'Days of our Lives' Actor Searches for 'I Wanna Be A Soapstar' Finalist in Chicago
'Days of our Lives' Actor Searches for 'I Wanna Be A Soapstar' Finalist in Chicago
As previously reported, the fourth winner of SoapNet's I Wanna Be A Soap Star will be awarded with a role on NBC's Days of our Lives.  Late last month, series actor Bryan Dattilo and talent manager Michael Bruno headed to Navy Pier in Chicago in search of an aspiring actor deserving of the chance to get on the daytime drama.

"It's not necessarily their look, it's their energy we're judging.  How bad they want to be a soap star," Bruno said of the search, which is part of I Wanna Be A Soap Star's live nationwide tour.

Female soap hopefuls went into a screaming frenzy when Bryan Dattilo, who served as a judge for the live casting call, went up on stage. 

"I don't think I can do this," Micheline Magharious said, as fellow competitors began emoting for the judges.  The 34-year-old is a big Days of our Lives fan, rushing towards Dattilo when he arrived in order to get his autograph.

As Magharious and Dattilo had their picture taken, Hammond native Phyllis Ihnit confused the 36-year-old actor with his on-screen persona, Lucas Roberts, and shouted, “I'm glad the twins are yours!”

Out of the 158 people who applied, only 30 were selected to perform on stage.  Each was given different scenarios, all bordering on the ridiculous.  At the end, only one was crowned the winner: 27-year-old Mildred Langford, a Chicago stage actress who religiously follows the soap opera, General Hospital.

As the winner, Langford will, in October, compete against five other finalists from different cities for the walk-on role on Days of our Lives.

Bryan Dattilo, who began playing Lucas on the soap in 1993, shared his thoughts on what it takes to be a real soap actor/actress.

"You have to be able to give your life over to it," he told The Chicago Tribune.  "Sometimes you're filming three shows a day.  You have to have a sharp memory, be confident and be able to ad lib.

He added, "It's probably the hardest job in acting.  You grab your lunch and your hard hat and you work every day."

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Chicago Tribune
(Image Courtesy of NBC)