Cruz and Eden enter
a church. They take turns lighting candles which fill the room with warm light. Then, they
turn to each other before the altar. Cruz takes Eden's hand and looks into her eyes.
CRUZ: "Because we've gone through so
many trials to get to this moment, fought so many battles and endured so much pain, we
claim the right to do this. Even when there was an easier way, we stood by each other and
what we believed in. And every time, our respect for each other has grown...and the love
has continued to deepen. If it be in our power to control, we intend to stay together for
the rest of our lives. I'll promise that I'll always be where you are...to comfort you, to
take your comfort, to protect you and be your companion. I will always honor you, and be
honored that you are with me."
Eden looks at Cruz, tears beginning to
well in her eyes, as she speaks.
EDEN: "I wonder if you know how much
you've changed my life. Only you, in all my life, have never given me reason to doubt you.
You have kept every promise. You have loved me no matter how unworthy of it I may have
felt - or acted. I didn't think such a thing was possible. Before you, I just didn't
expect very much from my life. I was angry and selfish, and all the good things like
trust, and love, seemed like a terrible lie that people made up so they would have
something better to hope for, even though it didn't exist. I realize now that I was
hoping, too, that something would happen to prove I was wrong. And then I met you. You
seemed too good to be true. I put you through every test. I showed you the worst of me -
but still, there you were. You didn't run. And when I did, you caught me and brought me
back, and told me everything would be all right. One day, finally, I believed it. I
promise that I will never lose that faith again. And I promise to also trust the things in
me that you love, because you showed them to me. But most of all, I promise to love you as
long as I live. I hope I live a long time, so I can make you as happy as you've made
Those were the vows that Santa Barbara's
star-crossed couple, Cruz Castillo and Eden Capwell, exchanged - although not legally -
after waiting for what seemed like an eternity. They had been kept apart by many outside
influences (C.C., Kirk, Gina and Santana) and still continue to have their problems
(Cruz's ex-girlfriend, Victoria Lane). But not long ago, the chaos died down, and Cruz and
Eden took advantage of it. After their long-awaited reunion, the couple arrived at a
church and pledged their love for each other before God. They had grown enormously. Their
commitment was never stronger. But why did it take so long for Cruz and Eden to get to
this point? For starters, the two were never intended to get together.
"They (the writers) told me that Eden
was supposed to be with some lifeguard named Warren Lockridge when I first came on the
show," explains Marcy Walker, the actress who portrays Eden. "I actually did
have a couple of scenes with him, but they didn't go anywhere. I had a couple of scenes
with A (Martinez, who plays Cruz), too, and they were powerful because they kept talking
about what the two characters had in the past - how they were linked." Since no
history had been written for these characters, Walker and Martinez took the liberty of
making one up themselves - without telling anyone - so they would have something to go on
in the few scenes they had together. Marcy Walker believes that the show was hesitant, at
first, to get Eden and Cruz ("a white-bread WASP and a Mexican-American")
romantically involved because they weren't sure that the viewers would accept them.
However, it soon became apparent that, not only did the actors work well together, but
there was a certain chemistry between them, too. The characters' history was then written,
as was a powerful story line, which has remained on the front burner for more than a year
- a year filled with heartache and the desire to be together.
"I think we have more fun with the
characters now than we used to," admits A Martinez. "There were so many times
when they couldn't be be together and we spent so much time looking forward to the time
when they would together again. We didn't get to embrace each other and we missed
it." The writers allowed Eden and Cruz to look, but not touch, for the longest time.
The sexual tension between them was undeniable.
"That's where the relationship
started on the show - the two of them constantly fighting the love they felt for each
other," explains Marcy Walker. "As far as Eden was concerned, it was a
relationship she wasn't sure she wanted to have. She knew she cared for this man more than
anybody she'd ever met (they had had a brief affair in Europe but it ended badly), but it
was so against her grain to be with him. She'd always dated men that her father felt were
appropriate for her. Cruz was so brazen and different that I think she had trouble
accepting the fact that she really was in love with him."
Not upsetting Eden's daddy, C.C. Capwell,
was one reason the couple stayed apart. But then, he had a change of heart and arranged a
romantic rendezvous for them. This led to their first reconciliation and a wedding - which
was interrupted by a blazing fire. Afterwards, a series of events continued to keep them
apart. First, C.C. suffeed a massive stroke and went into a coma for many months. Eden
took control of Capwell Enterprises and found herself working closely with Kirk Cranston,
a man who became obsessed with Eden and vowed to marry her. Upset over her father's
condition, Eden didn't realize that Kirk was alienating her from everyone she loved -
especially Cruz - and that she was becoming totally dependent on him. Meanwhile, a
vengeful Gina Capwell wanted C.C. to die so she, as his legal wife, would inherit his
millions. She pulled the plug on the machine that was keeping him alive and made it appear
as though Eden had done it. Kirk was right there to pick up the pieces.
Cranston convinced Eden that she tried to
kill her father (to put him out of his misery) and promised to cover for her and support
her. Eden was grateful. Knowing that Cruz could never live with her lie, she ended their
relationship. Kirk took this opportunity to propose. Eden convinced herself that she and
Kirk were compatible and married him. Cruz, needless to say, was devastated. Helping him
pick up the pieces was lonely Santana Andrade who had always loved Cruz from afar. She
believed that, in time, Cruz would learn to love her as much as she loved him. While she
was waiting for this to happen, a recovered C.C. Capwell decided that Santana could regain
custody of her son Brandon (C.C.'s grandson - the product of an affair Santana had with
his son, Channing) if she were married. Cruz, believing there was no future with Eden (she
was married to Kirk and pregnant) offered to marry Santana. She readily accepted.
Meanwhile, Kirk became more and more
obsessed with Eden. When he realized that she would never love him the way she loved Cruz,
he decided to kill her. And he tried to blackmail Gina into doing it since he knew that
she was the one who attempted to kill C.C. (He kept that informatio from eden out of fear
of losing her.) Fortunately, his scheme met with failure. Eden wound up in the hospital,
unharmed, although she lost her baby. Gina was missing and presumed dead. Eventually, Gina
resurfaced to tell the Capwells the truth about Kirk. In exchange for this, Gina was off
the hook for trying to kill C.C. Kirk was sent to prison - but not before one last attempt
on Eden's life. As usual, Cruz came to Eden's rescue.
With her horrible marriage to Kirk behind
her, Eden couldn't stop thinking of Cruz and what might have been. Now, however, it was
Cruz's turn to be unavailable. To Eden's dismay, Cruz intended to make his marriage work.
Once again, Gina Capwell interfered. Wanting Santana to appear as an unfit mother so she
would lose custody of Brandon (Gina had adopted the boy when C.C. originally forced
Santana to give him up years ago), Gina began slipping her drugs. Santana was soon
addicted. Eventually, she did indeed lose custody of Brandon and her marriage to Cruz
Just when it seemed that Eden and Cruz
were in the clear, actress Victoria Lane arrived in town. Eden was instantly jealous of
her lover's ex. She and Cruz spent weeks arguing over Tori.
"With this story line, they're
playing upon the fact that Eden has an insecurity: that Cruz is going to leave her,"
remarks Walker. "The audience is seeing a side to Eden that they never saw before. I
feel like this beast is awakening in me and it's called Liza Colby!" the actress
laughs, referring to the nasty character she played on All My Children a few years ago.
"I have all these horrible scenes where I'm telling Victoria, "Hey, butt out of
my life...get off my man!" According to A, however, Tori is not a threat to Eden.
"Cruz doesn't feel that the relationship he had with Victoria is comparable to what
he has with Eden. With Tori, that was something more immature. And, really, he definitely
feels that the person he was when he was in that relationship is not the person he is now.
Also, Cruz doesn't particularly want to be reminded of that old person."
Whether Tori breaks up Cruz and Eden's
romance remains to be seen, though we doubt she will. It's a fact that the love Cruz and
Eden share can endure just about anything. So, will the writers ever let them marry? And,
if they do, will they remain popular with viewers? Both Marcy and A think so. "The
characters don't have to die off just because they aren't single anymore. People have
interesting, fulfilled lives and are married," insists Marcy. "I would love to
see a story written along the line of the series Moonlighting. It would be hysterical and
everybody loves to see us have fun. That's what it's all about." A agrees that Cruz
and Eden could still be sent on escapades even if they were married. "We've made such
suggestions but we're not holding our breath," he says. "Still, there is such an
overwhelming hunger for these two to get together, I can't imagine they're going to deny
that kind of thing forever."
SOD, May 16th 1989:
How Soap Stars Raise Their Kids
Is it any different from the Rest of us?
New mom Marcy Walker (Eden, Santa Barbara)
was thrilled by the warm reception she received when she turned up at the set with her
then six-week-old son, Taylor.
By Mary Beth Sammons
Behind the scenes of many daytime dramas,
a new generation is winning start treatment. Whether they're decked out in diapers and
pastel-colored footed suits or Esprit and Weeboks, this pre-school set is made up for the
sons and daughters of the shows' performers. A la Baby Boom, soap star parents aren't any
different from other parents who subscribe to the "where Mommy and/or Daddy go, baby
With assorted Disney toys and Duplo
collections in tow, these tiny tykes are becoming permanent fixtures in the dressing rooms
of their famous parents. Others bop - or are strolled in - to "do lunch" with
Mommy or Daddy. And some are doing their infant/parent bonding right on camera.
At just four weeks old, Taylor Walker
Collins made his debut at the SANTA BARBARA studio when his mom, Marcy Walker (Eden)
surprised cast and crew with an impromptu visit, During our conversation, Walker
temporarily surrenders her new charge to the doting arms of her co-workers, who take turns
holding and cooing at tiny Taylor. "Of course I love him to death and think he's the
cutest thing in the world, but it's really great to have everybody here meet him and to
hear them say, 'Oh, he's so beautiful,' " says Walker. "I had to bring him in
today because I was afraid if I brought him in Wednesday [her official day back at work],
he'd be way too distracting. It's the first time everyone's got to meet him. It's
neat," gushes the new mom.