So You Wanna Be A Soap Star?
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
It wasn't all that long ago that Cameron Mathison (Ryan, All My Children) was auditioning for daytime roles, so he's very sympathetic to the actors auditioning on SOAPnet's I Wanna Be a Soap Star.
In fact, Mathison commiserated with the 12 reality-show contestants (six guys, six gals) being put through the pressure cooker of the audition process on-camera. "1 was feeling the pressure for them," he admits.
The Oct. 16 premiere introduces the dozen would-be soap stars and their living quarters on an ABC soundstage, leading to the first twist: There are only six beds.
Wanna Be teaches, then tests, the players in a variety of acting techniques, from how to do a cold reading to how a love scene is choreographed. Viewers can also expect visits from some reigning daytime stars. The prize is a 13-week contract role on General Hospital. "I have the job that these people are vying for," Mathison admits. One lucky wannabe gets a big break "handed to them on a silver platter. This is the sort of opportunity that could change their lives overnight."
However, just as in a real actor's life, there is rejection. At the end of each episode, one or more contestants is shown the door when their skills are reviewed by a panel of lively professionals: GH casting director Mark Teschner, Daytime Emmy winning actress Debbi Morgan (ex-Angle, AMC; ex-Ellen, Port Charles) and talent manager Michael Bruno.
I Wanna Be a Soap Star debuts Saturday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. EDT. The winner will be announced Nov. 20, and he or she will begin airing on GH the following week.