All the answers this week to the blind items are people who have never previously been an answer to a blind in the past decade.
A few years ago I was having lunch with this actress and I asked her what happened. I didn’t even need to ask anything more than that and she knew what I was referring to. Our actress is B list. At the onset of her career she landed some big breaks, and they did what they were supposed to do. They catapulted her into a lead role on a network show that went on to be a hit. She was on it from the very beginning. Everyone loved her. They loved her character and the writers had tons of material and her character would have given them more freedom to explore some things and not get buttonholed into one scenario. That buttonholing eventually did happen and the show ended. Our actress has had a resurgence of late which seems odd to say because she is not that old. Just barely on the far side of 30. She has had a couple straight years of main roles on network shows but they went nowhere. The thing is though she pretty much had to take whatever was offered because of what happened on that show which first aired almost a decade ago. During meetings for the show, our actress started dating one of the producers. She had already landed the gig and actually had not even met him prior to landing the gig. She said that at first everything was fine and it was like any other new relationship. It was after about a month though when she started spending more time with him that she began to realize he was drinking too much and that when he was drinking he got violent. She made it clear he never hit her but he did threaten her and he would scream and yell at other people. He thought he was the s**t because he had a network show about to air and he was basically a prick to everyone he encountered while drunk. Even when sober she realized he was not the guy she wanted to be with. So, she broke up with him. He didn’t make it seem like it was a big deal and she suspected he was probably sleeping with three or four women and that she could easily be replaced. Two days later she gets a call from her agent and he tells her she has been cut from the show. Not an episode, but the entire show. Despite promos that had aired and interviews she had given for the new season, she was gone. Her character was eliminated. Well. she decided to make a fuss about what happened and that lasted about a day. She ended up being paid for the entire season and also had to sign a settlement saying she wouldn’t discuss it and wouldn’t sue. The thing is though, since she couldn’t tell her side of the story, the only thing out there were rumors. Those rumors cost her about four years of work before she got another chance at a main role in a show. Everyone assumed she had caused trouble on the set or was a crap actress and no one was willing to hire her. She basically had to go back to square one like she just came to Hollywood with no experience. The only thing she had going for her was a decent agent who kept sending her out.