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Matt Bomer Recalls Ben Reade's Dark Storylines On Guiding Light Revealing He Told Writers: "Just Throw The Kitchen Sink At Me, And They Did!’

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While promoting his latest motion picture Magic Mike XXL, Matt Bomer appeared this week on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  When discussing the beginnings of his career, the discussion turned to his time on the now defunct and beloved Guiding Light, where Bomer was cast in the role of Ben Reade.

When Matt debuted on the CBS soap opera back in 2002, he revealed that he told the writers and producers that he only wanted to be on the daytime drama for a short amount of time – which lasted just over a year.   Bomer admits that after he disclosed that to the powers-that-be he added, “Just throw the kitchen sink at me,” and then he added,  “And they did!’

Next, Matt told a hilarious synopsis of the storylines of Ben Reade during his year in Springfield, when he told Seth Meyers:   “I was a trust fund baby who bet my fraternity brothers that I could deflower the town virgin. I fell in love with her, but she found out about the bet and dumped me.  Then, I met a new girlfriend, lost my trust fund and was embarrassed to tell her so I became a male prostitute .. that’s what you do when you lose your trust fund. (Laughs).  So I had all these cougar clients that that were these women I would meet at 6 in the morning and by 9am we would be in the bed making out together for five minutes.  Then my girlfriend found out I was a male prostitute, dumped me of course, and then I went crazy, killed five people, kidnapped her to a remote cabin in the woods, confessed to her that I’d been molested by my middle school teacher, and then committed suicide in front of her, her father, and her new boyfriend. Then, hung on for one day in the hospital to confess my sins!”

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The biggest laugh was at the end of Bomer’s recanting of the story of Ben on Guiding Light when he added, “My favorite moment is when the writers came up to me at the end of it and they go, ‘Listen, if you ever want to come back, we’ve got it figured out.’  (Laughs).   Matt always wondered just how they could do that! Evil twin?

Watch the very cute and entertaining segment that all Guiding Light and soap fans will enjoy with Matt Bomer on Late Night with Seth Meyers after the jump!  Then weigh-in if you recall the antics of Ben Reade on Guiding Light!  And if Guiding Light had not been canceled, and Bomer had not become a massive mainstream star,  how would you have brought Ben Reade back to the canvas?

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Cary Giacalone
Cary Giacalone

One of my favorite Matt Bomer moments – his scene in his white underwear which made the world nuts and from then most male soap starts had to wear dark underwear.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Is nuts a pun?…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL, jimh. It could be a pun….too funny, you are.
All I can say is that I watched every episode of WHITE COLLAR…..not only for the intriguing stories, but for Matt’s beautiful self…inside and out. Great actor; great father; great husband.

blake
blake

Is that true? I remember his underwear scene on the beach (who doesn’t???) and I think it’s still on youtube.

Andrea
Andrea

I didn’t watch GL, but I loved Matt on White Collar. His storyline sounded insane, but I’m sure he rocked it. I know I would have wanted Matt to return! I’m terrible at guessing these things, but I’m 99% certain that they would have made the original character a brainwashed Ben lookalike, then brought the real Ben to town.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Matt was delightful on GL. Loved him and loved his crazy character. Knew he would go far.

Bobby Paradise
Bobby Paradise

Haha. Gary: that’s the best!

Bobby Paradise
Bobby Paradise

I mean Cary! So funny .

Mo
Mo

Great that he remembers it all. Wish I’d watched.

Torqumada
Torqumada

I miss GUIDING LIGHT. My immigrant grandmother listened to it on the radio and watched it on tv and claims that’s how she learned English.

blake
blake

That’s awesome he is talking about Guiding light and remembers all of his stories on there, that surprised me. But it’s too bad they didn’t say Guiding Light, Seth just said a soap.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I loved MB as Ben Reade on GL. I was so sad when he left the show. I was happy when he made it with White Collar. Great synopsis. He should track down the head writer(s) to find out what the plan was to bring him back.

su0000
su0000

oohhhhh my!
Magic Mike XXL , is on the top of my to-do list= see Magic Mike XXL twice 😉

I really liked the stories he had.. too bad I missed it..
I really liked the ending..

irene
irene

I remember Ben. He rocked the scenes at the end. I still miss GL.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

His recounting of it was quite amusing—and far more entertaining than any of it was when it was playing out on the screen, unfortunately. (Not one of GL’s better periods, though MB acted the hell out of everything he was given.)

Rodd
Rodd

He was mesmerizing as Ben on GL. I couldn’t take my eyes off him then or now. LOL!

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‘Beacon Hill’ Prepping Its Long-Awaited Season Two Featuring Soap Notables

A few years back, Beacon Hill was one of the most talked about web series for its soapy cast and bringing same-sex romance, political scandal and familial drama to the table.  And now, it appears after a four year wait\ the creators and the cast are ready to go back into production for its second season.

In order to do that, the producers are driving a crowdfunding campaign via IndieGoGo to raise funds to make their planned production a reality.

Guiding Light and Venice favorite, Crystal Chappell is once again returning in role of “Claire”, along with these daytime fan favorites: Alicia Minshew, Melissa Archer, Ron Raines, John-Paul Lavoisier, Ricky Paull Goldin, Scott Bryce, Tina Sloan, Louise Sorel and the new additions to the cast: Nadia Bjorlin, Jacob Young, Hillary B. Smith, and Marem Hassler who takes over the key role of “Katherine” from Sarah Brown.

The series promises longer episodes than season one, and it will finally deliver to fans the reveal of that cliffhanger: “Who is at the damn door?”

As of Sunday night, there are 43 days left to donate to the fund to help make Beacon Hill second two come to life so they can shoot the series in New England.

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Guiding Light & ATWT Alum, Tom Pelphrey Is New Series Regular In Upcoming Season of Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

Well, soap fans knew when they saw the character of Jonathan Randall debut in Springfield on Guiding Light that the young man who portrayed him was going to go far in his career, and that has been what’s been happening since he left daytime for Tom Pelphrey.

Pelphrey, who won two Daytime Emmys for his role on GL and later did a run as Mick on As the World Turns, has gone on to star as Ward Meachum on both seasons of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix, appeared on Cinemax’s Banshee and more recently did a guest spot on NBC;’s drama Blindspot to name just a few of his projects.

Now comes word via Deadline that Pelphrey is joining the third season of Netflix’s drama Ozark as a series regular.  The series stars Laura Linney and Jason Bateman and details the life of a family as the navigate within a dangerous drug cartel.

Pelphrey has been cast Linney’s younger brother named Ben Davis, and in story, he arrives for an unannounced and inopportune visit. He quickly reminds Wendy (Linney) who she used to be and who she is running from.

Upon the announcement of his casting, Tom took to his Twitter account and said, “Dream job!”

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So, will you be checking out Ozark to see Tom in his new role?  Did you love him as Jonathan (Reva’s son) on Guiding Light? Comment below.  But first watch Tom’s winning moments and acceptance speeches at the 2006 and 2008 Daytime  Emmys.

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

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Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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