the years he has been away from Days, Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack)
has been keeping very
busy. Not only has he been working on some stage, he recently
landed the role of Tom Hardy on ABC's General Hospital.
Jack [sic] had lots to say about his life and his family (which
includes wife Christina and daughter Grace) and DTVGS was
right there in the thick of things to get the latest scoop!
OF OUR LIVES
Are you still surprised by the outpouring
of emotion from fans regarding your departure from the show?
Matt: It confirms for me that we did something
on Days that meant something. We had our ups and downs,
but Missy (Reeves, Jennifer) and
I and some of the other actors, created something that was really
memorable. It was a resounding factor in some way to people that
struck them. It makes me appreciate it all the more. All the writers
and producers around us that gave us the environment where we
could play. They were able to provide us with a place where we
could take chances to play with things, go against the grain and
do things that people don't always do. Find something that's real
or something that is true. It was very enjoyable.
Have you heard anything from Missy since
you came back to GH?
Matt: Yeah, we've
I also wanted to ask you, how is your
daughter, Grace, and the family?
Matt: Fine, everything is doing well. The wife (Christina)
is doing A Chorus Line right now, down here in Long Beach.
I was doing a couple of shows at the Interact Theater, one called
Counselor of Law with Marilyn McIntyre, who played Jo.
She played an office secretary and I was one of the young lawyers
in the office who was hopelessly in love with her. It's pretty
funny. She's was [sic] in love with the head lawyer. It was a
1930s comedy and both Marilyn and I were in a series of one-acts
called Currently Married.
How long will these productions run?
Matt: The thing with Counselor
of Law was that it ran three times and they extended it again.
In L.A., that is very unusual. L.A. is not a town that supports
a lot of theater. Most of the shows don't get through a week or
two and then, the audience kind of disappears. This show keeps
selling out and we keep extending. People kept coming to our theater
and seeing it. It was set in 1931 and it had all the wacky romance
and fast moving pace, but it wasn't all wacky. There were serious
parts in it too.
I wanted to ask you how you're finding
the challenge of fatherhood and combining that with a busy career.
That must be difficult.
Matt: Actually, it has been great. There were times
that I've had more time at home with my daughter and it couldn't
have been a better time. I try to watch her because she reminds
me of how much fun it is to play! Whenever the job is too much
work, it's something you can look at and enjoy. It's been a good
time to connect to her and regain that childlike way of approaching
things and playing with things
Do you find she has more characteristics
of you, or Christina?
Matt: I'd say the wife.
In what way?
Matt: She looks like her, she's a girl, you know? She
has a sense of humor, which is sick.
We received photos of when you were in
Dracula, and they were great! How was it playing the "Prince
of Darkness", "King of the Night'?
Matt: That sounds like a talk-show host! It was pretty
enjoyable. I'd like to do it again now, based on the things that
I have learned. It's a pretty difficult role because you can overplay
it, and in a big theater, you can't underplay it. I was worried
about that. It was also written in 1927 or '28! It's pretty dated,
Frank Langella's version of the play was updated. There were a
lot of elements that I felt I could do if I were older.
I was one of the youngest people on the stage, and I was supposed
to be 500 years old! So there are some time when I have to find
that. I enjoyed that a lot, people really enjoyed it. It made
me want to do it again. Which I took as a positive thing. If I
didn't want to do it again. I would say, "That was that!"
You looked menacing.
were definitely pushing more sex with the show. A lot of sensuality.
I tried to keep sensuality from turning into sex. That takes more
work and study.
The Dracula character was not particularly
Matt: As far as we know. That's up for interpretation.
We've seen him played as a voyeur, we've seen him played as a
sensualist. Definitely with all the recent focus on vampires,
it pays to do that. But, this is the 1920 play, you can do what
a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Helena a Matthew fan
from the Czech Republic for graciously sending me the article.]