The Bold and Beautiful’s Deacon (Sean Kanan) Talks to Soaps.com!
Sean Kanan as Deacon Sharpe (CBS)
Although bad-boy Deacon Sharpe has been off the canvas for quite some time on The Bold and the Beautiful, it certainly hasn’t been a case of “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” where the popular character is concerned! B&B fans long for the return of the flawed, but sexy, man who fathered a child with Brooke Logan! Some would like to see him arrive on the scene and fight for his daughter, Hope, while others simply long to see him hit the sheets with one of B&B’s leading ladies and spice up the afternoon! I recently had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Deacon’s portrayer, actor Sean Kanan. The Pennsylvania native, who holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, is very well spoken and was refreshingly honest about the current climate of the entertainment business (post writer’s strike), as well as his feelings regarding a return to daytime! Enjoy!
Soaps.com: Hi Sean! Tell us what you have been doing work-wise. Any new projects on the go?
Sean: “Honestly, the writer’s strike changed the topography of the entertainment business, particularly where pilot season is concerned. It’s been difficult for myself, and other actors I’ve spoken to, in the sense that there isn’t a lot of production going on because the writer’s strike reduced the number of pilots, and in addition, we are facing a potential actor’s strike, I believe, in June. Luckily, I produce as well, in fact, I have a project that I was asked to be a producer on that just screened in Beverly Hills, called “Jack Rio”. A trailer for the film can be seen on the Jack Rio MySpace Page. I’m also in pre-production to produce a film called “The Tracks”! Additionally, when the writer’s strike hit, I got into reality television, which was, sort of, the only gig in town, and have two projects in various stages of development, with a partner who runs the television production company that did the show “Overhaulin'”.”
Soaps.com: You’ve been doing some stand-up comedy too! Tell us about that!
Sean: “Yes, I just did a show at the Improv! I had done stand-up comedy quite a lot over the years, and had taken a break from it, because I was involved in other things, but I want to get back into it! I’ve had a positive response from the audience and just really enjoy doing it!”
Soaps.com: How do you come up with material?
Sean: “Actually, I steal it! (laughs) No, I draw on a lot of things that have happened in my life. My routine centers a lot on daytime, doing “Dancing With the Stars” in Italy, that sort of thing!”
Soaps.com: Visiting Italy would be quite an experience, having been on The Bold and the Beautiful, which is very popular there!
Sean: “I get a lot of strange, positive attention there!” (laughs)
Soaps.com: How is your daughter doing? (Sean has a six year-old daughter, Simone, with former B&B co-star Gladys Jiminez (Carmen)) Does she have an awareness of what you do for a living yet?
Sean: “She’s great. It used to be every time she saw someone on television with blonde hair, especially Ryan Seacrest, she’d say, “there’s daddy” (laughs), but, yeah, she does. Her mother is an actress too, so she knows. She wants to sing and act. They always have multiple things they would like to become. “I’d like to be a brain surgeon, a singer, a dancer…””(laughs)
Soaps.com: One of our readers wants to know if you have plans to do any more martial arts projects (Sean did "Karate Kid III").
Sean: "Nothing is planned right now. Am I open to doing it? Yes. Would I like to do it? Yes."
Soaps.com: You almost died from injuries sustained making "Karate Kid III". What happened?
Sean: I was doing my own stunts and ended up bleeding internally for days before doctors discovered it. I was forced to have surgery on Christmas Day, it couldn't be put off or I might have died. The studio gave me four days to get back on set! "Welcome to showbiz, kid!""
Soaps.com: Of course, readers want to know if you would consider coming back to The Bold and the Beautiful as Deacon?
Sean: "I'd come back in a second! I've met with Brad Bell at his home, he was very gracious, but it's the smallest cast in daytime! I would encourage fans to write in to the show, because I would absolutely come back! Deacon was one of the most fun characters I have ever played, and I loved the people that I worked with!"
Soaps.com: Who did you enjoy working with at B&B?
Sean: "Everyone! I enjoyed working with Susan Flannery. Jennifer Finnigan was great, and I loved working with John McCook. I also enjoyed working with Jack Wagner a lot. Jack and I have a similar energy. Oh, and of course Adrienne Frantz!"
Soaps.com: Would you consider a crossover to The Young and the Restless then?
Sean: "Of course! Yes!"
Soaps.com: On Soaps.com, I can tell you, the readers miss Deacon and would be happy to see him on either show! Is there anything else you'd like to share with your fans?
Soaps.com: Thanks for taking the time to chat!
For Soaps.com readers interested in taking Sean's advice and writing into The Bold and the Beautiful in support of a return for the character Deacon Sharpe, you can reach B&B at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via regular mail at: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Bell-Phillip Television, 7800 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036.
B&B News Writer