As Fox Crane number two on Passions, all Mark Cameron Wystrach has to say was “what a role to fall into.” Wystrach has been playing Nicholas “Fox” Crane since Valentine’s Day 2006 and is loving every minute of it.
“Oh you bet! Fox is a dynamic character. He‘s never boring.” Wystrach said. “Having this role is like being on an adventure. It’s like living my dream.”
Wystrach took over the role from Justin Hartley, who left Passions to star in a short-lived series for the now defunct The WB called “Mercy Reef.” Hartley landed the role of A.C. Curry, aka Aquaman in the pilot and only episode. He is now in post production on a feature film called “Spring Breakdown” which is scheduled for a 2007 release.
said that he saw some of Hartley’s work as Fox, but he believes in
bringing himself to the character and not imitate someone else’s work.
He’s also incorporating a bit of his real life into the character,
saying that he is a bit like Fox.Last year, Hartley stopped by the
Passions studio to celebrate his winning the role on “Mercy Reef” and
he bumped into Wystrach, but offered no advice on how to be Fox.
“You know...he didn’t. It was nice to meet him and talk, but not
about Fox,” Wystrach said. “But you know...I will tell you that he
(Hartley) is one cool dude!”
Passions is Wystrach’s first foray into the soap world. He admitted to receiving a call for a New York show, but turned it down to stay in Los Angeles.
Acting has always been a passion of his since growing up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. Maybe it’s because he said that growing up on a cattle ranch was like living something that kids read about.
“It was like a fantasy. And as a family we’d get together and do little skits,” Wystrach said. “We’d perform and even make our own little movies. We, the kids, were the pawns. But I always knew I wanted to act. As a kid you are either an athlete, a rock star, or an actor. I chose the latter.”
Wystrach comes from a family of six. He has a fraternal twin brother, and a sister who is a sports reporter for ESPN covering the “Hollywood type” stories.
He attributes some of his sister’s connections with helping him in the industry.
“She meets a lot of people. I recall a time meeting Kevin Costner, I was like wow!” Wystrach gushed. “But then I met Kevin’s daughter and it was more like wow wow!”
After graduating the University of Arizona, where he majored in Finance and Spanish, he decided to explore the world, living in Spain, Costa Rica, and Norway.
“I was in Norway, let’s just say because of a girl. But when I didn’t see the future I was like screw it. I headed to LA to pursue my career,” Wystrach said. “My girl wanted to finish medical school, and today she’s my biggest fan. Who knows...maybe if she lived in America, we’d be married.”
Upon returning to LA, Wystrach said that although he really wasn’t looking for work, it was his manager that convinced him to go try out for Passions.
“It’s strange. I went through the whole audition process. My first reading I wasn’t confidant at all,” Wystrach said. “I guess that’s how it goes. You never know. But now it’s the best thing that could of happened to me. Hey! Passions is on NBC, think of the exposure?”
Wystrach feels so comfortable, adding that it’s the great cast and crew that made him feel welcome.
“My first day I was a wreck. I just went in and did it. I didn’t want to make assumptions about anything,” Wystrach said. “This place has been remarkable. Everyone here at Passions is so un-Hollywood. It’s really a great place to grow. I just want to continue learning.”
Soapdom asked, what would you like to see Fox do, and what would your fans be surprised to know about you?
“(deep breath) Oh boy. As for Fox I’d really like to see him get
in danger and do some bad stuff. Have a little dark side, and revolve
around a lot. As for the fans! You need to know I’m a bit of a geek and
a real big goof ball that loves to have fun and goof off.”
In his spare time, he’s a gifted athlete that enjoys basketball, and surfing along the California coast. He is also an avid skateboarder, jokingly saying, “the producers aren’t happy about that.”
His goals are to continue being the best at being Fox, and explore whatever comes his way. In the long run, he would love to do an independent film, and have the chance to work with some great people. He refers to himself as having “a go with the flow attitude.”
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