Amazon’s THE BAY THE SERIES has added yet another beloved soap veteran to its roster: ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Tina, Andrea Evans. In the just-released season, she plays Mickey’s kid sister, Patty Walker, whom Evans told Soaps In Depth, “has taken over Patrick’s Roadhouse.” While Mickey is a no-nonsense nurturer, Patty’s someone that people should hesitate to trust. “She hears all the gossip,” Evans explained. “As she’s going from table to table, she picks up this and that.”
While it’s yet to be revealed what Patty will do with all that information, Evans is pretty sure that it won’t be anything good. “Typically, if I’m playing [someone], she’s probably not a very nice person,” the actress admitted with a laugh. “That seems to be my thing, so I think we’ll see some surprises from Patty!” The OLTL alum was very proud of the growth that Tina showed over the years, especially when she turned over her inheritance to Todd during that last return to Llanview. “She became a much fuller, more interesting person, and her heart came through in the end,” Evans recalls, “making her much more grounded in that she realized what’s important.”
What’s important to Tina’s portrayer is helping the entertainment industry grow in such a way that it becomes a better place for women. To that end, she’s been working as an executive producer on a project called Rocking the Couch, which is currently available to watch in the US and UK on Amazon Prime and internationally on Vimeo. “I started talking to my friends in the [biz] — everyone has #MeToo stories — and generously, several soap stars were willing to come on camera and share theirs,” she revealed. “Tonja Walker (OLTL’s Alex) gave some really heart-wrenching details.”
While many recognizable names contributed, Evans confided that “the most horrible stories are from those who are people trying to get into the business.” However, the jumping-off point for everything is a look back at the 1992 case in which talent agent Wallace Kaye was arrested for numerous sexual assaults. “I spent six months researching and tracking down everyone involved,” Evans says, “and was present for each interview. Now we have distribution, so we’re debating whether it’s going to be a stand-alone documentary or perhaps a docuseries.”
Evans had thought long and hard about allowing her teenaged daughter, Kylie, to join the project as a production assistant before eventually deciding, “If she wants to be in the entertainment industry, she has to know how to protect herself. And the only real way to know how to protect yourself is to be aware of the problem.”
For more on what your favorite OLTL stars are up to now, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.