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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
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
Courtney

hey trevor

Jill
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
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
neet

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

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Michael,

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

Carly
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.

Sissylee
Sissylee

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

Dannett
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
Ada

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

MEG
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 ,

Mia
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
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
Guest123

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

My2Cents
My2Cents

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

Linda Dowell
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.

SoappipeBB
SoappipeBB

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

Diane T.
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.

Gayle
Gayle

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 always been the best in my book. May you have “Two Lives to Live”!! <3<3<3

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youtube.com/SimbiAni25

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
Brian

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

Margie
Margie

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

Margie
Margie

Really? No it’s not.

Stacy A
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
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
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 get enough of you! Come back. Somehow. Somewhere.

Mary Stevens
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
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 because the show was in such great shape last year. Unfortunately, it’s made some major blunders in 2011: turning Marty into a psycho, dragging out Liam’s paternity reveal WAY too long, pairing Jessica with Ford, Gigi (supposedly) dying on her wedding day, Dorian’s underwhelming departure, and of course killing off Victor Jr. Sadly, it now seems like OLTL is going to leave ABC with a whimper instead of a bang.

david
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
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
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 in his positive affirmation for the writers, actors, staff and his fans of OLTL. It is most admirable for him to encourage OLTL viewers to continue to watch the show. Trevor has touched us with his professional manner of class, integrity and uniqueness. Whatever awaits him, he finds satisfaction in the challenging journey from wherever he may be, always to remain a well-rounded human being. Trevor, the best is yet to come for you!

Linda Ziemak
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
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
darla

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

Tonya aka Texasgirlatheart
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!!!! (and still watches Y&R) I will continue to support the soap as Trevor asked of us. I will also support him, and all of the other soap actors that go on to bless us with their talents of making us show emotions that we should not be ashamed to do. I miss AMC, words cant explain how much OLTL means to me. So I hope and pray that they come back to us in a special way, via internet or whatever. Thank you again Micheal for allowing us to show our love and truly mean it.!!!!!!

anne
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
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
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
kelly cook

i like roger the best

kelly cook
kelly cook

i just think that roger is alittle bit moe easy going

TnT 2.0 Forever
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
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
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
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?

Grand Hotel

Denyse Tontz and Lincoln Younes Preview Forbidden Romance & Intrigue As ‘Grand Hotel’ Premieres

When Grand Hotel opens its doors to its audience tonight on ABC (10PMET/PT), it will have a very familiar feel to soap fans for several of its series regulars and its executive producer all come from the world of daytime or serialized storytelling.

Executive Producer, Eva Longoria (Ex-Y&R, Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids, Telenovela) brought to the screens a provocative drama with Miami Beach as its backdrop of the last family-owned hotel (by the Mendozas) with a contemporary take of an upstairs/downstairs story of 2019.

Former General Hospital’s Bryan Craig plays Javi, who is joined by two other soap notables; former All My Children reboot star, Denyse Tontz (Ex-Miranda Montgomery) and Australian-born actor, Lincoln Younes (Ex-Casey, Home and Away) who’s characters are interlocked in some very sexy and mysterious ways.

Tontz, plays Alicia Mendoza the strong-willed daughter of the Mendoza clan, who is fresh out of business school… and who will make a huge discovery about her dad, but is also set to embark on a romance with a new staff hire!  And that staff hire is Danny played by Younes, whose character Danny is not who he says he is at all … and he has one goal in my mind which brought him to the hotel … but things get complicated for him when he feels a massive attraction to the hotel owner’s daughter … Alicia!

Michael Fairman TV took part in a press roundtable discussion with Tontz and Younes to get some teasers of what’s to come when Grand Hotel premieres.  Here’s what they shared in some questions posed by us and others below.

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Danny and Alicia definitely have an instant attraction in the season premiere. Where can you tease that it might go?

LINCOLN:  Well, it can go in a number of directions, but hopefully towards a positive one.  They each have their own motivations for why they’re at the hotel.

DENYSE:  Alicia’s main goal, or at least from the beginning, is to prove herself, just having graduated business school and sort of step into her mother’s shoes a little bit. She’s had a lot of pressure on her for most of her life to sort of fill that role and keep the family together.  I think it’s really tough to have to juggle that and the desire to explore this potential romance with this person who is so intriguing to her.

LINCOLN:  I think with Danny, his reasons are kind of unknown as to why he’s at the hotel.  He comes in as a new employee, but there is something off about him.  It is complicated by the arrival of Alicia and the chemistry the kind of ensues between them.  I think that’s kind of the interesting thing to watch is them navigating their priorities and their initial motivations with the inevitable chemistry and dynamic that has appeared.

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The main family in Grand Hotel is Hispanic.  And what is intriguing about the premise is that their ethnicity is not the backdrop of the story, it’s just who they are.  Would you agree?

LINCOLN:  Eva is kind of a trailblazer in that way because this is about the story of a family, and a hotel, and the guests, and the employees, and the employers, and all of the different things these people go through.  It’s not so much the color of their skin and their background.  I think as soon as you take away the magnifying glass of how a person appears and really look at what is going on inside, that’s a step in the right direction.

DENYSE:  I think that even though we are really a diverse cast and crew, that really has nothing to do with the actual premise of the show, and I think that’s really cool even to just see that.  To just play a character who happens to be Hispanic, and that’s not the central theme of this character, I think there really are no stereotypes that are perpetuated in any way.

LINCOLN:  It’s the perfect melting pot of culture, and the fact that it is set in a hotel where anyone from any part of the world can come into, it creates this show that I don’t see anything like this on TV, and that’s very exciting.

Do you see Danny and Alicia as a duo to root for with their dysfunction and all throughout the series?

DENYSE:  I think there is this sort of allure to the forbidden romance aspect of it all.

LINCOLN:  They have these obstacles in front of them.

DENYSE:  But you want it to happen. (Laughs)

LINCOLN:  You want it to happen, and it’s just against all odds.  That complicates things.

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You have such a great cast to work with; chief among them Demián Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids)!

DENYSE:  Oh man, working with Demián and Roselyn and Eva Longoria was a dream.  They’re each so special in their own way.

LINCOLN:  Three powerhouses.

DENYSE:  Yeah, three powerhouses and very different.  They each have their own way of approaching a scene.  Demián is mostly a movie actor, and it really shows in the way he approaches scenes, and the way he is not glued to the lines, and it’s kind of cool to watch him and learn from him in that way.  He’s so funny too.  He makes it a really comfortable environment, and you feel safe to try stuff.   Eva … same thing.  She has a clear vision for what she wants.  She can direct in such a way that I think a lot of directors can’t, because she has been on the other side of the camera, and she has got a really good perspective.  I think she’s really great at articulating what she wants you to do.

LINCOLN:  Yeah, she’s very meticulous.  I think the thing about all of the people who you’ve just mentioned is that they all have levity.  They are all very specific, but they are all very authentic.  That carries through in both their acting and how they carry themselves off set.  That was really great to kind of learn from them.

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Many in the cast are from daytime dramas, or soap operas previously, including both of you!  Was that a coincidence in the producers casting choices, you think?

LINCOLN: I think, just knowing Eva so well now, and Brian and Ben, the creators behind it, they searched long and hard for the people they wanted to play the roles.  So, it might just be a happy coincidence.

When the scripts came out, how did the cast handle the twists?

LINCOLN:  There was a lot of speculation going on.  There was a lot of gossiping on set and off set.

DENYSE:  Lots of gossiping, stealing scripts… a lot of bombshells though.  There really is no shortage of plot twists.  A lot of these characters you think are going to start out a certain way, and then you find yourself completely changing your opinion of them halfway through the season. Without giving too much away, nobody is really who they appear to be.

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How do you both feel about the fact that the wait is over and Grand Hotel is finally premiering?

DENYSE:  It’s super exciting.

LINCOLN:  It’s very surreal.  This is my first American show, so I have no idea what to expect.  I just go to Denyse for advice.  I’m like, “What do I do?”  (Laughs).  It’s all very exciting.  I think when you love a project; there is another element when it is released to the public.  Everyone on the show loves it.  Everyone is so passionate about it.  So, I just hope that the audience feels the same and that we get to keep doing it.

So will you be checking out Denyse, Lincoln, Bryan, Eva and more on Grand Hotel?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this promo for the kick-off tonight!

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General Hospital

GH’s Cynthia Watros Talks On Taking Over The Role Of Nina & Ingo Rademacher Dishes Jax’s New Love Interest

Today on June 3rd, Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros is set to begin taping all-new episodes of General Hospital as she steps into the role of Nina Cassadine, last played by Michelle Stafford, who has left the ABC daytime drama series and headed back to The Young and the Restless to reprise her signature role of Phyllis Summers.

Watros, best-known for her delicious portrayal of Annie Dutton on Guiding Light, and who was last seen on daytime on Y&R, is back to the grind of the soaps taking on the complex Nina.  Add to that, it is clear that GH is setting up a potential love triangle, or new love interest for her, now that Jasper Jacks is back in Port Charles with GH fan favorite Ingo Rademacher returning to the show.

Last month on the recent GH Nurses’ Ball episodes, we saw Nina (then Stafford) lock eyes with Jax, and the two demonstrated an instant attraction to each other.  Add to that in story; Jax was revealed to be the new 50 percent owner of Aurora Media, which Nina’s Crimson Magazine falls under, putting them in each other’s path in more ways than one.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Cynthia and Ingo along with other members of the media at last week’s ABC Summer Press Roundtable junket, and here were some intriguing and insightful moments from the conversations below.

When we asked if Cynthia had a conversation with Michelle Stafford on taking over the role of Nina, Watros responded: “I did.  We had lunch together, and I have to say, Michelle is an amazing, lovely, giving woman.  Just to be able to sit across from her and talk about Nina and to talk about the show, I was just in awe of her generosity.  I will always be a fan of Michelle’s.  She actually reached out to me and said, ‘If you ever want to call or text…’ and I said, ‘Let’s have lunch!’  So, we found and afternoon and spent like three hours just talking about it.”

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Since Watros has brought the cray-cray to her best known role of Annie on GL and is so adept as an actress to go from that to playing grave reality, Cynthia weighed in on how she sees Nina and the challenges of being a recast in a soap role: “Nina has all of this stuff that I can’t wait to play.  She’s got stuff that she hasn’t explored for a long time because her life is going pretty well right now.  What happens though when your life doesn’t go really well?  You start exploring those things that you thought were sleeping a little bit, you know, that weren’t necessarily bubbling up to the surface.  So, I like it all: when a character’s life is going well and when a character’s life is not going well. Because I’m playing Nina now, it’s going to be different.  It’s going to be challenging.  It’s the first time I’ve ever taken over a role that someone else has played.  I don’t want to totally go off, so people go, “Wow.  Nina’s totally different,” but of course, I want to make it my own.  Again, I’m an actor who likes to use all of the tools.  I like it all … the funny, the not so funny, the playful, and the crazy.”

As to the timing of Watros returning to the soaps at this time in her life … and how it went down that she landed her new gig at GH, she revealed: “It sounds not very dramatic, but I got a phone call.  Just a phone call asking, ‘Would you be interested?’  Guiding Light will always be in my heart because I had such a good time doing Annie, and I was on Young and the Restless and Another World for half of a second.  So, daytime has always been in my life and in my world.  My last show was in Atlanta, and my daughters were in high school in LA, and it’s hard to go back and forth for them, for me, and for my life as a mom.  So, I kind of took my acting and said, ‘Well, I’m going to slow it all down until they graduate high school.’  They graduate high school June 2nd and I start GH June 3rd.  So, it just seemed like it just made sense.”

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As to what the future holds for Nina as she takes over the role, Watros shared: “I can tease that I get to play with this guy (Ingo) a lot, and Nina is trying to find a stronger role in the magazine where she is really going to step up in making that a success and her love for the magazine , and trying to navigate her relationship with Jax.”

Cynthia will also get to work with Nina’s present love interest, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), which the actress is also excited about:“I have to say, I have not met him, but I have been watching the show, and he is just phenomenal.  I love his character.  I love how he is this sort of like bad guy, but it seems like the women really dig him.”

Watros says she is excited to work with Maura West (Ava), Laura Wright (Carly), and Billy Miller (Drew) from the cast.  She has previously worked with Laura and Billy in her soap career. As to her nerves for her first week at the ABC studios where GH is taped, Cynthia shared that she is: “Less nervous, more excited. I feel like a 20-year-old back in soaps.  I remember Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, Guiding Light) back in the rehearsal room, and I was off script, and she was on the show for a long time before me, and I was new. I was yelling my lines, and she goes, ‘Excuse me! Can you tell this actress not to act so early in the morning?’ (Laughs) I feel like I’m going to do that again.  So, I’ve got to tone it all down.” (Laughs)

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For Ingo, he certainly has a view as to how Jax fits into the canvas of Port Charles: “Jax is to me, and I’ve only just been able to put it into words now that Captain America came out, but he’s ‘Captain America’.  He’s all about fairness.  If he sees a bully, he will stand up for the person who is being bullied.  So, that’s who he is.  He’s the white knight.  He’s the person who will always do the right thing.”

Now that Jax has big time ownership in Aurora Media and thus Crimson, does he see the sparks flying with Nina? Ingo reveals: “Yeah, basically he walks in, and she goes, ‘What are you doing in my office?’ and he goes, ‘Actually, it’s my office.’  When I heard about him doing that magazine, I was a little surprised because that’s usually much too small for Jax.  He’s more of a Richard Gere in Pretty Woman character, corporate leader, takes corporations apart, sells pieces … this is, I think really for his daughter, Josslyn (Eden McCoy).  He’s thinking about the future.  Also, to keep him busy in an actual job that he might be good at.   I think it’s a big change in lifestyle for him where before it was about businesses which were much more global.”

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As to what is behind Jax’s attraction to Nina, Ingo summed it up by sharing: I think Jax is attracted to Nina the first time he sees her.  I have a feeling he already knew who she was the first time he sees her at the Nurses’ Ball, because he’s been studying Aurora Media before purchasing it.  He’s done his background work, and to piss off a Cassadine is just a bonus.  Also, I think what is interesting for Nina’s character is the two different guys.  She’s engaged to this more mysterious character, and then, you’ve got this jolly, upfront one going, ‘Hey!  How’s it going?  Everybody having a good day?’ (Laughs)  He’s very confident as well, but in a different way.  I think it’s nice for the story for Nina to be tugged between two completely different men.”

So, excited to see the debut of Cynthia in the role of Nina? Are you up for a triangle between Jax/Nina/Valentin? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  But first, watch Cynthia’s Emmy-winning moment as Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Guiding Light.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk & Paul Telfer Talk On Masks, Villainy & Their Wildest Storyline Yet

Take three great actors, add a prosthetic mask into the equation, and let them have at it! That’s just what NBC’s Days of our Lives is in the midst of serving up to its fans with this latest plot device and twist.  Last week, it was revealed that the nefarious Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) is alive and well and pretending to be Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) donning a mask, a voice alternating device, and some other body tweaks!  The goal …  to be with Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and she will do anything to accomplish that!

Enter Xander (Paul Telfer) who has been in the thick of the plot being the only one we know of, so far, who knows that Kristen is parading around as Nicole.  They hatch their next moves inside a room at the Salem Inn.  They even went so far as to set it up to appear that Nicole’s daughter, Holly was killed, so she could blame Eric (Greg Vaughan) and cause a break-up of the long-suffering lovebirds and play it off as she needs to be consoled by Brady!

Michael Fairman TV chatted in an entertaining and wickedly funny interview with Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, and Paul Telfer to get the lowdown on what happened when they learned they would be wearing or working with a mask, how they pulled off the emotions in the storyline twist, and what to look forward to from here.  Under the clever pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati looks for the hits and twists to keep coming as this storyline continues to rock the world of Salem for some time to come.  Here’s what Arianne, Stacy, and Paul had to say about their latest on-screen predicaments and schemes!

Ari, at what point did you know that you really weren’t Nicole … and that you were Kristen playing Nicole?

ARIANNE:  I actually didn’t find out until a little bit after the van went off the road in the storyline; thinking it was Holly who was killed.  Sometimes, the less I know makes it fresher, and I think if I had known before those scenes, and the scenes with Eric (Greg Vaughan), and when I first came back, I would have had a little too much Kristen on my mind, and I don’t know if I could have been as raw as I felt in those scenes.  So, anyway that’s my long explanation.  I found out after I started back on the show! (Laughs)

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Additionally, did you have a conversation with Stacy about certain mannerisms hat Kristen has if you’re “masquerading” as Nicole?

ARIANNE:  Our co-executive producer, Albert Alaar had talked to me about watching Stacy because everything was happening fast.  Stacy and I really hadn’t had a chance to even talk to each other even from the last round of me being thereI remember Stacy was inundated with dialogue up the wazoo when I came back for that twelve-episode arc.  So, because of all of that, Albert said, “Watch Stacy! Watch her mannerisms, watch what she does,” and then I’ll throw a little Ari in it.  I just hope that I do as good of a job as Stacy does.

Paul, you and I talked about this on the NBC ‘Inside Salem’ podcast, when we played back for you (for the first time) the clip of Kristen taking off her Nicole mask.  Xander had the perfect set-up line for the reveal: “The part of Nicole Walker is being played by Kristen DiMera!”  Did you not have a good laugh doing that scene?  How did you get through doing that moment?

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PAUL:  Oh, yeah, I was laughing my ass off the whole time.  This is an insane storyline with masks and doppelgängers.  But, it looks great on-screen, and that way it’s edited.  So, I was really happy.

STACY:  There was one moment when Nicole would hold steady to unfold the neck.   So, Ari started that to the point where I’m pulling it off completely.  I think it’s cool.  It’s “Mission Impossible”.  How nice!

PAUL:  That’s what I going to say.  If Tom Cruise can make a hundred million dollars doing this stuff …

STACY:  … then, we can do it!

ARIANNE:  Right?  We can make a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of that.

STACY:  We’ll make it look good!

What is the real deal between Xander and Kristen?  They are conspiring and in cahoots, but there’s this underlying sexual tension between them.  I think Xander respects Kristen in a way, because she can one-up him!

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PAUL:  I think every character who Xander has interacted with who isn’t a member of his family, he’s trying to either get something from, or get into bed with, and he can’t really do either with Kristen, because she’s crazier and more dangerous that he is up until this point.  That’s certainly the way that it feels.  The way Stacy plays it, she is not to be messed around with. Honestly, I think that turns him on.

STACY:  Yeah, there you go.  That sounds good. (Laughs)

PAUL:  I mean, it makes sense.  Just like, “Wait a minute.  This is a bit spicier than I’m used to,” so, he’s excited, but at the same time he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and he doesn’t want her to murder him!  (Laughs)

STACY:  Well said.  I like that. (Laughs)

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So, what does Kristen think of Xander at this point?

PAUL:  That, he’s a useful idiot.

STACY:  She actually needs him to go out into the world because she can’t leave.  When she does, she has to leave as Nicole, and then it becomes a whole other storyline.

PAUL:  It’s fun because Kristen is actually the boss, and Xander is convinced that they’re actually partners and that becomes our whole dynamic where she’s treating him as her lackey, but he’s like, “No, we’re partners, because I know your secret.”  Then, it becomes kind of a bargaining chip between the mask and all of that.  It’s so crazy because certain evil characters when they come back, they have to come back in disguise; whereas Xander’s always quite happy to be just jogging through town square with his shirt off after holding someone ransom or kidnapping a baby like, “Ah, whatever.”

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Arianne, it’s been awhile since you got to play the villainess side of Nicole, and with this return to DAYS you get to play that side of her as well, even though it’s really Kristen. Do you enjoy playing the bad girl?

ARIANNE:  Stacy and I were just saying today that you have these conversations about the villain character, (and Paul, I’m sure you’ve felt a lot of this too) people hate you or they love to hate you, and you’re like, “Hey, it’s a good thing because I’m doing my job if you hate me,” but in order for the storyline to move, you’ve got to have a villain.  Nicole used to be kind of villain-ish but playing someone like Kristen who is such a valued villain on this show is just … oh, my God!

Stacy and Paul, what do you think is the most heinous thing your characters have done so far?

STACY:  The most heinous?  (Laughs). Wow.  You know what’s funny is that she’s done all of these things, and I don’t think she thinks what she does is bad.

PAUL:  It’s so funny because you totally would expect her to be like, “The other characters are evil.  We’re the good guys!”

STACY:  I mean honestly, so she kidnapped Nicole, and took her baby.  There’s Marlena and the window.  I mean, it’s hard when she’s done all of these crazy, horrible things.  I’ve just really enjoyed playing her because she’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s this brilliant, deviant person who just wants one thing, and there’s one thing on her mind, and everything else gets in her way.

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Is the one thing Brady?

STACY:  Brady, Brady, Brady, and I think even Xander has to repeat it over and over again.  We were playing in rehearsal, and I think I had him do that.  I don’t remember the line, but I said something, and he goes, “Brady Black,” and I go, “Say it again,” just because I want to hear him say it again.  That’s her driving force.

What did Greg Vaughan and Eric Martsolf say when they found out about what the twist was?  Did you tell them?  How did they find out?

ARIANNE:  Well, Eric Martsolf always has a great chuckle.  He has a great laugh, and I think Greg Vaughan just stared at me for a minute.  Then, I told him about the mask process … about making the mask …. and how I thought I was going to pass out and die.  (Laughs)

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Is putting on the mask an extremely weird experience?  How long does it take to put on? 

STACY:  About an hour?  It’s quick, and I thought we were going to suffocate when we were under that because I’ve never done my whole face before, but I’ve done body things. Make-up department is like, “You’re going to be fine.”  It was heavy too, really heavy.

ARIANNE:  Yeah, and because it’s so heavy, after a while, it starts to pull your skin down a little bit, and you’re like, “No, no!” (Laughs)

Did anybody else go running around with the mask on?

PAUL:  Oh yeah.  Everybody!

I knew it!

ARIANNE:  How could you not?

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So, what is the relationship between the real Nicole and Xander, which we saw play out before her death?

PAUL:  She’s my wife!

So, Xander sees Nicole as his wife?

PAUL:  I’m happy to give Xander’s perspective on Nicole, and then Arianne can feel free to correct it.  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  Alright, that sounds good.

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PAUL:  The way I’ve tried to handle it over the years in our ins and outs of this failed romance is that they’ve saddled poor Arianne with: this psycho chasing after her, and kidnapping her and her baby, and whisking her off to foreign lands – and also to Nashville.  When Xander first came into town, before they decided to make him a total psychopath, it was all working nicely, and Nicole wasn’t really on the up and up with Xander, and she wasn’t really honest about what her intentions were.  Meanwhile, Xander was involved in all of this chicanery with Serena, so once that metastasized into full-blown evil, and Nicole was aware of this, it shifted from, “I just really wanted to take this girl to the movies,” to, “Well, I guess I have to kill her now.”  (Laughs)  So, I think he’s just been playing that out ever since.  “Well, if I can’t date her, and if she won’t love me, then I guess I just have to torture her for the rest of her days.”  I think now on the other side of her supposed death, I think Xander has probably reconciled that his twisted romantic notions, or torture, or whatever he was doing with Nicole, is probably over, and he’s moving on to greener, more alive pastures like Sarah.  To be fair, I do think they’ve purposely made it confusing.  Not just for the audience, but for us.  There’s a real sense of, “Am I playing this to Nicole as Kristen, or do you want me to play this just to Nicole?”  Very often they just go, “No, just play it to Nicole,” because it’s funnier if for Xander it just occasionally slips his mind because she looks just like Nicole.  I’m kissing her… like he’s just enjoying the fact that he can.  “I never really got to kiss Nicole much, but this is Nicole’s face, so I’m going to.”  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  That’s hilarious.

Ari, what would you say is their relationship?

ARIANNE:  Well, I’m certainly not as long-winded as that.  (Laughs)

PAUL:  He’s a creep!

ARIANNE:  He is a creep.  What cracks me up coming from Nicole is, “Ew, what a jerk.  He’s so gross.  Yuck, yuck!”  Like, really?  You’re not going to make that one work, huh Nicole?  When you reach that far back to the history of Xander and Nicole, it doesn’t have a lot of depth for the two characters because the next thing you know he’s trying to kill her and Eric.  It’s like that scary online dating when you go on one date and it didn’t work out because that guy is going to kill you.

PAUL:  Xander is like the ultimate bad Tinder date.

ARIANNE:  Totally. (Laughs)

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That is classic.  The bad Tinder date.  That’s basically it.  Xander also apparently feels bad for Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as she is having her bout with alcoholism.  Is that correct?

PAUL:  Yeah, I’m actually excited to see some of that stuff.  It was great doing it because I love Suzanne to bits.  I was very afraid of ruining Xander by making him too nice, but at the same time when I was first brought on to Days, I wasn’t offered a villain role originally.  Xander morphed into a more severe villain than I’d been led to believe he would be, and it happened quite quickly.  So, I’m actually quite happy to right the ship a little bit back towards he’s bad but he has some occasional glimmers of goodness in him.  So, Maggie really represents that because she’s actually quite nice to him and nurturing in a way that no other character on the show is.  When she has her dalliance with alcohol, he’s one of the few people who doesn’t judge her for it, and we finally get a little bit of Xander’s back story.  I’m actually excited to see those scenes because they felt nice to do, so hopefully they come across well.

Stacy, how did you track this storyline, when Arianne would be playing Kristen as Nicole? 

STACY:  Well if I didn’t get the script, I didn’t know about it.  So, if I wasn’t in the script that time, then I would be looking at Paul going, “What are we talking about?” and then, Ari had obviously already shot those scenes, so they were written for me, so I’m like, “What did I do?  What did I do?” It’s just scenes between Xander and Kristen at the Salem Inn.  Occasionally, you’d get somebody knocking at the door, but then I’d have to quickly put on my mask. (Laughs)

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So, Ari did you ever have to go to Stacy to get tips about Kristen’s past or anything?

ARIANNE:  It was all about the future moving forward.  I think old, former Nicole had some crazy similarities with current Kristen because it felt kind the same as pulling some things from what she used to do … you know, just a couple of crazy chicks in one crazy character. (Laughs).

The other big part of this is Rolf’s diary that Xander has in his possession.  Is Kristen in cahoots with him on that?  Is she trying to get that from him?

STACY:  I think she is.

PAUL:  Yeah, that’s when she starts to get mad at him; when she realizes that he’s not just being her underling and he’s off scurrying around with his own agenda in the meantime.

ARIANNE:  He’s manipulating and doing his own thing.

PAUL:  I use it to start manipulating Eve (Kassie DePaiva).

So, what would you say to the fans to look forward to?  “You never know who you’re talking to on DAYS?” “Gird your masks?”

ARIANNE:  I definitely think fans know that’s not Nicole the way she is.  And, you never know who is going to give you a shot in the butt and turn you into somebody else.

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Well, that’s true.  You never know.  One day they’re going to tell you that you’re playing Julie today! (Laughs)

ARIANNE: “Today the character of Julie will be played by…”

STACY: “… you will never guess by whom!”

PAUL:  This was fun.  This is a fun way to do it.  Let’s all do all of our interviews together moving forward!

So, what have you thought of the plot twist? What do you think of the Nicole mask and the performances and comments made here by Arianne, Stacy, and Paul? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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