Tripp is the son of one half of one of the most famous super couples (Steve Johnson) on Days of our Lives — in soaps period, really. The character started off a little rocky but seems to have found his footing. What do you think it is about Tripp that has fans gravitating to him?
Lucas: The way I describe him as a character is that is he a good kid with bad tendencies. He had a lot of bad luck throughout his life and I think people see that. It’s kind of conflicting for people because he’s doing a lot of bad stuff but is he going to be able to redeem himself? Now he’s become more mature and he’s realized what he’s done is wrong and I think it’s a real step for him and I think I hope that’s why people like him at least I hope.
The moment Tripp and Claire met there was a spark, but it’s been a slow burn for you two. What more can we expected between you two with Theo not being an obstacle for much longer?
Lucas: He has always had a thing for Claire – at least in a friendship way, and now it might be burning more inside of him. She has always been the one that’s been nice to him, she convinced him to stay in Salem for instance. He has a soft spot towards her and she starts to show him a little more affection and he’s like, “Woah, maybe this is more than this now.” With the whole Theo thing happening, I think in Tripp’s mind, it’s wrong for him to jump the gun immediately. I think he might try something eventually; I don’t want to say too much obliviously. But will he feel the waters? Probably. Test the waters. Dip his toe in and see what’s happening, if the water is too cold or not.
Last week Tripp had an interaction with Kate DiMera. He’s been kind of a bubble with the Johnson family. Are there characters/actors you want to work more with?
Lucas: Lauren [Koslow] is awesome, I loved working with her. The scenes are that coming up, maybe next week. I can’t say too much now but they were so much fun. It was just her and I and we got to have it out and it was a lot of fun. She was a lot of fun to work with. I had never worked with her before, I would talk to her all the time in the makeup room but never got to work with her and I was really excited. I’ve never worked with Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), I’ve seen his work and it’s great. Galen [Gering] I never really get to work with except once and awhile. And Kristian Alfonso (Hope) who is amazing, I only get to do a scene every now and again with her, I would love to have scenes with these people more and more because they are so much fun and bring so much energy and experience to the roles.
TV Source: Coming into this genre as a newcomer, how have you handled the accelerated pace and work load?
Lucas: I was always pretty decent at memorization, so that was great. The pace is actually kind of nice, it’s kinda like a 9 to 5 in a way, because no matter what you will be done around 6pm. And I don’t do anything until I get my homework done, I don’t play video games until I make sure my lines are memorized. I’m getting the hang of it, it’s just a lot more reading than I’ve ever done in my entire life, you are lucky if I read a book or two. I really enjoy it, memorizing everything and trying to bring something new to each day that’s what I really like. The fast pace makes you be ready at every step of the way, it keeps you on your toes.