Articles about Terri Conn
ATWT Alums In New Short Film (Soap Opera Digest online - June 2, 2016) Austin Peck (ex-Brad, ATWT et al) and wife, Terri Conn (ex-Katie, ATWT et al) have teamed up with former ONE LIFE TO LIVE Executive Producer Jennifer Pepperman for an award-winning short film, Jack & Diane, which briefly reunites a duo who had been involved years earlier.
"In the age of social media, where you're reconnecting with people from their past, I had an idea of, ‘What if you met that one that got away 20 years later in a bar? Would you still have all these same feelings? Would it be the same?'" explains Pepperman. "I just started writing and I sent it to Austin and Terri and they both loved it and said, ‘We gotta do this.'" Pepperman assembled a team to film on location in Brooklyn, NY. "We shot it at a great bar on 3rd Avenue called Canal Bar and we only had the bar for a handful of hours and it was actually sort of a mad dash. It's a good thing we're soap opera people and know how to work really quickly! We actually shot the whole thing in only about four hours."
Of reconnecting with Peck and Conn, Pepperman raves, "I'm a fan of both of them, they're both amazing, very talented, really giving actors and great to work with as a director. I needed the guy to be stunningly handsome and I needed the woman character to also be very beautiful but have an inner weight to her. I think one of the things that's amazing about Terri is that she's so pretty, but she has such a high degree of sensitivity and depth. She can do comedy, she can be funny, but she also has an inner soul that just gives a gravity to what she does. I also needed the two characters to have a lot of history together, which Austin and Terri clearly have."
The response to the film has been "really great," enthuses Pepperman. "I've been surprised by how much people have really liked it, so that's fun, as well." Jack & Diane recently won an Award of Excellence in the IndieFEST. "It's a really fantastic festival and we're very excited about that," says Pepperman. "We're also playing in the Hoboken International Film Festival on June 4 at 4p.m. Austin and Terri will be there, so it would be a good opportunity for any fans of theirs who want to meet them and talk to them."
Old Friends, New Lives - It Takes Two (ABC Soaps In Depth - February 15, 2016) Former ONE LIFE TO LIVE stars Austin Peck (Rick) and Terri Conn (Aubrey) are making it all work
Following the conclusion of AS THE WORLD TURNS, where they'd fallen in love while playing Brad and Katie, Austin Peck and Terri Conn were thrilled to land on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as Rick and Aubrey. "The long-term story was going to somehow hook up our characters - that was the goal," Peck reveals. "But they never got to that because of [the soap's cancelation]." While sad to again be saying good-bye to friends, the couple, who wed in 2011, went on to share much more.
Not only did marriage mean blending their two existing families, but also, Conn and Peck have since had two more children together. Now taking up seats in their minivan are two boys and three girls, the youngest of which was born last July. "She's like the family room. Everyone just gathers around her," Peck laughs of the way in which Morgan, the clan's seventh member, has bonded them.
As one can imagine, just figuring out schedules and visitation dates with their children's other parents is a neat trick, but the couple are taking the challenges day by day. "It's continually moving and having to adapt to a new situation," acknowledges Conn, who says that she and her hubby are currently writing a sitcom based on the experience. "From our own children to their friends, everybody loves Austin, because he's a big kid. But he's also very good at disciplining."
The Real Deal
With the remaining soaps all being in California, Conn and Peck decided to find a new means of support closer to home. They've now become real estate agents in affluent Bergen County, NJ. "We didn't want to completely give up acting," Conn explains. "But real estate was a career that we could share and that one of us could continue if the other booked a film or something."
When not closing escrows, the duo have been taking turns teaching an acting class. They've also recently teamed up with a former ATWT/OLTL director/producer to create Jack And Diane, a short ﬁlm in which former lovers reconnect. "We've moved right back into working together seamlessly," says Conn, "but there was just more of a richness to it."
Caption: "What was supposed to be three to six episodes turned into nine months of work," Peck recalls of his OLTL experience. "It was fun to play such a dastardly person, while at the same time not making him unlikeable."
Caption: "I've watched Terri's work - she always has chemistry with the people she works with," says Peck.
Caption: The challenges of a blended family "can be really funny," says Conn, "when you're just really honest about them."
Old Friends, New Lives - Better Together (CBS Soaps In Depth - February 8, 2016) Former AS THE WORLD TURNS stars Austin Peck (Brad) and Terri Conn (Katie) are making it all work
The playful romance shared by AS THE WORLD TURNS' Brad and Katie is one of the many fond memories that fans still smile about when reflecting on Oakdale. For their portrayers, Austin Peck and Terri Conn, who also fell in love, saying good-bye to the soap was bittersweet, because in real life, they rode off into the sunset together. "I think we had it right off the bat," Conn confides of their connection. "It was one of those things that you can't really create or put your finger on — sometimes it just happens."
Married in 2011, the couple embarked on what would become a wild adventure. Not only did they blend their two existing families. but they've since had two more children together. Now taking up seats in the Pecks' minivan are two boys and three girls, the youngest of which (Morgan) is just six months old. "She's like the family room. Everyone just gathers around her," Peck laughs of the way in which the seventh member of the clan has bonded them. "She's just a really chill baby."
As one can imagine, just coordinating their calendars and figuring out schedules and visitation dates with their children's other parents is a neat trick, but the actors are taking the challenges day by day. "It's continually moving and having to adapt to a new situation and relationships," acknowledges Conn, who says that she and her hubby are currently writing a sitcom based on the experience. "From our own children to their friends, everybody loves Austin, because he's the big kid that chases them and throws them around. But then he's also very good at saying, ‘Okay, I'm going to be the parent now' and then disciplining."
The Real Deal
After the conclusion of ONE LIFE TO LIVE, where both actors had gone on to work after ATWT, it seemed prudent to explore an alternate means of supporting themselves. Following Conn's mother, Cathy, into real estate, they've now become successful agents working with Keller Williams Realty in affluent Bergen County, NJ (visit PeckPropertiesNJ.com). "Terri has a really strong aptitude for it," Peck observes of his dedicated wife. "I‘ve learned a lot from her."
When not closing escrows, the couple have been taking turns teaching an acting class in New York. They've also recently teamed up with director/producer Jennifer Pepperman (from ATWT and
OLTL) to create Jack And Diane, a short ﬁlm about former lovers who reconnect. "We've both grown so much as people and can take that into [our performance]. We're different now," Conn suggests. "We've moved right back into working together seamlessly, but there was more of a richness to it."
Caption: "She is just the sweetest, calmest little joy," Conn says of baby Morgan. "It's almost like the chaos is just all around her, and she just sits there smiling."
Caption: "Brad's death and the aftermath of that and when he came back as a ghost was incredibly difficult to shoot," Conn recalls. "I was exhausted emotionally, but I was so happy to have done it."
Caption: "Our favorite storyline was when Brad was actively pursuing Katie and she was rejecting him," Peck recalls. "I was riding a bike that fell apart, and I went into the lake!"
On The Town (CBS Soaps In Depth - January 11, 2016) "This is my favorite event of the year," Terri Conn (Katie, AS THE WORLD TURNS), here with Tom Degnan (Adam, ATWT), shared of the annual celebrity bartending event for Stockings With Care. "It's a fantastic way to kick off the season - by sharing."
On The Town (ABC Soaps In Depth - January 4, 2016) OLTL's Terri Conn (Aubrey) and hubby Austin Peck (Rick) helped out at Stockings With Care's annual celebrity bartending night. "Knowing that we have a small part in keeping the magic of Christmas alive feels incredibly purposeful," she shared.