Is There A Beth Ehlers & JR Martinez Feud?
If you noticed, after the “honeymoon” stage, we haven’t really seen Brot & Taylor (JR Martinez & Beth Ehlers, All My Children) together. They were on last week to sort of break up. Maybe that’s a way for the writers to ease tension on the show. So how did this supposed “feud” started?
It started with Beth Ehler’s words when she did an interview with Blog Talk Radio’s Stardish show. On that show, Beth Ehlers expresses her frustration for her lack of story and the fact that she’s a seasoned actor paired with a non-actor.
“As many times as I would casually try to go into my boss’s office and say, ‘Uh, you are going to start integrating me, right?’ When you’ve been doing this as long as I’ve been doing it, you know how it’s supposed to be done. But you can’t tell you bosses that because it’s like any other job in the world, you can’t know more than your boss because they hate you for it,” Ehlers explained. “And so you have to be careful when you go in that you don’t tell somebody how to do their job. And I wanted to scream at people. I wanted to go in and say, ‘Hello, you’re burying me here. You’re making this really hard. First you give me somebody who, God bless him, I love JR but he’s not an actor.’ And so that’s hard enough with somebody who… it’s going to be a long time before he gets out of second gear. And I’m constantly having to hedge my performance cause I can’t be doing Shakespeare while he’s doing something else.”
While that strong statement might have understandably offended some fans and JR Martinez, I get Beth’s frustration. She’s been doing this acting gig for a long time now, and she is one of the great actors on Daytime in my opinion. But she is being underutilized in AMC, not to mention partnered with a newcomer. JR Martinez apparently twittered his disappointment. That sort of started rumors that he and Beth are having a feud so JR denied it by informed everyone through twitter as well.
“Apparently there are rumors going around about Beth & J.R. are having a feud between each other,” Martinez tweeted on his Twitter page. “C’mon peeps. We’re not. I simply didn’t agree with her [choice] of words in her radio interview. I never expected her to coach me. Just give tips to help the [storyline]. I believe everyone including myself knows I’m not an actor.”
To further squash the rumors, Beth called in her response during JR’s own Stardish interview.
“When JR and I started working together, he took me to endless veterans’ fundraisers. I spent four days with him in Florida and he really allowed me to immerse myself in his life. Thus we became friends,” Ehlers recounted. “You become friends with someone that you have this kind of intimacy with.”
Unfortunately, the rumor is not going to die anytime soon especially with the lack of storyline for both actors, together or separately.
So, do you think Beth was a little insensitive with her comments or was she just expressing her frustrations. In nay case, I hope Beth and JR are really not having this feud. I mean they’re both grownups so I’m sure they could both understand both of their situations right now. Well, I hope so anyway.