Soap Stars Share Hobbies! (Interviews)
Murray Bartlett loves cycling! (CBS)
It’s healthy to have a hobby or three, beyond your work – work shouldn’t be our ‘life’. Anyone who reads Soaps.com or posts on Soaps.com obviously has at least one hobby outside of whatever it is they do for work. They’re soap fans! Some are also Reality TV fans, and if you check out our Lounge in our message boards, you’ll be apt to meet others with various other interests beyond their work. Soap stars are no different from them. They’ve got hobbies outside of work, that keep them busy!
Emily O’Brien, (Jana Hawkes Fisher, The Young and the Restless) – Taking French, sings and does theatre.
Chris Engen (Adam Wilson Newman, The Young and the Restless) – Plays guitar, piano and sings.
Kate Linder (Esther Valentine, The Young and the Restless)– Doing charity work, reconstructing her brick house in LA with her husband, singing and tap dances. (and of course flying the friendly skies with United Airlines whenever time permits.)
Michael Grazadei (Daniel Romalotti, The Young and the Restless) says he goes to the beach, writes on the beach and surfs.
Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young and the Restless) says he likes swimming, racquet ball, surfing, paints (some of his paintings were auctioned), and has written his first children’s book.
Brandon Beemer (Owen Knight, Bold and the Beautiful) “I like sleeping. That’s definitely one of the nice things. I like movies; I like going to the gym; I like traveling; I like getting outdoors and going hiking, playing Texas Hold ‘Em, spending time with my friends, trying to see the family, playing tennis. I think that pretty much sums it up.”
Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio Vega, One Life to Live)”I like to train. I’m also trying to play baseball with my son. My priority right now is to spend as much time with him as I can. But I also picked up the game golf. It’s frustrating but in a good way.”
Chrishell Stause (Amanda Dillon, All My Children), “I love to read, play Boxing on my Wii, sing karaoke with my friends and travel.”
Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey Chandler, All My Children) “I have a new baby puppy, a cavalier king spaniel. I really lucked out, she’s very pretty and when people spend time with her, she is so loving! She loves people. She’s getting used to being around other dogs, she’s a cutie and her name is Nelly… She was 5 months old when I got her and she was going to be a show dog. Her name was Simone but she’s not a Simone, she’s Nelly!”
Murray Bartlett (Cyrus Foley, Guiding Light) "I'm a huge film and theatre buff. I'm a nature addict so I love hiking, kayaking and any other activity that involves being in nature. My bicycle is like an extra limb and I spend as much time on it as possible."
Arianne Zuker (Nicole Kiriakis, Days of Our Lives), "I’m a huge horsie rider. I spend two days a week with my horse. His name is Speck. His show name is Syracuse, but he’s this gray horse with a lot of speckles on him and I’ve had him since he was 18 months old. I have him, and I’ve also got four dogs and they keep me busy so I go for a run two days a week with them or I’ll take them to the dog park. And then Kyle (Arianne’s husband who plays Rick on The Bold and the Beautiful) and I will run around and try to get a weekend away here and there. I do love to eat. I like to have like four-hour dinners with really nice wine. That’s my reward for myself is a really great dinner. And of course the movies. I love going to the movies." [Editor's Note: You'll have to wait to find out what Nicole says about Transformers!]
Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady, Days of Our Lives) "I love spending time with my family. It’s been a really great summer just spent with my husband and my boys because our lives are so busy and soon they’ll be going back to school, which the summer has just completely flown by! Being with my friends, but you know really being with my family. And when I’m not at Days, I usually working! Work is always there (referring to her jewelry and clothing line), it’s just how you maneuver it all."
Texas Battle (Marcus, Bold and the Beautiful) "I love spending time by myself. I love going to the movies by myself. I love going to the beach. I love to hear the water; I love to hear the birds; I love to hear the people. That’s where I study, at the beach. I’m not that type of guy who studies in a quiet place. I can’t. It seems like I lose focus. I need to be around noise. I need to hear things while I study. I like to go to the gym. I like to play basketball. I’m in a league on Sundays called the NBA Entertainment League. And of course the gym. You gotta stay in the gym ‘cause you gotta look right for the fans."
Kathy Brier (Marcie, One Life to Live) "I like to swim and read."
How do your hobbies compare with the soap stars? Who are you most alike, and why?
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