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The Trevor St. John Interview – In The Family and One Life to Live

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Many daytime fans have been missing the talents of the Trevor St. John from their television screens, where for an amazing eight-year run on One Life to Live he played the role of Todd Manning in a performance that broke the mold in the soap genre. As many know in his last month of the show it was revealed Trevor’s Todd was really Todd’s twin, Victor Jr., and the character was subsequently murdered.  That story is still playing out and resonating on One Life today with many repercussions ahead.

And now, as Trevor focuses on his new projects and endeavors, he is getting rave reviews in a new film from actor-writer-producer, Patrick Wang, called In The Family, which is set to debut in New York City on November 4th hopefully with national distribution to follow.  The inspiring and emotional tale of In The Family features Trevor in a role that his fans have never seen and he have never played before…that of a gay father with a life-partner, and from there the intense drama begins in a motion picture that deals with many social issues of our day.

To say Trevor is elusive, sometime reclusive, a true original, funny, bright, and one of the most powerful actors we have ever seen is just the tip of the iceberg.  On-Air On-Soaps is happy to bring you this interview where Trevor reveals his side of the story on his departure from OLTL, and his thoughts on the reveal of his alter-ego being Victor Jr. and Roger Howarth returning to the series as Todd.  Plus, he opens up about his thoughts on the amazing fans of daytime, and his
co-stars and the soap genre, and how he truly was, “The Accidental Soap Star”.
We begin on our talk with what Trevor had to say about his new motion picture!

MICHAEL:

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Trevor, your new film, In The Family just got an amazing review in Variety.  And in it, you play Cody.  And part of the set up of the film is Cody and his partner, Joey, (Patrick Wang) care for a little boy, Chip, who is Cody’s biological son.  The backdrop for the film is interestingly Tennessee … and Cody suddenly dies!  How long are you in the film, if you are “killed-off”?

TREVOR:

I am mostly in flashbacks and Patrick kind of does it non-linearly. I get killed in the first 30 minutes of the film, and then you see me in flashbacks throughout the rest of it.

MICHAEL:

How did you come into this role?   Did you know Patrick Wang previously?

TREVOR:

I did not know Patrick Wang before. My agent sent me the script and wanted to know if I was interested in it.  I thought it was a beautifully written script.  And I went in and read for Patrick and that was it.

MICHAEL:

And how was he to work with?  The film sounds amazing on so many levels!

TREVOR:

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Patrick is really one of the best actors and directors I have ever worked with, and he has got a really risk taking spirit.  He understands human nature and it is born out in his screenplay and the final product of the film.  He knows how to talk to actors.  He is patient and he knows what he wants, and he has great esthetic vision.  He is a very talented guy and he has it all.  Plus, he is a really a good actor!

MICHAEL:

It is a very important social issue of our time, having same-sex couples raising a child.  And this film even brings in another issue, when one of the partners suddenly dies and now there is one single gay parent raising a child.  Was that one of the things that drew you to the role and the movie?

TREVOR:

I think so.  I have never played a gay character before and I am always looking to do something different.  And I knew I was going to have to kiss him (laughs).  I knew that was one of the “oh-gosh-I-don’t-know-about-that” moments.  But, I thought you need to just jump in to whatever you are fearful of or reticent to do.  I always make it a rule to jump right in there and see what it is like.  So that was one of the reasons I took the role, but mostly it is story.  The other stuff is secondary to the story.

MICHAEL:

Well, from everyone I have had the privilege to speak to over the last several years at One Life, they always tell me, “Trevor was the risk-taker!”  And, that you are the one who comes in on set with a twist on something.

TREVOR:

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For sure, I like a challenge.

MICHAEL:

What will fans that have watched you on OLTL see in your performance of Cody? Clearly, he is much different than Todd/Victor Jr.!

TREVOR:

I would never even know where to begin with that. Cody in In The Family is a real good guy and he is a real good dad, except I realized when I watched the film there is a scene where I go pick up my son and I don’t make him put his seat belt on! (Laughs)  Cody is also a deep feeling person, but then so is Todd.  The difference in character is how they choose to act out on their feelings and however their feelings are manifested.  I never even considered, “Well, I want to play this guy different than Todd.” I think it’s all in the writing, and the writing is so different.  So as an actor if you get out of the way, then the character comes through.

MICHAEL:

Do you know people in your own life that are in a same-sex relationship that have raised a child?  I have met many couples over the last few years that are looking to adopt a child and raise it, and there are still a lot of struggles for same-sex couples to be chosen, or sometimes accepted in this society as “fit” parents.

TREVOR:

No, I don’t, but I have a four and half year old son now myself.  However, I feel strongly about this.  I don’t know if I would necessarily say it’s ideal to have a mother and a father, (and that would be fine), and you have a masculine and feminine type of situation going on, but I don’t think it’s necessary.  I think that is one of the least important parts for a child being raised.  A child should be raised by loving and respectful parents who are considerate of their child’s growth, and a woman or a man, or two women, or two men; neither of those has a monopoly on this or knows better than anyone else.  You can have a mother and a father raising a child and have it be the worst situation, and you can have a same-sex couple doing the same thing and have it be really wonderful.  Great parenting is not a function of your sex or your sexuality, and that is just a fact.

MICHAEL:

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So it sounds to me from that we are going to need our hankies for In The Family!

TREVOR:

Yeah, you might need it.  I know there were people on the set who were crying during scenes. There is some moving stuff in it.  Patrick really allows things to happen, and you really take a ride and it’s very intimate.  He lets the actors really go.  So the audience gets really sucked in by it, so you might shed some tears.

MICHAEL:

You have done many feature films and television roles in addition to OLTL.  Would you say that this role in In The Family is one of your favorites?

TREVOR:

This is one of my favorites.  It is a departure from every thing else I have done.  And I don’t’ know if it was my favorite role, but it was my favorite experiences acting.  And it was of my best performances I feel, that is for sure.  I am really proud of it.

MICHAEL:

Now that you have experienced, playing gay, would you play a gay role again?

TREVOR:

Yeah.  Gay or not, it’s all about the script and the story.  But yeah, sure I would do almost… … well, but I do have limits… but it’s mostly about the externals, now of course they effect your psychologically and all of that.  What I am trying to say is it’s all just a character.  It has nothing to do with you.  So why not play a gay character?  Why not play a killer?  Why not play a ridiculous person?

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MICHAEL:

Your fans from One Life to Live miss you terribly.  What did you think of the plot twist during the end of your run when you were revealed to be Victor Jr., and that you and Roger Howarth’s Todd, were twins?  Many in the audience of course were all hoping for many episodes of the two of you going head to head over the business, woman, children, and every issue imaginable.  Since you had made the role of Todd your own over the last eight years, when you heard Roger Howarth was coming back were you like, “What? or “How cool!”

TREVOR:

I thought, “Oh cool” and I was really excited about it and one of the reasons is I like taking the risks.  But on the soaps, and this is not a diss of the writers or the people who are making creative decisions, but they can be a little redundant sometime.  Simply because of the nature of the stories they can tell, and it’s on every single day.  So it can be a little repetitive.  So anytime I got the opportunity to do something different, I was like, “Oh great!  Completely new circumstances and completely new relationships, and I revel in it and I was really thrilled by it.  And I have been asked the question a lot of, “Did I feel possessive of Todd?”  Not even a little bit.  And, I even thought I might when I heard Roger Howarth was coming back.  I was thinking, “I am sure he will play Todd.”  But I thought it was great!

MICHAEL:

Fans were witness to some amazing scenes with you and Roger in Viki’s study at Llanfair, when Irene was with the two of you.  You could see how much the two acted like twins.  Did you feel like you would have liked to see where all of that would go?

TREVOR:

I was a little confused about why they chose to structure that plot the way they did.  Most of the time was spent on the discovery of who was who, rather than the repercussions.  And I think it was the repercussions that the people wanted to see.  I am not saying it was wrong; I just don’t why they would do it that way.

MICHAEL:

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You had posted a blog informing your fans that it was soon going to be your last day at One Life and thanking them for all of their love and support. What from your perspective were the circumstances surrounding your departure from the series?

TREVOR:

The case was, I was not going to stick around if the show had not been cancelled.  I had told them back almost a year ago that I was not going to continue on and then the show got canceled.  I will just tell you this because I am sure people want to know. It has nothing to do with the quality of the show, or the circumstances, or the people there.  It was just that eight years for my personality, and this is all me not the show, that for my personality and other reasons, I was looking to do other roles and take risks, because I didn’t become an actor to do the same thing over and over again.  I mean, if I wanted to do that I would have chosen another profession.  Now some actors love it and they love to play the same part and have the security of a long running role, but that is just not my personality.  It was eight years of doing the same role and I can’t do twelve.  And that is what it would have been.  I really adore the people I worked with over there, and I miss them.  I miss them quite a bit.  I love a lot of them, too.  The only thing I want to do, as the same thing longer than 8 years, is being married. (Laughs). Everything else I can’t take.  It was not about a “grass is greener” thing either.  It was simply about something different.  A lot of people think I am thinking, “Well, Trevor wants to go on to bigger and better things.”  No, no.  Not bigger and better.  Just different.  So that’s the reason.  And then the show got canceled and I went to the powers-that-be and I said, “If it would benefit the show, I would be happy to stick around until the last episode.”  And this was before Prospect Park came into the picture and all of that.  I said, if you would like to play that story out, and would like to go another four months, I could certainly go another four months. Let the repercussions play out and if you think it would be helpful to the show, I would be happy to do it.” So my contract ended on July 31st and July 22nd was my last day.

MICHAEL:

There have been conflicting reports that OLTL had wanted you very much to stay, but it became a timing issue.  Do you think it was because they had planned the story already so far ahead that when you had informed them you would be interested in staying, that they just couldn’t go back and re-script from where they were at the time?

TREVOR:

No, from my perspective I think they could have definitely changed it.

MICHAEL:

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You have been labeled “difficult” by some.  Do you think that is a fair assessment?  It seems like very creative and talented individuals at times often face this same “tag” in the industry.

TREVOR:

There is no doubt about it, because I know what I want.  And I mean, I am not a jerk about it, but the reasons the fans of the show like what I am doing is because I am willing to take those risks.  I am willing to fight for those choices and whatever.  And on a day to day basis, it can be a grind.  My dear friend, Dan Gauthier (Kevin, OLTL) told me, “Trevor, if you weren’t playing Todd, you would have been out of here so long ago.” And I said, “I know.” (Laughs) Look, this is a business, and I get where they are coming from.  Who wants someone going, “No. I don’t see it that way.  This is what I want to do,” on a day to day basis.  In life and professions most people on the day-to-day want everything to be so easy.  The irony here is that this is the reason that people are commenting and appreciating my work, I think, is because of my approach.

MICHAEL:

So did you know they were going to shoot you as Victor Jr.?

TREVOR:

I don’t think they knew what was going to be the end for my character yet, and there were so many variables.  But they did tell me a couple weeks before I taped the episodes that I was going to get shot.

MICHAEL:

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What do you think of the way he died?  I thought it was in particular very bloody!

TREVOR:

It was bloody.  It was fine, and it was really about, who did it? Who shot Victor Jr.? You come to really accept what they give you.

MICHAEL:

What was it like working with Florencia Lozano (Tea)?  TNT fans want to know!

TREVOR:

I love Florencia, man; she is a bit of a risk-taker herself.  And working with me can be challenging because I will let myself go.  I have always thought that the mark of a really professional actress is to be able to say, “Yeah. You can go wherever you want as long as I don’t get hurt and I know when my line is coming.  Do whatever you wish.”  And that is what I tell all the actors I work with.  You can do whatever you want. You can yell, cry, scream, whatever you want, as long as I don’t get physically hurt and I pretty much know when I am supposed to talk and then you can do anything you want.”  I think that creates a situation that is fun for the fans, because if you don’t know what is going to happen, then the fans don’t either, and they are going to be on board with you.  Florencia is willing to go there and is willing to allow that because she is a pro.

MICHAEL:

By the way, it looks like coming up, and from online rumors, that Tea thinks she might be pregnant with Victor Jr’s child!

TREVOR:

Oh, no kidding?  Wow, I wonder why they would do that? (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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How about your other leading lady, Kassie DePaiva (Blair)?

TREVOR:

Kassie is great!  I will tell you she is one of the lucky people.  She is such an interesting person.  So she does not have to try very hard, and when she doesn’t try very hard she is really brilliant.  I mean really brilliant!  She has all the talent.

MICHAEL:

And how was it working with Roger Howarth (Todd)?

TREVOR:

I like Roger, I really like Roger.  He is a sweetheart of a guy to talk to and have around. He is very open and a little bit like Florencia … willing to turn things on their head. Roger is a very talented guy.

MICHAEL:

What was your favorite Todd moment?  I loved the ending when you played Victor Jr. so in denial over what transpired, that you were saying you were Todd and wanting to take the family to Hawaii!   I say “Emmy” great choices!   But also what sticks in my head is the death by lethal injection execution scenes.  What are you most proud of?

TREVOR:

I do remember the whole Hawaii thing and trying to convince them I was Todd.  I think that was right near the end after the reveal I was Victor Jr.  I also liked the lethal injection.  But there were some moments on One Life to Live that I thought were really lovely, that weren’t very dramatic, and I don’t mean it was underplayed or something.  I just mean that it was not all that noteworthy because it wasn’t as intense as the execution scenes or something like that.  It’s one of those moments that happen when probably the directors or anybody noticed it, and it went right over their heads, and that is the stuff that I really love.  As far as the story; the execution story was a lot of fun, and this Victor story at the end was a lot of fun because it was so different.  It had a real beginning, middle and end.  You can hold on to that and sink your teeth into something like that.

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MICHAEL:

The emotional scars that your character Victor Jr. must have suffered from the brain-washing, and the face altering, and what his mother had done to him, and finding out he is not Todd, was all so horrific! I mean, the guy would then have had to become really fractured about it.

TREVOR:

I know!  That is what I thought.  It would have been nice to get the information out of who I am and then see what happens.

MICHAEL:

Would you even entertain going back with One Life to Live when it goes online via Prospect Park?

TREVOR:

I would think about it. (Laughs) You never say never to something like this, but it would really depend on the circumstances, and all the variables.  That is what all the NFL quarterbacks say when they retire! (Laughs)  But as I said, it was never about the quality of the show or anything like that, it was just needing to do something different.  So with Prospect Park, it would really depend on the level of obligation.

MICHAEL:

Is it weird not being there at One Life?

TREVOR:

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No, its not.  But I do miss my friends who I laughed a lot with on the set.  I laughed with Michael Easton (John) a ton, and we were ridiculous on the set!  We would laugh with Florencia, and Kassie, and Kristen Alderson (Starr) and everybody.  I mean, anybody who happened to be on the set when I was there.  I had a hard time taking it seriously. And again, I don’t mean that because it’s ridiculous, I mean because you can’t.  If you want to be any good, you can’t take everything so seriously.  The more seriously you take it, the worse your performance gets.  So I kept loose by being silly.

MICHAEL:

Were you surprised One Life got canceled by ABC?

TREVOR:

No, but there were so many good people who depended on it and really needed and wanted it to be there, and family men and women who thrive there.  So hopefully the Prospect Park deal will keep them afloat.

MICHAEL:

What would you want to say to your One Life to Live fans that miss you terribly?

TREVOR:

I will tell you this, man.  I was always so impressed by them, and so appreciative.  I felt a great deal of affection for them and I hope that they will continue to follow what I am doing and I hope they will continue to support One Life to Live.  And I want to say to them it would really be a great gesture to me if they can continue to watch the show even if I am not on it, because of the people who I care about, who are still trying to make a living there, and who are trying to make their way there.  So it would be great favor to me if they would continue watching the show.  And also, to check me out and see what I am doing, and go see In The Family.  But, I would like to say that I can’t thank them enough and I hope they are proud of who they are, because I was always impressed by them.  I think they are always, always smarter than the industry gives them credit for… much more on the ball!  I would go into these fans events, and they would come up with these things and I would go, “Man, you’re right!  That is very interesting!”  They are just a lot more savvy, perceptive, and intelligent, than they were given credit for. 

MICHAEL:

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Todd was so complex and tortured.  Were you able to just go slough it off when you would leave the studio to go home to your wife at the end of the day?  Or, did it stay with you and he was difficult to shake?

TREVOR:

I would slough it off because I am not the kind of guy who stays in character.  That doesn’t work for me.  It was easy, because I never really associated myself with Todd, but it was personal when they yelled “action” and it wouldn’t have been any good if it wasn’t personal, but it wasn’t my identity.  There are a lot of folks who wrap up their identity in their character in this business, and I never did.

MICHAEL:

What do you want to do with your career now?  Where are you kind of at with it?

TREVOR:

Just to be in projects where there is interesting writing and be a part of interesting material.  Now I need to make a living, of course, but that is secondary, too.  Obviously it’s secondary, because if I just wanted to make a living I would have just stayed on the soap.  It’s more interesting to me to be exploring different things than to be comfortable.  Unfortunately, that is my personality and sometimes I wish I would be the guy who wants the Manhattan apartment and the second home upstate and just be interested in having my weekends off and my nights free, but I just can’t.  I had it for eight years and now I want to do something else.

MICHAEL:

So, what was your take away from playing Todd on OLTL and Cody from In The Family?   I am not necessarily saying “life lessons”, just something in your professional growth or personal experience, perhaps.

TREVOR:

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Good question. I will tell you what I learned and it is more of an artistic thing than a life lesson.  It is writing is everything.  I mean, it is everything and it was just that I was able to get out of the way of what was and not try to be interesting.  I never tried to be interesting.  It was about if I just got out of the way and let the writing be what it was. And after eight years I just realized it’s embedded in me and ingrained in me that, that is the case.

MICHAEL:

Did you like OLTL’s head scribe, Ron Carlivati’s writing? He gave you some amazing stories to play!

TREVOR:

You know, I never played Todd to be a bad guy.  I never played him to be a good guy.  I never played him any particular way. And the fans would say to me, “I love what is happening with the character and how did you do this?”  And I would say, “I am not doing any of this. This is all Ron Carlivati.  If you like what I am doing it is because of the writing.”  Now I am not taking it away from myself.  It is true that it takes a lot of courage and skill to just let go and not try to manipulate or be interesting, and so I give myself credit for that, but I have to give more credits to the writers because they are the ones creating the interest, not the acting.  It is a great kind of relief that I don’t have to do anything.  It’s not up to me, and it’s not my responsibility of whether or not the scene or the episode, or the story is interesting. It is the writers. 

MICHAEL:

And do you feel the same way about the movie, In the Family?

TREVOR:

Absolutely, because that is what I learned from OLTL, that is, there is nothing I can do. If I didn’t think a scene was interesting and I tried to make it interesting, the less interesting it got.  I treated the whole 8 years as experimental and it is a fact now, like it was a theory of mine that became law – that it is a writer’s job to make the scenes interesting, not the actors.  And therefore, I would like to tell Hollywood and everyone else to make writers more “lauded” and more powerful and given more credit and more money and everything they want, because they are everything!

MICHAEL:

You are like the “Accidental Soap Star”.  You probably had no idea where this would all take you, or where you wanted it to take you.   You signed on to a role eight years ago and it just took off probably more than you could have imagined.

TREVOR:

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I think that is absolutely right and it’s a bit of paradox, because the less I tried to be interesting, the more interesting it became.  So what I took from that and what I learned from In The Family and that is when you are with a really great director who really understands acting, they really let you go.  They might say, “Let’s try this. This might be interesting.”  But they would never say, “Nah, nah, not it. That’s not going to work.”  Yes, they have more time on movie set, but Patrick saw a lot of guys for the role of Cody and he chose me.  So, what you do if you are a good director is go, “I have to trust my choice.  I decided to hire this guy, and so let’s let him go and do his thing, and let’s help him.” 

MICHAEL:

Trevor, do you feel you’ll ever do another soap?

TREVOR:

Again, it would depend on the nature of the obligation.  It’s all about the obligation.

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Oliveria

Thanks for the article.

Great stuff. Good luck Trevor in all you do. I hope you do go to PP. I miss seeing you on my TV.

Courtney
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Courtney

hey trevor

Jill
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Jill

In the Family? TREVOR:or MICHAEL: when will it be coming out on tv and is there a chance victor could still be alive on oltl

ethel
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ethel

michael thank you for this awesome interview with trevor!
the way he thinks & the route he has taken makes alot of sense…….

i truly miss trevor on oltl!

neet
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neet

I miss Trevor and keep wishing to the soap diva that he’ll return to OLTL before it ‘s finale!

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Michael,

This was a wonderful interview you conducted with Trevor. 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing his movie! 🙂

Carly
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Carly

Michael, Thanks you, I’ve missed Trevor, Todd, Victor Jr. so much, I’ve felt like he was really departed, now he seems so alive again and there is hope that I will see him again.

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HELLO TREVOR LOVE U ON ONE LIFE TO LIVE I FELL BAD U LEFT HOLE MY HEART MY SISTERS TSJ FAN CLUB LOVE U COME BACK ONE LIFE TO LIVE AS TODD OR VICTOR U SEXY GUY LET U KNOW MISS U LOVE U GOOD LUCK EVERYTHING U DO IN LIFE WE HOPE U CHECK FAN PAGE ON FACEBOOK WE THINK U LIKE IT HOLD NOTHING BUT LOVE IN OUR HEARTS FOR U 🙂 <3 erica EMAIL ME BACK

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Dannett

Trevor,
I wish you well no matter what you do! You are an amazing actor and are terribly missed by your OLTL fan base……Would love to see you back on the show OLTL has not been the same since you left……Your fans will always back you no matter weather you come back to OLTL or not! HUGS FROM YOUR FANS!

Ada
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Ada

A great article. Wish you all luck and maybe one day you’ll be back on the soap.

MEG
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MEG

Thankyou Michael ,I miss TREVOR so much no matter who he is on the show , TREVOR is why I became a fan.and I Iove him with FLO, I HOPE PP gives him what ever he wants to return ,

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Mia

Thank you, thank you, thank you Michael! From the bottom of my Trevor/Victor loving heart. This interview just reminds me of how sorely I miss Trevor on OLTL. There is still so much to explore between the Brothers Grimm with the sweetest confection being T&V and baby makes 3. Seriously, Trevor I wish you all the best and I know you will be successful in whatever you choose to do. If you do decide to grace PP with your gifted presence on OLTL 2.0…your fans are waiting with open arms 🙂

Dot
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Dot

Miss you Trevor on OLTL. Good luck and success in all your endeavors.
I think you are an amazing talent, and I definitively will be watching for you in film.

Guest123
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My dear friend, Dan Gauthier (Kevin, OLTL) told me, “Trevor, if you weren’t playing Todd, you would have been out of here so long ago.” And I said, “I know.” (Laughs)
Yep, I agree

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My2Cents

So when do we get to view this movie?? What did I miss??

Linda Dowell
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Linda Dowell

I loved Roger as Todd, but then when Trevor took over, loved him too – and I’ll always pay attention to what he’s doing and where he goes……….I wish him well.

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SoappipeBB

Excellent, balanced, and insightful interview–great questions, great structure, great subject. Thanks Michael AND Trevor!

Diane T.
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Diane T.

Great article! I was sad to see Trevor leave OLTL but after reading this understand why! I think Trevor is great and will try to keep up with what he’s doing. I def would be interested in seeing him in other acting roles. I know he was great as Todd/Victor Jr. and am sure he would give his 100% in any role he choice to play! After reading this I would understand why he wouldn’t return to OLTL~not that I wouldn’t like to see him return. Lots of luck to Trevor.
Thanks to Michael and Trevor for the interview.

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Thanks so much for sharing this interview. I absolutely loved you as Todd these last 8 yrs and was more than mildly upset when you left. You are definitely a unique type of actor and my fave baby-faced cutie bad boy! I’ve been one of the strongest believers that you are not dead and will be back! They’ve brought back Gigi; they can bring back you! I do wish you all the best in your future projects (I’ll be looking for you), but hope to see you back on OLTL as well. I just hate that it was cancelled. Its… Read more »

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Thanks for the informative interview! It was even more in-depth than previous ones, so that was interesting.. I hope to see TSJ & Michael Easton act together again someday (& man, how I would LOVE to get ahold of all those OLTL outtakes! LOL they always acted so hilarious together.. sigh) but in the meantime, this movie will have to do ;P

xoxoxo

Brian
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Brian

Great interview. Trevor is so cool and this makes me like him even more.

Margie
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Margie

It’s the writers fault that Todd seemed like a robot for 6 of the 8 years.

Margie
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Really? No it’s not.

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Stacy A

Michael, thank you for this very thoughtful & gracious interview. I have always loved TSJ straightforward honesty, candor & sincerity in his interviews & this one did not disappoint. Again, he has shown what a true class act he is for not only asking his fans to continue to support him & his endeavors, but OLTL as well. My friends & family truly miss his energy & magnetic presence on OLTL & will continue to support both. Best of luck & much love & success to TSJ.

abcfanonelife
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abcfanonelife

Great article; very thorough interview. Appreciate getting the facts out there. Stilll hope to see him back as Todd, with the ability to leave as other actors on the show have done to pursue other projects. That would be a win-win.

Phyllis Scott
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Phyllis Scott

Thank you, Michael! Thank you, Trevor! Deep, deep. Spectacular. Questions and answers. Trevor St John is soooo real about life and pretend life. Here is an actor who has “his head on straight”. I’m not surprised to learn he is not materialistic; I love and admire that about him! It’s not about the money; it’s about the challenge. I write. So, thank you, Trevor, for appreciating writers! You can’t create stuff out of air; the oomph! has to be there. Oh, what you can do, Mr St John, with the written word when it is prime choice! Your fans cannot… Read more »

Mary Stevens
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Mary Stevens

Trevor is amazing,and will have a fabulous career.Here’s the thing…I no longer enjoy OLTL.I am still watching,because Trevor asked,but my heart isn’t in it.Never have i been so captivated by a character,or by an actor,as i am with Todd/Victor and TSJ.Someone suggested that PP offer a “Tony Geary”package to Trevor,freedom in his schedule to pursue other projects,to spend time with his family,etc.I know i’m being selfish,but i want my man back!!!!

fanmale
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fanmale

Thanks for a great interview. TSJ is absolutely right about one thing: viewers did indeed want to see more of the repercussions after the identity reveal. OLTL made a huge mistake letting him go before its ABC finale in January when so much more story could have been told. What a waste! Besides that, TSJ and Florencia Lozano were fabulous together. In fact, Victor Jr and Tea were the best couple on the show. Instead, we now have the story of the Ford brothers making a music video. Big effing deal! What’s happening on OLTL right now is so disappointing… Read more »

david
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david

I strongly agree with all the comments of Mary Stevens and fanmale: I don’t enjoy OLTL as much without TSJ. The competitive repercussions between Victor and Todd would have carried OLTL to new heights. Victor and Tea together were the best. I can understand TSJ wanting to do something different after eight years, but OLTL suffers in his absence. If he could negotiate a contract allowing for outside work, it would make such a difference to OLTL to have Victor back. I wish TSJ the best. Thank you for the interview.

heidi
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heidi

Great intervview Michael! The only thing that would have made it better was to have it be on video! He’s my fave! You did a great job! There aren’t very many interviews out there with Trevor…thanks! Try and get him again sometime!

Mark
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Mark

Michael, I applaud you for conducting such a frank, inspiring and thought-provoking interview with one of the most talented yet still underrated actors in the business. Trevor St. John is a gifted person who can easily find a balance of joy and love in his current life, and not focus on external factors such as “I’ll be happy once I’m rich and have this”… He is constantly thirsting and evolving for change and challenge within himself. His ability to express appreciation to all those who around him is most endearing. This is evident in his sincere words and continuous actions… Read more »

Linda Ziemak
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Linda Ziemak

Thank you for a great interview. I think Trevor St John is a wonderful actor. I have enjoyed watching him on OLTL and in his movies. I thought The art of getting over it was fabulous. I went to a few of his fan club events and he is a true gentleman. He is truely missed on OLTL. I cannot wait to see him in his new movie. I wish him all the best in his endevors.

gjr
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gjr

I never understood why Trevor didn’t win an Emmy for the lethal injection death scene. Would have loved to see more funny stuff between him and Roger. Enjoying the banter between Tina and Todd, and Victor Jr. in the mix could be quite entertaining.

darla
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darla

hey do you know amc are come back soon i what to know ok

Tonya aka Texasgirlatheart
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Tonya aka Texasgirlatheart

Thank you Michael for all you do! This is my first time replying back to a soap anything! I feel I can speak for a lot of everyday people like me, I live for my soaps 🙂 I tell my husband it is my escape from everyday life, my me time!! I truly love actors such as Trevor, and the entire cast of OLTL. I find myself cheering, disliking, loving, crying etc., in every story line. I’ve been a fan since I was 10 years old. I remember watching Ryan’s Hope with my grandmother who just celebrated her 100th birthday!!!!… Read more »

anne
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anne

I miss seeing you. I wish you well. One Life To Live, is not the same without you. They Made a stupid decision.

MARIEA
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MARIEA

THANK YOU FOR THIS INTERVIEW WITH TREVOR. I HAVE SEARCHED THE INTERNET FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HIM. OF COURSE, I WISH HIM THE VERY BEST BUTTTTTTTTTTTT! I WANT HIM BACK WITH TEA . I HAVE WATCHED SOAPS FOR 40+ YEARS AND VICTOR JR AND TEA ARE MY FAVORITE COUPLE OF ALL TIME. WHEN HE WAS KILLED ON OLTL, THE SCENES WITH TEA BROKE MY HEART. I CRIED FOR DAYS AND I TRULY LOVE AND MISS HIS CHARACTER. TALK TO THOSE IN POWER AND PLEASE LET VICTOR AND TEA LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. THAT WOULD MAKE THIS OLD LADY SOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY.

soapbaby
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soapbaby

Good interview. Michael, between this and the Genie Francis interview, I think these are two of the best interviews you have done (well, of yours that I have read!)

Trevor St. John is a brilliant actor and one of the best daytime has ever seen. OLTL misses his presence dearly. “The Tale of Two Todds” was riveting but flat-lined once Victor Jr. was killed. That was by far the show’s best storyline. All of the current s/ls are terrible. Not one good one but the show has a strong cast and often very strong daily dialogue.

Best of luck to Trevor.

kelly cook
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kelly cook

i like roger the best

kelly cook
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kelly cook

i just think that roger is alittle bit moe easy going

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

You are sharing this information in the comment section of an interview with Trevor St. John because? You can like who you like without being an instigator. That is truly unnecessary.

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

Thank you Michael Fairman! You are my favorite interviewer in the soap industry. Trevor you are amazing as always and I will you and your family all the best! You always have my support!

Diane Mastro
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Diane Mastro

At the end of One Life to Live the character of Victor was handcuffed to a bed on the last episode that I watched. Therefore Todd did not kill him according to that…I don’t understand why Todd (now on General Hospital) is still saying he killed his brother when he’s not dead..
Anyone got an answer for this one?

Carol moorby
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Carol moorby

Didn’t I see a quick scene at the very end ofmOLTL that you were not really dead but a captive held up,in a room some where?

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DAYS Cady McClain & Rob Scott Wilson Talk Being Recasts, All My Children Reboot, Future of Cin & Jennifer’s Bitch-Slap

Current Days of our Lives and former All My Children reboot stars, Cady McClain (Jennifer, Days, Ex-Dixie, AMC) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben, Days, Ex-Pete AMC) chat with Michael Fairman in an enlightening and exclusive conversation for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

McClain, who recently took over the role of Days of our Lives beloved heroine Jennifer Horton from mainstay Melissa Reeves (who chose to stay with her family in Nashville during Covid-19 thus forcing the series to recast the role for now) talks about stepping into the key part of the Salem canvas, plus the recent Jennifer/Kate fight over Jack (Matthew Ashford), and how the legacy series is coping with production during Covid-19.

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Rob, talks about landing the role of Ben; and in an emotional moment reveals how he credits the opportunity to the late producer, Lisa de Cazotte. Wilson also shares his hopes for his Salem alter-ego who is struggling to move on with his life after the supposed death of his wife, Ciara.

The actor also opens up on if DAYS decided to recast the role of Ciara, since Victoria Konefal is not presently with the NBC soap full-time, how he would feel about it and thus the future of Cin.

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Both Cady and Rob first appeared together in Prospect Park’s online revival of All My Children. In this interview, they discuss how they had high hopes for the continuation of the series, how it ultimately fizzled, and what it was like to be a part of the then, groundbreaking first, for a daytime drama series along with One Life to Live.

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In addition, Cady gives the viewer insight on how she runs lines for both DAYS and GH at home with her real-life husband, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin and Ryan, GH), while Rob talks about his recent storyline where Ben was kidnapped and tortured by a vengeful Eve (Kassie DePavia) and much more.

Check out the full chat with Cady and Rob below. Then weigh-in: How would you feel if there was a Ciara recast? What are your hopes for the holidays for Jennifer? What did you think of the stories shared by Cady and Rob in the interview? Comment below, and if you have not done so already make sure to “subscribe” to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson Weighs-In On Daytime’s Wildest Storyline, The Hope Mannequin & What’s Really Going On With Thomas

If you think you’ve seen it all on daytime soap operas, think again! Over the past several weeks viewers of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful have been witness to fashion designer Thomas Forrester’s (Matthew Atkinson) descent into madness, or is it?

In B&B’s thriller-esque storyline, complete with tight close-ups and tilted angles of Thomas and his co-star, the Hope Mannequin – yup, you read that right, the series is taking the audience on one wild ride, something we have not seen the likes of since back in the hey day of the late head writer, James Reilly, during his tenure on Days of our Lives or Passions.

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Inspired by, believe it or not, true life events, B&B’s head writer and executive producer, Brad Bell and his creative team have served up a story generated off all of the buzz the show was receiving for using mannequins as scene partners for the actors in intimate moments to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols.  B&B was the first American show back in production amid the pandemic.

 

Within this twisted tale, Thomas has the life-like version of Hope Logan Spencer (Annika Noelle) at home with him.  Those who have stumbled upon him with the mannequin, well, he has been able to explain that away by saying that having the doll with him is helping him create some of the best designs of his career.

The problem is the mannequin is talking to Thomas, it’s eyes have often turned devil-red, and on Friday’s episode it walked!  It’s objective is to get Thomas to kill Liam (Scott Clifton) and to get Hope back to be his one and only. Throughout many of the scenes in the storyline, Thomas suffers from what appears to be severe headaches.  All of this leading the audience to believe either … he has a brain tumor … he is being drugged … he is suffering from a severe mental break and disorder, or something else.

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In a very candid and often humorous conversation with Michael Fairman for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, Thomas’ portrayer, Matthew Atkinson, discusses some of the craziest scenes to shoot thus far including Thomas having dinner with the mannequin!  In addition, Atkinson reveals how he and Annika Noelle tape the scenes where she is the voice of the Hope mannequin while adhering to safety protocols,  and how Liam is the only one, apparently, thinking something is off with Thomas, and so much more.

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One thing is for certain, Matthew Atkinson is sinking his teeth into the material and making it must-see daytime drama through his performances while we all wait to see what the possessed mannequin does next.

Check out the full interview with Matthew below. 

Then let us know, what do you think is happening or wrong with Thomas? Are you getting a kick out of the Hope Mannequin storyline? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

 

 

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Eric Nelsen Talks Latest Film, Becoming a Tony-Nominated Producer, ‘The Bay’, and His Elizabeth Gillies & Ariana Grande Connection

You can catch All My Children reboot alum, Eric Nelsen (Ex-AJ Chandler), just about everywhere this month, and that’s hard to do given that we are all living in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, this Daytime Emmy-winning actor has his hands in a myriad of projects of late including: appearing on season six of The Bay (new episodes every Tuesday on Popstar! TV) where he continues to play Daniel’s journey after the character has come to terms with his sexuality and finds love, plus his comedic turn in the film, 1 Night in San Diego, and recently becoming a Tony-nominated producer along with his wife Sainty for the critically-acclaimed, and now 11 times nominated Broadway play, The Inheritance.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Eric to get the lowdown on his busy professional life, and we were in for some surprises along the way including: what the producers of AMC had in mind for the character of AJ that ultimately did not happen, and that Eric starred on Broadway with Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon, Dynasty) and Pop superstar, Ariana Grande – and there’s more to that story below.

 

What makes Nelsen so good at what he does on-screen is that he is a like a chameleon; adept at playing the quirky, to the troubled bad boys, to the emotional heart-tugging anti-hero. So here’s what Eric had to say in this fascinating conversation.

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Your latest film appearance in 1 Night in San Diego is out this week on multiple streaming on-demand platforms from: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and more. Tell me about the movie and when did you film this?

ERIC:  We filmed it near San Diego, not this past February, but last February, and it’s hilarious.  It’s a female-driven comedy.  The cast is incredible.  Alexandra Daddario, who is just epic, and Jenna Ushkowitz, and Laura Ashley Samuels, they truly bring it in this powerhouse comedy, and it’s just one of those make-you -laugh movies from beginning to end, just silly, stupid stuff happening the whole time.  General Hospital’s Mark Lawson (Dustin) is also in the film.  While we don’t work in scenes together, I did get a chance to meet him and he’s a really great guy.  I play this off-the-wall character, named Gordo, who is a real burn-out, think Matthew McConaughey meets space cadet, which was a lot of fun to play.  Gordo is a great role.  I had more fun with this part than I’ve had in a long time.  So, it was cool to throw a comedy into all of the drama I have been playing in my other projects.

How does Gordo know the girls in the film?

ERIC:  One of the girls knew him back in the day, so they were in town looking to reconnect, and she’s like, “Oh, we want to party and let’s hit up Gordo,” and they do.  He has just gone completely off the rails, off the deep end with spirituality and kind of in his own world. They find themselves in quite a predicament when they come visit what they didn’t know was a commune, basically.  Gordo creates this hippie commune for a bunch of outcast musicians, (laughs) and I don’t want to give too much away, but a lot of interesting stuff happens there.

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In addition, you are now a Tony-nominated producer for the play The Inheritance!

ERIC: That was crazy, because it’s always been a dream of mine to produce for Broadway.  That was how I got into the world of film and TV acting, which was through the theatre.  That’s where I started.  I was lucky enough to star on Broadway when I was 16 and 17, in a musical called, 13.  I started with Ariana Grande! It was so fun.

Wait, what?

ERIC:  Yeah, that was her first big show, and Elizabeth Gillies’.

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I think Elizabeth Gillies is terrific in Dynasty.

ERIC:  Oh yeah, and you know she and I dated for two and a half years during the whole run of the show 13.  Elizabeth is very talented.   She is amazing.  The funny part of it is, we were dating forever, and kind of had a bad breakup, and then Sainty, my wife, gets cast in her show Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, in the pilot to play Liz’s best friend on the series.  So, all of the sudden, I’m like, “Wait, wait, wait, out of all the shows, all of the things, this is who you have to get cast as best friends with?” and so they actually became really, really, close friends.  So, I’d actually come home from work or filming, and Liz would be on my couch sitting there giggling with Sainty.  I’m like, “This is just becoming too much.  This is a full-circle moment here.  I can’t deal.” (Laughs)

Now, you and Elizabeth are broken up at this point?

ERIC:  Yes.  We had been broken up at this point.  Sainty and I were actually together.  I started dating Sainty in New York and the pilot she was shooting was in New York, and she gets cast as Liz’s best friend, and I was like, “Oh, of course.”

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But Sainty knew you’d dated Elizabeth?

ERIC:  Yes, she did.

You must have been dying.

ERIC:  Yes, so dying.  Dying.   You know, it’s just one of those things that in a million years, you would never expect this to happen, and of course, Sainty and her had to become best friends in real life because they’re both great girls, and naturally, they would be friends, but now, I’m like this guy stuck in the middle who can’t believe what’s happening, and thought that was one chapter, and this is a different chapter, and now the chapters are combining.  It’s kind of a comedy act.

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Since Ariana Grande was on Broadway with you and Liz, what was she like back then before her meteoric rise to fame?

ERIC:  Ariana was literally the sweetest, most innocent, and cutest – like my little sister.   To me, it was like, Liz and I were dating, and Ari was kind of like the little sister.  All of a sudden the show ended. Ariana got a Nickelodeon show, and after that, she became the most famous person in the world and was like this sex icon, and I couldn’t get over it.   She’s always had that talent with her voice and in 13 she was an ensemble member.  She wasn’t even one of the leads, but her voice was so incredible, even then as a young teenager.  I thought she was going to go on to have this great Broadway career as an actress and do musicals her whole life just because of her voice.  Then, all of the sudden, right after the musical, we all auditioned for the same Nickelodeon show.  I ended up going to the finals for the boyfriend role, Liz got the girlfriend role, and Ari got the funny friend on the show role.  That kind of catapulted them into the TV world, and Ari got a spinoff because of her character on that show for another Nickelodeon show, called Sam and Cat, and then after Sam and Cat, she went from this innocent, sweet, little Nickelodeon girl that I knew to being the biggest star.  It was unbelievable to me.

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So, you started on Broadway as a teenager, and you found you always wanted to produce for the Great White Way? 

ERIC:  Yes, I did the Broadway thing, and then I got into film and TV, and then I got into film and TV producing.  As an actor, there are a lot of ups, a lot of downs.  So, in between the ups, I wanted to fill my time, so I got into producing, and I loved it.  I loved creating.  As an actor, we just show up, and everything is already done.  All we have to do is say our lines.  We get pampered, and we go home, but I wanted to know how it got to that point, like what happens before that.  So, I started producing film and found some success doing that, and it was so much fun for me.  Sainty’s and my first love, and what feels like home, is theatre.  So, I wanted to take it full circle and produce a Broadway show.  I just thought that would be such an incredible moment, and so that’s what I did.  I started emailing all of the Broadway producers who I had worked with as an actor, letting them know what I had been doing, kind of the success I had gotten from producing The Bay and some of these other things. Different shows came across my desk that I didn’t quite bite the bullet on, a couple of which I wish I would have, Dear Evan Hansen being one of them.  I would have been so rich by now!  (Laughs)

I just want to clarify for people who might not know, the word “producer” can mean different things.  There are “producers” who are putting money in … they’re backing projects or shows.  There are other people who are “producers” on the creative side of projects.  So, when you’re talking about producing a Broadway show, it is as an investor?

ERIC:  So for theatre, unless you’re the head producer who kind of gets creative control, every other producer listed in the credits is basically helping raise finances and is also very heavily involved in the process of everything else along the way, which is also what makes it special.  So finally, The Inheritance came across our desk, and it checked every single box.  It was just an epic play.  It’s a two-part play, and it’s just hours and hours and hours long.  You see it in multiple days or in multiple shows.  I remember reading the script and not stopping until I finished.  I was like, “This is amazing,” and it had just come off of a huge commercial successful run in London.  It won the Olivier Award for “Best New Play” and just about every other award you could win, and so I was like, “This is the one.  This is incredible.  I love the piece, love the message, and pulled the trigger,” and I would have done it all over again if we could.

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The Inheritance is a generational piece centering on gay men during the AIDS crisis.  What can you say about it to those who don’t know about it, or have not seen it yet?

ERIC:  It takes place in the past, and then it fasts forward to the future.  You see two generations of gay men in New York City, and it’s all about the AIDS crisis, and so you’re bawling crying, and then you’re laughing throughout it.  It’s just one of those epic plays that pulls at every single emotion and you feel like you’re watching a movie.

It seems reminiscent of Angels In America, but different.   

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s definitely its own thing.  It’s actually an adaptation of Howard’s End, the novel by Forster, definitely different from Angels in America, but the two-part show is kind of what I was meaning by that.  People have said it is kind of our generation’s Angel’s in America in tone and subject matter.  It was just a dream come true, and like all other theatre that was open during our season, it had to close because of the pandemic, and it will have life after Broadway.  We are already slated for the Geffen Playhouse in LA, so I’m very excited for all of my LA friends and the public to get to see it.

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And you get nominated in the year that the coronavirus pandemic shut down live theatre! But it is my understanding we still do not have a date for handing out this year’s Tony Awards.

ERIC:  No, we do not.  They finally announced that they were going to announce nominations, and for a while we didn’t even know that they were going to do that.  We received 11 nominations, which is incredible.  We were so excited.  I truly thought the American Theatre Wing and the Tony committee were not going to do the Tonys at all, and so we were just like, “I can’t believe the one year we pull the trigger on the show, this isn’t going to happen for us,” but then thank God, they came to their senses.  There were plenty of shows that opened and needed to be recognized.

How long was it open on Broadway?

ERIC:  We were open from September 2019 through February or March.  So, as long as your submission was open on Broadway before Covid-19 and had at least all of its previews and an opening night before Covid-19 hit, then you could qualify, and then in the play category, there were like 10 plays that had opened last year that were contenders.  So, that was definitely the hardest category.   It will be interesting to see what happens after all of this.  The only good thing I know that is going to come from this is the amount of creatives who have had so much time sitting at home to create and write, that there will be so many new scripts and plays and musicals that are going to come from this.  I think it’s’ going to be the biggest boom that we’ve probably ever seen in theatre, just because there’s been so much time to develop stuff.  At the same time, it’s piggybacking on the darkest time that theatre has ever seen.

Throughout the pandemic, I always stream all of the Broadway Actor’s Fund events.  It’s really sad.  It’s just a difficult time, those in the arts are struggling and especially in the live theatre and also musicians who can’t tour or play gigs in front of an audience. I know they said Broadway is closed through May 31, 2021.

ERIC:  It is really hard.  I’m happy that we are able to find other ways like streaming shows.  I’m actually producing a big benefit for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS that will be airing on World AIDS Day, December 1st.  It’s a show called Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.  The cast we have is everybody from Nathan Lane, to Academy Award winner J. K. Simmons.  It’s insane.  It will be streaming online on the Broadway HD network.  It is a huge list of Broadway stars and a lot of movie and TV stars as well that are participating.  We’ve got people from all over the map.

And … Ariana Grande? (Laughs)

ERIC:  (Laughs)  Ari is not in it, actually!

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So, in this week’s latest episode of The Bay, your character of Daniel Garrett makes his final choice for love between Caleb (Mike Manning) and Matthew (Randy Wayne).  When you came to the show, did you know that this part was going to wind-up being a gay character?

ERIC:  No, I did not.  I think I dropped a bird in Gregori Martin’s (creator, The Bay) ear by telling him that before All My Children ended, they were going to have my character of AJ Chandler have a storyline where he is gay.  The producers sat me down and talked through an entire storyline arc with me.  Basically, Ginger Smith (ex-executive producer, All My Children) and Alison, our casting director, and one other person from the show, took me to lunch in New York. They pitched me what they wanted to do for my character, and asked me if I would be comfortable with it, and they wanted my opinion, everything.  It was really cool how they approached it, and I was like, “100% completely.”  I look at what Chandler Massey (Ex-Will Horton) did on Days and where that brought him and his storyline, and I thought, “Yes, there’s going to be so much more depth and stuff to play than just being this fun little rich kid.”  At the time, there really wasn’t much depth to AJ.  So, I was like, “Yes.  I will be all over it.  Absolutely.”  So, I told Gregori that, and I don’t know if he already had something in his mind or not, or if that influenced it at all, but maybe he just figured that was something that would work well, and up till that point, I guess they didn’t really have that on the show.  Regardless, no, I wasn’t aware that that was the direction it was going in, but I was really happy with my storyline and it’s grown a lot since then, and in this current season especially.  It’s really given me an arc to play, which I’ve enjoyed.

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So for those who may not know let’s do a re-set.  Where is the character of Daniel at? It seems like he is at crossroads, and is making some important decisions, or trying to.

ERIC:  So Daniel was a wild party boy in the beginning, just head in the clouds, lives life with thinking there’s no repercussions and just doing what you want to do all of the time, and that got him into a lot of trouble with drugs and alcohol. Then, we realize why Daniel has been the way he is, and why he acts out, and why he has been so all over the place, and it’s because he hasn’t been able to come to terms with who he is.  Then, he admits it to himself and for the first time to somebody else – who happens to be his priest in a catholic church, ironically –  that he is gay and this is what he has been battling with.  For the first time (and I don’t know where on television it has depicted it this way), but the catholic priest looks at Daniel, and he’s like, “What’s your sin?  You haven’t sinned.  This is perfectly fine.”  So, I love that Gregori made that the outlet for which Daniel was able to basically come to terms with who he was, because he grew up in the church, and so he was always told that it was wrong.  Obviously, it’s not wrong, or obviously the church needs to change their mindset, but on The Bay, he chose that to be the outlet through which he came out, which I thought was really powerful.  Through that, Daniel experimented with other boys and such to figure out where he wanted to land, and then in this newest season, I can’t say much that gives anything away, but for the first time, we really see Daniel’s growth, and he’s making decisions, and the most mature we’ve ever seen him, and it’s been really cool to see that come full circle.  He’s making commitments to himself.

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In story, Daniel chooses Caleb.  Why so?

ERIC:  Obviously, that’s who it works with,  Caleb is a teacher and a great guy.

… And Matthew is not a great guy?

ERIC:  He is… he’s just not the great guy for him.

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This season of The Bay is heavily steeped with social issues of our time.  Covid-19 has come to Bay City and the Black Lives Matter movement also plays prominently.

ERIC:  Yes.  It’s kind of the beginning of the pandemic in The Bay and within all of the intense drama that Daniel has been having, he is still, for all intent and purposes the comedic relief of the show, and so there is a funny scene where I’m carrying like 28,000 rolls of toilet paper like, “Come on, guys.  We’ve got to stock up!”  We all remember those days, don’t we?

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How do you feel about this season of the show and your work in it? You’ve previously won a Daytime Emmy for your performances on The Bay.

ERIC:  This season is more cemented in a character that has truly grounded himself.  So, the first Emmy I won was for a storyline of coming out and uncertainty and struggle and pain, whereas this season Daniel knows what he wants and is going for it.  There is much more passion and love in this season for Daniel, as opposed to struggle and heartache.

The cast and crew of The Bay all went away and quarantined at this ranch this past summer to get the new season completed.  What was that like?

ERIC:  We were actually in Santa Barbara, and filmed on this epic ranch up there.  It’s like this 500-acre ranch that we all quarantined on.  We had to do the testing, and temperatures three times a day, and the whole thing.  So, it was really structured, tough to pull off, but we were all so grateful that we were able to do this.  Luckily, we had this incredible kind of bubble of a ranch to live and work on while we were shooting.  They were really good about block shooting it all, so we’d kind of shoot one person’s character, then the next, so we wouldn’t have to ever be leaving the ranch before we were done.

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Finally, how is being a dad?

ERIC:  Oh, it’s amazing.  I just can’t believe how fast the time is flying by because of it.  We just had Molly’s first birthday on October 1st, and I feel like yesterday she was born.  I sound like my parents when I say this, but it’s like the time keeps getting faster, but it’s so true.  She’s awesome.  We play Broadway musical soundtracks to her all day, and she sings.  She sits at the piano with me when I play, and she kind of plunks notes out next to me.  She loves music, and we’ve introduced it to her from day one.  We always joke that she won’t be able to watch any of daddy’s stuff until she’s 18 probably, but Sainty is a voice-over actress.  She has done parts for animated films and TV shows such as Trolls, and Barbie, and Boss Baby, so everything from the first part of my daughter’s life is all going to be Mommy’s stuff, and then, in the later part of life she can start watching Daddy’s stuff.

Right, she can’t watch anything that you do!  (Laughs) So, basically forget that!

ERIC:  (Laughs) Yep!

Check out the trailer for 1 Night in San Diego below.  Then share your thoughts on Eric’s current role on The Bay, if you hope he wins a Tony to go with his Daytime Emmy, the six degrees of separation between him, Elizabeth Gillies and his wife, and that the All My Children reboot considered making the character of AJ Chandler gay via the comment section below.

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