Catching Up With Texas Battle (ex-Marcus, B&B, 2008-13)
Though it has been nearly five years since Marcus last appeared on B&B, fans are still talking about him — especially after his TV mom, Jennifer Gareis (ex-Donna), posted a photo of herself and Lawrence Saint-Victor, who plays Marcus’s adoptive brother, Carter, and joked about them having a romance. Texas Battle (ex-Marcus) weighed in on social media and then, he chuckles, “Man, I was getting hit up on Twitter like crazy. I think that would be an interesting story to tell, actually, but it’s up to the boss, Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer]. If Brad decided to do something like that, it would be awesome because then Marcus could come in and play.” Battle says he would be open to a return and has talked to Bell about it. “I met with him recently,” he reveals. “I wanted to see what I could do with him. I would love to come back to B&B. Tell the fans Marcus is open and ready, and if the fans would like to see that, do what they need to do.”
Too Close For Comfort: When his TV mom, Jennifer Gareis, suggested a possible romance between her Donna and Marcus’s adoptive brother Carter, played by Lawrence Saint-Victor, Battle’s Twitter followers — and the actor himself — went wild. “Marcus loves his brother, but His Mama is and will always be number 1. He couldn’t let that be!! NEVER,” Battle tweeted.
The actor has kept in touch with a number of his B&B co-stars since his departure. “I still talk to Jacqui MacInnes Wood [Steffy], of course; Kim Matula [ex-Hope]; my brother [Saint-Victor]. Every once in a while, my TV [adoptive] dad, John McCook [Eric] and Linsey Godfrey [ex-Caroline], too,” he shares. “I need to hit up Kristolyn [Lloyd, ex-Dayzee] and congratulate her [for appearing in the Tony-winning Broadway hit, Dear Evan Hansen]. She killed it. That’s always what she wanted to do. She loves the theater. B&B was a stop for her, a great stop, but theater is her dream. She wanted to do it. Maybe I need to do that!”
Friends, Indeed: Battle has kept in touch with Kim Matula (ex-Hope, l.) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), here at B&B’s 30th anniversary bash in 2017.
Battle has remained busy since his B&B days. He most recently appeared in the film F.R.E.D.I. “It is one of those great family films that kids and adults will enjoy,” he shares. “It’s about a robot, and I play a military character named Brody who tries to find out where he is in order to use the robot for something other than being friendly. It was a really fun film to work on, with a great cast.” He also has some other projects coming down the pike. “I’ve got two movies coming out later this year. And I shot a pilot called STRANGE ANGEL for CBS [All Access, set to launch June 14], so we’ll see what happens with that in the future. What can I say? It’s all good.”
They Were Family: When last seen on B&B in 2013, Marcus, wife Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd), and baby Rosie relocated to South Africa for his job with Forrester International.
Including his personal life. The actor recently became engaged to his fiancée, Sarah, who he refers to as his princess. “We don’t have a [wedding] date yet,” he relays. “It’s fairly new, but probably sometime next summer. We’d like a little time to ourselves to travel and do things together first.” Their connection was sparked years ago, says the actor. “I’ve known her for like 14-15 years. I came to L.A., did my thing, then I went back [to Texas], finished school, then I came back here. She was in school and was doing her thing, but we always kept in contact, things bubbled a bit and we were like, ‘Hey, let’s try it.’ So that’s our story.”
JUST THE FACTS
Birthday: August 9
Hails From: Austin, TX
School Days: Graduated from the University of Texas, where he majored in kinesiology. Upon graduation, he was a substitute teacher before moving to L.A. to pursue acting.
Mister Christian: He is close pals with Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS et al): “I went to him and asked him about the soap world before I signed on to B&B back in the day, and he gave me some good advice, him and Joshua Morrow [Nick, Y&R]. I love those guys. They’re family.”
Destination’s Child: His most frequently asked question by fans is about his character’s death-by- dumbbells scene in Final Destination 3. “I still get asked about that all the time. It’s one of the most talked-about deaths in the entire series, which is quite a compliment.”
Being Social: Follow him @Texas1Battle on Twitter and @texas1battle on Instagram.
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