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Above: On the cover of the June 26, 2007 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

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Face to Face with Thorsten Kaye


ABC Daytime

Published November 2000

Q: One Life To Live fans know that Patrick Thornhart isn't really dead. Would you like to see Patrick come to Port Charles and if so, how would you feel about playing two characters?

A: I have enough problems playing one character. I also wouldn't presume that during 19 minutes of air time people would want to see two of me. Patrick is happy living in Ireland with Margaret and their baby daughter. Let's leave them in peace.

Q: Ian is passionate about helping anyone in need, as evidenced with his involvement in Doctors Without Limits, and would like to see suffering end throughout the world. What causes do you feel passionate about?

A: I've always had a soft spot for animals. Maybe it's the way they can tell you a million things without ever saying a word.

Q: Are you working on any outside projects that you'd like to tell people about?

A: I was trying to write a script, not for anyone but myself. I figured if I'm going to criticize our writers, the least I could do was try to do better. I found that as soon as I started putting words on paper I eliminated possibilities. It was impossible to create a story that challenged all the characters. I'm open for suggestions!

Q: If you were given the opportunity to address the members of the United Nations, what would the topic of your speech be?

A: I would recommend the promotion of indifference to both fame and fault. Fame more often than not leads to vanity, fault to self-pity. Neither one of them is useful in solving problems.

Q: How do you think you would have fared if you had been a contestant on Survivor?

A: I can only hope that I would have fared better being a contestant than watching the show.

Q: You've appeared onstage in many of Shakespeare's works. What is your favorite Shakespearean role to play?

A: I was in a production of "Much Ado about Nothing" in 1994 playing Dogberry and although it's not my favorite play, it was probably my favorite time in the theatre. Every night we all showed up in downtown Detroit with a common goal -- to tell a 400-year-old story to the best of our abilities for the very first time.

Q: Do you still write poetry and if so, what inspires you and do you have plans to publish another book?

A: It's not inspiration, it's irritation. For me, it starts as a bowling ball in my stomach, wedged somewhere between love and hunger, not really a thought at all. If I'm lucky enough to remember why it's there, I'll try to write it down. There is no new book.

Q: Do you still keep in touch with any of your friends from OLTL?

A: Bob Woods (Bo) and Clint Ritchie (Clint). I talk to at least one of them every week. All actors rob from other performers. I make it a point to steal from the best.

Q: What is your worst vice?

A: As an actor, I always begin a project hoping it will be good enough so I won't have to start another.