Recently, Soap Central had the privilege of submitting your questions to Christine Toy Johnson, who has played Detective Lisa West on One Life to Live since 1998.
As the current, although too often hidden, paramour of Llanview's District Attorney, Hank Gannon, Lisa's warm and genuine presence lights up the room of any scene she graces.
As the woman behind Detective West, Johnson is seemingly tireless in her participation in OLTL fan events and charity functions. Most recently, she took part in The Paws Walk 2000 to promote responsible pet ownership and provide emergency medical care and adoption services for needy pets. Professionally, Johnson has been busy on the big screen with parts in such features as Sliver, Conspiracy Theory, and Jungle2Jungle.
Question (Q) When did you decide to become an actress?
Christine Toy Johnson (CTJ) I was one of those kids who was putting on shows for the family at holidays...so I guess it's always been in my blood. I also was a professional model (discovered in nursery school!) at age 4, doing ads for Buster Brown, Life Cereal, and Scotchguard. I started working professionally as an actress at age 16.
Q: What was your first acting job?
CTJ: My first professional acting job was as "Liat" in the musical SOUTH PACIFIC at a dinner theatre in Elmsford, New York.
Q: When is your birthday?
CTJ: December 26
Q: How did you find out about the role on OLTL?
CTJ: I was doing an Off-Broadway show with Jill Farren Phelps' daughter, and one day Courtney told me that her Mom (who had seen the show four times) had pitched me for a part! A few days later, sure enough, my agents called me with the audition for what was then called "Detective Mei Ling King" (cringe)
Q: Who did you audition with?
CTJ: It was just me, the camera, Casting Director Julie Madison and her assistant, Sheryl Baker.
Q: Will we get to see more of Lisa and her relationship with Hank?
CTJ: Who knows??? I certainly don't.
Q: How much advance notice do you get that you have to be there?