Soapside: Advocate's Guide to Daytime
BY Michael Fairman
July 16 2009 12:00 AM ET
Martsolf on Shirtless SoapEtiquette
Days of our Lives' talented soap heartthrob Eric Martsolf (Brady) and I recently sat down for an interview for an upcoming feature in Australia's TV Soap magazine. ( Days,Y&R, and B&B are the three U.S. soaps that air Down Under.) During our chat I could not resist discussing the situation of this star -- who is married with two children -- that more often than not, he appears shirtless on the soaps he is on. Many recall that Eric remained mostly shirtless for years playing Ethan on the now-defunct Passions. I told Eric that I felt they certainly objectified the men on that show, and asked him if Days is following suit?
"There have been more and more shirtless situations. Recently on-air I played strip poker with Mark Hafka [Nathan] while two girls looked on. Why were we doing this? Who cares? [ Laughs ] Then on another episode I walked into Victor's living room soaking wet becauseâ€¦ I forgot my towel! And apparently, Brady has taken up swimming. It's great. [ Laughs ] John Aniston [Victor, and real life pop to Jennifer Aniston] is like, Brady, what are you doing getting water all over my couch? And I am like, Sorry, I forgot a towel , and then we start having a discussion while I am naked. It's awesome and hilarious!
"Oh excuse me for interrupting our interview, Michael; this is wardrobe knocking at my door coming in to take what's left of my clothing nowâ€¦ one shoe and a sock! [ Laughs ]
Then Martsolf and I discussed how his wife, Lisa, has dealt with all the shirtless sex romps he has had with multiple women during his times on the soaps.
"My wife Lisa did Soap Talk with Lisa Rinna and Ty Treadway a few years back. They had Cameron Mathison's [Ryan, AMC ] wife on with her as well. Lisa Rinna asked 'How do you feel about your man rolling around with all these women?' Cameron's wife is like, 'It's his job and I know how he feels about me. At the end of the day, I am OK with it.' And she asks my wife, and she is like, 'Hell no. Are you kidding me? Would you like your significant other rolling around with some other hot girl in the morning?' Lisa Rinna went, 'Thank God that someone said it like it is.' It's not easy, even eight years later. I think my wife likes to meet the ladies I romantically am paired with on-screen, and get to know them. That seems to make all the difference. You see, my wife gets shoes with the money I make. So as long as she gets those, we're cool [ laughs ]."
But what's next for Brady? He apparently had a severe drug addiction while the character was off-screen for a few years, and Eric would love to see him go to the darker side.
"I had played such a 'Dudley Do-Right' character on Passions that I was looking forward to playing a guy who had some bad history to him. Brady has some addiction issues, whether it's drugs or women, and he tells people how it is. He has become pretty aggressive. He has done some good deeds for some guys, as well as damsels in distress. He is kind of like the Dr. Phil of the community right now! [ Laughs ]"
On One Life to Live , Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) has been trying valiantly to make out with the lovely Layla and make it work with his roomie in the romance department, but Layla senses something is off. Next week, Cristian, who is also Fish's and Layla's roomie, is on to an ominous message muttered by Kyle that Things aren't what they seem. Now, Cris is about to find a letter written by Fish to Kyle, where he tells his frat buddy to back off and that he wants his relationship with Layla to work.
Posturing as the macho cop, Layla blasts Fish for announcing to the entire police department that they're dating. Yes, as mentioned in my last column, the lovely Layla got a job there as well. When Layla tries for some more lovin' on Fish, this time he pulls back and Layla comes to the conclusion thatâ€¦ yup, he's gay! So, the news this week from Llanview is good as the show is moving full steam ahead with getting to the truth of Fish's tortured soul and his history with his frat boy lover, Mr. Kyle Lewis. Stay tuned and mark you soap viewing calendars for August 6 -- that's when Kyle and Fish share their first on-screen kiss!