This week marks the debut of a new actor on the soap scene. Ryan Serhant, the winner of CBS.com's InTurn 2, takes on the role of Evan Walsh IV. This is Ryan's first gig on daytime television but he is no stranger to acting.
I had the chance to speak with Ryan a few weeks ago and learned he has been acting for a long, long time.
"I started acting as early as I can remember," Ryan said. "It was the only thing I was ever interested in and it became serious for me in college. I majored in acting (in college), and moved to New York right after. This is my first big, professional role."
Ryan attended Hamilton College in upstate New York, still the move to New York City is a big step from his home in small-town Colorado. Has the move given Ryan a little bit of culture shock?
"Yeah, for the most part. I grew up on a ranch with 1600 acres of nothing around me to living with people and noise constantly," Ryan said. "But it's not as scary as I thought it would be."
Though the role on ATWT is his first big break, Ryan just finished working on a showcase play called "Purple Hearts". Ryan told me the story of the play: it is the story of three soldiers trapped in a supply room of the USS Virginia during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
"It was hard - I am so glad it's over! [It was] hours of dying basically and it's hard to do that every single night. It's a lot nicer to show up to work one day, die on camera and be done," he said.
Ryan also has some advice for actors just getting started in the business.
"I was doing background work on All My Children" as soon as I got here," said Ryan. "I sent in my resume to all the soaps and started playing an orderly. It's a good place to start to become familiar with the studio and the pace of the work. Just do whatever it takes, for me that was it."
He is really excited to be in Oakdale now and hopes to stay active on the show for a long time.
"I'm just so excited to be here," he said. "It's such an amazing thing to show up and go to work. It's a great place to be and I'm hoping the fans like me and they (show producers) extend my contract."
The second half of my interview with Ryan, in which he will talk about the role of Evan Walsh IV, will be posted later this week.
Right now Ryan is contracted for thirteen weeks. After speaking with him, seeing his work on InTurn and on ATWT this summer when he played a tough guy at a Montana bar, I sure hope he gets to stay in Oakdale for a long, long time. Good luck Ryan!