What do you think of Nate possibly moving away from medicine into a business? “I think if he goes into the business world, Nate could have more interaction with other characters, which would mean I could work with other cast members. There would be more drama to play. When you play a doctor, you’re limited to stories about sick people, but to dive into the business world where people are pivotal, like the Newmans, the Abbotts, and the Winters family, then we could raise the stakes for Nate, I think.”
Do you think big business would suit Nate? “I’m sure there would be some conflict at first as he tries to adapt. I could see him having qualms about how things were going, but this would be a chance for Nate to spread his wings. It’s going to be a huge transition for him, but he’s recently had offers from three different companies, so I’m sure it must be nice to be approached.
How do you think he’ll handle Ashland’s threat to destroy Nate’s medical career? “If Nate stays in medicine, it will be interesting if Ashland sues him for exposing the filth of Ashland’s cancer scam. He seemed pretty determined to take Nate down, but if he decides to be in business, I guess he’ll be fine if he loses his medical license. Devon is a billionaire so Nate could always borrow money from his cousin. [laughs].”
Did Nate think he had struck up a real friendship with Ashland? “Oh yeah. Even though Nate can look back now and think, ‘Wow, now I get why he asked me to be his best man because I could help him build his cover,’ he really thought that they were good friends. If he could go back, I’m sure he’d wonder why the friendship came so quickly, but at the time Nate thought they were real pals.
Why do you think Nate was easily deceived by Ashland? “I think it was more about Victoria. Nate saw Victoria go through some tough times personally and seeing her so happy because of Ashland made Nate believe it was a real thing, so why wouldn’t he believe Ashland could be his friend?
I’m sure Nate must feel betrayed by Ashland, right? “Oh, he feels crazy betrayed. This caused Nate to question himself and his character judge. I know that if that happened to me, it would hit my ego hard. I would ask myself, ‘How could I let this backstabber into my life? Why didn’t I see any red flags? But Ashland is a fluid operator. Nate doesn’t automatically think the worst in people, but it’s a big learning curve if he enters the business world. He will definitely learn some things the hard way.
Do you think swimming with sharks could change Nate? “I think in a way it has to, but for the good. In a year, Nate will see through someone like Ashland.
How does Nate feel about mixing it up with Victor again? “Nate has his reservations but deep down Victor is all about his family so there’s always respect for Victor because of that. Nate wants to do it right and be honest, but finding out Ashland is corrupt, Nate knows he has to do something to stop Ashland, Nate has so much respect and admiration for Victoria.