Crystal, who studied gymnastics as a child, now uses yoga and meditation as a way to maintain calmness and serenity.
Crystal owns a home in California, where her husband and kids live, but also keeps an apartment in New York City, where Guiding Light is filmed. She commutes between both locations on a weekly basis and says she loves doing it.
As part of her contract with Guiding Light, Crystal is supposed to get permission before changing her appearance. However, she does admit to making a drastic change to her hair, which didn't make the producers of the show happy.
Crystal's second pregnancy was written in as part of her Guiding Light character's storyline in 2003. Crystal gave birth to a son and "Olivia" gave birth to a daughter.
Crystal appeared on the June 2003 cover of Pregnancy, the Summer 2001 cover of Woman's World, and the May 2001 cover of Brooklyn Parent. She has also appeared on the cover of many soap opera magazines.
Crystal, and husband Michael [Sabatino], run a home construction company and are building their very own mission-style house.
When Crystal signed her first big television contract she went out and bought herself a baby grand piano as a reward.
In 1998, Crystal auditioned for the role of Teri DeMarco on the soap opera Guiding Light, but lost out to Signy Coleman. Crystal auditioned again the following year and won the part of Olivia Spencer.
Crystal's record at the Daytime Emmy Awards is as follows:
- 2008 Nominee; Lead Actress
- 2007 Nominee; Lead Actress
- 2006 Nominee; Supporting Actress
- 2005 Nominee; Supporting Actress
- 2002 Winner; Supporting Actress
All of them were for her role on Guiding Light.
Crystal has performed in the following Theatre productions:
- The Three Sisters
- The Balcony
- The Twelfth Night
- The Comedy of Errors
Crystal admits to being shy and overweight as a child. She also says she was a bit of a loner while in school. She attended Arundel High School.
Crystal wed Scott Fanjoy in 1988, but they divorced in 1991.
Crystal: I'm a bit of a clean freak. I might be a bit obsessive about it. I'm constantly cleaning!
Crystal: (On the cast of "Guiding Light" rebuilding homes in Biloxi, MS) Doing something completely unrelated to what we do ... I just saw people so happy, including myself. It's a different kind of joy that only comes from working together like that to do something for someone else. It sounds a little corny and clichéd, but it really was. There's something brilliant about doing manual labor.
Crystal: (on what she does while staying alone in her New York apartment) I go get a mani/pedi and spend two-and-a-half hours at the spa! I have dinner with friends, where I actually get to sit and talk to adult people without being interrupted, and I go to movies, read books, hang out and sleep!
Crystal: I must have many multicolored hair genes. I was born with a thick head of black hair. By the time I was 5, I was completely blond. And somewhere in my teen years, it turned red. My hair's been all over the place. But now, it's just about covering the gray.
Crystal: (on Mother's Day at her house) My eldest loves to make me breakfast, which is pretty exciting! My little one joins in, and they'll make me some orange juice with a straw in it and a bowl of cereal with fruit on top. And they'll add a little decoration. It makes them happy, and they're very proud of it!
Crystal: I like to laugh. I like to make people laugh and I like for people to make me laugh. I don't see any other way to be except laughing.
Crystal: Getting buried alive [as Carly on Days of Our Lives] will always be my claim to fame, and you know what? That's fine with me.
Crystal: I'm not really a good luck charm kind of gal, but I believe more in walking into situations with good intentions.
Crystal: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Crystal: Because my life isn't a soap opera - thank goodness - I've been able to grow from my experiences and learn from my mistakes.
Crystal: (on her upbringing) I grew up really fast, moving around so much. But it was spontaneous, if nothing else.
Crystal: I have a Donna Karan jacket from about 10 years ago. I can pull it out and it still works. I just remember what I pay for things, so I won't get rid of them so fast.
Crystal: (on her favourite actors and actresses) One of my favourite all-time duos was Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Individually, they were both very gifted at what they did, and together they were magical. I've got a huge crush on Orlando Bloom. Johnny Depp is gorgeous and I love him, but ever since I saw Pirates of the Caribbean I was like, 'Oh, yeah! I'd watch Orlando in a pirate shirt wielding a sword.' He's also a great, fine actor. Cate Blanchett is extremely versatile and underrated.
Crystal: I enjoyed playing all three of them. Carly was the tragic heroine and drove story, so that was a challenge; I learned a lot. Maggie was an offbeat character, and I appreciated getting to explore that. And Olivia... I never played an anti-heroine before. Trying to keep her from going too far into the black and keeping her grey has been my struggle. Personally, I feel I've grown as an actress having had that experience.
(Soap Opera Weekly - 01/11/2005)
Crystal: (on her "Guiding Light" character, Olivia Spencer) She's not a bad gal - she only knows how to love a certain way. She's always gone after the guy who's somewhat preoccupied with someone else. She set herself up for some really bad falls. She hasn't quite accepted the fact that she's no good at these relationships...at least the kind she's going after. Olivia is not trying to hurt anyone. She's just trying to keep it all together and not lose the very thing she thinks she needs so desperately---love. She's never had a successful relationship and it's just devastating.
Crystal: (on taping love scenes with Robert Newman) We don't really talk about it most of the time; we just kind of jump into it and see what happens. It's like jumping into the abyss; you don't know what's going to happen. you get all sweaty and grunty, and then you shake hands and you go home. It's a strange thing.
Crystal: For a long time, I really didn't think I had the talent to do anything. I didn't think I could take care of myself. I didn't think I was pretty. Everyone was telling me how pretty I [was], but I certainly didn't feel that way, and I was angry with everyone for telling me things that I didn't believe. I lived my life like that for a long time.
Crystal: The first time I saw Michael [Sabatino, her future husband], he was dressed as Lawrence Alamain and sitting in the makeup room at Days of Our Lives. I extended my hand to shake his, and he stood up and kissed mine.
Crystal: I liked soaps. I liked to watch them. I watched Erica Kane go through all those husbands!