by Daniel R. Coleridge
Dax Griffin, The Bold and the Beautiful
Dax Griffin (ex-Tim Truman, Sunset Beach
; ex-Justin McCoy, All My Children
) is newest addition to The Bold and the Beautiful
's roster of soap hunks. He plays homeless hottie Shane McGrath, who witnessed the hit-and-run demise of Darla Forrester (Schae Harrison) on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Shane has since insinuated himself into the lives of the guilty driver, Dr. Taylor Hayes (Hunter Tylo) and her teenage daughter, Phoebe (Mackenzie Mauzy). Does that shady Shane just crave easy money and a roof over his head? Or does he also want to be loved? And what's with this beach bum's kooky habit of talking to himself? Seeking answers to our questions, TVGuide.com met Mr. Griffin at an L.A. Starbuck's for a venti-sized serving of soap gossip!
TVGuide.com: Shane is probably the world's cutest homeless man! But you looked very convincing.
] I was nervous when I went into the make-up room to get that transient look. Christine Lai Johnson, the make-up artist, did a fantastic job. She trimmed the scruffy beard and matched it to my hair color.
TVGuide.com: Was that a fake beard?
Oh yeah. I could never grow that long of a beard in real life. I barely even have any hair on my chest! The fake beard was attached with prosthetics. Chris also made my eyes look bloodshot by putting red eyeliner on me.
TVGuide.com: Was it scary to imagine yourself homeless? It's many people's worst fear to end up on the street.
I have had my bad years. I've been down and out. With acting, one year, you're rich, the next, you're poor. I was never that
close to being homeless. I've always girlfriends to stay with and be their "spice boy." [Laughs
TVGuide.com: Love it! No doubt many women would be happy to offer you shelter.
Anyway, this storyline has been a great re-introduction to daytime. I took quite an absence after Sunset Beach
. I had a lot of bad career advice. I was young and aggressive and I didn't see the pitfalls you can fall into out there. After Sunset Beach
, I played a recovering drug addict who became a student counselor on this great Fox dramedy, Opposite Sex
. It was such a great experience, but it only lasted eight episodes. It's so sad when that happens. The actors are s--t out of luck, like "What am I gonna do now?"
TVGuide.com: You also did All My Children back in 2004.
I played the assistant district attorney, Justin McCoy. He was more like a Columbo-style detective than an attorney. I got to really stick it to Susan Lucci a few times. That was really fun. She's a sweetheart, by the way.
TVGuide.com: So how did you end up back on daytime?
I have to give props to my manager, Michael Bruno. When I wanted to get back into daytime, he was my number one person to call. He's put me up for some good roles. It was between me and Greg Vaughn for the part of Lucky on General Hospital
awhile back. It didn't work out, but I'm glad to be on B&B
now. They're very gracious to have me here. I was totally in the dark about what I'd be doing at first, but this is turning out to be an edgy, complex role. Shane is trying to get out of that homeless drifter life. Along the way, he has gotten feelings for Phoebe and her family. But Shane is still going to do whatever it takes to get what he needs.
TVGuide.com: What's up with Shane behaving oddly, like when he talks to himself sometimes?
What's so weird about that? Whether I'm being Dax or Shane, I talk to myself out loud every day!
TVGuide.com: Interesting. Do you have any other secrets to share, Dax?
Griffin: Secrets? Nah. I openly live a soap-opera life. I've got two exes at both sides of the hallway at CBS [Television City, where B&B is taped].
TVGuide.com: Who are we talking about here?
Griffin: Jennifer Gareis (Donna, B&B) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria, The Young and the Restless). I'm still friends with both, and I love 'em both dearly. Everyone's very supportive of each other. It's good that we have that kind of rapport.