THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

Catching up With B&B’s Aaron D. Spears (EXCLUSIVE)

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On THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, attorney Justin Barber has long been defined by his relationship with Bill Spencer, the tycoon who is both a lifelong friend and his boss (although Justin never calls him that!). “I have to be Robin and let Bill be Batman,” offered portrayer Aaron D. Spears. “There can’t be two Batmans.”

In his own life, things are not so cut-and-dry for Spears, who, since being off contract with B&B, spends his time auditioning and managing the many tasks required of a full-time father. Three of his four girls dance, and his son, Raiz Lopez- Spears, plays soccer and is also on track to make the official US Olympic development team for Futsal. “It’s all day, every day,” Spears laughed. “Most of our time is spent taking them to or from.”

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“Don [Diamont, Bill] is a trip, man. I like him a lot! We’re both Type A personalities,” Spears said. Howard Wise/jpistudios.com

Even the break necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic didn’t slow things down much. “You can’t just stop training for two weeks,” Spears insisted. So when he’s not supervising schoolwork, the actor is often at a park helping his son run drills. “It never stops!”

Spears is also a music composer who contributes more than just his acting skills to projects. “Every time I do a movie or something outside the soap, I ask, ‘Can I submit something for the title track?’” he revealed. His latest tune, “Paper Chase,” will play during the credits of White People Money, the upcoming film in which he also stars. “As an artist, it’s a way to get your music out there and also have some residual income.”

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Spears’ character in White People Money is, in his estimation, “really kind of an over-the-top, crazy dude, but he’s also hilarious.”Vivian Sinya

The hilarious movie is about a couple that wins a billion dollars and scrambles to keep it quiet. Spears’ character is a lost soul who’s searching for his identity in a maze of stereotypes, misconceptions, and truths. “Most people don’t realize that I’m a crazy dude!” he said with a laugh. “But those who know me say that I’m funny. I just don’t often get a chance to express that side.”

Justin’s portrayer also appears in TWO DEGREES: THE SERIES, a project that is produced by and stars veteran actor Carl Gilliard as a character loosely based on himself. “It’s about a guy who’s in the industry, trying to make a well-to-do [life] and going through marital ups and downs. But then he posts everything on Facebook!” Spears chuckled. “I’m part of the circle of friends who try to keep him in line.”

This story originally appeared in our print magazine

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