Best known for playing "Elijah Clarke" on One Life To Live, Matt Walton has enjoyed success as an actor in television, film, and theatre. His other television credits include The Guiding Light, All My Children, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Rescue Me, Cashmere Mafia, and many others. On film, Matt has been seen in Burn After Reading, Favorite Son, Holier Than Thou, Montclair, Flannel Pajamas, and 200 American.
On stage, Matt has delighted audiences in Hair, The Tailor Made Man, The Sweepers, We're All Dead, Rush's Dream, Gorilla Man, The Framer, and leading roles in the revivals of Beirut, Boy’s Life, and A Few Good Men.
Now Matt is starring in Unsung Musical Co's production of The Fig Leaves Are Falling at the Connelly Theatre in NYC through January 26. The Fig Leaves Are Falling is a swinging ‘60s satire of suburban life, love and infidelity. Variety show meets vaudeville in this lively entertainment following Harry Stone, his devoted wife and the sizzling secretary who turns their marriage upside down! Click here for tickets!
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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My mother noticed my penchant for it at a very young age, and got me into community theater. Playing make-believe came easy for me, unlike say, basketball, so I stuck with it. Growing up near NY was key, since I was exposed to the theater as something culturally relevant. Seeing Nicholas Nickleby on PBS when I was very young was probably the tipping point.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? In the theater Michael Mayer, on TV Vince Gilligan and on film Tom Hooper. To name just 3 of the 30,000.
4. What do hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Anything but the flu. Seriously though, how far we've come socially in half a century, and how little we've changed at the same time.
5. What do you identify most with about your character? Mixing his show business life with his personal one.
6. What excites you most about working with Unsung Musicals Co? So few have a preconceived notion of a certain classic production or celebrity character portrayal that it's like creating an original role, in a brand new show.
7. For three years you were on One Life To Live as "Elijah Clarke." Looking back, what did you enjoy most about being on the show and what do you miss? What message would you like to give to your fans? Enjoyed most: the steady paycheck and having to justify those crazy scenarios as an actor. Enjoyed least: the fact that being on American soaps can get you leads in regional theater, while being on an Australian soap can get you a three-picture Hollywood superhero film deal.
Message to fans: I'll be back!!!
8. You have been the voice of several video game characters. What do you like about this kind of work? The video games are exhausting and not all that fun after the sixth hour of inventing the noise a human would make while getting impaled by a sword-wielding robot-dragon monster. But other voice work is so rewarding since they pay me to talk, which I gladly do for free.
9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I still have much to learn about the complexities of the human condition. And that I should have pursued a career as a cable news anchor, since that's where all the acting jobs seem to be.
10. What's the best advice you've ever received? "No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try." - "Yoda" The Empire Strikes Back
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Splashing in a pool with my wife and kids.
12. Favorite way to stay in shape? Splashing in a pool with my wife and kids.
13. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs.
14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Time Travel.