On 666 Park Avenue, which premieres tonight on ABC, Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams play a pair of Manhattan landlords who seem to have some shady dealings with their tenants — which may or may not involve buying up their souls for the man downstairs. Transformers‘ Rachael Taylor and Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable are the fresh-faced young couple hired to be the place’s live-in property managers. When we caught up with the cast at Comic-Con over the summer, VH1 Celebrity wondered if they had their own nightmare apartment tales to share. Well, of course they did.
“Actors, unless they’re blessed from the get-go, can live in some pretty bad places,” O’Quinn said. The Lost star immediately recalled an apartment that “was in New York, over on 49th Street, somewhere between 7th and 8th. It was probably a 10 foot by 12 foot room. And I had a hot plate. If I wanted to wash anything, I did it in the bathtub, so you took greasy baths sometimes.”
Williams’ college apartment in Syracuse sounds worthy of its own TV show. “I had a couple of bizarre, unexplained incidents that happened with plants that started swinging when no windows were open,” she told us. “Things that were hung on the wall and start going back and forth in, literally, a corner when every window was closed and no radiators were going. We definitely felt that there was a presence of some kind there.”