Eric Braeden, who has played Victor Newman for the past 38 years, sat down with ET Canada’s Matte Babel to chat all about his own legendary status as well as his influence on the hip hop music world (yes, you heard that right!)
“You know, I don’t ever anticipate what a role could mean. I do it, day by day,” Braeden said. “I’m from the world of sports, where you’re only as good as your last performance.”
Even with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and 38 years on a TV show under his belt, Braeden still feels like he lacks job security as an actor.
“In an actor’s career, that kind of insecurity is built in, and I still don’t trust that after 38 years,” he explained. “Soaps are a medium that I would say is the hardest in this industry. You have to learn more pages, more lines in a short period of time than in any other medium of this business.”
“You are never satisfied with the performance you give because it is so short-lived, you know? And it is such a condensed time in which you have to do 20, 30, 40, 50 – the most I’ve ever done is 72 pages,” Braeden added.
When thinking about the past 38 years of his career on “Y&R“, Braeden has yet to have a moment that really stands out to him, but is hopeful it will come with time.
“To be very honest with you, I think the time will come if I ever retire. I don’t want to, but if I ever do, maybe I’ll think about it, otherwise, I have no time for it,” he explained.
Not only is Braeden a soap opera legend, but he’ll now be making his mark on the hip hop world with a cameo in the upcoming film “Den of Thieves”, directed by his real-life son, Christian Gudegast.
“I was overwhelmed when I came onto that set,” Braeden shared. “I said, ‘Oh my God – all these honeywagons, all this is here because of my son! I almost had tears in my eyes, I was very proud and then I heard from O’Shea Jackson’s uncle who said, ‘Hey man! God damn Victor Newman’ da da da da and it was wonderful.”