Matt Cendeno, Erica Franco, Anna Arias and Yancey Arias (Kathy Hutchins)

Last we saw Brandon Walker on Days of Our Lives, he was drugged by Kate, woke up in bed with Sami and then left town. While we haven’t seen the character since, his portrayer, Matt Cedeno is another story. I recently caught up with Matt to find out what he’s been up to since his time on Days.

“Amazing how the time flies by,” Matt marveled as we began our conversation. “Three years already since I last appeared on the show!”

Since he left Salem, Matt has kept busy guest starring on several primetime series, including, “That 70’s Show,” “CSI:Miami,” “Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Psych.” His other projects have included the indie movie, “Hot Tamale,” featuring Carmen Electra and Jason Priestley, the TV movie “Romancing the Bride,” and the film “Hoboken Hollow,” starring Dennis Hopper. If you live on the West Coast, namely California, Arizona or Texas, you’ve probably also seen Matt in a series of commercials for the fast food chain, El Pollo Loco.

While he has definitely kept busy, Matt explained that opportunities in primetime dried up due to the recent writer’s strike, and pilots and the like have yet to get back into full swing. That seems to okay though, as he has his hands full with his recently opened Body Language Sportswear store in Sherman Oaks, California.

The store, which he opened with his fiancée Erica Franco, friend and actor Yancey Arias and the line’s designer (and Yancey’s wife), Anna Arias, provides Brazilian sportswear for women. According to the actor/entrepreneur, things are going very well with the line as they have the store, a wholesale and may soon be carried in the high end, Equinox Gyms. A website is also in the works (Body Language Sportswear), which should be up and running in a couple of weeks for customers to purchase the clothing online and Cedeno and his partners are also in talks with another celebrity couple to help with the marketing aspect of the business.

The opening of his Body Language Sportswear store brought out several of his Days co-stars including Alexis Thorpe (ex-Cassie), Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Brandon Beemer (ex-Shawn), Eric Winter (ex-Rex) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope). “It was kind of a nice little reunion,” Matt recalled.