Ellen Dolan: So, I quit and I went out and immediately did the standard ‘do two national commercials a year and then do a lot of regional theater.’ Which is what I did.
Until I went to buy dinner one night – which consisted of either a can of cat food for my cats or a little bit of peanut butter for me. And you had to feed the cats. And I couldn’t call home for money. So it was like, oh dear.
So I got on my agents, and I said, “get me out there, get me out there.” And they did. And I started doing all these pilots and everything. And testing. And that’s how we ended up thinking I should go to LA.
And that’s when I got the call from Doug Marland saying “Would you come back to do Margo?” And I thought… yeah. I want to go home. I want to be in New York. And I want to do the kinds of parts daytime allows women to do. Yeah.
And the same thing happened when I quit As the World Turns in ’92, I think. And I went back out to LA thinking I really do have to try this again. I have to give it a good shot, because I was in my late 30’s by then – 36ish? And in Hollywood standards, that’s…
Susan Dansby: Over the hill.
Ellen Dolan: That’s over the hill.
So I went out there, and I booked a pilot again, right away. I did all the good, right stuff. And I was living in a nice place. And I was working on different stuff.
You know I got to the point where I was doing two episodes on Walker, Texas Ranger. I was down in Texas and I looked at it all and thought, this isn’t as much fun as that character I was doing on daytime.
So when I found out that they were going to recast Margo, I called my agent and I said, I want to go back to New York.
And they said, are you sure? Are you absolutely sure? And I said, Yeah, I’m sure. I’ve just never done a character that’s as interesting as Margo.