Exclusive Photos of Jacob Young at the Toyota Pro/Celeb Race to come!
For the second year in a row, we are off to the races in support of daytime. This year's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Grand Prix Race in Long Beach, CA features only one daytime star, but he's one of soap's best and brightest: GeneralHospital's Jacob Young (Lucky).
We nabbed an exclusive interview with the star on Media Day in between practice runs. And don't worry if you can't attend the race on Saturday and/or Sunday, April 13-14, 2002, because we got all the inside scoop and gossip on Jacob and Lucky on Media Day just for you !
You might wonder how Jacob got interested in racing, considering that his many other talents seem to keep him busy 24/7. In fact, Jacob recently returned from a trip to Dallas where he has been working on his music. In between catching flights, Jacob has been training with the other celebrities in preparation for this year's race. Among his competitors: Star Trek's Patrick Stewart, NYPD Blue's Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the West Wing's Dule Hill, ER's Goran Visnjic, and WCW wrestling champ Bill Goldberg.
But before Jacob had time to socialize with his famous counterparts, he had to focus on learning the course and getting comfortable with maneuvering his racecar.
"I've been doing go-karts or shifter-carts when I'm not doing this or doing the show. We do it about four or five times a year. I've done it since I was 17, so I've been trying to get into this race for three years!"
Always one to poke fun at himself, Jacob added, "it's just really, really difficult because there's so many different celebrities that want to be a part of it, so obviously MY name was at the bottom of the list! No, but I finally got in and I'm here to dominate," he cracked.
Being the super soap star that he is, was there anyone in particular that Jacob was looking forward to meeting? "Patrick Stewart is one of my idols. I'm a huge ("StarTrek) Next Generation" fan and he's a really great actor."
Aside from preparing for the race, there was so much else to talk about. For one, how about being GH's only daytime Emmy nominee? "It feels good. This year, I feel like I put out a body of work that was worthy. I've been nominated one other time, but I didn't quite feel I earned it, like I do this year. I'm excited about it."
Ok, but let's talk about going up against "Bold & Beautiful's" Justin Torkildson, who took over the role of Rick from Jacob a few years back. How does it feel to be competing against the actor who plays a former role, a role Young created? "Like a piece of cake!" he says jokingly. "No, really, I'm very excited for him. He's a good guy. I've met him a couple of times."
As for his current storyline on GH, things couldn't be better. "I'm in a beautiful storyline right now. I'm working more than ever." So when is Lucky going to hook up with Elizabeth's sister, Sarah? Or have they already hooked up and Jacob just doesn't want to tell us? "Well, we are taping three weeks in advance, so . . . but I don't know what they're going to do. I mean, obviously, Lucky's got hormones and he can't seem to love Elizabeth because they're brainwashing things."
Aside from working hard and planning his trip to the Big Apple for the Emmys, Jacob is gearing up for a new film, called "Couples Counseling Killed Katie," a dark comedy about couples starring Billy Bob Thornton, David Schwimmer and Mel Brooks, among others. "I'm really excited. I mean, it's been my whole goal to break into film."
While Jacob anticipates exciting reviews when the film premieres at Sundance next year, he's just trying to enjoy his wave of good fortune. "Well, you know, that's what happens when you work really hard for what you want. I tell everybody, your dreams are only as big as you can fathom them. As long as you know they are possible and can turn them into actions, you'll be able to achieve them."
Thanks Jacob; we couldn't have said it better!