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Chance Encounter

On August 27 and 28, John Driscoll (Chance, YOUNG AND RESTLESS) took time out of his busy schedule to read with actresses for a special screen test, in which the winner will be in an episode of Y&R, as well as have her picture on the cover of Restless Style. Digest caught up with the actor, who shared some behind-the-scenes tidbits from the experience.Soap Opera Digest: How did the casting call go?

John Driscoll: Wow — that’s all I can say. They were expecting good numbers because they figured that in L.A. they’d get a lot of fans, as well as a lot of actors and models. But 850 people showed up! They interviewed every single one of them for about five minutes and asked questions like, “Are you a fan of the show?” “What show do you watch?” “What are your aspirations?” “Are you an actor?” They asked all sorts of questions, just to get a feel for who they thought could pull this role off — not just as fans, but as people. We had people of different nationalities, sizes … we had all different types come back just to figure out who’d be right for it.

Digest: Did you meet every single one of these women?

Driscoll: Yes, I got to talk with pretty much everyone. I walked through the crowd and got them hyped up, and interviewed them. It was crazy, but so much fun. At the end of that first day, they went to 4:30, 5 or so, and they had to narrow it down from 850 to 55. They asked me to call two lucky winners to come back the next day. They had me put it on speaker phone so we could tape it. One started screaming right there on the phone. They were so excited, which was great. One flew out from New York because she saw the audition online. We had people coming from all different places and everyone was so appreciative.

Digest: How did it go the next day?

Driscoll: I knew it would be a longer day because we had to do all the auditions, plus the final screen test. After, I had to get to the Y&R fan event. It was a very long, crazy couple of days, but worth it because it was so much fun. I think they narrowed it down to some good people, so I’m interested to see who gets picked. We saw some talent, I have to tell you. They’re going to narrow it down to three or four, have the producers take a look at them, and then make a decision. But I feel comfortable with their choice.

Digest: The role is just for one day?

Driscoll: As of now, yes, but you never know how it will turn out if the person does well. There could possibly be something a little more. We’ll see. They were just all excited about being there and getting another thing to put on their resumés.

Digest: How did you get to be the lucky actor who was involved in this?

Driscoll: I was asked and agreed to do it. I told the publicists that if anything ever comes up where they need an actor to represent the show, I don’t mind doing it. It’s a great way to meet fans and to put myself out there, especially with being new to the show. So when this came up and they asked me if I’d do it, I said, “Great. Fantastic.”

Digest: That’s great that you’re such a team player!

Driscoll: Thanks. It’s a lot of work, but this is my job and I love what I do. It was a bit tiring, but I had a great time.