Gay fans were thrilled that there was an on-screen kiss for Kish. Were you at all trepidatious about the kiss? How did you feel it turned out?
Scott: I think it turned out great. I was nervous. It was tough for Brett at the beginning because he got a part on the show playing a different kind of character, and then all of a sudden he was told he is playing gay. His journey has been different. Brett has been extremely professional, and on getting to the set for the kiss, there seemed on my part no worry, and then our stage manager asked me if I wanted everybody to leave. To me, it did not seem like a big deal because everyone is so close. Then if I looked at it, I was terrified about the kiss. The director yelled, “Cut,” and he said, “Scott you got to get more into it,” and I was like, “Oh, I do?” Clearly, I was nervous in the first take, but I think it came out great. I watched it and I liked the way it came out.

Will Fish’s mom come to terms with his sexuality in the upcoming episodes?
I think there is a more a resolution with Fish and his mother than with Fish and his father. There is a resolution there, but everything is not better ... but not as bad as it was. There are some very touching scenes that I am very excited to see play out.
Lisa: I am really hoping to see Fish’s father come around. What you will see is something resolved with him and Barbara, but the way it will be left with Fish and his father is not great. I would like to see that change, and people need to see that. There needs to be a change because it breaks my heart to think this may be the way things are with some families. I know that’s true, but it’s hard for me to wrap my head around because I am not familiar with that sort of thing.

Mom, did you take this role not only to work with your son on-screen but in the hope it would help other mothers and their sons struggling with acceptance?
Lisa: Absolutely. There is always the hope. As we always say in our family, “There are things that we cannot believe that still exist,” whether it’s parents struggling with the gay issue with their children or something else. Every bit of gay rights is important to me. When I listen to television news programs, there is still bigotry out there, and I do hope this helps.

Would you do a return engagement to OLTL?
I would do whatever Scott wanted me to do. Of course I would.
Scott: Careful what you wish for!

What if she becomes a major character?
Scott: Watch, they will put her on contract before me!
Lisa: My boys did not believe in me before I taped the show, right? What did you and Chris discuss?
Scott: We believed in you; we were just nervous. We know how you get.
Lisa:They were on the phone constantly with each other going, “What do you think will happen? Do you think Mom will crack? Will she fall apart or blow it?”
Scott: I now better be her favorite child. Chris is a lot older than me, but I got her her first job!

Mom, did you watch OLTL prior to this?
Lisa: I work full-time now, but all through high school, college, and the first few years as a stay-at-home mother with my babies, I would watch One Life religiously. Erika Slezak [Viki] is a goddess. I was in her dressing room and using her room to change, and I was afraid to touch anything or sit on anything. I wanted to leave her a note, but I did not want her to think I was crazy. [Laughs]

Once Fish comes out to Mom and Dad, will his coming-out struggles cease?
No, the struggles have not stopped, and we are still shooting the struggling stuff. They are just telling the story very truthfully and true to real life. Look, Fish has not been nice to Kyle, and that is not going to be skirted away, and they will be dealing with it.

Have you read any negative feedback on the Kish story?
I have seen some posts on message boards saying, “I can’t believe this! We should get a warning before we see two men kiss,” and for every person that says that, there are another hundred supporters who say something positive about it, and those people tell the others to shut their mouths politely.
Lisa: Between you and me, I have responded to a couple of the boards. People that say, “I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to know what goes on in people's bedrooms.” OK, but they are watching soap operas, and isn’t that what soap operas are about? What’s going on in everyone’s bedroom? I did respond. But I did not put my name! [Laughs]

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