Penny, All My Children
My Children heroine
Sydney Penny is a proud first-time mommy! Penny and
artist Rob Powers, her husband of 11 years, welcomed their
son Chasen August Powers on Thursday, May 31, 2007. The baby
boy weighed in at seven pounds and measured 19 inches. Penny
is now off on maternity leave, which means Nurse Julia
Santos Keefer will last air on Monday, June 18.
Where's Julia going? When will she return to Pine Valley?
And will Julia ever realize her dreams of marriage and
maternal bliss, like her portrayer has in real life? Those
questions and more are answered right here. Read on!
TVGuide.com: Congrats! You
first announced your pregnancy
right here on our site.
TVGuide.com: Love the baby's
name. Chasen sounds like a soap-opera hunk.
Sydney Penny: Yes, I remember!
Penny: Oh, that's so
funny. It's the name of my friend's brother, who is just a
lovely young man. But it's just a name that stuck in my
head. I went online and found out it's an old English name
that means "huntsman." So that's cool.
TVGuide.com: How has your
first week as a new mom been? Does Chasen keep you up all
TVGuide.com: Your AMC
character Julia really wants a baby, but the show hasn't
written your pregnancy into her storyline.
Penny: He's a really, really good boy. Of
course, there's a lot of adjustment as we figure out what he
wants and what he needs. But he doesn't cry a lot, only if
there's really something bothering him. I suppose I'm tired
but I'm just having a good time. It's been a really lovely
time and we're enjoying it.
Penny: I really like what they did. Julia's relationship
with Jamie (Justin
Bruening) has been great, but there's always been
something missing. Her life has become more stable now that
she has friends and a good job. It's everything she was
missing during her 10 years [on the run from gangsters], yet
there's still something missing. So she's overjoyed at the
thought that she might be pregnant. When Jamie discovers the
pregnancy test, he mistakenly thinks that it's Di's test and
that Aidan's gonna flip out at this terrible news.
That's where Jamie gives away his hand — a baby is not
something he would look forward to.
TVGuide.com: Too bad. In a
recent AMC episode, Amanda peeked at Jamie's
financial records and it was revealed that he's worth about
Penny: That was the question Julia had about her life.
"Is Jamie the one I could start a family with?" Quite
obviously, he isn't.
Penny: [Laughs] I hear what you're saying. But
hey, Julia and her friends are apparently living very well
at the Wildwind estate rent free.
TVGuide.com: Wildwind is
like the island of misfit toys, since all these homeless
hunks and babes are squatting there.
TVGuide.com: Nice! So while
you're off the show, Julia will be in California visiting
her sister, Maria?
Penny: That's what Justin Bruening calls it! Wildwind
is the island of misfit toys. All of us love our
scenes together and we hope nobody will move out. Hey, the
Wildwinders are doing a really lovely fan event to raise
money for charity. It's on August 4 in New York City. You
can find all the info, like which actors are scheduled to
Penny: I think she's visiting the whole Santos family.
They're all supposed to be living in California now! She's
going to introduce her adopted daughter, Kathy, to everyone.
Julia wants to make her life all about Kathy. [Laughs]
So you can see where we're heading in the fall....
TVGuide.com: Right. The show
has been hinting that Kathy is really Tad and Dixie's
long-lost daughter, Kate.
TVGuide.com: Talk about
complicated. Plus, there's always been on-screen chemistry
between you and
Michael E. Knight, who plays Jamie's dad, Tad.
Penny: Exactly. I'm looking forward to more of that
storyline this fall. If Kathy ends up being Jamie's sister,
and Jamie and Julia stay together, Jamie could become
stepfather to his own sister. That would be really odd! [Laughs]
Penny: Yes. This puts me right between the father and
son, which is fun.
TVGuide.com: When will you
be back on AMC?
Penny: I think I'm coming back to work sometime in July.
It depends on how they want to work me back into the canvas.
I'm guessing I'll start airing again in the beginning of
August. I'm just enjoying this time with the baby. It's the
best. I can't believe it's happening!
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