urx unit loader 'Dallas' newcomer AnnaLynne McCord appreciates 'deeper connection' to fellow abuse victims
annalynne mccord dallas season 3 tnt 'Dallas' newcomer AnnaLynne McCord appreciates 'deeper connection' to fellow abuse victimsAnnaLynne McCord is poised to be the queen of series reboots, but her TV visibility means something greater to her.

After a five-year run as Naomi Clark on The CW’s “90210,” the actress joins TNT’s “Dallas” update in its Season 3 premiere Monday (Feb. 24). She plays Southfork ranch hand Heather, a single mom whose strong spirit attracts Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe) … and mirrors the highly philanthropic McCord’s own spirit.
“The CW let us know in the beginning that they do one season of press” for a new show, McCord tells Zap2it, “and after that, it is up to the actors if they feel inclined to engage their fans. It’s not the ideal, because we have a lot on our plates as it is, but what really came out of it for me was a deeper connection with the people following me.

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“I’m on Twitter and Instagram, and I had a story line in Season 2 (of ‘90210’) where my character was raped by her teacher. I work with an anti-sex-trafficking organization, and that was a wonderful platform for me — having already started to establish a connection with my followers — to have a conversation with them.”
And it didn’t start and end there. “To this day, I stand by it,” McCord says. “Both unfortunately and thankfully, you have to have a light shone on things that have happened, and to be able bring justice to certain situations. I said, ‘If you don’t feel like you can come forward to anyone, come forward to me, and I’ll do something about it.'”
Indeed, McCord reports, “I’ve had direct-message sessions with my Twitter followers around the world who have suffered from abuse, be it physical, mental or verbal … or their own self-abuse. I’ve been able to start conversations through social media to educate and bring light on a personal level, which has been healing for me, because I was abused when I was a young teenager.”
McCord notes the irony of her work on a show that was “so glitzy and so glammy” becoming the springboard for exchanges on “real issues like this. It’s far more than I ever could have imagined when I said, ‘OK, sure, I’ll be on “90210!” ‘ It’s been life-changing. I always believe you take something for a reason, so for me, it’s been monumental.”