Where in the World is Tyler Christopher
Where in the World is Tyler Christopher
Since leaving behind Port Charles and Nikolas Cassadine, the globe-trotting actor has traveled all over!It's been a while since GENERAL HOSPITAL, alumnus Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas) checked in with his daytime fans, but he's got a great excuse. In the last year, back-to-back projects have taken him not only out of Hollywood, but out of the country! "I've probably grown more than in any year in my life," he reflects, "not just from doing better or more quality work, but just from being on my own."
First Christopher's travels took him on the film-festival circuit in support of his independent comedy, Face The Music. Then he headed to London to take on the lead role in SAM'S CIRCUS, a WWII-based pilot for CBS. "It's about what a particular squad had to endure physically and emotionally under the conditions in France while fighting against the Germans," he reveals. Although the pilot did not get picked up for fall, it still could air in some format later. That's good news for Christopher, who says that ouf of everything he's done to date, it's the project he's proudest of. "Everyone bonded on the 13-day. It was freezing, it rained every day, and there was mud up to our knees."
Greetings From Bulgaria
Next Christopher was off to Bulgaria where he spent two months lensing Frogmen Operation Stormbringer, an action-packed drama in which he portrays a Navy S.E.A.L. While making the film he enjoyed the chance to play tourist, experiencing the country's rich history. "A lot of the buildings were rundown, but it was a beautiful place. I hiked in the mountains and spent time in the city of Sophia with it's centuries-old cathedrals. It was intense to be in that kind of a place."
From Pittsburgh, With Love
The busy actor returned Stateside just in time for the Pittsburgh screening of Out Of The Black, the dark mystery set in a former coal-mining town in which he co-stars with Sally Kirkland, Dee Wallace-Stone and Jason Widener. "I didn't quite know what to expect from Sally until stepping on the set with her," Christopher says of the Golden Globe winner who plays his mute mother. "What a dedicated actress she is. To go through an entire film without any dialogue might have been boring to a lot of actors, but to her, it was the ultimate challenge." Playing his own angst-filled character proved fulfiling for Christopher, who exudes a Brando-esque quality in his performance. "[This role is] not that much different than Nikolas, just a little older," he reflects. "Nikolas had that same rage."
Welcome to Canada
While waiting to hear about the future of the film, for which he was named best actor at the Portland Festival Of World Cinema, Christopher hopped a plane to Vancouver, where he taped a guest appearance for UPN's sci-fi/police dramedy, SPECIAL UNIT 2. The episode, titled "The Beast," featured Christopher as a detective who is "kind of a sharp shifting-type guy who's been around for centuries," he recalls. "I got to do the whole cop and military thing [again] -- it was really fun to work on."
Hollywood Or Bust
Never one to rest on his laurels, Christopher now is turning his focus to The 68-Cent Crew, the L.A.-based theater group that he's launched with some friends. "We've got our own theater now and we're planning our first full-length, two-act show," he offers. "This was an opportunity for me to be also involved in the creative side...have a say." He's also still in development with his script, "Play Of The Game, which delves into the the life of a beleaguered boxer. "I would never want to be a writer first, but it's something I've always wanted to do," he confides. "it's opened a lot of other doors for me."
Birthday: November 11
My hometown: The actor was born in Joliet, IL, and raised in Delaware, OH
Checking in: Christopher made his GH debut in 1996
Class act: While more concerned with making the honor roll than honoring movie roles, the apt pupil attended Ohio Wesleyan University.
This 'n' that: Christopher is part Choctaw and part Seneca Indian
PHOTOS IN ARTICLE
In Face The Music, the actor plays a singer who cross-dresses to salvage his career
Shooting Out Of The Black In Pittsburgh "made me feel removed from L.A.'s materialism" says Christopher.