As sands through an hourglass, so are the days of our lives. Or you could just go out and squash some alien vermin. It’s all in a day’s work for versatile actor, Patrick Muldoon.
Mike Parker – You’ve appeared in everything from the daytime drama, Days of Our Lives to sci-fi cult classics like Starship Troopers. Soap operas or science fiction? Which do you prefer?
Patrick Muldoon – Soap Operas, I think. If you think about it, Starship Troopers was a soap opera in space. I’ve had a great time with Days on this last run. I’m happy to not be killing space aliens right now, although squashing space bugs never gets old.
Parker – You created the role of Austin Reed on Days of our Live back in 1992, left the show in 1995, then returned after 16 years. What’s up with that?
Muldoon – I had been doing a lot of different things during those 16 years. I did a lot of movies, and I was involved in production and I was a musician, writing songs and taking a shot a music career. Returning to Days wasn’t a conscious decision. It just kinda happened.
Parker – In addition to being an actor, you are also the lead singer for the rock band, The Sleeping Masses. Country music legend and actor, Randy Travis, once commented that you could concentrate on music or acting, but it was nearly impossible to do both. Has that been your experience?
Muldoon – To me they are the same thing, the same process – taking what is inside and presenting it to the outside. It’s all an expression of who you are. You can’t be on tour and be on a movie set at the same time; so I get what Randy was saying. But I have to do both. If I do one thing too long I start to miss the other. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to do them both.
Parker – I understand you played football for USC. Are you a big sports fan? Who do you root for?
Muldoon – I root for SC of course. We will be national champs. Mark my word. We’re not on probation. We don’t pay our players anymore (laughs).
Parker – What’s coming up next?
Muldoon – Spending time in Nashville working on a solo record. We’re going to do a Sleeping Masses record, too. What’s up next? Since I’ve left Days, and it’s like a train has suddenly stopped. My appetite for acting is huge right now. I just got cast in a new show with Law & Order’s Elizabeth Rohm, so I’m kinda excited about that.
you can follow Patrick Muldoon on Twitter @muldoonpatrick and @sleepingmasses
The Seven Questions
1. What’s your favorite sound?
Muldoon – David Gilmore’s guitar.
2. What makes you happy?
Muldoon – Freedom.
3. What makes you angry?
Muldoon – Confinement. Stagnation
4. What is the secret of success?
Muldoon – The love of the fight.
5. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be?
Muldoon – Sophia Loren, circa 1964.
6. What is the epitaph that is written on your tombstone?
Muldoon – Lover, Fighter, Wild Horse Rider.
7. When you get to heaven, what is the first thing you want to hear God say to you?
Muldoon – “Get your a** in here.”