CLIVES INTERVIEWS

SEPTEMBER 8 1997 

SODlive:

Hello all you SUNSET BEACH fans!

We're here with Clive Robertson and Susan Ward....

Better known as Ben and Meg to you :-)

SODlive:

Hello Susan and Clive!

Susan and Clive:

HELLO!

Question:

For both Clive and Susan:
 Who influenced you the most when you were growing up?

Susan Ward:

MY MOTHER DID. SHE WAS A VERY HARD WORKER: 
A TEACHER AND A PSYCHATRIC NURSE. I STUDIED PSYCHOLOGY.

Clive Robertson:

PROBABLY MY FATHER. HE WAS A PILOT IN THE AIR FORCE. 
HE WAS A VERY GOOD FATHER TO ME. HE WAS A VERY HONEST AND KIND MAN. 
THOUGH HE DIED WHEN I WAS 15, UP UNTIL THAT POINT, 
I THINK, YOUR MOTHER IS PROBABLY MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU THEN YOUR FATHER IS. 
I THINK HE INFLUENCED ME ENOUGH TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS.

Question:

For both Susan and Clive:
 Where were you when you found out you got the part on Sunset Beach? 
What did you do when you found out?

Susan Ward:

I WAS ACTUALLY AT THE AIRPORT PICKING UP MY MOTHER.
 IT WAS A MONTH TO THE DAY THAT I TESTED FOR THE PART.
 I GOT A PAGE AND PEGGY IN THE CASTING DEPT TOLD ME I GOT THE PART!

Clive Robertson:

I WAS STAYING WITH SOME FRIENDS IN PACIFIC PALISADES 
(I WASN'T LIVING IN LA AT THE TIME) 
MY MANAGER CALLED ME & SAID I GOT THE FRIGGIN' PART! I SAID, 
I GOT THE PART? AND HE SAID, YES! 
AND THEN I DOVE IN THE SWIMMING POOL.

Question:

For Susan: Was it fun taping the "catfight" with Sarah Buxton?

Susan Ward:

YEAH, IT WAS ACTUALLY A LOT OF FUN. 
WE LAUGHED THROUGH ALL OF THE SCENES. 
OUR BODY DOUBLES FIT US TO A TEE.
 WE DID EVERYTHING THEY DID, TOO. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN.

Question:

For Clive: I love your character (but who doesn't).
 I read you moved to the states just for this part. 
How are done you like it here?

Clive Robertson:

TRULY, I LOVE IT. I LOVE CALIFORNIA, 
I HAD NEVER BEEN HERE UNTIL A MONTH BEFORE I GOT THE PART. 
I LOVE THE SUNSHINE MOST OF ALL AND I LOVE WHERE I LIVE, 
IT'S SO DIFFERENT THAN WHERE 
I LIVED IN LONDON AND EVERYTHING OUT HERE IS SO RELAXED COMPARED TO LONDON.
 IT SUITS ME BETTER, I THINK.

Question:

Susan, what does Ben need to say or do to prove himself to Meg?

Clive Robertson:

OH COMES ON! I THINK HE'S SAID ENOUGH ALREADY!

Susan Ward:

I THINK HE NEEDS TO STOP CALLING ME MARIA, FOR ONE. 
AND HE NEEDS TO STOP LISTENING TO WHAT ANNIE SAYS TO HIM. 
HE NEEDS TO WINE AND DINE HER, AND WOO HER.

Clive Robertson:

THERE'S A LOT MORE COMING UP!

Question:

Clive... you are so handsome when you wear black and blue on the show,
 what colors are your favorite to wear off screen?

Clive Robertson:

BLUE AND BLACK. SERIOUSLY! AND WHITE, OCCASSIONALLY.

Question:

Clive, hello! I know that you did a lot of theatre in England.
 Do you prefer theatre or television, 
and are they similar in any ways? Thank you!

Clive Robertson:

IN ALL SERIOUSNESS,
 I PREFER THEATER AS A MEDIUM ONLY BECAUSE I'M A BIT OF A PERFECTIONIST AND THEATER ALLOWS YOU TO PERFECT YOUR PERFOMANCE. 
HAVING SAID THAT, IT DOESN'T PAY VERY WELL!
 I'VE NEVER DONE AS MUCH TV AS I HAVE SINCE I'VE DONE THIS SHOW AND WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT IT IS,
 THAT I HAVE, AS AN ACTOR, BECOME MORE SPONTANEOUS AS AN ACTOR BECAUSE YOU CAN'T BE AS POLISHED IN YOUR PERFORMANCE.

Question:

Susan, do you still ride mountain bikes like you did years ago?

Susan Ward:

NO, I DIDN'T RIDE MOUNTAIN BIKES, I WAS A BMX RACER. I DON'T RIDE BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE A BIKE HERE, BUT I AM LOOKING TO GET ONE AND TAKE IT OUT ON THE MOUNTAINS AND JUST PEDAL MY HEART AWAY!

Question:

I was wondering if you were in a British ad for chewing gum, Clive, or am I imagining things!

Clive Robertson:

OH, DEAR! I'VE BEEN FOUND OUT! YES! THIS IS THE SAD, AWFUL TRUTH. HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Question:

If your characters were to be broken up, whom would you each choose for your character's next love interest?

Clive Robertson:

AUNT BETTE!

Susan Ward:

PROBABLY MARK ACTUALLY BECAUSE WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD CHEMISTRY AND WE WORK WELL TOGETHER. WE'RE THE TWO GOOD CHARACTERS OF THE SHOW AND HE'S FUN TO WORK WITH.

Question:

Susan and Clive, this is for both of you. Has the response to Ben and Meg surprised you? How many mail dos you typically receive, and do you get a chance to read it? Thanks.

Clive Robertson:

I COULDN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY LETTERS I GET... 25 A WEEK? AND, YES, I READ ALL THE LETTERS I GET. I REALLY ENJOY READING THEM BECAUSE OCCASSIONALLY I GET ONE THAT'S REALLY INTERESTING.

Susan Ward:

I GET ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT. I DO TRY TO READ ALL OF MY LETTERS AND PICK OUT THE FEW SPECIAL ONES: CHILDREN IN THE HOSPITAL, PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK, ETC. AND I TRY TO RESPOND TO THEM.

Question:

Susan: I watched you on "Malibu Shores". What is the difference between Primetime and Daytime shows? Which is easier?

Susan Ward:

PRIMETIME IS DEFINITELY A LOT LESS WORK! ON SB, WE FILM AN EPISODE A DAY. AT MALIBU, WE FILMED AN EPISODE IN 7 DAYS THERE WAS STILL LONG HOURS BUT LESS TO DO. A LOT LESS PRESSURE. I LIKED MS BECAUSE WE WERE ON LOCATION IN MALIBU IT WAS NICE TO BE ON THE BEACH, VERY RELAXING. I LIKE PRIMETIME A LOT, BUT I LOVE WHAT IM DOING NOW.

Question:

Susan, what's it like working with Clive?

Susan Ward:

CLIVE IS INCREDIBLE TO WORK WITH.

Clive Robertson:

I'M SITTING HERE NEXT TO HER, HOLDING HER DOWN, WITH A MALLET TO HER HEAD! 

Susan Ward:

IT'S A JOY WORKING WITH CLIVE. WE COVER FOR EACH OTHER A LOT OF THE TIMES. HE'S VERY PATIENT AND GIVING IN A LOT OF WAYS. HE'S HELD MY HAND A FEW DAYS AND HELPED ME THROUGH MY DAY.

Question:

Susan and Clive-I love you guys on the show!!! :-) What's it like working with the rest of the cast?

Clive Robertson:

WELL, EACH CAST MEMBER IS OBVIOUSLY DIFFERENT. AND I WORK DIFFERENTLY WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM. SOME YOU JUST FIND EASIER TO WORK WITH THAN OTHERS FOR INSTANCE, I ENJOY THE FEW SCENES I HAVE WITH SAM BEREHENS AND HANK CHEYNE. AND SARAH BUXTON.

Susan Ward:

DITTO. I REALLY ENJOY WORKING WITH NICK STABILE, WE WORK REALLY WELL WITH EACH OTHER SARAH BUXTON, I LIKE WORKING WITH HER, TOTAL BAD GIRL & I'M A GOOD GIRL. IT'S GOOD TO SEE HOW WE REACT OFF EACH OTHER. WE REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW THE SCENE IS GOING TO WORK UNTIL WE DO IT.

Question:

AFTER THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING (HOPEFULLY) ARE THERE ANY PLANS OF EVER FILMING IN EUROPE? VENICE THE MOST ROMANTIC CITY IN THE WORLD. I KNOW YOU CAN'T DO SPOILERS.

Clive Robertson:

WHEN WORKING WITH RICK BENNOWITZ, ONE OF OUR DIRECTORS, HE SUGGESTED IN ONE SCENE THAT WE DID THAT WE MENTION VENICE AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE. IN ORDER TO PLANT A SEED IN THE PRODUCER'S HEAD ABOUT JUST THAT! SO, YOU NEVER KNOW! I DON'T THINK VENICE IN THE STUDIO WILL HAVE QUITE THE SAME IMPACT!

Question:

You both are great.... Who fools around most on the set?

Clive Robertson:

PROBABLY SAM.

Susan Ward:

YES, SAM BEREHENS.

Question:

You guys are great on Sunset Beach! Which do you enjoy taping more: the outdoor beach scenes or in the studio?

Susan Ward:

OUTDOOR! ONCE YOU'RE IN THE STUDIO ALL DAY LONG YOU START TO FEEL LIKE A VAMPIRE... YOU GO IN WHEN IT'S DARK AND LEAVE WHEN IT'S DARK SO I REALLY ENJOY LOCATION WORK.

Clive Robertson:

LOCATION IS LIKE BEING ON HOLIDAY, FOR ME. 

Susan Ward:

I AGREE. AND IT'S MORE LAIDBACK.

Question:

Susan & Clive - If you were stuck on a desert island with one other person... who would that person be?

Clive Robertson:

MY GIRLFRIEND PUT ME!

Susan Ward:

THE MYSTERIOUS AND WEALTHY ENTREPENEUR BEN EVANS.

Question:

Clive and Susan hi, I love you both on the show how do you feel about all this attention "Sunset Beach" has been receiving on-line?

Susan Ward:

I DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER AT MY HOUSE, SO I'M REALLY NOT IN TOUCH WITH THE CHAT ROOMS & EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET. BUT FROM WHAT I HEAR FROM PEOPLE AT WORK, IT'S VERY VERY GOOD. I THINK IT'S TREMENDOUS

Clive Robertson:

DITTO. BUT, I JUST PURCHASED A COMPUTER AS OF LAST MONTH, I TRIED TO GET ONLINE AND IWASN'T ABLE TO FIND MY WAY AROUND VERY EASILY BUT I WILL TRY AGAIN WHEN I HAVE MORE TIME.

Question:

Hello do you think Meg will ever get a better bedroom?

Clive Robertson:

I PRAY, PRAY EVERY NIGHT!

Susan Ward:

LOL. I THINK SHE WILL IN THE FUTURE. SHE'LL HAVE MORE MONEY WHEN SHE'S WITH BEN. I'VE BEEN FIGHTING THAT FROM THE GET GO: HER WARDROBE, ETC. BUT SHE'S A SIMPLE GIRL FROM KANSAS AND SHE'S JUST GETTING OUT THERE IN THE REAL WORLD. BUT YES, I'M HOPING THINGS WILL CHANGE, THE SOONER THE BETTER.

Question:

Clive: how do you feel about the sex symbol status that you have reached?

Clive Robertson:

WHAT SEX SYMBOL STATUS? ARE THERE THINGS GOING ON THAT I'M NOT PRIVY TO?

Question:

Susan, Meg seems to be torn between following her heart and listening to her mind. What will she ultimately do?

Susan Ward:

WELL, I GUESS IT DEPENDS ON BEN, HOW HE REACTS AND WHAT HE DOES TO CHANGE HER MIND, IF SHE CAN CHANGE HER MIND. HOPEFULLY SHE'LL GO WITH HER HEART, BUT THOSE BRAINS GET IN THE WAY.

Question:

To Clive: What was your reaction about the princess?

Clive Robertson:

WELL, I WAS SHOCKED AS EVERYONE ELSE WAS, I'M SURE. I WAS ALSO SHOCKED BY THE REACTION THAT I WAS HEARING FROM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW POPULAR SHE WAS HERE, TO BE HONEST THE LAST TIME I SAW DIANA WAS AT THE HARBOR CLUB GYM IN LONDON ABOUT 18 MONTHS AGO AND IT WAS OVER EASTER, SHE WAS SITTING ON A ROW WITH A BAR READING A NEWSPAPER. I WAS SORELY TEMPTED TO GO TALK TO HER.

Question:

Susan, I loved your portrayal of Psyche' on "Hercules", is there any chance of you doing another episode?

Susan Ward:

I HOPE SO, IN THE FUTURE THAT I CAN RETURN AND GO BACK TO NEW ZELAND I HEARD RECENTLY THAT PSYCHE HAD A BABY. I REALLY ENJOYED WORKING THERE WITH KEVIN SORBO. HE'S AN INCREDIBLE PERSON. HE WAS VERY KIND AND GENEROUS TO ME, AND MADE ME FEEL WELCOME. I WOULD LOVE TO RETURN.

Question:

Who on the show is most unlike his/her character?

Susan Ward:

SARAH.

Clive Robertson:

SAM.

Susan Ward:

SARAH'S NOT THAT MUCH OF A BITCH. SHE'S VERY SWEET AND KIND. SHE'S NOT CONNIVING AND MALICOUS LIKE ANNIE IS.

Clive Robertson:

I AGREE WITH THAT. ALSO, SAM, BENEATH THAT HARD EXTERIOR, IS A PUSSYCAT. SAM IS SO, SO KIND AND GENEROUS PERSON. HE IS THE ANTITHESIS OF GREGORY.

Question:

Clive: An awkward? But what is your favorite beverage?

Clive Robertson:

PROBABLY AT THE MOMENT, STOLI VODKA AND TONIC.

Question:

For Clive or Susan: I live up here in Canada. Does either of you know when any of the SB actors will do public appearances up here?

Clive Robertson:

THERE'S TALK OF BRINGING A BUNCH OF ACTORS FOR A SOAPFEST EVENT UP THERE BUT NOTHING IS DEFINITE.

Question:

Clive and Susan, what did you do with your first paycheck?

Clive Robertson:

I SPENT IT ON A CAR, I THINK. ACTUALLY, IT WENT TO PAY FOR ALL MY DEBTS, WHICH INCLUDED BUYING A CAR.

Susan Ward:

I PAID RENT AND WENT SHOPPING!

Question:

I hear you both were on location in Kansas...were that any fun?

Susan Ward:

IT WAS ACTUALLY A LOT OF FUN. WE WERE ALL-TOGETHER IN A BIG VAN & STAYED ON THIS BIG HOTEL W/NO WINDOWS WENT ON THESE ADVENTURES TO FIND RESTURAUNTS. IT WAS A BONDING EXPERIENCE. IT WAS A LOT OF WORK BUT A LOT OF FUN.

Clive Robertson:

AS SHE SAID, WE HAD SOME FUN EXPERIENCES... ON PLANES. I SAT NEXT TO WEIRD AL YANKOVIC COMING BACK FROM KANSAS. I DIDN'T ACTUALLY KNOW WHO HE WAS.

Susan Ward:

SARAH AND I WENT OVER ANS INTRODUCED OURSELVES.

Clive Robertson:

HE MANAGED TO DROP HIS DRINK ALL OVER HIMSELF. ALSO, THERE WAS A WOMAN, A FAN, SITTING IN FRONT OF ME WHO ON TAKE OFF, WAS TRYING TO PEER AROUND HER CHAIR AND TAKE A POLAROID OF ME WHICH SHE REALIZED HALFWAY DOWN THE RUNWAY WAS IMPOSSIBLE.

Susan Ward:

LITO, OUR MAKEUP ARTIST, ASKED HER THE TIME AND HE GAVE HER LA INSTEAD OF NY TIME, AND SHE REACHED OVER AND HIT HIM! SHE SAID SHE WANTED NY TIME, NOT LA TIME.

Question:

Susan: No offense to you, because I love your work, but what is wrong with your character! OK, tell Ben what happened and then hang out with Vanessa. You need to fight two on two, you and Vanessa on Annie and Virginia! What do you think?

Susan Ward:

I PERSONALLY THINK THAT'S A MARVELOUS IDEA. ANNIE AND VIRGINIA DESERVE DO BE DONE IN BY VANESSA AND MEG! THEY'VE BEEN SO HORRIBLE TO THEM AND SO MEAN. I THINK THE TWO GOOD GIRLS NEED TO GET BACK AT THE TWO BAD GIRLS. AS FOR BEN, HE SHOULD REMEMBER ON HIS OWN. WEVE GIVEN HIM ENOUGH CLUES. BY THIS TIME HE SHOULD FIGURE OUT WHAT HES DOING TO MEG!

Clive Robertson:

BUT, MARIA...

Question:

You two are great at solving crimes. What's next for the mystery sleuth couple, Ben and Meg?

Susan Ward:

THERE'S A LOT OF ADVENTURES FOR BEN AND MEG!

Clive Robertson:

THERE'S LOTS OF ADVENTURES, BUT I DON'T KNOW ABOUT CRIME SOLVING.

Susan Ward:

THERE HAS TO BE ADVENTURES TO KEEP YOU GUYS WATCHING!

SODlive:

We'd like to thank you all for being here tonight with Digest -- and Clive and Susan... And we'd like to thank Clive and Susan for being here too!

Susan Ward:

THANKS FOR COMING AND WATCHING SUNSET BEACH.THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT.

Clive Robertson:

THANKS FOR WATCHING AND I WILL DEFINITELY ENDEAVOR TO TRACK

YOU ALL DOWN ON THE INTERNET.

 

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