CLIVES INTERVIEWS



                           

By Lorraine Zenka

              From Soap Opera Magazine

                              May 5, 1998
    
   SUN's Ben Evans is enduring a double dose of rage, frustration and fear
   these days. After being kidnapped and held captive by his evil twin, he's
   been forced to watch helplessly as Derek has taken over his life, moving
   into his home - and into Meg's arms. As Derek taunts him with images
   of Meg and wickedly measured words, Ben comes ever closer to giving
   up the passwords to his bank accounts. For his chillingly smooth
   transition between two visually identical but radically distinct
   characters, Clive Robertson is honored as Soap Opera Magazine's Star
   of the Week.

    

   From the first time Meg opened the door to a shadow-obscured Derek,
   Robertson's eerie transition from menacing presence to brooding
   charmer was stunning. Indeed, the actor has thrived in the dual roles,
   and his work to create two distinct personalities - even as Derek
   impersonates Ben - has been masterful.

   In his impersonation of brother Ben, Derek is pretty savvy in
   responding to those around him who know Ben well. "I let the audience
   see that he's thinking quickly," says Robertson. "You don't usually
   telegraph what a character is doing." As Derek learns more about
   people around Ben, he is becoming less guarded and is quick to cover a
   point, a development the actor appreciates. "It's a bit of a relief for
   me," admits Robertson. "His responses and speech pattern can be
   quicker now. He's becoming more like Ben."

   Robertson adds that "Derek is much easier to play than Ben," perhaps
   because there may be some freedom in insanity. "Ben is more controlled
   - he has an economy of movement about him. Derek doesn't," explains
   Robertson.

   To distinguish one twin from the other, Robertson has introduced a
   slight difference in their voices. "I've made Derek's a bit more posh. It's
   a bit more contrived because he's actually copying how he believes Ben
   speaks." Despite Ben's aristocratic air, the actor explains that he feels
   the brothers do not come from an affluent background. In Robertson's
   estimation, "Ben came to the States with nothing and struggled to
   achieve what he has."

   Derek, on the other hand, "is somehow under the impression that Ben
   has always been favored, and he's always come second. He feels he
   should have whatever Ben has just because they're twins. It's only fair in
   his mind."

   Lately, being Ben has been frustrating for character and actor alike.
   "He's never really let anyone get the best of him before," offers
   Robertson. "I'm really chained and gagged, and it's very annoying! In
   every one of Ben's scenes, I'm struggling for something or doing a
   voice-over while fighting my chains. It's difficult making that fresh every
   time."

   Derek, on the other hand, is thriving. He likes applying psychological
   torture and has used a hologram and will use a two-way mirror to let
   Ben see him with Meg. Although it's clear that Derek is a serial
   murderer and has homicidal thoughts about Meg, no one, not even the
   actor, is certain if Derek had anything to do with the disappearance and
   presumed death of Ben's wife, Maria. For the moment, Ben and his
   money are Derek's focus.

   "Derek keeps telling Ben that one day he'll be better than him," says
   Robertson. "It's all part of wearing him down." Speaking of which,
   how's Robertson holding up under the demands of his dual roles? "It's
   much harder than I expected," he admits. "But it's wonderful."