Eleven year old Colton Shires who plays Little Ethan on the soon-to-be-defunct soap opera Passions, moved to Los Angeles when he was six-and-a-half years old to pursue an acting career. He and his family, including brothers, Kalan and Nakoda, also actors, came for pilot season, but five years later, here they all are still in LA.
“One thing just led to another and after several months my mom was like ‘just forget it, we will rent an apartment and stay awhile,’” shared Shires. “My two older brothers, Kalan and Nakoda, came out here as well when I did and all three of us enjoy acting. My older brothers don't work as much as I do but they do a lot of PSA's and some commercials and occasionally, you will see them on an episode of something. They hope to continue and make it big someday, too! I hope I get there first (haha).”
Shires may be one of the younger members of the Passions cast, but he has been thrown head first into a front burner storyline and he couldn’t love it more. As Passions taped it’s last episode on Friday, March 28, 2008, Soapdom caught up with the young gent and asked some fun and crucial questions about life on the set, working with his costars, and what his plans are now that Passions is wrapping production. Here’s how it went:
SOAPDOM: How old were you when you got your first acting or modeling job?
COLTON SHIRES: I was five, I believe, and it was a toy ad for KB toys.
SOAPDOM: What made you want to be an actor?
SHIRES: My brother started doing some print work and auditions and I kept telling my mom "that looks fun, I want my turn."
SOAPDOM: How old were you when you started on Passions?
SHIRES: I had actually just turned seven but I think I was supposed to play like five or something.
SOAPDOM: Who is your favorite Passions costar, and why do you enjoy working with them so much?
SHIRES: I like them all but Eric (Martsolf, Ethan) is the most fun to work with I think, because he's really funny and energetic. He makes it fun for me.
SOAPDOM: If you had your wish, how would you like to see Little Ethan's storyline evolve?
SHIRES: That's a hard one!! Since it's the end of the show I thought it would be really cool to have another tsunami hit and wipe out Harmony but leave me, Theresa (Lindsay Hartley), Gwen (Liza Huber), Ethan (Eric Martsolf), Pilar (Eva Tamargo), and Allister (John Reilly) all stranded on a small, remote island and maybe have someone pick up the sequel to this soap!!!
SOAPDOM: That would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? Share with us a typical day on the set.
SHIRES: I usually come in for dry blocking in the early morning, and then I grab breakfast and head to my dressing room to change into wardrobe and get seen by Bobby in hair. When my item is up, I head to the stage to film my scenes. We usually rehearse a time or two and then shoot the scene and move on. When I am done filming, I head to the school room to put in my three hours of schooling. Sometimes this is fun and sometimes it is just hard work!!!
SOAPDOM: How do you study your lines each day?
SHIRES: I usually practice each scene a few times until I have memorized them. Then I go back to the beginning and try to get thru all the scenes without looking at the script. My mom helps me at home and the set coach or Lindsay (Hartley, Theresa) usually runs them with me at set.
SOAPDOM: When you are working on Passions, do you get time for other fun kid stuff?
SHIRES: We can usually fit it in!!
SOAPDOM: What other fun kid stuff do you enjoy?
SHIRES: Hiking, biking, hanging with friends and playing X-Box Live!!!!!
SOAPDOM: What's your favorite sport?
SHIRES: Football and basketball, but I have played most spots including Karate
SOAPDOM: What do you enjoy doing when not acting or playing sports?
SHIRES: I like hanging with friends and spending lots of time with my family, playing video and board games. I also like helping stray animals that need help or have been lost and abused. I am an animal lover!!!! I have a dog, a cat, two fish, and a turtle myself. (I want a python but that won’t do with a small cat). My favorite animal is a Siberian Husky dog because they are very beautiful and friendly.
SOAPDOM: Once Passions wraps taping at the end of this month, will you continue to pursue an acting career?
SHIRES: DEFINITELY! I love acting and hope to continue with it as long as I can! I would love to do funny sitcom!
SOAPDOM: Who will you miss most at Passions?
SHIRES: EVERYONE!!!! It is the best cast and crew that you could ask for!! Everyone is so kid friendly that it has made my job easier and it has definitely been a memorable and positive experience for me!!
Shires sends a big thanks to all the Passions fans out there who have helped support the show and helped to keep it running. “I hope you don't forget us and hope you can join us on the Farewell to Passions fan cruise !”
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