Catching Up With...A Martinez (ex-Ray, OLTL, 2008-09; ex-Cruz, SANTA BARBARA, 1984-92, et al)

On February 9, popular soap vet A Martinez begins a recurring stint on BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL as Dr. Ramon Montgomery, a friend of Bill’s who performs Amber’s paternity test. Digest caught up with the star, who filled us in on his life between soaps.Soap Opera Digest: Hello, A! Good to see you on B&B.

A Martinez: Thanks. I had a great time on the show and now have another soap under my belt.

Digest: What have you been doing since appearing on OLTL?

Martinez: I’ve been doing a whole lot, actually. I did a SyFy channel spoof called MEGA PYTHON VS. GATOROID with Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. They went to New York City for a red carpet premier, which was a big success. People loved it. It’s a real tongue-way-in-cheek, ’80s pop queen, bitch fest, smackdown, kind of thing [laughs]. It’s really cool. I also did a guest spot on CASTLE, which was well received and led directly to a role in an indie movie called California Winter about the foreclosure crisis in California. Then I have a film called Becoming Eduardo that’s coming out in March. It’s a Romeo and Juliet story. Plus, I’m writing and am directing a play.

Digest: What are you writing?

Martinez: A screenplay that is a family drama/comedy. It’s coming along nicely. The first draft should be finished soon.

Digest: Do you keep in touch with anyone from your soap days?

Martinez: Yes. My daughters were directed on stage by Lane Davies [ex-Mason, SB]. He’s done some work in Los Angeles [though Davies spends most of his time in GA]. But both of my daughters, Ren and Devon, got to work with him doing A Christmas Carol in L.A. Devon also worked with him in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Digest: So acting is in your family.

Martinez: All three of my kids — my son, Dakota, as well — are actors and musicians.

Digest: Have you ever done anything together as a family?

Martinez: We have a video on YouTube called Bucky’s Trouble “Come On Home” that I directed. And they sing in it, too.

Digest: Did you have any reservations about your kids getting into showbiz?

Martinez: They got the bug, what can I say [laughs]? I figure there are no illusions; they really see it for what it is. They see how difficult the business can be and yet they really love to do it. When I watch them on stage, I’m struck with the fact that they feel a certain ease with it that I think came from the fact that they have a parent who does it. They don’t seem to have any stress about it or any kind of questions. When I was growing up and thought of being an actor, I had to wrestles with whether it was okay because there were forces saying, “Who do you think you are? Do you want to show off?” It’s nice to see that my kids are not dealing with that.

Digest: One day you’ll have to do a movie together.

Martinez: Believe me, the thought has crossed my mind. Someday!

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