Bringing out the softer side of David. (ABC)

“My last line on the show was almost an out of body experience.”

The final ABC network airing of “All My Children” will be on September 23. There is no word on when the soap opera will premiere online, but as everyone waits for news on that development, fans can get their “All My Children” fix at A Tribute to Pine Valley.

There’s still tickets available for the exciting event honoring the 41-year-old soap opera. Click the link above for more details. In the meantime, Soaps.com recently chatted with Vincent Irizarry about the event, playing Dr. David Hayward for over a decade, and All My Children heading online.

Soaps.com: The Tribute to Pine Valley sounds like it will be a real up close and personal experience for the fans. What are you looking forward to about it?

Vincent: I think for most of us, the opportunity to be there with the fans who have been supportive of our show for so long and supportive of our characters, our work, there are some who have certainly been watching it from day one, 41 and a half years. Now, obviously I wasn’t on at that time, but I have been on the show for 14 of those 41 years. We’re insulated working in the studio all the time. We’re not in front of a live audience, so this gives us the opportunity to meet with people and give them the opportunity to communicate with us about the things they love about the show, what they don’t like about the show, what they like about our characters, about us. And it’s a nice intimate setting and people have a lot of fun. We really do. We have a great time with it.

Soaps.com: It sounds like it will be a fun group with a lot of your onscreen nemeses.

Vincent: Yeah, there’s not many people in Pine Valley that aren’t [David’s nemesis]. It’s going to be fun and I’m looking forward to it. By that time we may even know what’s going on with Prospect Park. By then we could certainly know and might be able to share some things about that too at the event.

Soaps.com: Speaking of Prospect Park, One Life to Live has secured a few actors to transition online with the show. Has there been any forward movement for “All My Children” as far as you know?

Vincent: As far as I know, no, there hasn’t been. I’ve spoken to numerous actors from the show over the last few days and nobody from our show has been in contact with them. Except for Susan [Lucci, Erica], which we all assumed that awhile ago. So, that’s basically it. They’re moving [forward] with “One Life to Live” right now and that’s certainly their right. That’s what they’re doing and for whatever reason that’s how it happened. We’re just sitting tight and I’m not stressing about it. It is what it is. That’s the way our lives work. We’ll move forward or go in another direction, whichever.

Soaps.com: Are you keeping an open mind about moving online with the show? Are you looking for other work?

Vincent: Of course. Of course I am. I’m definitely open to it, but I’m not putting all my eggs in that basket. Certainly I’m looking for work right now. I have an appointment later today. That’s the way it works. Right now, all of us are free agents and until we’re locked in, we don’t know what’s going to happen, we have no idea. Instead of feeling like we’re in a state of limbo the whole time, you get on with your life. And if they come to us and we’re able to make it work then we’ll do it. At this point no one knows what their plans are because they haven’t been in touch with us. We have to assume we’re free agents and we’re on our own right now. But, yeah. I’m definitely open to it. Without question.

Soaps.com: What was it like taping the final network episodes?

Vincent: It was strange. It was very surreal to be honest with you. You know it’s funny, I’ve been working so much the last three months. I’ve had so much material, doing like eight show weeks and just running myself into the ground and those last two weeks, I really was burning out. I was exhausted. I really didn’t have too much time to think about the reality of what was happening, that we were moving on and the show was coming to the final episodes. I didn’t put a lot of thought into it. As we progressively got there, the last week especially, it started hitting me more and more. By that last day, it really was a surreal experience. My last line on the show was almost an out of body experience. I feel like…I don’t even remember it. It was just very strange. Very strange. The celebrations were wonderful though. To be able to be with everybody we worked so hard together. To be able to celebrate, it was nice. They did a great job with it.

Soaps.com: Without giving too much away, are you happy with how things are left off for David?

Vincent: Yeah, I am. I am. There are definitely things that changed since they initially wrote the ending. When they wrote the ending, there was more closure, I would say, of some issues. Some things were brought in that there was hope for certain characters and mine was one of them. Once Prospect Park announced they were purchasing the rights for the Internet, they had to reshape the last episode. So, things changed at that time. Until the shows air we can’t really talk about where they were going to go at that time. I’m happy with it. I’m certainly happy with it. I think it’s been a great story for the last few months. I’ve been very happy with the way it’s been written and I’m very happy to have been able to contribute so significantly the last few months for the end of the show. One of the highlights was having the opportunity to work opposite Agnes Nixon. That was really special.

Soaps.com: Those were nice scenes.

Vincent: Yeah, they were. She was absolutely lovely. On camera and off. I’ve met her numerous times obviously, but I just loved the way she played those scenes. She was just beautiful and just so honest. I loved working opposite her. It was a fantastic time. I told her she should be careful or else Prospect is going to come to her with a contract. They’re going to want her as a regular. [laughs]

Soaps.com: David has been bringing people back from the dead left and right, but most people in Pine Valley are still disdainful of him. How do you view David? Is he a villain? Is he just misunderstood?