Current DAYS OF OUR LIVES headwriter Ron Carlivati used to be the head scribe for the much-missed ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and with the anniversary of that ABC soap’s final episode approaching, he tweeted a clip from the next-to-last show where Erika Slezak (Viki) gave a moving speech about soaps and their important place in history (in character talking about the soap-within-a-soap, FRATERNITY ROW). Seeing that video caused Farah Fath Galfond to reflect on her time playing Gigi on OLTL and especially working with the legendary Slezak.
“I miss OLTL,” Galfond tweeted. “That was fun… I learned and grew so much working there with Erika, in particular, as my greatest influencer and role model. Erika’s professionalism and kindness to everyone on set was bar none. I wanted to be better for her.”
Fath played Gigi Morasco from October 2007 until the soap went off the air in January 2012, which was the last time she and Slezak saw each other. But it wasn’t the end of their connection! “After eight or so years of no contact, Erika got hold of my E-mail in early 2019 to congratulate me on having my son and to see how I was doing!” Fath confided. “I was so surprised! She also complimented me, saying how ‘special’ it was to work with me.
“It may sound strange,” she added, “but that one unexpected E-mail gave me closure to my daytime career and finally, after many years, let me feel proud of myself! If I made Erika happy and she enjoyed working with me, then my time on OLTL was a massive success and I’m forever grateful for the experience.”
Although fans still miss visiting Llanview every day, it’s nice to know that the actors are still in touch with each other. And now we can imagine that Gigi and Viki still chat occasionally as well!