‘Passions’ goes to Paris, adds Juliet Mills to cast

Thesp to play 'demonically evil' older woman

NEW YORK — Emmy-winning thesp Juliet Mills has been cast in the new NBC sudser “Passions,” which began production Wednesday with location shooting in Paris.

Mills, best known for starring in the 1970-71 ABC laffer “Nanny and the Professor,” will play Tabitha Lenox, an eccentric older woman who’s “demonically evil,” according to the soap’s casting sheet. In addition to winning a Golden Globe for “Nanny,” Mills snagged an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy special for her role in the 1974 ABC made-for “QB VII.”

In addition to Mills, producers have also completed casting for several lead and supporting parts for “Passions,” which is set to bow in July. Thesps inked include:

  • Ben Masters, who’ll play the “cold, controlling and ruthless” Julian Crane;

  • Dalton James as Hank, a still-developing character slated to be introduced two months after “Passions” premieres;

  • McKenzie Westmore as femme fatale Sheridan Crane;

  • Eva Tamargo as housekeeper/confidante Pilar Lopez Fitzgerald;

  • Lena Cardwell as daredevil teen Simone;

  • Relative newcomers Travis Schuldt as twentysomething rich kid Ethan Crane, Taylor Anne Mountz as middle-class teenager Kay and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kay’s sister.

Location shooting for “Passions” will move to Oxnard next week and Camden, Maine, later this month. Sudser’s permanent base will be CBS Radford Studios in Studio City.

“Passions” is an NBC Studios production. James Reilly is the creator and head writer. Lisa Hesser is exec producer.