Eric Martsolf (NBC)

Passions may be airing on DirecTv through August, but for the cast and crew, the show is essentially over. Having finished taping at the end of March, the actors already bid adieu to their home in Harmony, but fortunately for us fans, we have a couple of months before we have to say our goodbyes. I recently chatted with one of the most fought over men in Harmony, Eric Martsolf (Ethan) who shed some light on the end of the offbeat soap.

When we talked, Eric was on the notoriously congested 405 freeway in Los Angeles, but since he was stuck in traffic, it turned out to be the perfect time to chat. And the first thing I can tell you is that after nine years and one reprieve, Passions really is over.

“We thought we were dead when NBC cancelled us and DirecTV was this unsuspecting angel that picked us up for awhile. I’d have a hard time believing lightening would strike twice, so I think we all pretty much put the staple in the show. We wrapped it up in a nice tight little package and I think everyone was happy with the way it turned out. So it’s time to say goodbye,” Eric said.

With Ethan still not knowing one of the worst kept secrets in all of soaps (that Little Ethan really is his son), I had to ask if his character will find out the truth before the show ends. Unfortunately, this was information Eric couldn’t exactly share with me, as he laughed, “Wouldn’t that be doing an injustice if I actually gave that away?” He did however tease, “As far as the ending goes, there are some twists. It’s not just hunky dory. There are some unsuspecting relationships that form at the end of the show that fans probably won’t see coming at all. As to whether Ethan is involved in that I can’t say. It’s not totally predictable. I’ll leave it at that.”

I didn’t really expect an answer, but I had to try! One thing he could share though, was that the final shot of the show is of the whole cast, crew and basically everyone who was ever affiliated with the soap, including actors from years back, in the church waving goodbye to the camera. He also let me know, much to my disappointment, that even though it was one of his favorite stints on the show, there will be no more Telenovelas. “How do you top that one,” he jokingly asked, referring to the last hysterically over the top parody.

So now that he has some distance from his last day on Passions, I wondered how Eric felt about it all coming to an end. “It’s a shocker obviously. You know, you’re in this lovely soap bubble for six years and bam! you’re an actor again and you’re out on the audition circuit again, so it’s definitely culture shock. I miss the work. I miss the family of people,” he reflected.