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Page Moseley : «I thought my death was great.»

 By Nicolas, exclusively for Santa Barbara : le site Francais, July 2012

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On last July 09, Page Moseley agreed to take on his time to answer exclusively the questions of Santa Barbara : le site Francais. The former actor talks about his debuts, the Santa Barbara years as Dylan Hartley, and at last about his career since his departure of the show.

The beginnings before Santa Barbara

At first, I'd like you to tell us a little about you : how old are you today ? Where do you live ? Do you live in couple or have children ?

Today finds me 53 years young. I am happily married and have three great children. We live in the Los Angeles area.

To know you better, what did you brought of yourself in the character of Dylan Hartley ?

Dylan was a bit of a rogue. I like to think that I was too.

When did you know you wanted to be an actor and how did you start your career ?

I knew when I was about 5 years old. I used to sing around the house and play pretend ALL the time. I did a FAVA shoe commercial when I was about 11 or so. Was hooked after that.

 

The time of Santa Barbara

How did you start in Santa Barbara ? Did you ever watch the show before ?

I never watched any Soap Opera or daytime TV. I had worked on several Soaps for short periods of time, but never had a contract. I had to audition seven times for the show.

How did Dylan was presented to you at first ?

As a worldwide adventurer. A man who lived by his own rules. Someone who took chances and won.

Dylan was a "bad guy", but with good excuses (the most evident was his difficult relationship with his brother Nick, who often reminded him that he was more successful than him). Were you afraid that Dylan could turn to be a too much bad guy and lose the appreciation of the audience ?

I think that is what happened. The writers did not know which way to go with him and then Robin Wright did not like me very much. I think that had more to do with it than anything.

The two main women in Dylan's life were played by two special actresses : Kathy Shower (as Janice) - at the time also known for some other "talents" - and Robin Wright (as Kelly) who became a very famous actress since Santa Barbara. Can you tell us a little about how it was to play with each of these two female partners ?

Kathy was a dream to by around. She was beautiful and funny. Robin was a handful. I think the show was her first acting job. She didn't like to rehearse and certainly didn't want to hangout.

Dylan took part in many storylines during his time in the show (the treasure hunt, the fights with his brother, his love-affair with Kelly...). What were your favorite storylines and the ones you particularly disliked ?

My favourite was the offshore casino. I think that could have been a storyline that could have lasted a long time. The idea was great. I wish that the writers had found a more compatibly love interest for Dylan.

You remained more than 7 months on the show. What were the reasons of your departure ? What did you think of the circumstances of Dylan's death?

Robin Wright didn't like me. I thought my death was great. Very dramatic.

What was your best remembrance from the show, on a relational and on a professional level ?

It was a good experience for me... I think drinking beers with the crew after a show was fun.

Did you keep in touch with members of the cast or the crew after your departure ?

Nope... Nobody.

If you hadn't play Dylan, what character would you have liked to play ?

A donut eating cop.

 

These 23 last years after Santa Barbara and now

Can you come back on the following years of your career since the end of Santa Barbara ? I remember the part you played in some episodes of Melrose Place in 1995 : again a very bad guy...

I stopped acting in 1995 and started a company. No regrets. (Page is currently a loan agent at Surety Financial.)

Do you have projects for this year ?

Not related to acting.

Is there something you would like to say to all the Santa Barbara fans all over the world ?

Thanks for watching and the support... Looking for work as an actor... Anybody hiring ?

Once again all my thanks to Page Moseley for his kindness and his humor.