So, on One Life to Live you're playing a character named Tomas who, sort of starts off at least, as this mystery guy a little bit. So what can you tell us about Tomas?
Ted King Q&A
There's still a lot of mystery to this guy. I've shot quite a few episodes at this point. But, what I can tell you at this point, for this first week of shows, is that we're introduced to Tomas as a painter who lives in Paris, who painted a portrait of Blair -- unbeknownst to her -- based on a photograph he found in the Marché aux Puces, which is a French flea market, a pretty famous French flea market. And he found this photograph of her on her wedding day with Todd -- with the original Todd (Roger Howarth) -- and was so moved by the joy in her eyes and in her face that he painted this portrait of her, and somehow the portrait found its way back to Llanview and landed in her hands, so she decided to cross the ocean to figure out who painted this portrait and why.
So we're introduced to Tomas and they're sitting in his flat in Paris, and they share a beautiful bottle of French wine, and then she leaves him, and the man that told her where he lived was a friend of Tomas's. His name is Claude. Claude returns the favor about getting Tomas Blair's address back in Llanview, and so Tomas, being the spontaneous bohemian that he is, gets on a plane and drops in on Llanview.
So is it fair to say then that Tomas is a very artistic person? Is there a little bit of obsession [with Blair]? Are we not supposed to know exactly what it is right at the beginning?
He's artistic. He's an artist at heart. And everything that he does in life comes from that desire to live life to its fullest, as many artists try to do because they're trying to experience as much as possible to fulfill their art, and make their art richer. I know a lot of people in real life like this -- a lot of actors that I've worked with over the years who, you know, would much rather learn to drive on a race course than pay their rent.
New experiences and such.
Yeah, they're afraid that they're....they're afraid to live in the mundane. Constantly pushing boundaries, and ultimately that puts Tomas in a lot of danger.
Yeah. And he's inspired by Blair.
He's totally inspired by Blair, and he's inspired not just by the photograph, but when she arrives he's inspired by her own desire for more out of life, and this "journey" that she's on in her pursuit of happiness. [it's the feeling] she knew on that wedding day [in the picture Tomas has].
How has it been working with Kassie DePaiva?
Honestly, I couldn't ask for a better start on One Life to Live
. She's been absolutely phenomenal. She's been so warm and inviting, and easy to work with and helpful. I couldn't have asked for a better co-star to start the show with.
Were you familiar with One Life at all before you started the show? Was there anybody that you were looking forward to working with?
I was friendly with Nathan Fillion [ex-Joey]. There were a lot of people back then that I knew, but like I said, a lot of them are gone. But as far as looking forward to the people that are there now, I mean, I've always admired Erika Slezak's [Viki's] work. I think the world of her acting. She's just always right on, and in the moment and very spontaneous. I like the way she works.