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Jon Lindstrom Reveals His "High" Ride In Music and Soaps - Part Three

Monday, January 03, 2011 Posted by Damon L. Jacobs


In Parts One and Two of our interview with the musician-actor Jon Lindstrom, the fan favorite shared his passion for music with The High Lonesome, playing with the band in Hollywood during the wild 1980s, as well as his memorable roles as Mark on SANTA BARBARA and twins Ryan/Kevin on GENERAL HOSPITAL. In Part Three below he shares what happened when Kevin spun off to PORT CHARLES, offers insights into backstage decisions made in daytime, as well as the challenges and vindication of portraying Craig on AS THE WORLD TURNS.


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WE LOVE SOAPS TV: The characters of Kevin and Lucy [Lynn Herring] were so popular on GENERAL HOSPITAL in 1997 that you were spun-off into the new soap PORT CHARLES. What was that like for you?
Jon Lindstrom: I was thrilled. Basically they were asking us to come do a show that was half as long for more money. I said, “Yeah I’ll do that, my momma didn’t raise no dummy!” At the time they were planning to do a spin off about Ned [Wally Kurth] and Lois [Rena Sofer], and Claire Labine was going to write it. That would have required the show to be done in New York. ABC did not want to set up a whole other studio in New York when they owned a studio and sound stage in Hollywood. So Wendy Riche pitched the idea of doing a spin off with Lynn and myself using existing sets. It was their decision to do it much cheaper. My character at the time wasn’t working much [on GH], I was only doing about one show every few weeks. I was ready to leave. I approached it as a great opportunity out of the blue. I thought it would be half the work for more money, but it turned out to be twice the work.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Why was it twice the work?
Jon Lindstrom: It is very very hard to get a new show off the ground. I didn’t realize that at the time. But I learned it. It is hard to get a new show launched, to give it a feel that is different from the others, and to get its own tone, its own rhythms.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Do you feel like PORT CHARLES ever really found its own tone and its own rhythms?
Jon Lindstrom: I think it did and then it lost it.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: During what time of the show’s history did it feel like had the right tone?
Jon Lindstrom: When Lynn Latham was writing the show [1998-1999] and then following that up, when Barbara Bloom and Karen Harris were writing the show [2000]. Both those periods were very good. I thought we lost it, honestly, when we brought in vampires. I understand the reasoning. I know that for some reason vampires are this mysterious seductive thing. I just don’t get it. I don’t watch TRUE BLOOD, I don’t see horror films, so I never really understood it. I felt it lost it’s way then.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Funny you say that. I have publicly stated that PORT CHARLES lost me with the vampires. When soaps bring on supernatural elements, I feel emotionally disconnected from the characters. Wendy Riche explained to me the reasons for it, but I just don’t feel any investment in those stories.
Jon Lindstrom: Some people love it, I don’t.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: What do you think needs to happen to keep the six shows left on the air alive and thriving?
Jon Lindstrom: Nobody seems to know what to do to keep these shows on the air in a meaningful way. Whoever can figure that out will be the richest person in the world. Personally, I’m convinced that networks don’t want to put on the cheap-assed shit more than we want to watch it.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Do you mean the “reality” shows?
Jon Lindstrom: Yes. It’s a conundrum. Nobody really likes it, but as long as soaps are running under a 1980s paradigm, reality shows are going to look more current and somehow be more engaging. As soon as someone can figure out how to make a scripted show look and feel more current then there will be life in the genre again and people will start making money again. The biggest problem has been how to make it financially viable. It’s a tough one.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: I think one of the things that have gotten daytime soaps in trouble was to ignore elements that made them so successful in the past, like telling character based drama that ultimately ascends and inspires their audience.
Jon Lindstrom: And being able to tell stories without regard for age as well. Tell stories that involve everyone. If you’re going to tell stories about a community then show a community that is not all under 25-years-old. I have nothing against stories about young people, I’m all for it. Great stories about young love are just as engaging as older ones. But in their pursuit to try to keep soaps on the air, a mindset has changed. It’s a shift in focus. Networks have almost had to think like a cigarette company, and that is why we were so overwrought with young people for awhile. We wanted to get them “hooked” while they were young and then keep them around. That is the demographic that they want. But that completely ignores the rest of the age group that watches the show.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: I think a real missed opportunity came after PORT CHARLES was canceled, and Kevin and Lucy were left out of GH.
Jon Lindstrom: They were left out on the other side of town. I think that was because that mentality I described had taken over. It’s not like we wouldn’t have done it, we just never got a call.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Was it your understanding that Kevin would come back to GH if PORT CHARLES was canceled?
Jon Lindstrom: As I recall there was.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: I think those sorts of decisions can have a cumulative effect, leading audiences to lack an investment in tuning every day to their show.
Jon Lindstrom: I can see how any viewer who had invested time would see that as a slap in the face. They say, “I put in all this time in these characters, I invested in these characters, why are they gone? Don’t make me care about these people I don’t know.” Again, that was all part of a way to figure out how to stem the flow of audiences leaving us. I can’t blame them for trying as many things as they could to try to find a solution. I probably would have done the same thing.


WE LOVE SOAPS TV: On AS THE WORLD TURNS you had the unenviable task of portraying Craig Montgomery, a character who had been played by two different actors with very passionate fan bases. Some might say it was very brave of you to take that role.
Jon Lindstrom: I didn’t realize this was such a character to step into it until after I stepped into it. I said “yes” before knowing that. Then I realized it was kind of like stepping into the role of James Bond. There were a lot of people expecting a lot. The thing in my favor was that WORLD TURNS was still stories in a humanistic way. I had that going for me, I didn’t have to try to jump over any other hurdles. And I did realize that I am fairly good at this acting thing. I know how to take a part and make it my own.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Did you like that challenge?
Jon Lindstrom: I did. Craig Montgomery was a great part.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: What did you like about Craig?
Jon Lindstrom: His charm. He could charm his way through any opportunity. Whether it was being charged with murder, or just trying to get an investor, or to make nice with his daughter. In any situation he could say, “Come on, I’m just a big kid.” Which he was, in so many ways. Personally I like that about him.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: I think we saw a softer side to Craig with your interpretation. We saw a very supportive side as he helped Carly with her alcoholism.
Jon Lindstrom: I have been told that I brought that side to him where the other guys didn’t. I don’t know, I never really watched the other guys. I went to YouTube to check out both Scott Bryce and Hunt Block after I had been the doing the show for about six months. I wouldn’t do it before then. I don’t see how anyone wouldn’t want to put heart in it because he seemed to love everything so much. Even the people he didn’t like it, there was something that he loved.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Your performance was so acclaimed that it won you an Emmy nomination in 2009. How did that feel?
Jon Lindstrom: That was great, I had never been nominated for an Emmy before. I had worked really hard. The fact is, the Emmy's are a professional academy where you are recognized by your peers. So to have your peers say, “Dude, you were one of the five best this year,” that meant a lot to me.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Did it feel vindicating given you had been under critical pressure taking on the role of Craig?
Jon Lindstrom: Yes, it did. I have to admit it did.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Honestly, did you prepare a speech?
Jon Lindstrom: I did, but it kept changing during the show, on the walk to the theater, while I was in the shower. And then during the show, as we were getting closer and closer to the award, you see that the show is running long and whoever wins won’t have much time to say anything anyway. So I thought, “If I find myself up there I’ll say whatever comes to mind.”

WE LOVE SOAPS TV: And who would you have thanked?
Jon Lindstrom: Everyone that had ever been born in the history of the world...and the people who watch the show (laughs).



EDITOR'S NOTE: Come back for the final part of our interview in which Lindstrom discusses the impact of the AS THE WORLD TURNS cancellation, how he has coped with the loss of the show this past year, as well as thriving career in independent films.
 

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Третья часть интервью Линдстрома
Ишь ты, трудяга какой! Всё допрашивают его и допрашивают... :boy:

Интервью из 4-х частей! Это в сумме не меньше, чем те 50 вопросов, которыми мы Дэвиса завалили :laugh:

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http://www.welovesoa...lindstrom3.html]

Что мне понравилось.

-На AS THE WORLD TURNS у Вас была незавидная задача описания Крэйга Монтгомери, характера, который игрался двумя различными актерами с очень влюбленными поклонниками. Некоторые могли бы сказать, что это было очень храбро для Вас, взять эту роль.

Джон Линдстром: Я не понимал, что это было таким характером, чтобы ступить в это, пока я не ступил в это. Я сказал "да" прежде, чем знать это. Тогда я понял, что это отчасти походило на продвижение в роль Джеймса Бонда. Было много людей, ожидающих многого. И я действительно понимал, что я довольно хорош в этой действующей вещи. Я знаю, как принять участие и сделать его моим собственным. Я сделал. Крэйг Монтгомери был большой частью.

-Что Вам нравится в Крэйге?

Джон Линдстром: Его очарование. Он мог очаровать через любую возможность. В любой ситуации он мог сказать: “Продвиньтесь, я - только большой ребенок.” Которым он был очень многими способами. Лично мне нравится это в нем.

-Я думаю, что мы видели более мягкую сторону Крэйгу с Вашей интерпретацией. Мы видели очень благосклонную сторону, когда он помог Карли с ее алкоголизмом.

Джон Линдстром: Мне сказали, что я принес ту сторону ему, какую другие парни не сделали. Я не знаю, я никогда действительно не наблюдал за другими исполнителями роли. Я пошел в YouTube, чтобы проверить Scott Bryce and Hunt Block после того, как я был занят в шоу в течение приблизительно шести месяцев.

-Ваше выступление столь приветствовалось, что оно выиграло назначение на Эмми в 2009. Как это чувствовалось?

Джон Линдстром: Это было большим, я никогда не назначался на Эмми прежде. Я действительно работал усиленно. Факт, Эмми профессиональная академия, где Вы признаны Вашими пэрами. Так сделать, чтобы Ваши пэры сказали: "Вы были одним из пяти, лучших в этом году,” это значило много для меня.
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-Честно, Вы готовили речь?

Джон Линдстром: Я сделал, но это продолжало изменяться во время шоу на прогулке в театр, в то время как я был в душе. И затем во время шоу, поскольку мы становились ближе и ближе к премии, Вы видите, что шоу бежит долго и кто бы ни побеждал, не будет иметь большого количества времени, чтобы сказать что-либо так или иначе. Таким образом, я думал: “Если я окажусь там, то я скажу, что придет на ум.”

-И кого Вы благодарили бы?

Джон Линдстром: Всех, которые когда-либо рождались в истории мира... и людей, которые смотрят шоу (смех).


В последней части будет "о процветающей карьере в независимых фильмах". :)

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Ишь ты, трудяга какой! Всё допрашивают его и допрашивают...

Допросили, поди, единовременно, а выкладывают интервью там всегда четырьмя частями.

Но за последние месяцы Линдстром выболтал всё, что я хотела бы знать, и даже гораздо больше и подробнее. :laugh: :good:

 

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Ум челюстям не мешает

А челюсти уму? :laugh:

пойду покушаю :haha:
 

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пойду покушаю
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Думаешь стоит?

Естественно! Вкусно покушать - это святое. :tease:
 

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Естественно! Вкусно покушать - это святое. :tease:
Угу, еле из-за стола вылазю, а ещё сейчас гости придут. Лопну. :dead:
 

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Естественно! Вкусно покушать - это святое

Вся страна уже четвертый день святым делом занимается. Фото/изображение с Телесериал.com
 

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Вчера нашла в инете старенькое интервью Харли.
По опознавательным предложениям догадалась, что это интервью от июля 1986 года, которое Харли сама у себя брала. Про него Кларисс писала, когда выкладывала скрины.
Сбегала в тему "Пресса" - точно оно.
Кларисс писала, что видела это интервью в инете не полностью. Сверила. Это - полное. Перевела для себя эл.переводчиком, может, ещё кому в таком виде пригодится.

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This is from SOAP OPERA DIGEST; July 1, 1986



"An Interview with Harley Kozak By Harley Kozak"--
(More perhaps, than you ever wanted to know about Santa Barbara's Harley Kozak)

Interviewer's Note: For the last year, Harley has played the character of Mary Duvall McCormack on Santa Barbara....The interview takes place in Harley's living room, in a rustic house in Laurel Canyon, CA. There is no furniture in the room, so we sit on the floor. A TV and VCR play silently throughout the interview. Harley drinks huge amounts of diet soda.

By Harley Jane Kozak


Q: Harley, I see you're still getting settled here in california. When do you expect to get some furniture?
A: I don't. I left everything back in New York and I find I'm living pretty well without things. I did buy a TV and VCR, as you can see. I don't have a stereo yet, so to listen to music, I go out and sit in my car.

Q: Yes, well, enough about interior decorating. What our readers are hoping for is some nitty-gritty, some glamour, some dirt. Like, do you have any illegitimate children and what do you do with all that money and does Lane Davies (Mason Capwell) kiss well and where did you really get that name?
A: O.K.

Q: To begin. Harley, for the longest time, you've been playing the oldest virgin in daytime. How does that feel?
A: It's all relative, really. A year ago, Mary was living in a convent, wearing a habit, calling home to Mother Superior. Compared to that, life today is pretty racy.

Q: You went from playing a popular character on a popular show to playing a nun on a low-rated show. How did they talk you into that?
A: One had nothing to do with the other. I left GL because I'd been doing it for two years and it was beginning to feel likea job. SB didn't come into the picture till a week later and I took the part because it seemed like an adventurous thing to do. I liked that it was a new show. There was some great acting on it. And besides that, I was being evicted from m apartment in New York. I had to move anyway so I figured, why not move to California?

Q: Do you miss New York?
A: Yes. Painfully.

Q: What do you like about California?
A: My car. The Pacific Coast Highway. Mexican Food.

Q: What's the biggest difference between California soaps and New York soaps, in your experience?
A: Dressing rooms. On GL, Kim Zimmer and I shared a dressing room the size of a bread box. We always meant to clean out the remains of the forty-three previous actors who inhabited it, but we never got around to it--possibly out of fear of finding the corpses of Alan Spaulding underneath it all. On SB, the dressing rooms are big enough for a family of three, with separate baths and, if you play your cards right, TVs, phones, refrigerators....

Q: Since you left GL, its ratings have dropped and SB's ratings have risen. Do you feel personally responsible for this?
A: No. There's an enormous amount of talent on our show.

Q: Don't you ever get tired of wearing dowdy clothes and playing goody two shoes characters?
A: Brett Wheeler (Texas) never wore dowdy clothes. And just because my characters are generally morally upright people, that doesn't mean tey don't get to be psychotic, psychic, adulterous, hallucinatory, deceitful, violent and have as many erotic dreams as the next guy.

Q: You have played several story lines dealing with the supernatural. How about you? Are you psychic?
A: I knew you were going to ask that question.

Q: What else do you "know" about me?
A: I feel you are the youngest of eight children. You had a very happy childhood. You were born in Pennsylvania, but you grew up on a farm in....Kansas.

Q: Nebraska.
A: Whatever.

Q: Amazing. Now, Harley, let's get personal. Did you really have an affair with Kin Shriner as reported in the press?
A: That's a pretty tacky question.

Q: That's my job.
A: Look, I have to save something for my memoirs. However, I'll say this: Kin Shriner taught me three things when I came to LA. One, how to get to Disneyland; two, how to break into a house using a credit card; and three, that every experience in life is a potential half-baked idea for a screenplay. And for this, I'll always love him.

Q: Are you sleeping with anyone now?
A: I've learned never to answer that question, not only in the interest of good taste, but because by the time the article is printed, all such situations can and usually do change.

Q: Do you keep in touch with any of your old soap friends?
A: Yes, it's sort of Springfield West, out here. If you're wondering where old GL characters go, I can tell you--they're all having pasta at Spago.

Q: Can you name drop?
A: Sure. I hang out a lot with Carolyn Ann Clark and Michael Woods and every few months I'll run into Marsha clark, Grant Aleksander, Phil MacGregor, Kim Morgan Green, Lee Lawson, Vincent Irizarry, and of course Robert Newman. Even Harley Venton showed up this week.

Q: What do you spend your money on?
A: I have a wonderful house in the north woods of Minnesota on a lake, with seven acres of land. I have a piano in New York that lives with my cousin Bobby, a car in the garage, and I eat a lot sushi and rent a lot of movies and that pretty much takes care of it.

Q: You rent a lot of movies. That's what you do for a good time?
A: Yeah, I'll get attached to a movie and play it over and over till I have it memorized. Once I had a movie out for thirty-seven days. When that happens, it because cheaper to buy the movie.

Q: I guess that explains why we have Blade Runner going on now in the background?
A: Yeah, it's my current favorite. It makes me cry.

Q: You've mentioned your car a few times. What's the big deal?
A: That's what I always wondered, "What's the big deal?" I always loved subways, and my husband showed me that '53 Chevy pickup trucks are definitely human and, of course, motorcycles are, but I never understood cars.

Q: Waitaminute. You're married?
A: Used to be. Anyway, I got to california and I'd had my license about two days and suddenly I noticed cars. The ones I really noticed were Porsches, Ferraris and Rolls Royce Corniche convertibles. But, as Michael Woods pointed out to me, "A car is not a house." Meaning, this is not Miami Vice. Meaning, why not try for something more economical? Meaning, nobody would insure a person like you in a car like that. So, I got Huey, a charcoal grey Mazada RX7, but the funny thing is, Huey is like a house to me....and a pet, a best friend, a shrink, a rock concert, ego....

Q: Speaking of ego, you once stated you'd like to win an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize. When will you start?
A: I changed my mind. It's a stupid ambition. If nominated, I'd run out and buy some ridiculously expensive dress and lose sleep and be impossible to live with. If I didn't win, I'd be hideously depressed and if I did win, I'd be depressed a few days later when the shock wore off and life went on, and then what would I have? A ridiculously expensive dress and nowhere to wear it. Obviously, creativity is its own reward.

Q: So if nominated, you'd just stay home?
A: What are you crazy?
(At this point, Harley excuses herself in order to cancel her English riding lesson.)

Q: Do you have a horse?
A: Heck, no. I'm still trying to get my boots on and off by myself. Robin Mattson and I are thinking of buying a horse together, but I don't know. I think I'll be ready for a horse in about two more years, once I reach the opint where I can saddle him in under three hours.

Q: So, in between eating sushi and saddling horses, you still find time to be a record producer, right?
A: Yes. If you're a fan of bluegrass, you will love the album, PETE KOZAK: DRINKING WITH FRIENDS, featuring my own song, "Under the Table Again," as well as a photo of Pete and me and friends n the record jacket. Pete's my brother.

Q: Where can one buy this album?
A: Simply send $10 to: Pete Kozak / 266 SW. Cummings/ Corvallis, Oregon 97333.

Q: Do you have a fan club?
A: No. I'm running about fourteen months behind in answering my fan mail, so it seems to me a fan club, like a publicist or psychotherapist, is one more thing I wouldn't be able to put enough time into. Life is short. I'm trying to keep it simple.

Q: How old are you?
A: That's kind of apersonal. How old are you?

Q: Twenty-nine. C'mon, Harley, tell us something controversial. How is it to kiss Lane Davies and Jon Lindstrom?
A: They're both great kissers.

Q: Can't you tell us something shocking about yourself?
A: I hated E.T.

 



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