PART TWO OF TWO PARTS
In Part Two, James DePaiva talks about being Max, then not being Max; about the joys of family life; about being angry for a long time, and about dealing with those destructive “shoulds.”
By Damon L. Jacobs
D: Now, you mentioned being terribly shy. But I remember when Max came back One Life in 1992, the promotional ads that ran during ABC’s prime-time. It was close-up shots of every part of your body, your shoulders, your butt, all this for your big return. As a shy person, what was that like for you?
J: That was somebody else’s body. I was unavailable for that campaign. I was off at a health spa getting in shape, I wanted to look good for when I came back, so I told them I couldn’t do it. It wasn’t my body. I came back and Jessica Tuck said, “That’s not James’s body, he doesn’t have hair there.”
James and Kassie at last year’s Hoboken International Film Festival
Photo by Kristina Scheetz Rible/NJ.com
D: Would you consider going on the next Rock the Soap Cruise with Kassie (Mrs. DePaiva) or does that just feel like it’s too much proximity to fans?
J: Well, there’s a reason I’ve never done one. But, I don’t think now it would be an issue. I’m over 50 now, I’ve been off the show for at least five years. Now there would be a couple of people that would remember me and it would be nice and casual. I might do it. Kassie said next year I should go on the cruise.
D: You may enjoy it.
J: Well, that’s because I’m out of it now, I’m not in it. And also because my ego’s not in it anymore. To be Max Holden my ego had to be as big as a truck. The turning point for Max and whether I enjoyed doing him was when I was realized that Jim DePaiva and his life was bigger than Max’s. Max’s life in the beginning was so big,
On his last days on One Life: “If it wasn’t said outright, it certainly was implied that I was too old and made too much money. Would I say that it hurt? Absolutely. But I mean they did absolutely everything they could to diminish the value of the character. I had to sit there for a long time watching them drive him into the ground.”
there was no way I could ever compete with that. But the character kept being brought down, brought down. He was making money, losing fortunes, completely cocksure of himself with any woman in any given situation, then he was completely emasculated.
D: How so?
J: The girls weren’t picking him. He was taking little jobs, his dream disappeared. This is a guy who had seen himself as king of the world, then decided to bartend at Rodi’s. There’s one point where they said, “We’ll just [Read more…]