Lindsay stars as "Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald" on NBC's soap opera "Passions". Theresa, a born romantic, is the daughter of Pilar and Martin and sister of Antonio, Luis, Miguel, and Paloma. Theresa has been in love with Ethan Winthrop since she was a little girl and has always been determined to marry him. She came close to fulfilling this dream, until her many lies caught up with her and Ethan left her. However, she remains sure that one day she and Ethan will be together. Theresa is the mother of Ethan Martin, whose father is Julian Crane. Lindsay was born on April 17, 1978 in Palm Springs, California.
Her Character's Head May Be in the Clouds, but
PASSIONS's Lindsay Korman is … Down To Earth
Lindsay Korman (Theresa, PASSIONS) has made a habit of falling into careers, but it's her most recent one – dramatic acting – that really caught her by surprise. "I never expected to do a soap opera," admits Korman. "I was singing, which is what I've done since I was 14. I thought I was going to be a recording artist."
That dream was temporarily sidetracked when a friend introduced Korman to the Don Buchwald Agency, which sent her on her first two auditions: PASSIONS and the upcoming parody, Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween. "I didn't get the movie, but I did get PASSIONS," she smiles. "So [my agents] were really happy with me. It was a complete accident, but it's just been like a dream come true. It's a lot of hard work, but it's awesome."
Not that hard work is a foreign concept for the actress. Born and raised in the Palm Springs area (where her parents ran an import furniture store), Korman started performing early on. "I had done a couple of pageants and I won first place for beauty when I was about 13," she remembers.
Unfortunately, when it came to the talent portion, Korman confesses she came up short. "I wanted to dance freestyle," she laughs. "But my mother was like, 'I can't let you do that. Why don't you just sing?'" Korman sang instead. And? "I didn't win in the talent, but I still won in the beauty," she smiles.
All that changed when Korman met choreographer Gary White. "I never won beauty again, but I won talent everywhere I went," she beams. "I was a shoo-in."
The lead role in a local production of The Wizard of Oz followed, but it wasn't until Korman's family moved to Las Vegas when she was 16 that performing turned from a hobby into a career. Korman became the youngest female performer on the famed Vegas "Strip" when she landed the lead vocalist spot in Viva Las Vegas, a daytime revue at the Sands Hotel and Casino. While less risqué than most of the burlesque shows Vegas offered in the evening, "They still had their little rear ends out," she giggles.
It was during that time that an L.A. vocal coach spotted Korman and got her an audition for the role of Sandy in the Broadway production of Grease. "I'm olive-skinned with brown hair, not the typical Sandy," she cracks. "But I sang for them and got a great vibe. I walked out of there and was like, 'I think they really liked me.'"
They did – Korman was cast in the ensemble, understudying the roles of Patty Simcox and Sandy. "I moved by myself to New York," she notes. "I never lived on my own before, and I had to learn the city."
Not that she had much time during her three-month stay in the Big Apple. Between learning both of her understudy roles during the day, and performing in the ensemble at night, Korman found little opportunity to explore her adopted town. After Grease, Korman starred in productions from Texas to Greece.
While Korman hasn't given up singing (she recently cut a demo with Michael Jackson's brother, Jackie), she insists she is committed to her new career as Ethan-obsessed Theresa – and her newly acquired soap fans. "Everybody says they hope Theresa ends up with Ethan," she smiles.
Ah, yes, the Crane conundrum. If Korman were to offer advice to her love-lorn counterpart, what would it be? "And she would listen to it?" quips the actress. "I would tell her that I understand where she is coming from and I know that she loves him. But she is 17, and there could be other men out there. If she had someone tell her, 'I know where you are coming from,' then maybe she could think more realistically. But no one is doing that. Everyone is like, 'No, no, no.' So she's like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah.' Just like a 17-year-old."
Just The Facts About Lindsay Korman
Birthday: April 17
Birth Place: Palm Springs, CA
Siblings: An older brother, Greg, who's in law school. "He's a lot different than I am."
Theresa's Ethan Crane Crush: "She is really obsessed, but only because she's in love. She's motivated by a beautiful thing and I like that."
Favorite Actor: "Anthony Hopkins is up there with the top."
… And Actress: "I love Natalie Wood."
Her (Real) Heritage: "I'm Greek, Italian and Jewish. In TV Guide they wrote that I was French, Greek and Jewish. I am mostly Greek. I don't know where French came from."
Lindsay Korman goes One on One
Did you always know you wanted to be an actor?
I made my decision to be an actress when I was 14 and performed Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in Palm Springs. It was my first real experience being out on stage in front of thousands of people. There’s nothing like feeling the energy and the applause from a live audience. And feeling the happiness—you can feel how much people are enjoying themselves. That was so empowering, to feel other peoples’ emotions.
What was your career path after The Wizard of Oz?
After The Wizard of Oz, I was definitely bitten by the bug. The same company that did The Wizard of Oz put on Jesus Christ Superstar. I auditioned for that and played part of the ensemble. Then I moved to Las Vegas and I got Viva Las Vegas at the Sands Hotel, which was a variety show. I did Maria in West Side Story in Austin, Texas and Grease on Broadway in New York. I did Pygmalion in Cypress, Turkey, which was a blast. I tried to do what I could while still going to school.
How did the role of Passions come about you?
My New Year’s resolution of 1999 was to go for television and film, because I was only doing theater before that. I’d been in Los Angeles for a year. I switched agencies to focus more on TV and film. The second audition I went on was Passions and I got it! When I read for Theresa, I really connected to the part. I had gotten some background information on the character, which said she was seventeen and a dreamer, and loves fairy tales and romance, like I do. She was also very passionate, which is very like me.
If you were Theresa’s friend, what advice would you give her? Just to focus on her fashion career more now that Ethan and Gwen are going to get married. Maybe if she focuses more on her career she won’t think about Ethan as much. It’s hard, but that’s what we try to do when we have a broken heart.
What do you like best and least about working on Passions?
The best is all the actors I work with. I love the costumes I get to wear. I love the writing and the scripts and I love my character. The thing I like least is getting up at 4am to be at work at 6am. But I’m not complaining—I’m so blessed and lucky to have this job. I’m the luckiest person and I’m really happy.
How has your life changed since you started working on Passions?
It’s proved to me that I’m capable of a lot of hard work—that I can do more. It’s given me more courage and self-confidence, and that’s changed my life. I go out with people more than I ever did. I used to not hang out with many people because I didn’t feel comfortable with myself. Now, I spend time with people. And, since working on Passions, I got another dog, Nikki.
What’s been the most exciting thing to happen to you since working on Passions?
Being nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award. That was incredible.
What was your reaction when you found about the nomination?
I was in the makeup room and I got a call from (Executive Producer) Lisa Hesser. I got freaked out—I was wondering what I did! Then she told me I got nominated. After that, my left leg got all tingly because I was so excited.
If you do win the award for Outstanding Female Newcomer, who will you thank?
Jesse had said that he wasn’t going to prepare anything, and I’m not either. If it does happen, I will go up there and thank my hair and makeup people, wardrobe, the producers, and of course, Jim Reilly. Then I’d especially thank my family and a few friends, people who have made changes in my life. And my family on the show, and Brook and Travis—the people I play with the most. And my dogs, Nikki and Princess.
Since we’re here at your house, how did you go about decorating it? What kind of feel did you want for it?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been really into Madame Alexander dolls. They’re very fairy tale like. I kind of got thrown into that fantasy world, which makes sense as an actress. As an actress, you really are in a fantasy world. I got into collecting things that sparkle. I love crystals, so I have crystal angels, dragons, castles, and fairies. Then I got into flowers and dried flowers. I kind of developed my own style as I grew up and brought that style here where I finally have my own place. Most of the rooms are really romantic. I feel very comfortable at home. Everything’s really soft.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m trying to also work on my singing career and get that going. I’m working on writing my own music and trying to get it recorded. And I spend a lot of time with my dogs. I go to movies, go to dinner with friends, and I just like to hang at home.
What are you most proud of in your life?
I think where I am right now, mentally and spiritually. I’ve worked hard all my life, and I don’t think I’ve ever really enjoyed my life as much as I do now. I’m just really happy and fortunate now. And I think that’s what I’m most proud of—finally realizing how much I have.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you be?
A math teacher. I love math. I would be honored to teach math to kids.
What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? I love to munch on M&M’s with peanuts and almonds in my popcorn.
What three words would you use to describe yourself? Focused, determined, and loving.
Lindsay Korman Takes Five
If you owned your own retail store, what would you sell?
Lindsay: "Crystals, pewter, angels, plants, table-top fountains and incense."
If you were trapped in a TV show for one month, what show would you choose?
Lindsay: "THE X-FILES. I would love to help Scully and Mulder save the world, discover new conspiracies and be a part of investigating unsolved mysteries."
If you could have a superpower, what would you want it to be?
Lindsay: "To fly; then I could travel quickly, inexpensively and as often as I wanted."
What household chore do you hate?
Lindsay: "Sweeping the floor"
If you were blind, but could somehow see for one hour wach week, how would you spend that time?
Lindsay: "Watching PASSIONS [laughs]! And I would visit my pets, parents, grandparents and brother."
Passions' Lindsay Korman is caught up in her character's tangled web
Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald has done a lot of growing up over the last couple of years … Or has she? Sometimes, it seems like she's suffered through one self-created minicrisis after another without learning much from the experience.
When Passions viewers first met her, Theresa was a starry-eyed, sheltered teen in a working-class family headed by a single mom. Theresa not only longed for a more glamorous life, she had it all mapped out. From the wedding dress to the man she intended to marry (Harmony's richest but not-so-eligible bachelor, Ethan), Theresa set out to make those champagne wishes and caviar dreams come true.
To say she's hit a few "snags" is an understatement. Along the way, she got herself mistaken as Ethan's stalker, accidentally burned down half of Harmony's fast-food restaurants, got mixed up in a scheme that led to the humiliating public reveal that Ethan is not a Crane, and, most recently, got drunk, slept with, married and possibly got impregnated by her fiancé's former father. This week, she heads to the abortion clinic.
"She's certainly got an exciting life right now," bubbles her portrayer, Lindsay Korman, who explains why Theresa's best-laid plans have spiraled so wildly out of control. "She is somewhat naïve, and she's slowly learning what the definition of being naïve is. She finds herself inside a world where she stops and says, 'Oh wait, this isn't how I thought it would be. I didn't know that this would lead to that!'"
Up until now, Theresa's reckless behavior has been rooted in the faith she had that fate was on her side. "There is a brief period where, hold your breath, she doesn't talk about fate. But soon after there's a moment where she says, 'You know what? Fate is smiling down on me again. I can feel it'… I see her as a person who keeps getting hit with a hammer on the head, going farther and farther down into the ground. But the power within her to persevere is unbelievable. You may think she's crazy, but I think it's an incredible quality that she can just say, 'You know what? I don't care. Let's move forward.'"
As the stakes have gradually risen in the risks she has been taking, Harmony's sweetheart has resorted to some not-so-sweet trickery. "it's been awesome, because it's a place that the character's never been," says Korman. "I got to experience the process of a young girl who has this dream, who now has this man, has a ring on her finger and gets really bad, and now she's going to do things she never thought she would."
"As time goes on, I think it will be shown that it is for him and not for selfish reasons," Korman insists. "I have to admit, there were times early on when I would sit back sometimes, look at my character and think, 'Well now, is this really about her love for this man, or is this just about herself?' But obviously when I play her, there's no room for judgement at all."
Korman does acknowledge that Theresa bears some responsibility for what went down between her and Julian – a story twist that's become quite the hot topic among Passions fans, who cried foul (if not rape) when Julian and Theresa got drunk, married and slept together. "They've added a great dimension to all of this, because it will become more apparent that it's not [all Julian's fault]. Her mother wants to say Julian got her baby drunk, but Theresa's like, 'I allowed myself to get drunk and be put in that situation.' In her drunkenness, she actually thought she was with Ethan. While it was probably her first time ever drinking that much, it's no excuse. She went ahead and did it."
"I liked how it was written because we were allowed to be comical with the whole thing," Korman adds. "I thought that was a really good choice. Obviously with Ben (Masters, Julian), he has so much humor with his work and in the writing, and I wanted to have fun with it really bad. I didn't know when I'd ever have the chance to do something like this again."
Something else Korman wishes she could do again is have more airtime with all of her on-screen relatives. "I think it's been about six months since I've even had a scene with Jesse (Metcalfe; her on-screen brother, Miguel). I have been thinking and thinking about this for so long. I am praying to work [more] as a family. If we can all get together, the Lopez-Fitzgeralds, and deal with some issues that have not been dealt with, that would be heaven."
"Everybody's got a love-life problem right now. It's Harmony," Korman sighs. "Just sit down and work them out! I would love to get involved in helping Luis and Sheridan, or Miguel, with something. Anything where she could be with that family unit. I think family is so important in real life, especially when things aren't going so smoothly. You can get that grounding, and I think that my character needs that – some family love."
Outstanding Performer: Lindsay Korman
When Passions' Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald Crane finally stood up for herself and her unborn baby against her staunchest foes, her portrayer, Lindsay Korman, breathed fresh air into a heretofore sniveling character. Gone were Theresa's trademark tears, traded for a solid spine.
Both Korman and viewers made out on the deal. After milling about town playing the blame game with her conscience, the truth about why Theresa is in her unfortunate predicament crystallized for her when she eavesdropped on unlikely bedfellows Ivy and Rebecca toasting her demise.
When Theresa crashed their private soiree, Korman presented Theresa as a scorned, pregnant widow imbued with fierce determination and a newfound savvy, shedding her usual naivete like yesterday's fashion. She marked her territory and put both of her archenemies in their places in one fell swoop.
Yet Korman retained an undercurrent of the vulnerability that has always made Theresa a character ripe for viewer sympathy. By resisting the temptation to fashion Theresa into an instant hardcore bitch, Korman allowed viewers to watch Theresa's mind at work – especially at the epiphanous moment when Theresa realized that the annulment of her marriage to Julian was itself null and void. With that, the real Mrs. Crane did stand up – for herself. "You two bitches think you know how to play dirty?" Theresa asked. "Well, you just watch Mama Crane."
We can't speak for Rebecca or Ivy, but we'll be watching.