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