Jacob Wayne Young is a Daytime Emmy Award Winner, actor, producer and podcast host, widely known for his roles (Lucky Spencer/General Hosp...
Jacob Wayne Young is a Daytime Emmy Award Winner, actor, producer and podcast host, widely known for his roles (Lucky Spencer/General Hospital, Rick Forrester/The Bold and the Beautiful, Adam “JR” Chandler/All My Children) in daytime television. We had the opportunity to catch up with Young to discuss his wide range of enterprising endeavors. It is always a fun and lively time whenever we get the chance to connect with this creative talent.
Young’s artistic outreach and influence continue to broaden and expand since leaving daytime. He has produced several projects and Young filled us in on two of his newest ones. “I produced the short film Prepare for Launch which is a true story about the Apollo space race and follows the story of John Bull who was a real Apollo astronaut. I also have a full feature, Four for Fun that I did with my producing partner, writer and director, Jason Cook, (Shawn-Douglas/Days of Our Lives, Matt Hunter/General Hospital.) The film has a very independent style to it. We just submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival and to South by Southwest. We are hoping to get the film screened. I’m focused on developing new film ideas and then putting the pieces together.”
Real Conversations with Jacob Young is Young’s podcast where he delves into real, relevant, consequential issues and tackles topics that people need to talk about. “The podcast is probably one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. I’ve personally struggled with mental health issues as well as other issues in my life. It’s great to have a platform where I can speak openly and reach other people in the hopes that something said will have a positive impact on them. We are currently in season two and a new episode comes out every Wednesday. If you haven't done so already, check it out. I must mention my sponsor, Boystown, who has been with me since the beginning. They are a wonderful organization doing marvelous work supporting families, parents and children. It means so much to have their support and for them to believe in what I am doing.”
As you would expect, Young is still working in front of the camera. He had a recurring role in AMC’s The Walking Dead last season. He also appeared in Disney Plus's High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. And he is in the new limited web series Blood Bath. “As it relates to acting, I am concentrating on landing more character-driven roles. For example, I am in this new web series, Blood Bath. The creator is Ryan James. Ryan and I talked about working together for a while. When this project came up, I was already in LA so the timing worked out perfectly. I play Sergeant Ben Watson who is navigating the waters between two cops who see the world in two entirely different ways, one on the left and the other on the right. The series deals with issues like defunding the police, Black Lives Matter and hits on a lot of subjects like that. It’s an artistic statement and I am glad to be a part of it.”
As you would also expect, we talked soap with Mr. Young! As we are all aware of, there is an All My Children primetime reboot (executive producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos) swirling around in the works at ABC. Just the thought of Pine Valley returning to the screen has soap land all abuzz. We have everything crossed that it comes to fruition. So, yes, we asked Young about his interest in the possibility of reprising his role of JR on the reboot. “The reboot from what I understand would focus on the Santos’ family. But I would love for little Adam (Adam “AJ’ Chandler) and JR to be written in and maybe guest star. I wasn’t only an actor on the show, I was a big fan of the show. I think one of my most important storylines in daytime was JR’s alcoholism storyline which won a Prism Award for the writing staff. It was a great storyline from start to finish. Of course, I am also very proud of the transgender storyline The Bold and the Beautiful did with Maya and Rick. Karla Mosley is a fantastic actress. The reboot is an amazing idea and I’d be thrilled to be involved. There will always be a special bond between all of us who were a part of All My Children.”
We’d be thrilled to have Young in the All My Children reboot, back on The Bold and the Beautiful; we’d just love to have him back in daytime! And we aren’t the only ones. We mentioned to Young that we saw a fan recently tweet/tag General Hospital suggesting that they bring him back as Lucky Spencer. We asked him how it feels that the soap opera community wants him to come back home. “Thank you so much for asking me that question. It means everything to me. The soap community is a unique and passionate group. We are in the audience's homes Monday-Friday and they feel a closeness and an affinity to us and us to them. The fans watched me grow up. I have played three incredible sons to three extraordinary patriarchs in daytime. I have had the honor of working with Tony Geary, John McCook and the late David Canary. I’m open to reprising my prior roles or playing new and different characters in daytime. Daytime has been wonderful to me. The soap community will always be family.”