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Spotlight on... Trevor St. John

Soap Opera Digest: Okay, so how do you get a name like Trevor St. John without being British?

Trevor St. John: (laughs) My father liked the name Trevor, and I think [actor] Trevor Howard is the original inspiration. St. John has an English and French descent. My middle name is Marshall. A lot of people think it’s a stage name, but it’s not.Digest: What were you doing before you were hired at OLTL?

St. John: A lot of stuff. I graduated from a place called Whitworth College in Spokane with a theater degree, then in 1993 I moved to L.A. and auditioned and did very well there. My first gig was playing a skinhead in John Singleton‘s Higher Learning, and I played Glenn Close‘s son in a TV movie called Serving In Silence. I played Kris Kristofferson‘s son in a Mel Gibson film called Payback. And countless guest-star roles — NASH BRIDGES, JUST SHOOT ME — and some independent films.

Digest: Did you find that you fit into a particular niche that casting directors were looking for when they were hiring?

St. John: No, but they always came to me whenever — this sounds very self-aggrandizing, but — whenever they wanted a good actor and didn’t necessarily need a type. Digest: What brought you to New York City? Most actors get to L.A. and stay there.

St. John: Theater. That’s what I enjoy the most. The lifestyle is completely different. The compensation is completely different, but the activity of acting I enjoy more than anything.

Digest: And how did you make it onto the soaps?

St. John: I didn’t go out for a soap until I moved to New York. I wasn’t even considering soaps, but my agents talked me into it and said it’s nice, steady work. The last year or two have not been great for actors — there hasn’t been a lot of work out there — so I started auditioning for soaps, as well as other things.Digest: Who did you test with? What were you told about Walker?

St. John: I tested with Kassie [DePaiva, Blair]. She’s great, so generous, and even at the screen test she tried to make me feel at home and comfortable. I remember the casting director, Julie Madison, told me to play him kind of sleazy, and I said, “I’m good at sleazy.” It’s my best quality — or maybe my most readily apparent quality. I’m the sleazy guy. Digest: When you’re not being sleazy in Llanview, what do you do?

St. John: I practice a form of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. I also own my own fitness-education company, called BioConstructs. We teach biomechanics related to exercise to everyone from personal trainers to orthopedic surgeons. When I’m not there, it runs itself. You know how it is, you’re not working all the time as an actor, so I thought, what can I do that I enjoy, and I always enjoyed science. I enjoyed sports medicine; I once considered physical therapy as a profession before I got the acting bug, but I never lost the passion for that kind of science.

Digest: So, how have your first weeks on the job been?

St. John: Terrific. The best part about it is the people on the show. They’re so generous with their time and advice and help in getting acclimated. [Cast members have] offered their friendship and a lot of good cheer. It’s an atypical set. It seems like a nice family here, and I’m appreciative of it.