I had the pleasure of speaking with Nicolas Coster about his thoughts on the soon to be premiered web soap,"The Bay," as well as what was going on in his life these days. He had just finished an evening session working on a screenplay which he has been writing for several years and stopped long enough to share his thoughts and say hello to his fans.
Nicolas studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and has since created memorable roles in theater, movies, and television. Many fans faithfully followed him as he created a multitude of characters such as Eduardo Grimaldi (As the World Turns) and Lionel Lockridge (Santa Barbara). Now he has stepped into a new genre, web entertainment, by taking on the role of mayor Jack Madison in "The Bay." He finds the different format to be fresh and full of possibilities. He also noted the funny coincidence of how one of his first soaps, Secret Storm, began with a 15 minute format, and now, these many years later, "The Bay" will have a similar time frame. Beyond that, he calls the script by Creator/Director/Writer Gregori J. Martin "adventurous" and stated that "it is really creative and beautifully plotted."
"You have to somehow capture the audience's attention," he says, noting that the same things that spark his own interest in "The Bay" and in his character will grab the attention of the audience as well. Jack Madison is "a man who's the head of a dynasty of his own" and will intrigue fans who are hungry for stories about family connections. "The Bay" has powerful characters which gives us a peek at "the backstage workings of power" and the challenge of good leadership. He points out that people lose interest when soaps become phony and believes that the unique way that "The Bay" deals with family and power issues will come across as genuine, and therefore be interesting.
Parts of "The Bay" have been filmed at Santa Monica Harbor, and Nicolas was there as scenes were being shot with cast members Kristos Andrews, Ilene Kristen, and Tristan Rogers. He spoke highly of Tristan and called him a genuine and "down to earth guy" who shares his appreciation of the "seven seas" and sailing.
When he's not working in the entertainment field he gives his time to the Challenges Foundation, an organization which teaches the physically challenged how to sail and scuba dive. An avid sailor, he takes every opportunity to be out on the water. This was evident as he told the story about how he spent that very morning watching a pod of 10-15 blue whales and described their movements with such passion and detail that I could easily imagine myself there on the deck watching them also.
With the premier of "The Bay" right around the corner, Nicholas invites his fans to check it out and encourages them to stay tuned for this exciting series. "Join me because it is an adventure for all of us. See whether you like it and see if we keep you interested." You can catch the premier of "The Bay" at http://thebaytheseries.blip.tv/ on September 15th.
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