Soap Opera Digest: What reaction have you gotten from fans about your exit?
Kyle Lowder: People have been so incredibly supportive. I can’t tell you the fan mail I’ve gotten and the e-mails to my message board on the Web site and calls to the studio. So allow me in this article to thank everybody for their support.
Digest: Was it important for you to have a good exit for the “Broe” fans?
Lowder: Yes. It was such a wonderfully written story. I felt that the Broe fans were a little short-changed when Chloe left; there wasn’t really a grace period afterwards. I’m just glad that they had this great love story for the past couple of months, and then they got married and disappeared together. That is what Ken [Corday, executive producer] told me when we had our initial meeting with each other: He didn’t want to do an injustice to the Broe fans again.
Digest: What was it like to film a wedding when you’re the groom?
Lowder: It’s funny, being a part of the show for five years, I have been to many weddings. It’s a totally different thing when you’re the one getting married. It really is. I mean, I was standing up there and, let’s be honest, they’re long days. And I was standing up there on set, at the altar, looking out, and it was really late at night and everybody’s kind of dozing off and really tired and their feet hurt and it needs to be perfect and I’m the one standing up there this time and everybody’s there at my expense. And nobody, of course, felt that way except for me, but it’s just a different feeling being the one who’s getting married on one of these shows ’cause all of a sudden you’re the center of attention in all these scenes and everybody’s looking at you.Digest: Any memorable moments from the past year?
Lowder: I got such a kick out of working with those guys [in the desert story] and spending all that time with them, laughing and telling jokes, going to the commissary and going out for a beer after work. I remember one great night. After taping, me, Eric [Winter, ex-Rex], Bryan [R.Dattilo, Lucas], Kyle Brandt [Philip] and Jason [Cook, Shawn] went out to the bar and had pitchers of beer. Bryan Dattilo and I lost an exorbitant amount of money when Brandt and Eric ran the pool table on us. I didn’t even care because we were having such a great time. Those are the experiences I’m gonna miss — the bond that you form with people when you spend this much time with them. I don’t care if they’re actors or crew or the hair and makeup people or the producers. It’s those relationships that you won’t be able to get back once you leave. You take those relationships and those times with you. I’ll never forget working with those guys. So much fun.
Digest: Is there someone who you never got to work with that you wanted to work with on the set?
Lowder: Yes. I know he’s on a different show now, but Joe Mascolo [Massimo, B&B; ex-Stefano] cracks me up. I got a kick out of his whole portrayal of Stefano while he was here at DAYS and watching him do his stuff. I was like, Brady is John Black’s son, can’t I have a scene where I walk into the DiMera mansion and Stefano looks at Brady and is like, “John Black’s son, I can do wonderful things with you.” I’d be like, “Yes, take me away, let me be your mercenary.” I went through a thousand storylines in my head. I just have great respect for Joe. We were never really that close, but every time he sees me, he’ll be like, “How are you doing?”
Digest: We’ve received a lot of e-mails about you doing a musical. What’s the story?
Lowder: I wish I could be saying yes right now, believe me, because I was slated to do a rock opera. That was going to be going on for two weeks in Philadelphia and then coming out here to the Ford Amphitheatre. It’s called Vox Lumiere and it’s an amazing show. Unfortunately, I had to drop out because the scheduling conflict was too much. I was very busy here, shooting the wedding and I didn’t want to put either show in a compromising position. But the show is amazing, so please, those of you who do like theater, go see it because it’s unreal. I was so excited because I haven’t done anything like that in such a long time.
Digest: Are you going to pursue music at all?
Lowder: That’s a good question because I really can’t even answer that for myself right now ’cause music is truly my passion. The recording artist thing is very appealing to me personally, but I need to follow this momentum that I have out here in L.A. with acting right now.
Digest: What about theater in L.A.?
Lowder: I told Jim Reynolds [Abe] that I’d love to do a show at his theater. I would just love to work for Jim, I’d love to be directed by Jim. I watched Ari‘s [Zuker, Nicole, his real-life wife] experience in the play she did with him. I was so jealous. The friendships that she made from that show and working with Jim Reynolds as the director of the show itself, is where it is.
Digest: What do you think you’re going to take away from this experience?
Lowder: Oh, man, everything. I can’t think of a better place to start your career than on daytime television because I really have the confidence that I can do anything. I was at an audition the other day, learning lines, and one of the casting director’s assistants came out and handed me this other copy and said, “I’m so sorry to do this to you, but the sides that we gave you were wrong and you need to be reading these,” and I said, “Oh, okay.” It was not a big deal. I was reminded of all those days that I was sitting in my dressing room and one of the production assistants came in and gave me these “pink” pages and said, “Kyle, we’re changing the scene around that you are shooting in five minutes.” That’s just a small example of what this show can do. Just being comfortable on a set and being comfortable at these wonderful Hollywood parties, learning how to become a professional and a business person is also what I am gonna take with me, ’cause if you remember, I was 19 and fresh off the boat when I started.