You Asked, He Answered!
B&B’s Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) Responds To Your Burning Questions
Q What do you think of Katherine Kelly Lang [Brooke] and how does it feel acting with her?
A Kelly is wonderful. Not only is she a lovely woman, but you can always count on her. When she comes to the set, she is a consummate professional and you always know what you’re going to get. She is always there, 100 percent.
Q Do you have any artistic ability like your character, Ridge?
-C.R., Flower Mound, TX
A The answer to that should be: “You tell me.” However, if it means, “Do I draw?,” yes, I do like to draw. I do cartoon stuff with the kids. Sometimes we communicate in the characters that we draw. Thank you for that question.
Q Was it easy stepping into the part after Ronn Moss’s [ex-Ridge] departure? I love you as Ridge, but do you have trouble with other fans
accepting the “new” Ridge?
A That’s very nice of you to say. I think it was a good thing that Brad [Bell, executive producer] let some time pass before Ronn left and I started. If you look at us, it’s pretty obvious they wanted to go in a different direction. It’s not my job to repeat something; it’s my job to create something new, and that’s what I try to do every day. Whether I’m successful or not, that’s up to you to decide. As far as the fans go, everyone has been really wonderful.
Q When were you and Susan Haskell married? I loved you both as Patrick and Marty on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
A Well, it’s funny you ask that because people always keep calling her my “life partner”, but Susan is my wife. We were actually married. I’m not a church guy, but we did a thing on the beach a while back. I don’t talk about it because I’m just a private guy.
Q Since you commute from your home on the East Coast to B&B on the West Coast, what do you like to do on the plane to pass the time?
A Drink? No, I’m kidding. If I’m not writing, I actually like to watch AMERICAN PICKERS. That’s one of my favorite shows. They find some really cool s— and I like those guys. It’s also kind of fun because we’re usually flying over where they’re picking.
Q First of all, I want to thank Thorsten for being such an incredible Ridge and for bringing so much “Bridge” magic with Katherine Kelly Lang. I am a day one viewer and I have always been a “Bridge” fan, but since Thorsten took over, “Bridge” is better than ever. His chemistry with Kelly is off the charts! My question is about that amazing line at the end of the “Bridge” wedding: “As it is now, so it shall remain.” Was that scripted or was that just you whispering in Kelly’s ear?
A Wow, thank you very much. No, I don’t ad-lib in pentameter. It’s funny because when I read it, I thought, “We’re not doing Spartacus!” But I think it came out okay, and it certainly reminded us to have more faith in what we were given because I have heard a number of times since then that people have really liked that line. But no, I didn’t come up with that at all.
Q Hi, Thorsten. I have enjoyed your work on all your soaps, but especially loved you as Zach Slater on ALL MY CHILDREN. Do you have a favorite moment from when you worked with Alicia Minshew [ex-Kendall] and created magic with the “Zendall” pairing? They are my all-time favorite soap couple, even to this day!
-Julie B., New York, NY
A It’s funny, you really don’t set out to create anything. You set out not to step on someone’s feet and get out by 4 o’clock! The “Zendall” thing just kind of happened. I’ve got to tell you, I love Alicia. I think the two people worked well together and because of that, the two characters created something. I miss her. I can’t tell you any favorite moments. I just miss all of it. I miss spending time with her. But, she is married to my best friend [Richie Herschenfeld, who wed the actress in 2008], so I still see her. I tell her that I introduced her to my best friend just so I can keep her in my life.
Q If you could be on either GAME OF THRONES or THE WALKING DEAD, which show would you choose, and what kind of character would you want to play?
A I think I know Heidi! Hello, Heidi! This may be my favorite question because those are my two favorite shows. Actors think they can do anything — and I know I can’t — but those two shows, I think I could be a part of. I actually read for a character on THE WALKING DEAD, and I think I got pretty close and it would have been a fun thing to do. Anything with long hair, sweat, the prospect of partial nudity and weapons, I’m all over it.
Q Thorsten, a moment. You were very active on social media, a blessing to all the fans who aren’t able to meet you in person. All of a sudden, you’re not active on social media anymore. Why? Fans do miss you. Please come back!
A Aw, thank you very much. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a very private person — and I think fans know that. I don’t spend a lot of time on social media telling people what I’m buying at the market because I don’t think I’m that interesting, which is one of the reasons why I’m failing in this business. It’s not just because of a lack of talent, but I’m not on Twitter or Facebook. I’ve tried to do it and the sad thing is, it’s become so important now. You go into a casting office and they’ll ask, “How many followers do you have?” And I’ll say, “I don’t know. I just got here. Let me turn around and see.” It’s all just so weird to me.
Q Hi, Thorsten! Love your work. I heard about a movie you’ve been writing called How To Climb A Tree and I am wondering if you were considering starring in it as well? Have a good day!
-Chlea from France
A Hey Chlea! Yes, I wrote this movie with a friend of mine, just because I thought it was a cool story. I was hoping to play the lead, but the people who are producing it think that they can find a bigger name. Imagine that!
Q What would you say if either of your daughters [McKenna, 15, and Marlowe, 11] decided to get into the family business of acting?
A Oh, God. I hope not. I’m nervous about them just leaving the house. Listen, it’s like anything else. They both play softball, but that doesn’t mean they’ll play on the Olympic team. They both take music classes, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to play Carnegie Hall, and they do school plays, too. That doesn’t mean that they’re going to be on a soap like me or Susan or be the next big thing. Right now, they just need to see where they fit in the world and where the world wants them — and whatever that is, I will support it.
Q Who in the B&B cast would you like to work with more?
A I think Liam is a great character. I think if they should do anything, they should have Ridge take Liam away from the Spencers and be a better father to Liam than Bill ever was. I think the fallout from that could be exciting, seeing what that would do to a guy like Bill.
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