Pri­vate Lives

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Billy’s Big Idea

If you loved see­ing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Billy Flynn (Chad) in the re­cently re­leased thriller Dead On Ar­rival (now avail­able via On De­mand), you’ll def­i­nitely want to keep an eye out for his next film project. Ti­tled Wil­low­brook, it’s a movie that Flynn wrote with ac­tor Tyson Sul­li­van, whom he met while work­ing on the DOA set. “It’s sort of like Blue Valen­tine meets Manch­ester By The Sea,” he shares. “We started to write it while we were shoot­ing DOA.” In it, a wid­owed fa­ther is strug­gling to come to terms with his wife’s pass­ing from cancer when her for­mer boyfriend re­turns home for the first time in years. In pre­pro­duc­tion for the last sev­eral months, Flynn is ex­cited to be get­ting the cam­eras rolling this month. “Rose Gan­guzza, who did Martha Marcy May Mar­lene, is at­tached” as a pro­ducer, he con­fides. “I’ll be in it, and Tyson and I are also pro­duc­ing. It’s an amaz­ing story.”

Spread­ing The Word

Christo­pher Sean (Paul) has never been one to shy away from a new chal­lenge. So when of­fered the chance to par­tic­i­pate in NBC’S “The More You Know” cam­paign, he jumped at the op­por­tu­nity. “I’m a huge ad­vo­cate of pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion and help­ing peo­ple learn so that they can be pros­per­ous no mat­ter what walk of life they come from,” he ex­plains. “And so to be asked to be a part of [the cam­paign], I was just so ex­cited!” The spots that Sean taped, which re­cently be­gan air­ing, can also be found on Youtube. “What we did was about green Earth, car­pool­ing, tak­ing care of your men­tal and phys­i­cal health, and break­ing stereo­types and not la­bel­ing,” he ex­plains. “What’s funny is that I did them all in one take. They loved it and kept com­pli­ment­ing me, say­ing, ‘This guy is ready!’ So I got to do four of them.”

Les­son Learned

Since he’s miles away from his fam­ily dur­ing the work­week, you’d think that Tyler Christo­pher (Ste­fan) would spend his evenings play­ing couch potato. No so! “Be­lieve it or not, I’m not a tele­vi­sion watcher,” he ex­plains, adding, “and that’s pur­pose­ful.” A few months back, he’d taken a friend’s sug­ges­tion to watch Net­flix’s mys­te­ri­ous drama, THE OA, and in­ad­ver­tently got­ten hooked. “I watched the first two episodes. Cut to 9 the next morn- ing, and I was still awake hav­ing watched the en­tire sea­son,” the ac­tor ad­mits. “I was so mad at my­self for blow­ing a whole night’s sleep.” It was then that Christo­pher made the re­spon­si­ble de­ci­sion to avoid binge watch­ing in the fu­ture… un­less, of course, his wife, Bri­enne, is with him to share the guilt! “I just know I’d be that guy who would let all of my other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will­fully go by the way­side,” he laughs. “And all I would do is watch tele­vi­sion.”

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