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Above: On the cover of the June 26, 2007 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

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The end of "Zen"?

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Susan Haskell (Marty, OLTL)
and Thorsten Kaye (Zach,
AMCex-Patrick, OLTL)

Thorsten Kaye And Alicia Minshew Speak Out About Their AMC Split

Soap Opera Digest

by Mara Levinsky, Published April 28, 2009

It's been a rough few months for fans of ALL MY CHILDREN'S premier couple, Zach and Kendall, whose divorce was made official last week after betrayals of trust on both sides. In an ultra-rare joint interview, their portrayers, Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew, speak candidly about the dissolution of the "Zendall" union.

Soap Opera Digest: Thorsten, in your view, why did Zach serve Kendall with the divorce papers?
Thorsten Kaye: Why? Because she [had sex with] Ryan in my bed! She was unfaithful!
Digest: What about the kiss with Reese, not to mention his admission that he desired to sleep with her?
Kaye: Let me tell you something: Kissing somebody because you're emotionally spent, you're sad and lonely and you just need a little comfort, that's different than [having sex with] someone in your husband's bed.
Digest: Fair enough.
Kaye: It's also very disrespectful. I built that house for her.
Digest: Beautifully, might I add.
Kaye: Thank you. It's a nice house. Couple of things: I think the kitchen should have been on the other side, but that's me. That's for the next wedding.
Carolyn: Is Zach going to confide in anyone about what happened?
(Minshew enters.)
Alicia Minshew (sadly): I just took Kendall's wedding ring off today.

Kaye: To screw Ryan?
Minshew: Pretty much, yeah. In the house that you built for me!
Digest: He believes that he put the kitchen in the wrong place.
Kaye (mock hurt): That was a private conversation.
Digest: Thorsten believes that was the point of no return -- her sleeping with Ryan in the house, not Zach's kitchen placement.
Minshew: I think it was actually before that, when Kendall slept with Ryan [in Connecticut]. It was different than it was with Aidan; it was a conscious choice.
Kaye: It can all be forgiven, and we're going to be sitting here in three months going, "Really?" But there's something sacred about your home, your family home.... It's a sick thing. There are just certain things you don't do.
Minshew: It is sick, but some people do. You hear about it all the time, the woman sleeping with the pool boy while the husband's at work....
Kaye: We're not in Florida [Minshew's home state] anymore!
Minshew (laughing hysterically): The pool boy, right. Right. Not in Florida, got it.
Kaye: The hardest thing for me is that Kendall went to someone who she should have been over.

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Minshew: Right. It's not like it was some random new person, or even Aidan. It was someone who has always been an issue in their marriage.
Kaye: Have you had grief sex before? I don't grieve that much, personally. There are women who've had sex with me who were grieving during it, but that's different. That's as close as I can get to explaining that plot twist that keeps coming up. You can forgive somebody like Aidan because he's not important. This guy's important to her. So, Zendall? I don't know how you get back from that. I don't know what believable journey you can have from naked man in my bed to me being in my bed. I don't know what that story would be. I couldn't write it.
Digest: Kendall appears to be going full-steam ahead with Ryan. Your thoughts, Thorsten?
Kaye: [Zach and Kendall's] was a nice relationship based on trust and understanding each other, but it turns out that Zach didn't understand her at all; she always wanted to be with Ryan. The saddest thing to me is not that it's over, but that it never really counted for anything because it was always him.
Digest: Ouch! So you believe what Zach believes, that it was never real between them at all?
Kaye: It couldn't have been! Or else she wouldn't have gone to Ryan! They're not just [having sex]; they tell each other how much they love each other, how much they need each other. That doesn't turn on and off. If you love someone, you love them. If you have a destiny with someone, it's always there -- soul mates or whatever. He's the one. And that's tough. I think through the kids and the fights and the lobster, through all of that, she was trying to push [Ryan] out of her mind and it didn't work. I think all she needed was one excuse, however small or however big, to go back to that.
Minshew: You know what I think? I think that she's trying to convince herself that she loves Ryan.
Kaye: But why?
Minshew: Because she's so desperate to have somebody right now.
Kaye: I think she's just so hurt, not about Zach kissing Reese, but about the baby, about Gabrielle. And the fact that he drew up the divorce papers. She was like, "What?" She felt blindsided. It was kind of like, "Oh, this is what you want? Fine."
Kaye: I really don't see any way back from this.
Minshew: Nor do I. You know they're going to do it eventually, but it's lost its.... We always work well together, but the story will have lost its innocence.
Kaye: There's no trust between them anymore. When you're that close to someone there's a security in knowing what the other person's going to do; you just know they're going to do the right thing. But when they do something like that, that's gone. Now you're going, "Uh, I'm not sure..." I don't know if they will be together again, to be honest with you.
Minshew: Even my mother is like, "What's going on?" I'm like, "Mom, I don't know what to tell you!" But every time I have a moment with Zach, I make it a point to look at him with the utmost love.
Digest: And you will continue to play that Kendall loves Zach?
Minshew: I will not play anything but that! Even if it's written that it's over for us, even if I'm told it is over, I am not going to play that! I refuse. I have invested seven years into this character, four years with him, and I am not going to play that. Any chance I get to play that she still loves this man, I'm going to show it -- even if she's yelling at him, even if she's talking about, "Oh, I don't care who he sleeps with." It's always there.