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Tom Pelphrey Talks His Soap Start On Guiding Light; and Playing Laura Linney’s Brother in ‘Ozark’

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Anyone who watched two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Tom Pelphrey as Jonathan Randall on Guiding Light knew he was headed for the big time.   Before leaving soapland, he also came to Oakdale and As the World Turns to take on the role of Mick.

Years later, Pelphrey is still acting up a storm and can currently be seen on the new season of Netflix’s Ozark.  In it, Pelphrey plays Laura Linney’s bipolar brother, Ben Davis.

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In an interview with Collide, Pelphrey shared about his Guiding Light experience: “When I got out of college, I got a job on Guiding Light, a soap that was filming in New York at the time. I was on that show for two and a half years, and it was a great first job, and I learned a lot. Working in front of a camera for the first time, learning those things, and obviously getting paid, which didn’t hurt, was a great experience. I had a good role, we won some Emmys when I was there, and it was kind of like a miniature taste of a lot of different things. So I learned a lot, and then I left the show and have been working my way up, as you do as an actor, ever since then.”

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As to the big moments at the end of the season and key scenes opposite Laura Linney, Tom revealed “t was just heaven. We shot the final four episodes as one block, so you’ll notice we had the same director for the last four episodes, a man named Alik Sakharov, who’s a beautiful director and a beautiful human being. So filming those scenes where it was just me and Laura sitting in the car at two in the morning, and you kind of have to pinch yourself, sitting in that van with some of the most beautiful writing, and getting to play a scene with Laura. Every take felt different, and I felt so free and so alive. I also happen to really love and adore her as a human being, and I remember literally saying to her out loud, “I could do this forever.” It was one of those moments where you kind of pinch yourself because it really doesn’t get much better than that.”

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Kay
Kay

He is so fantastic on this show he is such a great actor ! We binge watched it in two days best season of this show !

Su000
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I know nothing about Guiding Light
but–Netflix- ‘Ozark’
is a never miss an episode!
‘Ozark’ is #1 and a series that a soap
could never dream of being..
it is an edge of the seat suspense!
top of my favorite list at Netflix…
just mentioning..

aria
aria

he is crazy good on ozark, i never saw him on GL because duh I’ve only watch GH my whole life, but I remember I use to hear how good he was and I know he won a couple of Emmy for his work. I remember hearing that GH wanted him years ago when they were looking to cast Dante the first time but who knows what happened I can only imagine the powerhouse performances he would of had opposite Maurice Benard, Julie Bergman (original Lulu), Sarah brown ( Claudia) and Laura Wright who probably did work with him before GH stole her away from GL.

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clb

Tom is a great actor that was a bright spot on the Guiding Light canvas. He and Kim Zimmer were an Emmy winning duo and there was no doubt about his future. Still missing the Light! I haven’t seen Ozark yet but may now.

Laina Sweeney
Laina Sweeney

He’s great in the role of Ben!!!

Judy
Judy

I was a Guiding Light fan for many years, actually grew up with it. There were a great deal of wonderful actors, and Tom Pelphrey was one of them. I just knew when I saw him that he would be famous some day. I was so surprised and happy to see “Jonathan” on Ozark, a terrific Netflix series. Looking forward to his continued performance!

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