Today I have a very exciting interview scheduled with Joel Berti.the infamous William Chandler on Fashion House. Many thanks to his Agent Melissa for making this interview possible!
Shannon: Joel, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today. The fans are going to love hearing what you have to sayI have had several requests for this!
Joel: My pleasure.
Shannon: Well, first of all let me say that I am a huge fan of the show!
Joel: Are you really?
Shannon: Oh god yes.I watch it every night!
Joel: Excellent! I think it grows on you if you give it a chance and tune in more than once. Even the harshest of critics (if they hang in there) are likeyou can't help but to get into to these people!
Shannon: That's for surewith the wedding scene and everything else that has been going on latelyyou can't help but to really get into it.
Joel: laughter I know.
Shannon: Now, your characterWilliam Chandler.
Shannon: When the show first started, I thought (and many others that I know) that he was a bad guy, but now he seems like he may be a good guy. How would you describe your character?
Joel: I'm hoping that he is like most of us.a little bit of both. Laughter He certainly is bad in a sense that he approaches a very painful situation by hurting someone else. Laughter..
Joel: That's not the healthiest way to go about thingsbut it is definitely more fun! On the good side, I think that his real intention is to meet his brother and find out who he really is and maybe hopefully become friends with him and connect with him.
Shannon: Yeah.that's what we are seeing right now. Are you watching Fashion House every night with the rest of America (and your friends and family)?
Joel: I have been, but I missed it this week.
Shannon: The entire week?
Joel: YeahI know. It is because I have been running around auditioning and such. I have had a blast watching it though!
Shannon: Well, you can always go to Soaps.com to read those recapsthey are there for ya.
Joel: Laughter Well, my mom is really into the Soaps.com thing and she's been putting her two cents in on the website.
Shannon: Ohshe's putting hers on there too?
Joel: Yeah, she's having a lot of fun with it.
Shannon: I'm gonna have to look around and see if I can spot her out there. Laughter.
Shannon: Well you know, Tony Tripoli, Robert Buckley and Erika Schaefer say that their parents linger around the site as well. I guess everybody's parents are going on there!
Joel: Yeah, it's a lot of fun.
Shannon: Have you heard how well the telenovela format is doing so far for the network?
Joel: They committed to making these and have already started filming the next 3 or 4. Whether they are having the success that they want..I don't know. I think that if they hang in there, more people will eventually say you know what, these guys have been hanging around, maybe we should tune into one of them. I believe that one of them will really pop off down the line.
I know that they have put Natalie into another show and that they put Robert Buckley into The Heiress.
Shannon: So Robert Buckley (Michael) will be in The Heiress and Natalie Martinez (Michelle) will be in which one?
Joel: I believe it is called Dangerous Love.
Shannon: Wow, that's great for them! When is Fashion House scheduled to end?
Joel: I don't know the exact date, but I think that we are about half way (or a little less than half way) through.
Shannon: I know that you can't tell us a lot, but when it gets to the finale of the show, should we expect big things?
Joel: Yeah, you should expect big things! Laughter. All of the different people colliding into one mess of drama and dysfunction!
Shannon: Now that is a good quote! Laughter.
Shannon: That's kind of what we have been waiting on.we can see it coming!
Joel: That'll definitely happen and it will be fun.
Shannon: Well, when did you realize that you wanted to be an actor?
Joel: I started really young back east. I did Theatre by accident when everyone had to sing (I was in the chorus in third grade) and try out for this play, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. We didn't have a choice in the matter, and I can tell you that no one was thrilled about getting up and singing. Somehow I got the part of Charlie Brown and at that age I obviously didn't know what I was doing, but I enjoyed being up there and feeling the attention and the energy of the audience. I continued to do musicals growing up and throughout high school in different plays. As I got about 16 or 17 I became really fascinated with movies and films. I started reading a lot about different actors and different movies and both of my parents are big film watchers.and are very snobby (as far as what I could watch and what I couldn't watch) Laughter.and so, I basically left college after a year and went to Hollywood when I was 20 years old and started to pursue it.
Shannon: Wow, good for you!
Joel: Yeah well, when you're 20 and you don't know anything, it's easier to do when your that nave! Laughter.
Shannon: Laughter That's true.
Joel: Yeah, I went out there without a car! Laughter. No one told me that in L.A. you need a car, so I rollerbladed for a good year delivering health food to NBC and Warner Bros. and stuff like that.
Shannon: Well it paid off.right?
Joel: Sure. Oh yeah! Laughter
Shannon: All the blood, sweat and tears.
Shannon: If you weren't acting today, what do you think you would be doing for a living?
Joel: I love music! I would probably find some way to be involved with thateither producing it or maybe even being a DJ. I'm a big fan (I don't have any musical ability) but I listen to a ton of different music.and maybe photography as well (I'm a big fan of that too).
Shannon: What's your favorite kind of music?
Joel: OhI love all sorts. I usually tend to lean towards (I don't know how you would describe it) but like Radio HeadU2...I could go on and on.
Shannon: Back to Fashion House You had Morgan Fairchild as your mother and Bo Derek as your lover. You had a lot of scenes with them but William kinda mixes with all the characters. Who have you particularly enjoyed working with on the show?
Joel: Actually I got really lucky because this cast is a bunch of goof balls! Laughter..
Shannon: I will agree with that based on the one's that I have had the chance to speak with. Laughter
Joel: A bunch of good lookin' goof balls! Everyone was really such a blast to be around because no one took themselves too seriously and I had a lot of fun! I got very close to Natalie (Michelle) and Taylor (Luke). I adore them and we have become really good friends! I could really go on and on about each of them. Robert Buckley (Michael) is hilarious and brought tons of humor to the role that wasn't there in the script. I've gotten a huge kick out of watching Erika play LexiI think she is doing a great job!
Shannon: She really is!
Joel: Mini Anden really surprised everyone. You know she is this high fashion model who's gorgeous, and she's playing this cracked out super modeland she's just doing a fantastic job!
Shannon: YeahTania has slipped, but Mini is portraying it very, very well!
Joel: I was very fortunate to be able to be Nicole Pulliam's (Nikki) love interestthat was awesome! She was very easy and fun to work withI could go on and on!
Shannon: That was a shock for the fans too! That came out of nowhere.
Joel: Laughter yeah they didn't see that coming.
Shannon: So now you know the poll on the site is who do they want to be the father of the baby Michael or William.
Joel: Oh. I imagine I am losing on that one!
Shannon: No, I think you were winning the last time that I checked.
Joel: Really? Oh Wow!
Shannon: You know whatyour mom probably did it! Laughter.
Joel: Laughter.She might be doing thatI don't know.