Nathan Fillion Thanks His Soap Years

Nathan Fillion is proud of soap opera background.

He was on ABC‘s One Life to Live from 1994 to 1997 and has since gone on to star in Firefly, Desperate Housewives and the new ABC show, Castle.

Of all his recent success, he still says that soap work was definitely the most challenging.

“I logged more on camera hours in my first three years of my career on ‘One Life to Live‘ than I have in the rest of my career put together. That is the most intense, the absolute fastest, working experience for an actor you can possibly imagine … it trained me how to be technically proficient. The training I received prepared me for everything I’ve done since.”

He also thanks his soap years for helping his memory. “The actors film an episode a day, as compared to eight days to shoot one episode of Castle. That’s a lot of lines to remember. You’d get to the last part of the day and they’d be like, ‘OK, cut this line, this line, everything on this page, this line’s cut, do you need a rehearsal?’ And you just look at it and say, …’Got it. Let’s go. Let’s move.’ It was that strong a muscle by the end of three years.”

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