Blink and you might miss ONE LIFE TO LIVE actor Jason-Shane Scott (Will) in the new Netflix movie, Fatal Affair! “I’m sort of the Drew Barrymore Scream character for the opening scene and I meet a quick demise,” he confided to Soaps In Depth, “but it sets up the whole story. It’s brief but crucial.”
The film stars Nia Long (Kat, GUIDING LIGHT), who Scott admitted he didn’t realize was a fellow soap alum. “Carolyn Hennesy I knew of from GENERAL HOSPITAL when I saw her name in the cast [list],” he said. “But yeah, it was one of those roles where I’m kind of in for the day and I just met the other actress I was working with, KJ Smith.”
Naturally, Fatal Affair was shot well before Hollywood shut down temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But even though acting opportunities became scarce, Scott was very busy during quarantine. “I’m very fortunate,” he revealed. “I’ve been writing for a couple of years so I’ve written several movies in the thriller genre that have gotten made now. And I’ve transitioned over to romantic comedies. So this quarantine was actually a really big step for me. I was able to finish a romantic comedy I’d been working on and get it sold and produced and it’s shooting in late August in Toronto. I was very fortunate to be able to write during this time and not only finish that one but start another one and continue pitching other ones. So that’s what I’ve had to focus on. Thank God I had it.”
While Scott appreciates his success in writing, he also continues to work as an actor and admitted he’d love to get back into soaps. “I’ve auditioned for shows as recently as six months ago,” he reported. “I gotta be 100% honest, I felt like leaving OLTL, that would always be sort of an open door and then you realize that’s not always the case, you know? I think you see even more and more as this industry has gotten more and more difficult and there’s less and less soap operas. It’s harder and harder to be on one.
“There’s nothing like working every day,” Scott added. “You’re acting all the time. And when you’re not on a soap opera, you actually act very little. Scenes are shorter everywhere, and obviously it’s not year-round. I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to stay in the industry and do other things, but I’d definitely go back to daytime.”