Here Come the Brides 

As All My Children's Bianca (Eden Riegel) and Reese (Tamara Braun) head for the altar, executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers signals trouble ahead -- but it's not what you might think.  

BY Michael Fairman

February 12 2009 1:00 AM ET

 ALL MY CHILDREN TAMARA BRAUN EDEN RIEGEL X390 (ABC) | ADVOCATE.COM

Tell me what Eden’s performance brings to the table? There is validity and an authenticity that she
brings to her role. The viewers have been on this
journey with her since she came out to her mother, and
when she was raped and had Miranda, and then the baby was
stolen from her. She has shown commitment to her identity
and who she is with such grace and integrity, and she
never wavers. What she brings to this story, besides
her love and vulnerability, is strength when she feels
betrayed. I told Eden this when she did the scenes in
which it comes to her attention what happened the
night before the wedding. She gives one of the most
powerful performances I have seen by any actress.

And Tamara Braun (Reese) has been a revelation in
this role.
Tamara is walking a tightrope. She feels a lot of
responsibility socially to tell this with integrity,
and it’s complex. You are getting all the
feedback from the readers, and she is anticipating feedback
that way. She wants to make sure she tells the story
clearly, that she loves Bianca. I think Tamara has
done a stupendous job. Both women have taken so much
time and energy delivering performances, and spending time
discussing these scenes almost ad nauseum to make sure that
they are really portraying the complexity of this
story in an honest way.

In closing, will we need hankies for the wedding?You’ll need hankies in a good way. It’s
great! I have to say it’s one of our better
weddings.

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