Check out the premiere episode of Nate Golon and Kimberly Legg's funny, new web comedy WORKSHOP! Also starring Passions alum Phillip Jeanmarie, WORKSHOP revolves around the exploits of a group of struggling SoCal actors attending a casting director workshop in hopes of landing that elusive "big break". Golon (who also appeared on Passions) and Legg wrote and produced all 13 episodes of WORKSHOP, which will air for the next 13 consecutive weeks. I caught up with Golon for a few quick questions as he prepared WORKSHOP's launch. Daytime Confidential: A few weeks ago, we spoke with Phillip Jeanmarie, who plays Adam, the roommate of your character Jeff in WORKSHOP, and got his take on the show. As the star, co-writer and producer (with Kimberly Legg) of the series what can you tell us about the show?
Nate Golon:WORKSHOP takes an inside look at the struggles of the LA actor. This show follows six actors (three guys, three girls), all in their twenties, as they try to navigate their way through the ups and downs of making it in Hollywood. Our goal in writing this show was to show people everywhere what it's really like to try to make it in LA, and for those who live or have lived in LA, many situations should ring a familiar tune. READ MORE
For a little over a year and a half, character actor Phillip Jeanmarie terrorized the denizens of the fictional cove of Harmony on the now defunct NBC (and later DirecTV) supernatural sudser Passions. Jeanmarie brought to life the role of Vincent Clarkson, a tabloid reporter who soon found himself in a down low affair with one of the soap's most popular—and previously hetero—heartthrobs, Chad Harris (Charles Divins). The storyline broke new ground as Passions proved to be the first soap opera to show two men in bed together, only Vincent wasn't all man. He/she was a hermaphrodite, who occasionally went by the name Valerie (One Life to Live’s Daphnee Duplaix) and a serial killer and a rapist... and the seemingly omnipotent, omnipresent force known as "The Blackmailer", whose reign of terror dominated the last few years of the series' storylines.
Today, Jeanmarie is sad the soap he once called home and likens to "being paid to go to acting school" is no longer on the air, but he’s channeling his experiences into his new role as Adam, a struggling actor trying to make it from gig to gig inWorkshop The Series, a new web comedy created by Nate Golon and Kimberly Legg, who also star. I caught up with Jeanmarie to talk about his new show, premiering August 10, and of course to reminisce about the wackiness that was Passions.
Daytime Confidential: How did your role in Workshop The Series come about?
Phillip Jeanmarie: It's funny how it all came together. I actually met Nate at a workshop. We were outside talking and I told him I was on Passions. It turned out he had been on the show too, so we started talking and he brought up a list of the different things they had me do on the show. [Laughs] So we kept talking about an actor's journey, what we sometimes do for work, and he came up with the idea of doing a show about it from a comedic perspective. Hopefully people will like it! READ MORE