By Sammi Turano

Joan Van Ark is probably one of the best known nighttime soap actresses of all time. She spent several years playing Valene on the hit series Knots Landing (sometimes even showing up on the sister show Dallas) and constantly won us over with award worthy performances and incredible storylines.

She went on to star on The Young and the Restless, Nip/Tuck and various other shows throughout her legendary career. Now she is starring in a new Lifetime movie Psycho Wedding Crasher with Glee alum Heather Morris. In the movie, Joan plays Aunt Daisy, a controlling and nasty woman who was forced into raising her young niece. The two work together in the bridal business, which leads to several life altering events for Jenna, (Morris) thanks to Aunt Daisy’s controlling, manipulative ways.

This is a very different role for Joan, one that she says even scared her a little bit. However, she knew that the fear of taking on this role was the reason she needed to take it on. She says she loved every moment of playing Aunt Daisy and that it was a special treat to be able to work with someone as amazing as Heather Morris. She also loved that she was able to create the ‘why’ for her character and make people see why Aunt Daisy was the way she was. She even helped make the silhouette for the character by being hunched over most of the time. She adds that fans might not recognize her because she is in minimal makeup with darker hair.

As for what is next, Joan says there is a super secret project in the works that involved several of her old co-stars. However, you will have to stay tuned in order to see what she means! She also plans to do more running. She runs at least 70 miles per week and has done several marathons throughout her life. Her favorite thing to do when running? To collect heads up coins and use them to buy a good luck candle.

No matter what she does, she will continue to impress us with her talent and remind us all why we fell in love with her in the beginning!

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