With stunning blue
eyes and dark hair, James Hyde brings a unique charisma to his
roll as Chief of Police, "Sam Bennett" on the daytime drama
Passions. His career spans from daytime to prime time
with his previous role on Another World and appearances on Sex
in the City, Mortal Kombat (theTV Series), and Miami
Hyde has also enjoyed
involvement on the big screen with the independent features,
"Let's Talk About Sex" and "Black Out" (with Dennis Hopper).
high school you joined the military. Do any of those experiences
help you with adding depth to the characters you play?
I think it was a great experience to go through for that.
It wasn't easy, but I think that's what forms character.
I don't want things to be easy in my life. Life is all
about trying to find a balance, finding a formula that
works for you in life -- who knows what that is? But you
just keep trying.
How did you get into modeling?
was in Hawaii, and I was working in a retail store, selling
clothes. A photographer came in and said, "I think you
would be a great model." I had no idea what that was,
because modeling in the early eighties was not as prominent
as it is now. And I said, "Yeah, I'll check it out."
So we went and shot
some pictures. In Hawaii, you take it very "loose" because it's
not something you can make a living from -- then. So then I
started taking some pictures, but I was also keeping another
job at the time. Some Australian came over and wanted me to
go over there for a season. So I went over there for a year,
and from that point on, I started traveling all over the world.
I lived in Australia, I lived in London for three years, Paris,
Italy, all over the place. It was great.
Melt: What made
you decide to move to Miami and begin to study acting?
JH: My wife
(Sue-Ling) and I lived eight years out of a bag, and we wanted
to call someplace home. We went down to Miami in the early nineties,
and fell in love with the place. It was just seasonal because
the work down there is seasonal, and summertime is pretty dead.
So, in the summertime we would go somewhere else. But, in 1995,
we decided to buy a condo there.
A year later,
I got a job on "Another World," in New York. So, boom,
we're in New York. I was up there for six months, and
then I got fired. I always said it was the best thing
that ever happened to me because it makes you realize;
how hard you really want to do this, how much you have
to improve -- there's a lot of questions that go on in
your mind when that happens. Basically -- that's another
thing I said before -- I learned that you just can't give
up, you have to keep going, you have to keep striving,
and just doing the best you can.
Melt: What advice
would you give someone who wanted to follow their dream
of becoming an actor?
lot of people say they want to become an actor, but they really
don't know the life commitment you have to give to do that.
The only advice -- that I listen to myself -- is just to wake
up every day and you got to believe in yourself. There's going
to be so many things that happen in your life that are going
to cause doubt, and make you not believe in yourself, so you
can't listen to anybody, you have to listen to yourself.
it like working for "Passions?" What's a typical day like on
JH: When we
first started the show, it was very, very busy. Everyone was
new, and it was so hectic. It was a lot of hours. Now, we've
got it down to a machine. That's what soap operas are, a machine.
It's turning out over a hundred pages a day and they do that
in a movie, in, what, like, a year?
Melt: As you
mentioned, you've been with "Passions" since it first began.
What was it like being with a show since the beginning?
It's great. I couldn't wish for anything better because you're
the first person to introduce this character to the world. You
set the standard for the character. Let everyone know, that's,
Is there anything else you are working on?
work with a lot of charities, but right now I'm focusing
on working with the American Diabetes Association and
Oasis (a home for runaways in Hollywood, Los Angeles).
I decided to make candles and t-shirts, sell them, and
then donate the proceeds to Oasis. Oasis is a home for
kids, who runaway from places like Cleveland, Ohio or
Colorado, come to Hollywood, and get messed up with doing
drugs... this home invites them in and gives them a second
You can Visit James' official site at www.jameshydeonline.com
Samantha Plotkin is an award-winning playwright,
screenplay writer, and freelance journalist. She has a Master's
degree in Screenwriting from USC. Her articles and interviews
have been published and reprinted in magazines and webzines
nationwide and internationally.
You can also check out Samantha in the November/December
issue of "SCRIPT Magazine." She was chosen as their "Up and
Coming Screenwriter" for HOT SHEET.