Soap Opera Weekly
May 13, 2003
Passions’ Ben Masters (Julian) answers your questions
has been the biggest inspiration in your life?
Kimberlee, via e-mail
It would be a combination of people in the theater. There was an elderly gay drama professor I had as a young man who was a big inspiration for me. He opened up a whole world for me of what one could do with your life. I came from a family where the thought of being an actor was like, “Are you out of your mind?” But he opened up a love for me of the theater and going to plays.
like to see Julian and Ivy reunite in the future?
E.G., via e-mail
I have to watch what I say here because there are a lot of Juvy (Julian and Ivy) fans. I don’t think Juvy fans should ever give up. There’s always a possibility. But then again, she always chasing after Sam Bennett – so what can I do?
could choose, who would his soul mate be and why?
L.M, via e-mail
At this time in Julian’s life it would have to be Eve because he realizes that he never stopped loving her and he made a big, big mistake.
your favorite vacation destination and why?
Kim McDaniel, Madisonville, Tenn.
It’s somewhere I haven’t been in a number of years, and that’s the Caribbean – especially the little island of St. Barts. The Caribbean is so beautiful; the water’s so warm. And also on St. Barts the women walk around without their tops; it’s a French island. That’s certainly a great port of call!
Julian ever finds out Tabitha is pregnant with his spawn, do you think he
would disregard the child, or perhaps want to bond with him/her like he
wasn’t able to do with his other children?
Morgan R. Morales, Riverside, Calif.
This is a question you’d have to ask (Passions head writer) Mr. Jim Reilly. I did a scene where I’m mooning down at the wharf over lost love. Rebecca’s there and thinks I’m acting strange, and all of a sudden Tabitha walks by and Rebecca says, “Look at how big her stomach is – is she pregnant?” Julian then snaps out of his daydream of Eve and goes, “Oh, my God, it can’t be!” and I haven’t discussed it since. I don’t know what Julian would do. He regrets having abandoned Eve and their child, and he regrets losing Ethan as his son. I think that he would like to be part of that child’s life with Tabitha. It may be a very strange baby, though!
all the costumes Julian wears with Rebecca, which has been your favorite?
S.R., via e-mail
When I was the stern professor and she was the bad little schoolgirl and I had to paddle her butt with that paddle. She has such a nice rear end, and she had to lay over my lap and I got to paddle her, and she squealed with glee. And of course, it took several takes because I kept forgetting my word.
Julian, what was the best role that you ever played?
Maureen DeFilippo, New York
It was a play that I did in New York called Key Exchange. It’s similar to Julian because I got to create this character since I originated the part when it launched off-off-Broadway. It culminated in them making a little movie from it. I got to do the movie after they read all the movie stars they thought they wanted for the part, and then they came back to me.
that Lindsay (Korman, Theresa) calls you “Daddy.” Do you feel
like a father figure toward some of the younger actors and actresses at
Mandi, via e-mail
I do. When one moves through life and gets older like I am, you’re lucky enough to be around young people. You actually forget that you are a couple of generations ahead of them, and then you finally look at them as the young people that they are. I like to think of them as my kids – not that they listen to a damn thing I say. Lindsay is a sweetheart. For her to put up with the strangeness that she’s had to play with me, she’s been such a trouper. We were talking about how much fun all that stuff in Bermuda was. Not only did I get to do bed scenes with this young beauty, but we also got to play drunk and I got to shove her into the armoire when she was passed out.
you look for in a woman?
J.S.G., via e-mail
Beauty…humor…passion…and a lot of money.