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Catching up With Ricky Paull Goldin (EXCLUSIVE)


Having begun acting as a child, Ricky Paull Goldin told Soaps In Depth that he’s played so many characters that he can’t “always remember every one.” While ALL MY CHILDREN’s Jake Martin remains a favorite, the performer will also never forget the role he’s been playing over the last year: chief cheerleader as his partner, beauty/fashion expert Gretta Monahan, has dealt with breast cancer. “I was spending so much time in hospitals, it felt like I was back on the AMC set,” he shared. “Dr. Jake was learning a lot!”

Over time, Goldin gained great respect for Monahan’s determination and resiliency. “One small ache on a Friday, and by Sunday, she was back in the hospital for two straight weeks,” he confided. “What women really go through behind closed doors is exceptional. I now know more than I ever thought I would.”

While Monahan’s further treatment and surgery have been waylaid by the coronavirus crisis, they’re continuing to focus on their sons, “chill” Kai, 9, and “little scoundrel” Rio, 2. “I can be really at my wit’s end, but then he’ll grab his bunny and his blanket and say, ‘Night, night, Dad. I love you’ and blow kisses,” Goldin laughed. “I mean, how can I send him off to boarding school? I can’t.”

Truthfully, the proud papa has an affinity for bad boys, as demonstrated by his work as political staffer Andrew Miller on the Web soap BEACON HILL. Goldin said that in Season 2 (streaming on, the story goes “deeper into the dirt of politics” and prompts Andrew to cross paths with an equally ambitious operative played by Jacob Young (JR, AMC). Of reuniting with his former co-star, the actor gushed, “I love him so much. Anyone who hangs out with Jacob realizes that he’s someone who’s just always got hope.”

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BEACON Hill reunited GUIDING LIGHT’s Gus and Alan. “I got to be with Ron Raines,” Said Goldin. “He was my father for 10 years [on the CBS soap]. I still call him Dad.”Beacon Hill

Goldin, who also serves as a producer on the digital drama, has high hopes himself — of making a third season. In the meantime, he’s continuing to helm projects with his company, DB Goldline. “We have a movie in the works with Hallmark called Groundswell,” he revealed. “It’s based on the book by Food Network chef Katie Lee.”

While he’s moved on from AMC, Goldin still waxes nostalgic for Pine Valley life. “It was probably a big mistake [for ABC] to take legacy shows like that off the air,” he said. Should he ever be wanted back for a reboot, Goldin declared, “That’s a phone call that I would take, in a heartbeat!”

This story originally appeared in our print magazine

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