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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!”

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
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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)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Is nuts a pun?…lol

CeeCee
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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
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blake

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

Andrea
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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
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Eileen Hargis

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

Bobby Paradise
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Bobby Paradise

Haha. Gary: that’s the best!

Bobby Paradise
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Bobby Paradise

I mean Cary! So funny .

Mo
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Mo

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

Torqumada
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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
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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
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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
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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
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irene

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

Michael (not Fairman)
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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
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Rodd

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

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Cicely Tyson Recalls Her Time On ‘Guiding Light’ & Her Mother’s Obsession With Soaps In Final Interview on ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’

The world is mourning the loss of legendary actress Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96.   On Wednesday, Tyson had taped what would be the final interview of her life with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the morning show, Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Today on Friday, the show aired Tyson’s interview which was filled with so many moments made all the more poignant by her passing yesterday.

As soap fans know, Cicely was the first black actress to appear on the soaps, and on Guiding Light, back in 1966 in the role of Martha Frazier.  The character was married to Dr. Jim Frazier played first by Billy Dee Williams and then James Earl Jones.  Tyson’s role was eventually taken over by Ruby Dee.

 

During her interview with Kelly and Ryan, the hosts asked the Oscar-nominated actress and icon, best known for her roles in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, and A Trip to Bountiful about her time on Guiding Light.  Cicely revealed that her mother was a huge fan of Guiding Light and the daytime soaps, and was obsessed with the characters and what was going to happen next.  As it turns out, according to the interview, Tyson’s mother’s favorite role of her daughter was Martha on Guiding Light.

Watch the clip from the interview below.

Then, share your remembrances on the extraordinary work of Cicely Tyson via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Role In ABC Hit Drama, ‘Big Sky’

David E, Kelley’s new drama, Big Sky has been a captivating hit series for ABC in its freshmen offering.  Former One Life to Live star, Ryan Phillippe (Ex-Billy Douglas), who was one of the leads of the series, was seemingly killed-off early on and the show has had more shocking twists and turns in the crime thriller.

For those who don’t know, Big Sky, follows private detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) who join forces to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. After a winter break, Big Sky returned with new episodes this week.

Now, another soap alum has been added to the cast in the back-half of the first season.  Enter Michelle Forbes (Ex-Sonia/Solita, Guiding Light).  Michelle will take on the role of a mother named Margaret.

According to Deadline on Forbes’ Margaret: “She seems to be the picture-perfect ranch wife who knows her place, likes to bake and loves all of her children equally, but scratch the surface and there’s real steel beneath.”

So excited to see Michelle on Big Sky? Did you love her as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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This Week Mark Guiding Light’s 84th Anniversary with Grant Aleksander & Beth Chamberlin in Virtual Chat

On Monday, Guiding Light turned 84!  The historic soap opera started on radio before moving to broadcast television which count for the astounding total.

Guiding Light began its journey back on January 25, 1937 on NBC Radio, then moved to CBS Radio, and then eventually to CBS Television on June 30, 1952 (although it also continued on radio for a few years also till 1956).

So many fans mourned the cancellation of the series, and had to say goodbye to their beloved characters of Springfield when it went off the air on September 18th, 2009.

To mark this week’s 84th anniversary of the soap opera, The Locher Room is set to welcome two fan favorite stars, Grant Aleksander (Phillip  Spaulding) and Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), as they share their memories of working together and portraying one of Springfield’s favorite couples with former GL show publicist and now host, Alan Locher.

Circle this Thursday, January 28th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to watch the livestream of the chat with Grant and Beth.

So, do you have a favorite Phillip and Beth moment?  Are you missing Sprinfield on GL’s anniversary week? Let us know via the comment section below.

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