Lane Davies „Mason and Tempus are two of my favorites“

Lane Davies ist ein US-Schauspieler, der in sehr vielen Serien zu sehen ist und dadurch Bekanntheit errungen hat. Seine erste große Rolle war die des Mason Capwell in Santa Barbara „California Clan“. Außerdem spiele er Rollen in den Serien Eine schrecklich nette Familie, Scrubs, Seinfeld,  Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Practice, The Nanny, Dallas, The Golden Girls und Ellen.

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I’m surprised at how many people still remember the series, and how fondly they remember it. The show opened up the world to me, thanks to its international popularity. I think I’ve been to about 30 countries to date, and many of those because of the enduring popularity of Santa Barbara and Mason Capwell.

Lane Davies

How did your passion for acting develop?

My father and mother were active in amateur theater, also called ‚community theater‘–I was exposed to acting at an early age.

Do you remember a particular moment in your life when you decided that you wanted to be an actor?

I had the starring role in a one-act play when i was 15 years old in high school. I like the idea of being noticed…

In Germany, many actors start their careers at the theatre and proceed to work in television / the movies  only later. Is it the same in the US?

It’s the same for most actors in the US. A few go into film right away, but that can be a problem when the actor is not getting film or television work. Theater has always kept me sane.

If you think about Germany, what is the first thing that comes into your mind apart from the great website nachgebloggt.de? And have you ever been to Germany?

Unfortunately, for many older Americans, the first thing they think of is World War II, and the madness perpetrated on the world by Adolf Hitler. I don’t think that’s the case with the younger generation, thankfully. I have been to Germany a number of times, but most of those were the Frankfurt Airport. ;-] I had a very nice visit to Cologne when I was touring the world after Santa Barbara. I wish I had kept up with the people I met there.

The first important character you played in a TV series was Mason Capwell in Santa Babara called California Clan in Germany. Now, this was some years ago. What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think about this series now?

I’m surprised at how many people still remember the series, and how fondly they remember it. The show opened up the world to me, thanks to its international popularity. I think I’ve been to about 30 countries to date, and many of those because of the enduring popularity of Santa Barbara and Mason Capwell.

Do you have still contact to the other Actors?

Limited, as I now live on the East Coast, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. But I’m still in touch with several of the people on the show.

I really love your Role in Santa Babara. 1984 I was 6 years old and I have seen the series with my mom. From that time on I’ve loved you as an actor. Most of all I liked your role in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. You played in many TV series.  Of all the characters you played, which one is your favorite? Is there a series you have especially fond memories of?

Mason and Tempus are two of my favorites. I was very fond of a shot-lived series I did called Woops, which was a post-apocalyptic sit-com. Apparently, i was one of the few who were fond of it…

As an actor in a TV series, how much freedom do you have to interpret your character?

It depends on the writers, directors and producers. One of the best things about soap operas is the chance to develop a character in real time, over a period of months and years, rather than just leaping into a characterization a week or day or two before filming.

What are your plans for the future? Where will we see and hear you?

I call myself „semi-retired“, which may be another word for „lazy“. I still work on projects that interest me, and have a Shakespeare Festival in Tennessee, and enjoying teaching Shakespeare and acting workshops from time to time. for example, I’ll be in Baku, Azerbaijan the last two weeks of September teaching a film acting workshop. A young man very much like yourself, a long-time fan of Santa Barbara,  has become a television writer with ANS Media, and is bringing me over to coach their series actors.

With who would you not like to sit in a sauna?

Serious journalism is always welcome.  ;-] There are really too many to name, but Mike Tyson comes to mind…

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