A native of Brooklyn, Ilene Kristen is no stranger to New York. After a short stay in Los Angeles, Ilene has returned to her original role in Ryan's Hope as Delia.
Are you glad to be back on Ryan's Hope?
"I'm having a great time! I'm much more relaxed than the first time. I feel that I don't worry as much. They are writing some great material lately. At first, I was very hesitant to return. I felt this part would stay with me forever, then I realized that there could be worse things in this world. I sat down and really analyzed it. I was also living in Los Angeles at the time and had such a different way of life. I wasn't sure if I wanted to give it all up."
How long did you live in Los Angeles?
"For two-and-a-half years. It was scary being out there at first because I didn't have anything lined up. I'd wake up everyday not knowing exactly what I was going to do. I lived a whole other existence than I would have in New York. I had grown up as a city kid and never really saw the rest of the country. I was leading what I felt to be an adventurous life in the frontier land. As far as happiness, though, I was in a state of limbo - not-happy, not unhappy."
You also have a rock band?
"I've been singing with a rock band in New Jersey since the summer. It's not my band, they adopted me. They're called the Atlantic Coast Bank. I went out there on weekends during the summer. Now I go every few months. I may be putting another band together because it is so hard to go out to New Jersey all the time."
What do you do in your spare time?
"I take exercise class and singing lessons. Someday I would like to sing opera. I never thought of opera at all and don't want to sing it until ten or twenty years from now. I'm working hard to get a legitimate sound. Since I've been singing rock-and-roll for so long it is hard to get a wide range. I am also part of a women's theater group.. We're learning how to write. It's exciting when you have to raise money and get the director, set and cast together."