One Life To Live Q&A: Tuc Watkins On Returning To Play David Vickers
Tuc Watkins attends the 'All My Children' & 'One Life To Live' premiere>> at Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, on April 23, 2013 -- Getty Images
Tuc Watkins was at a "One Life To Live" fan event a few months ago when a young woman asked him what fans could do to revive the show.
"I said, 'OK, look -- it's never coming back. We all wanted it to come back, everyone made a great, grass roots campaign to try and bring it back, but we have to face the fact that 'One Life To Live' is really gone and we all have to move on,'" Tuc recounted to AccessHollywood.com in a new interview
"Cut to about two weeks later where I get a phone call saying, 'One Life To Live' is back, do you want to be on it?' -- once again proving that Tuc Watkins is usually wrong," he added, with a laugh.
"One Life To Live" is indeed back, returning this Monday via Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes, and Tuc admitted he jumped at the chance to get back into the shoes of "The Boy with the Chipmunk Tattoo" star --David Vickers Buchanan, longtime on-off paramour of Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser).
"I'm sure people say it a lot -- we are kind of like a family after having done it for so long," he said of what made him want to return to the show in its new incarnation online. "So having the opportunity to get to sort of go back and make a sequel, in a way, was something I just couldn't pass up."
In our new interview with the actor, Tuc shared more about the show's return, hinted at some financial drama ahead for David, and dished on boxing in the parking lot with Roger Howarth (Todd Manning).
AccessHollywood.com: Tell us about the first day on set.
Tuc Watkins: It was sort of like meeting people in heaven because we all thought we were gone, we all thought we were done and the show was buried and then all of a sudden, there's a whole bunch of us thumbing through scripts by mailboxes as if we were waiting by the pearly gates to see who got in and who didn't (laughs).
Access: So was Luna there, or Gabrielle?
Tuc: That's a great question. I did have dinner with Luna [Susan Batten] that week, because she lives up in that area, but she was not there with the rest of us. ... She and I have stayed buds ever since the old 'OLTL' and she was basically just filling me in on where to go and what to do in Connecticut because we were all surprised to hear [we were shooting in] Connecticut.
Access: What do you love about David Vickers? He's changed quite a bit over the years, but is so fun to watch.
Tuc: I agree -- David Vickers is the 'funnest' character that I've ever gotten to play and I'm lucky that I've gotten to play him for so long. When David Vickers first started out, he wasn't the David Vickers we know now. He started out being this cool, mysterious con man that Dorian hired to come get her out of jail and I did that for about a year, but to be honest, I was fairly unremarkable about being cool and mysterious. And one day, I accidentally fell down the stairs at the Llanview Country Club and everybody laughed and I was embarrassed, but then I realized, 'Oh, David Vickers isn't a cool, mysterious con man. David Vickers thinks he's a cool, mysterious con man,' and that's where everything sort of changed. That's when he started hatching plans and stealing diamonds and stealing babies, but not being very successful at it. I think that makes for longevity on a soap because I'm a really a threat to no one and I can attempt to murder people, but it always gets foiled. So, I'm never truly an evil guy, I'm just sort of a bumbling evil guy.