All Known Aliases (AKA):
Jack Deveraux, Days
of Our Lives;
Search for Tomorrow;
Drew Ralston, One
Life to Life
Last Seen: Port Charles
| Charged with:
Four diverse character portrayals; however, it was Ashford's stint
as the multidimensional Jack on Days where he truly made
his mark. During his six years on the show, he transformed the character
from a rapist into a comedic kook and lovable leading man. And,
in the process, his Jack and Melissa Reeves' Jennifer emerged as
one of daytime's most beloved supercouples.
on the Loose: Upon checking out of GH, Ashford
considered going back to New York when his daughter Emma was diagnosed
with retinal eye cancer. "When you've got a child that could
very possibly die and is in the hospital every day for months and
then in and out of clinics, your life energy goes in different directions."
Ashford stayed in California and with his wife Christina Saffran,
helped their daughter survive her illness.
Ashford has guest starred on Providence and Oh Baby
and tackled his most challenging role on Pacific Blue. "I
played a homicidal maniac with five different personalities."
Filmwise, "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss got some notoriety
in the independent film world. I played an underwear model on his
way out. In another movie, called Wish You Were Dead, which
has yet to come out, I play a hairdressing hit man."
If Captured by Daytime: While
industry insiders and fans would probably agree the perfect place
for Ashford would be back as Days' Jack especially
now that Reeves has returned as Jennifer to date the actor
has not been approached about reprising the role. But if that opportunity
came up, I'd definitely give it serious look. I had a ball playing
What do you miss most about daytime?
"The opportunity to work on a character that continues to grow
and develop. You're not recreating the wheel, but when it really
gets moving you start developing behavior. It's not like you're
starting in a series where you have to retrace all the steps and
do every little bit in exposition. In daytime, when you get the
characters going and the situations are sketched out, you get to
just play the scenes when everything is really flying."
| What do you like least?
"I was hard to work on things and have them taken away
from you because there wasn't enough time [to air them]. Or
you watch actors do enormous amounts of work in courtroom
scenes just squeezing blood out of their brains trying
to get these big words out while the camera is sitting
on the girl sniffling tearfully in the corner."
What are some of your funniest
memories from behind the scenes?
once on Days, I was taking Diana Colville's (Genie
Francis) name off her office door at the newspaper.
I was cleaning the glass, when there was a knock on the door.
Wayne Heffley (ex-Vern Scofield)
opened the door and got a full squirt right in the face, which
he didn't expect. The camera was on him, so they got Wayne
blinking and twisting in the wind. Another time, Missy (Reeves,
Jennifer) was about to got on "The Cruise of Deception."
I was telling her that I was going with her, because she needed
somebody who knew what they were doing and had a strong sense
of journalistic integrity. There was some word in the script
like "balustrade." I didn't know what it was, and
I knew I had more to say after it. So I just said, 'We'll
get up on this balistrate, balcony, balustrade.... whatever!'
Missy laughed, because I totally flubbed it. I said, 'OK,
you can laugh about it, but I really mean it. We're going
to do this.' It was a funny spontaneous moment and a turning
point for Missy and me. We started figuring out how far we
JANET DI LAURO
Matthew & Missy with Lisa Rinna
& Patrick Muldoon
(Billie and Austin Reed)