James Kiberd, an All My Children alum talks what he's been up to since daytime, if he would return to playing his former AMC role & more, click here to read-->
James Kiberd is an immensely popular actor who has spent over 15 years doing daytime television roles. He is best known for creating ground-breaking, socially relevant roles such as; the trouble Vietnam Vet Mike Donovan on "Loving", the wild and woolly Mercenary turned Detective called Trevor Donovan on "All My Children", temporary Hal Munson on "As the World Turns" and Dustin Trent on "Another World". Kiberd is also a committed artist and a dedicated humanitarian. Since leaving daytime, Kiberd has done numerous independent film roles as well as stage/theatre. Soap Opera News caught up with the former daytime star who discussed his daytime drama career, joining social media, life after daytime and more. Read the full interview below!
Hey, it's so amazing to see you on social media, what took you so long? LOL and what have you been up to?
James: I’ve been on Facebook for awhile now. I was hesitant to join Twitter because I like to keep a little private when it comes to my life. But, as I have gotten older, I’ve started to break out of that shell a bit. When it comes to what I’ve been up to, I’ve just been living life. I’ve been painting, doing some light acting, and of course surrounding myself with family and my beautiful wife.
You're on social media now, does this mean a return to acting?
James: I’ve been doing some acting here and there for stage. In recent years, I’ve taken a break from television and film. I’m a theatre junkie and honestly couldn’t wait to get back to stage. As for television and film, we’ll see what the future holds.
Let's talk a little bit about your career. You played Trevor Dillon for several years while AMC was on television, Hal Munson on ATWT and Dustin Trent on Another World what was the soap opera experience like?
James: Let me start by saying this, the ‘soap opera experience’ is hard. There were some days when I had to memorize 10 pages to 90 pages. And, with each passing year, and with each passing show, the pace seemed to get quicker and quicker. But, I would not have traded that career for anything! Soap operas are education for actors. Soap operas are the best medium out there for an actor to break into. If you want to act, I suggest you try and get on a soap.
An AMC reboot may be possible since the rights to the show are now back with ABC. There's also the possibility of characters from AMC being on General Hospital. What're your thoughts on a reboot? Would you be open to playing Trevor again whether on a reboot or GH?
James: I would love for ALL MY CHILDREN to return. And, I’m glad there is the possibility of those characters living on through GENERAL HOSPITAL. I don’t know how I would fit into that world considering my character was killed off. But, if the time was right, I’d play a ghost...or even conquer the soap trope of returning from the dead.
What about other daytime shows? Have you ever considered joining any of them? If so what type of role could you see yourself playing?
James: I love all of the soaps. For me, it is just a timing thing. Everything would have to line up. As for what role I would see myself in, I’m more of a guy who thinks that you play out what is written for you.
You've also done primetime and film roles, Do you have any in the pipeline? Any upcoming projects?
James: As I said previously, I’m starting to take a break from TV and film. But, I did have an audition not too long ago for a stage play. However, I cannot disclose that role at the moment.
What keeps you busy outside of acting?
James: Painting and my wife. I love them both. And, also my family. I’m very lucky. God has blessed me more than I could’ve ever dreamed of.
Do you have any particular message for your fans?
James: Sure. I would like to tell my fans to keep loving the soaps. They really need our support. So, please, support the actors, writers, directors, producers, etc. Personally, I want to thank all of them for their support of my career.