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Soap Dish: Kendall takes a step Zach-ward on 'AMC'

 

New York Daily News

by Carolyn Hinsey, Published October 6, 2006

Thorsten Kaye bore the entire weight of several deeply emotional scenes solo when All My Children's Zach sequestered himself with his comatose, pregnant wife and held those vulnerable lives in his hands.

Yet despite shouldering twice the load, Kaye once again demonstrated that less is more, communicating Zach's pain by dialing down his responses. Kaye prompted himself and manufactured the reactions he needed in scene after scene with just the sleeping Kendall. The only rejoinder the actor was given was a twitch of Kendall's hand -- but that was enough to light Zach's eyes with desperate hope. (When Julia dismissed the motion as involuntary, Zach summarily booted her.)

Alone with Zach's Sleeping Beauty, Kaye struggled with every word and fidgeted with his hands to reflect how Zach was laboring with not only what to say, but how to hold onto his resolve. He lovingly skimmed one of those hands over Kendall's belly as he mused about their future with Spike. "We have a life to plan," he insisted. Kaye's voice cracked as Zach pleaded with her to wake up. "Spike needs his mom," he gasped. "I need you, too."

And there it was. Zach was respecting his new wife's wishes by placing her son's life before hers. Kaye's expressive eyes betrayed his character's inner turmoil, because Kendall's wishes certainly were not Zach's. "I can't let you die," he choked to his bride.

The slight quivering of Zach's voice and glistening in his eyes were small touches on Kaye's part that evoked the quiet Zach's monumental emotions. Instead of showing Zach's pain, Kaye's artistry allowed viewers to feel it. Thorsten Kaye bore the entire weight of several deeply emotional scenes solo when All My Children's Zach sequestered himself with his comatose, pregnant wife and held those vulnerable lives in his hands.

Yet despite shouldering twice the load, Kaye once again demonstrated that less is more, communicating Zach's pain by dialing down his responses. Kaye prompted himself and manufactured the reactions he needed in scene after scene with just the sleeping Kendall. The only rejoinder the actor was given was a twitch of Kendall's hand -- but that was enough to light Zach's eyes with desperate hope. (When Julia dismissed the motion as involuntary, Zach summarily booted her.)

Alone with Zach's Sleeping Beauty, Kaye struggled with every word and fidgeted with his hands to reflect how Zach was laboring with not only what to say, but how to hold onto his resolve. He lovingly skimmed one of those hands over Kendall's belly as he mused about their future with Spike. "We have a life to plan," he insisted. Kaye's voice cracked as Zach pleaded with her to wake up. "Spike needs his mom," he gasped. "I need you, too."

And there it was. Zach was respecting his new wife's wishes by placing her son's life before hers. Kaye's expressive eyes betrayed his character's inner turmoil, because Kendall's wishes certainly were not Zach's. "I can't let you die," he choked to his bride.

The slight quivering of Zach's voice and glistening in his eyes were small touches on Kaye's part that evoked the quiet Zach's monumental emotions. Instead of showing Zach's pain, Kaye's artistry allowed viewers to feel it. Thorsten Kaye bore the entire weight of several deeply emotional scenes solo when All My Children's Zach sequestered himself with his comatose, pregnant wife and held those vulnerable lives in his hands.

Yet despite shouldering twice the load, Kaye once again demonstrated that less is more, communicating Zach's pain by dialing down his responses. Kaye prompted himself and manufactured the reactions he needed in scene after scene with just the sleeping Kendall. The only rejoinder the actor was given was a twitch of Kendall's hand -- but that was enough to light Zach's eyes with desperate hope. (When Julia dismissed the motion as involuntary, Zach summarily booted her.)

Alone with Zach's Sleeping Beauty, Kaye struggled with every word and fidgeted with his hands to reflect how Zach was laboring with not only what to say, but how to hold onto his resolve. He lovingly skimmed one of those hands over Kendall's belly as he mused about their future with Spike. "We have a life to plan," he insisted. Kaye's voice cracked as Zach pleaded with her to wake up. "Spike needs his mom," he gasped. "I need you, too."

And there it was. Zach was respecting his new wife's wishes by placing her son's life before hers. Kaye's expressive eyes betrayed his character's inner turmoil, because Kendall's wishes certainly were not Zach's. "I can't let you die," he choked to his bride.

The slight quivering of Zach's voice and glistening in his eyes were small touches on Kaye's part that evoked the quiet Zach's monumental emotions. Instead of showing Zach's pain, Kaye's artistry allowed viewers to feel it. Thorsten Kaye bore the entire weight of several deeply emotional scenes solo when All My Children's Zach sequestered himself with his comatose, pregnant wife and held those vulnerable lives in his hands.

Yet despite shouldering twice the load, Kaye once again demonstrated that less is more, communicating Zach's pain by dialing down his responses. Kaye prompted himself and manufactured the reactions he needed in scene after scene with just the sleeping Kendall. The only rejoinder the actor was given was a twitch of Kendall's hand -- but that was enough to light Zach's eyes with desperate hope. (When Julia dismissed the motion as involuntary, Zach summarily booted her.)

Alone with Zach's Sleeping Beauty, Kaye struggled with every word and fidgeted with his hands to reflect how Zach was laboring with not only what to say, but how to hold onto his resolve. He lovingly skimmed one of those hands over Kendall's belly as he mused about their future with Spike. "We have a life to plan," he insisted. Kaye's voice cracked as Zach pleaded with her to wake up. "Spike needs his mom," he gasped. "I need you, too."

And there it was. Zach was respecting his new wife's wishes by placing her son's life before hers. Kaye's expressive eyes betrayed his character's inner turmoil, because Kendall's wishes certainly were not Zach's. "I can't let you die," he choked to his bride.

The slight quivering of Zach's voice and glistening in his eyes were small touches on Kaye's part that evoked the quiet Zach's monumental emotions. Instead of showing Zach's pain, Kaye's artistry allowed viewers to feel it.

Again.

"A lot has happened to both of them," says Thorsten Kaye, who plays the brooding Zach. "He thinks she wasn't there for him, and that she was hanging out too much with Ryan. When things went bad, she turned to Ryan, instead of Zach. So there's a lot of healing for everybody to do."

It starts with the newly returned Bianca, who has a heart-to-heart with sister Kendall about her true feelings for Zach

"Bianca is the angel of mercy," says Alicia Minshew (Kendall). "She always knows better."

That little chat prompts Kendall to think back on her marriage. Even though she has a baby with Ryan, she decides she wants to stay with Zach.

"Kendall and Zach really hurt each other, and in some of those instances, they meant to," says Kaye. "Whether it was to push the other person away or make sure they were still in control, they both did it. And it caused a lot of pain."

So, it takes a while for the big kumbaya to really take.

"And then they have sex!" says Minshew. "The scenes are really nice. The fans are going to like them. They're not cliché. It's not flowers and overly romantic and mush."

The reunion will be very happy, but don't look for Pine Valley's two angriest characters to suddenly be all sweetness and light.

"Kendall won't be too good for too long," says Minshew. "No one likes to see her that way. It's nice to show that side of her, but it really is boring."

Some viewers still want Kendall with Ryan, but most have been clamoring for the Zach side of the triangle to win out.

"The cool thing about this love story is that it's different," says Kaye. "It's a lot more human than you're used to seeing [on soaps]. There's a lot more dark than happy, and that's okay. It's more 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' - you just look at these people and you see that they really need each other. But they will push each other's buttons as much as they can."

They'll unbutton some buttons next week, too.

"The last time they had sex they had to do it really carefully, because she had just had a C-section," recalls Minshew with a laugh. "All of a sudden, she had lost the belly, was all fine and was having sex."

"Yeah," quips Kaye. "This time, it lasts 10 seconds."