James las­tovic

Soap World - - PRIMETIME AUSSIE -

(Joey John­son, Days of Our Lives) All About jAmes: If James had fol­lowed his first ca­reer choice he would have been a pro­fes­sional wrestler and not the tal­ented young ac­tor grac­ing tele­vi­sion screens that he is to­day. Sup­ported by his sin­gle mum Lu­ci­enne who only-child James de­scribes as be­ing “my mother, fa­ther, sis­ter, best friend and some­times worst en­emy”, he be­gan and then dropped act­ing classes at age seven. He ul­ti­mately re­turned to them when a back in­jury ended his wrestling dreams, train­ing at the Ruskin School of Act­ing in Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia. Prior to Days, Las­tovic starred in com­mer­cials and scored his first paid act­ing gig in the 2013 movie A Talk­ing Pony!?!. All About joey: En­dur­ing a pre­ma­ture birth at only 26 weeks ges­ta­tion and a kid­nap­ping just months later as well as the trau­matic di­vorce of his par­ents Steve and Kayla as a child, Joey re­turned to Salem as a teenager in 2015. In tur­moil af­ter run­ning away to find his es­tranged fa­ther, Joey caused trou­ble for his par­ents, strug­gling to cope with his frac­tured fam­ily sit­u­a­tion. Af­ter go­ing on a near-deadly drug-tak­ing binge, Joey se­cretly worked with old John­son fam­ily en­emy Ava Vi­tali to rec­on­cile his par­ents, in­no­cently fall­ing in love with her along the way. Af­ter re­al­is­ing that Ava used him to ma­nip­u­late his fa­ther and to kid­nap and try to kill Kayla, Joey’s in­tense ha­tred for Ava boiled over and he smoth­ered her to death in cold blood. Since then, Joey has been strug­gling with a guilty con­science. Cooper eas­ily com­mands a strong pres­ence in her role, ooz­ing sassi­ness and a se­duc­tive lure. In scenes with vet­eran per­form­ers, she holds her own, es­pe­cially when go­ing toe to toe with Obba Ba­batunde’s Julius.

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