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    In our 'Fashion House' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Fashion House Star Robert Buckley Says That He Is The "Nice Guy"

    Friday, September 22 2006


    Robert Buckley
    It is Monday 09/18/06, and today I am awaiting a phone call from Fashion House star Robert Buckley (Michael Bauer). The phone rings and it is Robert Buckley straight off the bat…..

    Shannon:
    "Hello"?

    Rob:"Hi, Shannon"?

    Shannon:
    "Yes"!

    Rob:"Hey, it's Rob Buckley".

    Shannon:
    "Hey Rob, how's it going?

    Rob:
    "It's going very well, how are you doing"?

    Shannon:
    "Doin' pretty good thank you. First I want to say that I really appreciate you calling".

    Rob:"Ahhh… not a problem, it is my pleasure".

    Shannon:
    "You should know that like many people, I am a huge fan of the show already".

    Rob:
    Laughter… "I have read some of the stuff you guys have written….(well, all of the stuff you've written), and I can tell. It's Great what you're doing man"!

    Shannon:" Thank you, glad to know that we're making you proud out there".

    Rob:
    "You guys are so thorough….it's….it's Amazing!"

    Shannon:
    Laughter… "That's what Tony said".

    Rob:"Yeah, I'm gonna tell you what. My parents, (I introduced them to the website) so now it's hilarious, because we're on the West coast and you guys must be on the East coast, because your recaps are sometimes up before it airs here. My mom will come onto your website and check to see what happens to me before the episode airs".

    Shannon:
    Laughter… "Are you serious"?

    Rob:
    "Like, she is a junky. It's hilarious. I told her (she would call me everyday) and be like…"Hey, what happens when"…and I'd be like, "Mom, you can't do this everyday, you're just gonna have to wait like the rest of America". And so, I had shown her your website (I think when Tony's article first came up) and she was like what are the recaps? I said, I don't know lets check them out. She saw them and she was like, "Wait, I can do this everyday"! So, like Friday she called me and said "oh, do you know what happens to you today"? Laughter…. Yeah mom, I was the actor in the show…remember? I do."

    Shannon:
    Laughter…. "That's awesome, We love it! Tony's Mom was actually on the website too. The way I see it, if we are making the mothers happy, we are doing our jobs!"!

    Rob:
    "Oh, yeah, absolutely, my mom is very much a fan of Soaps.com".

    Shannon:
    "Well, I know that there are more and more people watching Fashion House everyday. How would you describe the show to those viewers just starting to tune in"?

    Rob:"You know… The nutshell answer I usually give is "Beautiful People, Committing the Seven Deadly Sins, Six Nights a Week".

    Shannon:
    Laughter…. "Well, that sums it up doesn't it"?

    Rob:
    Laughter… "It does, because you can sit there and be like oh it's this and honestly, that's what we're doing. We are ensuring we are all going to hell 44 minutes a night, 6 nights a week…Except Michael Bauer and Lexi, cause they're pretty much the 2 nice people on the show".

    Shannon:"That's right, that's right. Well, what can you tell the viewers about your character besides the fact that he's 1 of the only 2 nice people on there"? Laughter….

    Rob:
    Laughter… "Then again, Hans and Harold are nice, so I shouldn't just sum it up with just those 2. You know, he (Michael) is one of the few voices of reason.. He's kinda the stiffening board for Luke, who's always pining to him about his love life and his art. So, Mike's kinda the shoulder to cry on for Luke, kinda the consummate best friend. He is a genuinely nice guy, hard worker…he turns out to be a little bit of a hopeless romantic".

    Shannon:
    "How do you think America is going to react to the format that Fashion House is modeled after? You know, 65 episodes…13 weeks"?

    Rob:"You know, I think people are going to react the way that I have. Which is I love the fact that I don't have to wait a week. It may be vein or self-indulgent, but I watch every night and I Tivo it! I like the fact that you don't have that typical 6 day gap in between shows and all you gotta do is wait another night. And, on Saturdays, even though I've seen Monday-Friday, I usually end up watching it again. So hopefully, they'll catch on and notice that it is a pretty fast moving show".

    Shannon:
    "And, I've also noticed that each night they even give a pretty thorough recap that you could almost sit down and pick up from there and move forward".

    Rob:
    "Yeah, that was something that I had wondered initially, because so much happens every episode, I was a little worried What if someone misses a day or 2 and they don't have Tivo…but, it seems that those recaps are going to alleviate those problems".

    Shannon:
    "What responses have you been hearing about the show so far"?

    Rob:"Uh…Oh My God, Your Shirts Off Again!….from my mom and dad".

    Shannon:
    Laughter….

    Rob:
    Laughter… "It's been really funny because a lot of family and friends who watch, you know they think the show is fantastic. They like the drama, and they are very thrilled that I'm…um…not one of the really evil people on the show. Some people are like, "it's so funny how you are so much like your character", and they're saying this like right after he's had his heart broken and been rejected by Nikki. I'm like, why am I the poster child for, you know… failure all of a sudden? Laughter… When have I been that guy? But, no, it's been really positive and everyone has great things to say about the whole cast and the show".

    Shannon:
    "Well, the good news that I have for ya is that the poll results (so far) on the Soaps.com website concerning "Which couple would you like to see together the most"?

    Rob:
    "Oh, don't think I haven't been following that closely."

    Shannon:"You and Nikki are tied for 1st place with Luke and Michelle still. You and Nikki were holding onto 1st, but they're sneaking up on you. I still think that you and Nikki can pull it out"!

    Rob:
    "But, let's not toot the horn too quick, cause on last…Thursday or Friday, we had like 63%. Now, granted, only 3 people had voted so far, but we were still the majority favorite."

    Shannon:
    "Well, you know what? I'll get on the message boards and tell everyone to vote and on Friday is when I close it out and post a new one. Also on this Friday is when you are going to be made "Star of the Week", so tell your mom to visit the site…we'll put your interview up and you will be star of the week through the next week."

    Rob:
    "Ah, That's Awesome! I appreciate that. That's so funny, you know I actually called Nicole Pulliam (Nikki) on Thursday, and was like "Hey, I don't know how this is gonna make you feel, but it made me very proud, we are the Favorite couple on Soaps.com, granted only 3 votes so far, but we're still the favorite."

    Shannon:
    Laughter…. "The next time you talk to her, let her know that I'm working to try to get an interview with her as well….just kinda pass that along to her".

    Rob:"Absolutely. What you guys are doing is really great for the show".

    Shannon:
    "Well, it helps that I'm a fan too right?…you know, I'm sitting there watching it every night and loving it!"

    Rob:
    "Now, who are your favorites and who are the people you're like… "ewww I hate…curse you"?

    Shannon:
    "You know what, I love them all and some of them I love to hate! Of course I voted for you and Nikki because I think that you two make such a good pair on there. Gloria, I love her because she is so mean. It's killing me, because all I've seen is Morgan Fairchild's mouth, and her nails and her necklace so far, and I'm like, when is she gonna come on and what is she gonna do when she gets there"?!

    Rob:
    It's really funny to me (having got to know all of the cast really closely) we really did all become friends. I know that's a cliché in the industry, but we all did become close. Like Mike Begovich (Lance) is one of the nicest guys you'll meet, and he's so cool and funny, but he plays such a jerk and it's funny because my parents are like eww, we hate that Lance, and I sit there laughing with them because it's so funny. Here I know him as this really terrific guy…good friend, yet every time he comes on the screen my parents are like booing and hissing". Laughter….

    Shannon:"You would not be able to tell that when he comes on the screen… that he is nice at all".

    Rob:
    "No, he does a terrific job…. He really is convincing".

    Shannon:
    "Like, Lance and Michelle are at 0% on the poll results right now". Laughter….

    Rob:
    Laughter…. "I noticed that; they're pulling up the rear."

    Shannon:
    "Did it come as a surprise to you that America might be grasping onto Michael and Nikki like that? Like, you guys could be a super couple on there?"

    Rob:"I think that would be fantastic. Did it come as a surprise?….it's funny, when I saw that on the poll, you know it did, cause Luke and Michelle are the ones who are (well, first of all they are a cute couple, and they are the main couple). So, that they're rooting for us…I really think it is the pathetic factor of me, just the puppy always longing, and wanting…

    Shannon:
    Laughter….

    Rob:
    "I think I'm more like the pity vote. People see how sad I am and they're like, oh boy, throw this kid a bone.

    Shannon:
    "I don't think so though, because there are a lot of daytime television fans that come to the site, and they're used to seeing it drag on for years and years, and they are really good at picking out the super couples!"

    Rob:
    "Well, she's something that he continually is chasing throughout the show. So nothing like goes away. People have plenty to stay tuned and look for".

    Shannon:
    "Yeah, everyday something could change…you never know what it's gonna be!"

    Rob:"Really and truly, by the end of the week I could be….in a wheelchair…in a different country...even though it's on the show".


    Robert Buckley
    Shannon:"So…are all of your guy friends jealous after seeing some of the episodes you have had so far….where you actually got paid to hang around and take photos (I think you had some ladies on a motorcycle, then Tania, then Nikki)…Oh, and then you had Nikki and Tania together….fighting with each other…it was crazy".

    Rob:
    "You know what's funny is, that I did a corporate job before I left to pursue acting. When I left, I told them that I was going to travel Asia and then go to get my MBA….And, I have stayed friends with several of my old colleagues, and the ones who didn't know about the show eventually found out and after some of these episodes they called and were like, "So…Asia and MBA are going pretty well we take it"! Laughter….

    Shannon:
    Laughter…

    Rob:"They're like, we see why you didn't pursue the whole school thing….wise choice"! "It has been really funny… I have a buddy calling and he's like "I just finished hour 13 of working in my cubicle, while you spent the day surrounded by beautiful supermodels"!

    Shannon:"I knew that you were probably getting some of those responses, that's why I had to throw that question in there".

    Rob:"Yeah…My dad is the funniest. He (my parents are so proud and they're so cool) and I talk to them all of the time. I mentioned them in a couple of interviews on Good Day LA, and tried to make fun of them in a good way. My dad had a hat made the last time I came home that said, "I am Rob Buckley's Dad". And So after the supermodel scene, he walked into the bedroom and he comes out and he puts the hat on and just sits there quietly with a big grin on his face".

    Shannon:"Oh my gosh…that is too funny"!

    Rob:
    "Yeah, he killed me… my parents are hilarious…but the hat….that one was a new level".

    Shannon:
    "Is the filming all complete for Fashion House"?

    Rob:"Yep, we ended about the last week in August. It was 3 and ½ months of brisk shooting".

    Shannon:
    "So you're watching the show every night like the rest of us"?

    Rob:"Literally, every night".

    Shannon:
    "And all the actors know how the entire story ends….. It's not a big secret to them"?

    Rob:"Oh yeah! We were all handed full scripts. The thing was, we didn't shoot your typical one episode a day. The way we shot was disjointed. We would shoot scenes from different episodes on different days. So literally on the first day of shooting, we could have been doing a scene from episode 31 and 65 and episode 2".

    Shannon:
    "Wow".

    Rob:"So, from the first day of shooting you already knew how your character ended in episode 65. It was really funny because I started reading, and by the time I got to episode 12 I was like oh….kinda getting' caught up in it. I remember my episode like 57 when we were reading them, and the writers had to finish the final drafts (there were like revisions and we hadn't gotten them yet), and I would angrily be calling the writers like "I Need 58...What happens in 58???". I was like a junky for Fashion House…I was getting' the shakes… I was irritable. Laughter…..

    Shannon:
    "Are your parents and friends trying to drag it out of you what is going to happen to everybody"?

    Rob:
    "Yeah…And, my parents…they don't….well, I throw them little bones, but they don't know any of the good stuff, and that aggravates my mom. I'm like "Hey, you held out on that whole Santa Clause thing for like what…15 /16 years"?

    Shannon:
    "That's exactly right". "You know I talked to one of your co-stars, Tony Tripoli the other week (I must say that he adores you), and he is expecting big things to happen in your future from what he told me".

    Rob:
    Laughter… "He's great"!

    Shannon:
    "So, what do you have in the plans after the Fashion House frenzy is over"?

    Rob:"Well, I just finished 2-3 weeks recouping in the form of just spending time with my family, friends and the girlfriend…and now, it's up in the air. There is one feature in pre-production (Friends Who Kiss), besides that, we'll see what the future holds (more TV…Films)…it's kind of an unknown. Actually, I read Tony's interview (which was so kind and flattering), but he set the bar high. I'm working as fast as I can to meet the deadline"!

    Shannon:
    "You've gotta have what…like 2 pilots…or 2 movies and a pilot…something like that"?

    Rob:
    "I think he said…was it 2 TV deals and a feature"?

    Shannon:
    "Something like that. It is definitely 2 of something and 1 of the other….by January 1, 2007"!

    Rob:
    "Tony….I appreciate your optimism…now pass me a Zoloft"! Laughter… "The anxiety just came back…thank you friend"!

    Shannon:"Well….you know, I also promised him that the message boards and things were going to help find him a good spouse….so, you and I are kind of in the same boat here". Laughter…

    Rob:
    Laughter… " That was so funny! I noticed that plug was so great! You were like…Do you have anything else you wanna say, and he was like…"Well, I'm single…I'm gay and live in West Hollywood…and I have a show on National Television". Laughter… "I'm like…Sorry, I couldn't hear you Tony. Was that the sound of you're Mercedes convertible revving…what was that?" "Yes…it was a fantastic plug"!

    Shannon:"He's gonna love reading this interview".

    Rob:
    Laughter… "That was so great…he is such a nice guy and he's really funny. You captured it in the interview, but he is so hilarious! You know, some of the things that Hans and Harold do were adlibbed by Garrett and Tony. But, it's a shame….if all of their scenes could have been adlibbed, it would have been off the charts. They just need to give Tony his own show. Fashion House could have a sequel where something happened, like the building collapsed….and he was the only one in the cellar, so he's the only one that survived…. It could be called The House of Tony"!

    Shannon:
    "He's gonna be calling FOX when he reads this! This is a great idea"!

    Rob:
    "It would be The House of Hans….go ahead executives…take that!

    Shannon:"What would be one thing your fans would be surprised to know about you"?

    Rob:"I have done this entire interview….in my underwear".

    Shannon:
    Laughter…

    Rob:"No…um…" Laughter… "How about this one? I am currently on (let me think of the best way to phrase this)…I'm on National television 6 nights a week and I'm unemployed, live with my parents and I'm thinking about starting a My Space page. No, no, no…let's scratch that. I'm thinking about starting a D&D club in my parents basement. Cause honestly, it's so Los Angeles. I didn't know if I was going to be going back to San Diego to do another show, so I didn't go back to get a place in Los Angeles immediately and so all my buddies are laughing. They're like, this is hilarious!!! You are on television and you're living with your parents, collecting unemployment and this is your life. I have officially made it in Los Angeles"! I lay on my parents couch…on their futon… you know…eating funions at 12:30 in the afternoon. This is my life. This Is welcome to celebrity Rob. Have another hot pocket on mom and dad!"

    Shannon:
    "There you go"! Laughter… Well Rob, do you …well, let me ask this one first. I think I heard somewhere that you were on a game show once.

    Rob:"Ohhhhhh"! Laughter…. "It must have been Wikipedia! I don't know who put that up there, but…I was on The Price is Right in college". Laughter….

    Shannon:"Did you win"?

    Rob:"Did I win….I did SO BAD…I literally was awful. I was horrendous. I was like a freshman in college. The tape is really funny to watch cause I know what it is like to be a dog…in like a room surrounded by people…clapping cause (you know how you can see panic in their eyes). Seriously, being on that show is like sensory overload! They tell you before you start, Don't look back at the audience and don't hesitate before you bid. They called my name, and all I did was hesitate and stare at the audience….and every guests was horrific! The worst though, was that this kid next to me bids $420 and I was the last bidder. All my brain was thinking (cause you go to a very primitive level of thought at that point) was be the lowest bidder. So, what does my mouth shout out? $419.00! Which mathematically is about the most asinine bid you could make because you limit yourself to exactly $1 on that price. So Bob Barker (that wise ass) goes "The actual retail price is"…and then he pauses. He looks at the audience because by this point they have turned on me and they're booing and hissing because I'm an idiot, and he's like "That wasn't the smartest bid you could've made…was it"? And of course, that just killed the crowd….everyone laughed and everyone just laughed at me…it was a real defining moment! And that's when I knew my TV career needs to take a break for a couple of years, so I chose college and consulting".

    Shannon:
    "It's nice that the TV career is going differently this time….You're going in a good direction".

    Rob:
    "Yeah, I went from getting laughed at by Bob Barker to getting laughed at by Nikki Clark".

    Shannon:
    "Game shows weren't your area of expertise….but drama is…..so there ya go! Do you support any specific causes or work for the greater good"?

    Rob:"Yeah, I do actually. My mother has worked for non-profit organizations for many years and she works with The East Valley Community Center. Their website is http://www.EVCHC.ORG and what they do is they provide healthcare to low income families and persons that cannot afford sufficient healthcare".

    Shannon:"Awesome"!

    Rob:"She's been on that one for a couple of years and they are a really great organization. In fact, she's the one that just got their website put up…so…Go Mom"!

    Shannon:
    "So if your fans go to that website, that will tell them how they can assist and help out"?

    Rob:
    "Absolutely! Make a donation and see what they are all about".

    Shannon:
    "I was going to ask you about a personal website. Are you gonna have one coming up"?

    Rob:
    "You know…this is funny. Me and 2 of my good college buddies just bought RobBuckley.com (apparently someone-else owned it) for a ridiculous amount….for my own name….how fair is that? But, in the next couple of months….nothing yet, but shortly RobertBuckley.com will be on its feet. Until then….Check out TonyTripoli.com". Laughter…

    Shannon:
    Laughter…"He's gonna really love that one"!

    Rob:
    Laughter…

    Shannon:"Is there anything else that you would like to say to all of your fans out there watching Fashion House"?

    Rob:"You know, to you guys at Soaps.com, thank you very much because you guys have been so positive of the show and really….just doing a great job and we really appreciate…all of the time you put into it….it's a great website on the whole, not just the Fashion House section (I'm not that self absorbed, I actually looked at a couple of other shows too).

    And to the fans, Thank you very much….And, stop telling me I look like the skinny kid from That 70's Show"!

    Shannon:
    "ok…from your mouth to their ears".

    Rob:
    "That's right. From my mouth to the fan's ears, stop telling me I look like…Not Ashton Kutcher, but the skinny one".

    Shannon:
    "Before we get off of here, would you mind giving us one quote about what you think about the Soaps.com website"?

    Rob:
    "Sure. How about this. Soaps.com is more fun than My Space….and your friends won't laugh at you for looking at it"!



    Robert and I continued to talk for a few moments joking around and winding up the call. It was more than awesome having this opportunity to speak with him! I hope that you all enjoy reading this interview as much as I did writing it for you.

    On behalf of Soaps.com and myself, I would like to thank Robert for taking the time to speak with Soaps.com and extend the invitation for him to do so again anytime that he wants! As always, we wish him continued happiness and success!

    A special thank you to Rob's Manager Tracy for making this interview possible!


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by magpie07 at Friday, September 22 2006 06:19 PM

    I absolutely loved your interview with Rob. He seems so
    sweet and funny. Sorry, but I can't stand him with Nikki.
    So he has a girlfriend? She better treat him right!
    He's great as Michael, the photographer. Want to see more
    of him!

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Friday, September 22 2006 07:34 PM

    Great interview, Shannon.

    Posted by Shannon at Friday, September 22 2006 09:56 PM

    Glad you all like the interview!

    and to magpie07....after tonights episode...it doesn't appear you will have to worry about him and Nikki being together

    I certainly don't want him with Tania!!!!

    Posted by nancygirl at Friday, September 22 2006 11:23 PM

    no, we don't want to see Michael with out of control
    pill popping tanya. He's so likeable and believeable.
    Thanks for the interview.

    Posted by Cafecentral at Saturday, September 23 2006 06:24 AM

    OHHH I loved this interview. It is awesome. Shannon thanks so much for getting it and your questions were great. Rob is such a great guy and great actor. I hope we see him in TV and movies for many years out!!!!

    As for the show tidbit...I am a little sorry for Michael and Nikki I was routing for them, but you know Nikki kind of brought that on herself. I hope Michael and Lexie get together!

    Posted by nancygirl at Saturday, September 23 2006 07:05 AM

    hmmmm, never thought about michael and lexi. not a bad
    combination, didn't she call him "too pretty" on the show
    when maria asked about him??? i see chemistry between
    luke and lexi. but i wouldn't want to deal with maria.
    mother from hell!

    Posted by ImageGrl at Saturday, September 23 2006 03:58 PM

    Really enjoyed the interview... he is adorable! Also, love the idea of Lexie and Michael hooking up. They are the sweetest and best looking characters on the show! Hope Robert has much success after this show.

    Posted by derricknc at Sunday, September 24 2006 07:10 PM

    YAY! Another great interview! Who's next?

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