 09:08 am (UTC)
this woman needs to do something with her deep fried hair and her forehead
lenee91 29th-Mar-2011 09:13 am (UTC)
her forehead is fine, and the picture is from a few months ago...
violue 29th-Mar-2011 09:14 am (UTC)
omg it's bigger than Jared Padalecki's
scots_rock 29th-Mar-2011 09:17 am (UTC)
I hate that they killed off Dr. Drake Ramoray... -.-

...but luckily brought him back with Jessica's brain! :D

violue 29th-Mar-2011 09:19 am (UTC)
They should have added a Dr. Ramoray to the show...
lenee91 29th-Mar-2011 09:21 am (UTC)
LMAO! I loved that Friends included DOOL on their show a few times. I would have loved for John Aniston to guest star... :/ Oh well...
lenee91 29th-Mar-2011 09:26 am (UTC)
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syzygy09 29th-Mar-2011 09:54 am (UTC)
just being fair, I didn't read or watch anything in this post...I just looked at the picture. Damn, last time I watched she was buried alive. That was an amusing Summer.
run_atreyu 29th-Mar-2011 10:36 am (UTC)
I think I actually loved Carly and Bo as my ship before my true ship arrived (Marlena/John, circa US 1991-ish). But I also adored her chemistry with Lawrence. Damn, I miss my personal golden days with DOOL. Up until this year, that was the bank password for some of my accounts at the bank/the video store etc. LOL at the looks I got when I said "DOOL" and they clearly wondered what the hell it stood for.
toetappinbeat 29th-Mar-2011 10:57 am (UTC)
I liked her better as Olivia on Guiding Light.
demi32 29th-Mar-2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
me too
penguinhugs 29th-Mar-2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Olivia was one of my favorite characters.
toetappinbeat 29th-Mar-2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Mine too.
theafterimages 30th-Mar-2011 12:47 am (UTC)
And mine!
xcollsangelx 29th-Mar-2011 11:40 am (UTC)

loganx2 29th-Mar-2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
She needs to stop with the botox or whatever she is doing to her face.
browneyedguuurl Justin/Adrienne are FLAWLESS29th-Mar-2011 01:44 pm (UTC)

So happy they got engaged! They are so awesome and better than half of the dreck on the show, so of course they never use them. SMH! I would watch a DOOL version of Victor/Maggie, Justin/Adrienne, Phillip/Chloe, Brady, Nicole/EJ, Lexie and Carly. The rest of the stranger bitches can DIAF.
intodelirium 29th-Mar-2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
lol this bitch. I remember a couple of years ago when everyone was all over her and the otalia storyline. nowadays she's just pandering to lesbians everywhere to watch her shit webdrama.
demi32 29th-Mar-2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
they need to stop with the Rafe clone story tbh
plight 29th-Mar-2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
God this show is fucking awful. Yet where is my ass parked at every night at 6PM EST? Watching this show on Soap Net. :p
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