Courtesy of Kevin J. Ryan for Soaps.com

Shedding new light on the Brady/DiMera feud, Kevin J. Ryan made his soap opera debut last week as Sean, bodyguard to the recently revealed to be alive Colleen Brady. While some of the other actors portraying Irish characters may be working with a dialect coach to perfect their accent, Kevin’s brogue is the real deal. I recently had the opportunity to talk with this true Irishman about what it’s like to be on Days of Our Lives and just what’s in store for him and his character.

Moving to Los Angeles just four years ago from the small town of Dublin, Ireland, Kevin found it to be a bit overwhelming. His first thoughts were, “Too many people, too many cars, too many casting directors. It was huge. It was just incredible.” But after getting his bearings, Kevin hit the ground running. Having been featured on “Entourage” and in “The Fast and the Furious 3,” among other things, he has acted in eight independent movies over the last two years and is now enjoying a stint on the NBC sudser.

The road to landing a part on Days wasn’t an easy one though, as it is apparently littered with dead bodies. “I spent the last, probably nine months in NBC and I went for a couple different characters, some of which have been killed off already,” he chuckled. While he finally found the right fit in Sean, Kevin wasn’t an obvious choice due to the fact that, “They were looking for a 6’2 sort of burly Irish guy that came across very intimidating and the whole lot.” Coming in at only 5’10, Kevin auditioned against actors who were 6’2 and 6’4, but impressed the casting directors by bringing what was emotionally needed for the role.

Coming from Ireland, where they don’t air American soap operas, Kevin wasn’t particularly knowledgeable about the show, but with her extensive resume, he certainly knew who Shirley Jones (Colleen Brady) was. Having thoroughly enjoyed his time working with her, the Irish actor referred to her as a “sweetheart,” and shared an amusing story about their first day together. “When we first met…I was telling her what a good job she did on the accent and she was telling me what a good job I did on mine! I asked her how long was she working on hers and she said, ‘About a month or so.’ Then she asked how long I was working on mine. I said, ‘Twenty-three years,'” he laughed.