Before actors started playing on bowling lanes instead of soundstages at the recent Daytime Stars and Strikes event in Manhattan’s Frames, ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s David Gregory spoke about having fun as — and understanding — Ford.Soap Opera Weekly: This event is a great way to be part of your OLTL “family.”
David Gregory: That’s just the word; it’s a family. It’s a very close cast that likes to do a lot of things together outside of work. This is just another excuse; it’s really fun.
Weekly: Do you have any words for your fans?
Gregory: Hang in there with Ford, because he is a bit of a jerk, but he doesn’t know any better. I feel like he grew up a certain way, and he’s trying to do the right thing, but at the same time, he only knows one way of doing something. So I don’t expect him to be a perfect guy, but I also don’t expect him to be the worst bad boy in Llanview anymore. I think he’s going to hover somewhere in between. I don’t want him to lose that edge; it keeps him interesting.
Weekly: He’s more of an antihero than a “bad boy.”
Gregory: Yes, I agree. And I like that; there’s a lot more to do with that. As an actor, I’m having the time of my life playing [the role]. It’s very opposite my personality, and so it’s fun to go into work and touch on that, and then to go on with my life.
Weekly: Have you had any fan reaction to the baby storyline?
Gregory: Oh, people have asked me about it a lot. It might be similar to what happened with Elijah hitting him over the head, in that they didn’t tell me until it was time to shoot scenes with him. All they told me was, “It’s somebody really random; you’ve never had scenes with them.” I was like, “That’s strange.” We’re going to find out who [Jessica’s] child’s father is, and I will be just as surprised. It could go either way. It’d be interesting if Ford thought he was the dad for a little while, because that brings out a different dynamic in him, but I’m not sure that he should be the dad, because that’s a lot of responsibility for a guy who doesn’t deserve it yet. But that might make him rise to the occasion; he seems like a guy who can rise to the occasion. So it would be interesting to watch him struggle with that. It would be really interesting either way.