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Interview with Aiden Turner of "The
Perfect Boyfriend" 6/28/13
I loved speaking with Aiden. I have long admired him from
when he was on "All My Children", and I'm glad he is finding
other work. In fact, it sounds like he's doing really well!
I hope you catch his movies that are coming out. He was such
a nice guy on the phone - really down-to-earth.
Here is the audio of my interview with him. I hope you
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Here is the transcribed version by
Gisele. - I will be
going through and adding more of it later.
1. How did your role in the movie come about?
The usual stuff really, I mean. You audition and then
you're in a pool of people, you get chosen; or in the way
this happened, my agent contacted me and said that there's a
script that we've got and we're interested in you playing
the role of Jacob. Take a look at it and see whether you
like it or not. They sent the script on Friday evening, and
then I took the weekend to read it and decide, and I said on
Monday, "Yeah, I like it. It's great." This happened before
Christmas 2012, so this was in mid-November. I thought this
would be a perfect thing to do before going home to London
2. Was it fun playing the bad guy pretending to be good?
For a change? Yeah, it was. It was really good. It's good
work. Jennifer Taylor -- she played a good crazy girl, a
great mom, and a great trusting lady who's addicted to love.
3. What do you think people will like best about this
Seeing it in a different eye. It's one of those movies
that's enjoyable. It doesn't tax you too much. It's a
light-hearted movie. It's sort of got a bit of romance. It's
got a lot of courage in it. It's well put together and it's
a fun movie.
4. I used to love watching you on "All My Children", but
sometimes your accent was a little bit thick. Did you have
to take some kind of diction lessons to work on that?
Years ago, I remember that I used to get called by the
director, "Sorry. We can't understand you. You have to go
again. You have to try to articulate." If they're in New
York, LA, Chicago, Boston, you'll be fine, but we've got to
look after the people down in the South and Texas area,
'cause they're just not used to that kind of dialect, so
then I really had to watch how fast I spoke. I was just so
used to speaking like that. So that's what I do. My family
would make fun of me, saying, "Why are you speaking so
slow?" Now, I'm very used to ??
5. Did you know that Jason Brooks (Chuck) was on Days of
Our Lives for quite a while, too (93-98)?
Was he really? He never told me that. Wow. He's awesome.
He's a great guy to work with -- professional. Yeah, he's a
6. I'm sure you know that All My Children is back in
production and shows on Hulu and iTunes, and it will now
also be on Oprah's network, OWN. Would you come back if
I miss it. I miss the people. I miss the hard work. I'd
definitely consider it.
7. I always felt like they didn't do a very good job at
matching Aidan up with someone special. He was always with
someone else's girl.
Right. It was not fair. They always fall back in love
with Ryan. At the end, he was arrested. Kendall said, "I'm
up for murder. I'm been stabbed. I'm now in hospital. I need
you to come see me. I need you to get me out." So, she calls
on her friend Aidan Devane to set her up. So, he's asked by
Kendall to do this extreme thing -- to sort of get her out
of Pine Valley, so that she doesn't go back to prison. So
she'll be a fugitive, which means that I'll be harboring a
fugitive, which is illegal. It's a big ask, so he does it
and then, after three weeks, of course, he just somehow, all
of a sudden, says "I'm not helping you." And then he says,
"I'm kidnapping you." And then everyone gets caught. It was
just a very, like, turn-around, from always being nice, to,
all of a sudden, sort of being a nutcase or something and
then just completely losing his mind. Then my character gets
arrested right in front of Zach and Kendall. It would be
nice to get out of prison and redeem the character. That can
be being helpful, apologizing to the people and just being
like he used to be.
8. You have another movie coming out, according to IMDb,
"To Have and to Hold". What is that about and when will it
It's coming out January 7, 2014. It appears to be set in
the beginning of Jamestown when the English first colonized
America. It's pretty much a love story between a princess,
Jocelyn, and this local man who's the finest swordsman in
the new world who falls in love with her not realizing that
she is royalty. Basically, she is running away from a forced
marriage in England and hopes that he doesn't come after
her. She finds this man, Miles Cambridge, and basically asks
him to marry her. So that all happens very quickly and he
sort of keeps her safe from Lord Carnal, who ends up coming
out and tries to claim her with a letter from the king,
saying she's his property. Then my character sort of saves
the day by having a 2-1/2 minute sword fight and almost
killing him. The guy comes in and he begs off the fight.
There are some pirates, you know, pirate ships involved, and
Miles Cambridge saves the day, gets the girl and kills the
goon. It's a triumphant romantic story with a lot of history
at the same time, where the Indians attack the English just
outside Williamsburg, outside the Jamestown fort. It's a
very fine project.
9. Did you have fun with the swordfighting and all that?
You know, it was about 4-5 weeks training, 6 hours a day.
It was sort of the intensity of "Dancing With the Stars."
Just get to work with some of the best stunt teams in LA.
There were about 6 or 7 guys and girls that were teaching
us. Swordfighting was just not easy to do at first, but
then, all of a sudden, you're at the end of the five weeks
or six weeks, and shooting the movie for five months, really
just -- Every day, you just start out and get your sword
when you're in your wardrobe, and you don't even think about
it, you know? It was amazing to be able to be with all these
professional swordsmen and for them to take their time and
train you. It was a great experience.
10. I don't watch "Dancing With the Stars," but my
partner on the site Gisele does. She followed your work on
there and read a lot about what you said afterwards etc. She
asks how you feel about being on DWTS now and are you glad
you appeared on it?
Yeah, it was a bit nerve-racking at first, and then when
Cameron did it, I knew who she was and how hard he worked. I
was a bit dubious. Dancing like that, especially in front of
20-25 million people, was really nerve-racking, and I
thought I'd just face my fear and go out there and get it
done. I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the intensity. I was
going from zero to 100 learning a new dance every week. I
loved working with Edyta Sliwinska -- that was awesome --
and just being a part of the "Dancing With the Stars"
family, you know? It was a great experience.
11. Gisele also was curious about your daughter, whom you
named Ciella. She wanted to know where the name came from.
Oh, really? Well, Emma and Amanda and Mia, and a lot of
those names were really popular at that time, so it was
really, you know, looking at the blue sky. The only way to
see heaven is to look at the blue sky, so Ciella means sky
and heaven, combining those two names. We just changed the
ending to make it feminine. She's doing very well -- growing
up too fast.
12. You've had your own website for quite a while, and
you're on Twitter, Facebook and all that. Have you ever
suffered from Twitter remorse?
I haven't had Twitter remorse, but I got hacked a couple
of times, so I had to go in there and change my password.
I'm not having Twitter remorse.
13. Anything else you have coming out that we should
I actually went on an audition this morning. It's for the
awesome show "Homeland" and they're looking for a British
sort of an MI6 agent who actually pretends that he is a
reporter when he really is MI6, sort of undercover.
14. And finally, is there anything else you'd like to
tell your fans?
Just, I thank 'em all, and I really appreciate the
support, and follow me on
15. Have you stayed in touch with anyone from "All My
I still keep in touch with Jacob Young, Darnell Williams,
Jeff Branson, Vincent Irizarry. That's about it. I'm glad
the show is back alive. I have watched it actually, yeah,
and it's really different. It's got a new edge, which I
think it needs.
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