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Thorns and Roses - OLTL's Thorsten Kaye


Soap Opera Weekly

by Robert L. Schork, Published November 21, 1995

Character: Patrick Thornhart, a rugged mystery man who recently met Marty in Ireland. Patrick is a seemingly innocent man caught in a web of international intrigue.

Birth Date: February 22, 1966, London

Height: 6 feet, 1 inch

A Little Background: A native of Britain, Kaye came to this country through a track scholarship to the United States International University in San Diego, where he earned his bachelor's degree in fine arts. After a rugby tour through Europe, Kaye enrolled in graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he earned his master's degree.

The Road to Soaps: "I had auditioned for All My Children about four years ago. I also read for Damian on As the World Turns, Victor Lord Jr. on One Life to Live [Editor's note: The character of David was called Victor Lord Jr. during auditions], and for two or three others. I wasn't really thinking of doing [a soap], but they kept sending me out. They actually asked to come back for All My Children, but I was playing the Scottish King in Detroit for a year, and I wasn't going to turn that down - thinking that a soap would probably come around a lot sooner than having another chance to play Macbeth…it looks like I was right. [Since then] no one's asked me to play Macbeth, but now I'm doing the soaps."

Never Forget A Face: "You meet 50 people a day [at work], but you go home not really having met anybody. Certainly I met people, but it's not until you start working that you see who everybody is. I'm not very good with names, but once you see faces, you'll soon connect. You know what's difficult? I started watching the show, and you start learning character names instead of what their real names are, and that's where I am right now. So there's a lot of 'dolly,' 'buddy,' and 'pal' going on."

Escape From New York: "The city's getting a little claustrophobic. I'm subletting a place - I hadn't seen it, and my friend tells me, 'Oh, it's a huge place.' A huge place in New York is not a huge place in L.A. There's a lot of angry people in this town, so when you're [out] walking there's people bumping into you, and I'm not used to that…and when you go to Central Park, it's real tough to play soccer with people. They don't like playing with people they don't know - I feel like I'm 7 in the back yard."

Thrown A Curve: "This whole softball thing, I don't get it. You hit a ball with a stick, run around in a circle and end up where you were. What is that?"

Which Came First? "In Europe, it's more the craft…[whereas] it's more about your face and how big your muscles are over here, which is fine. In America - and I found this out on the set the other day - your emotion will lead you to some kind of technique, [but] in England you will always learn that the technique will lead you to some kind of emotion. They're certainly different approaches, [but] the result is going to be the same…one is no more exciting than the other one."

Time Flies: "They wanted a three-year contract and I got it down to two. I'm going to be 30, and you have to think about what career choices you want to make. I don't want a family really, or to settle down anywhere, but when I'm 45 or 50, if I make it up there, I want to look back and say I did things that I thought were right, and did them well."