Catching up with Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at Starstruck’s YesterDAYS Fan Event, November 10th, 2017.
WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT PLAYING “JACK” ON DAYS OF OUR LIVES?
Matthew: The opportunity to always improvise the moments, not the lines per se. To just have fun and to see what would come out right now. How can we play? What can we do? They’ve always been very accommodating and very welcoming at DAYS OF OUR LIVES and say “Well, let’s see what we can come up with.” Let’s play. With whatever actor or whatever scenes we’ve been doing, it’s always been a really fun place to play. I’ve worked a lot of different places; and they never say “It HAS to be this way!” That’s always been enjoyable.
IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY OTHER CHARACTER ON DAYS BESIDES JACK, WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY?
Matthew: I’d take a crack at Alice Horton. Why not? Go for the gold! Alice had her moments; and given a chance, I’d do that. Frances Reid was a rocking actress.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE GOING ON FOR YOU RIGHT NOW THAT YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?
Matthew: I’m currently still on “The Bay” playing the character of Steve Jensen. I’ll be shooting a movie in January. Currently I’m spending a lot of time with two very little kids, Henry who’s 4 and Willa who’s coming up on 2. So I’m doing a lot of Daddy Time. As for the older girls, Emma’s at school at the University of Michigan; and Grace just graduated from Columbia’s School of Journalism; and is now at the New York Times as a reporter. How ironical is that! She’s actually part of the team who’s working on the whole Harvey Weinstein story. I said to her, “Wow, I used to play this stuff; and now you’re doing it!” Anyway, there’s a lot happening; and it’s all good.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR FANS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED YOU THROUGH YOUR ACTING CAREER?
Matthew: Thank you so much for appreciating, supporting and always sticking with me. Fans of “Days of our Lives” and daytime in general are so loyal and supportive. It really helps. The life of an actor is really full of ups and downs. It’s nice to have people around who are really there for you in your corner, even when you’re not in your own corner. So I want to say thank you.