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Interview with actor
Linden Ashby of "The Perfect Boss" 5/12/13
Linden Ashby has been in many great TV shows and movies.
He is currently on "Teen Wolf" on MTV as well as starring in
this LMN movie. He is probably most famous for starring in
"Melrose Place" years ago, and he also played the psycho
Cameron on Young & The Restless, among many other roles.
He is also married to actress Susan Walters, another Y&R vet
(ex-Diane). She was recently on "The Vampiare Diaries".
We had a really nice chat over the phone about this movie
and his other projects.
Here is the audio of my interview with him.
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Here is the transcribed version by
Gisele. - I will be
going through and adding more of it later.
Suzanne: So I read the summary of "The Perfect Boss". You
play Cameron Finney, right? How does he fit into the story?
Linden: Cameron Finney worked at a large pharmaceutical
company. We've been pretty successful in the past, so we've
got a couple of patents that are expiring or near
expiration. And we've got some financial difficulties, and
we've got a new drug that we're awaiting FDA approval on,
that the entire future of the company hinges on. And we've
got some hedge-fund money coming in that's really going to
turn the company around. Everything's riding on this drug,
and one of our research doctors, that's been on the clinical
trials, gets a call that there's a problem with the drug.
So, my friend, lover, boss Jamie Luner, who was my wife on
"Melrose Place," I brought her into the company now to turn
this thing around. We find out about this problem with the
drug, this issue, and we take matters into our own hands.
Suzanne: The description says she kills him.
Linden: She does? No, she puts me up to it. So, it's
really fun. It's drama, it's -- The research doctor, his
daughter, starts putting two and two together to try and
find out what happened to her father, because she doesn't
believe the story -- that he was bought. So she starts
putting the pieces together and... the plot thickens.
Suzanne: So is your character a bad guy?
Linden: Oh, yeah!
Suzanne: And does your character sleep with Jessica
Linden: You know, we've been together before, and we
hooked back up. Her character is not really capable of
emotional attachment. Jamie is great! It was really fun to
work with her again. Like I say, we were husband and wife on
"Melrose Place." It was a long time ago, probably '98, '99,
somewhere back in there. And, you know, it's so much fun.
The longer you're in this business, you come sort of full
circle, and you work with people you worked with when you
were younger again, and it's always a pleasure to revisit,
to retouch, those relationships.
Suzanne: What else can you tell us about the movie?
Linden: You know, I've done a lot of these Lifetime
movies. I have. And in this one, the script was really good.
I think it's a good one. I watched it, and for me to watch
it, because I'm not exactly a demographic, and I had a great
time. It's a good one. It's a good one. You will not be
disappointed with this one. It's very much a structured
piece of scriptwriting. I mean, it's very clearly defined,
you know, Acts I, II, III, IV, done! You don't go into these
going "What's going to happen?" You go into these going,
"How's it going to happen?" It's a bit like life, you know.
We know A, we know Z, but we don't know everything that
happens between those two letters. It's a journey, it's a
dance -- how do you get there?
Suzanne: Tell us what the casting process was like for
Linden: Pierre David, who I've worked with quite a bit on
a lot of other Lifetime movies, called me up and said, "Hey,
do you want to do this?" And I said, "Let me read it." I
read it, and I called back, and said, "Yeah." That's it.
Suzanne: Do you still have to go in for live auditions or
does everyone pretty much know who you are, your work?
Linden: At this point in my work, a lot of people
certainly know me, know who I am. But if I work with
somebody new, they want to see what I bring to that part
Suzanne: I've heard that the casting process has changed
quite a bit because of technology.
Linden: It's changed tremendously, which I actually like,
because it becomes to me more about doing the part than
getting the part. I think that so much of it is beyond our
control. You know, you walk in that door, and they go, "Eh,
what if, maybe." And then, once you put yourself on tape and
send it in there, it's generally followed up by meetings and
more auditions, callbacks, and whatnot with the director,
for certain. That kind of thing.
Suzanne: I've seen you for years in many soaps,
especially "Days of Our Lives" and "Young & The Restless"
and "Melrose Place." Would you be open to more soap opera
Linden: I would, actually. Right now, I'm pretty tied up
with "Teen Wolf." But after that! With the role of Cameron
on Y&R, I thought that there's a lot of unfinished business
there. Sharon doesn't learn a tremendous amount in life --
she's not an incredibly evolved person. She just keeps
making the same mistakes, over and over and over again.
Christian LeBlanc is one of my really good friends, so I
sort of keep up with it through him. You know, Susan, my
wife, was on that as Diane. I'll stay with Christian a lot
when I'm in LA, and Michelle Stafford's over and Christian,
and, it's just... You know, when you're immersed in it, it
becomes like any other job, it becomes your life, it becomes
a focal point of your conversation, and whatnot. I certainly
know about the behind-the-scenes changes much more so than
the story, but I don't really watch it. I didn't watch it
when I was on it. It's just not my cup of tea, which doesn't
mean it's not great, but --
Suzanne: The behind-the-scenes stuff was probably more
interesting than the story.
Both: More like a soap opera.
Suzanne: It's pretty bad when the fans are talking more
about that than about the show.
Linden: That's so true, because, I think -- certainly 20
years ago you had no idea what was going on behind the
scenes. You just didn't. Soap Opera Digest or one of the
other magazines would kind of give you a brief glimpse into
behind the scenes, but as far as what was really going on?
You had no idea. Now with Twitter and with blogs with
24-hour access to news and Internet space that has to be
filled with something. I think, in a weird way, we know way
much more than we should and yet we know nothing, because we
gloss, we gloss, we gloss, because our attention span
becomes so short. I think the biggest disservice to the
world was 24-hour news, because guess what? There's just not
that much that's interesting that happens every single day
of the year, and yet they have airtime to fill, so we hear
about stuff that just has no bearing on anything. There used
to be so many editions of newspapers that you had to read. I
get it. It's kind of fascinating to watch, but after a while
it becomes tiresome. I mean, it just sort of wears you out.
Susan is a fan of the gossip mags. You know, she'll bring
them home or check it out in the grocery store. And you
don't even know who these people are. It's a throwback to
the age of celebrity as opposed to the age of movie stars or
musicians or artists. The majority of the people are famous
for being famous.
Suzanne: You seem to play a lot of bad guys. Why do you
think that is?
Linden: I've played a lot of good guys. I still play a
lot of good guys. I mean, Stilinski on "Teen Wolf" is
probably one of the most morally-sound characters I've ever
played. He's pretty true blue. In these Lifetime movies, you
can either play the milquetoast nice husband / boring friend
or you play the cop or you play the bad guy. They send me
the script and a lot of times they go, "What do you like?"
And for sure the bad guy's by far the most interesting
character and the most fun to play, so you only go around
once turn in your life, you better have fun doing it. Yeah,
it's just choice and you get to play.
Suzanne: I see that you're in Iron Man 3. How did that
role come about?
Linden: I auditioned, and then they offered me this part
-- it was such a big, secretive film. You know, they're
going, "Okay, so this is your character." Can you tell me
what I do? "No." Can I read the scene? "No." Well, how can I
make a decision about whether I want to do the picture or
not, and they said, "Just have fun." And I said okay, and I
did it, and it was fun. But some of what I did didn't make
the cut. A couple of sheets went on the cutting room floor,
but that's okay. That happens. And it wasn't a pivotal
character. It wasn't like the movie hinged around what I did
or what I thought, so, you know, hey, it was fun. It was
fun, and I got to go to Wilmington, eat some good food, and
life was good.
Suzanne: So "Teen Wolf" is in its third year now?
Linden: We're in our third year. I still wake up every
day beyond blessed that I have this job. I really dig my
work. I'm excited to read every script. I like the process
and the environment that Jeff Davis creates on set. I love
working with Russell. I've worked with Russell before. I
worked with him on "Resident Evil." And I love Dylan and
Tyler and Tyler and Crystal and Holland and Melissa,
obviously, and JR. It's just a really, really good
collection of people, and it's kind of that, like, I ride a
dirt bike, motorcycles with a bunch of guys here in Georgia,
and we have a sort of an unofficial club, and it's called
NAHA. I made it into NAHA somehow. I didn't know that NAHA
existed. You know, it's kind of like you don't know about it
until you're in. And I go, "What the hell does this NAHA
stand for?" And they go, "No assholes allowed." And I think
that's kind of like "Teen Wolf" is. We're going through our
phases on the show. You know, the first year, everyone is so
excited to be there. It's just like it's an electric kind of
environment filled with uncertainty, because you don't know
if what you're doing is going to make it or not. And it's
all about the process, and you have fun, and you do it. And
then suddenly it becomes a hit, and then the second year,
everyone's like, "Whoa. Holy cow! Is this really a hit? Will
it go on?" And then it does. And then the third year it's
like on a lot of shows people don't like each other. They
start to complain about each other or complain about the
process or whatnot. I really haven't seen a ton of that.
There's some growing pains. People get worn out, they get
tired, they get busy with other things, but I think everyone
still likes each other. Really what happens in the third
season of the show, we become like family. You probably are
meaner to people in your family than you are to anyone else.
It all comes full circle. Everyone realizes how much they
care about each other.
Suzanne: Do you have any other roles coming up that we
should look for?
Linden: Nope. No. I'm taking time off. My oldest
daughter, Gracie, is graduating, so we're going on a little
family vacation, and then we are going to hang a little in
Florida and visit relatives, then we go back to "Teen Wolf"
in July, so I don't know. Maybe I'll get motivated and just
go to work.
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