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|Jonatha||Sep 13 2007, 10:10 AM|
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SOW: You landed on Days right after being killed off on AMC. Did you see that coming?
JS: No. It was a shock. I got 3 weeks notice that I was going to be blown up. That's it. Bang! You're dead. Interestingly enough, just a few weeks before I had a conversation with the executive producer, who had bent over backwards to assure me that everything was fine. That's the way they do it, though, I suppose. If I was to walk into work tomorrow and get fired from Days of Our Lives it would be a much easier thing to deal with, because you learn. People come and go all the time. I was lucky to have been able to have maintained a run for as long as I have.
SOW: Is it true that former head writer James E. Reilly handpicked you to play EJ?
JS: Yes. I guess he was a fan of mine. He'd seen my work on AMC and actually conceived EJ with me in mind. My manager got a phone call pretty soon after the end of [my run as Ethan on] AMC about the role coming up on Days and was asked if I would be interested in it. We went back and forth a little. I wasn't sure I wanted to do another soap opera. I also wasn't sure about what my next move was going to be. It was pilot season in New York. Things were going well there. But the more I understood about the role, the more exciting an opportunity it became. So I got rid of my apartment in New York, came to LA, and found a nice little guest house in the Hills. I moved in there and have been very happy.
SOW: Prior to AMC and Days you appeared on the British soap 'EastEnders' how would you compare British and American soaps?
JS: They are completely different. The foundation of American soap opera is that people are beautiful, rich and living fantastic lives. Viewers connect to the characters through escapism, and through fantasy. The primary weakness in writing in that environment is that if someone can jump on a private jet or pay for a company, it becomes rich and more plot-driven than character-driven. In England, soaps are character-driven. Most soap operas are set in working class environments and are about people who are struggling financially. There is no private jet to get on. There is no swimming pool. There is none of that shit. And you know what? It makes for a better show. In England the audience connects to the characters because they can relate to them. England is a working-class country. Their soap characters work in markets and bars. They are not exciting, rich and glamorous. American soap opera can learn a lot from British soap opera.
SOW: You mentioned having a girlfriend, who you preferred not to name during the previous conversation. What can you share about her?
JS: I do have a girlfriend. We actually met at the Laurel Canyon dog park. I don't actually have any dogs, but I found it's a great place to meet chicks [laughs]. No, I'm kidding. I took my dogs for a walk there. She saw me as I walked in, and I saw her. I thought she had a great bottom, and she thought I was gay. It was the beginning of something beautiful.
SOW: How did you get past her initial impression?
JS: When we started talking, she realized pretty quickly that I wasn't gay. It all worked out fine. I threw a ball to my dog and her general direction then, the dog didn't go and grab it, which is a good thing because I had to walk past her and pick it up. I said hello, which is strange because I never do that. I'm shy. Fortunately, on this occasion, I managed to get over that. We chatted for a bit. Then, I asked for her number. I got in my car, drove about a half a mile down the road, called her up and asked what she was doing the next night.
SOW: That must have been well-received.
JS: She agreed to go out with me so that was good.
SOW: How long have you been going out?
JS: Over a year.
SOW: What's a typical evening for the two of you?
JS: I like to play air hockey, because I'm good at it. We sometimes go to the pub and play a game of that or pool. We like playing silly games. We go bowling sometimes. We take our dogs for runs at the beach. And watch movies at home, too.
SOW: Does your girlfriend watch Days?
JS: She does watch the show on occasion. She also tends to have a great laugh at my expense at the funny montages that people put together of me on YouTube. Her favorite one is called Juicy. Juicy EJ. It's embarrassing. It's lots of scenes of me taking my shirt off.
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