Catching up with Colin Egglesfield (ex Josh)
September 4, 2011
After playing Josh Madden on ABC's "All My Children," Colin
Egglesfield headed to primetime where he spent a year on The CW's version of
"Melrose Place" as Auggie. More recently, Egglesfield can be seen opposite Kate
Hudson in the popular romantic comedy "Something Borrowed," based on the Emily Griffin book by the same
I recently had the opportunity to speak with the Michigan-born actor about
his experience on daytime television.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about working on "All My Children"? Was it your
first experience on a soap opera and was it something you had aspired to do
before you booked the role?
A. It wasn't something that I originally thought I would want to do, but I was
at a place in my career where I was having a difficult time getting acting work
and when the role came up, I felt the character was interesting. It was a
three-year contract and … it was an amazing, incredible experience. I learned
a ton about acting … working with Susan Lucci and a lot of other veteran actors
… it felt like a great place to get a good start on my acting career.
Q. Talk about working with Susan Lucci – were you aware of what a big name in
daytime she was and if so, was it at all intimidating?
A. When I went into the audition, they didn't tell anyone the character was
Erica Kane's son. It wasn't until I got hired and six months after I was on
the show that they told me I was the son of "Erica Kane." I think if they would
have told me from the get go … I think there would have been a lot more pressure,
and I don't know if I necessarily would have gotten the role. It was
incredible. It was great to be able to work with her.
Q. How did you feel when you heard that AMC was cancelled?
A. For something that's been on the air for over 40 years, it was sad to hear…..
I wasn't surprised … just because over the years there's been that talk and
salaries were reduced and the advertising dollars just weren't coming in like
they used to. It's hard to believe that after all these years, it's not
going to be there anymore.
Q. How has the fan reaction been to you over the years?
A. When I was on AMC, I'd get random people coming up to me and saying, "You're
Erica Kane's" son … I hate your character, you tried to kill Erica." When I
was on "Melrose Place," people recognized me from that and since "Something
Borrowed" came out, I've been recognized more from that, so it just kind of
depends what I'm working on at the moment.
Speaking of "at the moment," you can see Colin Egglesfield recurring on
TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles." He plays "Tommy,"
the troubled brother of "Jane Rizzoli" (Angie Harmon) and son of
Angela Rizzoli (Lorraine Bracco).
Egglesfield's next episode titled "Gone,
Daddy Gone" airs on Monday, September 5 at 10 pm EST. When a
young, female dockworker is found dead, the team discovers
that the dock has mob connections that may lead to Maura's
biological father (guest star John Doman The Wire). Jane
tries to evade sensitivity training, and Maura starts
spending time with Jane's brother Tommy (guest star Colin
Egglesfield), much to Jane's dismay. Ed Begley Jr. (St.
Elsewhere) also guest-stars.
For more on Colin Egglesfield, visit his official website at
Colin Egglesfield's Biography
Colin Egglesfield is an emerging talent who is poised to become one
industry's most promising rising stars. He appears opposite Kate Hudson, Ginnifer
Goodwin and John Krasinski in the romantic comedy about a Manhattan
attorney (Goodwin) who becomes involved with her best friend's
fiancé (Egglesfield). The film is directed by Luke Greenfield and
released on May 6, 2011.
Colin recently wrapped the independent feature film "Open Road" co-starring Andy Garcia, Juliette Lewis, and Camilla Belle. He
starred in the Lifetime's "Carnal Innocence."
other television roles include guest appearances on such TV shows as
& Order: SVU," "Leap of Faith," "Gilmore Girls," "Nip/Tuck."
Egglesfield's acting career took off beginning with his popular role of Josh for
five seasons on "All My
Children." Before that, he was discovered by famed
Bruce Weber while on a vacation in New York. This immediately led to
model work for Ralph Lauren, Versace, and Calvin Klein. Shortly
Egglesfield was walking the runways of Milan, New York, and Paris and
photo shoots around the world.
Egglesfield was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan. At the age of 10,
family moved to Crete, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where his
continued his medical practice and his mother opened up a café.
high school, Colin attended Illinois Wesleyan University, then
to the University of Iowa a year later to pursue a degree in biology/
pre-med, in hopes of following in his father's footsteps.
An avid runner who completed the Chicago, New York, and San Diego
marathons, Egglesfield has also raised money for such not-for-profits
Team for Kids, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Lance Armstrong
Foundation. In addition, he has tutored high school students at The
Youth Center in lower Manhattan and plans to continue his quest to
better educational opportunities for disadvantaged children wherever
Read all of Laurie Bedigian's celebrity interviews:
Sean Kanan (Deacon, Y&R) 11/20/11
Greg Cipes (JT,
Colin Egglesfield (ex Josh, AMC)
Brad Maule (Dr.
Tony Jones, GH) 12/13/09
Tim Gibbs (ex-Kevin, OLTL)
(Rae Woodard, Ryan's Hope) 10/23/09
Tobias Truvillion (Vincent,
Brian Gaskill (Rafe, Port Charles;
ex-Bobby, AMC) 7/24/09
Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) 4/12/09
Senta Moses (Winnifred, GH) 2/15/09
Blake Gibbons (Coleman, GH) 12/5/08
Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones, GH) 11/23/08
Graham Shiels (Cody, GH) 11/19/08
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) 4/5/08
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) 1/11/08
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