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Steve Burton has had one of the most successful journeys as an actor. He started out his daytime career back in 1991 when he began playing the role of Jason Morgan on 'General Hospital'. Burton remained a part of the cast until 2012 when moved on to playing the role of Dylan McAvoy on 'The Young and the Restless'. Burton has since returned to 'GH' in 2017 to reprise the role which made him a household name and gained him a huge fanbase. Soaps in Depth caught with the talented star to discuss his journey as the show celebrated its 55th anniversary this month.
Reflecting on his first day, Burton shares, "I remember coming in past the guard down the hallway to the dressing rooms, and there's a door that's never shut now, but it was back then. My first day, I walked in, and Tony Geary (ex-Luke) kicked it open, because he was so upset about something on set. "Urn, okay, here 1 am." That was my first moment. Also, the audition process was so long and unorthodox. I auditioned for A.J. first, and then [casting director) Mark Teschner brought me back for Jason. They kept bringing three of us in to screen-test with Gerald Hopkins [who became A.J. No. 1] and then going so long, they had to send us home. "Can you come back Wednesday?" "Can you come back Friday?" Of course we came back!"
As for when he realized he will stick around he notes, "When I switched [from Jason Quarter-maine] to Jason Morgan. The fans liked it, and I was like, "This could work!' And it did. But as an actor, I don't think you ever imagine having a job for 20 years!"
As for which stars helped him out when he began his journey, Burton highlights, "When I first got there, Kin Shriner (Scotty) and I hung out. He was re-ally cool and supportive. Stuart Da-mon (ex-Alan) always went to bat for me, too, which was nice. And, of course, Maurice Benard (Sonny) real-ly took me under his wing. Maurice and I didn't really talk that much at first, but we saw each other around, and one day, we started talking. I was actually about to leave the show, and he said, "I've seen some of your work. You're really good. Do you have a technique?" I said, "I have no idea, man!' And he said, "Man, I'd love to help you!" I was like, "Awesome Let's do it!" This was when I was still play-ing Jason Quartermaine, so I'd go to his house, and we'd rehearse and re-hearse, and he'd teach me. I spent a lot of time with him and his family. I didn't really have a teacher before, and it was like I was in acting class all the time."
It's been over 2 decades and Burton and his character remain very popular among viewers. His time on the show earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations out of which he won two times in category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Series both for 'GH' and 'Y&R'. Fans can see Burton on 'GH' weekdays on ABC. Be sure to pick your copy of the Soaps in Depth 55th Anniversary Special today!