April 14, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

As the World Turns

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
Hunt Block, Martha Byrne, Colleen Zenk, Jason Biggs, Courteney Cox, Benjamin Hendrickson, Kim Hunter, Kristen Johnston, Paul Leyden, Kelly Menighan, Martin Sheen, Kristina Sisco, Maura West

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.

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