EW’s own Scott Brown on ”As the World Turns”
How I landed a role on one of daytime’s most venerable soaps, the 50-year-old-and-counting As the World Turns, is of no consequence. Okay, I used to room with a casting director who owed me money — are you happy now? At any rate, I recently nabbed the choice role of Singer #1, an almost disturbingly handsome young troubadour with a tortured past and rich inner life that were, curiously, nowhere to be found in the script.
In my (pivotal) scene, Singer #1 is auditioning for a slot at Crash, a new club in the fictitious town of Oakdale. The judges are Casey (Zach Roerig), Maddie (Alexandra Chando), Will (Jesse Lee Soffer), and Gwen (the Daytime Emmy-nominated Jennifer Landon, daughter of Michael). Against the advice of legal counsel, I elected to treat this as a love scene. My instructions were simple: Speak lines, sing Celine Dion’s ”My Heart Will Go On,” accompany self sexily on Radio Shack miniature piano. The director, sensing my professionalism, kept her notes brief: ”Just be really, really bad.” I’m told I nailed ”really, really bad” on the first try.
This is where a lesser man would campaign for a Daytime Emmy (for Best Two-Minute Busk in a CBS Soap Episode Airing on April 17, Check Local Listings). That would be beneath me. No, I’m holding out for a Daytime Oscar.