Marcy Walker: "I love 'playing'
a baddie ... but wish people wouldn't hate me! I'm not like Liza at all!"
Bright and energetic, quick-witted and
quick to laugh, the gal who plays Liza Colby on All My Children, would like folks to
understand what she's really like.
"Sure, it's fun playing a baddie. I
get to do all these deceitful things to people and no one ever sends me to my room! But
the other side of it is that I never get to have friends, hold hands with a boy, fall in
love ... and everyone hates me!
"You should read some of my fan mail!
And then there was the time my mother was at my brother's basketball game. Some lady came
up to her and said, 'Tell your daughter that my daughters hate her!' My mom was shocked.
Then she stood up for me. 'My daughter is lucky to be in New York working at a job she
loves.' It was great! My folks are becoming celebrities like me."
That is the good part of Marcy's work. She
is becoming recognized for her expert talents as an actress. "My high school
asked me to be in their homecoming parade. The school has over 2000 students and I'm the
only one who's a soap opera star! It's so exciting!"
"I'M LIVING MY
Being excited, enjoying life to its
fullest pretty much describes Marcy's life.
Growing up in an unsettled family
atmosphere, the blonde, blue-eyed girl developed an outgoing personality. "My dad is
a space engineer, so we traveled all over. Changing schools so much wasn't so great for my
education. In one school I'd be behind and get lost, in another school I'd be ahead and
get bored. But I always got involved in the theater programs. That gave me instand friends
... like a little club. I always felt taken care of in the theater.
"I loved being in this little world
where I could create anything I wanted. It was child-like but secure at the same time.
"So my big dreams was to be a working
actress. I'm living that dream now."
As most young actresses, to make the dream
come true it is necessary to either move to Hollywood or New York. Marcy chose the East
coast, and her first days here were anything but a dream.
FIRST DAYS IN N.Y.:
"THEY WERE A HORROR!"
"They were a nightmare!" Marcy
recalls. "In the first sic months I was mugged three times, my apartment was robbed,
and I saw a man stabbed nearly to death. He turned the corner and fell onto me. Blood was
all over. I went into schock. I couldn't believe one humand being could do this to
another. It really upset me."
How Marcy survived these first traumatic
months in the Big City was thourgh love. "I had all these people who really cared
about me. And I moved into a girl's residence where I feld much safe.
"I guess if you want something badly
enough - like I wanted to act - then you stick it out."
A naturally sunny disposition helps, too.
"Well, I've always been a positive person. The only thing that gets me mad is when
people think I'm irresponsible. Doing the show is my big chance and I'm trying very hard.
But because I'm young, people don't take me seriously."
MARCY FINDS LOVE - "WELL,
There is at least one person in Marcy's
life who takes her as seriously as she wants. "His name is Marc Poppel. He's an
actor. Our agent, J. Michael Bloom, thought we'd make a perfect couple. So they kept
sending us to the same auditions. Finally, we met and just before Halloween. It's
wonderful. He's wonderful! And he's a good friend.
"This is the first relationship I've
had where I really want to be with the guy. You know I've had these other relationships
where I'd get real bored with the guy but I'd keep going out with him 'cause he was the
only one around. It's not like that with Marcy."
As for marriage, like most 20-year-old,
Marcy is unsure. "I was brought up in a very conservative home. My morals do not
allow me to live with somebody. Yet, I feel too young to be married. And there's all this
pressure from society. I feel pulled. Living together is easier than marriage - less of a
commitment. But if you're living together, sharing possessions, doing everything as if you
were married - why not get married? It's very confusing."
Being young, healthy, attractive,
successful and in love, perhaps Marcy is asking too much to have all the answers to life's
many questions. But she does have on very important, answer. Marcy Walker knows how to be