Castle’s Fillion on Working With Strasser on OLTL, “Robin Made it Very Hard for me to Fail”

Proud soap grad Nathan Fillion, who most One Life to Live fans consider to be the best of the show’s slew of Joey Buchanans, recently spoke to Daniel J. Kroll at Soap Central about his time on the show. Here’s what the Castle frontman had to say about working opposite the cougarific Robin Strasser (Dorian). 

In 2009, it seems every television show has a storyline featuring what is now playfully called "a cougar," or an older woman who is romantically involved with a younger man. When Fillion’s Joey Buchanan was involved with Emmy winner Robin Strasser’s Dorian Lord in 1994, it created quite a bit of controversy among the viewers. Maybe it was because Dorian initially sought to use Joey as a pawn in her never-ending rivalry with Joey’s mother, Victoria Buchanan — but the two did eventually fall in love.


"Yes, it was somewhat controversial," Fillion cedes, "but at the same time, it was really well handled. Working with Robin Strasser was one of the smoothest times I had on the show. Here I was, the brand new guy, but working besides Robin made it very hard for me to fail. Not everyone I’ve spoken to has had as positive an experience working on the soaps."

Man I wish I had been watching OLTL when Dorian cougar-scratched Viki Buchanan’s son! For the rest of Kroll’s interview with Fillion go to Soap Central.

8 Responses

  1. Profile photo of nolanspice

    I’ve always like Mr. Filion and this proves it even more. He’s a class act who’s humble and is proud of his soap roots.

    Good luck to you, Nathan. You’ve given me a few more reasons to support “Castle.” :)

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    TV Gord

    This guy is exactly what soap fans want from their soap grads. He doesn’t cower from questions about his shady past in soaps. He pays it the respect it deserves (well, maybe not IT deserves, but its FANS deserve)! I’m an avid OLTL fan now, but I’m sad to say I didn’t ever see him has Joey (I started watching when Don Jeffcoat was Joey). I am a HUGE Joss Whedon fan, though, so I’ve seen Fillion’s fine work since the final season of Buffy! It’s nice to see a true class act in the la-la-land of showbiz!

  3. Profile photo of lilyredd

    What a class act and wonderful actor. Check out Dr. Horrible!

    Dorian and Joe rocked. It never fails to bring a smile to my face remembering that storyline and Viki walking in on Dorian in bed with her baby boy.

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    Susan Lanigan

    Best Joey EVER!!!! Also, loved him on Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place and absolutely adored him as Malcom Reynolds on Firefly. I would watch Nathan read the phonebook because I’m positive he’d find a way to make it entertaining. He gets his soap fans and his sci-fi fans – he’s the best!  And of course he’s a class act – he’s Canadian -lol!

  5. Profile photo of Axl4ever

    LOVE HIM!!!! He was great on OLTL and he doesn’t try and downplay the fact that he was soaps. I mean how many who are what may be considered main stream stars would go back to a soap even for only two days. Slim to none but he went back for Asa’s funeral. That shows alot of class. Loved him on Two Guys & Girl, Buffy, Firefly, Desperate Housewives, Waitress, Slither and now Castle. Didn’t catch him on Drive, but it was canceled after like 2 episodes or something. And him & Dorian were sizzling back in the day. I only wish more future success because he really deserves and has the talent to back it up.

  6. Profile photo of Dariclone

    I love Nathan Fillion! I really wish I’d been watching back then too! From what I remember remember AW ran oppisite them then and I loved that show. I was also really young and I think Viki’s MPD really scared me, so I protested *loudly* when my dad wanted to watch it. I could kill myself now!

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