Aiden talks about life on the set. (ABC)
A few weeks ago, Soaps.com spoke with All My Children fan favorite Aiden Turner about his role and the what the future holds for his character, Aidan Devane. You can read that article here. We finish up our interview with Aiden this month as he talks about life on the set, practical jokes and those fun fan appearances.
Kristi: Tell us about fan appearances! Has a fan ever caught you off guard in a private moment and surprised you?
Aiden: When I first started, I found them quite mad. It was kind of strange at first, with all of the people around you but over the years I've come to appreciate them. You can get to know the people that watch. They give so much love that it's enjoyable to go and the people are so full love.
Kristi: You celebrated a birthday last month. We hear your fan club makes a big deal of your birthday every year.
Aidea: Yeah, I have a fan club with 150 people on there and every time I have a birthday and they send me presents - one of the things I've gotten is a Sirius satellite radio. You can't buy that kind of love.
Kristi: With your family so far away, does the fan club kind of fill that gap?
Aiden: It does a bit. You know, I have my wife and her family in Atlanta. But the fans really make me feel at home here.
Kristi: Your father came into town from England over the Easter weekend for a visit. Now, Memorial Day is right around the corner. Do you have any special plans to celebrate the holiday?
Aiden: I would really like to go out to the Hamptons. I like to stay at Sunset Beach, it's my favorite place to go. The summer's not long enough! While we're there (Aiden and his wife), we go bike riding, running and swimming. It's a good start to the summer.
Kristi: Let's get back to the show. Who is the funniest actor on the set and what do they do that perks everyone up?
Aiden: Michael Knight, without a doubt. He loves all of the Monty Python and those old films. He does a lot of impressions. When we get together, we do impressions and are always joking.
Kristi: What is the funniest thing you've done as a practical joke?
Aiden: You can't do too much (because of the shooting schedule), but I try to keep things light. I've taken a label off of a can of drink and stuck in on someone's suit. You know, just tap them on the back and tell them they're doing a good job. And pretty soon someone else comes up and asks why they have a label on their back.
Kristi: You mentioned Michael Knight, Tad, and how the two of you joke around on the set. Is there a cast member that you look forward to working with the most?
Aiden: I like to work with Zach (Thorsten Kaye). He keeps you on your toes, because he doesn’t really stick to the lines so much. It's all about the story for him. I get such a great sense of job satisfaction and job achievement when I leave the studio after working with Thorsten.
Kristi: We hear that days on the set can be long (and sometimes boring). What do you do to pass the time?
Aiden: You have to be prepared first, so the priority is to run lines, make sure everybody knows the scene. If there's nothing that needs to be ironed out, we just laugh and joke around. I try to be a comedian on the set. And then when you start the scene, you're alive. You can bring more to the scene that way.
And there you have it, fans. Life on the set of a soap opera is a never-ending whirlwind of activity. Thank you, Aiden, for taking the time to speak with us about the show; we love hearing news from the set. As the shooting schedule heads into May sweeps, we look forward to seeing more of you on AMC!