Time to go up! days of Our Lives Star Eric Martsolff is set to compete for one of the top categories at the Daytime Emmy Awards, and he’s looking back on his accomplished soap opera career, and some of the best advice he’s ever received.
After snatching the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2014, and receiving another Supporting Actor nomination in 2019, Martsolff was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s Big Show and he is excited about this opportunity.
“I have to jump in the swimming pool sooner or later,” Martsolff shared with ET’s Matt Cohen during a recent sit-down with the star, who plays Brady Black. days of Our Lives Since 2008, in over 1,800 episodes.
“I was lucky enough to get a supporting Emmy in 2014 … and it wasn’t until my kids came up to me one day and said, ‘How old are you, to be in the major category?'” He remembered with a laugh. “I have 16-year-old twins… I looked them dead in the eye and I went, ‘I can be main class if I want to!’ So I did”
However, being in a popular soap opera comes with its fair share of challenges – including long hours and sometimes grueling production schedules. However, Martsolff says the best advice she’s ever received is from her co-star, John Aniston – Jennifer Aniston’s father.
“John Aniston is my grandfather days of Our Lives, He is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award [at this year’s Daytime Emmys], He said the best thing to me,” Martsolff remembered. “I had one of those days thinking about the amount of time I was on set. I was just like, ‘Oh, we have a lot to do today, John.’ And he’s like, ‘It beats working to survive.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, you’re right!'”
“He never saw what he does there as work in that studio,” Martsol continued. “It’s a sport, and if you get a check while playing for a living, you’ve lost reasons to leave that environment…
Looking back on his career spanning 20 years, Martsol reflected on his first big break – playing Ethan Winthrop in 788 episodes of the soap opera. Passion,
“What I remember is that I was working at Universal Studios right before [I got the job in 2002.] and i was in Spider Man Stunt show over there. I was the Green Goblin and I was on this speeder, throwing these tennis balls at Spider-Man. Spider Man! And all of a sudden, I get a call on my Motorola flip phone,” Martsolf shared. “And my agent was like, ‘You’re the new Ethan on Passion,
“I took off my Green Goblin mask and the production was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I’m like, ‘I have to be on set tomorrow morning. I’m going to be on television!'” he added.
Ultimately, Martsolff says that whether or not he walks away with an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, he is proud of his work and the series he is a part of.
“These are the legacy shows we’re talking about. days of Our LivesIt is one of the longest running television shows in history. I don’t take it lightly.
days of Our Lives Airs weekdays at 1 p.m. on NBC.
The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Center on Friday, June 24 from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. ET, delayed PT, on CBS, and will also be available to stream live and on-demand. On Paramount+.
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