Williams began portraying Jesse Hubbard on All My Children in 1981.
Darnell had a recurring role as the counsellor on the primetime drama Felicity, and worked as a director and acting coach for All My Children.
Jesse first appeared in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania in 1981 as the nephew of Dr. Frank Grant, who assumed custody after the death of his sister (Jesse’s mother). Angie first appeared in 1982, as the daughter of a well-to-do Pine Valley couple. Shortly after Angie’s first appearance on the show, they were paired with one another. Jesse and Angie were best friends to fellow super-couple Greg Nelson and Jenny Gardner. They are daytime television’s first African American super-couple, and arguably the two most popular African American characters in soap opera history
Elev8: What was the best time period for your characters?
“With all our juicy past…as Sinatra once so eloquently sang, The Best Is Yet To Come.’”
Elev8: What storyline would you have wished would continue?
“Hard to answer this one – there’s been so much I’ve enjoyed bringing to the fans.”
Elev8: What do you think people should know about your characters that we may have missed?
“His [Jesse’s] father was a big fan of the outlaw Jesse James…hence the name Jesse James Hubbard.”
Elev8: What have you learned over the years in your craft?
“Acting in this medium is the hardest job an actor will EVER have.”
Make sure to read: Debbi “Angie Hubbard” Morgan: ‘Our Characters Have Endured’
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Jesse & Angie ‘The Phenomenon’
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