Guiding Light's Lesbian Couple Finally Gets to Kiss

No, not during soap's last
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2009 10:53 AM CDT
In this photo released by Procter & Gamble, "Guiding Light" actresses Crystal Chappell, left, and Jessica Leccia, are shown on June 12, 2008 in New York.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, Procter & Gamble)
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(Newser) – Thanks to the Internet, a popular lesbian soap opera couple will finally get their long-awaited kiss. Crystal Chappell, Guiding Light’s Olivia, is bringing friends and fans together to create a Web series after the soap goes off the air next month. And though never allowed to make out with her Light partner, in Venice the two will kiss “in the first 30 seconds,” Chappell tells the New York Times.

Of course, they won’t be playing the same characters, which are owned by Procter & Gamble. But Jessica Leccia, who plays Chappell’s lover, will act in Venice for free—along with everyone else involved with the show. “I can’t pay you anything,” Chappell recalls telling everyone. “How’s that for an opening line?” But her fans—the lesbian couple has a robust following—could make the Venice Beach-themed series a smash success.