Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: Hello and welcome to Days of Our Lives' Conference with
Jensen Ackles (Eric Brady) ! I am DeLina Cruz ( "Dee" ), your host and one
of the Soap Forum's DAYS Section leaders! I am very glad you've joined us
Now for some background on our guest! :-)
Every once in a while, Hollywood is blessed with a very down to earth
person, who is incredibly talented and just happens to be very good looking.
Such a person is Jensen Ackles. Upon arriving in Los Angeles in July of
1996, Jensen immediately booked a guest appearance on SWEET VALLEY HIGH,
followed almost immediately by a series regular situation on MR. RHODES,
creating the role of Malcolm Butterworth. The demise of MR. RHODES only
allowed Jensen to move to yet another level -- creating the role of Eric
Brady on the ever-popular daytime drama DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
Jensen is excited
about joining such a popular soap opera. "It's overwhelming and cool! I've
started watching the show and getting the storylines down. I'm slowly but
surely getting up to par." While attending an Actor's Workshop in Dallas,
Texas during the spring of 1995, Jensen was noticed by two talent managers
-- Craig Wargo and Gordon McCormack of Talent Management Associates, Inc. --
and an agent -- Michael Einfeld of the Robert Cosden Agency-- and as they
say the rest is history. The trio encouraged Jensen to consider a move to
Los Angeles after graduating high school to pursue a career in film and
television. After much thought, Jensen decided to give LA a try and has not
looked back since. Jensen is a graduate of Berkner High School in
Richardson, Texas. His parents, Donna and Alan Ackles still reside in
Richardson, along with brother Joshua, age 22 and sister Mackenzie, age 14.
Jensen comes from an "acting family" where his father, Alan Ackles is a
professional and has appeared on numerous episodes of WALKER TEXAS RANGER
and DALLAS as well as movie-of-the-weeks, THE CHALLENGER and GUILTY OF
INNOCENCE. Alan has done several national commercials, print and industrials
films. Jensen began his Dallas at the age of 4 doing print work and
commercials, including Nabisco, Wal Mart and Radio Shack, to name a few.
Jensen played the role of Michael in "Wishbone," a series for PBS. While at
Berkner High School, Jensen played the role of Tony in WEST SIDE STORY and
Christian in CYRANO DE BERGERAC.
In his spare time, Jensen likes to play
golf, go roller blading with friends, at the gym, or just to hang with his
friends from Texas. Let's have a great time tonight!
Caren: Very impressive
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: So when did you know that you wanted to be a actor??
Jensen Ackles: It didn't come as a decision. it just sort of grew on me..
when I got the part on Mr. Rhodes, I still wasn't sure..
Caren: is eric going to be like sami or carrie?
Shannon ;-): gee, hope that didn't hurt!
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: Well, don't have that growth removed
Shannon ;-): ROFL!
Jensen Ackles: it was fun.. then as the year progressed, and I got the part
on DAYS, I thought, "If I can make a career out of this, why not?"
LUCY: we are glad you joined the family :-D
Jensen Ackles: Well thank you very much.. I'm very excited about it..they're
a cool family to join!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Shannon, you have a question?
Shannon ;-): Sure do Dee! Thanks!! Hi Jensen! I'm thrilled that you've
dropped in tonight to chat with us! My question is , who do you like to work
with most on the show, and why?
Jensen Ackles: Tough question..
Shannon ;-) oops, sorry! But is there one?
Jensen Ackles: I'd have to say Deidre Hall, because she's so experienced..
Mary: Welcome to the cast of DOOL!
Shannon ;-) Oh, I bet!! what's she like??
Jensen Ackles: she carries the scene so well, I just feed off of her when
we're working together.
Shannon ;-) This conference is to be formal in nature. If you have a
question, please type a *?* and you will be called on in turn. Please limit
your turn to two questions each turn.
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Thanks Sha
Shannon ;-) you bet, Dee! :-)
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Eve, you are up.
Evelyn: Welcome Jensen, it is a pleasure to have a chance to chat with you!
First off, I want to say you really held your own in your first scene with
Deidre, and Drake. Were you intimidated?
Jensen Ackles: I was a little intimidated before I ment them, knowing that I
was working with them first off the bat, but when I met them, they were very
welcoming and very genuine and welcomed me right into the family and made me
feel at home. It was easy working with them, but there was a little
intimidation working with such established actors, hoping that I wouldn't
bust a line in front of the queen of DAYS.
Evelyn: Well you came off like a pro!
Dee [eHost/DAYS] | Are you doing your own typing Jensen??
Stephanie [eDrive]: Tonia is typing for Jensen
Evelyn | LOL!!!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Kel, next question.
Jensen Ackles Thank you very much. Couldn't have done it without my costars!
Evelyn: YOu are doing a great job so far!!
Jensen Ackles: Thank you!!
Kelly: Hi Jensen thanks for being here! How did you enjoy doing west side
story and would you like to do more musical theater in the future? if so,
Jensen Ackles: I loved it -- it was a complete thrill to get up in front of
1500 people and sing in a lead role for the first timever. I was nervous,
but I was very happy. It was a rush. I would love to do more. You can't just
mess up and say "cut" and re-do a line.. it's all on the line. Oh gosh...
off the top of my head -- Phantom, Les Mis, Miss Saigon, etc., etc.
Kelly: How about Grease?
Dee [eHost/DAYS]:Caren, you may ask the next question.
Jensen Ackles: I would love to do Grease!
Kelly: I hope u get the chance, thanks!
Caren: Hi Jensen,How do you like working with Christie Clark and Allison
Sweeney? Which one do you like better?
Jensen Ackles: I love working with them..I haven't had a chance to work with
Christie a lot, but both of them are very sweet girls. I would be content
with working with either one of them any day.
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: | Diane, you may ask Jensen the next question.
Diane: Hi Jensen! Boy, that's a great name you have, especially for acting!
;-) Were you a watcher of soaps before now? Which do you like to act in
better, soaps or TV?
Jensen Ackles: I didn't watch soaps regularly.. my mom watched AMC since I
was born, so I grew up with that in the house. Primetime TV is a whole
different ballgame.. daytime is much quicker, primetime is slower and you
have comic relief in it. It's more laid back.. But I like daytime better
because you get to establish your character better.
Diane: We're glad to have you on the soaps-thanks!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Lini, you have the next question.
Lini: Hi Jensen and welcome, I have not had a chance to catch you on Days
yet, so I was wondering where has Eric been all these years? I do remember
him being in Colorado but lost the rest. Sorry will catch the show the rest
of the week
Jensen Ackles: Eric has been in CO living with his grandparents (Marlena's
parents). He's been growing up, going to school, doing all those Colorado
things -- skiing, hiking.
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Eve, you are up for the next question.
Evelyn: Hello again Jensen. Where were you when you found out you won
the coveted role of Eric, and who did you tell first?
Jensen Ackles: I was here in Los Angeles..when I found out, I think I called
my roomate first -- and then I called my parents.
Lini: I knew he was in Colorado but could not remember with who, forgot
about Marlena's parents, thanks for the update
Jensen Ackles: Anytime, Lini.
Evelyn: LOL Parents were a second!
Shannon: ;-) | of course, Eve! LOL!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Mary, you have the next question.
Mary: Will u be on DOOL for awhile?
Jensen Ackles: I hope so! I'll be on as long as you keep writing in..
the more letters the better!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Sha, you are up next.
Shannon: ;-) | Jensen, if you could be any Deli sandwich, what kind would
you be, and why?? ( I had to ask a silly question--they've all been too
serious!! (HUSH, KEL! ) )
Shannon: ;-) | heehee!!
Evelyn: You are crazy Sha!
Kelly: well at least it wasn't a boxer's or briefs question :D
Shannon: ;-) | No, I was saving that question for YOU, Kel!
Lucy: LOL, Kel
Kelly: Meanie! :D
Mary: Hey Jenson
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Well, since you ask the question Kel.......
Stephanie [eDrive]: you stumped him Sha!
Jensen Ackles: That's a tough one..
Lucy: would you like to answer that one Jensen?
Shannon: ;-) | yeah, KEL, ya did!! LOL Steph!
Shannon: ;-) | aw, give it a shot, Jensen!!
Evelyn: Poor Jensen!
Kelly: Discerning minds wanna know :D
Evelyn: We have scared him!
Jensen Ackles: I'd be a fresh Turkey sandwich. Why? Because it's the first
thing that came to my mind. Or maybe because I'm hungry.
Shannon: ;-) | ROFL!!!
Evelyn: ROFL! Good answer
Lucy: LOL, Jensen
Evelyn: ROFL! Good answer
Lucy: LOL, Jensen
Diane: Good answer! I love turkey!
Shannon: ;-) | Me too Diane!!
Stephanie [eDrive]: LOL Sha!
Shannon: ;-) | Okay, and which is it--> Boxers or Briefs???
Kelly: Shannon! ROFL
Jensen Ackles: Shannon: Briefs during the day, boxers when I go to sleep.
Evelyn: ROFL! There you go Sha!
Diane: ROFL Jensen!
Shannon: ;-) | ALL RIGHT!!! A Man who likes Both!! Thanks for
answering that, Jensen! :-)
Marja: So much for formality . Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Shannon: ;-) | ROFL Marja!
Mary: Kelly u really have a good sense of humor ROFL
Kelly: thank u Mary
Mary: No Problem! You're making me P- - in my pants!
Shannon: ;-) | ROFL!!Thanks for being such a good sport! ;-D
Yoko: Hi Jensen, you are really a breath of fresh air on DOOL. Now is Roman
really Chris and is this another bad joke by Stephoenix??? Will Lucas turn
Jensen Ackles: I'm not really sure.. we'll just have to wait and see.
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Lucy, you have the next question.
Lucy: Like your sense of humor. Have you been involved with Stef?
Jensen Ackles: I'm not involved with Stefano...yet. Stay tuned!
Evelyn: Ah, a.....YET!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Eve, you are next.
Caren: oh, don't say that,
Lucy: thanks, I will stay tuned
Evelyn: Do you have any clue what secret you have?
Caren: I hope you won't be involved with him!
Jensen Ackles: No, I have no clue.. I've even asked the producer, and he
told me I will have to wait and see.
Evelyn: Don't you hate that!
Caren: I do,I really wanted to know what it is
Evelyn: Me too!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Mary, you have the next question.
Mary: Do u have an address where we can write to you?
Stephanie [eDrive]: You can write to Jensen at: DAYS OF OUR LIVES c/o NBC
3000 West Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91523
Mary: Thank U Stephanie!!!!!!
Stephanie [eDrive]: Write to Jensen and tell him you were at his chat and
he'll write back a real nice letter to you.
Mary: Thank u Steph! Your're a doll!
- Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Marja, you have the next question.
Marja: A lot of actors who have never done soaps look down their noses at
the medium. How are you finding it? What do you particularly like, and what
don't you like so much? What would you like to do next?
Stephanie [eDrive]: he just started Marja...why are you trying to have him
Jensen Ackles: Most of the people I talked to were excited for me when I got
the part. I don't surround myself with people who think they're above soaps.
Marja: (sorry - that was not the intent of my question)
Jensen Ackles: It's not that I can't take criticism, it's just that I don't
like to surround myself with stuck-up people.
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Jensen, there is a rumor floating around that your
character is the father of baby Elvis (Susan's baby). Any insight??
Jensen Ackles: LOL -- that's the first for me! I haven't heard that one yet.
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Anything is possible on a soap!!!
Caren: neither have I where did you hear that?
Evelyn: Jensen, you must surf the boards!! Many rumors going on!
Stephanie [eDrive]: Jensen shared with us that he doesn't go on the computer
but his mom and brother do!
Marja: What do you like best about your new job?
Jensen Ackles: Making new friends and working with other talented actors and
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: | Lini, you have the next question.
Lini: When you come into a role like this, one already created, do they have
you read background on the character and the ones they will be playing with
like Sami, Carrie, Marlena?
Jensen Ackles: They really didn't.. I had to figure it out for myself. I
asked people.. Drake Hogestyn sat me down and gave me the history of the
Brady clan. It was very helpful.
Lucy: Drake is sooo sweet
Caren: he is!
Lini: I bet because some times I think the fans remember more than the
Jensen Ackles: I think they do too, Lini.
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Mary, you have the next question
Mary: How old are u? Where you from?
Jensen Ackles: I'm 19, from Dallas TX
Caren: You are very cute,Jensen
Mary: I agree with you Caren.
Jensen Ackles: Thank you very much Caren
Lucy: a lot of us here are oldtimers, any time you have a question ask
Jensen Ackles: Will do, Lucy
Kelly: do u like older women? sorry
Jensen Ackles: I like all women in general
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Kel, you have the next question. Or was that older women
question the question??
Evelyn: Good Answer Jensen!
Evelyn: ROFL Kelly!
Stephanie [eDrive]: LOL
Shannon: ;-) | Oh Kel!! PUH-LEEZ!
Kelly: well steph took my question...so let me ask what do u think about
cyberspace and would you enjoy coming to see us all again? :D
Evelyn: Good Question Kelly
Kelly: thanks eve!
Jensen Ackles: I think it's fun.. yeah, definitely!
Stephanie [eDrive]: we'll have him back anytime he wants to come!
Kelly: okay book him Danno
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Sha, you have the next question
Evelyn: ::more applause:::
Shannon: ;-) | I promise to be goot this time! Jensen, if you were
offered any other part on DAYS, which would it be and why?
Jensen Ackles | Hmmmm....
Shannon: ;-) | oops!! goot=good!
Jensen Ackles: I think it would have to be John Black, because he's the
knight in shining armor. I like his chivalrous character.
Evelyn: Another GREAT ANSWER Jensen!
Shannon: ;-) | Oh, that's kewl!! thanks for your answer, Jensen!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Caren, you have the next question.
Caren: Would you ever choose to be a bad guy or do you like being a good
Lucy: good role model Jensen, he does strawberry and whip creams scenes
Jensen Ackles: I like being a good guy, but being evil could definitely be
fun and different.
Shannon: ;-) | ROFL Lucy!! and I thought I was the 'only' baaaad one here!
Evelyn: Sure you are!
Stephanie [eDrive]: You shared some info with him Lucy that he was not aware
Evelyn: Now we have scared him!
Lucy: did I lose him
Stephanie [eDrive]: he's liking John Black more and more now
Evelyn: What stories he will have to tell at the set!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Mary, you have the next question.
Mary: Jensen, do u have any future plans on being in a movie?
Jensen Ackles: Not yet, Mary, but hopefully soon.
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Diane, you have the next question.
Diane: got any hints for us for the coming weeks??? ;-)
Jensen Ackles: BIg changes.. lots of excitement!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Can you be specific, Jensen???>>
Diane: Pretty please??
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: With sugar on top.
Kelly: or whipped cream
Jensen Ackles: Be on the lookout for the Carrie-Austin-Sami storyline..
Lucy: >Jensen is going to go to work asking Drake about the whipped crean
Kelly: LOL Lucy
Stephanie [eDrive]: Remember that Jensen stated earlier that he is going to
be in some scenes with Stefano
Evelyn: YOu are right Lucy!
Kelly: Eric will never think of mom the same way again
Evelyn: Thanks for the reminder Steph
Diane: Maybe Stefano will find out his secret!
Lucy: must have been a naughty boy in CO
Evelyn: Leave it to him to find it out!
Lucy: something's got to open the door for Stef connection
Shannon: ;-) | Because time is getting away from us, we will close the
queue, but please stay and enjoy the rest of the evening!
2qt2bstr8: If you could only act with one other actor - male or female - for
the rest of your life...whom would you choose?
Evelyn: Good question 2
2qt2bstr8: evelyn.... thanks
Evelyn: YOu are welcome
Jensen Ackles: 2qt: Actress Meg Ryan, because she's just amazing -- and
actor Harrison Ford, because he's just awesome, and he reminds me of my dad.
2qt2bstr8: I think most 19 year old males might choose Meg!
Stephanie [eDrive]: And for those that didn't know....Jensen's dad, Alan is
an actor too!
Kelly: neat! he must be very proud of you Jensen
2qt2bstr8: Does the bad grammar on the show bother you at all? And, is it
the writing or the actor's ad-libbing?
Jensen Ackles: The actors ad lib, but sometimes there is an occasional
Lini: thanks for coming and answering our endless questions Jensen
Evelyn: Good choices
Shannon:;-) | Eve, do you have a question?
Evelyn: Jensen, how long is your contract for?
Jensen Ackles: 3 years, Evelyn.
Shannon: ;-) | kewl, Jensen!
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Yea!!!!!
Evelyn: Great!! Looking forward to getting to know you!
2qt2bstr8: I am sure the man who portrays Stephano is a nice person....so
have fun with him, Jensen
Dee [eHost/DAYS]: Mary, what's your question?
Mary: Jenson, how did u feel when u went to the audition for Days?
Jensen Ackles: Like I didn't have a chance in the world, knowing that they
were casting out of LA, Chicago and NYC.
Caren: Jensen,would you like to play austin?
Evelyn: Wow!! How thrilled you must have been !
Jensen Ackles: Caren, I don't know.. I don't like talking to myself.
Stephanie [eDrive]: LOL!
Shannon: ;-) | LOL!!
2qt2bstr8: Well.... I am in the French West Indies for 6 months and won't
see you on the show until NOV...great luck and break a leg.
Jensen Ackles: Thank you very much 2qt!
Diane: Well, all the characters seem to talk to themselves in this show!
2qt2bstr8: ;)bon soir!
Caren: Eric doesn't
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: LOL
Lucy: not yet
Diane: True, Lucy
Lucy: wait until his secret start to come out
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: Will your character have a love interest??
Shannon: ;-) | I kinda think that DAYS should have a brother murdering his
sister, don't you??
Evelyn: YOu keep doing what you are doing Jensen!! WE love you already!
Jensen Ackles: Gee, I can't wait
Kelly: LOL Sha
Lucy: Jamie's sould be coming back, interested?
Mary: I can't wait to see more of you in the coming months!
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: Wait for the love interest or the murdering of the sister?
Caren: Jensen,I hope you have fun on the show and keep up the good work- I
think he should kill Sami!
Jensen Ackles: I talked to the producer about that.. for right now, I'm
going to be involved with some other storylines, but perhaps they will bring
someone else in down the line.
Kelly: Yes, if you ever leave DAYS some day, Jensen, come to AMC your mom
would love it
Jensen Ackles: Kelly, yes she would!
Diane: Or go to GH, that's where they all go! ;-)
Shannon: ;-) | I do too Caren!
Kelly: LOL Diane!
Lini: LOL Diane
Evelyn: True Diane!
Kelly: I would too :D
Shannon: ;-) | that would be interesting, wouldn't it, Diane?? ;-)
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: Hey, Jensen. Can you do me a favor??
Evelyn: Uh-Oh! Beware Jensen!
Lucy: be good Dee
Shannon: ;-) |
Jensen Ackles: Dee, what??
Stephanie [eDrive]: behave Dee
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: Can you give Josh Taylor a BIG WET KISS and tell him Dee
in San Antonio sent ya!!!
Shannon: ;-) | ROFL Dee!!
Lucy: we should have known it! ROLFM@O!
Diane: Oh my!
Stephanie [eDrive]: LOL Dee
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: What can I say!!
Jensen Ackles: Dee, I will give him a hug!
Caren: you are great,Jensen!
Lucy: my computer is getting steamy again
Evelyn: She is over board for him Jensen!
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: OK, we Texans need to stick together!!!
Jensen Ackles: That's right (note southern accent). Texas Pride, baby!
Mary: Jensen, I just want say that you are great,and I look forward on
seeing a lot of you.
Stephanie [eDrive]: Alright-- thanks everyone!
Evelyn: Thanks Jensen!
Caren: thanks Jensen
Kelly: Jensen thanks for joining us this evening! you've been a wonderful
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: | I'll pick a Yellow Rose for ya Hon!!!
Lucy: Thanks so much Jensen, we had lots of fun
Dee [eSoap/DAYS]: We want to extend a special thanks to the incredible
eDrive staff, who helped make this conference possible: Michael Bolanos
[President & CEO], Stephanie Seplow, and Tonia Raebiger.
Also, we'd like to
extend our thanks to Christa Ryan [Sysop], Kelly McGlynn [Forum Manager]
DeLina Cruz ("Dee") [eSoap/DAYS Section Leader]//Host, Shannon Patton
[eSoap/GL]//Queue Keeper, and Lini Federici [eSoap/GH] //Greeter.
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