THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Judith Chapman (Gloria) plays the role of a socialite in the Lifetime original TV movie Liz & Dick, set to premiere on Sunday, November 25 at 9 p.m. EST. The film chronicles the life and tempestuous love story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and stars Lindsay Lohan as the legendary screen star. Grant Bowler (UGLY BETTY) plays Burton.
"It was wonderful," Chapman tells Soaps In Depth. "I heard about the project and who was playing the part of Liz. I had an audition to play her mother. I knew I'd knocked their socks off. Sometimes you have a feeling. But nothing happened. I was really surprised. Flash-forward a few weeks later, [my representation] told me that they'd already cast someone else as the mother, but that they really liked me and wanted me for the role of a socialite who would interact with Lindsay. (Laughs) I figured, 'Well, if my scenes are with her they probably won't be cut!'
"We shot in a beautiful home in the Pacific Palisades. I learned that Eyal Podell (ex-Adrian) was on the cast call sheet, too! We met in the makeup room and I learned that the same thing happened for him. He auditioned for Eddie Fisher, but he was cast [instead] as one of Liz's [other] lovers. The director asked me to improv at one point in a scene with Lindsay and when I did she laughed. I thought, 'There's a really nice, young girl in there.'"
Chapman says that when Lohan learned that her two fellow actors had ties to soap operas, she chimed in with the fact that she'd once played on ANOTHER WORLD as Alli (Rachel's granddaughter.) "She said, 'Oh, I used to be on a soap opera!' I gave her a look because I thought AW has been off the air for a while! She said, 'I think I was eight years old when I did it.'"