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What role do you automatically think of when you hear Brian Gaskill’s name? For me, it’s his role Dylan Lewis on Guiding Light that he played from 2007-2008, and though he was not the original portrayer, he certainly seemed to have a way with owning that role as if he had originated it. Perhaps all his experience working with roles in Daytime has given him a step up over others. Do you recall Brian’s portrayal of vampire slayer, Rafe in campy “Port Charles,” or perhaps Ozzy in Bold and the Beautiful? Those weren’t his only roles. He also played Bobby in All My Children and of course, B.J. in As the World Turns. He has had a taste of a few Daytime productions but there are still a few more out there that we think he could have a place in.

In addition to multiple other television productions, Brian’s also a proud father, music and video director. Soaps.com caught up with him this past week, thinking it’s high time we saw him back on canvas – in Daytime or Primetime. In the interview, he shares his thoughts with us on some of the roles he has portrayed in the past, on the future of Daytime and on heading back into acting.

Soaps.com: You’ve been involved in Daytime for the past two decades; how have you experienced the changes in the genre? Any thoughts on how things will look in the future?

Brian Gaskill: Not really sure…I guess the ratings have gone down over all…we have like 3000 channels to choose from and the internet, so that was bound to happen. I know “serial” storytelling will always exist in some form. Maybe someone needs to do a soap late at night. Clearly not as many people are home during the day. In general, the future is gonna surprise us…the news makes us feel like there are no surprises and they have it all figured out. The next 100 years is mapped out on television specials, and usually in a not too bright way…maybe things won’t be so bad…and maybe Daytime drama will still be around in 50 years…who knows? I know storytelling won’t go away…it’s part of who we are.

Soaps.com: The shows that you’ve worked on have all been quite different in terms of style (the campiness of B&B, the realism of GL, the super naturalness of Port Charles); how does this affect the way you approach your character?

Brian Gaskill: I always tried to make it as real as possible for me…maybe I should have changed my approach. (laughs)

Soaps.com: You’ve often played characters with a bit of a dark side, is that something that you’re attracted to?

Brian Gaskill: It is something I am attracted to but mostly I just try to bring the light and dark to all characters I guess. I love humanity and the complexity of the truth of who we really are…no black and white…just a lot of gray. Rafe on PC was practically like a superhero. (laughs) But in superhero tradition I guess even he had his dark moments.