Pelphrey Says "It's Great to be Back" on 'Guiding Light'
Pelphrey Says "It's Great to be Back" on 'Guiding Light'
Actor Tom Pelphrey returned to Guiding Light last month, almost six months after his character, Jonathan Randall, last appeared on the daytime drama.  Having laid low during his time away from the soap, Pelphrey is happy to be working on the show once again.

"While I was away, I hung out and did a few random jobs," Pelphrey told Soap Opera Digest.  "I didn't do much.  I hadn't watched the show since I left, [so] it's great to be back."

Pelphrey's Jonathan had left Springfield with daughter Sarah in the hopes of thwarting Alan Spaulding, who had been responsible for his wife Tammy's death.  To make sure that they would never be bothered again, he faked his and Sarah's deaths.  Only his mother, Reva (Kim Zimmer), knew that they were still alive- until now, that is.

Returning as a character who everyone thought was dead has been an awkward transition, Tom Pelphrey said, explaining that everything had to “happen really fast” and that soon, “they have [the story] pick up, like, 'Oh, my God! You're alive?'  We had these scenes with Ricky Paull Goldin [who plays Gus on Guiding Light], and he'd say, 'Are we going to address the fact that I thought you were dead?' and [the-powers-that-be said] no, so Ricky would come in and do a double-take and start talking.  It's been kind of funny."

There's also much fun to be had offscreen, as Pelphrey said his costar, Daniel Cosgrove, who also recently returned to Guiding Light to reprise his role as Bill, has been the cause of much laughter on the set.

"Every day I work with Danny there's a hilarious outtake," Tom Pelphrey said, recounting the time they filmed a scene in which they “were supposed to be angry at each other, so we were straight-faced.  All of a sudden, Danny pulls a huge roll of duct tape out of the inside of his jacket and he says, 'Shut the door so we can get real.'"

Pelphrey doesn't mind his costar's antics, however.

"It's just one of the many funny things we do," he said with a laugh, adding, "I love these people!"

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Soap Opera Digest
(Image Courtesy of CBS)