As the World Turns
One Life to Live's Scott Bryce and Michael Easton team up
alum Scott Bryce
— who romanced Meg Ryan
's Betsy back in the '80s as the original Craig Montgomery — is coming back to daytime. But instead of returning to Oakdale, he's headed for One Life to Live
's Llanview as police shrink Ed Crosby. He'll begin counseling broody cop John McBain (Michael Easton
) on Jan. 4. Can't wait 'til 2006 for the details? Just read on....
TVGuide.com: Welcome back to soaps! We sure missed you.
Thanks! Well, it's a recurring role, so we'll see how long I'm around. They've scheduled eight episodes for me so far, so I'll be airing into February on OLTL
TVGuide.com: Before we get to that, Hunt Block is a fine actor, but for many ATWT fans, you're the one and only Craig. His Craig was very different from your more lovable version.
he was playing a different part with the same name. They needed to give him connections to people in town. My dad, [soap veteran] Ed Bryce
, used to say that when you play a villain, play everything good
about him. Craig was just a needy guy who, through his own stupidity, did horrible things.
TVGuide.com: I'd be flattered if you pretended you were confined to a wheelchair just to hold on to my sympathies.
] When I was with Betsy, I was paralyzed from the waist down — except for one critical spot! In those days on As the World Turns
, we had a remarkable cast: Meg Ryan, Kim Johnston Ulrich
), Julianne Moore
, Marisa Tomei
TVGuide.com: More recently, you played Brooke's dad, Mike McQueen, on WB's late great Popular.
I was very proud to be on Popular
. We put important messages inside bright, candy comedy. [Creator] Ryan Murphy
did amazing things, and still does on his new show Nip/Tuck
. And 28-year-old Leslie Bibb
played my 16-year-old daughter. That was interesting
TVGuide.com: So let's talk about OLTL. Is the wildly popular Michael Easton really the brooder he plays on TV?
Michael's a great guy and we've had a tremendous first few days. He came in to work this morning with a big smile on his face, so he's very friendly and warm, not brooding at all.
TVGuide.com: Will you stick around if OLTL offers you a contract?
I might. I'm not sure about a long-term contract. I'm now a television producer and director with Palace Digital Studios in Connecticut. We're developing a lot of television shows and feature films. So I'm not sure if I could really fully commit to OLTL,
but I would certainly love to hang around and play for a while. I love the cast and the medium is challenging. I forgot how fast you have to work on a soap!
TVGuide.com: Let's hear the scoop about your role.
My character, Dr. Crosby, is pretty hard-nosed, very bright and really cares about cops. I'm not sure what their plans are for me. All I know is that the executive producer, Frank Valenti
, came down to the set on my first day and told me to take off my wedding ring. I said, "Yes, sir." So perhaps there are plans afoot for Dr. Crosby to have a romance. They want him to look like a single doctor!