Eric Winter is the kind of guy who looks great with his shirt on – or off. In fact, this morning on Los Angeles’ INDIE 103.1 radio station, morning host, Joe Escalente, tried to convince Winter to disrobe right there in the studio.
“You have one of those bodies,” Escalante quipped to Winter.
Apparently, Escalente had YouTubed Winter and found a hot shower scene between Rex (Winter) and Mimi (Farah Fath) from his days on Days of our Lives, and kept remarking what great shape Winter was in. (Okay, I admit it. Thanks to Escalente, later this morning, I YouTubed Winter, too, and found the same shower scene. Talk about steamy! I digress.) But alas and alack. We listeners were not treated to Escalente’s reaction to a bare-chested Winter right there in the studio, as Winter graciously declined to take off his shirt.
Winter did, however, share with the audience news of his latest feature film, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, opening wide in theaters today. The premise of the story is simple enough: It follows the cross-country adventures of the pot-smoking duo as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists when they try to sneak a bong on board their flight to Amsterdam.. The tag line is “This time they are running from the joint.” Clever -- and according to Winter – the movie is downright hilarious. He plays sort of the straight man, a guy named Coltin, who is the fiancé to Kumar’s ex girlfriend. The film is a sequel to the popular cult classic, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” Winter shot his scenes in Shreveport, LA in the Spring of 2007.
Since leaving Days of our Lives, Winter has kept busy doing a stream of guest-starring and series regular television roles including ABC Family’s “Wildfire,” Lifetime’s “Island Heat – Break In,” “Smallville,” and “Pepper Dennis” for The WB (now the CW), a recurring role on ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” a series regular role on the short-lived CBS prime timer, “Viva Laughlin,” and debuting tonight, a recurring role on “Moonlight” as the new Assistant District Attorney (Ben Talbot). His character will become another threat to the world's most charming and dismarming vampire, Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin), in Mick's quest to romance the woman of his dreams, Beth (Sophia Miles). Winter is likewise currently in production on a new feature film with co-star Katherine Heigl (Izzy, Grey’s Anatomy) called The Ugly Truth.
Soapdom couldn’t be more proud of another soaper gone primetime and film. Soapdom is even prouder of the fact that Winter was very appreciative of his stint on Days of our Lives, saying it was an excellent training ground. Not like some other former soap actors who do not even list their soap opera experience on their imdb page. (The name James Marsden comes to mind. He played Scott Chandler on All My Children a few years ago and interestingly also starred opposite Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses, out soon on DVD.) Winter went on to note how amazingly wonderful fans of daytime TV are. He said that the minute you land a role on a soap, you're an instant star. You're interviewed, you're on the front page of all the internet sites and print publications. In prime time and or film, it could take years to get that kind of recongnition, but in daytime, you're a celeb right away and much of that is thanks to the loyal and dedicated fans of soaps.
Winter’s appearance on Escalente’s morning show ended when the two discovered that not only did Winter and Escalente’s wife go to the same high school in La Mirada, CA, but Winter actually knew Escalente’s wife in high school. Talk about six degrees of separation. Did Mrs. Escalente ever get treated to a bare chested Winter back then? Can’t help but think that Escalente is wondering the exact same thing!
Be sure to check out Eric Winter in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay in theaters today.
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