Gauthier joined the cast of One Life to Live in June 2003, becoming the twelfth actor to play the role of Victoria's eldest son. He was let go from the show three years later, and subsequently earned an Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy nomination -- his first -- after having exited the show. Though no longer a part of One Life to Live on a full-time basis, Gauthier has returned a handful of times as called for in story.
Since leaving daytime, Gauthier has landed spots in several primetime series, including Lost and the New Adventures of Old Christine.
In joining River Ridge, Gauthier will appear on-screen with fellow soap stars Signy Coleman (Hope Wilson, The Young and the Restless), Beth Ehlers (ex-Taylor Thompson, All My Children; ex-Harley Cooper, Guiding Light), Julie Pinson (Janet Ciccone, As the World Turns; ex-Billie Reed, Days of our Lives), and Frank DiCopoulos (ex-Frank Cooper, Guiding Light). Also slated to appear are Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott, One Tree Hill), Hudson Leick (Callisto, Xena: Warrior Princess), and newcomers Seth Ford and Matt McAbee.
In an interview on Soap Central Live, Coleman expressed her excitement over the new project.
"I think people are going to be blown away by this series," Coleman gushed. "I'm so excited that I can't tell you. I really am. [W]e really, really want to do something different. As I said, I don't know, I'm just at a point in my life where it's just so important to reach out and touch people, and to try and make a difference and educate people and help people. This is really a big part of my calling at this point in my life. I've lived such a beautiful, amazing, incredible life."
Principal photography for River Ridge is expected to begin in October, with a series premiere in early 2011.