Soaps In Depth
by Frank Scalise
one point in the early 1970s, there was a 50 percent chance that
One Life to Live's Brian Kerwin (Charlie) wasn't going to become
an actor. "It was down to me and another guy for a position
with the Oregon Department of Forestry ...
fate would have it, "the other guy got it." But the
disappointment just turned into an opportunity for Kerwin to make
a fresh start.
a few failed attempts to bring him on board, Kerwin finally landed
on OLTL. "I've been wanting to get on this show," he
explains, "and they were trying to figure out a way of getting
me on, but I think it's all turned out for the best because it's
a great character now. I could have done worse than Charlie!"
appreciates his alter ego's complexity noting his apparent "dual
personality." "He's a nice guy," the actor points
out, "but he's also an alcoholic who, every now and then,
falls off the wagon. Sober he's one person, and off the wagon
Leading Lady Erika Slezak (Viki): "She is everything
you would want," raves Kerwin. "She's professional,
she's there, she's accessible, she knows her lines and I actually
defer to her for advice."