You've probably seen her on TV shows like the Guiding Light, and ABC's One Life To Live. Now Kassie DePaiva plays Blair Cramer on General Hospital. Wednesday, was her second appearance on the show.
"The soap opera world is a pretty good gig. It's very funny to be here in a hospital situation and not here 'cut' so I'm thinking oh but this is the real deal here at the Heart Hospital," Kassie DePaiva said.
DePaiva says Kentucky is what she considers home. The Morganfield native spent the day at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.
"I get back to Kentucky as often as possible but always around the Thanksgiving Holiday's, today, this week I've been here because my father has had triple by-pass at the Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway and it's just been a difficult time for a family because of the surgery but it's been an awesome experience to watch this wonderful staff at the hospital," DePaiva said.
The actress and singer went to Union County High School, IU, and UCLA.
"I'd rather be at General Hospital pretending than any hospital in the world. But if I have to be at a hospital, the Heart Hospital, I would call a second home," DePaiva said.
DePaiva says she believes soap operas are not going to die, it's just simple economics. She says the networks feel they can make more money with just two people and a talk show situation, than a big production.
"There is not a day that goes by that I am not stopped on the streets of New York City, down on the subway, at the airport, in a restaurant that they don't say I miss One Life To Live, I miss Blair, what are you doing? How's it going? Why did they cancel One Life To Live?" DePaiva said.
DePaiva lives in New York City with her husband and 15-year-old son. She says General Hospital is taped in L.A., so they fly her out to work.
DePaiva says her family is hoping her 82-year-old father will be released from Deaconess Thursday.