Ja­son Cook (ex-shawn, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) is a man of many words

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Making Headlines - — Kelli M. Lar­son

On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Ja­son Cook en­chanted as half of su­per­cou­ple Shawn and Belle. Since then, he’s con­tin­ued to make magic not only as an ac­tor but as an au­thor. “I’ve been writ­ing a ton over the last 10 years,” he says. “That’s mostly what I do: writ­ing for hire, free­lance writ­ing and stuff like that.”

His Tor­rid Tale

Now, fans can get a taste of his tal­ent by read­ing his novel, Rich­est Man In The World, which he’s post­ing chap­ters of weekly on his Web site, dig­i­tal­cu­ “It’s a ro­man­tic fan­tasy about a guy who builds a bat­tery that changes the world,” Cook pre­views, “only to dis­cover that there’s one thing money can’t buy: love!”

In ad­di­tion to that life les­son, the tech­nol­o­gist’s story also delves into hot-but­ton top­ics like clean en­ergy, im­mi­gra­tion, trans­porta­tion and more. “The stor y is not with­out con­tro­versy be­cause the char­ac­ter is a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure, as is Elon Musk some­times or other very wealthy ty­coons who have zany ideas,” Cook says. “But in the end, I think the char­ac­ter’s got a re­ally good heart. He means well.”

On Romance And Zom­bies…

Cook re­cently brought another tale that

he’d penned to the screen by both di­rect­ing and pro­duc­ing Love After­life. “It’s about a wo­man who is strug­gling to live with her hus­band — mostly be­cause he’s dead!” Cook re­veals of the 22-minute film that he’s posted on his Web site while work­ing to turn it into a full-length fea­ture. “There’s a lot of great act­ing work in there.”

Helm­ing whole projects from con­cept to dis­tri­bu­tion is some­thing that Cook finds ful­fill­ing, and he cred­its his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in day­time tele­vi­sion — both on DAYS and later on GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL as Matt — for show­ing him just what can be done. “The film was some­thing that we were able to do in just two days,” he says proudly. “Un­der­stand­ing how to work ef­fi­ciently is def­i­nitely the les­son I took from soaps. They pro­duce a lot of ma­te­rial in a day, which is no small feat. Hope­fully, I’ll be able to do it again.”

A Big-pic­ture Kind Of Guy

How­ever, Cook’s fans shouldn’t fear that he’s done ap­pear­ing in front of the cam­era. This month, he starred as a scorned lover in LMN’S Girl­friend Killer. “It’s fun to be col­lab­o­ra­tive, give your­self over to the part and trust the direc­tor,” he of­fers. “I still love act­ing, but pro­duc­ing may be a lit­tle more at­trac­tive to me. I like be­ing in­volved from start to fin­ish.”

“Kris­tian Al­fonso’s craft is re­mark­able to wit­ness,” says the DAYS alum, who re-teamed with on-screen mom Hope’s por­trayer in 2015. “Same goes for the DAYS cast. For me, it was a great re­union.” “Good, bad or in­dif­fer­ent, it’s fun to try on dif­fer­ent things,” Cook says, go­ing off the rails here op­po­site Barbi Cas­tro in Girl­friend Killer.

Cook sug­gests that his show­biz fu­ture may in­volve more work be­hind the cam­era than in front of it.

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