The Bold and the Beautiful's Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter Walton) had a huge weight thrown on his shoulders, being the first character on the canvas to find out about Maya (Karla Mosley) being born as Myron. soapcentral.com caught up with the actor during this year's Daytime Emmy Kick Off party to get the lowdown on the pressure he's felt during the groundbreaking story, as well as what fans can expect in the months ahead.
soapcentral.com: Everything for the Daytime Emmys is Hollywood themed this year. What do you think of this new twist for the events?
Lawrence Saint-Victor: I love it! I really love it. I don't want to say it's bringing it back, because the Daytime Emmys have always been a prestigious, wonderful thing. But I think we're getting back to that, that classy Hollywood affair, which it is. We're soap operas; we're glamorous!
soapcentral.com: Your show has three actor nominations, and they're all very, very talented performers, so I imagine you're rooting for all three of them. But is there one in particular that really just blew it out of the park this year?
Saint-Victor: Everyone. Everyone on the show has been killing it, whether they've been nominated or not nominated. I'd have to say that Linsey [Godfrey, Caroline Spencer] has been amazing. She always has been, but it's been interesting to see her go from being Caroline in a comedic kind of mean girl way, and then in one year, she's turned her into this sympathetic, hero of a character. It's been amazing to watch her work. Maybe I'm being a little biased, because I was in those scenes, and I was watching her work, and I was standing there going, "Oh, my gosh!" But everyone has been amazing.
soapcentral.com: We're four months into the year, so have you filmed anything yourself you think could be Emmy-worthy for next year?
Saint-Victor: That's so weird to answer!
soapcentral.com: I know, but the thing is, your character knows Maya's secret, which I feel could set you up for some pretty awesome scenes.
Saint-Victor: Right, right. It's so hard to say. I've heard some good things from people I work with about some of the scenes with Maya. But for me, I mean, I hate to say I'm not thinking about that, but you can't. You just can't.
soapcentral.com: What did you think when you heard about the storyline twist, and not only that, but that you'd be the first character to find out about Maya's secret?
Saint-Victor: Well, when I first found out, my jaw dropped. I nearly passed out. And then I bumped into one of our producers, Rhonda [Friedman], and she said I was the first one to find out, and I was just like, "Wow." I thought, thank you, because this is awesome. And I had no idea what his response was going to be until I read it, and when I read it, I was very happy with his response. I felt like he's going to speak for a group of people who are really unaware and who have never met a transgender person or thought they would ever meet one. And to be that voice and potentially see how Carter may change. I mean, he's already decided not to tell her secret to Rick [Jacob Young]. He also said that he doesn't want Maya to get hurt, which means he obviously still cares about her. So to watch a guy who has such a visceral reaction, to still saying, "I don't want her to be hurt," I mean, if anybody can connect to that, maybe meeting people for the first time who are different, you can have compassion. You can be sensitive toward something that is uncomfortable.
soapcentral.com: You're ahead of the viewers quite a bit, and I know you can't get too specific, but are things just exploding left and right? Is the excitement pretty amped-up on set?
Saint-Victor: Are things exploding? I can't say. But I will say, just like at the beginning of the story, this storyline is being handled with the utmost sensitivity and trying to make sure that honesty is on the forefront. But it's still a soap, and there are things on a soap that you want to see, so they're doing a wonderful job.
soapcentral.com: I can't wait to see Rick's reaction. Jacob's got a big weight to carry on his shoulders. You know what I mean? As the actor, knowing that something big like that is on the horizon.
Saint-Victor: You know, I've never talked to him about that, what it's like to know something that Rick doesn't know that could be coming up any time now. That's a great question. It has to be kind of fun, because you get to play this kind of naiveté. I don't know, but I feel it would be fun.
soapcentral.com: What's it like working with Karla? It's so entertaining, the history you two share.
Saint-Victor: Aw, I mean, it's so funny because we worked together on Guiding Light, and then we did a web series together, and now we're on B&B. We're family. But it's amazing, when I look at our body of work together, it's very diverse. We have transgender storylines, we have Room 8, we have Guiding Light, being married three times [on the show]. There's this huge palette of stories that we've told together, which is amazing.
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