Soaps.com recently caught up with one of Llanview's new fan favorites, One Life to Live's Terrell Tilford (Dr. Greg Evans), about everything from how his storyline/character has evolved, what he's liked most about Greg's different façades and what's to come for the big studio move.
If you weren't aware, Terrell first started his Daytime career back in 1998 as Guiding Light's David Grant, where he not only played the role until 2001 but met and fell in love with his wife, Victoria Platt. From there Terrell appeared in Days of Our Lives as Dr. Carrington in 2008 and had numerous film and Primetime roles in-between, playing a doctor. In terms of landing the various doctor roles, Terrell assured us he didn't aim his auditions to specifically happen that way. "I didn't set out for that but look for any role with truth to the character, where it's real. I want to be able to connect with the material. Ron [Carlivati, Head Writer] and Frank [Valentini, Executive Producer] are very open people and have given me great stuff to work with. I'm very grateful." Though many have thought that the role of Greg was never meant to be long-term, Terrell cleared the air about that rumor. "I had no idea. It was never presented to me that way."
Now that we know there's no end in sight, and hope to see Greg in Llanview for years to come, the character has evolved so much, and in so many different emotional ways… hotshot/playboy doctor, who blamed himself for his brother's condition after performing surgery on Shaun (Sean Ringgold), then ultimately threw caution to the wind after finding love with Rachel (Daphnee Duplaix), the love of Shaun's life. "It hit me all at once. As dark as it was, I really enjoyed the hospital scenes after Greg thought he botched up Shaun's surgery, when others thought he simply did it to kill his brother, so he could have a clean inroad to Rachel. I liked living through the conflict of dealing with Shaun's outcome, falling in love with Rachel and how it created a monster in Greg, knowing it was inappropriate to do so. However, I felt like the conflict was glossed over too quickly, with Shaun coming out of the coma so soon and being physically and mentally okay and would have liked to have seen the conflict built up between Greg and Shaun."
Terrell has worked with various veteran show actors and not only did he express his gratitude for the opportunity but gave a little insight into how some of the actors are off-screen. "I've really enjoyed working with Hillary [B. Smith, Nora Buchanan] and Bob [Robert S. Woods, Bo Buchanan] because they're these iconic, real people. They're funny and sometimes have a really dark sense of humor. Bob's so intriguing… He'll show up to the studios in his short-sleeved shirt, shorts and flip-flops, and I ask if he's lost - like he just came from some beach and made his way into the studios [laughs]. Hillary and Bob's relationship off-screen are a lot like me and my wife's. Hillary's like this guiding force with Bob. He'll be like, where are we supposed to be, reading what, and she'll guide him to their position. It's been a real treat to work with Jerry verDorn [Clint Buchanan] and Erika Slezak [Viki Banks], it's such a highlight and honor for me to be part of such a history. I can't imagine who I wouldn't like working with. One good thing is not knowing, it's part of the excitement, like being a fan and living through the storylines. I don't know anything yet about what's to come for Greg. I try not to have expectations, that enables me to enjoy the role that much more as the script unfolds."