Wednesday, March 01, 2006

LA IS A GREAT BIG FREEWAY...

Howdy ya’ll, I’m back! I am sorry about the delay in posting another entry but this month was pretty all over the page for me. I was back and forth from Virginia to see my family, out in LA for work and pleasure, auditioning in a new capacity for my Agents (as in starting Voice Over work and Commercials), and work at the Light was/is picking up now with a great upcoming storyline. I guess I should say that things have been moving along very nicely for me and I’m just trying to enjoy the ride. The one constant I have to say is that I always make it a point to check out my Blog Site to see what everyone is talking about so thanks for the postings!

With all the jumping through hoops that I have been doing I found that this month in particular, it was very difficult to focus on one thing as well as to keep up a happy go lucky attitude. I would just get home from work and be completely wiped and not even want to go out to grab a drink or even a coffee. When I got home to Virginia, my body just collapsed and I got the FLU, although there is no other place to feel so secure when you are sick than with your family, right? To make matters worse though, I not so recently injured my knee from too much physical activity i.e. intense continual running and have been dealing with a painful throbbing sensation that started the weekend I got home. The upside to going home though was that I saw my parents along with my little niece and nephew who are both getting so BIG! I feel old just looking at them but I also feel a sense of protection towards them too. I still won’t do dirty diapers, I been lucky thus far and I see no reason to start now!

Los Angeles was a great deal of fun, I have to say. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really had a wonderful time out there in the sun and away from the snow. Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie) is doing very well by the way, and so is little Roxy. I saw my agent while I was out there and she showed me around the LA area again, seeing as how I don’t spend much time out there and I feel so lost on each visit.

The people out there are so different; I guess that’s the first thing that stands out to me. It's a society that seems to revolve around the arts and entertainment where everyone wants to “see” and “be seen” at the hottest places around town. I am not meaning any disrespect towards LA at all but this is just an outsider’s observation, you know? Perhaps if I lived there things would be different to me and it would seem just a part of the normal routine. New York is just a different ball of wax than Los Angeles is to me.

“Ava sees things in Coop, his family, friends, interests and she takes them and lets him go with them.... Lizzie was too clingy and to self-centered to let him keep doting on his nephews or his family”-Bruce

Well, that seems to sum up most everyone's thoughts and feelings on the subject of Coop and Ava being paired together. What you have seen and will continue to see for the next couple of weeks is the continual spiral downward of the Coop and Lizzie relationship…all caused by her, I might add!

Honestly though, please let me know if I’m the bad guy here because I don’t think I am. Then again most guys never believe they are at fault anyway, LOL! I haven’t really had a chance to see how most of the scenes with Ava have been turning out recently but I hear that they have been pretty sweet. I have to smile a bit and feel sorry for Marcy Rylan (Lizzie) for starting a role that already establishes her as a bitch and in the midst of losing her boyfriend. It’s not easy folks, I’ll tell you that, but I do hope that you have been enjoying her performances. Oh, a quick little inside note before I sign off…the long awaited Coop/Jonathan contact will be filming shortly and airing end of March time frame so be on the lookout!

I hope all is well with all of you and your families and please continue to update me with the goings on in your lives too!

21 Comments:

Blogger MommyCeratops said...

Hey John! Please make sure you keep us posted on anything we can look for you on! Just don't leave GL!

You are right about LA, my best friend just moved back from there and she makes me laugh with the stories she tells. I can not get over how expensive everything is out there. Her shoebox of a condo cost three times more than my house! (I guess NY is the same way)

I am still getting used to Ava and Coop. I liked how Coop didn't go any farther than a kiss with Ava at the inn. That was being a gentleman. But I rooted for Coop and Lizzie so long that once they started to get together they break you up...Oh wait that is a soap opera! There are some nice things about Ava and Coop I can see a good story line in there.

Thanks for the update. I am glad you are feeling better. Nothing is worse than being sick.

Take care! Kim

March 1, 2006 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

Hey John,

Glad to see you back blogging again.

Sorry to hear that you were sick with the Flu while you were home. I hope you are feeling better now. Glad you also had some time to spend with your family as well as your niece & nephew.

I am finally getting used to Coop and Ava myself, I loved the Coop/ Lizzie relationship in the beginning but now watching Coop with Ava its easy to see that Ava understands Coop and they have more in common.

Okay I gotta say reading this made me so happy:

the long awaited Coop/Jonathan contact will be filming shortly and airing end of March time frame so be on the lookout!

Okay since I spent some time with both you & Tom at this past Fan Gathering I absolutely cannot wait to see the interaction between Coop & Jon. I've always hoped that these characters would interact with each other.

Can't wait to see it & the new storyline that's coming up.

Keep up the good work John!!

Take Care,

Shanna

March 1, 2006 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

John,

Glad to see you are feeling better and gotten back into the swing of things. I was very happy to see that you have updated your blog and it is great to hear from you.

Will you be recognizable in the voice overs? Did you ever do a Lowe's commercial awhile back? Or was it Home Depot? I can't remember but what made me think it was you was your eyes...they are unmistakenable...unless of course I was wrong about the commercial then I guess that aren't as recognizable as I thought :) LOL.

As much as I would hate for you to leave GL, I know there tons of good stuff out there that you could be doing, career wise. IBy the way I side with you on the LA thing. Though I have never lived in LA or NY...visited both, NY more than LA...They are both quite different cities and if I had to choose...NY would be the place for me....so much art and entertainment culture but in a different, but good way.

Oh and just to let you know, being a guy, it was Lizzie's fault...I tried being partial to the whole thing, but first she lied, then she lied, then she lied some more. And if that didn't make things bad there was the whole I'm kissing Quinn to get an apartment for me and Coop to spend time together...stuff. Don't get me wrong I like Lizzie and I think Crystal did an excellent job with her...but she was completely in the wrong. She should have been completely up front with Coop. I mean Coop was going as far as helping her budget and find a job. Damn Spauldings :) LOL

Anyway keep up the good work and always continue with your best!

Bruce PS by the way I did get to see the internet "Book of Daniel". It was great to see you in a role outside of Coop. It was good to see some versatility in your acting and getting a different perspective of you (as far as acting). Good Job.

March 1, 2006 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger TerryH said...

Hey John,
Nice to see you back on the blog. Sorry you got ill while you at home here. There's just stuff going around as they say. Hope you feel better.

I'll be interested to see you and Tom together on GL. I'm sure it will be great!

Take Care
Waving from Woodbridge.

Terry

March 1, 2006 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger josiegirl7 said...

Hey John,
Glad to hear that all is well for you, even if it's a little busy. Sorry to hear about your leg and having the flu, sometimes it's just your body trying to tell you to take a break and rest.

On a lighter note, I can't wait to hear what other projects you have lined up. Please let us know if there will be a good new show to keep an eye out for both the show and if you are going to be on it too.

Can I be honest, here? I have to say that I am a little sad that they are breaking up Coop and Lizzie up.(Did you hear my heart break as I read your post? J/K) I know it's all for storyline purposes, but I guessed I just end up liking the couple so much it's hard for me to really like Coop and Ava together. I mean personally I don't agree with Lizzie's choices but I can't help but still root for them. (I know get over it, but I have to say it does say one thing, that both you and Crystal did a great job at bringing this couple together. :)
BTW on it not being Coop's fault, well, this is your blog so I'll spare you from any arguements from me!

I do agree with you partly on the LA thing, but being a California girl myself, I have to say there's really so much more to it. I hope you get a chance to enjoy it! Take care and God Bless!
Josie

March 1, 2006 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Lashan said...

John

I am so glad that you are bloging again!. I am so sorryt that you was sick!I pray that you are feeling better!.I am so looking foaward to your screens with TP as Jonathan I can't wait!.
God Bless!
Lashan

March 1, 2006 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Wow! I am really far behind in replying to your blog. I think it’s awesome that you’re getting a chance to audition for other work and that your airtime at Guiding Light is picking up. I’m enjoying the new Lizzie, although I still miss Crystal’s portrayal of the character. I’m sorry to hear you were sick AND injured. One is bad enough, but to have both at the same time. Yech! We’ve been dealing with people leaving at work (Barnes and Noble Café), and since I’m still in college and dealing with classes and helping to plan a lot of events at Catholic Campus Ministry, I know what it’s like to be running on empty. (I thought about giving up my classes for Lent, but I’m pretty sure my grades would suffer too much.) The upside is, I’m up for a promotion at work. If I can hang in there a couple more weeks with my manager watching every little thing I do, I’ll be officially promoted to lead café server. (Basically, I’d be the assistant café manager; we just have a different name for it.) Not too shabby for 23 years old and not even out of college yet. I feel like I should respond to more of the things you’ve said in past posts since I never replied to the last couple, but I’m about to fall asleep at my computer. Take care and keep up the great work!

Susan

March 1, 2006 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Brittany said...

Hey John - thanks for the update. I hope you're feeling a lot better now!

If I'm being honest - I really don't like the Ava/Coop storyline. This is the problem I have with it - to me it seems like we're being forced to believe that Ava is such a perfect person who can do no wrong. While I definitely don't agree with some of the things Lizzie has done during the last couple of months, I feel sorry for her. She genuinely loves Coop --- while Coop has admitted he's had feelings for Ava. So, it seems like Lizzie was justified in being a little insecure.

Nothing against your acting though, of course! I still think you're great! :)

March 1, 2006 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Marie-Eve M said...

Hey, John

First time posting here, but just wanting to tell you how much I enjoy your work. Glad to hear Crystal and little Roxie are doing well, LOL.

I loved Crystal as Lizzie, but I already adore Marcy. She is such a breath of fresh air. She makes me laugh one minute, and want to give her a big hug the next. Great recast!

In fact, she is one of the reasons I can't find myself rooting for Ava and Coop. I know Lizzie messed up completely, but I can't help feeling bad for her. Despite it all, she really loves Coop and he seems to have had a thing for Ava for weeks. Ava just seems a bit too perfect for my taste. I am still rooting for Coop and Lizzie all the way.

Can't wait for you and Tom to interact on the show. How funny would it be for good-guy Coop and wild Jonathan to become friends?

Continue with the great work!

Little question, are they ever going to bring Rocky back?

March 2, 2006 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger mdcl333 said...

Hey John
Very nice work on the Book of Daniel series. Hopefully we will be seeing more of you in other avenues...maybe broadway.

My son gave me the flu...so my sympathies and I am glad that you are feeling better

all the best

March 2, 2006 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger spunky said...

Hey John

I have a couple things to say to you, and first on my list is to say your doing such an awesome job. In my opinion one day you'll give Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom a run for there money. I know that one day you'll be making big screen movies...all I can say to those 3 move over guys John Driscoll is moving on up.

I also want to say, and I know I'm late in saying this but I am sorry that the Book of Daniel was cancelled, I thought you did an awesome job in it, but don't worry John it won't be long till you'll get another series.

As for Coop and Ava, I don't know..I think Coop should stay with Lizzie, I'm sorry that Crystal left and I'm happy she and Roxy, I love that doggie is doing well. I also think the new Lizzie is doing a good job, I just have to get use to her.

John not to bug you or anything but you know I sent you a letter in September and I asked for an autograph picture...my luck I haven't received anything...did you get my letter?

Anyway I hope all is well, can't wait to read your next blog. Take care John

spunky

March 3, 2006 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger julie said...

John,
Glad to see on your blog again. I just found out you'll bee coming to Marco Island again for the soapfest. I cannot wait see all of you again. I had a blast last year.
See you soon. Julie

March 5, 2006 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger mallory0820 said...

Hey John! Thanks for the update! I'm glad you had fun in L.A. and with your family! So sorry about the flu! I'm tellin' ya, there is something going around, because everyone I know has had something related to that! Anyways, I hope it's all passed for you! I can't wait to see your scenes with Tom! We haven't seen much - if any - dialogue between Coop and Jonathan, so that will be really neat to see!
Take Care!

Luv, Mal

March 6, 2006 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Cynthia =) said...

hey john! sorry to hear that you were sick...although i know how that has been considering ive also been sick and had some physical issues cuz i play soccer!

haha well im glad to hear that you and ava are picking things up..im really looking forward to it!

glad to have you blogging again :)

<3, cynthia

P.S. you should get a myspace!!!

March 6, 2006 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hey John...

I am so behind in your blogs...it is pitiful. But I have been crazy busy lately...and probably will be for a while.

Before I forget, I will be counting the minutes until that Coop/Jonathan scene. What could be better than having you and Tom on my screen at once?

As to the Lizzie/Coop/Ava thing--I am not crazy about it, but it is more the way it has been written that irks me. There was such a loooong, sloooow buildup to Coop and Lizzie and then their happiness was kind of...blink and you missed it. And it always irritates me when there is a big production over two characters sleeping together (especially when in this case it was Lizzie's first) and then five minutes later they have split up. Maybe I should be glad because it certainly would show teenagers that the wise thing to do is NOT have sex with their boyfriend/girlfriend. But it won't be written that way, of course. Coop doesn't seem to care too much about it, and Lizzie must have forgotten. I just think that is sort of a cheat.

And then the Coop/Ava thing is so whirlwind. I would be more apt to believe them as a couple if Coop/Lizzie were resolved first, and then there was a slow build into Coop/Ava. I am also a little bummed because I really enjoyed the dynamic between Sandy and Ava and for a woman who stalked him across the globe because she wanted to remain his wife, she sure did drop him in a hurry!

Of course, everything that Lizzie has done sure has created a mess. But Coop COULD have forgiven her for lying about the apartment and Quinn. After all, when she finally told the truth about it she really told it all! How often does THAT happen? Maybe it is just because I am sympathetic towards Lizzie, but it seemed to me that Coop was happy for the excuse to distance himself from Lizzie.

Well, I bet you are sorry you asked for opinions! Regardless, I should go back and say that just because the storyline isn't my favorite, you, Michelle, and Marcy are all doing an excellent job. Crystal was awesome and I was so sad to see her go...but Marcy really stepped into the role effortlessly, which is rare indeed! Roxy, on the other hand...got three times bigger! HaHa!

March 6, 2006 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Jerry_Susie_Chris said...

Hi again John,

Sure hope you remember us or this will seem silly. This is Susan from Ireton. Jerry is having a surpise engagment party April 8, 2006 in Falls Church and they said we could invite anyone. He talks about you from time to time but never had luck finding you. The last posting I sent was to say hi from us all, but forgot to mention it to him the last time I talked to him so if you were able to make it out there then it would be a great surprise for him and Chris is planning on being their along with me and my hubby. Would really be great to hang out again and it's a BBQ so it should be a blast. Either way, would like to hear from you again. Sure miss our friendship from those days. You were one of the few Ireton people who got my respect anyway. E-mail me at raysutopia@yahoo.com if you get the chance. Thanks so much and even if you don't write I want you to know that I'll always think of you as a really great friend.

March 6, 2006 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

John,
AW sorry You got the flue. Being crazy busy can do that to you. Brought me back to my highschool days.Ha i make it sound like ive been out for years. ( sure feels like it!) But it has only been 5 months since i graduated highschool. I know what you mean about family growing up fast. My sister will be 10 this summer! I still see her as my baby sister. But now she's becoming like a friend. It's nice. But crazy how fast she's growing up.seems unreal! It will be even more crazy once i'm out of the house and don't see her everyday. Only have 5 more months until college ( hopefully) Then i'll be on my own.But hey i'll only be an hour and half away from home :). So it's not so bad. For your performances with ava there awesome. I was bumbed on vday when it ended up coop and ava didn't hook up. And the other day's episode when you told ava she smelt good. I thought you were going to kiss her! lol, now lizzy seeing that, now that would of been intresting haha. but yes it's sad that lizzy has to loser her boyfriend. But that's what you get when you lie and cheat! kissing other guys shame,shame. lol. Keep up the good work! I can't wait to see when/if coop and ava finally hook up!
Melinda

March 7, 2006 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Hi John,

Just a quickie here...I was just over at the CBS website and saw that the Soap Opera Awards nominees were announced. I am very very very surprised to see that you are not on that list. Yes, Tom is, but I really think you deserve to be there...just my opinion, and it's not just because I can post it here...I really feel it. I do see GL is listed in many of the categories so I will keep my fingers crossed for them :)

Best Wishes, Bruce

March 9, 2006 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger annie said...

John,
I'm actually responding to your comments you made in a different blog about The Book Of Daniel. I enjoyed the show very much and am really disgusted at NBC for cancelling it. It's so discouraging that the right wing religious fanatics were able to have that much power. And your point, in comparing such a well-done show to all the other drivel that airs, with plenty of questionable plots, and content is an excellent point. The show got such great critical praise, with an incredible cast. It is really puzzling that NBC would actually bow to that pressure. It must have been a real thrill to be a part of it. And, of course, they were very lucky to have you!
Now, for a much less serious topic: I love Coop and Ava as a couple. Great chemistry between you two. (especially on the episode today when Coop broke up with poor little old Lizzie) I do think the writers portrayed Lizzie's ah, shall we say, transgressions, as pretty much unforgivable. Especially kissing Quinn, etc. The dude who played Quinn was really hilarious with that over the top, affected accent! And I liked Crystal Hunt very much, but I think Marcy Rylan is great, too. It can't be easy to come in and take over a character like that. She is doing very well, I think. I still can't get used to the nuCassie, even though Nicole Forrester is wonderful...I can't buy her as Cassie since Laura Wright just owned that character. Maybe it's because the current Cassie is being such an evil mother! So, you can tell I'm a Tammy & Jon fan! ha!
Thanks for sharing your GL stories and thoughts about the Book of Daniel, too. Enjoyed reading your blog very much.
Anne

March 21, 2006 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger easweetpea said...

About your observance of L.A., being born and bred there I can say for sure that it's all true. That's part of the reason why I moved away from there. Growing up in the ghetto area I didnt get into that scene too much but when I started working at the Burbank mall that was definitely how to discribe a lot of people there. It was all about appearance and what connections they had. And let me tell you, as a manager trying to hire somebody who could work full time on a regular schedule was really tough because all the applicants where wanting to be actors or something of the like. One of my employees was a script writer who wrote most of his stuff while at work. The one time I went with him to a party he asked me to lie about what I did for a living. I chose to tell a somewhat truth that I was a photographer...which I was at the time but just a student. The party was in north hollywood and it was a lot of pretty people in small groups mingling. It was very uncomfortable for me and thankfully his roommate was with us and we sat on lounge chairs drinking our free appletinis(which was the only good thing about it) I might be an "artist" but the environment was still a little suffocating for me. It's like you had to be a certain way to be accepted. The only club I ever frequented was Clockwork Orange in hollywood which had electronic, goth, 80's and contemporary music. It was very laid back and you could dress however you wanted.I dont miss the city that much except for my friends and sister. Also the food...I MISS THE FOOD. Being part Filipino, I'm not used to a place without out a Chinatown. It's very hard to find other Asian food here in San Antonio other than Chinese and some Thai restaurants. Plus I miss In & Out burgers and Zanku Chicken. If you go back may I suggest Zanku...and if you like garlic...try it with their garlic butter. Oh god just thinking about it makes me hungry. IF you go to the one in Glendale there is also the Baklava Factory next door...YUM! The music choice is also something I miss. I miss Backstreet and Eastside Records. I was able to find a lot of weird music there. I have a lot more cool places I hung out at so if you ever want to know the best places to eat or shop let me know.:-)

September 12, 2007 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger deb said...

Hi, Let me interduce myself to u, my mom who passed away in June of this yr 2007, started listening to your show on the radio, she was 91 1/2 an 2 days when she passed,

I just turned 50 in sep an have be a fan of the show since i can remember

Now u are a younger person on the show, but i live in newport news, VA, now for like the last 20 yrs, was orginally from St.Paul, MN; both of us watched the show avidly

I miss Roger Thrope, Holly an some of the older ones but u have done an awesome job being Buss's son, I so loved u carachter's ma she was so awesme when she was on the show

You with Ashlee i think is such a great match, for once they are showing that weight don't make a love relationship! I have a bit of weight on me an I so get how Ashlee feels, its like we never get the georgous guy!

Now on a nother note, when my husband got hurt in 2004 we had a learning phical therapist that said she knew u an was in your co-ed dorm she spoke very highly of u an it was so cool u had just started on the GL an to know someone here in VA that accually had met u that was cool

Now i do watch, Young & Resless, B&B an As the World Turns,

I have never left my CBS soaps U guys an gals r the reason soaps still exist

Would love if u could respond dnot have to but my ma thought u all were the best! an so do i!

Hated when Ross had to die, an Diana (Jenia) cant spell sorry portrays her diamicly

Miss the Johnathon an Tammy story line too

anyway hope u all continue the lite

that is the most awesome thing that an show let alone a soap has done, I so was up set cause i missed Frank with his mohawk, my husband heared about it thru our radio station WNOR 98.7

sometimes i do wish that soaps did reruns now an again,

Am so sorry on the long windedness

BUT HERE IS AN OLD BUT STILL FAITHFUL FAN SAYING U ALL ROCK

I love u guys & gals keep up the good work

deb wheeler

October 4, 2007 at 3:16 PM  

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