CLIVES INTERVIEWS

 From Soap Opera Digest

                             June 16, 1998
   Daytime has a long history of asking its strongest actors to tackle two
   or more roles. Currently, All My Children's David Canary
   (Adam/Stuart), Guiding Light's Kim Zimmer (Reva, Clone Reva) and
   Sunset Beach's Clive Robertson (Ben/Derek) are pulling double duty.
   Here's a candid interview with Robertson, explaining all the reasons
   why playing a twin is not necessarily a walk on the beach.
   Digest:
                     What has your schedule been like?
   Robertson:
                     I feel completely brainwashed. It's been difficult, because
                     they've been scheduling me last every day. I've had so many
                     scenes that I come in at 1, often don't get on (set) until 5 and
                     go until we finish. We shoot late, and it's difficult to
                     concentrate at that time. If we finish at 10 or 11 (p.m.), then I
                     have to go home to learn all my lines and I don't get to bed
                     until 2 a.m. I've been getting up at 10 and trying to remember
                     the lines I learned the night before. It's been a vicious circle
                     and I haven't really had a life.
   Digest:
                     Do you think the story is working?
   Robertson:

                     It gets better from what I've read. The way they've been
                     writing Ben since he's been locked up has been annoying me.
                     I'm really bored with him. Ben has never allowed anyone to get
                     the better of him, and he's not been allowed to express himself
                     in the way that he would. They've been writing all these great,
                     great lines for Derek, but nothing for Ben. I'm looking forward
                     to getting Ben back to himself.

   Digest: 
                     Which would be what?
   Robertson:
                     The interesting thing about Ben is that I never set out with the
                     intention of making him likable. He's fairly abrupt, fairly
                     antisocial, but with different people, other sides of his
                     character are brought out. That's what the audience bought
                     into. He's a bit of an antihero.
   Digest:
                     Do you enjoy playing Derek? 
   Robertson:
                     Yes, I've had a lot of fun playing him. I find Derek a lot easier
                     to play. Ben's quite difficult to portray, actually. Ben has this
                     sort of economy with movement in the way he walks, talks and
                     does things, whether it's picking up a phone or whatever.
                     Derek, I find much more liberating. I've purposely not given
                     him that same ease with things.
   Digest:
                     What else do you do to differentiate Derek from Ben?
   Robertson:
                     When I first played Derek, his voice was much posher. He was
                     more sophisticated, brought about by the fact that he was
                     trying to copy Ben, but not doing a very good job. Lately,
                     Derek's become more comfortable with being Ben, so the
                     differences are fewer.
   Digest:
                     Have you had any problems with how easy it has been for
                     Derek to take over Ben's life?
   Robertson:
                     Some situations are a bit difficult to believe. They haven't
                     made it very clear that Derek's soundproofed the room and
                     put speakers in. That's how he's able to hear what's
                     happening. And the password -- the fact that Derek has all
                     Ben's I.D., but can't access his password. I would have thought
                     he could go to the bank with his passbook and credit cards and
                     checkbook and get the money. I assume it's in a Swiss account
                     and you need I.D.s for stuff like that. And Derek used to
                     always have the same clothes as Ben. My idea was that he's
                     been plotting this for a long time. He's been keeping such
                     close tabs on Ben, he probably broke into his house and
                     bought the same clothes he saw in Ben's wardrobe, actually
                     monitoring him so closely that he was able to wear (the same
                     outfit) on any given day. But they sort of brushed over all that.
   Digest:
                     Anything else?
   Robertson:
                     Meg is in the warehouse with Derek, so you would expect Ben
                     to shout at her. But Derek has said he'll kill her if anything
                     happens, so I guess that's fair enough; he's not going to
                     endanger her. But then Casey shows up. Derek does have a
                     knife in his hand, so I suppose Ben is thinking that Derek will
                     kill Casey and then, kill Meg. But personally? I would have
                     screamed.
   Digest: 
                     What are your thoughts about continuing to play the dual role?
   Robertson:
                     It's fun to play two completely different characters, and ther
                     are some interesting things coming up between the brothers
                     that I am excited about doing.
   Digest:
                     Do you think the fans are buying the story?
   Robertson:
                     They can buy anything now that Ben isn't the killer