Soap Opera Digest: Last year was a good one for you. Not only were you in a front-burner story that made headlines with the Carter/Quinn/Eric triangle, but you officially joined the writing staff of B&B. How would you describe it?
Lawrence Saint-Victor: 2021 was an awesome roller coaster that keeps going up, and so far, we haven’t done the drop yet. It still keeps ticking up and it’s been amazing to be a part of this show in so many different ways of learning, because each department has their own point of view of the show. There’s the acting side and then, being with the writers, it makes my conversations with the directors a little different. There’s a difference in seeing the full scope of the show. It is such a privileged position to be in. I don’t fully understand all the components, but to get a chance to start to learn them has been a dream come true.
Digest: Tell us about your mentorship with Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell.
Saint-Victor: The mentorship began in my first interview. I was in L.A. and had just auditioned for Y&R and I guess CBS was like, “Hey, Brad, maybe you should meet this kid.” So, we sat down and he was talking about WED LOCKED. He was very intrigued at the process of making it. I told him I’d been watching B&B and Y&R since I was a kid, and it was this really cool moment. It was genuine. I wasn’t trying to sell him. I didn’t even know if there was a part for me on the show.
Digest: Then what happened?
Saint-Victor: When I got on the show, I’d always pick his brain about what stories were percolating or ask, “What story did you always want to do but haven’t done yet?” Our conversations just sparked whenever we sat down.
Digest: Did you ever suggest story ideas for your character?
Saint-Victor: I can count on one finger how many times I pitched him a Carter story. If I ever had an idea or thought, it was always about the show, like, “What if Brooke and Ridge did this?” Or, “What if Bill ...” It was never about me. It was not a guy [out] to sell himself. It was genuinely about a guy who really digs the show.
Digest: How did your first script come about?
Saint-Victor: Years later, he was like, “Do you want to write a sample script?” I’m like, “Yeah!” Brad giving me the invitation validated all the dreams I wanted to have, because I didn’t ask. He just saw it and maybe he knew I would never ask. Maybe he was like, “Lawrence will probably never ask this for another 70 years,” and I probably wouldn’t because it’d be too daunting and who am I to ask? Brad has a light hand. A gentle touch. I’m indebted to Brad.
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