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One Life to Live Q&A
Catching Up with
Tobias Truvillion (Vincent Jones)
By Laurie Bedigian
August 14, 2009
Recently I had the great pleasure of interviewing the multi-talented
Tobias Truvillion. Tobias hails from Flushing, New York. He worked
successfully as a model before becoming an actor. Tobias has numerous
television and screen credits including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,”
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Third Watch,” “Hitch,” and
In 2001, Tobias won the AUDELCO Award (Audience Development
Committee, Inc) for his role in the Off-Broadway musical “Sango.”
According to their official website, AUDELCO was “established and
incorporated in 1973 by the late Vivian Robinson, to stimulate interest
in, and support of performing arts in black communities.” In 2008,
Tobias was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actor in
a Daytime Drama Series” for his role as Vincent Jones on “One Life To
I enjoyed learning more about Tobias’ background and his impressive
career, before, during, and since his time on “One Life To Live.”
Here’s what Tobias had to say.
Are you the only actor in the family? Where and when did your love
of acting come from?
Well, recently my little sister expressed an interest in the art of
acting, so I enrolled her in Tasha Smith Actor’s Workshop (TSAW NYC).
She really has a natural talent.
As for me, I went from a decent high school football player to a
runway/billboard model. My path led me into acting when theater
opportunities became available to me. My vision and love for acting
wasn’t completely clear to me until I connected with certain phenomenal
key figures including my acting coach. It was the connection between
those who have fostered my skills, and my passion to educate and
entertain through the arts that helped me realize my love for acting.
I know you’ve done theater work – is that where your heart lies?
I love theater! I believe that’s where most, if not all real actors’
hearts lie. My first audition was for the theater. Then they threw a
double whammy at me. After getting the job, they told me it was a
musical. It was a bit of a challenge for me, but I stepped up to the
plate and did my thing. I appreciated the experience. Dr. Teer Tunde
Samuels, David Wright, and the National Black Theater will always have
You’ve studied dance as well? Is that something you’ve continued on
with? Do you watch any of the dance shows on television like “Dancing
With The Stars?”
(Laughs) Where did you hear that? I do my best but I’m not the
number one contender for any of those dancing shows out there. When I
did catch any of the shows, I did enjoy watching some of the NFL greats
like Emmitt Smith or Lawrence Taylor. They represented for the
Was “One Life To Live” your first soap role? And was it at all
intimidating to work on such a hugely popular soap with so many icons of
“One Life To Live” was my first contract role on network television.
It has been a pleasure working with talents such as Kamar De Los Reyes
(Antonio), Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline), Bob Woods (Bo), Phil Carey
(Asa), David Fumero (Cristian), and certainly Tim Stickney (RJ) just to
name a few.
Is there something you miss most about “One Life To Live?” Do you
have a fond memory of your time there?
The FANS!!! There has been nothing more fulfilling to me than
connecting with the fans. From charity events to just walking into the
studio. There’s nothing like reaching out to contribute or to make a
difference. I’m still connecting with fans and supporting certain
Do you think we’ll be seeing Vincent again and is that something you
would like to see happen?
Oh man, I hope so! I love him. I enjoy the creativity I can put
into his character.
Tell me about working with Fantasia on her “Free Yourself” video.
Oh man she’s the best!!! Now she can sing her brains out!!! I loved
her from “American Idol.”
In 2001, you won an AUDELCO Award for your role in the musical
“Sango.” That’s a very prestigious award (http://www.audelco.net/)
– can you share a little bit about that honor and tell us a little about
the AUDELCO Awards?
I still kiss it sometimes. This is an award that has been bestowed
upon such talented legends such as Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, and
Denzel Washington. I have been humbled by the experience of being
recognized for my work in the same light. This award for me is a direct
reflection of the power of God and a sincere heart!
In 2008, you were nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “One Life To
Live.” I imagine that was a huge honor as well – can you tell us about
It was definitely an honor. I truly have been blessed with such
keepsake moments. The NAACP represents such a powerful cause. With all
of the talented folks in the business, I am grateful to have been one of
Can you tell us about working on the movie, “Brooklyn’s Finest,” with
Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, and Wesley Snipes? That’s quite
an impressive cast. Did you work directly with any of them?
I enjoyed working on Antoine Fuqua’s project. He’s a great
director. Yes, I spent some time conversing directly with Don and Wes
Do you get nervous when you audition for a role?
If I don’t, then I can’t be good.
Is there a role or project that you consider your favorite or one
you’re most proud of?
All of my roles are a part of me. But I really enjoy being Vincent.
The scope of his character has transitioned for the better. He has
become more concerned and helpful, even caring. Heck, he seemed almost
If you weren’t in the entertainment business, what do you think you
would be doing?
I’d be in the helping profession; teaching, coaching, counseling…
I read you coach football - do you coach kids? Did you play football
as a kid?
When I can, I may assist teams or train individual kids. Football
has been in my blood since I was a baby. My uncle played some
professional football and I kind of shared his interests.
Is there a project you’re working on now that you can share with us?
Currently in post production is the movie “The Tested.”
There have been some recent projects including national print and
commercial roles. I recently guest starred in the “Law & Order:
Criminal Intent” episode “All In.” I’ve also been working on the
production side of projects and am currently developing a script for a
series. I’m all over the place.
Thanks so much to Tobias Truvillion for taking the time to do this
interview. Tobias is an extremely talented man, and I know his fans wish
him all the best on his future projects. I hope to bring you more from
Tobias in the near future.
For more on Tobias, visit his MySpace at
To watch Tobias in Fantasia’s “Free Yourself” video, please go to
Also please click the links below to learn more about some of the causes Tobias supports:
“Go/GU America is a positive motivational movement to encourage people to be, feel, and do better with their lives through the slogan,
The American Cancer Society site at
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp offers excellent support and information.
Read all of Laurie Bedigian's celebrity interviews:
Melissa Archer (ex-Natalie, OLTL)
Sean Kanan (Deacon, Y&R) 11/20/11
Greg Cipes (JT,
Colin Egglesfield (ex Josh, AMC)
Brad Maule (Dr.
Tony Jones, GH) 12/13/09
Tim Gibbs (ex-Kevin, OLTL)
(Rae Woodard, Ryan's Hope) 10/23/09
Tobias Truvillion (Vincent,
Brian Gaskill (Rafe, Port Charles;
ex-Bobby, AMC) 7/24/09
Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) 4/12/09
Senta Moses (Winnifred, GH) 2/15/09
Blake Gibbons (Coleman, GH) 12/5/08
Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones, GH) 11/23/08
Graham Shiels (Cody, GH) 11/19/08
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) 4/5/08
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) 1/11/08
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