Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia gained a lot of fans as two women slowly falling in love on the US soap opera Guiding Light back. Playing Olivia Spencer and Natalia Rivera, they were even popular enough to get a portmanteur name – Otalia. However, viewers haven’t been able to see them together for a while, as both left the show in 2009.
After British screenwriter Marisa Calin found footage of the duo on Youtube, she and director Alvert Alarr decided to reunite them for the movie, A Million Happy Nows. The film screened to an enthusiastic audience ot Outfest over the weekend, so it seem a good time to take a look at the trailer.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Veteran actress Lainey Allen (Chappell) is tired of being sidelined for younger talent on the soap she has starred in for twenty years. Coupled with finding it harder to retain her lines, she decides not to renew her contract, and she and her publicist and partner, Eva Morales (Leccia), move to a beach house overlooking the ocean on the Central California coast. The move highlights some small changes in Lainey’s personality – mild depression that Eva puts down to leaving the show. But when Lainey starts to forget more than can be attributed to stress, Eva insists on a visit to the doctor.
‘A Million Happy Nows chronicles Lainey and Eva’s changing relationship as they struggle to deal with the diagnosis of Lainey’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s, the prospect of an indomitable woman’s future of dependence and her single support system – the woman who was once in awe of her, became everything to her, and will now look after her.’
Take a look at the trailer below. (H/T GSN)