Days of Our Lives newcomer Nathan Owens (Cameron) talks to TVSource Magazine about his plans to make his character his own, why he loves acting and what it was like to work with pop superstar Rihanna.
The model-turned-actor joined the cast of Days in the fall, taking over the role of Cameron Davis. Owens made his on-screen debut as the hunky doctor on Dec. 24. Cameron’s realization that Gabi couldn’t be pregnant with Nick’s child turned out to be the catalyst for a bombshell his late sister’s brother, Chad, would drop during Nick and Gabi’s wedding. Chad’s actions only pushed his ex-girlfriend Abby into the comforting arms of Cameron, who also happens to be her ex. Is there a possibility for Abby and Cameron to rekindle their relationship?
TVSource Magazine: Can you preview what’s coming up for Cameron?
Nathan Owens: You know what; I would say there is going to be a change in character as far as what we’ve seen from him so far. There’ll be a difference in Cameron. He’ll be a bit more edgy, a little more exciting. Lots of exciting things to come.
TVSource Magazine: What do you plan to bring to the role?
Owens: There’s a lot of the family issues that I can relate to with this character. I drew from actual personal experience with some of the family trials and tribulations that he’s going through, and honestly how I’ve reacted in those situations because a couple of the things that have happened to Cameron have happened to me in my life. I drew from that as far as that goes.
Also, I made sure that I didn’t see the previous actor’s tapes or clips. I wanted to do that, not out of any disrespect, but because I didn’t want it to change my approach to it. I wanted to go with as much as me as far as humor goes and how I am generally with people and in life. I wanted to make that a point to make as much of myself as I can as far as humor goes and as far as dealing with people, how I deal with them in my day to day life. It’s another reason why I didn’t want to see how he deals with people, whether it be in the doctor setting or personal setting.
TVSource Magazine: Do you think Cameron wants to form a relationship with Lexie’s siblings – EJ, Chad and Kristen?
Owens: I do. He’s searching for that familial feeling of acceptance. I see that with Lexie and who she calls her family.
TVSource Magazine: Does Cameron still have feelings for/want Abby back?
Owens: I believe he does. Strong ones. Working with Kate Mansi is great. She’s awesome. She has an incredible work ethic, very professional. We’re getting better each day as far as working as a team. We’re better at reading each other within scenes. Our relationship off camera as far as being friends is making it easier to develop chemistry as characters.
TVSource Magazine: That may be a little difficult with Chad in the picture. Does Cameron look at Chad as an obstacle?
Owens: No. He doesn’t see him as one. He sees it more as…he knows they had something previously, but he just sees that as something in the past. Cameron is mature in that way. He wouldn’t look at him as an obstacle, at least not yet. And I won’t give anything away. At least not yet he doesn’t.
TVSource Magazine: When we tweeted that we were interviewing you, fans immediately wanted to know when, not if, Cameron starts showing some skin. So, as promised, when will Cameron get to show some skin?
Owens: [Laughs] It’s going to be soon. I’ll just say that. Very, very soon and they’re going to love it. I can guarantee it.
TVSource Magazine: Prior to acting, you had a rather extensive modeling career. Which do you prefer – modeling or acting?
Owens: They both have their own perks to them. With the modeling, I set a few goals for myself and I attained those goals. With acting, I love the challenge because it’s into what I actually do like. I like psychology, the study of people, sociology and so forth. Finding out with characters why they are who they are, why they do what they do and exploring that. That’s one thing that I really, really love about acting. And obviously making it come to life.
TVSource Magazine: Fans may not know, but you were in Rihanna’s “California King Bed” music video. What was it like working with her?
Owens: [Laughs] It was good. She was very hard working girl, very nice. She was like joking with me too. I’ll leave that up to you, you can read the interview on that. It was really fun. It was a good experience and one of the highlights working on that video is I met Jay Z with my shirt off. That was fun. [Laughs] Very awkward.
Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.