Don't mistake Josh Kelly for just another pretty face — though that face is awfully pretty! This talented actor has game, which is why he experienced no hesitation in signing on board for Prospect Park's second attempt to reboot One Life to Live.
Starting April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus, iTunes and FX Canada, Kelly will once again be on our screens as fictional Llanview, PA.'s resident bad boy Cutter Wentworth. I caught up with the actor at a recent OLTL set visit.
Kelly served up the Long Island iced tea on Cutter's involvement with Nikki, a bartender at the new Llanview hot spot Shelter. Did I mention she's played by none other than Jersey Shore's JWoww? He also offered up the skinny cocktail on how a movie project he's attached to led to his initial involvement with Prospect Park.
Daytime Confidential: How excited are you to be back at One Life to Live?
Josh Kelly: Really excited.
DC: Were you apprehensive signing back on for the show, given what happened the last time it attempted to resume production?
JK: No. I trust Prospect Park. I really like the company. I'm really glad to be working for this company. DC: is the pace the same with online as it is with broadcast TV?
JK: The pace is about the same. I think its a little easier, actually, because its a half-hour show. It's really less that you have to do. I think it will be more palatable for the audience to have a half-hour show, as opposed to an hour everyday.
DC: What was the ultimate deciding factor that convinced you to step back into the role of Cutter?
JK: I missed the show. I missed the people on the show. I didn't like any of the the pilots I read for this year and I really like being part of the [OLTL] cast; especially in the way that it's been working. They're really encouraging creativity from us. I think it's an opportunity to do smoothing new and cool.
DC: What's going on with Cutter and Nikki, played by Jersey Shore's JWoww, at Llanview's new nightclub Shelter?
JK: She plays a bartender who I sleep with occasionally. We've known each other for a long time. She did a great job. She was really really nice. I had a lot of fun; hopefully she will be back more.
DC: What was it like working with JWoww?
JK:She was great. She really listens. She's very open. She was like, "I don't know how to do this". She worked hard and came very well prepared. She did a great job and listened to everybody. She's hilarious, I never really watched the show.
DC: you never watched Jersey Shore?
JK: never watched the show.
DC: Didn't you do a pilot for MTV? How could you not watch one of their biggest shows? Shame on you!
JK: [Laughs] It was a scripted pilot, a little bit different. I did watch her new show after I met her. I found it fascinating.
DC: The last time viewers saw Cutter, his mom, Alex (Tonja Walker-Davidson) was busting him out of jail. Has his stint in the big house taught him anything?
JK: I think jail taught Cutter he doesn't want to go back to jail. That's the lesson most people take away from being in jail!
DC: Will viewers see Cutter mix things up with Alex in the near future?
JK: I don't know. I hope so!
DC:What other projects do you have on the horizon?
JK: Prospect Park is producing this movie called Growl. We are hoping to shoot very soon. That was part of the reason I initially signed on two years ago. They met with me about this movie. It's very important to me.
One Life to Live returns April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus, iTunes and FX Canada.
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