I recently dropped by Pine Valley (a.k.a. the AMC studio) for a very productive set visit. After grabbing the always-entertaining Thorsten Kaye (Zach) and Alexa Havins (Babe) for news interviews, I set out on my next mission: gathering many, many answers for round-up questions. I got the goods about everything from the songs on Connie Fletcher‘s (Erin) and Chrishell Stause’s (Amanda) iPods, to that one article of clothing that Justin Bruening (Jamie) just can’t go without (Converse sneakers!). But top honors for absolute best round-up answer must go to Egglesfield.
When I asked him, “What storyline do you wish they’d write for your character?” his eyes lit up (something that never happens when we ask actors these dreaded round-ups). He explained that someone had recently asked him the same question and he’d been thinking about it. A lot. He jetted to his dressing room, then returned to me with a piece of paper clutched in his hand.
“Josh falls in love with Kendall,” he began, “and they start having a little thing. Erica can’t take it anymore and tells Kendall he’s her son. So Josh finds out from Kendall that Erica is his mom.”
Now, most answers would end here, but not this actor’s. That sheet of paper was a typed response — a full page long! Before I had a chance to react, Egglesfield morphed into his character, spouting his ideas at a rapid speed.
“I feel betrayed by Dr. Madden, who I thought was my real father, and I tell him I never want to speak to him again. I continue working at the hospital, but feel so betrayed by Erica as well, that I finally decide to kidnap Bianca and hide out in the woods to make Erica suffer. Bianca and I hate each other. I make her cook for me and do my laundry at gunpoint. But slowly, we begin to fall for each other…”
I hated to interrupt him, especially since he was on a roll, but I had to point out one very important detail to this daytime neophyte. So I cleared my throat and said, “Um, are you aware that Binks is a lesbian?”
“Yeah, but it doesn’t matter,” he assured me. And, with a wave of his hand, Egglesfield’s tale continues.
“Tad and Aidan follow our trail and contact Derek and the rest of the police force. They track us down at a cabin. As they surround the cabin with guns drawn, I tell them to back away, because I have a gun, which Bianca goes for. It accidentally goes off and police start to fire at the cabin, hitting me with bullets…and Bianca as well.”
He looked up from his paper and stared into my eyes for dramatic effect. “We both are knocked unconscious,” he gasped, with all the seriousness he could muster. “We both have to have surgery and it’s not certain who will survive. I start to recover, but Erica hates me even more because her daughter is on her death bed. Bianca takes a turn for the worse, so I take her out of the hospital in the middle of the night and to a holistic healer in New York City that I read about. I finally return to Pine Valley with a healthy Bianca and Erica’s grateful. We have a talk where she explains to me why she did what she did, and I forgive her.”
By this time, Egglesfield was out of breath, but that didn’t stop him from reaching the conclusion of his story. He flashed that trademark grin, paused, then wrapped it up. “I then run for the mayor of Pine Valley and win. I meet a hot new doctor lady at the hospital and we have a child.”
Egglesfield may be new to soaps, but he clearly knows daytime’s flair for drama. And you thought his current story was controversial!