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Soap Opera Digest

"Rapping with Brian Kerwin"

by Debra Nencel


Brian Kerwin came bounding into our offices with a warm smile and--equally warm--handshake. It was a firm grasp and seemed to speak of a honest and open nature. If what I perceived was correct, I sensed this was going to be a very interesting interview ... And, as you'll read later, I wasn't wrong.


We first shuttled Brian into our spare office for a picture taking session. It was a rather hectic affair, but one which Brian adjusted to graciously--and also seemed to enjoy. He clowned around as our photographer snapped his gorgeous face and form. Someone then commented (probably me) that a bit more of that form would be very nice, and Brian half-complied with our wishes by opening his sports shirt a smidgen, revealing the upper most part of his masculine physique (oh well, a little chest is better than no chest.)--especially when it's one so nicely proportioned as his!


I waited patiently for the last flashbulb to be popped and then I directed Brian to my office. He managed to find a niche for himself amidst the clutter, and comfortably plopped down in one of my black vinyl chairs. He was very relaxed and we chatted idly for a few minutes, sensing each other out, and then it was time to get down to business.


Since this was his first daytime role, I was curious as to which member of the cast, he felt helped him the most in adjusting. A warm glow seemed to pass over Brian's face as he responded, "Julianna McCarthy" (the superb actress who plays his mother, Liz Foster, on the show.) "She gave me all the stuff that you would want from another person ... I'm not so well into the routine that I can jump in and out of the emotions like they can; I needed the stronger stimuli and Julianna gave me that."


Since he's still in the throes of getting a grip on "Greg," Brian learns to improve his performance by watching himself on the screen. A lot of actors have a morbid fear of viewing themselves, but Brian does not share that trait with them. "I like watching myself. I do hate to see it when I've done bad scenes, but even in that case I force myself to watch, at least two or three times so that at least I really see what I did. I try to learn from it."