Dylan turns 18!


May 2010 Interview with We Love Soaps: Dishing with Dylan

by Damon L. Jacobs

We Love Soaps recently had the opportunity to talk to Dylan Patton, the Emmy nominated actor who portrayed Will Horton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES between 2009-2010.  What was it like to land a soap, and then to lose it?  And how have lessons from Alison Sweeney helped him along the way? Read on and find out.

We Love Soaps: It’s so cool to speak with you again.  I haven’t seen you since last year’s Day Of  DAYS event.  One of your early jobs at age thirteen was a very steamy scene on COLD CASE with Donna Mills. 
Dylan Patton: [Laughs] That was really fun to shoot, that whole episode.  That show was ridiculous, they spent so much money on pointless things.  That episode was shot in a huge mansion up in Beverly Hills.  That whole pool was indoors.  Donna Mills was great.  She was humble, great to talk to.  The whole scene was weird.  I like to get into what I’m doing.  I could tell the director knew it was weird for me.  He came to me and talked to me, and tried to basically explain the idea of an older woman coming on to me.  It was weird to be at that age and having all that in front of me.  

We Love Soaps: How did DAYS come about? 
Dylan Patton: I wasn’t really working on anything at the time.  I was going out on auditions, getting close, but nothing was really happening.  That audition went really well.  Marnie [Saitta], the casting director, really liked me.  I went to a callback and there were seven people there.  I went to a screen test.  It was with Bryan Dattilo (Lucas).   We get into an argument about something, I don’t remember what.  Let me think...nope got nothing.

We Love Soaps: So suddenly you were hired and pages and pages of dialogue to memorize. 
Dylan Patton: Yes.  They shoot up to about 60 scenes a day.  It’s a lot.  You can be in half of them if they’re shooting all your scenes that day.  

We Love Soaps: How did you memorize all those lines?
Dylan Patton: There was a great acting coach on the show named Maria.  She would work with anyone who wanted to work on their scenes.  It was every actor’s dream to be working all the time.

We Love Soaps: Was this really your dream? Was this satisfying for you?
Dylan Patton: At the time I did want to be working on the show.  But it is a lot of work while you are doing it. 

We Love Soaps: What surprised you the most when you started on DAYS?
Dylan Patton: I think it was how hard everyone works, and how quickly they move.  They try to settle you into everything, to wiggle you in slowly.  But that’s the first week only.  After that it’s full blown.  It’s like, what do you think the President thinks about when he wakes up?  He thinks, “I’m the President.”  Until he goes to sleep he thinks about being the President.  

We Love Soaps: Did you think of it that way?  That you were Will Horton from the moment you woke up until the moment you went to sleep?
Dylan Patton: Yeah.  I live an hour and a half away from the studio.  Making that drive everyday, sometimes Monday-Friday.  Or going to weekend events.  I would wake up at 6 a.m., drive to the studio, work all day.  Or sometimes we would film all my scenes by lunch.  I loved those days.  

We Love Soaps: What grade were you in? 
Dylan Patton: I was a junior.  But I took the Chesapeake (GED) exam.  I got that the summer between 10th and 11th grade.  

We Love Soaps: So by the time you started on DAYS you already had your GED? What led you to get it so early?
Dylan Patton: At first I was just doing it just in case I needed it.  Then I started junior year at my school, and [DAYS] came up.  I started working on the show.

We Love Soaps: Did Alison Sweeney help you adjust to the workload?
Dylan Patton: She helped me a lot. Like whispering on the side to me, things to help me along.

We Love Soaps: What kinds of things would Alison whisper?
Dylan Patton: Like at an event, or during a scene, even in the middle of a scene, if there was an action I had to do and I would forget it, then she would do an action to remind me.  She was always good at that with anyone. 

We Love Soaps: Do you feel you learned anything from Alison that will help you in your career?
Dylan Patton: Yes.  She’s really into the social networking thing and promoting herself and the show.  She is always very professional, always talking to the directors.  She has been doing that show for so long, she knows how to do everyone’s job.  She can work the cameras, she can do sound editing.  She has actually directed a few episodes that I have been in.  On top of that, she does THE BIGGEST LOSER.  Right there, that’s a role model.  She’s such a hard worker.  I don’t know how anyone can do another show on top of DAYS.  


In Part One of our interview, Emmy nominated actor Dylan Patton shared memories of starting on DAYS, adjusting to workload, and lessons learned from his TV mom Alison Sweeney.  In the second part below, he discusses being fired from DAYS, and then getting nominated for an Emmy! 

We Love Soaps: Fast forwarding to the event where we met, it was the first time fans had flooded you with that level of attention.  What was that like?
Dylan Patton: I don’t even know how to explain it.  It was overwhelming.  That’s part of the whole experience, I guess.  I’m comfortable with it, but it’s easy for people to make you feel uncomfortable.

We Love Soaps: How did that happen?
Dylan Patton: [Pause] Fans can be really aggressive.  Forward.  Because they see you everyday on their TV, they feel they know you.  But you don’t know any of them.  It’s a little nerve-wracking.  But it’s cool at the same time, all these people are coming out to see you.  So you can look at it from both angles.  

We Love Soaps: Coming up ahead, there are some very exciting events.  Congratulations on your Emmy nomination!  What scenes did you submit for that? 
Dylan Patton: I did the scene where I’m in the hospital after my baby sister Grace died.  My grandma Kate walks in, sees me standing there where Grace had died in the hospital.  She comes in, sees me standing there, and I just break down.  You had never seen Will cry before that.  He’s sad about the whole thing, but there he snaps.  The other one I sent was Will on the pier.  I’m in an argument with Rafe, and I kind of say something mean to him, tear up, and walk away.  

We Love Soaps: With all that powerful work one has to wonder why they let you go.  In your mind, why did they let you go?
Dylan Patton: I honestly don’t know.  At first I was in shock.  It took awhile to wear off.  At first I thought whatever, I wasn’t too worried about it.  Then after a week I thought, “This is weird.”  I thought it was going to be okay, and I was going to get on something else.  But nothing happened.  

We Love Soaps: Looking back on it, did you have any warning that you were going to be fired?
Dylan Patton: No, not at all.  

We Love Soaps: Did they ever give you a reason?
Dylan Patton: No.  

We Love Soaps: So now having an Emmy nomination, do you feel vindicated?
Dylan Patton: A little bit.  How could it not be? I’m just wondering if NBC is kicking themselves.  I’m not sure. 

We Love Soaps: And another exciting event coming up for you is turning 18! What does that mean to you?
Dylan Patton: One, I can go skydiving.  I’m not sure if it’s at 18, but maybe I can go on a cruise.  I’ll be an adult.

We Love Soaps: I think work wise this opens up opportunities for you.
Dylan Patton: Before I could work adult hours, but now legally they can do riskier scenes.

We Love Soaps: Right.  The next time you’re in a hot tub with Donna Mills it will go further.
Dylan Patton: That will probably be the case.  

We Love Soaps: Is there anyone special you are involved with?
Dylan Patton: Oh yeah.  I have a girlfriend I’ve had for awhile now.  Nine months now.  I’m taking her to Las Vegas with me for the Emmys.   We’re going to get all dressed up, and look nice.  We’re going to be spending the next month getting ready for this whole thing.  

We Love Soaps: What do you want to have happen in your future?
Dylan Patton: If I win the Emmy that would be amazing. And then hopefully someone will come to their senses and hire me [laughs].  

We Love Soaps: Do you ever think about other kinds of work, or is acting just it?
Dylan Patton: Acting has always been there, it’s what everything has revolved around.  But there are other things I would love to do.  I’m into snow boarding, dirt biking.  If I could have a house somewhere where I could snowboard, that would be great.  

We Love Soaps: Do want to go to college?
Dylan Patton: Definitely.  If I wanted to do something really difficult, I would go to a Junior College, do well there, and then go to a four-year college.  

We Love Soaps: If you could go back to the beginning of your acting career and give yourself one piece of advice, what would that be?
Dylan Patton: Know your lines! 

We Love Soaps: Given that you have seen some career highs and lows in recent months,  is there anything you would have done differently?
Dylan Patton: No. I would have done everything the same.   





April 2010 Photo-shoot 


Photo-shoot by Debi Patton April 2010


New photos


Dylan and his dog, Max


Dylan pre-nominated for Emmy Award

Dylan was pre-nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Young Actor in a Drama Series.