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The John-Paul Lavoisier Interview – One Life To Live

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A spiteful and vengeful Las Vegas stripper, a mysterious bag of blood, and the shocking revelation by the woman you truly love that you have been duped, set the stage for One Life to Live’s Stacy/Rex/Gigi storyline to explode!  For months fans of the show have been very vocal about their feelings towards the character Stacy’s airtime, and her machinations of favorite Llanview couple, Rex and Gigi.  They want her to get caught!

In a brand new interview with John-Paul Lavoisier, “OLTL’s” Rex Balsom, we discuss the normally street smart private investigator’s fall from grace, and how John-Paul navigated through this difficult storyline, which has included his on-screen son, Shane’s battle with leukemia.  Yesterday, Rex and Stacy finally did the deed, but Gigi was on her way to tell Rex the sordid truth about her duplicitous sister, Stacy.  Will Rex finally believe Gigi and be reunited with his sweetheart? John-Paul fills us in.

One of daytime’s most talented younger actors also chats about working with his other favorite scene partner, Robert S. Woods (Bo). John-Paul or “JP” (as many know him by), also details how girlfriend Farah Fath (Gigi) and he became an “item”.  Charming, unpredictable, witty and funny… here is JP!

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MICHAEL:

Rex has been involved in this heavy story with Stacy, played by Crystal Hunt. Fans have been upset that Rex seemingly has had no clue that he is being duped.

leukemia.jpgJOHN-PAUL:

Rex is the dumbest he has ever been.  He’s confused, he’s weak, and he will pull at any line that has food on it at this point.  He’s a starving little fish just swimming around.  Gigi dumped him.  She made it look like she was with two guys. He had to walk in on her in bed with another guy.  Even though it was staged and it was all lies, in Rex’s eyes, it’s all been the truth.  So, the family he never had that he always wanted, he had.  It was stripped away from him, and he is getting over his son having leukemia.  Rex is coming off this huge storyline where Rex, Gigi and Shane all were brought together as a close family and everything like that, and it’s ripped away.  Stacy is manipulating her way into his life and it’s like he has these blinding goggles on.

MICHAEL:

Rex is usually a smart private investigator and a guy who is very street smart!

JOHN-PAUL

I would never hire Rex as a private investigator. (He laughs) I just got done filming a scene today, where another big character on the show hires me to be their private investigator down the line, and do some PI work. I laughed, going “What is this person thinking?  I should be giving you a discount.”

MICHAEL:

Has this storyline with Stacy been hard for you to play, JP?

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It’s incredibly hard for me to play because it’s far-fetched.  Rex sleeps with Stacy and it’s such a mistake, and it’s what’s written.  It’s where Rex’s head is at the moment.
So, I have to commit to the material, but it is hard to play.  I want Rex to see through what Stacy is doing, but right now the way it is being written,
he is not.  Stacy is winning and Stacy is able to fake him out at least for a moment.  It probably is going to ruin his life down the line, and even more so with the aftermath of the sex.  I am doing my best.

MICHAEL:

You are aware at how upset the fans have been about Stacy machinations of Rex and Gigi?

JOHN-PAUL

Everything I read on the Internet and talking to fans on the street, all the fans are saying the same thing, “Somebody needs to kill Stacy.  Why can’t Rex see through Stacy? Someone needs to kick her to the curb.”  Everybody is on the same page, except Rex.

MICHAEL:

You and your on-screen love interest Farah Fath (Gigi) are a couple in real life. During the storyline, were there times when the two of you were at home together, when you were just like, “Now what can happen with this story?”

JOHN-PAUL:

It’s gotten to the point where we look at each other and give, “I know, I know” looks, and we make a drink and play poker. (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

Rex comes up with a plan to nail Stacy.  But he sleeps with her first, and then he sets out to really…nail her?

JOHN-PAUL:

crystalFarah.jpgHe sleeps with her and then he nails her. (He laughs) Gigi is literally like three minutes too late to the party that Rex and Stacy have.  She finally comes to Ultra Violet to tell him the truth about how she was never with Schuyler or Brody, and how they find out that Stacy was not the stem cell donor, and everything like that.  But literally, he has just slept with Stacy. Nailing is involved, and funny enough, we do it on dance mats. (He laughs) We do it on the dance mats from a dance class that are left on the floor of Rex’s nightclub Ultra Violet.  While they are doing it, Gigi is trying to call Rex, but he’s not picking up the phone.  Later, we find out that after they get off the mats and collect themselves, and pull their clothes back on, and Stacy leaves, Rex finds his cell phone wedged under the mats.  So the mats muffled the ring tones, and he could not find the phone, and so Gigi decides to just come over.  She tells him everything, and he is very happy, and has an “Oh, my God” moment, but inside he is just flushed.  He is like, “Oh, my God. Why could you have not gone through those red lights on your way here?  You almost got here on time, but three minutes too late.”

MICHAEL:

Now that Stacy has slept with Rex, is Stacy going to gloat about it to Gigi?

JOHN-PAUL:

There is a huge up moment with Gigi and Rex coming together, and their plan to nail Stacy. Then, Rex tells Gigi that we have to lie and play to Stacy, to make her think that Rex is still into her, because if she is not the bone marrow donor, then she must be hiding an extra bag of blood from the actual donor.  She must be hiding it somewhere.  We might need that, in case Shane needs another transplant.  So, Rex has to continue to live with Stacy and pretend that he is into her until he can find the bag of blood.

MICHAEL:

Since Rex is on to Stacy, he won’t soon fall back into Stacy’s grip?

JOHN-PAUL:

I think there might be forced kisses along the way, but there is not a sexy time that I know of.

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I love your work with Robert Woods (Bo).
Will there be more interaction and upcoming scenes between Rex and Bo?

JOHN-PAUL:

Yes, there will be.  I loved the show that aired recently where Rex and Stacy were at the country club and charging things, and they get arrested.  After they get arrested and taken to Bo’s police station, Rex is handcuffed wearing only his bathing suit in the police station, and its fantastic! (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

You are wearing fewer clothes now than ever?

JOHN-PAUL:

I know.  In the script it said, “Rex wears Speedos,” but it ended up being shorts. Look, if I had to work with Bob Woods’s everyday, I would never complain.  It’s great!

MICHAEL:

Why does it work so well between the two of you?

JOHN-PAUL:

John-Paul likes working with Bob.  I guess, if you like each other in real life it can roll over. Also, Bob is the older guy and I am the younger guy.  Rex is like this little spitfire and Bo is very professional.  Bo has things in his past that draw them together, like his son Drew.  Bo can see where Rex is coming from, and Bo is the father Rex never had.  Rex actually listens to Bo and takes advice from him. Yet, every now and then, Rex screws up along the way, and Bo has to slap him a little bit and go, “What the hell did I teach you all these years?”  It’s just fun stuff, and they write it so well.

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Is Rex’s dad in room 302 in the Boutet Clinic?  That’s the room where the guy Roxy pulled the plug on inhabited, who seems to be Shane’s real blood donor. Isn’t it time we find out who Rex’s dad truly is?

JOHN-PAUL:

I know nothing.  I just know that something is trying to be worked out and something has to be coming.  It’s been discussed so much, and too many fans have wanted to know who it is, and all the actors want to know who the hell it is.  So, I can promise this ball will not be dropped.  But, I just don’t know when or who it will be.

MICHAEL:

There have been some red herrings along the way.  But Roxy keeps changing her story!

JOHN-PAUL:

Finally, he will get answers out of Roxy. It’s like “Is my dad dead or not?” T hen he believes her, and then he finds out she has been lying.  Like at one point, Charlie Banks was supposed to be the dad. T here have been so many ups and downs with his father thing that to finally get the answer and to move forward with Roxy, and to give Shane a grandfather, will be interesting.  So many people on the canvas will be affected.  I have heard people thinking it could be Mitch Laurence, and recently I heard Spencer Truman on the Internet. This is on fan boards and stuff, not from anyone here.  So, I don’t know.

farah.jpgMICHAEL:

Farah and you met originally in the hallway at One Life to Live.  When did you know, “I am really attracted to this girl?”

JOHN-PAUL:

We hit it off right away.  Fortunately, I think what was on my side was that Farah did not know anybody in New York, and I know everything about New York.  I feel if she had more friends in town, or knew the town better, I feel we probably wouldn’t have hung out.  So thank God she was from Los Angeles.  Sparks flew right away.  Farah worked here for a while in the first two months, mostly with Erika Slezak (Viki) in scenes at the Bon Jour Café. We would only see each other in the hallway from time to time. The first day we worked together we had two full shows running lines, and from that moment on was when the attraction really started.  Yes, there was that funny run-in in the hallway.  I was in body make-up.  She was cute and had noticed me.  She said to herself, “I need to introduce myself to this guy.”  And she goes, “Hi. I am Farah and I play Gigi.”  I go, “Hi. I’m JP.”  First of all, she felt it was weird because she loved my name John-Paul and when I said my name was JP, she was like, “Oh, I like John-Paul. Why does he call himself JP?”  She only likes to call me John-Paul, by the way.  She said she walked away from that introduction thinking, “I bet he thinks I am an under-five or a day player.  Maybe, he did not know that I am going to be working with him, and that we have a storyline together.”  But I knew, but she felt maybe I didn’t.  But, I thought that was cute!

MICHAEL:

At ABC Super Soap Weekend, you had been the host of The Colgate Triple Play Game Show. Would you ever emcee a television game show, because you were so good at it and very comfortable?

jpMain.jpgJOHN-PAUL:

I loved doing that.  I would have done nothing but the Colgate Triple Play that weekend. I would have done 12 a day and lived in that theatre the whole time, like Bob Guiney lived in his theatre.  It was so much fun, and the fans were great.  I could have kept going and I throw my voice out every year!  For some reason, I don’t get used to the fact that I am mic’d.  I keep thinking I have to reach the back of my house with my formal voice. Like Deal or No Deal. If Howie Mandel’s ever sick I would fill in,
in a minute.

MICHAEL:

In closing, it’s going to be one hot July for Rex.  What can we expect from Rex in the month ahead?

JOHN-PAUL:

In the future, he will be fathered, be intelligent, and be a husband to Gigi….that would be great.  Hopefully, I will become Mr. Morasco soon! (He laughs)

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OLTL’s Erika Slezak Recalls Viki’s Breast Cancer Battle, Pays Tribute to Andrea Evans, and Shares Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Those Who Reached Out on the Passing of Her Daughter, Amanda

One of the all-time classic breast cancer storylines of the soaps was that of Viki’s on One Life to Live. Back in 2000 and into 2001, the character went through many trials and tribulations trying to face the disease, which again afforded the iconic Erika Slezak to be featured in another dramatic storyline, which at the same time helped so many female viewers.

As part of last week’s virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story, Slezak chatted with co-host Michael Fairman about her remembrances of the important storyline, the passing of her co-star, Andrea Evans (ex-Tina) to breast cancer, and took a moment to address the fans and those who reached out to her following the sudden death of her daughter, Amanda Davieback at the end of January of this year.

While Erika has still been in mourning, she took the time to be a part of the night and wanted to contribute her voice to the benefit, and we cannot thank her enough.

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Speaking on how Viki dealt with her diagnosis of breast cancer, and at the time being in a relationship with a younger man, Ben (played by Mark Derwin), Erika shared, “It was a very good story to tell because Viki, who had always been strong and by herself and tough and ‘I can deal with anything’, suddenly couldn’t deal with it. She was afraid. There was the whole relationship with Ben that was going on, and she didn’t want him to be a part of it. So that was separate, and the day that Vicki checked into the hospital, the last shot was me sitting on the end of the bed, sort of my dangling my feet over it, completely alone because she didn’t want anybody else to know.”

“Ben was around in the hospital and eventually found out that she was there and wanted to be a part of her life. But she didn’t want it,” Erika added. “She couldn’t deal with it. It was a frightening thing for her because it had been caught too late to treat. She had to have a mastectomy and a reconstruction and she had never been faced with such a very personal trauma. I mean, yes, she had Niki and all the others (Viki’s alters), but this was a physical thing that she could not control. It was a very powerful story, I think.”

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One of the memorable moments from the story was when Viki sang the Gloria Gaynor hit, I Will Survive. Slezak remembers, “That was at Crossroads. She was singing to herself, I Will Survive, and she was desperately trying to believe it, as we all do when we deal with something horrible.”

In tribute to her former co-star, Andrea Evans, who started on One Life to Live as a teenager in 1978 and who died in July of 2023 at 66-years-old, Erika expressed, “Andrea grew up so beautifully and she was so talented that the person that she really was, who was a a kind and loving woman, could play so many different levels of Tina. I had such admiration for her for that. It wasn’t in her nature to be Tina, but she played the hell out of it. She really did. Her first day on the show, her hair was down to the back of her knees. She was just a kid, and she grew up to be a wonderful woman.”

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Speaking emotionally about Andrea’s personal life, Erika recalled, “I think one of the proudest moments of her life is when she got her daughter Kylie, she was so happy. Audrey, Andrea’s mother, used to bring Kylie to the studio, all the way from California she would fly in. I first met Kylie when she was a year old.  I watched her slowly grow up and it was wonderful. Andrea was a fabulous mother. I never met her husband Steve. I wrote to him after she passed, and he wrote me back a very, very sweet letter. But when Andrea met Steve, it was like her life was almost complete, and then she had Kylie, and that was complete. And it is so, so sad that she died so young.”

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During the conversation, Erika took a second to acknowledge all those who contacted her with their condolences, thoughts and prayers on the passing of her daughter, Amanda, sharing, “I thank all the fans and the people who have written to me. I’ve saved every single card. I’ve responded to every single person because the amount of people who reached out to me is just astonishing. I have a pile that it’s two feet high of cards and letters that people wrote to me. And I’m very, very grateful because this is the hardest thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”

You can watch the conversation with Erika below on the replay of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer. The six-time Daytime Emmy-winner appears at the 34:17 mark in the show. Below that is a playlist of scenes from Viki’s breast cancer storyline on One Life to Live.

Now let us know, what did you think of Viki’s breast cancer storyline? Erika’s words on the late Andrea Evans and her “thank you” to all for sending their condolences to her and her family during their difficult time? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson Talks on Ashley’s DID Storyline, the Challenges of the Alters, and Working with Trevor St. John

The Young and the Restless two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Eileen Davidson, has recently been given the ball by series executive producer and head writer, Josh Griffith to tell the ltin the latest of Ashley Abbott’s emotional struggles. This time, Ashley has splintered into multiple personalities: Ash, Mrs. Abbott, and Belle.

Given Ashley’s history (which has included several mental breakdowns), Y&R has chosen to revisit her psyche in a brand new twist in 2024 by launching a Dissociative Identify Disorder storyline. When things spiraled downward to her marriage to Tucker (Trevor St. John), and a flashback to a car crash which took her unborn baby in 2003, Ashley began to hear voices in her head and her alters began to emerge.

Speaking live on a virtual appearance on Tuesday on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Davidson shared her thoughts on the storyline, how she crafted Ashley’s various alters and what she thinks of her co-star, Trevor St. John.  Here’s a few key remarks from the chat below.

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Eileen talked about Ashley’s overall emotional make-up, explaining, “Everybody always talks about her being so strong and so together, and they don’t like seeing her weak. I’m like, ‘Ashley’s never been as strong and together. She’s had issues from the gate out of the gate … years … forever.’  She had amnesia. She had all sorts of issues. I love her fallibility and her vulnerability.”

Taking on the different personalities is a challenge, but Davidson pointed to one, in particular, that she feels is the hardest to play, “Ash has been the most difficult one,” explained the actress. “Because I didn’t want to do anything too broad and too ‘teenagery.’  So it was just trying to be honest about somebody who’s kind of young and sees the world in a certain way and is perhaps defensive and is an angry teen.”

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However, embodying Ms. Abbott was a lot easier for Davidson. “It wasn’t hard for me to figure her out,” she expressed. “It was the very first time she was introduced on paper. She’s in Tucker’s hotel room. She’s breaks in. I’m like, ‘Okay. she’s sitting in the chair and it, it says kind of like a ‘Sharon Stone-type moment.’  I felt pretty comfortable embodying that in control, kind of toying with a man. She knows how to put on vulnerability and softness to get what she wants, but is always in control. And her ugly side shows more and more as the story has been coming out.”

The newest alter to emerge was Belle. Davidson shared how much she knew of the alter before she began playing her, stating, “They gave me southern, flirtatious, likes tequila, and always looking for a guy’ and I was off to the races. It’s been really, really fun for me. I didn’t want her to sound like she’s from the South completely, because Ashley is not from the South. It’s just a persona of how Ashley thinks a southern person sounds. So, she’s not playing a southern character. She’s playing a personality that thinks she’s southern. It’s very different.”

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Currently, it looks like Tucker’s life may be on the line as Ashley’s alters want to get rid of him once and for all.  Eileen explained why, revealing, “The most fascinating thing about DID and what I kept trying to inject into the performance is these alters are created to protect somebody. They all believe they’re protecting Ashley. Ms, Abbott thinks the way to protect Ashley is to kill Tucker because Tucker’s caused Ashley so much pain. So I mean, from that aspect, it’s good daytime drama.”

A lot of times in DID storylines, a very traumatic event from the childhood is revealed which caused a person to fracture into a multiple personalties. When Davidson was asked if she thinks something will come to light that the audience never knew happened to Ashley, she responded, “You would think so, right?  I mean, why not? The one thing that’s true about Ashley is that she had a traumatic childhood. Her mother abandoned her when she was very young, and then found out in her early twenties that her father wasn’t her biological father. So, who knows what happened. Whether or not they choose to explore that, I’m not sure. You have to kind of keep reinventing things to keep them interesting. I think like that stands true for characters (on a soap) as well.”

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Over the years, Eileen has worked with several leading men. When asked how she feels the dynamic is working with Trevor St. John, she enthused, “I love working with Trevor. I just told him you breathe fresh air into the scenes. We work well together. We don’t really know what the other one’s going to do (in a scene), but we play off of each other. There’s a huge trust factor and that has been there from the get-go. When I first started working with Treb, I told him, ‘We got lucky.’ When you meet somebody out of the the blue and you start working together, we just had something and it just worked beautifully. I always know that when I work with Trevor, it’s going to be a terrific experience.”

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Watch the full conversation with Eileen below.

Now let us know, which of Ashely’s alters do you enjoy seeing the most? Do you think something happened to Ashley as a child that we never knew about that is causing her DID? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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(INTERVIEW) William deVry Talks on His Roles in Hallmark’s ‘A Whitewater Romance’, New Film ‘Pocket of Hope’ and His Time on the Soaps

For soap favorite, William deVry life-after-daytime has been reinvigorating, filled with new projects and new directions. This Saturday, May 11th he can be seen in the latest rom-com from Hallmark, A Whitewater Romance (8pm ET/PT) starring Cindy Busby as Maya and Ben Hollingsworth as Matt who play intense business rivals, and featuring Will as Jim Burdett, set against the backdrop of the outdoors and Canada.

In addition, Wil has been busy prepping other projects in which he is executive producing and starring including: Colt & McQueen and Christmas in Bordeaux, and producing and starring in a very dramatic departure for deVry, as the lead in the new true-life story feature film, Pocket of Hope.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Wil to get the lowdown on his latest and upcoming roles, his expanding career aspirations, and to get his reflections on his three main soap roles: Julian Jerome on General Hospital, Storm Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful and Michael Cambias on All My Children. Read on for what deVry has been up to of late and his reflections of the past.

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In A Whitewater Romance, you play the character of Jim Burdett, tell me about him?

WIL: My character runs this whitewater rafting company and the deal is that there’s a corporate retreat that is organized at my company. Jim is sort of old school. He’s been running the company for quite a lot of years. Jim’s not social media savvy. In the story, Maya and Matt get there, and they end up obviously enjoying themselves at this corporate bonding retreat. They discover that Jim was going to close down the company. He stayed open specifically to accommodate this corporate retreat. And then, of course, Cindy Busby’s character, and Ben Hollingsworth character do this little online thing for Jim and get business booming. Before he knows it, the entire summer is booked with clients and they basically saved his company. It’s a feel-good movie with beautiful, stunning locations.

And, are you a good guy in this?

WIL: It’s almost like, wait!  Will is playing good guy? It’s funny because our director, Jason Bourque knows I’ve been playing bad guys for so long. Even the Christmas movie that I did with Terry Hatcher, Christmas at the Chalet, I went through such an arc. My character was so focused in his business and kind of unhappy because he was living his life for other people, and you don’t really realize that you might be slightly unhappy because you don’t take time to do inventory for yourself. In A Whitewater Romance, Jason had this idea that I was this really kind of ‘happy-go-lucky’ guy. And by the second day of shooting, he goes, “I think maybe Jim is a former military …” We both laughed because it was a subtle joke, because you know, I can be a little bit serious.

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How was it to work with Ben and Cindy?

WIL: Great. Cindy being a lead, they set an example for everybody. Cindy is so low key and very friendly, and basically the trailer door is open if you want to discuss anything. Ben was also a producer on this. He might have had a little more stress on him than just sort of acting. But honestly, you couldn’t tell. Both of them had a good sense of humor. I would work with either one of them in a heartbeat again.

You have some exciting news to share; as you are about to be the lead in a new film?

WIL: Yes, I’m the lead in a new film called Pocket of Hope. It’s based on the true story of Chad Gaines, and I am playing Chad. It’s a beautiful movie. It’s in the present day with Chad talking with his daughter. He’s always been reluctant to share his past with her, and because there was a lot of trauma involved, he didn’t really want to put her through that. She’s no longer a young lady and so he feels now is the time to share that. There are a lot of strong flashbacks in the movie. It goes back between the past and the present, which I think is really engaging. The budget is well over a million dollars. We start filming at the end of May in Los Angeles, and then we will go on location in August to shoot the remaining scenes.

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How do you feel about tackling a dramatic role such as this with tough subject matter?

WIL: It’s a heavy-duty role. There’s a lot of responsibility. I’ve prepared my whole life for these kinds of roles. It’s really exciting to play a true life individual, who has a story to tell. I think it’s a great honor for me and for the director/producer David Kohner Zuckerman, as well. David is wanting to do Chad’s story justice. We’ve got a good team for this. Robert Altman Jr’s, Cora Atlman, is playing my daughter. When you find a troupe that you like to work with and you can collaborate with, you stick together. So, we have David, as I mentioned and also Deran Sarafian, who is consulting on the project. Deran and I have been working on my other project together, Colt & McQueen. We are the luckiest people in the business right now to be working with Deran. He has had a lot of successful pilots that he’s done for Fox, ABC, and NBC and also Marvel and Netflix shows. He was also a producer on House for Fox.

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In Colt & McQueen, you play a former LAPD detective, right?

WIL: Correct. He was basically dishonorably discharged for something that he didn’t do. He is going be trying to clear his name of any wrongdoings. However, in order to make a living, he sort of does these unsanctioned assignments for the captain of the LAPD, who is also on his way out. He’s a good guy. Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) is in it and he kind of plays a man of the streets who goes by “The Professor.” Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth, Port Charles, et al) is in it, and she plays the character with the code name “Leather Jacket” within the LAPD system. We go into production on it in July.

You’re doing your own projects now. That must be liberating in some ways and harder in others.

WIL: I just said, “Look, if I’m going to stay in this business, I have to have some control over my career now as opposed to just auditioning blindly.” That can be a frustrating process. I am learning a lot because I’ve never produced before or executive produced, but the effort is there, and the will to do so is there.

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Speaking of projects, you have another one you are working on, a romantic comedy called Christmas in Bordeaux. What is the theme of that one?

WIL: It’s a tale of family traditions, renewed passions, for love and life and spiritual and cultural awakenings. Finding value in the time we have left. And of course, a happy ending for all involved.

As an actor, when you finally get to the point where you get to act you probably really enjoy that. It’s just the challenges of all the things it takes to get there that can be daunting for a performer.

WIL: As an actor, you have to be so good and so comfortable and embrace the rejection. The rejection has to feed you. It can’t defeat you. However, I kind of do take everything personally. If a casting director doesn’t want to bring me in for something that’s their prerogative. I don’t really get angry about it, but I take it personally because I kind of feel like, they should bring me. I can’t just sit back and accept my fate based on other people’s ideas of what I’m capable of or not capable of. Sometimes my resume is a benefit, and sometimes it’s a detriment. It’s up to me to change the narrative.

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What would you want to say to the GH fans who had been so supportive of you through the years?

WIL: It blows me away how loyal they are, and their passion. I want them to be of aware that. I’m excited to work for myself, and if that doesn’t work out, I am very comfortable going on to do something else with my life. Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) and I had talked about it at one point, and how she absolutely loves the business. I have other things that interest me and move me. I hope every single fan of Julian Jerome comes along on this journey with me.

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Looking back, do you think your best role on the soaps was Michael Cambias on All My Children?

WIL: I think with Michael Cambias that All My Children destroyed the character. I sat down with the executive producer at the time, Jean Dadario Burke, and she said, “You’ll be here as long as you want. We did a focus group and you’ve got a 96% approval rating. That’s through the roof.” Two days later, I was called back into her office as they had fired the head writer. I was told Megan McTavish was coming back and they were going to make my character irredeemable, which as everybody knows, Michael Cambias went on to do horrible things to Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) family and then he was off the show.

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Then, you went on to portray Storm Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful and the heartbreaking suicide storyline which saved Katie’s (Heather Tom) life, but cost Storm his.

WIL: Storm had a lot of potential. When you’re going through such a beautiful, heart-wrenching, horrific story like that, I wanted to give the audience a lot of credit. Soaps have a smart audience. I wanted them to go on the journey with me. I didn’t want to ruin it for them by playing the problem. I didn’t want to create the drama before it was time to pay the price, if you know what I mean. I allowed it to play out on-screen without any foreshadowing. I think that’s why it worked and that’s why it broke everybody’s heart, and I think that’s why it won a Daytime Emmy for Best Drama Series. Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B) trusted me with a vehicle that ended up being the Ferrari for that year. I’m eternally grateful to him.

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Do you ever check out General Hospital nowadays to see how your old castmates are doing and what is happening in Port Charles?

WIL:  I like to check in. I like to see what Kin Shriner (Scott) is up to, and I like to see who’s showing up and who’s going. I like to see Maura West (Ava) who is such a terrific actress and who played my on-screen sister. We had such a good working relationship and I hope she is on the show forever.  I was happy with my eight years on the show. I knew for 18 months it was time for me to leave. I knew in my heart the character was done. Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) was thrilled with how I left the show. Those six and a half years on General Hospital were a lot of fun. I really loved going to work.

So, will you be watching William deVry in ‘A Whitewater Romance’ this weekend on Hallmark? What do you think about his upcoming projects and roles? Miss him on daytime? Comment below.

 

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