He spent four years playing "Pharaoh" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's, "Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," in which he consistently drew acclaimed reviews from the harshest of nationwide critics. Eric is most widely recognized for his six-year popular portrayal of "Ethan Winthrop" on NBC's daytime drama, "Passions," where he claimed numerous accolades from peers and fans alike. His most recent role came in 2008 when he joined the cast of NBC's daytime drama, "Days of our Lives," as "Brady Black." Eric describes the birth of his professional career as "a choice he made in May 1993." The choice he refers to was whether to pursue his interests in the legal profession or the unstable world of entertainment.
Now Eric continues his rise as he teams up with a host of talented actors and actresses for the brand new improvised soap web series "Scandal Crest," including, Molly Burnett, Diana Costa, Sean Kanan, Dan Kane, Jen Parker, Dwayne Perkins, Dale Raoul, and Freddie Smith.
Filming with a live studio audience and on the web, "Scandal Crest" premiered on September 21 http://www.scandalcrest.com and has a five episode run through December 7. The remaining showtimes are Fri, Oct 19 at 9:00pm PST (12am EST), Fri, Nov 16 at 9:00pm PST (12am EST), and Fri, Dec 7 at 9:00pm PST (12am EST).
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I literally had a crush on a girl in high school who was intent on auditioning for the musical "Grease", so I in turn auditioned myself and booked the role of "Danny Zuko." I never got the girl, but found a love for acting and the arts as a result.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I would love to swap dialogue with Al Pacino.
3. What attracted you to "Scandal Crest"? What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? My initial attraction to "Scandal Crest" was the ACME group itself. As a comedic troupe, they are talented as hell, smart, and hungry to accomplish great things. Audiences are going to walk away with severe abdominal cramps from laughter.
4. What do you identify most with about your character "Lance Sterling"? Interestingly enough, "Ethan Winthrop" from "Passions" was considered the "golden child" of his soap family, so I have experience in that realm.
5. What was the best part about the premiere of "Scandal Crest"? How did the live audience help feed your excitement and how did they react to Sean losing his pants? The best part of "Scandal Crest's" premiere was finally getting to put it on its feet. It went from a concept to an actual live event. The audience is as much a player in this production as the actors. We feed off of their responses and energy, sometimes resulting in story changing directions and tonality.
As far as Sean's lack of pants is concerned, we've all been there and done that. Lack of clothing goes along with the territory, and is simply welcomed! Take it off thespians!
6. "Scandal Crest" is a new Soap Opera web series that will be filmed live at ACME Comedy Hollywood. What excites you about starring in this new media format? What are you looking forward to about filming it before a live audience? I come from a theatre background, and know firsthand that there is no greater adrenaline rush than from a live audience. Soaps are traditionally shot in large cold warehouses with no audience in sight. "Scandal Crest" will break these barriers and will bring the daytime genre into a comedic light that has never been seen before.
7. You are well known for starring on two big soaps "Days of Our Lives" and "Passions." What do you enjoy most about working in the soap opera genre? What has been the best part about working on these two shows specifically? Soaps have been my bread and butter for a decade. It's given me stability and an ability to provide for my family as well. I've also been able to work in town and have been able to rarely miss a family dinner! That's atypical for an actor, and I have been nothing short of blessed to have had the success I have had.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I have learned that you're only as good as the artists around you. It's so true, especially in a collaborative genre such as daytime.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? If it feels good, do it.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? The mother of my kids, my wife. And I mean that.
12. Favorite way to stay in shape? Kickboxing.
13. Boxers or Briefs? Somewhere in between.
14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Deciphering truth from falsehoods.