Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Trent Dawson and Love Out Loud VII

Trent Dawson first appeared on As the World Turns as WOAK news director Henry Coleman on November 10, 1999. Somehow this background character grew into a scene stealer that viewers looked forward to seeing. Trent Dawson was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.. He told The Advocate Online, "I've been acting since I could walk. I went to a Joni Mitchell concert with my mom at LSU when I was about two. During a break, I ran up onto the stage and started playing the piano." After returning to the States from a year-long adventure abroad, Trent studied theater at the University of Colorado. Upon graduation he moved to New York to live the life of a struggling actor. In the fall of 1996 Trent founded the Blue Coat Repertory Company with some of his peers, most of whom he had met in Colorado. Of his experiences on the set of As the World Turns, Trent said, "I've learned from every actor on the show, directly or indirectly. I came in with an itinerary of sorts regarding camera skills, and since I was surrounded by people who had more of these skills, every day was full … I thank the soap for reigniting a bit of curiosity in me, even when there are days that the red flag goes up and you say 'now this is just silly!'" It may seem as if Trent Dawson came out of nowhere to steal viewers' hearts as the lovable rascal Henry Coleman, but he didn't. He had almost a lifetime of acting experience behind him. This is Mr. Dawson’s second Love Out Loud and we are proud to have him with us. We are thrilled to reunite him with his beautiful and talented co-star Colleen Zenk. We are grateful that he will be helping us with our team effort for AIDS Walk New York.

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