William Lipton (Cameron)
GH’s William Lipton (Cameron) and sisters Elizabeth and Olivia
gH fans know William Lipton from his work as Cameron, but he’s also an avid singer, musician and songwriter — which is why one of his favorite holiday memories yet was getting to perform in A Christmas Carol with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. “Many people come see this show as a yearly tradition, and I was one of the lucky kids who ACT invited to audition and participate two different years,” he shares. “We had about 30 to 40 shows each December, so it was very busy — a full-time job. But the process and show were an amazing and very professional experience. I think that has truly shaped me into who I am.”
This holiday season, Lipton’s counting on some carolling… but he’s keeping it much more low-key! “I’m really hoping to have a jam session with my family,” grins the actor, whose mother, Johanna, comes from an acting and musical-the- ater background and whose father, Edward, played bass guitar in rock bands back in the day. Add to the mix Lipton’s sisters, and you’ve got yourself a party! “My littlest sister, Elizabeth, is getting really good at the flute, and my other sister, Olivia, loves playing her saxophone,” he says. “Our family shares many instruments — electric bass guitars, keyboards, drums, violin, mandolin, an acoustic Taylor guitar and ukuleles. We are a family that loves to share!”
As you might suspect, this musician — who has singles available on iTunes — has his eye on adding yet another instrument to the collection this holiday. “I want Santa to give me Teenage Engineering OP-Z,” Lipton says, his eyes becoming as big as a Christmas ornament. (FYI, Santa: That’s a snazzy portable wireless synthesizer!) “I’ve
“According to the Swedish tradition, Lucia
comes with the light to Christmas on December 13,” shares Lipton, posing with the Lucia figures his grandparents gave him when he was 2 years old. “As a family, we go see the Lucia and the procession/concerts every year”
as it is an important Swedish celebration.
been playing around with one, and I’d love to write some more music with it.”
In addition to making tracks, Lipton will also share some classic traditions with his extended clan. “Since my mom is from Sweden, we normally celebrate with friends and eat traditional Swedish food on December 24,” he shares. “Swedes celebrate their Christmas on Christmas Eve and eat ham, meatballs, herring, krackerbread, Janssons frestelse, ribs, julgröt, Julmust and many other delicious foods served on the traditional Swedish Christmas dinner table.
“During much of my younger years,” continues the 15-year-old, “until I was about 7 or 8, I spent Christmas in Sweden, where everywhere was covered in thick snow. I miss snow on Christmas a lot! Now, living in San Francisco, the most snow we get is a thin frost over our front lawn.”
Luckily, the San Francisco fog hasn’t exactly turned this handsome elf into a Grinch. “I love the holiday season just as much as I did 10 years ago,” Lipton smiles. “It’s still my favorite time of the year.”
“The holidays are special to me because my sistersand I are hanging out pretty much every day the entire day,” says Lipton,here with adorable Elizabeth and Olivia. “Between school and work, each year I seem to be around less and less, so being with my sisters and parents is something I really look forward to.”