Greg Rikaart, who plays Leo Stark, is the newest resident villain in Salem. In an interview with the native New Yorker, via Soap Opera Digest, he jokingly defended himself and said he’s nothing like his character but rather a “lovely guy off camera.”
Greg Rikaart Always Had A Passion For Acting
When asked about his childhood, he said he was a happy kid who grew up in a loving and stable family in Staten Island. During his younger years, he already had the passion for acting. He performed in school plays and eventually auditioned for bigger Hollywood projects.
The actor said success didn’t come easy. Just like most newcomers, he didn’t know what he was doing at first. It took him a year of constant auditioning before he started to receive callbacks. “Okay, I feel like it’s just a matter of time.’ And then the snowball starts going and then you book a job and suddenly you feel a little more confident, like maybe you do know what you’re doing just a little bit. Incrementally it got easier,” he added.
— Greg In Hollywood (@greginhollywood) January 16, 2019
His first two paid jobs were in the show called Strong Medicine, where he got his first real credit, and Gilmore Girls. His first movie was as Museum Teenager #2 in X-Men 2. He felt ecstatic because he got to share screen time with the big wigs like Jimmy Marsden, Anna Paquin, and Patrick Stewart. His brief stint at that particular movie helped him land the role in Dawson’s Creek as David.
Greg Is Best Known As Kevin Fisher On Y&R
He then became a part of The Young and The Restless. He stayed for 14 years, which he described a life changing experience. He felt fortunate to be part of the show and he loved working with everyone in Y&R. In 2017, he took a short break. He said he was lucky to have a supportive husband who understood his job. He felt sad for leaving Y&R but he was also happy because he got to spend more time with his son.
Then there was DAYS. He got the role as Leo, which he finds fun and challenging at the same time. Apart from getting to work with great people, he considered the job super-gratifying for getting a chance to play a gay man.
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