Olmos and Soria (Curtis Sabir/WENN.com)

“I have plans for a big year.”

It has been a busy year for Joseph Julian Soria and 2013 is shaping up to be another blowout. Last year Soria joined the cast of Lifetime’s hit drama “Army Wives” as Private First Class, Hector Cruz, an all American soldier deeply in love with his wife, Gloria (Alyssa Diaz).

About to begin its seventh season, “Army Wives” is getting completely revamped with Kim Delaney exiting and Sally Pressman taking a backseat in the series. This leaves room for new characters to have larger storylines, including Hector and Gloria. Soria took some time away from celebrating his father’s birthday to speak with Soaps.com about how he got the role of Hector and his new movie “Filly Brown,” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. “Filly Brown” also features Latin recording artist Jenni Rivera, who died earlier this month in a tragic plane crash after one of her concerts.

Soaps.com: How were you originally approached about the role of Hector?

Soria: Through an audition. I was in the gym like usual and checked my emails real quick and realized I had an audition in an hour and a half and just ran home. It’s funny – it was one of those moments that actually could have been in a film where everything that could go wrong did go wrong. My printer didn’t have any ink so I couldn’t print out my lines. I was all stinky from the gym but I didn’t have any time to take a shower and just rushed to the audition. So I ended up going straight there, looking at the material for a little bit and went in. That night they said they wanted to see me back tomorrow for a chemistry read with the woman they were casting as my wife, Alyssa Diaz. I had previously worked with Alyssa, not on screen but in auditions, and so I was familiar with her work and we had a good chemistry. So I went in there and did that and booked the job and before I knew it I was on a plane to South Carolina.

Soaps.com: We hear your role is expanding this season. Is there going to be more of a focus around Hector and Gloria?

Soria: There is definitely going to be more drama. I don’t want to say too much but just expect more drama. They are still going on a roller coaster of a ride, learning about each other and learning about what they want.