Growing up in Woodstock, Tom Lind remembers his mother occasionally watching soap operas.
Even then, he thought, “I’d be an amazing thing to be part of that world.”
Now he is. Lind, who graduated from Woodstock High School in 1995 and went on to DePaul University to study orthodontics before pursuing other interests, is living in Los Angeles where he works as a realtor and acts on the side.
He regularly appears as a pilot on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and has appeared on “The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” “All My Children” and most recently “Days of Our Lives.”
He played a henchman named Galen who works for Days’ notorious “bad guy” character Stefano Dimera. The show aired March 13.
“I think of myself as a pretty nice guy, but playing ‘Galen’ on Days was pretty fun. It’s not too often you get to be a jerk and people love it,” he said.
Lind, whose parents Richard and Joanne Lind live in Woodstock, would like to one day act full-time, he said, ideally in soap operas.
Here’s more of what he had to say:
Kunzer: Have you always wanted to be an actor?
Lind: I did sports all thorugh high school. I really was not interested in doing the whole acting thing going all through high school, which is sad because I wish I’d gotten involved because I really love it now.
Kunzer: How’d you end up in the world of soap operas?
Lind: When I was in college, somehow I got into doing some modeling, and I did some traveling. A lot of my friends were pursing acting and I caught the bug a little bit. I didn’t really start seriously pursing it until I was 30. I did a job in advertising for awhile, but I didn’t do well with the whole 9-to-5 job thing.
Kunzer: What was your first soap opera experience?
Lind: My first appearance was on ‘The Young and The Restles.’ I played a fireman who came in and busted down the door when Billy and Victoria got stuck in the shower making out.
For some reason, that scene, the soap blogs went nuts. I don’t know if it was the idea of someone wearing a firefighting uniform or what. People were saying, ‘I wish I could have gotten in the shower.’ It just sparked me being on other shows.
Kunzer: Tell us about your “Bold and the Beautiful” role.
Lind: I fly the Spencers around wherever they want to go. I’m not on it all the time, but I’m on it pretty regularly.
Kunzer: What about the “Days of Our Lives” character?
Lind: I’m a bad guy. It’s interesting on that one. I got the audition, came in to read. They actually had me read for a couple different parts and I ended up being cast as the bad guy. I went in to do hair and makeup and someone said, ‘You’re going to be playing Galen? You’re too nice to be the bad guy.’ I gave him a mean face. Once the episode aired, I really pulled it off. I can be the bad guy. Other than that, everything has been doing the nice guy or the man in uniform.
Kunzer: What was it like meeting and working with Days’ well-known characters?
Lind: Honestly, it was a lot of fun. The interesting thing about soap operas is I give a lot of credit to those actors because they have so many pages of dialogue, and you only get one or two takes. Stefano [played by Joseph Mascolo] and Deidra Hall [who plays Marlena], they’re both great, super friendly. They were a little intimidating to me, but they were very welcoming. I met Joe [Mascolo] in the hallway before we started shooting. He didn’t know I was working with him. We chatted for awhile, and I was like, ‘By the way, I’m working with you.’ He was like, ‘Oh, that’s great.’ After our scene, Deidra was like, ‘Hey, do you mind taking a photo with me?’ I was super flattered.
Kunzer: What would be your dream job?
Lind: I would kill to be a full-time member of one of these shows. That would be amazing.By JAMI KUNZER firstname.lastname@example.org