Amy: What initially pushed you to audition for “I Wanna Be A Soap Star?”
Mikey: “I was living in upstate New York when I went to school for Physical Education. I started teaching for a while then decided to set out on my dream… I packed up and moved across the country to a little town outside of Los Angeles, California. I worked as a bartender, but took an acting class for about a month. I had the belief and wanted to be a star. While watching General Hospital with my girlfriend, I saw an ad for “I Wanna Be A Soap Star.”
Amy: Did you have any prior acting experience?
Mikey: “No, I had no acting background, but I had the power of belief and my dream. When I found out I only had a couple of months to prepare for my role on One Life To Live, I took on an acting coach to train with before leaving for New York. It was tough… I couldn’t tell anyone that I had won, or ask for any help, because I was under contract to stay quiet. It was intimidating, but I knew I needed to make the best of it and I did.”
Amy: You must have been ecstatic to win season three of the show! Did you ever imagine you’d win and be the recipient of a thirteen-week contract role on One Life to Live?”
Mikey: “It was like a dream… I had a journal filled with everything I wanted to achieve – and I really believed in all my goals. While I was in line with 2,000 people, waiting to try out for “I Wanna Be A Soap Star,” I realized I had lost my journal. But it didn’t matter… I knew what I wanted and went after it! Winning the contract with OLTL… don’t get me wrong, I was thankful, but I wanted it so bad and knew I could get it. On the show, I was living my dream and everyone around me was great.”
Amy: Fans quickly fell in love with your character Ted - and his appealing ‘bad boy’ image - and were very disappointed that he was a casualty during the “One Pure People” storyline. Did you know you were going to be killed off like this – so suddenly?
Mikey: “No… Knowing I had to work harder than all of the trained actors, I made sure I knew my lines, along with everyone else’s, but it was a lot of pressure. As soon as I got on the show, my character helped set up one of the most popular characters, Cris Vega (David Fumero), then I got beat up by him, thrown in jail then burned in a fire… I would love for the show to bring me back. I could still be that bad guy – but with likeability.”
Mikey: “For the last year, I’ve been acting everyday. I’ve learned things about acting that I never knew. Back when I was with OLTL, Frank [Valentini – Executive Producer] took me in the office and gave me an acting coach, Darnell Williams (Jesse from AMC), who trained me on the scenes. When I found out I was getting kicked off, Frank was nice enough to call me himself. I was really upset, he really liked me and was nice to me… but I now have something new on my resume.”
Amy: Although your time with the show wasn’t nearly long enough for fans, what most unforgettable memory did you take away from the experience?
Mikey: “I would say when I got to watch Trevor St. John [Todd] do a scene in the gala where he was under the impression that Blair cheated on Todd with Spencer and he flipped out. To watch him do that… It was the most unbelievable scene and he nailed it. I got to meet and talk to Erika [Slezak, Viki Davidson] and everyone else… Tika [Sumpter, Laya Williamson], Renee [Goldsberry, Evangeline Williamson]…”
Amy: Are you still in contact with anyone from the show?
Mikey: “Tobias [Vincent] the most. Brandon Buddy [Cole]… I talk to him about every other month. I tried to give him the confidence I didn’t have in the beginning due to no experience or friendships with the show. I still talk to BethAnn [Bonner, Talia]. She’s so cool…”
Amy: Do you have any current projects in the works that fans can look for in the near future?
Mikey: “I’ve been studying with an acting coach and I want to continue polishing my craft. I haven’t tried out for any other roles. My manager and I have been working together on dialect, comedy, and trying not to make my Long Island accent so profound. When the strike ends, I want to be able to go to an audition and have these people say, 'This guy’s a good actor'. I’m really preparing.”
As we wrapped up our phone call, Mikey wanted me to tell his fans…
“I miss you, and I think the fans make One Life To Live. The fan events I attended were so special to me… to see all those people pay big money just to attend these events… to ask to have my picture and autograph… It was humbling. I always answer my emails, and love to just say hi. Make a cry for me to come back!”
Soaps.com wants to thank Mikey for taking the time out to chat with us today! For those who would like the show to bring Ted back from the dead and back to Llanview - remember there was never a body found - you can contact the Powers That Be at:
One Life to Live
Attention: Executive Producer Frank Valentini
56 W. 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
Direct Comment Line: 1-2121-456-3338
To learn more about Mikey and to stay up-to-date on all of his future projects, please visit his official website at Mike Jerome.com!
OLTL Recap/News Writer