NEWS & EVENTS
Post date: August 24, 2014
Vincent Irizarry will appear at the Kenn Gray Home launch event on September 5, 2014, as a “Kenn Gray Home Gives Back” celebrity. This event is by invitation only, but stay tuned for ways to participate by purchasing Kenn Gray’s beautiful products online, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit charities designated by both Mr. Gray and Mr. Irizarry. To visit the Kenn Gray Home website click here.
Post date: August 3, 2014
Here’s a wonderful interview with Vincent presented by a Santa Barbara fan site in commemoration of the show’s 30th anniversary of its first broadcast date on July 30, 1984. In this interview, Vincent provides his thoughts & insights regarding his time on the show, his portrayal of his character, Dr. Scott Clark, and what he’s been up to recently. We’ve reprinted it below, but here is the original interview link from the “Santa Barbara: Le Site Francais” site — http://santabarbara-online.com/InterviewVIrizarry2.htm.
Q: Tell us a little about you: Where do you live? And how old are your children now?
I’m living in Calabasas, CA, in Los Angeles. I have four children: My son, Ash, is 25 years old, my daughter Siena, is 24 years old, my daughter, Aria, is 16 years old, (soon to be 17), and my youngest, my son, Elias, is 12 years old.
Q: What did you bring from yourself in the character of Scott Clark?
My hair style from the 80s : ) But, seriously, although I was never trained as a doctor, I tried to bring my professionalism, commitment, and passion for knowledge and life to the role, as I viewed all of those qualities as being present in Scott. I also endeavoured to identify personally with any of the emotional challenges he was going through in his own personal life, and his compassion for those he treated.
Q: Before Santa Barbara, you already became very popular thanks to a first daytime soap-opera, Guiding Light. How did you start your career as an actor and start on GL?
I started my acting career while attending Berklee College of Music, in Boston. It was there that I performed one of the leads in a school production and fell in love with the process, subsequently performing in other productions around Boston for the next couple of years. After that I decided to move to NYC to pursue it as a career, performing in numerous productions, one of which was Off-Broadway as Paul McCartney in a play called “Lennon.” I was hired at the end of 1983 for a 3 day job on the Guiding Light to play the role of “Lujack.” The producers liked what I brought to the character so they offered me another 3 days work. Liking the potential of the character, they offered me a contract, which I agreed to for a 2 year duration. That was my first television job ever, after 6 years of theater, one that changed my career for many years after because of the popularity of the character, “Lujack.” 30 years later, there are still people who call me by that name who see me on the streets of NY, LA, or even around the country. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that show presented and for the challenge and excitement I enjoyed creating that wonderful character.
Q: How did you start on Santa Barbara? Did you ever watch the show before?
I started on SB I believe in 1988? Before that, I was invited by Harley Kozak, who was currently on the show the first years, and whom I had worked beside on the Guiding Light in NYC before she went to SB, to go to SB’s first Christmas party at the Playboy Mansion. I had just ended my contract on the Guiding Light before moving to LA. At the party, Mary Ellis Bunim, one of the first producers of SB approached me and offered that if I ever wanted to return to a Daytime show to please let her know; she’d be happy to have me on SB. 2 years later, I was exploring that possibility when my manager contacted Ms. Bunim. She responded the same day by offering me a wonderful contract, before even having a role for me to play. It was an offer I couldn’t pass up. It was weeks later that the Dobson’s felt that I would be a good fit in the role of Dr. Scott Clark.
Q: How was Scott introduced to you at first?
As I mentioned in response to the previous question, I was hired before a role was available for me to play. After I was hired, the producers had me come in to do a scene opposite Robin Matson to see how we played together. They liked what I brought to the role of the good doctor and offered me that role to play.
Q: Scott was a quite macho and stubborn character. How did you manage to make him attractive and at lovable for the audience in spite of these traits?
Honestly, I never really perceived him as being all that macho, or even stubborn for that matter. Maybe that was the trick to the question you’re asking. I do try to find those qualities that I can personally identify with in a character. They’re always there, from greater to lesser degrees. Even when the character has extreme tendencies, it’s my job to find a rational reason why that particular characteristic is appropriate, which is something one can only do if they put themselves in the mind-set of the character, appreciating their unique world view while embracing his needs. It starts, first and foremost, by not being judgmental of the character as I approach him, no matter how dissimilar he may be to what others may see as appropriate or the norm.
Q: At the beginning, Scott was Gina’s doctor, and he even fell in love with her. How was it like playing opposite Robin Mattson? Did you regret that this storyline ended so quickly after only a few months?
Of course, I enjoyed working with Robin, but I had no regrets about the story ending after a few months. Personally, I felt that the 2 characters weren’t exactly well suited for each other, just as in life there are times when you come to realize that you have little in common with that other person; that whatever initially brought you together isn’t enough to carry you happily through an enduring relationship together. Ce’ la vie… I was happy that they segued me into another story that seemed more fitting for my character, and in fact brought in a past that gave the audience more of an understanding of who Scott really is and what makes him tick. At the end of the day, I feel that the Scott/Heather coupling was the more suitable one for Scott.
Q: In 1988, Scott met Heather Donnelly, and his “real” big storyline began. Heather and Scott became a strong couple, until Celeste came back to Scott’s life in early 1989. What was your opinion on this love triangle at that time? What did you think of Scott’s choices?
Remember, we’re talking about a storyline that was approximately 25 years ago, so my recollection may not be so acute at this point. What I do remember about the storyline is that it was a very honest story in the way the characters related to each other. I felt, as I mentioned earlier, that Scott was well suited with Heather and that the characters were very sweet together. When the Celeste character was introduced into it, I again believe it was very honest in that young love from one’s past can sometimes hold an allure, almost like an unseen gravitational pull, that can draw one to that other person. And in true dramatic fashion, for Daytime as well as any other dramatic format, into each seemingly idyllic life a little conflict must be introduced to keep it interesting for the viewers. Obviously, that was no different for our good doctor Scott and Heather and Celeste.
Q: As Scott Clark, who were your favorite male and female acting partners?
It was a wonderful cast overall, therefore, I don’t remember having any favorites over others. I did enjoy working with Jane Rodgers at the time, since we were working so closely together, but again, it was so many years ago, my recollection is more general on this point.
Q: You remained two complete years on the show. What were the reasons for your departure? What did you think of the end which was reserved for Scott?
My contract was for only 1½ years, which was my decision before signing to do the show. I was all prepared to leave the show at that time, in fact even had plans to move to Italy to work there because of the popularity of my character “Lujack” from the Guiding Light which was very popular in that country. I even had an agent in Rome who was going to represent me there. But Jill Phelps, our Executive Producer, convinced me that they had a wonderful storyline written for me and asked me to stay for another year at least to play it out. Once I agreed and signed for another year, NBC changed their head of the Daytime division to someone who came in and abandoned the story they had asked me to stay for. After that, there really was no reason for me to continue on the show, since there was no longer a storyline I would be excited to play.
Q: What was your best remembrance from the show, on a relational and on a professional level?
I think just the overall experience of working on such a unique show in that genre. Santa Barbara really defined itself, rather than being defined by the genre. It was obviously still a Soap Opera in the traditional sense, but I appreciated that it was a show that also knew how to be more “tongue in cheek,” having a sense of humor, and not taking itself too seriously.
Q: Besides Signy Coleman, did you keep in touch with members of the cast or the crew after your departure?
I have had the good fortune of working with several SB alumni over the years on other shows. I’ve also recently been reconnected to Nicholas Costa and his lovely wife, Elena, who graciously invited me and my son, Elias, to spend the day on their boat, sailing off the coast of Los Angeles. It was a perfect day and it was great to spend time with Nick again. He’s as spirited and charming as ever!
Q: If you hadn’t played Scott, which character would you have liked to play on Santa Barbara?
I’m sure there isn’t an actor who was on that show who didn’t wish, at one time or another, that they were playing the role of “Cruz.” But of course, that role was perfectly tailored to the wonderful acting skills of one A. Martinez. He truly was magnificent in that role.
Q: After Santa Barbara, you went back to Guiding Light. Then, you acted on “All My Children” and “The Young and the Restless,” two great soap-operas. How would you compare these different programs? What are your feelings about the future of the daytime soap-opera medium?
I feel very fortunate to have worked in such a unique genre all these years, and alongside such incredible talent, in front of, as well as behind the cameras. The Daytime community of talent is truly some of the hardest working and most talented this industry has to offer. Every one of these shows you’ve listed has been a joy to be a part of. As for the medium itself, obviously it’s reshaping itself, but is still strong. In fact, in this country, the shows that are remaining are showing great numbers in viewers. We also have the potential of even more growth when it comes to internet programing, where many new shows in our medium are finding a home. I was fortunate to be a part of “All My Children” as it was produced for Hulu and iTunes last year. That show was number 1 on those platforms for weeks during our run, never slipping below the top 5 of programing among all their content, which included all of their Primetime programs as well. That says a lot in answer to the question people keep asking: “Are Soap Operas a dying form of entertainment?” It appears the genre is doing what it had done all those years ago during its conversion from radio to TV – it’s reimagining itself.
Q: I watched you on “Homeland” last year. Do you have any upcoming projects for this year?
I recently co-starred in an independent feature entitled, “Clarissa’s Gift,” which was accepted into the 168 Festival here in LA during mid-September. I just learned last week that I was nominated as a Supporting Actor for the Festival as well. I’m also in the process of finishing a screenplay entitled “Parallax,” based on a true story surrounding a murder that took place in Texas. It’s an adaptation of an original manuscript that has recently become an e-book and audiobook. Once finished, I’m hoping to produce this as well.
Q: What would you like to say to all the Santa Barbara fans all over the world who didn’t forget you as Scott?
Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful support of our work on this extremely unique show, “Santa Barbara,” throughout all these years since its first airing, and for those of you who have supported me personally in my work as “Dr. Scott Clark,” as well as throughout my career in other roles. As all of us that have been privileged to work in this medium know all too well, the fans of this genre, local as well as international, are without question, the best fans of any other genre out there. It’s been an honor to be a part of this excellent show and to have worked among such gifted actors and production staff during my 2 years on the show. It’s an experience I will truly never forget… Blessings to you all… Group hug : )
Post date: July 18, 2014
Vincent Irizarry has been nominated in the “Best Supporting Actor” category for the 12th Annual 168 Film Festival! In May 2014, Vincent was cast as Brad Cunningham in the short film, “Clarissa’s Gift,” co-written and produced by Millena Gay, and co-written and directed by Obba Babatunde.
For the full nominee list & more information on the 168 Film Festival, click here. The 168 Film Project is an international short film competition, which provides a proving ground for filmmakers, writers, actors and artists to engage culture in the context of faith, values and truth, and challenges artists and audiences to explore scripture’s relevance for today. Filmmakers vie for awards in over 20 categories of artistic and technical merit. Winners will be revealed live during the Festival Awards Show September 13, 2014.
“Clarissa’s Gift” Trailer Clip – To visit the official film website click here.
Post date: May 12, 2014
Featuring actors: Vincent Irizarry (“David Hayward” AMC; “David Chow” Y&R), Kelly Sullivan, Alicia Minshew (“Kendall Hart-Slater,” AMC), Gina Tognoni (“Kelly Cramer” OLTL; Vanessa Marcil (“Brenda Barrett,” GH), Bobbie Eakes (“Krystal Carey” AMC; “Macy” B&B), Scott Reeves (“Ryan McNeil,” Y&R; “Steve Webber,” GH), Darnell Williams (“Jesse Hubbard,” AMC), and Tamara Braun (“Carly Corinthos,” GH; “Reese Williams” AMC; “Ava Vitali,” DOOL).
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014
Kick-off Party (11:30am-4:00pm)
Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
520 Arnold Avenue
Point Pleasant, NJ
Private Dinner (7:00-10:00pm)
134 West Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014
Platinum-Level Mega Fantasy Event (10:00-11:30am)
Ramada Inn & Conference Center
Route 10 West
East Hanover, NJ
Mega Fantasy Event Show (12:30-2:30pm)
Ramada Inn & Conference Center
Route 10 West
East Hanover, NJ
All-Star Music Jam (3:00-4:30pm)
Ramada Inn & Conference Center
Route 10 West
East Hanover, NJ
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Post date: May 12, 2014
THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
2:00PM (PT) / 5:00PM (ET)
Vincent will be interviewed on “SoapBox with Lilly & Martha” by soap star hosts Lilly Melgar & Martha Madison via live streaming VIDEO at the “TRadioV” site on Thursday, May 22nd at 2pm Pacific! The show will also feature an “In The Suds” entertainment news segment by Michael Maloney from Soaps In Depth. The streaming interview will be shown live at this link: http://tradiov.com/la/. You’ll be able to speak live with Vincent by phoning in during the last half of the show by dialing 855-878-4652.
Head over to our Facebook event page and let us know you’re coming by clicking on the “Going” RSVP button. By doing so, you’ll also receive reminders and notifications as the date draws closer. Please also share the event with your friends?
Hope to see you all there online!!!
SoapBox is a show designed BY women, FOR women, and ABOUT women. Soap star hosts, Lilly Melgar and Martha Madison, host their show every Thursday at 2pm PST with a new soap star every week. To view archives of previous shows presented by SoapBox, click on this link: http://tradiov.com/la/
Updated: March 23, 2014
Post date: March 19, 2014
Vincent Irizarry was interviewed by Ms. Lora Cain from “T Radio V” via streaming video, where he discussed his show experiences, how television has changed, his views on reality TV, his upcoming cabaret event, and answered some fan calls. Panel guests included Debra Mark and Henry Mulak. This edited clip includes just the excerpts featuring Vincent. To view Miss Lora’s entire show from that day, here is the complete show link: http://bit.ly/1ppNELt. Thanks to our callers for participating, and for those who could not get through, Vincent looks forward to speaking with you the next time!
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SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014
10:00AM (PT) / 1:00PM (ET)
The streaming interview will be shown live at this link: http://www.tradiov.com/. To phone-in and talk to Vincent, call 855-878-4652. Head over to our Facebook event page and let us know you’re coming by selecting the “Going” RSVP button. Share the event with your friends and we’ll see you online on Saturday!
Post date: February 7, 2014
Here is a delightful excerpt of Dan J Kroll’s wonderful ‘Soap Central Live’ interview with Cady McClain at the moment when Vincent Irizarry surprises Cady with a call-in! As many of us were snowed in watching the Winter Olympics, it was fitting that Dan shared a related throwback David & Dixie trivia factoid. Thirteen years ago, this week — David & Dixie were snowbound and trapped at the Sleepy Hollow Inn, where they (as Dan delicately put it) engaged in a little “bedroom slalom!” This is a VERY fun show where Vincent & Cady catch up with each other! You’ll also get to hear Vincent share news about a special project he’s been working on. For anyone interested, here is the link to the e-book Vincent speaks about: http://amzn.com/0989837602.
After listening to the excerpt above, please visit SoapCentral.com for the full interview clip at –> http://ow.ly/tpsGv where you may download your own podcast copy. Here are links to more information on how to find future (and past) ‘Soap Central Live’ shows, which happen EVERY Friday afternoon (6pm ET / 3pm PT) on the VoiceAmerica™ Internet Talk Radio network.