William Christian at the release of DAYS

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Iyou was a worthy end to a reprehensible run as TR Coates on DAYS. The abusive and murderous drug addict was killed by a shot fired by his own daughter. “Did he deserve it? asks the portrait painter William Christian. “Well, no one deserves to die, but as far as the script goes, of course. He met a justifiable end.

And one that didn’t shock Christian. “The way it was explained to me that he was going to descend into a black hole,” notes the actor, admitting that he found himself with questions about the character. “Why is someone a drug addict? I would have liked to explore this a bit more, as it is self-defeating. You have everything, so you’re sabotaging yourself? I would have liked to investigate this a bit more. Why was the guy doing this thing? Who did he owe money to? Did the drugs have something to do with it? That’s all.

“But don’t get me wrong,” Christian adds quickly. “That was not the story. TR was a guy who came in and affected Paulina’s life and things between Paulina and Abe. That’s really what the job was and what I was there to do. This work was finished. I did this work, and it was well written. I just wanted to be there a little longer.

Christian, who originally signed a 13-week contract with the soap, actually stayed past his initially perceived end date. “One of my [acting] the partners had to undergo surgery, which set things back a bit,” he explains. “Sometimes we had to close the post, because someone tested positive [for Covid]. So it dragged on a bit. »

All of this suited Christian perfectly. “It was juicy. I wish TR had gone even further,” he says of his evil persona’s misdeeds. “I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. First of all, it’s a privilege to be a paid actor. It doesn’t happen all the time. Going to work is fun. It’s fun to tell the story. It’s fun to get notes from producers and directors. I had a great time and I will miss everyone. jacked [Harry, Paulina] is a star. It was great to be with her and Sal [Stowers, Lani]. Marla Gibbs [ex-Olivia] was here. She is black television royalty. I will miss everyone.

“I had a lot of fun in a scene I had with Leann Hunley [Anna] very early,” continues Christian. “I was watching her on the monitor one day and I was like, ‘She’s awesome.’ And then we had a scene together out of the blue, and it was awesome. I had a great time with Donielle Artese [Beth], too. She and I clicked in different ways. We talked about characters and things like that. She was amazing. Susanna [Seaforth Hayes, Julie] is a power plant. I love it. We talked about old Hollywood and growing up in this business. Also, Jim [Reynolds, Abe] has been around for 100 years, and I’ve been on [DAYS] with him before [in 2018 as a minion]. He always makes you feel comfortable on set. I just enjoyed everyone. My friend Albert [Alarr, co-executive producer], who introduced me to this thing… He’s such a good director. I loved receiving his and Janet’s notes [Spellman-Drucker, producer] Remarks. And Sonia Blangiardo, who was the director of ALL MY CHILDREN, was so great to work with there. And the crew people and the hair and makeup people…. I had a good time.”

Among his favorite on-screen moments, Christian recalls the shooting in the park that left Eli near death. “It was fun and it stood out,” he says. “I had a great time with Lamon [Archey, Eli]. I especially liked the scenes where there were confrontations, when Eli was confronting TR about the drugs in his pocket. I also liked the scenes I did with Donielle. They were heavy. I like tense scenes.

As for when he read his script and learned that TR was going to be killed – shot by his daughter – it didn’t shock Christian. “Well, I expected that,” he admits. “It wasn’t so much when TR shot Eli. It was when he gave the needle to the drug dealer. He killed a person. The writing was on the wall from there. I was talking to Judi Evans [Bonnie] and Patrika Darbo [Nancy] and said, ‘You can’t come back from something like this.’ Judi said: ‘You never know. I killed a lot of people on this show. I don’t know if she was joking or not.

She was not. DAYS has a habit of bringing back characters, especially villains for special episodes like Halloween. Christian would be up for it when and if the opportunity arose to resurrect TR. “Oh great. If they can find a way to make it happen, of course,” he delivers with a smile. “I can’t even describe how much fun I had. used to playing that kind of character. I mean, maybe when I was younger a bit on stage, but not usually in other media. So it’s fun to play the bad guy, if you will The only downside was that I live in Boston, so I missed my family. But the work part was great, and I was in California. I love California.


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