When we asked Buzz readers which ABC Daytime soap star you wanted us to interview in advance of Soap Nation, the day-long soap event set for Aug 8 at the Mable House amphitheater, your reply was nearly unanimous.
Break-out “General Hospital” actor and freshly minted Daytime Emmy nominee Bradford Anderson, who plays mobbed up computer geek Damien Spinelli on the top-rated ABC serial.
In true daytime fashion, response from fans and Anderson’s comedic chemistry with “G.H.” mob mainstays Maurice Benard and Steve Burton have resulted in a few weeks of work becoming a few years of front burner material and a contract role for Anderson.
“It’s always wonderful when women come up to me at soap events and they say, ‘You’re my son’s or my husband’s favorite character,” Anderson tells us. “Spinelli is just someone you can relate to. Everyone has felt not-so-cool in their life. Or thought, ‘I’m not good-looking enough.’ At one point, we’ve all tried to fit in.”
Anderson, who prior to “G.H.” performed in musical theater, credits co-worker Burton (who plays stoic mob enforcer Jason Morgan on the soap), for keeping him employed.
“Spinelli was supposed to die in a car crash a few months into the run,” dishes Anderson. “But Steve Burton allowed himself to become emotionally invested in this relationship between these polar opposite characters. It became a bit of an image changer for him. Suddenly, Jason is reacting to these crazy comedic things that Spinelli does. Let’s face it. Without Jason’s reactions, there is no Spinelli. I basically owe my job to Steve Burton.”
So how does Anderson explain the duo’s hilarious odd couple on-camera relationship?
“Panic, basically!” Anderson cracks. “When I started, I was naturally intimidated by Steve. He’s an icon on that show. Spinelli was supposed to be intimidated too. It just worked. We don’t rehearse practically at all. I would have this mouth full of Spinelli-speak to get out without tripping over half the words. I would get out the lines and think, ‘Oh God, how is Steve going to react?’ It’s those funny reactions that keep people invested.”
For more info on Soap Nation, go to: soapnet.com.